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  • Israelis Illegally Remove Solar Panels from Palestinian Bedouin Village
    • There is an element of jealousy in how Israelis react to any progress, not only by these poor Bedouin people, but also by their Muslim neighbors. Lebanon was one disgraceful example, and now they cannot stand the thought of Iran progressing further, should this deal come through, the sanctions lifted, and Iran free to be one of the major players in the region. This is no valid reason why these solar panels should be dismantled, none whatsoever, these are the zionists showing just how mean they can be just because they can.

  • Has the World's Rush to Recognize Palestine come too Late?
    • There is absolutely no valid reason why a Palestinian state should not be recognized. Facts say that these poor people have suffered for too long, under one of the most brutal occupations, blockades, and collective punishment ever seen in history, and anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that they should have been taken out of these zionist shackles, long time ago. The nations that have still not recognized the State of Palestine, are under strong zionist influence, lobbies, and aid and abet the criminal state that holds these human beings under siege, living in horrible conditions, and have their lands stolen on a daily basis. What prevents these nations from looking at the fact based map of a shrinking Palestine, and deciding it is high time a huge wrong was made right?
      We will be always seen as the nation that aided and abetted an occupation, land grabs, and handed weapons to the occupier to kill women in children in UN shelters.
      Shame on us.

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  • Top Ten Ways Islamic Law forbids Terrorism
    • You are right.
      "Bruce Feiler writes that "Jews and Christians who smugly console themselves that Islam is the only violent religion are willfully ignoring their past. Nowhere is the struggle between faith and violence described more vividly, and with more stomach-turning details of ruthlessness, than in the Hebrew Bible".[8] Similarly, Burggraeve and Vervenne describe the Old Testament as full of violence and evidence of both a violent society and a violent god. They write that, "(i)n numerous Old Testament texts the power and glory of Israel's God is described in the language of violence." They assert that more than one thousand passages refer to YHWH as acting violently or supporting the violence of humans and that more than one hundred passages involve divine commands to kill humans.[9]

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      It seems all the old, old Books of yore have violence, despite the lame efforts of some to paint on one as violent, they all live in glass houses.

    • Thank you Prof. Cole for this very interesting article. Unfortunately Islam has been hijacked by Islamaphobes, and those with ulterior motives, to discredit the religion. Now we can understand why main stream Muslims keep telling the world that Islam is a peaceful religion. These Islamic laws are not adhered to by extremists. They have been putting their own religion in a bad light, and have given the religion bad name by their violence, terrorism, and killing each other in their places of worship. They are doing the dirty work of Islamaphobes, by showing the world just how violent they are, and being easily manipulated into killing innocent people, and going against the words of the Quran. I wish this article was read by those ignorant of these facts, and who deliberately keep the negative narrative going.

      If the majority of peace loving Muslims were able to speak out louder against the actions of these extremists, and show just how wrong and anti Islam these so called jihadists are, and they do not represents their true religion, it would help save their religion from those who take advantage of these violent acts, to discredit and give it a bad name, for their own political purposes.

  • Netanyahu slips, Reveals reason for Opposition to Iran Deal
    • Absolutely. He got standing ovations and a welcome fit for a king, by his loyal servants in Congress. Non wonder his wife has boasted that HE should be the President of the United State - right now it certainly seems the Congress and media treat him like one, even disrespecting and betraying their own President.

    • It has always looked like Netanyahu/Israel could not stand the thought of a Muslim nation progressing, or even getting strong militarily. Israel wants to be the only kid in the neighborhood with rich parents, who keep buying him new toys. There is envy showing when Netanyahu attacks Iran sometimes. Netanyahu wants all Muslim nations in his neighborhood to be living in poverty and not progressing. Israel a johnny come lately nation cannot boast of a history or culture that goes back centuries, like Iran. Even Lebanon was bombed back to the stone age, when it began to pick up and show progress. If one looks at the number of Muslim nations that have been bombed by US/Israel, it is shocking to see that only Muslim nations have been attacked during the past few years. Some nations were attacked after false intelligence was shown, and it seems a willing zionist media ran with the lies.

      Juan Cole is absolutely right. I never saw a single official from the other nations being interviewed over this deal, I never saw the Iranian Foreign Minister, a major player in this deal, being interviewed or given some air time, but I did see the world's biggest trouble maker, Netanyahu, his supporters, and the Israel firsters of America, from Congress and the AIPAC paid officials, being interviewed and given plenty of time, to spew the propaganda. US media has gone from bad to the worst.
      Is it that hard to be a balanced and fair news publication, and do we really have a US media infested with pro zionists in every publication or news channel? It seems the US media has not learned a lesson from the Iraq debacle, and are doing the same mistakes again - helping the war mongers sell their war, but this time by going against their own President.

      Israel wants to treat all Arab/Muslim nations in the neighborhood, just like it treats the Palestinians. They must all live underdeveloped, in poverty suffering, and unable to progress.

      Evil is as evil does.

  • Do GOP Frontrunners have an Iran policy besides Sanctions and Bombs?
    • It would be wonderful if the US media did what they are supposed to do - question, challenge, and be informed enough to confront liars with facts, but unfortunately they are so biased they have not only let themselves used as tools for false propaganda, they have also let down the American people. The Iraq war was the perfect example of the media being used by war mongers to sell that war, based on fake intelligence and flimsy evidence. Yet, here we are again, and instead of learning from past mistakes are doing the same thing over and over again. You only have to tune in to any news program to see Netanyahu's mindless minions parroting his talking points. Not one journalist has the spine to ask a few simple questions - why are you doubting the nations trying to push through this deal, taking the word of a known liar like Netanyahu who once said " “There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing to the development of nuclear weapons. No question whatsoever". Why is the media still harping on Netanyahu's lies, and not asking him exactly why he keeps pushing for a war, and why he seems resentful that the world is trying to work with Iran, and have peace. After all, if we wage war with Iran, it is not as if a single Israeli life will be there in the front lines, fighting alongside the nation that sends them billions in aid and weapons that are used on civilians.

    • These Republicans are making fools of themselves. They have no alternate policy regarding Iran, they have no credible reasons to oppose the Deal, nor have they come up with workable suggestions to debate any part of the Deal.
      They are simply mindless puppets who are vehemently opposing the Deal because Netanyahu commands it, and well, we know that anything President Obama does is immediately labelled wrong, and they become naysayers. The bottom line is, Netanyahu will only settle for sanctions, and an American bombing spree in Iran. Nothing satisfies this man. He salivates for war, he does not ANY part of the deal, and as Juan Cole says, neither he nor the GOP has viable alternatives. Netanyahu was given a lot of air time yesterday, and he spewed a lot of BS, opposing the Deal, and as Diane Feinstein says, he has spoken enough and should simply contain himself.
      But are war mongers, who have proven records of lying and pushing us to war, capable of containing themselves?

  • What if US & UN Sanctioned Israel over its Nukes as they did Iran over Enrichment?
    • I would also like to see Zarif/Rouhani hold up a cartoon bomb at the next UN conference, and accuse Israel of having nuclear weapons already. Wouldn't that be funny!

  • How are Iranians reacting to Nuclear Deal?
    • No one seems concerned about the Iranian people. They are hardly mentioned in the US media, as people who count, who suffer, who deserve to live without sanctions, so that they can progress and live easier lives. It was such a nice sight to see them rejoicing on the streets. It must have been liberating for them to realize there will be some improvement in their daily lives. The Iranian people are one of the most cultured and educated people in that region, and it is a shame that they had to suffer the consequences of these sanctions.
      Good luck to them.

  • The von Moltke Fallacy and avoiding another World War, with Iran
    • John Kerry did a wonderful job pushing for this deal. He was unrelenting in his pursuit to avoid a war, and getting all parties on the same page. The alternative would be yet another costly war paid for by American lives and resources, which basically is what Netanyahu and his cronies in his cabinet, and the US congress really wants. NO deal is good enough for the war mongers. Iran is looking better today, more cooperative, and easier to deal with, unlike Israel who seems incapable of getting to a peace table to negotiate peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu looks like a trouble maker, an interfering busybody after his lame efforts to derail the P5 +1 talks with Iran, he is making Israel look more like pariah nation, planning wars with US lives and weapons.

      He has no more credibility in the world, and our congress lemmings look equally bad.

      So how about Dimona and Israel's secretive nuclear program?
      Israel does not believe in the phrase "example is better than precept".

  • Netanyahu on Iran Deal: threatens ‘survival of Israel’, ‘horrific war’
    • He also loves being puppet master to the US congress, and hearing their applause when he speaks.

    • Without a deal Israel's existence will be threatened, WITH a deal, Israel's existence is threatened, it seems Netanyahu cannot make up his mind. ON the other hand, without existential threats Israel cannot keep that occupation going, and cannot keep justifying IT"S violent reactions in the neighborhood.

      Which is it, Bibi? Are you so desperate for yet another US led war, that it is damned if we do or damned if we don't?

      WHAT IS YOUR ALTERNATE PLAN? ANYTHING BESIDES AN AMERICAN WAR?

  • As Iran talks Progress, US, Iran forces cooperate in taking Tikrit
    • This amazing situation only reminds us that many things are possible. So called "allies" who only urge wars, and NEVER send their forces to help our troops in trouble spots that they urge us to bomb, are not seen nor heard of, but the ones we once called the "axis of evil" have helped us tremendously fight a deadly force. It reminds me of that saying about knowing who your friends are at a time of crisis.

  • War with Iran, by the Numbers
    • The harsh realities of Bibi and Boehner's war games.
      The numbers will be staggering, but that does not seem to concern these war mongers. It never did before the Iraq war.
      Bibi has no other alternatives to the deal he keeps criticizing, so it is obvious he WANTS Iran bombed back to the stone age,
      and as for GOP the war they support does not seem to deter them, in their rabid support of Netanyahu's plan, fresh after our fiasco in Iraq, for which we are still paying for, the loss of American lives, and being responsible for the massacre of thousands of Arabs, they still seems intellectually unable to comprehend and connect one disaster to another.

  • Israel's Netanyahu jumps Shark with “Iran-Lausanne-Yemen” axis barb
    • Not only does the spoilt brat throw a tantrum about unable to participate in the food fights, it seems little Netty is having a hissy fit because he does not want his neighbor to have a shiny new toy. He wants to be the bully in the block where he can threaten to use his toy against them all, and damn uncle Obama for wanting to deny him that.

  • Palestinians fear their land will be taken by rising Israeli right
    • Their fears are justified. Many fair minded people across the world sees the serious injustice done to them, and the US aiding and abetting those who commit human rights violations and land theft against them, and know this is how the story will go, up to the end, the transgressors would have made sure Arabs are gone from the lands they once owned and they would have stolen, demolished, and made sure the Arabs are treated so badly, they will be left with nothing.
      The Arabs have to deal with evil, and the terroristic attacks against them, until then.

  • What's Religion Got to do with it? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist
    • I am sure there will be desperate efforts made to connect the co-pilot with radical Islam….. as if only Muslims did such horrible things. Anders Breivik, right wing Christian, also committed a horrendous crime that resulted in the deaths of many innocent kids. It will be interesting to know what made this man act this way. The mental stability of pilots should always be checked periodically. Some suffer from mental issues, but never take medication as it will show in their medical tests, and may affect their jobs. As a passenger this is frightening.

  • Pro-Palestinian ad campaign takes over walls of US cities
    • This is a great idea, and should spread to ALL States. There is nothing illegal or distasteful about these ads. They are factually correct, and it is time those who are foxed up by Israeli propaganda were given the right information. It is time the truth set us free, and that people questioned their congress people for the unconditional love they keep showing Israel. Give this country more billboards and ads. Thank you.

  • Obama-Netanyahu Tiff worsens: US won't rule out using UN to create Palestine
    • So what is there to wait for any longer? There is NO doubt Netanyahu is NOT interested in peace, nor ending the occupation and illegal settlements. He has made every excuse in the book to stall, reject, and be uncooperative, every time the US made tremendous effort to bring about some resolution. What more proof does the US need that this scoundrel has absolutely no intention of doing the right thing by the Palestinians. All those pathetic excuses about Hamas and the rockets are beginning to wear thin. Netanyahu's stubbornness to budge, and his arrogant continuation of illegal settlements at every excuse, are all signs that things will never change in the new government. What is Obama waiting for? The EU will only be happy to unite with the US in making Israel finally pay for all the crimes, and help the Palestinians get their statehood, independence, and human rights back.
      Time these poor victims of Israel's violence and continued theft of their resources, were given their rights back. The UN owes them that much.

  • Netanyahu's Victory did us the favor of ending the Charade
    • It was crystal clear what the Israelis wanted, and they wanted Netanyahu to do it. Polls have shown that Israelis want apartheid policies. I really cannot understand why it took this long for the US/UN/EU to realized this. It was evident, by the actions of Netanyahu that he wanted to keep the occupation going, and the illegal settlements too. Surely world leaders are not naive to realize this? The question is now what is Obama going to do? The ball is in his court, he has made it clear that there is no doubt Netanyahu means what he says, yet to a large extent his hands are tied, because within our nation, we have traitors who connive with this war criminal, against their own President, and will never stand with him. All Obama has to do is work with the EU leaders now, and make sure Israel gets it's just desserts, and the Palestinians their Statehood and freedom.

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