Palestinians at the Hague: Abbas’ Big Bluff on War Crimes Bid against Israel

By Jonathan Cook Intense pressure from Israel and the US last week on members of the United Nations Security Council narrowly averted Washington’s embarrassment at being forced to veto a Palestinian resolution to end the occupation. The Palestinians’ failure to get the necessary votes saved the White House’s blushes but at a cost: the claim […]

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Time to Move out: The Problem with Mahmoud Abbas and His Authority

By Ramzy Baroud It was the moment many had been waiting for. On January 2, Palestine’s United Nations envoy, Riyad Mansour formally requested membership at the International Criminal Court (ICC). “We are seeking justice for all the victims that have been killed by Israel, the occupying power,” he said. There was no explanation why Palestine’s […]

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Terrorism ‘Insurance’ Expires, but Not War

By Buddy Bell In 2002, at a time when insurance providers were unwilling to provide coverage for losses resulting from acts of terrorism, and when construction and utility companies were stalling in their development projects, Congress passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). They decided to socialize some of the financial risk, giving a federal […]

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The BBC has Lost Its Way

By Martin Kemp We don’t like complaining about the BBC when public broadcasting is under attack from the Right. But when the BBC becomes a mouthpiece for a tyrannical regime whose ideology completely contradicts the values which are supposed to characterize liberal democracies, something has to be done. A few days ago this appeared on […]

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2014 Palestine: Free Land, Cheap Blood, and US Betrayal

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The passing of year 2014 must be marked by the Palestinians as another year of no state no prospects for a peace deal and no justice, only dashed dreams, broken promises and empty rhetoric. Most Palestinians recall how they were optimistic and looking for a better future a year after the […]

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‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’: Things I Learned Writing about the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud Writing about and reporting the Middle East is not an easy task, especially during these years of turmoil and upheaval. While physical maps remain largely intact, the geopolitical map of the region is in constant influx. Following and reporting about these constant changes without a deep and compassionate understanding of the region […]

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