Yemeni women walk through the debris of a housing block allegedly destroyed by previous Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana'a, Yemen on Sept. 29. 2017. Photo credit: Yahya Arhab / EPA-EFE
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US Bombs and Sanctions Deepen Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen

Three years of U.S.-supported blockades and bombardments have plunged the Yemen into immiseration and chaos. “Civilians, including children, were killed and maimed because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said João Martins, Doctors Without Borders head of mission in Yemen. "We are seeing civilian victims of airstrikes fighting for their lives in hospitals.” Lacking access to food, clean water, medicine and fuel, over 400,000 Yemeni children are at imminent risk of starvation.

A Palestinian man hangs a Palestinian flag atop the ruins of a mosque during a snow storm in West Bank village of Mufagara, south of Hebron, in 2016. Credit: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters
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My Home is Beit Daras, Palestine: Our Lingering Nakba

When Google Earth was initially released in 2001, I immediately rushed to locate a village that no longer exists on a map, which now delineates a whole different reality. Although I was born and raised in a Gaza refugee camp, and then moved to and lived in the United States, finding a village that was erased from the map decades earlier was not, at least for me, an irrational act. The village of Beit Daras was the single most important piece of earth that truly mattered to me.

Palestine's iconic olive trees are key to the local economy. The olives from the 11 million trees across these lands support 100,000 families. LEILA MOLANA-ALLEN/AL JAZEERA
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Spirit of the Orchard: A Palestinian Story

Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it. Ordinary Palestinians have rarely narrated their own history. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed author Ramzy Baroud draws on dozens of interviews to produce vivid, intimate and beautifully written accounts of Palestinian lives - in villages, refugee camps, prisons and cities, in the lands of their ancestors and in exile.

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The Ghost of Herut: Einstein on Israel, 70 Years Ago

Albert Einstein, along with other Jewish luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, published a letter in the New York Times on December 4, 1948. That was only a few months after Israel had declared its independence and as hundreds of Palestinian villages were being actively demolished after their inhabitants were expelled. The letter denounced Israel’s newly-founded Herut party.