Israel’s Successful Use of the Art of Realpolitik

Many lessons can be drawn from the observation of Israeli dominion over the Palestinians in the past fifty-five years, most notably the audacious mandate of institutionalized violence. Even more alarming than the crimes themselves is the fact that even after blatantly violating international law, Israel manages to remain in the safety of the fold of … Continue reading “Israel’s Successful Use of the Art of Realpolitik”

Israel’s Nuclear Puzzle Resolved: But To What End?

The BBC’s striking revelations regarding the secretive and disconcerting British role in making an Israeli nuclear bomb possible, deserves more than a quick pause and a few dozen news reports. It obliges a thorough investigation coupled with a complete reversal in the double standard that views Israel’s fully-fledged nuclear capabilities as a trivial concern. The … Continue reading “Israel’s Nuclear Puzzle Resolved: But To What End?”

Blaming the Mosques for the Sins of Governments

The deadly terror attacks in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheik Red Sea resort in July and the earlier October 2004 bombings at two other Red Sea resorts seem to have disrupted the consistency of the rationale that links the current terrorism upsurge in the Middle East to the US war effort in Iraq. The Christian Science Monitor … Continue reading “Blaming the Mosques for the Sins of Governments”

Managed Democracy: Washington’s Prospective Policy in the Middle East

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s highly publicized tour in the Middle East, Asia and Europe carried with it little or no surprises. But even then, one must not altogether write off the possibility of some lessons to be learned, even if indirectly. The Middle East leg of her journey, which lasted from June 17-20, … Continue reading “Managed Democracy: Washington’s Prospective Policy in the Middle East”

Grandpa’s Battered Radio

"Ramzy, I must admit it, it’s so hard being a Palestinian these days.” That’s how a friend of mine, a dedicated individual who is spending her days and years advocating justice for the Palestinian people, ended a distressing message to me a few months back. I recall her words often, and as often I recall … Continue reading “Grandpa’s Battered Radio”

Muslim Lives are Desecrated, Not Just Their Book

The reported desecration of the Quran by US guards at the infamous Guantánamo prison, as originally reported by Newsweek on May 9, 2005, was not – as it should’ve been – an opportunity for a thorough examination of US army practices, and thus human rights abuses, toward Muslim inmates in the numerous detention camps erected … Continue reading “Muslim Lives are Desecrated, Not Just Their Book”

Battling the Windmills While Iraq Burns

Cast aside the nonsensical rhetoric about U.S. President George W. Bush’s ostensibly successful efforts to bolster democratic tendencies “sweeping” the Middle East, and you’ll discover that the facts are not so rosy, with Iraq remaining the most horrific reminder. Bush seems to preside over an entirely different world reality when he adamantly presents himself as … Continue reading “Battling the Windmills While Iraq Burns”

US Middle East Policy: Heedless But Unequivocal

There are no conspiracies to dissect, no hidden agendas to sort through and no oblique language to skillfully decode: the Bush administration’s position on illegal Jewish colonies in the occupied Palestinian territories is crystal clear. President George W. Bush did all of us a great favour when he once more articulated his stance on the … Continue reading “US Middle East Policy: Heedless But Unequivocal”

Gaza: The Line of Memory and Despair

I‘ve known of Kassim Kafarneh for many years. His thick, wild beard is now neatly trimmed and his once unruly black hair is combed in an orderly fashion. His spirit, however, is as free as the day I saw him filming in our refugee camp one Friday afternoon, 17 years ago. I know for sure … Continue reading “Gaza: The Line of Memory and Despair”

A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Iraq Edition

I visited Baghdad as a reporter a few years before the US invasion. There were posters and statues of the ousted President Saddam Hussein everywhere. But not one checkpoint. Those lucky enough, or maybe unfortunate enough to report from the occupied Iraqi capital after March 2003, must have noticed how things have changed. It seems … Continue reading “A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Iraq Edition”