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The Man Who Sold the World

The Man Who Sold the World

By William Kleinknecht

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AP / Vahid Salemi

Leaks Suggest Iran Is Now Winning in the Middle East

Iran is winning and Israel is losing. That is the startling conclusion we reach if we consider how things have changed in the Middle East in the two years since most of the WikiLeaks State Department cables about Iran’s regional difficulties were written.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Brazil Recognizes Palestine

In a public letter addressed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, outgoing and popular Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva formally recognized Palestine as an independent state within its 1967 borders.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 READ MORE

Lebanon Bombed
AP / Ben Curtis

Lebanon Gave Israel Tips on Fighting Hezbollah

More juicy stuff from the WikiLeaks mine: Lebanon’s defense minister aided Israel in 2008 by offering advice to Israeli officials on how best to combat the Shiite paramilitary group inside Lebanon.

Posted on Dec 4, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Daniella Zalcman (CC-BY-SA)

Iran Casts Suspicions After Bomb Attacks

On Monday, after two Iranian nuclear scientists were targeted in apparently coordinated bombings, killing one scientist and wounding another, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pointed to the West and to Israel to place blame for the attacks.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Marc Israel Sellem

Israel Moves to Corral Illegal Entrants

Amid rhetoric that could be coming straight out of Arizona, the Israeli Cabinet has voted to build a facility in the desert to hold detained illegal migrants, who arrive mostly from Africa.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Gali Tibbon

Israel on a PR Campaign

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is on a kick to improve his country’s standing in Europe. His strategy? Develop a cadre of “allies” abroad who will serve as walking PR agents for Israeli policy.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE

More News, Less Turkey

Today on the list: Bribing Israel, the possibilities of precognition, the value of banks (it’s complicated), and the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE

A Childish Tantrum Over TSA Rules

Some of the loudest howls of outrage over the new airport security rules emanate from those who would be quickest to blame the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect us if a bomber did slip through.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE

Israel’s Nuke Capability

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 ENLARGE

Helen Thomas: ‘It Was a Sneak, Stealth Attack’

In this sit-down discussion with the Real News Network, Helen Thomas, deposed doyenne of the White House press corps, discusses her moment of infamy last spring that led to her resignation, claiming she didn’t ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Offers F-35s for Extension of Settlement Freeze

Although the U.S. never has been a neutral arbiter in the Middle East, it’s still surprising that Washington has now reportedly promised Israel a long-term security agreement—including 20 F-35 fighter jets and a pledge to veto any damaging U.N. resolution—in exchange for a 90-day extension of the Israeli freeze on constructing settlements in the West Bank. Updated

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE

Obama Reaches Out to Muslims on Indonesian Trip

Listen closely and you’ll hear the sound of Glenn Beck frothing at the mouth. What’s today’s reason? Well, on Tuesday, President Obama was in Indonesia(!), where he expressed the need to “build trust” with Muslim societies(!!).

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE

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Labor Party Threatens to Walk Out of Israeli Government

Motivating by either a renewed hope for peace in the Middle East or a desire for political power, Israel’s Labor Party has threatened to walk out of the country’s coalition government unless serious negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis get under way in the coming weeks.

Posted on Oct 31, 2010 READ MORE

Testing Turkey

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 ENLARGE

AP / Nasser Ishtayeh

Israeli Settlers Destroying Palestinians’ Olive Trees

Olive trees are a symbol of the long history of many Palestinian families, and some Israeli settlers have now launched assaults on the trees, cutting down and torching them and at times attacking farmers in what many observers believe is part of a crescendo of settler militancy.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE

Gaza UN building
AP / Hatem Moussa

Israeli Officers Under Investigation

There seems to be a constant perp walk of Israeli soldiers since the war in Gaza two years ago. This week the hand of justice has turned to investigate several senior Israeli officers who allegedly authorized an airstrike that killed at least 21 Palestinians in Gaza in 2009.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Hussein Malla

Ahmadinejad Holds Rally at Lebanon-Israel Border

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made quite a provocative gesture by staging a pro-Hezbollah rally at a Lebanese border town near Israel on Thursday—a scene that was not lost on the Israeli military.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE

Computer Nerd Barbie

On today’s list: Speaking more than one language can delay Alzheimer’s, literary tattoos, why they hate us (hint: it’s not our freedom), and Barbie goes geek.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE

Helen Thomas Finds Obama ‘Reprehensible’

It’s been a couple of months since former White House press stalwart Helen Thomas, now 90, resigned after causing controversy with her remarks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it seems she hasn’t forgiven President Obama for his role in that drama.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

AP / Hussein Malla

Ahmadinejad and the Limits of American and Israeli Power

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Middle East’s populist answer to the American tea party, has stirred controversy with his trip to Lebanon, which will begin Wednesday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE

The Bulldozer

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 ENLARGE

White House / Pete Souza

Israel Offers Settlement Freeze ... With Strings Attached

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a public offer that Israel will again put a hold on building settlements in the West Bank if Palestinians officially recognize Israel as a Jewish state, according to the BBC.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Gali Tibbon

Israel Invokes a Loyalty Oath for Non-Jews

Not Jewish in Israel? Repeat after me: Because I’m not Jewish, and because the Israeli government thinks non-Jews are potential threats to its security, I do solemnly swear my allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Steve Slep (CC-BY)

Ahmadinejaunt to the Israeli Border

Lebanese officials are expected to approve Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the country’s border with Israel. Once there, Ahmadinejad may, as reported, throw some stones over the fence. Or he may skip the whole thing, if security concerns prevail.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE

Nuclear Armament Still Our Central Issue

Of all of the sources of strategic delusion and political illusion today, nuclear weapons undoubtedly make the most prodigious contribution to hypocrisy and useless expense.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

2 Israeli Soldiers Found Guilty

Two Israeli soldiers were convicted in a military court of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during their army’s siege of the Gaza Strip in 2009. The soldiers, who forced the 9-year-old boy to check for suspected booby traps, are now awaiting sentencing.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE

The Belts

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 ENLARGE

Ahmadinejad at U.N.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 ENLARGE

AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Netanyahu Urges Settler Restraint

With a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank about to expire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging Israeli settlers to show restraint. President Barack Obama has prodded Israel to extend the moratorium, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says Israel must choose between peace and the continuation of Jewish settlements.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE

Israeli Navy Kills Gaza Fisherman

Just days after an Israeli private security guard killed a Palestinian man and wounded four others, the Israeli navy fired upon a Palestinian fishing boat near Gaza and killed one fisherman. —JCL

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Eyal Warshavsky

Wisdom of the Terrorist’s Son

Whether Gen. David Petraeus or the bearded villains wearing suicide belts, killers perpetuate new cycles of revenge and murder like bad karma. One son of a terrorist is breaking the cycle.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Javier Galeano

The Forever Fidel Obsession

After three hours of conversation, it is clear that Fidel Castro has definitely retired and now spends his time underlining President Obama’s books and reflecting on decades of revolution. Anyone who thinks Cuba is going capitalist, however, should check more carefully with the facts.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE

Avigdor Lieberman
AP / Tsafrir Abayov

Israel’s Lieberman Proposes Redrawing Borders

Israels notoriously racist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has proposed that any future peace deal with the Palestinians should focus on a redrawing of his country’s borders, excluding much of Israel’s Arab citizenry while including illegal Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Mideast Peace Talks Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could implode before they even get off the ground. Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell will have their chaperoning cut out for them, with the PA threatening to withdraw if Israel resumes settlement construction and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing a plan to do just that.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / U.S. Army

Our ‘Dumb Wars’ Will Go On

“It is time to turn the page,” President Barack Obama said as he announced the “end” of combat operations in Iraq. Meanwhile, those who brought us that unnecessary war remain committed to such policies and, if returned to power, are likely to carry them out.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE

Abe Lincoln’s Bromance

Today on the list: the sound and fury of Sarah Palin, Abraham Lincoln’s gay tendencies and Jan Brewer’s WTF debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Jason Reed, Pool

Mideast Peace Within a Year?

The mood in Washington on Thursday, the first day of revived peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, was decidedly optimistic, with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ...

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE

Guess Who’s Coming to the Table?

There is no serious reason to consider direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority anything other than a political pantomime, although believers—if such remain—may pray for a miracle.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE

A Handbook for Killing Non-Jews

Today on the list: The guide to killing goyim, more evidence of Glenn Beck’s self-obsession, and proof that bears do not make the safest pets.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Ariel Schalit

Theatrical Resistance

It may be obvious to some, but Palestinians aren’t the only people upset about Israel’s settlement activity. More than 60 Israeli theater professionals have joined a boycott against a new West Bank cultural center in Ariel, an Israeli settlement 12.5 miles within Palestinian territory.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE

‘Colbert Report’: How About We Don’t Bomb Iran?

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg stopped in at “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday to comment on the whole Iran-bombing hoopla that’s affecting certain world leaders lately (you know who you are), pronouncing that ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Israel and Palestine Talks, Take 154*

For the first time in 20 months, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to resume direct negotiations, scheduled for Sept. 2 in Washington, to talk about such thorny things as Israeli settlement activity, the borders of a future Palestinian state, and the right of Palestinian exiles to return to their homeland.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE

Norman Podhoretz in Black and White

Norman Birnbaum, the noted sociologist and thinker, analyzes two worthy new books, by Thomas L. Jeffers and Benjamin Balint, on the longtime editor of Commentary and the magazine he shaped.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Change Accomplished

This is a radical break from journalistic convention, I realize, but today I’d like to give credit where it’s due—specifically, to President Obama. Quiet as it’s kept, he’s on a genuine winning streak.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Bernat Armangue

Israel to Deport 400 Children

Q: What do Arizona and Israel have in common? A: An uncanny disregard for immigrant rights. Two weeks ago the Israeli Cabinet voted to deport 400 children of migrant workers, and even after the wife of the Israeli prime minister wrote a letter pleading for amnesty for them, the Cabinet has refused to reconsider.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE

One-State Solution?

Today on the list: Why academics are still flipping out about television, how Israeli conservatives may be pushing for a one-state solution, and the human brain’s “Life of Brian” mechanism.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE

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