Category: Syria

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Tanya Reinhart: WITHDRAWAL?

Tanya Reinhart Also in "Yediot Ahronot", May 29.00  (Notes added)  Is Barak determined to achieve peace, or is   he exercising Sharon’s plan to withdraw from Lebanon and return under ‘better conditions’? The problem is that nobody knows, not even the government which has exempted him from the need to inform it on his Lebanese moves. Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Mideast Apartheid? Peace?

Tanya Reinhart APARTHEID WON’T BE HERE Tanya Reinhart  The Hebrew daily  ‘Yediot Axaronot’ 23.3.00. (Notes added for Z-net commentaries.) Hundred and twenty Palestinian intellectuals issued a message addressed to the Israeli and Jewish public. "The majority of Palestinians, including the undersigned, believed that the time was ripe for concluding with the Israelis a historic agreement", Read more…

Jennifer Loewenstein: Fighting the Lebanese War

On February 8, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a series of air strikes against Lebanon as revenge against recent Hizbullah attacks in South Lebanon. Three power switching stations, the most vital electricity facilities in the country, were bombed—one in the Jamhour district of Beirut, one in Baalbek, and one in Tripoli—effectively cutting off all electrical Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Green Lights and Red Herrings

    In December 1975, after receiving a green light from U.S. President Gerald and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Indonesian President Suharto launched an invasion of East Timor. The weapons for the attack came from the United States. "Of course there were US weapons used," commented one high-ranking Indonesian general. "These are the only Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: This Ain’t the Road of Peace

Tanya Reinhart [Background: Following the Shepherdstown’s Syria-Israel talks, the US issued a concealed document summarizing the positions of the two sides. The Arab (London) paper ‘Al Hayat’ printed a summary draft of this document, based on Syrian sources. Israeli sources denied the authenticity of this version, and exposed the full document, which appeared in the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Four from the Forums

Noam Chomsky Reply from NC to query regarding Graduate Unions and Teaching Generally On graduate unions, it’s true enough that (ideally) "graduate teaching is pedagogical training," but that’s incomplete. Any teaching, if done at all seriously, is also a way of learning — about lots of things, including the subject you are teaching. That’s just Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Millennial Visions and Selective Vision Part Two

Noam Chomsky In fairness, it should be mentioned that the chorus of self-adulation that closed the millennium was disrupted by some discordant notes. Questions were raised about the consistency of our adherence to the guiding principles: the "new doctrine" that "universal standards of human rights were putting at least some limits on sovereignty," as illustrated Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: With Barak No Withdrawal, No Peace

Tanya Reinhart, Syria-Israel In Israel, there is a feeling of a great historical moment. Finally, after much pressure and diplomacy – the story goes – Asad agreed to turn to the road of peace. In the expected peace agreement, Syria will get back all of the Golan Heights, and Israel will get (among other things) Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Milosevic Indictment

Following World War II, a war crimes tribunal was held in Tokyo to try Japanese political and military leaders. There is no doubt that the defendants were responsible for appalling atrocities, but, as the Indian judge on the tribunal wrote in his dissenting opinion, the victorious allies had themselves committed grave crimes, and the U.S. Read more…

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Clarence Lusane: Jackson and the Contradictions of War

Into the storm’s eye of the Balkin war stepped Rev. Jesse Jackson, and, once again, he emerges with prisoners of war. Exercising what scholars called "citizen’s diplomacy," where personalities intervene in international situations for individual political, ideological, or moral reasons, Jackson by-passed the normal channels of diplomacy and injected an unstable variable into the equation. Read more…

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