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'Reality Check': US Empire beyond Salvation
Wednesday 09th of April 2014 08:58:46 PM
The neocons' drunkenness with military power led to costly wars that have overwhelmed the empire beyond salvation. (Photo: Zoriah)

By Ramzy Baroud

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry couldn’t hide his frustration anymore as the U.S.-sponsored peace process continued to falter. After eight months of wrangling to push talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority forward, he admitted while in a visit to Morocco on April 4 that the latest setback had served as a “reality check&rdquo

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Kerry's Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry
Thursday 03th of April 2014 08:54:44 AM
In the last four decades, the 'peace process' became an American diplomatic staple in the region. (Photo: WH)
By Ramzy Baroud

As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a ‘framework’ agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. The Obama administration must now conjure up an escape route to avoid a political crisis if the talks are to fail, as they surely will.
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Tears of Yarmouk – The Palestinian Lesson that Every Syrian Should Know
Wednesday 05th of March 2014 11:09:43 PM
The Yarmouk Refugee Camp. (Photo: Laila Ben Allal)
By Ramzy Baroud

In the early days of the Syrian uprising-turned civil war three years ago, the writing on the wall of it becoming an intricate regional and international conflict was there for all to see. Palestinians in Syria were likely to find themselves a pawn in a dirty war, but few could have predicted the magnitude of the crisis, and perhaps, few cared.
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The Libyan Bedlam: General Hifter, the CIA and the Unfinished Coup
Wednesday 19th of February 2014 06:32:00 PM
On Feb 14, Maj. Gen. Khalifa Hifter announced a coup in Libya.
By Ramzy Baroud

On Friday, Feb 14, 92 prisoners escaped from their prison in the Libyan town of Zliten. 19 of them were eventually recaptured, two of whom were wounded in clashes with the guards. It was just another daily episode highlighting the utter chaos which has engulfed Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Ghaddafi in 2011.

Much of this is often r
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Preserving the Abu Ghraib Culture: The Harrowing Abuse of Iraqi Women
Wednesday 12th of February 2014 02:00:32 PM
It is as if the torturers have read from the same handbook. In fact, they did.
By Ramzy Baroud

“When they first put the electricity on me, I gasped; my body went rigid and the bag came off my head,” Israa Salah, a detained Iraqi woman told Human Rights Watch (HRW) in her heartrending testimony.

Israa (not her real name) was arrested by US and Iraqi forces in 2010. She was tortured to the point of confessing to terroris
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Iraq near Implosion: The 'Bad Years' Are Back
Thursday 06th of February 2014 01:26:06 AM
Iraq’s 'bad years' seem to be making a comeback. (Photo: Zoriah - zoriah.net/file)
By Ramzy Baroud

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hurried to his helicopter ready to take off at the end of a visit to Iraq last year, it was becoming clearer that the Americans have lost control of a country they wished to mold to their liking. His departure on March 24, 2013 was the conclusion of a ‘surprise’ visit meant to mark the 10th anniversa
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Starving Refugees: How We Disowned Palestinians in Syria
Wednesday 08th of January 2014 06:54:45 PM
The latest disaster is the worst to strike the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.
By Ramzy Baroud

A worst case scenario is unfolding in Syria, and Palestinian refugees, particularly in the Yarmouk refugee camp, are paying a heavy price for Syria’s cruelest war. They are starving, although there can be no justification, nor logistical explanation for why they are dying from hunger.

Spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UN
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2013: Assessing the Conflict in Syria and Egypt – The War Continues
Wednesday 25th of December 2013 06:06:21 PM
Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan. (Photo: IRIN/File)

By Ramzy Baroud

2013 has expectedly been a terrible year for several Arab nations. It has been terrible because the promise of greater freedoms and political reforms has been reversed, most violently in some instances, by taking a few countries down the path of anarchy and complete chaos. Syria and Egypt are two cases in point.

Syria has been hit the

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Beit Sahour: Boycott is Historically Palestinian
Tuesday 17th of December 2013 02:58:36 PM
First Intifada.
By Ramzy Baroud

As the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement continues to grow, and thus Israel’s international isolation, one must remember that the boycott is an authentically collective Palestinian strategy that is rooted in history.

The BDS debate is at such an advanced stage that it has indeed surpassed all expectations. A few years
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From the Middle East to Lausanne: Arabic Thoughts amidst the Alps
Wednesday 11th of December 2013 09:04:57 AM
By Ramzy Baroud

Here in Switzerland, the train chugs along nicely between Geneva and Lausanne. The Alpine mountain range desperately fights to make its presence known despite the irritating persistence of low- hanging clouds. A friend had just introduced me to the music of J.J. Cale, but my thoughts were moving faster than the speed of the train. Time is too short
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Impossible Dialogue: The Choice in Yemen
Wednesday 04th of December 2013 09:45:04 AM

By Ramzy Baroud

Chances are dim that elections will be held in Yemen next February. Yet without elections, the push for reforms and change that were inspired by the Yemeni revolution would become devoid of any real value. Yemenis might find themselves back on the street, repeating the original demands that echoed in the country’s many impoverished cities, streets an

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Bernard Henri Levy and the Destruction of Libya
Wednesday 20th of November 2013 06:57:35 AM
Bernard-Henri Levy in Libya during the war.
By Ramzy Baroud

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "the world's most influential Jew", Bernard-Henri Levy is number 45, according to an article published in the Jerusalem Post, on May 21, 2010. Levy, per the Post's standards, came only two spots behind Irving Moskowitz, a "Florida-based tycoon considered the leading supporter of Jewis
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When Falsehoods Triumph: Why A Winning Palestinian Narrative is Hard to Find
Wednesday 13th of November 2013 07:19:38 AM
Salman Abu Sitta is one of Palestine’s foremost historians.

By Ramzy Baroud

(Editor’s Note: Ramzy Baroud will be conducting a speaking tour in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxemburg starting Dec 2. For more information click here.) 

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Asking the Wrong Questions: Did Arab Revolutions Fail?
Thursday 07th of November 2013 02:47:30 AM
Arab revolutions have not failed, but they have not succeeded either. (Photo: Via Aljazeera)
By Ramzy Baroud
 
Challenging the falsehoods and simplifications that surrounded the so-called Arab Spring from the very start doesn’t necessarily mean that one is in doubt of the very notion that genuine revolutions have indeed gripped various Arab countries for nearly three years.
 
In fact, the revolutionary influx is still underway, and
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Lebanon Haunted by Ghosts of Civil War
Wednesday 30th of October 2013 02:07:15 PM
Lebanese soldiers and policemen work on the scene of car bomb explosion in the southern suburb of Beirut on August 16, 2013. (Photo: Via Press TV)
By Ramzy Baroud

Throughout the years, Lebanon's demographics have experienced periodic influx. But in the last two years, the demographic shift has become overwhelming due to the influx of Syrian refugees in desperate need of shelter. The situation is highly charged, if not perilous, considering Lebanon's unmanageable sectarian balances and the direct involvement o
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Sectarianism: Redrawing the Map of Middle East
Tuesday 22th of October 2013 02:19:06 AM
It is an all-out war in the making, and there is no time for neutrality. (Photo: Via Al Jazeera)
By Ramzy Baroud

The warm waters of the Gulf look quiet from where I am sitting in Doha, but such tranquility hardly reflects the conflicts this region continues to generate. The euphoria of the so-called Arab Spring is long gone, but what remains is a region that is rich with resources and burdened with easily manipulated history that is in a state of reckless tran
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South vs. North: Yemen Teeters between Hope and Division
Wednesday 16th of October 2013 05:55:59 AM
By Ramzy Baroud

On Oct 12, tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Eden in the South of the country, mostly demanding secession from the north. The date is significant, for it marks the 1967 independence of South Yemen, ending several decades of British colonialism. But for nearly five decades since then, Yemen is yet to find political stability, a semb
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New York Times Fiction: On Obama's Letter to Rouhani
Wednesday 25th of September 2013 03:35:10 PM
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. September 24. (Photo: UN)
By Ramzy Baroud

Mark Landler is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Under the title “Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran”, Landler wrote of President Barack Obama’s deep “belief in the power of the written word,” and of his “frustrating private correspondence with the leaders of Iran.” (NYT, Sep
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Syria's New Game: The Russian Factor
Wednesday 18th of September 2013 06:37:09 AM
The anger directed at Putin's article has little to do with Putin's own legacy. (Photo: Wikimedia)
By Ramzy Baroud

Many US media commentators were fairly accurate in labeling some of the language used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a New York Times article
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Tale of Two Cities: Ramallah, Gaza and the Identity Crisis
Friday 13th of September 2013 05:51:48 AM
Neither the political leaderships in Ramallah, nor in Gaza are capable of defining or representing real Palestinian identity.
By Ramzy Baroud

The distance between Gaza and Ramallah in sheer miles is hardly significant. But in actuality, both cities represent two different political realities, with inescapable cultural and socioeconomic dimensions. Their geopolitical horizons are vastly different as well – Gaza is situated within its immediate Arab surroundings and turmoil, while Ram
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Politics of Death: Can Human Life Be Devalued Like Currency?
Thursday 29th of August 2013 12:02:06 PM
Can human life be devalued like currency?
By Ramzy Baroud

How many Egyptians have been killed since the January 2011 revolt? My pursuit for exact figures has proven to be futile. Various sources suggest all sorts of numbers, some scrambled in such a way as to make a political point. It is as if the life of the ordinary Egyptian doesn’t matter on its own, as an absolute value that must be guarded asid
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Egypt's Unanswered Question
Thursday 29th of August 2013 11:54:54 AM

By Ramzy Baroud
 
What is happening in Egypt? How is it possible that in a matter of two years a perceived evil can become virtuous? And how could those who shed many tears over the beating to death of Khaled Saeed at the hands of the Egyptian police in June 2010, justify with disheartening ferocity the killing and wounding of thousands of Khaled Saeeds in August

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On Egypt’s Class-Struggle: Rabias of the World Unite
Thursday 22th of August 2013 11:52:33 AM
Anti-coup demonstrator holds the helmet of a protestor shot dead by police (a bullet hole and brain tissue was visible on the helmet) as he stands inside a packed field hospital. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Al Jazeera)
By Ramzy Baroud

"Lord! You know well that my keen desire is to carry out Your commandments and to serve Thee with all my heart, O light of my eyes. If I were free I would pass the whole day and night in prayers. But what should I do when you have made me a slave of a human being?"

These were the words of the female Muslim mystic and poet, Rabia
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The Un-Revolution: Yemen’s Mediocre Transition
Tuesday 13th of August 2013 03:18:53 PM

By Ramzy Baroud

Considering the off-putting reality, one fails to imagine a future scenario in which Yemen could avoid a full-fledged conflict or a civil war. It is true that much could be done to fend off against this bleak scenario such as sincere efforts towards reconciliation and bold steps to achieve transparent democracy. There should be an unbending challenge

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Plotting Elites: Old Middle East Paradigm Will Change
Tuesday 13th of August 2013 02:44:11 PM
(Image Credit: Luis Vazquez/©Gulf News)

By Ramzy Baroud

The seismic shift under way in the Middle East continues to widen, but it is not expressed so lucidly in our media through its polarised language: pro-regime, anti-regime, Islamists, secularists, Mursi supporters or otherwise.

Some want you to believe that it was all a devilish plan hatched years in advance with the ultimate aim of sending the Arabs

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The Arab Turmoil: Where Do We Stand?
Tuesday 06th of August 2013 04:56:19 PM
As costly as it has been, one thing is for sure, the old Middle East paradigm is unlikely to be resurrected.
By Ramzy Baroud

Seasons come and go, yet Arab countries are in ongoing turmoil. They called it an ‘Arab Spring’, but even if that ‘spring’ had ever existed in the shape and form that the media portrayed it to be, it never really lasted. It has now morphed into something far more complex.

But it is not an ‘Islamic winter&rsqu
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Hated in Egypt: How the Palestinian Bogeyman Resurfaced Like Never Before
Tuesday 30th of July 2013 04:42:55 PM
Egyptian soldiers at the Egypt-Rafah border crossing. (Photo: IRIN)
By Ramzy Baroud

When I left Gaza for the first time on my own, twenty some years ago, I was warned of a notorious officer who headed Egypt’s State Security Intelligence at the Rafah border. He “hates Palestinians,” I was told.

My friends and neighbors in Gaza warned me not to greet him with ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ – peace b
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On Leaks and Pseudo-Reality: The US' Futile Search for 'World Domination'
Wednesday 17th of July 2013 04:41:51 AM
The timing of the leaked report was pretty interesting.

By Ramzy Baroud

Those enchanted by pseudo-reality must have been at the edge of their seats as they watched ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, a Hollywood account of how US SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.

But a recently leaked report shows that the ‘riveting’ Hollywood account of the ‘greatest manhunt of all time’ was h

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ElBaradei's Democracy: How Egypt’s 'Revolution' Betrayed Itself
Wednesday 10th of July 2013 05:08:38 PM
ElBaradie may now return to center stage, lecturing Egypt’s poor on what true democracy is all about. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
By Ramzy Baroud

'The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution,' wrote Eric Walberg, a Middle East political expert and author, shortly after the Egyptian military overthrew the country’s democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi on July 3.

But more accurately, the revolution was killed in an agonizingly slow death, and the murders were too
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From Tahrir to Taksim: West Reserves Right to Interfere
Thursday 27th of June 2013 11:11:30 AM
The war in Libya had changed the very demographic landscape of parts of the country.

By Ramzy Baroud

The distance between Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Istanbul’s Taksim Square is impossibly long. There can be no roadmap sufficient enough to use the popular experience of the first in order to explicate the circumstances that lead to the other.

Many have tried to insist on the similarities between the two since it is fashionable these days to

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Ramzy Baroud's My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story'is now availabe in Arabic. The original English version of the book is available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Nobles and Pluto. Learn More. Watch a short promo in EnglishArabic.

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