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Canada’s Bizarre Policies Entanglement

By Jim Miles Canada’s parliament is currently embroiled in a rather weird partisan sex scandal that makes all parties look like moral disasters (listen to Harper quote “Canadian values” now). While that has attracted all the attention of the media, a small news item emerged from RT News that managed to attract some small attention […]

Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: Who is to Blame?

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat In the past few weeks, the mainstream media, both locally and internationally, have been dominated by the recent incident that took place at the Kehilat Bnai Torah synagogue in Jerusalem last Tuesday. The attack that was conducted by two Palestinian cousins killed four rabbis and an Israeli police officer. This latest […]

PFLP Soul-searching: The Rise and Fall of Palestine’s Socialists

PFLP graffiti in Bethlehem. (Wikimedia)

By Ramzy Baroud The PFLP is back in the headlines after a recent attack in Jerusalem, raising questions about the current relevance of the group When news reports alleged that the two cousins behind the Jerusalem synagogue attack on 18 November were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a level of […]

Israel’s Model of Political Despair in Jerusalem

A Palestinian woman in Jerusalem assaulted by Israeli Jewish mob. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the […]

After Gaza, Europe Scrambles to End Its Complicity

After the massacres in Gaza, Israel may soon be facing its South Africa moment.

By Omar Barghouti While still deeply complicit in perpetuating Israel’s occupation and enabling its commission of grave violations of international law, the European Union has taken a number of measures lately that may indicate a growing appetite for sanctions against Israel for its failure to progress towards a peaceful settlement with the Palestinian Authority. The […]

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

By Kathy Kelly News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which is […]

Gaza Bombings Rock Palestinian Reconciliation

Scene of one of the bombings at the home of a Fatah member in Gaza (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

By Nicola Nasser It is ironic that the annual commemoration of the death of Yasser Arafat should turn into an occasion for rekindling the flames of internal strife. This was clearly the aim of last week’s bombings that targeted the homes of Fatah leaders in Gaza, as well as the podium for the commemorative ceremonies […]

Negotiations to End All Peace

Netanyahu made it 'explicitly' clear that he could 'never, ever, countenance a full sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank'. (Via Aljazeera)

By Jamal Kanj Following the historical recognition by the Swedish government, British legislators voted overwhelmingly on a non-binding resolution urging their government to recognize the state of Palestine. Ireland’s Seanad and Spain’s parliament passed similar motions on October 22 and November 18 respectively. Sweden, the home of the Nobel Peace Prize, has positioned itself in […]

Outrage over UAE’s New Terror List

Islamic Relief delivers aid in partnership with the UN agencies such as UNICEF, WFP and UNHCR.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of “terrorist organizations” together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. Islamic Relief, a respected UK-based international aid agency; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest […]

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine?

Only the Palestinian people can tell us when they are ready for an intifada. (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Ramzy Baroud When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in a brief news report or political analysis oftentimes does more harm than good. Now imagine if that journalist was not dependable to begin with, even more than it being “interesting”, […]

The Age of TV Jokers: Arab Media on the Brink

Social media is harder to control, for it remains a relatively free space. (Wikimedia)

By Ramzy Baroud As I was finalizing my research for this article, I found myself browsing through a heap of hilarious videos by mostly Egyptian TV show hosts Tawfiq Okasha and Amr Adeeb. In one of his numerous videos on youtube, Okasha, the star and host of the Cairo-based privately funded al-Faraeen channel, tries to […]

Merkel’s Wall of Hypocrisy

Merkel is hailed by Forbes as the world’s most powerful woman, and yet .. (Wikimedia)

By Vacy Vlazna “The Berlin Wall, this symbol of state abuse cast in concrete, took millions of people to the limits of what is tolerable, and all too many beyond it.” On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a speech of sublime hypocrisy when juxtaposed beside […]

The Endgame of the US ‘Islamic State’ Strategy

The creation of the IS as the sectarian Sunni alternative is still the US tactic towards its strategic endgame. (Twitter)

By Nicola Nasser Dismantling what the former US President George W. Bush once described as the Syria – Iran component of the “axis of evil,” or interrupting in Iraq the geographical contiguity of what King Abdullah II of Jordan once described as the “Shiite crescent,” was and remains the strategic goal of the US – […]

Bennett’s ‘One-State Solution’: Israeli Version of Apartheid

The one-state solution in the offing has nothing to do with a bi-national state or a state for all its citizens. (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Ludwig Watzal Israel’s economy minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the right-wing party “The Jewish Home”, published an article in the New York Times in which he buried the concept of a “two-state solution” as a way out of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Bennett does not belong to the radical Zionist fringe. Although he […]

Struggle of Abu Khdeir Family: Pulling Down a Boy’s Photo

(Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Tamar Fleishman “They burned him and he was still alive”, I heard this sentence from everyone of the members of the Abu Khdeir family, when I came to their home two days after the funeral of their child who was abducted at the beginning of the Ramadan month by malicious Jewish men who took […]

Naftali Bennett’s Wake-up Call to the West

Bennett: 'for its security, Israel cannot withdraw from more territory..' (Wikimedia)

By John V. Whitbeck Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of the Economy and leader of the Jewish Home Party, a major component of the current Israeli government, is widely seen as the politician on the rise in Israel and a potential successor to Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister after the next Israeli elections. On November 6, […]

Political Prophecies: Sealing the Fate of al-Aqsa

Israeli police fire at worshippers inside al-Aqsa Mosque. (EPA/Mahfouz Abu Turk/file)

By Ramzy Baroud Israel’s decision to shut down al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, 30 October, is not just a gross violation of the religious rights of Palestinian Muslims. In fact, the rights of Palestinian Muslims and Christians have been routinely violated under the Israeli occupation for decades, especially in Jerusalem, and more recently in Gaza. During […]

The Forgotten Palestinians of Lebanon

This photo was taken by an UNRWA schoolchild in the Palestinian Wavel refugee camp (Jalil) in Lebanon under an EU-funded education project.

By Vacy Vlazna To enter the lost city, go through me. Through me you go to meet a suffering unceasing and eternal. You will be with people who, through me, lost everything. –Dante’s Inferno “It is a painful experience to be a refugee. You exist and you don’t exist” — Olfat Mahmoud The burden of […]

Palestine: Between Unjust International System and Discredited Leadership

PA President Mahmoud Abbas is hesitating to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes. (via Aljazeera/file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed a motion on November 29, 2012 recognizing Palestine as a non-member observer state by a vote of 138 supporting the motion to 9 including the US against it, and 41 abstentions including Britain and Germany. Susan Rice, the representative of the US, said that she […]

On the List – Knocking on the Gates of the Pentagon

By Kathy Kelly – Kabul Yesterday, in the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ (APVs’) “Borderfree Center” here in Kabul, I heard someone banging on the front gate and hurried downstairs to open it. As it happened, I was the only one at the Center that morning. Outside the gate stood two women with their burkas pushed back. […]

What Happens In Gaza After The U.S. Elections?

There is little love lost between Obama and Netanyahu.  (WH)

By James M. Wall National U.S. congressional elections come around every two years. The latest arrives Tuesday, November 4. The election will relieve U.S. television viewers of a steady diet of noxious attack ads funded, in an alarming  measure, by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. Advance predictions point to the […]

So Who Else Wants to Destroy Sykes-picot?

Francois Georges-Picot and Mark Sykes. (Wikimedia)

By Jeremy Salt – Ankara Pushing down the wire fence separating Iraq from Syria, the militants of the Islamic State proclaimed jubilantly that Sykes-Picot was dead but was it really they who destroyed Sykes-Picot? Sykes-Picot was – of course – the First World War agreement by which Britain and France divided the conquered Arab lands […]

East Is East and West Is West: Thoughts from a Puzzled Mind

By Jamil I. Toubbeh Recorded history informs that the East and the West are culturally inextricable; history also informs that this inextricability has been shaken over time by religious, geopolitical and economic conflicts of short and long duration. If one were to rank-order conflicts around the globe in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Arab […]

Jerusalem in Danger while the World Sleeps

Al-Quds, Haram al-Sharif Compound. (Wikimedia)

By Tariq Shadid Tensions are rising sky-high in what is considered a Holy City by three of the world’s major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Its Aramaic name ‘Ur Shalim’, from which hails its current international name Jerusalem, means ‘City of Peace’, yet it has become obvious that it will not be allowed to live […]

Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt’s Convenient War

An image from social media of Egyptian military purportedly demolishing homes in Northern Sinai. (Twitter/@GalalAmrG)

By Ramzy Baroud Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware from previous wars. The land is comprised of breathtaking beaches, incredible history, and a fusion of fascinating cultures that reach back into the past as far as ancient times can […]

Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian Olives

'I know that [the Palestinians] can do it without me but maybe it helps deal with some guilt.' (Annie Slemrod/IRIN)

(IRIN) It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat. During the autumn olive harvest, Palestinian villagers are especially nervous about visits from Israelis: Last year the UN recorded 38,532 trees destroyed […]

How Israel is Turning Gaza into a Super-max Prison

Washington and its allies are only too happy to see Hamas and Islamic Jihad deprived of the materials needed to resist Israel’s next onslaught. (Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. According to the United Nations, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or […]

SA Fact Finding Mission in Israel Raise Palestinian Hopes

By Iqbal Jassat South Africa’s increasing interest in Palestine and its woes is beginning to manifest in ways that’s likely to attract more antagonism from Israel and her lobbyists. Currently a number of South Africans are in Israel to gain first-hand insight of conditions faced by Palestinians under Occupation as well as experience the political […]

Canada’s Heart of Darkness

Justice Minister MacKay wearing a t-shirt printed with a high powered automatic rifle at a Conservative fundraiser. (National Firearms Association, Facebook)

By Jim Miles Once upon a time, Canada was able to create the illusion that it was the “peaceable kingdom”, an illusion accepted domestically and arguably by most of the rest of the world. This history has been well discredited with newer historical research outlining how Canada’s position as a “peacekeeper,” generally under UN auspices, […]

The Process of Reconstructing Gaza

What we are witnessing is a global Israeli blackmail operation and the exploitation Gaza's destruction. (IRIN)

By Lamis Andoni As usual, whatever Israel fails to impose by war, it tries to achieve by means of the subsequent agreements, and the reconstruction of Gaza agreement under the supervision of the UN is no difference. It is the manifestation of international complicity in not only solidifying the siege, but also using it to […]

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