Articles US must take responsibility for the mayhem it has inflicted in the Middle East. (White House)

Obama’s Admission Not Enough: US Spin on Middle East Violence Must Change

By Ramzy Baroud Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS)…

Feb 24 2015 / Read More » /
Netanyahu is looking elsewhere for economic – and ultimately political – patrons. (Via Aljazeera/file)

Israel’s New Asian Allies

By Jonathan Cook It was another difficult week for Israel. In Britain, 700 artists, including many household names, pledged a cultural boycott of Israel, and…

Feb 24 2015 / Read More » /
I got up, put on my backpack. Looked up. Saw the devil’s work. Saw evil. (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

A Dragon on the Neighbor’s Land

By Mats Svensson I left Jerusalem early and drove south. Soon I had the wall on my left hand side. The wall is enormous where…

Feb 24 2015 / Read More » /
Naseer Aruri was a leading Arab-American intellectual.

Naseer Aruri: Institution-builder, Teacher, Friend

By Nadia Hijab There are those whose life and work touch the lives of tens of thousands, for decades. Naseer Aruri was one such man.…

Feb 23 2015 / Read More » /
'Mladenov’s track record does not indicate there is cause for optimism.' (Twitter)

UN Peace Coordinator Unwelcome by Palestinians

 By Nicola Nasser   The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) did not object to the appointment of new UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay…

Feb 20 2015 / Read More » /
McCain, blurted out: 'get out of here, you low-life scum..' (C-Span)

Dispatches From Lexington Prison: The Front Page Rule

By Kathy Kelly After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international…

Feb 20 2015 / Read More » /

It All Depends on Whose Symbols are Mocked: Lessons From Charlie Hebdo

By Kristoffer Larsson More than a month has passed since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris. How should we understand this dreadful massacre? That if…

Feb 20 2015 / Read More » /
'The world is watching.' (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

It’s Happening Again, and the World is Watching

By Mats Svensson Suddenly she asks: What is apartheid? She has probably heard me talking about apartheid a bit too much. I have started nagging.…

Feb 19 2015 / Read More » /
Around 11,000 Gazans are still living in UN buildings, six months on from the conflict (UNRWA/File)

Only Five Percent of Pledged Aid Reaches Gaza

By Annie Slemrod Just over 5 percent of the money pledged to rebuild Gaza after last summer’s devastating 50-day war with Israel has been delivered,…

Feb 18 2015 / Read More » /
The best of America.

The Best of America: Kayla, Deah, Yusor, Razan

By Basil Abdelkarim Among this new year’s countless tales of heartbreak and sorrow, two recent tragedies involving young Americans stand out. Last week, we learned…

Feb 17 2015 / Read More » /
Outrageous double standards must end, before more innocent lives are taken. (Twitter)

Parking Space Terrorism: Time for Action after Killing of Three US Muslims

By Ramzy Baroud The murder of three American Muslims at a University of North Carolina condominium on Tuesday, 10 February, was no ordinary murder, nor…

Feb 16 2015 / Read More » /
Joe Biden will be the most significant missing person in the House chamber on March 3. (C-SPAN/file)

Good Morning America, Bibi is Coming to Town

By James M. Wall Good Morning America: Do you know who has stolen your Congress? In two weeks you could hear from one of the…

Feb 15 2015 / Read More » /
Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee.

Necrophobia: Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee

By Hatim Kanaaneh, MD, MPH  The last short story in my forthcoming collection, Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee, deals with…

Feb 12 2015 / Read More » /
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  • February 26, 2015

    Photos & Video: Banksy Back in Palestine

    British street artist Banksy has returned to Palestine to create another series of works, following his famous 2005 series painted on the West Bank barrier wall. -... More →
  • February 26, 2015

    Video: 'Break Every Bone'

    "B'Tselem this morning urgently contacted the Army's 'Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria', demanding his emergency intervention regarding the detention of numerous children, including some as young as 8 to 10 years old, by the Israeli military this morning in Hebron. Preliminary information received this morning indicates that Soldiers detained or arrested over twenty minors on their way to school. About ten of them were released. The video was filmed by an... More →
  • February 26, 2015

    Palestinian Authority Cancels Israel Gas Deal after Outcry

    The PalestinianAuthority (PA) will not ratify a preliminary agreement to import natural gas supplies from Israel for 20 years signed more than a year ago, sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. - The value of the deal is estimated to be 1.2 billion US dollars.Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa said Tuesday that ministers have decided to cancel the deal, adding that PA had taken a strategic decision to focus its efforts on developing gas fields off the... More →
  • February 26, 2015

    The Truth About Root Causes of Terrorism

    Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still miles away from taking the least responsibility for the mayhem that has afflicted the Middle East since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. - "The link is undeniable," Obama said in a speech at the State Department on 19 February "When people are oppressed and human... More →


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