Countdown Vol 17 No 21: Occupied Minds

Posted on April 20, 2018 in Countdown

Breaking: The State Department under Donald Trump has stopped using the word “occupation” to describe Israel’s presence in the Palestinian OCCUPIED territories.  We will have much more to say about that soon. 

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Washington Watch: Gaza Is In Need of Our Support

Posted on April 16, 2018 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby To say that the situation in Gaza is deplorable and desperate is an understatement. That impoverished strip of land on the Eastern Mediterranean has been deplorable and desperate for decades. I traveled to Gaza many times during the 1990's, in my capacity as co-Chair of Builders for Peace, which was a project launched by Vice President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy. My colleagues and I were unprepared for what we found. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who led one of these delegations, described what he saw...

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Countdown Vol 17 No 20: Not How It Should Be

Posted on April 13, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 219 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 19: For America's Sake

Posted on April 06, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 212 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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AAI’s National Policy Council Talks “Peace Plan,” U.S. Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem

Posted by Guest on March 28, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Since taking office, President Trump has shaken things up in the U.S. approach to foreign policy and relations in the Middle East, especially where Israel and Palestine are concerned. With the decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and “recognize” the city as Israel’s capital, tensions have escalated between Israel and the Palestinians. Adding to the cocktail of precarious policy efforts in the region, the President’s “ultimate deal” plan for peace in the region has faced major pushback and has been dismissed by Palestinian leaders.

In light of these escalating tensions...

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Washington Watch: Early Warning

Posted on March 24, 2018 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

As we await President Trump's "deal of the century," there are hints aplenty as to what it may or may not contain. The New York Times has written an account of what it believed was an outline of the “deal.” It is reported Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has been briefed by the White House as to the general direction of the deal and he, in turn briefed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah on its contents. The Palestinian and Jordanian leaders, we have been told are deeply troubled by what they have...

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Countdown Vol 17 No 18: Days of Judgment

Posted on March 23, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 198 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again

Posted on March 08, 2018 in Countdown
Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again
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Countdown Vol 17 No 14: Emboldened Lashes and Backlashes

Posted on February 09, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 157 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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Washington Watch: Pence’s Middle East

Posted on January 27, 2018 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

US Vice President Michael Pence's recent foray into Middle East politics has been nothing short of a disaster. Because he sees the world through the lens of right-wing Evangelical Christianity, he trampled on regional realities, leaving a mess in his wake.  

One might have hoped that American political leaders had learned the dangers of an ideologically-driven foreign policy from the failed presidency of George W. Bush. Bush, whose world view was a mish-mash of Evangelical and neo-conservative doctrines, led the US into a disastrous invasion of Iraq. Guided by ideology, Bush saw that war as a necessary...

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