Location: Middle East


/ Renewable Energy

22 Sep 2015


In the dry, rugged terrain of South Mount Hebron in Palestine, electricity is a rare commodity, but Israeli-Palestinian NGO Comet-Me is helping people make their own renewable power

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/ Democracy, Peace

29 Jun 2015


With the rise of Isis in the Middle East, what do pacifists make of the situation? Should foreign governments stop their force, or is such activity necessary for future peace? Feminist researcher and writer Cynthia Cockburn considers the dilemma

(c) Amir Farshad Ebrahimi

/ Democracy

12 Jun 2015


Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are moving towards relaxing some of the strict laws on women's freedom, which are prevalent throughout much of the Middle East


/ Health, Wellbeing, Youth

11 May 2015


Tradition, corruption and political negligence continue to stigmatise mental illness, but the new generation is transforming old taboos


/ Peace

09 Apr 2015


Iran has agreed to significantly curtail its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions, following international negotiations

JVS activists rebuiding a home after Israeli demolitions in Fasayil village, May 2012

/ Community, Peace, Sustainable Development

08 Apr 2015


Palestinians in the Jordan Valley are reviving the ancient art of earth building, learning resistance from the Earth during a time of conflict


/ Community, Peace

26 Mar 2015


A project is fostering cooperation and trust among Palestinians and Israelis in the olive oil industry

(c) Labour Palestine

/ Democracy

27 Nov 2014


A growing number of western-European countries are calling for Palestine to be recognised as a state and Sweden is leading the way


/ Democracy, Peace, Positive People

17 Nov 2014


As Syria struggles under the weight of ongoing conflict, teams of ordinary citizens are staying to help people where others have fled – and saving lives in the process

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/ Community, Democracy, Peace, Politics, Sustainable Development

14 Nov 2014


Permaculture is often associated with agriculture, but now a global network of environmentalists, development professionals and entrepreneurs aims to combine the power of human connections with sustainable design to help rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip

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/ Positive Travel, Positive Travel Blog

22 Oct 2014


Justin Francis, managing director of sustainable tourism site responsibletravel.com, travels to Oman in search of an authentic Arabian experience far removed from the high-rise tourism usually associated with the Gulf States

(c) Flickr member young shanahan

/ Community, Peace

22 Aug 2014


The Egyptian Alliance for Minorities, including Arab and Jewish members as well as other religious, ethnic and political groups, united in solidarity for a Ramadan meal at a synagogue in Egypt’s capital as violence erupted in nearby Gaza


/ Democracy, Peace, Politics, Positive Perspective

20 Aug 2014


The role of the Arab league and the US, and the lessons that can be learned from the Northern Ireland peace process, are key to reaching peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, says Vijay Mehta

Yehuda Shaul, one of the founds of Breaking the Silence (c) Flickr member Trocaire

/ Community, Democracy, Peace, Politics

20 Aug 2014


Anna Behrmann talks to grassroots groups protesting for peace in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and discovers their defiant commitment to their cause, despite intimidation and the continuing crisis in the region


Forgiveness not vengeance shown to Iranian murderer


/ Democracy, Justice

17 Jun 2014


The execution of an Iranian murderer was halted when his victim’s mother spared him, with his neck already in the noose


/ Media

03 Apr 2014


The employment glass ceiling has long been off-limits to women in Saudi Arabia, but it’s hoped that this new appointment will strike within it a tiny crack that turns into an open door


/ Positive Perspective

07 Mar 2014


The government announced in January that it would welcome a small number of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees to Britain. This is not enough, says Mike Levy, who is calling for a national effort to take 10,000 refugees into our homes

Peace cooperation and unity NGO football team posing at a new Astro Turf pitch in Kabul

, / Culture, Sport

10 Dec 2013


Euphoric street parties have become an unprecedented part of normal life in Kabul following Afghanistan’s recent sporting successes in both cricket and football

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, / Democracy, Peace, Politics

27 Nov 2013


Iran has agreed to temporarily suspend its nuclear programme in exchange for the relaxation of sanctions, which could boost its stagnant economy by $7bn

Saudi domestic violence

/ Wellbeing

12 Nov 2013


The Saudi Arabian government has approved a law banning domestic abuse against women, children and domestic workers