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1300 Free Syrian Army fighters to join Kurds in Kobani battle

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 1300 Free Syrian Army fighters would join Kurds in defending the key Syrian border town of Kobani from an assault by Islamic State jihadists. The Syrian Kurds have ‘accepted 1300 people from...Show More Summary

SJP and the impossible dream

Hani Azzam reflects on his time with the Tufts chapter of Students for Justice Palestine ahead of the national SJP conference that will be held at Tufts this weekend.

Berri worried about the fate of the Saudi grant to Lebanon army

berri Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri on Thursday expressed concern over the continued delay of of implementation of the $3 billion Saudi grant to the Lebanese army, stressing that that any further delay would defeat its purpose. “There...Show More Summary

ExxonMobil and Apartheid South Africa have ‘no right to exist,’ Gitlin says

Todd Gitlin says he called for divestment from apartheid South Africa and fossil fuel companies because they have no right to exist. But Israel-- that's a different story!

WHO: Number of Ebola Cases Nears 10,000

The number of Ebola cases reported in the current outbreak of the disease is nearing 10,000, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, as it indicated the virus was spreading in the three West African countries where it is concentrated. Show More Summary

An open letter to Birthright participants past, present, and future

Hannah Friedstein writes a primer on Birthright to demystify its themes and its objectives based on her experience in the program. Her goal is that Birthright participants gain a new and critical perspective on the program which she believes is anything but neutra

200 Iraqi Kurds will join Syrian Kurds’ fight for Kobani

A deal has been reached for 200 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces to pass through Turkey to help Syrian Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, just over the border in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. Show More Summary

Allegations of anti-Semitism used to cover up anti-Palestinian hate crime in Brooklyn

On the evening of October 7, after a basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Israeli team Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Palestinian-American Nerdeen Kiswani was attacked by a group of Maccabi Electra fans. Show More Summary

Easter Islanders Not as Isolated as Thought

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is such a remote speck of rock in the Pacific Ocean that it has been nicknamed "navel of the world." Yet a review of genetic data of 27 natives suggests the islanders made contact with outsiders hundreds of years before the first Europeans arrived from...

Boko Haram fighters kidnap another 25 girls from NW Nigeria

oko Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. Show More Summary

Recognizing Palestine—and political reality

After British MPs moved overwhelmingly to recognise the State of Palestine, the governments of Britain and Israel affected indifference in an attempt to undermine the vote’s significance. These dismissals mask a deep and growing anxiety about the direction of political traffic. Show More Summary

Lebanon: Bodies and wreckage of vanished plane found

The bodies of two people have been found near wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut from Cyprus, the defense minister said Thursday. Christoforos Fokaides expressed condolences to the familiesShow More Summary

The hidden documents that reveal the true borders of Israel and Palestine

Israel gained recognition in 1948 by accepting the UN Partition borders of 1947, but has negated those borders since. But any partition of the land must reflect that division, explains scholar David Gerald Fincham

Jaffa, indeed, Forever: A review of Adly Massoud Derhally’s ‘Jaffa Forever’

Ilan Pappe reviews "Jaffa Forever" by Adly Massoud Derhally: "This elegantly bi-lingual book will be an important part in our struggle to remember and rebuild what was lost in the past."

Syria air strikes killed hundreds of jihadists , say activists

A month of US-led air strikes on Syria has now killed more than 500 jihadists, according to activists monitoring the conflict. As allied jets continue to bombard positions of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) around the besieged...Show More Summary

A Yom Kippur epiphany

Growing up an ardent Zionist, Liz Rose says Judaism "became synonymous with Jewish nationalism." Now she's struggled to separate the religion and the ideology. At Yom Kippur she had a breakthrough, remembering Palestin

Democratic Islam Is the Best Antidote to ISIS

The spoils of the falling Arab Spring have been divided among many. If the most obvious beneficiaries have been the old guard, Arab autocrats and their foreign allies, who have an equal interest in keeping the region firmly under the thumb, they have not been the only ones. Show More Summary

China seeks closer military ties with Iran

China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran’s nuclear plans. Show More Summary

Feminist scholars call on Obama to drop the torture-based charges against Rasmea Odeh

US Department of Justice alleges that the feminist leader Rasmea Odeh failed to disclose on her naturalization application that she had served time in Israeli jail. But that sentence was based on a confession she made 49 years ago during torture. She faces 10 years in US prison. 124 feminist scholars call on Obama to drop the charges.

4 killed in clash in north Lebanon after army raid

Four men were killed Thursday in clashes that erupted when the army raided the apartment of Syrian refugees in the restive north of the country, a security source said. During the dawn raid, the army arrested a Lebanese soldier who had...Show More Summary

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