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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

Published on August 24th, 2014 | by Tom Engelhardt

The Underrated Saudi Connection by Patrick Cockburn [This essay is excerpted from the first chapter of Patrick Cockburn’s new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, with special thanks to his publisher, OR Books. The first section ... Read More



Obama Mulling Broader Strikes Against ISIS?

Published on August 23rd, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe This week’s video-taped beheading of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has spurred renewed calls for President Barack Obama to broaden Washington’s military efforts to strike the ... Read More



A Proposed UNSC Ceasefire Plan For Gaza

Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick The attempt to resolve the ongoing, albeit highly uneven, exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza has now reached the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The draft proposal, initially pushed by the United Kingdom, ... Read More



Negotiating Gaza: Lessons from 1977

Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman To understand why Israel and Hamas keep fighting, and why Secretary of State John Kerry was unable to forge a permanent peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, it helps to do ... Read More



Netanyahu Compares ISIS to Hamas: A Mysterious Equation

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Earlier today the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel tweeted a visual message comparing ISIS (the Islamic State) to Hamas with an accompanying screenshot from the video of American photojournalist James Foley’s gruesome execution. The ... Read More



A Ministerial Impeachment in Tehran

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Farideh Farhi

by Farideh Farhi The photo of hard-line Iranian MP Hamid Rasai said it all. After 145 members of the Parliament (out of 290) voted to remove the minister of sciences, research and technology, Reza Faraji-Dana, Rasai ... Read More



Israeli Democracy Evaporates While Gaza Burns

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick At what point is it legitimate and even necessary to dismiss the will of the people in the interest of peace and justice? This is a vexing question when it comes to Israel. ... Read More

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