The United States and Israel see armed drones as a valuable tool of "remote control". But Iran, China and Russia - and non-state actors - are working to achieve their own capacity. The emerging era is one of drone proliferation.
Calls for comprehensive
peace negotiations abound given the inability of conventional western
military tactics to deal with the increasing effectiveness of asymmetrical
warfare, and the need to compel all parties to forge a solution that recognizes
the necessity of all sides to be secure in their homes.
Mohammed Suliman's interview on CNN was abruptly interrupted by
an Israeli missile exploding nearby. In a piece originally published in Ceasefire, he reflects
on the experience and analyses the continuity of violence before and after last week's aerial bombardment.
The rulers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar insist that Bashar Assad step down
or be removed by force because the Syrian people want him gone. Yet, they
ignore the fact that the Arab peoples want them all gone, not just Assad.
internationally-recognised citizenship of the Arab Middle East designed during the era of mandates by the British came out of exclusively
colonial processes, despite the fact that the British were meant to be
an international trustee in Palestine.
This article explores what happened.
In a reply to Meredith Tax, Pam
Bailey argues that 'citizen diplomacy' protesting
the use of drones is essential in order to better understand the impact of U.S.
foreign policy, both abroad and in the U.S.
UN, international, Palestinian, and Israeli human rights organisations do important work in Palestine. But the magic 'national security' argument is always available
as a tool for the government of Israel.
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions is well respected outside Israel, but barely known in Tel Aviv. Jeff Halper gives a critical perspective on the Israeli Left and the difficulties of strategically opposing the occupation from within.
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