Category: Middle East

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David Swanson: The Question of Sanctions: South Africa and Palestine

Sanctions against apartheid South Africa are, in the opinion of the writer, the only instance when sanctions have achieved their objective. They were also driven by civil society rather than by governments. By contrast, US sanctions since the 1950s against Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, North Korea and numerous other countries have proved dismal failures. Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Trump Creates, Then Exacerbates, Crisis for Palestinian Refugees

One of the most consequential actions Donald Trump took during the first year of his presidency was to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. When the Palestinians predictably responded by pulling out of the US-led “peace process,” Trump retaliated by cutting US financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: The Boomerang Effect

How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

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David Swanson: Witness Out of Palestine

This book documents the normalization of a long-term gradual genocide, one that in its duration serves as a marketing device for generations of new military weaponry

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Robert Fisk: Acknowledging the facts of history

While Poland has decided to outlaw any claims that their countrymen participated in the extermination of the Jews, Israel continues to ignore the Armenian genocide

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Sean Keller: Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East

The government of Rojava is democratic and decentralized, with residential communes and local councils giving people autonomy and control over decisions that affect their lives

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Richard Falk: Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much

Ahed Tamimi’s act and fate should matter greatly to all of us, and inspire increased commitment to solidarity with the Palestinian national struggle

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Reese Erlich: U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria

In reality, the United States seeks to remove President Bashar al Assad, or failing that, dismember Syria into zones controlled by outside powers

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Juan Cole: Nibbling at the Edges

There is a rash of articles about how Syria’s war is heating back up. It isn’t.

Rosa Burç: Defending Afrin

Turkey’s war on Afrin is an attack not only on Kurdish self-determination, but on democracy and women’s liberation in the Middle East

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