ISRAEL’S ‘PROTECTIVE EDGE’: WHY NOW?

 

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By Fadi Elhusseini

 

Another Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip; it’s not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in the region does not change. With the previous offensives launched by Israel on Gaza, several military goals were declared. This time, “Operation Protective Edge” comes within a different context, with new domestic, regional and international factors at play. These conditions, by and large, are more prosaic and complex and have been key elements in determining Israel’s goals for this operation as part of a larger strategy that goes beyond the war itself.

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POETRY

 

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Eight international Poets today share their wealth of words with us

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FICTION

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Fiction today features Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois’ ‘Broken Toyland’ while Okwudili Nebeolisa’s describes ‘How To Break A Young Man’s Heart’

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THE GATEWAY TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE EXCHANGE OF ROLES

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 By Fadi Elhusseini

 

After less than a year of exceptional Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement, the events of June 30, 2013 ruptured this relationship. Similarly, when Egyptian and Iranian statesmen began to decrease tensions and a thaw in relations resulted, events evolved to return matters to square one.

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Politically Speaking, from South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

By Denise Allen

 

South Africa is definitely a Third World country, no matter how much we, its citizens, like to pretend otherwise and its reputation has deteriorated under its present stewardship. This is no longer the country envisaged by our first African National Congress (ANC) president Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela – Madiba or Tata to all who loved him.

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SEA FOLK BY JIM WELLMAN: A REVIEW

 

 

By Val B. Russell

 

Maritime stories have always captivated readers with tales of ship wrecks, pirates and the battle of man against the raging sea. Moby Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, Treasure Island etc, the list is endless. Most are works of fiction, fanciful and designed to entertain mainlanders who view the ocean as a mysterious and dangerous foe rather than the living, vital entity it is. In Sea Folk (Flanker Press 2013) Jim Wellman alters this perception by inviting us to experience the reality of life lived on the sea,  page by page.

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Six talented Poets grace today’s pages:

LM Arnal, Ilona Martonfi, AJ Huffman, Marija Makeska, Charles Bane Jr and Steve De France

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BALUCHISTAN: PROXY GAMES

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Sabena Siddiqi

 


Baluchistan is a vast yet sparsely populated province of Pakistan, wracked by tribal feuds for decades. Suddenly it was turned into a volatile region by employing proxies. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) was founded in 1999 and was the main faction, being involved in terrorism, kidnapping for ransom and bomb blasts. Read more »

NEW BANGSAMORO RISES

 

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Noel Tarrazona

 

Zamboanga City: Manila describes the March 27, 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) as the most historic accomplishment for the Aquino administration, whose term ends in 2016. Read more »

GWADAR: CHINA’S STRING OF PEARLS

 

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By Sabena Siddiqi

 

 

Gwadar Port is ‘the largest and deepest sea port in the middle of the world’. On February 18th 2013 Pakistan transferred control of its strategically located port at Gwadar, in the Balochistan province, to China. Ninety percent of Gwadar’s business is sea to sea and does not therefore require a large road network. For China, who has long had the ambition of setting up a warm water port, Gwadar is a strategic dream come true. Read more »