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Israel’s first strike against Iran?

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Disasters: Trainings and Psychology

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One bite at a time

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The government’s decision to produce a more expensive version of the common subsidised bread may be a step towards reforming the whole system – Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Mona El-Fiqi, 30 August – 5 September 2012.

Subsidised bread is an essential commodity for the majoryty of Egyptians, especially the 40 per cent of the population below the poverty line. Yet it has always been a source of complaints: subsidised bread is low in quality and people have to queue for hours to buy it. But problems are not due to a lack of resources. Already the government is spending around LE20 billion to subsidise bread, yet problems persist.  Continue Reading…

Auto Manufacturing Workers at a Crossroads

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Published on The Bullet (first on Basic, by Marlon Berg, September 3, 2012.

“The place is hot like hell, especially in the summer time at night, bad ventilation, a lot of humidity and of course machines emitting heat doesn’t help,” said Iain*, a temporary worker at an auto parts plant in the Toronto area.  Continue Reading…

Calling on Iran

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Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, 30 August – 5 September 2012.

It’s only a few hours visit that comes strictly in the framework of a multilateral commitment to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) but still the expected arrival of President Mohamed Mursi in Tehran today is a massive diplomatic gesture and a political message.

Mursi is expected in the Iranian capital to hand over the presidency of NAM to his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “The president will just participate in the opening session and then will leave Tehran. It is only a matter of a few hours,” said presidential spokesman Yasser Ali earlier in the week, before the head of state had embarked on a two-legged trip that had taken him to Beijing before his expected arrival in Tehran.  Continue Reading…

Able to fight: How disabled people are taking on the Tories

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Published on Red Pepper, by Lorna Stephenson, August 2012.

As the Paralympics open, disabled people are facing an onslaught of cuts. But as Lorna Stephenson discovers, disabled activists are a force to be reckoned with.

‘We feel that these are violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We haven’t striven for 70 years to have all these rights taken away from us in one parliament.’ John McArdle, co-founder of the Scotland-based Black Triangle Campaign, doesn’t mince his words when he talks about the need to fight the government’s cuts agenda.   Continue Reading…

Top US military commander: ‘I don’t want to be complicit’ if Israel attacks Iran

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Published on RT, August 31, 2012.

The highest ranking officer in the United States military has announced that he is against American participation in any Israeli-led attack on Iran, even as pressure to destroy the Islamic Republic’s rumored nuclear program remain unrelieved.   Continue Reading…

Libya’s Quest for Justice: The Thin Line Between Guilt and Innocence

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Published on Spiegel Online International, by Juliane von Mittelstaedt in Tripoli, August 31, 2012. (Photo Gallery).

Mohammed Gwaidar could chain the man to the wall, hang him up, send electroshocks through his body and beat the soles of his feet until they swell up like balloons. In some ways, it would be fair, because these are precisely the things that the man in cell 6 at the Hadba prison in the Libyan capital Tripoli did to him. Gwaidar, 48, was himself locked up for 11 years because of his religious convictions and for attempting to overthrow the government. The prison now holds a former prime minister, 14 colonels in the intelligence service, dozens of prison guards and thugs — and Hamsa, his former tormentor.  Continue Reading…


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