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Archives from July 2014
Getting to the Bottom of the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine
NILE BOWIE
As the world mourns those who tragically lost their lives when Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine last week, Malaysia now finds itself entangled in a distant and largely unfamiliar conflict, one that is rife with geopolitical implications...
Gaza’s Resistance Will Not be Crushed
RAMZY BAROUD
On the 13th day of Israel’s so-called Operation Protective Edge, stories of entire families collectively pulverized, women and children keenly targeted by Israeli soldiers saturate the media. Until now, 430 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 1...
Modern Judaism’s Proscriptive Nature
NORMAN POLLACK
Among Jews today, Israel is an end in itself, the demand for uniformity of acceptance, synchronized with acts of invasion, now deafening. Thirteen days into the present military attack, onslaught, really, given an intensified war setting featuring bombings, missiles, arti...
A Parody of Populism
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
The Sagebrush Rebellion began in Moab, Utah, and created an upheaval in land management policy that is still felt today. Perhaps its most significant outcome can be seen just three hours away in PR Springs, yet hardly anybody knows the place even exists. It’s an ...
Now it’s Israel’s IDF Leveling Gaza
DAVE LINDORFF
About six years ago, as part of his Bar Mitzvah, my son Jed did a project on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, producing his own graphic novel about the underground fighters who used courage, creativity and the city’s sewer system to, in some small way, offer resistance to th...
Keeping Asylum Seekers at Sea
BINOY KAMPMARK
“You can’t just detain 200 people and not tell anyone. And you can’t just deliver 200 people straight back into the hands of those they claim to be fleeing. Doing so would be a breach of international law.” -Daniel Webb, Human Rights...
Blinded by Israel, Visionless in Gaza
TARIQ ALI
The US Senate votes unanimously to defend Israel including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. I don’t think he did it for the money. He is a paid-up member of POEEI (‘Progressive on Everything Except Israel’ and pronounced pooee) the liberal segment of US society, w...
Why Israel Needs Anti-Semitism
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. Last July 12, Jewish Defense League (JDL) militants provoked some participants in a Paris protest demonstration against the Israeli attack on Gaza into violent clashes in front of a synagogue in the rue de la Roquette.  The JDL militants were prot...
Israeli Crimes and World Hypocrisy
ROBERT FANTINA
With Israeli terror continuing to be unleashed on the Gaza Strip, it might be interesting to look at the world’s reaction, or lack thereof. First, let’s establish context. Israel was formed by the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000 Palestinians, driven from their...
The Comforts of Blame
BINOY KAMPMARK
Investigations tend to be called upon to do just that. Causes are identified; actors are located.  The investigation being demanded by all countries that lost citizens on Malaysian flight MH17 in Ukraine was a perfectly logical, and legal demand.  The language of pre-em...
What Putin Knows
MIKE WHITNEY
 ”We have repeatedly called on all parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table. We strongly believe that if military action in the East of Ukraine had not been renewed on the 28th of June, this tragedy wouldn’t ha...
It’s Putin’s Missile!
PEPE ESCOBAR
And here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysia Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists”, armed by Russia, and Vladimir Putin is the main culprit. End of story. ...
Cold War Redux or End of Empires?
GILBERT MERCIER
There is a vague nostalgia for the Cold War era, which spanned from almost immediately after World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. It was arguably a period of history marked, if not by peace and stability, at least by a sense of predic...
Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?
LAWRENCE WITTNER
Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators—unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless and benefitless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt)―are thriving. In 20...
Are California’s Aquifers Poisoned?
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources temporarily shut down as of July 18lth, several oil and gas wastewater injection wells over concerns about contamination of the state’s aquifers. That fact alone leads to one inescapable conclusion: Wi...
How Obama is a Direct Accomplice to Israeli War Crimes
SHAMUS COOKE
To assist in a crime makes one a criminal by any legal standard. And the biggest crimes of all are war crimes, since they kill en masse and showcase the cruelest form of human behavior. The fact that Israel is actively committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip is no...
If Gaza’s Dead Were America’s Dead
BARRY LANDO
On the face of it, the casualty figures in Gaza may seem not that horrific to Americans—unless you transpose that same level of death and mayhem to the United States, 176 times the population of Gaza. For instance, so far ...
Treat Central American Children at Our Borders with Humanity
JESSE JACKSON
Politicians seeking political advantage blame the Central American children crisis on President Barack Obama. They demand that the border be secured. But these children aren’t undocumented immigrants trying to sneak into America. They are refugees fleeing threats on th...
What You Bomb
VIJAY PRASHAD
You encage two million people into 140 square miles. You are surprised when the people create tunnels to smuggle goods, to resist. You bomb hospitals, you bomb schools, you bomb water plants, you bomb sewers – and you want us to feel sorry for you. You hav...
On ‘Human Shielding’ in Gaza
NEVE GORDON and NICOLA PERUGINI
All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most “precise and surgical”, is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shield...
Amnesty International and the War in Ukraine
VLADISLAV GULEVICH
Amnesty International recently released a report on “stomach-turning” violence in Eastern Ukraine (“...
The Arrest and Detention of Amer Jubran
NOAH COHEN
A man is taken from his home by 20 armed, militarized police in fascist black uniforms. They break in through the doors and windows, rappel from the roof with ropes, storm the home where he lives with his wife and four children, in the dead of night. They take him ...
Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter
ABBA A. SOLOMON and NORMAN SOLOMON
Over the weekend, the New York Times sent out a clear signal: the mass slaughter of civilians is acceptable when the Israeli military is doing the killing. Under the headline “Israel’s War in Gaza,” the most powerful newspaper in the United States ed...
Beware the Peddlers of Despair
DADY CHERY
All around us – Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, the Congo, Ivory Coast, Palestine, Somalia, Libya, and elsewhere – empires are tearing a trail of destruction. This is not a sign of strength but of weakness, because the aim of empire is not to destroy but to conquer. ...
Occupy Protester Trashed by NY’s Leading Paper
DAVE LINDORFF
When a journalist in a news article refers to a woman as “strident,” you know what you’re reading is a hit piece, not a dispassionate report, and that’s what the New York Times offered up to readers in ...