OPINION On Monday, as Notre Dame burned before our eyes, it was striking to note how few seemed to know that the Parisian cathedral’s original architectural design, its twin towers flanking an elaborate entrance, its rose windows, its rib vaulting and its spire (la fleche) owe their origins to Middle[…]
It wasn’t just Netanyahu who didn’t mention ‘a two-state solution’ in his election campaign; none of his main rivals did either. So why do Western politicians and pundits keep mouthing platitudes about it, as if it’s still 1993? Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud Party, appears to have secured[…]
OPINION Israel’s elections on Tuesday remain too close to call. With Likud and the Blue and White list polling neck and neck, incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu likely has the easiest path to forming a new coalition government – but challenger Benny Gantz could yet emerge as prime minister. The election has[…]
When Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austro-Hungary, took a wrong turning in Sarajevo in 1914 the world found itself on the road to WW1. With Donald Trump’s self-serving recognition of Israel’s illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights, a similar wrong turn has been taken, and[…]
The US’s “recognition” of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory is brazen – but it’s no surprise. Washington itself violates the sovereignty of other countries with such regularity that it barely even raises eyebrows anymore. US President Donald Trump signed a declaration on Monday recognizing Israeli “sovereignty” over the disputed, strategically important[…]
As controversy rages over the alleged April 2018 Douma “chemical weapon attacks” that signaled the end of Jaish Al Islam’s occupation, life in the Syrian city gradually returns to peace and stability. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) interim report and final report have thrown the Western[…]
OPINION Terror activities perpetrated by white extremists is seldom analysed to its roots in the mainstream global media because it would reveal the ugly truth about the hidden hands that manipulate so much of the murder, destruction and mayhem in the world. Coincidentally, Israel has claimed that rockets have been[…]
OPINION by CJ Werleman The Middle East is being reshaped by ever-more-repressive forms of authoritarianism, as the guiding hand of the US not only promises further victimisation of minorities and pro-democracy forces, but also the unleashing and empowerment of violent insurgency groups. To understand the Middle East, or even the[…]
OPINION Below the Western media’s radar, tensions have been escalating in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem. In the last week, a new confrontation has emerged over al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the context of intensifying efforts by Israeli authorities and settlers to change the status quo and take over Palestinian properties in and around[…]
By Ibrahim Vawda February 5th marks Solidarity Day with Kashmiris. The situation in Kashmir has nothing to do with passivity or docility in the Kashmiri character. That myth has long been shattered. Kashmiris hardly showed themselves as resigned to Indian occupation. Kashmir never felt itself to be part of India before[…]
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