Real estate, racism, and righteousness — a grim visit to Israel By Philip Weiss

23 November 2013 — Mondoweiss

Every time I go to Israel I like to report on my response to the conflict, and after visiting in September my feelings are bleaker than they’ve ever been. That’s been the trend, the last couple of visits; but this one was particularly bad. The degree of oppression and persecution, of the indifference to it inside Israel, indeed the self-righteousness, the belief that this can all just be managed, and of the hatred it is breeding inside Palestine—all these attitudes just get more pronounced.

UK Government Set to Support Monsanto in EU Court

23 November 2013 — Sustainable Pulse

The UK Government has confirmed that it will support Monsanto in a European court case brought by European civil society groups. In a written Parliamentary Answer today, Earl Howe stated that the Government will intervene in the European Court of Justice to support the biotechnology giant, which wishes to import a GMO soy variety called Intacta into the EU for food and feed uses.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 22 November 2013: One year later, Gaza journalists remember stories of resilience

22 November 2013 — VTJP


Ma’an News

Israeli settlers erect tent outside of Palestinian village
11/22/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers set up a tent near the entrance of a Palestinian village east of Bethlehem late Thursday, locals told Ma’an. Dozens of settlers from the settlement of Teqoa, while under the guard of Israeli soldiers, set up a tent near the western entrance of Tuqu village, witnesses said. The settlers reportedly claimed to be protesting against Palestinians throwing….

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 17-23 November 2013: Turkey-Iraq / USA / Syria / Iran / Russia-Middle East / Africa

23 November 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan: What’s in Store for Alliance of Convenience?

23.11.2013 | 11:17 | Mikhail AGHAJANYAN

The Kurdish conundrum makes Turkey face tall orders again. Its policy of supporting terrorist and insurgent forces in Syria has stymied. Now the Turkish officials change the tune. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks more frequently about «extremist activities and the damage they cause to the Syrian revolution» and the fact that «Turkey has never supported radicals fighting Bashar Assad». The use of the term «Syrian revolution» as a figure of speech implies that Ankara still wants the power changed in Syria, but it has changed the ways to achieve this goal. The main reason is the growing role of Kurdish factor in the Arab country that shares a long border with Turkey… Continue reading