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Ramzy Baroud is the Managing Editor of Middle East Eye. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto Press, London). He is a Ph.D. scholar at the University of Exeter's European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS).
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 10, 2017 What Trump Has Done: The Entire US-Middle East Political Framework Just Collapsed
"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said in Washington on Wednesday. The embattled president has done what many had asked him not to do. But the truth is, US foreign policy has been bankrupt for years. It was never fair, nor did it ever intend to be so.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 28, 2013 Obama's Peace Antics in Israel -- Four More Years of This?
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.
SHARE Tuesday, November 21, 2017 70 Years of Broken Promises, The Untold Story of Israel's Partition Plan
A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a "just solution" to the conflict, as is often propagated.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 14, 2016 The Native American, the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice
Palestinians are losing their lives, land and olive trees as they stand up to Israeli tanks and bulldozers. Their reality is a replay of similar experiences faced -- and still being confronted -- by Native Americans. Well into the 21st century, the Native American-Palestinian struggle remains one and the same.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 9, 2015 The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity?
the US -- which is playing both parties against one another -- is only interested in the region for economic and strategic reasons. While the tragic situation in Yemen has been a ground for lamentation at the cross-the-board-failure, it might also present an opportunity at political compromise, starting in Yemen, but extending elsewhere.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2015 Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians
When Palestinians are starved, beheaded or blown to smithereens in Yarmouk, we stand puzzled. We offer sympathy, tears and little action. We cannot even articulate a coherent discourse, aside from pulling out UN Resolution 194 from some dusty archive to talk about the Right of Return, and how the suffering in Yarmouk is ultimately Israel's responsibility.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 3, 2018 "Whitewashing" Genocide in Myanmar
Billions of US dollars of foreign direct investments have already been channeled into Myanmar and six billion US dollars more are also expected to enter the country in 2018. That, too, is a great act of moral failing on the part of many countries in Asia, the West and the rest of the world. Myanmar should not be rewarded with massive largesse of foreign investments, while whole communities are being killed, or maimed.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 10, 2018 Foreign Policy for Sale: Greece's Dangerous Alliance with Israel
Tsipras, now a Prime Minister, transformed his political discourse, and gradually adopted one that that is more consistent with the very neoliberal policies that pushed his country to its knees in the first place. Syriza sold out, not only politically and ideologically, but in an actual physical sense as well.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 31, 2019 Humanity Denied: What Is Missing from the Omar, Tlaib Story
Israel's decision to bar two United States Democratic Representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering Israel and visiting Palestine has further exposed the belligerent, racist nature of the Israeli government.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 21, 2015 Netanyahu the mythbuster: "Special relationship" no more
Netanyahu's antics are increasingly denying the US administration a prolonged, tired and failed discourse pertaining to the peace process, Israeli security, democracy and so on, leaving the White House with two stark choices: to follow the lead of a racist and obsessive Netanyahu (as many Republicans and Democrats have already done) or to part ways.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 13, 2020 Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a Stance for Palestine
If Arabs and Muslims fail Palestine again, then, once more, the Palestinian people will find themselves alone in this desperate fight. And when Palestinians rise, as they surely will, their uprising will challenge not just Israel but the entire regional and international apparatus that allowed the Israeli occupation to go unchallenged for so many years.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War?
The Israeli government has made it clear to the US that it is displeased with the ceasefire agreement, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been leading strong efforts to undermine the ceasefire. Netanyahu's worst fears are, perhaps, actualizing: a solution in Syria that would allow for a permanent Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the country.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 12, 2017 "The Palestine Exception": War on BDS is now a War on American Democracy
Washington is now leading the fight, thus legitimizing the anti-democratic behavior of individual states. If the efforts of the US government are successful, an already struggling US democracy will take yet another step back, and many good people could potentially be punished for behaving in accordance with their political and moral values.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 30, 2015 Eight urgent "musts" needed for Palestinians to defeat Apartheid
Waiting on Israeli society to change from within is a colossal waste of time. But what are Palestinians and the supporters of a just peace in Palestine and Israel to do? They are left between two options: either a perpetual fight for justice or unending humiliation and servitude.
SHARE Saturday, June 8, 2019 Facing the Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's anti-ICC position is familiar, last April, US President Donald Trump virulently expressed his contempt for the global organization and everything it represents. "Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response," Trump said in a writing on April 12.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 22, 2020 "The Donald Trump I know": Abbas' UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics
The real danger in the "Deal of the Century" is not the actual stipulations of that sinister plan, but the fact that the Palestinian leadership is likely to find a way to co-exist with it, at the expense of the oppressed Palestinian people, as long as donors' money continues to flow and as long as Abbas continues to call himself a president.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2015 My missing family in Syria: Naming and shaming in Yarmouk
It behoves us all to take a moment to hang our heads in silence, but also shame, over what has befallen Yarmouk, as we stood, watching, bickering and doing nothing. But we ought to remember that there are still 18,000 trapped in Yarmouk and organize on their behalf so that, even if it is untimely, we need do something. Anything.
SHARE Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Israel's Unfinished "Coup"
The Israeli leader has run out of ideas, and is quickly running out of allies as well, not only from without, such as his former ally and the head of Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, but from within his own party as well.
SHARE Saturday, January 27, 2018 The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget
If Dr. King was alive, he would certainly place the refugees as a top priority in his "revolution of values." Africa in particular, is being robbed. Tens of billions of dollars are being siphoned out of the continent, while Black men and women are being sold for slavery, in Libya and elsewhere. 50 years after his assassination, maybe it is time to truly listen.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 24, 2018 The Ghost of Herut: Einstein on Israel, 70 Years Ago
If Einstein was alive today, he would have joined the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, which aims at holding Israel accountable for its violent and illegal practices against Palestinians. 70 years after Israel's independence and Einstein's letter, the country's legacy is still marred with blood and violence. Despite the ongoing party in Tel Aviv, there is no reason to celebrate and every reason to mourn.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Nuclear Apocalypse: Trump and Kim Should Not Hold the World Hostage
Both Trump and Kim are dubious figures, driven by fragile egos and unsound judgement. Yet, they are both in a position that, if not reigned in soon, could threaten global security and the lives of millions. The problem is far greater than two unhinged leaders. There are seven other countries that possess nuclear weapons. They are Russia, India, Pakistan, Israel, China and France.
SHARE Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Is Microsoft Funding Israeli Spying on Palestinians?
Microsoft prides itself on being a leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR), emphasizing that "privacy (is) a fundamental human right." In practice, however, Microsoft's words are hardly in line with its action, at least not when its human rights maxims are applied to occupied and besieged Palestinians.
SHARE Sunday, July 30, 2017 Gaza: The curse of Mohammed Dahlan
Dahlan, who had once been praised by George W Bush and was chosen by neoconservatives to lead a coup against the elected Hamas government in Gaza in 2007, seems to have finally managed to sneak his way back to Palestinian politics. Outrageously, however, Dahlan's ominous return is facilitated by no other group than his archenemy, Hamas.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 17, 2017 The Real Reason behind Trump's Angry Diplomacy in North Korea
It is ironic that, while the US threatens to "totally destroy North Korea," it is the Chinese government that is using sensible language, calling for de-escalation and citing international law. Not only did fortunes change, but roles as well. China, which for many years was depicted as a rogue state, now seems like the cornerstone of stability in Asia.
SHARE Saturday, October 27, 2018 "A Cruel Choice": Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools (VIDEO)
At least 2,500 Palestinian students from 35 West Bank communities must cross through Israeli military checkpoints to reach their schools every day. About half of these students have reported army harassment and violence for merely attempting to get to their classes or back home.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 4, 2018 "Race Law" Takes Jerusalem a Step Closer to Being a Jewish-Only City
News agencies reported that Israel agreed to shelf a popular bill "under US pressure." But that "pressure" only aimed at giving President Donald Trump the needed time to formulate his own strategy and make the troubling announcement. Since then, many Palestinians were killed, hundreds wounded and more detained as Palestinians and their allies around the world displayed outrage by the US decision.
SHARE Thursday, August 3, 2017 Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment
For 50 years, Jerusalem has endured daily battles. The Israelis fought to expand their influence in the city, increase the number of illegal Jewish settlers and cut off Jerusalem from the rest of the Palestinian Territories; while Palestinians, Muslim and Christians alike, fought back.Al-Aqsa compound -- also known as Haram Al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary -- is the most symbolic element in the fight.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Why is the Truth on Syria Difficult to Decipher?
The problem is not entirely that of media manipulation of facts, videos and images. The war in Syria has polarized the discourse like never before, and most of those who are invested in that conflict find themselves forced to take sides, thus, at times abandoning any reason or common sense. The truth on Syria is that, regardless of how the war ends, Syria has been destroyed and its future is bloody and bleak.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 4, 2015 The Arab intellectual is resting, not dead
The great cultures that have survived prolonged fights against brutal dictators and foreign dominance for generations, yet still gave birth to some of the most brilliant intellectuals, novelists and poets of all time are capable of redeeming themselves. It is only a matter of time, and perhaps, initiative.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 18, 2017 Israel versus the UN -- the Nikki Haley doctrine
When Haley speaks about Israel, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along with Haley, the rightwing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is moving fast to cultivate the unique opportunity of dismissing the UN, and thus, any attempt at criticizing the Israeli occupation.
SHARE Friday, June 28, 2019 The Day After: What if Israel Annexes the West Bank?
Calls for the annexation of the Occupied West Bank are gaining momentum in both Tel Aviv and Washington. But Israel and its American allies should be careful what they wish for. Annexing the Occupied Palestinian Territories will only reinforce the current rethink of the Palestinian strategy, as opposed to solving Israel's self-induced problems.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, December 7, 2018 The Conspiracy Against Refugees
Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America. In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee crisis.
SHARE Thursday, May 31, 2018 8 Things I learned about Palestine While Touring 8 Western Nations
The alienation of the Palestinians from their own discourse has proven costly. Despite strong and growing support for Palestine, there is still a serious deficiency in an authentic understanding of Palestine and the aspirations of the Palestinian people -- their history, culture, everyday realities and viewpoints.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 3, 2017 Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle East
Countries around the world, even those who are considered allies of Israel, including the United States reject Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, and refuse Israeli invitation to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to the illegally-occupied city.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 2, 2014 Failure of Palestinian Authority, BDS Success to Continue
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.
SHARE Thursday, July 18, 2019 Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis
According to UNHRC, as of June 19, 2019, there are 70.8 million forcibly displaced people worldwide; of them, 41.3 million are internally displaced people, while 25.9 million are refugees who crossed international borders. Were it not for such violent interventions, Oscar, Valeria and millions of innocent people would have still been alive today.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 13, 2017 Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims
Anti-Arab and Muslim sentiments in the US have been around for generations, but it has risen sharply in the last two decades. Arabs and Muslims have become an easy scapegoat for all of America's failed wars and counter-violence. Blaming Muslims for the decline of the American empire is as ineffective as it is dishonest.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 16, 2018 In words and deeds: the genesis of Israeli violence
Israel's violent birth in 1947-48 was the culmination of the violent discourse that preceded it for many years. It was the time when Zionist teachings of prior years were put into practice and the outcome was simply horrifying.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 16, 2017 The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel is Not Just an Israeli Issue
Corruption in Israeli society has become particularly endemic after the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The idea that ordinary Israelis can move into a Palestinian house, evict the family, claim the house as their own, with the full support of the military, the government and the court, exemplifies moral corruption to the highest degree.
SHARE Thursday, June 30, 2016 Will Brexit Help the Palestinian Cause in the EU?
While pressure must continue to be applied on Westminster to end its unconditional backing of Israel, a possibly friendlier EU without the staunchly pro-Israel Britain, may emerge. The UK's support for Israel in the Union, and backing of American steps in the same direction, has seriously hampered the EU's chances of being anything but a rubberstamp to US-UK policies not only in Palestine but also throughout the Middle East.
SHARE Thursday, March 19, 2015 Re-imagining the IS Debate -- "Islamic State" as a Western Phenomenon?
Not only is IS to a degree an alien movement in the larger body politic of the Middle East, it also seems to be a partly western phenomenon, a hideous offspring resulting from western neocolonial adventures in the region, coupled with alienation and demonization of Muslim communities in western societies.
SHARE Saturday, February 24, 2018 More Than a Fight over Couscous: Why the Palestinian Narrative Must Be Embraced
In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist -- nor is it allowed to exist -- even if merely as a cultural conception. Israel fears a Palestinian narrative because the Israeli government understands, and rightly so, that it is the collective Palestinian narrative that has compelled resistance, in all of its forms for over 70 years.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 15, 2018 The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost
Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well -- a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government. The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 17, 2017 Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender 116 Times
The epicenter of the ongoing fight is the village of Al-Araqeeb. Not only has Israel destroyed Al-Araqeeb numerous times in violation of international law, it actually delivers a bill to the homeless residents expecting them to cover the cost of the very ruins wrought by the Israeli state.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 14, 2015 How Yarmouk came about: Israel's role in the Syrian refugee crisis
Israel, whose economy is the strongest in the region, has been the most tight-fisted in terms of offering shelter to Syrian refugees. This is a double sin considering that even Syria's Palestinian refugees, who were expelled from their own homes in Palestine, were also left homeless.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let's Talk About the "Israeli Model"
Kushner thinks he is capable of arranging the future of the Palestinian people without the inclusion of the Palestinian leadership. He has been pushing his so-called "Deal of the Century" relentlessly, while including in his various meets and conferences countries such as Poland, Brazil and Croatia, but not Palestine. Kushner believes that Palestinians are not capable of governing themselves.
SHARE Thursday, October 5, 2017 The Fight Ahead: 13 Questions about the Origins, Objectives and War on BDS
Several wars have been waged against Palestinians, especially in Gaza, killing thousands and maiming thousands more. With no serious pressure on Israel, thanks to US backing of Israel at the UN, not a single Israeli was ever held accountable for what was repeatedly recognized by UN investigators as war crimes against Palestinians.
SHARE Thursday, January 19, 2017 The Balancing Act is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us about Israel
Thousands of Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip alone, mostly in the Israeli wars of 2008-9, 2012 and 2014. Although thousands of children and civilians were killed and wounded in Gaza and the rest of the Occupied Territories and, despite international outcries against Israel's violations of international law, there is yet to be a single conviction in Israeli courts.
SHARE Thursday, June 15, 2017 Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed
When Israel and its allies say "Palestinians are not a people," they essentially say that Palestinians have no identity, no legitimate demands, thus deserve no voice. When the media silences the voice of the people, they relegate their rights, demands for freedom, change and democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 30, 2012 The war ahead in Gaza
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Year in Review: Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy?
If the Palestinian leadership fails to transition itself into a new role, it is likely to find itself in direct confrontation with the Palestinian people, who are ready to move on into a whole new type of struggle; one that is not beholden to the farce of a "two-state solution," which was never truly on the agenda to begin with.
SHARE Thursday, September 8, 2016 Is Israel Pushing for a Palestinian Civil War?
Those powers that have imposed themselves as "peace brokers" and guardians of international law must understand that Israel is well-qualified to start fires, but almost never capable of putting them out. And Lieberman, of all people -- the Russian club bouncer-turned politician-turned defense minister -- must not be given free rein to color-code Palestinian communities, reward and punish as he pleases.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Gaza flooded with sewage and conspiracy
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.
SHARE Thursday, April 2, 2020 Tunisia Leads the Way: New Report Exposes Israel's False Democracy
In Netanyahu's mind, by the calculation of mainstream Israeli politicians, the participation of Arabs in the democratic process is a threat that must be eliminated, exactly as their increasing numbers are also a demographic threat that has to be thwarted at any cost.
SHARE Thursday, August 4, 2016 My Response to Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty and (Your) America
Donald Trump wants to keep us out of the country altogether. But Bill Clinton, former president and husband of a Democratic presidential nominee, does not mind us staying, as long as we -- Muslims -- behave ourselves. Welcome to America where racial profiling is the country's most popular idea, and where citizenship is now conditioned on blind obedience.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 12, 2016 The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women's Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat?
Needless to say, a group of women atop a small boat, carrying a symbolic amount of supplies to impoverished Gaza, were not about to take the Middle East's only nuclear power down. "The Israeli army then took over the boat. The women showed no resistance as they wanted to emphasize that their mission was peaceful. "Terrorists," indeed.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 30, 2017 The Terror Next Time: The Daesh Story Is Not Ending
Daesh is finally being routed, in most violent and decisive methods. Without understanding and confronting the reasons behind the rise of Daesh, one is certain that the fall of Daesh will spawn yet another group with an equally nefarious, despairing and violent vision.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Britain's phantoms of the past in Palestine
Without a clear course of action to help Palestinians gain their freedom, the British vote will remain another symbolic gesture in a conflict in which military occupation, war, siege, death and destruction are very much real.
SHARE Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Hold your applause, Fatah, the Palestinian body politic is rotten to the core
Palestinians are divided among factions, regions and clans; political favoritism, financial corruption and outright treason are eating the Palestinian body politic like an incurable cancer. Talk of "unity," "reconciliation" and "state building" is just that - talk - while Palestinians suffer their bitter existence behind checkpoints and under the boots of soldiers and the quiet - but maddening - humming of military drones.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 9, 2017 The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?
Obama redefined and expanded war, advanced the nuclear arms race and destabilized more countries. Trump is also a brand, an unpromising one. The product -- whether military aggressions, racism, islamophobia, anti-immigration policies, economic inequality, etc. -- remains unchanged.
SHARE Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5 Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine
2014 was a very painful year for Palestine, but also a year in which the collective resistance of the Palestinian people, and their supporters, proved too strong to bend or break. And in that, there can be much solace. It has been a year of clarity for those keen to understand the reality of the "Palestinian-Israeli conflict" but were sincerely confused by the contrasting narratives.
SHARE Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Palestine 2017: Time to Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe
There are up to 196 illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, in addition to hundreds of settler outposts. These settlements host up to 600,000 Jewish settlers, who were moved there in violation of international law and, in particular, the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is time to move away from Washington and to embrace the rest of the world.
SHARE Thursday, September 7, 2017 Three Years after the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out
The war left Gaza in ruins, as over 17,000 homes were completely destroyed, and thousands of other structures, including hospitals, schools and factories destroyed or severely damaged. The war fully shattered whatever semblance of economy the Strip had had. Today, 80 percent of all Palestinians in Gaza live below the poverty line, the majority of whom are dependent on humanitarian aid.
SHARE Wednesday, December 6, 2017 "Say the Word": What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About
Since August, over 650,000 members of the Rohingya community have been driven out of their homeland in Burma by a joint and systematic operation involving the military, the police and various Buddhist nationalist groups. They call it "Clearance Operations." Thousands of Rohingya have been killed in this grave act of genocide, some in most abhorrent and inhumane ways imaginable.
SHARE Wednesday, February 22, 2017 The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself
Donald Trump is not just a raving man, but a dangerous one as well. His unpredictability must worry Israel, which expects from its American benefactors complete clarity and consistency in terms of its political support. At the age of 70, Trump is incapable of being the stalwart, pro-Zionist ideologue in a way that suits Israeli interests well.
SHARE Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Whitewashing: The Media's Two Narratives on Terrorism
When President Trump is constantly tweeting anti-Muslim propaganda, while his administration exploits every opportunity to advance anti-immigrant initiatives, the beleaguered small community of Muslims in the US can do little to stop the rising tide of Islamophobia.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 15, 2017 Palestine: It Is Time for a New Beginning
What Trump has done will have terrible consequences on the region for years to come. But one of the early outcomes is that it exposed the peace process as a complete charade and the US role for what it is, neither honest nor fair. But it should also expose the Palestinian leadership, for all of its failings and corruption. It is time for a new beginning.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 6, 2017 "The World is (Not) Flat": "Trumpism" is a Symptom of Decades-long Imperial Arrogance
This chaos will continue to bode badly for the Arab world and Middle East region, in particular. Since Bush's disastrous war in Iraq, Obama's "pivot to Asia" and the onset of the current turmoil, the region has been in flames. Unable to offer a courageous diagnosis of the violence, the Trump administration is parroting the same old jingoism of defeating "Islamic terrorism."
SHARE Saturday, June 25, 2016 Palestine's "Prayer for Rain": How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War
For nearly five decades, Israel has been employing the same policies against Palestinians without much censure or meaningful action from the international community. The problem is reaching catastrophic proportions. This time, the tragedy cannot be brushed aside, for the lives and well-being of entire communities are at stake.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 28, 2017 Spot the Difference: Trump and Obama, in Their Own Words
Despite the vastly different style -- Trump's confrontational approach compared with Obama's composed attitude -- their words promise "more of the same." The nature of the rhetoric in Donald Trump's first speech at the United Nations General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threat to "totally destroy North Korea" was consistent with his overall style and previous warnings.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 16, 2017 Israel's Vision for the Future is Terrifying
Since Donald Trump was sworn in as president of America, Israel has felt liberated from its obligation to doublespeak. For decades, Israeli officials spoke passionately about peace, and did everything in their power to hinder its attainment. Now, they simply do not care. Period.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2022 NATO's Neverending Wars
If more lethal weapons were the answer, the conflict in Ukraine would have been resolved years ago. The country needs help finding non-violent solutions.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians
For the Hamas-Fatah unity to become a true national unity, priorities would have to change entirely, where the interest of the Palestinian people -- all of them, everywhere -- would, once more, become paramount, above the interests of a faction or two, seeking limited legitimacy, fake sovereignty and American handouts.
SHARE Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Paris and the End to a Western-dominated Era in the Middle East
Israel does not need to accommodate the rules of the game anymore, simply because the American "broker," himself, has lost interest. Trump understands that his country can no longer maintain policing a uni-polar world and has no interest in picking fights with regionally powerful Israel.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 4, 2017 Clamoring for Israeli Approval: Trump's Election Promises Will Haunt Him
Over the course of just a few days following Trump's inauguration, the Israeli government has ordered the construction of thousands of new housing units in Occupied Jerusalem. Even traditional allies of the US and Israel are alarmed by the grim possibilities resulting from the nascent Trump-Israel alliance.
SHARE Thursday, August 2, 2018 A Common Enemy: Why Israel is Embracing Fascism in Europe
Israel's ties with various far-right, neo-Nazi and fascist parties in Europe involve high-level political coordination and, in the case of Ukraine in particular, the actual supplying of weapons. Human rights groups recently petitioned the Israeli High Court to stop Israel's export of weapons to neo-Nazi groups.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Will Israeli policies change if Netanyahu leaves office?
Regardless of Netanyahu's political future, Israeli policies towards Palestinians will remain unchanged, leaving Palestinians with the urgent responsibility of developing their own unified political strategy to counter the Israeli Occupation, human rights violations, and illegal Jewish settlements.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Punishing the Messenger: Israel's War on NGOs Takes a Worrying Turn
Working hand in hand with various western governments, Israel's official perception of the non-violent BDS movement is reaching the point of treating the civil society movement as if a criminal organization. BDS merely demands moral and legal accountably from western governments and corporations that contribute in any way to Israel's violations of human rights and international law.
SHARE Wednesday, July 20, 2016 From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US' misguided responses -- invading and destroying countries -- created the very haven that have espoused today's militancy and terror. It is hardly difficult to follow the thread of ISIS' formation, the deadliest of all such groups that mostly originated from "al-Qaeda" in Iraq, itself wrought by the US invasion.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 4, 2017 A Blessing in Disguise? The Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine
The US blind support of Israel throughout the years has increased the latter's expectations to the point that it now anticipates US support to continue, even when Israel is ruled by extremists who are further destabilizing an already fragile and unstable region. According to Israeli logic, such expectations are quite rational.
SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2020 Technology of Death: The Not-so-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports
The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security, and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for the years ahead.
SHARE Friday, September 30, 2016 Ban Ki-moon's Legacy in Palestine: Failure in Words and Deeds
When the UN chief is gone, he will be missed -- but certainly not by Palestinians in Gaza or refugees in Syria, or war victims in Afghanistan. But by the likes of Susan Rice, whose job was made very easy when all she needed to do was merely instruct the chief of the largest international organization on earth to do exactly as she wished and for him to gladly do so.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 4, 2011 Mixed Messages: Arabs Challenge Israeli Hasbara
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Whitewashing CIA Torture: "We Are (not so) Awesome" after All
There can be no justification to what the US has done, not just against suspects in its global wars, but against entire nations, who were completely innocent of any involvement in any terror attacks on 11 September, prior or after that date.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 27, 2016 What Should Palestinians Expect -- Can Trump Be Any Worse?
History has taught us that, when it comes to US foreign policy towards Palestine and Israel, things are likely to get worse, not better. Despite the current chasm within American society, among the media and political elites, the American love affair with Israel will continue. The ongoing war on Palestinian rights and aspirations will also linger.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 16, 2015 Parking space terrorism: Time for action after killing of three US Muslims
Hicks, we are told, killed the students "execution style" because of a dispute over parking spaces. The same way that Chris Kyle -- "The American Sniper" -- made 164 confirmed "kills," killing "savages" because that's what national heroes do. And US wars and sanctions on Iraq killed, starved and wounded millions to bring democracy to the Arabs.
SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2018 From Central America to Syria: the Conspiracy against Refugees
In recent years, state and gang violence -- coupled with extreme poverty -- have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras, among other countries in Central and South America. The mainstream media in the US, however, is rarely interested in the root cause of that reality.
SHARE Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Arab media withers to mockery
When Al Jazeera was launched in 1996, and despite the fact that it was funded by a country that itself is not an icon of freedom of expression, a new type of competition rose between rival Arab countries. Other media soon sprang up that were also funded by rich Arabs and manned mostly by Arab intellectuals and journalists from poorer countries.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 15, 2017 US and Israeli Codependent Relationship is Not Just about Money
Although recent polls have shown that younger Americans -- especially among Democratic party supporters and young Jewish Americans -- are losing their enthusiasm for Israel and its Zionist ideology -- the battle for the US to reclaim its foreign policy and a sense of morality regarding Palestine and the Middle East is likely to be long and arduous.
SHARE Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Ahed's Generation: Why the Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual Oppression
Ahed and Mohammed Tamimi, along with hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children and teenagers, were born into this violent reality, and feel trapped.
Their collective imprisonment is not only as a result of the perpetual military occupation of their land by Israel, but also by the fact that their leadership has orbited far away from Nabi Saleh and its tiny, struggling but brave population.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, January 13, 2014 The whitewashing of Ariel Sharon
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 27, 2018 The Last "Peace Process" Warrior: Abbas Hanging by a Thread
Abbas is not necessarily angry because the U.S. has betrayed its role in the "peace process." He is angry because he has, for years, perceived himself as a member in the American camp of "moderates" in the Middle East. Now, however, he matters not. The U.S. government is notorious for betraying its allies.
SHARE Wednesday, November 14, 2018 In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty for Palestinians
Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just given the green light to legislation that would make it easier for Israeli courts to issue death sentences against Palestinians accused of carrying out "terrorist" acts.
SHARE Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Nakba and the Question of "Palestinian Strategy"
The Nakba, or Catastrophe, was an earth-shattering experience for the entirety of the Palestinian collective. Rarely before was a society almost entirely displaced in a relatively short period of time with such brutality and violence, followed by every possible attempt at erasing every piece of evidence, every link, every claim, every memory that the refugees affiliated with their homeland.
SHARE Thursday, July 12, 2018 Europe's Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen
The debate over refugees and migrants has reached the point that it has become a source of political instability in countries like Germany. The latter is not considered a "frontline state," as in countries that are likely to be the first destination for refugees escaping war or poverty at home.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel a Matter of Policy
Media spin will continue to provide Israel with the needed margins to carry out its violent policies against the Palestinian people, with no moral accountability. The current disgraceful coverage of Gaza's popular protests indicates that the media's position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 24, 2012 Redefining the 'Arab Spring': Is Chaos Overtaking Revolution?
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Fearing Political Islam: Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza
If the resistance wins -- as in holding the Israeli military at bay, and achieving some of its demands -- the political discourse of the Middle East is likely to change altogether, where the weak will, once again, dare challenge the strong by demanding reforms, democracy, and threatening resistance as a realistic way to achieve such objectives.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Tuesday, December 9, 2014 "I Can't Breathe": Racism and War in America and Beyond
How does one quit being the color of their own skin? Black people didn't choose to be slaves; didn't devise the Jim Crow laws; didn't construct the insurmountable system of social and economic inequality and apartheid that has been set in place for too many generations to count; they didn't design the unfair tax system that keeps the poor poor forever; or the prison system that disproportionately incarcerates black men.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 11, 2014 Israel awakens the Palestine it tried to crush
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 11, 2018 Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa
The old colonial "Scramble for Africa" is being reinvented by global powers that fully fathom the extent of the untapped economic largesse of the continent. While China, India and Russia are each developing a unique approach to wooing Africa, the US is invested mostly in the military option, which promises to inflict untold harm and destabilize many nations.
SHARE Friday, June 30, 2017 Pushing Gaza to Suicide: The Politics of Humiliation
Between Israel's dismissal of international calls to end the siege and Palestinians' pathetic power game, Gazans are left alone, unable to move freely or live even according to the lowest acceptable living standards. The suicide rate in the Strip is at an all-time high, and despair is believed to be the main factor behind the alarming phenomena.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Gazan Gandhis: Gaza Bleeds Alone as "Liberals" and "Progressives" Go Mute
Tens of thousands of protesters, raising Palestinian flags continue to hold their massive rallies across the Gaza border. Despite the high death toll and the thousands maimed, they return every day with the same commitment to popular resistance that is predicated on collective unity, beyond factionalism and politics.
SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2015 The Good, Bad and Uncertain about Recognizing "Palestine"
There has been a seismic shift in international consensus regarding Palestine, where many countries in the southern and northern hemispheres seem to ultimately agree that it is time to liberate the fate of Palestine from American hegemony. In the long run, and considering the growing rebalancing of global powers, for Palestinians, this is a good start.
SHARE Wednesday, October 31, 2018 It Is a new era, but China's balancing act will fail in the Middle East
China has maintained a consistent position in support of the Palestinian people, calling for an end to the Israeli Occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. However, Beijing's firm position regarding the rights of Palestinians, seems of little consequence to its relationship with Israel, as joint technological ventures, trade and investments continue to grow unhindered.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 14, 2016 A Palestinian Perspective on Britain's "Anti-Semitic" Controversy
By completely shutting the door on any form of criticism of Israel, Zionism, and the censure of its military behavior in the region coupled with the daily violence meted out against occupied Palestinians, Israel has expanded the definition of anti-Semitism to include whole countries, governments, international institutions and millions of independently thinking individuals the world over.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Did Israel Inspire Trump's Family Separation Policy?
What Americans have witnessed at their southern border in the last couple of months is what Palestinians have experienced daily at the hands of Israel for the last 70 years. The kind of separation and segregation that Palestinians endure goes even beyond the typical outcomes of war, siege and military occupation. It is something that is enshrined in Israeli law, crafted mainly to weaken, even break down Palestinian society.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 5, 2021 "Mowing the Grass" No More: How Palestinian Resistance Altered the Equation
The ceasefire on May 21 has, for now, brought the Israeli war on Gaza to an end. However, it is not permanent and constant Israeli provocations anywhere in Palestine could reignite the bloody cycle all over again. Moreover, the Israeli siege on Gaza remains in place, as well as the Israeli military occupation and the rooted system of apartheid that exists all over Palestine.
SHARE Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Obama's Admission Not Enough: US Spin on Middle East Violence Must Change
America's mainstream intellectuals and journalists refuse to accept the most prevalent truth about the roots of the current crisis; that military intervention is not a virtue, that war begets chaos and violence, that military invasion is not a harbinger of a stable democracy, but invites desperately violent polices predicated on winning, regardless of the cost.
SHARE Thursday, October 16, 2014 The Missing Context: "Islamic State" Sectarianism is Not Coincidental
To destroy sectarian identities prevalent in the Middle East region today, the rules would have to be redesigned, not by Paul Bremer type figures, but through the creation of new political horizons. While the US-led coalition can indeed inflict much damage on IS and eventually claim some sort of victory, they will ultimately exasperate the sectarian tension that will spill over to other Middle Eastern nations.
SHARE Thursday, November 9, 2017 "Creeping Annexation": Why Israel Shelved the "Greater Jerusalem Law"
While paying lip service to peace, Netanyahu has no intentions of allowing a Palestinian state to ever take shape, and is tactically working to ensure a complete physical partition between East Jerusalem and the West Bank, while, simultaneously linking major settlement blocs to Jerusalem.
SHARE Thursday, November 29, 2018 Netanyahu's Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars Is Over
Thanks to the botched operation in Gaza which led to the killing of seven Palestinians and an Israeli army commander, Netanyahu's coalition has begun to disintegrate, merely needing a final push for it to collapse completely.
It all began with the resignation of extremist Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who quit his post two days after the Gaza attack, in protest of the country's "surrender" to Palestinian Resistance.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Early Elections: Who Will Dethrone "the King of Israel"?
Netanyahu may not be a good leader, but he is certainly a cunning politician. The fact that he is gearing up for a fifth term at the helm of Israel's fractious political scene speaks volumes of his ability to survive against many odds. The right-wing creature that he has so diligently created to quash his enemies, has grown so powerful and unhinged, that even the prime minister himself can no longer control political outcomes.
SHARE 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."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 23, 2014 The Strange but "Stable" Alliance: US Senate Awaits Israeli Instructions
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 9, 2015 Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackals and the People's Narrative
The tragedy in Syria is that the war fought in the name of the Syrian people has little to do with the rights of the Syrian people; and the voices of Syrians are either entirely neglected or used and manipulated to achieve specific political ends. And when it is all said and done, the media jackals are likely to fan the flame of some other conflict in some other place.
SHARE Thursday, December 22, 2016 For Palestinians, Zionism only Means One Thing
As far as Israel is concerned, any criticism of the state and its political ideology is anti-Semitic as are any demands for accountability from Israel regarding its military conducts during war.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 31, 2015 Confronting the Obvious Truth: Palestinian Authority vs. the People
Established in 1994 as a transitional political body that would guide the process of Palestinian independence, the PA morphed to become a security arm that served as a first line of defense for the Israeli army, in addition to guarding its own interests. PA security forces have done a splendid job of cracking down on any dissent among Palestinians.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Israel's High-Stake Game in Al-Aqsa and Why Netanyahu May Prevail
Over the years, the strategic settlement growth was complemented by the religiously-motivated expansion, championed by a vibrant movement, exemplified in the founding of Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful) in 1974. Its mission was to settle legions of fundamentalists on the West Bank. Little has changed since then, save the fact that the current Israeli administration is a government of settlers.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, March 3, 2017 American Muslims, No Apology Necessary
Long before the Trump administration's "Muslim Ban" -- banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days -- Muslims in the US have always, to varied degrees, been embattled, collectively demonized, racially profiled by government agencies and targeted in numerous hate crimes by fellow Americans.
SHARE Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Gaza's resistance paradigm
As great as Gandhi was in the context of his country's struggle against colonialism, which remains a source of inspiration for many Palestinians, Palestine has its own heroes -- resisters, women and men who are engraving a legend of their own in Gaza and the rest of Palestine.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 26, 2015 "Islamic State" Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya
It is becoming clearer that Libya, once a sovereign and relatively wealthy nation, is becoming a mere playground for a massive geopolitical game and large economic interests and ambitions... with Arab and Western powers scheming to ensure a larger share of Libya's economic wealth and strategic value. The crisis in that country is likely to escalate, if not worsen, as history has amply shown.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Recruiting to Kill -- It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza
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.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 15, 2018 My Home is Beit Daras: Our Lingering Nakba
The "massacre of Beit Daras" that followed remains a subdued scream that pierces through the hearts of Badrasawis after all of these years. Those who survived became refugees and are mostly living in the Gaza Strip. Under siege, successive wars and endless strife, their Nakba -- the catastrophic ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1947-48 -- has never truly ended.
SHARE Thursday, November 6, 2014 Political Prophecies -- Sealing the Fate of al-Aqsa
The war on the mosque, which is central to the spirituality of hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, is not simply the work of a few Jewish extremists. It is part and parcel of an Israeli government agenda which has been crystalizing in recent years and months. Next month, for example, the Israeli Knesset will vote on a motion calling for the partitioning of al-Aqsa.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, May 6, 2016 The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld?
When Nelson Mandela said, "We know all too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians," he was not trying to be cordial or diplomatic. He meant every word. Someday, we hope that a statue of Mandela, one that represents the spirit of Resistance in Palestine, will stand tall amid the people who championed his cause and loved him most.
SHARE Tuesday, December 22, 2015 A Crushed Generation: Photography under Siege in Gaza
Old people, unlike the young, frustrated by their confinement and yet unable to channel their anger and energy, just sit outside their homes and gaze at the passerbys. They watch their misery unfold, as they have for decades. This time however, their hardship is not only the work of Israel, but that of their Arab "brothers" as well.
SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine?
For years, many journalists have busied themselves asking or trying to answer questions regarding the anticipated Third Intifada. Some did so in earnest, others misleadingly. But most of them, using a supercilious approach to understanding the Palestinian collective, failed to understand what an uprising is in the first place.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine
Gaza is being suffocated. Israel's decade-long blockade, combined with Arab neglect and a prolonged feud between Palestinian factions, have all served to drive Palestinians to the brink of starvation and political despair. Something has to give. This is about the people finding expression outside the confines of factional interests; a new strategy. This time, the world must listen.
SHARE Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush
Like drugs, a warlord is dependent on war and can only be sustained and validated by it. Hollande is a warlord in the western sense, what Americans refer to as "a war president." But as Bush's notorious legacy has proven, while war-induced fear and vain patriotism may keep a leader in office long enough, the terrible consequences of unchecked violence shall be felt for many years to come.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 16, 2014 Missing Settlers Become Weapons in a War on Unity
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt's Convenient War
The National Project for the Development of the Sinai was supposed to inject $20.5 billion into Sinai infrastructure between 1995 to 2017. That proved to be just hype; a mixture of unfinished projects and robust speeches. Sinai is only remembered in national celebrations to merely further highlight the might of the military that liberated it. And now, it's demonized as a terrorist hub for the same reason.
SHARE Thursday, November 17, 2016 Praying for Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing the Call for Prayer in Jerusalem?
Banning the call for prayer is merely a reminder of Israel's domination over the wounded Holy City, and a message that Israel's control exceeds that of tangible existence, into every other sphere. Israel's version of settler colonialism is almost unprecedented. It does not simply seek control, but complete supremacy.
SHARE Thursday, September 11, 2014 Netanyahu loses plot to new Gaza reality
For Netanyahu, protracted "peace talks" are a smokescreen for his illegal settlement construction project, which remains as ravenous as ever. He is confiscating occupied Palestinian land with impunity, while insisting that Israel's intentions have always been, and remain peaceful.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Iraqi women endure Abu Ghraib legacy
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Forget Daesh: Humanity is at Stake
Those who orchestrated the war on Iraq and those feeding the war in Syria and arming Israel cannot be vindicated. The crux of the matter: we either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing -- our humanity, in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Empire Trapped: The US' Unpromising Role in the New Middle East
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.
SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on "IS"
It is the lack of political prospects, and the smothering of any attempt at freedom and fair economic opportunity, that lead to extremist violence in the first place. As long as this reality remains intact, "IS" will tragically find new recruits, latch on to local militant groups, and continue to expand into new borders -- and even darker horizons.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 3, 2014 Kerry's Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry
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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Why we must transcend the Clinton-Sanders debate: The Middle East in US foreign policy
While US administrations change their tactics, infuse their doctrines and adapt to various political conditions, wherever they intervene in the world, massive, complex disasters follow. The country has also descended into a "state of nature" type of chaos, where extreme violence meted out by militant brutes and managed by western-backed politicians, have taken reign.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Putin does Americans a Middle East favor
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, October 12, 2015 Of course, it is an intifada: This is what you must know
Palestinians are protesting because they experience daily humiliation and have to endure the unrelenting violence of occupation. Moreover, they feel a total sense of betrayal by their leadership, which is corrupt and co-opted. So they rebel, and attempt to mobilize and sustain their rebellion for as long as they can, because they have no horizon of hope outside their own action.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another
Political division may, at times, dominate Palestinian society, but we will always be united by the fact that we are refugees with a common cause: going home. While, for the Palestinians of Yarmouk near Damascus, being a refugee is a matter of life and death -- often by starvation -- for the larger Palestinian collective, the meaning of the word has become more involved: it has been etched onto our skin forever.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Omar and the Checkpoint: Everyday a Nightmare
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Syria as a Game-Changer: US Political Impotence in the Middle East
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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Palestine's Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy?
The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a by-product of a process of political fraud that started much earlier than his expired Presidency.
SHARE Saturday, May 28, 2016 Time to End the "Hasbara": Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story
After over two decades of the failure of the so-called "peace process," and the rapid increase in the colonization of the Occupied Territories in addition to the extreme violence used to achieve these ends, many Palestinians are waking up to the painful facts. There can be no freedom for the Palestinian people without unity and without resistance.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 10, 2016 Politics Not as Usual: Is This the Age of American Fascism?
Even the Republican Party establishment is now dumbfounded by the Frankenstein monster it has itself created or, at least, allowed to be born. It is a Republican "civil war" as described by USA Today, and the panic over a Trump nomination is resurrecting old figures from their slumber, all trying to slow down the uncontrollable demagoguery that has afflicted their party.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Rim Banna and the Cultural War that Palestinians Must Win
Music unites Palestinians when politicians fail. In fact, while for years the collective calls for "Palestinian unity" has gone unheeded, Palestinian music has continued to bring Palestinians closer. Deep-rooted Palestinian culture is what makes Palestinians who they are, a people with a unique and lucid identity, despite 70 years of exile, ethnic cleansing, sieges, numerous borders and wanton killings.
SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Why is Trauma Missing from Syria Refugee Debate?
Unlike common wisdom, exile for Palestinians is not specific in time or space, but a cyclical process that is experienced by every single Palestinian, even those who would declare that they have no intentions of returning to Palestine. Syrian refugees are now taking the first step towards their own journey of exile. Collective traumas do not magically end with the signing of political agreements.
SHARE Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Is There A Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon?
Although Trump's plan is yet to be revealed fully, early indications suggest that it intends to remove Jerusalem entirely from any future discussions or agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Trump's own assertion that "Jerusalem is off the table" confirm this assumption.
SHARE Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Mending "axis of resistance": Hamas goes back to square one
The Islamic Resistance Movement is once again facing difficult choices, and it seems to be choosing a cautious return to its old camp of Iran and Hezbollah. The maneuver this time is particularly risky. For Hamas and Palestinian resistance in Gaza, it is a mere matter of survival.
SHARE Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Federalism is a Pandora's Box; if Syria Succumbs to It, Others Will Follow
Considering how grisly the Syrian war has been in these past few years, federalism might not strike many as a dreadful possibility, but it is. Arab countries are historically an outcome of Western and foreign meddling that divided the region in accordance to strategic interests and convenience. That "divide and rule" mindset has never been vanquished; indeed, it has been strengthened under the American occupation of Iraq.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Thursday, March 31, 2016 Intifada for Dummies: Why a Popular Uprising Is Yet to Take Off?
This might be the most difficult Intifada yet; for never before did Palestinians find themselves so leaderless, yet so ready to break free. The outcome of this tension, will not only define this whole generation, as it defined my generation of the 1987 Intifada, but it will define the future of Palestine altogether.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 21, 2018 Stop the Wars to End the Refugee Crisis
Europe is facing its most significant refugee crisis since World War Two. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because those charged with doing so have ignored the root causes of the problem. Until this fact is recognized by EU governments, the flow of refugees will continue, raising political tension and contributing to the tragic loss of lives of innocent people, whose only desire is simple survival.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Spring in the steps of Arab revolt
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 5, 2015 Co-Existence With Apartheid?
For J.K. Rowling, even non-violent acts of encountering Israel's ongoing massacres in Gaza and the military occupation in the West Bank are excessive. "Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace," reads the letter she signed.
SHARE 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?
SHARE Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry
True, the wars have devastated Gaza and the siege is severely diminishing its ability to develop the massive and promising human capital it has. But it has not disfigured its essence, or lessened its humanity. Gaza remains a place of poets, artists, dabka dancers and untamable spirits of utterly resilient and refreshingly stubborn people.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 14, 2011 Neocon 'shock and awe': the rise of redefined Arabs
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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE Tuesday, May 31, 2016 The Reductionist View of an Intifada
The nature of the current uprising in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem is testament to a pent-up anger of an entire generation that grew up behind walls and checkpoints. They are fighting two separate enemies -- the occupation army and their own oppressive leadership.
SHARE Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Palestine after Abbas: The Future of a People at Stake
The PA was the outcome of the now practically defunct Oslo "peace process," which was negotiated by Abbas and a few others in secret with Israel, at the behest of the late Palestinian Fatah leader, Yasser Arafat. The whole initiative was founded on secrecy and deceit and was signed without taking the Palestinian people into account.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Shifting Priorities: The Rise and Fall of Arab Revolutionary Discourse
Strange how intellectual discussion concerning the so-called "Arab Spring" has almost entirely shifted in recent years - from one concerning freedom, justice, democracy and rights in general, into a political wrangle between various antagonist camps.
The people, who revolted across various Arab countries are now marginalized in this discussion, and are only used as fodders -- killers and victims ...
SHARE Sunday, August 2, 2015 The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha
Israel's impunity is encouraged by many factors, including US-Western backing and the lack of international will to hold Israel -- Government, army and settlers -- accountable for their crimes. But that impunity is also encouraged by the Palestinian leadership itself, which lives in a massive political and economic bubble in Ramallah, in the West Bank.
SHARE Friday, March 18, 2016 Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel
The main objective behind BDS, an entirely non-violent movement that is championed by civil society across the globe, is not to punish ordinary Israelis, but to raise awareness of the suffering of Palestinians and to create a moral threshold that must be achieved if a just peace is ever to be realized.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 22, 2016 At 80, Failed Abbas is Probed, Derided and Scapegoated
Israel's propensity to maintain its violent occupation cannot be blamed on Abbas. It is Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his right wing coalition that should be blamed squarely for the Occupation, the mistreatment and humiliation of Palestinians on a daily basis. However, such truth should not detract from Abbas' terrible legacy and ongoing misconduct.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 30, 2013 Gaza Held Hostage To Egypt's Turmoil
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.
SHARE Friday, December 11, 2015 Open Rafah Now: Siege on Gaza is a Cruel and Political Failure
Although Gazans are still being referred to as "brothers," there is nothing brotherly in the way they are being treated -- 25,000 humanitarian cases are languishing in Gaza, waiting to be allowed access to treatment in Egypt or in other Arab and European countries. These ill Palestinians should not be used as political fodder in a turf war which is not of their making.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat-up Car
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.
SHARE Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Next onslaught in Gaza: Why the status quo is a precursor for war
It is difficult to imagine that another war is not looming. Israel's strategic, political and military tactics, as it stands today, will not allow Gaza to live with a minimal degree of dignity. On the other hand, the history of Gaza's resistance makes it impossible to imagine a scenario in which the Strip raises a white flag and awaits its allotted punishment.
SHARE Friday, April 26, 2019 Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches Are Also Burning
Hundreds of Palestinian houses of worship were targeted by the Israeli military in previous wars, most notably in 2008-9 and 2012. But the 2014 war was the most brutal and most destructive yet. Thousands were killed and more injured. Nothing was immune to Israeli bombs. According to Palestine Liberation Organization records, 63 mosques were completely destroyed and 150 damaged in that war alone.
SHARE Tuesday, February 2, 2016 The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon
The issue of hunger strikes should not be seen as a battle within Israeli jails, but as part and parcel of the Palestinian people's fight against military occupation. What all of these former hunger strikers seem to have in common is their insistence that their battles were never concerned with the freedom of individuals only, but of an entire group of desperate, oppressed and outraged people.
SHARE Saturday, April 6, 2019 Great March of Return is Palestinians' Cry for Justice
The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30 last year, are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implement the right of return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years ago.
SHARE Thursday, June 11, 2015 Middle East Reporting: The Need for Honest Journalism
It is a sad era where many journalists are for sale at the moment, ready to lend their pens to the highest bidder. The story presented to the world has, at times, nothing at all to do with the reality on the ground, but it is simply a mosaic of stereotype, hearsay, and babblings from privileged officials who have no understanding of the plight of their people.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 4, 2014 Palestinian Unity: Hope and Gloom in the Beach Refugee Camp
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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, December 10, 2012 Hamas at 25: Beyond the tired language
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.
SHARE Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Reclaiming Palestine: How Israeli Media Misread the Intifada
The Israeli argument is, as has always been the case, narrow-minded in its view of history, or it conveniently applies history to fit whatever political argument Israeli officials or mouthpieces deem handy. Just a few weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, absolved the Nazis from the idea behind the Holocaust and pinned the blame on the Palestinian Mufti instead.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 7, 2013 Palestinians Must Find "True" Voice
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.
SHARE 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?
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 18, 2006 Aljazeera: The Plot thickens
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...