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Anti-Muslim bigotry is now US law

    Anti-Muslim bigotry is now US law

In 2015, then US presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” despite this violating a number of provisions of the US

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Saving Jordan: Could Iran and Qatar be the solution?

    Saving Jordan: Could Iran and Qatar be the solution?

On the fifth day of Jordan’s heated protests, Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah went down to the street at night and asked security forces to protect demonstrators and preserve their

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Jordan struggles for survival strategy in shadow of US-Israeli-Saudi axis

    Jordan struggles for survival strategy in shadow of US-Israeli-Saudi axis

In December 2004, King Abdullah of Jordan inaugurated the modern sectarian era by warning the US and Arab allies of a “Shia crescent,” a relentless Iranian crusade to subvert and

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Is Tariq Ramadan going to get a fair trial in France?

    Is Tariq Ramadan going to get a fair trial in France?

Since 2 February, Tariq Ramadan, one of Europe’s most influential Muslim intellectuals, has been in preventive detention and solitary confinement at Fleury-Mérogis prison in France, following rape charges by two women, which

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Seven years on: Tunisia’s legacies of neglect

    Seven years on: Tunisia’s legacies of neglect

On Sunday, 17 December, it will be seven years since Mohamed Bouazizi, an informal street vendor from Sidi Bouzid, took his own life. In the revolution that followed, he became a symbol

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South China Sea is the new flashpoint

    South China Sea is the new flashpoint

One of the most dangerous confrontations between the United States and China is heating up. Warships are being deployed, bombers are taking wing and threats are being exchanged — all

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How immigration makes America exceptional

    How immigration makes America exceptional

Last month, the United States made an extraordinary achievement: For the third time in four years, it won the International Mathematical Olympiad. This is staggeringly impressive. The Math Olympiad is

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How the Syrian-Kurdish deal came into being

    How the Syrian-Kurdish deal came into being

A Syrian-Kurdish agreement is in the works, after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) realised that there were limits to how far Americans were willing to stand up for them

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Building starting blocks for UAE’s high-tech manufacturing

    Building starting blocks for UAE’s high-tech manufacturing

Shifting geopolitical and economic alliances worldwide are hitting manufacturing industries especially hard. The result is extreme uncertainty. The UAE can prepare now for a disruptive economic landscape by educating Emirati

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Ahed Tamimi’s Attorney: Eight Months in Prison Didn’t Break Her

    Ahed Tamimi’s Attorney: Eight Months in Prison Didn’t Break Her

The attempts to break Ahed’s spirit continued after her arrest as well: police and military intelligence used aggressive, questionably legal measures in interrogating her. But this courageous girl didn’t give

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Is democracy dead in Cambodia?

    Is democracy dead in Cambodia?

Cambodians will go to the polls on 29 July but these are clearly not free and fair elections. In the run-up to the July 29 vote, the now officially dissolved Cambodian

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Trump’s funding cuts to Palestinian refugees put lives at risk

    Trump’s funding cuts to Palestinian refugees put lives at risk

UNRWA is not a political organisation and should not be used in political games. A bipartisan group of seven former US ambassadors to the United Nations this month sent a letter to Secretary of

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China ties offer reciprocal lessons

    China ties offer reciprocal lessons

While Arabs can learn a lot from Chinese work ethics and working hours, the Asian giant can also pick up a lesson or two from legendary Arabian hospitality More and

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What is behind the Hamas-Iran rapprochement?

    What is behind the Hamas-Iran rapprochement?

On July 16, Qassem Sulaimani, the commander of the Quds Force within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, was scheduled to address a conference in Gaza via a satellite link from Tehran. At

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Remembering May Scaff, the icon of the Syrian revolution

    Remembering May Scaff, the icon of the Syrian revolution

by Budour Hassan “When the Syrian revolution started, I became like a newborn making her first steps, rediscovering herself and rediscovering her country,” Syrian actress May Scaff told me when

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Israel’s ‘nation-state law’ parallels the Nazi Nuremberg Laws

    Israel’s ‘nation-state law’ parallels the Nazi Nuremberg Laws

More than 80 years after Nazi Germany enacted what came to be known as the Nuremberg Race Laws, Israeli legislators voted in favour of the so-called “nation-state law”. By doing so,

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I Am Not Allowed to Speak to Children in Israeli Schools. Even More Worrying, These People Can

    I Am Not Allowed to Speak to Children in Israeli Schools. Even More Worrying, These People Can

B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad says attempts to silence Israelis speaking out about the occupation are ultimately doomed to failure, but only if the international community refuses to accept it.

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To Counter Netanyahu’s Jewish Chauvinism, Zionist Union Should Change Its Name to Israeli Union

    To Counter Netanyahu’s Jewish Chauvinism, Zionist Union Should Change Its Name to Israeli Union

The party must fight for Israeliness, not because it is hostile to the Jewish State but in an emergency effort to save it. Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay announced Sunday

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It’s Time to Replace the Draft With a Professional Army/ Uri Mesgav

    It’s Time to Replace the Draft With a Professional Army/ Uri Mesgav

Israel’s ‘people’s army’ is being torn apart by efforts to meet the competing, contradictory goals of sexual equality and religious rights. The “people’s army” is falling apart. Secular liberals cannot

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Facebook Is Feeding the Holocaust Deniers. Mark Zuckerberg Should Shut Them Down/Cait Stevenson

    Facebook Is Feeding the Holocaust Deniers. Mark Zuckerberg Should Shut Them Down/Cait Stevenson

The drip, drip, drip of denial is core to the alt-right’s strategy of rehabilitating Nazism. As moderators of one of the largest online history forums, the AskHistorians subreddit, we know

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Today, I Am Ashamed to Be an Israeli/Daniel Barenboim

    Today, I Am Ashamed to Be an Israeli/Daniel Barenboim

The founding fathers of the State of Israel considered the principle of equality and the pursuit of peace as the bedrock of the society they were building. What happened? In

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Why Hasn’t Seymour Hersh’s Syria Genocide Denial Ended His Career?

    Why Hasn’t Seymour Hersh’s Syria Genocide Denial Ended His Career?

The fact that mainstream media outlets dismiss Hersh’s disgraceful war crimes denial as daft idiosyncrasy rather than what it is – fake news at its worst – is a sign,

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