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How memory became the Palestinians’ greatest weapon

By Ramzy Baroud 72 years after the destruction of historic Palestine at the hands of Zionist militias lies an opportunity to reassert the centrality of the right of return for 5 million Palestinian refugees. Just 48 hours before thousands of Palestinians rallied on the streets, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an eight-hour visit to Israel to discuss the ... Read More »

North Korea says it’s sending soldiers to joint border sites

North Korea said Wednesday that it will send soldiers to now-shuttered inter-Korean cooperation sites in its territory and reinstall guard posts and resume military exercises at front-line areas, nullifying tension-reducing deals reached with South Korea just two years ago. The announcement is the latest in a series provocations North Korea has taken in what experts believe are calculated moves to ... Read More »

India and China dial it down

China and India agreed to step back from a confrontation along their shared border — the most serious tensions between the two powers in years — after military commanders from both sides met on Saturday near a lake in the Himalayas. Read More »

We Arabs ask no favours…..

By El Hassan bin Talal GENEVA, Jun 4 2020 (IPS) – In these difficult times for the Palestinian people and for justice, the Government of Israel is proposing to add further to the turmoil by unilaterally absorbing large swathes of the Palestinian West Bank of the Jordan River. It might, therefore, be fitting to remind the world of the chronology ... Read More »

No woman should ever die giving life

By Sheikha Hend Al Qassimi and Siddharth Chatterjee NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 2020 (IPS) – Consider this. 24 women, children and babies were murdered at a hospital in Kabul, the Afghan capital. Even by standards of a country as accustomed to bloodshed as Afghanistan, the May 12 attack on a Kabul maternity clinic was an event of unmitigated horror. Read More »

Imagery shows 200 buildings in Rakhine burned on May 16: HRW

Independent Inquiry Needed in Embattled Rakhine State Yangon – Satellite imagery shows that about 200 homes and other buildings were destroyed by fire on May 16, 2020, in Myanmar’s embattled Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. An impartial investigation is urgently needed to determine responsibility for this mass destruction of residential property in the predominantly ethnic Rakhine village of ... Read More »

Turkey steps up to act against Israeli plans on West Bank

Ankara – As Turkey steps up to mobilize the international community against Israeli plans to annex West Bank, Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu on May 21 had phone conversations with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen. Read More »