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Israel Bombs Gaza Back to Stone Age: Razes Only Power Plant & Plunges Strip into Darkness (VIDEO)

Israel launched a 7-hour campaign of intensive bombing of Gaza on Tuesday, destroying its only power plant.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ Is Not Enough

When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. Israel has no strategic war aims in Gaza because it has no large scale, long term strategy concerning the Strip.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Is Rula Jebreal Right About U.S. Media Bias Against Palestinians?

Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal points to the overwhelming bias in U.S. media against the Palestinians, calling NBC to account for having tried to remove an Arab-American reporter from Gaza after he reported the Israeli navy’s killing of children on the beach.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



From Kerry to Selena Gomez and Rihanna, Israel’s Claims of Precision, Compassion Are Dissed

You always wonder where John Kerry the anti-Vietnam War activist went, who compared the U.S. campaigns in Southeast Asia to the predations of the Mongols.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Mosul Without Christians for First Time in 1,900 Years as Fundamentalists Threaten Minorities

For the first time in nearly 2000 years, there are virtually no Christians in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza Meets the New Politics of the Middle East: ‘Islamic State,’ Egypt, Turkey

The Israeli security establishment was almost certainly encouraged to launch its military assault on little Gaza by the current divisions over political Islam in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political

There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in ground troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach and Israel’s Precision War

NBC.com caught the Israeli shelling of children on the beach on film. Apparently some of the children had been playing soccer with the journalists before the barrages began.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

The Egyptians appear to have floated their cease-fire agreement Tuesday morning in the press, but Hamas leaders insisted any such proposal had to be communicated directly with them.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send U.S. Troops to an Iraq That Won’t Defend Itself?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power

This map has attracted so much ire and controversy not because it is inaccurate but because it clearly shows what has been done to the Palestinians, whom the League of Nations had recognized as not far from achieving statehood in its covenant.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Top 7 Really Disturbing News Developments From Iraq

Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the “Islamic State.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Israel’s Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn Mowing

A horrible video is circulating on social media, of a Palestinian father in Gaza who is bringing a toy to his 4-year-old son, only to find once he enters his home that his son’s head has been crushed by Israeli shrapnel. That is the face of Israel’s current military operation against Gaza to the outside world.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



Stop Saying ‘If X Fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, and Assumes We’re Colonial

Is anyone else disgusted by the propaganda trick of trying to get Americans to sympathize with Israel’s massive attack on the civilian habitations of Gaza by saying, “If the U.S. was subjected to rocket fire by X [usually Mexicans], what would it do?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



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ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis

In the current round of fighting between mighty Israel and the little Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes have killed 53 Palestinians.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Bush Trifecta Lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding

President Barack Obama of Hawaii had fondly dreamed of bidding turbulent and unrewarding West Asia farewell and turning the attentions of American diplomacy to East and South East Asia.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Gaza by the Numbers: Who the People Are, How They Got There

Population of Palestinians in Gaza: 1.7 million. Number of Palestinians in Gaza whose families were expelled as refugees from their homes in what is now southern Israel: 1.2 million.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



The 5 Most Alarming Developments in Iraq

To begin with, airstrikes killed seven and wounded 30 in Mosul on Sunday. But it isn’t clear who was flying the planes.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Bring Back Our Children: Palestine-Israel Children’s Crusade by the Numbers

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people and the conflict it produces has in the past week taken on a horror-film aspect, as reprisal killings against children and teens have proliferated.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Americans Need to Answer: When Will Palestinians Get Their Fourth of July?

All human beings are created equal, the founders of the United States believed. That means that Palestinians, as human beings, are also created equal.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



Can Tony Blair Mess Up Egypt Even Worse?

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi ‘Caliphate’ Lame Attempt to Take Spotlight Off His Crime Spree

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s proclamation of himself as “caliph” is rather like the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declaring himself the Holy Roman emperor.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Photo of the Day: Egyptian Youth Demanded End to Military Trials for Civilians

On the June 30 anniversary of the determined masses gathered in their millions at Tahrir Square and in city centers throughout Egypt, demanding a recall election for then Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamad Morsi, Tahrir Square in Cairo was blocked off and deserted.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



In the Deaths of 3 Israeli Teens, Likud Policies Are Also Implicated

The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli squatter youth whose parents usurped Palestinian land has produced a paroxysm of hatred and calls for reprisals in Israel.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



Hyenas vs. Rhinos: Who Could the NYT Get to Write an Op-ed on Iraq? Hmm…

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan did a quick study and found that critics of the paper of record over its preference for Iraq War hawks as sources and commentators in the past two weeks are justified in their feeling that Iraq War critics have been slighted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Debacle of the Caliphates: Why al-Baghdadi’s Grandiosity Doesn’t Matter

Ibrahim al-Badri, a run-of-the-mill Sunni Iraqi cleric, gained a degree from the University of Baghdad at a time when pedagogy there had collapsed because of the Saddam Hussein dictatorship and international sanctions.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Arab Millennials Will Be Back

The thwarted rebellions of the past three years were led by 20-somethings who have decades left to come into their own. Don’t count them out yet. They have only begun the work of transforming the region.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Russia Replacing U.S. in Iraq?

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday told BBC Arabic that he was buying used fighter jets from the Russian Federation and from Belorussia.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq in Last Throes as Kurdistan Seeks Independence, Syria and Iran Intervene

Former vice president and unindicted felon Richard Bruce Cheney (they always give the criminals’ names that way, in full) once said that he was sure that the Sunni Arab resistance to the U.S. in Iraq was in its last throes.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



Why You Need an Electric Vehicle: Radicalism in Iraq Menaces World’s Most Important Oil Fields

The virtual collapse of the Iraqi army and its inability to take back any territory from Sunni forces coordinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria brings into question our earlier insouciance about the oil impact of ISIS advances.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Neo-Zangid State Erases Syria-Iraq Border, Cuts Hezbollah Off From Iran

With the alleged fall to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria of Qa’im on Saturday, and of Talafar a few days ago, the border between Iraq and Syria has now been effectively erased.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Prepares for Drone War in Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that he will send 300 Green Beret Army special operations soldiers to Iraq.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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As U.S. Pressures Maliki to Resign, Will the Iraqi Government Collapse?

A consensus is forming in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must resign, as part of accountability for his failures with his Sunni Arab citizens. Because Washington is so good about demanding accountability.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: ‘Shock and Awe’ Never Works

In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



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7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq

Already in the past week and a half, many assertions are becoming commonplace in the inside-the-Beltway echo chamber about Iraq’s current crisis that are poorly grounded in knowledge of the country. Here are some sudden truisms that should be rethought.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



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The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

The fall of Mosul to the radical, extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a set of historical indictments.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Top 3 White Terrorist Attacks in America This Week

Our capitalist class may be becoming an absolute danger to ordinary Americans.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



Student Debt: Blame Lawmakers, Tax-Shirking Rich, War on Drugs, Not Universities

Why is tuition so high in state universities that The New York Times is wondering whether families will go on being able to afford it?

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



Dear Sen. McCain: The Taliban Prisoners Didn’t Carry Out 9/11, but You Supported Muslim Radicals

Sen. John McCain on Sunday maintained that President Obama, in releasing the five officials who had served in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the 1990s and until 2001, had released people who were “hard core al-Qaida who were responsible for 9/11.”

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt, Syria, Libya ... What Is the Appeal of Phony Elections in the Middle East?

The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Georgia Courthouse Is Shot Up by Sovereign Citizen After GOP Backs Bundy, Open Carry

If you encourage crazy people and hand out guns like candy, the courthouse incident is what you get back.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 READ MORE



Facial Hair, Patriotism and the Enemy in American History

Here are good mustaches and beards and bad mustaches and beards as imagined in American popular culture and war propaganda, as a way of contextualizing today’s hero-worship of the backwoods conservatives of “Duck Dynasty” and villainization of the backwoods conservatives of the Taliban.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



Is the Prisoner Swap Hysteria a Sign of GOP War Withdrawal Symptoms?

The problem for the happy warriors among the conservatives is that they can’t stop Obama from winding down America’s decade of war.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE



Faced With Global Warming Threat, Obama Fudges EPA Carbon Reduction

President Obama’s decision to unleash the Environmental Protection Agency on U.S. carbon dioxide emitters is a sea change in environmental policy and is extremely welcome to any who care about the planet. But its real significance does not lie in the targets for carbon dioxide reduction Obama has set.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Dear GOP: The U.S. Has Negotiated With Terrorists and Amnestied Them All Through History

The GOP talking points in response to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a trade for five former officials of the 1990s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) focused on a few basic premises.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Solar Power for the Global Masses: The Next Revolution

As the price of solar panels drops, they increasingly are being spontaneously bought and installed by villagers throughout the world, who are often ill-served, or not served at all, by the central power grid in their countries.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE



Mr. Kerry: Here’s Why Snowden Can’t ‘Make His Case’ in ‘Our System of Justice’

Secretary of State John Kerry said that Edward Snowden should “return home and come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case.”

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE


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