Commentary

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. (Zoriah.net)

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 […]

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. (Activestills.org)

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. […]

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 […]

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. (Activestills.org)

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 […]

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 […]

Fighting ‘Islamic State’ is Not the Israeli Priority

Moshe Ya’alon told journalists that IS 'operates far from Israel'. (Wikimedia)

By Nicola Nasser Defying a consensus that it is a priority by the world community comprising international rivals like the United States, Europe, Russia and China and regional rivals like Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, Israel, like Turkey, does not eye the U.S. – led war on the IS as its regional priority. Nor fighting […]

Yousef al-Rammouni and Israel’s Moral Suicide

Abu Yousef (Photo: Rima Najar)

By Vacy Vlazna Abu Dis, home to descendants of Salah ad-Din, lies 3.8 kms from the Old City of Al Quds* which can be seen over the obscenity of the Annexation Wall from homes on the village hilltops. To its east, the imposing ranges of Al-Ghor ** change from luminous cream to deep caramel in […]

US, Israel Torturers and Drone Killers

The CIA didn't just emulate Israel's legal system to sanction torture, but it copied the same methods. (inminds.com)

By Jamal Kanj I watched painfully former vice-president Dick Cheney on ‘Meet the Press’ programme trying to defend and redefine his role in the ‘authorised’ CIA torture. Whenever he was asked about a specific torture case, Cheney always referred back to the ‘tortured’ Americans who lost their lives in 9/11. While the jury is still […]

Israeli Role in Syrian Conflict Brought into the Open

Several recent developments have brought the Israeli role into the open.

By Nicola Nasser Overtly, the Israeli superpower of the Middle East has been keen to posture as having no role whatsoever in the four-year old devastating conflict in Syria, where all major regional and international powers are politically and militarily deeply involved and settling scores by Syrian blood. In his geopolitical weekly analysis, entitled “The […]

The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan. (Zoriah.net)

By Patrick Kennelly – Kabul 2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low as the myth of the Afghan state continues. Thirteen years into America’s longest war, the international community argues that Afghanistan is growing stronger, despite nearly all indicators suggesting otherwise. Most recently, […]

Pro-Palestine Parliaments: Hopes and Danger

European Parliament has missed a rare opportunity to be relevant. (Via PressTV)

By John V. Whitbeck European parliamentary resolutions urging their governments to recognize the State of Palestine must be followed by actual recognitions of the State of Palestine The European Parliament, after a late compromise in pursuit of consensus, has now passed, by a vote of 498 to 88 with 111 abstentions, a resolution stating that […]

US Feels the Heat on Palestine Vote at UN

Arabs met Kerry in an effort to persuade Washington not to exercise its veto. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On Friday the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. In coming days similar moves are expected in Denmark and from the […]

How the Media Whitewashed the Murder of Ziad Abu Ein

Abu Ein was a ranking member of the Fatah revolutionary council. (MEE)

By Jamal Kanj Israel has just committed another high-profile murder in the West Bank killing 55-year-old Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio in the Palestinian government. According to the BBC, he ‘was among dozens of foreign and Palestinian activists taking part in a protest against land confiscations.’ Abu Ein was in charge of monitoring […]

NATO’s General Breedlove about the Long War

General Philip Mark Breedlove, the seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe. (CBC)

By Jim Miles Evan Solomon, of CBC’s The House, recently had an interview with NATO’s current leading figure, four star General Philip Mark Breedlove, the seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe.   It was a fairly benign interview with no hard questions posed to the most powerful person in Europe. The answers were much more rational than […]

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