Pam Bailey

'I Wake Up to Read Messages of Horror:' Living the Gaza War From the Outside

Tales of terror, trauma and heroism flow daily out of the Gaza Strip, but behind the headlines are an unknown hundreds of others who have been forced to fear for their loved ones’ lives from afar. Separated from their parents, siblings, children and spouses after leaving the Strip – typically for long-dreamed-of study abroad – they have watched news of the Israeli assault with horror. Some have lost homes, relatives or both – and others woke up every morning worrying that it would be their turn.

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It's Time to Break the Silence About Israel's Nuclear Weapons

The negotiations this week in Geneva between Iran and the “P5+1” (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany) offer a promising vehicle for avoiding another destructive war. The talks came on the heels of a virtual uprising by the American people that stopped President Barack Obama’s plan to attack Syria, clearly demonstrating their desire to solve conflicts at the negotiation table rather than at the point of a gun. 

However, Israel and its allies in the U.S. Congress continue to lobby against a deal that would meet Iran in the middle, insisting on a “zero-enrichment” policy that is a deal-breaker for Iran.

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Egypt Joins Israel As Gaza's Jailer

There was a time when activist groups that focused on helping the Palestinians in Gaza reserved their harshest language and protests for Israel, which long has prohibited both air and sea traffic in and out of Gaza; tightly limited exchanges through its Erez terminal; and banned exports altogether.

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How America's Killer Drone Strikes Undermine Yemeni Democracy

“Blowback" is a lesson the United States government should have learned in the mountains of Afghanistan, the streets of Iraq and the wild territories of Pakistan: Be careful what you sow, because you will reap it tomorrow.

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How the Turmoil in Egypt Is Causing Greater Suffering in Gaza

It unfortunately has become a truism that when Egypt sneezes, Gaza catches a cold. Fearful of the "terrorist elements" automatically associated with Hamas, the governing party in Gaza, neighbouring Egypt is quick to shut what amounts to "prison gates" at the first sign of turmoil either inside or outside the densely populated strip. Israel keeps its own crossings into Gaza on permanent lock-down, with permitted traffic a bare trickle, while also prohibiting travel by air and sea.

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4 Most Common Myths About Israel and Gaza -- Debunked

As Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip, and factions within the beleaguered territory retaliate as best they can, there are many myths and stereotypes dominating mainstream media coverage, and many conversations.

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