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Gaza’s Schools on the Battlefield (HRW)

Gaza’s Schools on the Battlefield (HRW)

By Bede Sheppard via Human Rights Watch Follow @BedeOnKidRights On July 30 a school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came…
Gaza and Soweto

Gaza and Soweto

By Juan Cole On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Here is a summary of the June 18…
Impeachment is a Cash Cow (Colbert Report)

Impeachment is a Cash Cow (Colbert Report)

Colbert Report: "Rising Calls for Obama's Impeachment" The Colbert ReportGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on Facebook ------
Israel & Palestine both Need to Root out the Hate

Israel & Palestine both Need to Root out the Hate

By Yakir Englander via ISLAMiCommentary Yakir Englander Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d…
Gaza:  Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough

Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough

By Juan Cole When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. In World War II, the US wanted to defeat Germany militarily, but then to help it return to democracy and…
Arab-Americans take on hate

Arab-Americans take on hate

By Anna Lekas Miller "[This week]... several members of New York City’s Arab-American community filed into the Good Shephard’s Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for the launch of the Take On…
Where is Palestine?

Where is Palestine?

AJ+ You can't find it on a map. But millions call it home. Where is Palestine? It's complicated. But give us a little over 90 seconds, and we'll give you the gist.…
Peace Square, Tel Aviv

Peace Square, Tel Aviv

Via SocialTV "It won't end until we speak". Under this banner, The Parents Circle Families Forum for bereaved Israelis and Palestinians hosted a discussion at the Cinamateque in the center of Tel…
U.N.: One Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza

U.N.: One Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza

By Juan Cole UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that Israel's military actions are responsible for the death of a child every hour in recent days and…
The U.S Has More Solar Workers Than Coal Miners

The U.S Has More Solar Workers Than Coal Miners

By Christopher DeMorro via CleanTechnica Though solar power is still far from surpassing coal as America’s primary energy source, the number of people employed by the solar industry has surpassed the number…
The World Asks:  Is Israel Targeting Civilians in Gaza?

The World Asks: Is Israel Targeting Civilians in Gaza?

By Luisa Gandolfo via The Conversation When the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accused Hamas of using “telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause”, he overlooked an element of the conflict that could…
Hottest June On Record Since 1880

Hottest June On Record Since 1880

By Ann Werner US government scientists have released their findings that this past June is the hottest on record since record keeping began in 1880. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)…
Blow-Back:  How Bush-Cheney Reduced Iraq to Ashes

Blow-Back: How Bush-Cheney Reduced Iraq to Ashes

By Dahr Jamail [This essay is a joint TomDispatch/Truthout report.] For Americans, it was like the news from nowhere.  Years had passed since reporters bothered to head for the country we invaded…
Life In Gaza Explained (Video)

Life In Gaza Explained (Video)

"Gaza has been described as the world's largest open air prison. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. We look at the the unforgiving…
Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

By Juan Cole The Egyptians appear to have floated their cease-fire agreement Tuesday morning in the press, and Hamas insisted any such proposal had to be communicated directly with them. As a…
Quashing Jewish Dissent on Israel

Quashing Jewish Dissent on Israel

By Shalom Goldman A New Yorker cartoon of a few years back shows Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Looking at Moses, one Israelite says to the other, “Well, he’s…
Israel and Palestine: An Animated Introduction

Israel and Palestine: An Animated Introduction

"Easy to understand, historically accurate Jewish Voice for Peace mini- primer about why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting, why the US-backed peace process has been an impediment to peace, and what you…
The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

By Juan Cole Dark Satire: Irony alert Prosecutor: "Justices of the International Criminal Court, I shall demonstrate to you that this man (points at detained Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in orange jump…
Is Pope Francis the Green Pope?

Is Pope Francis the Green Pope?

By Robyn Purchia Pope Francis is putting a smile on environmentalists’ faces again. In an address at the University of Molise on Saturday, an agricultural and industrial region in southern Italy, Pope…

Draft notices sent out 100 Years Late

By Cory Doctorow A US Selective Service database merge used two-digit years, and didn't sanity-check its threatening notices to 19th century men who'd apparently failed to sign up for the draft by…
Palestine 1896

Palestine 1896

First film footage taken of Ottoman Palestine (Lumiere Bros.), in 1896. Palestine 1896 h/t William Dalrymple Kemal Karpat wrote that according to the Ottoman Census of 1893, the population of most of…
Top 7 Really Disturbing News from Iraq

Top 7 Really Disturbing News from Iraq

1. Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the so-called 'Islamic State.' Since the Kurds have in fact fought the…
NSA Spying: Now It’s Personal

NSA Spying: Now It’s Personal

By Eva Galperin and Nadia Kayyali via EFF Imagine that you watched a police officer in your neighborhood stop ten completely ordinary people every day just to take a look inside their…
Escaping Mosul and ISIS Assassination Campaigns

Escaping Mosul and ISIS Assassination Campaigns

niqash | Special Correspondent | Mosul | Refugees from the Ninawa province, of whihc Mosul is the capital, queue to get into Iraqi Kurdistan. One local journalist explains why streets in the…
Israeli Rhetoric Hides War Crimes against Gaza

Israeli Rhetoric Hides War Crimes against Gaza

By Chloé Benoist As Israeli forces began their assault on the Gaza Strip, Israel’s leaders and media ramped up a rhetoric offensive, using dehumanizing discourse to garner support for deadly military action…
The Return of Jim Crow in North Carolina

The Return of Jim Crow in North Carolina

By Lauren McCauley Rights Groups Call for Halt to 'Worst Since Jim Crow' Voting Law Hundreds of people were turned away outside of a packed courtroom in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Monday…
5 Most alarming Developments in Iraq

5 Most alarming Developments in Iraq

By Juan Cole 1. Airstrikes killed 7 and wounded 30 in Mosul on Sunday. But it isn't clear who was flying the planes! The US denies it was Americans, and the spokesman…
Can Palestinians ever Get a Break in the American Press?

Can Palestinians ever Get a Break in the American Press?

By: Yazan al-Saadi As tragedy and uninterrupted terror strikes the besieged Palestinian population once more, Western media outlets have been busy producing and presenting articles and television reports on the events taking…
How are Iran’s Special Forces intervening in Iraq?

How are Iran’s Special Forces intervening in Iraq?

By Golnaz Esfandiari To help Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government battle militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iran could potentially offer significant assistance through its powerful…
Can Tony Blair Mess up Egypt even Worse?

Can Tony Blair Mess up Egypt even Worse?

By Juan Cole Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Blair maintains that he will not be paid to do so,…
Uneasy Caliphate: Inside Hawija in Iraq

Uneasy Caliphate: Inside Hawija in Iraq

By Shalaw Mohammed | Hawija NIQASH visited Hawija, a large northern Iraqi town near Kirkuk, which is currently controlled by Sunni Muslim extremists and local tribes. The town is dominated by ISIS’…