Did State Department Fail American Peace Activist When She Was Detained at Cairo Airport?

By: Monday March 10, 2014 10:58 am

An American peace activist and co-founder of the group CODEPINK was planning to go to Gaza as part of a delegation on women. However, she flew to Cairo. She was detained in the airport, held for hours and then, before Egyptian security officers tried to deport her, she was roughed up and had her arm [...]

Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Comes with Pledge from Obama to Seek More Defense Aid for Israel

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 1:51 pm

(update below) United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr announced ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. There was no signed agreement. The ceasefire is essentially “quiet in exchange for quiet,” as one Israeli diplomatic source put it. In the announcement, Clinton reiterated the US’s position that “all rocket attacks must [...]

Tel Aviv Bus Explosion: Characterizing It as a Terrorist Attack in the Midst of Warfare

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 11:15 am

UPDATE – 12:20 PM EST Reports of ceasefire now – here, here, here and here. UPDATE – 11:45 PM EST Sky News reports Israeli intelligence thinks the Tel Aviv bus bombing was result of a “lone operator” with no ties to any major Palestinian groups. Original Post A bus explosion occurred in Tel Aviv, Israel, [...]

After Israeli Defense Forces Order Gaza Evacuation, Egypt, Hamas Announce Terms for Ceasefire Agreement

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 12:12 pm

UPDATE – 6:30 PM EST Israel refused to accept the terms proposed by Hamas and Egypt. Israel is now accusing Egypt of wanting Hamas gains. The bombing of Gaza is intensifying again with huge explosions being reported every few minutes. Journalists are being targeted. Women and children are dying. An IDF soldier was hit by [...]

NYT Journalist Scoffs at Egypt’s Effort to Be ‘Honest Broker’ Between Israel & Hamas

By: Monday November 19, 2012 10:00 pm

United States State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has indicated the Obama administration considers Egypt critical to any effort to broker some kind of a truce or ceasefire agreement that would de-escalate violence between Israel and Hamas. However, New York Times journalist David D. Kirkpatrick doubts Egypt’s commitment to Israel and Hamas halting violence. Kirkpatrick summarized: [...]

Israel Considers Any Palestinian Infrastructure That Can Be Connected to Hamas to Be ‘Terrorist’

By: Saturday November 17, 2012 1:37 pm

While it is unlikely that the escalating violence in Gaza will be placed into proper context by United States media, who report on it in the context of Israel’s blockade and occupation of Palestinian land, it is also just as unlikely that there will be any meaningful coverage on how Israel justifies bombing civilian infrastructure [...]

Ahead of Election & After Extrajudicial Killing Breaks Truce, Israel Prepares to Bombard Gaza

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 8:42 pm

In the aftermath of the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmad Jabiri, Israel has escalated its attacks on the Gaza Strip. At least 19 people in Gaza have been killed. The Associated Press reported Israeli forces are advancing and closing in on the Gaza border, where they are likely to begin a “ground offensive.” Israeli [...]

The NDAA, 2011 & a Happy New Year

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 7:34 pm

President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That means hours before 2011 came to an end, as ACLU executive director Anthony Romero stated, President Obama became “a president who will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.” “The statute is particularly dangerous because [...]

Pepper Spray Developer: It Has Become Fashionable to Use Chemicals on People with Opinions

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 3:02 pm

In what appears to be his first television interview on the subject, Kamran Loghman, the developer of weapons-grade pepper spray and the policy for its use by US police departments, appeared on Democracy Now! to condemn how police forces have been using pepper spray on peaceful protesters in the country. He said he was “shocked” [...]

Using Evidence from Water Torture to Hold Detainees at Guantanamo

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 12:49 am

Mamdouh Habib’s water torture in Egypt reminds us that evidence produced by extreme torture at U.S. rendition sites was used to justify the incarceration of innocent men at Guantanamo. The only effective remedy to that, habeas proceedings in U.S. courts, is legally available, but in recent months, has been mainly gutted.

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