Recruiting to Kill -- It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza (1 comments)
Western involvement in the war on the Palestinian people is indeed going beyond the usual and known support of funds, military technology and economic aid, to actual participation in the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. By preventing those who leave their countries to kill Palestinians in Gaza, less civilians are likely to be murdered.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Gaza's Resistance Will Not be Crushed
In Gaza, the past and the present are intertwined. Israel is united by the same purpose: crushing anyone who dares to resist. Palestinians in Gaza are also united with a common threat: their resistance, which, despite impossible odds seems likely to intensify.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Israel awakens the Palestine it tried to crush (1 comments)
Even if Hamas succeeded in establishing a new brand based on resistance/political model, Israel was determined to deactivate any potential for Palestinian unity. Destroying that unity became almost an obsession for Netanyahu. Because A true Palestinian unity, culminating in a massive popular Intifada is the kind of war Netanyahu cannot possibly win.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat-up Car (1 comments)
Ramadan always takes me back to the refugee camp in Gaza, no matter where I am in the world. And when a TV sheikh preaches about what Ramadan is or is not about, I often reflect on what Ramadan has meant to me and my peers in the refugee camp. It was not about feeling the brunt of the poor, for we all were poverty-stricken. It was about sharing the hardships of life, a communal struggle against one's own weaknesses.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Iraq pays price of US sectarian meddling
What the future holds is difficult to predict. The US administration is petrified by the notion of getting involved in Iraq once more. It was its original meddling, at the behest of the notorious neoconservatives who largely determined US foreign policy during George W. Bush's administration that ignited this ongoing strife in the first place.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Missing Settlers Become Weapons in a War on Unity (2 comments)
For Israel, all of this is creating the necessary distraction needed to ensure the downfall of the unity government, and the postponement of any discussion pertaining to the return to peace talks. For Netanyahu, it is a win-win situation. It is not easy to imagine the attainment of real unity. Meanwhile, Netanyahu will continue to push with all of his might to guarantee Palestinian failure.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
A tale of many Yemens
The US "war on terror" had in fact reached Yemen even before the war in Iraq was unleashed a few years later. Thousands of people were killed, tens of thousands were displaced. The people of the poor, divided, corruption-laden country were punished so severely for crimes they didn't commit.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Palestinian Unity: Hope and Gloom in the Beach Refugee Camp (2 comments)
The Americans are in agreement with Israel, as has always been the case.
Scenes in Gaza tell of much hope and rejoicing, but it is a repeated scene of past agreements that have failed. Sometimes despair and hope go hand in hand. The impoverished place has served as a battlefield for several wars and a continued siege. It is aching for a glimmer of hope.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
US hands Palestine a loaded deck
Netanyahu never ceases to talk about peace, as does his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Even Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett is an ardent advocate of peace. But it is not peace that is predicated on justice or that envisaged by international and humanitarian laws. It is specifically tailored peace that would allow Israel to maintain an unmistakably racist agenda and a colonial policy of land grabbing.
Friday, April 18, 2014
The "Stable" West Bank Dilemma -- Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling
Palestinians should be leading their own revolution until they achieve their full rights and freedom. This is not a call for violence, but a natural human course. And as long as the West Bank is "stable," Palestinians will never achieve their freedom, for submission achieves no rights; only resistance does.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Kerry's Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry (2 comments)
As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a "framework" agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. The Obama administration must now conjure up an escape route to avoid a political crisis if the talks are to fail, as they surely will.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Omar and the Checkpoint: Everyday a Nightmare (1 comments)
Jewish settlers are rarely aware of how their presence in occupied land constitutes a violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. They live in government subsidized housing, connected through a very costly road system--preserved for "Jews only" back to Israel--enjoy numerous perks, ones that even those living in Israel cannot access.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Iraqi women endure Abu Ghraib legacy (1 comments)
Absent are the voices of the same women's groups, intellectuals and feminists who seem to be constantly distressed by traditional marriage practices in Yemen, for example, or the covering up of women's faces in Afghanistan. There is little, if any, uproar and outrage, when brown women suffer at the hands of Western men and women, or their cronies, as is the situation in Iraq.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Strange but "Stable" Alliance: US Senate Awaits Israeli Instructions (2 comments)
Kerry has made 10 trips to the Middle East with the intention of hammering out an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Based on media reports, it seems that the potential agreement is composed in such a way that it mostly accommodates Israel's "security" whims and obsessions, including a proposal to keep eastern West Bank regions and the Jordan Valley under Israeli military control.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The whitewashing of Ariel Sharon (7 comments)
Sharon spent his last eight years in a coma, but apparently not long enough for US corporate media to wake up from its own moral coma. CNN online's coverage presented Sharon as a man of heroic stature, who was forced to make tough choices for the sake of his own people. "Throughout, he was called 'The Bulldozer', a fearless leader who got things done," wrote Alan Duke.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Failure of Palestinian Authority, BDS Success to Continue (3 comments)
For Abbas to reject boycotting in the Palestinian context -- of the very country that is responsible for military occupation, countless war crimes, the siege on Gaza, violation of numerous international laws, the Apartheid Wall and for much more -- while attending Mandela's funeral is a testament to Abbas' own political and moral bankruptcy.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The War Continues -- 2013: Assessing the Conflict in Syria and Egypt
Syria has been hit the hardest. For months, the United Nations has maintained that over 100,000 people have been killed in the 33 months of conflict. More recently, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights concluded that at least 125,835, of which more than third of them are civilians, have been killed.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Gaza flooded with sewage and conspiracy (3 comments)
Even before the latest crisis resulting from a severe shortage of electricity and diesel fuel that is usually smuggled through Egypt, Gaza was rendered gradually uninhabitable. A comprehensive United Nations report last year said that if no urgent action were taken, Gaza would be "unlivable" by 2020. Since the report was issued in August 2012, the situation has grown much worse.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Spring in the steps of Arab revolt (1 comments)
Asking if the Arab revolutions have failed is asking the wrong question. Arab revolts have "failed" only according to our hyped expectations and erroneous understanding of history. While it is still too early to call "success," the Arab Spring has introduced factors that challenge the way countries are ruled.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Lebanon haunted by ghosts of civil war
It was only a matter of time before the Palestinian presence in Lebanon became politicized, thrusting a new factions into the heart of Lebanon's sectarian brawl. A weakened and fragmented Lebanon has been easy prey for Israel, which has jumped at every opportunity to invade the small country, leaving behind a trail of blood and destruction.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Sectarianism: Redrawing the Map of Middle East
The discourse that adjoined the US war was brazenly sectarian. They rearranged one of the most complex political landscapes in the world within a few weeks, based on a blueprint imagined by Washington-based "experts" with little real life experience. Not only was Iraq torn into shreds, but it was remade repeatedly to accommodate America's inept understanding of history.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Putin does Americans a Middle East favor (1 comments)
The anger directed at Putin's article has a lot less to do with Putin's own legacy as a leader, and much more to do with the frustration that new players in the Middle East are now successfully involved in a "game" that has for decades been dominated by if not reserved for Western powers and their allies.
Yemen needs a home-grown transition
Although it is much less discussed than Egypt's crippling political upheaval, or even Tunisia's unfolding crisis, Yemen's predicament is in fact far more complex. It directly involves too many players, notwithstanding al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the US drone war that is unleashed from Djibouti among other places.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Arab Turmoil: Where Do We Stand?
Egypt is now taking its first steps towards becoming another Algeria during the civil war. Do the coup leaders truly understand the repercussions of what they have done? One thing is for sure, the old Middle East paradigm, of powerful elites backed by formidable allies, oppressing weak, dismissible peoples, is unlikely to be resurrected. There will be more blood, but a return to the past is surely a thing of the past.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Netanyahu, Abbas Back To Square None
President Barack Obama's administration, besieged by a dysfunctional congress at home, is barely relevant in the Middle East anymore, with Russia, France, Britain, Turkey, and even China making headway. Resuming the "peace process" is necessary to give the US a chance to claim leadership in a leaderless region.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Gaza Held Hostage To Egypt's Turmoil (1 comments)
While many in Egypt fully understand that finding a dignified and lasting resolution to the humiliation experienced by Palestinians in Gaza is a must, as they remain confined to a tiny space with no political horizon in sight, some media pundits are callously fanning the flames against the Gaza population and their government.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Syria as a Game-Changer: US Political Impotence in the Middle East (1 comments)
It is most telling that over two years after the Syrian uprising-turned bloody civil war, the US continues to curb its involvement by indirectly assisting anti-Bashar al-Assad regime opposition forces, through its Arab allies and Turkey. Even its political discourse is indecisive and often times inconsistent.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Hawking And A Brief History Of Boycotts
On the very day that Hawking's decision to boycott the conference was announced, the "civil administration" in Israel agreed to the construction of 296 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Beit El, thus entrenching military occupation and ethnic cleansing.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Hungry For Freedom In Guantanamo
Eighty-six of the 166 Guantanamo detainees have been designated for release, but lack of resolve on the part of the administration, obstacles by Congress and a general lack of interest in the plight of these men, has left Guantanamo a human-rights abomination that is still open for business 11 years later.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Brotherhood Turns Back On Gaza
For several months now and notably since the deadly August 5 attack in Sinai by unknown assailants--which killed 16 Egyptian border guards--the Egyptian army has actively been destroying Gaza's tunnels. Without tunnels, and no real, long-term alterative, Gaza will delve deeper into poverty and the crisis will likely reach unprecedented levels.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
How Turkey's Regional Ambitions Crumbled
There was a link between the growing influence of Turkey among Arab and Islamic countries and Turkey's challenge to Israel's violent behavior in Palestine and Lebanon, and its rattling against Syria and Iran. Turkey's return to its political roots was unmistakable, yet interestingly, was not met by too strong an American response.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Obama's Peace Antics in Israel -- Four More Years of This? (1 comments)
Netanyahu was gloating. He has managed to assemble a government that will cater mostly to extremist Jewish settlers in the West Bank and also masterfully managed to humble the US president, or at least quash his ambitions that the US is capable of operating independently in the Middle East, without Israeli consent or interests in mind.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Europe's Odd Policy In Palestine
Without US and European funding it would have been nearly impossible for Israel to build settlements and transfer more half a million Israelis over the years to live on stolen Palestinian land, in violation of numerous international laws including the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israel is unrelenting and seems to have no regards whatsoever for any country or any relevant international law.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Palestinians Must Find "True" Voice (2 comments)
Palestinians are neither potential "martyrs" nor potential "terrorists." They are people who are being denied basic human rights, who have been dispossessed from their lands and are grievously mistreated. They have resisted for over six decades and they will continue to resist until they acquire their fundamental human rights.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Iranians in Latin America Spook US
The issue for Israel and its US conduits is entirely political. Iran is indeed expanding its political and diplomatic outreach, but entirely through legal and official means, something that the US has failed to do since The Monroe Doctrine gave the US exclusive hegemony over Latin America starting in December 1823.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Hamas at 25: Beyond the tired language (3 comments)
Anyone who Israel perceives as an enemy is instantly dehumanized and presented with crude and inane language. Social media help correct the imbalance to a degree, although also contributing to the polarization: a Palestinian thus becomes either a cold-blooded terrorist or a would-be martyr, bad or good, pro-US or pro-Iran, and so on.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The war ahead in Gaza (1 comments)
In 2008, embattled Kadima party officials sought war to boost their rating among a war and security-obsessed public. In 2012, national elections in Israel are upon us once more. In both cases, Palestinian blood had to be exacted in that same bloody game of Israeli politics. And all rising stars in Israeli politics needed to be there to impress the ever-approving public.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Empire Trapped: The US' Unpromising Role in the New Middle East (1 comments)
The US is now destined to live by the rules -- and redlines -- determined by Israel, whose national interests are barely concerned with the rise or demise of America. Israel only wants to ensure its supremacy in the "new" Middle East. If Iran obtains nuclear technology, Israel might have to negotiate in good faith as an equal partner to its neighbors, a circumstance that Israel abhors.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The Children Are Still Dying: Violence is Not News
he dead, before they were killed, were people with names and faces. They were fascinating individuals in their own right, deserving of life, rights and dignity. Many are children, who knew nothing of Iraq's political disputes, invited by US wars and occupation and fomented by those who feed on sectarianism.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
A Post 'Arab Spring' Palestine
Per Israeli calculations, Arab peoples are dismissible. They are a non-entity. But now Israel is forced to revisit that old calculation. Its fears that Egypt's new president, Muhammad Mursi will shun, or at least revisit the Camp David peace treaty -- signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979, with the ultimate aim of sidelining Egypt from a conflict that remains essentially "Arab" -- are well-founded.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Starving and Broke: Yemen's Renewed "War on Terror"
The US has much unfinished business in Yemen. Like other US military adventures, the focus often stays solely on military targets, without taking much notice of the larger social and political challenges in the country. Needless to say, from a Yemeni viewpoint the US must be the least attractive foreign power engaging their government.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Redefining the 'Arab Spring': Is Chaos Overtaking Revolution? (1 comments)
The age of revolutionary romance is over. Various Arab countries are now facing hard truths. Millions of Arabs merely want to live with a semblance of dignity, free from tyranny and continuous anxiety over the future. This unromantic reality also includes outside "players," whose presence is of no positive value to genuine revolutionary movements, whether in Egypt, Syria, or anywhere else.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Freedom Waves Will Reach Gaza
Predictably, the US government and mainstream media stood in unhinged solidarity with Israel in its latest escapade. Instead of warning Israel from harming any US citizens participating in the humanitarian mission, US State Department officials "reminded U.S. citizens that they could face civil and criminal penalties in their efforts to deliver resources to the Gaza Strip."
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
'Theater of the Absurd': Netanyahu and His Endgame in Palestine
The illegal colonies dotting the Palestinian landscape, in violation of many UN resolutions, are funded by US money. The Wall is also largely an American investment. Yes, in fact, the entire Israeli colonial project would have been unfeasible without US funding, political backing and the silencing of any country that tried to challenge this iniquitous paradigm.
Neocon 'shock and awe': the rise of redefined Arabs (1 comments)
The studious neoconservatives at the Foreign Policy Initiative and elsewhere must be experiencing an intellectual "shock and awe," even as they continue in their quest to control the wealth and destiny of Arabs. Arab societies, however, have risen with a unified call for freedom. The call is now too strong to be muted.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Mixed Messages: Arabs Challenge Israeli Hasbara (1 comments)
The fractured nature of the latest round of Israeli official propaganda could partly be blamed on the element of surprise. Israel, which bought into its own dehumanization of its Arab enemies for so long, couldn't fathom such scenarios as popular non-violent revolutions underway in the Middle East.
More Than a Bribe: Obama Surrenders Palestinian Rights
What happens now that Obama has finally shown he really is no different from his predecessors? That the United States has lost control of its own foreign policy in the Middle East? That, frankly, Netanyahu has proved more resilient, more steadfast, and more resourceful than the American president?
Sunday, October 10, 2010
'Dying to Win': Newt Gingrich's 'Terrorism'
Gingrich could not have formulated a better entrance to the foreign policy debate than to position himself as America's savior - not only from the terrorists, whoever they are, and wherever they are - but also from America's incompetent leadership since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
War is not about numbers and dates. It's about people, their rights, their freedom and their future. Re-branding the army and the war will provide none of this for grief-stricken and vulnerable Iraqis. The fact is, no one has won this war. And the occupation is anything but over.
The Lobby vs America
While Jewish communities in the US may not be united in their support of the largely rightwing and hawkish Zionist lobby groups, both major political parties in the US and all branches of the government stand in complete support of Israel.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
An Odyssey for Justice
The valiant peace warriors of Viva Palestina have truly set new standards for how far a peace and justice activist is willing to go to back up his/her words with actions. Many millions around the world watched historic odyssey -- despite the mainstream media's shameless disregard of the unfolding drama.
Friday, December 18, 2009
The Lobby Within
Why is the man who leads the world's only superpower proving not only incapable of achieving what should be a practicable feat, but also going so far as to hinder the efforts of other parties to simply recognize Palestinian rights or pinpoint Israeli injustices?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Gaza and the Language of Power
Once again, Israel is resorting to its traditional propaganda (such as equating Palestinians with Nazis), drawing on people's historical sympathies, guilt and ignorance of false analogies. And once again, it is the brute logic that "might makes right" pursued by those with the bigger guns, that continues to menace the Middle East, with Gaza being the most devastating example.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Basra Battles: Barely Half the Story
the tide has turned so fast in Iraq, whereby the new enemy is now largely Shia, and one which envisions a unified and free Iraq which controls its own resources; that Iran's influence in Iraq has morphed to the point of guaranteeing a win-win situation, while the US is playing with a lot fewer cards; that US firepower has proven less effective than ever, and that the upcoming elections could create a nightmare scenario
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Racism and War: Overcoming Us and Them
Racism is, among many things, convenient. It provides simplified, definite and ready-to-serve answers to complex and compounded questions. Racists, in turn, come from all walks of life; their motivation and the root causes behind their contemptible views of others may differ, but the outcome of these views is predictably the same-- racial discrimination, social and political oppression, religious persecution and war.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Aljazeera: The Plot thickens (1 comments)
The launch of Aljazeera International on November 15, the English arm of Aljazeera Satellite Television was hardly an ordinary event.
It was another notable addition to the growing global efforts aimed at counterbalancing American-European domination over world media...