Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Ramadan



1, the appearance of the first crescent moon signalled that it is time once again for Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world. It is also the time for Zakat, which means almsgiving. Zakat is about immersion in community ...


Palestinians in Gaza paint a smile on their faces as they continue to endeavour to adapt to the painful reality of the blockade and the closures imposed on them.

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Palestinians in Gaza paint a smile on their faces as they continue to endeavour to adapt to the painful reality of the blockade and the closures imposed on them.

Nevertheless, on the first night of Ramadan, many Gazans gathered in Gaza City's Kutayyiba Square and lit a large lantern expressing their joy at the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan. Children lit fireworks as an expression of their joy despite the difficult circumstances they live under and the fact that many of them lack the basic necessities of life.

The land, sea and air embargo imposed on the Gaza Strip has left Gazans with little hope beyond the Rafah land crossing which cannot cope with the crisis being experienced within the beleaguered Sector. There is a current and on-going crisis with medical supplies and equipment as well as shortages of milk and other difficulties such as electricity shortages which mean continuous power cuts.

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One week after the horrific massacre in Norway two parallel debates have opened up. Inevitably, one is dominated by security concerns. The other equally important discussion examines the role of the right-wing media. Writing in the Financial Times, Norwegian journalist Petter Nome noted that many of the ideas articulated by the mass-murderer Anders Breivik were not 'obscure nonsense' in the mind of a "deranged loner" but part of popular discourse in the European mainstream, including political quarters.

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