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The Wall

The Wall. It was April 1968. I was nine years old. The Wall was seven. I just arrived to Berlin with my parents. I was deeply impressed with what I saw. Houses with doors and windows walled in, telling the story of families that lived there and had to fly suddenly or stay and get […]

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Link: Syrian opposition to boycott Geneva talks

Syrian opposition to boycott Geneva talks – Middle East – Al Jazeera English. Summary: Syria’s opposition will not participate in proposed international peace talks in Geneva next month, its leader has said. “The National Coalition will not take part in any international conference or any such efforts so long as the militias of Iran and […]

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Link: Assad vows response to Israeli attack

Assad vows response to Israeli attack – Middle East – Al Jazeera English. Summary:  Syria’s president tells Lebanese TV station he has received shipment of arms from Russia and will defend his country. Syrian President Bashar al Assad has said his country will respond to any Israeli attack on its soil. In an interview to […]

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Facebook and its guidelines on hate speech and violence

Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. The website is reacting. At the beginning of May, it reversed a decision not to remove a video which showed a man being beheaded as it did not break the social network’s policy. After that, the […]

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Protests in Kenia as lawmakers raise their pays up to $10,000 a month

Kenyan Members of Parliament, have voted to increase their salaries to about $10,000 a month when the average monthly salary in Kenya is according some sources about $76 and according other sources at best about $140. There are 416 MPs. All this happened after the new president Uhuru Kenyatta urged MPs to accept pay cuts in […]

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Link: Israel warns Russia over Syria arms delivery

Israel warns Russia over Syria arms delivery – Middle East – Al Jazeera English. Summary: Israel has said it will act if Russia delivers promised anti-aircraft missiles to its ally Syria, in an apparent allusion to another air raid on the neighbouring country. Moshe Yaalon, Israeli defence minister, issued his warning on Tuesday shortly after a […]

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More weapons for Syria

The foreign ministers of the EU decided after 12 hours of discussions, they will not renew the embargo on weapons to the Syrian Opposition that ends next Saturday. The UK and France were pushing for the end of the embargo to press the regime of Al Assad ahead of the planned conference of peace in […]

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Beirut hit: the urgency to stop the war in Syria and talk

The war in Syria is penetrating more and more Lebanon after two rockets hit a district in the southern district of Beirut a stronghold of Hezbollah, which is backing the troops of Bashar Al Assad in Syria against the opposition fighting groups. This came after a televised speech in which Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, affirmed his commitment to fighting […]

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Up to 25,000 asylum seekers expected in Australia this year

A growing problem without proper answers

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Link: The Pope speaks against human trafficking and calls for the dignity of the refugees

Summary: Vatican City, 24 May 2013 (VIS) – “The trafficking of persons is an ignoble activity, a disgrace to our society that calls itself ‘civilized’! Exploiters and clients at all levels should make a serious examination of conscience, within themselves and before God!” These were the Pope’s words to the participants in the plenary assembly […]

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