A Brilliant Media Ploy: “They Pulled Me Back In”

By Eric Margolis Smoke rises after an explosion in what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza August 20, 2014. Israel launched its Gaza offensive on July 8 in response to a surge of rocket attacks by Gaza’s dominant Hamas. Hamas said that Palestinians would continue confronting Israel until its blockade on the […]

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August 21, 2014

How Hamas Beat Israel

But counting bodies is not the most important criterion in deciding who should be declared the victor. Much more important is comparing each side’s goals before the fighting and what they have achieved. Seen in this light, Hamas won.

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August 14, 2014

Why Israel Lies

By Chris Hedges All governments lie, as I.F. Stonepointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all […]

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August 7, 2014

The Right to Self-Defense

By Chris Hedges A relative inspects a Palestinian family’s apartment, destroyed by an Israeli gruesome air attack in Beit Lahiya last week. AP/Lefteris Pitarakis If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense […]

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July 31, 2014

Turkish PM Erdogan Says Israel ‘Surpasses Hitler in Barbarism’

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Saturday of having “surpassed Hitler in barbarism”

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July 24, 2014

Facts: Israel / Palestine

By Robert Barsocchini How the Western media sees the brutality. Gaza (along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem) is occupied Palestinian territory underinternational law, determined by the vast majority of the world, as well as the highest court in the world, the UN’s International Court of Justice. Gaza cannot commit aggression against Israel, since […]

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July 17, 2014

Expats Keep the Faith

There are millions and millions of expats like me in the Middle East and elsewhere who spend these precious, special days and nights away from their loved ones. Many of them toil out there in this maddening heat, quietly keeping faith and observing its demands.

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July 10, 2014

L.A.’s Muslim Month

Recognizing Muslim American community’s contributions and rich heritage, Los Angeles city council has declared July 2014 as Muslim American Heritage Month, a decision widely welcomed by the Muslim community.

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July 3, 2014

So Who Won Iraq?

By Tom Engelhardt Lost dreams, lost armies, jihadi states, and the arc of Instability across a sensitive region US Army Spc. Justin Towe scans his area while on a mission with Iraqi army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division in Al Muradia village, Iraq, March, 13, 2007. US Air Force photo […]

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June 26, 2014

US Sends Aircraft Carrier to Help Iraq

The Peninsula USS George HW Bush The US is sending an aircraft carrier and two guided missile ships into the Gulf, bolstering sea and air power before a possible US strike on the jihadist army in Iraq in the coming days. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George HW Bush into the Gulf yesterday, […]

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June 19, 2014

Palestinian Prisoners: Hunger-Striking for Liberation and Justice in Middle East

Palestinian prisoners suffer out of sight, mind and public consciousness. World leaders able to help do nothing. Israeli crimes to grave to ignore go unpunished

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June 5, 2014

The Obama Effect?

Are Iran and Arab Oil Monarchies No Longer on a War Footing?

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June 2, 2014

Egypt’s Judges Flex Their Muscles

The ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi has emboldened judges to display their political independence, but some worry they’re trampling rights in an effort to curry favor with the new government, as human-rights groups say more than 21,000 have been detained

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May 15, 2014

The True American: The hate-crime victim who pleaded for his attacker’s life

Bhuiyan realized he was uniquely situated to, as Giridharadas puts it, intervene in “the cycle of mistrust and enmity between his religious community and his adopted country — between Islam and America.” He would do so by publicly forgiving Stroman…

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May 8, 2014

Egypt’s Sham Trial: Senator Leahy Blocks Egypt Military Aid

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said on Tuesday he would not approve sending funds to the Egyptian military, denouncing a “sham trial”

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May 1, 2014

Besieged and Terrified

Syrian blockade of Yarmouk refugee camp raises fears for 18,000 people left starving inside, with some already resorting to eating leaves and animal feed…

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April 24, 2014

New York Disbands Police Unit Spying on Muslims

The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped

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April 17, 2014

The Red Line & the Rat Line

‘We now know it was a covert action planned by Erdoğan’s people to push Obama over the red line,’ the former intelligence official said. ‘They had to escalate to a gas attack in or near Damascus when the UN inspectors’ – who arrived in Damascus on 18 August to investigate the earlier use of gas – ‘were there. The deal was to do something spectacular. Our senior military officers have been told by the DIA and other intelligence assets that the sarin was supplied through Turkey – that it could only have gotten there with Turkish support. The Turks also provided the training in producing the sarin and handling it.’

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April 10, 2014

A Shared Future: Muslims and Jews meet to promote Muslim-Jewish Understanding

Many leaders and activists from the Muslim and Jewish communities gathered Sunday at the University of Michigan Dearborn campus to participate in an interfaith session aimed at fostering relations between the Jewish and Muslim communities.

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April 3, 2014

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