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The Witchfinders are now ready to burn Corbyn

February 28, 2019           |                                       

“McCarthyism” is a word thrown around a lot nowadays, and in the process its true meaning – and horror – has been increasingly obscured. McCarthyism is not just the hounding of someone because their views are unpopular. It is the creation by the powerful of a perfect, self-rationalising system of incrimination – denying the victim […]

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The Denial of Taxes to the PA is an Ominous Sign of Netanyahu’s Grand Plan

February 25, 2019           |                                       

Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments’ relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about $200 […]

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The Attack on Facebook is not for our Benefit

February 20, 2019           |                                       

It’s some achievement to get me sympathising with Mark Zuckerberg. But denunciations from a powerful combination of a parliamentary committee in the UK and self-appointed watchdogs of the new media like the Guardian almost managed it. The digital, culture, media and sport select committee finally published a damning report into Facebook after an 18-month investigation, […]

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In Hebron, Israel removes the Last Restraint on its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

February 18, 2019           |                                       

You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city […]

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Pompeo Calls Iranian Claims Of U.S. Involvement In IRGC Attack ‘Outrageous’

February 14, 2019           |                                       

WARSAW — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has rejected as “outrageous” Iranian claims that the United States and its regional allies are to blame for a suicide bombing in southeastern Iran that killed 27 members of the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). A militant Sunni Muslim separatist group called Jaish al-Adl (Army of […]

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Analysis of US diplomacy and discourse after May 2018 suggests that the administration has revived its 1979 Iran-pathology with a vengeance. Donald J. Trump shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Picture by Alex Wong/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved. Publicly, the objective of […]

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Poland To Host Middle East Summit Spearheaded By United States

February 12, 2019           |                                       

The United States is organizing a major Middle East conference in Warsaw, hosted by Poland, which has moved to tightly embrace Washington as a counterweight to Russia. Iran is the main focus of the February 13 conference in the Polish capital, and Tehran has labeled the gathering a hostile act and warned of unspecified consequences […]

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Why Are They Really Mad At Ilhan Omar? What does being a woman of color have to do with it? She said no more than other critics of American policy in the Middle East. Marc Steiner, Shir Hever, Charles Lenchner, and Phyllis Bennis discuss the issue The post llhan Omar: Anti-Semitism? Or Fear of Open […]

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Pompeo Begins Central Europe Trip With Focus On Russia, China

February 11, 2019           |                                       

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a five-nation European tour that administration officials say will focus on opposition to the growing influence of Russia and China in Central Europe. Pompeo was scheduled to arrive in Hungary on February 11 ahead of visits to Slovakia and Poland. He is set to complete his journey […]

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Muslims In The Middle East Urged To 'Embrace' Christians

February 4, 2019           |                                       

The head of Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning has urged Muslims in the Middle East to “embrace” local Christians. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, made the call on February 4 during an interfaith meeting in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) attended by Pope Francis. The head of the Roman […]

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The U.S. secretary of state is a Christian zealot who sees the U.S. as incapable of doing ill, writes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo started out the new year—the date was Jan. 10—preaching “the truth” about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and for reasons we will […]

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A Liberal Elite Still Luring Us Towards the Abyss

January 29, 2019           |                                       

A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent collapse of Europe and its supposed Enlightenment values of liberalism and rationalism. The idea of Europe, they warn, “is falling apart before our eyes”, as Britain prepares for Brexit and “populist and nationalist” parties look poised to make sweeping […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo started out the new year—the date was January 10—preaching “the truth” about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and for reasons we will get to below, he chose to do so at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (AUC). He implied that he […]

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Benny Gantz and Israel’s Drive to Become a Modern-day Sparta

January 28, 2019           |                                       

With April’s elections looming, sr Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to fear Benny Gantz, his former army chief. Gantz has launched a new party, named Iaeli Resilience, just as the net of corruption indictments is closing around the prime minister. Already, at this early stage of campaigning, some 31 per cent of the Israeli public […]

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