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Lest we forget

August 8, 2014

A hundred years ago today, Britain’s prime minister Herbert Asquith stood before the House of Commons to make his government’s case for hostilities against Germany — two days after war had been declared. Several of the debates that raged in the run-up to that horrific conflict remain unresolved a century...

George S. Hishmeh The Obama administration appears to be in a state of quandary regarding what to do next as far as the unrest in the Middle East, primarily the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His administration has virtually remained handcuffed and powerless. Valerie Jarrett, the White House senior adviser, says Israeli strikes near civilian havens in Gaza were indefensible....

Priyamvada Gopal In the face of troublingly muted international criticism of Israel’s relentless recent assaults on the corralled civilian populace of Gaza, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) managed to pass a resolution to launch a probe into possible Israeli human rights violations. The move flags up growing disquiet even in quarters which otherwise...

Ben Sheppard Afghanistan’s election audit needs to be fast and decisive to avert the threat of spiraling instability as US troops pull out, but attempts to speed up the process are bogged down in squabbles and confusion. Election officials are sorting through more than 8 million votes in front of domestic observers, international monitors and representatives from the...

Abdulateef Al-Mulhim Are the Arabs divided over the war in Gaza? If so, then why are they divided? And if not, then why we don’t see the unity in the official statements and media talks the way we used to see and hear during past confrontations with Israel? Since the establishment of Israel, the Arabs have maintained unity regardless of their differences or at least...

Andrew Smith The UK government has finally said it will review arms sales to Israel. Unfortunately we have been here before. In 2009 the then foreign secretary, David Miliband, told parliament that it was “almost certain” UK weapons had been used in Gaza. “We are looking at all extant licences to see whether any of these need to be reconsidered in light of recent...

Linda S. Heard On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama not to “second-guess” him on how Hamas should be treated. At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry is being vilified in the Israeli media for mishandling his role as an intermediary, prompting strong rebuttals from the White House, which is wagging its finger...

Ramzy Baround Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? In Israeli prison, of course!,” was the title of an article by Jo Ehrlich published in Modoweiss.net on Dec 21, 2009. That was almost exactly one year after Israel concluded a major war against Gaza. The so-called Operation Cast Lead (Dec. 27, 2008–Jan. 18, 2009) was, till then, the deadliest Israeli attack against the...

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