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The Top 5 Ways Netanyahu Has Sabotaged U.S. and Israeli Interests

Whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term as prime minister of Israel or not, he will be remembered for the damage he has done to the interests of the United States as well as those of his own country.

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Apartheid Forever: Israel’s Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian Statehood (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under extreme pressure over the real possibility that he will lose the March 17 elections, made a powerful appeal to his far right-wing constituency by vowing that he would keep millions of Palestinians stateless.

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Iran’s Khamenei Says GOP’s Letter Is ‘Disgusting’ and Shows U.S. System’s Decline (Video)

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei spoke Thursday about the letter that 47 Republican senators sent to him warning that any nuclear deal he made with President Obama would have no staying power.

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Could a Netanyahu Loss in Israeli Elections Change Everything? (Video)

Israeli polling suggests that Benjamin Netanyahu’s party might get only 21 seats or fewer in the 120-seat Israeli Parliament, with his rivals, the Zionist Union, getting 24 or 25.

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GOP Letter

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Obama’s Back

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Dear Sweden: Your Dispute With Saudi Arabia Makes This a Good Time to Adopt Electric Cars (Video)

You wonder if part of the friction between Sweden’s new left-wing government and Saudi Arabia is between a strong female leader like Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the geriatric male chauvinist leadership of Saudi Arabia, who won’t even let women drive.

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Ghosts of Saddam, Saladin & Khomeini: the Historical Meaning Behind the Tikrit Campaign

The Iraqi forces that are surrounding Tikrit 80 miles north of Baghdad are not just Iraqi forces.

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As Israel’s Economic Onslaught Against Gaza Continues, War May Be Inevitable

The conditions in Gaza this winter, as described by the United Nations and The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, are not only heartbreaking but inhumane. It’s no wonder many Palestinians are predicting another war with Israel.

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Jon Stewart: ‘Republicans Aren’t Warning Iran About Obama, They’re Warning Iran About Themselves’

Recently, 47 senators signed a letter warning Iranian leaders that any deal they struck with President Obama would last only as long as Congress allowed. But while it’d be nice to call such childish behavior by America’s leaders unprecedented, boy, does it have a precedent.

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The GOP’s Letter to Iran: Top 5 Similarities Between Republicans and Iran’s Hard-Liners

On Monday, 47 Republican senators sent a letter to Iran warning that country that any agreement only approved by President Obama—and not by Congress—might not last longer than his last day in office.

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As al-Qaida Defeats ‘Moderate’ U.S. Allies in Syria, Will the U.S. Ally With al-Qaida?

President Obama’s impossibly complicated plan for dealing with the Islamic State group involves a de facto alliance with Iran in Iraq and training up a “third force,” essentially creating a new, “moderate” Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaida and ISIL.

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The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

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Jon Stewart on ‘Bibi’s Big Adventures’ in America

“It was a festival of slights,” remarked the “Daily Show” host about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday.

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Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran, he failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons.

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How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech to Congress (Video)

Most Iranians had difficulty taking the Israeli prime minister seriously.

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What Does Iran Think of Netanyahu’s Interference in Talks?

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a bid to thwart President Barack Obama’s foreign policy toward Iran, the Iranian press is reacting to the wrench Netanyahu is trying to throw into negotiations over Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. But for some odd reason, American mass media are almost never interested in what critics of the United States are saying.

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Netanyahu’s Clash With Obama ‘Intolerable,’ Risks End of U.S.’ U.N. Veto, Says Former Mossad Head

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly believes he can openly side with the Republican Congress against President Barack Obama without facing any consequences. However, Meir Dagan, the former head of Israeli intelligence, sees danger.

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Here Are Five Surprising Ways Iran Is Better Than Israel (Video)

I think I’m one of the few Americans who has been to both Iran and Israel. I like both countries and have a lot in common with thinkers in both.

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The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

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Houses of Worship

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Syria: Islamic State Takes 150 Christians Captive as 3,000 Flee to Hasakah (Video)

Al-Nahar reported that dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by the Islamic State group (also known as Daesh) in Hasakah Province, northeast Syria.

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In Yemen, Saudi Arabia Is Backing a Sunni Revolution Against Shiite Houthi Rebels Linked to Iran

Wahhabi Saudi Arabia has launched an all out political offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebels who have taken over the north of the country.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney will represent 14 Irish prisoners who endured Britain’s version of Guantanamo in a case that, according to researcher Lauretta Farrell, has become “the benchmark by which other countries measure their ‘enhanced interrogation programs.’ ”

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Why Are Intelligence Agencies So Unintelligent?

Robert Scheer, Leslie Cockburn and Juan Cole discuss how intelligence agencies have failed when it comes to the Middle East, terrorism and other areas.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


The Long War of Foreverness

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Enemies

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Netanyahu Spent $24,000 in Israeli Taxpayer Funds on Takeout Food in 2011, Report Says

Seems like war’s not the only thing Bibi likes to spend inordinate amounts of his citizens’ cash on.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



In Iraq, Kurds Repel Islamic State With Help of Shiite Militiamen They Distrust

Islamic State (aka Daesh) fighters unsuccessfully moved Monday on Kirkuk and Erbil, two cities patrolled by Iraq’s Kurdish paramilitary, the Peshmerga.

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The Uses, and Abuses, of History in the Middle East Conflict

The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.

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Retroactive War Powers

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Avenging Its Christians, Egypt Bombs Libya in First Formal Campaign Since 1991

The murder by Islamic State (Daesh) thugs in Sirte, Libya, of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians this weekend has provoked the first formal Egyptian military incursion into another state’s territory since the 1991 Gulf War.

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Al-Qaeda’s Feud With Denmark

Denmark, a relatively small country with a population of 5.7 million, is clearly in al-Qaeda’s sights, and not only because of the Jyllands Posten publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Islamic State Advances to Within 9 Miles of U.S. Troops at al-Ain Base in Iraq

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has captured the al-Anbar city of al-Baghdadi in western al-Anbar Province.

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Middle East Reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in North Carolina

If American mass media seemed reluctant to cover the murder of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a hate crime, the same was not true in the Middle East, where strong opinions were aroused.

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Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


Kayla Mueller

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Ashton Carter Succeeds Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary

Just shy of three months since Chuck Hagel was obliged to vacate the position, the Obama administration has a new secretary of defense—and Ashton Carter has his work cut out for him.

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Chomsky on ‘Sniper,’ Hebdo and Terrorism (and What We Can Do About It)

“The more we can blame some crime on some enemy, the greater the outrage,” Noam Chomsky said in a recent discussion about terrorism.

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An Isolated Russia Seeks Friends in Egypt, Offers to Build Nuclear Plant

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation paid a state visit to Cairo on Tuesday, consulting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a range of economic and foreign policy issues.

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Over 150 Palestinian Children Are Being Held in Israeli Jails

According to the Palestinian legal monitor Military Court Watch, about 47 percent of detainees in Israeli prisons are being held “in violation of the Geneva Conventions,” and there are “at least 151 Palestinian children” among the thousands of Palestinian prisoners.

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Iran’s Khamenei Throws Support to a Practical Nuclear Deal With West

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical leader, gave a speech on Sunday in which he said he supports an agreement with the West on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that is practical and can be achieved, but added, “I will not accept a bad deal.”

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Are Islamic State’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Tactics More Awful Because of One Victim?

The Islamic State (Daesh) burning of a captured Jordanian pilot alive produced justified revulsion globally, resulting in the terrorist organization being termed “barbarous” and similar epithets. Why did it behave this way?

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Juvenile Republicans Turn on One Another

If the party’s aim is to show Americans it is ready to govern, we are witnessing an epic fail.

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Angry Jordanian Crowds Rally Over Islamic State Murder of Pilot, but Some Blame the United States

While the masses in Jordan were protesting Islamic State’s cruelty to a fellow Jordanian on Tuesday, some of them also chanted against the coalition that is bombing eastern Syria and against the Jordanian regime for joining in on the bombing.

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U.S. Policy Sows Conflict Across the Middle East and North Africa

The U.N. has warned of “total chaos” in Libya; the U.S.-backed regime in Egypt continues a crackdown on political opponents; and Iraq is coming off its deadliest month in years—all while the rise of the Islamic State continues there and in Syria. “Democracy Now!” surveys the wreckage in these places and others with Vijay Prashad.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



Republican Scott Walker Pitches a Possible Syria War to Make Us Like Him

Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s governor, says he might favor sending U.S. ground troops to mount a conventional war against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria or at least wouldn’t rule it out.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



Journalist May Have Been Freed by the Egyptian Junta, but Press Freedom Is Still Hostage

Peter Greste, an Australian journalist working for Aljazeera English, has been released from an Egyptian prison after a 400-day ordeal in which he was jailed merely for reporting the news.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE


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