A new administration is in the White House. And the prison at Guantanamo Bay will soon be closed. But the investigation into war crimes must not close with it. Guantanamo is neither the end nor the beginning of the story.
The Bush Administration's blatant disregard for the rule of law goes back before Gitmo, before Abu Ghraib, and before the CIA "Black.. More
Once the cradle of agriculture for civilization, the Land Between Two Rivers - the Tigris and Euphrates - has become a basket case for its farmers.
Naj Habeeb and his son, Mustafa, grow rice in a field along the Euphrates River in Iraq's Mishkab village. Just ask Naji Habeeb, 85. His family has been growing rice in this village 135 miles southeast.. More
Israel ordered original Arabic names of all signs on Palestinian areas under occupation since 1948 to be turn into Hebrew language in an attempt to erase Palestinian identity in the region.
The Israeli transport ministry Yisrael Katz said on Monday that it will "get rid of Arabic and English names" for cities and towns on road signs, keeping.. More
Troops fighting in Israel's war on Gaza were urged by their commanders to shoot first rather than worry about killing civilians, a document from an Israeli activist group shows.
Published on Wednesday, the document also gives an insight into Israel's policy of house demolitions and its use of white phosphorus during its 22-day campaign.
The murder of Marwa Sherbini, a veiled (and pregnant) Egyptian woman, as she prepared to give evidence in a German courtroom against a man who physically assaulted her, has incensed the Muslim World and re-ignited the debate over whether Europe is a truly tolerant society or one on the cusp of xenophobic extremism.
Muslims say the attitudes which prevailed.. More
Chinese President Hu Jintao has cut short an official visit to Italy for the G8 summit and is returning home following deadly response to protests of Uighurs in East Turkistan, state media reported.
The government flooded the area with security forces in the wake of deadly response that left 156 dead.
Hu left for home early Wednesday "due to.. More
The riots that rocked the city of Urumqi in China's northwestern Xinjiang region are the area's worst for more than a decade.
What makes these riots different, however, is the high number of causalities. Exile groups say violence erupted after police moved in on Sunday to break up a peaceful demonstration protesting against the killing of two Uighur.. More
Millions of North Korean women and children are facing a critical shortage of food as aid supplies to the isolated communist nation dry up, the United Nations' food agency has warned.
With sanctions against North Korea tightening and the North Korean government itself stepping up restrictions on aid groups, the World Food Program (WFP) says it.. More
The International Committee of the Red Cross has described the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza as people "trapped in despair".
In a report, it said that a main cause was the continuing Israeli blockade.
The report comes six months after the end of Israel's military offensive in Gaza in which at least 1,300 Palestinians died.
Aleading Orthodox American Rabbi caused a huge row when he said the Jewish way of fighting a moral war was to kill civilians and destroys places of worship.
Rabbi Manis Friedman of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies, Minnesota, was responding to questions by a Jewish American magazine as part of its ‘Ask the Rabbis’ feature, when.. More
Arye King is an Israeli settler on a self-appointed "mission from God": to extend Jewish ownership over the whole of Jerusalem.
Armed only with a crash helmet and a list of properties which, he says, belong to Jewish owners, he travels by motor scooter around the Jerusalem area, posting eviction orders against Palestinians who believe they.. More
The Palestinian village of Silwan clings to a steep hillside facing the southern walls of Jerusalem's Old City.
In the valley below, Al Bustan neighborhood stretches out in the shadow of Haram al-Sharif, also known as the Temple Mount. It is a setting rich in meaning for Muslims, Jews and Christians.
But the Israeli authorities in Jerusalem have plans.. More
In the past few years, the Palestinians' 61-year-old tragedy has been given a new dimension.
The Palestinian refugees of Iraq, who became victims of persecution and violence before being chased from their Baghdad homes after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, are among the world's most vulnerable communities.
The tents of al-Waleed camp in the deserts.. More
A record number of people were registered as forcibly displaced within their own country during 2008, the UN's refugee agency has said.
Last year, 14.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) were registered as living under UN care, compared to 13.7 million the previous year, according to a UNHCR study published on Tuesday.
The annual refugee.. More
It was billed as a peace speech, but Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, echoed the words of a colonialist conqueror when he delivered his much-anticipated policy speech at Bar Illan University.
Without ambiguity, he told the Palestinians that their existence and future hinges on their acquiescence - the relinquishing of their own history,.. More
And why is the UN not naming the perpetrators? by Rashed al-Ahmad My name is Rashed al-Ahmad. I'm a pharmacist originally from Kurnaz, a small village in the countryside of Syria's Hama province. I...More