South Sudan’s internally displaced create own system of justice

South Sudan’s internally displaced create own system of justice

Juba, South Sudan - Squatted on a thin black mattress, Nyawech Both Nien rubs over her scarred arm, still bruised after a mass brawl over water, the most basic need inside this camp for internally displaced people (IDPs). "I'd put three jerry cans to keep my place in the line, but the water came very late…
Hamas: Kushner and Greenblatt spokespeople for Israeli occupation

Hamas: Kushner and Greenblatt spokespeople for Israeli occupation

Palestinian leaders have condemned senior US officials for blaming Hamas for the suffering of Gaza's population, while presenting an argument which entirely excludes Israel's position as the occupier. In an opinion piece published by The Washington Post on Friday, the two US officials in charge of Washington's Middle East policy - Jared Kushner, who is…

What’s fuelling the latest unrest in Iraq?

Security is being tightened in Baghdad and southern Iraq because more anti-government protests are expected. Several Iraqis have already been killed protesting against frequent electricity cuts, clean water shortages and a lack of job opportunities. Security forces firing tear gas and water cannons have struggled to quell the anger. Can government leaders withstand the heat…
Gaza protests: All the latest updates

Gaza protests: All the latest updates

For nearly four months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago. The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or…
The determined transgender candidate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The determined transgender candidate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Maria Khan gives herself plenty of time in the morning to get ready before heading out for another day of door-to-door campaigning in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. She likes to wear a brightly coloured shalwar kameez, a slick of eyeliner and red lipstick. "I want to speak for the people of Pakistan, I want to…
Why I don’t understand the black affluent class

Why I don’t understand the black affluent class

It's amazing how similar middle-class and well-positioned African Americans are to white elites in their perspectives on US politics. They continue to play in the sandbox of respectability politics and civility, as if only since the election of Donald Trump as president has racial and socioeconomic progress been in jeopardy. Take Washington Post columnist Colbert I King's…
Why are Iraqis protesting?

Why are Iraqis protesting?

For the past two weeks, waves of mass protests have engulfed several of Iraq's southern governorates, spreading from Basra all the way to the capital, Baghdad. Summer protests are a fairly regular feature of the Iraqi political calendar, as the unbearable heat brings the public's long-simmering grievances to boiling point. However, this year's protests will likely cause…
Critics call Israel’s nation-state law ‘provocative and racist’

Critics call Israel’s nation-state law ‘provocative and racist’

Critics condemned Israel's new "nation-state" law saying it delivers a serious blow to the country because it puts Jewish identity ahead of the nation's democratic principles while making Arab citizens "permanent foreigners". The law will initiate a long-term process that will chip away at the rights and status of Muslim and Christian Arab citizens of Israel,…

Israel: A law that divides and discriminates

Israel's parliament narrowly passed a law that defines the country as a Jewish state. It gives only Jews the right to self-determination, discriminating against one-fifth of the population that includes nearly two million Arab Israelis and other minorities. The law also demotes Arabic, leaving Hebrew the only official language.  The move has led to widespread…
Israel passes controversial ‘Jewish nation-state’ law

Israel passes controversial ‘Jewish nation-state’ law

Israel's parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens. The legislation, adopted by 62 votes to 55, makes Hebrew the country's national language and defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national…
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