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

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Illegal Workers from the West Bank

They have to bribe 20 shekels to pass an Israeli checkpoint.

Palestinian illegal workers

Tens of Palestinian workers, males and females, gathered in Bait Iksa before early meal. Like run after time, Tuesday last week, they started to walk through a 7 kilometer long path prior to dawn. They are undocumented workers that daily to infiltrate Israel.

Bait Iksa is an Arab village in the West Bank located among foothills and surrounded by Jewish settlements. The village is not passed by the Separation Wall, a 750 kilometers long project that was built since seven years ago. The apartheid wall in order to avoid Palestinian strikes against Israelis. Continue reading

Respect Your Fasting Enemy

Palestinian children will be allowed to play with toy guns and fireworks in Eid Fitri.

Israeli checkpoint.

Ramadan is likely can change Israeli repressive policies against Palestinians. In this fasting month, Israeli Defense Force (IDF) issued an order that prohibits their soldiers to eat, drink, and smoke in public.

If no Palestinians at the checkpoints, Israeli troops are allowed to eat, drink, or smoke. “This rule to show a high stage of respect and understand,” say an anonymous IDF spokesperson. Continue reading