ISIL recruits in the Balkans

By Jonathan Brown – In the weeks leading up to her escape from ISIL-controlled territory in Syria, Noora, a Yazidi from Sinjar, was held captive in a three room-house to the northeast of Raqqa. Her captor was a young Bosnian woman who had travelled from the Balkans to join ISIL.[…]

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After 2015 successes, BDS has big plans for the new year

2015 will be remembered as the year that Palestinian popular resistance spread across historic Palestine and saw tens of thousands of Palestinians take to the streets to resist and confront Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. Ten years since the launch of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), 2015 also[…]

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Jerusalem expulsions target activists

By Budour Youssef Hassan – Whenever Palestinians stand up for their rights in Jerusalem, it is a safe bet that Samer Abu Eisheh will be there. It is hard to imagine a protest near the Damascus Gate — an entrance to the Old City — without his bellowing voice. It[…]

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Remembering the Peshawar massacre

Chemistry teacher Andaleeb Aftab had spent the morning invigilating at an exam before taking a break in the school’s staff room. It was just as she was beginning to make her way back to the classroom that she heard the screams. There were gunmen in the school, a colleague was[…]

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The untold story of Hana Shalabi

By Ramzy Baroud – Throughout her hunger strike, that of exactly 47 days, Hana Shalabi never slept consistently for a number of hours. In the first few days of her strike, she would doze off only to wake up with the sudden fear that someone was trying to hurt her.[…]

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Why has UN rebuilt just one house in Gaza?

In the whole period since Israel’s lethal and devastating summer 2014 attack on Gaza, the United Nations has provided assistance to just one family to rebuild its totally destroyed home. “I held the new keys in my hand; at that moment, I felt relieved and happy, and I wanted to[…]

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Children of Hebron: ‘Everyone is afraid’

At the start of the school day, students at the Tariq bin Ziyad school in Hebron mill around outside the white-brick building, talking to friends and playing football. The teenage students show no rush to head to class. Conversations drift from friendly rivalries between Real Madrid and Barcelona supporters, to[…]

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