Media Freedom: Let Palestine Be the Barometer

By Iqbal Jassat – Johannesburg, South Africa Recent changes effected within parts of South Africa’s mainstream media, may be interpreted differently by consumers. Some may use the glass of water test and come to contrasting positions: half full or half empty. This after all is the nature of the media beast. It’s newsroom and editorial desks […]

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Hold Your Applause, Fatah: The Palestinian Body Politic is Rotten to the Core

By Ramzy Baroud In July 2003, the then Palestinian Authority Chairman, Yasser Arafat, described Mahmoud Abbas as a “traitor” who “betrayed the interests of the Palestinian People.” Arafat loathed Abbas to the very end. This particular outburst was made during a meeting with United Nations envoy Terje Larsen. The meeting took place a few months after […]

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Palestinian Short Story Collection Wins Arab Award

Palestinian short-story author Mazen Marouf has won the Kuwaiti-based Multaqa award for the best Arab short-story collection, after his short story collection titled Nukaat Almusalheen, the jokes of armed people, published by Alkawkab Publishing house in Lebanon. The panel of judges of the award has announced the winner this year at a ceremony organized at […]

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In First ‘Official’ Incident of Its Type, Israel Denies entry of BDS Activist into Country

Israeli authorities denied the entry of a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activist into the country at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Monday, in what Israeli media reported was “the first time” the country “officially” denied entry to a foreign national who supports the movement for Palestinian rights. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that […]

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What’s behind Egypt’s ‘New Political Position’ Towards Gaza?

Dr. Daud Abdullah After three years of open hostility, Egypt appears to be resetting its policy towards the Gaza Strip. Whereas in the recent past the Cairo administration has only opened the Rafah border crossing to deliver Palestinian corpses, the authorities have, in recent weeks, opened it more frequently to allow the passage of people […]

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Kerry Slams Israeli Settlement Expansion, Says Israel Heading in ‘Wrong Direction’

United States Secretary of State John Kerry delivered harsh criticism of the Israeli government’s settlement expansion policies at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on Sunday, saying “things are moving in the wrong direction” regarding Israeli-Palestinian peace. An annual dialogue between American and Israeli leaders from across the political and social spectrum, the Saban Forum […]

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