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Deanna Cross and Shaun Botthoof of The Unday

Gaza Strip and the Unday are like siblings. Unday is the sister: Elegant, beautiful, very intelligent, and complicated. Gaza is more of the brother: a little angsty, kinda rough around the edges, and sophomoric at times. But a friendship that has lasted about 15 years will bring out the best in you, especially when music is a common love. Read more»

John Read

You might not know their names, but odds are pretty good that you recognize some of these faces, at least if you're a regular at Tucson live music venues. This week, this column shines a spotlight on some of Tucson's hardest working bassists and drummers. Read more» 1

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Iron Dome Battery Deployed Near Ashkelon

Israel's touted Iron Dome anti-missile system has taken on the aura of a semi-superhuman piece of machinery — as if it were something out of Skyfall — during the rain of missiles that have come during its conflict with Gaza. Read more»

The United States and Israel are pressuring Egypt to monitor its border with Gaza to ensure Hamas militants do not use the opening to send weapons into Gaza Read more»

In mid-June, volunteers from 22 different humanitarian groups hailing from Europe, Asia and North America will once more, as part of the Free Gaza movement, load cargo ships with aid and activists and attempt to land in the Gaza Strip. Read more»

Humanitarian cargo waits to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip in 2009. Egypt opened its border with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, letting Palestinians cross until further notice amid a storm of international criticism of Israel's blockade of the enclave, officials in Egypt and Gaza said. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) Click to enlarge photo

It’s time for Israel to end its three-year blockade of Gaza and for the international community to abandon its failed policy of trying to isolate Hamas. Read more»

In desperate times, the perilous smuggler's tunnels between Gaza and Egypt become lifelines. Read more»

Is this man a 'terrorist' or a 'vigilante?'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to stop building Jewish homes in Arab east Jerusalem and the West Bank has become a major obstacle to peace talks with the Palestinians and severely strains relations with President Barack Obama's administration. That's a simple statement of fact. Read more»