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Syria - Four French journalists released after 10 months in captivity
 
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders has learned with “immense relief and great joy” that four French journalists who had been held in northern Syria by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) since June 2013 – Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres – were released at the Turkish border last night. “To say we are delighted by their release is an understatement,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “It is deeply satisfying to now know with (...) (Full Story)
Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Arrested by Police
 
South Korean police have formally arrested the captain and two crew members of a doomed ferry, on charges of deserting their passengers shortly after the vessel capsized Wednesday and sank. Investigators allege the 69-year-old captain failed to carry out his duty to protect passengers when, according to witnesses, he was one of the first to leave the sinking ship.  A report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the captain also is suspected of instructing passengers to remain... (Full Story)
Analysts See Promising Trends in Afghan Election
 
While uncertainty remains over the outcome of the Afghan election, analysts say the vote is showing some promising trends toward democracy.  Partial results released from the April 5 election point to the likelihood of a runoff contest between candidates Abdullah Abdullah, who received 41.9 percent of the vote, and Ashraf Ghani with 37.6 percent. Both men are former high ranking members of President Hamid Karzai’s government.  A runoff vote would be held after May... (Full Story)
The Annexation of Crimea: International Ramifications
 
By Zvi Magen, Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Olena Bagno-Moldavsky

In a series of rather rapid moves, Russia, ignoring international criticism, annexed the Crimean Peninsula. The annexation began in early March with a non-violent military takeover, followed soon by a declaration of independence ostensibly initiated by the local population.  (Full Story)
Are African conflicts exclusive to Africans? A critical look at the role of Western mainstream media
By Abdul Ghelleh
 
The Mainstream Western media, specially the powerful commercial outlets, may be partly responsible for the wrong conflict diagnostics in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world over the past half a century.  Those who observe and are close to the conflict areas in Africa, and those who have firsthand experience of the initial developments of a conflict, are being sidelined fairly quickly, and without much effort by this huge information machine that’s run by mainly Western journalists. (Full Story)
The Rising Power and Influence of Civil Society: Discourse from the Middle East Social Networks
 
by Udi Dekel, Orit Perlov

The changes in the Arab world primarily reflect processes underway in Arab civil society, resulting from the rise in power of a younger and more educated middle class population that is mainly secular and has access to new communication technologies.  (Full Story)
The Ugandan human rights defender Patrick Leuben Mukajanga has been awarded the 2013 Makwan Prize
By Roberto Malini
 
Bergamo (Italy)  The year 2013 has been a very difficult year for activists and humanitarian workers throughout the world. The economic crisis, wars and conflicts, the lack of attention of governments and supranational institutions towards the most vulnerable groups in society have generated humanitarian tragedies everywhere. (Full Story)
APOSTATES IN ISLAM - THE REPORT
By Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity
 
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and Atheist Alliance International have published a new report on the Political and Legal Status of Apostates in Islam with the support of The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science UK. The report examines sources for laws that prohibit apostasy from Islam, reviews legislation and government policies in various countries that persecute apostates and blasphemers, and highlights the cases of some of the many persecuted individuals, with a focus on atheists, secularists and freethinkers.  (Full Story)
Remembrance Day : The Symbolics of Poppies
By Anna de Aguayo
 
Every year for several weeks before November 11, a field of scarlet poppies appears on coat lapels across Canada. This wearing of the poppy has a complex history ... (Full Story)
Canada. Internet use continues to rise
 
The value of orders placed online by Canadians reached $18.9 billion in 2012, up 24% from 2010 when the survey was last conducted. More than half of Internet users (56%) ordered goods or services online in 2012, up from 51% in 2010. In 2012, 77% of Internet users did research on goods or services or window shopped. (Full Story)
Just Published. Revisiting Tolerance. Lessons drawn from Egypt's Cosmopolitan Heritage
 
How does a polyglot Jewish family from Alexandria, Egypt, get caught up in the power play of the Suez Crisis? In this fascinating ebook by Egyptian-born author and Tolerance.ca Editor Victor Teboul writes about his cosmopolitan experience and his family’s ordeal following the 1956 Suez Crisis and the expulsion of Egypt’s Jewish community.  (Full Story)
The Chemical Weapons Crisis in Syria: En Route to a Political Solution?
 
by David Friedman, David and Shlomo Brom,

The comment by US Secretary of State John Kerry at a press conference in London on September 9, 2013, whereby the government of Syria could avoid a US punitive strike by placing its stores of chemical weapons under international control, has led to a political solution to the Syrian chemical weapons crisis. (Full Story)
Europe vs. Hizbollah's Military Wing
 
by Benedetta Berti and Yoram Schweitzer 

On July 22, 2013, during a ministerial meeting on Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Council of the European Union decided to designate Hizbollah’s "military wing" as a terrorist organization. (Full Story)

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