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Unravelling Iraq

12 Answers to Questions No One Is Bothering to Ask about Iraq

 Tom Engelhardt



Iraq's wealth in the balance

The present draft Iraq oil law is virtually guaranteed to betray the vital interests of Iraqis,


Iraq's Civil War

From Foreign Affairs,

March/April 2007

James Fearon

Timeline: Iraq

 2003 - 2008



Key dates in the Iraq war

No reason for optimism in Iraq

By John Simpson

      John Simpson

BBC World Affairs Editor

Optimism Grows in Iraq as Daily Life Improves


By Bernhard Zand


Brief History


Israel & Palestine


Gerald Kaufman M.P

Gaza War debate

They are treated like dirt by Israelis



 On Palestinian Question,

 Tough Choices for Obama

The New York Times



 Israeli Arab Conflict

60 Years on...

Obama's opportunity

By Haaretz Editorial

There's nothing wrong with a peace based upon ensuring Israel's security within the 1967 borders, with agreed-upon changes to the border and exchanges of territory that will leave within Israel those settlement blocs whose evacuation would be too expensive and too painful; a demilitarized Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem; and the retraction of the demand for resettlement of the refugees within Israel.



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Arab-Israeli History 101

By Stephen Shalom

Mr. Shalom teaches political science at William Paterson University and is the author of Imperial Alibis (South End Press).

During World War I, Britain made three different promises regarding historic Palestine. Arab leaders were assured that the land would become independent; in the Balfour declaration, Britain indicated its support for a Jewish national home in Palestine; and secretly Britain arranged with its allies to divide up Ottoman territory, with Palestine becoming part of the British empire. Historians have engaged in detailed exegesis of the relevant texts and maps, but the fundamental point is that Britain had no moral right to assign Palestine to anyone: by right Palestine belonged to its inhabitants


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Parsing Gains of Gaza War

Published: January 18, 2009

New York Times

GAZA — The Parliament building here has been reduced to rubble. The five-story engineering department of the Islamic University is a pile of folded concrete. Police stations, mosques and hundreds of homes have been blown away.

But now that the battle is over — or has paused, after Hamas agreed Sunday to a one-week cease-fire with Israel — what has been accomplished is unclear. Have three weeks of overpowering war by Israel here weakened Hamas as Israel had hoped, or simply caused acute human suffering? Israel knew it could not destroy every rocket or kill every Hamas militant. Israel said its central aim was deterrence, to make Hamas lose the will to keep shooting at Israel’s cities. Did it succeed?