Hala Nasr is a current Masters student in Development Studies at the University of Auckland. Her areas of specialisation are in relation to gender, Third World feminist theory, and sexual and reproductive health. Her current MA project is interested in the effectiveness of anti-sexual harassment campaigns in promoting gender justice. Hala is looking for individuals who are or have been in any way involved with anti-sexual harassment or anti-violence against women campaigning in Egypt, who are … [Read More...]

Introduction to Contemporary Israeli Politics

Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s upcoming Justice Minister (reproduced the following quotes on her facebook page): "What’s so horrifying about understanding that the entire Palestinian people is the enemy/ In wars the enemy is usually an entire people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure./ Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more … [Read More...]

Jabhat Al-Nusra publically executes two men in Yarmouk

Jabhat Al-Nusra, which continues to occupy 60 percent of Yarmouk, executed on December 10th two residents of the camp. In what was its first execution of the kind, Zakariah Mir’i and Shadi Abu Siam were publically executed on charges of blasphemy. This gruesome act is further evidence, as though any were needed, of Nusra’s barbarity. This follows a series of increasingly ugly impositions by Jabhat Al-Nusra on the camp. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of this slaughter was that one of the … [Read More...]

Faces of Our Dead: Photos of the Palestinians tortured to death by Syrian regime

There have been at least 265 Palestinians tortured to death by the Syrian regime. Hundreds of others remain vanished. No editorializing. No moral indignation. Here are the faces of 56 of the Palestinians who have been tormented to death: -Khaled Bakrawi -Hassan Hassan -Husam Al Din Al Numeri - -Mustafa Al Aide -Salah Rashdan "Abu Omar" -Natheer Mohammad Al-Mo'ty -Ayman Mohammed Sobhia -Saleem Mohammad Al-Mou'ad -Ghassan … [Read More...]

Manufactured Drought: Yarmouk without water for 10 days

Water has been cut off entirely in Yarmouk refugee camp for 10 days. As I've already written about, the Syrian regime has engineered a drought since June that has compounded the anguish of the those still trapped inside the camp. Limited water services were turned on for only a couple hours every few days. However, water services have been shut off completely for the last 10 days. "There is no water in the camp," explains one resident, "we've been in this condition for awhile. It's either (a … [Read More...]

6 Palestinians tortured to death in the past week

Six Palestinians have been tortured to death by the Syrian regime in the past week. This follows the 30 Palestinian deaths by torture documented in August. Altogether, there have been over 250 Palestinians slaughtered in this manner by the Syrian regime. Here are the names of the six Palestinians tormented to death in the past week: -Mohammad Kamal Al Derbee -Taysir Bahloul -Osama Al- Tobasi -Aiman Younis Baker -Mohammad Nasser Jadaa -Suleiman Al … [Read More...]

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