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‘Islamic State’ versus al-Nusra: Will Baghdadi ask for al-Talli’s head?

An al-Nusra Front fighter stationed in the Syrian region of al-Qalamoun bordering Lebanon. Al-Akhbar/Radwan Mortada

By: Radwan Mortada

Published Friday, December 26, 2014

The calm in the Qalamoun front will not last very long. The truce between the “brothers in jihad” is reeling, after Baghdadi’s emissaries arrived to consolidate the ranks of the “Islamic State” soldiers on the border with Lebanon. For the purpose, they have sought the help of veteran clerics and are paying new recruits monthly wages, with a view to bleed and poach fighters from al-Nusra Front ahead of a possible major showdown.

No unified 1948 Palestinian list amid calls for boycott of Israeli Knesset elections

Knesset members pictured during the vote to dissolve the Knesset on December 3, 2014 in Jerusalem. AFP/Thomas Coex

By: Jamal Sweid

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The decision to raise the electoral threshold for the Israeli Knesset this year was an ominous development for the 1948 Palestinian parties, as it is now more difficult for them to gain enough votes to get seats in the Knesset. This means 1948 Palestinian blocs could be excluded from the Knesset soon.

Families of Lebanese civil war missing to celebrate first major victory against the state

The Committee of the Families of the Kidnapped and Missing hold a protest in Downtown Beirut on April 13, 2009 to demand the Lebanese government release information about their loved ones. Al-Akhbar/Marwan Tahtah

By: Eva Shoufi

Published Monday, December 15, 2014

On Tuesday, the Lebanese people will celebrate an important achievement attained by a civil movement in a long time. The Committee of the Families of the Kidnapped and Missing has proved that there is no room for despair if there is a quest for change. The struggle that started in 1982 resulted this year in an achievement that challenges the system.

Israel transforms Jerusalem’s suburbs into a “big prison”

Concrete blocks are placed by Occupation security forces at the entrances to the Palestinian village of al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem on November 19, 2014. Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency

By: Mohammed Abdel Fattah

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Perhaps Israeli prisons can not accommodate more Palestinians, and so Israeli authorities have now chosen to imprison Palestinians inside their villages, especially in the suburbs of Jerusalem. That is part of the collective punishment inflicted on villages, whose residents dared to rise up against the occupation and the discriminatory policies it imposes on Palestinians – such as preventing them from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque, repeatedly storming the mosque, and turning a blind eye on violence and murder of Palestinians at the hands of fanatical Israeli settlers.

Lebanon food safety scandal: Bacteria found in chicken worse than salmonella

A market in the southern Lebanese city of Saida in March 2011. Al-Akhbar / Hassan Bahsoun

By: Eva Shoufi

Published Monday, November 24, 2014

Work does not stop even during holidays. The responsibility is great and food contamination has become a major concern for the Lebanese. The technicians are working in various parts of the lab, wasting no time. The number of samples arriving each day is already above what the lab is capable of handling, which means their work cannot stop for an instant.

Resistance movements in the Gaza Strip strengthening ties with Tehran

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greets Hamas Premier Ismail Haniya during a meeting in Tehran in February 2012. (Photo: AFP)

By: Abdel Rahman Nassar, Hani Ibrahim

Published Thursday, October 23, 2014

More than $250 million dollars were given annually to Hamas by Tehran. This allowed the movement to continue and resist international sanctions. However, this amount has become irrelevant after the latest war, which proved that Palestinians are only able to defend themselves through self-made weapons and supplies by the axis of Resistance to Gaza.

Interview with former Hamas Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar

Mahmoud al-Zahar. (Photo: Al-Akhbar)

By: Mohammed Fouad

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On the ruins of his home destroyed in the last war on Gaza, we sat with Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar to discuss a variety of issues after the war. We talked about direct negotiations with the occupation; Hamas’ position regarding the reconciliation with Fatah; participating in the upcoming elections and last but not least, Hamas’ position on the conflicting regional axes.

Pregnant women and the unborn among the many casualties in Gaza

A one-and-a-half year old Palestinian girl lies on a table at a local morgue after she was killed by an Israeli airstrike while walking a block from her house with her mother in Gaza City on August 24, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Roberto Schmidt)

By: Ibtisam Mahdi

Published Thursday, September 4, 2014

The recurrence of suffering in Gaza does not take away from the tragedy of each case. When the few moments of pain that separate a mother from the joy of holding her baby in her arms end in martyrdom, or when a mother falls in a coma not knowing that the baby she’s been waiting for arrived into this world but she will not see them, you know that you are in Gaza.

Egypt extends presidential vote to Wednesday amid low turnout

An Egyptian man walks past army vehicles stationed outside a polling station in Cairo on May 27, 2014, on the second day of Egypt's presidential election. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Khaled)

Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Egypt's presidential election was extended by a day on Tuesday in an effort to boost lower than expected turnout that threatened to undermine the credibility of the front-runner, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

After Sisi called for record voter participation, low turnout would be seen at home and abroad as an immediate setback for the field marshal who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi.

Gaza: Only four doctors for 13 thousand cancer patients

Palestinian doctors treat wounded children in a hospital following an airstrike by Israeli warplanes in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on April 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP- Mohammed Abed)

By: Amjad Yaghi

Published Saturday, April 26, 2014

Palestinians in Gaza cope with the bitterness of the occupation and do what they can to confront their difficult living conditions. But thanks to the siege and the ongoing conflict between the Ramallah and Gaza governments, there remains no place for hope for cancer patients in Gaza. They suffer from the pain of health complications and face a number of obstacles that prevent them from traveling for treatment.

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