Congress Seeks Netanyahu’s Direction

Conservative Pat Buchanan once got in trouble by calling Capitol Hill “Israeli occupied territory,” but even he might not imagine what’s happening now – with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invited to address a joint session of Congress to decry President Obama’s foreign policy, Robert Parry notes.

The Death of King Abdullah

The death of Saudi King Abdullah adds a new layer of uncertainty to the already chaotic Middle East, including whether his successor will continue pursuing a détente with Israel and how the oil-rich kingdom will approach the dangerous issue of Sunni extremism, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

Gaza in Arizona

Like the Gaza Strip for the Israelis, the U.S. borderlands, dubbed a “constitution-free zone” by the ACLU, are becoming a vast open-air laboratory for tech companies, note Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone.

Netanyahu’s New Record for Chutzpah

With his latest crass interference in US politics, he may have dug a deep hole for himself—and for America’s Israel lobby, stresses M.J. Rosenberg.

The West’s Help to Islamic Jihadists

Though Western leaders now lock arms in disgust over Islamic fundamentalism, the West’s actions – from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama – have often promoted the interests of jihadists from Afghanistan in the 1980s to Iraq in the 2000s to Libya and Syria in the 2010s, as William Blum recalls.

A Momentous Opportunity To Embrace The Arab Peace Initiative

Israel is approaching a historic crossroads, with a general election that may usher in new leadership and end the six years of deadlock in peace negotiations, writes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

Barack Obama’s Popularity and His Annual Stage of Disunion

Yet, Barack Obama, a political pleaser but no neocon, commands a positive rating by as much as half of the nation’s population, according to current polls. How can that be? Asks Ben Tanosborn.

Gaza’s Labor Unrest is Reaching a Boiling Point

Although some 24,000 employees received partial payments last October, no payment was issued to more than 15,000 workers in security-related jobs, reports Michelle Chen.

Yemen and the Boiling Frog Syndrome

In Yemen, the Houthis have been devouring the authority of the state one institution and one measure at a time. It is a gradual coup and the international and regional reaction has been mute, notes Amal Mudallali.

The Golden Age of Black Ops

Nick Turse, in particular, has in the past and again today done the kind of reporting on and assessment of special forces operations that should be the coin of the realm, but couldn’t be rarer in our world.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

The juxtaposition of the three events highlights a long-standing struggle among ulema or Muslim scholars and within the jihadist world about the role and place of soccer in Islam, writes James M. Dorsey.

Hypocrisy on Parade in Paris

At the Paris procession honoring the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, world leaders locked arms in defense of free speech – although many of the participants including the French have been busy cracking down on freedom of expression, notes Michael Winship.

France’s Wavy Line on ‘Free Speech’

Though called a “satirical” magazine, Charlie Hebdo was really more “scatological,” obsessed with depicting the naked derrieres of political and religious figures often bent over in humiliating postures, especially Prophet Mohammed, a willful provocation that reflected more bigotry than free speech, notes Lawrence Davidson.

Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change

A humane society will surely seek understanding and care for any person who survives the killing fields of a war zone. Likewise, people in the U.S. should be encouraged to see every detainee in Guantanamo as a human person, someone to be called by name and not by a prison number, writes Kathy Kelly.

Should We Welcome, Fear or Ignore the Quartet?

We should have mixed feelings about the news that the “Quartet” group of powers that aims to shepherd Palestinian-Israeli negotiations to a successful peace accord will convene soon to seek to revive diplomatic efforts that have been stalled for six months, writes Rami G. Khouri.

Charlie Hebdo’s Dance Macabre with Freedom of Speech

Can anyone in these United States imagine… if just as a passing thought… what would happen if Mad or the New Yorker had in their magazine front covers drawings mocking Jewish victims of Hitler’s Holocaust? Asks Ben Tanosborn.

It Is Painful To Live Amidst Chaos

The world-system is self-destructing. The world-system is in what the scientists of complexity call a bifurcation, argues Immanuel Wallerstein.

Behind the Saudi Oil-Price Gambit

Saudi Arabia is wielding its oil weapon by keeping production high and prices low – all the better to punish some rivals and consolidate market share – but the gambit may come back to bite the House of Saud, as Andrés Cala explains.

Egypt doctor gets 2 years in jail for fatal female circumcision
Appeals court sentences doctor to more than two years in jail for performing female circumcision that killed teenage girl, overturning acquittal.
A first for Arab world: Migrant workers to form labour union in Lebanon
It has support of FENASOL but yet to win recognition from government.
Arab Poets flock to Abu Dhabi for Prince of Poets' direct interviews
Prince of Poets jury’s direct interviews with 300 Poets from 29 Countries will start Saturday at Al Raha Beach Theatre.
Iraq hero dreams of incredible repeat of Asia Cup triumph
Few would have predicted Iraq's progress in face of incredible odds, and not just difficulties of deadly Islamic State insurgency.
Egypt conservation group sues over ‘botched’ Tutankhamun mask repair
Mask shows sticky aftermath of overzealous use of glue to fix mask's beard in place.
Region’s first street feast to launch Abu Dhabi Food Festival
Street Feast will run over three successive weekends, take place in Madinat Zayed, of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi city.
Global campaign celebrates achievements of 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham
UNESCO headquarters in Paris witness launch of global campaign titled ‘1001 Inventions and World of Ibn Al-Haytham,’ in presence of 2,000 guests.
After exhaustive touring, Hanni El Khatib returns to Los Angeles
El Khatib is in career position where he enjoys artistic freedom, loyal audience, yet no chart-topping songs that define him.
Did Miss Israel photobomb Miss Lebanon?
Saly Greige declares war after saying Miss Israel muscled in uninvited during group ‘selfie’ with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia.
Egypt star of the century passes away at age of 83
Official news agency reports ‘Lady of Arabic screen’ as she was known, suffered ‘sudden health problem which led to her death.’
Iran announces plans to combat ‘immoral’ online dating websites
Official site for young people will promote long-term marriages among under-30s who make up 55 percent of Iran's 77 million people.
Turkish weekly refuses to tone down biting mockery of authority
In rare show of solidarity, Leman magazine comes out with black cover with viral slogan ‘Je suis Charlie.’