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ICC charges won’t be effective: expert

UCT human rights expert Cathy Powell does not believe the Palestinian government will achieve its aims to have Israel prosecuted for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riad al-Malki, visited the ICC on Tuesday, with the aim of pushing for war crimes charges to be[…]

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Palestine advert in Sunday Times

A full page advert is being compiled by the Minara Chamber of Commerce to be placed in the Sunday Times next weekend to explain, in simple terms, the chronology of events in Palestinian history. Minara president Solly Sulaiman said the idea was to create awareness and educate the South African[…]

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Madonsela subpoenaes minister over Motsoeneng

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has subpoenaed Communications Minister Faith Muthambi as part of her investigation into the permanent appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as SABC COO, her office said on Wednesday. “The public protector wrote to the minister last month requesting a meeting and the minister responded by saying that as[…]

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Anti-fracking group meets government

The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) would keep an open mind on claims that shale gas may prove a “game changer” for the local economy, the organisation said on Wednesday. If the claims were correct, they could be validated by scientific investigation, and a thorough cost-benefit analysis in which science[…]

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More aftershocks expected in SA

More aftershocks were expected following the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the North West province, the Council for Geoscience (CGS) said on Wednesday. “Aftershocks, ranging in magnitudes one to 2.5 have occurred and are expected to continue in the coming days,” said Michelle Grobbelaar, manager of the council’s seismology unit.[…]

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Lasting Gaza truce tops Cairo talks agenda

A temporary ceasefire is holding in the Palestinian Gaza Strip as Egyptian mediators pursue talks with Israeli and Palestinian representatives on a long-lasting end to the war that has devastated the Palestinian territory. Egyptian intelligence officials met in Cairo with a high-level Israeli delegation late on Tuesday, a day after[…]

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WHO holds emergency Ebola meeting

The World Health Organization on Wednesday began a two-day emergency meeting on west Africa’s Ebola epidemic, with the UN agency deciding whether to declare it an international crisis. The closed-door session is tasked with ruling whether the outbreak constitutes what is known in WHO-speak as a “public health emergency of[…]

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MSA hosts Palestinian author in CT

Palestinian academic and author Dr Abdallah Ma’rouf is in Cape Town from the Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th of August. Dr Ma’rouf holds a PHD in Islamic Jerusalem Studies and is considered an authority on the history of Al Quds in Palestine. He is being hosted by the Muslim Students’ Association[…]

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Prof Pappe’s JHB tour

Following talks to jampacked audiences in Cape Town, Prof Ilan Pappe takes on Johannesburg this week for the next leg of his South African speaking tour.  Pappe is an Israeli academic and historian that is in effective exile due to his academic work, support of the Palestinian struggle and in[…]

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30 groups support Woolies boycott

More than 30 wide-ranging South African civil society and religious organizations, trade unions, and political parties have come together under the banner of the National Coalition 4 Palestine (NC4P) in calling for a full boycott of Woolworths. NC4P affiliates include the ANC Youth League, Muslim Judicial Council, Kairos South Africa,[…]

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