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The Arab Boat: It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees
In a western capital far away from Gaza and Cairo, I recently shared a pot of tea with an “Egyptian refugee”. The term is familiar to me, but never have I encountered an Egyptian who refers to himself as such. He stated it as a matter of fact by saying: “As an Egyptian refugee ..” and carried on to...
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Four Years into the Syrian Conflict, We Must Never Lose Sight of the Civilians Behind the ‘Story’
If you type ‘Syria’ into Google News, the headlines that normally appear are about airstrikes, beheadings, and Jihadi John. The less dramatic, everyday human cost of those caught up in the crisis gets much less play. Perhaps this is inevitable. As the conflict enters its fifth year, a sense of...
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Why the Israeli-Hizbullah Tit for Tat Probably Won’t Turn to War
Last week an Israeli helicopter gunship targeted Hizbullah outposts in Syria southwest of Damascus, near the front with the rebel Support Front (Syria al-Qaeda), which controls the Golan Heights on the Syrian side. These outposts were not in fact bordering Israel or likely aimed at Israel, but...
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Attack on Israeli Soldiers 'Most Serious Flare-Up in Years'–if Arab Deaths Aren't Taken Seriously
The New York Times ' Isabel Kershner and Anne Barnard ( 1/28/15 ) described a missile attack in which "two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded" as "the most serious flare-up in the area in years." "Hezbollah claimed responsibility," they pointed out. But it's not even the most serious...
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Playing With Fire on the Lebanese Border
Since the end of the last war between Israel and Lebanon in 2006, the prospect of renewed hostilities between the two countries has been viewed as almost inevitable by most observers. As heinous and destructive as that conflict was, it ultimately resolved none of the underlying issues between the...
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Is Another War Coming to the Occupied West Bank?
Observers of the evolution of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians have long argued that there are only two likely outcomes of the alternating violence and diplomacy between the two sides that has gone on nearly 70 years now. One is a “two-state solution” wherein Israel accepts a...
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Going From One Bad War to a Worse One
In 2004, Stuart Bowen of Texas was asked by a friend to take on a difficult and important job, which he did. Bowen's friend was George W. Bush, and the job was to investigate corruption and waste in Iraq, where his buddy George had launched a misguided and very costly war, as well as an effort to...
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Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force
Those who use violence to shape the world, as we have done in the Middle East, unleash a whirlwind. Our initial alliances—achieved at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dead, some $3 trillion in expenditures and the ravaging of infrastructure across the region—have been turned upside down by the...
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US Sending More Arms to Lebanon to Fight Militants
Struggle on Syrian border has led to hundreds of casualties and displacements
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Israel Hands Over Lebanon Cluster Bomb Maps - UN
BEIRUT - Israel handed over to U.N. peacekeepers on Tuesday maps of where it dropped cluster bombs in Lebanon during the 2006 war with Hezbollah guerrillas, the UNIFIL peacekeeping force said. The United Nations and the Lebanese government have repeatedly called on Israel to hand over the maps of...
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