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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
24 April 2018
J.D. Conor Mauro




Palestinian protestors stand under their national flag near the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis during ongoing demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border on 22 April. (photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Slaying of Gaza youth draws condemnations of Israeli brutality (New York Times) He lay down among the tombstones in a cemetery beside his grandfather’s house, his cousin said, in what passes for child’s play in the grim reality of Gaza. Telling his cousin he hoped to be buried there, he scooped up piles of sand as if digging his own grave. The boy, 14-year-old Muhammad Ayoub, then sneaked off on Friday, disobeying his mother, to join the weekly protest along the fence dividing Gaza from Israel. Shot through the head by an Israeli sniper, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, he was buried in the same small graveyard that night. His death has intensified international attention and censure over Israel’s handling of the protests that began on 30 March, both because of his age and because it was caught on graphic video…

Ecumenical Patriarchate issues statement on Ukrainian autocephaly (Ecumenical Patriarchate) Following efforts by the Ukrainian government to promote the detachment of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has issued a statement effectively declaring the discussion open. “Having received from ecclesiastical and civil authorities — representing millions of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians — a petition that requests the bestowal of autocephaly, [the Ecumenical Patriarchate has] decided to closely communicate and coordinate with its sister Orthodox Churches concerning this matter,” the statement said…

Ethiopian mega-dam causes stir in Egypt-Ethiopia relations (Christian Science Monitor) The filling of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam using water from the Nile River threatens Egypt’s agriculture industry even as it promises to boost Ethiopia’s hydropower industry. The dam calls into question who has the right to the waters of the Nile…

Armenia, Artsakh top leadership pay homage to genocide victims (Panorama.am) Senior officials of Armenia and Artsakh visited today Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, to pay tribute to the memory of innocent victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide commemorated on 24 April. President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia, Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan, Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, National Assembly Speaker Ara Babloyan, Supreme Judicial Council Chairman Gagik Harutyunyan, as well as other top officials placed flowers at the memorial in memory of the Armenian Genocide victims. After the flower-laying ceremony, Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians offered prayers…

Iraqi musicians fight to revive ancient art of maqam (Al Monitor) Rooted in classical and colloquial Arab poetry and embracing a wide repertoire of melodies, the Iraqi maqam is considered a symbol of the musical history of Iraq and the Middle East. Inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008, the Iraqi maqam is still alive, whereas many Arab musical styles in the region have either disappeared or become Westernized over time…



Tags: Egypt Ethiopia Ukraine Gaza Strip/West Bank Art