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.
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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.
Read an excerpt from Richard Falk’s new book “Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring.” This section follows the cycle of revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
On International Women’s Day although I woke up in America, my heart was in Gaza. After having been detained for over 22 hours in the Cairo airport without explanation, I was deported to London and ultimately sent back to America. I was the youngest American in an International Women’s Day Delegation bound for Gaza. We […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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-Palestinian doctor Tarek Loubani (left) and filmmaker John Greyson (right). Photo via Change.org. 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 […]
On August 22, several hundred Egyptians and Egyptian-Americans hit the streets of Washington DC to show their support for General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi and the regime that overthrew the elected President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup on July 3. After surrounding the offices of the Washington Post to demand that the paper cover the […]
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, […]
Palestinians at the Rafah border crossing. (Photo: Associated Press) Having European citizenship allows Mohammed Mussa to travel freely outside the besieged Gaza Strip without exception. But he was most at ease when he returned from Gaza to Canada, his place of residence. This young man came to Gaza to marry a girl. But he wanted […]
Israel and AIPAC want to continue U.S. military aid to Egypt. Above, a picture from a joint Egypt-U.S. military exercise in 2005. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons Israel is working hard to save Western aid to Egypt. The Israeli government’s lobbying, buttressed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), comes as reports emerge about the Obama […]
This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. So I was wrong. President Obama does have a plan to cut off American aid to Egypt. Possibly. That is, if things keep going the way they’re going. Whatever that means in […]