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Daoud Kuttab
A supporter of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti in the West Bank city of Ramallah in front of a poster depicting Barghouti.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 18, 2024
Can Marwan Barghouti be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela?
Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who has spent two decades in an Israeli prison, could unite Palestinians in getting behind a compromise solution.
Children look to the sky at the sound of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Oct. 9.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 20, 2023
The never-ending catastrophe that plagues Palestinians
Displacing the Palestinian residents of northern Gaza would be a flagrant violation of international law.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 14, 2022
A winning World Cup strategy unites the Arab world
Morocco's success in the World Cup has united Arabs throughout the Middle East and North Africa behind a common hope.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 11, 2021
A Palestinian ultimatum aimed at shaking the status quo
Israeli and the U.S. only want to address the “quality-of-life” issues facing the 5 million Palestinians living under occupation without working to remove the cause of those issues.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 17, 2021
To revive the two-state solution, Europe must recognize Palestine
Leadership from global players like France and Germany is essential to strengthen the Palestinian negotiating position and push Israel toward a fair peace agreement.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 19, 2020
What Biden owes the Palestinians
Under President-elect Joe Biden, the Palestinian leadership is looking forward to getting back to the negotiating table.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 16, 2020
The Arab betrayal of Palestine
UAE leaders argue that engagement with Israel will improve the chances of achieving an acceptable peace settlement and ending the occupation in Palestinian claimed lands.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 3, 2020
Trump's bogus Middle East peace plan
The U.S. president's peace plan is a shameless ploy to violate international law, Palestinian human rights and basic principles of fairness.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 8, 2019
No country for Palestinians
Israelis are being given choice between war and more war, between occupation and more occupation, even if the candidates avoid using those terms.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 18, 2018
Bullying the Palestinians is no way to make a deal
Successful negotiations will require a nuanced approach that respects the sensibilities and aspirations of the Palestinian people.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 12, 2017
Donald Trump versus Middle East peace
Attempting to ram a solution down Palestinians' throats will only increase the likelihood of even more violence.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 26, 2017
Donald Trump's Palestinian quandary
The two-state solution is dead, and Israel's acknowledgement of this will reinvigorate the struggle for Palestinian political rights in a single state.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 22, 2016
The art of the Middle East deal?
Hopes that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will deal fairly with the Middle East are likely misplaced.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 23, 2016
Can France foster Mideast peace?
France deserves applause for its brave effort to revive the Middle East peace process, but success will require more than courage.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 23, 2015
Netanyahu girds Israel for isolation
The way that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finagled his decisive electoral victory will have serious political and diplomatic consequences for Israel.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 9, 2014
Can Palestine win the peace?
The tremendous sympathy and support Palestinians received from international observers because of the high price they paid during their 51-day war with Israel will be useless if the leaders of Hamas and Fatah fail to maintain a united front.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 21, 2013
New censors of Web media
The Internet has proved to be a powerful tool for overcoming media restrictions and censorship worldwide. But new restrictions on Web-based news media, such as those in Jordan, threaten to reverse the progress that the Internet has enabled.
Dec 1, 2012
Making the case for Palestine
Nowhere are the grievances that perpetuate violence and war more evident than they are in Palestine today. But the world's politicians continue to dance around the problem rather than confront it. The recent deadly violence in Gaza is only the latest proof that people living under occupation and siege...
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 22, 2011
A brief history of Palestinians' state of mind
The idea of Palestine becoming a permanent member of the United Nations originated, say Palestinians, with none other than U.S. President Barack Obama.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 13, 2011
U.S. makes a comeback in the Arab world
Without much fanfare, the past few months have seen no anti-American demonstrations and no burning of American flags across the Arab world. Arabs seem increasingly willing to accept — and even applaud — the Obama administration's policy toward the region.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals