Category: Middle East

Omar Hamed: Global Uprising: from Guantanamo Bay to No. 20 Symonds Street

As I write this I send my thoughts to those struggling against the Halliburton built torture camps at Guantanamo Bay. They are an inspiration. To the six men who rebelled this week against their jailors I lend my strength. Their actions carry within them the flame of all humanity that resists injustice. However, before you Read more…

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Michael Hirsch: Naming the Beast or Whistling Past the Graveyard

The democratic left’s socialist context went missing. If anyone spots it, please call or instant message. We can even put the appeal on milk cartons.      It was not always thus. Forget about the glory days of pre-war socialism, or the red decade of the thirties or even the sober, literary ’50s. In April 1965, Read more…

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Uri Avnery: Blaming the Victims

THOSE WHO listened to the radio news last Saturday heard a stunning report: that Muhammad Abu-Ter and Uri Avnery had barricaded themselves together in a private home in a-Ram. The very fact that these two – the No. 2 man of Hamas and the notorious Israeli leftist – were together was already shocking enough. But the Read more…

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David Edwards: Ridiculing Chavez – Part 1

Controlling what we think is not solely about controlling what we know – it is also about controlling who we respect and who we find ridiculous. Thus we find that Western leaders are typically reported without adjectives preceding their names. George Bush is simply "US president George Bush". Condoleeza Rice is "the American secretary of Read more…

Ngos: Letter to the Security Council on Iraq

From: Arab Commission for Human Rights; ARENA (Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives); Center for Constitutional Rights; Economists for Peace and Security; Former UN Humanitarian Coordinators in Iraq; Global Exchange; Global Policy Forum; Hague Appeal for Peace; Institute for Policy Studies; Instituto del Tercer Mundo; International Association of Democratic Lawyers; International Center for Law in Read more…

Codepink: U.S. Women Print Ads In Iraqi Dailies Calling For End To Occupation And Bloodshed

CODEPINK: Women for Peace took out full-page ads in 8 Iraqi newspapers today calling on Americans and Iraqi to come together to end the occupation of Iraq. The newspapers are As-sabah Al-Jadid, At-Taakhi, Al-Manar, Al-Haqaeq, Al-Iraq Al-Yaom, As-Syadah, Al-Adalah and Ash-Shahed. They are printed on line here and here. Two major newspapers, Azzaman and the Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Iraq Is Disintegrating As Ethnic Cleansing Takes Hold

Khanaqin, North-East Iraq. The state of Iraq now resembles Bosnia at the height of the fighting in the 1990s when each community fled to places where its members were a majority and were able to defend themselves. “Be gone by evening prayers or we will kill you,” warned one of four men who called at Read more…

Fred Halliday: The Forward March Of Women Halted?

To what extent have the movements for women’s emancipation that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s achieved their ambitions? Fred Halliday draws up a balance-sheet.  In 1981, before the dissolution of democratic socialism in western Europe and the collapse of communism in the east, the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm published a short study on the Read more…

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Stephen Soldz: Paranoia, Depression, Or A World of Hope:

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson hit the nail on the head recently with his column Nation of Fear. A bare majority may oppose the NSA database on all of us, but it’s pretty terrifying that the same polls indicate that 40% of Americans are willing to have the government record their every call in its Read more…

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Jonathan Steele: We Have No Reason To Stay In Basra And Ought To Pull Out

Tony Blair’s folly in taking Britain to war in Iraq is blood under the bridge, a blunder that cannot be reversed. But Blair made a second mistake that is less often discussed. He should have withdrawn British troops from southern Iraq as soon as it was clear that they were not serving a useful purpose. Read more…

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