From Cover of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle
Middle East

Gaza: No Checkpoints in Heaven

I still vividly remember my father's face - wrinkled, apprehensive, warm - as he last wished me farewell fourteen years ago. He stood outside the rusty door of my family's home in a Gaza refugee camp wearing old yellow pyjamas and a seemingly ancient robe. As I hauled my one small suitcase into a taxi that would take me to an Israeli airport an hour away, my father stood still. I wished he would go back inside; it was cold and the soldiers could pop up at any moment.

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Middle East

In Gaza: Democracy and Its Discontents

It's all too convenient for the BBC website to describe the ongoing bloodshed between Hamas and Fatah supporters in the Gaza Strip as "inter-factional rivalry", and it's equally fitting for the Washington Post to narrate the same unfortunate events - which have left many Palestinians dead and wounded - as if they are entirely detached from their adjoining regional and international milieus.  

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Middle East

Killing Hope in Beit Hanoun

"God is greater than Israel and America," was the echoing cry of tens of thousands of Palestinians, who descended into the graveyard in grief stricken Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. They congregated in yet another familiar scene to bury their loved ones, killed by Israel's brutal war against the Palestinians.

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Special Reports

Nuclear Dual Standards

The US administration’s double standards in dealing with the intensifyingnuclear crisis in North Korea further strengthens the argument thatPresident George W Bush’s colonial designs are either exasperated by thevulnerability of his foes or deterred by their lethal preparedness.

Considering the US-North Korea protracted standoff, one can only imagine howfoolishly disposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein must now feel that hedidn’t pursue a more determined programme of weapons of mass destruction.Even if one would accept Iran‘s claims that its nuclear programme isconstructed for peaceful purposes, one has to wonder if Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad is willing to reconsider the overriding intent of hisnuclear ambitions.  read more