Category: Middle East

LisaGay Hamilton: Why I am on the Women’s Boat to Gaza

In twenty-four hours, I will join the women on the third leg of the trip to Messina, Sicily, and from there the Zaytouna-Oliva will proceed to its final destination: Gaza

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Juan Cole: Number of US Troops in Iraq Heading toward 6,000

The US plans to send another 500 troops to Iraq to help with the massive Mosul campaign, which will involve the Iraqi army and its allies, the Kurdistan paramilitary Peshmerga, hard line Shiite militias, and Sunni Arab tribal levies. US troops will not engage in war-fighting at the front, but will help call in air Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: The Perils of Humanitarian Wars

The limits of the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine

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John Feffer: Syria as Metaphor

Disharmonious pluralism has become the new global standard. Other countries – Turkey, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the EU, even the United States – gaze upon the Syrian example and tremble

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Patrick Cockburn: Government has no strategy, no plan and only ‘phantom’ allies in Syria, scathing Commons report reveals

As ceasefire sits on the brink of collapse, MPs’ report paints a damning picture of Britain’s bombing campaign

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Ramzy Baroud: Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria

The best way to honor these children is by understanding that the future of Syria’s children cannot be determined according to the whims of American and Russian politicians

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Jonathan Cook: Palestinians lose in US military aid deal with Israel

Netanyahu has drawn the right lesson from the aid deal – he can act against the Palestinians with continuing US impunity

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Gideon Levy: With New Israel Aid Deal, Obama Is Patron of the Occupation

U.S. generosity, which costs American taxpayers $300 a year, is detrimental to Israel will only help Israel make more war

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Richard Falk: A Warming of US/Turkish Relations?

What Erdoğan and Obama achieved was mainly in the realm of intangible signs of mutual appreciation and understanding

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Jonathan Cook: US aid deal gives green light to Israel’s erasure of Palestine

If Obama really wanted to pressure Netanyahu, he would have used the aid agreement as leverage. Now Netanyahu need not fear US financial retaliation

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