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Avnery: The Treaty


And what if the whole drama was only an exercise of deception? What if the wily Persians did not even dream of building an atomic bomb, but used the threat to further their real aims?

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Israel, the rainbow flag and the 'pinkwashing' problem


by Rachel Shabi

Weeks ago, the White House and thousands of Facebook profile pictures turned rainbow coloured in celebration of the US Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage. In the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian artist painted the same rainbow symbol in giant format on a prominent part of Israel's separation wall - and then Palestinian protesters painted over it. Cue the media items that juxtaposed the intolerant Palestinian position against Israel's gay-friendly track record.

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The pursuit of peace in Afghanistan

peace talks

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

For over a decade, Afghanistan has insisted on "Afghan-owned" and "Afghan-led" talks with the Taliban, preferably to be held on its own soil. Official dialogue channels are now open, but it was Pakistan that hosted direct talks with the Taliban, and of course, with its own initiative.

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The Attitude of Jesus and Spirit of Christ

Pope Francis

According to the Gospels, Jesus consistently railed against the political classes that took great comfort in their privileged status under a ruthless imperialist system. Today, Pope Francis is doing exactly the same thing.

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The noose is tightening around Syria’s Palestinians

Syria’s Palestinians

Several credible reports this week from Palestinian refugees in Syria and Europe, the latter among those who by various means managed to escape the Syrian conflict with their lives, illustrate the increasing pressure and dangers Palestinians are facing here just trying to survive. And the chances of survival are not likely to improve anything soon.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli settlements


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