Israeli Intransigence on Palestine Isolating U.S. and Israel

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Sherwood Ross: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak allegedly privately told his nation’s leaders, “By sharpening tensions with the Palestinians, we are inviting isolation on Israel.”

Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim

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Gareth Porter: A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion.

Condi’s World: Fantasies and Post Hoc Fallacies

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Andy Love: So, despite their best efforts to rewrite history, will Bush, Cheney and Rice be viewed as villains or inept clowns? The answer can be found in another philosophical proposition: The Unity of Opposites. They can be villains and clowns.

Two-State Solution Dead as Burhanuddin Rabbani

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Deepak Tripathi: In the midst of an economic crisis, the issue of Palestine is the last thing President Obama wants to deal with, for it threatens his reelection in 2012.

America’s Love Affair with Libyan Oil

Craig Williams: Libya actually has a special relationship to Californians and played an important role in our growth spurt during the 60’s and 70’s.

Tribunal Concealed Evidence Al-Qaeda Cell Killed Hariri

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Gareth Porter: In focusing entirely on the alleged links between four Hezbollah activists and the 2005 bombing that killed Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the indictment issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon earlier this month has continued the practice of the U.N investigation before it of refusing to acknowledge the much stronger evidence that an Al-Qaeda cell was responsible for the assassination.

Hariri Bombing Indictment Based on Flawed Premise

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Gareth Porter: The indictment of four men linked to Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri made public by the Special Tribunal on Lebanon August 17 is questionable not because it is based on “circumstantial evidence”, but because that evidence is based on a flawed premise.

Arab Spring: The Kings and the Presidents

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John Peeler: Just as with the fall of the Soviet Bloc in Eastern Europe, success in Tunisia encouraged protesters elsewhere; success in the most important Arab state, Egypt, meant that success was conceivable anywhere.

US Terror Lists Should Be Downsized

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Ivan Eland: Should we take this violent, cult-like group off the U.S. terrorism list because all these Washington celebrities seem to be at least tacitly advocating such a move? No, the group, no matter how bad, should be taken off the U.S. terrorism list because it no longer attacks U.S. targets.

Does Your Congressperson Represent You — Or Israel?

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Medea Benjamin: The Congressional recess is a time for elected representatives to be home in their districts, reaching out to their constituents. So why are one in five taking a junket to Israel?

In Congress and the Knesset, Right-Wing Extremism Wins

David Love: According to a commentator in one of Israel’s major dailies, “Israel has a government not even a Jewish mother could love and that the country’s democratic values are gradually being eroded from within.”

United States Fails to Stand for Peaceful Change

Ivan Eland: Largely peaceful protests toppled the autocratic governments in Egypt and Tunisia. If peaceful dissent can work against authoritarian thugs in those countries, it has an even better chance of working in democratic Israel.

How Not to Make Friends in the Greater Middle East

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Tom Englehart: the U.S. military has gathered biometric data—“digital scans of eyes, photographs of the face, and fingerprints”—on 2.2 million Iraqis and 1.5 million Afghans, with an emphasis on men of an age to become insurgents.

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Palestine: “Well…It Is an Occupation!”

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Bill Fletcher: Whatever the original ambitions of the Israelis in the aftermath of the June 1967 War, it is clear that the settlements are no longer a bargaining chip but are there as part of a process of annexation.

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What Is Sadr’s Game on Future U.S. Troop Presence?

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Gareth Porter: The big question looming over U.S.-Iraqi negotiations on a U.S. military presence after 2011 is what game Shi’a leader Moqtada al-Sadr is playing on the issue.

Super Rich Sabotage Arab Revolutions

Shamus Cooke: If pro-democracy or anti-austerity movements emerge victorious, they’ll have an immediate problem to solve — how to pay for their vision of a better world.

On the Question of Palestinian Statehood

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David Love: For AIPAC, the American neocons, and the Christian evangelical Zionists waiting for the rapture to begin, Netanyahu was a big hit in Congress. But his oratorical victory was a diplomatic failure.

Ass-Backwards in the Middle East

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Ira Chernus: Obama shows no inclination to back his words with the power the U.S. government could wield. Until he does, those words won’t provoke any change in Israel’s domination of the Palestinians.

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Bibi Lacks Common Sense

Leonard Eisenberg: Last week there was a meeting in the White House between Israel Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, where Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly showed me that he doesn’t have any common sense (hot nicht kein sechel).

Secretly, Netanyahu Agrees to Pre-1967 Borders

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Carl Matthes: There they were – all over TV – two men sitting, looking at each other. One sternly intense. The other looking defensive, almost scrunched into his chair.

Ding Dong, but Which is Dead?

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James Livingston: The man was waiting and wanting to be captured, assuming the American legal tradition would protect him, even in a time of war.

Arab Spring, Mideast Peace

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Brent Budowsky: The Arab Spring involves aspirations that move people around the world, across the continents and throughout the ages. Ultimately, it will prevail.

Is Israel’s Right Wing in Eric Cantor’s District?

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David Swanson: The problem is that the interests of the Israeli government, far from always representing the Israeli people, in no way represent those of the American people or the people of Virginia.

Israel-Palestine: Perspective on a ‘New Perspective’

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Joe Weinstein: Contrary to naive hopes, Israelis’ fears will not be overcome simply by a new co-existential kumbaya attitude on the part of Palestinians alone.

Chamber of Commerce Attacks Anti-Corruption Law

Marian Wang: Even as anger over governmental corruption has exploded into protests across the Middle East, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been working to weaken the law that bans companies from bribing foreign officials.

Hope Is Yours to Take Away

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Kathleen Kirwin: I never thought I would hear myself say that the Afghan people need hope now more than they need peace. What I know I did hear him say clearly shortly thereafter was: “The people have nothing to lose now. They are being killed anyway.”

The Dignity Movement Finds Its Feet

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Robert Fuller: A new dream is taking hold: people are sensing the possibility of building societies in which dignity is universal and secure.

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Images of Arab Revolt, from Technicolor to Gaddafi

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Tom Hall: Gaddafi has the scent of Saddam Hussein about him. He’s been a loyal but erratic servant of the oil bosses who dictate our middle-east policy.

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Afghanistan Withdrawal Resolution Passes DNC

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Tom Hayden: The policy resolution demands a “swift withdrawal” of troops and contractors starting with a “significant and sizeable reduction [of troops] no later than July 2011.

The Arab World’s Leadership Deficit

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Ibrahim Al-Marashi: President Hosni Mubarak was not a leader with the inherent charisma to galvanise the population. It is a problem that faces the entire region.

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