Israel Takes Aim at the Laws of war

  Unnamed Israeli officials have recently indicated that a future war with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon is inevitable, and that large numbers of civilians will likely die in such a conflict. Israeli officials argued in a recent New York Times piece that Hezbollah, like Hamas, commits double war crimes by targeting Israeli civilians and militarizing Read more about Israel Takes Aim at the Laws of war[…]

Meet the New Israeli Government

After more than a month of negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to cobble together a coalition government in the final hour, with commentators describing the process as embarrassing and circus-like. The stability of Netanyahu’s new Likud-led government is questionable – it has the slimmest coalition majority possible with only 61 of 120 seats, Read more about Meet the New Israeli Government[…]

The Missing Peace: Full Recognition of Palestinian Humanity

For the third time in less than six years, Israeli airstrikes are pounding Gaza. That means six-year-old Palestinian children have lived through 3 major Israeli military assaults in their short lives. Every few years now, the same nightmare replays, along with the familiar news chorus of Israeli propaganda: Hamas is to blame for all of Read more about The Missing Peace: Full Recognition of Palestinian Humanity[…]

Egypt’s Judiciary Makes a Mockery Out of Justice

Egypt’s military installed government recently intensified its crackdown on the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood in an unprecedented manner—judge Saeed Youssef Elgazar sentenced more than 500 of its supporters to death. The ruling came in response to violence in Minya last August, in which a single Egyptian policeman was killed. That violence erupted in the wake of Read more about Egypt’s Judiciary Makes a Mockery Out of Justice[…]

Egypt: the Slippery Slope Gets More Slippery

The Muslim Brotherhood is Designated a Terrorist Organization…Again So much for an inclusive political process in the wake of the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi. In the immediate aftermath of a deadly suicide bombing on December 24th, which the Muslim Brotherhood condemned, the Egyptian military-backed interim government designated the group a Read more about Egypt: the Slippery Slope Gets More Slippery[…]

Egyptian-Hamas Relations: An Icy Cold Front Settles In

Is Another “Coup” in the Forecast? Since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in July, relations between the interim Egyptian government and Hamas, the ruling Palestinian faction in Gaza, have cooled considerably. The temperature dropped further this week when for the first time, the Egyptian naval police fired on Palestinian fishermen, a practice that Read more about Egyptian-Hamas Relations: An Icy Cold Front Settles In[…]

A Dark and Slippery Slope into Chaos

Egypt’s counter-revolution emerges in full force as hundreds are killed  The Egyptian counter-revolution reared its ugly and brutal head this week, showing its true colors. In an effort to break up the 6 week-long pro-Morsi sit-ins, Egyptian Central Security Forces razed the protest camps and killed 600 plus and injured some 3,000 on Wednesday, with Read more about A Dark and Slippery Slope into Chaos[…]

Did You Hear? Israelis and Palestinians are Talking Again!

The two-state “solution;” or, how to beat the same dead horse  Somehow US Secretary of State John Kerry managed to wrangle Israelis and the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table. After a lengthy stalemate, a renewed “peace process” kicked off in grand fashion with a Ramadan Iftar dinner at the State Department earlier this Read more about Did You Hear? Israelis and Palestinians are Talking Again![…]

Recent Protests: The Innocence of US Mainstream Media

The same old song and dance replays: why do they hate us? On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that the attack on the US consulate in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11 was likely a premeditated terror attack. Witnesses present at the scene told CBS News that there was never an anti-American Read more about Recent Protests: The Innocence of US Mainstream Media[…]

Between the Israeli Occupation and a Hard Place

Hunger striker highlights Israeli detention practices, but will anything change? Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan demonstrated to the world this week the power of nonviolent resistance. The 33-year-old father of two was arrested in his West Bank village by Israeli forces on December 17, and has since been held by Israel under administrative detention, without charge Read more about Between the Israeli Occupation and a Hard Place[…]