Samira Abrar: Youth growing up in Afghanistan today never have known peace, and after almost two decades of U.S. development efforts, living conditions in the country may be worse than when the “peacemaking” started in 2001.
Kathy Kelly: The U.S. military refuels Saudi and Emirati warplanes through midair exercises. And, the United States helps the Saudi coalition warmakers choose their targets.
The resonance here for this Jew is double: applying Baldwin’s sensibility to Jews as “authors of devastation” of Palestinian Arabs — and the fact that a strong motivator for silence about Israel is to remain in the Jewish group.
Kathy Kelly: The report describes bureaucratic farces in which families beg for information about their loved ones’ whereabouts from Yemeni prosecutors and prison officials, but the families’ pleas for information are routinely met with silence or intimidation.
Abba Solomon: In refusing to appear at a ceremony with Netanyahu to accept her Genesis Prize this spring, Natalie Portman has illustrated that the dilemma of the liberal Zionist remains bleak.
Kevin Anderson: Trump and his ultra-hawkish National Security Advisor, John Bolton, seem to have plans for Iran that go beyond merely economic pressure. Netanyahu’s Israel, the only state in the region that actually has nuclear weapons, has at times seemed ready to attack Iran.
Kathy Kelly: The Security Council resolutions invoked by the Saudis name the Houthis as a warring party in Yemen and call for an embargo, so the Houthis can’t acquire more weapons.
Marcy Winograd: The California legislature’s patronage of the Israel lobby comes at a time when Israel is losing support among Democrats.
Gareth Porter: A review of the evidence points to Israeli and MEK disinformation, not an open-and-shut case.
Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers: At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, capping six weeks of actions.
John Peeler: Naturally, if Iran resumes nuclear weapon development because of Trump’s withdrawal, he will blame the other parties for failing to rally around his flag.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Since the Saudi led invasion of 2015, the country has been thrust into a biblical type humanitarian disaster, with fifty thousand children estimated to have died from a cholera outbreak, and eight million on the brink of famine.
Kevin B. Anderson: Unprecedented character of Gaza massacre of March 30 shows utter depravity of Israeli government, but will not be able to break will of the Palestinian people.