Middle East Watch
The alternative press revue for a free Middle East

December 2019



276 articles :

  • Israel agrees to take action on settlement activity

    30 June 2009, by Barak Ravid
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak and U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell agreed during their talks in New York this week that Israel must take action toward easing access for Palestinians in the West Bank and halting settlement activity. Their four-hour discussion brought Israel and the United States closer to ending its dispute over settlement construction, a source close to Barak said. Mitchell did not explicitly tell Barak that Israel must impose a complete freeze on settlements - as (...) continue continue
  • Barak Approves More Settlement Units Before Heading To Talk “Peace” in Washington

    30 June 2009,
    Hours before he took off to Washington for talks with the US administration on peace and settlements, Israeli Army Minister, Ehud Barak, approved the construction of a new settlement in the so-called Benyamin region. The approval came as part of a deal with the settlers who were evacuated from the illegal Migron settlement outpost. The settlers would move into a new settlement of 250 houses after they evacuate their outpost built on privately owned Palestinian land. Migron is inhibited (...) continue continue
  • How the U.S. Has Secretly Backed Pakistan’s Nuclear Program From Day One

    24 June 2009, by Andrew Cockburn
    "If the worst, the unthinkable, were to happen,” Hillary Clinton recently told Fox News, “and this advancing Taliban encouraged and supported by Al Qaeda and other extremists were to essentially topple the government … then they would have keys to the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan.” Many will note that the extremists posing this unthinkable prospect were set up in business by the U.S. in the first place. Very well buried is the fact that the nuclear arsenal that must not be allowed to fall (...) continue continue
  • Iranian Elections: The ‘Stolen Elections’ Hoax

    by James Petras
    "Change for the poor means food and jobs, not a relaxed dress code or mixed recreation... Politics in Iran is a lot more about class war than religion." Financial Times Editorial, June 15 2009 Introduction There is hardly any election, in which the White House has a significant stake, where the electoral defeat of the pro-US candidate is not denounced as illegitimate by the entire political and mass media elite. In the most recent period, the White House and its camp followers cried foul (...) continue continue
  • The Iranian Elections and the Hysterical Media

    15 June 2009, by Ron Jacobs
    Here comes the hysteria and bold-faced lies. In the wake of the Iranian election, various commentators and so-called reporters in the United States are reacting as if the end of the world was at hand. Although nobody knows for certain and everyone only has the words of western press pundits and an angry candidate to go by, virtually every mainstream US news source is calling the re-election of Ahmadinejad the result of fraud. There has been no verification of this from any objective (...) continue continue
  • The Case of Netanyahu and the Curious Incident

    18 June 2009, by Uri Avnery
    "You must be celebrating,” the interviewer from a popular radio station told me after Netanyahu’s speech. “After all, he is accepting the plan which you proposed 42 years ago!” (Actually it was 60 years ago, but who is counting?) The front page of Haaretz carried an article by Gideon Levy, in which he wrote that “the courageous call of Uri Avnery and his friends four decades ago is now being echoed, though feebly, from end to end (of the Israeli political spectrum).” I would be lying if I (...) continue continue
  • Why Is the U.S. Continuing to Tell the Lebanese How to Vote?

    by Stephen Zunes
    In recent visits to Lebanon, both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear that the United States would react negatively if the March 8th Alliance — a broad coalition of Islamist, Maronite, leftist, nationalist, and pan-Arabist parties — won the upcoming parliamentary elections. These not-so-subtle threats have led to charges of U.S. interference in Lebanon’s domestic affairs. What prompts U.S. concerns is that the largest member of this coalition is (...) continue continue
  • State of "Caged" Palestinians

    7 June 2009, by Lina Suleiman
    American rhetoric is full of devious political Language. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with Al Jazeera in May 19 confirmed that “the US is going to be pushing for a two-state solution which, by its very name, implies borders that have to be agreed to”. But why the borders should be negotiated and agreed to? Aren’t they fixed by the UN resolutions? Do resolutions drop by the reason of time elapsing? Shouldn’t the US and their western allies push for the (...) continue continue
  • Obama wins an election in the Middle East

    10 June 2009, by Juan R. I. Cole
    President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo last Thursday may already have borne fruit. His call for political moderates in the Muslim world to fight extremism may have helped tip the weekend’s parliamentary elections in Lebanon to the anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance. Obama did not explicitly call for the defeat of Hezbollah in the elections, but the Lebanese already knew where the administration’s sympathies lay. His speech came three weeks after a Beirut visit by Vice President Joe Biden in which (...) continue continue
  • Our Convoy to Gaza

    5 June 2009, by George Galloway
    "Where is the ummah; where is this Arab world they tell us about in school.” Those words will forever remain etched on my brain. They were spoken by a 10 year old girl in a bombed out ruin in Gaza in March. She had lost her almost her entire family in the 22-day Israeli bombardment earlier this year. The second time she spoke, it was to the back of my head. I had to turn away; what answer could you give her? While Hugo Chavez expelled the Israeli ambassador to Venezuela, the leaders of the (...) continue continue

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