Stephen Hawking celebrated on 70th birthday

The Guardian’s Science correspondent Alok Jha has written a piece on the occasion of the 70th birthday celebration of scientist Stephen Hawking reporting: “The world’s most famous living scientists turns 70 today. Professor Stephen Hawking has defied medical expectations, since being diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease ...

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Silwan faces crisis-point: two simultaneous evictions + evacuations

The East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan is facing a new crisis point. According to a late-night report from the Silwan Information Center (Silwanic), posted on their website here, “Silwanic has been informed that the illegal settlement of Beit Yonatan in the Baten al-Hawa neighborhood of Silwan will be evicted at 9am either tomorrow [16 Jan...

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For someone whose birthday is today – add. 1

You’re so vain, I bet you think this post is about you… Here is a great message: “Every war has two losers“.   It was originally written by William Stafford. “Every War Has Two Losers” is also the title of a 32-minute documentary film about the views of poet + conscientious objector William Stafford (1914-1993), ...

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Is Bethlehem the new Gaza?

This video posted on Youtube hereshows the dreadful Bethlehem “300” (or “Rachel’s Tomb”) terminal as looking a lot like Erez crossing into Gaza used to look, back in the days when tens of thousands of Gazans lined up in the pre-dawn hours to be herded through lines leading to daily employment in Israel. Here’s an...

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For someone whose birthday is today

There is an edited version of an interview with Leonard Cohen published today in The Guardian which makes me wonder about Leonard Cohen and love. It made me think of someone whose birthday is today (not Leonard Cohen – his birthday is 21 September, as we already reported here . ) According to The Guardian, […]

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Getting a flat tire at Qalandia checkpoint

I once drove through the Ar-Ram checkpoint with two flat tires, just praying that the soldiers wouldn’t be more difficult than usual, so I could get to a garage to put in enough air to get to a place where I could have the tire repaired. That time, my tires were probably deliberately punctured in […]

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Majority of World's 125 Jailed Press are Online Journalists

There are now 125 members of the press jailed world-wide, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) — and 56 of them are on-line journalists, “reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary”, CPJ says in its newly-released annual census of imprisoned journalists. According to its re...

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