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Palestine
Shocking Nakba testimony by former Israeli Palmach fighter
29 December 2011 | Ethnic cleansing, massacres, colonization and a great deal of racism are all revealed in this shocking video testimony of Amnon Neumann, who fought with the terrorist force (elite of the Haganah), Palmach, during the Nakba of 1948.


Syrian NGOs: A dual-use technology?
28 December 2011 | Syrian NGOs have often been the sole source of information for the Western media when it comes to reporting alleged atrocities within the country. Why is it then that so many of these NGO are either funded or based entirely in the West?


An article by Ramzy Baroud
Iraq War: Moral Victory, and Selective Body Counts
22 December 2011 | Someone ought to let mainstream news producers know that the nearly 4,500 US soldiers killed in the Iraq war were not the only victims. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have also been killed as a result of the unwarranted US invasion, and many more have been wounded and/or forever maimed.


An article by Wayne Madsen
U.S. Ambassador to Syria in charge of recruiting Arab/Muslim death squads
26 November 2011 | This article published in September 2011 by Wayne Madsen can help illuminate what continues to happen today in Syria. (Silvia Cattori)


An article by Muhammed Shuair
Tantawi: Muzzling the Revived Spirit of Tahrir
23 November 2011 | In a televised speech eerily reminiscent in form and content to those made by Mubarak before his ouster, head of Egypt’s ruling military council Muhammad Tantawi did little to address the fears and demands of hundreds of thousands of Egyptian who took to the streets over the last few days in what many saw as a revival of the spirit of the January 25 revolution.


An article by Joseph Massad
Nuclear Israel revisited
14 November 2011 | How many times must this story be retold? It is common knowledge in the United States, in Europe, in the Arab World, indeed in the entire world. The international press has been reporting on it since the late 1960s. The historical details of the story are also well known.


An article by Rick Rozoff
Sole Military Super-Bloc: NATO Issues Daily Reprieves To The World
5 November 2011 | On October 31 North Atlantic Treaty Organization chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli at the end of seven full months of the military bloc’s war in the country and effused: “It’s great to be in Libya, free Libya.”


An article by Felicity Arbuthnot
Syria: Amnesty International, Regime Change and an Ambassador
5 November 2011 | Absolutism, tempered by assassination. — Ernst Munster, 1766-1839


Interview by John Robles
Rick Rozoff: "Libya. A Brutal, Gratuitous Slaying"
24 October 2011 | Libya: A Brutal, Gratuitous Slaying, the New World Order in All Its Transparent Barbarism


An article by Eric Walberg
Turkey Redraws Sykes-Picot
30 September 2011 | Turkey’s foreign policy shift is now in full gear. Having kicked out the Israeli ambassador and rejected the UN Palmer Report, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says that Turkey plans to take its case against Israel’s blockade of Gaza to the International Court of Justice, not alone, but with the support of the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the African Union. “The process will probably reach a certain point in October and we will make our application.”


The rift between Israel and Turkey
Turkey vows to challenge Israel at sea
8 September 2011 | Turkey has announced that last year’s Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy would not be repeated since Ankara intends to deploy navy patrols and warships in the Mediterranean to accompany and protect next Gaza-bound aid vessels.


BDS National Committee statement
Palestinian civil society welcomes Turkey’s Decision to Suspend All Military Ties with Israel and Lower Diplomatic Relations
7 September 2011 | The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broad Palestinian civil society coalition that acts as the Palestinian reference point of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, welcomes the recent decision by the Turkish government to impose limited sanctions on Israel and hopes that it is implemented from today as announced.


An analysis by Wassim Raad (New Orient News)
Collapse of Harirism affects Dar al-Fatwa and the army
5 September 2011 | The political campaign waged by the deputies of the Future bloc and the Hariri-affiliated media outlets against the mufti of the republic Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Kabbani and the Lebanese army, exposes the actual political collapse affecting a movement that governed Lebanon after the Ta’if accord.


Syria
Russia disagrees with western resolution on Syria
29 August 2011 | .


An article by Stephen M. Walt
Lessons of two wars: We will lose in Iraq and Afghanistan
16 August 2011 | One of the things that gets in the way of conducting good national security policy is a reluctance to call things by their right names and state plainly what is really happening. If you keep describing difficult situations in misleading or inaccurate ways, plenty of people will draw the wrong conclusions about them and will continue to support policies that don’t make a lot of sense.


An article by Eslam al-Rihani
Silenced Evidence in Hariri’s Assassination
29 July 2011 | According to German expert Jürgen Cain Külbel, the Israeli Mossad is involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.


The shift in Turkish policy vis-à-vis Syria under the influence of the United States
Turkish illusion prone to collapse
20 June 2011 | Neo-Ottomanism is the promotional cover chosen by the Justice and Development party to address the Arabs. By doing so it combined two ideas, the first being the symbolism of the cultural Islamic bind between the Turks and the Arabs and the second being the yearning for a Turkish role that dominates the Arab reality.


Western interference in Syria
Erdogan’s promises and the predicaments of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders
6 June 2011 | The transformation which the American administration chose to create in the region to buy time for Israel and secure the sufficient depletion that will protect its ability to impose its hegemony over the region has started to surface, in order to deter the consequences of the post-American military pullout from Iraq.


Obama’s speech of May 19 on his policy in the Middle East commented by New Orient News
Israel is the main reference of US policy in the Middle East
23 May 2011 | The speech that was delivered by American President Barack Obama about the situation in the Arab region (*) was not a speech about the American withdrawal, as it was promoted by some Arab writers who wanted to give the impression that the priority of the United States was the so-called democratic transformation and that consequently, nothing prompted concerns in Washington in light of the Arab revolutions.


Did Barack Obama lie about the death of bin Laden?
Former CIA Agent Claims Americans Did Not Kill bin Laden
19 May 2011 | Osama bin Laden cheated the gallows and died five years before US security forces officially announced he was killed, told to the Russian TV station, Channel One, a former CIA agent, Berkan Yashar, himself an ethnic Chechen, currently living in Turkey. [Silvia Cattori]


An article by Diana Johnstone
Weep Not for Strauss-Kahn
17 May 2011 | In a flood of carefully designed public opinion polls, editorials, and books bordering on idolatry, the French communications industry had already settled next year’s presidential election. The loser would be Nicolas Sarkozy, sagging in the polls. The winner would be Dominique Strauss-Kahn, ever on the rise.


A Protest by Professor Sattar Kassem
The Making of Al-Qaeda Member
30 March 2011 | .


An article by Samer Abdelnour
Aid industry doing no harm in Palestine?
22 March 2011 | The "Palestine Papers" reveal fully the extent to which Palestinians have neither genuine leadership nor a partner for peace. At the foreground is an unrepresentative "authority" prepared to compromise the most fundamental of Palestinian aspirations for an unrelenting colonizer and its imperious supporter. In the background lies a key mechanism enabling Palestinian deprivation: the aid industry.


The Palestine papers
MI6 offered to detain Hamas figures
25 January 2011 | British government also provided financial support for two Fatah security forces linked to torture.


An article by Sarah Irving
Book Review: Europe’s Alliance with Israel
30 December 2010 | From the eastern side of the Atlantic, it’s easy to pin all the world’s ills on the United States. Other Western countries may have perpetrated their share of imperialistic crimes but since World War II, Washington’s global might has meant that other nations’ evils can often be chalked up as following-the-leader, willingly or otherwise. David Cronin’s immensely valuable new book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, does not entirely reject this position.


Interview with David Cronin
How Europe aids the occupation of Palestine
20 December 2010 | In his new book Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, journalist David Cronin traces the intricacies of the relationship between the State of Israel and institutions such as the European Union and NATO. In doing so, it exposes the bad faith behind Europe’s position as a neutral force and its claims to support the basic rights of the Palestinian people. Sarah Irving interviews David Cronin for The Electronic Intifada.


A book by David Cronin
Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation
17 December 2010 | The European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, the 27 governments are engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. A recent agreement for ‘more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation’ between the EU and Israel means that Israel has become a member state of the Union in all but name. Rather than using this relationship to encourage Israeli restraint, the EU has legitimised actions such as the ill treatment of prisoners and the Gaza invasion.


Interview with a Basque militant
Political repression in the Basque Country
29 November 2010 | Rubén Sánchez is a Basque citizen prosecuted in the operation against ‘Askapena’, an organisation which promotes international solidarity among peoples of the world. He was released under bail of 10.000 euros and is awaiting trial, whilst the remaining five detainees arrested on the same day, 28th September 2010, are still in prison. Rubén shares with us in this interview his point of view regarding the operation against Askapena and the reality of Euskal Herria, the Basque Country.


An article by Nureddin Sabir
Exposed: 200 Israeli army offices suspected of war crimes in Gaza
19 November 2010 | Redress Information & Analysis publishes the names, photographs and other details of 200 Israeli military commanders of various ranks suspected of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead against the people of Gaza, which resulted in the murder of more than 1,400 people, primarily civilians, including over 340 children. The information was received anonymously, presumably from someone with links to the israeli armed forces.


An article by David Cronin
EU police mission complicit in Israeli, Palestinian Authority, rights abuses
12 October 2010 | A bizarre public relations exercise is now underway in the West Bank. Doubtlessly inspired by the enduring popularity of TV drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the European Union has been trying to glamorize a forensic science course it has been running for Palestinian police since mid-September.



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