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    The Bristol Uni Professor who Calls out “Parts of the Zionist Lobby”

    Professor David Miller is no stranger to Harry’s Place. In a students only meeting organised by the Palestinian student group Olive he made the following comments (recording of the whole event is here): “One of the things we’ve come up against is that when we trace back the funding of some of these neo conservative think tanks in this country, Policy Exchange, Henry Jackson Society and others we found that many of them are funded by foundations that are run by people who also are engaged in funding activities beyond the green line in the occupied territories and so what we’ve noticed is that there’s a connection between people who…

  • Stateside

    “What is Aleppo?”

    If the two major US candidates don’t float your boat, and Jill Stein isn’t your cup of tea, you may be looking to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, to throw some support behind. He may have an interesting backstory and folksy demeanor, but foreign policy is not his strong suit. From Politico: Asked what he would do about the Syrian city of Aleppo, the region at the center of that nation’s civil war and refugee crisis, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson responded by asking, “what is Aleppo?” “What would you do if you were elected about Aleppo?” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” panelist Mike Barnicle asked the former New Mexico governor during…

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    America’s Global Dilemma: Ben Cohen interviews Michael Doran in Fathom

    I approached the end of an interview with Michael Doran that explored in detail America’s place in the world, the former high-ranking defence official in the George W. Bush Administration, now a Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington, wondered aloud whether he was ‘living in 1927 or in 1977.’ It was a playful question that illustrated the historic tendency of US foreign policy to slide from one extremity to the other over a relatively short space of time. At the end of the 1920s, Doran explained, with memories of the First World War still fresh, America was inward-looking and distrustful of foreign engagements. Nonetheless,…

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    My source for the Nakba Day doc: Dr Radwan Ziadeh

    This is a guest post by Michael Weiss. When I produced a Syrian state document showing that Bashar al-Assad orchestrated the Nakba Day raids into the Golan Heights, Richard Silverstein blogged that an unnamed source of his — supposedly a former high-ranking official in the Israeli government — had authenticated the document but nonetheless insisted that it had come from Israeli intelligence, not, as I had maintained, from the governor’s office of the al-Qunaitera province in Syria. When I reiterated my claim to Silverstein via email, he then suggested that my Syrian source might in fact be an Israeli intelligence agent himself. No one has a higher opinion of Richard…

  • Israel/Palestine

    Hamas rejects UN call for Gaza ceasefire

    So, I’ve had BBC News on all day in the background, and all I’ve been hearing is people whining: “Israel is ignoring UN demands for a ceasefire… Israel is ignoring UN calls for a ceasefire… Israel is still launching attacks after the UN resolution calling for a ceasefire… Israel is…” “This is Israel’s answer to the UN call for a ceasefire,” says the voice-over to a video of a shell being fired. Nice piece of creative newscasting worthy of BrassEye. Israel, Israel, Israel… So it has come as something of a shock to me that, contrary to the impression the BBC has given me, Hamas – the democratically elected government…