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Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children

As talks between Israel and Palestine falter, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday on behalf of nearly 5,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israeli authorities in 22 Israeli jails, many of them arbitrarily.

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Pictures Don’t Lie: Refuting #There Was No Palestine

One of the common assertions one finds in Zionist propaganda is that there “was never any Palestine.” This odd allegation is simply not true.

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Israelis, Palestinians Meet About Peace Talks Stalemate

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held U.S.-mediated talks Thursday to try to revive their crisis-hit peace process, a Palestinian official said, as a report of a possible breakthrough was played down.

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Russian Sanctions-Busting? Putin’s Bruited 500k B/D Oil Deal With Iran Draws U.S. Threats

Russia has rejected U.S. criticism of a plan that has been floated to import 500,000 barrels a day of petroleum from Iran on a barter basis.

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Top 10 Ways in Which It Was Actually the Israeli Government That Derailed the Peace Talks

Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday blamed the Palestinians for the collapse of peace negotiations that began in August under the auspices of Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Top 7 Surprising Pieces of Good News in Afghanistan Presidential Election

Afghanistan went to the polls on Saturday, despite threats by the Taliban to disrupt the elections and calls by the extremists for Afghans to boycott the vote.

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Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

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Palestine’s Abbas Finally Says He Will Go to U.N. Over Israeli Squatters

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday signed some 15 international treaties and U.N. legal instruments, including the Geneva Conventions, in preparation for going to the International Criminal Court over Israel’s illegal flooding of hundreds of thousands of Israeli squatters into the West Bank.

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Kerry to Return to Mideast in Bid to Save Peace Talks

Washington’s top diplomat wrapped up a lightning visit to Israel on Tuesday but was to return within 24 hours as speculation grew that a jailed U.S.-Israeli spy may be key to saving the peace talks.

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Saudi King Channels John McCain, Demands Obama Take Hard Line on Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama met late Friday with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the latter’s desert camp, flying out from Riyadh by helicopter.

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Al-Sisi’s Run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money

Egypt’s Brig. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement was more Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan.

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Egypt Shocks the World With Plan for Mass Execution of Over 500 Muslim Brothers

Among Middle Eastern countries, the most execution happy is Iran, with over 300 a year.  With just one trial, Egypt has made itself more Draconian than Iran.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Russian Annexation of Crimea, Israeli Annexation of Palestine

Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Tuesday is among the few significant territorial acquisitions since the end of World War II by one country from another, more or less by force.

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Israel’s War on American Universities

Israel and its supporters are overseeing a nationwide crusade to silence and ban student groups challenging that nation’s official narrative about the Palestinians.

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Tens of Thousands in Turkey Protest Tyranny of the Majority

Tens of thousands of Turks demonstrated in Istanbul and other cities on Wednesday coming off the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan.

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The War on Terror Jumps the Shark as Everyone in the Mideast Accuses Everyone Else of Terrorism

In early December, Lebanese Shiite leader Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbullah accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut—i.e., charged Riyadh with terrorism.

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A New Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia Pressures Qatar on Muslim Brotherhood, American Think Tanks

Saudi Arabia’s listing of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and the withdrawal of the Saudi, Kuwaiti and Bahrain ambassadors from Qatar signal a big geopolitical realignment in the Middle East.

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Censorship: Turkish PM, President Tangle Over Bruited Ban on Facebook, YouTube

President Abdullah Gul has rejected a suggestion by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey might ban Facebook and Twitter.

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Obama to Netanyahu: Israel Faces International Sanctions Over ‘Permanent Occupation of West Bank’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, D.C., this week was even more of a disaster for him than might have been expected.

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The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria and Iran Be the Winners?

The Russian intervention in the Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities.

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Massive Protest by Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Against Conscription

Israel’s Haredim, an Eastern European branch of Judaism emphasizing strict religious adherence, were a tiny minority at Israel’s founding in 1948 and were given an exemption from conscription.

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Are Internet Providers Slowing Down Netflix on Purpose?

Verizon, Comcast and others are claiming slow streaming is due to congestion, but it may be a ploy to get users to pay for faster service; an international charity highlighted Syrian children’s needs with a heartwarming experiment; meanwhile, Uganda’s president signed a harsh anti-gay bill. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Putinism in Cairo? The Rise of the Russian Model

Vladimir Putin on Thursday hailed the possibility of a run for the presidency of Egypt by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the architect of the July 3 coup against the elected Muslim Brotherhood government.

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Did Religious Extremism Drive 2 Million Egyptian Youth to Unbelief?

Egyptian journalist Hilmy al-Namnam said last fall that some researchers had concluded that there were 2 million Egyptian atheists.

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A $9 Trillion War? Top 10 Reasons Americans Will Regret It If GOP Derails Iran Negotiations

40 Republican senators are making a last-minute push to bring further Iran sanctions up for a vote despite the opposition of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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Islamic State of Iraq and Levant Too Extreme for Al-Qaida (Not the Onion)

Ayman al-Zawahiri, now the leader of international terrorist organization al-Qaida, has disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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Bad for the Jews: Israeli Annexation of Palestinian West Bank, Scarlett Johansson and BDS

The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

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Egypt Polarized Between Pro-Military, Anti-Coup on Revolution Anniversary

January 25 marked the third anniversary of the revolution that overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak, and Egyptians observed it in three distinctively different ways.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Syria Is Broken and These Peace Talks Won’t Put It Together Again

There are simply too many factions and too many guns.

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Is Peace Becoming Possible in Syria?

Middle East reporter for the Independent Patrick Cockburn writes that the butchery could end now that the U.S. and Russia want it too.

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What the Iraq War Has to Do With Afghanistan

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says America’s approach to foreign affairs is too militarized, evidenced by its two most recent wars; American viewers can hardly recognize news anchors anymore; meanwhile, people still believe Greek art was white, despite proof of its once garish colors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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A Minute of Madness in the Middle East

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore packs a fraction of the bloody, state-serving power struggles and shifting alliances of the Middle East and the West into a minute-long explainer that knows it can’t possibly finish the task.

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‘Israel Can Do No Wrong’: Jewish Dissent, Jewish Repression

American Jews are expected to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but Israeli policies of the moment can and do betray values held by a large swath of American Jewry.

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Israeli Home Construction Could ‘Destroy the Peace Process’

Israel has approved the construction of 1,600 new homes in existing settlements on territory that was seized from the Palestinians, Reuters reports.

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The Three Suspects

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Nulear Accord With Iran

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Obama Catches a Break From Nuclear Deal With Iran

Since things on the domestic front aren’t exactly rosy for President Obama, the weekend’s breakthrough in international diplomacy, in the form of the early-morning deal struck by the U.S., Iran and five other key nations to reconfigure Iran’s nuclear program comes as a much-needed boost.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE


‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

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‘Goliath’: How Israel Became the Third Rail of Journalism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Three Jews talk about Israel. Also: The human error of Typhoon Yolanda, and a rap to save public art.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Where Does Depression Hurt? A Map of World Clinical Diagnoses

The second leading cause of disability, clinical depression is a widespread disorder. A new study shows the rates at which each country suffers depression and speculates as to the reasons why, for example, Afghanistan has the most incidences of depression while Japan has the fewest.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



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They Didn’t Know What They Were Getting Into

The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent. Knocked out by gunfire and explosions that left them grievously injured, as well as drugs, they were carried from medevac helicopters into a base hospital to be plugged into machines that would measure how much life they had left to save. They were bloody. They were missing pieces of themselves. They were quiet.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Was Yasser Arafat Assassinated?

A report out of Switzerland suggests the deceased Palestinian leader may have been poisoned with polonium-210, the same radioactive substance used to kill former Russian FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

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Ramblin’ Man

Four decades after his Vietnam experience, John Kerry has achieved what will undoubtedly be the highest post of his lifetime: secretary of state. And he’s looked like a bumbler first class. Has he also once again been a true man of his time, of a moment in which American foreign policy, as well as its claim to global moral and diplomatic leadership, is in remarkable disarray?

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