John Oker-Blom

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Tutkimus: Esivanhempamme osasivat nimetä hajut yhtä tarkasti kuin värit

Punainen, sininen ja keltainen ovat useimmilla meistä helppoja nimetä, eikä myöskään pinkin toteaminen pinkiksi tai viininpunaisen viininpunaiseksi …

Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his …


Palestinian fisherman killed by Egyptian naval forces

Palestinian fisherman Abdullah Ramadan Zeidan, 33<p>GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian fisherman was killed on Saturday morning around dawn by the …


Want to Strike North Korea? It’s Not Going to Go the Way You Think.

Trust me: I was a nuclear strategist for the Pentagon.<p>For the bulk of my professional career, I’ve been studying maybe the most difficult and dangerous question in American foreign policy: how to handle a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons. During five of those years, my job at the Department …

North Korea

Four habits that will create resilient kids who can weather life’s challenges

“You’re moving AGAIN?” our acquaintances exclaim when we tell them that we will be relocating. The follow-up is generally a variation of either, “What a wonderful opportunity for your kids,” or “But your kids — they’re in high school now — Will they be okay? How are they taking it?”<p>The life we have …


Fauda: The drama lifting the lid on Israeli snatch squads

<b>A jeep roars up to the farmhouse in the Negev desert in southern Israel and Doron - a tough-looking man with a shaved head - jumps out, his gun blazing. The camera pans back as the director shouts "Cut!"</b><p>I am on the set of Fauda, the Israeli television thriller that portrays the murky world of …


Knesset gives preliminary backing to death penalty for terrorists

The Knesset has decided to support a bill that makes it easier for military courts to sentence terrorists who commit murder to death in a preliminary …


Why Trump’s funding threat to Palestinians is even more dangerous than Jerusalem move

Donald Trump’s latest intervention in the Middle East peace process – one he has already upended by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – looks like being his most chaotic move yet.<p>After appointing his son-in-law Jared Kushner as regional adviser and naming the fiercely pro-settlement lawyer …


America Is Heading for an Unprecedented Constitutional Crisis

White House lawyer Ty Cobb has been attempting to keep the First Client in check by telling him that Robert Mueller’s investigation will soon be over …

Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?<p>Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was recently arrested in a night-time raid on her home. The Israeli authorities accuse her of "assaulting" an Israeli soldier and an officer. A day earlier she had confronted …

Human Rights

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of …


Israeli court blasts Shin Bet: Interrogation tactics led to false confession, imprisonment of Palestinian

An Israel judge ripped into the Shin Bet for its interrogation tactics, saying they could lead people to confess crimes they did not commit.<p>A panel …


Russian Pranksters Get the Best of Nikki Haley

Famous Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus (Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov) released the recording of yet another one of their prank calls, …

Nikki Haley

Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism

<b>By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my</b> …


Profile: Ahmed Ben Bella, first president of Algeria (25 December 1916 – 11 April 2012)

Ahmed Ben Bella’s intelligence, ambition and love of his country marked him as a natural leader. Born on 25 December 1918 in the Algerian town of …


Living in pipes and boxes: Hong Kong's extreme housing

Transcript<p>00:00:00<p>>> In Hong Kong where cost of living is sky high, rethinking what home looks like may help the city's least fortunate. This …

Palestinian girl in viral video arrested for making the occupation look bad

The Givati battalion commander knew he was in for a shitstorm. Footage of his officers in the West Bank Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh last Friday …


Tiny marsupial believed extinct in NSW rediscovered by scientists

A tiny carnivorous marsupial that was presumed extinct in New South Wales has been discovered just inside the border, two years before scientists planned to reintroduce it.<p>The juvenile female crest-tailed mulgara, <i>Dasycercus cristicauda</i>, was caught in a trap in November by University of New South …

New South Wales

Israel deports African Jew with valid visa hours after landing at Ben-Gurion airport


Israeli army sharpshooter: A hero over a double amputee


Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.<p>They are dressed like Palestinian protesters, speak with the same accents and expressions, and show the same mannerisms. Their faces covered with checkered keffiyehs or balaclavas, they chant …


Israeli undercover soldiers seen arresting Palestinian protesters

Footage shows officers posing as protesters before pulling out pistols and seizing stone throwers in West Bank<p>Dramatic footage has emerged of plain clothes Israeli troops – known as “mustarabeen” – infiltrating a Palestinian demonstration in Ramallah and arresting stone throwers.<p>The soldiers, …


Raqqa casualties: 'I blame the coalition'

Civilians are returning to Raqqa after Islamic State were pushed out, but dangers, and wounds, remain.

Middle East

Undercover Israeli soldier arresting Palestinian protester in Ramallah a few minutes ago (@OrenZiv1985 / @activestills)