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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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Amos Yadlin is very comfortable with Israel’s regional situation. In a conversation with New York Times journalist Ethan Bronner, the former Israeli general predicted that the peace talks with the Palestinians would fail. “The chance of Kerry succeeding is like my chance to win the lottery if I didn’t buy a ticket,” he said, but dismissed predictions of doom if that came to pass, suggesting that Israel can cope with pressure and that the country should unilaterally withdraw to the line drawn by the West Bank separation barrier. Yadlin was also sanguine about the Arab Spring’s impact on Israel, saying that Arab countries are focused internally and that Egypt’s military regime is preferable to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Journalist David Sheen delivers blistering indictment on Israel’s racist war on African migrants

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The Israeli journalist David Sheen has brought the reality of Israel’s war on African migrants to American audiences over the past three weeks. The details he presents are downright devastating, documenting how a state founded to protect refugees has become a state systematically targeting refugees for indefinite imprisonment and deportation. As Sheen notes, at the root of these policies is the driving ethos in Israel of maintaining Jewish supremacy in the face of so-called demographic threats, whether they be Palestinian or African.

Notes from the cells

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Nine women wait in a holding cell at the Cairo airport awaiting their deportation, after they tried to join a women’s delegation to Gaza. What do we have in common? writes Felice Gelman, above left. An interest in calling attention to the terrible plight the women of Gaza face particularly in the face of the tightening siege. The UN has cautioned an humanitarian disaster is imminent. And Israel, Egypt and the US all have their reasons for blockading the strip.

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

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The gloom today about the prospects for genuine democracy in Egypt may be premature, explains a distinguished scholar. Yes, 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 libeled the Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorist,” despite no evidence, outlawed the organization and killed at least hundreds of its members. But doomsayers should look at European history.

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. 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.

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. And, as ever, Israel is far from an innocent bystander. Above, an empty tunnel connecting Egypt and Gaza.

Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

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Containment allows Israel to keep everything it has taken in Jerusalem and the West Bank – with more to come — Marc Ellis, at Mondo

Canadian filmmaker and doctor remain imprisoned in Egypt

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Canadian citizens John Greyson and Tarek Loubhani remain locked up in Egyptian jail, and it remains unclear when they will be released. The pair had planned to go to Gaza via Egypt to work on an academic and medical project in partnership with al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and Greyson had planned to conduct research in Gaza for a film project. The two were taken into custody by Egyptian police last week. Supporters of the two men are working hard to get them released.

Egyptians rally in DC for General Sisi, rattling off conspiracy theories recycled from Islamophobes

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Several hundred Egyptians and Egyptian-Americans hit the streets of Washington DC yesterday 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. The rally took on a festive atmosphere, with demonstrators hailing Sisi as their hero, and chanting against the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood and the man simultaneously funding them and receiving their millions: Barack Obama. The protesters also claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood was behind Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.

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, […]