Palestine: Between Unjust International System and Discredited Leadership

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed a motion on November 29, 2012 recognizing Palestine as a non-member observer state by a vote of 138 supporting the motion to 9 including the US against it, and 41 abstentions including Britain and Germany. Susan Rice, the representative of the US, said that she […]

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On the List – Knocking on the Gates of the Pentagon

By Kathy Kelly – Kabul Yesterday, in the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ (APVs’) “Borderfree Center” here in Kabul, I heard someone banging on the front gate and hurried downstairs to open it. As it happened, I was the only one at the Center that morning. Outside the gate stood two women with their burkas pushed back. […]

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What Happens In Gaza After The U.S. Elections?

By James M. Wall National U.S. congressional elections come around every two years. The latest arrives Tuesday, November 4. The election will relieve U.S. television viewers of a steady diet of noxious attack ads funded, in an alarming  measure, by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. Advance predictions point to the […]

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So Who is Really Destroying Sykes-Picot?

By Jeremy Salt – Ankara Pushing down the wire fence separating Iraq from Syria, the militants of the Islamic State proclaimed jubilantly that Sykes-Picot was dead but was it really they who destroyed Sykes-Picot? Sykes-Picot was – of course – the First World War agreement by which Britain and France divided the conquered Arab lands […]

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East Is East and West Is West: Thoughts from a Puzzled Mind

By Jamil I. Toubbeh Recorded history informs that the East and the West are culturally inextricable; history also informs that this inextricability has been shaken over time by religious, geopolitical and economic conflicts of short and long duration. If one were to rank-order conflicts around the globe in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Arab […]

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