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Record US Military Aid to Israel Not About Security, But Prolonging the Occupation
Phyllis Bennis and Rania Khalek say this will cement Obama's legacy as the most pro-Israel president

  September 14, 2016

Iraqi City of Mosul Faces the Bloody Prospect of 'Liberation'
Sabah Alnasseri: Corruption and factional fighting within the parliament will soon be accompanied by intensified conflict as the army attempts to take Mosul from the Islamic State

  August 15, 2016

Frozen Sovereign Funds Behind the Libyan 'Invitation' to Bomb Sirte
Vijay Prashad said the Libyan Government of National Accord has been under pressure to invite the US bombing campaign because western governments won't grant access to $67 billion in sovereign funds until the Islamic State is defeated

  August 4, 2016

Protesters Denounce Newseum's Invitation of Former Israeli Army Spokesperson
Journalist Max Blumenthal was among a handful of people who interrupted an event featuring former Israeli army spokesperson Avital Leibovich, who has defended the killing of Palestinian journalists

  June 13, 2016

Decades-Long Israeli Military Occupation Drives Palestinian Revenge Attacks
Filmmaker and former TRNN Correspondent Lia Tarachansky says the messianic extreme far-right has filled the political void in Israel following the 2014 attacks on Gaza known as Operation Protective Edge

  June 12, 2016

Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein on Israel and the Solidarity Movement
Paul Jay moderates a panel talking about the fascisization of Israel and need to build a broad movement in support of the Palestinian people

  June 5, 2016

Ultra-Nationalist Avigdor Lieberman Accepts Post as Defense Minister of Israel
Michel Warschawski of the Alternative Information Center says Netanyahu's decision to appoint Avigdor Lieberman is a concession to far-right and religious pressure

  May 20, 2016

On the Side of the Road
The acclaimed film by Lia Tarachansky about those who fought to erase Palestine and created an Israeli landscape of denial

  May 15, 2016

Israeli General Compares Modern Israel to 1930s Germany
Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says Golan is an elite member of the military and his statements on Holocaust Remembrance Day is sparking a national debate

  May 9, 2016

The Israel Lobby's Growing Assault on Free Speech
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal talks about the growing BDS movement and the efforts to muzzle it

  April 11, 2016

Netanyahu's Strategy will Undermine Israel's Long-Term Security
Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the danger inherent in the U.S. aligning its interests entirely with Israel's and how American support is creating an untenable future for the state

  April 7, 2016

UN Human Rights Council Will Monitor Corporations Operating in Occupied Palestine
The UN vote to expose corporations profiting from Israeli occupation demonstrates shifting global opinion on settlements, says the Institute of Policy Studies' Phyllis Bennis

  March 28, 2016

The Modern Paris Commune: A Model for Social Revolution from Syrian Kurdistan (1/2)
Political expert Bilhan Tuncel urges international solidarity with Kurds, and says the bottom-up governing system in Rojava, or Western Kurdistan, is an important example of empowering a diverse population - E&B News with Kevin Boylan

  March 13, 2016

US Bombs ISIS in Libya, Allies Support ISIS in Libya
Pan-African News Wire Editor Abayomi Azikiwe says the U.S. is acting like the chief policeman of the region after it participated in the destruction of the Libyan state in 2011

  February 24, 2016

Saudi Plans for Syria Ground Invasion: Bluff or a Disaster in the Making?
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the potential consequences of a Saudi-Turkish invasion of Syria, more likely aimed at Assad than ISIS and on a collision course with Russia (1/2)

  February 17, 2016

Arab Spring and Declining Oil Prices Drives Saudi Arabia's Reactionary Barbarism
Bilal Ahmed of Souciant.com says accusations of religious degeneracy and charges of heresy are at the heart of the executions, for they advance and protect the national narrative of Wahhabism

  January 10, 2016

Saudis Fan Flames of Sunni-Shi'a Strife Bred in Iraq Invasion
Jennifer Loewenstein says Saudi Arabia carried out the execution of Shi'a cleric Nimr al-Nimr in order to provoke a reaction from Iran, and are now using the embassy attack as an excuse to cut diplomatic ties

  January 7, 2016

Saudi Arabia Fueling Sectarianism to Destabilize the Region and Suppress Domestic Dissent (2/2)
Toby Craig Jones says Saudi Arabia is beholden to sectarian violence and it is not a stabilizing force in the Middle East

  January 7, 2016

Saudi Arabia Fueling Sectarianism to Destabilize the Region and Suppress Domestic Dissent (1/2)
Toby Craig Jones says Saudi Arabia is beholden to sectarian violence and it is not a stabilizing force in the Middle East

  January 5, 2016

Saudi Elections a Minor Concession to Internal Democratic Pressure
Professor Toby Jones says the Saudi elections won't affect the fundamental political order

  December 10, 2015

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