Monday, May 29, 2017
GAZA: "We were just obeying orders!"
“There is no defence in obeying illegal orders. Remember Nuremberg?!”
(Fictional dialogue with an Isra .. Read More
GAZA: Omar Barghouti, one of the most charismatic Palestinian activists, has been subjected to the most intense interrogation by Israeli authorities. He is the outspoken co-founder of the BDS movement, member of the secretariat of... Read More
GAZA: A group of Gaza-based activists has produced an amateur video-clip dedicated to Basil Al-Araj, the 31-year-old Palestinian activist who was ambushed and assassinated by Israeli Occupation Forces two weeks ago. Al-Araj is rem... Read More
GAZA: I am writing this piece in response to a questions raised by a Western, liberal friend of mine who wanted to “understand” as to why I have been calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against apartheid Isra... Read More
GAZA: When we, Palestinian Civil Society, issued our 2015 BDS call, we were counting on people of conscience, rather than governments and complicit corporations. Most of us argued that we needed to address ordinary people buying ... Read More
“exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. And w... Read More
'Persuasion', from a pragmatic point of view, then, plays a fundamental role in the creation of the liberal society. Technically, persuasion is the means through which one gets to 'pluralism' in which there is no exclusion of ideas whatsoever. H... Read More
Thousands of Christians, weeping and praying, had gathered at a church in Dayr Jarnous a small southern Egyptian village on Friday to mourn seven of their community who were among the more than two dozen Christians shot dead by unidentified gunmen. There was anger as funeral prayers at the Church of the Sacred Family in the village became a protest march with young men chanting as they carried a large wooden cross. "With blood and soul, we will defend you, oh cross!" they yelled. "We will avenge them or die like them," they said. "There is no god but God and the Messiah is God!" Gunmen had attacked a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in central Egypt on Friday, killing at least 29 people and wounding 24, with many children among the victims. Islamic State took responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It followed a series of church bombings claimed by the militant group in a campaign of violence against Copts. The Vatican called it "a barbaric attack". One of the gunmen had a camera, eyewitnesses said, indicating that the group behind the shootings might release footage of the attack in the future.
Forces loyal to Libya’s unity government said that 52 of its fighters were killed as they repelled rival militias in fierce clashes in the capital Tripoli. Apart from sporadic gunfire in southern Tripoli, calm returned to the city on Saturday. Among the 52 killed in Friday’s clashes which centred on the southern district of Abu Slim, said Hashem Bichr, a security official of the Government of National Accord, were 17 members of pro-GNA forces who had been “executed”. UN special envoy Martin Kobler condemned the fighting in which heavy artillery and tanks were used, urging restraint from all sides. Forces of the UN-backed GNA announced on their Facebook page they had defeated rival militias and taken control of a prison holding key leaders of the ousted regime of Moamer Qadhafi including his last premier, Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, and former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi. Al-Hadhba jail had been under the control of the Fajr Libya militia coalition set up a government headed by Khalifa Ghweil. Meanwhile Ansar al-Sharia one of the jihadist groups that sprung up in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, in the chaos following the death of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 announced its dissolution. Washington had accused the group of being behind the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi in which ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. In its communique Ansar al-Sharia yesterday said it had been “weakened” by the fighting. group lost its leader, Mohammed Azahawi, in clashes with Haftar’s forces in Benghazi at the end of 2014. Most of its members then defected to the so-called Islamic State group. Ansar al-Sharia later joined the Revolutionary Shura Council of Benghazi, a local alliance of Islamist militias.
Riot police in Venezuela fired tear gas and water cannon to stop anti-government protesters from marching on a key military installation on Friday during the latest violence in nearly two months of unrest. The opposition was trying to sway the support of the armed forces, a key pillar of the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who was resisting opposition calls for early elections. Retired military personnel joined demonstrators who tried to march to the Los Proceres complex, which housed the defense ministry and was close to a major military base in Caracas. Friday's protest was aimed at "demanding that the armed forces lower their weapons and not be complicit in the dictatorship," said Freddy Guevara, an opposition leader who was Vice President Of Parliament, the only branch of government the opposition controlled. He called on the military to reject a "constituent assembly" to be elected in July and tasked with drafting a new constitution, saying Maduro's plans "will liquidate Venezuelan democracy forever." Despite the opposition's calls for the military to abandon Maduro, the high command had retained its public support for him so far.
Iran's hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's rulers faced "certain downfall" for aligning themselves with the United States. His comments came hours after the country's President Rouhani called for improved ties with Gulf states. Khamenei told a religious gathering, according to his Twitter account that "They (Saudi leaders) act cordially towards the enemies of Islam while having the opposite behaviour towards the Muslim people of Bahrain and Yemen," . "They will face certain downfall," he told a Koran reading event marking the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. President Hassan Rouhani had called for improved relations with Gulf Arab states during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar. The state news agency IRNA quoted Rouhani as telling Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani "We want the rule of moderation and rationality in the relations between countries and we believe that a political solution should be a priority," …"The countries of the region need more cooperation and consultations to resolve the crisis in the region and we are ready to cooperate in this field,".