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Al Jazeera condemns Egypt verdict

Al Jazeera condemns Egypt verdict

Following today’s retrial verdict in Cairo, Al Jazeera Media Network’s Acting Director General Dr Mostefa Souag said: “Today’s verdict defies logic and common sense. Our colleagues Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy will now have to return to prison, and Peter Greste is sentenced in absentia.” The whole case has been heavily politicised and has not been […]

MI5 spied on Doris Lessing for decades

Newly declassified documents show that Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing was spied on by British security services for more than 20 years. Previously top secret files reveal that Lessing’s phone conversations, mail and movements’ were closely controlled by MI5 and Met police special branch. Doris Lessing died in 2013 aged 94. She won the Nobel […]

Dissent is not disloyalty: By Nissim Mannathukkaren

Dissent is not disloyalty: By Nissim Mannathukkaren

Source: The Hindu by: Nissim Mannathukkaren The right of dissent — or, if you prefer, the right to be wrong — is surely fundamental to the existence of a democratic society. That’s the right that went first in every nation that stumbled down the trail toward totalitarianism. ¯ Edward R. Murrow Clayton Lockett, an African-American […]

US will not release hunger-striking Guantanamo detainee

US will not release hunger-striking Guantanamo detainee

Lawyers from the US justice department have blocked a legal request, made on health grounds, to release a Guantanamo Bay detainee who weighs just 34kg after an eight-year hunger strike. Yemeni detainee Tariq Ba Odah, 36, has been force-fed by nasal tube since he stopped eating solid food in 2007. His weight loss over the […]

Wear it with pride: Hijab now a choice

Wear it with pride: Hijab now a choice

Once more the hijab made news. The Supreme Court came up with a dresscode for a repeat All-India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) last month to put a leash on cheaters but managed to stir the hornet’s nest with its ruling on the wearing of hijab. In UK, France and Netherlands similar debates over the headscarf […]