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*Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist in Kuwait, Jordan, UAE and Palestine. He is based in Ramallah, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

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Areas Under IS Control, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The endgame of the US 'Islamic State' strategy Conspiracy theories aside, the eventual outcome is a sectarian Sunni military & political wedge driven into the Iraqi geographical connection of the Iran-Syria alliance. The IS was conceived & delivered in an American womb. The US-drafted & enforced current constitution produced the sectarian govt that is still trying to rule in Iraq. Sectarian cleansing & exclusion of Sunnis could not but inevitably create its antithesis
Robert Molley, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 20, 2015
U.S. opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran On 6 March, President Barack Obama's administration appointed Robert Malley as the Special White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf region. Malley is scheduled to assume his new position on 6 April, succeeding Philip Gordon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to a wounded Syrian rebel as he visits a military hospital located in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights near the border with Syria on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 25, 2014
Fighting 'Islamic State' is not the Israeli priority "To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly last September.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 21, 2013
Syria, Egypt Reveal Erdogan's "Hidden Agenda' Now it seems Erdogan's "Turkey is already carefully backpedaling" on its foreign policy," said Seufert. It "wants to reconnect" with Iran and "Washington's request to end support for radical groups in Syria did not fall on deaf Turkish ears."
The Israeli-occupied Golan Heights remains the core of the Syrian conflict, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Israeli Factor in Syrian Conflict Unveiled Syria remains the odd number in the Arab peace-making belt around Israel; no comprehensive peace is possible without Syria; Damascus holds the key even to the survival of the Palestinian, Jordanian, and Egyptian peace accords with Israel. Syria will not hand over this key without the withdrawal of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) from Syrian lands.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 16, 2011
Christian Arabs' Plight: Foreign "Protection' Counterproductive Ironically this sudden western awakening to the plight of Christian Arabs comes at a time when all Arabs, both Muslims and Christians, are crushed by U.S. and Israeli military occupation or foreign political hegemony, but worse still when they are in the grip of a social upheaval
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 2, 2008
A Peace Process That Makes Peace Impossible Palestinian – Israeli peace-making can only deliver if Palestinians are united, but the current Annapolis "peace process" was launched first of all as a blueprint for perpetuating the inter- Palestinian divide
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 25, 2009
U.S. ‘Personality Assassination' of a Palestinian Ally The UN's goldstone report has backfired, putting the survival of Mahmud Abbas at risk, due to the Obama administration's handling of diplomacy.
Israeli air strike near Damascus international airport on December 7, 2014 was the seventh major unprovoked attack of its kind since 2011, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 18, 2014
Israeli role in Syrian conflict brought into the open Covertly however Israel is a key player in prolonging the depleting war on Syria and the major beneficiary of neutralizing the Syrian military.
Ruins of the house of Palestinian Moataz Washaha whom Israeli troops killed in the Palestinian West Bank town of Birzeit on February 27, 2014 on “suspicion” of being armed and “intends” to carry out terror act “in future”, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 6, 2014
In Birzeit, ‘Trigger Happy’ Israel Vindicates Amnesty’s Report The four – apartment building was bulldozed and shelled out of use and its contents burned and vandalized. Four families suddenly found themselves on the street, waiting for charities.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 21, 2014
Iraqi hydrocarbon prize of U.S. invasion in danger The unfolding collapse of the U.S. proxy government in Baghdad has cut short a process of legalizing the de-nationalization of the hydrocarbon industry in Iraq, which became within reach with the latest electoral victory of the Iraqi prime minister since 2006, Noori al-Maliki.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 28, 2007
"Turnabouts" in Middle East Policy Just More of the Same The administration's two-pronged tactics of confrontation and engagement which unfolded last week, described by some in the media as "turnabouts" in the strategy of containment, are just old diplomatic manoeuvres pulled out of the drawers of the State Department.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2014
The Saudi Bull in The Arab China Shop The three-year old conflict in Syria has somewhat been contained within its own borders, but Saudi Arabia’s ongoing warmongering threatens to perpetuate the conflict and, more importantly, to spill it over regionally.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 29, 2013
Obama's "Big Prize' to Earn Nobel Peace Prize Obama's "big prize" to make him "feel that I deserve" the Nobel Prize as he had said then will be waiting for him until he ends the ongoing Israeli war on the Palestinian people and occupation of their land, at least since 1967.
Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and late Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gaza bombings rock Palestinian reconciliation The hands that carried out the bombings in Gaza might be Palestinian and even Fatah or Hamas hands, but those who issued the orders could not have been Palestinian decision-makers.
Libyan PM Ali Zeidan, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 15, 2013
Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable The obvious alternative to Zeidan's western supported government would be a stateless society governed by militia warlords, while the survival of his government promises more of the same.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 24, 2009
U.S. --" led World Community Fails, Palestinians on Brink of Explosion Abbas, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on December 22 warned of an imminent "Intifada." True he pledged that, "As long as I'm in office, I will not allow anybody to start a new intifada. Never. Never. But if I leave, it's no longer my responsibility and I can't make any guarantees," he said.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 7, 2008
The 'Other', Older Palestinian Coup D'etat PLO commitment to the Annapolis understandings was a milestone that vindicated Hamas fears that Abbas was leading and pursuing an older political coup d'etat
Egypt interim government including General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 26, 2013
Egypt's Foreign Relations on Tightrope U.S. bilateral relations with Egypt seem about to head to a turning point, but for sure at least there is "no doubt" that Washington "can't return to business as usual" with Cairo as Obama told CNN on August 23.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Syria, The Arab Yugoslavia Of Middle East U.S. and NATO seem now in a race against time to preclude the implementation of the Syrian package of reforms, until the ruling regime is coerced into compliance to trade their support of these reforms for the current Syrian foreign policy agenda.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Israel's Doomsday E-1 Settlement The international outcry is not against the Israeli policy of settlements on Palestinian occupied land per se, but against this one particular E-1 settlement
Map, Saudi Arabia, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 18, 2014
Survival Is the Saudi Key Word As demonstrated by Obama’s visit to the kingdom on March 28, the bilateral differences will remain tactical, while the strategic alliance will hold until the kingdom finds a credible alternative to its American security guarantor, although this seems an unrealistic development in the foreseen future.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Egypt's Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Feb. 13, 2014, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 22, 2014
Egyptian historic breakthrough with Russia, not a strategic shift yet It will be premature to conclude that the revived Egyptian – Russians relations indicate any strategic departure therefrom.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 12, 2007
Israeli Politics of 'Archeology' in Jerusalem Israeli bulldozers embarked on Thursday on an eight-month excavations project some 50 meters from the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque, but on the grounds of the Islamic Haram al-Sharif, Islam's third holiest site in Jerusalem
Secretary Kerry Speaks During a News Conference With Saudi Foreign Minister al-Faisal, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 10, 2013
Saudis Fight a Lost Battle against Change Riyadh is fighting several preemptive battles outside its borders in its immediate proximity in a desperate attempt to prevent an historic regional tide of change from changing the country's pre-medieval system of governance and social life.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Israel Is Fueling Anti-Americanism among U.S. Allies Biden is the least qualified to allay Arab anger for being the most vocal among U.S. officials in "legitimizing" Israel's blunder. The Gaza flotilla episode has dispelled the benefit of doubt the Arab allies have given to President Barak Obama's promises of change in U.S. foreign policy in their region
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 17, 2011
Palestinian September 2011 Deadline Doomed Squeezed between external and internal pressures, the PLO as a peace partner is at its weakest breaking point and could not afford the slightest additional pressure.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 18, 2009
U.S. Moment of Truth on Palestinian – Israeli Conflict Obama's administration, if it doesn't intend to change course, would do peace and history a great favor by disengagement from the conflict to pave the way for a more balanced international involvement that would base a political settlement thereof on the resolutions of the United Nations legitimacy, if not on justice
Peace in Yemen will continue to be elusive unless the United Nations shifts its mission., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 28, 2015
Time for UN to shift mission in Yemen It is high time that the UN moves to facilitate an exit strategy for Saudi Arabia from Yemen
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Qatar and U.S.: Collusion or Conflict of Interests Given the U.S. -- Qatar alliance, the Qatari Islamist connection threatens to embroil the U.S. in more regional strife, or at least to hold the U.S. responsible for the resulting strife
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 21, 2015
UN peace coordinator unwelcome by Palestinians What can Mladenov do that his predecessors, the UN, the Quartet, the Arab League and others, couldn't?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 19, 2009
U.S. Creates Its Antithesis in Iraq Nowhere it is more obvious than in Iraq that the existence of an election law, elections themselves and the constitution they are based on are not indicators of democracy or legitimacy, because these mechanisms are merely symbols of the antithesis of the mechanisms of democracy as practiced back home by the U.S. occupying power
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (left) & US Secretary of State John Kerry , From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kerry's Coup from Mediator to Antagonist Kerry and his administration have obviously coordinated a political coup by the adoption of the Israeli preconditions for recognizing a Palestinian state almost to the letter, turning the Palestinian priorities upside down and changing the terms of reference for the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 3, 2014
Palestinian-U.S. relations head for stormy times President Abbas, who for decades placed his faith in U.S. good will, has finally reached the conclusion that it is futile to continue to depend on the U.S. and that now is the time to stand up to Washington and turn to the international community to sponsor his negotiating strategy.
Anatomy of Syria’s rebel-terrorist operation, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 24, 2014
The 'revolutionary' face of the Syrian conflict The horrible image of the "revolutionary" performance in Syria imposed itself on the media and public opinion to an extent that it has become impossible to black it out anymore.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - Archives photo, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Assad Is There to Stay The war on Syria has taken a U-turn during the past year. Assad now firmly holds the military initiative. The long awaited foreign military intervention could not take off; it was prevented by the emerging multi-polar world order. Syrian and non-Syrian insurgents are now on the run. Assad stands there to stay.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 14, 2011
A Palestinian Wrong Way to Peace We cannot be united until we're willing to struggle against occupation together. And we cannot be democratic until we've learned how to share. So far, the PLO is neither sharing nor struggling, and its quest for peace is therefore doomed.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh stands center (front line) among the .Friends of Syria Core Group., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Jordan Invites US Targets for Syrian Retaliation The moment of truth is around the corner for an intervention in Syria either from or with the participation of Jordan, where training in preparation for this moment has been going on by leaps and bounds for the past two years
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 17, 2007
Politics Unmercifully Trespass Humanitarian Borders in Gaza The major political players who are involved in sealing off 1.5 million Palestinians into an open air prison in the world's most densely populated 360-square-kilometre area of the Gaza Strip are unmercifully trespassing humanitarian borders there; they perceive in the collapsing economy of the Mediterranean coastal strip, which is rapidly developing into a humanitarian crisis, a political "window of opportunity."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 21, 2011
United States Has a Choice in Tunisia Indeed the U.S. has now a choice in Tunisia. The Arab country which is leading the first Arab revolution for democracy is now a U.S. test case. Non -" U.S. intervention would establish a model for other Arabs to follow; it would also establish a model U.S. policy that would over time make Arabs believe in any future U.S. rhetoric on democracy
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 19, 2012
Peace-making without Mediators Palestinians have had enough and now saying enough is enough: Peace is a mirage, peace-making is a failure, peace process is a sham, peace mediators are a fake
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 17, 2010
No Help from Washington Now the lack of unity and resistance threaten to banish the PLO into the wilderness, or turn it into a lackey of the occupation authorities.
From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 1, 2013
Egyptian Revolution Derailed, Contained Washington D.C. is adapting to this "regime exchange" in order to prevent a "change in the regime," which the successive US administrations have nurtured as a strategic asset to both the United States and its Israeli regional ally since the Camp David accords of 1979
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 22, 2010
American/Iran Power Struggle over Iraq A secure, stable and democratic Iraq will have first to wait for an end to the raging power struggle over Iraq between the United States and Iran inside and outside the occupied Arab country.
Saudi King Abdullah Ben Abdel-Aziz and US President Barak Obama, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Counterproductive Reactive Saudi Policies Ahead of Obama's visit, the Saudi message is self-evident. They are looking, on their own, for alternative security guarantees, or at least additional ones. They don't trust their decades - long American security umbrella anymore.
Indian Minister of State for Industry Dr. Ashwani Kumar (L) meets Israeli President Shimon Peres in Egypt on May 23, 2010, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 10, 2014
Israeli ties compromise Asian support to Arabs Asian-Israeli exchanges deprived Israel of an influential incentive for making peace. They should have been at least postponed as an Asian prize for ending the Israeli military occupation of Arab lands in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon
Iraqi PM Nouri (or Jawad) Al-Maliki meets US President Barak Obama in D.C. in November 2013, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Playing Al-Qaeda Card to the Last Iraqi No doubt revolution is brewing and boiling in Iraq against the sectarian government in Baghdad, its U.S. and Iranian supporters as well as against its al-Qaeda sectarian antithesis.
Mahmoud Abbas, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 15, 2014
Palestinian reconciliation at crossroads Abbas has, indeed, prioritised "peace with Israel." He has devised plans for resuming negotiations, and is still banking on American support for such talks. This is the only explanation for the current anti-Hamas media campaign.
Both Muslims and Christians are tormented by the sectarian Arab counterrevolution, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tormenting the Souls of Religious Arabs: "Arab Spring' Degrades into Sectarian Counterrevolution The "Arab Spring" was optimistically named after a season in nature during which life is reborn and was supposed to promise a renewal of the stagnant political, social and economic life in the Arab world, but unfortunately it turned instead into a sectarian season of killing, death and destruction by counterrevolution forces
Ousted Egyptian President Mursi and Hamas chief Mishaal, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Immutable Egypt -- Gaza Bonds* Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood never hid their ties.But the adversaries of both would have us believe that anything that befalls the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will befall Hamas in Gaza, which is an exaggeration
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Missing Option to Defuse Iran Threat To keep "all options on the table" in the U.S. -- Israel plans to change the incumbent Syrian and Iranian regimes and neutralize what both countries perceive as an imminent "threat" is a formula missing the only feasible option to defuse their perceived threat peacefully
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 2009
Ethnic Cleansing as a State Policy Netanyahu demanded that the "Palestinian population," and not the Palestinian people -- who live "in Judea and Samaria," and not in the Israeli – occupied Palestinian territory -- should first agree to a "public, binding and unequivocal" recognition that Israel is "the nation state of the Jewish people" worldwide
Australia's change in “terminology” serves neither Australian nor Palestinian interests, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Antagonizing Palestinians, Australia's linguistic blunder snowballs Bishop's and Abbot's "no change" statements tried to imply that their country's policy has not changed and that if there was a change it is a linguistic one only.
Obama braces for military action against Syria, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Subterfuge of Syrian Chemical Weapons Kerry's statement was a declaration that Obama has at last given in to the warmongers who have been leading a media blitz that has been beating the drums of war on Syria for two and a half years now; Kerry only added "chemical fuel" to it.
Mahmoud abbas, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Smashing the Abbas icon of Palestinian non -- violence The Oslo accords were the crown of Abbas' life -- long endeavour. The "burial" of Oslo would inevitably be the end Abbas' era
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 15, 2006
Are Tehran and Washington in collusion or in collision in Baghdad When President George W. Bush never stops repeating that "success in Iraq is necessary for the security of the United States" (1) and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledges "full security" (2) for Bush's Iraqi regime, one could not but wonder whether Iran and the U.S. are in collusion or in collision in Iraq.
Photo taken on March 2, 2009 shows the general view of an international donors' conference to plan the reconstruction of the Palestinian Gaza Strip in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on March 2, 2009., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 19, 2014
Donors will fail Gaza again The donors who attend the upcoming Cairo conference will probably make the same pledges they made at the two previous conferences and then once again fail to fulfil them.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 2, 2012
Unsustainable Israeli Politics of Exclusion in Jerusalem Judaization of the holy city, is a roadmap to de-Arabizing, de-Islamizing, de-Christianizing, de-historizing and de-humanizing Jerusalem
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 22, 2013
Palestinians Disqualify U.S. as Peace Broker Releasing a $ 700 million of U.S. blocked Palestinian aid, using U.S. good offices to make Arab donors honor their pledges to them or convincing Israel to release the tax and customs revenue it collects on their behalf are not the kind of U.S. "carrots" that would open a breakthrough.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Palestine Drops Gift in Israel's Lap The intra-Palestinian war of words and between the Hamas-led government of the Gaza Strip and the Fatah-led government of the West Bank have presented Israel with a huge propaganda prize. Not to mention their mutual violations of the freedom of press and expression.
Ending Israeli occupation of Golan Heights is the shortest path to peace in Syria, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Shortest Path to Peace in Syria To end the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights and other Arab Israeli -- occupied lands is the shortest US -- Israeli path to dismantling the Syria -- Iran alliance and to peace in Syria and the region.
Iraqi PM Maliki and US Prresident Obama shake hands in Washington, D.C. in 2011, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Rapprochement with US Reinforces Iran Hand in Iraq Until recently, Iraq under PM al-Maliki was posturing as tactically placating Iran on Syria while committing quietly to its Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA), which al-Maliki signed with the former US president George W. Bush on December 14. 2008.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 5, 2008
Five Years on, Saddam's Successor Resurfaces Heading Iraq Resistance, Al-Baath For the first time since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in April 2003, the deputy of Saddam Hussein, the late President of Iraq, Izzat Ibrahim Addouri has resurfaced, despite a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, in a lengthy interview with Abdel-Azim Manaf, the editor-in-chief of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Mawqif Al-Arabi, not a mainstream, on May 26 to lay out the strategy and tactics of the Iraqi resistance
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 5, 2007
Converging Interests in Iraq Allow Bush an 'Iranian Option' - Arabs Threatened A potential "Iran option" for Bush, whether it emerges out of a diplomatic engagement or a military confrontation, be it on Iraq or on Iran per se, would embroil Arabs adversely and directly because both protagonists are waging their political as well as military battles on Arab land and skilfully using Arab wealth, oil, space, diplomacy and even Arab proxies to settle their scores.
Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament organized a seminar on Humanitarian crisis in Syria in Brussels in June 2013 , From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 6, 2013
Insurgency Responsible for Civilian Plight of Syrians The early successes of the insurgents were military exploits against peaceful civilians; they were not achieved in military vs. military battles. It was enough for a few rebels to hold any such peaceful town or village hostage, but it needs an army operation to kick them out.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 28, 2007
Franco – Arab Ties Could Yet Survive Sarkozy's U-Turn The pro-Israel and pro-America statements of Nicolas Paul Stephane Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa, who was sworn in as the new President of France on May 16, as well as his Jewish connection and that of his foreign policy team, have alerted Arab capitals and public opinion to a possibly imminent break with his country's more than a five-decade old balanced approach to Arab conflicts
Palestinian, Israeli and U.S. negotiators in Washington D.C. on July 29, 2013, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Killers of Peace Ironically, "Israel's settlement project" has evolved "irreversible" nonetheless, mocking the U.S. repeatedly declared illegitimacy thereof as merely a lip service that has been all throughout a thinly veiled cover of the U.S. actual protection of the accelerating expansion ever since of "Israel's colonial" project
Kerry & Abbas, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 28, 2013
Kerry Uses Arabs to Bully Palestinians* Lebanese analyst Ziad Al-Sayegh recently wrote that "after the failure of the internationalisation of the talks [through the Quartet], we are now going through a regionalisation of the talks [through the Arab League]."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Cornering a Brave Palestinian Man of Peace The emerging, heavily “pro-Israel” US-proposed framework agreement “appears to ask the Palestinians to accept peace terms that are worse than the Israeli ones they already rejected
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pope's unbalanced neutrality in Holy Land By laying a wreath of white and yellow flowers, the colours of the Vatican, on the Herzl's grave, the pope broke another historic precedent. It was an unbalanced act, 110 years after Pope Pius X met Herzl and rejected the idea of a Jewish state.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 4, 2011
Where U.S. Chooses to Back "Armed Struggle' Libya is a "unique situation," Obama says, where the U.S.-led military intervention and the backing of an armed revolt is the exception and not the rule in U.S. foreign policy.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 14, 2007
Indian - Israeli Ties Could Neutralize Delhi's Palestinian Policy A seminar on "Palestine: 1967 and After" organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and the mission of the League of Arab States (LAS) in New Delhi on June 22 highlighted India's still unwavering historical support for the Palestinian people, but failed to address the potential political effects of the growing Indian – Israeli ties on New Delhi's policy on Palestine.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 2, 2009
Gaza New Siege Mechanism* The Israeli list of "prohibited materials" even before its offensive includes such items as iron, steel and cement, which are now absolutely vital to reconstruction. UN Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes pointed out this self-evident truth in a statement last Tuesday saying that if Israel refuses to allow in construction materials reconstruction cannot begin
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 21, 2006
A Catholic Stamp to a U.S. War Pope Benedict XVI has erred and the damage is done: His anti-Islam remarks are out and cannot be retracted, like bullets that cannot be retrieved once shot, adding a Catholic stamp to the Evangelist "Islam versus the West" justification for the U.S. neoconservative-led "WWIII on Islam"
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 28, 2009
Obama Stuck Between Wars on Iraq, Afghanistan Downplaying the most pressing items on the U.S. agenda in his UN speech and leaping forward to the nuclear issue and Iran was only a thinly – veiled attempt to divert attention away from the fact that Obama was stuck between the worse and the worst in Iraq and Afghanistan
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Kerry's Success Worse than His Failure According to Albert Einstein, "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" is "insanity," but that is exactly what John Kerry seems to have achieved after six tours of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East since he was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of State
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 31, 2011
Middle East at Strategic Crossroads, U.S. as Well In view of the U.S., Arab and Israeli thinly veiled determination to save the moment in Egypt, it was a forgone conclusion that Mubarak will cling to power, thus setting the stage either for a long battle of instability with his own people or cutting this battle short by a bloody crackdown that would make the repression which created the present people's uprising look like a mercy.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 11, 2007
NATO Expands into Arab South, Hindered by US-created Chaos Discreetly but progressively and confidently the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is expanding south and southeast almost uncontested -- after the collapse of the former USSR-led Warsaw Pact -- outside the mandate designated by its statute into the Arab Middle East as well as into the Caspian Sea regions, but hindered by U.S.-created chaos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2009
When, Where the Pope Inspires No Hope Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, in an interview provided by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land and published by Zenit.org on April 22, acknowledged that the Pope's trip has undoubtedly a "political dimension": "We mustn't fool ourselves: there is a 100% political dimension"
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 24, 2010
Who's aiding Judaisation? PA officials in Ramallah expressed outrage at the tax breaks for private US donations to fund Jewish settlement expansion in the occupied territories.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 15, 2007
'Cleansing' the Two-state 'Vision' in Jerusalem "Israel Slides towards the Disastrous One State Trap," The Baltimore Sun's editorial concluded on June 5. The conclusion is no more true than in Jerusalem, where systematically and persistently Israel is accelerating her "Israelization" plans for eastern Jerusalem.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Security, Reconciliation in Iraq Are Irreconcilable In the end, negotiating the U.S. exit strategy with al-Baath and the Iraqi resistance, the real enemy, could prove the only viable way out of Iraq for the United States
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Peace Held Hostage to Rotating US, Israeli Elections Once and again, then again and again, U.S. and Israeli elections bring about new players and governments that renege on the commitments, pledges and promises of their predecessors vis a vis the Arab Israeli conflict in general and the Palestinian Israeli peace process in particular, with an overall effect of being much more harmful to peace making than any forces of "extremism."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 17, 2006
Palestinian Self-defeating Unilateralism The Palestinian leadership missed an opportunity to tie Palestinian goals to the Lebanese treaty
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 27, 2007
A Peace-killing Linkage, De-linkage Linking the "aliyah" to what the Jewish literature has been describing as Eretz Israel or Yisrael HaShleima (Greater Israel) to the Israeli colonial settlement of the Palestinian land, which the Hebrew state occupied in 1967, while at the same time negating the Palestinian Right of Return, is torpedoing whatever prospect is left for a peaceful solution for the Arab – Israeli conflict
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 20, 2007
Squeezing Palestinians out of Existence The Israeli 40-year old military occupation and the more than a year-old economic siege are eroding the national existence of Palestinians and squeezing the Palestinian leadership into an almost impossible mission of securing law and order.
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Palestinians Trapped at Crossroads The Palestinian national movement finds itself in a deteriorating state of paralysis. "There's almost no Palestinian leadership," Kadoura Fares, a former Palestinian Cabinet minister and a leading member of President Abbas' Fatah party, told the Washington Times on May 15
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Israelis, in Crisis, Vote for a Government of War* With Benjamin Netanyahu poised for premiership and Avigdor Lieberman, leader of a "racist and fascist" party (as condemned by Talia Sasson of the Merez party) very well positioned to be the king or queen maker of the next ruling coalition, the Palestinian people and the whole region will have to brace as from next March for an Israeli government of war.
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Removing Hamas: Brinkmanship Tactics or Coup D'etat; A View From Ramallah Within the context of a U.S.-Israeli determined campaign to remove the elected Islamic Resistance Movement from power, the best of the Palestinian mainstream anti-occupation activists of Fatah and Hamas are being polarized into a deadlocked divide that is already threatening an historic national unity with a looming civil war as a result of either risky brinkmanship tactics or what Hamas says a coup d'etat.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 23, 2007
In Iraq, US Has Never Let Its Eye Stray from the Prize: Oil Without a decisive military victory, the U.S. occupation of Iraq seems to be about to grab its oil prize by establishing a new sharing arrangement between a major national producer and the multi-national giants.
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Israel Fuels Syrian Fire, Risking Regional Outburst Ironically, Israel cites the presence of those same rebels along the borders of the Israeli -- occupied Golan Heights as the pretext to justify "considering creating a buffer zone" inside Syria
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Lebanon War Produces Repercussions in Iraq The Israeli war on Lebanon has shaken the sectarian pillar of the U.S.-Israeli regional plans, especially in the Iraqi launching pad of the U.S.-promoted "New Middle East," -- threatening any "progress" the US has made in Iraq.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 4, 2007
Exploiting the Fatah-Hamas Rift in Palestine The U.S. and Israel are accelerating their coordinated meddling in the internal Palestinian divide between the Fatah-led presidency and the Hamas-led government.
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Iran Sparked Islamic Divide, Iran Only Can Defuse It None could argue the historical fact that the Islamic revolution in Iran had sparked a sectarian divide that only Iran can defuse, restrain and contain
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 28, 2008
Bush's Farewell Gift When we place UN Security Council Resolution 1850 in its context, we can better appreciate how generous a gift Bush left Israel.
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Again, Arabs to Fish in a 'Dead Sea' Undeterred by any historic experience, the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on July 15 seemed intent not to desist from fishing in the "dead sea" of the United Nations and decided to send a delegation to a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council in mid-September with the aim of launching a new Middle East peace process.
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Lieberman Is Not an Israeli 'Internal Affair' The absence of a proportionate Palestinian reaction to the ascendancy of Israel's far right leader, Avigdor Lieberman, into the mainstream strategic decision-making in Tel Aviv has indicated of how dangerously the inter-Palestinian divide is overshadowing the Israeli threats and encouraged the visiting European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, to legitimize with a public meeting the man who could abort his mission
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Context of Israeli Wars in Lebanon, Palestine: Back to Roots writing from Ramallah The ongoing Israeli wars on Arabs in Palestine and Lebanon are just the latest rounds of the cycle of violence that has raged in and around Palestine since 1917, and are vivid and bloody evidence that imposition of political realities by military means won't last and that "Whoever takes by the sword, by the sword will be taken."
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Arab Perspective: Playing US Politics with Iraqi Blood for Oil Bracing for 2008 presidential election, US Democrats in opposition and the ruling Republicans have embroiled the American public in a political crisis between the executive and legislative powers over deadlines for combat operations in Iraq that could develop into a constitutional showdown, but for Arabs and Iraqis in particular it is merely playing electoral politics with Iraqi blood for oil.
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Arab Leaders: Peace Making Could Not Be Unilateral, Divisible Flanked by international and regional non-Arab dignitaries representing the UN, EU, OIC, NAM and the leaders of Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan as well as the foreign minister of Iran, the leaders of the 22-member League of Arab States on Wednesday re-launched in Riyadh their five-year old Arab Peace Initiative, determined to reactivate it with mechanisms and a follow-up diplomatic campaign.
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The 'Security Vacuum' in Jerusalem The Israeli – made "security vacuum" in Jerusalem is self – inflicted and Olmert himself, or whoever would succeed him, holds the Palestinian key to offset it
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Sustaining Palestinian Division, Reviving a Partner Saving a Palestinian partner, whom they have rejected until Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in mid-June, has become the most important mission preoccupying the U.S. Administration and the Israeli government, a mission which nonetheless Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is taking seriously, against all the odds, pursuing a "hope" that their preoccupation could yet be a window of opportunity.
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Bush and Islam: Words versus Deeds The wide gap between U.S. President George W. Bush's words and deeds vis--vis Islam and Muslims doomed to failure his speech at the United nations on September 19, which could neither appease Muslims nor pacify the ever growing Islamophobia
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 7, 2007
'Quartet' Corners PLO, Hamas into Critical Options The Middle East Quartet of peace mediators promised the Palestinian people more of the same devastating status quo, perpetuating their 40-year old Israeli occupation, prolonging the international siege imposed on them, exacerbating their internal divide, and thus cornering them into a situation that they can only shake off either through civil war or unconditional surrender to the U.S.-backed Israeli-dictated fait accompli.
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Palestinian Donors: What Mission? The Palestinians have been too grateful and too helpless for too long to be critical of the political agenda of their donors who have practically nailed them down as political hostages to the donors' money, which was promised initially to help build an independent Palestinian state, but ended as a political instrument effectively used by the Israeli occupying power
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De-Arabization of Arab League
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Abusing the Arab Peace Initiative The failed Qatari mediation in the still unresolved inter-Palestinian divide was in practice an American success in turning the Arab Peace Initiative (API) into a pressure tool that further exacerbates fractures both in Arab and Palestinian ranks
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This Time, Israel Is Missing an Historic Opportunity Fulfilling a 60-year old Israeli dream and an American unwavering strategy, the 22-member League of Arab states are now in consensus on a potentially groundbreaking Arab Peace Initiative (API), which pledges their collective and full recognition of the Jewish state, but both Washington and Tel Aviv are not forthcoming.
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Man of Peace Swimming against the Current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is determined to swim against an overwhelming current to prove that he is the persistent unrelenting Palestinian partner who will never despair in his pursuit of peace, even he would pay the price with his own life, despite all the internal and external odds
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 30, 2006
Alienating the Beating Heart of Middle East The Bush administration's approach to the "New Middle East" is doomed to failure because it rules out addressing Syrian national strategic concerns and Syria as a regional key player, irrespective of who rules in Damascus.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 20, 2007
India's Non-Alignment on the Balance, Communists on Alert The accelerated pace of India's liberal economics and pragmatic ties with the United States and Israel risks polarizing Indian domestic politics and invoking a deep-seated communist as well as Islamist anti – Americanism with a realistic potential for a foreign policy strategic shift leading to creating an internal political environment that could be receptive for the first time to the agitation of the extreme violent Islamist
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Saddam's Trial in Context: Episode of Victors' Injustice Democrats' crushing victory in the U.S. mid-term election was the latest proof that his administration's gimmick of orchestrating trials of Saddam Hussein was a failure that clearly turned the pre-planned verdict against Saddam into a popular verdict against Bush himself, in a referendum on his performance in the war on Iraq that broke his grip on power in Washington by depriving him of ruling with his own Republican party.
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Somalia: New Hotbed of Anti-Americanism U.S. foreign policy blundering has created a new violent hotbed of anti-Americanism in the turbulent Horn of Africa by orchestrating the Ethiopian invasion of another Muslim capital of the Arab League, in a clear American message that no Arab or Muslim metropolitan has impunity unless it falls into step with the U.S. vital regional interests. Terrorist attacks against American targets are expected as a result.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 14, 2006
No Arab Cheers Yet for U.S. Democrats Arabs, at least at the non-official level, were quick to hail President George W. Bush's mid-term electoral defeat and the humiliating downfall of his war architect Donald Rumsfeld, but cheering the Democrats' victory has yet to wait and may not be voiced at all.
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Chief Palestinian Negotiator to Israel: Acknowledge 'Right of Return' Agreeing to the Israeli neo-historian Ilan Papp's interpretation of the term "Nakba," Palestinian chief negotiator Ahmad Qurei urged Israel to reach a solution for the Palestinian refugee problem "based on the principle of acknowledging the Right of Return, and compensation for the sufferings of the Palestinian people"
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U.S. Diplomacy Misses Peace Opportunity in Jerusalem Instead of building a diplomatic momentum on the political breakthrough mediated by their Saudi Arabian ally who succeeded in developing an Arab and Palestinian consensus on going along with the U.S.-steered Quartet efforts to revive the deadlocked peace process, the American diplomacy has turned their sponsored Palestinian – Israeli summit meeting in Jerusalem on Monday from a promising event into a missed opportunity.
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PLO-U.S. Connection: Time to Make or Break? Several indicators have shown recently how fragile the "connection" between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the United States has been. And because Washington could deliver but won't and the Palestinian people can not be held forever hostage to waiting for the American Godot, time seems ripe to make or break this futile connection.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Paradoxes Doom Bush's 'New Strategy' in Iraq President George W. Bush's paradoxical "new strategy" in Iraq is doomed by its own contradictions as much as by Iraqi and regional paradoxes and would in no time prove that the U.S. president's go-it-alone approach will only extend the failure of the 2003 military invasion in developing into a permanent occupation
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Lebanon Crisis Playing into Israel's Hands A second civil war looms in Lebanon while Israel waits in the wings to wrap up last summer's "inconclusive" war.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 20, 2006
A Counterproductive U.S. Advice to Palestinians Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to go without national consensus to early presidential and parliamentary elections was divisive, counterproductive and conforms to U.S.-Israeli plans to remove the Islamic Resistance Movement "Hamas" from power or pressure it into accepting what its rival Fatah had accepted: A peace process on their dictated terms and conditions

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