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Although an Al-Jazeera cameraman, Mohamed Badr, has just been acquitted of charges of ‘carrying out acts of violence and thuggery’ last July, other journalists, including Peter Greste, an Australian correspondent who has worked for the BBC and Reuters in the past, remain in prison. Greste is just one of 20 journalists for the Qatar-based network [...]
This is a guest post by Ami
There is a line in the excellent Scottsboro Boys which I saw last weekend that had particular resonance at this time. The beaming New York lawyer has some words of encouragement for the anxious boys on death row. The good news is: “you are making a lot [...]
In his powerful speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial rally in Johannesburg, President Obama referred to Mandela’s “proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” which it is said he inherited from his father.
It is quite interesting to see then that this father of his nation has passed on the quality to the people of South Africa. [...]
There are a couple of encouraging things about this video of Egyptian TV host Khaled Al-Abraq proclaiming Israel as an enemy “for all eternity… This is what I teach my son and what he will teach his son.”
The first thing is that, unlike many other Israel haters, he doesn’t believe that the Jewish state [...]
I hope those who appreciate what MEMRI does in exposing some of the worst aspects of the Arab and Muslim world can also appreciate when it highlights some of the best– for example Yamina Thabet, head of the Tunisian Minority Rights Group, passionately and bravely denouncing the government for failing to act against antisemitic crimes [...]
This is a cross-post by Paul Canning
This is one of the most moving and viral images which came out of the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
Last night we learned the identity of the man who the little girl is running towards and all of Kenya is hailing him as a hero.
His name [...]
Posted: September 26th, 2013 under Kenya.
After – in fact during – the hideous massacre in Nairobi The Guardian has really outclassed itself with its special brand of fatuity, which causes old Guardianastas like me to swallow a little vomit.
There was Jenkins’ ludicrous piece. It’s neatly summed up here and has been much linked to in derision.
There was Giles Foden:-
An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
Of course this has been tried before.
In 1954, a Brotherhood member tried to assassinate [President Gamal Abdel] Nasser during [...]
David Cameron’s comment on the relationship between Islam and horrific recent events in Nairobi doesn’t seem to make full sense:
“These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion – they don’t,” he said.
Although of course it is is entirely reasonable to argue that such [...]
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 under Kenya.
It’s par for the course, I suppose, that the CiF should be hosting Muhammad al-Baltaji, of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. He complains:
Mosques were attacked to flush out protesters seeking refuge inside them, while evidence is emerging that some churches were torched in an attempt to implicate the Muslim Brotherhood and allied Islamists and thus justify the crackdown [...]
Posted: August 21st, 2013 under Egypt.