Those who benefit from failed Iran talks

With only a week remaining to the sensitive, determining talks between the top negotiators of six world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program, some wicked, corrupt forces from here and there are trying their best to deliver a lethal blow to Tehran and weaken the chances of a successful, productive agreement between the [...]

Interview: “Everyone can help Welcome to Palestine 2012″

Plans are underway to challenge Israeli apartheid during 2012 by having a large number of international activists land in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport and state openly that they wish to visit Palestine. Scheduled for 15 April, the “Welcome to Palestine 2012” initiative will be the second such attempt to affirm the right of Palestinians [...]

Israel: convergence of domestic and foreign policy crisis?

DOMESTIC PROBLEMS: During the summer of 2011, Israel, which promotes itself as a ‘democratic’ nation surrounded by authoritarian regimes, faced massive popular protests against the economic policies of the conservative coalition government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. One explanation is that the Arab Spring has infected the ‘Israeli Summer’ civil disobedience protests. Another explanation is that [...]

Developing campaigns in support of Palestinian political prisoners (VIDEO)

The book Threat, Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel is an excellent resource for activists who want to shed light on the situation of Palestinian political prisoners. The editors, Abeer Baker and Anat Matar, have extensive experience in the area of prisoners’ rights. They told me that they published the book in response to a lack [...]

Religion, Secularism and Geopolitics: Turkey

Taking the long view on Anatolia’s intermediary role between East and West, it is indeed true that there has been much written on the issue. The Erdogan regime is interested in having Turkey play an essential diplomatic role between West (NATO, especially US) and Middle East. It is no secret that Turkey wants to recapture [...]

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