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Pakistan’s Dignity Deficit: The Lessons of the Arab Revolts
February 4, 2011 No Comment
Pakistan’s Dignity Deficit: The Lessons of the Arab Revolts

By M. Shahid Alam
Pakistan’s rulers and ruling elites may well be thinking that the wave of people’s indignation that started in Tunisia and is now working its way through Egypt, Jordan and Yemen will never …

This is what victory looks like
January 18, 2011 No Comment
This is what victory looks like

By Robin Yassin-Kassab
Written on the night of January 14th 2011

The dictator, thief and Western client Zein al-Abdine Ben Ali, beloved until a few hours ago in Paris and Washington, has been driven from Tunisia. His …

Book Review – Israeli Exceptionalism, by M Shahid Alam
December 21, 2010 No Comment
Book Review – Israeli Exceptionalism, by M Shahid Alam

By Robin Yassin-Kassab
M. Shahid Alam’s latest book “Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilising Logic of Zionism” is a fascinating historical analysis, densely detailed and referenced, of the nature and trajectory of Jewish nationalism. It is bracingly honest, …

Reforming Our Understanding of Violence
February 17, 2010 No Comment
Reforming Our Understanding of Violence

By Toufic Machnouk
Structural violence is the effect of a systemic imbalance in society that prefers the interests of some over others. Its dynamics are less visible than that of direct violence, where the causes are …

The New Strategic Battleground The Pentagon and Nato in the Arctic
February 3, 2009 No Comment
The New Strategic Battleground The Pentagon and Nato in the Arctic

By Rick Rozoff
In the waning days of the Bush presidency while the domestic press corps was preoccupied with the impending inauguration of his successor, the White House effectively sneaked through a major, groundbreaking directive on …

Global Energy War: Washington’s New Kissinger
January 29, 2009 No Comment
Global Energy War: Washington’s New Kissinger

By Rick Rozoff
Lost amid the national, and international, fanfare accompanying the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States today is attention to the person who is slated to be the latter’s major foreign …

Zionism in Gaza’s Shattered Mirror
January 15, 2009 No Comment
Zionism in Gaza’s Shattered Mirror

By M. Shahid Alam, Professor of Economics, Northeastern University
At a time when Palestinian men, women and children, corralled in the ghetto of Gaza since 1948, are daily, hourly, relentlessly, being bombed from the air, …

Has Israel Forfeited its Right to Exist as a Separate State?
January 14, 2009 No Comment
Has Israel Forfeited its Right to Exist as a Separate State?

Kees van der Pijl, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex
The relentless military violence applied by Israel to the population of Gaza is no longer a matter of indignation about the killing of people who have nowhere …

Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe
January 6, 2009 No Comment
Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe

By Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories
For eighteen months the entire 1.5 million people of Gaza experienced a punishing blockade imposed by Israel, and a variety of traumatizing …

Global Human Rights Groups Protest Slaughter in Gaza
January 5, 2009 No Comment
Global Human Rights Groups Protest Slaughter in Gaza

By Stephen Lendman
On June 16, 2008, noted Israeli historian Ilan Pappe explained “The Israeli Recipe for 2008: Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleaning in the West Bank.” He wrote: “Not long ago, I claimed that Israel …

The Origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Settler-Colonialism, Apartheid and Political Zionism
January 5, 2009 No Comment
The Origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Settler-Colonialism, Apartheid and Political Zionism

By Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
The Israel-Palestine conflict cannot be understood without understanding its historical and ideological origins. Whereas conventional opinion focuses on the idea of Palestinian rejectionism of Israel’s right to exist – allegedly rooted …

Catastrophic Fall in 2009 Global Food Production
January 1, 2009 No Comment
Catastrophic Fall in 2009 Global Food Production

By Eric deCarbonnelle, February 2009
After reading about the droughts in two major agricultural countries, China and
Argentina, I decided to research the extent other food producing nations were also
experiencing droughts. This project ended up taking a lot …

The Media Narrative on Palestine and Israel
January 1, 2009 No Comment
The Media Narrative on Palestine and Israel

By Ahmed Bouzid, Published in association with Palestine Media Watch
The outbreak of violence in Gaza has been the top story in the mainstream media here in the United States for three days in a row now, …

More Pontification, More Propaganda on Iraq Notes on John Ware’s BBC Iraq fiasco
November 1, 2007 No Comment
More Pontification, More Propaganda on Iraq Notes on John Ware’s BBC Iraq fiasco

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Watching journalist John Ware’s two-part BBC television documentary aired on Sunday and Monday evening this week, “No plan, no peace in Iraq”, one came away with the impression that the entire invasion …

Pakistan’s Mercenary Elites
October 1, 2007 No Comment
Pakistan’s Mercenary Elites

By M. Shahid Alam
In Pakistan today we encounter a paradox crying for an explanation; it is a paradox, moreover, whose exploration can bring some clarity to the predicament of the Islamicate today.
In January 2002, when …

Chosenness and Israeli Exceptionalism
July 10, 2007 No Comment
Chosenness and Israeli Exceptionalism

By M. Shahid Alam
No idea has played a more seminal role in the recent history of Jewish and Christian Zionism than the Jewish doctrine of divine election or chosenness.[1] Since this …

American Mamlukes
July 10, 2007 No Comment
American Mamlukes

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By Dr. M. Shahid Alam
It is a fact little known in the West, outside the circle of historians of Islamicate societies, that Islamicate states often employed soldiers and bureaucrats who were …

Petrodollar Warfare
January 20, 2006 No Comment
Petrodollar Warfare


By William R. Clark

I recall someone looking to see a little bit more about Iran here recently. I’ll attempt a “who (or what, in this case) is behind the curtain” act …