Sleeping With The Enemy

Sometimes, love isn’t enough By Sami Abu Salem Pablo Neruda once wrote: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” And so it was, that 21-year-old Rami Qedra, a Muslim Palestinian MAN from Beit Lahia, a town north of Gaza, fell in love with Galit Popok, a 17-year-old Jewish Israeli

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The Hippocratic Death Warrant

Syrian government forces are targeting doctors as a weapon of war BY Lucy Westcott The number of doctors in Syria’s rebel-held eastern Aleppo has been reduced to no more than 80, as the vast majority have been killed or fled, according to nonprofit Physicians for Human Rights. The city is divided into two sections, with

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The Fed is Unlikely To Cut Rates

Crude prices may fall further BY Nouraldin Al Hammoury The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) shocked the markets recently with a recessionary signal, as it dropped below the 50 key mark for the first time since 2012. This constitutes the largest decline and worst reading since 2009 when the PMI dropped to a 48.6

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Fighting Terrorism With Tolerance

Societies are becoming aware that the war on terror cannot be won through violence BY Dr. Habib Al Mulla It has been nearly 15 years since the U.S.-led global ‘War on Terror’ was launched, but airstrikes, bombings, ground forces, and enhanced intelligence ops are yet to adequately mitigate the threat that extremism presents. In fact,

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Fatema Mernissi: A Woman for All Seasons

The world has lost a renowned Muslim feminist with the passing of Fatema Mernissi BY Sarah Eltantawi When Fatema Mernissi passed away on Nov. 30, a tremor was felt in homes and classrooms throughout the region. She was born in 1940 to a middle class family. Educated at the Sorbonne and at Brandeis University, she

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Mission to Mars

Racing Against the Clock to Reach Mars By Leila Hatoum For over ten years, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has been hard at work building a team of specialists in space technologies—some of whom would later oversee its space program—in collaboration with global partners, mainly from South Korea and the United States. The

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Into the Valley of Death

100 years after Sykes-Picot, Britain and France return to Syria BY Michael Stephens AFTER weeks of hand-wringing and heated debate, the United Kingdom has now joined the coalition in extended military actions in Syria. So far the impact has been fairly limited. U.K. bombs have only fallen on isolated Daesh-controlled oil fields in eastern Syria.

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The Pursuit of Justice

Will boycotting Israel change it from within? BY BEN WHITE Israel’s ongoing military occupation of the West Bank and enforced siege on Gaza Strip, with its illegal policies from land colonization and settlements to blockade and collective punishment, has led to mounting frustration with the country’s conduct in political circles internationally. At the level of

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Britain Reacts

The public response to Syria airstrikes has been mixed BY Sunny Hundal A COUNTRY where leaders follow the baser instincts of voters and tabloid media is always open to manipulation. So one way to explain the U.K.’s decision to send warplanes to Syria is that Daesh has managed to exploit public opinion. And so Daesh

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Saudi To Consider Sri Lankan Maid’s Appeal Against Stoning

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Saudi authorities have agreed to consider an appeal against the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a 45-year-old Sri Lankan maid for adultery, Sri Lanka’s deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday, welcoming the decision as a “big victory.” The married woman, who had been

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