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1600 Detainees to Declare Hunger-Strike on April 17

Detainees1600 Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, declared they will be starting an open-ended hunger strike on April 17th in protest to their illegal detention, and demanding basic rights.

Palestinian Minister of Detainees in the West Bank, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that the situation of the detainees in Israeli prisons is very difficult, and dangerous, especially amidst the ongoing Israeli violations and attacks against them.

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Obama: A casualty of the Cold War?

obama-colombiaby Lucia Newman

If this hadn’t been an election year , things may have been different.

Nobody realistically expected Barack Obama, the US president, to bow to unanimous demands by his Latin American and Caribbean peers to re-incorporate Cuba into the Organisation of American States (OAS) , from which  it was expelled - on Washington’s insistence - exactly 50 years ago.

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Angrier Birds

Republican primarySome small- minded pundits are guaranteed to grouchily opine this is neither the time nor the place to be re-circulating unfounded conspiracy theories. Then again, mightn’t it be more imprudent to ignore the latest rumors and dark mutterings concerning something as important as the nomination of a presidential candidate? Of course we’re talking about the uncanny similarities between the 2012 Republican primary race and a game of Angry Birds.

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A rare admission from Israel

Dan Meridor, Israel's deputy prime minister [EPA]by Teymoor Nabili

Was it a momentary lapse of concentration or an honest admission?

Last week, in an interview with Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in Jerusalem, I heard something I have not heard before.

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Holding onto Pakistan

khyberby Rabia Mughal

When I first moved to San Francisco people often used to give me a look of incomprehension when I said I was from Pakistan. I then had to explain its location using proximity to India and China as a guide.

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