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For Palestinian labourers, settlement work is a nuanced form of forced labour

Palestinian workers on Israeli settlements are fed up with being used as propaganda for Israeli businesses and government and with being vilified for work they say they are forced into.

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Children who work in the settlements. Photo: Hamza Zubeidat. All rights reserved.

For Palestinian labourers, settlement work is a nuanced form of forced labour

Palestinian workers on Israeli settlements are fed up with being used as propaganda for Israeli businesses and government and with being vilified for work they say they are forced into.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Children who work in the settlements. Photo: Hamza Zubeidat. All rights reserved.

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For Palestinian labourers, settlement work is a nuanced form of forced labour

Palestinian workers on Israeli settlements are fed up with being used as propaganda for Israeli businesses and government and with being vilified for work they say they are forced into.

مراحل تطور الفساد في مصر

في المرحلة المقبلة أمامنا طريق من اثنين، إما يبقى الفساد على ما هو عليه ويكمل في مساره ويستمر في الزيادة حتى نصل إلى مرحلة الانكسار أو يقرر المجتمع ككل بعقله الجمعي أنه هذا يكفي.

Why are Russians indifferent to the Syrian conflict?

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Lebanon: between normalised violence and a politics of kindness

It is hard to ignore the level of xenophobia and violence, verbal and physical, that exists today in Lebanon.

Statement of solidarity with the protests in Northern Morocco

A coalition of North African organisations issued a solidarity statement with the protest movement in the Rif region in northern Morocco within the context of regional upheavals.

تونس : النفط واعتصام الكامور بين الحقيقة و المغالطات

يعود ملف النفط والثروات الطبيعية في تونس الى الواجهة الاعلامية كلما تصاعدت الاحتجاجات على غرار التحركات الاجتماعية الاخيرة في تطاوين

Solidarity is not a crime

What is fighting terrorism when the threat of military trials and repression comes about for the strange ‘crime’ of simply calling for solidarity for the most vulnerable of communities in this land?

Lebanon: statement of condemnation and clarification by the Socialist Forum

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Gaza in transit: what after the GCC crisis?

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Why the ICC examination into torture and other abuses by UK soldiers in Iraq must continue

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الانبعاثات وارتفاع درجات الحرارة في العراق

ترتفع درجات الحرارة في العراق هذا الصيف لتصل لدرجات غير مسبوقة فبحسب الارصاد الجوية العراقية سجلت المناطق الجنوبية قبل بضعة ايام 51 درجة مئوية وهي الأعلى منذ 30 سنة.

Supporting refugee livelihoods or host stability? The two sides of the coin

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Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity

Can fear explain the loathing that the victims of this ‘academic cleansing’ are exposed to, often by their own colleagues? Could insecurity justify the complicity?

The vertical apartheid

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IS’ strategic management of death

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Charter of the North African network for food sovereignty

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تأويل النبي علمانياً

التأويل ليس بحثاً عن معنى جديد يتم استيراده وتلزيقه والتجمّل به، ولكنه بحث عن المعنى الأوّل وتتبع لسيرورته ومصائره [English]

Can mosques and minarets be tools for democracy?

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The enemy of my enemy is my...?

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The governor is busy

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The return of Banisadr to the heart of Iranian politics

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Turkey’s fight against Gülen in the South Caucasus

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Seeking refuge in refugees

Glimpses of life in a Greek refugee camp through the diary of a young volunteer.

هوامش فيما حول العلمانية

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Historical amnesia and Europe’s migration relations with Libya

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PKK music: engineering a social revolution

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Preparing Iraq for the defeat of IS

Multiple segments of the population, including at elite level, have come together in the fight against IS and now the time has come for this effort to extend beyond the battle.

Jo Cox MP: the compassionate road to war

Jo Cox MP was the embodiment of humanitarianism, but does that make her politics - specifically her stance on intervention in Syria - beyond criticism? 

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