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Roger Waters Calls Out Thom Yorke Over Radiohead Israel Controversy
Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork

Roger Waters Calls Out Thom Yorke Over Radiohead Israel Controversy

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has spoken out after Thom Yorke dismissed a petition for Radiohead to cancel an upcoming concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. In defending the show, Yorke had singled out Waters—one of the petition’s signees—because Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich worked heavily on Waters’ new album.

about 3 weeks ago
Roger Waters Says He Tried to Discuss His Concerns About Radiohead Playing Israel With Thom Yorke
Dee Lockett, Vulture

Roger Waters Says He Tried to Discuss His Concerns About Radiohead Playing Israel With Thom Yorke

Today in political-rock-star beef, Roger Waters has responded to a bitter interview Thom Yorke gave to Rolling Stone about Waters’s public criticism of Radiohead’s controversial decision to perform in Israel next month. Waters says Yorke’s statement, in which the Radiohead...

about 3 weeks ago
Roger Waters Disputes Thom Yorke’s Explosive Comments Over Radiohead Israel Controversy
Ryan Thaxton, Paste Mag

Roger Waters Disputes Thom Yorke’s Explosive Comments Over Radiohead Israel Controversy

Roger Waters has responded to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke after Yorke accused Waters of being divisive and attempting to “throw shit at [Radiohead] in public” in regard to an open letter to the band, signed by Waters, asking that they cancel plans to perform in Israel later this year.

about 3 weeks ago
Fresno State Cancels a Middle East Studies Professorship Amid Alleged Right-Wing Pro-Israel Pressure
Murtaza Hussain, Intercept

Fresno State Cancels a Middle East Studies Professorship Amid Alleged Right-Wing Pro-Israel Pressure

Late last year, the California State University at Fresno began soliciting applicants for a newly created Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies, a teaching role named after the late Palestinian-American public intellectual. In a job posting, the school described the role...

about 3 weeks ago
50 Years on, Israel Keeps Tight Grip on Palestinian Economy
Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press

50 Years on, Israel Keeps Tight Grip on Palestinian Economy

Fuad Maraita’s alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m. His hometown of Salfit, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, still lies in darkness. He drinks a cup of strong Arabic coffee and a glass of milk in silence. A few minutes later, he slings a cloth bag with his lunch over his shoulder...

about 3 weeks ago
Palestinian Hunger Strike Ends with Prisoners Declaring Victory – but Israel Claims Nothing Happened
Jonathan Ofir, Mondoweiss

Palestinian Hunger Strike Ends with Prisoners Declaring Victory – but Israel Claims Nothing Happened

Saturday, after 41 days, the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike came to what seemed to be an end – or rather a ‘suspension’. At first, details of concessions to Palestinian prisoner demands beyond the reinstatement...

on May 29, 2017
Could Trump Be Palestinians’ Best Hope?
Dalia Hatuqa, The Atlantic

Could Trump Be Palestinians’ Best Hope?

Recent events have left Palestinians in an odd position: The absence of a clear strategy by a U.S. administration to resolve the conflict with Israel may have become the best bet for statehood they’ve had in years. This, at least, seems to be the thinking of Mahmoud Abbas...

on May 23, 2017
Donald Trump Ends Middle East Tour
Al Jazeera

Donald Trump Ends Middle East Tour

US President Donald Trump has wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories where he met Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

on May 23, 2017
Two Palestinian Children Die by Israeli Fire
Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada

Two Palestinian Children Die by Israeli Fire

While US President Donald Trump’s visit to the region dominated headlines, several Palestinian children were shot and injured by Israeli forces, one of them fatally, and another died of wounds sustained months earlier.

on May 23, 2017