Norman Finkelstein released his newest book approximately a week ago and eagerly I ordered it and began reading it. I have been interested in Norman Finkelstein for about five years when I first became involved in the Israel-Palestine conflict and his books have been a beneficial tool in deciphering the conflict. Even at one point … More Book Review of Norman Finkelstein’s “Knowing too Much”
2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence. Both Paris and Algiers are having a hard time sincerely confronting the colonial era and the war, while the politicized cultures of remembrance prevent reconciliation. Fifty years have passed since the Algerian independence from France, and the old wounds haven’t healed – on the contrary. Both … More Guest Post: Colonial Shadow Over Algiers and Paris: Memories of the Algerian War
Lately, two opinion articles in Haaretz have focused on Mahmoud Abbas‘ role in the so-called “peace process,” both depicting him as a notorious naysayer but with different additives. On the one hand, we have Israel Harel, blatantly espousing his negation of international law as usual (one must only remember the cheeky article he wrote in … More Guest Post: No Partner for Peace…Again?!
It is not surprising reading the news, after the Palestinian Authority’s bid at the United Nations, that the Quartet came out with a “new idea.” It is a nice mixture of the “same old garbage” with a tint of “we need to keep ourselves relevant.” The Quartet is this ad-hoc organization of the United States, … More Quartet’s New “Peace Initiative”
It seems that there are more news articles dedicated to the Palestinian bid at the UN than there actually are Palestinians. Everyone has their input about what happens, including the two authors here. Until 10 days ago it was only academics who knew anything about what they were writing, and described the process accordingly. Now … More Is the Media Trying to Make a Story Out of Nothing about the Palestinian’s Bid?
I do not know if anyone else is as sick of this stupid hasbara (propaganda) videos by Israeli MK and Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon as I am but I feel the need to retort. Not that this has some profound legitimate points. He picks and chooses convenient lies and exploits them to fit a … More Rebuttal against Daniel Ayalon’s New YouTube Video
We are at one week and counting before the Palestinian leadership goes to the United Nations to upgrade their status at the UN to full member, in theory entitling rights under international law they currently lack. There has been able commentary by this and other blogs, along with thousands of inches of media print on … More What can Israel/US possibly Give the Palestinian Leadership to Stop the UN Move?
As the date of the Palestinian bid at the United Nations looms nearer various people, myself included (just look at most of my past articles), have decided to give a last ditch effort to revive the two state solution (this is where you will not find me writing about). I was passing through the New … More Why is it so Hard for the New York Times to Accept International Law in Regards to Palestine and the Palestinians?
After Erdogan made a grand speech about rethinking Turkish-Israeli ties, Erdogan officially lowered diplomatic relations and suspended all military ties with Israel last night and this morning. Turkey, still rightfully upset with Israel, has decided to put some action behind their words and do this move. But what does the move intend to do? Is … More Implications of Turkey Cutting Military Ties with Israel on a Larger Scale
Anyone who has been seeing the news the past 20hrs or so sees an interesting headline on the major media outlets. It reads something like this “UN report says Israeli blockade is legal.” So far I have found minor variation from the major media outlets and I would like to commend the New York Times … More The Mavi Marmara (Palmer) Report from the United Nations Critique