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Is Hamas Committed to the Ceasefire? Print E-mail

By Yoram Kohen

 Despite this breach of the tahdiya, or ceasefire, both Hamas and Israeli leaders have stressed their desire to deescalate the situation. But considering Hamas's history of violence against Israel, the organization's commitment to the tahdiya is open to serious question.


Gaza Protest in Washington D.C. Print E-mail
By Helen Fenimore
Exclusive for Al Waref

 On a cold, January afternoon long into the evening, more than 500 people came to meet in front of the Israeli embassy voicing their frustration at the governments of Israel, the United States, Egypt, and others for their tacit approval of strikes against Hamas,
The Arab World gets Serious about Climate Change Print E-mail

By Batir Wardam

Few Arab cities, including Amman and Dubai took part in the symbolic initiative done two weeks ago to turn off lights in cities for one hour in an activity called Earth Hour advocated by the World Wide Fund (WWF). For many of the still evolving species of Arab environmentalists, this was a much celebrated step.


Interpretation of the Scriptures: The Qu'ran Print E-mail

By Ghaleb Beincheck

As international communities are more and more preoccupied with increasing violence and integrism in the name of God, the First World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace stimulated reflection on what religions promote, their relationships, and their influence on populations.



Sustainable Development Print E-mail

Sustainable development is a strategy by which communities seek economic development approaches that also benefit the local environment and quality of life. It has become an important guide to many communities that have discovered that traditional approaches to planning and development are creating...

Death Penalty and Human Rights Standards Print E-mail

Over two-thirds of the countries in the world – 137 – have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice.
1948 : The United Nations adopted without dissent the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
. The Declaration proclaims the right of every individual to protection from deprivation of life.

U.S. Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in the Arab World* Print E-mail

By Lee H. Hamilton

Our task in public diplomacy is to tell the truth about America as persuasively and widely as possible – about our policies, our values, our ideals, and – yes – even our shortcomings. Obviously we want to cast ourselves in the best light. But we must do so in a spirit of truth and dialogue. The emphasis must not be America speaking at the world, but rather America speaking with the world.


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