Category Archives: Highlights

Never mention the J-word – it’s not applicable to Palestine!

Palestine: No Justice, No Peace Stuart Littlewood highlights the absence of the word “justice” when European and US politicians talk about peace in the Holy Land, and notes the other ruses used by Israel and its apologists to avoid justice for the Palestinians. Read more [...]

The prevalence of ignorance and the making of ill-conceived policies

Gary Johnson asks What is Aleppo in interview on MSNBC Lawrence Davidson explains how bad policies are made by ignorant politicians whose decisions are based on briefings prepared by knowledgeable analysts but “darkened by cultural, ideological, political and historical preconceptions”. Read more [...]

Israel’s bogus civil war

Palestinian woman walks next to the Apartheid Wall Jonathan Cook disputes that Israelis are divided over the occupation, and says those who are genuinely opposed to Israel’s expansionist ambitions can leave or stay and fight to demand dignity and freedom for the Palestinians. Read more [...]

Merkel and Netanyahu: Moral courage vs spineless cowardice

Angela Merkel and Binyamin Netanyahu Uri Avnery contrasts German Chancellor Merkel’s courage for hosting thousands of refugees with Israeli Premier Netanyahu, “an opportunist politician without much backbone, bending easily to pressure on small issues, not dealing at all with the big issues”. Read more [...]

Could Hamas’s Haniyeh steer a course to Palestinian freedom?

Ismail Haniyeh Stuart Littlewood welcomes the prospect of Ismail Haniyeh replacing Khaled Meshaal as Hamas leader, and hopes that if he does he would amend Hamas’s charter – presently a gift to Israel – and attend to the Palestinians’ communications deficit. Read more [...]

Moral idiocy in the halls of power

Henry Kissinger looking at handcuffs Lawrence Davidson explains the absence of civilised behaviour in postwar international relations through the psychological concept of moral idiocy – the “inability to understand moral principles and values and to act in accordance with them”. Read more [...]

Israel’s “rapidly approaching” civil war

Israeli army of religious extremists Uri Avnery examines the growing rift among Israeli Jews, in the light of a former intelligence chief’s warning of a rapidly approaching intra-Jewish civil war, and argues that the occupation could be what is keeping Israel united. Read more [...]

Israel to colour-code “good” and “bad” Palestinians

Avigdor Lieberman with knife Jonathan Cook says Israel has resurrected a failed policy to sustain its occupation, comprising sticks and carrots, side-stepping Palestinian leaders by relying on collaborators, and an online propaganda campaign. Read more [...]

The Muslim Brotherhood’s divisive dress code for women

The niqab Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us. Read more [...]

Seeds of democratic revolution in Ethiopia?

Protesters in Ethiopia Graham Peebles senses in the unrest sweeping across Ethiopia the beginning of the end of the ruling party’s dictatorship, and calls on the Western donor countries  propping up the regime to do the right thing and side with the oppressed people. Read more [...]