Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

The Trouble With Iran

Monday, March 5th, 2007

When it comes to information on Iran, avoid at all costs the murky paranoia and the colloidal stodge oozing from the blogs and columns of the weird-nasties of the ‘decent-left’ persuasion.
If you read one article to inform you about the state of affairs in Iran, make sure it’s Fred Halliday’s authoritative overview published in openDemocracy. […]

The Big Brzezinski on the Iraq War

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

This is part of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s address to the Senate on the end to war in Iraq:
A mythical historical narrative to justify the case for such a protracted and potentially expanding war is already being articulated. Initially justified by false claims about WMD’s in Iraq, the war is now being redefined as the “decisive ideological […]

They want to take over the World, don’t you know

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Like clockwork, following the Holocaust Denial Conference in Iran comes the Global Jihad Warning Conference in Israel.
What’s it all about? Iran and Palestine mostly, with lots of academic research thrown in on the Muslim masterplan to “deliver Islam” to the world through “global jihad”. Heading the list of academics will be the world expert on […]

Brown Man’s Burden?

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Ali Eteraz is “severely hurt” by Western Muslim attitudes to Iraqi insurgency. Best let him explain his pain himself, from a post entitled Western Muslim Opinion On The War in Iraq:
I have to say, I am severely hurt by what Islam has become in Iraq. In fact, to say that this blatant murdering of civilians […]

Iraq: International Spillover

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

In this post on her blog, author Laila Lalami recognises the international players who will use Iraq as the battleground to fight the war along the lines of the deepest Islamic schism of them all: that of Sunni and Shi’i.
So now it’s official. The government of Saudi Arabia told Dick Cheney that it […]

Asking For It

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Seymour Hirsh writes a long, complex piece (in the New Yorker) about the continuing machinations in Washington DC for the ‘Next Strike’. Yes, war on Iran. The article is detailed, the facts are complex (nuclear intelligence) and the background is far from simple and none of it can be reduced to a simplistic “good vs evil” translation. No one […]

Debunking the Clash Myth

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Ethan Heitner writes, on the excellent site, a good article about two events that will put the the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ tripe out of service once and for all. But first, what exactly is the Clash of Civilisations myth?
Samuel Huntington’s nonsense 1996 hit, The Clash of Civilizations, holds as its basic premise that […]

On Kuwait

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I’m building up to a big vent about the dehumanised treatment of Southasian migrant workers slaving in Kuwait, one of these days. In the meantime, this is Lenin bhai on Kuwait and its Arab-brotherly squeeze on the ‘Iraq Rebuilding’ Project:
Of course, the biggest chunk of all [Iraqi] reparations goes to Kuwait’s state-owned oil industry, but […]

Worst Case Scenario

Monday, September 4th, 2006

This is blogger Anupam Chander on drawing wrong lessons from the failure to rebuild Iraq:
The failure of Iraqi reconstruction likely has more to do with our own actions rather than their social pathologies. We became the local autocrats, with proconsul Bremer the incompetent leader, his diktats enforced with ruthless force, and with lower level administrators […]

Get Shirty

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Raed Jarrar, California-based Iraqi who updates the Raed in the Middle blog, was forced to cover a t-shirt he was wearing on August 17, before boarding a JetBlue Airways flight from JFK to California. The t-shirt had the legend WE WILL NOT BE SILENT in Arabic and English. This is Raed’s description of the events […]

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