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And the lesson today is Palestine and people power

Yvonne RidleyBritain has one of the oldest democracies in the world, having been largely run by a parliament since the 1600s. However, there are those who believe that Westminster politics are now dysfunctional with the voice of the people rarely being listened to.


Freed journalist remains committed to media freedom

Al-Jazeera journalist Abdallah Elshamy

After his arbitrary arrest in Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Square in 2013, during the massacre therein, Al-Jazeera journalist Abdallah Elshamy was imprisoned. He became one of thousands of innocent victims of the regime in Egypt's prisons subject to daily beatings, solitary confinement and harassment; perhaps hardest of all, they have very limited access to and information about their families.


The Charlie effect: What next!

Fadi Elhusseini

Are we witnessing a harbinger of a religious war? Is it the beginning of a new violent era that may not spare any nation? What is that radicalism wants to achieve by committing such acts? Why is this happening? And is there a solution? These are few questions that appear in the daily debates and articles in the aftermath of the Paris events.


Inside Conservative Friends of Israel

Alastair Sloan

A wine-spattered copy of the parliamentary guest list for the Conservative Friends of Israel's "Annual Business Lunch", which took place in December last year, has made it onto my desk. For those of you who don't know, CFI is a pressure group for pro-Israel interests in Westminster; between two-thirds and four-fifths of all Conservative MPs are believed to be members.


ISIS recruitment in Kosovo

Image by Laura Aggio CaldonIMAGES

Kosovo is the youngest republic in Europe, proclaiming itself to be independent of Serbia in 2008. Today it seems to have become fertile recruiting ground for ISIS. During 2014, dozens of people were arrested for suspected terrorist activity and more than 300 left for the Middle East to join ISIS and Al-Nusra Front; more than 30 have been killed, according to government figures. The strong presence of foreign fighters from the Balkans and Kosovo was suggested when Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's speech declaring himself to be the "caliph" was translated into English, French, German, Turkish, Russian and Albanian.


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