Summer in Gaza – A Poem

By Uzma Falak We are left to count again massacres, dead eyes harboring a dream, burnt throats on the brink of a an anthem charred olives, faithful lips and fingers— maimed. Seraj- 8, Bassim-10, Moussa-16, Muhammed Khalaf- 4 Malikiyeh, 1 ½ years old— shreds. Hamdan’s son, Ibrahim Ghafour’s daughter Ranim Ranim means a chant. Bassim […]

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Authoritarians, Foreign Invaders and Wars Create Extremists

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusrah Front, AQAP, Boko Haram, al-Shabab and many other Radical militant organizations became the face of political Islam and they are projecting the worst image of Islam and its adherents. Their alleged heinous barbaric crimes against humanity and the principles of Islam handed ammunition to the enemies of Islam […]

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Smarter Foreign Policies or Bigger Blowbacks?

By Ralph Nader Are Washington’s relentless bombings and military immersions in sectarian battles within Arab and neighboring regions accelerating the spread of terrorist attacks? Yes. The recent rash of terror attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia, Somalia, France, and other countries are tragic examples of the strategic failures of our government and its very heavy reliance on […]

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Can the UN’s Agency for Palestinians Be Fixed?

By Annie Slemrod and Joe Dyke Facing what its commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl called its “most serious financial crisis ever,” this week the UN agency for Palestinian refugees announced it would let go around 100 foreign employees on short-term contracts, roughly half of all its international employees. Dealing with emergencies in Syria and Gaza and having lost […]

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Remembering ‘Independence Day’: Covering White Supremacist Terrorism

By Jamil Khader Toward the end of his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine victims of the Charleston terrorist attack, President Obama burst into singing the old-time favorite hymn, Amazing Grace. The President’s spontaneous crooning brought tears into the eyes of many people, including some of Obama’s fierce liberal critics, earning him […]

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Israel a Step Closer to Guantanamo-style Force-feeding of Hunger-striking Prisoners

Israeli politicians have voted to continue work on a bill to allow hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to be force-fed. Opponents argue it’s meant to silence convicts through torture similar to the force-feeding in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. The vote passed with a small majority Monday night at the Knesset plenum. The controversial bill, which could […]

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