September 20, 2017

Libya: The House of Cards Has Collapsed

A destroyed passenger airliner at the Tripoli airport. (Photo via videostream)

Ever since Gaddafi’s exit from the Libyan, the country has been a state in name alone, held together by a delicate balancing act of rival militias. But even this is now beginning to unravel, with devastating consequences for the country – and, potentially, for the rich Gulf petro-states who are watching these developments with barely-disguised terror. And unfortunately for them, no amount of unilateral airstrikes are likely to help. Read More »

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry And the New Middle East

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Although Saudi Arabia and Iran have never actually gone to war, the two states have clearly perceived each other as enemies and acted accordingly, engaging in proxy war with one another. The two states' claim to being an Islamic state, both claim leadership and guardianship of the Muslims in the region. Read More »

A U.S. Shift Away from Israel?

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U.S. civil society is more critical of Israeli actions in Palestine than ever. When will the U.S. government catch up? Read More »

Can Palestinians Prove War Crimes Against Israel?

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Palestinian leaders have announced to pursue war crimes charges against Israel during Gaza operation. But are they prepared for a legal battle? Read More »

Intervention, Evasion, Destabilization

A Free Syrian Army officer in Idlib. (Photo by Freedom House, Creative Commons License)

If Libya, Syria and Iraq are coming undone and Ukraine has been gravely destabilized, it is the result of interventions by big powers that claim to be international law enforcers when, in reality, they are lawbreakers. Read More »

A Public Health Perspective on Gaza

The ongoing airstrikes have destroyed everything from family's homes to fishermen's boats, water systems to health centers. (Photo by Oxfam International, Creative Commons License)

Without meaningful negotiations between Israel and the de facto government in Gaza the prospects for a sustainable ceasefire seem remote. Without serious pressure being applied by the key international governments that materially support and sustain the current status quo, meaningful negotiations appear a remote possibility. The public health implications of this current state of affairs are frightening. Read More »

Costs of an Unequal War

Parts of Gaza have been decimated. [File photo bY Ahmed Dalloul/IRIN)

What is new about the Israel-Gaza conflict is that Israel seems to be losing much popular support internationally. The paradox is stark and unavoidable — for every operation that Israel launches on Gaza and the Palestinian people, the Palestinian resistance becomes stronger and more determined. Read More »

How Many Nakbas?

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Without an understanding of what is taking place in Palestine, we cannot put an end to this horror. Today, the Gaza strip is one part of an apartheid system stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, a de facto one state controlled by Israel, within which Jews and Palestinians are granted or denied different sets of rights and privileges. Read More »

How Will Gaza Conflict End?

Parts of Gaza have been decimated. [File photo bY Ahmed Dalloul/IRIN)

There are a number of ways in which the crisis could be ended, ranging from a short-term ceasefire to a more complete truce. The general consensus from analysts is that neither side was currently willing to make a long-term pact and the most likely outcome is a ceasing of violence without tackling the underlying causes of the conflict. Read More »

Beyond Gaza Bloodbath: Who Gets What?

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Even as the war against Gaza rages, Israel's radical nationalist government has its eyes set on completing its annexation of the West Bank, says one analyst. Israel now controls nearly all of Area C, comprising 61 percent of the West Bank, which it assumed control of as a result of the 1993 Declaration of Principles. Read More »