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Mohammad Assaf became the first Palestinian to win Arab Idol last summer, making him a potential spokesperson for national unity. While his musical talent has launched him into the spotlight, the 23-year-old sensation refuses to be politicized.
After winning the second season of the American Idol spin-off, massive celebrations erupted in the streets throughout his homeland, including Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Ramallah. The participants exclaimed their adorations for Assaf’s smooth voice and charming smile, but they also embody a war-torn population in need of a peaceful representative for the Palestinian cause, allowing them “to feel as one people, forgetting at least for a while their political and geographical split”.
A recent article by Murtaza Haider in the Pakistan-based publication Dawn highlighted the blight of cities in Pakistan due to their rapid, unplanned urban development and wrong-headed urbanization schemes.
November 6th marked a conference on Pakistan’s rapid urbanization courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This conference featured the main issues facing Pakistan’s dense urban centers: rubbish-lined streets, gridlocked traffic, increasing violence, and dangerous, unsanctioned building projects.
By Rhys Leahy
Fidel Castro once said that the difference between democracy in Cuba and democracy in the United States is that “I don’t have to answer questions from Helen Thomas.” During her 70 year career, journalist Helen Thomas was renowned for her unabashed questioning of US politics, and her remarkable tenure in the White House Press Corp, spanning ten American presidents, from Kennedy to Obama. She served as the first female president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, the first female member of the Gridiron Club, as well as the first female officer of the National Press Club.
Arafat Jaradat, 30, died in Israel’s Megiddo Prison on Saturday, February 24, 2013 after being interrogated and beaten by Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet. An autopsy reveals that Arafat died from injuries sustained during torture, inlcuding broken ribs and severe bruising.
Jaradat had been arrested on February 18 for allegedly throwing a stone at an armed Israeli soldier near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement near Al-Khalil in the West Bank. He had been transferred to Megiddo Prison shortly after the arrest where he faced hours of interrogation and beatings.According to a statement released by the Shin Bet, Jaradat had been examined by physicians “numerous times” to deem him healthy enough to continue with the interrogation. The Shin Bet also noted that Jaradat suffered from health problems sustained after being hit by a rubber bullet and tear gas canister fired by Israeli soldiers, yet the the procedure continued.
Israel has, once again, asserted its position as the beacon of democracy in the Middle East, promoting a policy of “guilty until proven innocent” with its Palestinian prisoners. And, once again, the United States media’s coverage of the occupying state’s policy has been anything but fair.
Many Palestinian prisoners – men, women, and children – have been thrown in Israeli prisons indefinitely and without charge, separated from their families and their homes in the occupied areas. Many are held in solitary confinement, where conditions are unjustifiably unsanitary and unbearable. To further humiliate Palestinians, many discharged prisoners are arrested again within a short time of their release. Many Palestinians have even resorted to hunger strikes in Israeli jails to protest the unjust and inhumane conditions under which they are detained.
On the night of Friday, February 1st, 2013—while watching CNN—I witnessed two men of some prominence disgrace themselves on national television, and the worst part about the whole affair was that neither of them appeared to realize what he was doing.
Wilson, the official football-maker for the NFL, secured a spot during this year’s Super Bowl to run a rather moving commercial taking viewers inside the only dedicated football factory in the United States where footballs are laced by hand and prepped for play in the championship game.
Charles Timothy “Chuck” Hagel is an ex-Senator, has spent most of his life in public service, politics, and consulting. He is a Vietnam War veteran, and earned two Purple Hearts through his service.
By Aymen Abdel Halim, Chief Editor
The letter to the editor below was submitted to and published by the Columbia Chronicle in Chicago in their print edition on Monday, December 10, 2012.