UN battle to ‘shame’ Israel over abuse of children

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Attack on Gaza last year raises pressure on Ban Ki-moon to put Israeli army on same list as Islamic State and Taliban By Jonathan Cook Palestinian solidarity groups have taken to social media to step up the pressure on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include Israel for the first time on a “shame list” of serious violators of children’s …

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Sharif Higazy; A Global Citizen, For his socially-conscious entrepreneurship


Source: Canadian Arab Institute Sharif Higazy is the very definition of a global citizen: when interviewed, he explains that he’s been travelling between five different cities in the past 48 hours, including Dubai and London. As an international business expert and entrepreneur, the 37 year old Higazy has spent the last ten years working with clients like Amazon, Google, RBC, and Wal-Mart. …

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Dubai; Melting Pot


Written by Felicia Campbell Photography & video by Celia Peterson- Aramco Magazine Inside every gilded lily of luxury in Dubai’s 21st-century garden of urban delights, from eye-candy skyscrapers to seven-stars this and that, there are, of course, people who work. Lots of them. They load and unload, carry, build, clean, repair and polish, and, no less than members of more …

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Iran: Sweeping Arrests of Ahwazi Arab Activists


Whereabouts Unknown for More Than 75 Held After Protests HRW (New York) – Iran’s intelligence and security forces have rounded up and detained scores of Ahwazi Arabs, including several children, in what appears to be an escalating crackdown in Iran’s Khuzestan province, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. According to activists and family members, many arrests took place …

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Professors for Israel try to shut down Lancet


By Jonathan Cook Academia is far from the bastion of free thinking and free speech it would like to claim for itself, as a newly confected “row” involving the leading medical journal The Lancet confirms. Recently Southampton University in the UK caved in on hosting an important conference examining Israel and international law, following an intensive campaign of intimidation from Israeli apologists. Now some 400 medical …

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Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians

Children carry goods at the Karaj al-Hajez crossing in Aleppo

By Ramzy Baroud  Are you surprised that there has been little mobilization to help Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, which is overrun by militants, and besieged by the Syrian army? Palestinians – and Syrians – there are killed in a myriad of ways, including starvation. I am not surprised. Even before Palestinian refugees found themselves …

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In Islam, Every Day is Earth Day


by Fatima Ashraf- the Muslim link Earth Day was established in 1970 to raise awareness about the environment.  Islam however, did more than that; it provided clear directives for action, as early as the seventh century. The Quran is filled with verses and the Sunnah is filled with actions, on how to be ‘green’ stewards of the Earth. The Prophet …

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List of world’s most powerful passports


A new  list made by, a website that deal with travel and people who move abroad ranked the most and the least powerful passports in the world based on travel freedom that every passport holder enjoys. The list shows the number of countries that passport holder can travel to without a visa or the possibility to have visa on arrival . Being …

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Israel: Settlement Agriculture Harms Palestinian Children

child farm workers ©Human Rights Watch

Out of School, Doing Risky Work for Low Pay – HRW (Jerusalem) – Israeli settlement farms in the West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest, and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The farms pay the children low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions …

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A race between solidarity and division: Charles Taylor on Muslims in Canada


By Dennis Gruending – the The celebrated Canadian political philosopher Charles Taylor made headlines recently when he said that the prime minister’s critical comments about Muslim women wearing the niqab (a partial face covering) were both “dumb” and a boon for terrorist recruiters such as the Islamic State. Taylor’s point was that the prime minister is fuelling anti-Muslim sentiment …

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