Birds of Prey: the Record of Impunity for Israeli Military Aircraft

On February 17, 2013, in Articles, by admin

Birds of Prey: the Record of Impunity for Israeli Military Aircraft By Brenda Heard Since March 1978, for thirty-five years, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, has been monitoring the conflict between Israel and Lebanon— the tension, the daring, the mayhem, the killing.  The enthusiastic efforts UNIFIL made in the early years soon […]

In Lebanon it is business as usual against all the odds

On February 7, 2013, in Articles, by admin

In Lebanon it is business as usual against all the odds By Philip McDonagh   On my annual trip to the Lebanon last month I was keen to see how the long-suffering Lebanese had coped with the violent anarchy on their doorstep in Syria. As if 15 years of bloody civil war in their own […]

The War of Lies

On June 9, 2012, in Articles, by admin

The War of Lies By Uri Avnery THIRTY YEARS ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed. Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered […]

Tour d’horizon: An Iranian optic on the Middle East and its prospects

On January 25, 2012, in Articles, by admin

Tour d’horizon: An Iranian optic on the Middle East and its prospects By Seyed Mohammad Marandi Almost a year ago, in a well-remembered Friday prayer sermon delivered on February 4, 2011, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke at length, in Arabic, about the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. At the time, the Egyptian people were on the streets […]

It’s a matter of packaging

On January 14, 2012, in blog posts, by admin

It’s a matter of packaging   In a poll carried out between 14 and 19 December 2011, people across the Arab world, including Syria, were asked: In your opinion, should Syria’s President Assad resign? 55% of the Syrians polled said NO. The poll was commissioned by The Doha Debates (which is sponsored by the Qatar […]

Stirring things up

On November 24, 2011, in blog posts, by admin

Stirring things up by Peter Eyre Could it be that the US, UK and France are persuading the Arab League to take action and are we about to see another “Libya Style Massacre” (sorry I meant to have said “an action to save lives”!!) We have seen the US attempt to take the pressure of […]

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Uncivilized Relations: Israel confronts its neighbours

On June 8, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Uncivilized Relations: Israel confronts its neighbours by Brenda Heard   The turmoil that has beleaguered the Middle East for decades has been described many ways.  On the 5th of June, however, the terminology turned vulgar.  This enduring conflict was publically characterised as a ‘war between the civilized man and the savage’.  Boldly announced with a […]

Days of Audacity

On May 17, 2011, in blog posts, by admin

Days of Audacity by Brenda Heard   It is a toss-up.  Which deserves the star for ‘audacity of the day’?  On the one hand, we have the Israeli government—on the day after its military shot dead some fifteen unarmed Palestinian protestors in Lebanon and on the border of Syria’s occupied Golan Heights—we have the Israeli […]

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