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If #KhaderAdnan was a Jewish terrorist, he might be free

As I write this, Khader Adnan is near death, on the 63rd day of a hunger strike to protest his detention without charges by Israeli occupation authorities. Having been seized on December 17 in the middle of the night by Israeli soldiers, jailed without trial, humiliated and abused, Adnan is waging one of the longest hunger strikes in Palestinian history.

How Iran Changed The World

Imagine this scenario: A developing nation decides to selectively share its precious natural resource, selling only to "friendly" countries and not "hostile" ones. Now imagine this is oil we're talking about and the nation in question is the Islamic Republic of Iran...

A Critique of Norman Finkelstein on BDS

So Norman Finkelstein gave an interview in London on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign (BDS). I noticed that Finkelstein’s views on the subject have been attracting a lot of attention and criticism. I was asked about such views during my UK university tour last month and in each case I stated that I would not publicly criticize Finkelstein although I disagree with some of the views he holds. But his recent remarks, I felt, went too far.

High-Tech Trickery in Homs?

What was surely meant to be a clever display of media-friendly visuals to illustrate Syrian regime violence in Homs, has instead raised more questions than answers.

Sheldon Adelson's paper warns of miscegenation dangers

Casino baron and Republican sugardaddy Sheldon Adelson has been a major subject of presidential campaign coverage for the past month. This week, reports about Adelson focused on speculation that he was cutting off his friend and patron, Newt Gingrich, and would begin pumping money into the coffers of a pro-Romney Super PAC.

Jasad Magazine

The release of porn or semi-porn magazines in the US is not treated as a literary affair. Foreign media are not expected to treat the publishing of such magazines as an indication of feminist progress or of creativity. Yet, the Lebanese magazine Jasad was treated in the Western press as both: a literary event and feminist trend in the Arab world.

Veteran US Diplomat Questions Syria Storyline

The problem with US policy in the Middle East is that it now operates almost entirely at the political level: gone are the days when area experts were the heavyweights in the command center, weaving historical context, relationships and nuance into vital policy decisions.

Nasrallah’s Latest Speech

This speech (February 7) by Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah was different. It was intended to set the record straight on a number of issues that have come out in the media about Hezbollah.

US Congress promises Iranian people strangulation and catastrophe

Yesterday, the New York Times reported on the depressingly predictable consequences of US-led sanctions against Iran: they have reinforced the regime's hold on power and enriched the elite while wrecking the lives of millions of middle and working class Iranians. The Times' Robert Worth made prominent note of the fact that sanctions were motivated at least as much by President Barack Obama's domestic political ambitions as they were by American foreign pollicy interests:

Theater at the UN Security Council

It was quite a show at the UN Security Council this weekend. Susan Rice of the US could not believe that the veto was used in that august body. How could the veto be used to abort the will of the international community? Her country has sixty vetoes in support of Israeli war crimes.

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