Jonathan Cook: Humanitarian Double Standards in Israel — Israel Seeks in Nepal to Whitewash Its Crimes in Gaza

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jonathan-cook.net. Nazareth. Counterpunch May 13, 2015 Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin […]

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Robert Fisk: Rafiq Hariri tribunal: Was the former Lebanon PM’s assassination the work of Syria’s President Assad?

Independent Wednesday 13 May 2015 Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader, was describing the last days of his friend, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. “We sat in the garden, it was a summer day and it was very warm. He looked upset, angry, sad. His attitude was strange. He said that Bashar al-Assad […]

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Pepe Escobar: Rejoice With The ‘New’ House of Saud

May 12, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “Asia Times” It’s fascinating to watch the vast, well-rewarded western army of Saudi lobbyists/stenographers singing the praises of a “traditional and conservative institution”, a.k.a. the House of Saud, now embarking on a new, “assertive foreign policy.” As this concerns the ideological matrix of all Salafi-jihadi variations in the […]

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Glenn Greenwald: Canadian Government Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims — Not Opposing Israel

May 12, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “The Intercept”- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, January 8, 2015, on Charlie Hebdo shootings: “When a trio of hooded men struck at some of our most cherished democratic principles, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, they assaulted democracy everywhere . . . They have declared war on […]

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Pamela Geller and the Anti-Islam Movement

By David K. Shipler David K. Shipler covered Vietnam for the Times from 1973 to 1975. His latest book is “Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword.” The New Yorker May 12, 2015 The winning cartoon in the contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad, early this month in Garland, Texas, which two gunmen attacked, depicts […]

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Vatican recognises State of Palestine

Agreement reached over Catholic Church’s activities in areas controlled by Palestinian Authority, statement says. Reuters 13 May 2015 18:19 GMT The Vatican has concluded its first treaty that formally recognises the State of Palestine, with an agreement on Catholic Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, according to the Holy See. A joint […]

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Israel ‘surprised’ by ICC prosecutor’s warnings

By HERB KEINON The Jerusalem Post 05/13/2015 17:14 Israel on Wednesday sparred publicly with the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court who warned in an Associated Press interview that if Israel does not provide reliable information, she may be forced to decide whether to launch a full-scale investigation into alleged war crimes based only on […]

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