Gaza: Laboratory for the Power-Hungry

Unfortunately for the people of Gaza, all the bloodshed there wasn’t really about Gaza. Despite the tenuous ceasefire, the issue of Gaza remains unresolved not because the sides disagree but because all sorts of external actors find the dispute useful. The...

Gaza Under Siege

Gaza has been redefined. Gaza is now synonymous with carnage, rising death tolls, destroyed schools, and city streets slick with blood. As In These Times went to press, the death toll of Palestinians had passed 750—219 of them children. Twelve Israelis had died,...

Reason for War?

On January 18, Israel and Hamas agreed to a weeklong ceasefire. Prime Minister Olmert declared Israel had achieved its objectives. “Hamas was hit hard, in its military arms and in its government institutions. Its leaders are in hiding and many of its men have...

We’re in This Together

One evening last November, Connie Borbeau encouraged several people gathered in a church parlor to talk about what, for many, is a frightening and deeply isolating topic. “How is the economic crisis personally touching you?” Borbeau asked. Borbeau was...

Gaza: Israel, Washington to Blame

Israel is sabotaging prospects for peace in the Middle East, and it’s endangering Americans in the process. Since December 27, Israel has set out to destroy Hamas and in the process killed more than 900 Palestinians; more than 4,000 have been injured. In...

A Letter to the New York Times on the Gaza Crisis

To the Editor: I believe the Israeli airstrikes are clear violations of international humanitarian law. While the Palestinian rocket fire against civilian targets in Israel may be illegal, that does not give Israel the right to violate the Geneva Conventions. The...

Gaza Crisis: Israeli Violations & U.S. Complicity

The Gaza Crisis: December 2008 The death toll in Gaza continues to rise. The carnage is everywhere—city streets, a mosque, hospitals, police stations, a jail, a university bus stop, a plastics factory, a television station. It seems impossible, unacceptable, to...

The Gaza Crisis: Israeli Airstrikes & U.S. Complicity

The death toll in Gaza continues to rise. The carnage is everywhere—city streets, a mosque, hospitals, police stations, a jail, a university bus stop, a plastics factory, a television station. It seems impossible, unacceptable, to step back to analyze the...

Detractors of Hillary

We were promised change, and when it comes to U.S. domestic policy we will likely get it. The Obama administration is readying a huge economic stimulus package. The president-elect recently announced that his nominee for secretary of labor is Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA),...

No More Axes

In Poland, in the first years after the fall of communism, the architects of its “shock therapy” economic reforms often compared their program to cutting the tail off a cat. If, for some reason, you were given the assignment of removing the unfortunate...

Speak Memory

I wasn’t there to hear horror stories. The refugees that gathered in the living room of the house in this small village outside of Sarajevo were participants in a community garden project. In urban plots throughout Bosnia, families from different faiths and...

Bomb India?

After the attacks in Mumbai last week, should the United States bomb suspected terrorist cells in India? Send the Marines to Kashmir where one of the suspected groups behind the attacks — Lashkar-e-Taiba — originates? Or initiate regime change in Pakistan,...

On the Brink of Peace in the Middle East?

Over the past half decade a broad consensus has emerged among informed observers in the Middle East that recent U.S. policies in the region – from Iraq and Iran to our approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah – have been...

Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie

Join Craig and Cindy Corrie, along with IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis, who will be introducing and reading from the just-released book Let Me Stand Alone: the Journals of Rachel Corrie. This is a collection of writings of the young peace activist/poet/thinker whose death...