Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra | Diaa Jubaili

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Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra, says resident and writer Diaa Jubaili Salty, foul water flows through the pipes of Basra: a city racked by high unemployment, broken healthcare and education systems, drugs smuggled in across the borders and cooked up at home with Iranian raw materials. Millions of landmines from […]

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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

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Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no […]

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Morrissey denounces halal meat as ‘evil’, and attacks May, Khan, Abbott and more

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Ex-Smiths frontman claims halal slaughter requires certification that can only be given by supporters of Isis, and throws his support behind far-right For Britain party Morrissey has made an extraordinary even by his standards series of pronouncements in halal meat production, the Islamic method of animal slaughter. He claimed that halal slaughter requires certification that […]

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Muslim foster parents: We’d never had a Christmas tree – it made them so happy

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News that a Christian child was forced into Muslim foster care caused a furore earlier this year. But, despite the challenges, these families play a vital role in bringing up vulnerable children, says Sarfraz Manzoor About 100,000 young people go through the fostering system every year. In recent years an increasing number of these have […]

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Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition

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The division of British India was poorly planned and brutally carried out, as fear and revenge attacks led to a bloody sectarian cleansing On 3 June 1947, only six weeks before British India was carved up, a group of eight men sat around a table in New Delhi and agreed to partition the south Asian subcontinent. […]

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Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure

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The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatars conservative enemies want it shut down On Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera once heralded as the beacon of free Arab media that broke the hegemony of the […]

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Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook

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Taimoor Raza was found guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed during an argument on social media with a counter-terrorism official A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first conviction on charges arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km (372 […]

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I am the son of a terrorist. This is how I broke free of my indoctrination | Zak Ebrahim

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When he was seven Zak Ebrahims father assassinated a Jewish leader in New York. Later he helped coordinate the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center from his jail cell. Here Ebrahim writes about breaking the cycle of hatred On 5 November 1990 my father, El-Sayed Nosair, assassinated the extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in New […]

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