Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Members of the Green Party United States traveled to the International Criminal Court to deliver a letter calling for a full investigation of Israel for war crimes it has committed against the Palestinians.
Larry Wines: Because of miserable political shenanigans, a surprise “rule” vote this afternoon is set to protect, rather than stop, the blatantly illegal US war funding and support of Saudi Arabia’s brutal war on the civilian population of Yemen.
Abba Solomon: Israeli parties and politicians are expressing aspirations for annexation, and there is higher and higher public approval in the Israeli public.
Kary Love: The recent disappearance and probable killing of Saudi national but US resident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has some common-sense problems. Something about it seems rotten.
Mel Gurtov: The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, an independent-minded Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, almost certainly at the hands of a Saudi assassination squad dispatched by (now King) Salman, shows what happens when US foreign policy is for sale.
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies: Unfortunately, killing and maiming civilians with US weapons is a regular occurrence, as evidenced in our new CODEPINK report War Profiteers: The U.S. War Machine and the Arming of Repressive Regimes.
WJ Astore: As Israel combats terrorism and the legacies of West Bank occupation and isolation of the Gaza Strip, the government prosecutes policies that are considered illiberal and dangerous by many Jewish critics within Israel itself.
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.