Haaretz, Dec. 24, 2016

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power addresses media following a United Nations Security Council vote, December 19, 2016. Reuters / Andrew Kelly

The settlement problem has gotten so much worse that it is now putting at risk the very viability of that two-state solution. The number of settlers in the roughly 150 authorized Israeli settlements east of the 1967 lines has increased dramatically. Since the 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords – which launched efforts that made a comprehensive and lasting peace possible – the number of settlers has increased by 355,000. The total settler population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem now exceeds 590,000. Nearly 90,000 settlers are living east of the separation barrier that was created by Israel itself. And just since July 2016 – when the Middle East Quartet issued a report highlighting international concern about a systematic process of land seizures, settlement expansions, and legalizations – Israel has advanced plans for more than 2,600 new settlement units.

The Nation, February 21, 2017

Haaretz, May 3, 2016


Here the resemblance screams out. The United States is the land of unlimited opportunity and liberty − individual progress for anybody who wants to and can. Just not for the masses of blacks, to whom it owes so much of its accumulation of capital and prosperity. Israel is rebirth and miracle, democracy, startup nation, honey − for every Jew in the world and just not for the Palestinians, the original people of the land.

Haaretz, Apr. 14, 2017


Due to Lithuania's complicated attitude to its wartime history, posthumous degrees would be given only to those students who didn't fight with communist or pro-Soviet partisans

Lithuanian collaborators (with white armbands) arresting Jews in July 1941 Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst

Virtually all resistance movements in Lithuania during World War II were supported or otherwise linked to the Soviet Union.

Ma'an News Agency, May 18, 2016


WWI concluded on November 11, 1918, after which the division of the Ottoman Empire began in earnest.