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De-Arabizing Jerusalem: Biblical “History” Underwrites Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing

    De-Arabizing Jerusalem: Biblical “History” Underwrites Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing

JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — It is 2:30 p.m. on a weekday in Jerusalem’s Old City, and one would expect the stores and restaurants to be open and busy. Standing near one of the first stations along the Via Dolorosa, the final path Jesus took as he carried his cross to his own crucifixion,  I was looking…

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US-Turkey Crisis: Unrealistic Ambitions and Multipolar Chaos Underlie the Latest Mideast Drama

    US-Turkey Crisis: Unrealistic Ambitions and Multipolar Chaos Underlie the Latest Mideast Drama

ANKARA, TURKEY (Analysis) – The United States’ economic war on Turkey over the detention of a U.S. pastor is showing no sign of winding down any time soon. Instead, the long-brewing row between the two countries could mark a significant break in relations between Washington and Ankara, which has long played the role of a…

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US-Egyptian-Israeli Strategy: Bomb Palestinians into Accepting Trump “Peace Plan”

    US-Egyptian-Israeli Strategy: Bomb Palestinians into Accepting Trump “Peace Plan”

GAZA CITY – The Gaza Strip seemed to maintain a tenuous calm Tuesday after a de facto ceasefire between Palestinian factions and Tel Aviv ended a week of heightened violence that saw the Israeli military pound civilian targets across the coastal enclave. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has reported that the Israeli assault…

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Abused Asylum-Seekers Launch Legal Battle Against ICE and its “Concentration Camp” Prisons

    Abused Asylum-Seekers Launch Legal Battle Against  ICE and its “Concentration Camp” Prisons

ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA – A group of refugees from Central America, who faced beatings and abuse while detained at a California detention center last year, are pursuing legal action in hopes of drawing attention to the systematic abuse of migrants who are being confined in a growing network of concentration camp-style facilities across the United States.…

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Ahed Tamimi Comes Home to Great Joy but Also Reminders of Pain

  Ahed Tamimi Comes Home to Great Joy but Also Reminders of Pain

NABI SALEH, PALESTINE  — “All Palestine’s Children are Ahed Tamimi,” Nariman Tamimi said in an interview after the much-publicized mother and daughter were released from an Israeli prison on July 29. Ahed Tamimi’s mother said this in response to the tremendous amount of coverage that her daughter’s arrest and subsequent release received. Nariman said that,…

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Is Oily Econo-Politics Behind Saudis’ Crude Canadian Diplomacy?

  Is Oily Econo-Politics Behind Saudis’ Crude Canadian Diplomacy?

TORONTO — In a near repeat of Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar last year, the diplomatic spat between the Saudis and the Canadian government seems to have spiralled out of control after it began last Friday. Apparently beginning as a result of the Canadian Foreign Ministry’s decision to criticize via Twitter the Saudi government’s arrest…

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The Last Bus to Idlib: Terrorist Safe-Haven in Syria About to Face a Cleaning Out

  The Last Bus to Idlib: Terrorist Safe-Haven in Syria About to Face a Cleaning Out

IDLIB, SYRIA (Analysis) — Green city buses have delivered their last passengers to Idlib. In a recurring pattern across Syria, at the end of every battle in which Syrian government forces won back their territory, the Russian Center for Reconciliation has made deals with armed fighters: surrender and return to civilian life, or take the…

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Record Deaths Amid Duerte’s US-funded Crackdown on Philippines’ Poor

  Record Deaths Amid Duerte’s US-funded Crackdown on Philippines’ Poor

MANILA – As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enters his third year in office, his administration has earned the ignominious distinction of ushering in the country’s ranking as the deadliest country for environmental and lands rights defenders in Asia. It’s just the latest indicator of Manila’s careless, if often hostile, attitude toward the rural poor and…

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A Prisoner’s Story of Capture, Detention and Torture in a Secret UAE Prison in Yemen

  A Prisoner’s Story of Capture, Detention and Torture in a Secret UAE Prison in Yemen

SOUTHERN YEMEN — “They come to strip off our clothes not to liberate us. After taking your clothes off, they tie your hands to a steel pole from the right and the left so you are spread open in front of them. Then the sodomizing starts,” a released prisoner from a secret United Arab Emirates…

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Knesset’s New Nation State Law Codifies Israel as an Apartheid State

  Knesset’s New Nation State Law Codifies Israel as an Apartheid State

JERUSALEM — After several days of rushing and intense debates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had his wish come true. He urgently wanted to get the Nation State bill passed into law before the Knesset goes into summer recess on July 22, and for several days now the Knesset committee charged with ironing out the…

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