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Activist Arrested for Defacing Anti-Muslim Poster (Video)

Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-American activist and writer whose arms were broken in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, was arrested at a Times Square subway station after spraying paint over a controversial poster that has drawn broad condemnation for equating Muslims with “savages.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


Egypt’s President Reasserts his Country’s Sovereignty in World Affairs

Mr. Morsi said what had not been said before, that if the United States wishes Egypt to continue to respect the Camp David agreement made 34 years ago, it must honor its own simultaneous commitment to Palestinian self-rule.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Court Orders BBC to Release Footage

Can an American court order a foreign media outlet to hand over unbroadcasted journalistic material? A New York judge says yes. The BBC has until Oct. 1 to appeal or disclose 10-year-old footage of interviews with an alleged terrorist and the chief of a political group founded by deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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How Do You Take Your Poison?

We can take it from nurse Romney or we can take it from nurse Obama, but one way or another the corporate hemlock will be shoved down our throats.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Declassified Files Link U.S. to Palestinian Massacre

The outburst of anti-Americanism sweeping much of the Arab world was ignited by an off-the-wall film insulting Muhammad, but the underlying outrage is fed by decades of resentment against the U.S. and its ally, Israel.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Butt Out, Bibi

For selfish, political reasons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has inserted himself into the American presidential election. American Jews won’t fall for it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE


The Kind of Man Mitt Romney Is

Romney’s rushed statement Tuesday night calling the Obama administration’s response to the violence in the Middle East “disgraceful” was a new low in a campaign already scraping bottom.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Hani Mohammed

Embassy Attacks Spread to Yemen

Hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film chanted “death to America” as they stormed the American Embassy compound in the Yemeni capital on Thursday. The attack follows Tuesday’s sacking of a U.S. consulate in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three others.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Positions Two Warships Off Libya

Two U.S. destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles are moving into Mediterranean waters north of Libya after attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Obama Refuses to Meet With Netanyahu, or Maybe He’s Just Busy

According to a Haaretz source, the president has no time for the Israeli prime minister during a U.S. visit this month.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


Stalemate Is Preferable to Intervention in Syria

The major threat in the Middle East to international peace is Syria’s civil war, not the rhetorical battles between Iran and an Israel that claims to be straining against its American leash.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/David Goldman

Democrats Can Win the Argument and Lose the Election

Talking to volunteers, I saw the immensity of Obama’s task, especially as the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican super PACs overwhelm the voters with misleading ads.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



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A Rebuke to the American-Israeli Economic War on Iran

President Barack Obama said, “The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions.” The refusal of 120 countries to boycott Iran undermines the point.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ali Abunimah

Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



Fox News Points Out Paul Ryan’s Lies ... and Pigs Fly?

Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Israeli Court Rejects Responsibility for Death of American Activist

“She did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done,” said a judge in Haifa, Israel, ruling against the family of Rachel Corrie, the American activist who was crushed while standing between an Israeli bulldozer and a Palestinian home in 2003.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Netanyahu ‘Determined to Attack Iran’ Before U.S. Elections, Israeli News Says

Israel’s Channel 10 reported this week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the U.S. elections” and that Israel is now “closer than ever” to a military strike intended to foil Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE



Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Some Rebels Worry About Extremists, but Assad Comes First

During the early days, religious and nonreligious Syrians came together to call for reform. But as fighting intensified, a range of Islamist groups gained influence.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Did Someone Say ‘War’?

Nobody in the U.S. and the allied countries, except for the relatives of the victims, gives a damn about Iraq. That will be true of Afghanistan, too, when it’s over. Or when it is replaced by war with Iran.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Did The Guardian Hire Josh Trevino?

Readers of The Guardian are up in arms over the addition of former George W. Bush speechwriter Joshua Trevino to the historically liberal newspaper’s American staff.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Syria: Obama Has Contingency Plans for Chemical Weapons

The president says he is not eager to dive into Syria’s 17-month-old civil war, but his administration has “put together a range of contingency plans” in case embattled strongman Bashar al-Assad decides to move or use the stockpiles of chemical weapons he is alleged to hold.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Joseph Wilbanks

Romney and Ryan Project Vague Foreign Policy

Foreign affairs will be the most important issue of all to address as the United States staggers forward into the void, yet the matter will seldom appear in what’s left of the presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Israel Pushing ‘Bomb Iran’ Timetable

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may attempt to exploit election season pressures to get Barack Obama to support an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern writes.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE


Islam’s Walls of Language

Mitt Romney’s bumbling in Israel nonetheless introduced a subject few other American politicians know anything about, nor do, it seems, the staffs of the NSA, CIA and other American political and military planners.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Clashes With New BFF, Coulter on Gay Marriage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including July fundraising totals for the presidential candidates and the Republican National Convention speaker lineup.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Population Booms in West Bank

Israeli spending on West Bank settlements has increased 38 percent under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the population of Jewish residents there has doubled in a dozen years.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney Tour ’12: Gaffepalooza

How is Mitt Romney’s summer vacation going? Fine, except for frequent pauses to remove foot from mouth.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Gaffe Diplomacy, Democrats’ Gay Marriage Platform, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic National Convention speaker announcement and Newsweek calling Mitt a wimp.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Romney Tells Israel Obama Has Emboldened Its Enemies

There can be no confusion when the Republican candidate, speaking from Jerusalem, says “Diplomatic distance in public between our nations emboldens Israel’s adversaries” that he refers to the frosty relationship between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE


The Danger of Meddling in Syria’s Turmoil

The American public does not want still another war. Surely, that is clear even to the post-neoconservatives raising their heads again in Washington.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Israel Blames Iran for Deadly Bus Attack

Israel is blaming Iran, its longtime adversary, for the deaths of seven Israeli tourists in a bomb attack on a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bus was carrying 40 members of an Israeli group from the airport to their hotels when the blast occurred.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Brendan Smialowski

Dispatches From Cairo: Clinton’s Clumsy Visit

The top U.S. diplomat wooed Egypt’s new government but wowed very few among a proud people determined to find their own way as a democracy.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Republican Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Under Investigation

The casino magnate who is reported to have already committed $71 million in this election cycle may have good reason to want access to the next president. As “Democracy Now!” reports, Adelson is under investigation for his business dealings in Macau, China, as well as Las Vegas.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Are Israeli Settlements Legal?

“Democracy Now!” hosts a debate inspired by the determination of a panel appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories are legal.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Former Israeli PM Vindicated on Two Corruption Charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be where he is today without the corruption charges that toppled the government of his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, in 2009. Although Olmert (above) is not quite out of the woods, he was cleared of two major allegations Tuesday.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Was Yasser Arafat Poisoned?

A Swiss medical laboratory has found traces of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive metal, in the former Palestinian leader’s personal effects. Is that what killed the Nobel laureate?

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Fredrik Persson

Dispatches From Cairo: Ms. Clinton, Kindly Butt Out

Egyptians, beset by a heat wave and overheated politics, resent American meddling in their contested presidential election.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pete Muller

Dispatches From Cairo: Of Presidents and Pharaohs

Results showed a clear majority for Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, over regime candidate Ahmed Shafiq. But watch out for flames shooting from the military dragon.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Any International Syrian Solution Is Tangled Up in Russia

The reaction of Hillary Clinton and some others in the West has been in the full Cold War mode, denouncing the Russians as obstacles to peace. In fact, the Russians could be very useful in finding a settlement and seem to ask simply that their own interests in the Middle East be respected.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Israeli Settlers Open Fire on Palestinians (Video)

Footage released by an Israeli human rights group shows Israeli police and soldiers standing by while settlers fire on a group of Palestinians in the northern region of the West Bank. It is unclear which side provoked the incident. One Palestinian was wounded in the confrontation.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE


Chomsky on Human Rights, Communities of Dissent and More

Dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky sat down with “Democracy Now!” for an hourlong conversation about the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, the relationships forged by Occupy Wall Street, Obama’s targeted assassinations, WikiLeaks’ whistle-blowing and Latin America’s gradual slip from U.S. dominance.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Paul Krugman Avoids Thinking About Israel

The New York Times columnist is paid for his opinions, but he says, “like many liberal American Jews ... I basically avoid thinking about where Israel is going.” And where it’s going, writes Krugman, is “national suicide.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE


The Devil We Don’t Know

It’s quite possible that on Election Day, voters’ most urgent concerns—economic or not—will be driven by overseas events that neither President Obama nor his Republican opponent can predict or control.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



China’s Social Media Hall of Mirrors

Social media in China is blurring the lines between facts, lies and rumors, as evidenced by the Bo Xilai case; some homophobic video gamers are in an uproar about characters identifying as homosexual, bisexual or transgender; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has made it back into young voters’ good graces. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Israeli Soldiers Rough Up Foreign Activists

Soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces stopped and got mean with pro-Palestinian protesters who were on a bike ride through the Jordan Valley on Saturday. One unarmed man was smashed in the face with the butt of a rifle, an act that drew praise from supporters of Israel on comment boards around the Web.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE


Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Bebeto Matthews

My Quarter Century With Mike Wallace

Mike was part reporter, part actor playing reporter. He had a flair for the dramatic, the ability to achieve almost instant rapport with interviewees no matter their wealth, achievement or background.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE



Faking the ‘Truth About Trayvon’

Fake photographs of Trayvon Martin are being used to diminish public concern about his killing; emails and other documents of the Department of Homeland Security reveal that the hacktivist group Anonymous was investigated as a dangerous security threat; Egyptian women are finding ways to express their revolutionary voices through music. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


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