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More than 240 Palestinians have been killed in air strikes, nearly 77 percent of them civilians, including almost fifty children.

Baghdad Car Bomb

“Fear, arbitrary arrests, indiscriminate bombing, killing, an uncertain future—this is the new democratic Iraq.”

Gaza

If Israel is not brought to justice, it will commit the same crimes again and again.

Matteo Renzi

The old left sneers at the recently elected Matteo Renzi. But he’s already carried out undeniably redistributive measures during his brief tenure.

We may honorably disagree about how to resolve the crisis—but not about deeds that are rising to the level of war crimes.

Neocon think tanks get millions from wealthy donors, which they use to game the system, buy influence—and push for regime change.

V.S. Naipaul

A reporter’s journey involves writing with a sense of history and without false consolation.

Gaza

We don’t even seem to have a right to exist or defend ourselves. That right, according to the United States, belongs to Israel alone.

Benjamin Netanyahu

By demonizing the Palestinian leadership, the Israeli prime minister raised expectations for a decisive victory and opened the door for attacks from the right.

Blogs

Only Putin knows. But he also knows he doesn’t have to fear a US or NATO military response.

July 25, 2014

The American media and government are up in arms over the downing of MH17, but they don’t take into account the violence that led up to the tragedy, or the power diplomacy could have to end it. 

July 24, 2014

In southeast Ukraine and in Russia, conspiracy theories abound.

July 24, 2014

People associated with groups taking a hard line on Iran sanctions accounted for twenty-two of the thirty-six testimonies solicited by House and Senate committees.

July 24, 2014

"We are in the worst of times, except that it can get worse."

July 24, 2014

Washington’s armchair generals are salivating at the world’s current turmoil, seeing a chance to rehabilitate themselves.

July 23, 2014

Migrant workers subject to the kafala system have little recourse against exploitation and abuse.

July 23, 2014

In Russia and in the US, the media play the blame game. 

July 22, 2014

The deaths of the MH17 civilians ought to be the occasion for a cease-fire and a renewal of talks.

July 22, 2014

In a world overwhelmed by violence and conflict, the news just gets worse and worse.

July 22, 2014