Palestine remains politically inert despite the artificial fireworks of a UN application for statehood or membership of UNESCO, observes Dr Harry Hagopian. So why is Palestine faced with such a thunderous crime of silence? After all, over the past year, we have been witnessing popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region. Where is the disconnect here?
Peter Tatchell is to receive an honorary doctorate from Sussex University in recognition of 43 years of campaigning for human rights. Best known for his campaigns for gay rights and for his attempted arrest of Robert Mugabe, he said he was initially hesitant about the honour but has chosen to accept.