American exceptionalism strikes again. This time it manifested itself as the US being the only country on the United Nations Human Rights Council to vote against investigating the killing of civilians in Operation Protective Edge. The call to respect international legal restrictions on warfare and investigate whether any violations have taken place received a yea or abstention from every other country on the council. The resolution was presented by Ibrahim Khraishi, the ambassador of the Palestinian observer mission to the UN in Geneva.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 24, 2014 6:52 am|
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 23, 2014 11:04 am|
Not every Israeli is on board with participating in the carnage in Gaza or the supporting operations necessary for it to continue. Some Israel Reservists are refusing to join in the bloodshed and have launched a petition. The concerns of the group include discrimination in the IDF against Jewish ethnic groups such as the Mizrachi as well as women not being treated equally. But the central focus is opposing the IDF’s all encompassing role in Israeli society and the current attacks against the people of Gaza.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 23, 2014 10:01 am|
The Chicago chapter of the pro-Israel group, StandWithUs, organized a rally on July 22 to show support for the country’s military assault on Gaza. During the rally, a man was arrested by Chicago police for carrying a gun at the demonstration.
Up until now, the man has been identified in the local press. His name is Andrew Glatz. He is 37-years-old and lives in Lincolnwood, IL. However, it has not been reported that he was with the people who were rallying for Israel.
|By: Siun Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:52 am|
The news today is full of talk about John Kerry going to Cairo and insisting on a ceasefire in the war on Gaza. Obama’s UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, who normally is a warrior for R2P made the same argument at the United Nations, also calling for a ceasefire – though mostly from the Gazans since she began by stressing Israel’s right to self-defense. Of course, no one mentions the Palestinians right to same.
|By: Siun Tuesday July 22, 2014 12:09 pm|
Watching Operation Protective Edge move from a few air strikes to invasion and decimation of the land and people of Palestine is so reminiscent of Cast Lead and the horrors we covered then. But there’s a new theme to this round of genocide – the Israeli claim that Hamas has a huge network of tunnels enabling Hamas “terrorists” to attack Israeli locations virtually at will.
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 22, 2014 11:04 am|
While it is no secret that American mainstream media coverage is heavily biased in favor of Israel, rarely does the establishment media side with those advocating the genocide of the Palestinians. And yet, the Wall Street Journal decided to run an op-ed written by Thane Rosenbaum which claims all those in Gaza have lost their status as civilians because Hamas was elected. That the over 560 Palestinians in Gaza that have died so far had it coming.
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 22, 2014 6:45 am|
Only a few short months ago the permanent war crowd were calling for air strikes on Iran, today the UN nuclear agency says that Iran has made all of the enriched uranium that could be used to make nuclear weapons into more harmless forms.
|By: joe shikspack Monday July 21, 2014 7:15 pm|
Money is violence
Our system of money visits violence on people. Economic sanctions are an obvious example:
|By: DSWright Monday July 21, 2014 7:50 am|
Secretary of State John Kerry, who was on every network political show over the weekend justifying Israel’s actions in Gaza, was caught on a hot mic giving a very different assessment. Kerry said “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” while talking to an aid on the phone, mocking the accuracy of Israel’s weapons strikes which Israel claims are limited and precise.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 21, 2014 6:50 am|
While thousands of people turned out to protest against Israel’s ongoing military operations in Gaza, Palestinians experienced their bloodiest day yesterday.