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Gaza: weapons that maximize civilian deaths

The death toll in Gaza has shot up since Israel launched its ground assault on Thursday, with at least 565 Palestinians and 25 Israeli soldiers… 572 more words


Syria's most violent 48 hours

Lost amidst the MH17 shoot down and Israel’s continually escalating campaign in Gaza, it turns out that over 700 people were killed between Thursday and Friday in Syria, probably the most violent two-day period since the civil war began three years ago. 94 more words


Tragedy in Ukraine raises stakes

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the terrible news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine today, killing all 298 people on board. 1,049 more words


Why America's lumbering Middle East hypocrisy really does matter

Amidst an otherwise interesting piece on Arab social media and its focus on what’s happening in Gaza, Marc Lynch drops a truth bomb:

One other point is clear from following the debates in Arabic on social media.

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A gentle knock on your roof

If you live in Gaza, this is how the IDF warns you that your apartment building is about to be blown up:

Because we live in a media environment in which The Newspaper Of Record repeatedly refers to Israeli munitions “finding” their targets, not “killing” those targets or “blowing up entire city blocks”: 547 more words


The upper hand

Thus far Israel’s life-sanctifying campaign against Hamas (if by “Hamas,” you mean “anybody who happens to live in Gaza”) has killed 72 people, and they’re promising to “expand” the campaign in the days ahead. 277 more words