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It is time to recognize the US-Palestinian conflict

By Dorgham Abusalim

That an American abstention from the world’s top council was required to ensure the success of a resolution favoring Palestinian human rights tells us it is time to recognize the American-Palestinian conflict. Did you know there are more Americans in Palestine engaging in illegal activity than there are in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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Abstention at the UN, or the Owl of Minerva of American Diplomacy

By Michael Marder

Obama’s endgame is the same when it comes to fossil fuels and Israel/Palestine: as part of his legacy project, he is signing decrees to protect the oceans from oil drilling and finally standing up to Israel’s aggressive and unchecked settlement expansion. Should we judge the last eight years by these eleventh-hour attempts, the looming inauguration would appear to be a radical break with a “progressive” agenda on environmental and diplomatic fronts. But the true break is between what has been going on throughout Obama’s consecutive terms and the very final stretch of his tenure in the White House.

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Obama stands up to Trump (and Israel)

By Phyllis Bennis

The Justice Department should investigate civilian Donald Trump’s intervention in US foreign policy– calling Egypt to avert an anti-settlements resolution in the UN Security Council — as a violation of the Logan Act.

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