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Archives by Tag 'Israel'
New York Times Fiction
RAMZY BAROUD
Mark Landler is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Under the title “Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran”, Landler wrote of President Barack Obama’s deep “belief in the power of the written word,” and of his “frustrating private co...
Crises Today, Catastrophe Tomorrow
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
If one is inclined to make a list of worrisome trouble spots plaguing the world, there would be a lot to choose from: Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir, Congo, Iran, those pesky disputed islands lying between China, Japan and the Phil...
Abbas’s Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence
RAMZY BAROUD
Suppose several armored vehicles belonging to a branch of the Palestinian Authority raided an Israeli border village at the eve of a new round of peace negotiations. One can picture PA President Mahmoud Abbas defending the killings, stating that the attack was made in the...
My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank
JEFF COHEN
As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day ...
US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call “legal” for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 “Kosovo war”. This is not surprising insofar as a primary purpose of that US/NATO 78-day bombing ...
Erasing Palestine From the Map
ROBERT ROSS
A foreign affairs blogger for The Washington Post recently posted “...
Sailing From Gaza to Break the Blockade
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
A new mission vows to challenge the blockade of Gaza by sea following Freedom Flotilla efforts since 2010, and Free Gaza missions preceding Cast-Lead in 2008. Not a Gaza-bound aid convoy this time. With a crew of Palestinians and international activists on board, G...
Empire State of Mind
ROBIN D.G. KELLEY
“half of y’all won’t make it” –Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind” In the face of creeping disfranchisement, unbridled corporate power, growing poverty, an expanding police state, 2.3 millio...
Prisoners for Peace
SAM GILBERT
Ramallah On Tuesday August 13th,  26 “low risk” Palestinian prisoners were released to their families by the Israeli government, a  “gesture of good faith” made by Israeli Primer Minster Netanyahu to President Abbas amidst the peace ta...
A World Record for Chutzpah
URI AVNERY
I DON’T know if the Guinness Book of World Records has a special section for Chutzpah. If it does not, it should. That’s the one competition where we might take home a few gold medals. The first one would surely go to Binyamin Netanyahu. ...
Targeting Hezbollah in Beirut
FRANKLIN LAMB
Outside Makfouz Rouweiss store, Dahiyeh. This observer was sitting with my friend Zuhair on my balcony in south Beirut, when at 6:20 pm on 8/15/13 there was a huge blast that seemed to shake our 12 story concrete building more than the one just down the st...
Canada’s One-Sided Israel Extremism
YVES ENGLER
The one-sided extremism of the Conservative government’s support for Israel just keeps growing. The latest example is Ottawa helping convince the European Union to list Hezbollah’s military wing as a “terrorist” organization. After that decision was taken, ...
The Killers of Peace
NICOLA NASSER
The Israeli Jewish settlers of the Palestinian territory, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, are dictating unilaterally the demarcation of the borders with any future Palestinian state, thus rendering its creation impossible; holding the Israeli decision-making process...
The Jewish State’s Bottom Line
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. There are many flies waiting to spoil the ointment of the Middle East peace talks, not least Israel’s recent announcement of a rash of settlement-building. That triggered an angry letter to Washington last week from the Palestinian leadersh...
Insults to Our Intelligence
ANDREW LEVINE
George W. Bush was never at a loss for something idiotic to say.  Still his speech to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001 was exceptional. He said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon had been attacked nine days earlier because: “They hate our ...
A Federation? Why Not?
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. AVRAHAM BURG (58) was a member of the Labor Party and for some time the Chairman of the Knesset. His late father was a long-time cabinet minister and a leader of the National-Religious Party, before it became a rabid messianic mob. The relations ...
A Second Nakba?
SAM GILBERT
Ramallah. August 1, 2013: Thousands gathered throughout Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in protest of the Prawer Plan and the displacement of approximately 40,000 Bedouin in the Negev region of Israel.  A “day of rage” was called and d...
The Arab Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Seasons come and go, yet Arab countries are in ongoing turmoil. They called it an ‘Arab Spring’, but even if that ‘spring’ had ever existed in the shape and form that the media portrayed it to be, it never really lasted. It has now morphed into something far more ...
The Flawed Logic of the Peace Talks
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both...
Shadow of the Army Over Egypt’s Revolution
ALAIN GRESH
There may be surprise that an army source said 14 million Egyptians (some sources claimed as many as 33 million) demonstrated on 30 June, and that the army supplied the media with photos taken from military planes to back the claim (...
The Normalization of Conflict and the Impact on the Citizen
MARK GRZEGORZEWSKI
From May 25 through June 3 I was on a trip to Israel with the University of South Florida’s Program in National and Competitive Intelligence. I shared in many interesting experiences while in Israel and came away from the trip with new viewpoints on the Jewish state. On...
Another Journalist with Children in the Israeli Military
ALISON WEIR
The New York Times recently published a news ...
Two Faux Democracies That Threaten the World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: “Who authorized preparations for war ...
Netanyahu, Abbas to Resume ‘Peace Process’ that Never Was
RAMZY BAROUD
The political peddlers, think-tank experts and media professionals are all back in full force. They want us to believe that US Secretary of State John Kerry has done what others have failed to do. On his sixth trip to the Middle East during his post, and following intense...
EU Moves Against Illegal Settlements in Palestine
JEREMY R. HAMMOND
The European Union has proposed new guidelines for how it will do business with the...