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A Coup by Any Other Name -#Egypt

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It wasn't suppose to be this way. Everyone in Egypt knew, without question, that the country would hit a hurdle or two on its road to a fully functioning democracy. It was thought, however, that we would stumble along, but nonetheless move forward. The idea that Egypt could backslide – certainly, so soon into their democratic experiment – was simply ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Taking Action with BDS

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Pre-req | Introduction  | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 We've spent the last few articles describing the apartheid policies implemented by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The obvious question which follows is: so what, what am I to do about it and why? Apart from the obvious moral incumbency of acting to eliminate injustice, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deserves special attention for a ... Read More »

Empathizing with Catastrophe: Les Misérables and Human Suffering

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Every few decades a story is written that resonates with people across cultures and across histories to create a bridge of understanding spanning centuries of basic human instinct. This story essentially captures the needs, hopes, dreams, and desires that lie deep within our feral souls in spite of a people's shared sorrows. This story shakes us to our core and ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Part 3

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Pre-req | Introduction  | Part 1 |   Part 2 | Part 3 |  Part 4 | (Note: The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) refers to the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem which have been under Israeli occupation since 1967 )  Apartheid Roads and Restrictions on Freedom of Movement Israel has created a system of extensive roads in the Palestinian territories, primarily in the West Bank, which connect Jewish ... Read More »

Political Bickering and Chemical Weapons | Syrian Civil War

Burial shrouds, symbolizing bodies of the protesters who were killed during protests in Syria, are seen at an anti-Syrian government protest in Cairo

Amidst the Presidential elections, Operation Pillar of Cloud, Palestinian bid at the UN, unrest in Egypt and a host of other issues, the Syrian conflict has been relegated to the back pages of our papers. Despite all this, the brutality of the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate. The death toll of this murderous rampage has now exceeded 40,000. ... Read More »

Does IDF (Israel) produce BBC and US News Headlines? Media & Gaza

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Consider the headlines that everyday Americans (and increasingly British) see in their papers and news outlets. Is it any wonder that the majority of casual-observing Americans may actually think that Palestine as Goliath and Israel as David in this conflict? Gaza: Palestinian boy 'killed by Israeli gunfire' (consider the quotation marks around this BBC headline) Four dead in Gaza Strip fighting (sounds like a ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Part 2

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This article explores the different apartheid policies designed and enforced by Israel in the Palestinian territories to oppress Palestinian Arabs and give preferential treatment to Israeli Jews to maintain the domination of its race. Read More »

Syrian Crises: Turkish Military Strikes Back

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For the first time since the Syrian crises began in March 2011, there has been international involvement in the conflict at the military level.  The Turkish parliament recently approved a bill authorizing the military to conduct cross-border operations in Syria after shelling from Syrian territory killed five civilians. The conflict has so far claimed the lives of over 30,000 people within ... Read More »

The Embassy Attacks: Hyperbole, Hypocrisy and Hujarat

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There is lots of blame to go around for the tragedies that occurred throughout the Middle East last week. Like is often the case, however, Egypt was at the epicenter of it all - and more specifically, Egyptian culture. Read More »

Making Sense of the Egyptian Elections: A Political Analysis

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By: A Voice from Egypt On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Muḥammad Morsi became the first democratically elected president in the history of Egypt.  For the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's victory must seem like the culmination of a 90 year struggle to gain political influence over Egyptian politics.  However, the future is fraught with difficulties, since Egypt's revolution was partial and remains incomplete.  Furthermore, the Muslim Brotherhood are ... Read More »

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