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Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Israel refusniks. Photo Source: Eviv via Wikimedia Commons.

Possibly one of the most devastating books to come out about Israel in recent years, ‘Goliath’ is the new book by American journalist Max Blumenthal. Blumenthal, who earned the reputation of a critical surveyor of right-wing politics from his previous book ‘Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that …

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The Al-Assad Family: A Snap shot of family politics

Photo Source: The Telegraph/Camera Press.

Why doesn’t Bashar Al-Assad leave Syria and go into exile? Because his family won’t let him is the short answer. Bashar is the president in name, but it is his family and a handful of loyalists Alawite, Sunni, Christian and Druze who are the government of Syria. When understanding Syria’s …