War in Syria

Syria

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:37

Mohamad Khayata and Ghina Sibaii from a 2013 exhibit in Beirut called Bits & Pieces.

 

Dear Friends,

Today, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow to talk to the Russians about - among other matters - Syria. It is said that Tillerson will indicate to the Russians that they must pressure the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. There is mystery here:

  • About what will Tillerson pressure the Russians - that Assad must no longer target civilians and use chemical weapons? that Assad must go? that the Russians must isolate Iran in the Syrian sector?
  • About what weapons Tillerson carries with him to force Russia to do this - that the US would then lift its sanctions? t

Bomb Syria?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 07:52

 

 

Dear Friends,

My apologizes for coming to you twice in a week.

Yesterday, in the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley made a presentation about the terrible gas attack in Syria which killed almost sixty people. She insinuated that the culprit is the government in Damascus and she suggested - tepidly - that the US might consider some kind of military action against the government.

This came alongside her own statement that the author of this terrible strike is not yet precisely known.

At Alternet, I have an essay which goes over the question of how

The Dogs of War

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:17
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence
Photo John C. Goodwin

 

Dear Friends,

Today - 4 April - is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence.

When I first encountered this speech years ago I was struck by Dr. King's compassionate anger and his great honesty. This was a speech that channeled Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1961), and of course the Third World upsurge which Dr. King mentions in the speech. He was influenced by his journey to Ghana in 1957 and to India in 1959 and by many of the internationalists who surro

Violence, Syria, Money

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:57

 

 

Dear Friends,

At Jadaliyya, which is such a fine website, I have an essay on how we understand violence in our times. It is an essay that - in many ways - brings together some of my concerns over the years, of how to write about acts of violence, how media writes about acts of atrocity, how there is a great difference in the treatment of violence done by the 'West' and by the 'East' and so on. This is an essay I neither planned to write nor enjoyed writing. There is something painful in following the lead of two of my gurus in these matters - the Martiniquan

Israel's Apartheid, Syria's Wars

Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:59

Occupied West Bank - Najeh Hashlamoun

 

Dear Friends,

Yesterday - on March 15 - in Beirut, the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) released a landmark report entitled Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid. What is most stunning about this report is that it very carefully lays out the case that Israel's policy towards the Palestinian people - whether inside Israel, in the Occupied Territory or in exile - is a form of apartheid. This is a sharp report that needs to be closely studied.

In today's The Hindu, I have a report - entitled 'Crimes of Apartheid' - based o

Trump, Tima Kurdi

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:24

Abduct Me

 

Dear Friends,

News from Trumpland is out of date before it is written. Reporters struggle to keep up with events, which slip off and are impossible to digest. One minute it is Betsy DeVos and some idiocy at the Department of Education, but before you can focus on that - it is off to the races with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

And then there are the Trump press conferences. Thursday's brava performance by Trump will take a great deal to surpass. His attack on CNN's Jim Acosta was something to behold. Trump's tirade ends wi

Syria, Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 00:54

 

 Deir Ezzor

 

Dear Friends,

In this week's report at Alternet, I try to make some sense of the rapid developments in the war in Syria. There is the creation of a new al-Qaeda front, where there are indications that the armed extremists who wish to prolong the war have gathered. There is also more bad news from the city of Deir Ezzor (pictured above): under siege for two years by ISIS, the water has been cut off almost entirely and food drops from the Syrian government and the UN's World Food Program have been sporadic. The situation is dire here. But given the nature of news and propaganda, there is

Trumpland and Syria

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:21

New York State's rust belt by Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix

 

Dear Friends,

Remarkable events during the first few days of Donald Trump's administration, with his use of presidential power stretched to its constitutional limit. Incredible range of executive orders, many of them based on promises he made on the campaign trail. If nothing else, Trump has kept his promises. Or perhaps it is better to say that he has kept his promises in a theatrical way with little sign that any of these policies will provide the kind of relief that his voters sought.

For instance, on the question of the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. At Alternet, I

Bangladesh, Syria, Om Puri

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 03:49

Coal Power Plant Will Destroy The Sundarbans

 

Dear Friends,


Yesterday there was a strange press conference with US President Elect Trump labeling some news organisations as 'fake news'. It is interesting to see political leaders pick and choose which news organisations they would like to tolerate and which they would not. There is a great similarity in mood here between Trump, India's Narendra Modi and Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Add in place a host of other leaders who have made it their mission to silence journalism either through direct state intimidation or through allowance of their goon squads to pulverise free speech. Eithe

Assassination, no. 2

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:45

 

 

<Assassination, no. 2> The tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran is ongoing in Moscow. The basic sentiment is that they are agreed to find a resolution to the Syrian crisis. This is significant because it brings the Turkish government out of its regime change position on Syria. The meeting comes a day after the Russian ambassador Karlov was assassinated in Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, says that the street on which the ambassador was killed will be named after him. This is a sign of good faith. Turkey and Russia will jointly