News and Analysis (8/5/14)

A truce, a land grab, and war crimes:

“All governments lie … including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality”:

“In order to justify the magnitude of violence necessary to uphold persistent contradictions – to speak of freedom, liberty and self-determination, but to indulge in paternalism, despotism, force and coercion – it is absolutely necessary first to control and dominate memory”:

A new IS battlefield gain forces Maliki to offer help to the Kurds and Iran intervens as well:

The survilliance of Muslims in America and  “particularly politically active ones – has become a routine practice from sea to shining sea… rewarded by intrusive and stigmatizing government scrutiny”:

In Minnesota, “a group of Muslims is using art to fight misconceptions about Muslim-Americans”:

Indian Muslim youth is not immune to ISIS influence, as recently four Indian men from middle class families disappeared from their neighborhoods to go and join the fight in Iraq and Syria with ISIS:

‘[A] prominent activist, pro-Palestine campaigner and chief executive of the Cordoba Foundation think tank, which fosters relations between the West and ‘the Muslim worldA’ received a letter from his bank notifying him that his account was canceled:

Israel is a special state, or rather “small, very close-knit and highly organized ethnic group bent on occupying a specific territory in obedience to ancient religious tradition and highly doubtful historical continuity”:

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