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47Soul: Shamstep

By Louis Brehony The speakers rumble with the sound of a synthesized air raid siren and a crowd ducks down for cover, a look of…

Jul 4 2015 / Read More » /
Erdoğan’s push for a constitutional shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system has failed. (Via Aljazeera)

Turkey’s Electoral Maelstrom

By Richard Falk If I were Turkish, and not merely a sympathetic observer and part time resident, I would write an Open Letter to the…

Jul 4 2015 / Read More » /
Baskin with Mahmoud Abbas. (Via

Baskin’s Generous Offer: Making Peace with Israeli Occupation

By Ramzy Baroud It would be fair to assume that Gershon Baskin’s recent article in the Jerusalem Post – Encountering Peace: Obviously no peace now,…

Jul 1 2015 / Read More » /
BDS takes its target as the construct and the institutions of the occupation, not Israeli individuals or Jewish people at all. (

On Intimidation and Counter-BDS Efforts

By Samah Jabr The Orange Affair The Orange affair here is not the ominous orange of the victims of Guantanamo or the Islamic state –…

Jun 30 2015 / Read More » /
Rafah crossing. (Johnny Barber, Palestine Chronicle)

Sisi’s Strategy behind the Sudden Opening of the Rafah Border Crossing

By Matthew Ayton The people of the economically immiserated Gaza Strip have been given a semblance of relief as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has…

Jun 30 2015 / Read More » /
Mary McGowan Davis, Chairperson, Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, at a press conference to launch the report. (UN)

Will the UN’s Gaza Report Force Change?

By Annie Slemrod A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza conflict caused a stir on…

Jun 29 2015 / Read More » /
It can be said that the false charge of anti-Semitism is Zionism’s trump card. (Via Aljazeera)

Is BDS Replacing Iran as Israel’s Blackmail Card?

By Alan Hart My headline question was provoked by an Uri Avnery article with the headline “BDS, the new enemy”. After noting that Netanyahu’s whole…

Jun 27 2015 / Read More » /
(Jason Fudge, flickr -cc - Common Dreams)

In Baghdad, Organized Destruction

By Cathy Breen Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent for the…

Jun 27 2015 / Read More » /
Khader Adnan is becoming an iconic symbol of man's and nations’ search for dignity. (Via Aljazera)

Khader Adnan: A Symbol of Palestinian Resistance

By Ghada Ageel The body of Khader Adnan is again on the line and the very life of this Palestinian political prisoner is in great…

Jun 25 2015 / Read More » /
The Israeli government built the 'Holot' incarceration facility to hold thousands of African refugees. (

Asylum Seekers: Fortress Europe with Israeli Guns

By Shir Hever The EU has recently adopted a plan to use extreme measures to restrict the flow of asylum-seekers from Africa and the Middle…

Jun 25 2015 / Read More » /
Che Guevara / Marilyn Monroe. (Kate Stanworth, Argentina Independent)

The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

By Ramzy Baroud Over the year, I realized that the term ‘left’ is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed…

Jun 24 2015 / Read More » /

The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City under Fire

By Vacy Vlazna “We prepare the suhoor. We all sit around five dishes: white cheese, hummus, orange jam, yellow cheese, and olives. Darkness eats with…

Jun 23 2015 / Read More » /

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Human Rights Council Twenty-ninth session Agenda item 7 Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories Report of the independent commission of inquiry…

Jun 23 2015 / Read More » /
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  • July 6, 2015

    Arab-killing Never Hurt an Israeli Cop's Record

    Finally, the ultimate policeman was found, one with no suspicion of sexual harassment or corruption hanging over him – and our Arab brethren are already protesting because this police chief-designate, Maj. Gen. Bentzi Sao, was involved in killing Arabs in the October 2000 protests. - They have some nerve. Instead of saying thank you to Deputy Minister Yaron Mazuz that those young people were killed with Israeli ID... More →
  • July 6, 2015

    Israel Losing Democrats, 'Can’t Claim Bipartisan US Support': Top Pollster

    Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among the findings of a new survey carried out by US political consultant Frank Luntz. -... More →
  • June 22, 2015

    UN Report: 'War Crimes' Likely by Both Sides in 2014 Gaza War

    Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering. - The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian armed groups." - On Jan.... More →
  • June 22, 2015

    Outrage as Wife of Israeli Interior Minister Posts and then Quickly Deletes Racist Joke Calling U.S. President 'Black and Weak'

    The wife of a senior Israeli politician has posted a racist tweet about Barack Obama, suggesting he is 'black and weak'. - TV host Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, who is married to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, uploaded the offensive message on Sunday before quickly deleting it, insisting it was a joke. - After causing a stir in Israeli media, Mozes Shalom apologized to Obama. - 'President Obama I shouldn't have written the... More →
  • June 21, 2015

    More Than 40% of Palestinians in Historic Land Are Refugees

    Statistics released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on Monday show that 41.2 per cent of the Palestinian residents of their historic land are refugees; 25.2 per cent live in the occupied West Bank and 66.8 per cent are in the Gaza Strip. - Palestinians aged under 15 make up 39 per cent of the total Palestinian population. That age group stands at 40.9 per cent among refugees compared to 39.2 per... More →




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