Tuesday, 23 August, 2011, 3:8 ( 1:8 GMT )
US-Arab Disconnect: Revolutions Restate Region’s Priorities - By Ramzy Baroud
As the ‘Arab Spring’ continues to challenge dictators, demolish old structures and ponder roadmaps for a better future, the US remains committed to its failed policies, misconceptions and selfish interests.
BRITAIN BURNS (While the British government spends tens of millions of pounds per week bombing Libyan children, the British youth takes to the streets)
For a fire to burn, there has to be a flame and for smoke to billow into the sky high above London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds and Bristol, there has to be fire - not just one, but many. While the British government spends tens of millions of pounds per week bombing Libyan children, the British youth takes to the streets. Where to draw the lines?
Gaza, Somalia: Humanity Lives On - By Ramzy Baroud
I remember how exhilarated I felt when I was told I was old enough to fast for the month of Ramadan. My feelings had little to do with abstention from food and drink between dawn and sunset each day. For a child, there is little joy in that.
Competing Narratives in Syria: Between Tired Slogans and a Looming Dawn - by Ramzy Baroud
There is no linear narrative capable of explaining the multifarious happenings that have gripped Syrian society in recent months. On March 23, as many as 20 peaceful protesters were killed at the hands of the Syrian regime’s security forces, and many more were wounded. Since then, the violence has escalated to such a level of brutality and savagery that can only be comparable to the regime’s infamous massacres in the city of Hama in 1982.
"We could enter the Guinness book of records for the longest running weekly sit- ins in the world," Nasser Farrah, from the Palestinian Prisoners' Association, jokes dryly.
Arab Awakening and Western Media: Time for a New Revolutionary Discourse - by Ramzy Baroud
When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen’s popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated.
Ground Your Warplanes, Save the Horn of Africa - by Ramzy Baroud
“When you are hungry, cold is a killer, and the people here are starving and helpless.” Not many of us can relate to such a statement, but millions of ‘starving and helpless’ people throughout the Horn of Africa know fully the pain of elderly Somali mother, Batula Moalim.
Palestinians Won’t Learn Israeli Lessons – by Jillian Kestler-D’Amours (IPS)
Widespread strikes across Palestinian civil society could be in store for East Jerusalem at the start of the next school year, as the municipality moves ahead with its current plan to implement an Israeli curriculum in Palestinian schools.
Confused Strategy: How the PA Sold Out Palestinian Unity - by Ramzy Baroud
If you happen to be a Palestinian government employee, chances are you will receive only half your usual salary this month. The other half will only be available when international donors find it in their hearts to make up for the huge shortage of funds currently facing the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Libya: NATO Doing the Right Thing the Wrong Way - Daniel Kalinaki
Four months after a NATO-backed bomb-and-batter attempt to oust him, Libya's Col. Muammar Al Qathafi retains his decades-long grip on power. NATO and US President Barack Obama have invested pride and politico-military capital in trying to get rid of Al Qathafi, including successfully procuring warrants for his arrest from the International Criminal Court.
Yemen Continues to Inspire Amid Great Odds - by Ramzy Baroud
The Yemeni people are unrelenting in their demands for democracy. Millions continue to stage rallies across their country in a display of will that is proving the most robust out of all the Arab revolutions.
US Foreign Policy Invigorated at the Expense of Gaza - by Ramzy Baroud
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a series of stern and fiery statements recently, giving the impression that war is somehow upon us once again.
Economy Alone Fails to Explain Turkey’s Success- By Ramzy Baroud
Many commentators today are basing the success of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the June 12 elections largely on its ability to guide the country through a decade of remarkable growth.
ARTICLE SUMMARY: After all the other fake stories used to whip up public support for wars, you'd think we had learned something. Apparently not, judging from the media's unquestioning spreading of claims that Al Qathafi ordered Viagra-furled rapes - claims that look dubious under even a little scrutiny.
‘Permanent’ Despair: Did Egypt Really Open Rafah Crossing?- By Ramzy Baroud from Gaza
For most Palestinians, leaving Gaza through Egypt is as exasperating a process as entering it. Governed by political and cultural sensitivities, most Palestinian officials and public figures refrain from criticising the way Palestinians are treated at the Rafah border.
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