Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another

Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another

By Ramzy Baroud Whenever the word “refugee” is uttered, I think of my mother. When Zionist militias began their systematic onslaught and “cleansing” of the…

Time to Move out: The Problem with Mahmoud Abbas and His Authority

Time to Move out: The Problem with Mahmoud Abbas and His Authority

By Ramzy Baroud It was the moment many had been waiting for. On January 2, Palestine’s United Nations envoy, Riyad Mansour formally requested membership at…

5 Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine

5 Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud In terms of losses in human lives, 2014 has been a horrific year for Palestinians, surpassing the horrors of both 2008 and…

The Mockingjay of Palestine: ‘If We Burn, You Burn with Us’

The Mockingjay of Palestine: ‘If We Burn, You Burn with Us’

By Ramzy Baroud Raed Mu’anis was my best friend. The small scar on top of his left eyebrow was my doing at the age of…

PFLP Soul-searching: The Rise and Fall of Palestine’s Socialists

PFLP Soul-searching: The Rise and Fall of Palestine’s Socialists

By Ramzy Baroud The PFLP is back in the headlines after a recent attack in Jerusalem, raising questions about the current relevance of the group…

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine?

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine?

By Ramzy Baroud When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in…

Phantoms of the Past: Britain’s Vote on Palestine is a Nonstarter

Phantoms of the Past: Britain’s Vote on Palestine is a Nonstarter

By Ramzy Baroud It would be intellectually dishonest to reflect on the British House of Commons’ vote of Monday, 13 October, on a Palestinian state…

Nothing about us without Us: The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative

Nothing about us without Us: The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative

By Ramzy Baroud I recall, with particular awkwardness, my first talk to a socialist student gathering at the University of Washington in Seattle nearly two…

Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another

Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another

By Ramzy Baroud Whenever the word “refugee” is uttered, I think of my mother. When Zionist militias began their systematic onslaught and “cleansing” of the…

‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts': Things I Learned Writing about the Middle East

‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts': Things I Learned Writing about the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud Writing about and reporting the Middle East is not an easy task, especially during these years of turmoil and upheaval. While physical…

Political Prophecies: Sealing the Fate of al-Aqsa

Political Prophecies: Sealing the Fate of al-Aqsa

By Ramzy Baroud Israel’s decision to shut down al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, 30 October, is not just a gross violation of the religious rights of…

Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt’s Convenient War

Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt’s Convenient War

By Ramzy Baroud Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware…

The Missing Context: ‘Islamic State’ Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

The Missing Context: ‘Islamic State’ Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

By Ramzy Baroud Consider this comical scene described by Peter Van Buren, a former US diplomat, who was deployed to Iraq on a 12-month assignment…

What if ‘Islamic State’ Didn’t Exist?

What if ‘Islamic State’ Didn’t Exist?

By Ramzy Baroud What if the so-called Islamic State (IS) didn’t exist? In order to answer this question, one has to liberate the argument from…

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest…

Fearing Political Islam: Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza

Fearing Political Islam: Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza

By Ramzy Baroud Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians.…

Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from Bush’s Blunders

Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from Bush’s Blunders

By Ramzy Baroud Francois Hollande is not a popular president. No matter how hard the “socialist” leader tries to impress, there never seems to be…

War Begets War: It’s Not about Islam; It Never Was

War Begets War: It’s Not about Islam; It Never Was

By Ramzy Baroud It is still not about Islam, even if the media and militants attacking western targets say so. Actually, it never was. But…

‘I Can’t Breathe': Racism and War in America and Beyond

‘I Can’t Breathe': Racism and War in America and Beyond

By Ramzy Baroud America’s ruling elites are blatant in their intentions of maintaining “white privilege” at home and economic dominance by military means abroad. Their…

‘Defined Voices': Giap, Wallace, and the Never-Ending Battle for Freedom

‘Defined Voices': Giap, Wallace, and the Never-Ending Battle for Freedom

By Ramzy Baroud “Nothing is more precious than freedom,” is quoted as being attributed to Vo Nguyen Giap, a Vietnamese General that led his country…

Rohingya Population Control: The Onslaught in Burma Continues

Rohingya Population Control: The Onslaught in Burma Continues

By Ramzy Baroud On April 21, the BBC obtained disturbing video footage shot in Burma. It confirmed extreme reports of what has been taking place…

The Pain of Bangladesh: T-shirts Made with Blood and Tears

The Pain of Bangladesh: T-shirts Made with Blood and Tears

By Ramzy Baroud As they spoke to a BBC correspondent in their run-down room which they call home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a man sobbed as…

Hungering for Freedom at Guantanamo: Obama’s Legacy of Broken Promises

Hungering for Freedom at Guantanamo: Obama’s Legacy of Broken Promises

By Ramzy Baroud The Guantanamo Bay prison is a glaring attestation to the state of political indecision which the United States has experienced since President…

Ignoring Genocide: Rohingya People Deserve to Live

Ignoring Genocide: Rohingya People Deserve to Live

By Ramzy Baroud One fails to understand the unperturbed attitude with which regional and international leaders and organizations are treating the unrelenting onslaught against Rohingya…

War Begets War: It’s Not about Islam; It Never Was

War Begets War: It’s Not about Islam; It Never Was

By Ramzy Baroud It is still not about Islam, even if the media and militants attacking western targets say so. Actually, it never was. But…

The Age of TV Jokers: Arab Media on the Brink

The Age of TV Jokers: Arab Media on the Brink

By Ramzy Baroud As I was finalizing my research for this article, I found myself browsing through a heap of hilarious videos by mostly Egyptian…

Nakhwa without Borders: Gaza and the End of ‘Arab Gallantry’

Nakhwa without Borders: Gaza and the End of ‘Arab Gallantry’

By Ramzy Baroud On its own the Arabic word al-Nakhwa, means “gallantry.” Combined with the word “al-Arabiya” – “Arab gallantry” – the term becomes loaded…

Principles to Guide the Young Activist

Principles to Guide the Young Activist

By Ramzy Baroud In a recent radio interview with a National Public Radio affiliate in Juneau, Alaska, I was asked if I had advice for…

Of Boston Bombings and Twisted Logic

By Ramzy Baroud We still do not know much about the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, apart from information passed on by the media…

Exploited and Misused: The Impossible Discourse of the ‘Arab Spring’

Exploited and Misused: The Impossible Discourse of the ‘Arab Spring’

By Ramzy Baroud A reductionist discourse is one that selectively tailors its reading of subject matters in such a way as to only yield desired…

Understanding Hamas at 25: Beyond the Tired Language

Understanding Hamas at 25: Beyond the Tired Language

By Ramzy Baroud “In a moment of high theatre he dropped to his knees, placed his lips on the ground and kissed the land he has…

The Revolution Will Be Televised, and also Manipulated

The Revolution Will Be Televised, and also Manipulated

By Ramzy Baroud In the final days of the Libyan conflict, as NATO conducted a nonstop bombing campaign, an Aljazeera Arabic television correspondent’s actions raised…

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