Why U.S., Israel should welcome Palestinian move at U.N. – By Rabbi Michael Lerner, Special to CNN

Rabbi Michael Lerner Editor’s note: Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun: A Quarterly Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley, California. He welcomes feedback: rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com (CNN) — Israel’s security can only be assured when its neighbors believe that it…

Interview with Hamid Dabashi: ”Another People Now Is Redefining the Idea of Democracy” – by Miriam Shabafrouz at Qantara de

 In this interview with Miriam Shabafrouz, the American-Iranian intellectual Hamid Dabashi talks about the democratic uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, their chances of success, their impact on geopolitics and on the global media   What are the biggest dangers for the Arab Spring? Hamid Dabashi: The biggest dangers are precisely the forces…

Turkey asserting its new economic power – Deccan Herald Com News

A core of internation-ally competitive companies is turning Turkey into a major hub. For decades, Turkey has been told it was not ready to join the European Union — that it was too backward economically to qualify for membership in the now 27-nation club. That argument may no longer hold. Today, Turkey is a fast-rising…

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Poll – Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

April 5, 2011 Also available in Deutsch The view on the peace process remains marked by pessimism on both sides. This is also reflected in the views of Israelis and Palestinians regarding a quick solution of the conflict in light of the uprising in Egypt. Documents Entire publication (pdf, 27 KB) The joint Israeli-Palestinian poll…

The other special relationship: Seen as an honest-broker in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Canada has become one of Israel’s most fervent supporters – Al Jazeera English

    Fault Lines – Canada-Israel: The other special …, posted with vodpod In Canada, a high-stakes battle is being waged between a powerful pro-Israel lobby close to the conservative government, and a growing Palestinian solidarity movement that calls Israel an apartheid state that should be subject to boycott, divestment and sanctions. JOIN THE DEBATE…

Ways out of the Deadlock – Interview with Sari Nusseibeh

Source: Qantara.de ***** The Palestinian intellectual Sari Nusseibeh has been engaged for many years in different Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives. In this interview with Igal Avidan he talks about the chances for an Israeli-Palestinian accord Against political isolation: “I’m against Hamas, but I think the whole attitude towards Hamas has been wrong from the beginning,” says…

Divide and Confound—or Divide and Empower? The Opportunities and Dangers of Strategic PSYOP against the Alawi Rulers of Syria

By Timothy R. Furnish Mr. Furnish, Ph,D., is the author of Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, their Jihads and Osama bin Laden and The Caliphate: Threat or Opportunity? (forthcoming, 2010). He also maintains a website dedicated to covering Mahdism and Muslim eschatology: mahdiwatch.org. This article was first published in Perspectives: The Journal of the Psychological Operations…