Palestine questions

Questions to ask your pro-Israeli friends

Paul Kinzelman formulates a set of questions which people of conscience can ask Israel’s supporters on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in general and on Israel’s genocidal war against the people of Gaza. More »

Happiness

Corporate capitalism versus human happiness 

Graham Peebles argues that the prevailing paradigm of market fundamentalism, neo-liberalism, globalisation and corporate politics, rather than promote social cohesion and the pursuit of happiness, engender depression, anxiety, greed and disharmony. More »

Britain-Israel

Ridding Britain of Israel’s stooges

Stuart Littlewood says Britons must get rid of the “enemy within” – the Israel flag wavers – before they could bring Israel to account and peace and prosperity to the Palestinians. More »

Netanyahu's ceasefire trick

Netanyahu’s self-inflicted Gaza conundrum

Uri Avnery says the collapse of the ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas may have been engineered by the Israeli secret service, and also helped Netanyahu out of a tight political corner. More »

Prosecute Israel for Gaza war crimes

Israel faces its own evil

Gilad Atzmon argues that on the eve of the collapse of the Gaza ceasefire, Netanyahu faced a dilemma: to lift the Gaza blockade or to end up at the International Criminal Court. More »

Liberal Zionist dilemma

The liberal Zionist dilemma

Lawrence Davidson highlights the contradiction between universal civil and political rights and support for Zionist state. He says that, faced with the choice, most “liberal” Zionists would ditch the veil of liberalism. More »

David Cameron and the Israeli flag

Freedom to live ordinary lives…

Stuart Littlewood argues that while Israel continues to ride roughshod over international law and the will of the international community, Britain’s Conservative-led government continues to regurgitate the same tired old messages. More »

Zionism corrupting US democracy

Open letter to President Obama: Your legacy

Alan Hart spells out, in an open letter to US President Barack Obama, what it would take for Obama not to go down in history as a Zionist stooge and a joke. More »

Broken promises and broken dreams

Gaza: raw power and the murdering of justice

As the Gaza conflict rages, Stuart Littlewood asks whatever happened to the US-Quartet Agreement, signed by Israel, “to give the Palestinian people freedom to move, to trade, to live ordinary lives”? More »

Israeli losers

The Gaza conflict: losers and consequences

Uri Avnery looks at who has come out worse from the month-long Gaza conflict, and assesses the consequences for Israel domestically and internationally, and for Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. More »

Category: Arab World

Watch: A brief explanation of Libya’s demise

For the casual observer, the crisis in Libya has spun beyond comprehension. Gone is the simple dichotomy of Muammar Gaddafi versus “the revolutionaries”. Nor do the equally binary “Islamist versus secularist” or

Listen: Will Nuri al-Maliki’s departure diffuse Iraq’s crisis?

On 14 August Nuri al-Maliki agreed to step aside as Iraqi prime minister, clearing the way for Haydar al-Abadi, the deputy speaker of parliament, to form a government. A divisive figure from

Watch: the “Islamic State” (formerly ISIS) from the inside

The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al-Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

A monster in the birthplace of civilization

Many of us have by now seen the grisly images of rows of captured Iraqi soldiers murdered in cold blood by fighters of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), the jihadi group formerly

Watch: The difference between Sunni and Shi’ah Muslims in three minutes

In the Middle East, the battle between the Sunnis and Shi’is (also spelt Shiites) has been going on for quite some time. With one and a half billion Muslims in the world,

Not the Iraq I remember

Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the so-called "Islamic State"

Jamal Kanj argues that although the US invasion of Iraq sowed the seeds of sectarianism, responsibility for the mess now breaking the country apart rests squarely with Iraq’s leaders and political parties.

Lebanonization of Iraq and the Middle East

Iraqi's ISIS killers

Jamal Kanj argues that the ongoing disintegration of Iraq and the Middle East had been advocated by American Zionist neo-conservatives a full decade before the Anglo-American aggression against Iraq.

The West’s self-styled “left” and our very own Ku Klux Klan

Can the left really fall in love with fascist supremacists? The short answer is no. In theory at least, the left stands for justice, fairness, equality and progress. But that is the

The choice facing Arabs: integration or irrelevance

The Arab world

Jamal Kanj views a recent UN report on the failure of the Arab states to integrate, and argues that Arabs face a choice between democracy and integration or disintegration and irrelevance.

The brave women fighting bigotry in Libya

Once in a while, amid the destruction, kidnappings, murder and mayhem that is engulfing Libya, a brave voice emerges to give us hope that maybe there could be light at the end