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Weighing the options for what’s next in Syria

February 15th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He talks about Syria’s future after the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution to end violence in the country. Listen to the interview here.

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MEDIA ALERT: Palestine bids for UN membership

September 19th, 2011, Media Alerts

PALESTINE – President Mahmoud Abbas is preparing to bid for full UN membership this Friday during the UN’s 66th General Assembly session in New York.

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MEDIA ALERT: Worst 6 months for Afghans

July 19th, 2011, Media Alerts

AFGHANISTAN – The United Nations reported that the past six months have been the deadliest for Afghan civilians in a decade.

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Why Muslim States Must Support LGBT Rights

June 22nd, 2011, Comment & Analysis

Last week, in an historic and long-overdue move, the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people around the world. With South Africa leading the charge, the U.N. Human Rights Council voted in favor of the resolution by a narrow margin of 23 to 19, with three abstentions. The new declaration holds that no one should be subject to discrimination or violence based on her or his sexual orientation or gender identity.

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For the love of God or good – support World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1st, 2011, Comment & Analysis

The Guardian January 13, 2011, by Tony Blair and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad

All over the world there is a struggle taking place within and about religion. Sometimes it results merely in harsh or prejudicial words. Too often it erupts in violence and acts of shocking extremism. The essence of the struggle is this: are people of religious faith prepared to regard those of a different faith with respect and dignity and yes, even love; or do they rather regard them as enemies? Are they “open” to the other or “closed”?

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Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: Not Dead, but Certainly on Hold

October 27th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

It is difficult now to remember how emotionally overwhelmed I was by a sudden wave of acute optimism as I, on assignment for, watched President Obama reach out to the Muslim, Arab and Palestinian peoples in a historic speech at Cairo University in June 2009. Nevertheless, I am not giving up on Obama or on the direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis that he has tried to revive.

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