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American Studies Association backs academic boycott of Israel | RT News

The American Studies Association (ASA) leadership is pushing a plan to boycott Israeli universities, saying that Palestinian students and scholars currently face severe obstructions to their right to education “due to the occupation.” The resolution was passed unanimously by the association’s 20-member national council – composed of elected representatives from the general ASA membership. ASA president Curtis Marez said the ...

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#StopPrawlerPlan: Activists Against Destruction of Palestinian Villages Arrested in Israel | Global Voices

“Prawer shall not pass,” yelled hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli activists at a Day of Rage protest outside the Bedouin town of Hura, in the Negev desert. The protest was met with police force and activists were arrested, according to citizen media reports. The Prawer-Begin plan, approved by the Israeli Knesset, could result in the destruction of more than 35 ...

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Afghanistan — should we stay or should we go? | Peace Action Blog

By Dylan Welch and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has rejected a provision of a U.S.-Afghan security pact, putting the entire deal in jeopardy just days before the country’s elite gather to debate it, a senior Afghan official and a Western diplomat said. The question of whether foreign troops will be able to search Afghan homes ...

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Iran sets up National Environmental Fund | Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy

Iran has established a national fund on environmental issues, Mehr news agency reported on Nov. 12. According to the report, Iranian Vice-President for Planning and Strategic Supervision, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, Minister of the Economic Affairs and Finance, Ali Tayebnia and Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade, Mohammadreza Nematzadeh attended the first meeting of the fund held at the Iranian Environmental ...

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AUS exhibition highlights plight of Palestinians | UNRWA

By Noor Nazzal, Staff Reporter, Gulf News The living conditions of Palestinian refugees are being showcased by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in an exhibition at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). The exhibition, which holds a mirror to the difficult conditions and the development of refugee camps through photos, ...

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Israel to drill for oil in the West Bank | Al Jazeera English

A large reserve may lie under Israel and the occupied territories, but Palestinians are unlikely to reap the benefits. Israeli investors had reason to celebrate last month with the news that Israel may soon be joining the club of oil-producing states, in addition to its recent finds of large natural gas deposits off the coast. Shares in Givot Olam, an ...

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Ari Shavit article, letters in response, address ethnic cleansing in The New Yorker | The New Yorker

In a breakthrough of sort for a mainstream publication, The New Yorker (Oct. 21) published a detailed article on the ethic cleansing of the Palestinians. The author, Ari Shavit described in detail the murder of Palestinians of Lydda in 1948 and their cruel expulsion but then justified the Zionist crimes by adding “They did the filthy work that enables my ...

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Israel Cranks Up the PR Machine | The Nation

In the post-Oslo era, as the strategy that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle refers to as “peace without peace” captured the Israeli consensus, human rights activists ratcheted up grassroots efforts to challenge the occupation of Palestine and Israel’s prevailing structure of ethno-religious discrimination. Popularly known as BDS, the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israeli institutions involved ...

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Afghanistan: Over 1,900 minefields cleared in Afghanistan last year | ReliefWeb

The Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan historical achievements indicate a great deal of progress over the past 24 years of mine action operations in Afghanistan. To date, MAPA has released 21,174 hazards covering 1,834 sq km area, through surveys and clearance operations. As a result, 123 districts and 2,243 communities are no longer affected by known landmines and explosive remnants ...

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