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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.

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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?”

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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.

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How Do Israeli Assaults on Palestinians Differ From the Way Gentiles Once Attacked Jews in Europe?

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy argues that recent events have shown that the Jewish state has pity for only the Jews; scientists have found a possible explanation for conservative outrage over women having sex lives; meanwhile, an Ebola outbreak spread in large part due to deforestation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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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.

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Hamas Rockets Strike the Heart of Israel, but Death Toll Illustrates Israel’s Military Advantage

Israel continued its attacks on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as militant Palestinian rockets landed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Of the twenty-three people killed, all were Palestinian.

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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.

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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

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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.

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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.

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Peace Is Nowhere to Be Found on Israel’s Agenda, Columnist Contends

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy wants us to wake up and smell the Zionist coffee: Israel has never cared about a “just peace,” only about “collective anxieties” that “now take precedence over all else,” he writes. In other words, Levy claims, “The Israelis want occupation, not peace.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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History Moves, but Not Always Ahead

The weekend past saw the centenary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz-Ferdinand, with as consequence the First World War.

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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.

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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.

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Pity the Children

War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology.

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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.

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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.

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Top 5 Reasons U.S. Aid to ‘Moderate’ Syrian Fighters Is Quixotic

The Obama administration’s fruitless search for effective Sunni “moderate” fighters in Syria continues, with the announcement of a $500 million grant to them for training and weaponry.

Posted on Jun 28, 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.

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Iraq’s World Cup Soccer Quest

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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.

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Calamity on an ‘Ungrateful Volcano’

Iraq is shattered and 300 U.S. military advisers can’t put the pieces back together. So now what? An old saying about the Middle East comes to mind: Things can always get worse.

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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.

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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



‘A Third Iraq War?’

The breakdown in Iraq means that “the Middle East map—defined by European powers a century ago—may be redrawn, either de facto or formally,” regional expert Robin Wright writes at The New Yorker. And “globally, the jihadist threat has never been greater.”

Posted on Jun 18, 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.

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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



What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Tell Us About Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban Today?

The surprise announcement by President Obama on Saturday of the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in 2009, is wonderful news for him, his family and America. But what does it tell us about the Taliban, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

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Mahmoud Abbas Names Prime Minister as Unity Government Talks Stall Over Foreign Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chose a prime minister to head a unity government Thursday but announcement of the lineup was held up over the foreign affairs portfolio, officials said.

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Egypt: Passive Aggression and Counterrevolution: Voters, Youth Stay Home

Voting was abruptly extended from two days to three in Egypt’s presidential election Tuesday, apparently because of an unexpectedly low turnout.

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Pope Francis Prays at Apartheid Wall, Calls for Palestinian State

On Sunday in Bethlehem, Pope Francis called for recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

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Pope Francis to Call for Sovereign, Independent Palestinian State

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is signaling that Pope Francis in his visit to Bethlehem on Sunday will strongly support the right of Palestinians to a sovereign state.

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Top 5 Wars on Religious Extremism in Today’s Muslim World

The Fox News commentators who say that the Muslim world is not doing enough to police its own extremist movements don’t actually seem to be reading the news.

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The Obama Effect? Are Iran and Arab Oil Monarchies No Longer on a War Footing?

There are signs of a diplomatic thaw between Iran and the Arab oil monarchies of the Gulf.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



Who Knew Herpes Could Be Good for Something?

Scientists have discovered a way to kill brain tumors in mice using the herpes virus; Israel’s future, as John Kerry predicted, may not be far from apartheid; meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health is mandating gender balance in animal studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Sunnis Big Losers in Iraq Elections; PM Maliki Has Largest Party

The results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections are in, and everybody lost.

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Second Libyan Upheaval, This Time Against Political Islam, Extremist Militias

In Benghazi on Monday morning, fighting resumed between the “Libyan National Army” forces of Col. Khalifa Hafter and fundamentalist extremists.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Mass Protests, Strikes in Turkey Over Erdogan’s Neoliberal Response to Miner Deaths

Turkey’s Public Workers Union Confederation announced a one-day strike to demand better worker safety, and political protests have broken out Friday in a number of Turkish cities over deaths of nearly 300 miners.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Israeli Squatters’ Anti-Church Terror in Jerusalem ‘Poisons’ Papal Visit

The Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, has said that Israeli squatter attacks on and desecration of Christian churches has poisoned the atmosphere in advance of Pope Francis’ planned visit to Jerusalem.

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