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  • A year on, Myanmar cyclone survivors struggle to rebuild

    A year after Cyclone Nargis battered army-ruled Myanmar, killing nearly 140,000 people, paddy fields remain bare and tens of thousands of survivors live in makeshift shelters. "Everybody lives on food handouts and most of us don't have decent shelter or a job," Ba Thin, 72, said, pointing to the bamboo, thatch and tarpaulin huts lining the.. More

  • Poor face economic 'calamity'

    The global economic crisis is becoming a "human and development calamity" and is threatening to derail international efforts to reduce poverty, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have said. The two financial institutionsurged rich countries to step up aid to developing nations, as they completed their spring meetings in.. More

  • 'UN providing cover for racism'

    The United Nations is providing cover for Israeli racism say dozens of human rights workers and Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesperson for Hamas. The United Nations Conference against Racism in Geneva is being boycotted by the US, Israel, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Germany. That is “just in case” it deals with Israeli racism. But.. More

  • 'Fallujah never leaves my mind'

    By Laith Mushtaq(a cameraman for Al Jazeera) Laith Mushtaq was one of only two non-embedded cameramen working throughout the April 2004 'battle for Fallujah' in which 600 civilians died. Five years on, he recounts the events he witnessed and filmed. "What you saw on your TV sets at home reflects only ten per cent of the reality. Also, if.. More

  • Detainee offered freedom for silence on torture

    A British court ruled Monday that U.S. authorities had asked a Guantanamo Bay detainee to drop allegations of torture in exchange for his freedom. A ruling by two British High Court judges said the U.S. offered Binyam Mohamed a plea bargain deal in October. Mohamed refused the deal and the U.S. dropped all charges against him later last year. Mohamed.. More

  • Israel and the crime of Apartheid

    By Hazem Jamjoum In recent years, increasing numbers of people around the world have begun adopting and developing an analysis of Israel as an apartheid regime. (1) This can be seen in the ways that the global movement in support of the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle is taking on a pointedly anti-apartheid character, as evidenced by the growth.. More

  • Israeli police conduct 'ID card raids' inside Israel, arrest 208 Palestinians

    Over the weekend, Israeli border police conducted a number of raids on living quarters and workplaces inside Israel, checking ID cards and looking for Palestinians from the West Bank who were in "Israel" without a permit. 208 Palestinians were arrested in the raids, and sent back to the West Bank. Palestinians are not allowed inside Israel.. More

  • Israeli use of phosphorus 'a crime'

    A report by an international rights group has said that Israel's use of white phosphorus during its recent offensive on the Gaza Strip is evidence of war crimes. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday that the munitions were fired indiscriminately and over densely populated areas during the 23-day war, leading to many casualties. "In Gaza,.. More

  • Hundreds kidnapped in Gambian "witch hunts"

    Hundreds of people have been kidnapped in Gambian witch hunts and taken to detention centers where they were forced to drink hallucinogenic concoctions, Amnesty International said. Eye witnesses and victims told the rights group that those involved in rounding up victims were "accompanied by police army and national intelligence agents,".. More

  • Final figures of Israeli attacks on Gaza, 1434 killed

    Confirmed figures reveal the true extent of the destruction inflicted upon the Gaza Strip by Israel’s offensive: 1,434 dead, including 960 civilians, 239 police officers, and 235 fighters. The Israeli offensive launched on the Gaza Strip between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 resulted in extensive death, injury and destruction throughout.. More

  • Pakistan's long march to stability

    Massive shipping containers are being hoisted into place to prevent a popular procession that is travelling from all over Pakistan to Islamabad, the capital, in support of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the sacked chief justice. These corrugated steel structures, often used in the high seas, are now part of a number of measures in the government's land.. More

  • Israeli airstrikes continue to haunt Gaza children

    Steve Matthews, an aid worker with World Vision Canada, has been to some of the world's most violent and troubled regions, including Darfur, Afghanistan, and Iraq. But even after years in the field, Matthews still has difficulty comprehending the devastating affects of war on children. In February, he returned from Gaza, where he had spent a month.. More

  • 'Conspiracies against Sudan'

    The arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, could tear the country apart, Middle East experts have warned. In 2006, Khartoum and the Darfur rebel groups began negotiating a resolution – the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) - to end the conflict. Badri Shafai, an Egyptian expert.. More

  • Mutiny reveals Bangladesh chaos

    The mutiny by Bangladesh's border security forces in the capital Dhaka has brought back the specter of violence that has marked the country's recent political history. That the army had to be called out to quell the uprising just weeks after December's election is an important reminder that the country's political situation remains complex and fragile.. More

  • Somalia at a crossroads

    Recent developments in Somalia appear to suggest that the country may be on the verge of reaching an end to two decades of war, displacement and hunger. Somalis were first given hope when Ethiopian forces, who invaded Somalia in late 2006, began withdrawing in 2008. This was quickly followed by the surprise resignation of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the.. More