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  • Justifying hypothetical intervention as a ‘defined obligation’

    Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent allegations that “the Iranians already have five bombs’ worth of low-enriched uranium”, General Martin Dempsey, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff defined US support for a possible Israeli attack on Iran as a ‘defined obligation’. Diplomatic efforts regarding a possible halt to Iran’s...
  • Justifying hypothetical intervention as a ‘defined obligation’

    Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent allegations that “the Iranians already have five bombs’ worth of low-enriched uranium”, General Martin Dempsey, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff defined US support for a possible Israeli attack on Iran as a ‘defined obligation’. Diplomatic efforts regarding a possible halt to Iran’s...
  • Justifying hypothetical intervention as a ‘defined obligation’

    Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent allegations that “the Iranians already have five bombs’ worth of low-enriched uranium”, General Martin Dempsey, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff defined US support for a possible Israeli attack on Iran as a ‘defined obligation’. Diplomatic efforts regarding a possible halt to Iran’s...
  • Western allies seek permanent inclusion of Israel in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

    Following Israel’s resumption of ties with the United Nations Human Rights Council, six Western countries; the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and the United States are pressuring the United Nations to allow Israel to permanently join the Western European and Others Group (WEOG). The text of the letter,...
  • Egypt’s military target universities and turn on student protestors

    Last night medical student Abdel Ghany Hamouda died from birdshot wounds to the head after Egyptian police stormed Al-Azhar University in Cairo, one of the top religious institutions in Sunni Islam. It was the military’s latest warning that speaking out about their heavy handed rule, or indeed demanding the...
  • The invalidation of Palestinian narrative in UN resolutions

    As Israel’s colonisation process continues to advance, diminishing prospects for viable Palestinian land reclamation due to the intricacies which have confined the indigenous population to slivers of territory; it is clear that the alleged protection emanating from the history of United Nations resolutions has veered towards establishing a superior...
  • Al-Sisi’s constitution

    The misleading media loyal to the coup-organisers have referred to the Egyptian Constitution, which was approved in a referendum by 64 per cent of those who voted and was written by a committee elected by the People’s Assembly, as the “Brotherhood Constitution”. Despite the fact that the committee who...
  • UN affirms reluctance to hold Israel accountable for its colonisation of Palestine

    Remembrance and solidarity with Palestinians have once again been voiced in commemoration of the United Nations’ resolution which lacerated Palestine, paving the way for decades of perfected massacres since the implementation of the partition plan. Describing the illusion of peace negotiations as ‘the current moment of opportunity’ during a...
  • Palestinians Unite to Rage Against Prawer Plan

    This Saturday, November 30, Palestinian activists will rally against plans for the ethnic cleansing of the Naqab/Negev in an internationally-observed ‘Day of Rage’. The third such day in a year, there are planned demonstrations across Palestine as well as in cities around the world, in a show of global...
  • Similarities between Palestine and Latin America invoked in Bolivian message of solidarity

    On November 15 2013 Palestine and Bolivia formally declared the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations during a United Nations session. The Bolivian permanent representative to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti, declared, “We support the Palestinian cause. Bolivia is a firm believer in the two-State solution, which includes an independent...
  • Most Egyptians believe it was wrong to depose Morsi

    The latest poll by Zogby Research Services LLC, released to the public this week, has revealed that Egyptians are divided over the toppling of Mohammed Morsi. 51% believe he was the legitimately elected president and it was wrong to depose him, whilst 46% believe it was the correct decision....
  • The Jasmine Thuggery

    A constellation of Egypt’s girls, a bunch of jasmine flowers, all in their teens, were yesterday cramped inside a cage to be tried, and for what? For thuggery. The crime weapons found on them were nothing but “leaflets promoting the ideas of banned groups, 2 red coloured stickers with...
  • Egypt’s judges are slaying the judiciary

    The Egyptian judiciary has met its Creator after its judges killed and buried it having subjected themselves to the coup government, being tempted by its gold and afraid of its sword. We can say with a clear conscience that there is no longer a judiciary in Egypt and that...
  • Israel’s Western European and Others Group status abuses international law

    Israel’s inclusion in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) by the UN in New York was hailed by allied countries and affiliated organisations as a move which would counter the alleged isolation within the international community faced by the colonising power. The initiative was undertaken by the US,...
  • Egypt’s new constitution unlikely to put an end to country’s internal conflict

    Over the last few years, Egypt has been home to repeated political turmoil. During the Arab Spring revolution in 2011, long-time military dictator Hosni Mubarak was toppled. Subsequent elections saw the Muslim Brotherhood, headed by Mohammed Morsi, take control of the country. They, in turn, were toppled in July...
  • UN acknowledges and normalises of settler colonialism in Hebron

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs published a fact sheet detailing the ramifications of settler-colonialism in Hebron. ‘The Humanitarian Impact of Israeli Settlements in Hebron City’ report summarises the restrictions and challenges faced by Palestinians, including the absence of law enforcement against settler violence. While...
  • Justifying negotiations with Israel

    The frequency of talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators over the past 20 years has ingrained them in the minds of the people. They invoke negative thoughts associated with calamities, delusions and pessimism. Some time ago a negotiator from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority said during a radio interview that...
  • Israeli politicians seek to curb Hamas while planning settlements for “next 50 years”

    Isaac Herzog, the Chairman of the Israeli Labour Party, has praised the role played by the Egyptian Minister of Defence, General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, in pressuring the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and containing it. He considers such behaviour as “contributing to providing the groundwork for reaching a political...
  • What we are missing on the anniversary of the first Intifada

    If you had the chance to notice the graffiti dating back to the first Intifada while walking down a street in Palestine, it would not only evoke the memories of those days, but also the spirit that was present then but which has almost faded away today. That spirit...
  • Reaffirming historical ties between Israel and Guatemala

    Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has travelled to Israel on an official visit, during which “issues related to bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Middle East” are to be discussed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A spokesman for the Guatemalan president confirmed that an official invitation to...
  • Identifying human rights violations while maintaining Israel’s settler-colonial project

    A published United Nations press release incorporated another bout of concern following Israel’s destruction of 30 dwellings in the Jordan Valley which displaced 41 Palestinian civilians, including 24 children. Despite a reminder regarding the continuity of forced displacement since the beginning of this year, responsibility and accountability remain a...
  • When money precedes human rights: Israel’s killer drones

    The international arms trade is impenetrable at best. Deals between different companies and governments are rarely widely reported outside the specialised business press, and the details of such deals are often arcane. Everyone involved has an interest in this lack of scrutiny; the sale and development of arms is...
  • Obama still talking about freedom of the people

    At Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, President Obama criticised world leaders, during his speech, who claim to support Mandela’s struggle for freedom, but do not accept their citizen’s opposition. Of course, he did not refer to the leaders who plotted to take away Egypt’s elected president’s rule. Obama forgot to...
  • Al-Sisi’s dreams kill the dreams of the Egyptian people

    Recent leaks have confirmed that the treacherous coup leader, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, has said that his dreams drove him to carry out the brutal coup against the legitimate elected President, Dr Mohammed Morsi, even before Morsi took office. Al-Sisi did so in the hope of becoming president of Egypt...
  • EU Council report fails to address Israel’s colonial ideology

    A brief report titled ‘Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process’ published yesterday by the Council of the European Union reaffirmed the ongoing trend of normalising Israel’s colonisation of Palestine, seeking to portray an equal conflict in order to justify the European Union’s allegedly impartial support for Israel...
  • EU gestures will not change reality on the ground

    The question of how to secure peace between Israel and Palestine, and what international powers do to secure it has vexed successive generations of politicians and diplomats. In recent months, peace talks have resumed, initiated by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. It took significant effort to get...
  • Criticism of Falk’s comments about Israeli atrocities exposes imperialist agenda

    UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk has once again elicited criticism over his claim that Israel is harbouring “genocidal” intent. During an interview broadcast on Russia Today, Falk asserted: “When you target a group, an ethnic group, and inflict this kind of punishment upon them, you are in effect nurturing...
  • Arab revolutions three years down the line

    When the Tunisian revolution broke out on 18 December, 2010, no one knew that it would be the first spark of other revolutions in several Arab countries. Nor could we know that it was the start of radical changes in the region’s political and maybe even geographical maps. The...
  • Dayan’s attempt to justify settlement expansion delegitimise the Zionist state

    A recent blog in the Times of Israel  by Dani Dayan, Chief Foreign Envoy of the YESHA council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (known to the rest of the world as the occupied West Bank) epitomised the extent of Zionist fraudulence. Arguing the necessity and legality of...
  • The most recent fabrications of the coup-leadership

    Since the bloody coup in Egypt, the country has been in an irrational state; it is all a bit unreal. Everything occurring in Egypt at the moment is farcical: the murders of innocent youth; the detention of honourable citizens; and the release of killers and corrupt individuals from prison....
  • Political repression undermines Egypt’s transition to democracy

    Yesterday, a powerful car bomb ripped through a police headquarters in the Egyptian city of Mansoura. At least 14 people were killed and 120 more injured. Reportedly, five senior police officers were among the dead, and the injured include the area’s police chief. State television said it was the...
  • US: a powerless peace broker

    Palestinians and Israelis have met more than twenty times since July 2013 with little progress. Israel security issues dwarfed the final status negotiators while it continued to build, at an accelerated rate, “Jewish only” colonies undermining the very peace talks. Fearing its collapse, US Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • Israel distorts Palestinian resistance to further rhetoric of violence

    The distortion of Palestinian resistance has escalated in Israeli official rhetoric. During an IAF graduation ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the intention “to strike those who threaten to damage our existence”. Holding Hamas responsible for what was described as “heightened tensions” by Israeli media, the continuous Israeli...
  • Lebanon struggles to leave its sectarian past behind

    During the two and a half years of the Syrian war, there has been widespread anxiety in the region about the conflict spilling over into neighbouring countries. Nowhere is that more acutely felt than in Lebanon, which was wracked by its own protracted civil war from 1975 to 1990....
  • Britain refuses UN call to house Syrian refugees

    The United Nations has classed the Syrian refugee crisis as the worst since the Rwandan genocide ten years ago. They have compared it to the aftermath of the war and sectarian violence in Iraq and the conflicts that came out of the breakup of Yugoslavia. There are now over...
  • The Red-Dead Seas canal

    The agreement for the two seas Canal connecting the Red and Dead Sea was summed up best by Israeli water minister Silvan Shalom who jubilantly described it following the December 9 signing ceremony at the World Bank headquarters as “a historic agreement that realises…the dream of (founder of modern...
  • Free Egyptians declare that they are Brotherhood members

    Paraphrasing the famous words of nationalist leader Mustafa Kamil, free and honourable Egyptians have declared, “If I wasn’t a Brotherhood member, I would wish to be a Brotherhood member.” They have taken to chanting this slogan following the interim government’s absurd decision to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist...
  • Ashton’s holiday to Luxor endorses military regime

    Last week European Union foreign affairs policy chief Catherine Ashton and her family were photographed on their Christmas holidays in Luxor visiting the Valley of the Kings and sailing the River Nile. According to the Middle East Media Center for Studies the EU chief also met with tourism minister...
  • Idan Raichel backs alleged IDF torturer “Captain George”

    Internationally-renowned Israeli musician Idan Raichel has come out in defence of a former IDF interrogator accused of torture. Doron Zahavi, referred to as “Captain George” until a gag order was lifted earlier this week, is suing the Israeli ministry of defence for having “turned him into a scapegoat“, following...
  • Displacing decades of colonial incitement

    Eliminating chronology and context from the recent Palestinian resistance against Israel’s state terror, its ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to condemn alleged Palestinian incitement against Israel. Conjuring the usual depiction of helpless citizens living in constant terror, Prosor stated: “I urge...
  • Diplomacy takes precedence over violations of international law

    A recent report in the Times of Israel illustrates the emphasis which Israeli officials place upon diplomatic rhetoric, instead of expounding upon the prevailing expansionism associated with the Zionist settler-colonial state. The regular approval of further settlement construction in retaliation for the release of Palestinian political prisoners has portrayed...
  • Developing indifference to torture

    Routine torture in Israeli prisons occasionally makes the news as a reminder of its existence combined with the perpetrators’ impunity. The recent outrage over detained Palestinian children exposed to extremely cold weather while held in outdoor cages by the Israeli Prison Service prompted a detailed discussion with the Public...
  • Dutch pension giant boycotts Israeli banks, G4S faces OECD investigation

    Dutch pension fund giant PGGM has withdrawn all its investments from Israel’s five largest banks because of their complicity in West Bank settlements. The report in Israeli newspaper Haaretz was apparently confirmed by PGGM this morning. The Israeli banks targeted are Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot, the First...
  • Maintaining illusions of equality during negotiations

    Echoing previous statements regarding Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to recognise the Palestinian right of return, Israeli government officials have declared their refusal of “a symbolic acceptance of the so-called right of return”. A report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua states that US Secretary of State John Kerry had proposed...
  • Israel moves forward with plans to export natural gas to neighbouring countries

    Israel has confirmed plans to start working on a pipeline to export natural gas to Jordan via the Dead Sea, informed Israeli sources told Bloomberg earlier this week. Work on the 15 km (9 mile) pipeline is expected to start in 2015 and will be completed in 2016. Israel...
  • Did NYT’s Jodi Rudoren write her worst piece ever?

    Even by the standards of The New York Times’ news coverage, a recent Jodi Rudoren piece on “incitement” by Palestinians was abysmal. Based on the article’s word count, an estimated 70% of Rudoren’s piece is dedicated to putting forward the Israeli case about Palestinian ‘incitement’, with a mere 20%...
  • Nine differences between Abdel Nasser and Al-Sisi

    Other than the fact that they both graduated from the Military Academy, it is hard to find any similarities between the late president Gamal Abdel Nasser and the future president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Although Abdel Nasser is ultimately like any other officer and reached power by means of a...
  • Commemorating Palestinian armed struggle in Cuba

    During a political and cultural event organised by the Embassy of Palestine in Cuba and the Arab Union of Cuba, representatives of both organisations reiterated the importance of revolutionary struggle against colonialism and imperialism. The event commemorated the launch of Palestinian armed struggle against Israel in 1965, founded by...
  • When the prisoner is stronger than the jailer

    They feared that he would appear like a lion behind bars, so they hid him at an undisclosed location and claimed falsely that he could not be transported to the court due to bad weather. He is an unarmed man, who has nothing but his faith in his Creator...
  • MP asks Israeli ambassador, ‘Do you not recognise international law?’

    The British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee held a special session on Tuesday to listen to the Palestinian and Israeli ambassadors to the UK, as well as Middle East experts, including Professor Rosemary Hollis, Professor Yezid Sayigh and Dr Ahron Bregman. The session, chaired by Richard Ottoway MP, quizzed...