Murray Polner: As all civil wars go, this one is especially unforgiving and brutal, made worse by bitter historic ethnic, religious and tribal rivalries and the proxy wars fought by foreign powers that are there to defend its interests.
Gareth Porter: With the Iran nuclear agreement, President Obama opened lines of communications to Iran, but political pressures in Washington prevent a more substantive shift in relations. us-iran ties
Gareth Porter: The administration’s vacillation on the issue reflects the reality that the US-supported armed opposition has no intention to withdraw from its close military collaboration with Nusra Front.
Murray Polner: Dov Waxman’s Trouble in the Tribe is a fair and thorough account of a growing schism between American Jews who refuse to remain silent about Israeli policies they find objectionable and the well-known Israel Lobby.
Gareth Porter: The Saudi regime certainly played a role in the trail of events that led to 9/11, but there is no need to wait for the declassification of the 28 pages to understand that trail.
Stephen Fox: Although it is concealed in campaign rhetoric thus far, in my opinion, Clinton is far more of a hawk than even George Bush II was.
Peter Cavanaugh: Although Saudi Arabia has long denied any involvement in condoning or supporting the nightmare of 9/11, it does seem reasonable to suggest after almost 15 years that certain persons and/or elements in Saudi society were quite possibly major contributors to the debacle. Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
We are the first U.S. delegation to Palestine to focus specifically on political imprisonment and solidarity between Palestinian and U.S. prisoners.
Marcy Winograd: Bloom’s bill would prohibit California and its cities from contracting with companies that boycott the illegal Israeli occupation; in other words it would punish companies that respect human rights and international law.
John Hanrahan: Regardless of the sincerity of petition-signers who believe no-fly zones can save civilians’ lives, the recent history in Iraq and Libya demonstrate that no-fly zones are actually precursors to — or accompanists of — stepped-up military action by the United States and other western powers to bring about regime change.
Marcy Winograd: Bloom’s water-carrying for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has raised the ire of some of his district’s residents (count me in that crowd), including members of LA Jews for Peace.
Abba Solomon: This documentary film aims to explain why United States media, in contrast to most of the world’s, omit the Palestinian story, and thus why US public opinion favors Israel so markedly.
Abba Solomon: Like pro-American-annexation anti-monarchy leaders in Hawaii, Zionists Ben Gurion, Jabotinsky, and Weizmann came to Palestine with a consciously “Western,” “European,” “Civilizing” mission.