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A Proposed UNSC Ceasefire Plan For Gaza

Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick The attempt to resolve the ongoing, albeit highly uneven, exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza has now reached the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The draft proposal, initially pushed by the United Kingdom, ... Read More



Negotiating Gaza: Lessons from 1977

Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman To understand why Israel and Hamas keep fighting, and why Secretary of State John Kerry was unable to forge a permanent peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, it helps to do ... Read More



Netanyahu Compares ISIS to Hamas: A Mysterious Equation

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe Earlier today the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel tweeted a visual message comparing ISIS (the Islamic State) to Hamas with an accompanying screenshot from the video of American photojournalist James Foley’s gruesome execution. The ... Read More



A Ministerial Impeachment in Tehran

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Farideh Farhi

by Farideh Farhi The photo of hard-line Iranian MP Hamid Rasai said it all. After 145 members of the Parliament (out of 290) voted to remove the minister of sciences, research and technology, Reza Faraji-Dana, Rasai ... Read More



Israeli Democracy Evaporates While Gaza Burns

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick At what point is it legitimate and even necessary to dismiss the will of the people in the interest of peace and justice? This is a vexing question when it comes to Israel. ... Read More


Photo: A memorial at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was reportedly show down while flying over Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

MH17: Still Waiting for Evidence

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison When flight MH17 was hit with a missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, US officials immediately blamed pro-Russian separatists for bringing the plane down. Secretary of State John Kerry said the evidence ... Read More



Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Wrong Wars

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by James Russell

by James A. Russell The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley adds a particularly gruesome and tragic twist to the sports event-like reporting of our attempts to thwart the advances of the Islamic State in ... Read More



Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Guest

by Robert Bensh Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based ... Read More

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