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Gaza – Remember these words

OPINION by Ebrahim Moosa  (A South African based freelance Journalist and researcher with the Palestine Information Network (PIN). Find PIN on Twitter @learnpalestine) As I knuckle down for this piece, Gaza, ominously, seems teetering on the brink of another conflagration. “Gaza is imploding. This is not hyperbole. This is not alarmism. It[…]

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At 104, South Africa’s ANC must be younger

OPINION by Khadija Patel – The African National Congress, Africa’s oldest liberation movement and – for the last 22 years – the ruling party of South Africa, has celebrated its 104th anniversary. It is a party whose rich history is headlined by such luminaries as Chief Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo[…]

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What it feels like to be a refugee

BY Anonymous – You’re 29 years old with a wife, two children and a job. You have enough money, and can afford a few nice things, and you live in a small house in the city. Suddenly the political situation in your country changes and a few months later, soldiers[…]

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This is how we failed Syria

OPINION by Jan Egeland- Last year three UN Security Council resolutions were passed aiming to protect and assist civilians in Syria. But, a year after the first resolution was passed, the words ring hollow. In a report being released today, my organisation, Norwegian Refugee Council, along with several other organisations,[…]

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“Its the Occupation stupid, not Iran”

OPINION by Iqbal Jassat- Citing Iran as an existential threat is to don a mask which conceals what many Israelis perceive to be the real danger arising from internal Israeli policies that Netanyahu refuses to acknowledge. Now that all the hype is over following his controversial grandstanding at a joint[…]

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Tony Abbott’s unambiguous anti-Muslim bigotry exposed

OPINION by Randa Abdel-Fattah- In 2011, then opposition immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, sought to persuade the shadow cabinet to take advantage of what were perceived to be increasing concerns among the general public about Australian Muslims. That there was opposition by some members of the shadow cabinet to the suggestion[…]

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11 international ‘terrorists’ in South Africa

OPINION by Nabila Ismail- The Times article by Graeme Hosken (Al-Qaeda at the gates :Friday, 20 February 2015) reports that the United Nations Security Council has informed the South African Government to be on the look out “for 11 international terrorists who might consider using the country as an operational[…]

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‘American Sniper’ should not be nominated for an Oscar

OPINION by Ramzi Kassem- “They’re savages! It’s not about them! It’s about us!” In that exchange between the protagonist, Chris Kyle, a man who holds the dubious distinction of being the most lethal sniper in American military history, and his wife, lies the central conceit of “American Sniper”, nominated in[…]

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Obama’s short memory

OPINION by Marwan Bishara- US President Barack Obama checked most of the boxes as he spoke about the ways and means to tackle violent extremism during a special conference on the topic in Washington, DC. He stressed once again that the United States is not at war with Islam. And[…]

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Language on Gaza sways opinion

OPINION by Andriques Che Petersen- While they may be reluctant, and no matter how objective they believe they are, or how strongly they adhere to the ethics of balanced reporting, if you asked any journalist if they have ever had to choose a hero and a villain in a story,[…]

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