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AP / Ariel Schalit

Israel From 10,000 Feet

The government of Israel is supposedly run by the Jewish state’s toughest and most ardent defenders, but so far they have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


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World Economic Forum

Netanyahu Unapologetic About Flotilla Raid

Israel is still being widely criticized for the flotilla attack, but on Wednesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not about to apologize for his country’s actions in the incident or for Israel’s stance toward Gaza.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


Could Be Worse

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Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Drew Angerer

Treat Palestinians Like Jews

If nothing else, this assault on decency by the Israeli government was clearly intended to derail the peace talks that President Barack Obama has encouraged. But instead of calling Israel on its savagery, the U.S. is virtually alone in the world in its embarrassingly mild rebuke.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


Flotilla Debate: Glenn Greenwald vs. Eliot Spitzer

Who knew Eliot Spitzer was such an Israel apologist? Guest-hosting on MSNBC, the former New York governor tries to get an uncooperative Glenn Greenwald to accept Israel’s assault on the aid flotilla and Israel’s devastating blockade of Gaza as “reasonable.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / hoyasmeg (CC-BY)

The ‘Only’ Country That Believes Israel

Politico suggests that the U.S. is close to sharing Israel’s international isolation, thanks to Washington’s hesitation to condemn its special ally. The publication quotes an anonymous U.S. official who says, regarding Israel’s explanation of the deadly flotilla raid, “We’re the only ones who believe them.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Amr Nabil

Israel Under Int’l Scrutiny for Flotilla Attack

Relations between Israel and friends like Turkey and the U.S. went south following Monday’s raid on a flotilla en route to Gaza, as differing reports emerged to challenge Israel’s account ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



Palin’s Payday, Flotilla Folly and Priest-Love, All in One

Why shooting peace activists to death is a big deal—even in foreign policy circles, what priests’ mistresses think of celibacy, and how much public money Sarah Palin got paid to attempt public speech.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


Memorial Day 2010

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Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli PM Says He Regrets Loss of Life

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to international criticism of his government’s deadly raid on boats carrying activists and aid to Gaza.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



Israel Strikes at Aid Flotilla, Killing 9 (Update: Security Council)

Activists trying to bring humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip ran afoul of the Israeli military on Sunday. Shots were fired after masked Israeli gunmen descended from helicopters hovering over the flotilla as it made its way through international waters.

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE


Al Jazeera: On Board Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla (Update: Israel Opens Fire)

A Gaza-bound flotilla carrying 10,000 tons of aid has run into the Israeli navy, which reportedly has no intention of letting the ships sail through. Al Jazeera is on board one of the vessels, and earlier it broadcast this look at life at sea in the “freedom flotilla.”

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons

Israel: No to Middle East Nuke Talks

Israel has declared it will not participate in a month-long Middle East nuclear nonproliferation meeting, calling a document about the talks “deeply flawed” and “hypocritical” after it singled out Israel for not signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Posted on May 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Majdi Mohammed

Abbas Boosts Boycott of Settlement Goods

A boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank gained some heft Saturday when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threw his executive weight behind the campaign, calling on all Palestinians to stop buying settlement-made products.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE


What Next for NATO?

The European Union doesn’t know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky
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Fed Up With Israel, Chomsky Will Do Video

Noam Chomsky might have made it through an Israeli border crossing into Palestinian territory on his second attempt, but the aged intellectual, frustrated by what he called Israeli games, has opted instead to deliver his lecture via videoconference.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / houze

Israel Turns Chomsky Away

Political activist-critic Noam Chomsky was refused entry into Israel on Sunday. He was to have delivered a lecture at the Bir Zeit University near Jerusalem.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Palestinians Commemorate the ‘Catastrophe’ of Israel’s Creation

Thousands of Palestinians marched Saturday to mark the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” of the creation of Israel in 1948, and to honor the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced into exile after the nascent state of Israel seized Arab land.

Posted on May 15, 2010 READ MORE


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America: The Silence of a Nation

Truthdig columnist and author Chris Hedges has some very strong words for the Israeli and American governments, condemning their roles in the ongoing conflict with Gaza in this clip from Hedges’ speech at Revolution Books in New York City last year.

 

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Justin McIntosh

Said What?

Sound the alarm: The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam taken by high school students across the U.S. uses a quotation from the late Palestinian-American scholar and activist Edward Said. Some Jewish students are complaining that use of the Said material politicizes the test.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



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Jerusalem Jews Tell Elie Wiesel to Get Real

You may recall Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s letter urging President Barack Obama to lay off of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem. A group of prominent intellectuals who actually live in the city have written their own withering response, calling Wiesel’s letter a fantasy “replete with factual errors and false representations.”

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / The White House

Obama Urges Abbas to Negotiate With Israel

On Tuesday, the third day of new peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders, President Barack Obama had a phone chat (so retro!) with Palestinian Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he voiced his support for the two-state solution ... (continued)

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



Lingua Franca Edition

Why assassinating U.S. citizens is a bad idea, why Americans are watching fewer foreign films, and how English became the international language of choice.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

New Mideast Peace Talks Already on the Rocks

One step forward ... well, you know the rest. Although a new round of peace talks signaled a much-needed, if tentative, show of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, those negotiations have already hit a big bump over Israel’s construction activities in East Jerusalem. 

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / dweekly

PLO Opens Way for Negotiations

The Palestinian Liberation Organization has approved indirect talks with Israel, opening the door for the first peace negotiations in a year and a half. One may remember the “proximity talks” that fizzled in March when Israel unexpectedly announced an expansion of illegal settlement plans in East Jerusalem.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE



Boca Edition (Update: Now With More Rent Boy)

Israel faces scrutiny over its nuclear stockpile, Fox responds to disaster by calling for more drilling, and what Boca Raton looked like when it was a Japanese-American kibbutz.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Britain Blocks Mossad Replacement Over Passport Theft

The United Kingdom will not allow an official representative of Israel’s security services into the country, according to an Israeli report, until Israel promises, in writing, not to abuse British passports. Israel has so far refused, the report said.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / International Monetary Fund

Profiting From Peace

Who would have thought that peace could be good for the economy? Ask Stanley Fischer, Israel’s central bank chief, who delivered that startling pronouncement in a speech this weekend, arguing that a peace deal between his country and the Palestinians would actually help Israel achieve “one of the most advanced economies in the world.”

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bob Bird

Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / dibau_naum_h (CC-BY-SA)

Palestinians Turn to Gandhi, Dr. King

While armed militias get all the attention, some Palestinian organizers are embracing nonviolent strategies like peaceful marches and boycotts as a more effective avenue to peace. As one organizer quoted by The Christian Science Monitor put it: “It’s not a war between two armies. By using non-violence, we take away the security excuse from the Israelis.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

Zionism Gets a Turbo Boost

Some Israeli settlers are taking Zionism to a whole new level. Some 200 settlers, living illegally on occupied Palestinian land, marched on the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem to assert their supposed right to live on occupied land as well as to affirm “Jewish sovereignty over the whole city.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Israel Officially Rejects U.S. Demands

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had already made his position clear, but over the weekend he officially refused U.S. demands to halt housing construction in occupied East Jerusalem. The White House has delayed negotiations while waiting for an official reply. (continued)

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


Exaggeration of Iranian Threat Could Have Dire Consequences

It is a dismaying reflection that the facilitators of major violence thus far in the 21st century have been lies told by democratic governments.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Builder Bibi Won’t Budge on East Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again rejected calls to stop construction of Jewish housing in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians hope to make their capital.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Francis Robinson on ‘The Arabs’

What lessons can the West learn by examining the history of the Arab experience through the voices and eyes of Arabs themselves?

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and King Abdullah
AP / Alex Brandon

U.S., Jordan Urge Israelis and Palestinians to Reboot Peace Talks

As part of the multinational Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, President Barack Obama met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday to discuss, among other things, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to encourage both sides to resume proximity peace talks, according to the AFP.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

New Rule Allows West Bank Deportations

A new order from the Israel Defense Forces will enable the government to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank. The military order defines anyone who is in the West Bank illegally as an “infiltrator,” and gives the IDF the ability to deport or arrest Palestinians without other cause.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Nuclear Weapons

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his column, nuclear weapons and President Obama with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read a full transcript right here.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, U.S. Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



Robert Reich Edition

What Noam Chomsky has to say about globalization, why older is wiser, and proof that at least two of the three bozos who most wrecked the economy still don’t get it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Debate: Hamas vs. Fatah

Many in the Western media present Palestinian politics as a primitive, suicide-bombing expression of anti-Israeli anger. But nothing could be further from the truth. Watch a long-form debate between the two largest political factions, Fatah and Hamas, as they discuss reconciliation and the future of resistance.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Expertista (CC-BY)

Israeli Official Threatens Gaza Incursion

On the same day that his government launched missiles at what it described as weapons facilities in the Gaza Strip, Israel’s deputy prime minister threatened to “raise the level of our activity and step up our actions” with “another military operation” in the Palestinian enclave.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr user nagillum (CC-BY)

Israel Launches Airstrikes on Gaza (Update)

Israeli planes and helicopters were witnessed firing missiles at targets across the Gaza Strip on Friday. Haaretz reported seven strikes on targets ranging from a refugee camp to a cheese factory, but no casualties. The BBC reported 13 strikes.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Sarah Palin
AP / Jae C. Hong

Sarah Palin, Neocon Messiah

Judge them by their enemies. More evidence that Barack Obama might be shaping up as a good president is that Norman Podhoretz hates him so much.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hadi Mizban

Here We WMD Again: Iraq and the Mythical Pakistani Package

A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan has been picked up around the world and is already shaping policy. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



"The Plague of Darkness" by Gustave Doré

A Plague in Time for Passover

Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar has seized upon the holiday to suggest a biblical metaphor: “For 43 years, the Israeli public—schoolchildren, TV viewers, Knesset members and Supreme Court judges—have been living in the darkness of the occupation.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Abbas Walks the Talk

The prospect of Palestinian-Israeli “proximity talks” in the Middle East has hit another expected bump: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not attend any such talks unless Israel halts settlement construction.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


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