Local residents and environmentalists have been campaigning against an Israeli plan to build a section of its West Bank Separation Barrier through the centuries-old irrigation terraces of a Palestinian village south of Jerusalem. Israel’s Supreme Court is due to issue a ruling, but in June the area has been listed as a World Heritage site.
A transboundary, collaborative project covering the 2013 UN climate change summit which I led.
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A plan to save the Dead Sea by pumping desalinated brine from the Red Sea will fail to address the real causes of the ecological catastrophe.
As developing countries are confronted with more damage and in some cases, permanent loss, from climate change, they are pushing for compensation from historic polluters.
With civil war in Syria entering its third year, a group of Syrian online activists has been engaged in artistic protest. At first inexperienced with digital graphic design, the elaborate political images they have produced have gone viral on the web, and in turn also in the streets, gaining them international acclaim. Now, their artwork is on display in an academic institute in Israel, formally considered an enemy state.
Looming climate change spells a grim forecast for the Arab region, already considered one of the world’s driest. Adding to to a politically volatile region, climate change is considered a threat multiplier, and several studies have even suggested extreme weather events had played a role in the Arab Spring. Nevertheless, analysts are wary of framing climate change as a security threat. In fact, cautiously, some have even suggested that the common challenge could facilitate cross-border cooperation and peace-building.
While political divisions refuse to heal, Israeli and Palestinian medical relief groups are trying to overcome numerous hurdles through evolving cooperation.
Toronto StarOn the tiny island of Tavolara an independent kingdom has existed uninterrupted until NATO established a military outpost on its Eastern flank. Its few residents earn their living from tourism. King Tonino takes visitors on his boat, hoping they dine in his restaurant, Da Tonino. But everything stays in the family: Tonino’s sister, Madallena, owns the competing restaurant.
Von Khartum über Kairo nach Jerusalem: Warum verfolgte Sudaner Zuflucht im Land der Juden suchen.