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Do Arab states really engage with human rights?

Arab spring revolution at Tahrir SquareWith growing demands for "bread, freedom and social justice" across the Arab Spring countries, many have started to question the status of human rights in the region and, more specifically, whether Arab states actually have any engagement with them in any meaningful way. Brutal clamp-downs and massacres by state security services have been accompanied by international support for regime changes, from the likes of French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and British Prime Minister David Cameron among others.


Despite Bouteflika win, new generations cry enough

Christine PetréOn Thursday the Algerian people went to the polls to cast their vote in the country's presidential elections. As expected, preliminary results indicate that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is heading towards a fourth term in office. However, despite the few surprises, some indications suggest that Algerians may slowly begin to shake the strong ruling politico-military elite.


From ethnic cleansing to return: a peace process worthy of the name

Miska displacement mapThis week marks the 66th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Miska, a Palestinian village whose roughly 1,000-strong population was expelled in April 1948 by Haganah forces. Located around 10 miles from Qalqilya, Miska boasted 100-200 houses, an elementary school for boys, and a mosque.


Israel's doomed 'lawfare' strategy

Asa WinstanleyA report in the Jewish Chronicle last week stated that a "secret conference" had been held in London whose aim was to combat the "delegitimization of Israel". The three-day event was reportedly held amid heavy security and was attended by representatives of Israel's spy agencies and by Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz.


Why does the BBC hide the truth about Jerusalem?

Amena SaleemThe BBC's reporting around the status of Jerusalem is "of such a low standard it fails to qualify as journalism," say campaigners.

This argument is the basis of the challenge made last week by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and Friends of Al Aqsa (FoA) against the BBC's insistence on referring to the whole of Jerusalem as an Israeli city, in contradiction to international law.