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Abu-Mazen's Balance Sheet

People wonder why Netanyahu denounces Abbas as an "inciter", while not mentioning Hamas. To solve this mystery, one must understand the Israeli Right does not fear war, but is afraid of international pressure – and therefore the "moderate" Abbas is more dangerous than the "terrorist" Hamas.... [read more]

Two Speeches

If I could choose between the two rhetorical gladiators, I would rather have Mahmoud Abbas representing Israel and Netanyahu representing the other side... [read more]

Confessions of a Megalomaniac

I was invited by Mahmood Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, to take part in joint Palestinian-Israeli consultations in advance of the international conference in Paris.... [read more]

Leader without Glory

Abu Mazen was very different from Arafat. Arafat was flamboyant, spontaneous, extrovert. Abu Mazen is rather withdrawn, introverted, cautious, meticulous... [read more]

The Palestinian Authority: Redundant but Dangerous Language

Ramzy Baroud takes a critical look at the language used by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority in their pronouncements on possible talks with Israel.... [read more]

War Without Context: Fatah, Hamas and Flawed Language

Ramzy Baroud on the sinister manipulation of language which characterises the mainstream discourse on the Israel-Palestine issue.... [read more]

Pakistan Air Force: Could “retirement” and detention cases have a link to drone policy?

A letter received by the author earlier this year may shed some light on the strange case of officers allegedly being penalized after seeking to take early retirement from the Pakistan Air Force and refused their requests... [read more]

Carrot Versus Breadcrumb: A Palestinian Dilemma

Palestinian Authority leader, President Abbas, is attempting to gain an upgraded status for Palestine at the UN this month writes Susan Walpole... [read more]

Charity Economics, Subservient Politics: Why Oslo Must Go

Recent demonstrations in protest of the rising cost of living have swept across the West Bank. While they are not indicative of a Palestinian version of the ‘Arab Spring’, they are still an important first step, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Son of a Dog

The non-violent struggle is an excellent idea.... [read more]

Manipulating History: The Different Faces of ‘Popular Resistance’ in Palestine

Apparently, ‘popular resistance’ has suddenly elevated to become a clash of visions or strategies between the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and its rivals in Gaza, underscoring an existing and deepening rift between various factions and leaderships, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Everybody\'s son

Uri Avnery comments on the recent Israel-Palestine prisoner swap and the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit... [read more]

Wobbly Stools

Uri Avnery considers the respective struggles facing three embattled leaders - Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas.... [read more]

Who Killed Yasser Arafat and Why?

Ramzy Baroud considers the implications of the conspiracy theories surrounding Yasser Arafat's death five years ago.... [read more]

Meeting in a Tunnel

The Israeli media are now totally subservient. There is no independent reporting. "Military correspondents" are not allowed into Gaza to see for themselves, they are willingly reduced to parroting army communiqués, presenting them as their personal observations... [read more]

The Kangaroo

A year into his presidency, Barack Obama has achieved relatively little in the foreign policy sphere. Uri Avnery urges him to keep trying.... [read more]

The Second Battle of Trafalgar

A mighty naval battle took place this week on the waves of the Mediterranean. It will go down in history as the equal of Salamis or Trafalgar... [read more]

A Shameful Chapter

How would the US react to a declaration that the Palestinians would not conduct negotiations with an Israeli government that includes semi-fascist parties?... [read more]

A Tale of Two Stories

This Tuesday morning he arrived at the gate as usual. But something aroused suspicion among the guards. He was wearing a jacket, though the weather was quite hot on this early autumn day. The guards asked him to remove his jacket.... [read more]

Greetings for Diana Buttu

A few days ago, a not so well-known Palestinian woman received an unusual honor... [read more]

Divide et Impera

Binyamin Netanyahu is not known as a classical scholar, but even so he has adopted the Roman maxim Divide et Impera, divide and rule.... [read more]

Metro Gaza

Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, Uri Avnery, suggests a solution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza... [read more]

Once And For All!

In this war, both sides have the same aim: to put an end to the situation that existed before it started... [read more]

An Armed Ghetto

One side's terrorists are the other side’s freedom fighters. That is not simply a matter of terminology. It is a difference of perception, which has far-reaching practical consequences... [read more]

In Their Own Juice

According to press reports, President Barack Obama has decided to let Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas “stew in their own juice.”... [read more]

Palestine’s New Status: A History Rerun or a New Palestinian Strategy

Palestine has become a “non-member state” at the United Nations as of Thursday November 29, 2012.The draft of the UN resolution beckoning what many perceive as a historic moment passed with an overwhelming majority of General Assembly members: 138 votes in favour, nine against and 41 abstentions, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The New Mandela

Uri Avnery writes about the determination of the Israeli state to keep Marwan Barghouti, Palestine's Mandela, behind bars... [read more]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Barack Obama has weakly capitulated to Binyamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlement-building in the heart of the Arab community in East Jerusalem, says Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Gaza and the World: Will Things Ever Change?

Reviewing the events of the past fortnight in Gaza, Ramzy Baroud condemns the failure of Arab governments to provide meaingful support for the Palestinian people.... [read more]

The Saga of Sisyphus

Shimon Peres was a genius. A genius of impersonation... [read more]

BDS, the New Enemy

For years now, Netanyahu has built his career on fear of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb... [read more]

Splendid Isolation

Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine... [read more]

The Unholy City

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Uri Avnery's weekly article... [read more]

Wine, Blood and Gasoline

Kafr Kanna, a village near Nazareth, is probably the place where Jesus – according to the New Testament - turned water into wine. Now it is the Arab village where the Israeli police is turning stones into blood... [read more]

Ah, If I Were 25

Recently, Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit has written an article in which he equally condemns “extreme rightists” and “extreme leftists”, those who advocate war and those who advocate peace... [read more]

Sisyphus Redeemed

If there is a God, he surely has a sense of humor. The career of Shimon Peres, who is about to finish his term as President of Israel, is clear evidence... [read more]

In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.... [read more]

Self-Boycott

Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [read more]

The Roma of Iraq- a forgotten community

Iqbal Tamimi considers the fate of the Roma women of Iraq: from dancing and prostitution before the US invasion of Iraq to harassment and begging on the streets afterwards.... [read more]

Such is the Peace Process: Obama as a Salesman

Ramzy Baroud reflects on the mood of pessimism emanating from the latest round of peace talks in the Middle East.... [read more]

Gaza and the Language of Power

The Israeli assault on Gaza his slipped off the radar of mainstream news coverage, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

The Fake Enemy

Netanyahu doesn't care. Peace is the last thing he has on his troubled mind. He is far more committed to the eternal conflict with both the Arabs and the Iranians. After all, what would life be like without enemies?... [read more]

From Barak to Trump

Ehud Barak has "broken the silence". He has published an article in The New York Times attacking our prime minister in the most abrasive terms... [read more]

Eyeless in Gaza

The atrocity goes on. Two million human beings suffer inhuman treatment. And the world? Alas. the world is busy. It has no eyes for Gaza. Better not to think about that awful place... [read more]

Palestine's Nelson Mandela

Divide et impera – "divide and rule" – since Roman times this has been a guiding principle of every regime that suppresses another people. In this the Israeli authorities have been incredibly successful.... [read more]

On the Road of Damascus, I Met Jeremy Corbyn

I come from a fairly long line of mercantile family forebears with strong business skills and profit inspired attitudes. Although I chose not to go into business as my brothers did and I became a teacher of English, every emotional nerve in my body believed in wealth creation as being the only way forward for all.... [read more]

Anti-Semitic Zionists

Can Trump's assistants now include rabid Zionists and rabid anti-Semites at the same time?... [read more]

The Arabs Did It

For eight months there was hardly a drop of rain. A strong, hot, east wind blew in from the desert. The land dried up. Any little spark could have started a major fire.... [read more]

The Widening Gap

In any list of Israel's 100 most important women, Ilana Dayan would occupy a prominent position... [read more]

A Lonely Lawyer

By now every Israeli has seen the TV clip several times - showing a 14-year old Arab girl being shot dead... [read more]

An Open Letter to Tiffany’s Chairman, CEO, Chief Sustainability Officer and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Tiffany’s should act immediately to disassociate itself from BSGR and ensure that their cut and polished diamonds are not a source of revenue for regimes guilty of gross human rights violations in Africa or Palestine... [read more]

Palestine

Just to think of Palestine is evocative. From the lush orange orchards to the laden olive groves... [read more]

“Conflict Issues” In Israel and Palestine: Debate in Committee Room G, British Houses of Parliament

Sitting in Committee Room G in the Houses of Parliament on 23rd October was a sobering affair... [read more]

Adolf, Amin and Bibi

It is not very pleasant when serious people around the world – historians, psychiatrists, diplomats – ask themselves if my prime minister is completely sane... [read more]

The Magician's Apprentice

One has to choose: Binyamin Netanyahu is either incredibly shrewd or incredibly foolish... [read more]

Two activists pay tribute to Palestinian minister killed at human rights day ceremony

Planting a tree should be a joyous occasion, new life, growth and the fruits of labour but not in the West Bank where this simple act cost Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein (55) his life... [read more]

The Plebiscite

Israelis are fed up with Binyamin Netanyahu. They are fed up with the government. They are fed up with all political parties. They are fed up with themselves. They are fed up... [read more]

Is ISIS Coming?

If ISIS had approached the borders of Israel this week, nobody in the country would have noticed. Israel was riveted to a court-room drama... [read more]

Genocide in Gaza – The Silence of the Jewellery Industry is Deafening and Telling

The horrific carnage we have seen unleashed in Gaza in recent weeks - a humanitarian catastrophe - would not have been politically or economically affordable without the tacit acquiescence of the global jewellery industry... [read more]

Son of Death

The war was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.... [read more]

Eyeless in Gaza

The trouble with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side... [read more]

The Atrocity

Bombs are raining on Gaza and rockets on Southern Israel, people are dying and homes are being destroyed... [read more]

Good for the Jews?

The claim by Binyamin Netanyahu that he has a right to pick and choose the Palestinian government is rather astonishing, writes Uri Avnery ... [read more]

Betrayal Tinged with Greed and Stupidity

When, last July, an Israeli friend sent me a message about the news of John Kerry's declaration of the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, both she and I were not particularly hopeful.... [read more]

An Oslo Criminal

The death of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye.... [read more]

God Bless Putin

Binyamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west... [read more]

Little Pharaoh

The moment General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his forces removed Morsi from the Egyptian Presidency, I said that he was doing precisely what President Gamal Abdel Nasser did back in 1952... [read more]

A Lifetime of Disillusion

I recently turned sixty five. This is the same age as the State of Israel. From our side of the fence (or should I say 'of the Separation Wall'), it the same date as the birthday of our dispossession as a Palestinian people... [read more]

Why Do They Hate Our Freedoms So Much?

Former President Bush Junior, not remembered for being remotely articulate, claimed that "our enemies hate our freedoms".... [read more]

Who to vote for?

The Israeli elections will take place in three days, and they are boring, boring, boring writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

A Different War in Gaza, and the War Ahead

Ramzy Baroud writes, in life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigour in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war in 2008-9?... [read more]

Palestine Entangled: The Politics of Money

The link between political statements and action, and money is obvious for all to see. What may appear as political concessions can oftentimes be attributed to some frozen or funds waiting to be delivered. It is transaction-based politics at its best, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

A Putsch Against War

Uri Avnery reveals that in Israel senior military officers and intelligence chiefs are speaking out against President Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for war with Iran. However, Netanyahu ignores their warnings and carries on regardless... [read more]

What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians

Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, is a unifying figure among Palestinians, last week he called on Palestinians to launch a “large-scale popular resistance” which would “serve the cause of our people,” writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Between Politics and Principles: Hamas’ Perilous Manoeuvres

Despite all of Hamas’ assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

''You are fed up with him?''

Uri Avnery gives his opinion on a recent leaked conversation between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy... [read more]

Stating the Obvious: WikiLeaks Indicts and Vindicates US Diplomats

The Wikileaks disclosures have smashed the US government's edifice of rhetoric and lies about Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Yahoo and AP Seemingly Caught Manipulating User Comments

Online user comments are a new site in the battle over public perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, writes Ahmed Amr.... [read more]

Yemen’s Options: ‘Revolt, Migrate or Die’

Yemen is emerging as the latest casualty of the so-called 'War on Terror', as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

The Israeli Occupation: The Bubble Has to Burst

Reporting from Al Najah, Assed Baig looks at how Palestinians are coping with the increase in Israeli settlement building.... [read more]

The Useless Logic of Round Numbers

The media fixation with pointless symbolic milestones serves to trivialise the everyday misery of victims of US violence, argues Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

How Israel Won the Settlement Battle Again

Ramzy Baroud on the gaping chasm between the rhetoric and the reality of US / UK policy on Israel-Palestine.... [read more]

Iran's Nuclear Theatre Meant to Distract Attention

Ramzy Baroud dissects the media storm over Iran's arms programme.... [read more]

Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End?

The 'pragmatism' of the Fatah Congress threatens to derail the Palestinian national project,as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Clinton's Unpromising Start

Ramzy Baroud on the inauspicious opening phase of the new Obama administration's Middle East policy.... [read more]

Book Review: "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations"

Gavin O'Toole reviews Jonathan Cook's insightful book about the thinking behind US Middle East policy.... [read more]

Obama Moves Quickly to Court Israel Lobby

Barack Obama's recent comments on his Israel-Palestine policy suggest real "change" is definitely not on his Middle East agenda.... [read more]