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Category Archives: Middle East
A twitter debate about Iran with Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, reveals Doran’s bias.
Naftali Bennett’s talk at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan veered from Israel’s status as a “lighthouse nation” to why the peace process was doomed to fail. But the main event of his discussion with neoconservative Dan Senor was the right-wing star’s warnings about why the U.S. should not strike a deal with Iran. “If a decade from now, God forbid, a nuclear suitcase blows up in an American city, we will be able to trace it back to these days,” Bennett told the crowd. The HaBayit HaYehudi leader urged for Western sanctions to be ramped up on Iran three days before talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program will kick off again in Geneva, with many signs pointing to a deal.
The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran. The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran. It’s the latest salvo from right-wingers seeking to scuttle a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
Showtime’s hit TV series “Homeland” is about Obama’s war on terror. Similar to 24, a popular show during the Bush era, it provides a means for the national-security state to publicize fantasies of terrorist threat, while setting new norms of acceptability on issues like surveillance and political violence. It not only sells the public on the notion that the War on Terror has become a permanent state of emergency, but that educated, sober, ethical, and smart people are in charge and that we should trust them to guard us.
The conventional narrative about sanctions on Iran is that they are meant for leverage for an eventual deal over the country’s nuclear energy program. But some analysts, like the National Iranian American Council’s Jamal Abdi, fear that the economic pressure could end up scuttling a deal. “The danger now is…the sanctions are never going to be lifted. That just like with Iraq, these are sanctions not put in place as leverage, but to prevent rapprochement and prevent diplomacy and build a well between the two countries to eventually get to a war,” Abdi said in an interview on Sunday.
Iran’s inalienable right to a peaceful, domestic nuclear energy program is affirmed by international law via the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), yet the United States believes it can dictate which rights countries are entitled to on a case by case basis. In fact, Undersecretary Wendy Sherman said as much at her recent Senate appearance.
n 2009, after a previous trial resulted in a hung jury, Shukri Abu Baker was sentenced to 65 years in a United States prison after being convicted of having a role in distributing over 12 million dollars through the charity The Holy Land Foundation in material support to the designated terrorist group Hamas. Richard Potter shares his powerful correspondence with Abu Baker from prison.
Is this the end of the special relationship? A deal for Iran to limit its nuclear enrichment is said to have been reached in Geneva, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu slammed John Kerry for agreeing to any such terms, calling it “the deal of the century” for Iran. Netanyahu hinted at military action. “This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it…. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself.”
Former Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell praises a settlement factory as an example of “cooperation” between Israel and the Palestinians.
Chuck Hagel tells Jeffrey Goldberg “I think that Iran is responding to the constant pressure from Israel, knowing that Israel believes them to be an existential threat,” which may be considered a surprising compliment for Netanyahu, who seems intent on subverting any détente between Washington and Teheran.
The large scale displacement of the longstanding Palestinian refugee population in Syria has been little mentioned in media coverage. This infographic highlights the challenges faced by Palestinian refugee children from Syria, from displacement to school closures, emergency education provision and the simple uncertainty over whether they will have access to education.
The media has failed to do its job of humanizing the civilian casualties that accompany President Obama’s deadly drone program. But that’s beginning to change. New films, reports and media coverage are finally giving the American public a taste of the personal tragedies involved. And on October 29, the Rehman family—a father with his two children—came all the way from the Pakistani tribal territory of North Waziristan to the US Capitol to tell the heart-wrenching story of the death of the children’s beloved 67-year-old grandmother.
Members of Students for Justice in Palestine at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law slam the suspension of students Khalil Vasquez and Tafadar Sourov for their anti-militarization activism.
Leaders of four rightwing Jewish organizations met with the president last Tuesday and reportedly agreed to suspend lobbying for more sanctions on Iran in exchange for Obama agreeing not to lift any existing sanctions on Iran in forthcoming talks
Israeli Consul General frets about ‘progressive elite’ delegitimizing the Jewish state at elite Manhattan event
The Israeli Consul General of New York had a stark message last week: Israel’s name is being tarnished in the media and its reputation is threatened by delegitimization. The diplomat, Ido Aharoni, made the comments to about 50 people who gathered at the CORE Club in Manhattan. Aharoni was joined by Israel Project CEO, and former AIPAC spokesperson, Josh Block who complained of “Arabists” at the State Department, and by ‘Slate’ writer Dahlia Lithwick who shared she’s “terrified to send my kids to college” due to anti-Israel sentiment.
What Comes Next: The one state/two state debate is irrelevant as Israel and the US consolidate Greater Israel
We are excited to share Noam Chomsky’s addition to our series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” Chomsky argues the one state/two state debate is crucially flawed because it ignores a third option that Israel is pursuing with constant US support – the consolidation of Greater Israel. This reality not only means Palestinians will continue to live under an ongoing occupation, but also that any hopes for a regional peace settlement with Iran is highly unlikely.
The peace group CODEPINK recently discovered that every year for the past four years, a pot of $10 million has been allocated for Pakistani drone strike victims. However, instead of going to victims of drones, the funds are getting farmed out to US-based non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance for Pakistanis who are not drone victims and are not even living in the tribal areas of Waziristan where the US is carrying out the strikes.
Israel’s handwringing about Iran’s nuclear program is ironic in light of Israel’s own nuclear-weapons program — often called the world’s “worst-kept secret” because of the taboo surrounding any public discussion of its existence.
U.S. officials have announced that a chunk of the $1.3 billion in annual aid delivered to the Egyptian military will be suspended. In response, Israeli officials have cried foul, and say that they are worried about the impact the move will have on the peace treaty with Egypt. But a close look at the announcement reveals that Israel has little reason to worry.
A poem by Alice Walker for Sundus Shaker Saleh. Saleh alleges that the Iraq War was a premeditated war against the Iraqi people — and now she is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against six key members of the Bush administration.
Reuters reports on Netanyahu’s failure to churn up momentum towards war with Iran. If anything he is losing ground as hopes for a diplomatic detente has taken over.
Abdeen Jabara, above, was hardly shocked when the scandal over the National Security Agency’s global surveillance dragnet broke in June. He has no reason to be–he has personal experience with the NSA’s surveillance capabilities. A court battle that started in 1972 eventually forced the secretive surveillance agency to acknowledge that it pried into the life of Jabara in an effort that began in August 1967.
British diplomat Peter Jenkins casts doubt on one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s central claims made at the UN: that the Iranian president wrote that he duped the West while negotiating with them over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Israel’s painful concessions are like Iran’s one nuclear weapon, a fantasy concocted for an audience that doesn’t believe a word Netanyahu says. Netanyahu’s so-called concessions are without specifics – as in where are Israel’s borders, what will happen with Israel’s settlements and how a Palestinian state can be achieved where there is so little land, no continuity, no military and no foreign policy allowed. Israel’s concessions are unilateral power grabs.
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. And, as ever, Israel is far from an innocent bystander. Above, an empty tunnel connecting Egypt and Gaza.