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Looking behind Riyadh’s desire for a more active role in the Syrian conflict

Samira Shackle

When the US formed its anti-Daesh coalition in September 2014, Saudi Arabia was one of the first Arab countries to join. From the very beginning of the conflict, the kingdom’s position was clear: Bashar al-Assad must go. It soon mounted several air strikes on Syria. This direct action warned quickly in March after the kingdom launched its intervention in Yemen, an involvement that has extended far beyond Saudi Arabia’s expectations.

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Exploring war and folklore through the medium of dance

d’après une histoire vraie

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Some memories are so powerful that they leave traces, imprints and half-remembered fragments of the past that in the present moment can transform themselves into new repertoires of being and understanding in the world. This was the case when French choreographer Christian Rizzo witnessed a performance of a traditional folkloric war dance while travelling in Istanbul in 2004. The power and movement of that performance stayed with him and, over the years, became a source of inspiration for his own work.

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Season of prickly pears in Palestine, the fruit of patience

A Palestinian boy eats cactusIn Padras, a town in west Ramallah, one can find prickly pears in all houses, the summer fruit of choice for Palestinians and a symbol of steadfastness and patience.

Zainab Awad, 37, lives in Padras, a town known for its cultivation of prickly pears. She wakes up early every day to harvest the fruit. Awad, who works as a teacher in a private-sector kindergarten, harvests prickly pears in the summer as a second source of income.

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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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