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Jailed for Sailing to Gaza, Challenging the Blockade

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.05.2012 | Home
Medea Benjamin

The people of Gaza can't wait for political leaders to decide it's in their interest to negotiate, so it's up to us -- as civil society -- to step up the pressure. That's what these waves of boats are doing.

Turkish Foreign Policy: What Would Ataturk Do?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 11.16.2011 | Home
Leon T. Hadar

The notion that Erdogan and the AKP are pursuing a foreign policy based on an Islamist agenda reflects a common fallacy, that ideological principles are the main driving force behind the foreign policy of Turkey.

Israel's Blockade of Gaza: A Twenty-year-old Injustice

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 09.25.2011 | Home
Mya Guarnieri

A tremendous majority of those talking about the Gaza Strip blockade use 2007 as the start-date, unintentionally lending legitimacy to Israel's cause and effect explanation, an argument that pegs the closure to political events.

Floating Some Ideas for the Flotilla Folk

David Harris | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
David Harris

Now don't bet the family farm that the flotilla folk will show up anytime soon in Egypt, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, or anywhere else outside Gaza. The reason? Simple and obvious. If it doesn't have an Israeli connection, they're just not interested.

Start of the Season

Kathy Kelly | Posted 09.06.2011 | Home
Kathy Kelly

I'm here as an activist passenger on the United States flotilla boat, blocked by the Greek government's decision. Our guiding question asks to what extent we can focus world attention on the plight of Palestinians in Gaza.

An Open Letter to U.S. Senator Mark Kirk

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.29.2011 | Home
Kathy Kelly

Senator Kirk, we are your constituents. It's not too late for you to acknowledge that your earlier call for military action against us jeopardizes our safety and to reverse your claim which insinuates that we are dangerous people.

Conflict Resolution Commandos: A Response to the Flotilla

Roi Ben-Yehuda | Posted 08.28.2011 | Home
Roi Ben-Yehuda

Imagine back in 2010 if instead of masked men with guns, trained for intense warfare at sea, boarding a ship in the dead of night, the IDF had dispatched an elite unit of conflict resolution specialists. Could the tragedy at sea been averted?

Gaza Flotilla Activists Seeking 'Blood,' Says Israeli Foreign Minister

Posted 08.28.2011 | Home

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday participants in an aid flotilla planning to challenge an Israeli bloc...

Staying Human: Preparing to Sail to Gaza

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.27.2011 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

We have to make sacrifices to stop the crimes that are ultimately being committed in our names. In different ways, we have to risk the consequences of being where we need to be when we need to be there.

Turkish Action Movie Called Anti-Semitic

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A new Turkish action movie based on last summer's Israeli commando raid on a Gaza aid ship is generating controversy for its violent content, with som...

World Story Of The Year: Which Do You Choose?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Haiti's devastating earthquake kicked off what was to be a truly turbulent year in global news. But the last year of the first decade of the 21st cen...

What You Get for Not Rocketing Israel

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sam Sedaei

Are Israel's actions truly a reaction to hostilities against its existence and security? Let's look at this claim in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinian Fattah Movement and Iran.

UN Fact-Finding Mission: Israeli Killing Of US Citizen Was "Execution"

Truth-Out | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Originally published in Truth-out By Gareth Porter The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner ...

Empty Promises: Obama Takes His Middle East Peace Plan to the UN

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Phyllis Bennis

"International law is not an empty promise" - except for Palestinians President Obama's General Assembly speech called on the international community...

A Flotilla for Gilad Shalit

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Suissa

Jewish groups should organize an international flotilla for Gilad Shalit that should land in Gaza and ask for a Red Cross visit for the Jewish prisoner.

Israel to Let the UN in...or Not?

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Phyllis Bennis

The UN's flotilla investigation may well be "unprecedented." But don't get too excited yet. This particular "international" and "UN-backed" team actually reflects Israel's own US-backed influence at the UN.

Israeli Victimhood: A Threat to the Jewish State

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mya Guarnieri

The headline excited me. "Analysis: Trying one soldier for Gaza war crime doesn't solve root of problem," it read. Finally, a discussion of the Isra...

What To Do When You Get Screwed By the Refs

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

The issue here is not about right and wrong or fair and unfair. It is about smart and productive versus one-sided and self-defeating.

Erdogan: Fake Friend of Palestinians

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Harut Sassounian

In the past week the world witnessed an amazing performance by a government leader that even the most accomplished Hollywood actor could not match! T...

Fair and Balanced ... on Public Radio?

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

I just listened to Chicago Public Radio -- not Fox News -- run its top of the hour news capsule, followed by its syndicated BBC Newshour.

Retire Ari Fleischer! The Hypocrisy, Double Standards & Dishonesty Behind Helen Thomas's Retirement

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Katie Halper

More people seemed more upset over Helen Thomas's gaffe than they were over the killing of nine people on board a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

UN: A Safe House for Serial Human Rights Abusers

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

It is deeply distressing that the United States, historically Israel's key friend and protector from the United Nations' attacks is inexorably backing away from that role.

The Real Problem with the Gaza Blockade

Vince Beiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Vince Beiser

If anything, collective punishment tends to make the locals rally around their leaders, not seek their overthrow. There's nothing to suggest Hamas is losing popular support in Gaza because of the blockade.

The 11th Commandment -- Thou Shalt Support Israel

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

American Jewish leadership is throwing out the old pluralistic model and stifling the conversations that are essential to meeting our challenges. They are guaranteeing a sad legacy.

Why Turkey Is Looking East

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamal Dajani

The West's loss of Turkey has frightening strategic consequences, as was evident in Turkey's stance on Iran. Its stance against Israel has also embarrassed U.S.-allied Arab states such as Egypt.