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Israel Bans Al Jazeera Journalists, Network

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Sunday condemned the Israeli cabinet’s decision to ban the Al Jazeera news network in Israel. The network’s office was closed and its equipment was confiscated. Israeli cable channels were forced to delete Al Jazeera from their offerings, and even its […]

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Congress Tries to Outlaw ‘From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. US Congress, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the chanting of the phrase “From the river to the sea, Palestine will […]

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Dead Last (With Emphasis on Dead!)

Refinery by Rongy Benjamin is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Flickr By Juan Cole / TomDispatch Last September witnessed what used to be a truly rare weather phenomenon: a Mediterranean hurricane, or “medicane.” Once upon a time, the Mediterranean Sea simply didn’t get hot enough to produce hurricanes more than every few hundred (yes, few hundred!) years. In this […]

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Israeli Airstrike Kills 7 International World Central Kitchen Aid Workers

Passports of the aid workers, screenshot taken from X. By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Israeli fighter-jets routinely bomb dense urban areas, sometimes with massive bombs, in ways that President Joe Biden characterized as “indiscriminate.” Indiscriminate bombing of civilians is a war crime. On Monday, an Israeli airstrike hit an […]

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Naked Hypocrisy: The US Cited UNSC Resolutions to Invade Iraq, Now Call Gaza Ceasefire Demand ‘Non-Binding’

Gaza war damage 2023. Tasnim News Agency, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller on Tuesday characterized the United Nations Security Council resolution 2728 demanding an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict as “non-binding,” a phrase also used by US ambassador […]

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Juan Cole: As Israel Defies UNSC Demand for Gaza Ceasefire, UN Human Rights Body Slams Ongoing “Genocide”

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The UN Security Council has finally passed a ceasefire resolution for Gaza, from which the US abstained, so it was passed by the other 14 members. Although UNSC resolutions are binding, and countries like Iraq and Iran have been severely punished for disobeying them, […]