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‘What Palestinians Said Was Israeli Aggression’: The Death of Omar al-Masharawi | FAIR

A new report from the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights (3/6/13) tallies the extent of the death and destruction from Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip last November. The fighting, which lasted about a week, killed over 174 Palestinians in Gaza, including 22 children and 13 women. Six Israelis were killed. But the headlines generated by the report ...

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Iraq 10 years on: the legacy of war – video | guardian.co.uk

Ten years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, the consequences are legion: a country divided along sectarian lines, a new authoritarian leadership, a region destabilised, western armies licking their wounds and international diplomacy discredited like never before. And that’s before counting the more immediate toll: tens of thousands of bodies, millions of displaced people, and hundreds of millions of dollars. ...

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We are those two Afghan children, killed while tending their cattle | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces yesterday. They were seven and eight years old. Our globe, approving of ‘necessary or just war’, thinks, “We expect this to happen occasionally.” Some say, “We’re sorry.” Therefore today, with sorrow and rage, we the Afghan Peace Volunteers took our hearts to the ...

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Middle East food security tracking tool launched | ReliefWeb

DUBAI, 8 March 2013 (IRIN) – Researchers and civil society activists in the Arab world have always complained that a lack of information has contributed to poor policies on development and resource management. “Arab countries do not have enough data and when they have it they are reluctant to share it among them,” says Hamed Assaf, a water resource management ...

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UN Secretary General Highlights Explorer’s Peace Work | National Geographic

At the recent UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Conference in Vienna, Austria, Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon encouraged the Alliance “to support peacemakers on both sides [of conflicts].” As an example, he highlighted the work of National Geographic Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah: “A Palestinian raised in Jerusalem, Aziz was 12 years old when his brother was killed. His first response was ...

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The Taliban Peacemakers | The Daily Beast

Nearly one year after announcing it was “suspending all dialogue” with the U.S. over its “ever-changing position,” the Taliban seem keen to enter into preliminary peace talks once again. For more on this story, visit: The Taliban Peacemakers – The Daily Beast.

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Robert Naiman: Americans for Peace Now: Don’t Co-Sponsor AIPAC’s Bills for Iran War | The Huffington Post

Lobbyists from AIPAC are pressing your senators and representative to support legislation that if adopted as written would push the United States significantly closer to war with Iran. If it were only Republicans like Lindsey Graham — the lead sponsor of AIPAC’s Senate bill — supporting AIPAC’s attack on the Iran policy of the Obama administration, that would be cause ...

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Obama is promoting, not proposing, peace | JPost

… Barack Obama came to office four years ago believing that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a key to restoring stability in the Middle East and dealing with other regional problems. That widely held theory of linkage was blown out of the water by the rise of Islamist regimes and the fall of pro-western secular national Arab leaders, the growing ...

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