Why Palestinian President Abbas fears the prisoners’ hunger strike

Marwan Barghouti in handcuffs Jonathan Cook explains why the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, and possible mass disobedience that may flow from it, threaten to undermine Abbas’s approach of reliance on Israel’s Western friends to achieve Palestinian statehood. Read more [...]

The Pope in Egypt: Tiptoeing through a minefield

Pope Francis and President Al-Sisi James Dorsey explains the religious and political complexities of Egypt as Pope Francis visits in the hope of improving the fragile position of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, North Africa and the larger Muslim world. Read more [...]

Pimping for Israel remains undiminished since UN report branded it an apartheid state

Theresa May and Binyamin Netanyahu Stuart Littlewood views the UK government’s refusal to apologise for the crime of the Balfour Declaration in the context of the Zionist lobby’s deep penetration of the British political establishment. Read more [...]

The omnipresent pressure to conform

Conformity Graham Peebles examines the pressure on young people to conform, and the rooting out from education of subjects that encourage individuality and criticism, and says this is less to do with respecting traditions and the law and more to do with control and fear. Read more [...]

A dilemma for the intelligence agencies: Trump’s attack on Syria and historical precedents

Trump-the-ego-freak Against the background of the US missile attack on Syria, Lawrence Davidson examines the correlation between disregarding the information and analysis of intelligence agencies and national leadership that is egocentric, biased and pig-headed, such as President Trump. Read more [...]

Israel celebrates 50 years as occupier

50th anniversary of 1967 occupation Jonathan Cook says Israel’s celebrations to mark the 1967 war “should lay to rest any confusion that the occupation is still considered temporary”, and when occupation becomes permanent, it will turn into something far uglier. Read more [...]