Lessons from the South African anti-apartheid struggle

For many years I supported the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa as a member of the Holland Committee on Southern Africa (HCSA). I apply what I learned in supporting the Palestinian people to achieve freedom, justice and equality including the right of return for refugees. Dutch and South African anti-apartheid activists provided input to broaden [...]

SCAF’s Constitutional Declaration – Uncertainty and Hope for Egypt’s Bicameral Legislature

February 11 marked the one year anniversary of the official fall of Hosni Mubarak from power.  What started with street demonstrations and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) overthrowing the President and dissolving the Parliament, was followed by a referendum to amend the existing constitution and fresh Parliamentary election.  On February 22, the [...]

TB experts gather in Cameroon to discuss short-course treatment for resistant TB

The capacity to diagnose multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has improved with new molecular techniques, but the treatment regimen for the more than 500,000 MDR-TB patients diagnosed each year has not. The internationally recommended regimen is long, expensive, toxic and usually has a success rate of only 55%. With that background, International TB experts and representatives from [...]

SRI LANKA: A Tamil man of Indian origin was arrested, tortured and laid with fabricated charges

Mr. N K Illangakoon, Inspector General of Police, New Secretariat, Colombo 1, SRI LANKA, [email protected] Re: SRI LANKA: A Tamil man of Indian origin was arrested, tortured and laid with fabricated charges Dear Inspector General of Police, Name of the victim: Mr. A Navajeevan (27) of Rawatte Lower Division, Ukuwela in Matale District Alleged perpetrator: [...]

A Tweet To Mohammed

Hamza Kashgari, a 23-year old journalist and blogger from Saudi Arabia, is currently in jail in Jeddah awaiting trial on apostasy charges. On February 5, the day Moslems celebrated Mohammed’s birthday, Hamza sent the following tweet addressing the prophet: “On the day of your birthday, I won’t bow before you (…) I loved certain things [...]

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