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Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years: UN report 2.9.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Sep 2 : A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become "uninhabitable" by 2020 if current economic trends persist.
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Nabi Saleh images illustrate changing asymmetry of Israeli-Palestinian conflict 1.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Photos and video of family grappling with soldier trying to arrest son show how power of social media is challenging military might

Late last Friday a series of photographs from a protest in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh dropped on the news wires.

They portrayed a masked IDF soldier trying to arrest a boy accused of throwing stones (denied by villagers) before his mother and teenage sister intervened.

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A Palestinian child's detention becomes a Mideast Rashomon 31.8.2015 L.A. Times - World News
A video documenting a violent scuffle between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian child and his family in the West Bank went viral over the weekend, becoming a sort of Rorschach test of the passions and perspectives of the Middle East conflict.
Green Activism in Palestine 30.8.2015 Truthout.com
Land is key to the ongoing occupation in Palestine. Wars have been fought over territory and legal battles have spun out for decades over matters as basic as accessing a plot. Despite land being such a major issue, the human cost of occupation means that the environmental cost is forgotten not just by Western outsiders like myself, but also by Palestinians themselves. The destruction of olive trees has, of course, become almost a symbol of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The cultural significance of olive branches as messages of peace add a metaphorical layer to the trials Palestinian farmers face when their income and heritage is destroyed. (Read the Journal's 2002 report on this issue here ). However, there are many other native plants and wildlife that too, are an integral part of Palestinian history and culture. While walking in the hills around Ramallah with a group of friends recently, I ran into Saleh Totah, an activist who co-founded Mashjar Juthour , a 2.5 acre arboretum and eco-park on the ...
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Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling 30.8.2015 Hindu: News
The video sparked accusations from critics that Israel is too heavy-handed in its confrontations with Palestinian protesters, especially minors
Israeli veterans recall horrors of country’s victory in six-day war 30.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
New documentary Censored Voices records ex-soldiers telling of their regrets over brutal 1967 conflict

Israeli soldiers had already searched the Palestinian families trudging away from their homes, cleared them of their weapons, and sent them on their way. Then a second group of soldiers pulled up in a car, separated out the men, took them to one side and shot them.

When horrified observers asked their commander, “How could this be?”, he shrugged off the massacre. “When you chop wood, chips fly,” he told his men.

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Hopeless in Gaza? 28.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
In the year since the 2014 war ended little has happened to change the conditions that will inevitably lead to another one, warns a new report The International Crisis Group has a deserved reputation for thorough and cool-headed analysis, and its latest report on the Gaza Strip, marking a year since the end of the last war, is a model of its kind. There’s no shortage of media coverage of this festering disaster at the heart of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, but the ICG goes beyond most reporting to highlight underlying themes that are often hard to pick out in the smoke and clamour of violent and terrible events. Chief amongst these is the effective absence of a government running Gaza - meaning that its economy is a wreck and most of its 1.8m people have no access to the outside world. Israel has slightly eased its blockade since the ceasefire of last August 26, alleviating but not eliminating pressure. But even before Operation “Protective Edge” Egypt had blown up the cross-border tunnels that were ...
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Will Peace Find a 2016 Advocate? 28.8.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: Campaign 2016 has offered few useful ideas about worsening global crises. On the Republican side, it’s been mostly the same-old tough talk while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said little. Is there a way to break through the frozen thinking about world conflicts, asks Robert Parry. By Robert Parry At least since the 1980s…
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Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Rising population and dwindling water supplies will affect millions of people and exacerbate conflict in the region

Water supplies across the Middle East will deteriorate over 25 years, threatening economic growth and national security and forcing more people to move to already overcrowded cities, a new analysis suggests.

As the region, which is home to over 350 million people, begins to recover from a series of deadly heatwaves which have seen temperatures rise to record levels for weeks at a time, the World Resources Institute (WRI) claims water shortages were a key factor in the 2011 Syria civil war.

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Gaza war recriminations for Israel and Palestinian militants 26.8.2015 L.A. Times - World News
The devastation caused by 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip a year ago was staggering.
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Women in Gaza: 'If we want to live here, we want to live in dignity' 20.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
During the worst of the violence between Israel and Palestine last summer, Gaza student Hoda Elrayes shared her experiences of living on the frontline with GuardianWitness . One year on she tells us about three women in her community whose lives are still affected The conflict between Israel and Gaza last July has left the most acute humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip for decades. An international donors’ conference in Cairo last October raised $5.4bn (£3.4bn) to rebuild Palestine – however, according to a World Bank report in May , only a quarter of that sum has actually been delivered to those desperately in need. Life for women in Gaza has never been easy but last summer’s escalation of violence has made the situation much worse for many. Over the last year I have have been in contact with three women whose lives were shattered – and I have approached the authorities in Gaza to find out the reasons why their situation has still not ...
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Spanish government condemns exclusion of Jewish artist from festival 19.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Matisyahu’s appearance at Rototom Sunsplash is cancelled after he refused to publicly state his position on the Israel-Palestine conflict

The Spanish government has condemned the Rototom Sunsplash festival for cancelling an appearance by the Jewish-American reggae artist Matisyahu after the musician refused to publicly state his position on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

According to Billboard, the Spanish foreign ministry issued a statement on 18 August, which said: “Imposing a public declaration [from Matisyahu] puts into question the principles of non-discrimination on which all plural and diverse societies are based.”

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GOP hopeful Huckabee says West Bank is part of Israel 19.8.2015 AP Politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waded into Middle East politics on Tuesday by declaring the West Bank to be part of Israel....
Trailer of Portman's 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' unveiled 13.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
Los Angeles, Aug 13 : A new trailer for actor Natalie Portman's feature directorial debut "A Tale of Love and Darkness" has arrived.
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King Hussein brings stability to Jordan: from the archive, 13 August 1979 13.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Devoid of oil and reliant on foreign assistance and the remittances of its emigres for its economic survival, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has thrived in adversity

This report is written by John Andrews of the Guardian staff, and two guest writers from the Jordan Times.

King Hussein is now in his 27th year on Jordan’s throne, a charismatic survivor who at the age of 43 has outlasted every other leader, party and faction in the Arab world.

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A blow for academic freedom in a 1st Amendment case -- one year late 12.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Believers in the causes of academic freedom and free speech will undoubtedly recall the case of Steven Salaita, a respected scholar who was hired for a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois and then, after he tweeted intemperately about Israel's conduct in Gaza, summarily fired. 
Rectifying Israel’s Crimes 11.8.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
Israel’s original sin – the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians – and the ongoing abuse of this subjugated population in the West Bank and Gaza undermine Israel’s preferred self-image as a modern civilized state and lead more people around the world to demand some modicum of justice, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson Even before…
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How the Iran Deal Could Reshape the Middle East 10.8.2015 Truthout.com
Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a meeting with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Doha, Qatar, July 3, 2015. Persian Gulf monarchies issued a cautious endorsement Monday of the accord Kerry negotiated last month to constrain Iran's nuclear program. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times) The profound changes occurring in the Middle East have led to exaggerated estimates of a decline of US influence in the Middle East. There is a sense that the US ability to "call the shots" has been diminished, and concern that the United States is likely to withdraw from the region. In fact, the US standing is likely to increase as Washington repositions itself. This shift in US policy has been signaled by statements over a period of years by senior active and former US officials. During 2010 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, for example, then Central Command chief General David Petraeus remarked on the damage to US interests generated by "insufficient progress towards a ...
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NUT defends controversial teaching kit featuring life of Palestinian children 7.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Teaching union pulled resource after a picture emerged of a child featured in it holding a gun, while critics say the pack presents a one-sided view of the conflict

The National Union of Teachers has robustly defended a teaching kit exploring the life of Palestinian schoolchildren, despite pulling the resource when a photograph surfaced of the child featured in the pack holding a gun.

Critics have said the resource – called Beyond the Wall and released in April with the Christian charity Edukid – was one-sided as it did not contain any profiles of Jewish-Israeli children.

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Four Palestinians killed when leftover ordnance explodes in Gaza rubble 6.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
At least four Palestinians were killed Thursday and at least 20 more injured in the southern Gaza Strip when unexploded munitions went off as a group cleared the rubble of a house destroyed in last summer's conflict, medical sources in Gaza said.
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