Middle East

Photo Credit: Arab News

Following failed negotiations between the Yemini Government and the Houthi rebels, President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi wrote a letter to Shiite rebel leader Abdelmalek al-Houthi on Tuesday with the following requests. He urged him to withdraw his militant followers from Sanaa – where they have been camping for the past Continue →


Israel’s foreign ministry: there is no siege of Gaza

by sarahbenton on August 27, 2014


   Behind the headlines: ______________________The myth of an Israeli siege on Gaza


Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

17 Aug 2014

Hamas would like the world to believe that it launched its rockets at Israeli cities and towns in an attempt to “end the siege.” Nothing could be farther from the truth.

There is no Continue →


Locked-in syndrome

by sarahbenton on August 27, 2014

The only crossing point for people between Israel and Gaza is the Erez crossing. Palestinians need a permit from Israel to use it, so it having been built at great expense, it is hardly used by anyone except foreign journalists and aid workers.

What the MFA got wrong on Gaza

By Gisha Continue →


Democracy Now! 2014-08-27 Wednesday

by Amy Goodman on August 27, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-08-27 WednesdayHeadlines for August 27, 2014"The Damage is Beyond Imagination in Gaza": Journalist Mohammed Omer on Ceasefire Deal & RebuildingNSA Creates Google-Like Search Engine to Help Other Agencies Access Collected Phone, Email RecordsIs Ferguson Feeding on the Poor? City Disproportionately Continue →

Statement on antisemitism by JfJfP

Jews For Justice For Palestinians Executive Committee.

August 25, 2014

In the current climate we felt it would be useful if we issued the following statement on antisemitism:

JFJFP abhors antisemitism as it does all forms of racism. It is important that there is a clear understanding of what antisemitism is. Continue →


AU Human Rights Memorial Project Consultation Report

by World Peace Foundation on August 27, 2014

Our partners at Justice Africa have recently published a report of the In-Country Consultations 2013-2014. Below is the executive summary and foreword, by Chair of the Interim Board of the AUHRM, Andreas Ensheté. The full text of the report, as well as individual country consultation reports can be found on Continue →


The Benefits of Bringing More Play into Your Work

by Makenna Johnston on August 26, 2014

Play at Work

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~George Bernard Shaw

During the magical period we humans call adolescence, we do this strange thing. We utterly stop playing.

Our lives become focused on schoolwork, burgeoning teen hormones, and deciding where we fit within the social Continue →

Happy and Present

“The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.” ~Robert Pirsig

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by unpleasant thoughts and feelings? Do they show up like an uninvited guest when you’re least expecting them?

About eight months ago, I quit a lucrative Continue →


The crippling cost of war against Hamas

by sarahbenton on August 26, 2014

Articles from Al Arabiya, Financial Times, and Globes (Israeli business news).

Design by Farwa Rizwan/ Al Arabiya News

Why the war on Gaza is bad for Israel

By Rajia Aboulkheir, Al Arabiya News August 17, 2014

Israel’s Gaza war has cost the country far more than the death of 64 soldiers, with growing domestic discontent Continue →


The Smiling Face of the Islamic State

by Russ Wellen on August 26, 2014

Raqqa, Syria is the Islamic State’s center of operations. (Photo: Beshr O / Flickr)

Raqqa, Syria is the Islamic State’s center of operations. (Photo: Beshr O / Flickr)

No doubt because it expects the caliphate it declared to extend beyond Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recently changed its name to just the Islamic State (IS). Never mind that Continue →


Holocaust survivors speak up for Gaza

by sarahbenton on August 26, 2014

To add your name to a letter of support for the letter published in the NY Times (item 4)  click here.

This posting has these items about Dr. Hajo Meyer and the letter of protest by survivers of the Nazi genocide which he was the first to sign:

1) Electronic Intifada: In Continue →


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