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  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East

Refugees’ return

UNTIL recently, Pakistan was home to the largest refugee population. For decades, the country won much praise for giving sanctuary to vulnerable people who had to flee their homes. When far wealthier countries showed a callous indifference towards those people seeking safety – tightening border controls while pleading lack of capacity – the example of [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East

UNRWA Calls for Investigation into Killing of Palestinian Refugee

Palestine Chronicle Staff The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has called on Israel, in a statement released today, to investigate the killing of a Palestinian youth in Alfuwar refugee camp in the West Bank. Mohammed Yousef Abu hash-hash, 19, was killed on August 16, and others were injured. [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East

Erekat: Israel investigating own war crimes, clearing itself of all wrongdoing

By Dr. Saeb Erekat We did not expect anything less than Israel’s justification of war crimes during its last major military attack on Gaza, by clearing itself of all wrongdoing in an investigation conducted by its own colonial regime. This highlights Israel’s attitude toward bombing civilian areas, United Nations buildings (including shelters), hospitals, and other [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East

The myth of soft targets

WHY do terrorists choose to strike soft targets? The conventional answer would be because they feel hitting hard targets is becoming increasingly difficult. So what constitutes a ‘soft target’? Security experts are trying to understand the issue of soft targets from a variety of perspectives. There are still many unanswered questions. For instance, do terrorists [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East, North America

America’s Retreat and the Agony of Aleppo

Sarajevo and Aleppo, two cities once part of the Ottoman Empire, two cities whose diverse populations have included Muslims and Christians and Jews, two cities rich in culture that have been besieged and split in two and ravaged by violence, two cities where children have been victims — 20 years apart. What a difference two [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East

‘They Don’t Even Try to Hide it’: 1000s Killed by Daesh Buried in Mass Graves

Mass Gravesite In Iraq Most estimates put the number of known victims between 5,200 and 15,000, with some calculations based on Daesh propaganda and others on the testimonies of survivors. Some of the graves are scattered throughout Sinjar Mountain in Northern Iraq, after the group recaptured the territory in August 2014 from the Yazidi ethnic group. Every [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East

Israel is behaving as a settler colonial state: Richard Falk

Earlier this month, a video clip of an Israeli soldier snatching a bicycle from a Palestinian girl went viral on social media. From the footage one can hear the eight-year-old crying while another soldier throws her bicycle into the bushes. Prior to that, in February this year, another video of an Israeli soldier tipping over [...]

  • Sep 02 / 2016
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Middle East

Palestinian PM, UNRWA Officials Discuss Services Provided To Palestinian Refugees

He stressed the importance of the efforts being exerted by UNRWA especially in education and health sectors, praising its continued support to the Palestinian refugee camps of the diaspora and calling on the international community institutions to assume its legal and moral responsibility to protect them from the devastating effects of the war in Syria. [...]

  • Sep 01 / 2016
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Middle East

PLA hawks fuel Pakistan’s push for limited war

New Delhi, Aug. 14 — The rising level of tensions in the Kashmir valley is not accidental, but forms part of a design by GHQ Rawalpindi to boost tensions in that state and in the rest of India, so that the way gets cleared for a limited conflict which would depress investor sentiment about India [...]

  • Sep 01 / 2016
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Middle East

How Google Maps refocused our attention on Palestine’s borders

Tony Karon Google found itself at the centre of a social media firestorm last week, accused of erasing Palestine from its maps. The company said it had never, in fact, used the term “Palestine” in the first place, and promised to fix what it said was a software bug that had removed the designations “West Bank” [...]

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