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‘Aggressors’ and ‘Self-Defence’: Ever-Flexible Definitions

‘Aggressors’ and ‘Self-Defence’: Ever-Flexible Definitions

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: So who’s the ‘aggressor’ and what exactly are the parameters of the right to ‘self-defence’?

 Juan Cole

‘And Poof!’: The Moment ‘The Peace Process’ Died

‘And Poof!’: The Moment ‘The Peace Process’ Died

JUAN COLE: Israel reneged on its promises, Kerry called them out and then all hell broke loose.

 Juan Cole

For Netanyahu Iran Is About ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Mushroom Clouds’

For Netanyahu Iran Is About ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Mushroom Clouds’

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanded on Sunday that the world community constrain Iran to change its “genocidal policy” toward Israel, in the course of a speech in which he attacked President Obama’s current round of negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear enrichment program.

JUAN COLE: It appears that a light foam forms on Binyamin Netanyahu’s lips when he begins speaking about Iran. Not all Israeli politicians are like him

 Ramzy Baroud

Yemen’s Future: It’s A ‘No Win-No Win’ Situation For All

Yemen’s Future: It’s A ‘No Win-No Win’ Situation For All

RAMZY BAROUD: It’s looking increasingly likely that major protests will resume in Yemen in the new year.

 Common Ground News Service

IMF Loan: Is It Good Or Bad News for Tunisia?

IMF Loan: Is It Good Or Bad News for Tunisia?

COMMON GROUND NEWS: A young Tunisian set out himself to find out what the future holds for him and his contemporaries following the news of the recent IMF loan to the country

 Ramzy Baroud

Child Labour: It’s a Human Blight That Shames All of Us

Child Labour: It’s a Human Blight That Shames All of Us

Last night at the hotel lobby of an Arab Gulf country, a family walked in aiming for the westernized café that sells everything but Arabic coffee. The mother seemed distant as she pressed buttons on her smart phone. The father looked tired as he buffed away on his cigarette, and a whole band of children […]

 Mich Cafe

‘Help Now’: Syrian Refugee Crisis ‘Unprecedented In Its Scope’

‘Help Now’: Syrian Refugee Crisis ‘Unprecedented In Its Scope’

MICH CAFE: If Americans diverted the money they spent in a month on ice-cream to the UN Syrian refugee fund the target would be met.

 Francis Matthew

Iraq 10 Years On: The Benefit of Hindsight

Iraq 10 Years On: The Benefit of Hindsight

The attempts by President George W. Bush to justify the American-led invasion of Iraq followed so many wildly different reasons with no coherent link that the liveliest of conspiracy theories have flourished. This has been fuelled by the obvious political failure that has caused no pain to Bush and his neo-conservative allies who launched the war, while the companies with links to those same neo-conservatives have taken a significant share in the billions spent in reconstructing Iraq.

In the aftermath of the terrible attack on the World Trade Centre on 9/11, the first reason given was that Saddam Hussain supported Al Qaida, although Saddam had been ruthless in suppressing Islamists. Then Bush and Blair used Saddam’s alleged plan to manufacture and prepare to use weapons of mass destruction. When eventually this reason […]

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An ‘Israeli Spring’ for Palestine? The Call Is Out

An ‘Israeli Spring’ for Palestine? The Call Is Out

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: It’s a bold move and one that is sure to cause much aggression and derision to be directed his way. What’s the story behind the brutality?

 Common Ground News Service

Corruption ‘On the Increase’ Across Arab World

NADA AKL, CGNEWS: Corruption is so deeply ingrained in societies across the Arab world that promoting transparency seems an almost hopeless task

 Susan Al Shahri

Female Genital Mutilation: Still Major Issue in Oman

SUSAN AL SHAHRI: The last time I raised this issue publicly the reaction was overwhelming but ‘woman with the incense burner’ still prowls hospitals in Dhofar

 Common Ground News Service

Climate Change: The Arab World Has ‘Finally Got It’

Climate Change: The Arab World Has ‘Finally Got It’

WAEL HMAIDAN, CGNEWS: The striking sight of people demonstrating in the street in Doha in favour of climate regulation is a sign of significant change

 Common Ground News Service

The Fear Business: Listening & Speaking Break Cycle

ARIEL KATZ, CGNEWS: It’s much easier to attack ‘the other’ when you don’t hear their stories and don’t see their pain.

 Tabsir

Thomas Friedman: PR Guy for the Israeli Government?

Thomas Friedman: PR Guy for the Israeli Government?

DANIEL M. VARISCO: Another one eyed piece from Mr Friedman. Is it too much to ask that he simply recognises the realities of Palestinian life?

 Common Ground News Service

Drugs Having ‘Profound Effect’ on Tunisian Youth

Drugs Having ‘Profound Effect’ on Tunisian Youth

JIHED FREDI, CGNEWS: The recent chaos in Tunisia has allowed drug traffickers to gain a hold and they’re targetting the young with disastrous consequences

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UN Palestinian Vote Heralds ‘Birth of New World Order’

UN Palestinian Vote Heralds ‘Birth of New World Order’

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: It’s not just the scale of the victory but it’s what it tells us about a new, emerging world order that is important.

 Alexander McNabb

Telcos Looking for ‘Cash Cow’s Charter’ at Dubai Meet

Telcos Looking for ‘Cash Cow’s Charter’ at Dubai Meet

ALEXANDER MCNABB: Sit back, contribute nothing and tax the innovative. Yes, the ITU proposals are an attractive proposition.

 Juan Cole

The Top Ten ‘Hotspots’ in the Arab World Today

The Top Ten ‘Hotspots’ in the Arab World Today

JUAN COLE: From Jordan to Tunisia, from civil war to pilfered Palestinian land the Arab world is in a febrile state.

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The PLO’s UN Bid Will ‘Change the Political Landscape’

The PLO’s UN Bid Will ‘Change the Political Landscape’

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: It’s a date laden with meaning and today another chapter will be written in Palestinian history – a chapter that is a potential game-changer.

 Juan Cole

The Ten ‘To Dos’ That Will Guarantee Gaza Ceasefire

The Ten ‘To Dos’ That Will Guarantee Gaza Ceasefire

JUAN COLE: Achieving a ceasefire is significant but if it’s to remain in place all parties must use the gap in hostilities to secure real progress.

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