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Israel's Arab Community Says Proposed Laws Threaten Their Rights

Inter Press Service | Mel Frykberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, Jun 8 (IPS) - Three bills recently making the rounds in the Israeli parliament have caused outrage amongst Israel's Arab minority. "They...

Netanyahu Plans Major Policy Speech On Achieving Peace With Palestinians

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will deliver a major policy address next week laying out his proposed road to Midea...

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.

An Analysis of Obama's Precedent-Setting Speech

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ray Hanania

Obama is stating what many of his predecessors stated but with more substance and a clear understanding of the fundamentals of the Arab and Muslim World.

Jack Shaheen: Obama Delivers a Message of Peace to the Muslim World

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christian Avard


How Do You Say "Kumbaya" in Arabic?

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Z. Chesnoff

A few thoughts after the Cairo Address. I don't know about you, but I am increasingly weary of our national leader trying to win friends and influen...

What President Obama Promised in Cairo

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

U.S. policy in the broader Middle East over the next four years will be judged in the region according to whether the pledges that President Obama made in Cairo today are kept.

Obama's Muslim Engagement

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Fauntroy

To be the first African-American president with a heritage that includes Islam gives him Obama legitimacy than any other president to make this speech.

President Obama Hits All the Right Notes in Cairo

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

President Barack Obama's speech today in Cairo hit all of the right notes and was exactly what he needed to say after eight years of saber rattling, r...

Palin's Foreign Policy: " We Win! They Lose!" Obama's: "Peace"

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

At Sarah Palin's speech with Michael Reagan, she was part cheerleader, part gladiator. She went after Obama, saying "we should never apologize." I was waiting for the "Ready? Okay!" Pom-poms, anyone?

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs : Noisy North Korea Facts: North Korea performed a nuclear test last weekend which, according to various sei...

Palestinian Jerusalem Theater Shut Down By Israeli Police

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israeli police have shut down a Palestinian theatre in East Jerusalem....

Jerusalem 42 Years Later: Where East and West Are Worlds Apart

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

Hundreds of Jerusalemites, Israelis and Palestinians, demonstrated together near the Old City's Damascus Gate, protesting the denial of human rights to nearly a third of the city's population.

Obama: Israeli Settlements "Have to be Stopped"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Without a settlement freeze, there can be no progress on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinians Mark 'Nakba' 61st Anniversary

Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Thousands of Palestinians have marked the 61st anniversary of the "Nakba" or "catastrophe," in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displa...

Will Obama Solve the Middle East -- All at Once?

Carne Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carne Ross

The administration may, at a stroke, be seeking to solve all aspects of the many-faceted problem of Israel's relations with its Arab neighbors: that means Palestinians, Lebanon, Syria, all at once.

How Would Israel Look, if Its Left Finally Died?

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

It might look just like it does.

Hamas Bans Weddings 'To Help Students Concentrate'

YNetNews | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gaza's interior ministry has decided to impose limitations on weddings taking place throughout the Strip, claiming that they disrupt high school stude...

Avigdor Lieberman Refuses To Commit To Palestinian State

AP | ARIEL DAVID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — Israel's foreign minister, whose anti-Arab statements have frayed diplomatic nerves, committed himself on Monday to Mideast peace, but di...

Mind-State Solution

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

If any party should be selling peace, it's Israel. Yet, incredibly, it's always the reverse: Palestinians are selling a peace they can't deliver, while Israelis are buying a peace that doesn't exist.

Palestinian Sentenced To Death For Selling Land To Israelis

Jerusalem Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Palestinian military court has sentenced a man to death by hanging for selling land to an Israeli company....

Ahmadinejad Gives Another Victory to the Israeli Right

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Michael Lerner

One reason peace forces are unable to win majority support in Israel is that too many Arabs seek not a two-state solution but the total elimination of the State of Israel as a Jewish homeland.

Obama, Netanyahu, and Zionists Against Occupation

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

If the last 40 years are any indication, the Palestinians will be able to survive the occupation. A healthy state of Israel will not.

VIDEO: West Bank Protest Was Peaceful But IDF Killed Demonstrator Anyway

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

This is pretty horrific. A group of unarmed Palestinians (and some Israeli supporters) were demonstrating this weekend against a piece of the separation wall that divides a Palestinian town in two.

Israel's Muted Soft Power

Michal Lewin-Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michal Lewin-Epstein

Israel has the potential to become a regional soft-power player. Its political values: democracy, transparency and accountability, are very attractive, and seem to be appealing to the Palestinians.