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Israeli forces ‘wreak havoc’ in Birzeit University raid

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- More than 20 Israeli military vehicles raided the campus of Birzeit University in the central occupied West Bank district of …

Israel

We Need To Talk About The Balfour Declaration

Prime Minister Theresa May declared this week, at a speech to the Conservative Friends of Israel, that next year's centenary of the Balfour …

Why Obamacare enrollees voted for Trump - Vox

In Whitley County, Kentucky, the uninsured rate declined 60 percent under Obamacare. So why did 82 percent of voters there support Donald Trump?<p>CORBIN, Kentucky — Kathy Oller is so committed to her job signing up fellow Kentuckians for Obamacare that last Halloween, she dressed up as a cat, set up …

Israel lobby resorting to censorship and blacklisting as it loses control of mainstream discourse

From Seattle to Kuala Lampur, via Khartoum, Osaka, and Hamburg, activists around the world participated last week in a “Boycott Hewlett-Packard Week …

Artist works to preserve Christian heritage in Hamas-run Gaza | Reuters

GAZA (Reuters) - Only about 1,200 Christians remain in Gaza — only a tiny fraction of the population in a territory run by Hamas Islamists — but artist Naser Jeldha is doing what he can to preserve its Christian heritage through art.<p>Christian artist and sculptor Naser Jeldha gestures outside his …

North Africa

The Neoconservatives, the War on Iraq, and the National Interest of Israel

Written by Stephen J. Sniegoski<p>Tuesday August 23, 2016<p>The neoconservatives were the driving force in the George W. Bush administration’s war on Iraq …

Geopolitics

Germany Tells Israel Not to Legalize West Bank Settlements

BERLIN — Germany urged Israel in unusually strong language on Wednesday to scrap legislation that would legalize Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, saying this would break international law.<p>Germany tends to be more reserved than other European …

Israel

We Must Fight the Most Anti-Muslim Administration Ever

From Flynn to Carson to Bannon, Donald Trump’s presidential team is taking shape as the most blatantly anti-Muslim ever. We must not accept this.<p>A …

Donald Trump

Israel's Lehava stirs 'anarchy' in Jerusalem

<b>Jerusalem -</b> Four youths in black T-shirts, bearing a distinctive yellow-flame insignia, approached "A" in July as he got out of a taxi in central Jerusalem to meet friends. They asked him the time. Suspicious of his accent, they confronted him directly: "Are you an Arab?"<p>"The moment I said, 'yes,' …

Israel

Israeli legislators advance revised bill to legalize settlements | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s parliament gave initial approval on Monday to a revised bill that would legalize Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.<p>An Israeli boy holds his bicycle near homes in the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West Bank …

Israel

Jared Kushner’s family foundation donated to West Bank settlements

Jared Kushner, who may become a Middle East peace envoy in his father-in-law’s administration, is a director of a family foundation that has made charitable donations to West Bank settlements.<p>The gifts totaled $58,500 between 2011 and 2013, a small portion of the almost $8.5 million the Seryl and …

Israel

The 13 most dangerous countries in the world

The consultancy's Criminality Index focuses on countries where there is a widespread prevalence of drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, robbery, and other activities that involve or lead to violence.<p>Each country is given a numerical risk figure, ranging from 10 (low risk) t0 0 (high risk). …

The Coming War on China review – discomfiting doc exposes US nuclear tactics

John Pilger lays bare the historical horrors of the US military in the Pacific, exposing the paranoia and pre-emptive aggression of its semi-secret bases<p>The title of John Pilger’s new film reminded me of a now-forgotten conservative tract from 1991, The Coming War With Japan by George Friedman and …

Geopolitics

Palestinians in Israel decry removal of Arabic on buses

Palestinian citizens of Israel have criticised an Israeli bus company's decision to remove Arabic-language announcements in Beersheba, a 200,000-person city in the country's southern Negev region.<p>Israel's Ministry of Transportation instructed the Dan Bus Company to remove Arabic announcements after …

Israel

Another Arab awakening is looming, warns a UN report

IN DECEMBER 2010 Egypt’s cabinet discussed the findings of their National Youth Survey. Only 16% of 18-29-year-olds voted in elections, it showed; …

Right-wing master plan proposal for Jerusalem disregards Palestinian residents

A general view of Jerusalem's Old City on April 14, 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex, File)<p>JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A recent master plan presented by right-wing …

Israel

Why am I going to Democracy Spring?

Guest Blog by David Braun<p>Several years ago, I was a volunteer organizer with MoveOn and we had just finished campaigning to get the affordable care …

Oil & Gas Industry

NGO: Proposed bill would legalize 55 outposts, seize 8,000 dunams of Palestinian land

Israeli settlers in the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh on March 5, 2008. (File)<p>BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The eventual passage of the so-called …

Ethiopian Refuseniks [1/12] - Saying no to the Israeli army

A 1,000-year-old promise of peace

Two Muslim families hold the keys to the doors of Jerusalem's holiest church in order to keep the peace between three feuding Christian denominations.<p>On a recent Sunday morning, Adeeb Jawad Joudeh Al Husseini was sitting on a bench just inside the sole public entrance to Jerusalem’s Church of the …

Holy Sepulchre

In Jerusalem, insurance becomes extortion

New regulations require thousands of Palestinians to back pay for medical coverage never received.

Israel

Who will now lead the fight on climate change?

The U.S. won’t take the charge at saving the planet. So who will?<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>Until recently, the international climate negotiation process revolved strictly around high-level conversations between nation states. However, this …

Remembering Fidel Castro

He presided over dramatic improvements in health and other human-development indicators in Cuba, but crushed dissent and repressed human rights.<p>Fidel Castro, whose death was announced Saturday, outlasted a Cold War and 10 American presidents, and remained, until the end, defiant of the United …

Burma Is Pursuing ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims, U.N. Official Says

Burmese authorities are carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country’s western Arakan state, a …

Human Rights

Fidel Castro: The Cuban revolutionary and president - in his own words

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, state TV has announced.<p>Here are some of his more notable quotes.<p>"Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me." <i><br>Oct 16, 1953, at his trial for a rebel attack that launched the Cuban</b> …

8 New Reasons The Electoral College Shouldn't Vote For Trump

Soon after the election, I was one of those arguing that Republican electors should vote for someone other than Donald Trump when the electoral college convenes on December 19. My contention was simply that Trump is fundamentally unfit to be president. Many Republicans declared Trump unfit during …

Paul Ryan's Plan to Change Medicare Looks A Lot Like Obamacare

President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan agree that repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with some other health insurance system is a top priority.<p>But they disagree on whether overhauling Medicare should be part of that plan. Medicare is the government-run health …

Health Care

Watch Oliver Stone’s Controversial Fidel Castro Doc That HBO Wouldn’t Show

The film was pulled two weeks before airtime.<p>Back in 2002, Oliver Stone and his film crew flew to Cuba for three days and visited the country’s …

Fidel Castro