Articles by Al Jazeera

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Ghana Child Slavery: When Seeking Context Overlooks Harm
Kuukuwa Manful – Al Jazeera, 8 Apr 2019

1 Apr 2019 – That Africa and Africans are often misrepresented and stereotyped in Western imaginations is not new, or news. From the many lazy and insulting depictions of Africans in Western cinema to respected academic publications that overgeneralise and cast Africa as backward, negative representations abound. However, even if we don’t have exact data on how pervasive child slavery is in Ghana, we can’t accept harmful child labour as normal.

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Johan Galtung: The American Empire Will Fall by 2020
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

Jan 2017 – Famous researcher-prognosticator, father of Peace Studies John Galtung explains his prediction.

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New Zealand Mosque Attacks and the Scourge of White Supremacy
Mohamad Elmasry – Al Jazeera, 18 Mar 2019

15 Mar 2019 – Today’s New Zealand mosque shootings, which killed at least 49 people and were allegedly carried out by white supremacists, are only the latest on a long list of recent acts of white supremacist terrorism. Despite the growing and constant threat, Western governments have failed to adequately address the danger of white supremacy.

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Why Has Kashmir Been Forgotten?
Samreen Mushtaq & Mudasir Amin – Al Jazeera, 4 Mar 2019

2 Mar 2019 – Amid all the talks of India-Pakistan war, the issue at the very heart of present tensions has been completely ignored.

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Violence Breeds More Violence in Kashmir
Ather Zia – Al Jazeera, 25 Feb 2019

18 Feb 2019 – As the militarisation of Kashmir has grown, so have victimisation and radicalisation.

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Palestine’s Other Open-Air Prison
Jalal Abukhater – Al Jazeera, 18 Feb 2019

13 Feb 2019 – Under a debilitating siege for more than a decade, Gaza has been rightfully declared the biggest open-air prison in the world. But there is another, similar, prison in Palestine that is less obvious because it suffers from a different kind of siege, undeclared and indirect: the West Bank. Every Palestinian who resides there and holds official Palestinian identification papers is a prisoner in their own home. Here is what a West Bank Palestinian resident has to go through every time s/he tries to get out of home.

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Digital Prophecies: The Medium Is the Message
Marshall McLuhan – Al Jazeera English, 18 Feb 2019

In the 1960s, way before anybody had ever tweeted, Facebook Live-d or sent classified information to WikiLeaks, one man made a series of pronouncements about the changing media landscape. His name was Marshall McLuhan and you’ve probably heard his most quoted line: “The medium is the message”.

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Rohingya Activists Demand Action against Myanmar at NYC Summit
Azad Essa – Al Jazeera, 18 Feb 2019

9 Feb 2019 – – The question of justice has dominated discussions at a New York conference on the persecution suffered by the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. A two-day international conference urges collective and decisive action.

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The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine
Noam Chomsky – Al Jazeera English, 11 Feb 2019

According to American linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: Ownership, Advertising, the Media Elite, Flak, the Common Enemy

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India’s Rohingya Shame
Ashley Starr Kinseth – Al Jazeera, 4 Feb 2019

29 Jan 2019 – The Indian government has adopted attitudes similar to Myanmar’s towards the Rohingya.

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Venezuela’s Slow Coup Continues
George Ciccariello-Maher – Al Jazeera, 4 Feb 2019

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s support base is not the Venezuelan people but foreign right-wing governments.

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Framed: The Politics of Stereotypes in News
Edward Said – Al Jazeera English, 4 Feb 2019

Palestinian-American literary historian Edward Said showed how the West had the power to represent the colonial ‘other’ – while simultaneously leaving them silent.

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Oxfam: World’s Richest 26 Own Same Wealth as Poorest Half
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

21 Jan 2019 – The world’s 26 richest people own the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity, according to Oxfam International, as it urged governments to raise taxes on the wealthy to fight soaring inequality. Billionaires’ fortunes grew by billions daily as poorest saw wealth decline by 11 percent last year.

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Tales of Torture from Israel’s Prisons
Ramzy Baroud and Abdallah Aljamal – Al Jazeera, 28 Jan 2019

22 Jan 2019 – Earlier this month, Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced plans to “worsen” already horrific conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s jails. We asked six former inmates about their experiences.

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What the US Needs to Heal Is [Nobel Peace Laureate] MLK’s Radical Revolution of Values
David A Love – Al Jazeera, 21 Jan 2019

On his 90th birthday, understanding Martin Luther King’s real message is more crucial than ever before.

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Johan Galtung on Peace Economy, Palestine, and More
Al Jazeera | The Stream – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

The Founder of Peace Studies discusses Sociocide, Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and building economies of peace.

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How Capitalism Is Killing Us
Belen Fernandez – Al Jazeera, 7 Jan 2019

2 Jan 2019 – And how we may have passed the ‘point of no return”.

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2018: A Year of Living Dangerously
Hamid Dabashi – Al Jazeera, 31 Dec 2018

31 Dec 2018 – A multitude of man-made disasters marked 2018 on the Christian calendar. If we cannot change the world we live in, we can at least shift the consciousness of our lives we have forgotten. Imagine a world in which Jewish, Islamic, Chinese, Iranian or any other calendar were more meaningful measures of our daily lives in the unique way they arranged the world and our place in the universe.

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The Good and the Bad in the New Peace Agreement on Yemen
Osamah Al-Rawhani – Al Jazeera, 24 Dec 2018

19 Dec 2018 – More than two years after talks between the internationally recognised Yemeni government and the armed Houthi movement collapsed in Kuwait, the two warring sides finally sat down for another round of negotiations. The Stockholm Agreement marks a much-needed breakthrough but there are major issues with its provisions.

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‘Combat Proven’: Israel’s Thriving War Business in Europe
Romana Rubeo & Ramzy Baroud – Al Jazeera, 24 Dec 2018

Europe is increasingly sharing Israel’s racist approach to border security and adopting its deadly technologies.

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How Britain Stole $45 Trillion from India – And Lied about It
Jason Hickel – Al Jazeera, 17 Dec 2018

14 Dec 2018 – There is a story in Britain that the colonisation of India was not of economic benefit to Britain itself. As the story goes, it was a gesture of Britain’s benevolence. But new research by economist Utsa Patnaik just published by Columbia University Press calculated that Britain drained nearly $45 trillion from colonized India. It happened through the trade system.

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For China, Islam Is a ‘Mental Illness’ That Needs to Be ‘Cured’
Khaled A Beydoun – Al Jazeera, 3 Dec 2018

28 Nov 2018 – China’s relentless campaign to erase the identity of the Uighurs continues, as the world remains silent.

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Radio Rohingya
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

26 Nov 2018 – In a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar, a young Rohingya refugee dreams of giving a voice to his people. “Wherever I go in the camp, everyone is waiting and looking for any news … My people need information. News about not just the camp but also the people we have left behind in Myanmar.”

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Ongoing Rohingya Repatriation Efforts Are Doomed to Failure
Nasir Uddin – Al Jazeera, 26 Nov 2018

22 Nov 2018 – Earlier this month, Bangladesh and Myanmar attempted to repatriate thousands of Rohingya refugees currently residing in Bangladesh but were forced to postpone their plans amid intense international pressure. Bangladesh is the only player in the Rohingya crisis that actually wants repatriations to take place.

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Why Is Netanyahu so Desperate for a Ceasefire with Hamas?
Ibrahim Fraihat – Al Jazeera, 26 Nov 2018

20 Nov 2018 – The ceasefire in Gaza has destabilised Netanyahu’s government, yet he has no other choice but to commit to it. Israel will continue to search for a long-term truce with Hamas as long as the project of confronting Iran remains on the table. For this reason, another full-fledged conflict in Gaza in the near future is unlikely. Hamas was victorious.

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Israel’s $72m ‘War Chest’ to Fight BDS Arrives in Europe
Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo – Al Jazeera, 19 Nov 2018

14 Nov 2018 – The Israeli war on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement took a serious turn last year when Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated a largesse of about $72m to defeat the civil society-led campaign. But every Israeli attempt to discredit the Palestinian boycott movement is helping it gain more supporters. No amount of money could have saved the racist Apartheid regime in South Africa when it came tumbling down decades ago.

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U.S. ‘War on Terror’ Has Killed over Half a Million People: Study
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

The report published on 3 Nov 2018 by the Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs put the death toll between 480,000 and 507,000. It states that between 182,272 and 204,575 civilians have been killed in Iraq; 38,480 in Afghanistan; and 23,372 in Pakistan. Nearly 7,000 US troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the same period.

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Are Anti-Gay Witch Hunts Really Protecting ‘African Values’?
Tafi Mhaka – Al Jazeera, 12 Nov 2018

11 Nov 2018 – Homophobia, not homosexuality, is a western import to Africa. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this,” Tutu said. Africans should follow the archbishop’s lead.

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UN Investigator Says Myanmar Genocide against Rohingya ‘Ongoing’
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

25 Oct 2018 – Genocide continues to take place against Muslim-majority Rohingya in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy. UN Security Council urged to take action as ‘most severe’ repression continues.

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The Past Six Months in Gaza Have Been like another War
Mohammed Abu Mughaiseeb – Al Jazeera, 8 Oct 2018

1 Oct 2018 – As a doctor living and working in Gaza all my life, I thought I had seen it all. I felt I knew the limits of what Gaza can endure. But the last six months have been the most difficult I have experienced in my 15 years with MSF in Gaza.

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Yemen Is Undeniably the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis: WFP
Ruairi Casey – Al Jazeera, 1 Oct 2018

28 Sep 2018 – Chief of UN’s food agency raises alert over Yemen’s hunger crisis at the UN General Assembly as famine fears loom. “The week’s discussions saw no serious decision to move from hostilities to negotiation.”

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It’s Time We Listened to the Plight of Assam’s ‘Foreigners’
Harsh Mander – Al Jazeera, 13 Aug 2018

After being excluded from a controversial citizen register, millions of Muslims in India’s Assam state are in legal limbo.

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Israel’s ‘Nation-State Law’ Parallels the Nazi Nuremberg Laws
Susan Abulhawa – Al Jazeera, 30 Jul 2018

Israel’s new ‘nation-state’ law follows in the footsteps of Jim Crow, the Indian Removal Act and the Nuremberg Laws.

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‘Death Penalty’: Gaza Merchants Suffer as Trade Crossing Shuts
Mersiha Gadzo & Anas Jnena – Al Jazeera, 23 Jul 2018

13 Jul 2018 – After Israel’s measure, 55 percent of goods can no longer enter the Gaza Strip, exacerbating already dire conditions.

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Bulldozing Palestine, One Village at a Time
Mariam Barghouti – Al Jazeera, 16 Jul 2018

10 Jul 2018 – Israel wants the village of Khan al-Ahmar razed to the ground to cut off Jerusalem from the West Bank. We will continue to stand with their residents because their resistance is part of the greater struggle against the entire framework of Israel’s brutal settler-colonialism.

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Walk or Die: Algeria Abandons 13,000 Refugees in the Sahara
Al Jazeera News– TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

Associated Press report details witness accounts of migrants and refugees from Africa left to die in the Sahara Desert.

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Why Is Macedonia Changing Its Name?
Dimitar Bechev – Al Jazeera, 2 Jul 2018

A resolution of the Macedonia name dispute is the good news the Balkans badly needed.

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Israel Approves More Than 2,000 Settlement Units in West Bank
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

31 May 2018 – The Israeli government has approved the construction of 2,070 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, local media reported. Since US President Donald Trump came to office, Israel has approved construction of more than 14,000 settlement units.

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What Can Palestinians Expect from the ICC?
Nada Kiswanson – Al Jazeera, 4 Jun 2018

The International Criminal Court has become a court of last resort for Palestinians.

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The ICC and the Plight of the Rohingya
Wayne Jordash and Uzay Aysev – Al Jazeera, 4 Jun 2018

The ICC can, and should, hold Myanmar’s authorities to account for the crimes they committed against the Rohingya.

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How the Gaza Massacre Exposed International Cowardice
Andrew Mitrovica – Al Jazeera, 28 May 2018

Cowardice. No other word suffices. No other word captures the signature essence of diplomats – from Canada, the United Nations, Europe – and their obscene, code-word-laced responses to the massacre of Palestinians. As Palestinians were getting killed in Gaza, political leaders around the world switched to their usual doublespeak.

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The Rohingya’s Hope for Justice Lies with the ICC
Tun Khin- Al Jazeera, 28 May 2018

The UN Security Council must refer the Rohingya’s case to the International Criminal Court.

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EU Launches Nine-Point Economic Plan to Rescue Iran Nuclear Deal
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

16 May 2018 – The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, along with Iran’s foreign minister, have agreed on a nine-point economic plan to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive, including maintaining economic ties with Iran, ensuring Iran’s ability to sell oil and gas products and protecting EU companies doing business in Iran.

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US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem: Which Countries Attended?
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

29 countries attend US ceremony to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, says Israel’s foreign ministry.

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Rosa Luxemburg: The Unsung Hero of Postcolonial Theory
Hamid Dabashi – Al Jazeera, 14 May 2018

12 May 2018 – The world at large is these days celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. Luxemburg’s work gave the postcolonial theorist a veritable voice at the global gathering of critical Marxist thinking.

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North Korea Is Changing
Richard Javad Heydarian – Al Jazeera, 23 Apr 2018

I visited North Korea with an official delegation and here’s what I saw and learned.

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‘Western Media’ and Mass Deception
Hamid Dabashi – Al Jazeera, 16 Apr 2018

What does the coverage of the atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza tell us about the truth of ‘Western media’?

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Doping Ban against 28 Russian Athletes Overturned
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

1 Feb 2018 – In a decision issued today, the Court for Arbitration for Sport said it “unanimously found” that the evidence presented against 28 athletes were “found to be insufficient to establish” that doping rules were violated. With the decision, the sanctions imposed against the athletes are “annulled” and their individual medal results in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games are “reinstated”.

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The United States: Addicted to Special Forces
Belen Fernandez – Al Jazeera, 22 Jan 2018

In 2017, the US dispatched special operations to 149 countries. What were they doing there?

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USA’s Trump Wants War, South Korea’s Moon Wants Peace
Se-Woong Koo – Al Jazeera, 15 Jan 2018

11 Jan 2018 – By entering talks with Seoul, Pyongyang is trying to make it difficult for Washington to start a war.

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The EU’s Complicity in Refugee Abuse in Libya
John Dalhuisen – Al Jazeera, 18 Dec 2017

12 Dec 2017 – The EU and its member states are complicit in the suffering of refugees and migrants stuck in Libya.

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Israel Turns West Bank into a ‘Garbage Dump’
Jaclynn Ashly – Al Jazeera, 11 Dec 2017

5 Dec 2017 – Israeli rights group B’Tselem released a report today. Israel has established at least 15 waste treatment facilities in the West Bank to recycle waste largely produced inside Israel. Six of the facilities process hazardous waste that poses serious health and environmental risks for surrounding Palestinian communities, the group stated.

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Rohingya Women Sold as Sex Slaves in Bangladesh
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2017

3 Dec 2017 – Rohingya girls and women in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar are being sold as sex slaves, according to a victim and aid agencies.

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The Rohingya Tragedy Shows Human Solidarity Is a Lie
Tawakkol Karman – Al Jazeera, 4 Dec 2017

1 Dec 2017 – Nobody argues any more about what is happening in Myanmar. The war being waged on the Rohingya Muslims is a clear example of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The crisis continues to get worse fanned by the Myanmar government’s intolerance and by the fact that the world’s interest in what is happening in Myanmar is just not deep enough.

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Israel’s Settlements: 50 Years of Land Theft Explained
Zena Tahhan – Al Jazeera, 4 Dec 2017

Fifty years ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242. The resolution is used as a framework for implementing the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But since its adoption in 1967, Israel has violated the resolution by entrenching its occupation of the Palestinian territories through illegal settlements.

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100 Years On: The Balfour Declaration Explained
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

29 Oct 2017 – This week, Palestinians around the world are marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration was issued on 2 Nov 1917, which turned the Zionist aim of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine into a reality when Britain publicly pledged to establish “a national home for the Jewish people” there – paving the way for the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

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The Catalan Crisis Is Not Just about Nationalism
Santiago Zabala – Al Jazeera, 30 Oct 2017

19 Oct 2017- This is a difficult year for Spain. The fact that the EU unconditionally supports the Spanish prime minister’s policies towards the Catalonia impasse is an indication it cannot afford another Brexit. As President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “If we allow Catalonia – and it is not our business – to separate, others will do the same.”

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Hamas and Fatah: How Are the Two Groups Different?
Zena Tahhan – Al Jazeera, 23 Oct 2017

12 Oct 2017 – Hamas and Fatah are the two most dominant parties in the Palestinian political scene. Today, the two movements announced they had reached a deal to end a decade-long rift that brought them to an armed conflict in 2007.

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The Lobby: Young Friends of Israel (Part 1)
Al Jazeera Investigations – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

10 Jan 2017 – In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported by the Israeli Embassy.

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The October Arab-Israeli War of 1973: What Happened?
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

Forty-four years since the October war in 1973, Israel still occupies Palestinian territories and Syrian Golan Heights.

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India Is Complicit in the Rohingya Suffering
Bela Bhatia – Al Jazeera, 9 Oct 2017

7 Oct 2017 – The stance of the Indian government regarding the Rohingya crisis is a source of consternation, to put it mildly. The central government has decided that ethnic Rohingya who are already in India – around 40,000 – should be deported and others should not be allowed to enter. The government stand is unconstitutional and violates customary international law.

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Will Seven Million Starving Yemenis Ever Find Justice?
Catriona Murdoch and Wayne Jordash – Al Jazeera, 9 Oct 2017

2 Oct 2017 – It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the control of food importation into Yemen is being used as a weapon of war, seemingly by all sides. Those responsible should be held accountable as primary perpetrators of, or accessories to, starvation.

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Taking a Step against US Impunity in Guantanamo
Elsa Meany – Al Jazeera, 2 Oct 2017

The fight against impunity in Guantanamo Bay has reached the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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Covering the Rohingya: Separating Fact from Fiction
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

We examine how Myanmar’s government and military shape the media narrative surrounding the Rohingya crisis.

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ARSA: Who Are the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army?
Faisal Edroos – Al Jazeera, 18 Sep 2017

13 Sep 2017 – Maung Zarni, a non-resident fellow at the European Centre for the Study of Extremism, told Al Jazeera that the group’s actions were borne out of “systematic abuses of genocidal proportions” by the Myanmar military. “This is not a terrorist group aimed at striking at the heart of Myanmar society as the government claims it is,” Zarni said. “They’re a group of hopeless men who decided to form some kind of self-defence group and protect their people who are living in conditions akin to a Nazi concentration camp,” he added. “ARSA’s actions resemble Jewish inmates at Auschwitz who rose up against the Nazis in October 1944.”

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Myanmar: Who Are the Rohingya Muslims?
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

Why are the more than one million Rohingya in Myanmar considered the ‘world’s most persecuted minority’?

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Kofi Annan Commission Urges Myanmar/Burma to End Rohingya Restrictions
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

24 Aug 2017 – Myanmar must scrap restrictions on movement and citizenship for its persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority if it wants to avoid fuelling extremism and bring peace to Rakhine state, a commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan said today. It warns against using force and ignoring concerns of world’s ‘single biggest stateless’ community.

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Arson Attacks Push Thousands More Rohingya from Myanmar: Scorched-Earth Policy as They Flee Soldiers
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

3 Sep 2017 – More than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar’s restive northwest in the last week, as tens of thousands more refugees fled into Bangladesh over the past 24 hours. Myanmar blames armed Rohingya group for burning homes in Rakhine, but survivors pin responsibility on soldiers.

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Myanmar Troops Open Fire on Civilians Fleeing Attacks
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

26 Aug 2017 – Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence. Bangladeshi border guards say troops fired mortars and machine guns at Rohingya civilians trying to escape bloodshed.

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The Demons Within: India’s Tryst with Torture
Arijit Sen – Al Jazeera, 28 Aug 2017

70 years on from independence, state torture is still prevalent in India. It’s time to enact anti-torture laws. “His intestine was dangling out of his stomach. He was a young man and in a completely vegetative state,” says Loitongbam. “That’s the first impression of torture that still stays with me”.

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150 Years of ‘Das Kapital’: How Relevant Is Marx Today?
Jayati Ghosh – Al Jazeera, 28 Aug 2017

22 Aug 2017 – It is quite amazing that Karl Marx’s Capital has survived and been continuously in print for the past century and a half. The seminal work of the 19th century economist still provides a framework for understanding contemporary capitalism.

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Why Is Neoliberalism Back in Latin America?
Dawisson Belem Lopes – Al Jazeera, 17 Jul 2017

Neoliberalism destroyed Latin America in the 1990s. Today it is being reintroduced – and it will wreak havoc again.

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Lifting Roma Voices: Europe’s First Roma Culture Centre
Valerie Hopkins – Al Jazeera, 10 Jul 2017

New institute in Germany aims to give artists a space to ‘reinvent’ the image of the 12 million Roma people in Europe.

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On Make-Up, Serbian Women and a Lesbian PM
Marija Pantelic and Lana Pasic – Al Jazeera, 3 Jul 2017

29 Jun 2017 – About Serbia’s first openly gay prime minister, Balkan Insight published an article that opens with this profound observation: “I feel sorry for Serbian MPs. Yes, you heard it right. I do feel sorry for them. […] It is bad enough for them that she is a woman. It’s even worse that she apparently feels no physical attraction for that hairy mythical beast, the Serbian Male. It’s even worse, again – if it’s possible to get any worse – that she disobeys Serbian Woman’s Rule No 1 – she wears absolutely no makeup.”

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The Climate Movement Charges On, Even without the USA
Winnie Byanyima – Al Jazeera, 26 Jun 2017

Developing nations lay claim to the mantle of leadership for a fairer, safer world.

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1967 War: How Israel Occupied the Whole of Palestine
Zena Tahhan – Al Jazeera, 19 Jun 2017

6 Jun 2017 – Fifty years ago this week, the state of Israel shocked the world when it seized the remaining Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, as well as the Syrian Golan Heights, and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, in a matter of six days. Palestinians are marking 50 years since the 1967 occupation.

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Aung San Suu Kyi [Nobel Peace Laureate, Buddhist]: Turning Her Back on Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar/Burma?
Mehdi Hassan | UpFront – Al Jazeera English, 12 Jun 2017

“We know that Aung San Suu Kyi does not control the armed forces,” says [TRANSCEND Member] Maung Zarni, an exiled dissident from Myanmar. “[But] she controls four other ministries that are directly involved in dismissing, denying, and legitimising the persecution of the Rohingyas.”
But former East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta disagrees, claiming Suu Kyi inherited an “extraordinarily difficult situation”.

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Israel’s Occupation: 50 Years of Palestinian Oppression
Philip Luther | Amnesty International – Al Jazeera, 12 Jun 2017

After 50 years of Israeli war crimes on Palestinian land, the world has to act and ban Israeli settlement goods.

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What is the Muslim Brotherhood?
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

The Muslim Brotherhood came up frequently during the GCC rift. Here is a breakdown of the group’s ideology and roots.

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The Elastic Girl: Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Emily Jane O'Dell – Al Jazeera, 5 Jun 2017

5 Jun 2017 – I am elastic girl. I’m as stretchy as they come, but I’m coming undone. My joints keep dislocating. Tendons tearing, ligaments loosening. Even my voice box is leaping out of place. What’s a girl with messed up glue to do? Emily Jane O’Dell has a rare connective tissue disorder that can cause dislocating joints, rupturing organs and death.

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State Of Emergency in Yemen’s Sanaa over Cholera Crisis
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2017

More than 184 Yemenis have been killed by a cholera epidemic that is gripping the Houthi-controlled Sanaa. “With the imminent collapse of the public health system, UNICEF is taking on as much of the burden as possible, procuring essential drugs and vaccines, and covering basic operations costs such as electricity and fuel.”

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What Next for Brazil’s Decaying Kleptocracy?
Dawisson Belem Lopes – Al Jazeera, 22 May 2017

Temer’s popularity hardly reaches two digits in reliable opinion polls. Social policies are being downsized. Foreign policy chiefs are failing to explore some new windows of opportunity, insisting on same old formulas. Brazil looks desperately in need of a new beginning, of a fresh start. Very unfortunately though, political options seem scarce, vicious and chronically unfeasible. Nobody can predict what move is coming up next, but only one thing is for sure: this story is to be continued.

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Child Soldiers Reloaded: The Privatisation of War
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2017

1 May 2017 – From opportunistic guns for hire on the fringe of domestic conflicts to a global force operating within a multibillion-dollar industry – the private military sector seems to be flourishing. How private companies recruit former child soldiers for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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The Trouble with Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma/Myanmar
Aela Callan – Al Jazeera, 15 May 2017

If Myanmar’s leader and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi fails to act on the things that lie within her power, then she fails on her own terms.
“She runs her party like a dictator.”
“She doesn’t listen, or accept advice.”
“She treats us as if we are school children and that we dare not question her as the elder.”

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Life in Slovakia’s Roma Slums: Poverty and Segregation
Patrick Strickland – Al Jazeera, 15 May 2017

Institutional racism, unemployment and poor housing are among the hardships endured by Slovakia’s half-a-million Roma.

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Two Koreas: History at a Glance
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

A brief history of how North and South Korea got to where they are today.

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Occupation of the American Mind – Video Documentary
Media Education Foundation | Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

March 2017 – Occupation of American media and mind by a pro-Israel narrative that has diverted attention from conflict resolution: end the occupation and the settlements so that Palestinians can finally have a state of their own. Narrator: Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)

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Killed for Their Bones: The Trade in Human Body Parts of Albinos in Africa
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

April 2017 – In Malawi, people with albinism are being killed and their bodies harvested; children and adults hacked to death with machetes and kitchen knives. More than 115 people have been attacked in the past two years, at least 20, fatally. Those who have survived have been left with deep physical and psychological scars, and remain fearful that those who hunt them will return.

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The Hypocrisy of the Religious Slaughter Ban
Mimi Bekhechi – Al Jazeera, 8 May 2017

The idea of humane slaughter is a myth and a religious slaughter ban cannot end animal suffering. Going vegan can. The meat, egg and dairy industries are hell on earth for animals, and we already have the power to put an end to this misery simply by choosing to eat plant-based meals.

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Resistance Is a Way of Life for Kashmiri Youth
Ather Zia – Al Jazeera, 8 May 2017

26 Apr 2017 – The year 2017 is not even halfway through, but in the Indian-controlled Kashmir it has already been named “the year of the student uprising”. Why Kashmir’s millennials have stones in their hands.

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How Israel’s Violent Birth Destroyed Palestine
Ramzy Baroud – Al Jazeera, 8 May 2017

As Israel celebrates the Palestinian Nakba as its triumphant independence on May 1, it is preparing for a massive celebration for the 50th anniversary of its occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Two dates are often used to frame the so-called Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Nakba Day on May 15 and Naksa Day on June 5.

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UN Peacekeepers: Keeping the Peace or Preventing It?
Nimmi Gowrinathan and Kate Cronin-Furman – Al Jazeera, 8 May 2017

The UN peacekeepers’ capacity to commit rape with impunity undermines prospects for sustainable peace around the world.

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When NGOs Save Children Who Don’t Want to Be Saved
Neil Howard – Al Jazeera, 1 May 2017

Western media misrepresent voluntary child labour as slavery.

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Double Standards: Do All Journalist Lives Matter?
Shafik Mandhai – Al Jazeera, 1 May 2017

Little attention is paid to reporters from the Global South who are killed, abused, or left stranded by foreign media.

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The Earth versus Capitalism
Belen Fernandez – Al Jazeera, 24 Apr 2017

Unfortunately, as of Earth Day 2017, capitalism is winning the war it has been waging against the planet.

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Infrastructure Vulnerabilities Make Surveillance Easy
Bruce Schneier – Al Jazeera, 17 Apr 2017

Weakness in digital communications systems allows security to be bypassed, leaving users at risk of being spied on. Corporations are doing it for their own purposes; collecting and using this data has become the dominant business model of the internet.

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International Organization for Migration: African Migrants Traded in Libya’s ‘Slave Markets’
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2017

People are held for ransom, forced labour or sexual exploitation after being sold for up to $500, UN agency says.

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Trump’s Strike on Syria: A Convenient Distraction
Ibrahim Al-Marashi – Al Jazeera, 10 Apr 2017

It’s not the first time a US president launches missile strikes that do not amount to much but boost ratings.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi Has Lost Her Voice in Burma/Myanmar
Wayne Hay – Al Jazeera, 3 Apr 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi has lost her voice and if she doesn’t find it soon, many people say they will lose faith in her leadership.

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Why Washington Was a No Show at Human Rights Hearings
Lauren Carasik – Al Jazeera, 3 Apr 2017

27 Mar 2017 – The Trump administration’s failure to appear at hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on March 21 telegraphs its disregard for international institutions generally and human rights in particular.

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