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Is Germany changing course on Israel after its Rafah offensive?

Recent remarks from German officials backing the independence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and showing concern about Palestinian casualties in Rafah serve as a face-saving balancing act. For Palestinians in Germany, though, this is too little, too late.

“Now is the time, more than ever, to stand up to hate and talk about our hostages,” a middle-aged visitor to Berlin’s newly inaugurated Hostages Square told me when I arrived there. Const

Udi Raz: Berlin stepping up repression of pro-Palestine Jews

The German government and establishment are stepping up the repression of pro-Palestine Jews including Israelis, but it's all about anti-Arab/Muslim racism by proxy, says Udi Raz, a Jewish activist who spoke to in Berlin.

“Germany is very much engaged in an attempt to self-define itself through the exclusion of other minorities. In the 30s and 40s, it was the Jews, and now it is Muslims,” explained Raz, adding that Germany is eager to protect Jews but only to the extent that those Jews are also

Meet the Palestinian chef feeding ancient veganism to Europe

For 38-year-old Jerusalemite Izzeldin Bukhari, Palestinian food is always on his mind. First a tour guide now a chef, Izzeldin's passion for Palestinian culinary history prompted him to set up , a supper club-cum-cooking class in Jerusalem's Old City. Now he's taking it on tour to Europe.

"My main goal is to share Palestinian food, especially vegan and vegetarian food," Izzeldin tells "I speak a lot about food history in what I do. It's important to teach my guests how dishes are created. Falaf

Germany’s Muslims fear rise in Islamophobia amidst war in Gaza

When Hamas massacred 1,200 Israelis on 7 October in the biggest attack on the Jewish community since the Holocaust, Germany showed unflinching solidarity with the State of Israel, supporting its “inalienable” right to self-defence. It rightly condemned the loss of lives and capture of hostages while calling for the latter’s immediate safe return. Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was illuminated in the colours of the Israeli flag and a rally was organised the next day in the capital, attended by several

A Palestinian musician’s ode to his homeland amid war

For 27-year-old Jalal I. Akel Jr, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, music became a source of respite and personal exploration amid the repeated phases of violence and unrest against his community growing up.

Jalal recently released an album under his artist name Jahlayal in dedication to his Palestinian roots and spirituality with the hopes of spreading “healing” in the middle of Israel's brutal war in Gaza that has killed more than 24,000 Palestinians.

He presents music in a tranquil,

How the Gaza war has polarised the Global North and South

When Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, the subsequent events widened the global divide in the international community towards major powers and solidified many of the developing countries’ geopolitical presence under the BRICS. With the ongoing war in Gaza, these fissures are being put to the test again.

From the beginning of the latest spike in the Israel-Palestine conflict, starting 7 October with Hamas’s attacks in Israel, the United States has remained firm in its support for the Jewish State

Deciphering ‘gender-equal’ Denmark’s unconventional relationship with feminism

Denmark serves as a role model for the rest of the world with its social democratic welfare, narrow gender pay gap, generous parental leave and noteworthy female representation in the government and political sphere. It even has a feminist political party!

The country has made tremendous strides for women’s rights since 1915 – when it officially granted them the right to vote – and today they legally enjoy fundamental freedoms and opportunities.

Denmark is regularly ranked among the best count

Once Again, Pakistan’s Women’s March Is Targeted With a Vicious Smear Campaign

On March 8, dozens of Pakistani women in all major cities took to the streets to highlight discrimination, inequality, violence, abuse, and injustices against them and other marginalized communities in the country. Despite threats and right-wing attacks on the Aurat March last year, the demonstrators were resilient and undeterred in putting forward their demands, which emphasized prioritizing healthcare for women during the pandemic and ensuring protection against patriarchal violence among othe

Hundreds of pro-Palestinians protest in Berlin after Israels deadly aid shooting in Gaza

Hundreds of pro-Palestinians protest in Berlin after Israel's deadly aid shooting in Gaza

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Berlin to demand freedom for Palestine and a stop to the Israeli "genocide" in the Gaza Strip. Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

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Silent Battles: How Pakistani Women Counter Harassment in Cyberspace

“Unless these issues are addressed in the real world, they will continue to exist and increase in the online world.”

For 23-year-old Zarmeen Arif, social media has become a tool to not only voice opinions but also fight for the causes she firmly believes in. It is her escape from the usual, the mundane, and the ordinary. It gives her a sense of purpose and provides an unlimited set of opportunities to showcase creativity, from routinely sharing motivational videos on life to reviewing books and

Violence by way of silence | The Express Tribune

On October 22, Israel designated six Palestinian human rights organisations as terrorist groups alleging that these NGOs, under the cover of civil society organisations, belonged and constituted an arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [PFLP] leadership, a leftist political faction with an armed group, in a statement issued by the country’s Defense Ministry. The designation two weeks later was extended to the West Bank. The move was widely criticised by human rights groups and

How Have Women Leaders Shaped South Asia’s Politics?

South Asia has elected its share of prominent women politicians. But what has that meant for gender equality and women’s rights on the ground?

With Kamala Harris assuming office as the United States’ first female vice president this month, conversations have been renewed over the role of women leaders in politics – particularly in South Asia, given Harris’ Indian heritage. South Asia has seen many female politicians and even elected them as heads of government, from Indira Gandhi – the first an

The ghosts of Terezin | The Express Tribune

For the people of Terezin, a Czech town 70 kilometers north of Prague, there is no escape from the past. A past blemished by the pain and suffering of innocents, predominantly the Jews of Europe. For them there is no detour from it. Just utmost remorse and tragedy that they are reminded of everyday. A feeling almost effortlessly and inexplicably present in the air of this town and its surroundings, felt by visitors alike. It is as though an eerie silence is the only fate of this place now, as hu

Hundreds pro-Palestinians protest in Berlin after deadly aid shooting in Gaza | Video Viory

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Thursday in Berlin to demand freedom for Palestine and a stop to the 'genocide' in Gaza Strip after IDF troops allegedly fired at civilians and killed dozens who gathered at aid deliveries earlier in the day.

Footage shows the protesters waving big Palestinian flags while chanting slogans like 'Palestine will be free', 'Stop the genocide' and 'Free Palestine'.

According to media reports, people rushed to secure food and medicine from aid trucks. The Gaza Heal

Challenging South Asia’s Toxic Patriarchy Through Podcasts

When Kainath Merchant started her podcast “Brown and Bold,” her aim was to foster a virtual space that would address the “traumatic, raw, and uncomfortable” realities of South Asian culture, which often do not receive consistent attention in the digital arena. Given how South Asian families and societies directly and indirectly intimidate women through many of their established sociocultural norms, the journey to self-acceptance and self-love for many girls is not an easy one. Where both women a

Red No More: Russians in Prague turn to a new flag to show solidarity with Ukraine

“Our old flag had red on it and we want to wash off that colour. This (white and blue) is our new flag and we’re saying as Russians that we do not want war in Ukraine,” said a Russian activist and member of Prague’s Russian Anti War Committee, on the condition of anonymity, at a benefit concert for Ukraine in Letná Park.

“We fully support the Ukrainians and we stand with them together,” he added, as a large number of people attended the concert on Sunday (April 3) which was organised by the Ukr

Madrassa Sex Abuse Case Shocks Pakistan

More and more cases have been coming to light in the past years. Who will take on the country’s powerful clerics?

For over a year, Sabir Shah, a madrassa student, was sexually abused by an influential religious cleric in Pakistan’s populous city of Lahore. In a video spread on social media and filmed by Shah himself, Mufti Azizur Rehman – a religious leader belonging to the conservative Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party, who confessed to his crime – could be seen involved in inappropriate

Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protesters face off in Germany’s Gesundbrunnen | Video Viory

Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Germany's Gesundbrunnen on Saturday, where they separately demonstrated their solidarity with both sides in the presence of police officers.

The footage features protesters rallying and holding flags of Israel and Palestine. Placards could also be seen with slogans such as 'Ceasefire' and 'All walls must fall'.

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) announced that it had 'resumed combat' against Hamas in Gaza on Friday, claiming the g

Juveniles in cyberspace: How to ensure protection amid surge in online abuse cases?

As a large number of school-aged children and adolescents turn to digital media for studies, communication and infotainment amid the technological boom, the global Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent situation that has prevailed in the wake of it, fears have been expressed over their safety and privacy by various digital rights groups and child protection organisations. Many have reported a surge in online child sexual abuse cases, adding to the concerns over not just the impact of digital tech

Thirsting for adventure | The Express Tribune

Pakistan is often termed a prime country for adventurers as it is home to some of the highest mountain peaks in the world and offers diverse terrain that caters to the preference of all kinds of travellers. Situated in the north, five of the 14 highest independent peaks in the world are present in Pakistan.

In 2018, the British Backpacker Society ranked Pakistan as the top destination for adventure travel and the country also topped Condé Nast Traveller's list of best holiday destinations for 2

[OPINION] Racist rhetoric or free speech? Where does media ethics stand in the face of crisis?

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In January 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Denmark’s newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon featuring China’s flag with virus-like illustrations in place of stars. The Chinese embassy in Denmark, in response, called the Danish newspaper’s satire “a humiliation to China and Chinese people,” saying that it showed no sympathy and empathy.

Denmark, on the other hand, refuse

Why Muslim countries need to talk about antisemitism

The recent escalation in the perennial Israeli-Palestinian conflict drew attention from around the world. The conflict saw a polarised international response with some Western countries and the United States expressing support for Israel and its right to self defence while others condemning the Jewish state for the killing of civilian Palestinians. In Pakistan, as always and as expected, a pro-Palestine sentiment was widespread and social media feeds were flooded with posts in favour of the Pale

China's Soft Balancing Against the United States

In 2015, China and Pakistan officially launched the flagship project of the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative, under President Xi Jinping and Pakistan’s then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s leadership, called the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) worth US$46 billion to US$62 billion.

The aim of the initiative supposedly has been to stabilize Beijing’s strategic ally Pakistan and improve its economic state, initiate and expedite infrastructure development, build the deep seaport of Gwa
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