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Mixed messages: Arabs Challenge Israeli Hasbara
WHEN the Libyan people took on their leader Muammar Al Qathafi, Israeli officials seemed puzzled by the alarming and unprecedented trend of popular awakenings in the Arab world.
Does Obama really want Al Qathafi to go?
Has the Obama administration decided it wants the Al Qathafi regime to survive? That hypothesis is the only way to make sense of the administration's actions toward Libya.
Essay: Obama Does Not Get It
In a remarkable essay, on Aljazeera.net, Lamis Andoni has revealed with a penetrating lucidity that which has escaped American pundits for generations. Ms. Andoni, entitled her piece, “Obama does not get it” there was far more to this analysis than pointing out Obama’s failed acuity.
The Bag Man - by Morgan Strong
The signing of the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in March of 1979 began a period of heady illusion for the prospects of final, lasting peace in the Middle East.
Opinion: Hurriya is Arabic for Freedom: Just Listen to Egypt Roar
By Ramzy Baroud
“Just listen to that roar," urged a CNN correspondent in Egypt, as thousands of Egyptian protesters charged, fists pumped, against hundreds of armed Egyptian security forces. What a roar it was, indeed. The protests have shown the world that Arabs are capable of much more than merely being pitiable statistics of unemployment and illiteracy, or powerless subjects of 'moderate' but 'strong' leaders (an acronym for friendly dictators).
Opinion: ‘From the Gulf to the Ocean’: The Middle East is Changing
By Ramzy Baroud
Now that the Egyptian people have finally wrestled their freedom from the hands of a very stubborn regime, accolades to the revolution are pouring in from all directions. Even those who initially sided with Hosni Mubarak’s regime, or favored a neutral position, have now changed their tune.
OPINION: Middle East at Strategic Crossroads, US as Well
By Nicola Nasser
Despite the US rhetorical defense of the “universal rights” and change in the Middle East, it is still premature to conclude that this hegemonic US-Israeli alliance will allow the Arab move for change to run its course. Judging by the historic experiences of the last century and by the containment tactics the United States is now adopting to defuse whatever strategic changes might be created by the revolting Arab masses, a fierce struggle is bound to take place leading to a final victory for the latter.
Opinion: Tunisia: How We Got Here and the Task Ahead
By Ramzy Baroud
Hunger strikes. These were the last resort for Tunisian activists as they fought against a brutal and highly oppressive regime. Prior to the ousting of Zineal-Abidine Ben Ali by an unprecedented people’s uprising on January 14, there seemed to be no end in sight to the regime’s wide-ranging human rights violations. Over time, these became a relegated segment of evening news across the Arab world.
Opinion: A War Criminal Tony Blair, Or a War Advocate?
By Baharul Islam Saikia
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the inquiry when the former Prime Minister Tony Blair made his first appearance before the Chilcot Inquiry last year. Mr. Blair arrived hours before the start in order to avoid any confrontation with anti-war activists. He was asked questions about his motives for invading Iraq in alliance with the US, his handling of the country's occupation, and the legality of the war itself. Before the inquiry Mr. Blair accepted "responsibility but not a regret for removing Saddam'' insisting the Iraqi leader was a "monster'' who had threatened not just the region but the world."
Opinion: Generalizing Tunisia: Context Overrides Story
By Ramzy Baroud
When faced with problems, most authoritarian regimes maintain a policy of rigidity when the appropriate response would be flexibility, political wisdom and concessions. This policy gives authoritarian leaders their ability to control their populations to serve the interests of a few individuals and political and military elites. It can also, however, usher their downfall, for populations can only be oppressed, controlled and punished to a point.
Opinion: Autocracy Being Practiced in a Democratic Garb of Tyranny
By Mohammad Azeemullah
What is democracy? Does it change its basic values according to the doctrine a particular nation has? Does it allow its morality to be diluted by the kind of ideology a particular state practices? Is democracy practiced in India any different from what is observed in Indonesia? Is democratic norm to follow in UK any different from what is noticed in USA? Absolutely not!
Opinion: United States Has a Choice in Tunisia
By Nicola Nasser
The ongoing Tunisian Intifada (uprising) cannot yet quite be termed a revolution; Tunisians are still revolting, aspiring for bread and freedom. This Intifada will go in history as a revolution if it gets either bread or freedom and as a great revolution if it gets both.
Opinion: Failure of Academia: The Book that Was Not Meant to Be Published
By Ramzy Baroud
Deepak Tripathi’s most recent book, Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism (Potomac Books) raises several issues, both within and outside of its content. It is based on research for his doctoral dissertation, the qualification for which he never received.
Opinion: Christian Arabs' Plight: Foreign 'Protection' Counterproductive
By Nicola Nasser
Suddenly, the US - European alliance is acting to protect the "existence" of the Christian Arab minority against the Muslim Arab majority whose very existence is besieged and threatened by this same alliance, drawing on a wide spread Islamophobia while at the same time exacerbating Islamophobia among western audiences whom the international financial crisis is now crushing.
Opinion: Declaring Palestine: Revisiting Hope and Failure
By Ramzy Baroud
When late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat read the Declaration of the Palestinian Independence just over 22 years ago, Palestinians everywhere were enthralled. They held onto his every word during the Palestinian National Council (PNC) session in Algeria on November 15, 1988. The council members incessantly applauded and chanted in the name of Palestine, freedom, the people and much more.
 
 
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Mixed messages: Arabs Challenge Israeli Hasbara
WHEN the Libyan people took on their leader Muammar Al Qathafi, Israeli officials seemed puzzled by the alarming and unprecedented trend of popular awakenings in the Arab world.
Does Obama really want Al Qathafi to go?
Has the Obama administration decided it wants the Al Qathafi regime to survive? That hypothesis is the only way to make sense of the administration's actions toward Libya.
 
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