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AUDIO: Robert Scheer Speaks With Jill Stein About the Green Party and the 2016 Election

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Stein talks about her evolution from a Harvard idealist to a family physician, environmental activist and now political candidate, and why she believes she and Bernie Sanders are more similar than different.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Massive Donations From Controversial Israel Supporter Follow Clinton’s Pledge to Fight BDS

Recent disclosures show that media mogul Haim Saban is spending millions of dollars to put Hillary Clinton in the White House after she reiterated a promise to oppose a growing campaign to temper Israeli militancy through boycotts, divestment and sanctions.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Pied Piper of Zion

The Israeli Peace Camp is in despair. No savior is in sight. Many just sit in front of their TV set and wring their hands.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Iranian Missile Sanctions Were Deceptive and Hypocritical

The president’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities was merely a way of justifying and continuing the U.S. denunciation of the missile program—a denunciation that is demanded by domestic politics and U.S. alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia. 

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Why Israel’s Netanyahu Has No Standing to Accuse U.N. Chief of Inciting Terrorism (Video)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out this week in an address to the U.N. Security Council against Israel’s policy of stealing Palestinian land in the West Bank and building ever more squatter homes in occupied Palestine.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Netanyahu Demands More Billions From America, Insults U.S. Envoy, Steals More Land

At the Davos World Economic Forum, the Israeli leader insisted that the U.N.-Iran nuclear deal had made his country less secure and that it must therefore get tens of billions extra in military aid from the U.S. And that wasn’t all.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



Benjamin Netanyahu Is Still Trying to Derail the Iran Nuclear Deal (Videos)

As the great powers were certifying last weekend that Iran was in compliance with the U.N. deal permitting only civilian enrichment of uranium, the Israeli prime minister continued his attempts to knock it off track.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Too Bad, So Sad: Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Is Hurting His Company

Apparently, being a loudmouth racist politician doesn’t put you in the best place with your customers when you own a business; the rise of a “Jewish Islamic State” in the West Bank is quite alarming; and at this point, we should be able to eradicate AIDS, so why haven’t we? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Jews and Arabs Kiss to Protest Israeli Schools’ Snubbing of Novel

Israeli education officials have excluded Dorit Rabinyan’s book “Borderlife,” about a love affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from high schools’ exam curriculum. The lifestyle site TimeOut Tel Aviv responded by making a tender video showing Jews and Arabs kissing.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: The Best Ear to the Ground Posts of the Year

As the countdown to the new year begins, we take a look at 2015’s most popular stories.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



Jewish Extremists Have a Lot in Common With Islamic State

Violent Jewish extremism in Israel, like Islamic State, needs to be confronted and destroyed; corporate crimes abounded in 2015; meanwhile, a neuroscientist has come up with theories about why daily rhythms change as one ages. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino and the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So let’s look at 10 reasons to feel better about 2015.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



The Creeping Villainy of American Politics

The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech in political discourse are signs of our society’s morbidity.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



Israeli Court Sentences Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar to 15 Months in Prison

Israel’s army announced Tuesday that an Israeli military court had sentenced Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian Parliament member who has frequently spoken out against Israel, to 15 months in prison.

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States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



From the Annals of U.S. History: America’s Role in Creating Islamic Extremism

It’s a refrain that has been played and replayed before, but some Americans might need yet another refresher.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Allegations Arise That Israeli Soldiers Are Planting Knives on Palestinians

Amira Hass writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of incidents in which Israeli soldiers have reportedly killed unarmed Palestinians and possibly placed knives near them “after the fact.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Spain Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Senior Israeli Officials

The case was brought against the men following a 2010 attack by Israeli security forces against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla aid ships.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy

The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



Outrage From Within and Without Over Netanyahu Speech at Think Tank With Clinton Ties

Over 100 progressive organizations and individuals, as well as current and former staffers, have criticized the Center for American Progress for inviting the Israeli prime minister to speak.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



What Obama Should Tell Netanyahu This Week (but Won’t)

Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu needs some tough love from friends, and President Obama has nothing to lose by applying this tough love now.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch Is Already Destroying National Geographic

Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch is already meddling in his recent acquisition; Republican front-runner Ben Carson is fielding allegations that he lied about trying to stab a classmate when he was a child; and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still dealing with the fallout from his absurd statements regarding the Holocaust. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Union Support for Palestinian Rights Could Be a Game Changer

Connecticut’s AFL-CIO has endorsed a resolution to support a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel—a move designed to put pressure on the national leadership of the union coalition to follow suit.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Shimon Peres Doubts Israel Can Win Permanent War or Survive Annexation of the West Bank

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 92, gave an interview with The Associated Press on Monday in which he spoke bluntly about the mistakes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but did not name him.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu Retracts Claim That a Palestinian Cleric Inspired the Holocaust

In a Facebook post, Israel’s prime minister said he never meant to “absolve [Adolf] Hitler of his responsibility for the Holocaust.” He had come under scathing criticism recently for laying blame on the World War II-era mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE



Children of the Stone

A fierce 8-year-old Palestinian boy, caught in a famous photograph throwing a rock at an Israeli soldier, grows up to become a great classical violist dedicated to bringing music and musical education to Palestinian children.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Has Netanyahu No Shame?

The recent comments of the Israeli prime minister (at right) attributing the Holocaust to Palestinian influence over Hitler is a “blood libel” lie, Rabbi Michael Lerner writes in an op-ed article.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



The True Issue With Netanyahu’s Speech About the Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister’s inflammatory speech is more troubling than it may appear on the surface; Russian politicians are attempting to make it illegal to come out as gay; Bernie Sanders could use American history to explain socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Administration Is Cutting Aid to the Palestinians by $80 million

As violence in the region escalates, congressional sources are describing the huge reduction in economic aid for the West Bank and Gaza as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s Blood Libel Against Palestinians

In saying a mufti put Hitler up to the Holocaust, the Israeli prime minister is attempting to paint Palestinians as congenital Jew-haters—justifying robbing them of their remaining land, their livelihoods and their lives. Netanyahu is wrong on the history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



Holding Haj Amin al-Husseini Responsible for the Nazi Genocide Is Bad Scholarship

“Dumping the Holocaust” on the Palestinian Grand Mufti “is ultimately an insult to” the Nazis’ 6 million victims that “provides another means of denigrating the entire Palestinian people,” writes Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



Germany Clarifies Netanyahu Comments: We’re Responsible for the Holocaust

The German government said Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel’s prime minister ignited a firestorm of controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu Points to WWII-Era Palestinian Leader as Cause of Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister practically exonerated Adolf Hitler in remarks made to a group of Jewish leaders Tuesday in which he tried to blame Palestine for the Holocaust.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Palestinians and Israelis March Together for Peace

An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian teenager Saturday morning in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. As the death toll in the conflict rises amid concerns over a third intifada, hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched through the streets of Jerusalem later that evening, chanting “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Stabbed Israeli Mistaken for Arab Denounces Attacks as ‘Hate Crimes’

In an interview from his hospital bed, an Israeli Jew stabbed by a Jewish man who believed he was an Arab condemned a recent string of suspected vigilante attacks in Israel.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Gaza and Ferguson Are Closer Than You Think

A powerful new video featuring dozens of artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill and Alice Walker, draws comparisons between blacks’ and Palestinians’ struggles for justice.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal on Israel, Gaza and ‘The 51 Day War’

In an interview on teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal discuss the brutal tactics used by the Israeli state in its ongoing effort to suppress Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Israel Is Delusional If It Thinks Violence Will End During Its Occupation of Palestine

“The notion that there will ever be quiet and stability in the context of Israel’s ongoing domination of the Palestinians with no diplomatic horizon is a delusion,” writes Mairav Zonszein for The Guardian.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



Israel Bars Cabinet Ministers From Holy Site Amid Spate of Attacks

A series of attacks by Arabs on Israelis in recent days has raised fears of a new uprising as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers along the West Bank.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Flush With Cash, Right-Wing Extremists Train the Future Zealots of Pro-Israel Campus Activism

For right-wing extremists, McCarthyist tactics meet Internet technology on our nation’s college campuses.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters

Two prominent Green Party members call for third-party involvement in city council and other local races. This, they rightly say, is a fundamental step toward the large-scale changes needed to save society.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE



It Is Israel That Abrogated Oslo Peace Accords, as Netanyahu Boasted (Video)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas renounced the Oslo Peace accords last week on the grounds that Israel itself has long since reneged on every key provision in the agreement.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

The journalist bravely called out Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her businessman husband for trying to squelch free speech on University of California campuses under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States, but a new study documents hundreds of cases in which students and scholars have been punished for expressing themselves. Watch the testimony of some of those who have dared to speak out, as they describe the backlash they’ve faced.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: Islamic State, the New Israel

In this first episode of a two-part series for his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and professor Sabah Alnasseri trace the roots of Islamic State to their origins and explore comparisons to the 20th-century genesis of Israel.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



Exposed: Pro-Israel Modern-Day McCarthyites Are Going to Extremes to Slime Human Rights Activists

As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE


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