A Yazidi politician broke down in tears during a parliament session as she urged the government and the international community to save her community from(self labeled) “Islamic State” fighters who have overrun the region. (more…)
The Arab world is in turmoil. The Arab Spring, which raised hopes and dreams for a wave of democratic reforms throughout the Middle East, is turning into a cold winter.
Iran and the United States should overcome their differences to lead the international community in helping prevent further state collapse within the Arab world. (more…)
Prominent Jews and Palestinians and others stand for Palestine in this heartbreaking video with Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Tony Kushner, Diana Buttu, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Mira Nair, Wallace Shawn, Naomi Klein, Mira Nair, Raj Patel, Noura Erakat and many others. (more…)
We have reached a watershed moment for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Some in Washington continue to play politics with good policy, but for the American people, this is a no-brainer: work the diplomatic process or get into another bloody and expensive war in the Middle East? Put boots on the ground (again) or keep nuclear inspectors in Iran?
Diplomacy has already reaped benefits: it has increased U.S. security while avoiding another war. (more…)
Can we not be sad together at what that beautiful old dream of Jewish redemption has come to? Can we not grieve the death of innocents? I am sad these days. Can we not at least mourn together? (more…)
Israel seeks security, but Palestinians are after security as well as some perspective for a better life. In the absence of any hope that life can improve for Palestinians, we need not look for a change in the cycle of hopelessness and thus violence – as also mutual insecurity. (more…)
President Obama has made it clear over and over again the increasing sanctions on Iran during the negotiations will undermine diplomacy and take us down the path to war. Over the next few days representatives in Congress will be looking at legislation to increase sanctions – we need to let them know now that they must stand with the President and support diplomacy. Will you add your name to the petition on the left? (more…)
From panic to outright loathing and intolerance, the atmosphere in the Israel of Operation Protective Edge is very different than that during previous military operations.
All the seeds of the incitement of the past few years, all the nationalistic, racist legislation and the incendiary propaganda, the scare campaigns and the subversion of democracy by the right-wing camp – all these have borne fruit, and that fruit is rank and rotten. (more…)