Now That The Guns Have Been Silenced

The invasion and reoccupation of Gaza could have ended Hamas’ provocations, its ability to fire thousands more rockets, and terrorizing of the Israelis, but the cost would have been enormous in blood and treasure, says Alon Ben-Meir.

Judging Israeli-Palestinian Demands

Neither side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict wants to accept a return to the status quo prior to the latest bloodshed, but there are differences between the reasonableness of the conflicting demands and how the world should see them, as John V. Whitbeck explains.

Seeking Accountability for Gaza

Israel and the Obama administration insist that Israel’s recent slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza was justified by indiscriminate rocket fire from the blockaded area, but some international law advocates think the disproportionate response justifies prosecution of Israeli and U.S. officials for war crimes, says Marjorie Cohn.

Is Hamas winning the Gaza war?

The effects of Hamas’ strategy are already evident on the ground. Beyond having been forced into a war of attrition, Israeli towns and settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip have turned a majority of their residents into internal refugees, notes James M. Dorsey.

Antidote to the Islamic State Threat

Stop the abusive and criminal policies that have demeaned millions of decent Arab men and women and shaped Arab countries for the past half a century, urges Rami G. Khouri.

The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

If you’re a reader with access to the Internet, you’re living in a new golden age of investigative journalism. Woodward and Bernstein may be a fading memory in this country, but from Asia to Africa to Latin America, muckrakers have corrupt officials and corporate cronies on the run, reports Anya Schiffrin.

PM Netanyahu: 'Show Me the Science!'

Can PM Netanyahu cite any scientific research published in reputable peer-reviewed journals showing that bombardment will create full security and quiet? Asks Dr. David Leffler.

A Lesson Israel and Hamas Should Remember

Ideally the solution will have to be based on the establishment of a long-term ceasefire that will provide the basis for the demilitarization of Gaza and ending the blockade over time and in phases, writes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

A Symbolic Symmetry Amidst Military Futility

Can diplomacy allow Palestinians and Israelis simultaneously to live without being attacked by the other, but also in freedom to move, trade, fish, build and travel? Asks Rami G. Khouri.

Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

The “war on terror” has failed because it did not target the jihadi movement as a whole and, above all, was not aimed at Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the two countries that fostered jihadism as a creed and a movement, says Patrick Cockburn.

The American Cult of Bombing

As the US heads into another round of bombing in Iraq, already promised to last for “months,” William J. Astore explores the American cult of both the bomber and of bombing. After all, as he points out, if anyone had predicted in the 1980s (when Washington was an ally of Iraq) that four American presidents in a row would order the repeated bombing of that country, you would have thought that person mad.

Can Abadi Survive Washington’s Political Games?

The pressure on the Iraq military and through subversion will deepen the Iraqi nightmare. Replacing Maliki with Abadi is just a deceitful political game. Only naïve people believe in its good intentions, writes Abbas J. Ali.

The Riddle of Citizen Views on Arab Statehood

The advent of the IS and apparent adherence to it by some Sunni tribes in Syria and Iraq is the latest attestation of the fickle and thin nature of citizen allegiance to the contemporary centralized Arab state, argues Rami G. Khouri.

Obama’s Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside in favor of Haider al Abadi, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State, argues James Zogby.

Back into Iraq, Again

As the US military returns to Iraq, Official Washington won’t tolerate a serious examination of the back story of the crisis, which began with the US invasion of Iraq and continued with covert support of Sunni rebels seeking to overthrow Syria’s government, now returning to Iraq. Instead, its more hype and deception, says Danny Schechter.

Giving Israel a Pass on Civilian Deaths

The Obama administration, which touts its “responsibility to protect” civilians when it wants to intervene somewhere in the world, went silent when Israel engaged in massive attacks on civilian targets in Gaza, killing hundreds of non-combatants including many children, notes Gareth Porter for Inter Press Service.

Century of Disaster: Riddles, Lies, and Lives

The twentieth century, which was born proclaiming peace and justice, died bathed in blood. It passed on a world much more unjust than the one it inherited. The twenty-first century, which also arrived heralding peace and justice, is following in its predecessor’s footsteps, writes Eduardo Galeano.

Revolutionary Purity from Trotsky to Baghdadi

And while Salafists/Saudis piously distance themselves from this terrorism, they are cut from the same cloth as their more radical Salafi offshoots. They all live in an ultra-purist world, argues Eric Walber.

 
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