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Clowns of the Middle East

“[N]o one in the Middle East takes America seriously anymore,” Independent contributor Robert Fisk writes. “And you only had to watch Obama on Saturday [announcing he would seek support from Congress for a strike on Syria] to see why.”

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Rick Perry Blunders Jab at Obama’s Benghazi Reaction

In his latest flub, the Texas governor demonstrates why he is still the reigning champion of the political gaffe.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hussein Malla

Who Benefits If the Killing in Syria Continues?

“The best hope for an end to the killing in Syria is for the United States and Russia to push both sides in the conflict to agree to a ceasefire in which each holds the territory it currently controls,” Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent.

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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.

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Wikimedia Commons

CIA Takes a Big Hit in Lebanon

The CIA has lost a foothold, and some measure of its critical anonymity, in Lebanon after some of the spy agency’s operatives were exposed in recent months. Last June, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah triumphantly announced that at least two agents had been nabbed within his organization’s ranks ... (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



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 / Mohammed Zaatari

Israel Opens Fire on Protesters (Video)

As many as 13 are dead and scores more injured after Israeli forces shot at protesters Sunday. Crowds gathered near the borders of Gaza, Lebanon and Syria to condemn the founding of Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said of the dead, “Their blood will not go to waste.” (more)

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U.N. Approves ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Libyan Civilians

On the same day that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhadi told the people of rebel Benghazi he would show “no mercy,” the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution brought by the U.K., France and Lebanon to allow “all necessary measures” except invasion to protect Libya’s civilian population.

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AP / Thibault Camus

Tunisian Revolution Shakes, Inspires Middle East

Every state and movement in the Middle East is reading into the events in Tunisia its own anxieties and aspirations.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


Israel and Lebanon clash
bbc.co.uk

Five Killed in Israeli-Lebanese Border Battle

On Tuesday, violence erupted at the border between Lebanon and Israel, leaving five people dead and marking the first significant clash between the neighboring nations since 2006. Both sides claimed that the other had provoked the incident ... (continued)

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Arab-American Wins Miss USA Crown

Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant represents yet another bizarre cultural spectacle involving the conflation of capitalism, sexism and nationalism topped with a sparkly tiara, but this time, the winner’s story is slightly less predictable.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Netanyahu Comes to Israel’s Defense at AIPAC Conference

In this clip from Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to members of AIPAC on Tuesday, the Israeli prime minister leads the audience through a thought exercise comparing Israel to New Jersey in an effort to sketch out how he views Israel’s security issues.

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Getting a Read on the Middle East

The greatest problem of writing historically about the Middle East is that the story has not ended. The war goes on. And both “sides”—actually, there are rather a lot of sides—produce conflicting narratives.

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State of Denial: Searching for Peace in Israel

The Israeli-Arab conflict is about land. It is about colonies and walls and about binational states and two states and—in the end—about who has power. The Israelis with their eternal American supporters? Or the Palestinians, hopelessly divided and soaked—in Gaza, at least—in corruption and nepotism.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Lebanese Officials Say Jet Flew the Wrong Way Before Crash

Despite being told to change course by air traffic controllers in Beirut, the pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 that crashed Monday flew into the storm he was advised to avoid, Lebanese officials said Tuesday.

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90 Feared Dead in Lebanon Plane Crash

An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 90 passengers and crew crashed off the coast of Lebanon on Monday. The aircraft, which took off in a severe storm, was seen on fire before it went down. The cause of the crash is officially unknown, but Lebanese officials discounted the possibility of sabotage.

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AP / Mohammed Zaatari

War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah

It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks. Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon—a peaceful Israel, you might think.

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Lebanese Rappers Make Their Case for Peace

Young hip-hop artists in Lebanon are using their music to deal with their lives in the wake of years of violence, reaching across religious and sectarian divisions and promoting nonviolence, and they’ve joined forces with pro-peace organizations while they’re at it.

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AP / Joerg Sarbach

These Iranian Troubadours Show How Music Can Corrupt the Soul

Music and Islam have a dodgy relationship. I guess it’s really all to do with that most jealously guarded commodity, the human soul, over which music exerts such passion.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Evert Elzinga

How the Anti-Semites of Hezbollah Have Sent Anne Frank Back Into Hiding

“This young woman who upsets people ...” was the headline in Lebanon’s L’Orient Littáraire yesterday. The teenager was Anne Frank, who died of typhoid at Bergen-Belsen in 1945 after being betrayed to the Nazi authorities, along with her family, in her Amsterdam “safe house.”

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Lebanon Bombed
AP / Ben Curtis

Hezbollah, Fearing War, Digs In

Hezbollah is reportedly prepping for another possible conflict with Israel, stocking up on arms and reinforcing fixed positions, as fears grow that the Netanyahu government will launch a new assault against Lebanon as a precursor to any attack against Iran and its nuclear facilities.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Darko Bandic

End of an Era for Lebanon’s Free Press

For decades, Lebanese journalism has been applauded as the freest, most outspoken and most literate in the heavily censored Arab world. Alas, no more. The Lebanese media are being hit – like the rest of the world – by the Internet and falling advertising revenues. But this is Lebanon, where politics is always involved. Is something rotten in the state of the Lebanese press?

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Israel Should Pay Attention to a Man of Justice

Israeli investigations of the Gaza war, its government officials announced, were “a thousand times” fairer than the Goldstone investigation—a preposterous claim, given Israel’s constant inability to conduct fair inquiries of its own—and that his mission “gave legitimacy to the Hamas terrorist organization.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


‘Lebanon’s Madoff’ Goes Bankrupt After Bouncing Check to Hezbollah

Everyone trusted Salah Ezzedine. A billionaire Shiite Muslim businessman and financier from southern Lebanon, he organized pilgrimages to Mecca, ran a major Beirut publishing house and a children’s television station, held major investments in east European oil and iron conglomerates and—much more to the point—was a close personal friend of very senior leaders of Hezbollah.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Gulf War Legacy Flares as Kuwait Puts the Squeeze on Iraq

Almost 19 years to the day after Saddam Hussein’s legions invaded Kuwait—and less than 18 years since the U.S. coalition liberated it—the Croesus-rich emirate is still demanding reparations from Baghdad as if the dictator of Iraq was still alive.

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America’s Foreign Policy Phobias Are Overblown

Recent developments in the Middle East and Central Asia, from Iran’s raucous election to Pakistan’s tribal revolt against the Taliban, cast doubt once again on Washington’s basic assumptions and anxieties.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Yves Logghe

Two Elections in the World Spotlight

The world saw two major elections on Sunday—one on a continental scale, the other much smaller but no less talked about. The European Parliament will tilt further to the right after an election with near record-low turnout. In Lebanon, meanwhile, it appears that the U.S.-backed governing coalition will survive a strong effort by Hezbollah to win a majority.

Posted on Jun 7, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

A Choice Between Peace and Peril

Bibi Netanyahu’s assumption of power in Israel sets the stage for a huge campaign by the Israeli government, and its well-oiled lobby groups in Washington, to push us into a war with Iran, but a stable relationship with Iran would do more to protect Israel and our interests in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE


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War Reporters Used to Prefer Morality Over Impartiality

I wonder—in an age when the BBC can refuse help to the suffering because of its “impartiality”—whether we still report war with the same power and passion as the men and women of an earlier generation.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Fadi Adwan

When Did We Stop Caring About Civilian Deaths During Wartime?

I wonder if we are “normalizing” war. It’s not just that Israel has yet again gotten away with the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Sebastian Scheiner

With Gaza, Journalists Fail Again

The assault on Gaza exposed not only Israel’s callous disregard for international law but the gutlessness of the American press. Nearly all reporters were, as during the buildup to the Iraq war, pliant stenographers and echo chambers.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


The Drama of Reciprocal Self-Destruction

The people of Gaza and Israel suffer at the hands of leaders whose bewildering and savage decisions have no rationally achievable purpose.

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The Language of Death

Israel will, from now on, speak to the Palestinians in the language of death. And the language of death is all the Palestinians will be able to speak back. The slaughter—let’s stop pretending this is a war—is empowering an array of radical Islamists inside and outside of Gaza.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Theatrum Belli

Why Do They Hate the West So Much, We Will Ask

So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night’s work in Gaza by the army that believes in “purity of arms”. But why should we be surprised?

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


UN peacekeepers
AP photo / Mohammed Zaatari

Bring In the Peacekeepers?

Can it be that yet another Israeli failure in Gaza will change the dynamics of “peacekeeping” in the Middle East, that at last the ghost of Arafat will watch the “internationalisation” of the Israeli-Palestinian war?

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE



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Leaders Lie, Civilians Die, and Lessons of History Are Ignored

We’ve got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don’t care anymore—providing we don’t offend the Israelis.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE


Remaking the World in America’s Image

The evidence suggests that American policy under Barack Obama will be a continuation of the neoconservative foreign policy of the Bush administration, given a human face.

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Confronting the Terrorist Within

The world is far more complex than our childish vision of good and evil. We as a nation and a culture have no monopoly on virtue. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when viewed from the receiving end, are state-sponsored acts of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Rafiq Maqbool

No End to the Savagery in Afghanistan

Back in Afghanistan, the mind turns to the small matter of savagery. Not the routine cruelty of war, but the deliberate inhumanity with which we behave.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

With Iran, Obama Needs More Carrot, Less Stick

Now that the presidential election has liberated Barack Obama from the need to play to the fickle whim of domestic politics, he should put away the saber and take a more enlightened approach to Iran.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Will Obama Be a True Friend of Israel?

The U.S. presidential election was watched with interest, of course, by Israelis, some of whom favored John McCain because they believed he would have been a better “friend of Israel” than Barack Obama will be. Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy wonders if there aren’t some problems with this idea.

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AP photo / Jim Bourg, pool

Third-Party Blues

Ralph Nader is right: The two-party system is failing America. There isn’t time between now and Election Day to create a viable third-party candidate, and so the sad reality is one of two deeply flawed men, the byproduct of a deeply flawed political system, will serve as president for the next four or eight years.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


Ayman al-Zawahri
msnbc.msn.com

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Blasts Iran

Just before the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida has released a lengthy videotape featuring the group’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, providing updates about how the holy war is faring around the globe and laying into Iran for “cooperating with the Americans” and with the American-approved governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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