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Uzbekistan - Predator of press freedom holds on to power
 
Reporters without borders
President Islam Karimov did not even bother to amend the constitution, which limits him to two terms. After yesterday's sham election, he is preparing to begin his fourth term without batting an eye. Uzbekistan faces many uncertainties but one thing is sure – this 77-year-old “predator of press freedom” will continue censoring and ruling with an iron hand until he breathes his last. “The day will come when our citizens will enjoy complete freedom, all civil liberties and above all press (...) (Full Story)
Bangladesh - Government's failure to protect bloggers condemned
 
Reporters without borders
Washiqur Rahman, a 27-year-old blogger, was hacked to death with machetes today by three men in Tejgaon, an industrial district of Dhaka. Police arrested two of the men but the third got away. Police told local media that Rahman's blog posts were the motive for the attack but did not mention any in particular. “We are appalled by this latest barbaric act and the additional threat it represents for freedom of expression and information, which is already endangered by the almost daily (...) (Full Story)
S. Korean Church Identifies N. Korean Detainee as a Pastor
 
One of two South Korean men detained in North Korea on charges of espionage is a pastor, a Seoul-based Protestant association said Monday. Last week, the communist country said it is holding two South Korean men it identified as Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil on charges of espionage. South Korea’s Unification Ministry confirmed that they are South Korean citizens, but did not provide details. The General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in South Korea said Kim Kuk Gi is a pastor... (Full Story)
Essays on Quebec nationalism and the Jews (1976 - 1985)
 
In 1976, the nationalist Parti Québécois came to power in Quebec and governed the province until 1985. A tense period followed its election within business circles and among the Jewish community. In the midst of this crisis, Victor Teboul’s Mythe et images du Juif au Québec had just been published and it exposed a negative portrayal of Jews in Quebec’s most well-read novels and history books. The book had a strong impact on the Jewish leadership and created some controversy among Quebec’s francophone intellectual elite.
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Netanyahu in the US Congress: Did the Ends Justify the Means?
 
by Oded Eran

It is questionable whether the marginal effect that the Netanyahu speech may have on the current course of the negotiations with Iran justified the row, tension, and latest cracks in the personal relations between Obama and Netanyahu, as well as the danger of Israel becoming a political football in the US partisan rivalry between the Democratic and Republican Parties. (Full Story)
Confronting Spontaneous Terrorist Attacks
 
by Gaby Sibon

A prominent feature of many terrorist attacks in recent months by Islamic radicals is their independent, spontaneous, unplanned nature – sometimes called the work of lone wolves. The phenomenon presents a serious challenge to the security establishments in the nations where there has been a rise in the scope of spontaneous attacks, the West in general and Israel in particular. (Full Story)
Elder Rage: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents
 
By Jacqueline Marcell, Author, ‘Elder Rage’

For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon sighed in exasperation, ‘Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father. His temper is impossible to handle and he’s not going to accept help until he's on his knees himself.’ (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)
ISIS. The Rise of the Islamic State: The Strategic Surprise
 
By Ephraim Kam

It was only a matter of time before the debate began about who was responsible for the failed strategic assessment about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Less than a year ago, few people knew about ISIS and the risks it represented. Suddenly, within just a few months, ISIS leads the list of threats of a long line of nations, beginning with the United States, and is considered a threat so severe that exceptional steps must be taken in order to confront it. (Full Story)
The United States Returns to Iraq
 
By Oded Eran

President Obama's September 10, 2014 address to the American nation presented the new US strategy against ISIS. Since being elected president, Obama has been criticized at home and by US allies in Europe and the Middle East for skirting responsibility in various regions of tension. (Full Story)
21st Century Middle East: New Transnational Jihad or Simply Sheer Terror ?
By Abdul Ghelleh
 
In the late 80s, the Muslim faith in Britain was seen as beautiful and exotic religion, with the Mosques almost being part of the attraction sites in the British capital. I have seen retired American tourists who angled from side to side for perfect pictures of Regent’s Park Mosque while curiously wondering what would possibly be inside that fascinating golden dome on the base of the fine minaret. (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)

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