Articles Professor Said, and many such giants, were missed most during this current upheaval.

The Arab Intellectual is Resting, Not Dead

By Ramzy Baroud Whenever a new poem by Mahmoud Darwish was published in al-Quds newspaper, I rushed over to Abu Aymen’s newsstand that was located…

Mar 3 2015 / Read More » /
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Jordanians Prepare for Day of Refusal against Israel Gas Deal

By Tariq Shadid In Jordan, opposition against the Israeli-Jordanian gas deal is growing. While politicians are working out the details, there appears to be widespread…

Mar 2 2015 / Read More » /
Regional rivalries are the sea in which the Islamic State is swimming.

A Vacuum Waiting for a Leader

By Jeremy Salt “To achieved all that you have the power, ability or strength to do and to be unable to do more.” —  Cambridge…

Mar 1 2015 / Read More » /
President Abbas must travel to Gaza and stay there. (Via Aljazeera/file)

Repairing Palestine’s political system Cannot Wait Any Longer

By Sam Bahour Today, Palestinian political strategy is being driven in the total absence of a functioning political system. Israel’s forced fragmentation of our geographic…

Mar 1 2015 / Read More » /
US must take responsibility for the mayhem it has inflicted in the Middle East. (White House)

Obama’s Admission Not Enough: US Spin on Middle East Violence Must Change

By Ramzy Baroud Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS)…

Feb 24 2015 / Read More » /
Netanyahu is looking elsewhere for economic – and ultimately political – patrons. (Via Aljazeera/file)

Israel’s New Asian Allies

By Jonathan Cook It was another difficult week for Israel. In Britain, 700 artists, including many household names, pledged a cultural boycott of Israel, and…

Feb 24 2015 / Read More » /
I got up, put on my backpack. Looked up. Saw the devil’s work. Saw evil. (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

A Dragon on the Neighbor’s Land

By Mats Svensson I left Jerusalem early and drove south. Soon I had the wall on my left hand side. The wall is enormous where…

Feb 24 2015 / Read More » /
Naseer Aruri was a leading Arab-American intellectual.

Naseer Aruri: Institution-builder, Teacher, Friend

By Nadia Hijab There are those whose life and work touch the lives of tens of thousands, for decades. Naseer Aruri was one such man.…

Feb 23 2015 / Read More » /
'Mladenov’s track record does not indicate there is cause for optimism.' (Twitter)

UN Peace Coordinator Unwelcome by Palestinians

 By Nicola Nasser   The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) did not object to the appointment of new UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay…

Feb 20 2015 / Read More » /
McCain, blurted out: 'get out of here, you low-life scum..' (C-Span)

Dispatches From Lexington Prison: The Front Page Rule

By Kathy Kelly After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international…

Feb 20 2015 / Read More » /

It All Depends on Whose Symbols are Mocked: Lessons From Charlie Hebdo

By Kristoffer Larsson More than a month has passed since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris. How should we understand this dreadful massacre? That if…

Feb 20 2015 / Read More » /
'The world is watching.' (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

It’s Happening Again, and the World is Watching

By Mats Svensson Suddenly she asks: What is apartheid? She has probably heard me talking about apartheid a bit too much. I have started nagging.…

Feb 19 2015 / Read More » /
Around 11,000 Gazans are still living in UN buildings, six months on from the conflict (UNRWA/File)

Only Five Percent of Pledged Aid Reaches Gaza

By Annie Slemrod Just over 5 percent of the money pledged to rebuild Gaza after last summer’s devastating 50-day war with Israel has been delivered,…

Feb 18 2015 / Read More » /
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  • March 6, 2015

    Videos: The 'Ugly Israeli' Tourist, Now in Eilat

    Judging by the recent video clips doing the rounds on the social media networks, Israelis aren't exactly relaxed and carefree even when on holiday: This week, days after the release of a video showing Israeli passengers on a flight to Varna almost come to blows with a flight attendant over duty-free chocolate, a new expletives-laden clip appeared, showing holidaymakers in Eilat physically and verbally abusing hotel staff. -... More →
  • March 6, 2015

    We Saved Jews 3 Times, Netanyahu Should Revise History Lessons – Iranian FM

    Iran has no intention of destroying Israel and has actually saved the Jews three times across history, but the current Israeli regime is a threat to Tehran, Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said in an interview with American media. - Speaking with NBC, Zarif slamed the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, after he once again said in his Monday’s speech before the US Congress that Iran openly threatened to wipe Israel off the map. - The... More →
  • March 4, 2015

    Iran's Rouhani Says Israel 'Greatest Danger'

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Israel creates the "greatest danger" in the region, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. - In a speech on Capitol Hill, Netanyahu said Tuesday the nuclear agreement US President Barack Obama wants with Tehran "is so bad... it paves Iran's path to the bomb" and "would spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet". - Rouhani hit... More →
  • March 4, 2015

    Philip Weiss: Media Stunned by Congress's Loyalty to Netanyahu

    In the Emperor’s New Clothes, only the little boy can say that the emperor is naked. The good news about yesterday’s speech by Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress is that lots of media are taking on that boy’s role, and pointing out the nudity: exclaiming over the fact that a foreign leader came into our house of government to try and overrule our president on foreign policy. Chris Matthews was especially forceful, describing it as a takeover. While a... More →
  • March 4, 2015

    Yvonne Ridley: And the Lesson Today is Palestine and People Power

    Britain has one of the oldest democracies in the world, having been largely run by a parliament since the 1600s. However, there are those who believe that Westminster politics are now dysfunctional with the voice of the people rarely being listened to. - Without doubt, many of those voters have now been marginalised, especially by the sort of Westminster politicians who are viewed as power-hungry, money-grabbing, corrupt individuals motivated more by lining their... More →


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