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23 May

Events of Interest and Analyses

Gaza children’s camp destroyed

Armed men attack and torched a UN-run summer camp for boys and girls of the Gaza Strip
 

Dozens of masked men have broken into a UN-run Gaza summer camp for children and set it on fire, after beating up the guard and destroying the plastic tents.

The men blocked Gaza Strip’s main coastal highway on Sunday before destroying the facility, one of the largest of several summer camps across the occupied Palestinian territory run by UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“The militants gave the guard three bullets and a letter warning the UN to stop having summer camps like these,” Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johston, reporting from Gaza, said.

John Ging, UNRWA’s Gaza director, said: “UNRWA will not be intimidated by these attacks. UNRWA will repair this location.”

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WITNESS

Shooting Hope

  

 Filmmakers: Toni Oyry and Farah Durrani

Ain el-Hilweh is the largest camp for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Military checkpoints guard the entry points, and the Palestinian community inside rarely engages with the Lebanese one on the outside.

Declining living conditions, political instablity and unemployment in and outside the camp have deepened the mutual mistrust between the Palestinian occupants and the wider Lebanese population.

The resulting frustration and anger is often channelled destructively into radicalism and crime.

Shooting hope is the story of an extraordinary project that brings together Palestinian and Lebanese teenagers who live their lives on different sides of the divide by teaching them the skills of digital photography.

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After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

 The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles, Sunday, 23 May 2010

  • Mark Twain, pictured around the turn of the 20th century, created such loved characters as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer 
    Mark Twain, pictured around the turn of the 20th century, created such loved characters as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer
  • Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain’s dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published.

     The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

     That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist.

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    Workers clear oil and debris that is coming ashore on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico

    The black hole at the bottom of the Gulf

    No one seems to know the extent of the BP disaster

     

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