Newsclick Production, November 29,2013
Newsclick in conversation with Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst, discusses the developments in West Asia, the present scenario in Syria and Iran's negotiations with the P5+1 countries on the nuclear issue. Ahmad feels that the situation is very fluid in West Asia. Geneva 2 is not likely to happen in the near future. The Israeli-Saudi scenario indicates that since they are losing in Syria, they now want to expand the war into Lebanon. They think that the way to pin down Syria, Hezbollah and Iran is to activate the battlefield in Lebanon. Ahmad also says that the defeat of Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey has brought about what appears to be a sea-change in Turkish policy. They are now supporting the American initiative in the nuclear talks with Iran.
Vijay Prashad, Courtesy: jadaliyya.com, October 10,2013
In 2004, the British government brokered the transfer of militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) from their “undisclosed locations” in the War on Terror to the Qaddafi regime. “This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over the years,” wrote Sir Mark Allen, head of Britain’s MI6 to Qaddafi’s aide Moussa Koussa on 18 March 2004. The specific matter here was the “safe arrival of Abu Abdallah Sadiq,” the nom de plume of Abdul Hakim Belhadj, former emir of LIFG. When Belhadj and his wife arrived in Libya through a MI6-CIA operation, Moussa Koussa chillingly greeted Belhadj, “I’ve been waiting for you.” Belhadj was subsequently tortured and brutalized. All this is documented in the Human Rights Watch report from 6 September 2012, Delivered Into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya.
Newsclick Production, September 21,2013
The grim prospect of a war on Syria has been forestalled for now. The US Congress and the British Parliament have given a red signal to the attack on Syria. Prof. Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst discussing the developments around Syria with Newsclick, says that the international isolation of the US in this entire exercise was extraordinary. It is for the first time since the World War II that an American President wanted to launch a war and was prevented. He says that this is a defeat for the Israeli lobby in the US Congress. Ahmad feels that these changes will have profound consequences in Central Asia in the balance of power, in that both Russia and China could possibly gain.
Newsclick Production, September 7, 2013
Newsclick discusses with senior political analyst Aijaz Ahmad the happenings in Syria, the US attempts to bomb Syria, the international responses to these developments and what could happen to the whole West Asian scenario. Aijaz Ahmad says that the US Congressional approval for bombing Syria could play either way – it might seem as if the US Congress is taking charge and preventing Obama from bombing Syria, or it may well be that the resolution may be approved, giving unlimited authority to Obama to go ahead.
Stanly Johny, September 6,2013
Saddam Hussein called the first Iraq war the “mother of all battles”. Wait a minute before you blame me for quoting a dead “despised dictator”. Look at today’s Middle East and North Africa.
Katie Miranda,Courtesy:mondoweiss.net, September 3, 2013
Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of 21st century.
Prabir Purkayastha, August 31, 2013
The hypocrisy of the US and its allies is today matched with the complicity of the global mainstream media. Without producing any shred of evidence, the US and its allies are telling the world that they have conclusive evidence that it is the Assad regime that has conducted the chemical attack in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, killing an estimated 356 people. The US and France are still claiming that under “a right to protect”, they can now bomb Syria – kill more Syrians in order to protect them. This was Kerry's plea when he spoke to the press -- trust us, we know, so let us bomb Syria.
Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh, Courtesy: mintpressnews.com,August 31, 2013
This article is a collaboration between Dale Gavlak reporting for Mint Press News and Yahya Ababneh.
Seema Mustafa, August 30, 2013
US President Barack Obama is set to do a ‘Bush’ in West Asia. In what could be the first war based on little more than a Youtube video, Obama is preparing to invade Syria and destroy yet another sophisticated country in the region. He has clearly decided not to wait for the report of a United Nations team investigating charges of the use of chemicals against civilians by the Syrian government, maintaining that this would not be “credible.” So the US, past master in cooking facts, is collecting its own ‘evidence’ to justify the decision to invade Syria.
Nile Bowie, Courtesy: rt.com, August 28,2013
The military buildup in the Mediterranean indicates that Assad’s opponents intend to militarily intervene in Syria under cover of “humanitarian intervention,” a disingenuous narrative that could not be further from the truth.