Professor Steven Salaita, who was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza, has filed a lawsuit against the university. The lawsuit seeks reinstatement so he can “join his colleagues” in [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 29, 2015 3:00 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday January 19, 2015 8:00 am|
Israel is lobbying members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to cut funding to the organization in response to the ICC opening an investigation into Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories related to Operation Protective Edge which took the lives of over 2,000 Palestinians most of which were civilians. Part of the operation involved [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00 pm|
A deadly winter storm recently hit the Middle East and impacted tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, who are still homeless as a result of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” which destroyed thousands of homes. Al-Arabiya News reported that snowstorm “Huda” had Palestinians scurrying for heaters as well as bread, water and diapers. Power is [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday December 28, 2014 2:00 pm|
Police violence and torture. The rise of the Islamic State—or ISIS—and another war in Iraq. Another assault on the people of Gaza by Israel. These are the major stories highlighted on the year-end “Unauthorized Disclosure” episode. Our guest for the episode is Roqayah Chamseddine, a freelance writer based in Australia. After Ferguson police officer Darren [...]
|By: DSWright Monday October 20, 2014 10:10 am|
Israel President Reuven Rivlin says Israel has become a “sick society” that lacks human decency and is unable to engage in dialogue with Arabs due to racial animosity and prejudice – a rather stunning indictment by a head of state of his own country.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 7, 2014 1:40 pm|
Global turmoil and bloody conflicts are not bad news for everyone. The defense industry has been enjoying a nice run in the stock market from armed conflict breaking out across the world from Gaza to Ukraine to Syria. Much of the upside comes from the use of weapons made by US multinational corporations in conflicts that may or may not involve the US directly. Even just a standoff or threat of armed conflict can spur defense spending by governments and enrich weaponry makers.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 1, 2014 3:12 pm|
This summer’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza by the Israeli government is still yielding casualties. While the operation itself cost 66 Israeli soldiers their lives, in the past month alone three Israeli soldiers who participated in Operation Protective Edge have committed suicide. The suicides are the latest indication of the psychological damage done to Israeli soldiers from participating in the war on Gaza. The IDF medical corps is said to have treated over 100 soldiers for mental health problems both during and after the military campaign that killed over 2,100 Palestinians. The overwhelming majority of the Palestinians killed were civilians, many children.
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:07 pm|
In what may be one of the most well publicized acts of cognitive dissonance in history US President Barack Obama, leader of the most powerful empire in the world, told the United Nations General Assembly that “the cause of empire leads to the graveyard.”
|By: cocktailhag Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00 pm|
“Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.” -Lynda Barry
This thought has been haunting me lately as we approached the 13th anniversary of The Day That Changed Everything (for the worse).
The stark images from the day itself, so overplayed yet ambiguous, seem insignificant now compared to what followed, which is so much more dreadful than anything I could have imagined at the time.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:35 pm|
Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Yesterday, he delivered his first statement on what happened to a room full of supporters on the UIUC campus—a number of which had walked out of their classes.