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Ramzy Baroud: Tears of Yarmouk – The Palestinian Lesson that Every Syrian Should Know

7 The Yarmouk refugee camp. (Photo: Laila Ben Allal) By Ramzy Baroud In the early days of the Syrian uprising-turned civil war three years ago, the writing on the wall of it becoming an intricate regional and international conflict was there for all to see. Palestinians in Syria were likely to find themselves a pawn in a dirty war, but few could have predicted the magnitude of the crisis, and perhaps, few c ...

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Dietrich Schulze: Rüstungsgegner Rudolf Diesel

Dieselmotor für die Kriegsflotte oder für eine solidarische Gesellschaft? Rüstungsgegner Rudolf Diesel Von Dietrich Schulze Rudolf Diesel, geboren am 18. März 1858 in Paris, gestorben am 29. September 1913, ist weltweit als genialer Ingenieur und Erfinder eines bahnbrechenden neuen Motors bekannt, der auch einem Kraftstoff den Namen gegeben hat. Seine persönliche Haltung zu Rüs ...

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William A. Cook: In Memoriam as We Await Ariel Sharon’s Decent into Death

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s organs are failing and he remains in critical condition . Perhaps it is time to bring closure to this man, known as the “butcher of Beirut” for his massacre at the refugee camps in that city, Sabra and Shatila: “ The massacre lasted for three days (16, 17 and 18 of September 1982), approximately 3500-8000 persons, including children, infan ...

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Clemens Messerschmid: Amnesty International und die nationale Amnesie der Aktion 3. Welt Saar

Amnesty International und die nationale Amnesie der Aktion 3. Welt Saar Von Clemens Messerschmid, Hydrogeologe, Ramallah, Dezember, 2013 Die TAZ hat ihrer Ausgabe vom 20. Dezember 2013 eine Flugschrift über das Hilfsbusiness der NGOs in Palästina beigelegt. Aktion 3. Welt Saar schreibt hierin u.a. über Amnesty International‘s Wasserbericht aus dem Jahre 2009: „Dort heißt es: ...

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Abdel Bari Atwan: Hamas – Caught In the Crosshairs

Besieged on all fronts and aware of his increasing isolation, Hamas leader Mesha’al has been attempting to repair the damage, but that is turning out to be an uphill task     Image Credit: Hugo A. Sanchez/©Gulf News   In February last year, Khalid Mesha’al, head of the Hamas political bureau, relocated the group’s Damascus headquarters to Qatar. The move was an unambigu ...

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Jonathan Cook: Mandela – A Dissenting Opinion

Victorious Over Apartheid, Defeated by Neoliberalism Offering a dissenting opinion at this moment of a general outpouring of grief at Nelson Mandela’s death is not likely to court popularity. It is also likely to be misunderstood. So let me start by recognising Mandela’s huge achievement in helping to bring down South African apartheid, and make clear my enormous respect for the great personal s ...

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Musa Okwonga: Mandela Will Never, Ever Be Your Minstrel

Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. Right now, you are anxiously pacing the corridors of your condos and country estates, looking for the right words, the right tribut ...

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Nima Shirazi: Nelson Mandela – 1918 – 2013

As countless obituaries, eulogies, elegies, panegyrics, and encomia pour in following the death of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, the sanitization and mythologizing of his principles and legacy is already in full swing across the political spectrum. We will hear little of the fact that in his courageous and unfaltering stand for freedom and justice, he ro ...

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Stuart Littlewood: Will the Pope Insist on Seing Gaza This Time?

  After the humiliation of the last papal visit.  Will the Pope insist on seeing Gaza this time? Or should he, too, boycott Israel until Jerusalem and the Christian and Muslim communities are freed from occupation?    by Stuart Littlewood           Intifada Palestine (London) – CNN reports on Israeli PM Netanyahu’s reception at the ...

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