Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Prior to September 1970, tensions had been on rise for many years between the Hashemite monarchy of Jordan and the country’s majority Palestinian population. Jordan had become home to large numbers of Palestinians in the wake of the formation of Israel–and subsequent Arab-Israeli War–in 1948, which resulted in a lot of Palestinian refugees and in… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

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Anybody familiar with the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre might wonder if the title of this post refers to the Palestinian terrorist organization that perpetrated the Munich attack, and the answer is, well: See, “Black September,” the organization, never would have existed if it weren’t for…

Mythologizing and demonizing the deceased

In addition to being the 36th anniversary of the Iranian seizure of the US embassy in Tehran, today is also the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by a right-wing Israeli named Yigal Amir in Tel Aviv. There are remembrances of Rabin all over the place, many/most of them wondering if his death… Continue reading Mythologizing and demonizing the deceased

The only deserving candidate for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize

Joshua Keating at Slate has figured out who it is: This year the prize committee could best serve its mission by giving the prize to the person who most deserves it: nobody. Such a move would highlight that this has been a particularly violent year around the world. More importantly, it would serve as an… Continue reading The only deserving candidate for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize