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Tim Radford – Climate change caused Middle East dust storm

LONDON, 24 January, 2017 – A storm of dust so fierce that it obscured seven Middle Eastern nations from satellite observation has been blamed on climate change. In August and part of September 2015, a wall of dust driven by a cyclone cloaked parts of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian territories. Flights were cancelled, there were …

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: The United Nations (UN) headquarters stands above the neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan on September 29, 2015 in New York City. The ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has spawned are providing a backdrop to this years 70th annual General Assembly meeting of global leaders.   Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
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Disunity and Impotence at the United Nations

The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.Dag Hammarskjöld, UN secretary-general, during a May 1954 speech. The man who, by simply raising his hand, prevented all efforts to end the war in Syria is sitting in a bunker-like room on 67th Street in Manhattan. Chandeliers are hanging above his head, a pendulum …

Professor Kamel Hawwash – Britain should apologise for the Balfour Declaration, not ‘celebrate’ it

The Balfour Declaration is a letter from the then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Walter Rothschild, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The critical part of this short letter said: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate …

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teleSUR – Google Sparks Outrage by Abolishing Palestine on Maps

Google’s decision to wipe Palestine from its map app and portray the occupied territories as Israel sparks online protest campaign.    ournalists and activists have excoriated Google for wiping Palestine completely off its map app, depicting the entire occupied Palestinian territories as part of the state of Israel. A map shows Palestine’s territory, in green, progressively shrinking between 1946 and …

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ROBERT JENSEN – The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States

In the conflict over the land of Palestine, Israel’s overpowering military superiority has produced decisive battlefield victories. But just as crucial to Israeli dominance in that region is its supremacy in the U.S. news media, which is captured in the title of an important new film from the Media Education Foundation, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War …

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Stephen Zunes – Republican Candidates Defend Killing Civilians to Fight Terrorism — and so do Democrats

There has been a lot of consternation expressed in the media at a series of statements by Republican presidential candidates during their most recent debate and elsewhere in which a number of them appeared to be advocating the large-scale killing of civilians through aerial bombardment as a legitimate means of defeating the so-called “Islamic State.” (IS) These statements did not …

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Parul VERMA – Why Israel Desperately Needs Palestine : Economic-Political-Psychological Analysis

The Palestinians have become a test and trial  population who are being subjected to the testing of heinous weapons being produced by Israel. The psychological camouflage  that is sustaining this laboratory testing on Palestinians is the “ existential threat card” being played by Israel (all for profitable measures)      Israel’s military occupation and confiscation of privately owned lands in the …

Paul Craig Roberts – The Punishment Society

Once upon a time, a dental or medical exam was an opportunity to read a book. No more. The TV blares. It was talking heads discussing whether a football player had been sufficiently punished. The offense was unclear. The question was whether the lashes were sufficient. It brought to mind that punishment has become a primary feature of American, indeed …

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STephen Lendman – Israeli Forces Invade Palestinian Hospitals

Israel’s war on Palestine is a clear example of extrajudicial brutality, trampling on fundamental human rights, attacking defenseless people unaccountably, getting away with mass murder and other atrocities.  Under international law, hospitals are safe zones, protected spaces, off limits for military and police attacks and invasions. The 19th century Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and …

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Yoav Litvin – The Violence, Crisis and Tragedy of Israeli Propaganda

In recent weeks the world is witnessing another round of violence in Israel/Palestine. Though we are accustomed to seeing the same tragic and violent scenario repeat itself, this time it is different. The current wave of resistance stems from anew generation of Palestinian activists who are not affiliated with a particular organization or faction. Protests include violent and nonviolent demonstrations …