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US and Israel Show UNESCO their Anti-Palestinian Bias
The U.S. and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO over what they call an 'anti-Israel bias,' but the move may actually underscore their bias towards basic Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a new unity deal

  October 14, 2017

Hamas and Fatah​ Meet in Gaza: Will They​ Strike a​ Unity​ Deal?
A number of regional changes have weakened Hamas, making the group more open to reconciliation with its Fatah rivals, says award-winning journalist Daoud Kuttab

  October 3, 2017

A Challenge to the Saudi's War on Yemen?
The United Nations has overcome Saudi Arabian opposition to establish a human rights probe of the war on Yemen, just as Congressmembers seek a debate over the critical US military role

  October 2, 2017

Netanyahu Targets Iran to Deflect From Occupation
In his UN speech, Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Iran 37 times but spoke about Palestine only twice, deflecting attention away from the occupation and giving Israel an external enemy, says Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy

  September 22, 2017

Uproar over Ultra-Orthodox Military Service Deepens Old Israeli Rift
Journalist and documentarian Lia Tarachansky discusses the decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn a law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from military service

  September 19, 2017

The Disappearing Act in the United Arab Emirates
UAE law on cybercrime is providing a legal basis for disappearances and crackdowns on cyber-dissent, says Joe Odell, of the International Campaign for Freedom

  September 11, 2017

Hezbollah's Victory Over ISIS Undermined as US Bombs Evacuation Route
The problem with the U.S. analysis is that 'it's based on the idea that the only way to deal with ISIS fighters is to kill them,' says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

  September 1, 2017

UN Report: Saudi Coalition Massacred Hundreds of Children in Yemen
A leaked draft of the United Nations report recommends that the Saudi-led coalition be placed on the U.N.'s list of countries that kill and maim children, but its exclusion from last year's list shows the power of wealthy Gulf States to blackmail the U.N., says Codepink's Medea Benjamin

  August 24, 2017

Israel Demolishes Bedouin Village to Build Jewish-Only Town
Despite protests, the Israeli government will displace the Bedouin population of Umm al-Hiran to a temporary area until a new neighborhood is built for them nearby. However, residents won't be welcome to return to the new Jewish-only city of Hiran

  August 23, 2017

Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters
The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose this secret list

  August 18, 2017

Hacked Emails Reveal How UAE Buys Influence in D.C.
Hacked emails from the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the US show the Gulf monarchy has strong ties, including financial, to influential and politically connected Washington think-tanks, says The Intercept's Zaid Jilani

  August 2, 2017

Trump Blasts Hezbollah as it Ousts al-Qaeda
President Trump claims Lebanon "is on the front lines in the fight" against Hezbollah, apparently not realizing that Hezbollah is a partner in the Lebanese government--and just as Hezbollah scores a key victory against al-Qaeda

  July 29, 2017

Barghouti on Jerusalem Protests: Israel Incites, Palestinians Unite
The deadly Israeli crackdown on Palestinians protesting restrictions at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of an effort to divide the holy site and undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, says Dr. Mustafa Barghouti

  July 21, 2017

Israelis Demand Truth on Violations Against Yemeni Immigrants
Richard Silverstein discusses Israel's silenced history of racially motivated medical malpractice

  July 10, 2017

Israel-Palestine: Does Jared Kushner have the Chops to Negotiate Peace in a 50 Year Conflict?
Daoud Kuttab, award winning Palestinian journalist discusses the tensions Kushner faces as Trump's peace negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  June 30, 2017

Egypt's Alliance with Saudi Arabia Shows Signs of Stress
President Sisi of Egypt's transfer of two Islands to Saudi Arabia is unprecedented and rejected by much of its population. However, it is part of a new larger reversal in the Arab World's effort to normalize relations with Israel explains Professor Seif Da'na

  June 25, 2017

Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar
Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump's backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the "pilot program" for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony

  June 7, 2017

Economic Dimensions Militarized Palestine
Alaa Tartir of the Palestinian Policy Network explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all aspects of the economy

  June 7, 2017

Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers' Incomes
Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to discourage asylum in Israel

  May 16, 2017

Will Hamas Party Charter Accept a Two State Solution?
The leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict says Imad Alsoos,

  April 6, 2017

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