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Middle East: 1/23 of 23

Black smoke billows from the UNWRA compound set ablaze by Israel in Operation Cast Lead, 15th January 2009. The compound was burned to the ground. Photo: Al Jazeera English via Flickr.

Armed robbery in Gaza - Israel, US, UK carve up the spoils of Palestine's stolen gas

Nafeez Ahmed

24th July 2014

Israel desperately covets Gaza's gas as a 'cheap stop-gap' yielding revenues of $6-7 billion a year, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The UK's BG and the US's Noble Energy are lined up to do the dirty work - but first Hamas must be 'uprooted' from Gaza, and Fatah bullied into cutting off its talks with Russia's Gazprom. more...
Homeless in Gaza after Operation Cast Lead, 2009. Photo: Physicians for Human Rights via Flickr.

Gaza should be the Kuwait of the Levant - but its gas brings only war and poverty

Tascha Shahriari-Parsa

19th July 2014

Operation Protective Edge is the war of a colonial state dedicated to expanding its theft of Palestine's natural resources, writes Tascha Shahriari-Parsa - incarcerating and bombing its people in the world's biggest open air prison, while growing rich at their expense. more...
Israeli tanks massing on the Gaza border ... but do the soldiers know what they're really fighting for? Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi via Flickr.

Gaza: Israel's $4 billion gas grab

Nafeez Ahmed

18th July 2014

Never mind the 'war on terror' rhetoric, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The purpose of Israel's escalating assault on Gaza is to control the Territory's 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas - and so keep Palestine poor and weak, gain massive export revenues, and avert its own domestic energy crisis. more...
A Palestinian woman hugs an olive tree to protect it from destruction by the Israeli army. Photo: via Frank M. Rafik / Flickr.

Bethlehem: 'No matter how many olive trees they destroy, will will plant more!'

Megan Perry / Sustainable Food Trust

18th July 2014

Since 1967, Israeli soldiers and 'settlers' in occupied Palestine have destroyed 800,000 olive trees in an attempt to force Palestinian farmers from their land, writes Megan Perry. 'Our response to this injustice will never be with violence, and we will never give up and leave.' more...
Happy days: children of Gaza play on a water slide during UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks, 2013. Photo: United Nations Photo via Flickr.

Gaza: Israel bombs water and sewage systems

Mohammed Omer

16th July 2014

Israel's armed forces have destroyed vital water and sewage infrastructure in their bombing campaign of the besieged territory, writes Mohammed Omer. This constitutes a severe breach of the 1977 Protocol to the 1949 Geneva Conventions on the part of Israel and all those conceiving, planning, ordering and perpetrating the attacks. more...
Did Green campaigners carry out this pipeline bombing in Ukraine on June 17th 2014? Of course not - so how come they are under fire by NATO and Russia? Photo: from YouTube / http://youtu.be/oAVJ3udesF8 .

GreenScare 2.0 - campaigners under fire in the new Cold War

Alexander Reid Ross

28th June 2014

Superpower confrontations and growing tensions in Ukraine, the Middle East and the Arctic are all part of a new Cold War, writes Alexander Reid Ross - and this time Green campaigners are under attack by both Russian authorities and NATO ... more...
A terraced valley at Battir. Photo: Andrea Moroni via Flickr.

Palestine's Battir terraces accorded World Heritage protection

Abby Zimet

25th June 2014

An ancient system of irrigated terraces in Palestine's West Bank have been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site against strong opposition from Israel - which wants to build its 'separation wall' across Battir, cutting Palestinian farmers from their land. more...
An Israeli Black Hawk helicopter lands in the well-watered Golan Heights. Photo: Sgt. Ori Shifrin / Israel Defense Forces via Flickr.

Water wars in the Middle East - $1 trillion is at stake

Garikai Chengdu

4th June 2014

Water is to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th ... the commodity that determines the wealth and stability of nations, writes Garikai Chengdu. Welcome to a new age of hydro-imperialism that is upon us right now in Syria, Israel, Iraq, Libya ...
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Palestinian boys showing the Free Gaza passengers the lakes of untreated sewerage inside Gaza. Photo: Free Gaza movement via Flickr.

Water in Gaza - total collapse draws ever nearer

Irin News

31st May 2014

After suffering devastating winter floods, Gaza now prepares for a long, dry summer of acute water shortages, declining water quality and a collapsing sewage system, as its coastal aquifer faces permanent damage from over-use and seawater contamination. more...
Israeli and international volunteers rebuilding Al Araqib. Photo: Silvia Boarini / silviaboarini.com.

Israel's Bedouin citizens - unrecognized in the Negev

Silvia Boarini

12th May 2014

Since July 2010 the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Negev desert has been demolished 68 times, writes Silvia Boarini. Many have fled but those that remain are determined to stand their ground: 'They can demolish us 100 times, but we're not going anywhere.' more...
A radar station near Israel's military reactor at Dimona, in the south of the country. Photo: Benjamin Torelle via Flickr.com.

Non-aligned nations: Israel must renounce nuclear weapons

Israel Hayom

2nd May 2014

The Non-Aligned Movement has reiterated the demand for Israel, the only country in the Middle East that has not joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty, to 'renounce possession of nuclear weapons' and join the Treaty without delay. more...
Farmer Fadel Jaber is arrested for 'stealing water' in  the Palestinian village of Sussia, on South Mt. Hebron.  Israel has constructed water pipes in the area, but they only serve the army and the settlers. The Palestinians are forced to drive to the clo

Water apartheid in Palestine - a crime against humanity?

Ayman Rabi

22nd March 2014

Systematic, acute, malicious discrimination in access to water in the West Bank and Gaza, combined with massive resource theft, is operated by the occupation authorities and the private water company Mekorot, writes Ayman Rabi on UN World Water Day. more...

Middle East: 1/23 of 23

Native American or Palestinian, Awa, Inuit, Dayak or Bushman, the struggle against colonialism is one. Quanah Parker - Comanche. Photo from firstpeople.us.

Indigenous peoples of the world, unite!

Dr Sarah Marusek

13th March 2014

The struggle for collective rights unites all Indigenous peoples from North America to Palestine, writes Sarah Marusek - as does their common narrative of resistance to colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. more...
There's gas under those waves ... Photo: inventati.org/liberapalestina/

Natural gas field discovered on Gaza's coast

Middle East Monitor

1st March 2014

The besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza now enjoys the prospect of energy independence - a huge gain as fuel supplies to Gaza have restricted by Israel and Egypt. The big question - will Israel allow the gas field's development? more...
A protest in Susya, 22nd June 2012. Photo: Yossi Gurvitz via Flickr.com.

No child should be afraid to drink a glass of water ...

Nasser Nawajah

2nd March 2014

... in case there is none tomorrow. Nasser Nawajah wrote this open letter to Israel's economics minister Naftali Bennett - leader of The Jewish Home - about the water starvation suffered by Palestinians. more...
The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
Military observation post, Jordan Valley. Photo: michael loadenthal via Flickr.com.

The Jordan Valley: stolen land, stolen childhood

Victoria Brittain

21st January 2014

The Jordan Valley in the Palestinian West Bank is under active annexation to Israel - in breach of the 4th Geneva Convention. Victoria Brittain went there to explore what this means for the people of the Valley, and the implications for John Kerry's 'peace negotiations'. more...
15 residential areas of Gaza have been flooded by up to 2 metres of sewage contaminated floodwater.

Gaza wrecked by storm, floods, acute cold, sewage overflows and power cuts

Oliver Tickell

16th December 2013

The UN has described the Gaza Strip as a 'disaster area' following the onslaught of Storm Alexa and called on the international community to lift the blockade and allow recovery efforts to proceed. more...
A Gaza residential street is inundated by sewage. Photo: Rosa Schiano / International Solidarity Movement.

Gaza: sewage as a weapon of war

Ramzy Baroud

2nd November 2013

After military attacks on Gaza failed to bring down the territory's Hamas government, reports Ramzy Baroud, Israel is now waging an environmental war whose weapons are chronic power shortages, collapsing sanitation - and floods of sewage. more...

Israel-Palestine oil battle looms

Jonathan Cook

14th November 2013

Israel is not known as an oil producer, but that could be about to change. Just one problem: much of the oil lies under the Palestinian West Bank, and international law and the Oslo Accords require an equitable division of the profits. Jonathan Cook reports ... more...
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UK charity dogged by 'monocultures and rights violations' claims

Ecologist

7th October, 2011

The Jewish National Fund UK has always denied a swirl of claims over its history and activities in the Middle East, including allegations of land grabbing Palestinian villages. But campaigners want the organisation stripped of its charitable status more...
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Harvesting rain

Michael Kenneth Cowan

1st June, 2008

Can traditional water-harvesting systems teach us how to solve contemporary water problems? Michael Kenneth Cowan says we have a lot to learn from the ancient and troubled ecology of the Middle East more...
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Oil & Security

Jeremy Smith

1st April, 2003

The world lives under oil’s spell. Jeremy Smith reveals the extent to which the industry’s by-products have permeated our lives. more...

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