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Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice

By Ralph Nader The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, “degrade and destroy ISIS.” The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain, wants a bigger military buildup which can only mean U.S. soldiers […]

Donors will Fail Gaza again

Any new government that emerges from a national partnership must embrace resistance against the occupation. (Al Jazeera)

By Nicola Nasser On 12 October, Cairo is due to host a conference, sponsored and chaired by Egypt and Norway, of international and Arab donors for the reconstruction of Gaza. This is their ostensible aim. But the reasons that the donors cited for not fulfilling earlier pledges, made in Paris in 2007 and Sharm El-Sheikh […]

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

US government says that intervention is once again needed to improve and civilize the nation of Iraq. (Zoriah.net)

By Kathy Kelly In January of 2004 I visited “Bucca Camp,” a U.S.-run POW camp named for a firefighter lost in the 2001 collapse of  New York’s World Trade Center.  Located near the isolated port city of Umm Qasr, in southern Iraq, the network of tent prisons had been constructed by U.S. Coalition authorities. Friends of five […]

US Guilty of War Crimes in Palestine

The US fears that any step to hold Israel accountable for crimes against humanity would ultimately incriminate the US. (WH)

By Sam Bahour The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active […]

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East

US experience in Iraq also taught us that its effort will only succeed in exacerbating an already difficult situation. (Zoriah.net)

By Ramzy Baroud A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq. Even in the Middle East itself, the Yazidis and their way of life have been an enigma, shrouded by mystery and mostly grasped through stereotypes and fictitious evidence. Yet […]

Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

Victims from the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in Lebanon, Sep 1982, carried out by the Israeli army and their allies. (Reuters/file)

By Ali Kazak Sixty-six years after the establishment of the “Jewish State” in the Middle East, the world is witnessing the establishment of an “Islamic State” with many similarities. Both states were established by extreme ideologies exploiting religion, both were accomplished by mainly foreign elements to the region and by terrorism, brutal atrocities, horrifying massacres […]

Beit Ummar: Heart of Darkness

Beit Ummar has a higher percentage of child detainees than anywhere else in Palestine. (ActiveStills.org)

By Stephen Williams The title of Joseph Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness” refers both to a geographical entity- colonial Congo in the 19th Century- and to a spiritual and moral wilderness in which the human soul is debased by hatred and greed. And last week I was there; in Beit Ummar. But it wasn’t Beit […]

In the Desert – A Poem

By Nasser Barghouty By the sea under frightened skies of shone past and stolen tomorrows stands your heart alone by the damned shore to love and last it trembles just once more for that which it knows its only sight in an endless flight all too well and gore moments which are told and sold […]

Palestinian Reconciliation at Crossroads

The specter of discord once again hovers over Palestinian unity. (Via Aljazeera)

By Nicola Nasser President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, which he commands, have unleashed a media campaign against Hamas and the resistance. If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose “peace with Israel” over national […]

Now Through the Front Door into Syria

Accidentally or by design or as a mixture of both, the US and its friends created IS.

By Jeremy Salt So finally the US gets what it wants, a war on Syria. Or should it be a war in Syria? Either way, another US-led attack that violates international law and, without the consent of Congress, probably domestic law as well. Syria has warned the US against this step, just as it warned […]

Islamic State and the American Way of War: The New Enemy Creation Process

Obama will reportedly 'declare war' on the Islamic State on September 10.

By Steve Breyman What better gift for the War On Terror-Industrial-Complex (WOTIC) than the rapid rise and initial success of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS? A patchwork of brutal know-nothing thugs, IS militants can’t wait to impose a twisted version of “Shariah” on their unwilling victims, and to terrorize actual and potential opponents […]

ISIS and Israel Allies against a Palestinian State

Alleged ISIS Syrian Rebels Burn Palestinian Flag in Aleppo (YouTube)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth An image speaks a thousand words – and that is presumably what Israel’s supporters hoped for with their latest ad in the New York Times. Two photographs are presented side by side. One, titled ISIS, is the now-iconic image of a kneeling James Foley, guarded by a black-hooded executioner, awaiting […]

Losing the Plot: Israel’s Premier to Face New Gaza Reality

Netanyahu's war-turned-genocide backfired beyond anyone’s expectations. (TV Grab)

By Ramzy Baroud Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly – his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crush Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire […]

Why Israel is Not Interested in Peace

How can any side deal with the unwilling Israeli government?

By Mahmoud Yamak When I was writing an op-ed piece titled “Israel’s War on Palestinian Children” for the Turkish Daily Sabah, I had stated that “Hamas has repeatedly and unequivocally denied any involvement in the murders [of the three Israelis in West Bank in early July]. This was not a “state sponsored crime.” At the […]

Israel’s Barmy Behavior

Israel’s colonization of the occupied territories is not about security; it’s ideological. (Tamar Fleishman)

By Issa Khalaf Israel’s recurring, furiously gratuitous wars on the Palestinian people—for example, from 1982 Lebanon to 2014 Gaza—is profoundly wrong on every level, committed with self-destructive defiance and confounding attempts at rational political analysis. In addition to its numerous Gaza attacks from 2006 on, it had launched military operations in the West Bank four […]

We Just Want to Live

"Everyone, the man who collapsed, the ill woman, those in search for bread, the teenager with the cast on his arm and the others- just want to live." (Tamar Fleishman)

By Tamar Fleishman – Qalandiya “We just want to live”, one person said and so do many others. Just to live. But it’s hard to live when everyday arise new problems, new restrictions and new unexpected difficulties that only minds that scheme to do harm could come up with. Such is the new one from […]

Solidarity Should be More than Just Empty Words

Solidarity with the Palestinian people amongst common people it is becoming an increasing phenomenon. (Sabine Utabia)

By Richard Lightbown One could be forgiven for forgetting that 2014 had been voted International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the UN General Assembly. With typical contempt for everything connected with the UN, the state of Israel and the vast majority of its people have endeavoured to see that 2014 was probably […]

An Islamic Aberration

By Jamal Kanj Animals: was my instinctual response to photos of Syrian soldiers being executed by members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). The same gut feelings two days earlier to the news of the killing of American journalist James Foley in cold blood. My heart goes to Shirley Sotloff, the mother of journalist Steven […]

Israelis, Stop Swimming in Our Shit

Israelis, please inform your kids not to swallow the seawater. (Supplied)

A new report by Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, details the damage that consecutive Israeli military assaults have caused to Gaza’s water systems, whereby 95 percent of the water consumed in the Strip for decades has been unfit for human consumption.  By Sam Bahour Palestinians in Gaza are starting to awake from the shell-shock of Israel’s 51-day Ramadan Massacre […]

Netanyahu vs. Abu Ubaydah: On Victory and False Victory

The resistance victory statement was different from that of Netanyahu's.

By Ramzy Baroud In the rush to analyze the outcome of Israel’s 51-day war in Gaza, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, some may have neglected an important factor: this was not a war by traditional definitions of warfare, thus the conventional analyses of victory and defeat is simply not applicable. That being the case, how can […]

What the Palestinians ‘Need to Understand’

Bonr in Poland, Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli academic who describes himself as a ‘super Zionist’.

By Jeremy Salt Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli academic who describes himself as a ‘super Zionist’ but still argues strongly for a two-state settlement with the Palestinians. In a recent interview with Gidi Weitz of Ha’aretz he argued that if one state ever arose between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river, ‘there will either be […]

Who Won the War on Gaza?

Hamas was able to establish deterrence, displaying an incredible level of resilience and strength. (Video still)

By Samah Sabawi The Palestinian people, who have shown incredible patience, steadfastness and sacrifice in the pursuit of their freedom, won the war on Gaza Robust and complex discussions are being centred on one simple question: who can claim victory in the war on Gaza? The terms of the ceasefire reveal that neither Hamas nor […]

Palestinian Message to Israel: Deal with Us Justly. Or Disappear

Israel may have finally discovered the limits of force and violence. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Jeff Halper Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the “messaging” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. Since Zionism’s official beginnings in Palestine some 110 years ago, the Jewish community, whether the pre-state Yishuv or constituted as the state of Israel, never took the […]

Gaza’s Pyrrhic Victory is a Lesson for the Occupier

Pyrrhic or not, Palestine won this one, and will continue on until it wins the big one. (file)

By Tariq Shadid Among Palestinians, many consider the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians to be a victory for the resistance. For those looking on from the outside, this response may be quite puzzling. How can a people claim victory when 2145 of their citizens have lost their lives under Israeli shelling and bombing, […]

Gaza Victory Moves Palestine Closer to Overcome Apartheid Israel

Will Israel survive this humiliation brought about by its failure to achieve any of its goals? (Aqsa TV)

By Iqbal Jassat Finally what appears to be a long term truce agreed upon between Israel and Palestine’s resistance movements, Gaza is able to celebrate victoriously. The Netanyahu regime will claim that Hamas has been defeated and dismiss scenes of jubilation throughout the Gaza Strip as a bizarre display. In fact in the hours following […]

Flying Out of Our Cages

By Samah Jabr “I used to fly, but you broke my wings and locked me back in my cage.” This was the reproach of a patient who had just recovered from a manic episode during which he had jumped from the top of the 13-foot-high Israeli separation wall and broken both legs. His mania had been […]

Gaza’s Epic Battle: ‘On Resistance and Modernity’

It is the will to life, and not death, that drives people in Gaza to resist.

By Monir Birouk Is there any relationship between modernity and resistance? Is every act of resistance necessarily modern? I entrust these questions to the wisdom of the philosophers. Here, my claim is rather modest: to train spotlight on the relation between modernity and resistance in light of the recent epic of resistance in Gaza. If […]

‘Never again’?: The US and the Palestinian/Israeli issue

What happened to the idea of 'never again'? Mohammed Asad / APA)

By Ron Forthofer Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence. A […]

Welcome to the ‘New’ Middle East

Condoleeza Rice 'new Middle East' if finally here. (CODEPINK)

By Jeremy Salt – Ankara, Turkey The ‘birth pangs’ of which Condoleeza Rice spoke in 2006 during Israel’s onslaught on Lebanon have finally produced her ‘new’ Middle East, wrapped up in the black flags of the Islamic state. Impregnation was just a twinkle in the eye of the neo-conservatives back in the 1990s. Their talk […]

Fearing Political Islam: Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza

Some Arabs wish to see Israel crush any semblance of Palestinian resistance. (Video footage still)

By Ramzy Baroud Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them and stand in solidarity with their own oppressed […]

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