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Greece’s Syriza makes military deal with Israel that only US has made

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon speaks with Greek counterpart Panos Kammenos at Israel's Defense Ministry.
(Photo: Ariel Hermoni/Israeli Defense Ministry)

Greece’s ruling ostensibly left-wing Syriza party signed a “status of forces” accord with Israel on July 19. The Jerusalem Post explains that the agreement “offers legal defense to both militaries while training in the other’s country.” Only one other country in the world has signed such an accord with Israel; that country is the US, which calls its uncritical support of Israel the “special relationship.”

The global arms race between the US and China is devastating Africa and the Middle East

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The global arms race has never been more lucrative. America and China are engaged in unprecedented levels of spending around the world to influence and shape global affairs. The effects are devastating on civilians but Washington and Beijing insists they’re “stabilizing” nations. It’s one of the deadliest myths of the 21st century.

Netanyahu bluffed an attack on Iran, and Jeffrey Goldberg helped out

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Shibley Telhami

Shibley Telhami says that Netanyahu got the nuclear deal with Iran because he tried to play Obama in 2011-2012 to believe that Israel was about to attack Iran. Netanyahu wanted to hurt Obama in the election and get the Americans to attack Iran. Jeffrey Goldberg piece played right into the strategy.

The Iran deal: a triumph of irrationality

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John Kerry on crutches

Racism surely played a role in western misconceptions of Iran’s plans. Iran is somehow deemed inferior to Western powers, which are thought to be rational and responsible in spite of their record of two world wars and innumerable colonial wars, including recent unwarranted attacks on Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.

Cycling4Gaza heads to the Hague

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Screen shot: Cycling4Gaza, credit Kareem Salman

In 5 days, Cycling4Gaza is cycling 300km from Alkamaar, Netherlands to the International Criminal Court at the Hague for their 2015 cycle. C4G is dedicated to raising $286,000 to support the launch and running of the newly launched Pediatric Mental Health Project in Gaza for a year.

Not everyone is allowed to have a ‘Good Life in Germany’

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Angela Merkel consoles 14-year old Reem Sahwil after bringing her to tears when explaining Germany's need to deport asylum seekers. (Photo: Gut Leben/Newsweek Europe)

Since yesterday when a video went viral that shows the German Chancellor Angela Merkel getting questioned from school kids as part of the government’s programme “Gut Leben in Deutschland” (Good Life in Germany), the brutality and hardship of European migration policy became a little more visible by what one teenage Palestinian refugee girl had so say. Unfortunately, the entire German news coverage is leaving out the fact that the refugee camp this girl’s family is supposed to be sent back to is not their home.

Angela Merkel makes a 14-year old Palestinian girl cry by telling her she is not welcome in Germany

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Angela Merkel consoles 14-year old Reem Sahwil after bringing her to tears when explaining Germany's need to deport asylum seekers. (Photo: Gut Leben/Newsweek Europe)

A video has gone viral on social media of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a high school gymnasium bringing a teenage Palestinian refugee to tears after telling her that she is not welcome in Germany. What comes next is cringe inducing. Merkel tries to “hug” the teen named Reem Sahwil, 14, then settles on awkwardly stroking her arm. Thus, the hashtag #merkelstreichelt (Merkel strokes) along with images mocking the petting chancellor ensued.

Happy 10th Anniversary BDS

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When Annie Robbins woke up this morning on the 10th Anniversary of BDS and found a fantastically inspiring flash mob video in her inbox from Adalah-NY: The New York campaign for the Boycott of Israel, she felt so honored to be part of this glorious moral growing movement for Justice in Palestine.

Retired Jordanian intel chief reveals ‘crazy proposal’ to expel fleeing Syrian refugees to Saudi Arabia

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Retired Jordanian army General Mansour Abu Rashid presents his "crazy proposal." (Photo: Dan Cohen)

Last week, speaking at the Israel Defense conference on “Intelligence, Terror and Special Forces”, retired Jordanian army General and former Chief of Intelligence Mansour Abu Rashid unveiled what he called a “crazy proposal” to open a corridor to push fleeing Syrian refugees through Jordan into Saudi Arabia. The plan received the most boisterous applause of the two-day conference from the crowd of mostly Israeli military-intelligence officials.