Articles by Al Jazeera

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It’s Time for Israel to Disarm
Alex Kane – Al Jazeera America, 14 Sep 2015

A Nuke-Free Israel Will Create a More Stable Middle East – The American policy of shielding Israel’s nuclear weapons continues to be the main obstacle to nuclear disarmament in the region.

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The West’s Hidden Tribalism
Khaled Diab – Al Jazeera, 14 Sep 2015

Tribalism and sectarianism afflict Western societies too. So why do they seem to be tearing the Middle East apart? There isn’t a country in Europe whose borders are not artificial, whose past frontiers do not overlap with those of its neighbours and whose population is not a messy mix of peoples.

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El Salvador’s Gangs Have Something to Say
Magally Zelaya – Al Jazeera, 7 Sep 2015

1 Sep 2015 – The time has come for El Salvador’s government to do something it has never done before: openly engage in dialogue with the gangs that are tormenting the country. Talking to the gangs may not be the politically popular thing to do, but it will take the steam out of this two-decades-long conflict.

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India Village Council Orders Rape of Two Sisters
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2015

30 Aug 2015 – Council orders sisters to be raped and paraded naked after their brother elopes with married woman.

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Climate Policymakers Can Learn from Germany
Paul Hockenos – Al Jazeera America, 24 Aug 2015

Germans have a decade’s worth of best practices on how to switch from fossil fuels and nuclear to renewables.

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Why Israel Is Suddenly Owning Up to Its Terrorism
Daoud Kuttab – Al Jazeera, 10 Aug 2015

By calling Friday’s [31 Jul 2015] arson attack a terrorist act, the Israelis are hoping to avoid the full force of international law. The senseless burning alive of infant Ali Dawabasheh, and the maiming of his family, has refocused local, regional, and world attention on the Palestinian cause.

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Reclaiming Utoya
Aage Borchgrevink – Al Jazeera, 10 Aug 2015

Breivik wanted to create conflict between Norwegians and immigrant communities, but his acts had the opposite effect. The young are more positive to the new multicultural reality, and the statistics indicate that attitudes are more positive in the places where majority and minority populations live together, such

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Putin and Xi Plot the Future of Eurasia
John Batchelor – Al Jazeera America, 27 Jul 2015

There is nothing to be gained by Washington pretending it can continue to project military and economic power into an ambitious Eurasia. Strengthening ties between Moscow and Beijing are tipping the world’s balance of power eastward.

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Greece’s Other Crisis
Mark Hetfield – Al Jazeera America, 27 Jul 2015

Refugees crossing the Aegean face hostile conditions – and no-one is helping them out. The best way to keep refugees from making perilous journeys is to protect them from what they are fleeing in the first place.

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CNN to Broadcast Corporate Propaganda as News?
C. Robert Gibson – Al Jazeera America, 13 Jul 2015

Companies paying media outlets to produce news-like content is a new low for network TV. Once a news outlet as recognizable as CNN starts airing branded content, it has the potential to create a huge conflict of interest in editorial decisions.

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The Billion-Dollar Business to Sell Us Crappy Food
Anna Lappé – Al Jazeera, 13 Jul 2015

New report sheds light on the covert tactics used to shape public opinion about what we eat. Because the food industry employs under-the-radar PR strategies, often people don’t realize the stories are being crafted behind the scenes.

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Three Depressing Lessons from the Greek Debt Negotiations
Branko Milanovic – Al Jazeera, 6 Jul 2015

Even if Athens remains in the eurozone, the damage to EU credibility has been done. The troika’s more inflexible demands had the objective of demonstrating the inability of any left-wing government to exist.

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The Honduran Meltdown: Made in USA
Belen Fernandez – Al Jazeera, 6 Jul 2015

Six years after the coup in Honduras, it’s time for another history lesson. The post-coup era has seen soaring homicide rates, with much of the violence committed by state security forces enjoying near-total impunity.

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Gaza-Bound Flotilla Vessel Seized by Israeli Navy
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2015

29 Jun 2015 – Activists say the Marianne was intercepted by Israel’s military around 100 nautical miles from Gaza’s shore.

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Ending Child Marriage in Bangladesh and Beyond
Mabel van Oranje – Al Jazeera, 22 Jun 2015

Changing a social norm like child marriage might seem daunting but the experience in Bangladesh shows it can be done.

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Underage ‘Enemies’ of the US: Omar Khadr and the Juveniles of Guantánamo
Jenifer Fenton – Al Jazeera America, 15 Jun 2015

Jun 7, 2015 – “I have memories, but I don’t know if they’re mine, if they are accurate or not,” said Omar Khadr recently, recalling the events for which he was convicted by a U.S. military tribunal. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, spent almost nine years at Guantánamo Bay after being captured in Afghanistan at age 15.

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The Occupation Is Starting to Become Costly for Israel
Daoud Kuttab – Al Jazeera, 15 Jun 2015

Settlement products that have for years been exported to Europe under the false title “Made in Israel” will have to change their labels now according to new EU guidelines, or be denied entry. Forty-eight years after Israel usurped Palestinian lands, the occupation is finally starting to become a liability.

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Germany Is Bluffing on Greece
Mark Weisbrot – Al Jazeera America, 15 Jun 2015

Berlin is not going to force Athens out of the eurozone anytime soon. The people primarily responsible for Greece’s deep and prolonged depression and high unemployment are pushing policies that would extend the crisis and worsen its impact on those who have suffered the most.

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Obama’s Cuba Legacy May Run through Venezuela
Mark Weisbrot – Al Jazeera America, 8 Jun 2015

The Cubans made it clear to Obama that normalization of relations would be limited if Washington was unwilling to normalize relations with Venezuela. The president has taken steps to normalize relations with Caracas but faces resistance at home.

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World’s First Ocean System Targeting Plastic Pollution to Launch in 2016
Renee Lewis – Al Jazeera America, 1 Jun 2015

29 May 2015 – The world’s first system designed to rid the oceans of plastic pollution will be deployed near Japan in 2016, with the aim of eventually capturing half of the plastic found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — a large concentration of marine debris located between Hawaii and California.

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Women Peace Activists Cross North-South Korea Border
Al Jazeera English – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2015

May 23, 2015 – Group of 30 women cross heavily militarised DMZ by bus after being denied by authorities to walk across the border.

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The Militarization of Development Aid
Rafia Zakaria – Al Jazeera America, 1 Jun 2015

How War Makes USAID a Dirty Word – Most of the initial criticism focused on [new head of USAID] Gayle Smith’s close relationships with various African despots and her belief that aid is the vehicle for obtaining foreign policy concessions. Humanitarian aid must not bear hidden agendas, and accepting assistance should not come at the cost of cowing to imperialism.

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Organic Is Going Mainstream
Anna Lappé – Al Jazeera America, 18 May 2015

Food-Industry-Funded Spin on Health and Sustainability Is Losing Traction

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Yarmouk and the Failures of Neutral Humanitarianism
Brent Eng & José Ciro Martínez – Al Jazeera America, 11 May 2015

Aid agencies should acknowledge their role in exacerbating the Syrian crisis. By bringing external resources into life-or-death situations characterized by scarcity, aid agencies have indirectly exacerbated the very situation that they are trying to ameliorate.

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Brazil Passes Femicide Law to Curb Domestic Violence
Donna Bowater & Priscilla Moraes – Al Jazeera America, 11 May 2015

Legislation defines gender-based killings and sets out tougher punishments for attackers.

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Countries around World Are Revoking Freedom of Assembly
Willie Osterweil – Al Jazeera America, 11 May 2015

Faced with mounting unrest and unwilling to offer reforms, democratic governments are rolling back traditional rights.

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Feds Are Using Fear, Not Facts, in Anti-Encryption Crusade
Joshua Kopstein – Al Jazeera America, 4 May 2015

Federal agencies say encryption will doom us, but they’re already using spy tools that circumvent it. That law enforcement groups continue to ignore a broad consensus of experts speaks to how desperately their position relies on scaremongering and distortions.

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Nine Things You Might Want to Know about the Massive Pacific Trade Deal
E. Tammy Kim – Al Jazeera America, 4 May 2015

All this trade talk can seem an impenetrable thicket of arcane economics and alphabet soup. Here we provide answers to some basic questions.

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Robbie Williams Rocks Tel Aviv and the Boycott
Ewa Jasiewicz – Al Jazeera, 27 Apr 2015

23 Apr 2015 – Robbie Williams’ performance in Tel Aviv helps normalise settler colonialism, war crimes, and apartheid in Palestine.

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YouTube at 10: The Archive of Now
Mark Little – Al Jazeera, 27 Apr 2015

Ten years on, YouTube has put the power in our hands: eyewitnesses and journalists. Before YouTube, you needed a journalist, a satellite dish, and a TV network to spread news. Today, all you need is a camera-phone and internet connection, a YouTube account and a social network.

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Don’t Arm Pakistan’s Teachers
Maham Javaid – Al Jazeera America, 13 Apr 2015

Distributing guns and weapons training to students and school staffers is the wrong way to fight terrorism. Requiring teachers to defend their schools against attack while awaiting security forces reveals the government’s utter failure to develop effective policies.

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Destroying the Greek Economy in Order to Save It
Mark Weisbrot – Al Jazeera America, 13 Apr 2015

Blackmail is actually an understatement of what the troika is doing to Greece. It is trying to harm the Greek economy in order to pressure the new Greek government to agree to its demands. Recent European Central Bank actions are not about money or fiscal sustainability but about politics. European authorities are using dirty tactics to bring Greece to heel.

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Buddhist Nationalists Stoke Hatred in Myanmar
Richard Bennett – Al Jazeera, 23 Mar 2015

Myanmar’s Proposed ‘Race and Religion Laws’ Fuel Hatred and Fear – Authorities should work for reconciliation between religious and ethnic groups – not play into hatred and fear, and seek to cement already widespread discrimination.

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Corporations That Benefit People and the Planet
Mary Turck – Al Jazeera America, 16 Mar 2015

Though they are still for-profit businesses, public benefit companies focus on environmental and social benefits. B Corps offer an alternative to capitalism run rampant – a choice to make profit just one of many corporate goals rather than the only or primary goal.

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The Convergence of Three Fundamentalisms
Ebrahim Rasool – Al Jazeera, 16 Mar 2015

Muslims Do Not Have a Monopoly on either Fundamentalism or Extremism – All three have the capacity for devastating violence. All three read texts literally, whether their scriptures or constitutions. All three feed on fear and ignorance and exploit an instinctive suspicion of those who are different.

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The Time for a New Economics Is at Hand
Julie Matthaei – Al Jazeera America, 16 Mar 2015

The crises we now face illustrate the limits of neoclassical orthodoxy. With capitalism beset by multiple interconnected crises, the hegemony of neoliberalism appears to have peaked.

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Let Clowns Be Clowns and Elephants Be Elephants
Lori Gruen – Al Jazeera America, 16 Mar 2015

Ringling Bros. finally bows to public distaste for its exploitation of highly intelligent, social animals.

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UN Expert Slams US as Only Nation to Imprison Kids for Life without Parole
Natasja Sheriff – Al Jazeera America, 16 Mar 2015

A sentence of life without parole means life and death in prison — a practice considered cruel and inhumane punishment for juveniles under both international and U.S. law.

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Spy Cables: Greenpeace among Intelligence Targets
Rahul Radhakrishnan & Will Jordan – Al Jazeera, 2 Mar 2015

S Korea asked for a “specific security assessment” of Greenpeace Director Kumi Naidoo
Cameroon’s agency asked to spy on an opposition leader weeks ahead of elections
Rwanda tried to list “genocide fugitives” and “negationists” as surveillance targets
A deal with Zimbabwe to spy on “rogue NGOs”
Continuous requests from Sri Lanka for S Africa to spy on Tamil diaspora groups

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Myanmar’s [Burma’s] Buddhist Terrorism Problem
Usaid Siddiqui – Al Jazeera America, 23 Feb 2015

18 Feb 2015 – The country’s Rohingya minority is one of the most persecuted groups in the world. Burmese activists and leaders such as Suu Kyi must stand up for the human rights of the Rohingya community.

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Ban Greyhound Racing Now
Lori Gruen – Al Jazeera America, 23 Feb 2015

Empathy for animals demands an end to the practice. When people treat greyhounds as disposable things, they are not only hurting the dogs but also furthering a culture of cruelty and indifference toward animals.

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The Truth about West Bank Demolitions
Ben White – Al Jazeera, 16 Feb 2015

Driving Palestinians out of Area C will facilitate its future annexation to Israel. In January , UN official James W Rawley urged Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian structures, including those ‘provided by the international community to support vulnerable families’.

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Don’t Blame Greece for the EU’s Woes
Stephen Kinzer – Al Jazeera America, 16 Feb 2015

The pan-European project is waning because of its inherent flaws. The deepest flaw in the EU concept was the fantasy that Europeans would steadily become less nationalistic.

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Junk the Phrase ‘Human Capital’
Branko Milanovic – Al Jazeera America, 16 Feb 2015

It has added nothing but conceptual confusion for the last 50 years. The term “capital” should be used as it is used in common parlance and as it was used during more than 200 years of economics: for property distinct from one’s labor.

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My Gitmo Client’s Interpreter Worked for the CIA
Ramzi Kassem – Al Jazeera America, 16 Feb 2015

Latest embarrassing incident demonstrates that military tribunals cannot mete out justice to detainees. This revelation should undercut any trust the public retains in the integrity of the military commissions system at Guantánamo.

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Opening Our Hearts to Syria’s Refugee Crisis
Sherif Elsayed-Ali – Al Jazeera, 9 Feb 2015

As the Syrian crisis worsens, the need for an international response is more crucial than ever. The statistics speak for themselves. The bloody conflict has displaced at least 7.6 million people within the country. Around four million have fled abroad as refugees – 95 percent of them currently live in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt.

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Fighting for Palestine
Hatem Bazian – Al Jazeera, 9 Feb 2015

Al-Arian’s deportation brings an end to a painful and torturous episode in the life of one of the most active Palestinian civil rights advocates. Al-Arian maintained that all along that the government case was political and directly connected to silencing Palestinian and Muslim voices critical of Israel and successive US administrations’ unconditional support for an occupying power.

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Greece to the Troika: ‘You Don’t Own Us!’
Lynn Stuart Parramore – Al Jazeera America, 2 Feb 2015

Alarmists have warned that Syriza’s victory will ignite instability and economic disaster, but that threat sounds hollow to a country already laid to waste by flawed policies. While it is true that Greece is a small country of 10 million people that represents a mere 2.5 percent of Europe’s economy, the elections could have big consequences well beyond the country’s borders.

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Plagiarism Is the New Pornography
Curtis Brown – Al Jazeera, 5 Jan 2015

“I feel delighted that he has borrowed heavily from my work,” says the scholar Fawaz Gerges, from whom Zakaria lifted three paragraphs virtually verbatim and without attribution. If anything, the wind is in Zakaria’s sails, for God helps those who help themselves, and this fellow helps himself to a lot. And even if the going gets rough and God begins to balk, CNN will hold fast.

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Can GMOs Save the World?
Anna Lappé – Al Jazeera America, 5 Jan 2015

Monsanto Claims That Biotech Can Feed the Planet. Here’s Why It Won’t

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UN Security Council Rejects Resolution on Palestinian State
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jan 2015

Bid to end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by 2017 garners eight votes, one short of total needed to pass:
YES: Jordan, China, France, Russia, Luxembourg, Chad, Chile, Argentina.
NO: United States, Australia.
ABSTAINED: United Kingdom, Lithuania, Nigeria, South Korea, Rwanda.

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Shame Is Good. Shame Is Right. Shame Works
Lynn Stuart Parramore – Al Jazeera America, 29 Dec 2014

Shaming may not bring America’s corporate Scrooges immediately around to a Dickensian redemption, but it can play a key role in creating a societal consensus that certain behaviors are indeed disgraceful — and that’s a start. No shame, no blame, you might say.

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Egypt’s Freedom of Repression
Khaled Diab – Al Jazeera, 29 Dec 2014

The freedom of expression promised by the Egyptian revolution has given way to repression and muzzling of the media.

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Facing the Truth about Brazil’s Dark Past
Renan Quinalha – Al Jazeera, 29 Dec 2014

The recent release of a truth commission report reveals that Brazil still struggles with the legacy of a violent past.

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Hacked Corporations Don’t Deserve Our Sympathy
Joshua Kopstein – Al Jazeera America, 29 Dec 2014

There is no cyber Pearl Harbor. Sony has been falling on its own sword for a long time.

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The Death of International Development
Jason Hickel – Al Jazeera, 22 Dec 2014

The development industry needs an overhaul of strategy, not a change of language. Poverty is created by rules that rig the economy in the interests of the rich.

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New York Fracking Ban Reverberates Nationally
Peter Moskowitz – Al Jazeera America, 22 Dec 2014

Activists say the ban will embolden the anti-fracking movement in several states.

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Brazil’s “Truth Commission” Panel Details Dictatorship’s Brutality
Reuters – Al Jazeera, 15 Dec 2014

11 Dec 2014 – A “truth commission” investigating abuses during Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship has called for the prosecution of former military officers and some private companies for their role in human rights atrocities, in a long-awaited report.

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Thinking Outside the Oslo Box
Mark LeVine & Mathias Mossberg – Al Jazeera America, 8 Dec 2014

The Oslo Accord has failed to bring justice to Palestinians or peace and security to Israelis. As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once again spirals toward large-scale violence, the United States’ policymaking establishment is finally coming to grips with the demise of the Oslo peace process.

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‘Concerning Violence’: Fanon Lives On
Belen Fernandez – Al Jazeera, 8 Dec 2014

After all, violence is the prerogative of empire. ‘Concerning Violence’ is inspired by ‘The Wretched of the Earth,’ the 1961 book of Martinique-born psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon, excerpts of which serve as the film’s narrative. A new documentary on colonial legacies in Africa raises questions about the colonialisms of today.

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UN Urges for Rohingya Citizenship in Myanmar
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

UN rights committee urges Myanmar government to scrap its identity plan and grant Rohingya access to citizenship.

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US Joins Somalia and South Sudan in Failing to Support Child Rights
Arjun Sethi – Al Jazeera America, 24 Nov 2014

25 years later, as the world celebrates Universal Children’s Day, only three countries bear the shame of not having ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Somalia, South Sudan and the United States.

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No Escape for Civilians in Syria
David Miliband – Al Jazeera, 24 Nov 2014

The number of Syrians able to flee violence in their country has dropped dramatically. The responsibility to shelter those fleeing lies with the whole world. Meeting it grows daily more urgent.

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Brave Little Denmark Leads War against Coal
Paul Hockenos – Al Jazeera America, 24 Nov 2014

Danish energy policies offer model even more admirable than Germany’s. A coal-free Denmark would be a beacon not just for the rest of Europe but also for a world gradually coming to grips with the reality of climate change.

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Behind The Barbarism: Misreading Online Militant Magazines
Rafia Zakaria – Al Jazeera America, 24 Nov 2014

In focusing narrowly on ISIL’s barbarities, the media are missing crucial insights on the group’s evolution. The proliferating militant magazines offer rare glimpses into the ascent of militancy, their appeal to Western youth and shifting political realities in the Muslim world.

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Creditors Use New Devices to Put Squeeze on Debtors
Jathan Sadowski & Frank A. Pasquale – Al Jazeera America, 10 Nov 2014

Technologies of control promise dystopian future if public doesn’t fight back. The device allows lenders to track and monitor the location of the vehicle — both in real time and over time — and provides them with the ability to remotely shut off vehicles if, say, the borrower falls behind on payments (sometimes by just a few days) or drives outside an approved area.

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Ecuador’s FM Wants Transnational Corporations Held Accountable
Ricardo Patino – Al Jazeera, 3 Nov 2014

It’s time to reign in the arbitrary actions of corporate power and create the conditions for a more just world.

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The Decline of Journalism from Watergate to ‘Dark Alliance’
Nick Schou – Al Jazeera America, 27 Oct 2014

What if Ben Bradlee had overseen Gary Webb’s investigation into the CIA, Contras and crack cocaine? “We are trying to follow in Gary Webb’s footsteps not only because the reporting he did was so important and fearless, but how vindictive the way the CIA and media reacted underscores how urgent it is to shine a light on what they are doing.” –Glenn Greenwald

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The Case for a Europe of Regions
Paul Hockenos – Al Jazeera America, 20 Oct 2014

The critical lessons that Europe’s political elite would do well to take away from Scotland and Catalonia should be the same as the ones that invigorated European integration from the beginning: more democracy, fewer borders. There’s a middle road between out-and-out separatism and rigid centralized states, even if finding it will be time-consuming and contentious.

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Pacific Islanders on Canoes Blockade Australia Coal Export Terminal
Al Jazeera and Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Oct 2014

Environmental activists teamed up with Pacific islanders in eastern Australia on Friday [17 Oct 2014] in an attempt to block the world’s largest coal export terminal by forming a blockade of canoes, surfboards and kayaks.

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Journalism in the Age of Surveillance
Listening Post – Al Jazeera English, 6 Oct 2014

The ‘Snowden effect’ and challenges to the media in the age of state supervision. We spoke to journalists and technologists at the forefront of the effort to keep our communications – both the content and its related metadata – unavailable to the governments who might take advantage of them.

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Germany’s Energy Model Can Save the World
Paul Hockenos – Al Jazeera America, 6 Oct 2014

The US and China can switch to renewables now – and prosper from it. The shift to citizen-owned energy in Germany has dethroned the big utilities that for so long put the brakes on anything that looked like a threat to fossil fuels.

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Hard Choices: Hillary Clinton Admits Role in Honduran Coup Aftermath
Mark Weisbrot – Al Jazeera America, 6 Oct 2014

Clinton’s embrace of far-right narrative on Latin America is part of electoral strategy.

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Obama Inches US Closer to Accepting Land Mine Ban
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate – Al Jazeera America, 29 Sep 2014

Land mines are illegal, indiscriminate weapons that can kill long after the end of armed conflicts, which means that those affected by this lethal detritus of war are civilians.

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Gaza and the ‘Crime of Crimes’
Ronnie Kasrils – Al Jazeera, 29 Sep 2014

Nelson Mandela frequently declared that “Palestine was the greatest moral issue of our time”. After we toppled the Apartheid regime in 1994, he went further, saying “We South Africans cannot consider ourselves free until the Palestinian People are free”.

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Confidence Men and Their Masquerade: The Spanish Inquisition Provides a Telling Parallel to ISIL’s Extremism
John Bell – Al Jazeera, 22 Sep 2014

One of the most surreal events of the Spanish Inquisition, was the “Auto da Fe”, a ritual procession that took the victim to his or her punishment. The “guilty” would be dressed in a special yellow garment and a long pointed cap, both strangely decorated with hellish images of effigies, flames, and demons.

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The New (Religious) Face of Civil Disobedience
Sanford Levinson – Al Jazeera America, 22 Sep 2014

A resurgent sanctuary movement may complicate the precepts of the Christian right. Conservatives and liberals might find themselves rethinking some of their views about the meaning of religious freedom and the responsibilities of good citizenship.

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An Ideological Pendulum in the Arab World
Sharif Nashashibi – Al Jazeera, 22 Sep 2014

The tragedy of the Arab world is that people seem to be stuck between nationalistic and religious fascism.

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NATO: The Alliance That Should Have Been Dissolved
Ian Klinke – Al Jazeera, 8 Sep 2014

3 Sep 2014 – The focus on Moscow’s bullish behaviour has obscured both NATO’s recent attempts of joining the Ukrainian proxy war and its long-term strategy of Eastern expansion. The summit in Wales is only the most recent reminder that NATO should have been disbanded long ago.

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Mali: The Forgotten War
Pape Samba Kane – Al Jazeera, 8 Sep 2014

6 Sep 2014 – As representatives of the Malian government and various rebel groups meet in Algiers for peace talks, violence in northern Mali continues and so does the French military presence. France launched its military intervention in Mali in January 2013.

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The Outlaw State of Israel (Part I)
Richard Falk and Akbar Ganji – Al Jazeera, 25 Aug 2014

Since 1948 Israel has drawn a long list of military aggression, human rights violations and war crimes. It has become an outlaw state.

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The Outlaw State of Israel (Part II)
Richard Falk and Akbar Ganji – Al Jazeera, 25 Aug 2014

Unconditional US support for the state of Israel has precluded a peace settlement and destabilised the Middle East. In Part I we described the reasons that Israel has become an outlaw state. In this part we discuss US support for Israel and its consequences.

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The Rise of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Ahmed Moor – Al Jazeera, 25 Aug 2014

The BDS movement was founded by a broad coalition of Palestinian civil society groups in 2005. It has developed and gained force in tandem with two phenomena that will define the Palestinian fight for freedom for the foreseeable future:

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Why Latin American Leaders Are Standing Up to Israel
Laura Carlsen – Al Jazeera America, 18 Aug 2014

A Latin America freed from U.S. dictums has the capacity, if not to isolate a wayward state, at least to send a powerful message of opprobrium. Hopefully, other nations will see the example and follow suit.

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Can Universal Jurisdiction Help Palestinians Seek Justice?
Rawan Abdulnabi – Al Jazeera, 18 Aug 2014

15 Aug 2014 – Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki recently visited the International Criminal Court in The Hague seeking clarification about the legal procedures and mechanisms necessary for Palestine to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Power to the People: Extending the Israel Boycott
Hatem Bazian – Al Jazeera, 11 Aug 2014

Every consumer is empowered by a moral imperative to boycott nations which support the subjugation of Palestine.

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The Uphill Battle to Hold US Corporations Accountable for Abuses Abroad
Lauren Carasik – Al Jazeera America, 11 Aug 2014

Big companies employ their considerable resources to invoke the protections of international law when it suits them, taking advantage of free trade agreements that grant corporations the right to sue governments. Yet they aggressively resist efforts to impose accountability across borders.

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Australian Government: Pirates of the Indian Ocean
Fiona Broom – Al Jazeera, 28 Jul 2014

As Australia’s conservative government falls further in opinion polls, it is willing to eschew international refugee conventions to cling to what is winning it support – the illegal and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers.

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How US Evangelicals Are Shaping Development in Uganda
James Kassaga Arinaitwe – Al Jazeera, 28 Jul 2014

US evangelical groups are increasingly shaping Uganda’s development policies to suit their religious agenda.

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On ‘Human Shielding’ in Gaza
Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon – Al Jazeera, 21 Jul 2014

The Israeli army has tried to justify striking civilian areas. For Palestinians living in Gaza today, simply spending time in their own homes, frequenting a mosque, going to a hospital or to school has become a dangerous enterprise since any one of these architectural edifices can become at any moment a target.

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Bolivia Makes Child Labor Legal from Age 10
The Associated Press – Al Jazeera America, 21 Jul 2014

Child labor has been common in a nation that ranks as one of the poorest in the Americas.

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US-German Relations Reach Breaking Point
John Batchelor – Al Jazeera America, 14 Jul 2014

Berlin holds the whip hand in the EU. The way Berlin goes, Paris, London, Rome and the other NATO members will follow. Berlin’s inclination since well before the Ukraine crisis was to move closer to Moscow in the “Common Eurasian home” narrative.

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African Leaders Vote to Give Themselves Immunity from War Crimes
The Associated Press – Al Jazeera, 7 Jul 2014

July 1, 2014 – African leaders gathered for a continent-wide summit voted to give themselves and their allies immunity from prosecution for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide at a new African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

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US Signals Intention to Eliminate Its Land Mines, Join Treaty
Renee Lewis – Al Jazeera America, 7 Jul 2014

The U.S. military will not be expanding its land mine stockpile and aims to eventually eliminate its entire supply so that it can accede to the Ottawa Convention, a 15-year-old international treaty on mines, the White House announced Friday [27 Jun 2014].

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Russia, China Sign Deal to Bypass U.S. Dollar
Michael Pizzi – Al Jazeera America, 26 May 2014

In a blow to U.S. global financial hegemony, Russia and China on Tuesday [20 May 20114] signed a deal to pay each other in domestic currencies, followed by the announcement on Wednesday of a $100 billion annual trade on natural gas, 10 years in the making.

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Multinational Corporations Play Key Role in Qatar Labor Abuses
Arezo Yazd – Al Jazeera America, 19 May 2014

While many cited the Qatari government’s responsibility for labor-related abuses that resulted in over 500 deaths of Indian migrant workers since 2012, few mention the importance of corporate responsibility, primarily in light of construction for World Cup 2022.

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Chevron Uses Deep Pockets to Win Ecuador Legal Battle
Lauren Carasik – Al Jazeera America, 19 May 2014

Chevron’s bid to embolden transnational corporations to use their deep pockets to thwart justice underestimates the tenacity and resourcefulness of their opposition.

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Exclusive: Emails Reveal Close Google Relationship with NSA
Jason Leopold – Al Jazeera America, 12 May 2014

6 May 2014 – Email exchanges between NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship than was implied by Silicon Valley brass after last year’s revelations about NSA spying.

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Ukraine: Lies, Propaganda and the West’s Agenda
Alastair Sloan – Al Jazeera, 5 May 2014

Is the Western narrative obscuring what’s really going on in Ukraine? Washington and Brussels are the heroes of the Ukrainian saga, if you believe the Western media. Putin is cast as the Big Bad Russian Bear, Obama and Kerry are the Democratic A-Team. Kerry has called Ukraine an “incredible act of aggression”, conveniently ignoring drone strikes, the Iraq War, and the numerous illegal coups the US has pulled off since World War II.

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Netanyahu’s ‘Destruction of Israel’ Mantra
John V. Whitbeck – Al Jazeera, 5 May 2014

Hamas is not remotely close to being in a position to cause Israel’s territory to sink beneath the Mediterranean or to wipe out its population or even to compel the Israeli regime to transform itself into a fully democratic state pledged to equal rights and dignity for all who live there.

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