Israeli leaders set to repeat historical blunders

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by Uri Avnery | Sabbah Report: I am sitting here writing this article 39 years to the minute from that moment when the sirens started screaming, announcing the beginning of the war. A minute before, total quiet reigned, as it does now. No traffic, no activity in the street, except a few … [Read more...]

The Camp David treaty is not a sacred text

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It is quite heartening that leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brothers are speaking of their disdain and contempt of the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel. It seems also prudent that the Islamist party, evidently the largest in Egypt, will not embark on a rash feat that could invite uncalculated … [Read more...]

From Saigon to Cairo – Escapes on Helicopter skids

In history, it is sometimes necessary to pause, reflect, assess and draw conclusions (and lines) which may be passed to future generations just in case we mortals miss the link. It is with this in mind that we may recall and connect two iconic events, though spaced by thousands of miles and 36 eventful years, … [Read more...]

Rep. Erik Paulsen Meets Israeli War Criminal [Satire]

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WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE By Mantiq al-Tayr * | Sabbah Report | 1. Minnesota House member Erik Paulsen (Likud) continues his hasbara work on behalf of the State of Israel doing so via the funding of the AIEF which is a US tax-deductible arm of AIPAC. In his fifth post from Israel he writes … [Read more...]

Avnery Reveals: The Return of the Generals

By James M. Wall * | Sabbah Report | Uri Avnery, intrepid columnist, ageless Israeli peace activist, and retired IDF soldier, has seen, up close, the actions of every government Israeli voters have put in office since the nation was created. He is not fooled by the antics, decisions and … [Read more...]

Israel’s Changed Agenda?

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By Adam Keller * | Sabbah Report | Someone in the wild Sinai peninsula took a decision and sent a big, well equipped squad to infiltrate across the border into the Israeli Negev, attack buses and cars and engage in running battles with soldiers and shoot and kill and kill indiscriminately. … [Read more...]

From Arab Spring to jobless summers

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | JIM Hoagland, writing in the Washington Post, says: "We have seen how information technology can provide a spark that sets afire the kindling of economic and social distress." That was Hoagland's way of concluding an opening salvo that said: "Grinding … [Read more...]

Let Us Sail to Gaza

By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | Freedom Flotilla II participants demand their lawful right to deliver vital humanitarian aid to Gaza. However, an Israeli/Washington/Greek conspiracy block them. Nonetheless, they persist, trying to overcome imperial ruthlessness and succeed. A June … [Read more...]

The Flotilla embodies the Arab Spring spirit

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By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | Earlier this year we watched with amazement as hundreds of thousands of Arabs charged into the streets of their cities demanding reform. The uprisings led to the departure of several leaders who had ruled for decades and also tested (and continue to … [Read more...]

The West Is Terrified of Arabic Democracies

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Ceyda Nurtsch interview with Noam Chomsky* about the Arabic spring in its global context. Nurtsch: Mr. Chomsky, many people claim that the Arab world is incompatible with democracy. Would you say that the recent developments falsify this thesis? Noam Chomsky: The thesis never had any basis whatsoever. … [Read more...]

Forty-Four Years of Occupation

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | On March 7, Palestinian Prisoners Society head Qadura Fares presented a paper to the UN International Meeting on the Question of Palestine, addressing the plight of political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention facilities, saying: Palestine … [Read more...]

Egypt and Israel heading for crisis

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By Jonathan Cook * | Sabbah Report | Israeli officials have expressed alarm at a succession of moves by the interim Egyptian government that they fear signal an impending crisis in relations with Cairo. The widening rift was underscored on 4 May when leaders of the rival Palestinian … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Israeli Embassy in Cairo Under Siege

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By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat * | Sabbah Report | Demands: Embassy Closure and Withdrawal from The Camp David Accords in Wake of Renewed Attacks on Gaza Editor's notes: The western press and even Al Jazeera have failed to report today's demonstrations in Tahir Square, Cairo accurately. … [Read more...]

Roots of the Arab Revolts and Premature Celebrations

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By James Petras* | Sabbah Report | Introduction Most accounts of the Arab revolts from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq and elsewhere have focused on the most immediate causes: political dictatorships, unemployment, repression and the wounding and killing of … [Read more...]

The Spectre of a Black Europe

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Why Europe Fears the North African Uprisings By Behzad Yahmaian * | Sabbah Report | While millions in the worl are celebrating the popular uprisings in North Africa, Europe is watching with skepticism and fear. The fall of the African dictators will deprive Europe of valuable allies in … [Read more...]

Our Multiple Realities Mess

By Lawrence Davidson * | Sabbah Report | Part I - The Security Council Resolution and Veto The inspiring moments when President Obama appeared before the cameras, and thus the world, to declare that the dictator Hosni Mubarak must step down and the people of Egypt given the inalienable … [Read more...]

Mind-sets and revolutions

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | There's an old saying about closed minds that goes "My mind is made up; don't confuse me with the facts." "Facts still matter..." said journalist and broadcaster Bill Moyers, quoting Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed, "Whenever the people are … [Read more...]

Rebranding Egypt’s Revolution

By Mamoon Alabbasi * | Sabbah Report | The revolution in Egypt came in spite of (or perhaps because of) a long-standing US backing of the dictatorship there. It was clear from the beginning that the protestors were united on one demand: namely that the unelected regime stand down or allow … [Read more...]

Winners and Losers in a Post-Mubarak Arab World

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By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | Thirty years ago the Soviet Union was at the beginning of a long campaign in Afghanistan, the average person was lucky to have an advanced recording technology called a "VHS tape," and Mohammad Hosni Mubarak took control of Egypt, the most populous … [Read more...]

The Egyptian army’s weapons problem

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By Christopher King * | Sabbah Report | I notice that the Americans are talking about "helping" and "guiding" Egypt to democracy. I would have thought that the Egyptian people have demonstrated that they are perfectly capable of dispensing with help from the United States. It's very doubtful … [Read more...]

Egypt at Dawn’s Early Light

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | What's unfolding looks different than what protesters demand. World headlines partly reflect it, mostly outside America, especially on US television reporting an illusion of change, when, in fact, coup d'etat rule is in charge, headed by authoritarian … [Read more...]

We Are the Arab Youth, We Know Not the Impossible

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By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | "There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit." --Napoleon Bonaparte Two Arab Tyrants Down, Twenty to Go. Freedom!! How sweet its sound, how delicious its taste, … [Read more...]

Hold the Celebration: Egypt’s Struggle Just Began

By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | Hopefully beneath celebratory euphoria, Egyptians know ousting Mubarak was simple, especially since Washington long wanted him out. Covertly with Egypt's military, it facilitated long-planned regime purging for with new faces under old policies. In … [Read more...]

Will democracy in Egypt benefit the Palestinians?

By Alan Hart * | Sabbah Report | For decades, and despite much rhetoric to the contrary, American-led Western policy has been to prefer Arab dictatorship (authoritarianism in various forms) to Arab democracy. This preference was determined by two main assessments. One was that corrupt and … [Read more...]

On the wrong side of history: Obama’s wavering on Egypt

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By Uri Avnery * | Sabbah Report | Until the very last moment, the Israeli leadership tried to keep Hosni Mubarak in power. It was hopeless. Even the mighty United States was impotent when faced with this tsunami of popular outrage. In the end it settled for second best: a pro-Western … [Read more...]