Hiding War Crimes Behind a Question

Israel claims its latest slaughter of Gazans is justified as self-defense because some militants are firing poorly aimed rockets into Israel. But that leaves out the moral context of Israel’s seizure of Palestinian land and its harsh blockade of the 1.7 million people locked in the tiny Gaza Strip, says theologian Daniel C. Maguire.

Operation Protective Edge – It's the Economy Stupid

As the fighting between Israel and Hamas enters its 20th day, many continue to believe that this current mid-east crisis began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, writesDanny Raz.

Resolving Gaza Starts from 1947-48

The battles for Kurdish and Palestinian statehood, or the tensions among different regions of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan are more deeply anchored in movements for national rights, autonomy or self-determination that have long been suppressed by the modern Arab or Israeli security state, argues Rami G. Khouri.

Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator

The need for a credible universally-accepted mediator between Israelis and Palestinians has never been greater, stresses James M. Dorsey.

The Kurds Eye Long-Desired State

The sectarian conflict engulfing Iraq has created an historic opportunity for the Kurds, a people who have long dreamed of their own homeland. A new Kurdish state carved out of Iraq also could shift the region’s power relationships, says Andrés Cala.

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup and Its Modern-Day Slavery

Thousands of migrants are constructing the state-of-the-art arenas and gleaming modern transit hubs of world football, and rights advocates are pushing for an abolition of Qatar’s medieval labor regime, notes Michelle Chen.

The Double Folly

A relatively small fanatic Islamic group is able to inflict incredible havoc all over Israel while boldly facing down the most formidable military power in the Middle East, says Alon Ben-Meir.

Kerry’s Latest Reckless Rush to Judgment

Though the investigation of the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has barely begun, the Obama administration and the US media have sold the world on the narrative blaming Russia’s President Putin, with Secretary of State Kerry sealing the deal, writes Robert Parry.

Creating Stability and Lasting Peace in Libya

If the Libyan leaders and well-wishers establish Prevention Wings of the Military, they will ease high tensions, reverse mistrust, hatred, create stability and permanently prevent future unrest, writes Dr. David Leffler.

US Plays Decisive Role in Israel's Attack on Gaza

Washington’s good faith as honest broker goes largely unquestioned in the US, even though the country annually provides Israel with billions of dollars in aid and military support, notes Jonathan Cook.

Washington Absurdity, Arab Helplessness

Washington’s quest for a ceasefire in Gaza while wholeheartedly supporting and arming Israel’s onslaught against Palestinian civilians reflects the frightening extent of bankrupt Arab diplomacy and the true nature of the US government siding with Israel, analyses Rami G. Khouri.

A Nation on the Brink

The ongoing crisis has sent the government in Baghdad into free-fall just as the opportunistic Kurds of northern Iraq have called for a referendum in the next two months to address a long-fostered desire to become an independent country, writes Dahr Jamail.

Human Catastrophe at Gaza’s Hospitals

The US mainstream media is again downplaying the horror of Israel’s latest invasion of Gaza. The Washington Post’s front-page headline said “Israel edges into Gaza.” But the carnage is more dramatic at Gaza’s overflowing hospitals, as Dr. Mads Gilbert explained to Dennis J Bernstein.

Why an Iran-Nuke Deal Could Succeed

US hardliners still dream about “regime change” in Iran – and thus want more sanctions rather than a deal that would constrain Iran’s nuclear energy program – but the Obama administration has found that talks can work if Iran’s independence is respected, say Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett.

The Nightmare of Gaza Continues

Like average Syrians and Iraqis, Palestinians want to live normal lives. They want to be able to provide for their children and see their children's children grow and prosper, writes James Zogby.

Obama and Fast-Moving Global Crises

The three big international crises – Ukraine/Russia, Israel/Gaza and Iran/nuclear – mark a choice for President Obama, stick with Israel and the old alignments or shift toward more cooperation with Russia and Iran. But the pieces on this global chessboard are fast moving, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

What Is Israel’s End Game in Gaza?

By invading Gaza, Israel claims to be addressing short-term security concerns but it is also damaging what remains of the peace process — and the offensive raises troubling questions about the future of the Palestinians trapped in Gaza, writes former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Prospects for Iran Nuke Deal Brighten

Though neocons and congressional war hawks are still hoping to sink an Iranian nuclear deal, the Obama administration and Iranian negotiators appear to have cleared some key hurdles toward a workable plan for keeping Iran’s program peaceful, writes Gareth Porter for Inter Press Service.

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