Egypt: A new dawn for autocracy

  Francois-Marie Arouet, better known by his nom de plume, Voltaire, is often attributed as having said: “I disagree with every word you utter but will defend to the death your right to say it.” In fact, the remarks came from Evelyn Beatrice Hall, an English author describing Voltaire’s passion for freedom of speech. Freedom of speech…

Egypt’s kangaroo courts

  Al Jazeera journalists (L-R) Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars at a court in Cairo, May 15, 2014.  (photo by REUTERS) Last week, Wael Metwally, my new business partner, texted at 11 a.m., saying, “Apparently I have been sentenced to 15 years in absentia despite being in attendance in court,” before being promptly arrested…

The Challenge of Sustaining Our Oceans

by David Suzuki   June 8 is World Oceans Day. It’s a fitting time to contemplate humanity’s evolving relationship with the source of all life. For much of human history, we’ve affected marine ecosystems primarily by what we’ve taken out of the seas. The challenge as we encounter warming temperatures and increasing industrial activity will be…

Imam Khomeini: Paragon of resistance

by Syed Zafar Mehdi . The late leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Imam Khomeini’s socio-political ideology was deeply rooted in Islam. While condemning the hard-nosed policies of the Shah regime, he always stood by the oppressed people of Iran. As world observes the 25rd demise anniversary of the late founder of the Islamic…

Netanyahu pushes for force-feeding Palestine hunger-strikers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks approval for a highly controversial bill that would allow Guantanamo-style force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Netanyahu has instructed his security cabinet on Sunday to speed up discussions on the force-feeding bill, which has already passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament. The bill awaits its second…