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Renewing the PLO’s Legitimacy

By Dr. Hani al-Masri Has the Palestinian president — and the rest of the PLO executive committee members who announced their resignation — actually resigned…

Aug 27 2015 / Read More » /

The Latest Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

By Peter Beinhart What imprint will the fight over the Iran deal leave on organized American Jewish life? Much is still not clear. But this…

Aug 27 2015 / Read More » /
Libyans themselves are the very enablers behind the division of their own country. (Wikimedia Commons)

‘Islamic State’ Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya

By Ramzy Baroud Another war is in the making in Libya: the questions are ‘how’ and ‘when’? While the prospect of another military showdown is…

Aug 26 2015 / Read More » /
(Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News)

Misreading the Refugee Crisis

By Ramzy Baroud So far this year, “nearly one quarter of a million migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe”, reported Al Jazeera’s Inside Story,…

Aug 25 2015 / Read More » /
The Qalandiya military tower, occupied West Bank. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Is Israel Defenseless?

By Iqbal Jassat “Israel is technically defenseless and humiliated” claims Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today. Duff, a US Marine combat veteran of the…

Aug 25 2015 / Read More » /
Danny Danon. (Via Flickr and Al Bawaba)

Israel Unleashes Its Diplomatic Thug on the UN

By Jonathan Cook  – Nazareth The appointment by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of one of his most hawkish and outspoken rivals as Israel’s new…

Aug 25 2015 / Read More » /

A Palestinian Novel Par Excellence: The Blue between Sky and Water

By  Vacy Vlazna If poetry be the food of love, read on.* The Blue between Sky and Water, places Susan Abulhawa among the Illustrissimi of…

Aug 24 2015 / Read More » /
There is a moment of truth for the relationship between the United States and Israel.  (Via Aljazeera)

Why Congress Must Support the Nuclear Agreement With Iran

(Prefatory Note: this post republishes an article appearing in the Huffinton Post on Aug. 21, 2015. It is jointly written with Akbar Ganji, an important…

Aug 23 2015 / Read More » /
Israeli prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and US president, Barack Obama. (WH/file)

The Illusion of a Rift in the Obama-Netanyahu Relationship

By Dr. Fayez Rasheed  Some of our Palestinian and Arab politicians and writers are counting on a desert mirage. They think it is water, but…

Aug 23 2015 / Read More » /
Pierre Krähenbühl is determined to avoid further crises. (IRIN)

‘We Can’t Have Another Year Like This': UNRWA Commissioner-General

Schools open on time. It hardly sounds like news, but for half a million Palestinian refugee children it certainly is. On Wednesday, the UN body…

Aug 23 2015 / Read More » /
The Bush family in the Red Room of the White House - January 2005. (Wikimedia Commons)

Is There an Ideology of Bushism?

By Eric Walberg Until recently, Bushism referred only to George W Bush’s infamous malaproprisms, such as “they misunderestimated me”, “make the pie higher”. As Americans…

Aug 23 2015 / Read More » /

Western Legacy in Libya Leaves a Hole Filled by Migrants Fleeing for Europe – Interview with Ramzy Baroud

By Sputnik International The scale of the crisis in the Mediterranean can’t be ignored. Two thousand migrants have died already this year on their journey…

Aug 20 2015 / Read More » /
Israel,'s weapons programs have been abetted by the US. It refuses to sign the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

‘The Iranian Threat': Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

By Noam Chomsky Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations,…

Aug 20 2015 / Read More » /
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  • August 27, 2015

    The Latest Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

    By Peter Beinhart - What imprint will the fight over the Iran deal leave on organized American Jewish life? Much is still not clear. But this much is: If you thought young American Jews were alienated from their communal elders before, just wait. - Older American Jews are closely split on the Iran nuclear agreement. Younger American Jews are not; they support it overwhelmingly. According to a late July poll by the... More →
  • August 26, 2015

    Israelis, Palestinians Clash at Hospital of Former Striker

    Clashes erupted at the Barzilai Medical Center after Israelis in the hospital reportedly tried to assault the family and supporters of former Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan, witnesses said. - Israeli police arrived at the scene and detained five people from the two sides, including two supporters of Allan's family identified as Yasin Sbeih, and Naji Abbas. - Others have not yet been identified. - A statement... More →
  • August 26, 2015

    Palestinian Chemist Develops Gluten-free Flour under Israeli Fire

    During the 2008/9 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, when Israel and Egypt completely restricted the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave, Mohamed Al-Asqalani developed a gluten-free flour which is a godsend for patients in the territory suffering from celiac disease, as well as those who have autism and phenylketonuria (PKU). The Palestinian chemist worked on the process after hearing... More →
  • August 25, 2015

    Israeli President Says Govt Has 'Right' to Build West Bank Settlements

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says the country has the “right” to build settlements in the West Bank and it is “not a matter of political debate.” His comments are likely to cause controversy, with the EU and Palestine opposed to illegal Israeli development in the area. - Although the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank is illegal under international law, Rivlin believes that the “land... More →
  • August 25, 2015

    Settlers Turn to Court to Demolish 15 Palestinian Houses near Jerusalem

    The local councils of three Israeli settlements near Jerusalem on Monday appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court of Justice to demolish 15 houses belonging to Palestinian Bedouins constructed with the help of the European Union. - “The settlements of Adumim, Novi Pratt and Alon, East of Jerusalem have appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding the demolition of 15 houses constructed without a permit on the... More →


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