Ahmad Yusuf: “Reconciliation is Not a Tactic to Avoid Revolution”

The reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah is on going. There are signs that the two biggest factions in Palestine move toward a peace deal. It was seemed from the commitment of the PA President Mahmud Abbas who is not willing to participate in the next election. He also showed a positive gesture by his willingness to visit the Gaza Strip.

Hamas and Fatah split since June 2007 when the national unity government was dismissed. That development followed with the Israeli blockade against the Strip which has 1.5 million populations. Continue reading

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Controversy of Obama’s Nobel

By Faisal Assegaf

In fact US President Barack Hussein Obama surprised, absolutely for global society. Most likely no one in this universe has previously predicted on October 9 he will receive the Nobel Prize for Peace at his nine months in power. Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, argued that he has done great efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons and a better situation of international relations, especially in term of relationship between his country and the Muslim world.

It is a hasty assessment to conclude that Obama’s policy on world peace will be successful. There’s no one of those two great ideas has been emerged. Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council added with India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, and North Korea still have nuclear power. The relationship between the US and Islam is not harmonic yet. So, definitely he also upset and the controversy of his Nobel sparked. Continue reading

Peace Process After Olmert Resignation

By Walid al-Mudallal, Assistant Professor for Political Science at Gaza Islamic University

After months of being dogged by corruption scandals and calls for his resignation, Israeli President Ehud Olmert’s decision to step down has stirred political uncertainty in Israel and plunged the stalled peace talks into confusion.

Israel’s press is largely unsurprised by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s resignation that he would leave office after coming under pressure over mounting corruption allegations. Continue reading

Mordechai Vanunu: “Israel Has 200 Nuclear Bombs”

According to the Israeli government, Mordechai Vanunu is a traitor because he head leaked the secret of the Israel’s nuclear program. He claimed Israel has produced 200 nuclear bombs.

He told that top secret to Peter Hpunam, a reporter for the Sunday Times. The paper published those interesting stories and Vanunu’s photograph on September 28, 1986. On 5 October, The Times released the stories equipped with documents and the pictures of the inside of the Dimona reactor which recorded secretly by Vanunu himself. The title of that report was “Revealing the Secret of the Israel’s Nuclear Weapons”. Continue reading

The World without Israel

By Faisal Assegaf

The war in Lebanon was over, but Israel invasion against that country forced us to remember again Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s sharp comments that called to wipe the state of Israel from the world map, in October last year. A few days later, he said Israel as tumor and must removed from Middle East region.

May be Ahmadinejad just dreamed last night. Perhaps, he has imagined that Israel which declared its independence in 1948, dismissed. It’s not clear because of what. This kind of dream is normal for many people. When a problem is so disturbed for someone until come into his unconscious, it will emerge as a dream. Ahmadinejad has been anti-Israel for many years. Off course, the admirer of the leader of Iranian Islamic Revolution, Ayatullah Khomeini, always think how to disappear the Jewish country. Continue reading