Michael Ratner says a US Court's ruling against the Palestinian Authority demonstrates America's hypocrisy towards Israel by impeding justice for victims of Israel while holding the Palestinian people collectively responsible for the acts of a few
The tension between President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu is fundamentally over whether the issue of Iran and its nuclear program should be addressed through diplomacy and negotiations or absolute Iranian surrender, says Phyllis Bennis, author of "Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer"
Update: On Feb 23 the jury found the PA and PLO liable for terror attacks in Israel. Michael Ratner argues the odds were stacked against the Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO) and Palestinian Authority(PA)
Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that the fulcrum of U.S. military policies in the region is at one end Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the other is Pakistan - ISIS is a product of the failed policies of this alliance
The Senate Banking Committee advanced legislation last week that many see as a threat to negotiations between the United States and Iran. TRNN's Thomas Hedges speaks to Jamal Abdi of the National Iranian-American Council who says that failed talks could lead to armed conflict.
Journalist Max Blumenthal says Netanyahu's March visit to Congress is nothing more than posturing before the upcoming Israeli election and signals the Israeli leaders further embrace of the Republican party
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is planning to cut social sector employment as collapsing oil prices, corruption, and the anti-ISIS campaign will leave the government short on revenue
Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the systemic corruption of the Iraqi state, institutionalized by the U.S. in order to ensure loyalty of the Iraqi elites, is at the core of all social misery in Iraq
Michael Ratner, Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, says it's uncertain if the move by Palestinians to join the ICC will lead to cases on the last military assault on Gaza or the continued settlement construction
In the wake of continued airstrikes in Syria, critics say most members of Congress
are on board with ISIS battle since it marries the liberal interventionist and neocon
agenda of regime change in Syria
Unknown contents of President Obama's letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran under scrutiny by Republicans and the blogosphere as a historic deal nears, says Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council
IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis discusses the International Criminal Court's decision to
pursue a case against Israel for the Mavi Marmara incident; the Amnesty
Report on incidents during Operative Protective Edge; and U.S. General Martin
Dempsey's defense of Israel's actions during that campaign
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern says the fall of the Berlin wall should have been an opportunity to create a constructive alliance with Russia, but instead, it became an opportunity to contain and isolate it
Political economist Shir Hever discusses the economic and political conditions of Palestinians in Jerusalem, while IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis says U.S. and Israel will continue to cooperate in maintaining the occupation despite reports of a setback in relations
Poverty and inequality created by the plunder of Iraq's wealth by elites and
multinational corporations after the US occupation of Iraq were a great recruiting tool for ISIS, says Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University's Department of Political Science
"You get your man, I get mine" method of appointing a cabinet just means more of the same corrupt elite at the helm while 3 million Iraqis remain internally displaced, says Sabah Alnasseri, Professor at York University's Department of Political Science.
Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Collin Powell, says he is optimistic that the nuclear negotiations with Iran are 95 percent complete, but what does lifting sanctions really mean?
The idea of Iran as partner of the US in the battle against IS will not have sufficient political support in Iran, among the allies, or domestically, says Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council
Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, says the US military's failure to understand and adequately respond to ISIS underscores America's decades-long blunders in Iraq
Omar Dahi says Obama is wrong to say the Assad regime has no
legitimacy, as most Syrians want an end to war, the creation of a
broad-front government, and a national army to confront warlords
Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed gives specific examples of how Saudi, Qatari,
and American interests have supported the group formerly known as ISIS, and what
the global community can do now to rein them in
+972's Samer Badawi reports that Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and
Gaza remain steadfast in their resistance of Israeli occupation, and UCLA's
Gabriel Piterberg says that despite the escalating levels of violence, Israel is no
closer to its goal of defeating Palestinian political and military resistance
Amnesty International's Deborah Hyams talks about being blocked from carrying
an independent investigation of the most recent assault on Gaza, and author Vijay
Prashad discusses the latest developments in the Palestinian liberation struggle
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to former U.S. secretary Colin Powell, says
the organizing of indigenous forces and participation of Iran, not escalated U.S.
military actions, are essential to bring stability to Iraq