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Introduction The Trump regime proclaimed that the vote in the General Assembly of the United Nations regarding the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a strategic US decision. Both President Trump and his bombastic UN Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened that all decisions and agreements regarding alliances, loans, aid and diplomatic relations were... Read More
Introduction: Ariel Sharon was a serial mass murderer, engaged in massacres of unarmed victims in four countries, of all ages and conditions. He was a “hero” for hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews who settled on land and in houses seized from Palestinians in the West Bank. He was praised by Western leaders at his... Read More
Introduction: For the past forty-five years the state of Israel has been dispossessing millions of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, confiscating their lands, destroying homes, bulldozing orchards and setting-up ‘Jews-only’ colonial settlements serviced by highways, electrical systems and water works for the exclusive use of the settlers and occupying soldiers. The process of Israeli... Read More
Interview with Iranian HispanTV - Video in Spanish Entra la noche en la Franja de Gaza con la sombra del dolor y la muerte. Entre lágrimas y gritos, se eleva a 46 la cifra de los palestinos muertos y centenares más de heridos por los ataques del régimen israelí contra la Franja de Gaza. Y... Read More
Interview with Russia Today. James Petras analyzes what is happening in Gaza
Sacrificing Palestine for Zionist Campaign Funds
Introduction: There are two views of Obama’s speech to the General Assembly on September 21, 2011, and his opposition to the recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state and its admission to the UN. The common opinion of foreign policy experts was that Obama led the US to an ignominious diplomatic defeat, deepening US isolation... Read More
Times were tough for Joseph and Mary. The real estate bubble crashed. Unemployment soared among construction workers. There was no work, not even for a skilled carpenter. The settlements were still being built, financed mostly by Jewish money from America, contributions from Wall Street speculators and owners of gambling dens. “Good thing”, Joseph thought, “we... Read More
Backers, Apologists and Arms Suppliers
Because of the unconditional support of the entire political class in the US, from the White House to Congress, including both Parties, incoming and outgoing elected officials and all the principle print and electronic mass media, the Israeli Government feels no compunction in publicly proclaiming a detailed and graphic account of its policy of mass... Read More
One of the hallmarks of totalitarian ideologues is the use of the big lie: a virulent attack on a defenseless group and then a categorical denial turning victims into executioners and executioners into victims. Zionist genocide promoter, Benny Morris practices the Big Lie1. He claims, “I have never supported the brutal expulsion of all Palestinians…I... Read More
The Israeli Agenda openly defended, publically practiced and aggressively pursued by the Zionist power configuration (ZPC) has greatly influenced the US Presidential elections and the likely future course of Washington’s Middle East policy. The strategy of the Jewish state is the complete Zionization of Palestine, the takeover of land, water, offshore gas (estimated to be... Read More
During and immediately after the Annapolis meetings to discuss peace, Israel abducted the student president of Beir Zeit University for dissent, launched over 50 attacks on Gaza killing and wounding over 50 Palestinian civilians, police and militia. Introduction During and immediately after the Annapolis meetings to discuss peace, Israel abducted the student president of Beir... Read More
On Monday, March 26, 2007 in Northern Gaza a river of raw sewage and debris overflowed from a collapsed earth embankment into a refugee camp driving 3,000 Palestinians from their homes. Five residents drowned, 25 were injured and scores of houses were destroyed. The New York Times, Washington Post and the television media blamed shoddy... Read More
Beginning on the night of June 28, 2006, Israel launched a massive land, and air assault and invaded the Gaza Strip, in which over 5,000 soldiers followed hundreds of tanks and armored carriers, while scores of helicopter gunships and fighter jets fired missiles and rockets into populated centers, destroying the basic infrastructures of over 1.4... Read More
It is commonplace to read each day in the most prestigious newspapers (Financial Times, New York Times, London Times, Washington Post) of Israeli ”retaliation”. The reportage frequently mentions a Palestinian attack on an Israeli colonial settlement in the West Bank or urban population center in Israel. The action and reaction always is located in a... Read More
His grandfather was an immigrant from Palestine. His father was a merchant of precious stones in Baghdad. He was once an Olympian weight lifter. The people in his city called him ”the King”. One night he received a message from abroad that “a child will be born and he will be the Savior of his... Read More
The Israeli air assault on an apartment complex killing and wounding nearly 200 people including the death of 10 children has a deeper meaning. Despite some ritualistic and hypocritical apologies for the assassination of the Palestinians by some Israeli officials, President Sharon’s triumphal views on the killings revealed the real feeling of the Israeli state.... Read More
In the face of Israel’s defiance of world public opinion, and its refusal to permit any international humanitarian organization to examine the results of its murderous destruction of the towns and refugee camps in the Occupied Territories, who is financing the Israeli state and why does that financing continue in the face of world opprobrium?... Read More
While I agree with Saramago’s general characterization of the Israeli attack on the Palestinians, I think the most appropriate analogy is the Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis and not Auschwitz. Of course, both the Israelis and the Nazis were intent on destroying the social fabric of the oppressed people and expelling them from the... Read More
Ibrahim woke up before dawn as was his habit for as long as he could remember. He slipped his feet into the slippers by his bed, picked up the matches by the side of the bed, lit a candle and then ignited a small kerosene stove. He stood up and stretched but he did not... Read More
The images of Israel’s military force have been transmitted worldwide. Soldiers shooting the wounded in the head. Tanks smashing the walls of houses, offices, Arafat’s compound. Hundreds of boys and men, their heads hooded, being driven with rifle butts into concentration camps; helicopter gun ships destroying markets; tanks destroying olive, orange and lemon trees. The... Read More
James Petras
About James Petras

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York.

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.


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