Author Archives: Outremer

Destabilizing the Middle East: Within the Sunni world, an unlikely player pulls the strings

Is Israel seeking role as leader of the Sunni bloc? by Jonathan Cook / 10 November 2017   Leaked cable shows Israel told diplomats to support Saudi Arabia’s war of words with Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah Israel has instructed … Continue reading

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UPDATED | This Always Makes America’s Political Leadership Lose Their Senses | VIDEO

I know — LOTS of things do! Like the accrual of power and influence, the smell of money — big money, and of course the fear of not being re-elected. But this thing is unimaginably powerful. It’s strong enough to … Continue reading

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UPDATED | What’s an Arts and Crafts Retail Chain Doing Dabbling in Antiquities???

Hobby Lobby To Forfeit Smuggled Iraqi Antiquities by RICHARD GONZALES, NPR / July 5, 2017 Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma-based chain of arts and crafts retail stores, has agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit thousands of ancient clay … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: A JERUSALEM FOURTH

People or communities who intentionally transplant themselves on foreign soil for any length of time usually experience a certain tension: the need to maintain links to “home” and their native culture versus immersing themselves unreservedly in their new surroundings. In … Continue reading

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What Lies Behind (and Beneath) Israel’s JNF Forests? Nine minutes with Jonathan Cook | VIDEO

JNF, the Jewish National Fund, an international Zionist charity that today holds semi-governmental authority in Israel. Among the very earliest of Zionist entities, it was founded in 1901 for the purpose of buying and developing land for Jewish settlement in … Continue reading

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Following the Road to Emmaus (before it’s too late)

It was the first Easter, two thousand years ago. Two confused, disheartened disciples are on their way out of Jerusalem, encounter a stranger on the road, and quickly find themselves as students in the infant Church’s first Sunday School class! — … Continue reading

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Netanyahu’s Laugh

Did you see it, and hear it? I did, and thought I could forget it, but I can’t. So here I am. The scene is the joint press conference held by President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister in the East Room … Continue reading

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