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Abbas to Seek Palestinian Statehood at the U.N. Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council next week, a move that intensifies already considerable tensions in one of the Middle East’s most intractable conflicts. (more)

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

How to Save the United States and Israel From Themselves

Most Americans would likely agree that the main shock delivered to Americans and the American government by the 9/11 attacks was that of vulnerability. Another such shock is impending.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Manipulating the Mob

Egypt’s massive youth movement—clueless, courageous and as easily provoked as a crowd of edgy football fans—has been played.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Egypt Threatens Protesters With Live Ammunition

After a crowd of Egyptians rushed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo last week, officials invoked the law to say they would use bullets to protect important buildings in the future. (more)

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Turkish PM Plans First Visit to Egypt in 15 Years

The prime minister of Turkey will visit Egypt for the first time in 15 years Monday, potentially to forge an alliance between the two countries that could ultimately isolate neighboring Israel.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE



Gigi Ibrahim (CC-BY)

Dispatches From Cairo: Tensions Mount in Revolution Central

Wow, what a jittery, hair-trigger, emotional week in Egypt, the heart of the revolutionary world.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Turkey Imposes Further Sanctions on Israel

Turkey added fuel to its smoldering relationship with Israel on Tuesday when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his nation would impose additional sanctions against its once-close ally.

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AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Libya: Here We Go Again

I know enough of Libya, a country I covered for many years as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, to assure you that the chaos and bloodletting have only begun.

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AP / Ariel Schalit

Throngs Rally in Israel to Demand Social Justice

Israelis turned out in the hundreds of thousands Saturday night to protest high costs of living and demand social justice in the largest such demonstration the country has ever seen. (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Turkey Ousts Israeli Ambassador

Turkey downgraded its diplomatic ties with Israel on Friday, announcing that the Israeli ambassador is no longer welcome and that it would sever military ties between the two countries. (more)

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 READ MORE



U.N. Report Mostly Exonerates Israel in Flotilla Raid

Fifteen months ago Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying aid, killing nine civilians in the process. A U.N. report, which acknowledges that its sources are limited and its conclusions are not definitive, has found that Israel’s blockade in international waters was legal. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Israeli Army Trains Settlers to Confront Palestinian Protesters

Fearing a mass uprising if Palestinians win statehood in the U.N. next month, the Israel Defense Forces are training settlers in the West Bank and equipping settlement security personnel with tear gas and stun grenades. The IDF is also designating a point for each settlement at which soldiers are free to shoot at the legs of protesters. (more)

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Spring Monster

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AP / Hussein Malla

Prosecuting War Crimes? Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

It all depends, I think, on whether criminals are our friends (Stalin at the time) or our enemies (Hitler and his fellow Nazis), whether they have their future uses (the Japanese emperor) or whether we’ll get their wealth more easily if they are out of the way (Saddam and Gadhafi).

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Adel Hana

Retaliatory Attacks Between Israel and Gaza Continue

Nine Palestinians died and 29 were wounded in a series of Israeli airstrikes that began Wednesday and continued Thursday. The air raids were in retaliation for a recent terrorist attack that killed eight Israelis and for continuing rocket fire over the Israel-Gaza border.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Baer on Libya and Blowback

Veteran CIA officer Robert Baer speaks to radio host Ian Masters about the shifting political sands in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” claims another dictator.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

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AP / Khalil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: Flagman and ‘Our Martyrs in Sinai’

Yes, Flagman—surely you’ve heard of the Egyptian superhero who scaled the 21 floors of the Israeli Embassy in the predawn hours Sunday.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Israel Apologizes for Killing 3 Egyptian Soldiers

Israel apologized to Egypt on Saturday for killing three soldiers on Egyptian soil as it chased gunmen responsible for the deaths of eight Israelis. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



Israel’s Insatiable Zionism

Israel’s Zionism turned capitalism is getting out of hand; Postmodernism is dead, leaving many to question what it was in the first place; meanwhile, the Americas are projected to replace the Middle East as the energy capital of the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Egypt Demands Israel Investigate Police Deaths

Egypt filed a formal complaint with Israel on Friday demanding an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three Egyptian security officials who were killed in Egypt during an Israeli military operation at the border.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel-Born Daughter of Foreign Worker Faces Deportation

The Israeli Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that it will deport the 4-year-old daughter of a foreign worker despite the fact that the girl was born and attended school in Israel. (more)

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

President Bachmann: Another Mideast Messiah

A review of Michele Bachmann’s messianic and irrational foreign policy statements reveals a potential president looking for other conflicts, especially with Iran.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



Collage from a photo by World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Israel OKs Major Housing Development With More to Come

Israel’s Interior Ministry has approved a 1,600-unit housing complex in East Jerusalem. It’s the same complex that was announced last year, embarrassing a visiting Vice President Joe Biden, and it comes with the promise to build an additional 2,700 units of housing in the occupied Palestinian area of the city.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE



Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE



Albert Sabaté

The Other Israelis

Israel began importing workers after the government choked off the flow of cheap Palestinian labor. Abuse and corruption are rampant as employers take advantage of a revolving-door policy meant to protect the state’s Jewish identity.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



Americans Could Learn From Israel’s Tent City

Economic frustrations, particularly the high cost of rent, have breathed new life into the Israeli left. Residents of a tent city in Tel Aviv, constructed to protest financial woes, put Israel’s conservative prime minister on the defense, forcing him to announce a committee Sunday to look into reforms.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Thierry Charlier

Norway’s Horror: Anti-Semitism Becomes Islamophobia

Europe’s right-wing parties, many of which once had explicitly anti-Jewish messages, have expanded their hatred to Arabs and Muslims.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Israel Intercepts Gaza-Bound Boatload of Activists

Israeli commandos intercepted a boat full of pro-Palestinian activists bound for the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The yacht carrying 16 people was the only vessel of a planned protest flotilla to attempt the voyage. Greek authorities had blocked the others from leaving port.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

If McCain Had Won

Nothing reveals the true state of American politics today more than the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama has left the Democratic Party far weaker than it would have been had McCain been elected.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel Bans the Boycott

Israeli legislators passed a law Monday prohibiting any and all domestic boycotts against the country and its West Bank settlements as part of an attempt to oppose what they see as a global attack on the state’s legitimacy. (more)

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Israel Is Likely to Attack Iran, CIA Veteran Robert Baer Warns

Robert Baer, the veteran CIA operations officer whose book was the basis for the film “Syriana,” says an Israeli attack on Iran is likely and warns that the U.S. could be drawn into yet another conflict.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / JerandSar Gimbel (CC-BY)

Israel Braces for Pro-Palestinian ‘Flytilla’

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists are expected to arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport Friday in a “flytilla” that the organizing campaign “Welcome to Palestine” says is simply an invitation to supporters to visit friends in the West Bank and Gaza. An ever-jittery Israeli government, however, isn’t taking any chances. (more)

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Greeks Waylay U.S. Ship in Gaza Flotilla

The Audacity of Hope, an American ship in the defiant Freedom Flotilla 2, tried to set sail for Gaza on Friday afternoon but was stopped by the Greek coast guard shortly after leaving port. (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



© 2011 Reese Erlich

The Economics of a ‘Rabbit Cage’

As we walk on land ripe with eggplant and cucumbers, we can see the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot. The farm is so close to those communities that family members use an Israeli telecommunications company to get Internet access. But the family can’t export its crops.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

One-State Solution

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Kids have a right to mock their teachers; Apple may be launching a preemptive strike against free speech; and the general’s son, Miko Peled, says Israelis and Palestinians must accept a one-state solution. Also, Tim DeChristopher, the hero who didn’t stand a chance.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


One-State Solution

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Kids have a right to mock their teachers; Apple may be launching a preemptive strike against free speech; and the general’s son, Miko Peled, says Israelis and Palestinians must accept a one-state solution. Also, Tim DeChristopher, the hero who didn’t stand a chance. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Joblessness Hangs at 45% in Blockaded Gaza

In findings that can hardly be expected to generate Palestinian good will for Israel, a five-year Israeli blockade on Gazan exports has contributed heavily to the joblessness of nearly half the population and a sharp decline in real wages, according to a U.N. report.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Reflections on Israel: From Idealism to Ethnic Cleansing

When I was a youngster learning Jewish history in Jerusalem’s schools, the story was clear and even simple. “A land without people for a people without land.” Well, there are several striking problems with this aphorism.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE


‘Three Myths’ of Israeli History

Miko Peled, peace activist and son of a well-known Israeli general, talks about his new book, “The General’s Son,” and what he calls the “three myths” of Israeli history.

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AP / Ariel Schalit

You Can’t March if You’re Dead

For the second time in three weeks, Israeli forces opened fire on pro-Palestinian protesters, killing as many as 20 (that figure comes from Syrian television by way of the BBC, and is disputed by Israel).

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Marius Arnesen

Egypt Opens Gaza Border Crossing

Ending a four-year blockade, Egypt has permanently reopened a border crossing at Rafah that will give Palestinians in the Gaza Strip the freedom to pass into and out of the territory much more easily. (more)

Posted on May 28, 2011 READ MORE


Netanyahu Brings Congress to Its Feet ... 29 Times

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quite a hit with his speech before Congress on Tuesday, rousing members of the House and Senate to their feet an impressive 29 times during his address about the current state of Israel and its relations with Mideast neighbors.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Netanyahu Addresses Congress

Addressing the U.S. Congress, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly rebuked President Obama’s call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, and he held his country up as a shining example of democracy in the Middle East. (more)

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Two-State Solution

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Obama vs. Netanyahu

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White House / Pete Souza

The Speech Obama Should Have Given to AIPAC

Former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando imagines what the president might have said to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Time for Peace Is Running Out, Obama Tells Israel Lobby

Speaking to the AIPAC conference on Sunday, the president said “The status quo is unsustainable” and “Delay will undermine Israel’s security and the peace that the Israeli people deserve.” He also softened his call in a Thursday speech for a return to the 1967 borders, which didn’t go over well with Israel’s hard-liners—like the prime minister.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Responds to a Changing Mideast in Arab Spring Speech

Addressing the upheavals that have occurred and transformations still in progress in the Middle East (except for one notable omission), President Barack Obama put the big shifts that the Arab Spring brought in a broader context during a major speech on Thursday ... (more)  Updated

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