Ramzy Baroud: The Middle East is Changing: What Ankara Knows (CounterPunch)
Jonathan Cook: Punitive blockade still in force despite Israeli bait and switch (The National)
Jonathan Cook: Israeli foreign minister wants Palestinians stripped of citizenship and relocated (The National)
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s far-right foreign minister, set out this week what he called a “blueprint for a resolution to the conflict” with the Palestinians that demands most of the country’s large Palestinian minority be stripped of citizenship and relocated outside Israel’s future borders.
Asa Winstanley: Leaked documents show PA undermined Turkey’s push for UN flotilla probe (Electronic Intifada)
The Palestinian Authority attempted to neutralize a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla […] [T]the Palestinian Authority (PA) stood with European Union (EU) countries against Turkey’s calls for robust action to hold Israel accountable. The PA’s apparent collusion to shield Israel will recall for many its efforts to undermine UN action on the Goldstone report last October.
Schimon Peres gilt als Friedenspolitiker. Die Historikerin Tamar Amar-Dahl beschreibt den israelischen Präsidenten jedoch als Nationalisten, für den Krieg unerlässlich ist. Shimon Peres is seen as a politician for peace. Historian Tamar Amar-Dahl however describes the Israeli president as a nationalist who regards war as essential.
Casey Gane-McCalla: How The CIA Created The Jamaican Shower Posse (NewsOne for Black America)
Nima Shirazi: World Cup Domination & Entertaining the Empire: One Aim Changes Everything (OpEdNews)
Chris McGreal: US supreme court: Nonviolent aid to banned groups tantamount to ‘terrorism’ (Guardian)
The US supreme court has upheld a broad-ranging law that allows Americans who offer advice to banned organisations, including legal assistance and information on conflict resolution, to be prosecuted as terrorists.
The case arose out of human rights advice given by a California group to Kurdish and Tamil organisations that are listed as terrorist groups in the US.
The supreme court upheld the Obama administration’s argument that even advice intended to be used for peaceful purposes amounted to “material support” for terrorism.
Tomás Rosa Bueno: Brazil and Iran: Our Motives and the Bullying Trio (MRzine)
Alex Main: USAID: The Bone of Contention in U.S.–Bolivia Relations (MRzine)
Declassified documents uncovered by investigative journalist Jeremy Bigwood through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that, as early as 2002, USAID funded a “Political Party Reform Project” designed to “serve as a counterweight to [Evo Morales’] radical MAS [party] or its successors.” Though USAID has refused to reveal which political organizations have received funding since Evo Morales’ election in 2006, the FOIA documents point to possible funding of opposition groups that engaged in violent tactics and sparked an explosive political crisis in September of 2008.
Robert Fisk: Fighting talk: The new propaganda (Independent)