Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Shop the Truthdig Gift Guide 2014
December 20, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Get Truthdig's headlines in your inbox!


Truthdig Bazaar
White Heat

White Heat

By Brenda Wineapple
$18.45

Orientalism

Orientalism

By Edward W. Said

more items

 
Tags

Tag: Robert Fisk


AP/Evan Vucci

Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hassan Ammar

‘When Is a Military Coup Not a Military Coup?’

“For the first time in the history of the world, a coup is not a coup,” Robert Fisk writes in The Independent. “The army take over, depose and imprison the democratically elected president, suspend the constitution, arrest the usual suspects, close down television stations and mass their armour in the streets of the capital.” But the American president does not name it as so.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



geyergus (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Chemical Weapons: ‘A Retold Drama Riddled With Plot Holes’

“In any normal society,” writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, “the red lights would now be flashing.”

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



Larisa Epatko / News Hour

In Fallujah, a Hospital of Horrors

All at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

Prosecuting War Crimes? Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

It all depends, I think, on whether criminals are our friends (Stalin at the time) or our enemies (Hitler and his fellow Nazis), whether they have their future uses (the Japanese emperor) or whether we’ll get their wealth more easily if they are out of the way (Saddam and Gadhafi).

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE


Syria Has Seen Similar Bloodshed Before

History comes full circle in Syria. In February 1982, President Hafez al-Assad’s army stormed into the ancient cities to end an Islamist uprising.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


German Captains, U-Boats and Other Lies About Ireland

By chance, I arrived in Dublin this week on the day that the Saville report on Bloody Sunday was published.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


Said
Wikimedia Commons / Justin McIntosh

Getting a Read on the Middle East

The greatest problem of writing historically about the Middle East is that the story has not ended. The war goes on. And both “sides”—actually, there are rather a lot of sides—produce conflicting narratives.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


El Baradei
AP / Amr Nabil

Mubarak’s Challenger Can’t Rely on a Fair Race

What keeps old men in power in Egypt? And what keeps middle-aged men wanting power in a country whose crippled society, increasing sectarianism, brutal police force and endemic corruption are only compounded by an electoral system widely regarded as a fraud?

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Walls Never Work—in the Middle East or in Ireland

The story of the Protestant "settlements" in Ireland provides a ghostly narrative of those modern-day "settlements" in the West Bank, where the Israelis insist on fighting the world’s last colonial war with the assistance of that great anti-colonial nation known as the United States.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


mesbah-yazdi with ahmadinejad
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

The Silent Cleric Who Holds the Key to Iran’s Future

We like to believe—and newspapers and television like us to believe—that the battle for Iran is being fought on the streets of Tehran, of Isfahan, of Najafabad. Untrue. The future of the nation is being decided in Qom, among the clerical leaders of Iranian Shia Islam; and one of the most influential of them—perhaps the closest of all the ayatollahs to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—is silent.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 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


Anne Frank's diary
AP / Evert Elzinga

How the Anti-Semites of Hezbollah Have Sent Anne Frank Back Into Hiding

“This young woman who upsets people ...” was the headline in Lebanon’s L’Orient Littáraire yesterday. The teenager was Anne Frank, who died of typhoid at Bergen-Belsen in 1945 after being betrayed to the Nazi authorities, along with her family, in her Amsterdam “safe house.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


Dubai skyline
AP / Kamran Jebreili

India May Hold the Whip Hand in Dubai Power Game

There are two basic truths about Dubai which, predictably, have not found their way into market speculation or newspaper analysis. The first is that Dubai may soon find itself a satellite not of its Abu Dhabi capital but of India.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai
AP / Ahmad Masood, pool

America Performs Its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Barack Obama-Gordon Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? Now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


Future TV
AP / Darko Bandic

End of an Era for Lebanon’s Free Press

For decades, Lebanese journalism has been applauded as the freest, most outspoken and most literate in the heavily censored Arab world. Alas, no more. The Lebanese media are being hit – like the rest of the world – by the Internet and falling advertising revenues. But this is Lebanon, where politics is always involved. Is something rotten in the state of the Lebanese press?

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


smoke in Gaza
Flickr/Amir Farshad Ebrahimi

Israel Should Pay Attention to a Man of Justice

Israeli investigations of the Gaza war, its government officials announced, were “a thousand times” fairer than the Goldstone investigation—a preposterous claim, given Israel’s constant inability to conduct fair inquiries of its own—and that his mission “gave legitimacy to the Hamas terrorist organization.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


‘Lebanon’s Madoff’ Goes Bankrupt After Bouncing Check to Hezbollah

Everyone trusted Salah Ezzedine. A billionaire Shiite Muslim businessman and financier from southern Lebanon, he organized pilgrimages to Mecca, ran a major Beirut publishing house and a children’s television station, held major investments in east European oil and iron conglomerates and—much more to the point—was a close personal friend of very senior leaders of Hezbollah.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Avi Shlaim
sant.ox.ac.uk

Lessons in Justice in the Middle East

Let us now praise famous men and their fathers that begat them. The famous man—he should be much more famous—is the Israeli historian Avi Shlaim whose wonderful “reappraisals, revisions and refutations” is coming out in September under the simple title: “Israel and Palestine.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan protest
AP photo / Musadeq Sadeq

Civilians Pay the Price of War From Above

Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as “human shields” by the Taliban and we shall say that we “deeply regret” innocent lives that were lost.

Posted on May 10, 2009 READ MORE


Prince Charles and Nouri al-Maliki
AP pool photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

British Government Gives Iraq Story a Final Spin

“We acknowledge,” the letter says, “that violence has claimed the lives of many thousands of Iraqi civilians over the last five years, either through terrorism or sectarian violence. Any loss of innocent lives is tragic and the Government is committed to ensuring that civilian casualties are avoided. Insurgents and terrorists are not, I regret to say, so scrupulous.”

Posted on May 2, 2009 READ MORE


Hurndall
telegraph.co.uk

If Only the World Had Listened

Tom Hurndall was one of a bunch of “human shields” who turned up in Baghdad just before the Anglo-American invasion in 2003, the kind of folk we professional reporters make fun of. Tree huggers, that kind of thing. Now I wish I had met him because Hurndall’s journals show a remarkable man of remarkable principle.

Posted on Mar 29, 2009 READ MORE


Salim el-Hoss
secint50.un.org

Human Rights Defenders Have It Tough in the Mideast

Dr Salim el-Hoss is 80 now but remains a staunch defender of human rights and democracy, an opponent of the death penalty and an outspoken supporter of Palestinians. When I recommended to him a long article on American torture, he read it right through to the end and then put the paper down with a slap on his knee. “Terrible, terrible,” he muttered.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP photo / Alessandra Tarantino

Consider the Source

Now a lot of folk will go along with the line that the Holy Father is so stupid—so utterly out of touch with Planet Earth—that he has no idea how disastrously his actions are received. Hmmm. Well, I wonder.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 READ MORE


Sachsenhausen
AP photo / Sven Kaestner

Rules of War Weren’t Made for Only One People

The organized persecution of a group is despicable whether the victims are the Jews of World War II or today’s Gazans.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza rubble
AP photo / Fadi Adwan

When Did We Stop Caring About Civilian Deaths During Wartime?

I wonder if we are “normalizing” war. It’s not just that Israel has yet again gotten away with the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza protest
AP photo / Roberto Pfeil

Leave World War II Out of Gaza

I have long raged against any comparisons with the Second World War—whether of the Arafat-is-Hitler variety once deployed by Menachem Begin or of the anti-war- demonstrators-are- 1930s-appeasers, most recently used by George Bush and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza graffiti
AP photo / Elizabeth Dalziel

Time to Stop the Mideast Comparisons

It all depends where you live. That was the geography of Israel’s propaganda, designed to demonstrate that we softies—we little baby-coddling liberals living in our secure Western homes—don’t realize the horror of 12 (now 20) Israeli deaths in 10 years and thousands of rockets and the unimaginable trauma and stress of living near Gaza.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan ministry attack
AP photo / Rahmat Gul

Afghanistan in Crisis

The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands—all but a square mile at the centre of the city—and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008 READ MORE


White Rock set
independent.co.uk

Making Movies the Afghan Way

Incredibly, as Afghanistan sinks back into the anarchy which became its natural state these past 29 years, Afghan film-makers are producing movies of international quality, turning out pictures which prove—even amid war—that a country’s tragedy can be imaginatively recreated for its people.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008 READ MORE


Afghan boy and soldiers
AP photo / Rafiq Maqbool

No End to the Savagery in Afghanistan

Back in Afghanistan, the mind turns to the small matter of savagery. Not the routine cruelty of war, but the deliberate inhumanity with which we behave.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Paying for Eight Years of Bush’s Delusions

How is Barack Obama going to repair the titanic damage which his vicious, lying predecessor has perpetrated around the globe and within the U.S. itself?

Posted on Nov 8, 2008 READ MORE


Thucydides
Wikimedia/Gryffindor

Ancient Words Our Leaders Should Heed

Let us now praise famous men. And after yet another U.S. presidential candidates’ debate of awesome sterility I’m referring principally to one of the first journalists to understand war and, so far as he could, to check his sources: Thucydides.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Afghan woman mourning
AP photo / Fraidoon Pooyaa

‘Collateral Damage’ Not Much Different From Targeted Killing

When U.S. troops massacre Iraqi civilians in Haditha because their buddy has been murdered, what is the difference between their revenge and that of Saddam?

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Favors Bankers Over Soldiers

By grotesque mischance, $700 billion—the cost of George Bush’s Wall Street rescue plan—is about the same figure the president has squandered on his preposterous war in Iraq, the war we have now apparently “won” thanks to the “surge.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Horrors of War Our Leaders Never Have to Confront

I’m not sure of this, but I think—I suspect and feel—that the Great War, the war of 1914-1918, is beginning to dominate our lives even more than the terrible and infinitely more costly conflict of 1939-1945. The Second World War may haunt our lives. The First World War, it seems to me, imprisons us all.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


Lebanon mourners
AP photo / Darko Bandic

Dramatic Return for the Living and the Dead

Yesterday [July 16] was the last day of the 2006 Lebanon war, the final chapter of Israel’s folly and Hizbollah’s hubris, a grisly day of corpse-swapping and refrigerated body parts and coffin after bleak wooden coffin on trucks crossing the Israeli border, which left old Ali Ahmed al-Sfeir and his wife, Wahde, stooped and broken with grief.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Educating the U.S. About the Middle East

“You in the West have a moral duty in Europe to educate the United States more about the Middle East. If they don’t listen to you, they will not listen to us. They will continue with their mistakes.” I don’t think they’re going to listen, I mutter.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


Baghdad calling
independent.co.uk

Snapshots of Life and Death in Baghdad

Three bodies lie beside a Baghdad street on a blindingly hot day. The one on the right is dressed in a white shirt and bright green trousers, his hands tied behind his back. Two others on the left lie shoeless, both dressed in check shirts, dumped—how easily we use that word of Baghdad’s corpses—on a yard of dirt and bags of garbage. They, too, of course, are now garbage.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


The West’s Weapon of Self-Delusion

So they are at it again, the great and the good of American democracy, groveling and fawning to the Israeli lobbyists of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), repeatedly allying themselves to the cause of another country and one that is continuing to steal Arab land. Will this ever end?

Posted on Jun 7, 2008 READ MORE


Hezbollah Rules West Beirut in Iran’s Proxy War With America

Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government of Lebanon has lost.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


The Gardens of the Devil

The first time I saw one, my first instinct was to pick it up. It shone in the sunlight, bright green, something new and fresh amid the dry grass of the south Lebanon hills. The little cluster bomblet seemed to have been made to hold in the hand. No wonder the little children died.

Posted on Feb 29, 2008 READ MORE


A Lesson in Courage From Beirut

Not only is The Independent reporter Fisk, like many others in Beirut, no longer shocked by a murder of yet another member of parliament, but he also is no longer affected by viewing the remains of the dead.  Such is life in Lebanon today.  Here, Fisk relates how Lebanese officials are learning to exist in a perpetual fog of fear.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Lebanese Strike a Blow at U.S.-Backed Government

True, the U.S. may be able to “spread democracy” to other nations throughout the world, but, as The Independent’s Robert Fisk points out, that doesn’t mean that the U.S. can control how those nations exercise their democratic rights.  Take Lebanon, for example, where, Fisk wryly notes, “The Arabs have, once more, followed democracy and voted for the wrong man.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


Expecting the Worst in Lebanon

The seasoned Mideast reporter for the British paper The Independent returns home to his flat in Beirut to find his landlord reinforcing his building with an iron door.  After considering the state of affairs in Lebanon—not to mention in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Gaza—Fisk gets behind his landlord’s security plan.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


Lawrence of Arabia Had it Right About Iraq

Nearly 80 years ago, Lt. Col. Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, composed a prescient Encyclopedia Britannica entry for the term guerrilla, which foreign correspondent Robert Fisk calls “a chilling read ... because it contains so ghastly a message to the American armies in Iraq.”  This article originally appeared in Britain’s The Independent.

Posted on Jul 19, 2007 READ MORE


How Can Blair Possibly Be Given This Job?

Tony Blair has moved out of 10 Downing Street and is moving on to a position as Britain’s Middle East envoy—which strikes reporter Robert Fisk as astonishing news, since, as he puts it in this article from Britain’s The Independent, Blair “is a politician who has failed in everything he has ever tried to do in the Middle East.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


Welcome to ‘Palestine’

The Independent’s Middle East correspondent looks into the current state of “Palestine” and the West’s complicated—and contradictory—relations with the region and its leaders.

Posted on Jun 22, 2007 READ MORE


View the most popular tags overall?

 
Monsters of Our Own Creation? Get tickets for this Truthdig discussion of America's role in the Middle East.
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Zuade Kaufman, Publisher   Robert Scheer, Editor-in-Chief
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.