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The Greatest Sin: The use of a just cause to justify injustice

Azmi BisharaOne of the worst things for a just cause is for it to be exposed to a situation where it becomes impossible for justice to be achieved. As a result of this, this same cause becomes a scapegoat used by political symbols or simply a symbol itself. In a case such as this one, injustice becomes normalised as people are paid to play the role of the victim, pushing the real victim out of context, as the alleged victims are believed to be the true victims.


Spring time in Tulkarem as farms fight Israeli chemical factories

Israeli chemical factorygIt is spring on the Tanib farm and the eskadenias or loquats - small sweet orange fruits - and the strawberries are perfectly ripe. Workers and volunteers who have travelled far and wide to take part in a two week campus on the farm grounds are busy harvesting. The volunteers are helping with turning the farm organic. Tea drank in the breaks of a hard days labour is made on a bio gas cooker and dried fruits served as snacks have been made in a solar powered drier.


Rapprochement in the Gulf: who blinked first?

David HearstSo who won the diplomatic war of words that threatened to fragment the Gulf Cooperation Council, and make a nonsense of its name? Did the Saudis step back from the brink, or did Qatar back down? Who blinked first?


Israel, settler violence and calculated differentiation

Ramona WadiSettler-colonial violence has rarely prompted any condemnation from Israel and its institutions. Regularly dismissed as isolated incidents despite the constant phenomenon and its deleterious effects upon Palestinians, settler violence is sanctioned by the Zionist state. Its perpetrators are regaled with impunity for upholding the historical violence that facilitated the establishment of the settler-colonial state.


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.