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Archives: December 2014

We have so much to Learn from Cuba

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr In this column, Robert F. Kennedy – son of Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy – looks behind the U.S. embargo against…

Christmas in Gaza

Middle East Eye | -- "Christians in Gaza prepare to celebrate yet another Christmas under the Israeli imposed siege. Bishop Alexios of Gaza speaks to MEE about his hopes that the siege…

Turkey again goes down Path of the One-Party State

By Erdağ Göknar (Istanbul) | (ISLAMiCommentary) -- Erdağ Göknar If we read the recent government-ordered police raids against opposition media in reverse, we can get a better sense of how last year’s…

Israeli forces suppress Christmas march in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday suppressed a peaceful march calling for "Christmas without occupation" in Bethlehem. Demonstrators marched to the Israeli military checkpoint in northern Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas and…

Reality TV Iraq Style: Confronting your Terrorist

AJ+ | -- "It's reality TV like you've never seen it before: Iraqi terrorists being escorted around their crime scenes, meeting their victims and confessing on camera. Co-funded by the Iraqi justice…

Year 6 of the Climate Activism Revolution

By Rebecca Solnit | (Tomdispatch.com) It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the…

Iran Honors Its Fallen Jewish Soldiers

By Frud Bezhan | (RFE/RL) | -- Iran is well-known for its stinging anti-Israeli rhetoric and refusal to recognize what it calls the "Zionist regime." So, it might have come as a…

Palestinians Under Threat In Jerusalem

AJ+ | -- "With tensions rising in Jerusalem, hate crimes against Palestinians have increased in recent months. Mohammed lost his cousin to one such incident a while ago, and now he is…

5 Countries where Solar Power is making a Revolution

By Juan Cole | -- Developing countries of the global south don't have enough electricity. Sometimes rural populations are only just now getting electricity. Ironically, many of them can leapfrog conventional power…

Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails USA as Policy

By Juan Cole Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders. The document urges such strikes, but is amazingly frank about the drawbacks. it says, "Potential…

Pope Francis Backs Obama’s Cuba Opening

By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Dec 18 2014 (IPS) - In perhaps his boldest foreign-policy move during his presidency, Barack Obama Wednesday announced that he intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba.…

If Jeb Bush Is In, Who Will Win Wall Street’s Money?

Bloomberg Business | -- "Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle and John Heilemann talk cash and 2016 prospects. Bloomberg Politics leads Bloomberg's political coverage across all platforms: Web, mobile, television, digital video, radio, live events…

‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Ayesha Jalal)

By Joseph Richard Preville and Julie Poucher Harbin (ISLAMiCommentary) Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville| -- Pakistan is a nation with a strong will to survive. It has endured political…

The Trial of Richard Bruce Cheney

By Juan Cole | -- Satire alert : The hall at the International Criminal Court in the Hague was packed today as the trial began of former US Vice President Richard Bruce…

Climate Change and Yemen’s Agony

By Juan Cole | (The Nation) -- From "Why Is Yemen So Violent? Because It Is So Poor and Thirsty" . Answer: "Yemen’s troubles are only beginning, and one worries that much…

Watchdog Says World Internet Freedom In Decline

By RFE/RL | --- A U.S.-based rights watchdog says Internet freedom around the world has deteriorated for the fourth consecutive year, with the steepest declines in Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. In its…

Americans’ Personal Freedom falls to 21 in World

The Young Turks | --- ""Americans' assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States…

Annual Informed Comment Fundraiser

By Juan Cole | --- What an incredible year this has been! Informed Comment has gone from strength to strength. We expect 2015 to be as dramatic, and will continue to expand…