Rick Perry Abuses His Office for Israel

Jean-Jacques Rousseau described the reciprocal relationship between a government and its people as a “social contract.” Even from the first legal code by the Babylonian Hammurabi, one learns that the principal benefit that government bestows on the people is the promise of justice. By the time of the Roman Republic, the principle of equal justice … Continue reading “Rick Perry Abuses His Office for Israel”

Undefeated, Gaza’s Freedom Flotillas Expand 

GAZA CITY — A gleaming new memorial towers in the center of Gaza City’s battered port. Flanked by flags of various nations whose citizens have sailed to the Gaza Strip to highlight the all-out siege on Gaza, the memorial’s inscription bears the names of the Turkish solidarity activists who died one year ago when Israeli … Continue reading “Undefeated, Gaza’s Freedom Flotillas Expand “

Advantage Hamas After Flotilla Fiasco

RAMALLAH — Israel may allow soft drinks, juice, canned fruit, salads, biscuits, and potato chips into the Gaza Strip from next week. What should be an unremarkable event is making news headlines and portends unseen consequences. After four years of a crippling Israeli blockade, which has reduced the poverty-stricken territory to a humanitarian basket-case, the … Continue reading “Advantage Hamas After Flotilla Fiasco”

New Footage Depicts Attack on Mavi Marmara

Blasts from a megaphone accompany the sounding of alarms, a woman’s voice repeatedly pleading, "We are civilians, we have no guns…we need help for people…please don’t attack." Brazilian-American filmmaker Iara Lee, a passenger on board the Mavi Marmara, managed to smuggle an hour of footage taken during the May 31 attack on a six-ship humanitarian … Continue reading “New Footage Depicts Attack on Mavi Marmara”

Israel’s Cult of Victimhood

Why are Israelis so indignant at the international outrage that has greeted their country’s lethal attack last week on a flotilla of civilian ships taking aid to Gaza?   Israelis have not responded in any of the ways we might have expected. There has been little soul-searching about the morality, let alone legality, of soldiers invading … Continue reading “Israel’s Cult of Victimhood”

Monday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 29 Wounded

At least nine Iraqis were killed and 29 more were wounded in the latest violence. Meanwhile, U.S. troops held Memorial Day observations at a former Saddam palace located at Camp Victory. Also, thousands of Iraqis, at the behest of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, protested the Israeli attack on a Gaza-aid flotilla and used the demonstration to chant against the United States as well.