The Luck of the Gambler

WE ALL know the picture from the books and the movies: a gambler sits at the roulette table in a casino. He has luck....

The psychopathology of a settler state called Israel

This year, the Government of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday in what may well be described as brutal, blatant, murderous, thuggish and shameful. Through...

A Week of Horrors and Changing Perceptions

This has been a week of horrors in Palestine. On Monday, 63 mostly young Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli snipers. Another 2,700 were...

The Day of Shame

ON BLOODY MONDAY this week, when the number of Palestinian killed and wounded was rising by the hour, I asked myself: what would I...

Malaysia: A Second Chance

Mahathir Mohamad was always a curious character. He was prime minister of Malaysia for 22 years, and although he did not enrich himself, many...

West’s failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza...

The contrasting images coming out of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday could not have been starker – or more disturbing. Faced...

It’s the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible

I’ve written many hundreds of columns. The one below has caused me the most uncertainty about going public with it. I’m accustomed to writing about...

Israel repurposes Nakba myths to justify today’s massacre in Gaza

On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new...

Palestinians: The Invisible Victims

This year will mark the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish regions, and the anniversary of the...

The promising Lebanese elections may have little impact on the country’s...

The sole remarkable “result” of the parliamentary elections in troubled Lebanon is that it did happen - and it was competitive. A country of 4.5...

Who is the Vassal?

"IF YOU want to understand the policy of a nation, look at the map!" Napoleon is supposed to have said. It is good advice. If you...

Rohingyas’ genocide – no longer a myth

The Genocide Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 and entered into force in 1951. It declares that...

What is Facebook Trying to Do?

This week, Facebook made a rather strange and disturbing set of announcements. In response to concerns raised by several civil rights organizations—including my own,...

Cologne Conference demands accountability of the Myanmar Government

The Rohingyas are victims of a ‘slow-burning genocide’ that is perpetrated as a national project in Buddhist Myanmar (formerly Burma). Some 700,000 Rohingyas have...

Iran Deal: A Bird in the Hand…

It is generally agreed that a bird in the hand is worth two (or three, or more) in the bush. President Trump, however, does...

Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran

There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder. If the U.S. government and its allies...

That Woman

Ben-Gurion said about her: "The only thing Golda knows how to do is to hate!" Golda Meir did not hate me. That would be an...

Defining Israel as a “Jewish State”

There are many voices in Israel who are critical of Zionism and of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians. The below comments are from the...

Anti-Semitism Weaponized

On August 14, 2002, Amy Goodman interviewed on the radio and TV program Democracy Now the individual who has been described as “Israel’s First...

Peace Comes to Korea: Let’s Understand Why

When peace shows its face, and weapons companies’ stocks plummet, we have to do more than just cheer. We have to avoid misunderstanding where peace...