Category Archives: Middle East

“Salt and Water” As A German Leader is Rejected

by James M. Wall Ma’an reported Thursday that a general strike has begun in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.  As part of the strike, Palestinians shut down their shops and businesses in solidarity with the more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners … Continue reading

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Trump at The Movies: “Put an Amen to It”

by James M. Wall A raid has killed members of a frontier family. Ethan Edwards, portrayed by an angry, unforgiving John Wayne, was secretly in love with one of the victims. The quick burial in a nearby hillside cemetery is … Continue reading

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A “New Sheriff in Town” Is Kicking Up Her Heels

by James M. Wall Nikki Haley, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, (right) was greeted as a rock star at this year’s AIPAC Washington Conference. The former governor of South Carolina wowed the crowd of 19,000, in an on-stage interview … Continue reading

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Israel’s Apartheid Elephant Is Still in the Room

ESCWA, for its part, took steps to ensure that the report lived up to scholarly standards, submitting the draft text to three prominent international jurists, who anonymously submitted strong positive appraisals along with some suggestions for revision, which we gratefully incorporated before the final text was released. For government officials and others to dismiss our report as a biased polemic is irresponsible, with respect both to the authority of the UN and to international law. Continue reading

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Bibi Blocks BDS Backers At Israel’s Borders

by James M. Wall On Monday, March 6, the Israeli Knesset passed a travel ban which strongly resembles a U.S. travel ban scheduled to go into effect the middle of next week. The U.S. ban is a second effort by the Trump White … Continue reading

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Trump to Bibi and Abbas: “I’m With You Fellers”

by James M. Wall On Wednesday, President Donald Trump approached the waning days of his first month in office with what he hoped would be a significant foreign policy event, his first White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. … Continue reading

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White House Islamophobia Dictates Trump Policy

we’ve never witnessed a political aide move as brazenly to consolidate power as Stephen Bannon — nor have we seen one do quite so much damage so quickly to his putative boss’s popular standing or pretenses of competence. Continue reading

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Obama Gives PA $221 Million in Final Hours

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Trump: Stay Strong Israel; 1/20 Coming Fast

by James M. Wall As soon as the Congress arrived back to do the nation’s business on January 5, it bowed to Tel Aviv. Politico reports that “the House voted overwhelmingly [342 to 80] to rebuke the United Nations for passing a resolution that … Continue reading

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Carter To Obama: Recognize Palestine Now

by James M. Wall In his Op-ed column in The New York Times, Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, sent an urgent request to Barack Obama, the 44th President: “The simple but vital step this administration must take before its … Continue reading

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