Category: national

‘Old Palestinian leadership’ undermining national goals 0

‘Old Palestinian leadership’ undermining national goals

A paralysed and indecisive Palestinian leadership, faced with mounting pressure from the Americans and Israelis, is undermining key national goals, analysts say. They say the decisions taken by the Palestinian National Council (PNC) during its meeting in Ramallah last week show that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, lacks the will to respond to American and Israeli efforts to…

Living within the shadow of Nepal’s Rara Nationwide Park 0

Living within the shadow of Nepal’s Rara Nationwide Park

Mugu, Nepal – “Tell me about the last decade,” I asked Gagan Bahadur Rokaya. “Where do I start?” he said. We were walking towards his village, Murma, through the thick jungle of Rara National Park, in Nepal’s Mugu district. Many in Nepal believe this district is on the map only because of Rara, a crystalline lake,…

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Qatar marks Nationwide Day amid Gulf disaster

Qatar is celebrating National Day amid the ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis, which appears to have created a greater sense unity among the nation’s 2.5 million residents. The annual holiday is observed on December 18 to mark the date in 1878 when Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father as the emir and led…

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Jail in Hong Kong for booing China’s national anthem

Hong Kong, China – Mocking China’s national anthem in this semi-autonomous territory will soon be punishable by three years imprisonment following new legislation drafted by Beijing. While the law must still be finalised, football fans have made a stand at recent games where the anthem – March of the Volunteers – has played. A number…