Archive for November, 2018

News and Analysis (11/7/18)

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

“During her tearful primary election victory speech in August, with her immigrant mother by her side,” Rashida Tlaib, “the daughter of Palestinian immigrants … said relatives in the West Bank were watching her success. ‘It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be'”:

“[T]he future head of the Church of England ‘thinks Islam can teach us all a way of understanding and living in the world, which sadly, he believes, Christianity is poorer for having lost'”:

The “fiery, young, shirtless Palestinian rebel wielding a flag of Palestine in one hand and a slingshot in the other at an Israeli blockade” whose image was “compared to the iconic Eugene Delacroix painting of the French Revolution, Liberty Leading the People” has reportedly been shot:

President Macron warned “that the nuclear non-proliferation regime itself is at stake,” and Europeans see no advantage to themselves in turning Iran into a failed state or further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Syria:

“Iran Telecommunications Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi … said that Iran would sue Israel over the attack through the International Court of Justice”:

“BGP attacks are not uncommon, with Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and YouTube all becoming victims in recent years”:

News and Analysis (11/5/18)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

“Where anti-BDS legislation is almost certainly unconstitutional is in the United States (see, for example, this 2016 article in the Harvard Law Review). That’s where the real war for justice in Israel-Palestine is being waged”:

Germany’s foreign minister, has “proposed that Europe should set up its own international payment channels and its own equivalent of Swift” to sidestep American attempts to cripple the financial messaging service …

… but “a planned special channel to safeguard non-US trade with Iran would not be ready in time” for today’s reimposed sanctions forcing Belgium’s Swift to “face possible punishment under new EU rules if it complies with US orders” …

… but “India has not only been engaged in tough negotiations to secure a waiver from US sanctions for its oil imports from Iran but has also explored mechanisms to secure its interests in the strategic Chabahar Port should Washington decide not to exempt the project from the curbs”

“The common ingredients of the Iran and Contra policies were secrecy, deception, and disdain for the law…the United States simultaneously pursued two contradictory foreign policies a public one and a secret one”:

The female Muslim rapper with a degree in Christian ethics is called too Muslim by some and not Muslim enough by others:

“Former officials say they believe the breach originated with an Iranian double agent that was hired by the CIA — what they claim would be a result of lax vetting”:

“MBS has mentioned several times he would like to see a different Middle East and wasn’t as sympathetic with Palestinians as they might have wished for. MBS did give Israel more security in the sense that he was framing Iran as the biggest threat” anonymous Saudi official …

… “We do not interfere with the affairs of Arab countries and we do not accept anyone interfering in our own affairs” — Mahmoud Abbas:

“Once a month, thousands of Palestinians make the long journey to various prisons in Israel to meet their detained family members”:

News and Analysis (11/1/18)

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Disturbing leaks emerge in the Khashoggi murder including allegations that the reporter was strangled and dismembered, …

and his body dissolved in acid on the consulate grounds, …

… and that in the wake of the murder the Saudis publicly extolled him as a “friend [who dedicated] a great portion of his life to serve his country” while privately telling Jared Kushner and John Bolton that he was a “dangerous Islamist”:

“Israeli public broadcaster KAN reports that information from spy agency Mossad helped lead to the arrest…. Iran was quick to dismiss the claims as fiction” with a foreign ministry spokesman attributing the allegations to “the enemy’s plots and conspiracies” against emerging European-Iranian cooperation:

“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate and violence in America”:

“Making love can feel like praying; to me, they’re both ways of purifying, exploring and growing the body and mind”:
“The renewed push for a political solution in Yemen comes amid growing criticism of U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s Yemen air campaign and American arms sales to the Saudis, in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi Consulate in Turkey”:

“Khashoggi’s death shows disconnect between religion and religious-based leadership”:

“Our issue is not a piece of cloth or our headcovers, we take issue with you coercing us, with you deciding our destiny. … We want to scream a just culture off the top of our lungs: ‘the right to choose! No to coercion'”:

Jason Rezaian who spent 544 days imprisoned by the Iranians says, “Altering bad behavior through prolonged commercial relations — even with old adversaries — has proved a much more effective strategy for the United States than sanctioning governments into submission”: