Category: Middle East

Jennifer Loewenstein: Awakening the Resistance

Thousands of Lebanese, Palestinians and others made a kind of pilgrimage to Fatima’s gate in the summer of 2000 to celebrate the end of Israel’s 22 -year occupation of south Lebanon. ‘Fatima’s gate’ denoted a stretch of land on the Lebanon-Israel border newly controlled by Hizbullah after it pursued the retreating Israeli forces back into Read more…

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Phyllis Bennis: The Lebanon War and the Failed UN Resolution

The draft resolution on the Lebanon crisis to be discussed by the UN Security Council this week is very much Washington’s resolution. The draft does not call for a ceasefire; it is qualitatively discriminatory between the two sides; it has already been rejected by the government of Lebanon as well as by Hezbollah; and even Read more…

John Wilson: Politics and Palestinians at Roosevelt

“I hear some people say Zionism is racism, how do I respond to that?” This question from a student in his Spring 2005 World Religions class, says Douglas Giles, ended up costing him his job as an instructor at Roosevelt University.(Email from Douglas Giles, May 9, 2006) The problem wasn’t anything Giles said about the Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Extraordinary Precision

A Sky News newscaster, interviewing British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett on Sunday, July 30 demanded an answer to this paraphrased question: if indeed Israel had precise intelligence that a Hezbollah operative was present in the village of Qana, in South Lebanon, how could it possibly fail to realize that the area was also crowded with Read more…

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Jonathan Cook: Hypocrisy and the clamor against Hizbullah

A reader recently emailed to ask if anyone else was suggesting, as I have done, that Hizbullah’s rocket fire may not be quite as indiscriminate or maliciously targeted at Israeli civilians as is commonly assumed. I had to admit that I have been ploughing a lonely furrow on this one. Still, that is no reason Read more…

Jeff Cohen: Being a TV Expert Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Watching the nightly news last night was a hair-pulling experience — even more than normal. The top story on national TV was the Senate testimony of the top military brass, who basically admitted that the U.S. invasion of Iraq had brought on a disaster. It wasn’t the news that prompted my hair-pulling (who doesn’t know Iraq’s a Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Junkies of War

FOR ME it was a moment of shocking revelation. I was listening to one of the daily speeches of our Prime Minister. He said: “We are a wonderful people!” He said: We have already won this war, it is the greatest victory in the history of our state. He said: We have changed the face Read more…

Silvia Ribeiro: The faithless gardener

Pharmaceutical companies use Third World populations for experiments not permitted in their own countries. Fabrizio and Jordano, two of the 140 Peruvian babies used in an experiment with substances derived from genetically manipulated rice by the company Ventria Biosciences have presented allergic symptoms from that time according to statements made to Peru’s La Republica newspaper Read more…

Mukoma Ngugi: War, Silence and the Politics of Language

War on Silence (I) When they came for the Irish, Blacks and Jews Iremained silent.  You see, I was yet to be born.And when it happened again I was too young  and –  waiting to go into college. Later when they jailed anti-war protestors, waiting to become a doctor I still could not speak out.  Read more…

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Dahr Jamail: The Damage in Lebanon — and Beyond

[This article first appeared on Tomdispatch.com, a weblog of the Nation Institute, which offers a steady flow of alternate sources, news, and opinion from Tom Engelhardt, long time editor in publishing, co-founder of the American Empire Project and author of The End of Victory Culture, a history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, and Read more…

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