Monday, October 15, 2018

The strange disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

My article for Consortium News: "The Strange Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi".

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Writing regularly now for Consortium News

It is official.

The (un)happy journey of Jamal Khashoggi

My weekly article for Al-Akhbar: "The (Un)Happy Journey of Jamal Khashoggi: Will Muhammad bin Salman stay in power?"

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Khashoggi affair

I spoke about the Khasshoggi affair with Dennis Bernstein at KPFA yesterday.  (Minute 19:00).

Friday, October 05, 2018

US peace process

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "A History of the American "peace process": On "Preventing Palestine", Part II".

My take on Seth Anziska's "Preventing Palestine" (in English)

My take on Seth Anziska's new book, "Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo" (just published by Princeton UP).

U.S. charity spreads fear and intimidation among students

“For three years, a website called Canary Mission has spread fear among undergraduate activists, posting more than a thousand political dossiers on student supporters of Palestinian rights. The dossiers are meant to harm students’ job prospects, and have been used in interrogations by Israeli security officials.”

British spies sought freedom to commit murder, torture & rape

“MI5 has attempted to grant legal immunity for its agents to participate in murder, torture, sexual assaults and other criminality, a tribunal has heard. The secret policy may, for decades, have enabled the security service to conceal illegal activity, Ben Jaffey QC told the investigatory powers tribunal.”

Agricultural research, or a new bioweapon system?

“In the context of the stated aims of the DARPA program, it is our opinion that the knowledge to be gained from this program appears very limited in its capacity to enhance U.S. agriculture or respond to national emergencies (in either the short or long term).” “As a result, the program may be widely perceived as an effort to develop biological agents for hostile purposes and their means of delivery, which—if true—would constitute a breach of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).” (thanks Amir)

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The Kidnapping of Jamal Khashuggi in Turkey

I want to say this publicly: there are several Saudi men and women I know who have been seeking political asylum in Europe and North America. I appeal to all of them to stay safe and be cautious because Western governments--all of them--would sell them for a barrel of oil.

PS And I have no doubt that Israeli intelligence assisted the Saudi regime in the arrangement of the kidnapping. Ironically, Khashoggi (contrary to his reputation in Western mainstream media) was only mildly critical of the regime and he devoted his entire "journalistic" career to the service of this prince or that prince--depending on the demand.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Secret courts

“The quality of justice behind the clerks’ closed doors can depend on where the hearing is held, who you know, or the color of your skin, according to a Spotlight Team investigation. It’s a land of arbitrary second chances, where the powerful, the privileged, and the lucky can see serious charges like reckless endangerment of a child and motor vehicle homicide quietly swept away in private hearings.” (thanks Amir)

This is how NPR describes the expulsions of Palestinians from their homeland

"They're part of a Bedouin tribe that was displaced from the desert in Israel many decades ago, and they relocated here in the early '50s." (thanks Basim)  Displaced from the desert in Israel when there was NO ISRAEL??

Charles Aznavour

This is by far my favorite song by Aznavour.  But I detested him at the personal level.  Despite his popularity in the Arab world and the pleas by Arabs for him to boycott the occupation state, he maintained a very close relationship with the occupation state since the 1960s and participated in cruel festivities for the Israeli war criminal state.  

Friday, September 28, 2018

My critical review of Seth Anziska's book, "Preventing Palestine"

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "From the history of the American "peace process": On Preventing Palestine", Part I.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

the worst corruption scandals to hit the New York Police Department in years

“The brothel empire was always one step ahead of the law. Last week, prosecutors disclosed why: They said the brothels were run by a retired police detective who had been repeatedly tipped off about planned raids by officers on the force, revealing one of the worst corruption scandals to hit the New York Police Department in years.” (thanks Amir)

Saudi regime media standards

Meanwhile, Asharq al-Awssat newspaper quoted security sources and other extremist groups in Pakistan as saying that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi arrived in the state of Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan after crossing the Iranian territory. Baghdadi relocation, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified, came after the arrival of hundreds of ISIS members to the province after crossing the Iranian territory, through the city of Zahedan in eastern Iran, where sources said that the terrorist organization maintains a headquarter of the hospitality of its fighters with the knowledge and coordination with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards." (thanks Basim)

Bob Woodward Versus Donald Trump

My weekly article for Al-Akhbar: "Bob Woodward versus Donald Trump: the media of the invisible State".

Monday, September 17, 2018

Comrade Joseph Massad on Self-determination

"The 1993 Oslo Accords, in contrast, made no mention of that right whatsoever, let alone of “independence” or “liberation.”60 Instead, the Oslo Accords stipulated PLO recognition of the legitimacy of Israel as a state established on Jewish-colonized Palestinian lands. Thus, the Oslo Accords were in effect the best expression of the century-old Berlin Conference’s “right” of the Palestinians “to dispose of themselves” through ceding their “hereditary” right to their “soil” to a foreign power.61 Upon the orders of the United States and on the occasion of U.S. president Clinton’s visit to Gaza in 1998, the Palestinian Authority (PA) convened the PLO’s Palestinian National Council (PNC) to modify the Palestinian National Charter, for the express purpose of canceling articles Israeli officials found objectionable in it, including Article 19, which based itself on jus soli, though the PNC did keep Article 24, which bases itself on jus sanguinis.62
What emerges from the colonial and anticolonial use of the principle of self-determination in the Palestinian-Zionist context is its dependence on the same legal references to the question of nationality, not least the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act of 1914, and its 1918 amendments, namely, the two main definitions of the right to nationality: blood and land, or, jus sanguinis and jus soli.63 These became the two bases invoked by the British Mandatory authorities and the Zionists to establish a Jewish claim to Palestine."

By far, my favorite passage of Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear"


How Yasser Arafat led the Palestinian people to Trump's "Deal of the Century"

My article for Consortium News on Yasser Arafat's disastrous path of leadership.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Arrested in Israel for Facebook posts

"On Tuesday morning, September 11, while Israel was celebrating the Jewish New Year, the Israeli police raided the home of Raja Eghbarieh, one of the leaders of the Abnaa Al-Balad movement, in Umm Al-Fahm. They searched the house, confiscated documents, smartphones and computers, 
and carried Eghbarieh with them. On the next day he was brought before a remand judge in the Israeli court in Hadera. The police representatives clarified that they were interrogating him for his posts on Facebook. They said they have already waged a “covert investigation” for a long time and now want to carry on while he is under detention. They claimed that some of his posts consisted “incitement to violence” and “support for a terrorist organization”." (thanks Eyal)

The US political crisis

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "The American Crisis of Governance: Will Trump Stay as President"?

Border agent accused of killing 4 women, abducting another

“A US Border Patrol agent was arrested on Saturday on the suspicion that he killed four women and abducted a fifth, who escaped.”

Manafort & Israeli official meddled in Ukraine & the U.S.

“The document further states that “Manafort coordinated privately with a senior Israeli government official to issue a written statement” that would highlight the alleged anti-Semitism of his client’s political rivals in Ukraine. Then, “with secret knowledge of that Israeli statement,”  Manafort worked to spread the story in the American media." (thanks Amir)

Saturday, September 08, 2018

My comments on John McCain for Consortium Podcast

You can listen to my comments on John McCain on Consortium Podcast here.

Bashir Gemayyel and the "rights of the Christians"

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Bashir Gemayyel and the (Stripped) Rights of Christians".

Beirut, the movie

By far, my favorite scene of Jon Hamm’s movie, Beirut: Camels on the beaches of Beirut. Some Israeli assistant director must have come up with this touch.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Resistance in the White House

The "resistance" official in the White House: There is a historical precedence. There was another "resistance" in the Nixon White House who leaked to the press that the president is unhinged and that he is being controlled by the wise staff. The name of that person is Henry Kissinger.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

McCain and the Middle East

My article for Consortium News on McCain and the Middle East.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Sometimes Western media ignore what de Mistura has to say if it was not favorable to the Syrian rebels

"de Mistura said there was a high concentration of foreign fighters in Idlib, including an estimated 10,000 fighters designated...as terrorists...belonged to the al-Nusra Front and al Qaeda. “both the government and al-Nusra have the capability to produce weaponized chlorine.”"

The Doctrine of John McCain

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "The John McCain Doctrine and the Ronald Reagan Revolution".

Learn about the Middle East from Newsweek Magazine

"In 2015, the death of the Saudi King Abdullah, grandfather of MBS" (thanks Basim)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Al-Arabiyya is considered "liberal" by Saudi regime and Western media standards

36% of respondents blame women's clothing for sexual harassment while only 9% blame men's conduct.

Human rights Watch

This is information from someone who went through it: when an Arab is interviewed for a job at Human Rights Watch one of the first questions asked during the job interview is: are you willing to work with Israelis because part of our work entails dealing with Israelis.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Mystique of Marxism in the 21st century

My weekly article for Al-Akhbar: "The Mystique of Marxism in the 21st century".

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Refutation of Zionist propaganda (part IV)

The 4th and last installment of my article for Al-Akhbar: "Refutation of Zionist propaganda in the documentary of Al-Arabiyya: An abstract about Nakbah, Part IV".

My article on Anti-Semitism and Jeremy Corbyn

My article for Consortium News on anti-Semitism and Jeremy Corbyn.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

1979 Vela Incident

“This article offers a new analysis of radionuclide and hydroacoustic data to support a low-yield nuclear weapon test as a plausible explanation for the still contentious 22 September 1979 Vela Incident, in which U.S. satellite Vela 6911 detected an optical signal characteristic of an atmospheric nuclear explosion over the Southern Indian or Atlantic Ocean.”

Israeli infantry crossed the Lebanese border to kidnap a shepherd

“An Israeli enemy infantry unit crossed the border line in Al-Radar axis near the town of Shabaa for a distance of about 40 meters, NNA field reporter said on Tuesday. The enemy infantry failed in its attempt to kidnap the shepherd, identified as A.Z. The hostile patrol fired several smoke bombs in the direction of the shepherd, who managed to flee away.” (thanks Amir)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Elie Wiesel and the Sea is Never full (or empty)

I don't understand why people who like Elie Wiesel and approve of his politics and his posturing would not concede that his writings have no literary value whatsoever.  The titles of his books are more like titles of bad B movies, and the narratives in all of them are like articles you read in the Atlantic (when it was under the editorship of the former Israeli military prison guard).  In the Sea is Never full (how profound), he tells a story: how the Palestinian poet Rashid Husain contacted Wiesel and assured him that he is not a dangerous Arab and not even a PLO and that he is "an Israeli". He met with Wiesel and showed him a list of Israeli repression, injustices, and censorship.  Wiesel said that he did not believe what he heard and that he contacted an Israeli Jewish journalist to verify (because Arabs are liars) and that the Israeli journalist verified what Husayn had told him. So Wiesel went to Golda Meir who basically told him to mind his own business. The irony is that Wiesel never ever criticized Israel.  So it works: what Meir ordered him to do.

Refutation of Zionist propaganda on Al-Arabiyyah: part III

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Refutation of Zionist Propaganda on Al-Arabiyyah: an abstract on Nakbah, Part III."

My interview with the Real News

Here is a link to my interview with The Real News on the political developments in Gaza.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Walid Jumblat and French colonialism

My article for Al-Akhbar: "Walid Jumblat honors French colonialism and reminds it of Mukhtarah's alliance with it."

PS This is the official response of the party's mouthpiece to my article.