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Revival of a Palestinian community in crisis

By: John Owens Source: VOA News NAHR AL-BARED, LEBANON – After nearly a decade and more than $200 million in fundraising, landmark efforts to resurrect a Palestinian community destroyed by fighting in northern Lebanon are at a crisis point. On March 25, as part of a tour of the region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to prospective donors to help complete the reconstruction of the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp. He called for a further $200 million, highlighting the ongoing struggle to restore a once-thriving center for commerce, and rehousing the thousands who remain in limbo amid broken pledges from the international community. A life from hell “It is a life...

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Indonesia’s highlighting Palestine praised by Muslim nations

By: Anggi Lubis and Tama Salim Source: Jakarta Times Indonesia’s diplomatic move to bring Palestine back into the international spotlight has been praised by Islamic nations as an important step in ending Israel’s hostile policies against the Palestinians. It is hoped that Indonesia’s diplomatic work can pave the way to renewed peace talks. Convened under the theme of “United for a Just Solution”, the summit is a response to the urgent situation in Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem). Ongoing conflict in Syria and Yemen and the radicalism and growing threat of the Islamic State (IS) movement have diverted international attention away from Palestine. This lack of attention has...

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Are Muslims “more violent” than others?

By: Juan Cole Source: Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States. As for political violence, people of Christian heritage in the twentieth century polished off tens of millions of people in the two world wars and colonial repression. This massive carnage did not occur because European Christians are worse than or different from other human beings, but because they were the first to industrialize war and pursue a national model. Sometimes it is argued that they did not act in the name of religion but of nationalism. But,...

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