Three Songs about Palestine to Help You through the Cold Weekend

Singing for and about Palestine is one of the most popular genres in Arab music. Below are samples of three Arab singers – a Palestinian, a Lebanese, and an Egyptian – who defined the hopes and aspirations of three generations os Arabs. Sun of Love – by Rim Banna  Rim Banna, who passed away on March 24, 2018 after a long battle with cancer, was born in the Palestinian city of Nazareth in 1966. 
| Articles, Features, Videos |

What has Driven US – Iranian Enmity for over 40 Years?

By Jeffrey Fields | – Relations between the United States and Iran have been fraught for decades – at least since the U.S. helped overthrow a democracy-minded prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh, in August 1953. The U.S. then supported the long, repressive reign of the shah of Iran, whose security services brutalized Iranian citizens for decades. The two countries have been particularly hostile to each other since Iranian students took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran
| Iran, US Foreign Policy |

The OPCW Douma Leaks Part 2: We Need To Talk About Henderson

Executive Summary Henderson was an employee of the OPCW, but the organisation clearly did not consider him to be part of the FFM. Henderson delivered his report outside of protocol with less than a day before the final FFM report was published. Three independent engineering studies commissioned by the FFM contradict Henderson’s findings. Henderson’s report is fundamentally flawed by the assumption that these cylinders could not have fallen from an altitude of
| MENA, alex, chemical weapons |

David Wurmser and Trump’s Zionist Occupied Brain

It’s antisemitism time. If you criticize Israel and the cadre of chickenhawk neocons steering Donald Trump’s foreign policy, you will be pilloried and exiled to the political wilderness, forever condemned as a white supremacist. Scratch a little bit beneath the surface and you will discover at the core of this anti-free speech campaign a rabid Zionist, the same Zionist agitators responsible for advocating and organizing the murder of over a million Iraqis.   It’s no longer permissible to criticize
| Israel, David Wurmser, Trump |

Roaming Charges: No Woman, No Cry

Winter, North Hollywood. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + Can someone remind me what Trump’s being impeached for? Not extra-judicial assassinations, not locking children in cages, not gutting environmental regulations that will cost thousands of lives, not for illegally diverting money for his border wall, not for acts of self-enrichment, not for torturing Chelsea Manning, not for seizing Syrian oil fields, not for…. + Whatever blackmail operation Trump & Co. were running in Ukraine is nothing compared to
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

The Business Party Syndicate

Each year Leftist Democrats, Socialists and Radicals are asked to hold their noses and vote for the lesser-of-two-evils. This is a false choice because we live in a rigged One-Party state – a plutocracy run by the Business Party, a Syndicate with Democratic and Republican wings. “Syndicate” is the proper word for our corrupt One-Party system because there is no real choice – only the appearance of choice. We are onlookers cheering for the villain or the babyface in a
| articles 2015 |

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair London. Another slot of judicial history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being undertaken against Julian Assange. The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate at his Monday hearing. At the Westminster Magistrates Court, Assange faced a 12-minute process, an ordinary affair in which he was asked to confirm his name, an ongoing ludicrous state
| articles 2015 |

The OPCW Douma Leaks Part 1: We Need To Talk About “Alex”

Executive Summary Some reporting of this situation has ignored the context of multiple chemical attacks perpetrated by the Syrian Government. Alex’s complaints are not properly placed in context. Alex’s claims about chemistry are flawed and hugely overstated. The stated conclusion of a meeting with toxicologists, which appears to support Alex’s claims, is inconsistent with known effects of chlorine inhalation.
| MENA, alex, chemical weapons |

Short of Time: Julian Assange at the Westminster Magistrates Court

LONDON — Another slot of judicial history, another notch to be added to the woeful record of legal proceedings being undertaken against Julian Assange. The ailing WikiLeaks founder was coping as well as he could, showing the resourcefulness of the desperate at his Monday hearing. At the Westminster Magistrates Court, Assange faced a 12-minute process, an ordinary affair in which he was asked to confirm his name, an ongoing ludicrous state of affairs, and seek clarification about an aspect of
| CIA, Incarceration, Julian Assange |

It may be off the Headlines, but Trump’s War on Iran isn’t Going Away

( Foreign Policy in Focus ) – The current crisis might be averted, but the longer U.S. war with Iran continues. The United States has been in a 40-year cold war with Iran. Just like the cold war with the Soviet Union, the conflict between Washington and Tehran has been fought largely through proxies: in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq. Iranian-aligned organizations like Hezbollah have attacked U.S. targets, such as the 1984 embassy bombing in Beirut. U.S.
| Donald Trump, Iran |

Security Firm: Russia Hacked Company Involved in Ukraine Scandal

BOSTON—A U.S. cybersecurity company says Russian military agents have successfully hacked the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the scandal that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Russian agents launched a phishing campaign in early November to steal the login credentials of employees of Burisma Holdings, the gas company, according to Area 1 Security, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in email security. Hunter Biden, son of former U.S. vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, previously
| area 1 security, burisma holdings, ceo oren falkowitz |

Israel is having its third election in a year because governments exclude Palestinian lawmakers

The latest news from Israeli politics is that the leftwing Meretz Party is joining forces with the Labor Party in order to try to stay above the threshold of oblivion in the next election (3.25 percent) and the list of parliamentary candidates they’ve announced excludes Palestinians. The Palestinian member of Knesset Issawi Frej had fought for Meretz’s survival in the last two... Source
| Media Analysis, Avigdor Lieberman, Ayman Odeh |

Iran: What Next?

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on  Apple Podcasts ,  Google Play ,  Stitcher ,  Radio Public , and other platforms . New to podcasting? Click  here .   The Trump administration’s assassination of Iranian military official Qassim Suleimani in Iraq was an act of aggression and an offensive act of war. This week on Intercepted: Jeremy Scahill hosts a live discussion in New York on the unfolding crisis
| Intercepted, Intercepted Podcast |

The 40 Year Cold War With Iran

Photograph Source: Anthony Crider – CC BY 2.0 The United States has been in a 40-year cold war with Iran. Just like the cold war with the Soviet Union, the conflict between Washington and Tehran has been fought largely through proxies: in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq. Iranian-aligned organizations like Hezbollah have attacked U.S. targets, such as the 1984 embassy bombing in Beirut. U.S. allies, like Israel, have assassinated Iranian scientists. There have been
| articles 2015 |

Top People who Dress like Muslims who are a Thousand Times Better than Donald Trump

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump retweeted a doctored image of House majority member Nancy Pelosi (a Catholic) and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (who is Jewish) dressed in Muslim garb. Trump managed to be anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic and anti-Muslim all at once. When the White House was pressed on why he did this, as Greg Sargent of WaPo notes , “the White House offered a curious justification: Trump retweeted that image to send the message that Democrats are on the
| Donald Trump, Featured, Islamophobia |

Unpatched Citrix vulnerability now exploited, patch weeks away

Enlarge / Citrix's ADC and Gateway products have a vulnerability that now has several exploits widely available, and attacks against Citrix customers are on the rise. (credit: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images ) On December 16, 2019, Citrix revealed a vulnerability in the company's Application Delivery Controller and Gateway products—commercial virtual-private-network gateways formerly marketed as NetScaler and used by tens of thousands of companies .
| Biz & IT, citrix, pulse secure |

Culture War in the Workplace

The proceedings began with three fast, muted raps on the door. Layleen Cubilette-Polanco’s family and friends, joined by many, many people who’d never even met her, filled every row in the small, mostly beige hearing room on the third floor of the federal courthouse, somewhere between downtown Brooklyn and the waterfront. Five months before, on June 7, 2019, Layleen, a young transgender woman, died while she was held on $500 bail in New York City’s despised jail complex on
| Magazine, January-February 2020, feature |

WikiLeaks reveals Bin Zayed’s opinion on Saudi royal family

A new telegram published on the WikiLeaks website, an international non-profit website specialising in publishing confidential documents, revealed the concerns of the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed , over the ruling family in Saudi Arabia. The telegram, also published by The New York Times , announced in a lengthy report that Bin Zayed had informed the US ambassador, James Jeffrey , that he fears Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia
| Middle East, News, Saudi Arabia |

Brexit bill progress is ‘nail in the coffin’ of the union, nationalist MPs say

The Scottish National Party have said Johnson’s Brexit bill is the “final nail in the coffin” for the broken union, with Scotland now facing being dragged out of the EU against their will by a government with no mandate in their country. The bill was rushed through Westminster yesterday, Thursday 9 January, at its Third Reading on Tory votes, despite 90 per cent of Scottish MPs opposing the bill and Scottish parliament withholding consent.
| Brexit & Foreign Policy, Brexit, Brexit deal |

As Democracy Crumbles, Silence Speaks Volumes

Hyper-Partisanship and the Failure to Uphold Free Speech Principles In late 2019, the popular  Joe Rogan  podcast featured author and contributing editor to  Rolling Stone ,   Matt Taibbi. In addition to talking about Donald Trump, Russia, and the great gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thomson, they discussed their opposition to the anti-free speech culture of university liberals. Their analysis echoed, in part, many of the same concerns raised by  commentators  after the 2017 cancelations of right
| articles 2015 |

Remembering the Earthquake in Haiti Ten Years On

Ten years ago Sunday an earthquake devastated Haiti. In a few minutes of violent shaking hundreds of thousands perished in Port-au-Prince and surrounding regions and many more were permanently scarred. It’s important to commemorate this horrifying tragedy. But this solemn occasion is also a good moment to reflect on Canada’s role in undermining the beleaguered nation’s capacity to prepare/respond/overcome natural disasters. Asked my thoughts on Canada’s role in Haiti the day after the quake, I told reporter Paul Koring
| Canada, Canada's Foreign Policy, Canadian hypocrisy |

Haftar takes Sirte, threatens Misrata, but wants Tripoli

Last Monday marked a turning point in the ongoing battle for Tripoli. The Libyan National Army (LNA) entered the coastal city of Sirte, the home town of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Commanded by Libya’s strongman, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the LNA took the city, 500 kilometres east of the capital, without a fight. Sirte used to be under the control of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsos , a militia nominally allied to the Government of National Accord (GNA). On 3 April
| Africa, Article, International Organisations |

Govt simply ignoring obligations after UN rep condemns 'psychological torture' of Assange

Asked whether govt will carry out obligatory investigation, MoJ responds by sending ‘factsheet’ – which makes no reference to question On New Year’s Eve Nils Melzer, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, went onto social media to publish his October letter to the UK government and his conclusions that the UK had participated in subjecting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to “psychological torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”: (2/6) My official findings,
| Analysis, Assange, extradition |

Iran’s Hero has Fallen and Now the World is an Even More Dangerous Place

They say he came from a humble background, and worked himself up the ranks, becoming, as many believe, the second most powerful man in Iran. They say he had the chance to become the next Supreme Leader of the country. Whenever I visit Iran, I am told how much he is loved by his people. He became the symbol of resistance against the West; the symbol of the strength and dignity of the nation which was attacked, colonized and starved
| Assassinations, Crimes against Humanity, Donald Trump |

The Endless War with Iran

Shutterstock The United States has been in a 40-year cold war with Iran. Just like the cold war with the Soviet Union, the conflict between Washington and Tehran has been fought largely through proxies: in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq. Iranian-aligned organizations like Hezbollah have attacked U.S. targets, such as the 1984 embassy bombing in Beirut. U.S. allies, like Israel, have assassinated Iranian scientists. There have been also been non-kinetic attacks, like when the United States
| War & Peace, Donald Trump, Iran Sanctions |

Unpatched VPN makes Travelex latest victim of “REvil” ransomware

Enlarge / It may take longer to get your money changed when you travel, since Travelex is doing everything on paper because of a ransomware attack. (credit: iStock Editorial/Getty Images) In April of 2019, Pulse Secure issued an urgent patch to a vulnerability in its popular corporate VPN software—a vulnerability that not only allowed remote attackers to gain access without a username or password but also to turn
| Biz & IT, pulse secure, ransomware |

Ouda refuses family visits in protest against legal injustice in Saudi

Detained Saudi cleric, Salman Al-Ouda, has refused family visits in protest against the prison administration’s repressive measures against him. The Prisoners of Conscience Twitter group, which reports on political prisoners in Saudi Arabia, said on Monday that the Al-Haer prison administration, south of Riyadh – where Odeh is being detained – had denied him the right to a defence during in a recent court hearing. Citing his son, Abdullah, the account said Al-Ouda’s family was denied access to him
| Middle East, News, Qatar |

The risk of jihadist contagion in West Africa

<p>Faced with jihadist breakthrough in Burkina Faso, neighbouring states in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea increasingly fear attacks in their own territories. These countries should improve intelligence sharing, strengthen border controls and regain the trust of local populations.</p><p><strong>What’s new?</strong> Islamist militants’ lengthening reach in the Sahel, particularly in Burkina Faso, is a growing concern for coastal West African states. These states’ leaders fear that militants could use Burkina as a launching pad for operations further south.</p><p><strong>Why does it matter?</strong> Militant
| News |

Vote tests Swapo’s dominance

<h4>Sofia Christensen in Windhoek</h4><p>When Namibians voted on Wednesday, the ruling party faced a rare challenge to its dominance after a recession and a corruption scandal fuelled discontent.</p><p>But analysts believe the opposition remains too weak and divided to put up a credible fight in the presidential and parliamentary vote, with Swapo continuing to bask in the legacy of its liberation struggle pedigree. The party has ruled the sparsely populated nation since independence from South Africa in 1990.</p><p>President Hage Geingob, who cast
| News |

Trump’s Apologists on the Left Never Had an Excuse

This article originally appeared on Salon . If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, as Emerson famously observed, then maybe Donald Trump really is the “stable genius” he has proclaimed himself. Certainly our president’s vanity and narcissism are such that he’d enjoy seeing himself on Emerson’s list of the great and misunderstood giants of history: “Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit
| baghdad, donald trump, hillary clinton |

Israeli soldier puts a snake inside a Palestinian car

A snake was slipped into a Palestinian family’s car by an Israeli soldier during a routine search of the vehicle in the West Bank, the Jerusalem Post has reported. The soldier stopped Nidal Sayid while he was driving with his family in his taxi at a checkpoint located at the Beit Furik junction in eastern Nablus, and apparently slipped a snake inside a bottle into the vehicle . Following an indication by the soldiers at
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Will Israel ‘invade The Hague’ now?

A supposed Israeli “civil rights” lawyer once wrote an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post under the headline “Israel needs to invade The Hague”. The writer was Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, then the founder-director and now the president of Shurat HaDin — the Israel Law Centre — which is actually a front for Israeli spy agencies. If anyone thinks that we should allow Darshan-Leitner the all-too-common “I didn’t write the headline” defence, and suspect that she wasn’t quite
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, ICC |

The Government is Torturing Chelsea Manning! Does Anyone Give a Damn?

Photograph Source: Mattia Luigi Nappi – CC BY 4.0 Chelsea Manning is being tortured for her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury. She already has told a military court as a whistleblower while in the Army about documents pertaining to alleged war crimes that were committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has already been tortured and imprisoned for releasing that information once (“ Collateral Murder ” video, for example), but here in the US, the land of
| articles 2015 |

Soleimani’s Assassination: An Act of Psychological Warfare

Douglas Valentine believes that assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani is an act of psychological warfare which allows Trump to deflect attention from the impeachment scandal and appease his American and Israeli followers. Douglas Valentine is the author of The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World . His rare access to CIA officials has resulted in portions of his research materials being archived at the National Security Archive, Texas Tech University’s
| Assassinations, CIA, Cyber attacks |

Iran likely to retaliate over Soleimani killing with cyber attacks, experts warn

Experts have warned that Iran is likely to respond to the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani with cyber attacks. Iran’s retaliation for the United States' targeted killing of its top general is likely to include cyberattacks , security experts warned on Friday. Iran’s state-backed hackers are already among the world’s most aggressive and could inject malware that triggers major disruptions to the US public and private sector. Potential targets include manufacturing facilities, oil and gas
| News |

The Pinnacle of Trump’s Foreign Policy Stupidity

For the better part of a decade, America’s main base of operations for its military occupation of Iraq was a cluster of bases and old Saddam Hussein–era palaces surrounding Baghdad International Airport. It was from here, around BIAP, that American and allied generals promulgated orders to their tens of thousands of field troops, and U.S. operators trained Iraq’s budding special operations forces. This is also where, in the early weeks of the 2003 invasion, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith became
| The Insecurity Complex, War, Iraq |

Israeli Justice… a Futile Chase

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair “Doctrine of Futility” Seventeen years ago, 23 year old Rachel Corrie (a Washington State volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement) was crushed to death by an armored military bulldozer as she stood on top of a mound of dirt trying to prevent the dozer from destroying a civilian home in the Southern Gaza Strip village of Rafa. Wearing a bright orange vest and shouting out at the bulldozer
| articles 2015, Leading Article |

The Syrian Conflict is Awash with Propaganda, Chemical Warfare Bodies Should not be Caught Up in It

Photograph Source: Scott Bobb – Public Domain In the very early spring of this year, I gave a lecture to European military personnel interested in the Middle East. It was scarcely a year since  Bashar al-Assad’s  alleged use of chlorine gas against the civilian inhabitants of the  Damascus suburb of Douma  on 7 April 2018, in which 43 people were said to have been killed. Few present had much doubt that the Organisation for the Prohibition of
| articles 2015 |

Some People Who Actually Didn’t Suck In 2019

I love holiday traditions, dearest motherfuckers, and every year since I started this blog several years ago, I’ve welcomed in the new year by compiling a short list of the few people on this goddess forsaken rock who actually managed the small miracle of not sucking, or at least not sucking much, this year. Naturally, it’s usually a pretty weird fucking list because, generally speaking, you have to be pretty fucking weird to earn the respect of a pretty fucking
| articles 2015 |

Chelsea Manning Says She Is 'Never Backing Down' in Face of US Detention Meant to Break Her

Eoin Higgins, staff writer "My long-standing objection to the immoral practice of throwing people in jail without charge or trial, for the sole purpose of forcing them to testify before a secret, government-run investigative panel, remains strong."
| News |

Chelsea Manning Spent Most of the Last Decade in Prison. The U.N. Says Her Latest Stint Is Tantamount to Torture.

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning addresses reporters before entering the Albert Bryan U.S. federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., on May 16, 2019. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images On New Year’s Eve, as personal reflections on the last decade flooded in, Chelsea Manning’s account  tweeted that she had spent 77.76 percent of her time since 2009 in jail. That same day, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer publicly  released
| Justice, Natasha Lennard |

Russiagate Investigation Now Endangers Obama

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is now in severe legal jeopardy, because the Russiagate investigation has turned 180 degrees; and he, instead of the current President, Donald Trump, is in its cross-hairs. The biggest crime that a U.S. President can commit is to try to defeat American democracy (the Constitutional functioning of the U.S. Government) itself, either by working with foreign powers to take it over, or else by working internally within America to sabotage democracy for his or her
| Barack Obama, Crime, Democracy |

“3 Strikes, You’re Out!” Strike 2: Impeachment

The notion of “3 strikes” is based on the old baseball slogan, “3 strikes, you’re out!” In 1994, the federal government, along with other law-enforcement entities, rechristened 3-strikes to cover habitual-offender laws, drastically increasing prison sentences – including mandatory life sentences – for people convicted of a third serious crime. In the age of Trump, “3 strikes” is taking on a new meaning: Strike 1: the Mueller report Strike 2: Trump’s impeachment Strike 3: the 2020 election
| articles 2015 |

#GoBonobos in 2020

There it goes, Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners, another year, along with another whole decade, down the hatch, into the archives and off the table. Now the future unfurls at our feet, its composition too hazy to make out. Will it be a carpet of soft grass that puts a spring in our step? Or a path of hot coals that scorch our sole(s)? It feels unwise to even trust the ground we walk upon, what with
| articles 2015 |

Final Goodbye: Recalling Influential People Who Died in 2019

A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president. This year saw the deaths of people who shifted culture through prose, pragmatism and persistence. It also witnessed tragedy, in talent struck down in its prime. In 2019, the political world lost a giant in U.S. Rep.  Elijah E.
| albert finney, andre previn, birch bayh |

Chelsea Manning’s Detention Amounts to ‘Torture’: U.N. Expert

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer shared on social media Tuesday a letter he sent to the United States government last month expressing concerns that the continued detention of whistleblower Chelsea Manning amounts to torture. The Geneva-based  expert  tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday: Just out: My official letter to #USGovt of 1 Nov 2019 explaining why continued detention of @xychelsea is not a lawful sanction but an open-ended, progressively severe
| chelsea manning, human rights council, julian assange |

The PA, elections and political frustration

When the Palestinian Authority applied for approval from the occupying power, Israel declared that it has “no position” on the issue of permitting Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem to participate in elections if they are held in the occupied Palestinian territories. The situation is both surprising and politically frustrating. The fact that the PA has to ask for permission to hold elections including Palestinians in the occupied city is in itself outrageous, but it is a well-known position that elections
| Article, Israel, Middle East |

Assange Said, “I’m slowly dying here”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims he’s ‘slowly dying’ in a UK jail and is often tranquilized and kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day. He made the disturbing revelations in a phone call to his friend Vaughan Smith on Christmas Eve. Read more :
| Incarceration, Julian Assange, Political Prisoners |