Mosul has been liberated. That is the headline. But what will this liberation mean. The picture above, taken by an AFP photographer, shows the extent of the devastation of the city. 'Our city is in ruins', says Ayman who lives in the western part of Mosul.
There is little press coverage of the brutal aerial bombardment of the city by the US-led Coalition. Amnesty International accused the United States of war crimes, which it has denied. But the evidence is quite shocking. AirWars has released an important report on the scale of the attacks, and t
Traveling from one side of the Mediterranean Sea back to the other - from Spain to Morocco and back - provides a vivid appreciation of the way the histories of these countries are intertwined. Not merely during the time of the Nasrid sultans of Andalusia, but also during the Spanish occupation of Morocco and during the military coup led by Franco in 1936 that began in Spanish occupied Morocco and came northward to inaugurate the Spanish Civil War. Even so now, when unemployment racks both sides of the sea - from Barcelona to Fez. That is the heart of the story which I am shar
The United Nations' refugee agency - UNHCR - has offered a stark number: that the world's refugees now number close to 66 million. That makes refugees the 21st largest country in the world. A study shows that by 2020, it is likely that the refugee population will be at 2 billion. This is not an alarmist figure. It is one that should be taken very seriously.
My report at Alternet this week is on the ongoing refugee crisis, with stories from the Sahara, but also on the failed project of dealing with refugees through the lens of 'security' and not 'humanity'. It quotes from the
The image above is from Gaudi's spectacular Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Jesus says to Judas, 'you have also betrayed me'. But he turns a bit too far and looks at us - those who enter the church - rather than Judas. This is a sculpture of complicity as much as betrayal. It reminds us of the dangers of silence when dangerous noises threaten our world.
This week, at Alternet, I have an essay on the Trump administration as The Final Administration. The worry here is the great disregard by this government to two of the gravest threats to the planet's longevity - climate catastr
The picture above is from a painting by Abdalla al-Omari that is showing in Dubai's Ayyam Gallery. Al-Omari's series portrays world leaders as refugees. These are strong visuals of our times. What is not there in the series are images of the Gulf Arab leaders and their silences. It would be impossible to portray Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, emir of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, as a refugee. Al-Omari would go to prison for that.
During Ramadan, Dubai bustles. Even the art galleries have special hours. The mood of war and embargoes that has unraveled Syria and
In 2004, British parliamentarian and outspoken anti-war campaigner Jeremy Corbyn was invited to the World Social Forum in Mumbai (India). The organisers invited Corbyn for his frank stance against the West's illegal war on Iraq.
On 15 February 2003, Corbyn gave a speech in Hyde Park at the podium of the Stop the War Coalition, with which he had been associated since its formation in 2001. Nearly two million people - Corbyn's natural constituency - marched that day in London against the impending war. Here, as a Member of Parliament from Islington North, Corbyn called for a vote on the war
In Turkey last night there was a demonstration in Istanbul in solidarity with Qatar. The Turkish parliament voted to hasten deployment of thousands of its troops to the emirate. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have moved to the Saudi border. Iran has pledged to supply Qatar with food and water, while Qatar Airlines flights have diverted their routes through Iranian and Turkish air-space.
The Saudi-Emirati drive against Qatar is not new and nor should it come as a surprise. Nor should the Turkish push to protect its ally - both patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood.
At Alternet, I have a
The Indian government - in pursuance of its attack on the diversity of Indian culture - has decided to push for a ban on beef eating. This has come after a vicious series of murders of cow herders and traders - from vulnerable communities - that have gone largely unpunished. The climate of intolerance is now established by this government order.
But the ban on beef has not gone unchallenged. Across the opposition landscape has come a strong criticism of this policy. In the lead have been left-wing students who have come onto the streets to cook and eat beef in a festive atmos
Two days ago, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala completed its first term in office. One of the highlights of its accomplishments has been the policy towards migrants workers. While there is a global attack on immigrants, in Kerala the Left has decided to push for more rights for mights - including health insurance. This is only one of many initiatives taken by the LDF to tackle the pressing needs of the people. By the way, the population of Kerala is about equal to that of Canada. Developments of a humane policy in such a large state should give pause to th