Hiding the Occupation Doesn’t Make It Go Away

IDF soldiers in the West Bank (Wikimedia Commons)

by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out. A new… Continue Reading  

The Middle East in Trump’s Wake

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by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding… Continue Reading  

Land Grabs and the Rules-Based Order

Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, and other world leaders at the G-7 Meeting (Jesco Denzel)

by Paul R. Pillar The main takeaway from the recent G-7 summit obviously is the striking damage to U.S.-allied relations from Donald Trump’s posturing and accusations about trade. Also worth assessing, however, is a different and milder disagreement between the… Continue Reading  

How the IDF Is Tarnishing the Name of the Medic It Killed in Gaza

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by Yael Marom “Razan al-Najjar is no angel of mercy,” tweeted IDF Arabic Spokesman Avichay Adraee on Thursday. Attached to Adraee’s defamatory tweet was an edited video in which a young woman dressed in a white coat and a headscarf, a mask covering… Continue Reading  

Did Israel Destroy a North Korean Reactor in the Syrian Desert?

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by Peter Jenkins In connection with President Bashar al-Assad’s planned visit to North Korea, David Sanger and Mark Landler wrote on June 4 for The New York Times: The last time Mr. Assad did business with the Kim family, the… Continue Reading