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Momentum for Palestinian Statehood


Britain's symbolic vote brings it closer to reality. It's just a matter of time before Palestine takes its rightful place among other world nations officially. Expect America, Israel and a few Pacific islands Washington dominates to be final holdouts.

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Diplomacy, immunity and justice


The British courts have long been considered a forum of independent and impartial justice. One of the principal components of this system of justice is the application of universal jurisdiction; a process which allows victims of torture committed outside its borders to bring claims before the British courts. The application of this process has recently been called into question in the case of F F, a Bahraini national, allegedly tortured during the Bahrain uprising in 2011.

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UK vote on Palestine: Why all the fuss?

UK parliament

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


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?


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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