Schoolgirl Leanne Betrayed: Free-speech organisers pull the plug on her “Birds not Bombs”

Leanne Mohamad Stuart Littlewood views how the UK “champions” of free speech succumbed to a Zionist blogger by silencing a young Palestinian winner of a public speaking competition, and tells docile Palestinian officials that they have much to learn from the young girl. Read more [...]

Israel wants a peace process – but only if it’s doomed to fail

Binyamin Netanyahu with a warplane in the background Jonathan Cook examines Binyamin Netanyahu’s deceitful manoeuvrings intended to ride out the French peace initiative until Obama’s successor is installed next year, by which time Netanyahu can forget about the threat of a two-state solution. Read more [...]

The ultra right’s conquest of Israel

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man passes an election campaign poster for the leader of Israel's right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, in Jerusalem, Thursday Feb. 5, 2009. General elections in Israel are scheduled for Feb. 10, 2009, and pre-election polls show Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu with a lead over Foreign Minister and Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni. The campaign slogan on the poster reads "Without loyalty, there is no citizenship." (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Uri Avnery explains the Israeli conundrum of a government undermining the army, and the peace camp putting its trust in the high command, with perhaps some praying to a God they don't believe in for a military coup they would not approve of. Read more [...]

What happens when Arab autocrats are left to fend for themselves?

Saudi-inflicted destruction in Yemen James M. Dorsey attributes Washington’s disengagement from Saudi Arabia to its refocus on Asia, and argues that Saudi attempts at regional leadership through sectarianism and war are doomed to fail for objective, structural reasons. Read more [...]

Rumblings of mounting discontent among Israelis and Palestinians

Palestinian protester wielding a knife James Dorsey says the fabric of Israeli and Palestinian societies is being eroded by a conflict to which a solution seems distant and by societies and leaderships incapable and unwilling to listen to a Palestinian youth whose prospects are dim. Read more [...]

Britain’s Prevent strategy: Potential implications for civil liberties

Policeman holding a camera Ruth Tenne views the potential of the UK government’s Prevent strategy – whose purpose is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism – for snuffing out legitimate activities, such as criticism of Israel and support for the Palestinians. Read more [...]