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Lebanese artist Nadim Karam: ‘I try to bring dreams to a city’

“I always say that I try to bring dreams to a city in order to create joy,” says Lebanese artist and architect Nadim Karam when I ask him about his iconic work, Archaic Procession, a series of five-metre high animalesque and humanoid sculptures positioned around Beirut in the nineties. In total, Karam and his team moulded 20 figures out of steel – including a wild cat, an elephant, a baby Phoenician and Hannibal – and positioned them on bridges, rooftops and in public squares around the city. Set against the burnt-out buildings and rubble of post-war Beirut, the public art project brought an element of the absurd to a city emerging from years of fighting. They were anti-symbols to represent […]


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PLO: World should learn from Palestinian prisoners’ literary work

The artistic and literary works of Palestinian prisoners should be documented and translated into numerous languages “so that the world can learn about and from their purely human experience”, a senior Palestinian official said yesterday. Head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Commission for Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Qaraqe, commended the high-quality artistic and literary works being produced under the theme of resistance literature which represents an “integral part of the Palestinian struggle”. The prisoners’ literature deserves attention, documentation and publication in all languages, so that the world can learn about and from their purely human experience. The remarks came during a cultural seminar organised by Ministry of Culture in the Ein As-Sultan refugee camp in occupied Jericho. The event was […]


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Saleh and Houthi militias unveil new ballistic missile

Houthi militias and forces loyal to former Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday unveiled a new missile, which they have named Qaher-M2. The unveiling ceremony took place yesterday in Yemen when the missiles were displayed and later tested. The Houthi flag, which reads “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam,” was featured in the unveiling event. The flag of the Yemeni army was also featured; further showing that Saleh and his loyalist militias are refusing to acknowledge that he is no longer president of Yemen. The missile was based on the Iranian Tondar-69 missile, which itself was built in 1992 based on the Soviet S-75 SAM missile. A ballistic missile, the new […]


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Palestinian NGOs call for Arab League to impose sanctions on Israel

Some 133 Palestinian NGOs yesterday called on the Arab League to take the needed measures to impose sanctions on Israel over its “violation of international law and international legitimacy”, the Anadolu Agency reported. In a message sent to the Arab League summit, which is currently convening in Jordan, the Palestinian NGOs Network said: The time to take the needed measures to impose sanctions on Israel has come. The statement noted that the sanctions should include contacts between Israel and the Arab states and the other countries which support Israel such as the United States. Meanwhile, the statement reiterated the importance of “bringing back the Palestinian cause to be the top priority and the central issue of the Arabs.” “We trust […]



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UN experts call for the release of rights activist Mansoor

UN experts have called for the release of Ahmed Mansoor, an engineer and poet who was snatched over a week ago by Emirati authorities. We fear that his arrest and secret detention may constitute an act of reprisal for his engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, for the views he expressed on social media, including Twitter, as well as for being an active member of organisations such as the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, and an active supporter of others, including Human Rights Watch. UN OHCHR Plain clothed security personnel stormed the human rights defender’s house at midnight on 20 March and took him away from his wife and four kids. Since then, international organisations have been staunchly defending Mansoor, […]


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Sudan, Venezuela provide trade deals

Officials from Sudan and Venezuela have held meetings today to discuss plans for Venezuela to invest in the African state’s gas and oil industry. The talks were part of a political consultation process and were held at the foreign ministry in Khartoum. The visiting delegation led by the Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister, Renaldo Bolivar, discussed investment opportunities in oil and gas production fields, gas processing, the establishment of refineries, deposits and petroleum utilities as well as oil pipelines and derivatives. The meeting comes as Venezuela’s economic crisis continues to deepen and Sudan continues its attempts to recover from the 75 per cent oil revenue loss following the succession of South Sudan.  Despite Venezuela having the world’s largest oil reserves – […]


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Israeli lawmaker vilified for addressing anti-AIPAC protest

An Israeli lawmaker who was flown into Washington DC by AIPAC to participate in their annual conference has been vilified by the Israeli right for addressing an anti-AIPAC demonstration outside the venue. Tamar Zandberg, who is a member of the Meretz party, was in the US capital to speak on a panel at the pro-Israeli lobby conference. She has been called “human trash” and ‘filth’ for speaking at a rally organised by the Jewish campaign group IfNotNow who were protesting outside last Sunday. #ResistAipac: Protestors condemn AIPAC’s annual conference At the demonstration, protesters carried signs in both English and Hebrew with slogans including “Reject the occupation”, “Reject AIPAC” and “Reject Trump”. Another sign urged “Free Palestine”, reported Haaretz. IfNotNow describe […]



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Morsi’s nephew handed 3 year jail term

An Egyptian court has sentenced the nephew of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 26 other to three years in prison each after they were convicted of violence in the eastern Nile Delta province. “The criminal court of Belbeis in Sharkia province today sentenced Mohamed Saeed Morsi and his friend Abdullah Hamadeh to three years in prison for being involved in rioting at Zagazig University in early January 2014,” Mohammed Ahmed, the defence lawyer, said. The court itself also punished 26 others in another case which occurred in the cities of Minya Al-Qarain and Al-Sharqiya [to 3 years as well] after being convicted of mass and violent incidents. The two verdicts are subject to appeal before the Court of Cassation […]