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UK vote on Palestine: Why all the fuss?

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by Rachel Shabi

For something billed as mostly "symbolic", the subject seems to be generating some heated, last-minute debate. On October 13, UK parliament votes on whether to call on government to recognize the state of Palestine. It isn't a binding vote, but calls for Britain to join the 134 nations that already bilaterally recognize Palestine - Sweden being the most recent of these to do so, last week. It also consolidates the UN recognition of Palestine in 2012.

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Questioning Sweden’s 'Bold' Diplomatic Initiative

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It was a welcome move, but only in some respects. The new center-left Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, in his inaugural speech to Parliament indicated on October 3rd the intention of the Swedish government to recognize Palestinian statehood. He explained that such a move mentioned in the platform of his party is in accord with promoting a two-state solution, and more significantly, that is to be “negotiated in accordance with international law.”

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What gives legitimacy to ISIL's rhetoric?

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by Soumaya Ghannoushi

Since the map of the Middle East was drawn by the Sykes-Picot Agreement in the aftermath of World War I and the retreat of the Ottoman Turks in favor of the British and French, the lines demarcating the boundaries between states in the Arab region have never been successfully challenged, even in the heyday of pan-Arab nationalism.

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Crusaders and Zionists

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Lately, the words "Crusaders" and "Zionists" have been appearing more and more often as twins. In a documentary about ISIS I just saw, they appeared together in almost every sentence uttered by the Islamist fighters, including teenagers.

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Did Israel Commit Genocide in Gaza?

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In a special session of the Russell Tribunal held in Brussels on September 24th, Israel’s military operation Protective Edge was critically scrutinized from the perspective of international law, including the core allegation of genocide. The process featured a series of testimonies by legal and weapons experts, health workers, journalists and others most of whom had experienced the 50 days of military assault.

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