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Selling lies and delusions

Oraib Al-RantawiMany argue that the Islamic State (IS) wouldn't have taken northeast Syria as a safe haven if Washington had taken action to resolve the situation militarily with the Syrian regime in the early days of the Syrian crisis, before the threat of IS and Al-Nusra Front and the militant factions that adopted their school of thought spread; is this an accurate assumption? More importantly, is the door still open for an American "military resolution" that eliminates IS and overthrows the "tyrant", as claimed by some who have outdone themselves in promoting delusions and believing the lies they told themselves?


Abbas' shadow government

Abbas and cabinetDespite Mahmoud Abbas remaining true to his slogans, we expected that he would be more tactful when dealing with a new political arena and would not use language to provoke Hamas, the resistance forces or the Palestinians at home and abroad. We expected this in light of the victorious feelings (though he never mentioned the word victory) that spread as a result of the heroic achievements in the Gaza Strip, or at least, out of respect for the martyrs' blood and sacrifices.


The era of 'fortress Israel' is over

Ali JaradatJust as it is not possible for the Palestinian resistance or any armed popular resistance movement to achieve a decisive knockout victory in a short amount of time, it is also not possible for Israel, like any occupying army, to deter the Palestinian resistance and to prevent the development of its cultural and structural forms. It was upon this general rule that the war between Zionist forces and the Palestinian resistance in Gaza was based.


The Islamic State's new war - au féminin

Catherine ShakdamNow that IS - the Islamic State - has successfully encroached itself on Iraq and Syria, having risen above all other terror factions and militias to reinvent itself as an institution, Islamic radicals have felt secure enough within their own borders to turn their attention toward the establishment of a new social, religious and political paradigm; one which they intent to be built in their image.


Flying Out of Our Cages

Samah Jabr"I used to fly, but you broke my wings and locked me back in my cage." This was the reproach of a patient who had just recovered from a manic episode during which he had jumped from the top of the 13-foot-high Israeli separation wall and broken both legs. His mania had been a temporary release from the social inhibitions, economic frustrations and political obstructions symbolized by the wall itself. The pills I had given him ended his colorful euphoric experience and thrust him back into a gloomy reality. No wonder he was dissatisfied with my interventions!