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  • Egyptians' missing Ramadan spirit

    While the notions of peace and cooperation are celebrated in the Muslim world at this time of year, Egyptians are struggling with those concepts during the holy month of Ramadan after the divisive military overthrow of the elected government. Egypt's Muslim population, which makes up the majority of its 84 million citizens, has always taken pride in.. More

  • 690 Egyptians detained, claims rights group

    The Egyptian Defense Center of Human Rights has stated that 690 people were detained after the incident when fire was opened on civilians outside the Republican Guard HQ in Cairo last Monday morning and that there were children, women and elders among the detainees who were holding a pro-Morsi sit-in. Secretary-General of Defense Center of Human Rights.. More

  • Amnesty accuses Israel of judicial bullying

    Two female Palestinian activists have gone on trial in an Israeli military court over their involvement in weekly demonstrations against an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. Rights groups and activists said on Tuesday that the prosecution of Nariman Tamimi and Rana Hamadeh coincided with a rise in Israeli arrests of Palestinian protest.. More

  • The return to Iqrit

    A dream long nurtured by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians made refugees during the establishment of the state of Israel has become a concrete reality at a small makeshift camp atop a windswept hill. A dozen young men have set up the camp at a site in the Upper Galilee from which their grandparents were expelled more than six decades ago. Today,.. More

  • Kurds flee for Iraq as Syria war slogs on

    As Syria's brutal war slogs on, some of the country's ethnic Kurds have been fleeing the chaos and destruction and taking refuge across the border in Iraq. About 50,000 people live in the Domiz camp, located near the city of Duhok about 60 kilometers from the Syria-Iraq border. The camp's residents are mainly Kurdish Syrians who do not want to participate.. More

  • Maliki's Iraq: Rape, executions and torture

    Heba al-Shamary (name changed for security reasons) was released recently from an Iraqi prison where she spent the last four years. "I was tortured and raped repeatedly by the Iraqi security forces," she told Al Jazeera. "I want to tell the world what I and other Iraqi women in prison have had to go through these last years. It has been.. More

  • Jordan to host 'world's largest refugee camp'

    Al-Zaatari refugee camp near Jordan's northern border with Syria is the second largest refugee camp in the world. On days when violence in Syria worsens, between 2,000-4,000 Syrians flood into Zaatari, and the stories they tell are horrific. "Things are happening in Syria that our minds couldn't even imagine," 65-year-old Nada Salim Abdullah,.. More

  • Asad's thugs massacres of Sunni families and children

    The pictures appear to tell a familiar story. In one a pile of bodies lies on a street corner, shot down, apparently where they were gathered. Among them is a girl in a red blouse, perhaps five years old, spread-eagled among a dozen other family members, some covered in sheets. A baby's legs are visible and a crumpled man has apparently been shot through.. More

  • Afghans stranded in Pakistan's no-man's land

    Generations of Afghan refugees raised in Pakistan now face the prospect of returning to a home they have never known. Ali Muhammad, an Afghan resident of Chaghai, in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, was born in 1981, as his family was fleeing the Afghan-Soviet war for the relative safety of Pakistan. Today, 32 years later, he and 12 of.. More

  • Israel arrests 14-year-old US citizen

    On April 11, in one of the trailer caravans that house the Israeli military courtrooms at Ofer prison, three boys sat in the brown Israeli Prison Service shabas uniform. Their feet shackled, their eyes darting between the judge, their lawyers, and their families. The youngest was 14-year-old Mohammad Khaleq, a short, skinny boy with a light brown.. More

  • Syria air strikes 'target civilians'

    Regime air strikes have hit bakeries and hospitals among other civilian targets in Syria, a watchdog reported Thursday, accusing the Syrian government of killing thousands in such raids it said amounted to war crimes. "Individuals who commit serious violations of the laws of war willfully, that is intentionally or recklessly, are responsible for.. More

  • Syria: the failure of our so-called international community

    The massacres in Syria rage on and yet we stand idle. We must realize that, to millions of Syrians trapped in the country, the virtual absence of humanitarian relief is nearly as arbitrary and cruel as the war itself. Bombs, even ballistic missiles, are tearing homes apart and more than 70,000 people have been killed. Weapons, not blankets, are pouring.. More

  • Camp Nama: horrors of a secret US base in Baghdad

    British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the center of some of the most serious human rights abuses to occur in Iraq after the invasion have, for the first time, spoken about abuses they witnessed there. Personnel from two RAF squadrons and one Army Air Corps squadron were given guard.. More

  • Four children among the dead following joint Afghan-NATO operation

    At least five Afghan civilians, of which four were children, were reportedly killed Tuesday night during an operation by joint NATO and Afghan forces in the eastern Arghanistan province of Logar, according to reports by a local police official. Reports indicate that the military operation included both soldiers operating on the ground and a possible.. More

  • Iraq: War's legacy of cancer

    Two US-led wars in Iraq have left behind hundreds of tons of depleted uranium munitions and other toxic wastes. Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq. Many prominent doctors.. More