Archives for June 2021

Who Will Stand Up for Palestinian Activists? The Brutal, Tragic Murder of Nizar Banat

Blaming the PA for the death of Nizar Banat is the same as blaming the finger of the person pulling the trigger, or blaming the poison rather than those who administered the poison.

Nizar Banat Feature photo

OCCUPIED PALESTINE -- The inexcusable, tragic murder of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat,-- the fierce critic of the Palestinian Authority, or PA, whose “health deteriorated” mysteriously last week while he was in PA custody -- shows us once again that Palestinians have no protection. No Palestinian is safe when they decide to stand up and demand

PalAction: Shutting Down the British Arms Trade to Israel

Palestine Action has made headlines for its forceful commitment to shutting down the arms trade between Israel and the U.K., trying to do with direct action what anti-war organizations have long been calling for.

Huda Ammori and Richard Barnard, the co-founders of Palestine Action

Despite the official ceasefire, Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem continues to be a flashpoint of violence. Last week, Israeli forces fired stun grenades and sprayed skunk water on worshippers and protesters gathering near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. Evidently, new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is willing to be as aggressive and

Lab Leak Theory Mainstreamed By Journalistic Frauds Who Love War

After more than a year of the media holding it in utter disesteem, the theory that COVID-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China has been picking up steam.

Lab Leak Theory Feature photo

WASHINGTON (Substack // Alex Rubinstein) -- Now that the dust has settled, Donald Trump is no longer president, and the United States has demonstrably handled the virus poorly, a need for a new scapegoat has arisen, and China is the perfect pretend culprit. This narratives' power has the potential to ignite major conflict between the world's

The Deep State and The Fourth Estate: Spies in Our Media, with Alan MacLeod

Our security services now appear so bold and confident that they openly do what was once only done in secret, including influencing and controlling so much of our mainstream, corporate media. Alan Macleod discusses his investigation into Reddit Director of Policy Jessica Ashooh and her connections to the deep state.

Alan Macleod CIA Feature photo

Independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone recently wrote that our security services now appear so bold and confident that they openly do what was once only done in secret, including influencing and controlling so much of our mainstream, corporate media. In recent years, the big networks have hired a wide range of “former” agency veterans and

Palestinian Protesters Recount Harrowing Details of Torture at the Hands of Israeli Police

Officers wounded the detainees, terrorized them, and whomever dared to lift his head upwards risked more beatings by officers. According to affidavits, the floor of the room was covered in blood from the beatings.

Israeli police torture Feature photo

NAZARETH, ISRAEL — In May, the world watched Israel’s brutal occupation on full display: The forcible displacement of Sheikh Jarrah residents was underway; Israeli security forces attacked Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan; Israeli rocket fire rained down on Gaza; and Jewish extremists chanted “Death to Arabs!” in the

Geopolitics, Profit, and Poppies: How the CIA Turned Afghanistan into a Failed Narco-State

The war in Afghanistan has looked a lot like the war on drugs in Latin America and previous colonial campaigns in Asia, with a rapid militarization of the area and the empowerment of pliant local elites.

CIA Afghanistan Drug trade Feature photo

AFGHANISTAN -- The COVID-19 pandemic has been a death knell to so many industries in Afghanistan. Charities and aid agencies have even warned that the economic dislocation could spark widespread famine. But one sector is still booming: the illicit opium trade. Last year saw Afghan opium poppy cultivation grow by over a third while counter-narcotics