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Slain Writer’s Book Says US-NATO War Served Al-Qaeda Strategy | IPS via Common Dreams

Al-Qaeda strategists have been assisting the Taliban fight against U.S.-NATO forces in Afghanistan because they believe that foreign occupation has been the biggest factor in generating Muslim support for uprisings against their governments, according to the just-published book by Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistani journalist whose body was found in a canal outside Islamabad last week with evidence of having ...

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James Carroll blasts Christian right, Netanyahu | Americans for Peace Now

APN yesterday hosted award winning novelist James Carroll for a conversation about Jerusalem on the occasion of “Jerusalem Day,” a national Israeli holiday marking the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem.” Carroll had strong words about the fundamentalist Christian right’s support for of the most extremist Israeli ultra-nationalists, who reject any territorial compromise with the Palestinians. Carroll’s new book “Jerusalem, Jerusalem” reflects ...

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National Religious Campaign Against Torture Releases ‘Repairing the Brokenness’ | National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Involve your your congregation or organization: Show the video Repairing the Brokenness and use the Discussion Guide to facilitate a discussion. The video includes perspectives from several faith leaders about repentance, redemption and healing the soul of our nation from the brokenness resulting from the use of torture. Within that context, the video addresses the need for accountability for U.S.-sponsored ...

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LEBANON: Cameras for kids initiative in Palestinian refugee camps | IRIN Middle East

A Beirut-based NGO is training children in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps to take photographs of camp life in the belief that the exercise is cathartic for the children, will benefit the camps financially and lead some of the trainees to work professionally as photographers. The idea of getting children to photograph camp life struck Ramzi Haidar after a visit ...

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Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death | Guernica

It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects ...

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George Scialabba: Hitchens Distorts Noam Chomsky | Guernica

George Scialabba on how “panting polemicist” Christopher Hitchens’s remarks against Noam Chomsky are evidence of a widespread and troubling failure among intellectuals. By George Scialabba After 9/11, Noam Chomsky wrote that, from a historical point of view, what was new about the murder of 3000 civilians was that it was carried out against the United States rather than by the ...

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ebadi Says Iran Is Like A ‘Fire Under The Ashes’ | Radio Free Europe, NPR

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi says Iran’s heavy-handed state crackdown could be pushing the country toward a revolution. The 2003 Nobel laureate said the Iranian establishment has not shown any flexibility toward the demands of Iranians for change and said as a result, the country has become like a “fire under the ashes.” Ebadi, a prominent human rights ...

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Letter from China: Ai Weiwei: Disturbing the Peace | The New Yorker

In the fall of 2009, Chinese movie theatres débuted “The Founding of a Republic,” a big-budget political extravaganza to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. Around the same time, in no theatres anywhere, Ai Weiwei put out his own film entitled “Disturbing the Peace,” a no-budget documentary shot with a handheld camera, which documented a bizarre day in ...

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Gaza in Crisis — Book Review | The Palestine Chronicle

When two of the most informed academics in the world collaborate on a project, the reader expects to have clear information and insights into the topic at hand. Chomsky and Pappe provide just that with their new short work “Gaza in Crisis.” Focused on Gaza, the discussion necessitates a background discussion on events that have brought about the current situation ...

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Michael Douglas remembers Japan during ceremony for disarmament | The Canadian Press

Actor and U.N. messenger for peace Michael Douglas offered his condolences Thursday to the Japanese people struggling amid nuclear crisis after this month’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Douglas spoke at U.N. headquarters alongside a new exhibit of petitions containing the signatures of more than 1 million people calling on the world’s leaders for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Secretary-General Ban ...

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