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Paul R. Pillar: The Symmetry and Asymmetry of Violence in Gaza

  There they go again—another tragic upsurge in the violent tit-for-tat between Israel and Hamas. As with most tit-for-tat contests, at each stage each side can point to what the other side just did as an action that warrants retaliation. Often the story that reaches American ears is instead more lopsided: a story of Hamas firing rockets and Israel responding with armed force. But the actual proc ...

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Pepe Escobar: Bomb Iran? No. Bomb Gaza? Yes!

16 November 2012 — Asia Times Launching a war, for the IDF, is child’s play. Tel Aviv just had to kill a few Palestinian civilians like the dangerous soccer terrorist – and send in some extra tanks. Gaza factions had to respond – and they targeted Israeli soldiers (not civilians). That was the perfect excuse for Tel Aviv to go on a rampage. So many wars to launch, so little time. Whe ...

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Finian Cunningham: Bahrain Uprising Threatens US Hegemony

A young Bahraini protester waves the national flag during a demonstration near Manama. The Western-backed Bahraini monarchy has been facing continuous street protests… since February 2011 calling for an elected government to replace decades of misrule and corruption under one family. While the self-styled royal rulers and their hangers-on live in absolute luxury -– never having worked a day in ...

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Alan da Luz: Déjà Vu in Lebanon: Assassination of Wissam Al Hassan, Cui Bono?

1.     Everybody seems to know: Syria was behind it! In Lebanon, the head of the secret services IFS, Wissam Al Hassan, was killed in a bomb attack in on October 19. Almost everybody started hinting at Syria: Opposition Leader Saad Hariri accused immediately Damascus to be behind the bombing Soon after, the French Foreign Minister Fabius said it was “probably Syria”. Then all pape ...

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Spencer Ackerman: Rare Photographs Show Ground Zero of the Drone War

  November 08, 2012 "Wired" -- December 12, 2011 - The epicenter of global terrorism, and the CIA's highly classified drone war against extremist groups, is a black hole on the map -- a region of Pakistan off limits to outsiders, and especially Westerners. It’s an area so dangerous that even the Pakistani military avoids it. The CIA may have launched 70 drone strikes in tribal Pakis ...

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Lawrence Davidson: In Defense of Richard Falk

In Defense of Richard Falk–An Analysis (4 November 2012) by Lawrence Davidson      Part I – Who is Richard Falk and What Has He Done? Richard Falk is the present United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories. His job is to monitor the human rights situation in the territories, with particular reference to international law, and report back to both the U.N. Gene ...

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Eric Walberg: Iran Vs. the Empire – Fighting Dollarization

  Egypt emulates Iran after Arab Spring The West's attempts to destroy the Iranian economy through heightened sanctions—including most imports, oil exports and use of banks for trade operations—is having its affect. According to Johns Hopkins University Professor Steve Hanke, Iran is facing hyperinflation, with a monthly inflation rate of nearly 70% per month and its national currency, ...

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Roy Tov: New Israeli Attack on Sudan

Far from the headlines, a fully fledged war is taking place between Sudan and Israel. For years now, reports of Israeli attacks on Sudan appear on the fringes of Israeli media, while certain Sudanese actions are perceived as hostile by Israel. In the last week of October 2012, violence reached a new peak. If Netanyahu fails to start a war with Iran, which he desperately needs for the purpose of hiding the s ...

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John Pilger: Making the World a More Dangerous Place – The Eager Role of Julia Gillard

The Australian parliament building reeks of floor polish. The wooden floors shine so virtuously they reflect the cartoon-like portraits of prime ministers, bewigged judges and viceroys. Along the gleaming white, hushed corridors, the walls are hung with Aboriginal art: one painting after another as in a monolithic gallery, divorced from their origins, the irony brutal. The poorest, sickest, most incarcerate ...

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