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First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated 18 hours ago - 1 reports

Israel vs Hamas, a war of surprise

The shock to Israel's system from the intense conflict in Gaza is profound. By any conventional measure, Hamas should now be more than ready to agree a ceasefire in its bitter war with Israel. Since the bombardments started on 8 July 2014 , Israel has ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 1 reports

Juncture Online Understanding and undermining the 'Leviathan logic' of liberalism

William Davies reviews Jeremy Gilbert's book Common Ground , finding in it a 'generous, fluid, creative' critique of liberalism and its neoliberal offspring but one lacking in crucial technical details of how the relational revolution might proceed.Common ... [Published ippr - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 19 2014 - Updated Jul 19 2014 - 1 reports

America, Israel, Gaza: missiles and politics

Israel's conflict with Hamas highlights its close partnership with the United States over missile defence. But it also deepens Washington's regional worries over Syria, Iraq, Hizbollah, and Iran. The unfolding events in Iraq and Syria are creating ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Jul 19 2014]
First reported Jul 17 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Netanyahu’s Last Stand: Why he Cannot Win by Bombing Gaza

Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Common Dreams br /> /p> br /> br />br />/p> By Ramzy Baroud When the bodies of three Israeli settlers – Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 – were found on ... [Published Informed Comment - Jul 17 2014]
First reported Jul 17 2014 - Updated Jul 17 2014 - 1 reports

Washington Post’s Gaza Dispatch: Ugly and Dishonest

There’s something deeply ugly, verging on mendacious, about this eye-witness account of the strike against four children on Gaza’s beach by William Booth in the Washington Post . It begins with what appears to be context but is, in fact, simply an effort ... [Published Dissident Voice - Jul 17 2014]
First reported Jul 10 2014 - Updated Jul 10 2014 - 1 reports

The Gaza-Iraq connection

ISIL's planners are looking beyond the military stalemate in Iraq. In this context, Israel's attacks on Gaza are a gift to the movement.    After a month of conflict, the ISIL paramilitaries in Iraq have gained control of substantial territory but ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Jul 10 2014]
First reported Jul 03 2014 - Updated Jul 03 2014 - 1 reports

Good thing, or bad?

The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich. By Ndongo Samba Sylla. Translated by David Clement Leye. Ohio University Press; 208 pages; $32.95. Pluto Press £17.99. Buy from Amazon.com , Amazon.co.ukA CUP of “fair-trade” coffee used to ... [Published The Economist - Jul 03 2014]
First reported Jul 03 2014 - Updated Jul 03 2014 - 1 reports

Iraq, days of danger

An unlikely alliance of four states is coalescing to oppose the ISIS advance in Iraq. But the group may not wait to be challenged. The recharged war in Iraq that got underway in June 2014 is moving towards its second month. A remarkable feature of ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Jul 03 2014]
First reported Jul 02 2014 - Updated Jul 02 2014 - 1 reports

A report hard to read

On June 16, citizens of Lahore were witness to a public display of police violence which was rare in that it was public, and it took place in one of the most posh residential areas of a city which is in many ways a centre of political power in Pakist ... [Published The News International - Jul 02 2014]
First reported Jun 29 2014 - Updated Jun 29 2014 - 1 reports

The Budget and Personal Responsibility: Piercing the Neoliberal Veil

There is one word in the neoliberal repertoire that should, but doesn’t, elicit laughter whenever uttered by the political classes – personal responsibility.Usually it is deployed in a self-righteous fashion, to raise the ire of all hard-working, tax ... [Published New Matilda - Jun 29 2014]
First reported Jun 26 2014 - Updated Jun 26 2014 - 1 reports

Syria-Iraq, and a regional war

An escalating conflict across much of northern Iraq and Syria involves a kaleidoscope of forces, with Iran and Saudi Arabia playing a key role. At first sight, the war in Iraq shows clear signs of expanding in the coming weeks. ISIL and other Sunni ... [Published open Democracy News Analysis - - Jun 26 2014]
First reported Jun 24 2014 - Updated Jun 25 2014 - 2 reports

Who is the ‘angry Muslim’ and why

“That happened at the height of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, when all efforts at stopping the ferocious US-Western military drive against these two countries failed terribly.The young man was dressed in traditional Afghan Pashtun attire and was accompanied ... [Published Jordan Times - Jun 24 2014]

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...Middlethe Middle East, and it enjoys both close cooperation and technical reliance on the United States's advanced weapons and radar systems (see " America, Israel, Gaza: missiles and politics ", 17 July 2014)."
...problems for the US in Iraq were multiplying by the week - pointed to the very close connection between the armed forces of the US and Israel (see " After Saddam, no respite ", 19 December 2003), and " Between Fallujah and Palestine ", 22 April 2004 ). A later column cited a remarkable example: the construction by the US army corps of engineers of a mock Arab city in the Negev desert, to be used to train Israeli and US troops in urban counterinsurgency (see " A tale of two towns ", 21 June 2007). The extension of these links in recent years has opened new possibilities in different areas, in some cases just as graphic. These are central to the current contest between Israel and Hamas, and may become even stronger in a future conflict with Hizbollah . The new developments particularly relate to the rockets being fired into Israel. Most of the rockets are being intercepted by what tends to be termed “Israeli” missile-defences, and thus few cause damage, death or injury. They are, though, hugely unsettling for the Israelis living in their shadow, and a premium is thus put on defending against them. This attitude was hugely boosted in 2006, when the month-long war with Hizbollah saw missiles from southern Lebanon continuing to hit northern Israel even through an intense Israeli bombardment (see " Gaza: the Israel-United States connection ", 7 January 2009). There is speculation that Hamas's supply of rockets might run out after the closure of most of Gaza's border with Egypt. But analysts have been surprised by the manner in which Hamas technicians have developed the capacity to build their own rockets within Gaza and from basic components. These have long included short-range Grad-type rockets of up to 20-km range, but the Israeli Defence Force estimates that “about 40% of rockets that have a range of 20 km or more are now made in the Gaza Strip” (see Jeremy Binnie & Mohammed Najib, “ Gaza militants unveil longer-range rockets ”, Jane’s Defence Weekly, 16 July 2014). Furthermore, both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) now claim to be able to make and fire rockets with a range of 80 kms. In the face of these and other innovations, Israel has a layered defensive system designed to counter three different types of missile: the oft-cited Iron Dome batteries (used against short-range rockets), David s Sling (offering defence against longer-range tactical rockets when it is deployed in a few months), and the Arrow series of much longer-range interceptors (to be used against missiles fired by the likes of Iran)."
...of determined Shi’a militias have organised themselves to oppose further ISIL advances (see “ The Iraq Crisis Part IV): Into the Second Month " Oxford Research Group briefing, 9 July 2014). The second is an increase in foreign military support for the Iraqi government. Russian Su-25 attack-aircraft have been delivered and further Su-25s from Iran have been operating against rebel forces, including some piloted by Iranians (one of whom was killed in combat). The third factor is that the United States is quietly increasing its forces, which now include Apache helicopter-gunships and drones operating out of Baghdad international airport.  In addition the US carrier George H W Bush, operating with its battle-group of a cruiser and five destroyers in the Gulf, has been reinforced by a an entire Amphibious Ready Group led by the USS Bataan with a thousand marines of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit on board, and accompanied by two more amphibious-warfare shops, the USS Gunston Hall and the USS Mesa Verde."
...Several sources indicate that ISIL already has groups in place in western Baghdad to aid any assault on the city (see " The Iraq Crisis [Part 111]: Is Baghdad at Risk? ", 30 June 2014). The next two weeks, then, are an acutely dangerous period (see Borzou Daragahi, " Iraqi capital nervously awaits Isis attack ", Financial Times, 1 July 2014). The aim of any ISIS attack will not be to take control of the whole city, for Shi’a militias in the eastern Baghdad districts are strong enough to contest that; instead it will be to damage and demoralise the regime to an extent that Baghdad can't prevent the Islamic State consolidating itself."

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Alienated ‘angry’ Muslim youth no mystery [Published Gulf News - Jul 01 2014]
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Israeli arrogance to the fore [Published Gulf News - Jun 17 2014]
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Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Common Dreams br /> /p> br /> br />br />/p> By Ramzy Baroud When the bodies of three Israeli settlers – Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 – were found on ...
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