Middle East Watch

Middle East Watch
La revue de presse alternative pour un Moyen Orient libre

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274 Article

  • The Egyptian Revolution

    28 January 2011, by Gary Leupp

    I’m watching live coverage of the Egyptian revolution on Al-Jazeera TV. Cairo is swarming with hundreds of thousands, defying the curfew, hurling stones at the police. The images recall the Palestinian youth waging their Intifadas. The National Democratic Party headquarters is in flames. Downtown Suez has been taken over by the people, two police stations torched. The security forces are out in strength and shooting into crowds. But the people have lost their fear.
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  • The Death of the Israeli Left

    18 January 2011, by Jonathan Cook

    Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister, appears to have driven the final nail in the coffin of the Zionist left with his decision to split from the Labor party and create a new "centrist, Zionist" faction in the Israeli parliament. So far four MPs, out of a total of 12, have announced they are following him.
    Moments after Barak’s press conference on Monday, the Israeli media suggested that the true architect of the Labor party’s split was the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who, (...)

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  • The Fall of the West’s Little Dictator

    19 January 2011, by Esam Al-Amin

    On New Year’s Eve 1977, former President Jimmy Carter was toasting Shah Reza Pahlavi in Tehran, calling the Western-backed monarchy "an island of stability" in the Middle East. But for the next 13 months, Iran was anything but stable. The Iranian people were daily protesting the brutality of their dictator, holding mass demonstrations from one end of the country to the other.
    Initially, the Shah described the popular protests as part of a conspiracy by communists and Islamic extremists, (...)

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  • Wikileaks Cables on Israel’s Gaza Onslaught

    19 January 2011, by Kathleen Christison

    CounterPunch has accessed Wikileaks’ file of cables on Israel’s Gaza assault two years ago (Operation Cast Lead, December 27, 2008 through January 18, 2009). Though the cables often simply rehash Israeli press reporting, providing little new insight into Israel’s attack or the planning behind it, they show with pitiless clarity the U.S. government to be little more than a handmaiden and amanuensis of the Israeli military machine.
    The cables make clear, were any further disclosure (...)

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  • Arab nations submit draft UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements

    19 January 2011, by Shlomo Shamir

    Arab nations have submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but a vote on it is not expected any time soon because of a likely U.S. veto, diplomats said on Wednesday.
    Israel’s UN representative Meron Reuven said he would be absent from the meeting at which the resolution was submitted due to the Foreign Ministry strike.
    "I do so with regret," Reuven told Haaretz. "I believe that Israel needs to have its voice heard in open (...)

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  • Israel demolishes historic hotel

    9 January 2011,

    Bulldozers have demolished a hotel in east Jerusalem to make way for a new Israeli settlement, the latest in a wave of new buildings globally seen as an obstacle to the now stalled peace process.
    The Shepherd Hotel was razed by three Israeli bulldozers, early on Sunday, as part of a plan to build a new settlement of 20 units in the heart of the occupied city.
    The hotel is located on the demarcation line between two Arab neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Wadi al-Joz. The site will not (...)

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  • Oceans of blood and profits for the mongers of war

    27 November 2010, by Robert Fisk

    Since there are now three conflicts in the greater Middle East; Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel/"Palestine" and maybe another Lebanese war in the offing, it might be a good idea to take a look at the cost of war.
    Not the human cost – 80 lives a day in Iraq, unknown numbers in Afghanistan, one a day in Israel/"Palestine" (for now) – but the financial one. I’m still obsessed by the Saudi claim for its money back after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. Hadn’t Saudi Arabia, King Fahd reminded (...)

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  • Admiring Ahmadinejad and Overlooking Activists

    15 October 2010, by Bitta Mostofi

    Every year during his visit to the United Nations General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds a series of strategic dinners and meetings. This year, one of his dinners in New York was held for American anti-war, social justice and peace activists, and I attended it.
    I firmly believe in diplomacy and dialogue and am disappointed each year with the growing lack of international cooperation and failing leadership. We saw the same thing surrounding Ahmadinejad’s trip to the UN. The United (...)

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  • Obama’s Cave-In To Israel

    4 octobre 2010, par Jonathan Cook

    The disclosure of the details of a letter reportedly sent by President Barack Obama last week to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will cause Palestinians to be even more sceptical about US and Israeli roles in the current peace talks.
    According to the leak, Obama made a series of extraordinarily generous offers to Israel, many of them at the expense of the Palestinians, in return for a single minor concession from Netanyahu : a two-month extension of the partial feeze on (...)

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  • Carter: Israel Must Halt Settlements

    4 October 2010, by David Morgan

    Success in securing peace in the Middle East is contingent upon Israel ending settlement construction that is claimed by Palestinians, former President Jimmy Carter said today.
    "The key thing is for Israel to give up its ambition to occupy and control Palestine," Mr. Carter said on CBS’ "The Early Show."
    "As long as they are still building Israeli homes in Palestine, against the wishes of the Palestinian people, that makes it very difficult for the Palestinians or the Arab world to (...)

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