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Pandemic has brought a significant rise in racism and xenophobia
As the incidence of COVID-19 infections is disproportionately affecting many communities of color (most notably in the US, African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders), there is concurrently a significant rise in racism and xenophobia. That includes Oregon's threefold increase in hate crimes this year and black males saying they fear being profiled for wearing masks.
Peace process was never intended to give Palestinians a state — true confessions from Council on Foreign Relations
Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations has an article at Foreign Policy saying that the U.S. should phase out aid to Israel and "end the special relationship" because the peace process has attained its real objective: Israel is established as a secure country with a standard of living rivaling the UK and France, and no real military threat.
Palestinians demand sanctions on Israel to stop illegal annexation
In a statement launched today, tens of Palestinian civil society organizations, professional associations, unions, human rights and advocacy groups, and networks, representing an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society, called on governments to adopt “effective countermeasures, including sanctions” to “stop Israel’s illegal annexation of the Occupied West Bank and grave violations of human rights.”
Palestinian politics after annexation: Palestinian Authority critic Abdul Sattar Kassem on what comes next
In response to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that Palestinian Authority is walking away from agreements with Israel and the U.S. Ahmad Al-Bazz interviews Abdul Sattar Kassem on what this move will amount to, and the future of the Palestinian struggle following Israeli annexation.
Netanyahu will do ‘crawling annexation’ of colonies near Green Line
Netanyahu will move ahead to annex territories in Palestine near the Green Line containing Jewish settlements, says Yair Golan of Meretz. "He will explain to the rest of the world, Alright, we did what was reasonable, what was accepted by the Palestinians in former negotations, and what was heavily accepted by President Trump according to his future plan."
Abbas declares end to agreements with Israel, US
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to “all agreements and understandings” with Israel and the United States in response to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank with U.S. support. But many are doubtful he will follow through.
‘Atlantic’ editor who promoted erroneous conspiracy to gin up Iraq war bewails Arab propensity to conspiracy thinking
"The Middle East is a… place where the most bizarre theories often have real policy consequences," Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg writes in full Orientalist mode. Yes well what about his bizarre theories about Saddam's links to Al Qaeda that helped get the U.S. into the Iraq war?
The Tumultuous Decade
James Zogby writes, "The second decade of the 21st century began with two traumatic events that would transform the Middle East. In fact, although the seeds had been planted years earlier, 2011 proved to be a watershed year for the people of the region."