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.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Oslo Dead but Still Matters: Abbas's Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence
The Palestinian delegation did return to real recently renewed peace talks after Israeli forces' raided a refugee camp in north Jerusalem on August 26, killing three. This was not the only lethal Israeli attack to take place during "peace talks," and it will not likely be the last.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 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.
Monday, March 14, 2011 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.
Friday, November 26, 2010 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 Rebranding Iraq
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.
Thursday, May 27, 2010 Karzai's Washington Visit: The War Awaiting Kandahar
Let's face it, the US war in Afghanistan was never morally grounded and it never could be, either, not unless the militant mindset that governs US foreign policy somehow acquires a complete overhaul.
Friday, April 2, 2010 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...
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Re-Interpreting Iraq: Propaganda Campaign Underway
To their credit, top US Pentagon officials cautioned journalists and the public, since the Iraq war's early days, that the dissemination of misinformation would be a vital weapon in their war strategy. Needless to say, they have certainly held true to their word.