Time to actually hear what Malala Yousafzai has been saying

Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history, sharing it this year with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist.

Ms. Yousafzai, from Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley, was shot in the head by a member of the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP or Pakistani Taliban Movement) two years ago this . . . → Read More: Time to actually hear what Malala Yousafzai has been saying

USA is equally responsible for war crimes in Gaza

Global revulsion at the mind-numbing carnage of Israel’s onslaught on Gaza seems finally to have spurred some of the western political class to speak out. The resignation of Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister, in protest against her government’s “morally indefensible” stance, emboldened Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, to demand the suspension of arms export licences . . . → Read More: USA is equally responsible for war crimes in Gaza

Sisi refuses to intervene in ruling against journalists

The future of three al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt looks more bleak after Egypt’s strongman president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, refused a pardon, ignoring pleas from Barack Obama to release them and other political prisoners.

“We will not interfere in judicial rulings,” Sisi said in a speech on Tuesday morning. “We must respect judicial rulings and not criticise them even if others do . . . → Read More: Sisi refuses to intervene in ruling against journalists

Pakistan disappointed in $33 million aid tied down to Dr Shakil Afridi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Monday criticised the US over legislation linking $33 million in aid with the release of a doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden, saying it was “disappointed” by the move.

Shakeel Afridi is awaiting retrial on a treason conviction under the country´s tribal justice system for alleged ties to militants.Angry . . . → Read More: Pakistan disappointed in $33 million aid tied down to Dr Shakil Afridi

United States defiance of International laws

By George Monbiot

For 67 years the US has pursued its own interests at the expense of global justice – no wonder people are sceptical now.

You could almost pity these people. For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN security council. They’ve defended a system which grants five nations a . . . → Read More: United States defiance of International laws

Thousands sign petition for secession in Texas

By Amanda Holpuch

Texas Nationalists say secession is possible as 77,000 sign petition, despite governor Rick Perry backing the union.

Less than a week after Barack Obama was re-elected president, a slew of petitions have appeared on the White House’s We the People site, asking for states to be granted the right to peacefully withdraw from the union.

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Which violence should be condemned?

The attack came early. Like any coward, the killer wasn’t interested in a fair fight, and chances are he didn’t even know whom he was killing. Having stalked his prey for reasons that even now aren’t entirely clear, he struck when his victims were most vulnerable: as they prayed in their house of worship. Within minutes, . . . → Read More: Which violence should be condemned?

George Clooney to host fundraiser as Obama’s activist in chief

George Clooney, who hosts a star-studded fundraiser for Barack Obama Thursday, is a Hollywood A-lister turned activist for liberal causes like Sudan, Haiti – and now the US leader’s re-election.

The movie heartthrob’s $40,000-a-plate dinner is being tipped as possibly the biggest presidential fundraiser ever, bolstering Obama’s coffers to the tune of $12 million as . . . → Read More: George Clooney to host fundraiser as Obama’s activist in chief

Ipads will make textbooks more affordable: Myth

In his State of the Union address, Barack Obama called on colleges and universities to control their costs — a message he reinforced in hisspeech a few days later at the University of Michigan. One good place to start would be to reduce the price that college students pay for textbooks.

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Khan: USA not good for Pakistan

When Barack Obama announced in May that American commandos had killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Imran Khan was furious. “The whole of Pakistan felt this way. Wherever I went I felt this humiliation and anger in people. It was humiliating because an American president announces it, not our president. And because it was the American military, not our . . . → Read More: Khan: USA not good for Pakistan