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What British Jews really think about the Gaza conflict

The British Jewish community is often portrayed as being united on Israel – but opinion is far more complex and wide-ranging than that by Keith Kahn-Harris theguardian.com, Wednesday 23 July…

SEEKING ASYLUM : Swiss lawyer targets possible Snowden visit

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden has asked a Swiss lawyer to explore the possibility of the United States fugitive coming to Switzerland. Snowden is currently holed up…

Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam – review

Along with the “Trojan Horse” controversy about the imposition of a strict Islamic ethos on a number of Birmingham schools, the disclosure that several hundred Britons have been to Syria…

Israel maybe guilty of war crimes – UN Human Rights Chief

Russia Today: Israel maybe committing war crimes in Gaza, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Speaking in Geneva, Navi Pillay said house demolitions and the killing of children…

Should Germany ban the burqa?

Photo: DPA Opponents of such a ban here say it would heavily infringe on personal, cultural and religious freedoms and only serve to inflame tensions. Advocates insist the burqa has…

The Boomerang Effect: Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard

By Matthias Schepp and Cornelia Schmergal The United States and Europe last week announced the imposition of stronger sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. German…

Queen’s horse Estimate fails drugs test

Source: CNN (CNN) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II cheered Estimate on to success at the Gold Cup in 2013 but now her her five-year old filly is in the dock.…

UK: Dome Plan for Halesowen Ahmadiyya Mosque rejected

Source: expressandstar.com The plans to extend The Baitul Ghafoor Mosque on Long Lane have been rejected by the Dudley Council. More than 225 residents signed a petition opposing the plans, fearing the…

The fallout from the MH17 tragedy would be disorganization and denial

Source: Asia Times: So, by the ordinary standards of murderous military ineptitude, the fallout from the MH17 tragedy would be disorganization and denial, an exhaustive and time-consuming investigation, a belated…

Putin miscalculated in Ukraine

Source: Stratfor: Ultimately, politicians who miscalculate and mismanage tend not to survive. Putin miscalculated in Ukraine, failing to anticipate the fall of an ally, failing to respond effectively and then…

Flight 17 Burial Delays Frustrate Families

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—As the bodies of those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 decompose, some stricken families of those on board look set to suffer more frustration if religious burial rites are…

MH17: Dutch experts arrive at crash scene as heavy fighting breaks out

The Guardian: Investigators say train being loaded with bodies will soon be moved as Ukraine launches offensive near Donetsk station. As Dutch forensic experts arrived at the scene of the…

UK to press European allies for tougher sanctions against Russia over MH17

The Guardian: EU to consider further oil, gas, defence and financial penalties if Putin does not encourage rebels to allow access to crash site. The UK will urge other European…

Amnesty International to UK: Stop all arms sales – don’t facilitate war crimes

Amnesty International: It began just after four o’clock on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Four young boys, all cousins from the same family, were playing football on a Gaza beach. The…

Poll: Was shooting Down Malaysian Airline Flight with 295 on Board Terrorism?

Epigraph: On account of this, We prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in…

Love People, Not Pleasure

Epigraph: Know that the life of this world is only a sport and a pastime, and an adornment, and a source of boasting among yourselves, and of rivalry in multiplying…

With Jet Strike, War in Ukraine Is Felt Globally

Source: NY Times: Note by Editor: An extremely moving and emotional reporting. A must read. The scene was strangely empty. There was no yellow tape, no investigators poring over the…

Croatia Exempts Church From Financial Checks

Source: Balkan Insight: Croatia’s government has given a green light to a new law on the financial reporting of non-profit organizations, which omits the country’s powerful Catholic Church from checks.…

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