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Airstrikes in Iraq Deja Vu

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The New Iraqi Monster America Helped Make

A New York Times article glimpses America’s role in creating the leader of ISIS—the violent Islamic group “redraw[ing] the map of the Middle East”—and confirms the line by English poet W.H. Auden: “Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.”

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Iraq: Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?

Nouri al-Maliki, who is seeking a third term as prime minister of Iraq in the teeth of widespread opposition, abruptly began acting like a strongman Sunday night.

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq after what it did to that country.

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Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

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Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza

Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

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Into the Grip

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Back in Iraq

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Iraq War Consequences

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Ebola

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Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?

The newspaper Azzaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called Islamic State in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some areas of which are controlled by the IS fighters.

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Obama and Airstrikes to Protect Iraqi Kurds: 1991 Deja Vu All Over Again

During the Gulf War in early 1991, then-president George H. W. Bush called on Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party.

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Weapons to Israel

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Gaza Psychologist Becomes Trauma Victim, Tragically Losing 6 Close Relatives in Recent Attack

“You are,” Dr. Hassan al-Zeyada says, “like a prison doctor treating a victim of torture, making the prisoner healthy to be interrogated and tortured again.”

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The Salaita Firing: Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult?

Liberal politics in the broad sense, in the tradition of Locke, Voltaire, Madison, Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, is rooted in a conviction that vigorous debate clarifies issues and makes for better public policy over time.

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Gaza Wrap-Up

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Israel Doesn’t Get Geneva Conventions, Still Holding Gaza Civilians Hostage

It is legitimate for Israel to seek the disarming of Hamas, but it isn’t legitimate or legal in international law for it to hold noncombatants’ lives and welfare hostage in order to accomplish that goal.

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Surgical Removal

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Israel Pulls Out of Gaza at the Onset of Another Cease-Fire

According to a spokesman, the Israel Defense Forces are being “redeployed” to “defensive positions” at Gaza’s border after a four-week operation that has left thousands of Palestinians dead, wounded and displaced.

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Climate Change, Dirty Natural Gas and the Gaza War

Calls by some Israeli politicians for the Palestinians to be ethnically cleansed from Gaza in part reflect frustration over the security issue many Israelis maintain the people of Gaza pose to Israel, but there are other possible motivations for this desire.

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Top 5 Ways the U.S. Is Israel’s Accomplice in War Crimes in Gaza

The U.S. State Department became a little testy with Israel on Sunday over the sixth school shelling by the Israeli military.

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Cease-Fire

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Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year

The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians.

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Why Millennials Find Israel’s Actions Harder to Justify Than Other Generations

Recent polls show a growing divide between a younger generation that’s “over Israel” and their elders who, according to Salon writer David Palumbo-Liu, still view the recent conflict in the context of the Holocaust among other reasons. But can we wait for Generation Y to address the “tremendous humanitarian crisis” taking place in Gaza?

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Are Israelis and Zionists Really Talking About a Final Solution of the Palestinian Problem?

The Times of Israel published and then removed from its site an essay by Yochanan Gordon that openly called for genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza.

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Wiping Another Country Off the Map: Israel Does It to Palestine

Back when the warmongers had hopes of ginning up a war between the United States and Iran during the Bush administration, one of their propaganda talking points was the Iran had “threatened to wipe Israel off the map.”

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Peace Prescription

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Not Equal: Gaza in Over 1,000 Frames

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Gaza and Soweto: Why South Africa Is Calling on Israel to Cease Gaza Ground Offensive

On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

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A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace

The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. This military attack, waged by land, sea and air, has been going on longer than the devastating assault in 2008/2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians.

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ISIS Cocoon

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Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea

According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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After Another U.N. School Shelled in Gaza, U.N. Official Calls Tragedy ‘Source of Universal Shame’

Chris Gunness, a U.N. Relief and Works Agency official, said that the IDF had been notified of the “precise location” of the organization’s school-turned-shelter in Jabaliya at least 17 times before what he and his colleagues termed Israeli artillery killed “children ... as they slept next to their parents” Wednesday.

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Israel Bombs Gaza Back to Stone Age, Razes Only Power Plant and Plunges Strip Into Darkness (Video)

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

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‘Running Orders,’ a Powerful Poem by Palestinian-American Lena Khalaf Tuffaha on Gaza

There’s a poem circulating online, written from the voice of a Palestinian evacuee in Gaza, that is as gut wrenching as it is important.

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Now What?

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Gaza Cease-Fire: Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya and N. Korea, Israel Has Impunity From Defying UNSC

The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel.

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Goliath

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Israel’s Gaza Campaign Endangers U.S. Security: Why Obama and Kerry Are Furious

The United States as a great power is facing a large number of challenges in the Muslim world, and Israel’s Gaza campaign is endangering both American diplomacy there and the very security of the U.S.

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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.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Yuval Diskin

Dissent is at its most potent when it comes from within the ranks of the target party—as the former Israeli security leader demonstrated in an interview this week.

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No Fly Zone

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Iron Dome

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Both Sides Agree to 12-Hour Humanitarian Truce in Gaza as Israel Rejects Broader Cease-Fire Proposal

According to Al-Jazeera, 76 bodies were recovered from the rubble Saturday morning in Gaza, during what Truthdig contributor Juan Cole is calling a “phony” cease-fire.

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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the U.N. School/ Refugee Center (Video)

Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets.

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Night of Destiny in Palestine: A Third Uprising? (Video)

A new element entered the current Gaza war on Thursday, as Israel shelled a U.N. school full of displaced persons taking refuge there and large protests broke out in the Palestinian West Bank.

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Gaza to Afghanistan: Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism

Incapable of thinking beyond military solutions to social problems, militarism absolves individuals and governments, if not the public, of the horror produced by the weapons it builds. Moreover, just as it erases the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it suggests that the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza is a necessity.

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Eye for Eye

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U.N. School Where Hundreds of Palestinians Sought Protective Shelter Shelled

A United Nations-run school in Gaza sheltering Palestinian evacuees was hit by shells Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than a hundred. According to Al-Jazeera, the shells came from the Israeli military, but The Washington Post says that has not been confirmed.

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