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The Beautiful Game does not belong to murderous killjoys like Netanyahu

Yvonne RidleyWalking through some of the most miserable camps on earth where people have sought refuge after fleeing wars or natural disasters is always a humbling experience. However, it's not usually the wretched and squalid conditions which catch my breath, it is the sound of children at play. Trails of dust and the unmistakable sound of a bare foot hitting a ball reveal that football is the sport of the poor and dispossessed just as much as the status symbol of corporate fat cats, oligarchs and oil-rich shaikhs.


Netanyahu’s government and Palestinian options

Benjamin Netanyahu

Political analysts agree that Netanyahu's fourth government, with all of its partisan formations and political range, is the most right-wing in Israel since its creation 67 years ago. It is a settler government, which quashes any delusions about the potential for a resumption of the political process with the Palestinians.


The Palestinians between reconciliation and national unity

Abdul Sattar Qassem

All Palestinians, on every level and front, are concerned with the issue of reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. A lot is focused on the search for this elusive concord.


Serving normalisation post-cancellation of Peres visit

Abderrahim Chalfaouat

Once the proposed visit to Morocco of Israel's former President Shimon Peres appeared on the radar of human rights advocates and anti-Zionism civil society, news of advocacy protests went viral. Though the Al-Aqsa Intifada hindered Peres's earlier visit in 2010 as the King of Morocco rejected a meeting request, what pushed the Clintons and Moroccan officials to rethink the 2015 invitation was the direct accusation of responsibility for war crimes. This time, advocacy and activism against the visit took different, yet complementary, forms to send a strong message to Peres and those considering any future normalisation attempts.


The Riyadh conference looking for peace in Yemen

Dr Mohammad Saleh Al-Misfer

The conference in Riyadh for Yemeni national dialogue began this week. An invitation to attend was extended to all parties, including those linked to the party of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the General People's Congress, as well as those who went against the legitimate authority on 21 September last year. The coordinators agreed to divide representation equally between the north and south in all elements of the dialogue, including the preparatory committee.


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