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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

VIDEO: Palestinian Flag Is Raised at United Nations Headquarters

The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the first time. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move signals to the international community that “Palestinian statehood is achievable.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech May Come From Dianne Feinstein and Her Millionaire Husband

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reports that the California senator and her military-contractor husband Richard Blum are essentially blackmailing the University of California into punishing students who speak out against Israel.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

With the Iran Deal and Russia in Syria, Is Israel Being Boxed In?

With the success of the Iran deal virtually assured and with Russia moving into Syria, Israel’s hawks are facing an unprecedented setback.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

Myth Surrounding Alleged Iranian Nuclear Facility Begins to Unravel

Credible challenges to claims that Iran sanitized an alleged nuclear site suggest that U.S. officials sought to cover their tracks for a day when international inspectors report discovering nothing incriminating.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: U.S. Is Greatest Threat to World Peace

In a speech titled “On Power and Ideology” delivered at The New School for Social Research in Manhattan on Saturday, world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky discussed the persistent notion of U.S. exceptionalism, Republican efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, and the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

How Bernie Sanders Won Over Iowa and Overtook Hillary Clinton in the Polls

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has shocked many with his recent success in Iowa, but maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised; media coverage of the U.K.’s Jeremy Corbyn has revealed The Guardian’s true colors; meanwhile, the IMF is telling Israel to stop spending so much money on defense. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

As Russia Supports Iran in Syria, Netanyahu Loses Yet Again (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his circle appear to have three major concerns about Russia’s military build-up in Syria.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Cornel West Compares Bernie Sanders With Jesse Jackson

Bernie Sanders’ most high-profile black supporter describes the socialist senator’s presidential campaign as “even more progressive” than those of Democratic insurgent Jesse Jackson in the 1980s. In an interview, West also touches on the issue of Israel.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Has Bigger Problems on Its Hands Than Economic Sanctions

Although news of the nuclear deal has been welcome in Iran, the country is facing an impending domestic crisis that hasn’t made Western headlines; there are lessons the American left can and should learn from the U.K.’s Jeremy Corbyn; meanwhile, the U.S. obsession with bottled water must come to an end. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Benjamin Netanyahu Wants Israeli Forces to Use Live Fire Against Rock-Throwing Demonstrators (Video)

Thousands of demonstrators came out in Jordan on Friday to protest what appears to be a new Israeli assertion of authority over Muslim sacred space in Jerusalem, which includes the third-holiest place in the world for Muslims, the Al-Aqsa mosque complex.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

The election of the socialist to head Britain’s Labour Party is a harbinger of the global revolt against neoliberalism, corporate tyranny and the U.S. war machine. It is time Americans join the fight.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

The Top 5 Reasons Obama Beat the GOP and Israel Lobby’s Effort to Kill the Iran Deal (Video)

Forty Democratic senators and two independent senators stood with President Obama on Thursday, preventing any congressional condemnation of the U.N. Security Council’s Vienna agreement with Iran over its civilian nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Headquarters to Fly Palestinian Flag After General Assembly Vote

One hundred nineteen of 193 U.N. member states approved the resolution in a move that has infuriated Israel and that Palestinians described as a step toward full U.N. membership.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

May Alan Kurdi’s Death Inspire Us to Create a World Without Borders

Children all over the world are suffering, and families remain trapped by artificial borders and legal requirements. Rather than simply increase quotas for some refugees, we need to envision a world where everyone has the right to flee violence and poverty.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Unlike Israel’s Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia Now Says It Supports the Iran Deal

The Saudi-owned, pan-Arab London daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on the meeting Friday between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Obama and their top foreign policy and security teams.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

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