Articles Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (FARS)

Alliance Blackmail: Israel’s Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

By Richard Falk The Vienna Agreement [formally labeled by diplospeak as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] reached by the P5 + 1 on…

Jul 30 2015 / Read More » /

Amnesty: Israel Committed War Crimes during Rafah ‘Carnage’

There is overwhelming evidence of war crimes commissioned and committed by the Israeli military in Rafah last August, a new report by Amnesty International has…

Jul 30 2015 / Read More » /
Abed Rabbo (L) was one of those closest to Mahmoud Abbas in his political circle.

The Stalemate in the Palestinian Political System

By Majed Kaylai  The Palestinian political system is characterised by a statute of limitations due to the fact that the same factions have formed the…

Jul 29 2015 / Read More » /

Palestinian Girl Reduced to Tears by Merkel Speaks Out

The 14-year-old Palestinian girl with cerebral palsy who hit the headlines after Angela Merkel explained Germany’s tough asylum policy toward refugees in camps, reducing her…

Jul 29 2015 / Read More » /
As long as reality remains intact, IS will tragically find new recruits.

Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on ‘IS’

By Ramzy Baroud As much of the Middle East sinks deeper into division between competing political camps, the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (‘IS’) continues its unhindered…

Jul 29 2015 / Read More » /
A malnourished child cries in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinians. (UNRWA)

Besieged Yarmouk Camp No Longer Besieged, UN Rules

By Joe Dyke The United Nations has quietly removed a major Palestinian camp from its list of besieged areas in Syria, despite not being able…

Jul 28 2015 / Read More » /
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Anadolu)

The Deep Roots of Turkey’s War on ISIL

By Ramzy Baroud July 23 signalled a major shift in Turkey’s policy towards Syria when its fighter jets began pounding Islamic State of Iraq and…

Jul 28 2015 / Read More » /
A building in the Palestinian village of Susiya which could be demolished. (Annie Slemrod/IRIN)

Four Facts You Might Not Know about Housing Demolitions by Israel

By Annie Slemrod The small Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has been drawn into the international spotlight this week, as…

Jul 27 2015 / Read More » /
(Photo: Just World Books)

From Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring

(This feature on Iran is an extract from Richard Falk’s latest book, Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring. Visit Zed Books if you are…

Jul 27 2015 / Read More » /
Prime Minister Netanyahu's new favourite word is: 'cyber'.

‘Fortress Israel': The Ups and Downs of Arms Sales and Cyber Surveillance

By Shir Hever The military industry in Israel has had its ups and downs over the years. After the occupation of 1967 and the French…

Jul 25 2015 / Read More » /
The core function of the Israeli military is to enforce its illegal occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Arms Sales to Israel: The UK Government Can’t Be Trusted

By Ryvka Barnard Last week, the UK government announced the outcome of a review of military export licences whose legality had been called into question during…

Jul 25 2015 / Read More » /
(Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

Palestinians: Battling for Freedom on Their Own

By Ghada Aqeel For all its horrors, the brutal Israeli attack on Gaza at this time last summer and the callous disregard exhibited by much…

Jul 25 2015 / Read More » /

The Bloody Cost of Apartheid: Israel Kills Twice in Two Days

By Ben White Israeli occupation forces have killed again: the victim this time was Falah Abu Maria, a 52-year-old father shot dead in Beit Ummar,…

Jul 24 2015 / Read More » /
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  • July 30, 2015

    Israel Moves to Legalize Gitmo-style Force-feeding of Hunger Strikers

    The Israeli parliament has passed a bill that allows the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who resort to hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention without charge. The national medical association said the procedure amounts to torture. - The 120-seat Knesset approved the controversial bill, with 46 legislators in favor and 40 against it. Called “Law to prevent harm caused by hunger strikes,” it... More →
  • July 30, 2015

    Hamas Rejects Fatah's Demand to Hand over Rule of Gaza

    Hamas officials on Wednesday rejected demands by Fatah leadership to hand over rule of the Gaza Strip and called for an "uprising" against Palestinian Authority security forces. - Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad had said on Sunday that Hamas "foiled" efforts towards a unity government, and that the group must hand over rule of the Gaza Strip as a condition for forming the new government. - Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri... More →
  • July 30, 2015

    Resistance and BDS Only Way to Change Israeli Settlement Policies: Zoabi

    Arab Member of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi said yesterday that the Palestinian resistance and international prosecution of Israeli crimes can only change the Israeli settlement policies, reported. - Zoabi's remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction of 500 new settlement units in the illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and 300 others in Beit El settlement... More →
  • July 29, 2015

    Barghouti is Likely to Become President if Abbas Doesn't Run

    Results of a recent poll revealed that imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti is likely to become Palestinian Authority (PA) president if current President Mahmoud Abbas does not run for presidency, reported yesterday. - The poll, which was conducted on Monday by the Arab World Institute for Research and Development (AWRAD), showed that Abbas would get 38 per cent of the votes compared to... More →
  • July 29, 2015

    Palestinian Girl Reduced to Tears by Merkel Speaks Out

    The 14-year-old Palestinian girl with cerebral palsy who hit the headlines after Angela Merkel explained Germany’s tough asylum policy toward refugees in camps, reducing her to tears, said she hopes that Israel disappears and there will be only Palestine. - “My hope is that at some time, [Israel] is no longer there, but only Palestine,” Reem Sahwil told German Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper. “This country should... More →


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