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Patrick Seale, Amy Goodman: A Struggle for Regional Supremacy: Syria Conflict Escalates as World Powers Debate Assad’s Future (Democracy Now)
League of Arab States Observer Mission to Syria: Report for the Period from 24 December 2011 to 18 January 2012 (MRzine)
Arab Studies Institute: US Says Russia/China UN Veto “Disgusting”, “Shameful”, “Deplorable”, “a Travesty” … Really? (Information Clearing House)
Eren Buğlalılar: Turkey: The Honduras of the Middle East for a New Contra War (MRzine)

Harriet Sherwood: Israel shackles Palestinian hunger striker (Guardian)

A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than eight weeks is being kept shackled to a hospital bed by the Israeli authorities, despite warnings that he may be close to death.

Khader Adnan, 33, has been held without charge under “administrative detention” since mid-December. The Israeli military authorities have refused to tell his lawyer what he is accused of or disclose any evidence against him.

Bilal Randeree: Hundreds in Israeli jails join hunger strike (AlJazeera)
Harriet Sherwood: Israel jails Palestinian parliament speaker without trial (Guardian)

Aziz Dweik’s six-month imprisonment is an attempt by Israel to thwart reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, says his office

Ben White: Equality for Palestinians? Israel won’t have it (Guardian)

Elected representatives of the Palestinian community in Israel face growing harassment by the state, fellow MKs and the media

Mya Guarnieri: Where is the Bedouin Intifada? (CounterPunch)

Inside of Israel, the state seeks to Judaize the Negev (Naqab) desert. This “development” includes last year’s Prawer plan which recommends that Israel relocate some 30,000-40,000 Bedouin citizens, ripping them from their villages and sticking them in impoverished townships, to clear the area for Jewish-only settlements.

Akiva Eldar: Israel’s new peace camp is playing into Hamas’ hands / כניעת ה”אליטות” לנתניהו (Haaretz)

The “elites” enthusiasticly buy into the idea that the Palestinians rejected the “generous offer” that peace-loving Israeli leaders placed at their doorstep – and paid us back in terror. Who remembers, for example, that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wrote in the New York Times last September that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had not rejected his plan. So what if as far back as 10 years ago, the Palestinians adopted the Arab peace plan, which not only recognizes Israel in the 1967 borders, but also offers normal relations with all Arab countries. We only believe Arabs that call for Israel’s destruction.
ה”אליטות” קונות בשקיקה את הגרסה שהפלסטינים דחו את כל “ההצעות הנדיבות” שמנהיגים ישראלים שוחרי שלום הניחו לפתחם, וגמלו לנו בטרור. מי זוכר, למשל, שאהוד אולמרט כתב ב”ניו יורק טיימס” בספטמבר אשתקד, שאבו מאזן לא דחה את המתווה שלו? אז מה אם הפלסטינים אימצו כבר לפני עשר שנים את יוזמת השלום הערבית, שלא רק מכירה בישראל בגבולות 67′, אלא מציעה לה יחסים נורמליים עם כל מדינות ערב? אנחנו מאמינים רק לערבים שקוראים להשמדת ישראל.

Mike Whitney: A Death Sentence for Greece (CounterPunch)
Stathis Kouvelakis: The Greek cauldron (New Left Review)

Bruce Cumings: North Korea’s dynastic succession / Die drei Körper der Kims (Monde diplomatique)

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