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Israel and Hizballah Step Back From the Brink After Tit-for-Tat Attacks

Israel appeared to expect Wednesday's attack and was satisfied with a limited response

THE ATTACK ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN HAITI

An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II By Beverly Bell January 28, 2015 Community organizer and rights defender Jackson Doliscar speaks to efforts of the Haitian government to silence advocates of human rights and land and housing rights, (See part I of Doliscar’s interview.) The attacks are part of the government’s strategy to leave opposition [...]

German anti-Islam group loses second leader in a week

Kathrin Oertel quits as chief of PEGIDA, along with another board member, citing "massive hostility and threats".

Michelle Obama Unveiled in Saudi: A Style Statement, Not a Political Statement

There is nothing quite as contentious as the headscarf issue when it comes to women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, at least where western observers are concerned. So when U.S. first lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral of Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh with her hair uncovered, social media lit up with both praise and opprobrium.…

PA arrests Palestinian student for ‘insulting a public official’ on Facebook

Middle East Monitor reports: "Palestinian intelligence services arrested a media student yesterday morning for "insulting a public official". Bara Al-Qadi, 22, posted a status on Facebook mocking Jibril Rajoub, who leads the Palestinian Football Federation, after the Palestinian team lost 5-1 to Jordan in the Asian cup. Show More Summary

Michelle Obama faced backlash for not wearing a head covering in Saudi Arabia

First lady Michelle Obama faced backlash from Twitter users in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for not wearing a head covering during her brief visit there with the president. Obama wore loose-fitting clothes including a long blue jacket and dark pants while accompanying President Barack Obama during their four hours on the ground in Riyadh to […]

State Dep’t says Netanyahu speech is not inappropriate, disrespectful, humiliating or embarrassing

More of the Netanyahu speech disaster: the State Department says it is not inappropriate, disrespectful, humiliating, or embarrassing; and opposition mounts to the speech on Capitol Hill

The Truth About Trafficking

It is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. And if any crime deserves its own month of awareness, it is trafficking. Owning and using another person for your own financial benefit and sense of power is horrific. It doesn't just steal the person. Show More Summary

Louisiana Governor warns of Islamic ‘Colonization’ of USA

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican candidate for president, warned in an interview Monday on the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio program of the possibility of so-called Muslim “no go zones” coming to America, focusing later on what he called a possible sharia “colonization” and “invasion” of America. “If we’re not careful the […]

Football's annual transfers break $4bn barrier

Football's world governing body reveal that $4.1 were spent on annual transfers in 2014.

Report accuses Israel of targeting Gaza’s water facilities

A little-publicized report released during the final weeks of Israel’s summer offensive on the Gaza Strip last year accuses Israel of targeting water and wastewater infrastructure during the 51-day assault, despite having been provided the coordinates of all water and wastewater facilities. Show More Summary

Iran's Self-Defeating Vision in Oman

Alex Vatanka Defense, Iran, Oman Tehran wants its neighbors on the Gulf to ditch their friendships with the United States. Muscat isn't biting. Last week’s visit by a senior Omani defense delegation to Tehran suggests that Muscat’s policy of friendship toward Tehran is determined. Show More Summary

THE ATTACK ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN HAITI

An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II By Beverly Bell Jackson Doliscar organizing earthquake-displaced people to claim their right to housing. His work almost cost him his life. Photo: Ed Kashi, American Jewish World Service Community...Show More Summary

Greek PM: We will no longer submit to the EU

Alexis Tsipras says he wants "viable, mutually beneficial solution" to what he called nation's humanitarian disaster.

Israel shells south Lebanon after deadly attack by Hezbollah

2 Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded by an anti-tank missile attack near the Lebanon border Wednesday — an escalation in border violence that also left a U.N. peacekeeper dead. Israel Defense Forces responded to the attack by firing at least 30 shells into Lebanon. Live television pictures showed smoke rising from the area. […]

Sorry, China: You Can’t Have It Both Ways on North Korea

Denny Roy Diplomacy, Security, Denny Roy responds to Chen Dingding's recent article "Sorry America: China Can't Solve Your North Korea Problem." Chen Dingding’s recent article, “Sorry, America: China Can't Solve Your North Korea Problem,”...Show More Summary

Racism and rhetoric, from Ferguson to Palestine

Black Americans and Palestinians are similarly marginalized in the discourse, and blamed for their own oppression. But growing connections between the #BlackLivesMatter movement and Palestinian resistance will change these politics forever.

Researchers Solve Piece of Easter Island Mystery

The ongoing debate over what prompted the decline of Easter Island's native Polynesian inhabitants, known as Rapa Nui, is being clarified by scientists digging for answers in the soil. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers explain that they examined agricultural soil...

ISIS Affiliate's Tripoli Attack Killed Ex-Marine

More details are emerging in yesterday's deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli. Four or five gunmen are believed to have entered the Corinthia in the early morning, shouting "God is great" as they fired at guards and civilians. Ten people were killed, including American David Berry, an ex-Marine...

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