Golda Velez: Reports out of Rojava of communal governance, a grassroots, bottom-up model of democracy, were so striking that even some on the progressive left have trouble believing them.
Eric A. Gordon: Israel has only “delegitimized” itself by continuing its campaign of expulsion, unequal treatment of its Palestinian citizens, annexation and occupation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights, flouting international law.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Alison Weir describes how she learned firsthand that US media provide a false and one-sided narrative about Occupied Palestine and why she has dedicated the past twenty years to counter that.
H. Scott Prosterman: While Trump flails with apoplectic delirium on Twitter in response the impeachment hearings, Bibi faces a complex indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust
Estee Chandler and Oren Robinson: Equipped with hundreds of signs and stickers and a banner proclaiming support for Palestinians human rights, and quickly joined by dozens of supportive party members, last weekend we set out to show that California Democrats are fed up with the party’s complacency in the face of Israeli injustice.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The mistreatment of Palestinians happens right before the eyes of the Israeli Jews. If they do not see it, it is either because they do not want to see it or because they are encouraged not to see it.
Marcy Winograd: To push the vote to the floor following platform committee rejection, a team of Palestinians, Jews and others…labored throughout the previous night, walking the long convention halls, collecting 400 delegate signatures on petitions for a floor vote on the amendment.
Vijay Prashad: Iran’s system of universal health coverage has been deeply damaged by the sanctions, and that Iran is at “a high risk of moving towards a severe situation for the provision of health services with a potentially substantive impact on mortality and morbidity.”
Nick Turse: After President Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of most U.S. forces from Syria earlier this month, a Turkish military incursion into the area those troops had previously occupied set off a humanitarian catastrophe — sending nearly 200,000 civilians fleeing from the Syrian frontier, about one third of them children.
Allegra Harpootlian: Since Donald Trump entered the Oval Office more than 1,000 days ago, the U.S. has only expanded its war on terror, increasing both the number of countries we’re bombing and the number of people we’re killing.
Kathy Kelly: Along with the abuses of prisoners in places like Camp Bucca, FOB Mercury, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo, U.S. warfare predictably led to the buildup of ISIS and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s commitment to “an eye for an eye.”
John Peeler: Practically everyone outside Trump’s hard core base thinks he screwed up badly in Syria, but there is no agreement on what should be done instead.
Meredith Tax: With one careless phone call, Donald Trump destroyed an alliance that was fundamental to the defeat and continued containment of ISIS and handed Rojava to the wolves. This is a world class betrayal.