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American-Arab journalist Ramzy Baroud is the author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, London), now available at Amazon.com

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Relatives mourn the death of 18-month-old Ali Dawabshe, after he was killed in an arson attack by Jewish settlers. Sunday, August 2, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha Israel's impunity is encouraged by many factors, including US-Western backing and the lack of international will to hold Israel -- Government, army and settlers -- accountable for their crimes. But that impunity is also encouraged by the Palestinian leadership itself, which lives in a massive political and economic bubble in Ramallah, in the West Bank.

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, July 29, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on "IS" It is the lack of political prospects, and the smothering of any attempt at freedom and fair economic opportunity, that lead to extremist violence in the first place. As long as this reality remains intact, "IS" will tragically find new recruits, latch on to local militant groups, and continue to expand into new borders -- and even darker horizons.

But if biases are a must, it should be biases for the right reasons: Human rights. Conflict resolution. Peace. Thursday, June 11, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Middle East Reporting: The Need for Honest Journalism It is a sad era where many journalists are for sale at the moment, ready to lend their pens to the highest bidder. The story presented to the world has, at times, nothing at all to do with the reality on the ground, but it is simply a mosaic of stereotype, hearsay, and babblings from privileged officials who have no understanding of the plight of their people.

Abbas with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs. Thursday, June 4, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Good, Bad and Uncertain about Recognizing "Palestine" There has been a seismic shift in international consensus regarding Palestine, where many countries in the southern and northern hemispheres seem to ultimately agree that it is time to liberate the fate of Palestine from American hegemony. In the long run, and considering the growing rebalancing of global powers, for Palestinians, this is a good start.

third prerequisite would have to wrangle with the question of leadership. Wednesday, May 20, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Nakba and the Question of "Palestinian Strategy" The Nakba, or Catastrophe, was an earth-shattering experience for the entirety of the Palestinian collective. Rarely before was a society almost entirely displaced in a relatively short period of time with such brutality and violence, followed by every possible attempt at erasing every piece of evidence, every link, every claim, every memory that the refugees affiliated with their homeland.

Palestinians -- and Syrians - in Yarmouk are killed in a myriad of ways, including starvation. Thursday, April 23, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians When Palestinians are starved, beheaded or blown to smithereens in Yarmouk, we stand puzzled. We offer sympathy, tears and little action. We cannot even articulate a coherent discourse, aside from pulling out UN Resolution 194 from some dusty archive to talk about the Right of Return, and how the suffering in Yarmouk is ultimately Israel's responsibility.

We must remember that there are still 18,000 people trapped in Yarmouk, and even if it is untimely, we must do something Sunday, April 12, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My missing family in Syria: Naming and shaming in Yarmouk It behoves us all to take a moment to hang our heads in silence, but also shame, over what has befallen Yarmouk, as we stood, watching, bickering and doing nothing. But we ought to remember that there are still 18,000 trapped in Yarmouk and organize on their behalf so that, even if it is untimely, we need do something. Anything.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, April 9, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity? the US -- which is playing both parties against one another -- is only interested in the region for economic and strategic reasons. While the tragic situation in Yemen has been a ground for lamentation at the cross-the-board-failure, it might also present an opportunity at political compromise, starting in Yemen, but extending elsewhere.

Pro-Palestinian_protestors_gathered_in_Dallas%2C_TX..jpg: Pro-Palestinian protestor Monday, March 30, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Eight urgent "musts" needed for Palestinians to defeat Apartheid Waiting on Israeli society to change from within is a colossal waste of time. But what are Palestinians and the supporters of a just peace in Palestine and Israel to do? They are left between two options: either a perpetual fight for justice or unending humiliation and servitude.

Will Netanyahu pay the price for winning? Saturday, March 21, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Netanyahu the mythbuster: "Special relationship" no more Netanyahu's antics are increasingly denying the US administration a prolonged, tired and failed discourse pertaining to the peace process, Israeli security, democracy and so on, leaving the White House with two stark choices: to follow the lead of a racist and obsessive Netanyahu (as many Republicans and Democrats have already done) or to part ways.

IS on the move... Thursday, March 19, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Re-imagining the IS Debate -- "Islamic State" as a Western Phenomenon? Not only is IS to a degree an alien movement in the larger body politic of the Middle East, it also seems to be a partly western phenomenon, a hideous offspring resulting from western neocolonial adventures in the region, coupled with alienation and demonization of Muslim communities in western societies.

Edward Said Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Arab intellectual is resting, not dead The great cultures that have survived prolonged fights against brutal dictators and foreign dominance for generations, yet still gave birth to some of the most brilliant intellectuals, novelists and poets of all time are capable of redeeming themselves. It is only a matter of time, and perhaps, initiative.

US must take responsibility for the mayhem it has inflicted in the Middle East. Tuesday, February 24, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Admission Not Enough: US Spin on Middle East Violence Must Change America's mainstream intellectuals and journalists refuse to accept the most prevalent truth about the roots of the current crisis; that military intervention is not a virtue, that war begets chaos and violence, that military invasion is not a harbinger of a stable democracy, but invites desperately violent polices predicated on winning, regardless of the cost.

Chapel Hill shooting,Three American Muslims murdered Monday, February 16, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Parking space terrorism: Time for action after killing of three US Muslims Hicks, we are told, killed the students "execution style" because of a dispute over parking spaces. The same way that Chris Kyle -- "The American Sniper" -- made 164 confirmed "kills," killing "savages" because that's what national heroes do. And US wars and sanctions on Iraq killed, starved and wounded millions to bring democracy to the Arabs.

The choices for Hamas are stark as it faces both criticism and praise for its shift in tactics, but survival is the name Tuesday, February 10, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mending "axis of resistance": Hamas goes back to square one The Islamic Resistance Movement is once again facing difficult choices, and it seems to be choosing a cautious return to its old camp of Iran and Hezbollah. The maneuver this time is particularly risky. For Hamas and Palestinian resistance in Gaza, it is a mere matter of survival.

Do not ever kneel. Do not ever kiss a hand. Don't give anyone the satisfaction to exploit your pain. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another Political division may, at times, dominate Palestinian society, but we will always be united by the fact that we are refugees with a common cause: going home. While, for the Palestinians of Yarmouk near Damascus, being a refugee is a matter of life and death -- often by starvation -- for the larger Palestinian collective, the meaning of the word has become more involved: it has been etched onto our skin forever.

Like the US under Bush, France is masking its wars under the slogan of fighting terror. Tuesday, January 20, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush Like drugs, a warlord is dependent on war and can only be sustained and validated by it. Hollande is a warlord in the western sense, what Americans refer to as "a war president." But as Bush's notorious legacy has proven, while war-induced fear and vain patriotism may keep a leader in office long enough, the terrible consequences of unchecked violence shall be felt for many years to come.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict provokes powerful emotions Wednesday, December 24, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
5 Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine 2014 was a very painful year for Palestine, but also a year in which the collective resistance of the Palestinian people, and their supporters, proved too strong to bend or break. And in that, there can be much solace. It has been a year of clarity for those keen to understand the reality of the "Palestinian-Israeli conflict" but were sincerely confused by the contrasting narratives.

There is little evidence to show that such 'awesomeness' will cease anytime soon. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Whitewashing CIA Torture: "We Are (not so) Awesome" after All There can be no justification to what the US has done, not just against suspects in its global wars, but against entire nations, who were completely innocent of any involvement in any terror attacks on 11 September, prior or after that date.

Eric Garner; Michael Brown; Ezell Ford. The list goes on.. Tuesday, December 9, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"I Can't Breathe": Racism and War in America and Beyond How does one quit being the color of their own skin? Black people didn't choose to be slaves; didn't devise the Jim Crow laws; didn't construct the insurmountable system of social and economic inequality and apartheid that has been set in place for too many generations to count; they didn't design the unfair tax system that keeps the poor poor forever; or the prison system that disproportionately incarcerates black men.

Only the Palestinian people can tell us when they are ready for an intifada. Tuesday, November 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine? For years, many journalists have busied themselves asking or trying to answer questions regarding the anticipated Third Intifada. Some did so in earnest, others misleadingly. But most of them, using a supercilious approach to understanding the Palestinian collective, failed to understand what an uprising is in the first place.

Arab Media food chain Wednesday, November 12, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Arab media withers to mockery When Al Jazeera was launched in 1996, and despite the fact that it was funded by a country that itself is not an icon of freedom of expression, a new type of competition rose between rival Arab countries. Other media soon sprang up that were also funded by rich Arabs and manned mostly by Arab intellectuals and journalists from poorer countries.

Al-Aqsa mosque Thursday, November 6, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Political Prophecies -- Sealing the Fate of al-Aqsa The war on the mosque, which is central to the spirituality of hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, is not simply the work of a few Jewish extremists. It is part and parcel of an Israeli government agenda which has been crystalizing in recent years and months. Next month, for example, the Israeli Knesset will vote on a motion calling for the partitioning of al-Aqsa.

An image from social media of Egyptian military purportedly demolishing homes in Northern Sinai. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt's Convenient War The National Project for the Development of the Sinai was supposed to inject $20.5 billion into Sinai infrastructure between 1995 to 2017. That proved to be just hype; a mixture of unfinished projects and robust speeches. Sinai is only remembered in national celebrations to merely further highlight the might of the military that liberated it. And now, it's demonized as a terrorist hub for the same reason.

Origins of Israel Palestinian Conflict Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Britain's phantoms of the past in Palestine Without a clear course of action to help Palestinians gain their freedom, the British vote will remain another symbolic gesture in a conflict in which military occupation, war, siege, death and destruction are very much real.

Sadr City, Baghdad. Thursday, October 16, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Missing Context: "Islamic State" Sectarianism is Not Coincidental To destroy sectarian identities prevalent in the Middle East region today, the rules would have to be redesigned, not by Paul Bremer type figures, but through the creation of new political horizons. While the US-led coalition can indeed inflict much damage on IS and eventually claim some sort of victory, they will ultimately exasperate the sectarian tension that will spill over to other Middle Eastern nations.

Benjamin Netanyahu Israel vs. Palestine Thursday, September 11, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Netanyahu loses plot to new Gaza reality For Netanyahu, protracted "peace talks" are a smokescreen for his illegal settlement construction project, which remains as ravenous as ever. He is confiscating occupied Palestinian land with impunity, while insisting that Israel's intentions have always been, and remain peaceful.

Some Arabs wish to see Israel crush any semblance of Palestinian resistance. Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fearing Political Islam: Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza If the resistance wins -- as in holding the Israeli military at bay, and achieving some of its demands -- the political discourse of the Middle East is likely to change altogether, where the weak will, once again, dare challenge the strong by demanding reforms, democracy, and threatening resistance as a realistic way to achieve such objectives.

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Gaza's resistance paradigm As great as Gandhi was in the context of his country's struggle against colonialism, which remains a source of inspiration for many Palestinians, Palestine has its own heroes -- resisters, women and men who are engraving a legend of their own in Gaza and the rest of Palestine.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Israel's President Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014 Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Recruiting to Kill -- It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza Western involvement in the war on the Palestinian people is indeed going beyond the usual and known support of funds, military technology and economic aid, to actual participation in the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. By preventing those who leave their countries to kill Palestinians in Gaza, less civilians are likely to be murdered.

Palestinian boys carrying Hamas and Palestinian flags in the Gaza Strip walk past graffiti showing the death of 12-year Wednesday, July 23, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gaza's Resistance Will Not be Crushed In Gaza, the past and the present are intertwined. Israel is united by the same purpose: crushing anyone who dares to resist. Palestinians in Gaza are also united with a common threat: their resistance, which, despite impossible odds seems likely to intensify.

A popular Intifada is the kind of war Netanyahu cannot possibly win. Friday, July 11, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Israel awakens the Palestine it tried to crush Even if Hamas succeeded in establishing a new brand based on resistance/political model, Israel was determined to deactivate any potential for Palestinian unity. Destroying that unity became almost an obsession for Netanyahu. Because A true Palestinian unity, culminating in a massive popular Intifada is the kind of war Netanyahu cannot possibly win.

Palestinian refugee children attend a kite festival organized by UNRWA. Tuesday, July 1, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat-up Car Ramadan always takes me back to the refugee camp in Gaza, no matter where I am in the world. And when a TV sheikh preaches about what Ramadan is or is not about, I often reflect on what Ramadan has meant to me and my peers in the refugee camp. It was not about feeling the brunt of the poor, for we all were poverty-stricken. It was about sharing the hardships of life, a communal struggle against one's own weaknesses.

Iraqi policemen examine the remains of a car bomb in Baghdad's Sadr City Wednesday, June 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iraq pays price of US sectarian meddling What the future holds is difficult to predict. The US administration is petrified by the notion of getting involved in Iraq once more. It was its original meddling, at the behest of the notorious neoconservatives who largely determined US foreign policy during George W. Bush's administration that ignited this ongoing strife in the first place.

Israeli soldiers patrol in the search for three Jewish settlers in Hebron. Monday, June 16, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Missing Settlers Become Weapons in a War on Unity For Israel, all of this is creating the necessary distraction needed to ensure the downfall of the unity government, and the postponement of any discussion pertaining to the return to peace talks. For Netanyahu, it is a win-win situation. It is not easy to imagine the attainment of real unity. Meanwhile, Netanyahu will continue to push with all of his might to guarantee Palestinian failure.

Yemen protester Saturday, May 17, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A tale of many Yemens The US "war on terror" had in fact reached Yemen even before the war in Iraq was unleashed a few years later. Thousands of people were killed, tens of thousands were displaced. The people of the poor, divided, corruption-laden country were punished so severely for crimes they didn't commit.

Sometimes despair and hope go hand in hand. Sunday, May 4, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Palestinian Unity: Hope and Gloom in the Beach Refugee Camp The Americans are in agreement with Israel, as has always been the case. Scenes in Gaza tell of much hope and rejoicing, but it is a repeated scene of past agreements that have failed. Sometimes despair and hope go hand in hand. The impoverished place has served as a battlefield for several wars and a continued siege. It is aching for a glimmer of hope.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) greets the new US peace envoy Martin Indyk at the State Department Wednesday, April 23, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
US hands Palestine a loaded deck Netanyahu never ceases to talk about peace, as does his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Even Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett is an ardent advocate of peace. But it is not peace that is predicated on justice or that envisaged by international and humanitarian laws. It is specifically tailored peace that would allow Israel to maintain an unmistakably racist agenda and a colonial policy of land grabbing.

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgLcVISIrFc: Why the Israel-Palestine Issue is Important Friday, April 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The "Stable" West Bank Dilemma -- Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling Palestinians should be leading their own revolution until they achieve their full rights and freedom. This is not a call for violence, but a natural human course. And as long as the West Bank is "stable," Palestinians will never achieve their freedom, for submission achieves no rights; only resistance does.

In the last four decades, the 'peace process' became an American diplomatic staple in the region. Thursday, April 3, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Kerry's Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a "framework" agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. The Obama administration must now conjure up an escape route to avoid a political crisis if the talks are to fail, as they surely will.

Omar, 7, fresh from surgery held at an Israeli checkpoint. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Omar and the Checkpoint: Everyday a Nightmare Jewish settlers are rarely aware of how their presence in occupied land constitutes a violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. They live in government subsidized housing, connected through a very costly road system--preserved for "Jews only" back to Israel--enjoy numerous perks, ones that even those living in Israel cannot access.

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, February 12, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iraqi women endure Abu Ghraib legacy Absent are the voices of the same women's groups, intellectuals and feminists who seem to be constantly distressed by traditional marriage practices in Yemen, for example, or the covering up of women's faces in Afghanistan. There is little, if any, uproar and outrage, when brown women suffer at the hands of Western men and women, or their cronies, as is the situation in Iraq.

The rules by which US-Israeli relations are governed are perhaps the most bewildering of all foreign policies of any two Thursday, January 23, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Strange but "Stable" Alliance: US Senate Awaits Israeli Instructions Kerry has made 10 trips to the Middle East with the intention of hammering out an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Based on media reports, it seems that the potential agreement is composed in such a way that it mostly accommodates Israel's "security" whims and obsessions, including a proposal to keep eastern West Bank regions and the Jordan Valley under Israeli military control.

Whitewashing war criminal Ariel Sharon Monday, January 13, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The whitewashing of Ariel Sharon Sharon spent his last eight years in a coma, but apparently not long enough for US corporate media to wake up from its own moral coma. CNN online's coverage presented Sharon as a man of heroic stature, who was forced to make tough choices for the sake of his own people. "Throughout, he was called 'The Bulldozer', a fearless leader who got things done," wrote Alan Duke.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, January 2, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Failure of Palestinian Authority, BDS Success to Continue For Abbas to reject boycotting in the Palestinian context -- of the very country that is responsible for military occupation, countless war crimes, the siege on Gaza, violation of numerous international laws, the Apartheid Wall and for much more -- while attending Mandela's funeral is a testament to Abbas' own political and moral bankruptcy.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, December 26, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The War Continues -- 2013: Assessing the Conflict in Syria and Egypt Syria has been hit the hardest. For months, the United Nations has maintained that over 100,000 people have been killed in the 33 months of conflict. More recently, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights concluded that at least 125,835, of which more than third of them are civilians, have been killed.

A Palestinian boy cries as he arrives at his home after walking through puddles in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City Febru Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gaza flooded with sewage and conspiracy Even before the latest crisis resulting from a severe shortage of electricity and diesel fuel that is usually smuggled through Egypt, Gaza was rendered gradually uninhabitable. A comprehensive United Nations report last year said that if no urgent action were taken, Gaza would be "unlivable" by 2020. Since the report was issued in August 2012, the situation has grown much worse.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Spring in the steps of Arab revolt Asking if the Arab revolutions have failed is asking the wrong question. Arab revolts have "failed" only according to our hyped expectations and erroneous understanding of history. While it is still too early to call "success," the Arab Spring has introduced factors that challenge the way countries are ruled.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lebanon haunted by ghosts of civil war It was only a matter of time before the Palestinian presence in Lebanon became politicized, thrusting a new factions into the heart of Lebanon's sectarian brawl. A weakened and fragmented Lebanon has been easy prey for Israel, which has jumped at every opportunity to invade the small country, leaving behind a trail of blood and destruction.

Friday, October 25, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sectarianism: Redrawing the Map of Middle East The discourse that adjoined the US war was brazenly sectarian. They rearranged one of the most complex political landscapes in the world within a few weeks, based on a blueprint imagined by Washington-based "experts" with little real life experience. Not only was Iraq torn into shreds, but it was remade repeatedly to accommodate America's inept understanding of history.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Putin does Americans a Middle East favor The anger directed at Putin's article has a lot less to do with Putin's own legacy as a leader, and much more to do with the frustration that new players in the Middle East are now successfully involved in a "game" that has for decades been dominated by if not reserved for Western powers and their allies.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Oslo Dead but Still Matters: Abbas's Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence The Palestinian delegation did return to real recently renewed peace talks after Israeli forces' raided a refugee camp in north Jerusalem on August 26, killing three. This was not the only lethal Israeli attack to take place during "peace talks," and it will not likely be the last.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Yemen needs a home-grown transition Although it is much less discussed than Egypt's crippling political upheaval, or even Tunisia's unfolding crisis, Yemen's predicament is in fact far more complex. It directly involves too many players, notwithstanding al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the US drone war that is unleashed from Djibouti among other places.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Arab Turmoil: Where Do We Stand? Egypt is now taking its first steps towards becoming another Algeria during the civil war. Do the coup leaders truly understand the repercussions of what they have done? One thing is for sure, the old Middle East paradigm, of powerful elites backed by formidable allies, oppressing weak, dismissible peoples, is unlikely to be resurrected. There will be more blood, but a return to the past is surely a thing of the past.

Monday, July 22, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Netanyahu, Abbas Back To Square None President Barack Obama's administration, besieged by a dysfunctional congress at home, is barely relevant in the Middle East anymore, with Russia, France, Britain, Turkey, and even China making headway. Resuming the "peace process" is necessary to give the US a chance to claim leadership in a leaderless region.

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Gaza Held Hostage To Egypt's Turmoil While many in Egypt fully understand that finding a dignified and lasting resolution to the humiliation experienced by Palestinians in Gaza is a must, as they remain confined to a tiny space with no political horizon in sight, some media pundits are callously fanning the flames against the Gaza population and their government.

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Syria as a Game-Changer: US Political Impotence in the Middle East It is most telling that over two years after the Syrian uprising-turned bloody civil war, the US continues to curb its involvement by indirectly assisting anti-Bashar al-Assad regime opposition forces, through its Arab allies and Turkey. Even its political discourse is indecisive and often times inconsistent.

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Hawking And A Brief History Of Boycotts On the very day that Hawking's decision to boycott the conference was announced, the "civil administration" in Israel agreed to the construction of 296 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Beit El, thus entrenching military occupation and ethnic cleansing.

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Hungry For Freedom In Guantanamo Eighty-six of the 166 Guantanamo detainees have been designated for release, but lack of resolve on the part of the administration, obstacles by Congress and a general lack of interest in the plight of these men, has left Guantanamo a human-rights abomination that is still open for business 11 years later.

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Brotherhood Turns Back On Gaza For several months now and notably since the deadly August 5 attack in Sinai by unknown assailants--which killed 16 Egyptian border guards--the Egyptian army has actively been destroying Gaza's tunnels. Without tunnels, and no real, long-term alterative, Gaza will delve deeper into poverty and the crisis will likely reach unprecedented levels.

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