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How the World Health Organization covered up Iraq’s nuclear nightmare | Nafeez Ahmed, theguardian.com

Ex-UN, WHO officials reveal political interference to suppress scientific evidence of postwar environmental health catastrophe Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a long awaited document summarizing the findings of an in-depth investigation into the prevalence of congenital birth defects (CBD) in Iraq, which many experts believe is linked to the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by Allied ...

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UN chief urges journalists to increase dialogue in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts | United Nations News Centre

Hailing a time of renewed hope for the Middle East peace efforts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants in a United Nations-backed seminar to keep up their efforts to increase dialogue and understanding in the region. “Many of you, as journalists, activists, policy-makers and representatives of civil society, have played a vital role in promoting transparency, accountability and democracy,” Mr. ...

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Under The Same Sun | Search for Common Ground

On Oct. 2, Under The Same Sun will be broadcast on Reshet’s Channel 2, the most popular TV channel in Israel, and on the independent Palestinian Ma’an TV Network, whose satellite footprint covers the whole Middle East, North Africa, and southern Europe. This is the first time a feature film will be broadcast to mass Israeli and Palestinian audiences on ...

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Development assistance in Afghanistan after 2014: from the military exit strategy to a civilian entry strategy | SIPRI

SIPRI has announced the publication of Development assistance in Afghanistan after 2014: from the military exit strategy to a civilian entry strategy After the departure of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), delivering development assistance in Afghanistan can return to common practices and procedures used in other insecure areas such as Somalia and Sudan (and already in areas of Afghanistan). ...

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Afghans allege civilian deaths in NATO raid | Al Jazeera English

At least five civilians, including three children, have been killed in a NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to government officials. The civilians, aged between 12 and 20, were killed overnight on Friday while they were out hunting birds in the area of Saracha, a few miles from Jalalabad city, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, ...

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Israel-Palestine peace is top focus in Middle East | Times Leader

In spite of the attention that problems such as chemical weapons and the civil war in Syria command, the main event in the Middle East remains the continuing Israeli-Palestinian talks, which seek a resolution of that fundamental 65-year-old conflict. For more on this story, visit: OTHER OPINION: ISRAELI PEACE TALKS Israel-Palestine peace is top focus in Middle East – Times ...

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Prospects for Mideast Peace | NYTimes.com

It has been nearly three decades since I arranged the first secret official negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and dashed as my hopes may have been by the end of Oslo, not once have I come to Ian S. Lustick’s conclusion that the two-state solution is “an idea whose time is now past” (“Two-State Illusion,” Sunday Review, ...

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Peace Is Happening! by Shane A. Scott | Kickstarter

In a little suburb of Jerusalem, something amazing is taking place that you probably never thought could…PEACE IS HAPPENING! My goal is to share these stories in an inspiring, motivating, and challenging documentary. Students from all over the world (our focus will be mostly from Palestine and Israel) are leading the change to accomplishing what their great-grandparents knew nothing about, ...

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Chomsky: Middle East peace talks a complete farce | Salon.com

The Israel-Palestine negotiations currently underway in Jerusalem coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. A look at the character of the accords and their fate may help explain the prevailing skepticism about the current exercise. In September 1993, President Clinton presided over a handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on ...

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Protecting Syria’s children | Mercy Corps

As the number of Syrians forced to flee the country’s civil war continues to grow rapidly, one number stays the same — over half of them are children. There are now one million Syrian refugee children. And every day, thousands more kids are ripped from their homes and schools, left with painful memories of violence and confusion over what they’ve ...

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