Category: Middle East

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Marjorie Cohn: US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal

In an internal “dissent channel cable,” 51 State Department officers called for “targeted military strikes” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama has thus far resisted. However, were he to accept the cable’s advice, he would risk a dangerous – possibly catastrophic – confrontation with Russia. And, such a use of military Read more…

Michael Hudson: How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

Interview on how military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia

Sima Kadmon: Our Girl

Apparently, the army fears, that with the many who lie and are released each year, the number of conscientious objectors will double and maybe even reach the number of six

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Ramzy Baroud: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab Catastrophe

On May 15th of every year, for the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine.

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Robert Fisk: What does the Middle East think of Brexit? A lot more than you’d assume

Gulf governments to whom Britain and especially David Cameron have traditionally grovelled took a predictably rosy view of Britain’s potential catastrophe.

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Robert Fisk: The relationship between Israel and Lebanon is deteriorating again – and it’s civilians who will suffer

The Lebanese-Israeli border has endured its quietest, most peaceful history over the past decade – in gentle contrast to the constant cross-frontier wars over the border of the previous quarter century

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Murtaza Hussain: Students in California Might Face Criminal Investigation for Protesting Film on Israeli Army

The incident is only the latest in which officials at UC Irvine and other major universities around the country have taken harsh measures against pro-Palestinian activists

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Jonathan Cook: Israel’s fear of the ‘desert’ Jews in its midst

With the Arab Jews on the Palestinians’ side, the conflict with Israel might be ended at the ballot box

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Rania Khalek: Democratic clash over Palestine signals changing party

Allies of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred at the Democratic platform drafting committee’s first round of hearings on 9 June over the issue of Palestinian freedom and Israel. The clashes point to deeper struggles over Israel taking place within the party. Sanders’ backers called for elevating Palestinian rights and acknowledging Israel’s military Read more…

Omar Barghouti: BDS: Discussing Difficult Issues in a Fast-Growing Movement

Introduction Israel’s attacks on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other human rights defenders living under occupation, such as Al Haq staff, have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, including the direct threats made by leading Israeli officials against BDS activists and in particular against the movement’s co-founder Omar Barghouti. Beyond the headlines, Read more…

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