Theory of Disaster | Book Review – Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by Niall Ferguson

An air strike in Gaza during this year’s flare-up of Israel-Palestinian violence (Photo: Reuters) There are two ways to answer a question of history. Why did a particular war take place? One way of answering the question is maybe because one party wanted something and the other party did not want to give it. The … Read more

Marcus Rashford mural and Cuba protests: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A special forces vehicle passes a vintage car in downtown Havana, Cuba. Since the pandemic, long queues, squeezed salaries and power cuts have become a grinding reality for millions. On 11 July tensions boiled over in the largest anti-government protests for decades. Thousands took to the streets in cities throughout the island, demonstrating against food … Read more

Israeli official rolls back army chief comments on AP Gaza

Israel’s defense minister on Monday distanced himself from comments made by his military chief after Israel bombed a Gaza Strip high-rise housing an Associated Press office and other news outlets, saying the remarks were not meant to be taken literally. In an article published on the website of Channel 12 news over the weekend, the … Read more

Israel’s attacks on Gaza may constitute ‘war crimes’: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet

Israel’s recent barrage of deadly air strikes on Gaza might be war crimes, the UN rights chief said Thursday, adding she had seen no evidence the attacked buildings were used for military purposes. Addressing a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet voiced deep concern about the surge in deadly violence … Read more

Antony Blinken says United States will aid Gaza without helping Hamas

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Tuesday to “rally international support” to aid Gaza following a devastating war there while keeping any assistance out of the hands of its militant Hamas rulers, as he began a regional tour to shore up last week’s cease-fire. The 11-day war between Israel and Hamas killed more than … Read more

Biden says Blinken will visit Middle East as Gaza ceasefire holds – US politics live

He says he hasn’t ruled out anything, but isn’t saying much else. And Texas Democrats are itching for an answer. ‘Impatience is not the word for it,’ Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said. ‘But anxious is.’ For months, O’Rourke has kept his options open. A top aide to the former Texas congressman and presidential … Read more

After another war, displaced Gazans face familiar plight

It took Ramez al-Masri three years to rebuild his home after it was destroyed in a 2014 Israeli offensive. When war returned to the area last week, it took just a few seconds for the house to be flattened again in an Israeli airstrike. The despondent al-Masri once again finds himself among the thousands of … Read more

Strike from Gaza kills 2 as Israel topples 6-story building

A strike launched from Gaza killed two Thai workers in southern Israel on Tuesday, police said, hours after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-story building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centers. With the war showing no sign of abating, Palestinians across the region went on a general strike in a rare collective … Read more

Gaza pummelled by fresh Israeli strikes, more than 200 dead in a week

Israeli air strikes hammered the Gaza Strip Monday after a week of violence that has killed more than 200 people, the large majority Palestinian, despite international calls for de-escalation. Before dawn, in the space of just a few minutes, dozens of Israeli strikes bombarded the crowded coastal Palestinian enclave controlled by Islamist group Hamas, according … Read more

Gaza suffers deadliest airstrikes yet as Israel targets Hamas leader – video report

At least 33 Palestinians have been killed and 50 injured in the deadliest airstrikes since the start of fighting between Israel and Hamas six days ago. Israel targeted the home of the Hamas leader Yehya al-Sinwar over the weekend and destroyed the building that housed the offices of Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press. At least 181 people … Read more