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Forfeiting Israel's Reason to Exist

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Occupation must end not only because of its inherent injustice, as it demeans, debases and degrades the Palestinians, but because of what the occupation does to the Israelis -- it discredits and disgraces Jewish heritage and changes the once-oppressed Jews into merciless, heartless oppressors.

Shulamit Aloni -- I Cannot Imagine Israel Without Her Meretz

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The word 'Meretz' means energy in Hebrew, and Aloni's unique energy mobilized change in Israel on all human dimensions since its founding more than half a century ago.

France's President disappoints Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

France has always been a country that cares first and foremost about itself, which is normal, but sometimes it is so calculating that it comes across ...

The Forgotten Struggle: Tibet's Cold War

Hector Sharp | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Hector Sharp

Why has the 'Free Tibet' movement withered to the point of near death when the Palestinian and Kashmiri campaigns are still alive and kicking?

Surprise! Your Flight Attendants Are All Strangers

Lisa Wade | Posted 11.05.2013 | Travel
Lisa Wade

If you have the pleasure of taking a flight, spend a few minutes watching the surprising coordination of strangers who seem like old friends, and take a moment to appreciate the amazing way these workers have adapted to their very peculiar position.

The Boston Tragedy: American Muslims Could Play A Positive Role

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The Boston bombing was a huge tragedy, but there could be a silver lining if we understand that Islam is a simple faith, open to new norms which enable it to make a positive contribution to the country in which it resides. It is up to us Muslims to make that happen.

Great Smile and Inspiring Words, But No Action -- Again

Sam Bahour | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Sam Bahour

I was hoping (but not holding my breath) that President Obama would come with a message to the Israelis that the world's superpower is now going to fill the process with accountability. That did not happen, and will not, until average Americans say, "Enough is enough."

Breakthrough: Major New York Times Piece Eviscerates the Occupation

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Ben Ehrenreich's piece neither adhered to the Israeli line nor was it balanced. It had a clear point of view: The occupation is a terrible thing that should not continue. Does that make it biased? It would, if there was another side to the argument.

Movie Review: Emperor

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Emperor doesn't reimagine history so much as use it as the jumping-off point for a fictional historical romance set against the backdrop of impending war, when everything seems more vital and in-the-moment. Except for this sometimes plodding film.

West Bank -- Gaza Movement Is Still Restricted

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Why can't Palestinians travel between West Bank and Gaza? The question should be asked now as everyone is preparing for U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the region.

The Road Not Taken, Whatever

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Far from being the finger-wagging, "you have to be a doctor or a lawyer" kind of parent, there are times when I struggle with the possibility that my kids will want to act on the stage, create art or [insert "starving" profession here] as a way of life.

Abbas' Newfound Courage

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Having taken that courageous step at the UN, the Palestinian president now feels free to make some changes that reflect that symbolic move.

The War on Christmas

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

Those who would use Christmas as cover for their political agenda and to protect their white, middle class, privilege are waging the real war on Christmas.

Gaza's Dirty Little Secret Finally Revealed By Reporters (VIDEO)

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

To ignore the role of Israel's occupation of Gaza is to ignore the fundamental fact needed to frame the latest escalation in reality rather than rhetoric and propaganda. To do otherwise, flagrantly falsifies the very premise of the conflict.

A Palestine That Israelis Can't See

Sam Bahour | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Sam Bahour

Israel's 10-meter high separation barrier and the country's decades of indoctrination have blocked its view and allowed Israelis to simply stop seeing real live Palestinians -- decidedly alive, even if not well, and determined to live normal lives.

Grassroots Artists and Activists Protest Assault on Gaza

Alison Avigayil Ramer | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Alison Avigayil Ramer

At Grassroots Jerusalem and Markaz Al Kul we amplify community voices. We call on artists and activists to share their best manifestos, songs and poetry, to stand in the streets and to occupy cyberspace.

'Our Ancestors Left This for Us to Protect': Honduran Land Movement Celebrates Victory

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

Writing from Honduras, Miriam, the coordinator of OFRANEH, told about the first victory in the Garífuna's most recent campaign to win back their legal and ancestral lands lost to mega-development projects.

Review: Cultures of Resistance

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.13.2012 | Arts
Conn Hallinan

Lee has an eye for beauty and drama. Cultures has a clear point of view, but it is not overly didactic, preferring to use juxtaposition and interviews -- and lots and lots of good music -- to make its points.

Mideast in Chaos: Israel Needs to Pursue a Peace Deal Now

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 09.19.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The status quo no longer works to Israel's advantage. Every day its position grows weaker as the region it is located in becomes more and more unstable, and forces militantly opposed to Israel replace those who seemed more than willing to live with it.

The Perpetual Motion of the Occupation

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Hagai El-Ad

While it is true that legalizing theft is an inconvenient task for all parties involved (and especially for their lawyers), there are those who make the petty argument that the Principle of Inconvenience is more strongly felt by those being robbed.

The Wall Must Come Down

John Quigley | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
John Quigley

The International Court of Justice was more than a little prophetic when it said in 2004 that the wall threatened the self-determination of the Palestinian people.

Why Peter Beinart's Book Is Driving the "Pro-Israel" Establishment Crazy

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The difference between Netanyahu and most Israelis, I believe, is that for them the situation today is nothing like the situation in the 1940s. Israel is not the Warsaw Ghetto, a comparison that insults both the memory of the Holocaust and Israel itself.

PHOTO: 99% Problems: Jay-Z Lampooned In OWS Sculpture

Posted 11.23.2011 | Arts

Jay-Z's lyrics attest that "money ain't a thang," a philosophy that doesn't go over so well with the 99% over at Occupy Wall Street. As a grand symbol...

PHOTO: Does This #OWS Poster Go Too Far?

Posted 11.19.2011 | Arts

A poster for Occupy Wall Street's (OWS) November 17 'Day of Action' seems to compare OWS to the historic 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square in Beijing,...

Ambiguous UpSparkles From the Heart of the Park: Mic Check/Occupy Wall Street (Part 3)

Eve Ensler | Posted 01.08.2012 | New York
Eve Ensler

It was cold this week in Zuccotti Park, so we occupiers huddled together on the concrete steps for warmth, to make it easier to hear, to allow the stories to pass amongst us and through us. We repeated each line of each person's story and the repeating kept us warm.