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.
Gareth Porter, Courtesy: ipsnews.net, August 28, 2013
After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.
Jamal Juma & Maren Mantovani, Stop the Wall Campaign, August 28, 2013
Any joint activity in which all involved are aware that the stated goals won’t be achieved is a planned failure. Unless, that is, the true goals are different to those being openly stated. In this sense, the “renewed Palestinian-Israeli peace process” seems already a success for Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise and US imperialism.
Newsclick Production, August 27, 2013
Egypt is on the boil again. Events marked by bloody massacres have rocked the country recently. Prof Aijaz Ahmad, senior political analyst speaks to Newsclick on the developments taking place in Egypt. He says the Muslim Brotherhood has vastly overread its popularity and its mandate and underestimated the army. There were no attempts made to address the economic crisis facing the country which had severely effected the everyday lives of the people. Instead, the Muslim Brotherhood was bending to the IMF's conditions. Prof Ahmad feels that the one party State that is Egypt had also not delivered in terms of welfare measures to the people and there were no attempts at democratisation at all.
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.
Prabir Purkayastha, August 16, 2013
The clearing the two sit-ins in Cairo of Muslim Brotherhood by the Army and security forces has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. The Health Ministry has admitted on Thursday (15th August) to 638 having died in the two camps with more 3,994 injured, both numbers bound to rise as clashes continue. Those killed include the 17-year old daughter of Mohamed al-Beltagy, one of the key Brotherhood's leaders.
The number of security forces who have died are already 45, with government buildings, police stations and military check-posts under attack. More worrying, a large number of churches have been attacked as well as Christian homes.
Vijay Prashad, August 8, 2013
Things are not looking good for Qatar under its new emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, age 33. This weekend, a Qatar Airways flight from Doha (Qatar) to Tripoli (Libya) had to be diverted to Alexandria (Egypt) and returned to Doha. Gunmen seized the control tower at Mitiga Airport, whose runways were then closed to this daily flight from Doha. A day before, gunmen entered the Qatar Airways office at the airport and threatened to do what they did the next day. They also said that they planned to run Qatar Airways out of their downtown office in Tripoli Towers.
Vijay Prashad, August 8, 2013
On July 31, Ahmed Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a court in Misrata, Libya for incitement to violence against the February 15, 2011 uprising.
Sharmine Narwani, Courtesy: Alakhbar English, July 31, 2013
At the heart of all politics lies cold, hard opportunism. New circumstances, changed alliances and unexpected events will always conspire to alter one’s calculations to benefit a core agenda.