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Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to know about these talking points and more.

Shifa Hospital ICU

Two weeks of conflict made crossing borders too difficult to arrange in time. They may have had a chance if they had gotten out.

Israeli settlement

Noam Chomsky responds to Yousef Munayyer, MJ Rosenberg, Nadia Ben-Youssef, Ran Greenstein and the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel.

US Troops in Afghanistan

After 9/11, the US invented a new kind of borderless, pre-emptive warfare, plunging the world into an endless cycle of violence.

Piece of MH17

To understand the present crisis over downed Malaysian flight MH17, we need to look at the roots of the new Cold War.

At age 70, a writer reflects on the so-called ‘American Century’—and the world it wrought.

Nearly ninety people were killed by Israeli forces today, most of them in one of Gaza’s poorest and most crowded neighborhoods.

Over 77 percent of the dead are civilians. Every day brings more stories of incomprehensible anguish and loss.

Malaysia MH17 Ukraine crash

Western sanctions against Russia have done nothing to curb Putin’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, and may in fact have turned a regional dispute into an international crisis.

Blogs

The former vice presidential nominee may not be able to see Russia from her house. But she sees the WikiLeaks founder as enough of a threat to argue for hunting him down as a terrorist.

December 4, 2010

Alter-reviews and Reed on the Right's contradictory reaction to the WikiLeaks and the GOP's mantra of American exceptionalism.

December 3, 2010

 On MSNBC's Countdown, Greg Mitchell and Chris Hayes ask, has WikiLeaks' Julian Assange really endangered lives?

December 3, 2010

A think-tank task forces tells Iraq: let our troops stay indefinitely, or we'll take all our marbles and go home.

December 3, 2010

When Jeremy Scahill reported on a secret US war in Pakistan last year, the Pentagon called his article "conspiratorial." But now, says Scahill on Democracy Now!, the latest WikiLeaks diplomatic cables dump confirms his reporting.

December 3, 2010

 A confidential cable, released by Wikileaks, from the US embassies in Afghanistan and Pakistan reveals that US diplomats were asked for intelligence on refugee camps "for targeting purposes."  

December 2, 2010

Alterman continues his holiday gift giving guidance with reviews along the way, while Ltc. Bob reminisces on a military past and present.

December 2, 2010

Secret cables from US officials in Pakistan confirm that elite US Special Operations Forces have engaged in offensive operations in Pakistan despite repeated US denials.

December 1, 2010