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Dead Sea

World media recently lauded a new project, backed by the World Bank, that will allegedly “save” the Dead Sea and prove that peace is possible through cooperation to manage natural resources. But the scheme only threatens to make an already disastrous situation worse, as well as robbing Palestinians of their right to water.

Democracy & Human Rights

Arab Bloggers Meeting #AB14

This post was originally published on Notes by Noon

It was the first time for me to attend an Arab Blogger's Meeting and although I hadn't met many of the participants physically before, through our interaction over the years our virtual connection had been well established. There was an air of familiarity, comradeship and solidarity which laid the basis for new friendships. Sadly, there were activists and bloggers who were absent either due to unjust incarceration or shameful red tape which prevented them from being physically there, yet their presence was very much felt amongst us.

Protest against Israeli Settlements in Palestine

"What made Bab Al-Shams significant was the fact that it asserted that Palestinian activists would not simply react to injustices the occupation laid at our doorstep, but that we were determined to create our own realities on the ground"....

Between January and November 2012, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung is implementing a project with the CWLRC on research and advocacy about the divorce of young women in Gaza.The center works to formulate the legal and social vision for women as the main partner to men in building the Palestinian society on the basis of democracy

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Environmental Justice

Fruits of the Desert

The gulf has run out of pearls and we all know oil is next.

During the COP18 in 2012, four countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) filed a historic joint submission to the UNFCCC to put forward their national efforts and cooperative actions under the umbrella of economic diversification.

At COP19 in Warsaw, the climate negotiators from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Qatar held a side event to share their national progress made in climate related initiatives.

Where Do Arabs Fit In?

“Arabs – Time to lead” was the slogan emblazoned on my black t-shirt during my participation at COP18 last year in Doha as a youth delegate from the Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM). This was our call for the Arab world to take climate change seriously, and to push our own leaders to develop and communicate a comprehensive low carbon development strategy. Sadly, little happened in Doha, and the true test is now how to keep pushing Arab governments for voluntary commitment. After the first week of the climate negotiations in Warsaw, we could infer that the Arab stance will not change.

Loss and Damage

Between the 12th and the 23rd of November 2013, Warsaw hosted the 19th Conference of Parties (COP19) of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC). As the cold intensified in Warsaw, cold atmospheres penetrated indoors hitting the political mood in and around the conference meetings, making the political initiatives and solutions look meager and feeble, and affecting in return the ambitions and hopes of the participants, as well as of those who follow up the biggest annual congregation specializing in climate change.

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Policy Analysis

The Palestinian leadership and Kerry’s Framework Negotiations

While the negotiations about the framework agreement facilitated by US Secretary of State John Kerry are still ongoing, Palestinians are debating their political options beyond the talks which many regard as futile. The Heinrich Böll Foundation organized a round table debate entitled “The Kerry Framework – (Any)where to go from here?” aiming to discuss this issue with Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, former negotiator and senior advisor to president Mahmoud Abbas, political analyst, legal advisor, and former PLO spokesperson Diana Buttu, as well as the director of the human rights organization Al Haq, Dr. Shawan Jabarin. 

From Camp to City – A Visit to Za’atari

During a recent visit to Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan I had the opportunity to see part of the reality of the Syrian conflict at first hand, and to experience the unique and constantly evolving urban landscape of Za’atari camp. This landscape has changed dramatically since Dr René Wildangel, director of hbs Palestine/Jordan visited Za’atari in October 2012 just 3 months after it opened (his report can be read here). 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Samer's Sweets Shop in the West Bank city of Al-bireh on May 23, 2013

The Palestinians are unsure of how to respond to Kerry's long-anticipated Framework Agreement. Should they agree, refuse, or give an ambivalent reply? Kerry could conceivably be asked to prolong the negotiations in the hope that he could come up with the settlement that has so far eluded him.

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