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Palestinians Welcome the Pope’s Recognition of Their State

The Arabic press widely and favorably reported the news that the Vatican has recognized Palestine as a state in a new treaty with it, despite a strong protest from Israel.

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The Vatican Will Officially Recognize Palestine as a State

In recognizing Palestinian statehood, the Holy See will join major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament.

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Did Jeb Bush Just Commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?

The presidential candidate’s people are trying to walk back his disastrous interview with Megyn Kelly, in which he said that even if he knew then what we all know now, he would have launched the war on Iraq in 2003.

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Saudi Arabia as the Incredible Hulk: King Salman Snubs Obama’s Gulf Summit

Watching Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia nowadays, is like Kremlin-watching in the old days of the Cold War.

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Israel’s Government Ratchets Even Further Right: Great Moments in Colonialism

If such a government as the current Israeli coalition were elected in Europe, with such principles and goals, no other capital would receive its politicians because they would be seen as toxic for their ultra-nationalism and discrimination against minorities.

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‘Killing Me Softly’ in Palestine: Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Concert Under Boycott Pressure

In another sign that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right nationalism is turning Israel into a pariah state, pop star Lauryn Hill has cancelled a planned concert outside Tel Aviv.

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How Muslim-Americans Can Avoid Being Trolled by Israel-Firsters

There is only one way to avoid the Muslim-American community being trolled by extreme Zionists who are attempting to deprive them of a public voice by painting them all as violent fanatics.

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Airstrike That Killed 52 Civilians Raises Questions About Obama’s Approach to Islamic State

The bombing of civilians actually helps Islamic State’s propaganda enormously. This policy in Syria needs reconsideration.

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Body Counts, Drones and ‘Collateral Damage’ (aka ‘Bug Splat’)

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same.

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VIDEO: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders

When it comes to the Middle East, what could we expect during a Bernie Sanders presidency?

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U.N. Finds Israel Responsible for 2014 Attacks on Gaza Shelters

The United Nations has officially condemned Israel for shelling its emergency shelters in Gaza during the summer of 2014. The attacks left hundreds injured and at least 44 dead.

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U.S. Finally Admits It Has No Idea Who It Is Assassinating by Drone (Video)

The tragic deaths last January, just now being revealed, of two Western hostages in drone strikes on a relatively empty housing complex in northern Pakistan underlines that the Obama administration is killing people from the air without knowing who they are and is killing significant numbers of innocent civilians.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Khalida Jarrar

The lawmaker, feminist and human rights activist was recently seized by Israeli forces for her leading role in Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court.

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Iran’s Khamenei: U.S. Invented the Nuclear Myth; Iran Will Never Invade Another Country (Video)

The clerical leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, gave a speech on Sunday in which he urged that Iran maintain its military readiness in order to fend off any hostile invasion or attack. But, he said, “Iran has never invaded a country and never will.”

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As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

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Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)

The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

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Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

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Putin Explains to Netanyahu: Iran’s Air Defense System Is, Like, Defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.

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Mind-Boggling Conundrums in the Middle East

As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans. A shifting global economic balance and the fortunes of American arms manufacturers are further complicating matters.

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What Did Iran’s Supreme Leader Really Say About the Lausanne Agreement, and Why?

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out on Thursday about the framework agreement for Iran’s negotiations over its nuclear enrichment program with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

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The Iranian Ascendancy

In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Margot Wallström

Sweden’s foreign minister has done what few Western officials have been willing to: denounce Saudi Arabia for its appalling human rights record. Now, Sweden has put its money where her mouth is, but will it cave in to pressure from Arabs and big business?

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Iran Deal Could Lead to an Isolated, Disempowered U.S.

The framework agreement reached last week between the UN “5 plus 1” group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.

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Netanyahu Slips and Reveals the Real Reason He Opposes the Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his hand in a recent interview with CNN.

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Of All the Historic Upheavals in the Middle East, the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal Is One of the Biggest

Hard-liners and hawks may complain all they want, but things in the Middle East will never go back to the way they were.

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In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution

In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

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How to Read the Iran Debate

Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail of the Iran deal. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate.

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Do GOP Frontrunners Have an Iran Policy Besides Sanctions and Bombs?

President Barack Obama’s negotiations with Iran to ensure that its nuclear enrichment program remains purely civilian, for generating electricity, ought to be bipartisan in spirit. Achieving that goal would benefit all Americans.

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What If U.S. and U.N. Sanctioned Israel Over Its Nukes as They Did Iran Over Its Enrichment Program?

There is a lot of talk about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and the ways in which an Iranian bomb would provoke Saudi Arabia and others to acquire nuclear warheads of their own. But for decades, the primary impetus to a nuclear arms race in the region has been Israel.

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We Don’t Have to Fight World War III in the Middle East

Iran has just de facto announced that it does not want a nuclear weapon, at least in this generation, and probably ever.

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Islamic State’s Conquest of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Challenges Israeli Propaganda

Palestinian women and Christians and male secularists are at special risk in the Yarmouk refugee camp now that Islamic State has taken it over. But had they been living normally in their homes in what is now Israel, with their own state, they would not have been left vulnerable to this fate.

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The Great Game in Afghanistan: a 21st Century Update

As the chances for peace talks between the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the unbeaten Taliban brighten, the Obama administration finds itself gradually but unmistakably reduced to the status of bystander.

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As Iran Talks Progress, American and Iranian Forces Cooperate in Taking Tikrit (Video)

By now the Iraqi government has a long history of claiming areas are “liberated” when the local picture remained mixed.

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Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah Slams Saudi Attack on Yemen (Video)

Hasan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hizbullah, Lebanese Shiite party-militia, weighed in on Friday on the Saudi intervention in Yemen.

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War With Iran, by the Numbers

Iran is 2.5 times more populous than Iraq and much bigger geographically. It is likely that Iran war numbers would be three times those of Iraq, at least.

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Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

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A Game-Changer in Syrian War? (Video)

The provincial capital Idlib appears to have fallen completely to a Muslim fundamentalist coalition spearheaded by Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Qaida affiliate, the Support Front.

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How GOP Threats Against Iran Have Guaranteed the End of European Sanctions

The U.S. sanction regime on Iran has a unilateral dimension. Then there is a European dimension, which involves using the clout of the Department of Treasury as well as the persuasiveness of the Department of State’s diplomats to get European Union buy-in regarding their own sanctions.

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Netanyahu Jumps the Shark With His ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen’ Axis Barb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced, as Haaretz observed, to whining from the sidelines.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a new proxy war in the Middle East as the U.S. supports Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. Also, Ted Cruz announces his run for president and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will not seek re-election.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.N. Report: Palestinian Death Toll in 2014 Highest Since 1967

An annual U.N. report states that last year, more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 injured at the hands of Israel.

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