Opinion

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Gaza-Israel: cease-fire now

Events in recent days between Israel and the Hamas-led government in Gaza show the danger of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's refusal to work seriously toward the resolution of Palestinian grievances.

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Mr. Gingrich: Are there no Palestinians?

"There are no Palestinians. There are Arabs who inhabit the State of Israel." These are your words, Mr. Gingrich.

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Votes and vetoes: Palestine at the UN

This week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is taking the Palestinian people's case for statehood to the United Nations.

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“Love During Wartime”: A Romeo and Juliet story from the Holy Land

A couple's innocent dream to escape the bonds of politics, time and tribe ineluctably butts up against the sanctions of all-too-organized society at every turn.

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"Miral": controversial film paints Middle East mirage

Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel's latest venture onto the screen is a controversial adaptation of Rula Jebreal's novelistic memoir of her childhood and youth beginning just around the time of the Nakba, otherwise known as Israel's war of independence.

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Working class film legends offer new Iraq thriller

Director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty were invited to attend the Toronto Festival this year to promote their new collaborative work, "Route Irish," and Laverty's own film "Even the Rain."

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Films show human element in Palestinians’ struggles

The presence of three great films in support of the Palestinian struggle was highly welcomed at this year's Toronto International Film Festival last month.

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Poem of the week: “Jerusalem”

"Shouldn't it be as important to learn about one another's poetry, country to country, as one another's weather or gross national products?"

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Helen Thomas was wrong, but Fox and co. are dead wrong

The 89-year-old pioneer woman journalist Helen Thomas, among the first in the White House press corps to challenge President Bush on war, torture and Middle East policy, retired last week, a  sad ending to her legendary career.

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End Gaza blockade

The outrageous attack on the Freedom Flotilla  has brought forward both opportunity and  necessity for stronger action by the United States to push Israel to end the blockade of Gaza, stop settlement construction, and engage in serious talk.