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Archives: December 2012

Dubai New Year’s Fireworks Display, 2013

Fireworks at the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai for 2013: Dubai is back. Its economy grew 3.2 percent in 2012, owing in part to good economic growth among its two major trade…

Top 10 Ways the Middle East Changed, 2012

1. The end of any potential 'two state solution' to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel's far right wing Likud government, headed by Binyamin Netanyahu, built or committed to build thousands of new family…

Top Ten Ways NRA Stole Christmas this Year

The tone deaf and horrifyingly self-serving speech given by Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association on Friday cast a pall over our holiday season. At a time of national mourning and…

American Torture, America’s Soul (van Buren)

Peter van Buren writes at Tomdispatch.com An All-American Nightmare Why Zero Dark Thirty Won’t Settle the Torture Question or Purge Torture From the American System If you look backward you see a…

NASA: Portrait of a Polluted Atmosphere

From NASA: portrait of global aerosols (particulate matter in the atmosphere, including pollution): Note that the image is a simulation created with high-powered software to make the aerosols we (and sometimes nature)…

Israel’s Apartheid Deepens (Cole at Truthdig)

My essay on the aftermath of the Gaza conflict is out in Truthdig; it is entitled "Israel’s Apartheid Deepens, Along With Its Global Isolation" Excerpt: "Building a new, large settlement in the…

Top Ten Upheavals in the Arab World Today

1. In response to the sting of defeat at the UN, Israel announced it is building a further 3,000 Israel squatter housing units on Palestinian land around Jerusalem. The Israelis had said…