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Archives from July 2014
It’s Raining Bombs and Shells
Dr. MONA EL-FARRA
I’m still alive.  I don’t know what this means, but I can say that most of the time I can still walk and do some work with people who need help.  It all depends on my luck.  And here, for people living in Gaza, luck means how close to you the bombs fall from Israel...
The Past’s Dead Hand
CONN HALLINAN
A major cause of current tensions in the East and South China seas are two documents that most Americans have either forgotten about or don’t know exist. But both are fueling a potential confrontation among the world’s three most powerful economies that is far more un...
Why I Criticize Israel
ERIC DRAITSER
A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a podcast and transcript from prominent author, neuroscientist, and atheist Sam Harris entitled ...
Why Hamas’s Fight is Legitimate
WILLIAM JAMES MARTIN
It is important to understand the genesis of the present round of violence between Israel and Hamas, really between Israel and the people of Gaza. Both President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the American news media have consistently described the conflict as Israel ...
Gaza: Where International Law Has Gone Down in Flames
PHYLLIS BENNIS
As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and wate...
Jobless Kabul and the Works of War

KATHY KELLY


Kabul Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peace Volunteers welcomed activist Carmen Trotta, from New York, who has lived in close community with impoverished people in his city for the past 25 years, serving meals, sharing housing, and offering hosp...
Three Women Working Against Cruel and Unusual Punishment
ROBERT WILBUR & MARTHA ROSENBERG
As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment. There were only three people in the room: Jeanne Woodford, the chaplai...
Gaza and the Global Refugee Crisis
MEL GURTOV
By the time John Kerry left Tel Aviv and a 12-hour ceasefire began on July 26, 2014, the body count in Gaza had reached 856 Palestinians and 40 Israelis dead, as well as several thousand wounded. Now, the ...
Canada’s Pro-Israel Zealots
YVES ENGLER
From a left-wing community once at the forefront of struggles against racism, unconditional support for Israel has turned a significant proportion of Toronto Jews into promoters of hatred against “Arabs” and into allies of right wing, bigoted, homophobic Christian Bib...
Community Self-Defense Against Megaminería
RAUL ZIBECHI
When states act to facilitate the business of multinationals and leave communities unprotected, as with mining, those communities have no choice but to  defend themselves by their own means–through self-defense organizations, mobilization of affected communities, or th...
The Children of Gaza
MIKE ROSEN
Don’t mention the children. Don’t name the dead children. The people must not know the names of the dead children. The names of the children must be hidden. The children must be nameless. The children must leave this w...
Sometimes The Border Crosses You
MICKEY Z
“The cup of forbearance has been exhausted.” – President James K. Polk, 1846 According the Washington Post, Texas Governor Rick Perry “reportedly plans to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico...
The War Netanyahu Cannot Possibly Win
RAMZY BAROUD
When the bodies of three Israeli settlers – Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 – were found on June 30 near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel went into a state of mourning and a wave of sympathy flowed in from around the world...
The Media Ignores the CIA in Ukraine
BILL BLUNDEN
A few days back the Economist published an essay which dismissed the idea of fascists in Kiev as an illusory product of Russian propaganda[1]. This is a narrative which the editors at the Economist have put forth on a number of ...
Wishful thinking on Israel / Palestine
JASON HIRTHLER
Author and serial dissident William Blum once wrote that if he were president, he’d be assassinated in about four days into his term. He said that his policies would include ending wars, apologizing to victims, and dismantling military bases in absurd locations. And it ...
Genocide and US Hypocrisy
ROBERT FANTINA
President Barack Obama continues, incredibly, to defend the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In a news report from July 29, he proclaims that Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu “’consistently said he would embrace a cease-fire that permits Is...
Intelligence Gathering, Subjects and Citizens
BINOY KAMPMARK
I just want my Constitution back. -Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing. They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks ...
How US Immigration Policies Endangered Central American and Cuban Children
W.T. WHITNEY, Jr.
Leaving parents behind, 57,000 children crossed into the United States without papers between October 2013 and June, 2014. They were fleeing deadly violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Numbers have been up for three years.  No arrangements were in place alon...
Escalation of Sanctions a Step Toward War
NORMAN POLLACK
The cylinder turns, which is the fatal bullet? Or, are all the chambers loaded? America, particularly under Obama, has pressed for global counterrevolution on a grand scale, perhaps more than Bush father and son and even Clinton, the quartet together exhibiting a presiden...
Glacial Melt and Its Politics
ROBERT HUNZIKER
America’s single most pressing issue for the foreseeable future is a changing climate, more important than immigration, health care, or the ever-present wars because those can be fixed. The changing climate cannot be fixed once broken it stays broken, and it gets worse ...
Netwar in the Big Apple
JAY TABER
Architects of the Final Solution In the run-up ...
Civilizing War Has Failed
DAVID SWANSON
Probably the biggest news story of 1928 was the war-making nations of the world coming together on August 27th and legally outlawing war.  It’s a story that’s not told in our history books, but it’s not secret CIA history.  There was no CIA.  There ...
How I Became an Arab
DAVID STANSFIELD
It all started with Jasmine from Morocco, fifty-five years ago. And a postcard. Just a nice picture of Casablanca, but on the back she had drawn a curious, but strangely beautiful, pattern of swirling lines and curlicues that danced up and down on my skin. The design was ...
Israel’s Pretexts for War in Gaza
KEVIN CARSON
A story I missed back in April just came to my attention today. It seems Fatah (the secular nationalist guerrilla organization that formed the single largest component of the PLO) and Hamas announced their reconciliation and plans to form a unity government – “a deve...
Portugal’s Top Oligarch Goes Down in Flames
TOM GILL
Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Salgado is known in Portugal as “Dono disto tudo,” or “Owner of everything.’ The oligarch’s family has been calling the shots in Portugal for over a century. It’s the largest shareholder of the country’s biggest sto...