Earth Day Means Let’s Undermine Empire

by Clare Bayard

By Clare Bayard

The month of April contains Earth Day, in that way that we often designate a month to contain concepts of year-round importance (see: Black History Month).  Earth Day is not unconnected to the predations of empires. Empire-building has always required disrupting people’s relationships with their land and ability to self-sustain. A few of April’s developments in struggles for land, survival, and democracy follow.


U.S. Pandering in Israel, Realpolitik in Egypt

by Greg Hom

Greg Hom looks at a recent review of the last two year's events in Egypt and President Obama's trip to Palestine/Israel

President Obama's visit to Israel and occupied Palestine has been designed to not take too strong a stand on U.S.-involvement in any kind of "peace" process, though of course it will be mentioned. Rather the trip has been mostly designed to drive home the point that the U.S. is a friend to Israel....

Young Syrian refugees in a camp in northern Lebanon. Picture: Sam Tarling, Caritas (Keystone)


by Rami El-Amine

Rami El-Amine takes stock of the Arab revolutions three years on, arguing that counter-revolution has rolled back most of the gains made and created a level of instability and sectarianism that threatens all-out regional war. At the same time, in one of the bitterest ironies of this humanitarian catastrophe, this very instability may improve prospects for a nuclear agreement with Iran that could start a new dynamic toward peace in the region...


Hard Road to the Promised Land

by Francesca Fiorentini

“I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

–Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at a Memphis garbage workers strike the night before he was assassinated

In part two of this special two-part Month in Review marking this column's 100th installment, Francesca Fiorentini...

Image created by Heidi Andrea Rhodes

Towards a Real End to War in the 21st Century

by Sarah Lazare

Despite the Memorial Day “celebrations,” claims that the Afghanistan War is coming to an end, and talk of “humanitarian” military deployments to Nigeria, the naked violence of the U.S. role in the world showed through the verbal fog this month. President Obama tried to argue that an indefinite military presence is "how war ends in the 21st century." We argue instead that building movements for rehumanization and solidarity, against U.S....

Artwork by Nidal El-Khairy

Palestinian Prisoners Day, Divestment, & Resistance through Art

by Greg Hom

The issue of imprisonment continues to be a flashpoint for Palestinian activists on the ground.  April 17th news from the Jerusalem Post stated “ ”Prisoner Day,” an annual commemoration of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, who currently number 4,800, was held on Wednesday, with Israeli security forces on standby for possible protests.

The history of Prisoner Day is described here on Mondoweiss by the Center...

Obama's argument is deeply flawed...op-ed from China Daily USA

by Gary Hicks Chen Weihua, the author, is the Editor of China Daily USA. We can take it for granted that his op ed piece, below, is representative of the consensual views of the present Chinese leadership, via its Foreign Ministry. Aside from official opinion, it's a short, sweet, to-point summation of what much of the diplomatic world, especially East and South, feel about the current state and actions of US foreign policy, following on the speech given at...

Raise Your Voice: U.S. Should Condemn Israeli Assault on Gaza and Call for an Immediate Cease-Fire

by Max Elbaum

"In Gaza last night, while Israeli army forces launched military attacks by sea, air and via artillery shells, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children were unable to sleep inside their roof-tinned homes, clinging to their parents, crying, and terrified. The shelling last night was earth shattering, and went through the entirety of the Gaza strip - at least 100 attacks have already taken place. In Gaza, we do not have bomb...

Poster from the Break the Chains conference held at the University of Oregon in 2003.


by Sarah Lazare

In a month filled with the killing of innocents from Boston to West, Texas and from Baghdad to Yemen, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Sarah Lazare calls attention to what we all have to learn from the Palestinian people's resistance to brutality and dispossession.  

April was such a cruel month this year. I grieve for those killed and maimed in the Boston Marathon bombing,for those who died in West, Texas and Bangladesh due to corporations...

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Mandela's Legacy Shines on Palestine

by Greg Hom

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres decided to forgo being challenged on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, and its comparison to apartheid, by not attending the funeral ceremony of Nelson Mandela. Whatever the merits or utility of comparing South Africa’s apartheid system to the oppression of Palestinians by Israel, there can be no doubt that any comparison of the systems of exclusion was a pressure on...

What Kind of Ancestors Will We Be?

by Felicia Gustin

I think about the children in Gaza, the children coming across the Mexico - U.S. border, the children without water in Detroit, the children living with violence in Oakland.

I think about what kind of future our children face and what is our responsibility, as adults, to all children, to rid this planet of war and militarism, hatred and inequity. To save this planet.

I think about this poem by Guatemalan revolutionary Otto Rene...

Image courtey of UNHCR website

Syria a Stalemate Much Longer? And the other "Middle East Peace" that isn't going anywhere

by Greg Hom

The last month has shown Syria's war to be spreading across the border with Lebanon and beyond as Hezbollah openly sided with the Assad government. And as Patrick Cockburn wrote in the London Review of Books, “[t]here is virtually no state in the region that hasn’t got some stake in the conflict.” (Is it the end of Sykes-Picot? June 6,2013). Not shying away from that complicated view, Cockburn goes on to enlighten us in this way:


Diplomacy with Iran Essential For Regional Demilitarization

by Rebecca Tumposky

Rebecca Tumposky reports on the high stakes battle in Washington over the Iran negotiations as the P5+1-Iran interim agreement takes effect, stressing that further diplomatic progress is crucial for de-escalating conflict throughout the Middle East and dealing a blow to the Israel Lobby's constant promotion of war, occupation and Islamophobia. 

Diplomacy between the P5+1 powers (the U.S., Russia, China, United Kingdom, France and...

Bury My Heart in Gaza

by Rami El-Amine


We thrash, curse for air
As our strangler declares, look
How violent the Arab

– Haiku for the Headlocked, by Zein El-Amine

Rami El-Amine makes the case that Israel’s war on Gaza is not about the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers, rockets, or tunnels. It’s about Israel...

Caption: "Leave". On 30 June 2013, millions of Egyptians took the streets to demand the removal of president Morsi, and the term "Irhal" (leave) with a red card was used indicating that it is time for Morsi to go. Image originally posted to Flicker by Kamal Sedra

Egyptians Say They're Not Going Home; Palestinian Bedouins Organize To Stay Home

by Greg Hom

In Greg's blog posts, he comments on recent reporting on, or in-depth analysis of, the "Middle East" you may be interested in.

In my previous posts on Egypt, I've tried to show the nebulous state of the the revolution there. A democratic vote was held to bring in Morsi, while the military retained a central role in the state apparatus as it did under Mubarak. In the last few weeks we've seen strong protests against the Morsi...