Destabilization of the Middle East

By Ron Forthofer Ongoing fighting in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen have devastated these nations and they may not survive as unitary states. The effects have been horrific for the populations of all four countries. There have also been lesser impacts for nations in Africa and Europe. For example, extremist Wahhabi Islamic groups are now operating […]

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Israel Wants to Treat Sweden as a Banana Republic

By Daud Abdullah Diplomatic spats between Sweden and Israel have become a regular occurrence. Ever since the Scandinavian country recognised the state of Palestine in October 2014 relations between Stockholm and Tel Aviv have gone from bad to worse. At the heart of this stand-off is Sweden’s determination to pursue an independent foreign policy without […]

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Remembering Ezra Schwartz: A Hasbara Story

By Ira Glunts  “My deepest sympathy for the family of Ezra Schwartz. My deepest sadness that some lives are more valued than others. “ — Dave Zirin, @edgeofsports tweet, Nov.23, 2015.  The only tweet I found questioning the appropriateness of the Patriot’s moment of silence. In a brazen attempt to conflate the struggle between Palestinians […]

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Open Rafah Now: Siege on Gaza is a Cruel and Political Failure

By Ramzy Baroud  When Egypt decided to open the Rafah border crossing which separates it from Gaza for two days, December 3 and 4, a sense of guarded relief was felt in the impoverished Strip. True, 48 hours were hardly enough for the tens of thousands of patients, students and other travelers to leave or […]

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Youtube Becomes Israel’s New Battleground against Palestinians

By Jonathan Cook  Once it fell to politicians and diplomats to solve international conflicts. Now, according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responsibility lies with social media. Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, headed off to Silicon Valley to meet senior executives at Google and its subsidiary YouTube late last month. Her task was to […]

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Uri Avnery: A Fantasy Friend Of Palestine

By Vacy Vlazna Uri Avnery is widely regarded as an Israeli peacemaker with a balanced view of what he calls the ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’. But under the surface of dissent (often well-founded criticism of Israel), Avnery is a hard core zionist: a fantasy friend of Palestine; “I have read a lot of Uri Avnery over the […]

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