Palestinian Move is Welcome, But the Leadership is Not Trustworthy

The present Palestinian leadership is not trust-worthy. (Via Aljazeera)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Since it has control of the occupied lands and in view of the realities in the occupied territory, time has been on Israel’s side to accomplish its century long project of colonizing all historic Palestine and deliberate strangulation of the indigenous Population without giving any thought to the ethical side of […]

Netanyahu’s Speech and the Politics of Iran Policy

There are limits to what an otherwise obsequious Congress will do for Netanyahu and Israel. (C-Span)

By Gareth Porter Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation to speak to the US Congress on 3 March, two weeks before the Israeli election and without any consultation with the White House, is aimed at advancing both Netanyahu’s re-election and the proposed new set of sanctions against Iran in the US Congress. […]

A Tale of Two Retaliations

The scene following a strike by Hezbollah on an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Shebaa Farms.

By Belen Fernandez Following yesterday’s missile strike by Hezbollah on an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Shebaa Farms, which killed two Israeli soldiers, the US State Department issued a press statement “strongly condemn[ing]” the attack as a “blatant violation of the ceasefire between Lebanon and Israel and UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called […]

‘The Long Journey’ – The Significance of UNRWA’s Audiovisual Archive

Visitors at the al-Bireh Cultural Centre in Ramallah  at the launch of 'The Long Journey'. (Rich Wiles/MEE)

By Rich Wiles The audience who turned up at the al-Bireh Cultural Centre to see the launch of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) exhibition The Long Journey had a familiar Ramallah feel to it. The percentage of non-Palestinians in attendance was relatively high and the percentage of “representatives” – UNRWA staff, consulate staff, PA […]

Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another

Do not ever kneel. Do not ever kiss a hand. Don’t give anyone the satisfaction to exploit your pain. (Via MEE)

By Ramzy Baroud Whenever the word “refugee” is uttered, I think of my mother. When Zionist militias began their systematic onslaught and “cleansing” of the Palestinian Arab population of historic Palestine in 1948, she, along with her family, ran away from the once peaceful village of Beit Daras. Back then, Zarefah was six. Her father […]

On Palestinians’ Loss from the Paris Attacks

We must cling to the applicability of human rights to all human beings. (Via Aljazeera)

By Samah Jabr The dreadful killings at the Parisian magazine Charlie Hebdo is a multiple crime. The direct victims were the people killed on site, but the effects go beyond those targeted by the attackers to bounce back on the Muslim, Arab and African communities in France in particular and in Europe in general. It […]

The Satire and the Faux: Reflections on Charlie Hebdo

France's tragic deaths were not simply payback for Charlie Hebdo's satire of the Prophet.

By Haneul Na’avi The massacre of employees at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris has fostered growing animosity between Westerners and the Muslim world. In nationalist rhetoric, the champions of French Secularity vowed to cheat the death of free speech and never to bow to terrorism, and the agency retaliated with record sales of its […]

My Future in Prison

We attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base. (Shane Franklin)

By Kathy Kelly The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I’ll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington’s federal medical center for men. Very early tomorrow morning, Buddy Bell, Cassandra Dixon, and […]

You Want to Know What Britishness is All about? Just Ask a Muslim

Instead of repealing some of the most draconian antiterrorism laws in the world, we’re about to acquire more.

By Moazzam Begg Prime Minister David Cameron believes that the letter written and sent to over a thousand Muslim leaders in the UK by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week, in response to the Paris attacks, was “reasonable, sensible and moderate”. The letter in question asks Muslim leaders to yet again publicly condemn the attacks […]

Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change

This way of settling differences is not just. (

By Kathy Kelly From January 4 – 12, 2015, Witness Against Torture (WAT) activists assembled in Washington D.C. for an annual time of fasting and public witness to end the United States’ use of torture and indefinite detention and to demand the closure, with immediate freedom for those long cleared for release, of the illegal […]

Gaza: Islamism is Netanyahu’s Best Asset

War on Gaza was labelled a war against Islamism to align Israeli military action with Western calls for intervention.

By Sébastien Ponsford Israel has continuously justified its war on the Palestinians on the basis of the right to defend itself. As early as the 1930s, when anti-colonial voices in the West were gaining resonance, the Zionist narrative swiftly shifted from an openly colonial discourse to justify its claims to Palestine, to a diametrically opposed […]

Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush

Like the US under Bush, France is masking its wars under the slogan of fighting terror. (Latuff)

By Ramzy Baroud Francois Hollande is not a popular president. No matter how hard the “socialist” leader tries to impress, there never seems to be a solid constituency that backs him. He attempted to mask his initial lack of experience in foreign affairs with a war in Mali, after his country enthusiastically took on Libya. […]

After Paris Attacks: Netanyahu and Europe’s Far Right Find Common Ground

In calling for Jews to flee after the Paris attacks, Netanyahu is bolstering the dangerous arguments of Europe’s far-right. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook Israel has been having its own internal debate about the significance of the Paris killings this month, with concerns quite separate from those expressed in Europe. While Europeans are mired in debates about free speech and the role of Islam in secular societies, Israelis generally – and their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, […]

Time for another Israeli War on Lebanon?

Neither the timeframe for retaliation from Hezbollah nor the precise nature of its retribution can be predicted. (Manar)

By Belen Fernandez Yesterday, an Israeli helicopter air strike on the Syrian province of Quneitra reportedly killed six militants from Lebanon’s Hezbollah as well as six Iranian soldiers, including senior commanders. Hezbollah and Iran have joined forces with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in what has degenerated into a war against Sunni jihadists. Among the casualties […]

Legacy of Strength: Saying Goodbye to Palestinian Feminist, Maha Abu-Dayyeh

Maha cannot be replaced, but her work will continue.

By Zahira Kamal ‘With Maha, you didn’t just say it. You did it,’ remembers Zahira Kamal, Palestinian Women’s Affairs Minister, of her friend who died this month I first met Maha Abu-Dayyeh 40 years ago, at the beginning of her career. She was teaching English at Ramallah Women’s Training College. I was a physics teacher […]

World Football should Penalize Israel

Mahmoud Sarsak led a successful hunger strike against Israeli detention.
(Alaa Shamaly / APA)

By Rich Wiles t didn’t take reigning champions Japan long to score their first goal as Palestine started their first ever campaign in football’s Asian Cup finals with a 4-0 defeat on Monday. Mid-way through the game, commentators on satellite channel Eurosport mentioned the “slow development” of the Palestinian team over the years since its […]

The Muslim’s Guide to Self-condemnation

Friedman’s Muslim lectures became progressively more apocalyptic in nature. (Wikimedia)

Belen Fernandez In a post-9/11 dispatch ever so slightly sensationally titled “World War III,” New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman launched what would become a career-long tradition of lambasting the Muslim world for a perceived failure to adequately condemn terrorism: “Surely Islam, a grand religion that never perpetrated the sort of Holocaust against […]

‘Happy New Year’ Not Applicable to Gaza

Agony is the norm in Gazan daily life. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Ghada Aqeel Last weekend was very cold in Edmonton, Canada. The temperature dropped to minus 30, and, with the wind chill, it felt like minus 37. My eyelashes froze and so did my toes inside the thick snowboots I was wearing while clearing the huge piles of snow outside the entrance to my house. […]

We Are All – Fill in the Blank

Halid Ahmed was one of many Gaza journalists killed or wounded in the last Israeli war on Gaza between July-August 2014. (Anadolu via ME Monitor)

By Noam Chomsky Terrorism is not terrorism when a much more severe terrorist attack is carried out by those who are Righteous by virtue of their power The world reacted with horror to the murderous attack on the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo. In the New York Times, veteran Europe correspondent Steven Erlanger graphically described […]

Going Round in Circles, Getting Nowhere Fast

Our interest is in our rights and dignity, our freedom and liberty, our democracy and tolerance. (

By Jamal Saad The United Nations Security Council has voted to reject the proposal submitted by the Palestinian Authority to end the Israel military occupation, recognize the state of Palestine on the 1949 armistice line (the so-called ‘Green Line’) and “the just settlement of all other outstanding issues, including water and prisoners”. To be honest […]

Next Step: Bring the Palestine National Council Back to Life

The Palestinian National Council, Nov 15, 1988.

By Alan Hart The headline over my last post on 29 December was For the occupied and oppressed Palestinians UN means Useless Nations. The following day the Security Council itself confirmed my analysis by refusing to consider a resolution submitted on behalf of the Palestinians calling for an end to Israeli occupation within three years. […]

War Begets War: It’s Not about Islam; It Never Was

Is it not possible that Muslims are angered by something much more subtle and profound than Charlie Hebdo’s tasteless art?

By Ramzy Baroud It is still not about Islam, even if the media and militants attacking western targets say so. Actually, it never was. But it was important for many to conflate politics with religion; partly because it is convenient and self-validating. First, let’s be clear on some points. Islam has set in motion a […]

Palestinians at the Hague: Abbas’ Big Bluff on War Crimes Bid against Israel

The door to the Hague may be open, but Abbas is in no hurry to venture through it. (Via Aljazeera)

By Jonathan Cook Intense pressure from Israel and the US last week on members of the United Nations Security Council narrowly averted Washington’s embarrassment at being forced to veto a Palestinian resolution to end the occupation. The Palestinians’ failure to get the necessary votes saved the White House’s blushes but at a cost: the claim […]

Time to Move out: The Problem with Mahmoud Abbas and His Authority

The problem with Abbas, however, is bigger than Abbas himself. (WAFA)

By Ramzy Baroud It was the moment many had been waiting for. On January 2, Palestine’s United Nations envoy, Riyad Mansour formally requested membership at the International Criminal Court (ICC). “We are seeking justice for all the victims that have been killed by Israel, the occupying power,” he said. There was no explanation why Palestine’s […]

Terrorism ‘Insurance’ Expires, but Not War

Justice is the only insurance of real security for everyone in the world. (Kathy Kelly)

By Buddy Bell In 2002, at a time when insurance providers were unwilling to provide coverage for losses resulting from acts of terrorism, and when construction and utility companies were stalling in their development projects, Congress passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). They decided to socialize some of the financial risk, giving a federal […]

The BBC has Lost Its Way

Shift in public opinion has not yet reflected in our country's media coverage. (PSC/file)

By Martin Kemp We don’t like complaining about the BBC when public broadcasting is under attack from the Right. But when the BBC becomes a mouthpiece for a tyrannical regime whose ideology completely contradicts the values which are supposed to characterize liberal democracies, something has to be done. A few days ago this appeared on […]

2014 Palestine: Free Land, Cheap Blood, and US Betrayal

Israel has become a lawless state and a “voodoo society” according to Avraham Burg. (

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The passing of year 2014 must be marked by the Palestinians as another year of no state no prospects for a peace deal and no justice, only dashed dreams, broken promises and empty rhetoric. Most Palestinians recall how they were optimistic and looking for a better future a year after the […]

‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’: Things I Learned Writing about the Middle East

Side with the victim. Always. (

By Ramzy Baroud Writing about and reporting the Middle East is not an easy task, especially during these years of turmoil and upheaval. While physical maps remain largely intact, the geopolitical map of the region is in constant influx. Following and reporting about these constant changes without a deep and compassionate understanding of the region […]

PA Dilly-dallying Must Stop

The Palestinian leadership risks history's final verdict of being an accessory for surrendering all of Palestine. (UN)

By Jamal Kanj On January first, it will be 50 years since the start of the modern Palestinian revolution; and on the 15th it will be 10 years since Mahmoud Abbas was first, and last, elected as the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Two years after becoming a non-member UN state, the PA is […]

CIA Torture Report: Will South Africa Own Up?

South Africa must own up and come clean on its shameful role in assisting America’s immoral war.

By Iqbal Jassat During the era of Nelson Mandela’s first cabinet in post-apartheid South Africa, a controversial report on so-called Muslim terrorism marked “top secret” emerged. While the government at the time denied any knowledge of its existence and sought to distance itself from it, the malicious intent of whoever may have commissioned it was […]

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