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Obama-Netanyahu row: a diversion from the real issues


By Jonathan Cook For many months now, the western media has presented the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in terms of a new and deepening rift. Israel is supposedly positioned on one side of the divide and the US and Europeans on the other, trying as best they can to defend Palestinian rights. In the past few days alone, European diplomats have leaked …

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The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity?


By Ramzy Baroud To suggest that the United States policies in Yemen was a ‘failure’ is an understatement. It implies that the US had at least attempted to succeed. But ‘succeed’ at what? The US drone war had no other objective aside from celebrating the elimination of whomever the US hit list designates as terrorist. But now that a civil …

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Urgent ‘Musts’ Needed for Palestinians to Defeat Apartheid


By Ramzy Baroud Waiting on Israeli society to change from within is a colossal waste of time, during which the suffering of an entire nation – torn between an occupied home and a harsh diaspora – will not cease. But what are Palestinians and the supporters of a just peace in Palestine and Israel to do? Plenty. Those who counted …

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Vancouver’s traffic affected by Ryan Raynolds movie “Deadpool “


Vancouver’s Georgia Street viaduct to eastbound traffic is shutdown today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. because of the filming of Ryan Raynolds movie “Deadpool ” in the city. The closure is not affecting Dunsmuir side as westbound traffic into the city is flowing. Its only effecting traffic on eastbound from Main Street to Citadel Parade. The shutdown of Vancouver’s …

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Videos of Israeli raids on sleeping children

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By Jonathan Cook I suspect the word “occupation” – even the more precise “belligerent occupation” – fails to convey to most people the reality of daily horrors inflicted on the Palestinians. Of course, we know that occupations in general are bad and that it would be better if this particular one ended. But what does an occupation feel like if you’re …

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Palestine officially welcomed as a member of International Criminal Court (ICC)

ICC Second Vice-President Judge Kuniko Ozaki, in the presence of the President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Sidiki Kaba, presents Dr. Riad Al-Malki, the a special edition of the Rome Statute (photo from ICC website)

On Wednesday, Palestine officially becomes the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after joining Rome Statute the ICC’s founding treaty. In a closed ceremony at the court’s headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad alMalki received a ceremonial copy of the court’s statute and then he said “As Palestine formally becomes a State Party to the Rome …

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Egypt : ‘India by the Nile’ Festival opened by Amitabh Bachchan

Indian Actor  Amitabh Bachchan at the  opening press conference in Egypt

Indian Embassy in Egypt is organizing “India by the nile” festival for the the third time in Cairo between 30 March and 16 April as a way to encourage tourism in Egypt . And to celebrate Indian culture with variety of activities shows Indian contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, food and literature. It also provides an …

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Netanyahu the Mythbuster: ‘Special Relationship’ No More


By Ramzy Baroud Imagine if an American presidential candidate made a plea to his supporters on election day with the following statement: “The Republican administration is in danger. Black voters are going en masse to the polls. Liberal NGOs are bringing them on buses.” Even in a country where Chris Matthews is a media celebrity and Pamela Geller is an …

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The United States of Canada


By Ahmed A. Yousef Humans are funny creatures who refuse to learn from their own history. Canada has historically been viewed internationally as a country of peacekeepers. The blue helmets are widely respected and revered for their heroism and willingness to stand up and defend those who have nowhere to turn. However, the Harper government has changed all that. The …

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The Travelers of Al-Andalus, Ibn Hamid Al-garnati’s


Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman ibn Suleiman ibn Rabi al-Qaysi, known more conveniently to posterity as Abu Hamid Al-Garnati and so named after his hometown of Granada (“Garnata”), sailed, caravanned, traded and trekked from the Arab West to the northern- and easternmost reaches of the Islamic world and beyond. Born in the year 1080 under the last of the Zirid kings, …

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