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.
Chris Hedges, Courtesy:truthdig.com, November 6,2013
Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. Many of Israel’s most enlightened and educated citizens—1 million of them—have left the country. Its most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists—Israeli and Palestinian—are subject to constant state surveillance, arbitrary arrests and government-run smear campaigns. Its educational system, starting in primary school, has become an indoctrination machine for the military. And the greed and corruption of its venal political and economic elite have created vast income disparities, a mirror of the decay within America’s democracy.
Prabir Purkayastha, October 3,2013
Soon after the military strikes on Syria was forestalled, negotiations between the US and Iran have started. Has the US really changed course in West Asia or is it only a temporary tactical shift with goals of regime change in both Syria and Iran still remaining constant?
Newsclick Production, August 20, 2013
In spite of the peace agreement that the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) had with the Turkish government, Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the PKK who has been held in the Turkish prison island of Imrali for the past 14 years, has not yet been freed. 1/4th of the population in Turkey is Kurdish and yet they do not have the right to have education in their mother tongue.
Speaking to Newsclick on the various facets of the Kurdish Question, Fayik Yagizay, leader of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), says the way-out of this situation is to have a democratic system in Turkey and in the entire region. He emphasises that democracy means not just to have voting rights, but to have the participation of all people which is not sufficient in Turkey. Yagizay says the struggle for freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights is more important than fighting for a separate nation-state.
Newsclick Report, June 29, 2013
Egypt is now on the boil with a wide coalition of forces coming together asking President Morsi to leave and the holding of new presidential elections.
Conn Hallinan,Courtesy: Foreign Policy in Focus, June 27, 2013
The Obama administration’s decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement.
Newsclick Production, June 22, 2013
Newsclick discusses with Vijay Prashad, eminent writer and commentator, the current developments in Turkey. He says the main contradiction in Turkey at present is between democracy and authoritarianism. He also analyses Turkey's position in West Asia today.
Courtesy: taksimdayanisma.org, June 15, 2013
Taksim Solidarity came up as a response to the attacks by the police and the security forces on peaceful demonstrators in more than 77 cities and towns in Turkey.
Orsan, June 10, 2013
Presently I live in the Netherlands, but I have closely followed events in Turkey since I left the country in 2004.
Sungur Savran, Courtesy: Socialist Project, June 3, 2013
Istanbul has become a battlefield covered by tear gas.