Category: Israel/Palestine

Ian Urbina: Palestinian Bantustan

Just weeks ago President Clinton was negotiating a ‘final status’ peace agreement in the Israelis and Palestinians. What seemed like a sudden deterioration in the region belies the deeper frustrations with the peace process which had been mounting for some time. For his purposes, Ariel Sharon timed his move perfectly. Meant to derail any further Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Al-Aqsa Intifida

Noam Chomsky After three weeks of virtual war in the Israeli occupied territories, Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced a new plan to determine the final status of the region. During these weeks, over 100 Palestinians were killed, including 30 children, often by "excessive use of lethal force in circumstances in which neither the lives of Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: GREEN LIGHT TO SLAUGHTER

Tanya Reinhart  In the Sharm-al-Sheikh summit last week, Barak got from the US his green light to slaughter. To judge by the Israeli media, what we have seen so far is just the prelude. "The most important will come in the middle of next week, when…Israel will have to consider taking the initiative, rather than Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Billions Spent Marketing Drugs to Consumers

Dorothy Guellec In the two years since the FDA began an experiment to let the mass media broadcast the prescription-drug message directly to consumers, the pharmaceutical industry has shelled out a whopping $1.3 billion per year on consumer ads. That dwarfs the $763.6 million spent on beer ads, says Competitive Media Reporting. This figure may Read more…

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Norman Solomon: MEDIA SPIN REMAINS IN SYNC WITH ISRAELI OCCUPATION

Norman Solomon The formula for American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is simple: Report on the latest developments in the fragile "peace process." Depict U.S. officials as honest brokers in the negotiations. Emphasize the need for restraint and compromise instead of instability and bloodshed. In the world according to news media, the U.S. government Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Turmoil in Palestine: The Basic Context

As the occupied Palestinian territories suffer their worst paroxysm of violence in years, with the casualties, as always, overwhelmingly Palestinian, the mainstream media, also as always, focus on peripheral questions, offer misleading answers, and ignore the underlying causes of the conflict. The fundamental, neglected reality is that the Palestinian people have been denied their basic Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Clinton in Colombia: The Ugly American

Mark Weisbrot When President Clinton announced his trip to Colombia, he said his purpose was "to seek peace, to fight illicit drugs, to build its economy, and to deepen democracy." Nothing could be further from the truth. The Clinton administration seeks not peace but rather a military solution to the 40-year old civil war in Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Mount Temple

Tanya Reinhart In today’s setting, it is hard to recall that just a few years ago, only some fringe lunatics demanded Israeli control of ‘Mount-temple’. Every time they tried to enter the place and pray, Israeli police would be there to block their entrance or drag them out. Even the word ‘mount temple’ was perceived Read more…

John e. Peck: Remilitarizing Africa for Corporate Profit

E. Peck This Spring, in a move that’s probably susceptible to World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge as an illegal trade barrier—since it enables consumers to distinguish between goods based upon production/process methods—De Beers promised to certify that all of its consignments “do not include any diamonds which come from any area in Africa controlled by Read more…

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Tim Wise: Freeh’s Blind Mice: A Critical Look at “Tolerance Training,” FBI Style

Tim Wise That I’m no Biblical scholar is an understatement of monumental proportions. And yet, recently I found myself–for reasons I’ll explain shortly–thinking of the following verse from the book of Matthew, if memory serves: Why behold the mote in thy brother’s eye, but consider not the beam in thine own eye? Arcane language aside, Read more…

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