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The American approach to the transitional process in Libya

Senussi bsaikriThere have been varied views regarding the purpose of Assistant Secretary of State William Burns's recent visit to Libya. Some believe that it pertains to the general American interests in Libyan affairs, while others believe it is to make arrangements to strike at extremist militant groups.


Kerry and the spectre of Israeli apartheid

When US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israel could possibly be turning into an apartheid state, it was pointed out that many senior Israeli politicians and officials have shared this view. However, this did not prevent him from being attacked in Israel and in Washington, causing him to retreat and defend himself. Department of State spokesperson Jane Psaki said later that Secretary Kerry merely expressed a simple view that, "in his opinion, the two-state solution is the only option for Israel, if it wants to be a democratic Jewish State".


Students for Justice in Palestine breathes new life to solidarity activism in the US

Dr Sarah MarusekAmerican universities and college campuses have long served as a vibrant front in the struggle for social justice and today they are increasingly providing critical spaces of resistance in the fight against Israeli apartheid and the occupation of Palestine.


$83 million diamond default: Sotheby's and Israeli war crimes

Campaigners outside Sotheby'sLast November, amid a fanfare of international publicity, Sotheby's achieved a world record $83 million for a pink diamond auctioned in Geneva. Four months later, on February 27, Sotheby's disclosed that they were forced to take the diamond, they then valued at $73 million, into their inventory when the consortium of investors led by Isaac Wolf, a New York diamond cutter, defaulted.


American feebleness in the face of the Israelis

Muhannad ZulfikarThe reaction of the United States to disparaging comments by Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon was termed by the Israeli press as "unprecedented" and "the harshest ever". Ya'alon had declared in an open gathering that the US was "feeble" in its response to the Russians and thus liable to terrorism. An anonymous White House spokesperson claimed that Ya'alon was threatening Tel Aviv's ties with Washington.