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‘To defend western freedom,’ U.S. must preserve Egyptian tyranny

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Is there a connection between Israel and the fact that the U.S. continues to send billions of dollars of weapons and military aid to Egypt’s dictatorship? Of course there is, and even Michael Oren says that to defend western freedom, the US must support Middle East tyranny.

A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

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The world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since the horrors of World War II. There are close to 60 million war refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, an all-time high, as people from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Yemen are fleeing violence in their countries. Human rights organizations warn the Gulf states, Israel, Iran, and Russia—all of whom have taken zero refugees—along with the US, Canada, and Europe—which have taken few—are not doing enough. Ben Norton presents a guide to the refugee crisis and how every country you need to know about is responding.

Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won’t lead to doom

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A former Israeli general predicted that peace talks with the Palestinian Authority would fail. Amos Yadlin, the head of Israel’s leading strategic think tank, lauded Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a peace deal, but said that “the chance of Kerry succeeding is like my chance to win the lottery if I didn’t buy a […]

‘The clash of civilizations’ theory is absolutely and completely dead

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It is far too early for a conclusive historical verdict on the wave of uprisings that have swept across the Middle East since a street vendor in Tunisia named Mohamed Bouazizi protested his unfair life by burning himself to death in December 2010. A half dozen Arab nations have been torn by massive popular uprisings, […]

U.S. intel analysts doubt Israeli claim that captured weapons were headed to Gaza

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Remember the massive photo ops earlier this month during the grand unveiling of  “advanced” weapons bound for “terrorist organizations” in Gaza? After Israel’s special operation interception of the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship which Israel  alleged carried a shipment orchestrated by Iran, Netanyahu “triumphantly” toured the display and made an angry fear mongering speech. The finale […]

Why I didn’t make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day

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When I boarded the plane to Cairo, Egypt, to make sure everything was in place for the women’s delegation headed to Gaza, I had no reason to think I’d end up in a jail cell at the Cairo airport and then violently deported. The trip was in response to a call from women in Gaza […]

Notes from the cells

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Nine women are sitting in the backroom of the Egyptian border control waiting the twelve hours before we will be deported. We had come to Cairo to join a delegation of 100 women from around the world invited to meet the women in Gaza in solidarity on International Women’s Day. Each of us was snatched […]

The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Syrian talks went nowhere. As expected. Everyone knew they were show and tell. In Geneva, there was no breakthrough but there were accusations and yelling galore. Along with the fear of […]

On the 3rd anniversary of the democratic uprising, is there hope for Egypt?

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The latest news from Egypt continues to depress.  Three years after masses of brave demonstrators filled Tahrir Square, the new military government continues to arrest thousands of innocent people — with the apparent support of a majority of Egyptians.  The security forces have also libeled the Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorist,” despite no evidence, outlawed the […]

Are the Palestinians the losers of the Arab Spring?

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Reading the news of Hassan Hassan’s murder, the Palestinian actor and comedian, in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp, was like a bombshell. Hassan and his wife were arrested by Al-Assad forces three months ago; his wife and son were released two days later. However, he was detained until his family was informed to issue a death […]

Israeli officials frown at U.S. slap on Egypt military’s wrist

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U.S. officials have announced that a chunk of the $1.3 billion in annual aid delivered to the Egyptian military will be suspended–and Israel is none too pleased. The move, in response to the military’s brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, comes after months of deliberations between Obama administration officials over what the U.S. reaction should […]

Gaza: Crushed between Israel and Egypt

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The furor over the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria has overshadowed disturbing events to the south, as Egypt’s generals wage a quiet war of attrition against the Hamas leadership in Gaza. Hamas has found itself increasingly isolated, politically and geographically, since the Egyptian army ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in […]

Israel and its Middle East allies have embraced the three state solution

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. One State advocates are having a field day.  They deserve it.  After standing in the Two State shadow for decades, the mainstream media is running opinion pieces on the need for Israel/Palestine […]

Canadians held in Egypt go on hunger strike to protest detention

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Two Canadian citizens who were imprisoned by Egyptian security forces last month have now launched a hunger strike to protest their detention. The detention of John Greyson, a filmmaker and prominent supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and Palestinian-Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani has been repeatedly extended for 15-day periods in the weeks […]

Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The One State/Two State debate has ignited again with Ian Lustick’s, “Two State Illusion” in the Sunday New York Times.  Ilan Pappe has also weighed in on the subject in his essay, […]

Canadian filmmaker and doctor remain imprisoned in Egypt

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Canadian-Palestinian doctor Tarek Loubani (left) and filmmaker John Greyson (right). Photo via Two Canadian citizens remain locked up in Egyptian jail, and it remains unclear when they will be released. Filmmaker John Greyson and Canadian-Palestinian doctor Tarek Loubani were taken into custody by Egyptian police last week after they arrived in the country with […]

Egypt closes Rafah crossing to Gaza indefinitely

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Gaza Witnesses: Israeli navy fires at Gaza fishing boats GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 20 Aug — Israel’s navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the northern coast of Gaza on Tuesday, witnesses said. Israeli ships fired several shells at the boats, who were fishing near Gaza City, causing material damage. No injuries were reported. On Monday, […]