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First reported Apr 14 2014 - Updated Apr 14 2014 - 1 reports

MAKING SENSE OF THE SYRIAN TRAGEDY

In the three years since the Syrian uprising erupted, over 100,000 people have been killed, millions have been displaced, and civil war has become the dominant dynamic. On Sunday, April 20, Ziad Abu-Rish will speak on the crisis, highlighting the major ... [Published Santa Monica Patch - Apr 14 2014]
First reported Apr 08 2014 - Updated Apr 09 2014 - 1 reports

What Middle East Crisis? Peace Process as a successful US Investment

It’s an American investment in the region that goes hand in hand with their support of Israel and interest in energy supplies Crisis seemed to loom large as Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed applications to join 15 international ... [Published Gulf News - Apr 08 2014]
First reported Apr 03 2014 - Updated Apr 03 2014 - 1 reports

The drone-casualty-law-civic nexus

The issue of civilian casualties from armed-drone strikes in Afghanistan and elsewhere needs transparency from Britain's military establishment. Both legal and civic pressures are rising. The defence committee of the UK parliament published a report ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Apr 03 2014]
Entities: Drone, Casualty, Afghanistan
First reported Apr 01 2014 - Updated Apr 01 2014 - 1 reports

Opinion: Kerry’s Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry - by Ramzy Baroud

As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a ‘framework’ agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. The Obama administration must now conjure up an escape ... [Published Tripoli Post - Apr 01 2014]
First reported Mar 27 2014 - Updated Mar 27 2014 - 1 reports

The drone evasion

A parliamentary report on the UK's use of armed-drones in Afghanistan is, in its language and its attitude to casualties, a study in closure. An official study of the use and impact of armed-drones might be welcomed as recognition of the importance ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 27 2014]
Entities: Drone, Afghanistan, Evasion
First reported Mar 21 2014 - Updated Mar 21 2014 - 1 reports

A tale of two speeches

Vladimir Putin's vision of Russia's destiny has parallels with George W Bush's of the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. This makes the existing crisis over Ukraine even more acute. George W Bush delivered his second state-of-the-union address ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 21 2014]
First reported Mar 21 2014 - Updated Mar 21 2014 - 1 reports

Anti-Israel author is ‘victim of secret plot’

The Israeli embassy lobbied Amnesty International to stop an anti-Israel activist holding an event at its headquarters, it has been revealed.The new edition of Ben White’s book Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide will be launched at Amnesty’s offices ... [Published Jewish Chronicle - Mar 21 2014]
First reported Mar 18 2014 - Updated Mar 19 2014 - 1 reports

Opinion: A Kuffiya for Tony Benn ? The British Warrior Who ?Matured with Age? - by Ramzy Baroud

Home News Article MMar 18 2014 Long before the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign inched slowly from the fringes of global solidarity with Palestinians to take center stage, Tony Benn had been advocating a boycott of Israel with unrestricted conviction, ... [Published Zawya.com - Mar 18 2014]
First reported Mar 13 2014 - Updated Mar 13 2014 - 1 reports

Iraq, past and future war

The retreat from Afghanistan is proving hard enough for the United States. But its military return to Iraq is much more serious. The United States has so far failed to secure an agreement with Hamid Karzai's government to maintain some forces in Afghanistan ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 13 2014]
First reported Mar 11 2014 - Updated Mar 11 2014 - 1 reports

Tariq Ali comes to Edinburgh

Over the coming months, the University of Edinburgh's Sociology Department will be co-hosting 'The Independence Lectures' with the Edinburgh branch of the Radical Independence Campaign.The first lecture, entitled ´Dismantling the British State: Tactics, ... [Published Edinburgh Journal - Mar 11 2014]
First reported Mar 10 2014 - Updated Mar 10 2014 - 1 reports

Remembering Ali Mustafa

Podur.orgI met Ali Mustafa a long time ago, when he was one of the younger activists in Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA). I was not so old as I am now but Ali's energy and anger made me feel my age then.Ali was no single-issue activist. He spent ... [Published Counter Currents - Mar 10 2014]
First reported Mar 06 2014 - Updated Mar 06 2014 - 1 reports

Ukraine's crisis, the west's trap

The dangerous stand-off with Russia over Ukraine is also a display of the west's skewed perceptions and moral vanities.    Video of the confrontation went round the world in just a few hours and seemed to capture the huge risks of a crisis transiting ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 06 2014]

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“Sometimes when the Interamwe came to the house, they would say ` "We have to exterminate the Tutsi, she will tell our secrets.’ And the man's first wife would also keep saying, ‘Why can't we kill this Tutsi, like the rest?’ Then he would hit her. That is why I think he loved me, but I did not love him. I knew he was the one who helped kill my family and everyone else. He was the chief (who) ordered it, how could I love him?”"
...the argument that they should be fully recognised in their individuality; the Every Casualty group is very much leading the way in this work (see " Every casualty: the human face of war ", 15 September 2011). The second is the role of armed-drones as part of the strategic shift that - following the costly failures in Iraq and Afghanistan - would replace “boots on the ground” with security by “remote control” (see " Remote control: a new way of war ", 18 October 2012). That, too, is an issue being explored by non-government groups, in this case the Remote Control Project of the Network for Social Change , whose information-packed website has just gone live. These are matters that go to the fundamentals of modern war and its impacts, of human security, and of legal and human rights in the 21st century. They simply will not go away; they will be addressed, however long it takes. If the UK defence committee was more able to recognise this, it might be better equipped to serve the valuable parliamentary purpose of aiding a long overdue debate. Sideboxes"
...a distance from public disputes over the use of armed-drones by western forces, especially over the civilian casualties they have inflicted (see " Remote control: a new way of war ", 18 October 2012) The content of the report confirms this sense of avoiding realities. For example, it does provide updated information on the Royal Air Force (RAF’s) use of Reaper armed-drones in Afghanistan; by 31 August 2013, it says, these had accumulated over 50,000 hours on operations and in the same period had fired 418 weapons. A Reaper armed-drone fires Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and drops GBU-5,670 kilogram, but the report does not say how many of each were used. Moreover, alongside the lack of detail in relation to these 418 bombs dropped and missiles fired, the report quotes the UKUK defence ministry as saying it was aware of only one incident where civilians were killed (as a by-product of targeting two trucks carrying explosives). The implication is that powerful weapons were fired on 417 occasions - and only insurgents were killed. In turn this raises ancillary questions. Who is an insurgent? If a compound is hit and an insurgent is killed, is that person’s brother, sister, father, mother, uncle, cousin, child or friend treated as akin to an insurgent by virtue of being present near a target? How does the drone’s operator tell the difference between an insurgent or someone else in the house, or indeed in a minibus or truck? Perhaps the ministry has answers - though there is no evidence from the report that the committee inquired further to try to unearth them. As things stand, the quite astonishing statement on civilian casualties underlines how thoroughly disappointing is the document in its whole approach."
...They act as they please, here and there, they use force against sovereign states, building coalitions on the principle "If you are not with us you are against us" ”. These words also reflect the accumulated bitterness and grievance felt by many Russians about the disastrous fate of their country in the 1990s, when...

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MAKING SENSE OF THE SYRIAN TRAGEDY [Published Santa Monica Patch - Apr 14 2014]
What Middle East Crisis? Peace Process as a suc... [Published Gulf News - Apr 08 2014]
Rape as spectacle, rape as genocide: Notes from... [Published Daily Maverick - Apr 08 2014]
Hugo Chavez: A Revolutionary Life [Published Dissident Voice - Apr 05 2014]
The drone-casualty-law-civic nexus [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Apr 03 2014]
Opinion: Kerry’s Looming Deadline and the Peace... [Published Tripoli Post - Apr 01 2014]
Canada’s transformation under neoliberalism [Published Canadian Dimension - Mar 29 2014]
Ukraine’s IMF Deal Means Greece-Like Depression [Published Common Dreams - Mar 28 2014]
The drone evasion [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 27 2014]
A legacy steeped in high moral values [Published Gulf News - Mar 25 2014]
Opinion: Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan: The ... [Published Zawya.com - Mar 25 2014]
A tale of two speeches [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 21 2014]
Anti-Israel author is ‘victim of secret plot’ [Published Jewish Chronicle - Mar 21 2014]
Kerry’s “Framework Agreement”: The West Bank Mo... [Published Global Research - Mar 19 2014]
The “Judaisation” of Palestine, Israel’s War on... [Published Global Research - Mar 19 2014]
Incitement Against Palestine – Prioritising of ... [Published Global Research - Mar 19 2014]
CIA “Interrogations” in Iraq: Torture and Rape ... [Published Global Research - Mar 19 2014]
A kuffiya for Tony Benn [Published Jordan Times - Mar 18 2014]
“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic - [Published Global Research - Mar 18 2014]
Opinion: A Kuffiya for Tony Benn ? The British ... [Published Zawya.com - Mar 18 2014]
Tony Benn: A true friend of Palestine [Published Morning Star Online - Mar 18 2014]
Who Benefits From Ukraine’s Economic Crisis? [Published RINF.com - Mar 17 2014]
The myth of the keyboard warrior: public partic... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 17 2014]
‘Juggling’ for a green China [Published Jordan Times - Mar 16 2014]
Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish S... [Published Mondoweiss - Mar 14 2014]
ILLTYD HARRINGTON: 'With the red flag in mothba... [Published Camden New Journal - Mar 13 2014]
Iraq, past and future war [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Mar 13 2014]
Opinion: Al-Aqsa vs Israel: The Lurking Danger ... [Published Zawya.com - Mar 11 2014]
Yarmouk: Epitome of Misery and Betrayal [Published Gulf News - Mar 11 2014]
Tariq Ali comes to Edinburgh [Published Edinburgh Journal - Mar 11 2014]
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Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters) The following is an adapted excerpt from  The Battle For Justice In Palestine . Copyright © 2014 by Ali Abunimah. Reprinted with permission of Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL. You can buy the book ...
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