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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

The Terrifying World of Pakistan’s ‘Disappeared’

If you want to know how brutally Pakistan treats its people, you should meet Amina Janjua. An intelligent painter and interior designer, she sits on the vast sofa of her living room in Rawalpindi—a room that somehow accentuates her loneliness—scarf wound tightly round her head, serving tea and biscuits like the middle-class woman she is.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


soldier and boy
Wikimedia Commons / Justin McIntosh

State of Denial: Searching for Peace in Israel

The Israeli-Arab conflict is about land. It is about colonies and walls and about binational states and two states and—in the end—about who has power. The Israelis with their eternal American supporters? Or the Palestinians, hopelessly divided and soaked—in Gaza, at least—in corruption and nepotism.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Zaatari

War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah

It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks. Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon—a peaceful Israel, you might think.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Joerg Sarbach

These Iranian Troubadours Show How Music Can Corrupt the Soul

Music and Islam have a dodgy relationship. I guess it’s really all to do with that most jealously guarded commodity, the human soul, over which music exerts such passion.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


Operation Desert Storm
Flickr / Lietmotiv

Gulf War Legacy Flares as Kuwait Puts the Squeeze on Iraq

Almost 19 years to the day after Saddam Hussein’s legions invaded Kuwait—and less than 18 years since the U.S. coalition liberated it—the Croesus-rich emirate is still demanding reparations from Baghdad as if the dictator of Iraq was still alive.

Posted on Aug 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / STR

Symbols Are Not Enough to Win This Battle

You don’t overthrow Islamic revolutions with car headlights. And definitely not with candles. Peaceful protest might have served Gandhi well, but the supreme leader’s Iran is not going to worry about a few thousand demonstrators on the streets, even if they do cry “Allahu Akbar” from their rooftops every night.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE


Murrow
Wikimedia Commons

War Reporters Used to Prefer Morality Over Impartiality

I wonder—in an age when the BBC can refuse help to the suffering because of its “impartiality”—whether we still report war with the same power and passion as the men and women of an earlier generation.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE


Ki-Moon
AP photo / Hussein Malla, Pool

Time for a War Crimes Tribunal?

It’s a wrap, a doddle, an Israeli cease-fire just in time for Barack Obama to have a squeaky-clean inauguration with all the world looking at the streets of Washington rather than the rubble of Gaza.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Casualties
Theatrum Belli

Why Do They Hate the West So Much, We Will Ask

So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night’s work in Gaza by the army that believes in “purity of arms”. But why should we be surprised?

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


UN peacekeepers
AP photo / Mohammed Zaatari

Bring In the Peacekeepers?

Can it be that yet another Israeli failure in Gaza will change the dynamics of “peacekeeping” in the Middle East, that at last the ghost of Arafat will watch the “internationalisation” of the Israeli-Palestinian war?

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Hatem Moussa

Leaders Lie, Civilians Die, and Lessons of History Are Ignored

We’ve got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don’t care anymore—providing we don’t offend the Israelis.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE


Palestinian gunmen
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

One Missing Word Sowed the Seeds of Catastrophe

No one in 1967 dreamed that the Israeli-Arab conflict would still be in ferocious progress 41 years later, but the wording in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 has something to do with this ongoing clash.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


Mohamed Nechla
Wikimedia Commons

Six Held at Guantanamo After Plot Claim Is Dropped

In the dying days of the Bush administration, yet another presidential claim in the “war on terror” has been proved false by the withdrawal of the main charge against six Algerians held without trial for nearly seven years at Guantanamo prison camp.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / John Moore

Robert Fisk: ‘The Middle East Is Not a Complex Place’

The acclaimed journalist stopped by our offices this week, where he told Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer that the Middle East is a lot less puzzling than it’s made out to be: “It’s we who are there, not the other way round. ... It’s not our land. It’s not our religion. Our soldiers are in the Muslim world and they should not be there.” Updated with parts 3 and 4

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Succeeds by Doing Nothing

Without a shot being fired, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ensured that anyone who wants anything in the Middle East has got to talk to Syria. He’s done nothing—and he’s won.

Posted on Aug 3, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

The Middle East Never Tires of Threats

What is it about threats? What possesses half the Middle East to shout abuse all the time? First we have Ahmadinejad, one of the most crackpot presidents in the world, raving away about annihilating Israel. Then we have Shaul Mofaz, the deputy Israeli prime minister, telling the world that there would have to be attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Semantics Can’t Mask Bush’s Chicanery

The president’s twisting of words in an attempt to justify continuing the war has become sickening.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Déjà Vu in Annapolis

Haven’t we been here before? Isn’t Annapolis just a repeat of the White House lawn and the Oslo agreement, a series of pious claims and promises in which two weak men, Messrs. Abbas and Olmert, even use the same words of Oslo.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Do You Know the Truth About Lockerbie?

I’m not at all certain that the CIA did not have a scam drugs heist on board and I am not at all sure that the diminutive Libyan agent Megrahi—ultimately convicted on the evidence of the memory of a Maltese tailor—really arranged to plant the bomb on board Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Bush with his backdrop of troops
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Here We Go Again

A sprig of bougainvillea prompts Robert Fisk to recall the bad old days of the Cold War and, in light of our overblown global war on terror, the curious and often fruitless tendency of governments to create monsters.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Lebanese Government on Verge of Collapse

Another member of Lebanon’s parliament, Antoine Ghanem, was killed on Sept. 19 when a bomb went off in his car outside his home in Beirut. This means, The Independent’s Robert Fisk reports, that ” ... It only takes one more murder for the democratically elected government of Lebanon to fall.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


ground zero
AP Photo / Mark Lennihan

Questioning 9/11 ... With Caution

Since the terrorist attacks on the U.S., many prominent journalists have repeatedly been asked the same questions, as The Independent’s Robert Fisk describes in this piece: “Why, if you believe you’re a free journalist, don’t you report what you really know about 9/11?  ...  Why don’t you reveal the secrets behind 9/11?”  Here, Fisk carefully poses some questions of his own—after addressing a familiar figure he calls the “raver.”

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE


Looking Back at Lebanon

The conflict in Lebanon ended a year ago last week. The Independent’s Robert Fisk reflects on the human misery and destruction inflicted on the country—and on how lucky he is to be alive after more than 30 years of reporting from some of the most dangerous places in the world.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


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