Tag Archives: Gaza

Why sanctions are stupid, Vol. MMMMDLXVIII

Here’s an article describing how Iran has been evading economic sanctions put in place because of their nuclear program. Let’s also remember that decades of sanctions against Cuba has yet to lead to regime change there but has likely set back their economy  great deal (and kept me from getting top-notch cigars). Likewise, decades of […]

Roundup for Friday 6/4/10

It now seems likely that the Israelis shot at the passengers on the Turkish boat before dropping their commandos onto the deck. At least they kept Hamas from getting their hands on dangerous… medical supplies? Also, in their attack the Israelis killed an American citizen. But don’t worry , that won’t stop American politicians from […]

Your tax dollars at work in Israel

This weekend Israel attacked Turkish ships in international waters that were on their way to delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians trapped in the Gaza strip. At least nine civilians aboard the transport ships were killed, many more were wounded. Israel has been blockading Gaza since Hamas won the 2006 elections in the occupied territory. Israel’s […]

Fighting Israels battles for them

Here’s some disturbing news from a few weeks back that I wasn’t aware of: A memorandum of understanding signed Friday in Washington by Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister, and Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, enhances security cooperation. It draws in NATO and regional allies into the effort, apparently through enhanced monitoring of regional […]

Israel's motives in Gaza

As Israel pulls out of Gaza and the final shots in this battle between Israel and the Palestinians are being fired, many questions remained unanswered. How many are dead in Gaza? How many of those dead are innocent civilians? Will Israel lift the blockade of Gaza? Will the rocket attacks stop for the foreseeable future? But the biggest question […]

Israel brags about control of American foreign policy

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel claims that with a single phone call to President Bush he changed our vote on a UN resolution that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice helped write. Check out this excerpt from the NY Times: “I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,’ ” Mr. Olmert said in a […]

Gaza News Roundup

They are bombing one and a half million people in a cage (CBS News): The reality of war (Andrew Sullivan):  Thought experiment (Stephen Walt): Imagine that Egypt, Jordan, and Syria had won the Six Day War, leading to a massive exodus of Jews from the territory of Israel. Imagine that the victorious Arab states had […]

Devastating commentary on Israel

If you’ve limited yourself to major American news sources and the official statements of our government’s top officials, you might be inclined to think that recent crisis in Israel/Gaza is unquestionably the fault of Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza. That impression would hardly be accurate. Here’s what Gideon Levy in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz […]

Israel continues to pound Gaza

As I mentioned over the break, Israel has been conducting strikes in Gaza. According to the New York Times, those strikes are continuing and have already claimed over 300 Palestinian lives. In 2006 when Israel invaded Lebanon, the Israeli armed forces showed a similar lack of restraint. Yglesias thinks the attacks are meant to improve […]

Israel: A Rogue Nation

Last Friday, Israel closed off occupied-Gaza Strip and its 1.4 million residents from the rest of the world, blockading the flow of basic supplies – including fuel and humanitarian aid. It’s understood that the blockade could lead to a humanitarian crisis in the already-destitute area. The lack of diesel fuel, for instance, threatens “such vital […]