Bernie Sanders' criticism of Israel at the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, New York, on April 15 was not especially harsh. The presidential candidate said "we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity" and that Israel used "a disproportionate attack" during the 50-day war in Gaza in 2014. These comments, as Ali Abunimah said on the Real News Network, are "really the minimum we should hear from any honest person." Still, the fact that Sanders willingly said these things -- in a presidential debate in the state with the highest Jewish population in the country -- is both unprecedented and historic. Read more.
Russia and China on Monday launched a giant gas pipeline linking the countries for the first time, one of three major projects aimed at cementing Moscow’s role as the world’s top gas exporter. Read more.