Middle East

Landed in Tel Aviv

by BeyondZS on July 29, 2014

An uneventful day.  Thank god. Arrived at Ben Gurion Airport about 5PM.  The flight from Newark was 60% full.  Not much English being spoken.  There is always something magical to me when I first spot the green fields – a product of modern irrigation technology – poking through the clouds that Continue →
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Activists from RSF demonstrate

 

Photo Credit: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The State Department called on Iran to release detained American Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three others after they were arrested last week. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a press briefing that “we call on the Iranian Government to immediately release Mr. Rezaian and the other three individuals,” and that the Continue →

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Libya

Photo Credit: Ismail Zitouny/ Reuters

Violence in Libya continues to escalate as Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning. According to Reuters, the country has “descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war” in the last two weeks. The death toll has exceeded 150, Continue →

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Tomgram: Chip Ward, Leave It to Beaver(s)

by Chip Ward on July 29, 2014

The great novelist Wallace Stegner sorted the conflicting impulses in his beloved American West into two camps...

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Tomgram: Chip Ward, Leave It to Beaver(s)

by Chip Ward on July 29, 2014

The great novelist Wallace Stegner sorted the conflicting impulses in his beloved American West into two camps...

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Democracy Now! 2014-07-29 Tuesday

by Amy Goodman on July 29, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-07-29 TuesdayHeadlines for July 29, 2014"Nowhere to Go": Gaza Suffers One of Deadliest Days So Far as Israel Vows "Protracted" AssaultPalestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer: Lifting the Blockade Isn't a Hamas Demand — It's a Human RightJeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Continue →
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Democracy Now! 2014-07-29 Tuesday

by Amy Goodman on July 29, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-07-29 TuesdayHeadlines for July 29, 2014"Nowhere to Go": Gaza Suffers One of Deadliest Days So Far as Israel Vows "Protracted" AssaultPalestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer: Lifting the Blockade Isn't a Hamas Demand — It's a Human RightJeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Continue →
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The Contrails Have It: Iron Dome Is a Dud

by Russ Wellen on July 29, 2014

Iron Dome battery deployed in the field. (Photo: Israel Defense Force / Wikimedia Commons)

Iron Dome battery deployed in the field. (Photo: Israel Defense Force / Wikimedia Commons)

Contrails, the wake of an aircraft usually created by water vapor in its exhaust. When you hear them mentioned these days, it’s usually an attempt to paint them as “chemtrails,” the supposed product of a secret Continue →

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The Factions of Raqqa Province

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on July 29, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Much has been noted of the presence of the Islamic State in Raqqa province, where the group controls all major urban localities (Raqqa city, Tabqa, Ma’adan, and Tel Abyad), as well as the Kurdish militias just west of Tel Abyad, from which town they were expelled back Continue →

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Minority Dynamics in Syria

by Aymenn Al-Tamimi on July 29, 2014

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

With the Syrian civil war well into its fourth year, it is apparent that political and militia dynamics that have developed with Syria’s main minorities (in this analysis, excluding the Kurds)- namely, Alawites, Druze and Christians- have largely remained unchanged and if anything have only solidified. With Continue →

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Why We Don’t Need to Feel Bad About Feeling Bad

by Andrea Ulrich on July 28, 2014

Sad Man

“Feelings are just visitors. Let them come and go.” ~Mooji

I once thought that the goal of meditation was to reach a state of constant positivity—a natural euphoria in which a person simply does not get angry or depressed.

I think that a lot of people begin practicing meditation thinking that their Continue →

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Overcoming Shame: Forgive Yourself and Let Go

by Jennifer Chrisman on July 28, 2014

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“Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.” ~Unknown

I haven’t always been the woman I am today.

I used to be scared. Of everything. And everyone. Painfully shy and insecure, I saw myself as a Continue →

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