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Gaza: A self-healing dilemma

Killing and bombing are finally over. Yet, I can't feel that the war is! I don't think we will for a long period of time... if we ever could!

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Iran's struggle against Israel's colonial expansion

In keeping with previous assertions, Iranian discourse is inclusive of historical liberation and is committed to non-recognition of Israel. Gaza's resistance against the latest massacre generated renewed conviction for resistance against settler-colonialism, as well as a commitment to aid Palestinians in their struggle for liberation.

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Could FIFA Suspend Israel?

File photo of Palestinian footballers in GazaNow in the Washington, D.C. area, Kuttab is founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and also a co-founder of Nonviolence International, which just put out a 45-page report "Report: Israel Hinders Football in Occupied Palestine" with the Palestine Football Association. Kuttab edited the report.

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An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide

ACTION ALERT:Haneen Zoubi

MK Haneen Zoubi (BALAD) faces death threats as the Israeli Knesset House Committee votes to revoke her Parliamentary privileges for participating in the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid Flotilla and protesting against the blockade.

An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide

June 9, 2010

On June 7, 2010, the Knesset House Committee of the Israeli parliament voted by a majority of seven-to-one to recommend that the parliamentary privileges of MK Haneen Zoubi (NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY-BALAD) be revoked. In accordance with the committee's decision, MK Zoubi will be stripped of three rights usually enjoyed by members of the Israeli parliament. First, her diplomatic passport will be rescinded. Second, her privileges regarding travel abroad will be curtailed. Third, her legal costs incurred while in service will no longer be covered by the Knesset. Before taking effect, the revocation of these privileges must be approved by the Knesset plenum. A vote on these matters may take place as early as next week.

The House Committee decision followed several stormy days in the Knesset, during which MK Zoubi was accused by fellow parliamentarians of being a "terrorist" and a "traitor," and subjected to racist and sexist remarks so offensive and abusive, that some were ordered stricken from the public record. In light of this hateful atmosphere, it is likely that the Knesset plenum will approve the House Committee's recommendations.

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UAE-Egypt attack on Libya aimed at Islamists

Intense fighting has been ongoing in Libya for weeks, with violence reaching such a pitch that many embassies have been evacuated. Rival militias – split into two main factions that can be crudely characterised as Islamist and nationalist – have been battling each other for control of the capital, Tripoli, and its airport. Libya's elected government, dominated by liberals and federalists, has been forced to flee to the eastern city of Tobruk. The government – weak, but backed by the west – has appealed for international support to protect key infrastructure like oil fields and the airport.

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