Jan 262014
 
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Nothing New Under the Sun
by URI AVNERY, Counterpunch
Putin on TIME's cover, as Peter the Great. The idea is to mock powerful competing figures and cast doubt on their legitimacy.

Putin on TIME’s cover, as Peter the Great. The idea is to mock powerful competing figures on the world stage and cast doubt on their legitimacy.

During the last hundred years, Russia has undergone huge changes.

At the beginning, it was ruled by the Czar, in an absolute monarchy with some democratic decorations, a “tyranny mitigated by inefficiency”. Continue reading »

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Oct 182013
 
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The Descenders

Jewish settlers constitute a constant problem for Israel and reinforce its drive to militarism.

Jewish settlers’ fanaticism constitute a constant problem for Israel and reinforce its drive to militarism.

by URI AVNERY
THOSE WHO are interested in the history of the Crusades ask themselves: what brought about the Crusaders’ downfall? Looking at the remnants of their proud fortresses all over the country, we wonder.

The traditional answer is: their defeat in the battle of the Horns of Hattin, twin hills near the Lake of Galilee, in 1187, by the great Muslim Sultan Salah ad-Din (Saladin).

However, the Crusader state lived on in Palestine and the surroundings for another hundred years. Continue reading »

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Oct 122013
 
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By Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss
Seriously now, this is not the Onion:

Vanishing Israel?

We don’t make this stuff up. When I first saw this I thought it was a spoof ad– of the famous images of Palestinians’ loss of land.

But it’s no spoof. The ad above is a response from the Israel lobby group StandWithUs to a “Disappearing Palestine” poster campaign in Vancouver. That campaign is now taking the city by storm–see the image below. Launched by a group of seven solidarity groups calling themselves the Palestine Awareness Coalition, they have spent $15,000 to put posters on 15 buses, and to place a mural in Vancouver’s central SkyTrain station. Continue reading »

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Jun 082013
 
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By Franklin Lamb

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Army in Al-Qusayr

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Beirut — Although al-Qusayr may not be the decisive battle for Syria, it is irrefutably an important turning point in the crisis which has given the regime much sought military momentum. Plenty of adjectives and some clichés are being bandied about from Washington to Beirut to describe the al-Qusayr battle results and significance.  Among them are “game-changer,” “mother of all battles,” “altered balance of power,” critical “turning point in the civil war,” and so on.It does appear that the victory of the Syrian government forces at al-Qusayr is a strategic achievement, if also a humanitarian disaster for the civilian population still waiting for the ICRC and SARCS, (Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society) emergency help. Al Qusayr is located in Homs province, an area central to the success of the Syrian government’s military strategy. It is situated just west of the shortest route from Damascus to the coast, at a juncture where regime forces have struggled to maintain control. Rebel control of al-Qusayr had disrupted the regime’s supply lines from the port of Tartus and was open for the cross-border movement of Gulf arms to rebels via Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Continue reading »
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