12 Apr

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Protests in Syria as truce ‘partly observed’

Rallies held as opposition says heavy weaponry remains in populated areas and state television reports a deadly blast.
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 13:55 GMT

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North Korea primed for rocket launch

Five-day window opens for controversial launch, but adverse weather conditions diminish prospects for early blast-off.
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 11:49 GMT


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Doubts over Middle East Quartet’s role

Fresh call for resumed Israel-Palestine talks comes amid growing scepticism over group’s usefulness.

The Oracles of Pennsylvania Avenue

Al Jazeera World12 Apr 2012 06:47 GMT
A two-part series looking at three individuals and their 25-year, 24/7 peace vigil in front of the White House.

Sketches from a Syrian refugee camp

Tent drawings and schoolchildren’s sketches of their dream homes at the Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province near Turkish border

George Zimmerman to face second-degree murder charge

Neighbourhood watch leader who shot dead Trayvon Martin will plead not guilty and is expected in court on Thursday

Mel Gibson ‘hates Jews’, says screenwriter Joe Eszterhas

The Maccabees film cancelled as screenwriter accuses director Mel Gibson of antisemitism in nine-page letter

……………………..”I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make The Maccabees is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews,” wrote Eszterhas, who is best known for his screenplay for the 1992 Paul Verhoeven thriller Basic Instinct. “You continually called Jews ‘Hebes’ and ‘oven-dodgers’ and ‘Jewboys.’ It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked ‘He’s a Hebe, isn’t he?’ You said most ‘gatekeepers’ of American companies were ‘Hebes’ who ‘controlled their bosses.'”………………………………………

Gunter Grass

Günter Grass says Israel ban reminds him of East German Stasi

12 Apr 2012: Writer banned from Israel over critical poem says only other countries that excluded him were East Germany and Burma

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