Middle East

US in a tangle

by sarahbenton on December 17, 2014

After the article by Jonathan Cook, there is one from 3 years ago, but still very relevant, on why Palestine and Kosovo are treated differently.Martin Indyk, vice president and director Continue →

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A birthday card by artist Molly Crabapple.

by Kate Aronoff

A birthday card by artist Molly Crabapple.

In a Fort Leavenworth cellblock today, Chelsea Manning — the Oklahoma-born U.S. Army soldier who released the largest-ever trove of classified Continue →

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The Legal Foundations of the Islamic State By Mara Revkin – @MaraRevkin December 17, 2014 for Syria Comment

Notoriously violent groups such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), and the Taliban are widely Continue →

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Mood in White House – ABBB, but don’t say so

by sarahbenton on December 17, 2014

President Barack Obama sand Jordan’s King Abdullah II during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The king made a direct Continue →

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The Ynet report is followed by one from Newsweek

Netanyahu tries to persuade John Kerry to block moves for Palestinian statehood in Rome on December 15th.

Netanyahu: European support for Palestinians ‘endangers Continue →

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Gaza: The Murderous Melodrama

By David Shulman, NY Review of Books November 20, 2014

Review of Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu, translated from the French by John King Oxford University Press, 422 pp., $29.95

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Gezi Park Protesters Face Life Sentences

by Katie on December 16, 2014

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Thirty-five soccer fans who participated in Turkey’s Gezi Park anti-government protests last year are on trial in Istanbul’s Caglayan Courthouse. The individuals, who belong to Continue →

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by Kate Aronoff

Following weeks of protests around the country, 250 protesters shut down the streets in downtown Oakland, Calif., as well as the Oakland Police Department on Monday, calling for Continue →

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Reports of Labor’s death greatly exaggerated

by sarahbenton on December 16, 2014

Isaac Herzog (Labor) and Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) announce the formation of an electoral bloc of their parties at a joint press conference on December 10 Photo by Moti Milrod

Can the Continue →

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Michelle Dunne Denied Entry to Egypt

by Adam on December 15, 2014

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Egyptian authorities briefly detained Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Middle East program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former diplomat, and barred her from Continue →

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The spirit of Chanukah

by sarahbenton on December 15, 2014

jfjfpX150 Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power The real story of ChanukahBy Deborah Maccoby, JfJfP Executive December 15, 2014On the night of Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, Jews all over the Continue →
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RCC members at the organization

By Maxwell Martin, a researcher at ARK, a stabilization consultancy based in Istanbul. He has previously written for Foreign Policy and Syria Comment. Follow him on Twitter @WilayatNowhere

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Zionist Federation funds anti-Islamic tour

by sarahbenton on December 13, 2014

Mordechai Kedar speaking at a conference in Jan, 2014 YouTube screen capture/ DemoCast

Shul bans fail to derail Israeli academic’s tour

By Simon Rocker, Jewish Chronicle December 11, 2014

The Zionist Federation claims a Continue →

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Jim Crow laws that govern Palestinian life

by sarahbenton on December 13, 2014

Infographic courtesy of Gisha.

Palestinians ruled by secret regulations even the army can’t explain

Whether they want to attend family gatherings, open a business or visit sick relatives, Palestinians under occupation must Continue →

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Settlement violence: death of a Palestinian minister

by sarahbenton on December 12, 2014

The funeral ceremony of Ziad Abu Ein inside al-Muqata was only open to officials and family members. Members of the public gathered in streets surrounding the compound. He was buried Continue →

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The Story of Shami Witness

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on December 12, 2014

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Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Those of you reading this post will probably know by now of the latest viral story to hit social media: namely, the revelation of the true identity of Continue →

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The French Senate, where senators voted 153-146 on Thursday December 11th in favour of a non-binding resolution ‘inviting’ the French government to recognize Palestine.

French Senate wants Palestinian state recognized

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Islamic charity returns to Gaza after audit

by sarahbenton on December 12, 2014

This posting has these items: 1) BBC News: Audit clears Islamic Relief of terror funding claim, December 12th, 2014; 2) Islamic Relief USA: Islamic Relief USA Hosts Interfaith Anti-Hunger Meeting, photo caption, Continue →

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by Matthew R. Stevens

The treatment of Syrian refugees living in urban centres in Jordan is changing radically. New laws, passed in July, are placing strict new limits on who Continue →

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by Kate Aronoff

 

Yesterday afternoon, an estimated 150 Congressional staffers walked out of the job in Washington, D.C., joining the tens of thousands across the country who have already rallied under Continue →

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EU should raise costs of occupation

by sarahbenton on December 11, 2014

Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint, one of the many that restrict all Palestinian movement in West Bank. At this one, a Palestinian was crushed to death in the crowd squeezed into the metal Continue →

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