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.
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.
Prabir Purkayastha, September 6, 2013
The world seems to be moving on two different tracks on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Almost the only narrative in the US is did Assad regime use chemical weapons, but what should be the US response. The evidence of Assad government using chemical weapons needs to be at least plausible, for the world to accept unilateral US military strikes. In the rest of the world, barring perhaps only France, there is deep scepticism about such US claims.
Seema Mustafa, September 5, 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron inadvertently forced India to take a declared position on the US proposal to invade Syria, limited or otherwise. After a long bout of silence, New Delhi was shocked on the eve of general elections, to find that the British government had listed it as one of the countries supporting US military action against Syria. it had been listed by the British government as one of the countries supporting US military action.
Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said: ‘Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime’
Vijay Prashad, Courtesy: jadaliyya.com, September 3, 2013
You are in Syria, somewhere in Damascus. You have been involved in various protests to fight for more democratic space in Syria, and then, after the early months of 2011, to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Asad. I have learned a great deal from people like you, about your country and about the nature of the struggles that confront you. You have seen the tide go out in your disfavor on two fronts: first, an international environment that seemed to be in harmony with your goals, but then turned out to be as conflicted about “regime change” as you are certain about it; second, an internal opposition that seemed to mimic the early wellsprings of the Arab uprisings in North Africa in its multivalent diversity, but then turned out to be hijacked by imperialist interests and by radical jihadis that you find intolerant and dangerous. As the politics goes against your more secular nationalism and democratic liberalism, and as you feel isolated in every which way, the advent of a US bombing raid seemed to be a deus ex machine—a thundercloud from Zeus himself. Such a clap of lightening on the hardened bases of military power would perhaps knock the wind out of the Asad regime, making it possible for people like you to clamber to the top of a revolutionary dynamic.
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.
Stanly Johny, July 4, 2013
US President Barack Obama’s decision to step up America’s involvement in the Syrian war has come hardly as a surprise.
Newsclick Production, June 22, 2013
The United States has provided more arms to the rebel groups claiming that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militants.
The rhetoric on Syrian chemical weapons is similar to the false charges against Iraq on WMDs in the run-up to the 2003 US-led invasion. The investigations of the UN Human Rights Committee have reported that it cannot confirm the US claim on Syria chemical weapons. Russia and China have made clear that any attempt at a replay of Iraq or of Libya will not be allowed through the UN Security Council.
Newsclick talks to Vijay Prashad, eminent writer and commentator, on the developments in Syria. Prashad says that the policy of the US and the Nato powers, it seems, is to bleed Syria to ultimately weaken the Hezbollah and Iran.
Vijay Prashad, Courtesy: .jadaliyya, December 14, 2012
Our enemies did not cross our borders
They crept through our weakness like ants.
-- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback”
(Hawamesh ‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967.
Vijay Prashad, Courtesy: Asia Times, September 26, 2012
"How would you cry when the spears of the enemies are broken on your waist?