Middle East

Gaza Economy 'On Verge Of Collapse', With World's Highest Unemployment"

World Bank report says Israeli blockades, war and poor governance have left 43% of people out of work and the strip facing dangerous financial crisis The economy of Gaza – assailed by war, poor governance and a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade – has reached the “verge of collapse” with the coastal strip suffering the highest rate … Continue reading Gaza Economy 'On Verge Of Collapse', With World's Highest Unemployment"

Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

The final stretch. Four days to elections, and everything is still hanging in the balance, and nothing has yet been decided. Will Binyamin Netanyahu fall or remain in power? Will a new government be established in Israel, or will it not? And if a new government does come about, will it bring about a significant … Continue reading Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East

Introduction by Tom Engelhardt Talk of an oil glut and a potential further price drop seems to be growing. The cost of a barrel of crude now sits at just under $60, only a little more than half what it was at its most recent peak in June 2014. Meanwhile, under a barrel of woes, … Continue reading Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East

We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

An estimated 2,300 Palestinians in Gaza were killed during the summer assault by Israel. Each one was a mother, father, brother, sister, friend or spouse to someone left behind, and their deep feeling of grieving and loss is still palpable – almost like the phantom pain after the amputation of an arm or leg. Yet … Continue reading We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley

GAZA CITY Hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes Sunday morning after Israeli authorities opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley in the wake of a recent severe winter storm. The Gaza Ministry of Interior said in a statement that civil defense services and teams from the Ministry of … Continue reading Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley

How The US, Its Allies And Syria Unwittingly Corporatized ISIS

ISIS operates as both a company and a government that’s spun totally out of control. The group is selling oil to Assad and U.S. allies -allies who are also arming them. But how did this happen? How did ISIS become the world’s wealthiest, most sophisticated terrorist group? WASHINGTON — The Islamic State of Iraq and … Continue reading How The US, Its Allies And Syria Unwittingly Corporatized ISIS

Remembering Abdul Rahman Abu Oida, “Broken Bird”, A Beautiful Soul

I am very, very sorry to learn of the death of a stoic young Palestinian man, Abed Abu Oida, a result of years of suffering after being shot in the spine by a zionist mercenary sniper in eastern Jabaliya, March 2008. I met Abed in a Cairo hospital in mid 2008, where he was wasting … Continue reading Remembering Abdul Rahman Abu Oida, “Broken Bird”, A Beautiful Soul

As Conditions Worsen In Gaza, Residents Ask: ‘Where Have All The Activists Gone?’

I have always thought that those who resort to violence or those who go as far as exploding themselves are sick and inhuman. But now I know how it feels to have nothing to lose but your worthless life. I know how it feels to be so desperate that you literally cry from disappointment when … Continue reading As Conditions Worsen In Gaza, Residents Ask: ‘Where Have All The Activists Gone?’

Israeli Forces Attack Palestinians At Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinians Denied Freedom To Worship Israeli security forces have once again clashed with Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Reports on Wednesday said that the Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets as Palestinians tried to enter the compound for prayers. Three Palestinians suffered injuries during the clash, which erupted … Continue reading Israeli Forces Attack Palestinians At Al-Aqsa Mosque

Chomsky: The Crass and Brutal Approach Used to Keep Gaza Mired in Misery

For those concerned with the rights of the brutalized Palestinians, there can be no higher priority than working to change U.S. policies On Aug. 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement … Continue reading Chomsky: The Crass and Brutal Approach Used to Keep Gaza Mired in Misery