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

December 2019


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  • The Middle East does not need stability

    10 February 2011, by Gideon Levy
    This so-called stability encompasses millions of Arabs living under criminal regimes and evil tyrannies. By Gideon Levy When a tank enters a residential neighborhood, sows fear and destruction, and the local kids throw stones at it, what is this called? "Disturbing the peace." And what do you call the detention of those stone-throwers, allowing the tank to continue on its way without any more trouble? "Restoring order." That is how we have shaped our disgustingly laundered language to (...) continue continue
  • Palestinians Can Only Watch As Egyptians Are Living Their Dream

    11 February 2011, by Gideon Levy
    In the Jenin refugee camp this week, there was one man who looked like he had been hanged. A rope tied around his body, he rocked back and forth for several long moments - bearing a striking resemblance to the effigy of Egypt’s president strung up in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. But in Jenin, it was the bad servant of the evil queen who was hanged - in a performance of "Alice in Wonderland," based on the story by Lewis Carroll at The Freedom Theater. The audience cheered when they saw the hanged (...) continue continue
  • Syria’s policies may save it from a Dignity Revolution

    4 February 2011, by John Bell
    Tunisia has fallen; Egypt is on the verge; Jordan, Yemen and Algeria are feeling the tremors. Many commentators have mentioned that these revolutions are about bread, freedom and justice, and they have also frequently mentioned “dignity.” Having used that word often to describe Palestinian needs vis-a-vis Israeli occupation, I sought a definition of this keyword, and found: “the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect.” This need for status and legitimacy in a community is basic and (...) continue continue
  • The Fake Moderation of America’s Moderate Mideast Allies

    4 February 2011, by Asli Bâli, Aziz Rana
    As the Mubarak regime turns to violence in a vain attempt to repress the peaceful protests that have swept Egypt’s streets for over ten days, the risks associated with current U.S. strategy for Egypt and the wider region continue to grow. In its response to the events, the Obama administration has subtly shifted its message, incrementally increasing pressure on the regime over the last week. But the more important story is the remarkable continuities reflected in the administration’s (...) continue continue
  • Why isn’t the PA supporting the Egypt uprising?

    3 February 2011, by Amira Haas
    Palestinian leadership has been careful not to support the uprisings, banning demonstrations in solidarity with the Egyptians; Palestinian television has virtually ignored the events in Egypt. By Amira Hass The Palestinian leadership has been careful not to support the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and has banned demonstrations in solidarity with the rebelling peoples. Palestinian television has virtually ignored the events in Egypt. Dr. Mamdouh al-Aker, a 68-year-old urologist, studied (...) continue continue
  • The triviality of US Mideast policy

    31 January 2011, by Robert Grenier
    "Watching and responding." That was the phrase used by PJ Crowley, the US state department spokesman, in his recent interview with Al Jazeera. In the midst of the startling and compelling events taking place in the Middle East since the advent of Tunisia’s ongoing "jasmine revolution", with people taking to the streets in Algeria, in Yemen, in Jordan, and, most importantly, shaking the foundations of the Mubarak regime in Egypt - the US, he said, is passively "watching and responding". It (...) continue continue
  • Tunisia’s Post-Ben Ali Challenge: A Primer

    26 January 2011, by Amy Aisen Kallander
    The January 14 departure of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali amidst popular protests was a long overdue demonstration of the possibility for genuine democratization in the Arab world. Mohamed Bouazizi, the street vendor whose self-immolation set off the protests, tapped a deep vein of anger in Tunisian society at police harassment and the general arbitrariness of the state, but also at severe, endemic economic inequality sharpened now by rising global food prices. It remains to be (...) continue continue
  • Egypt’s day of reckoning

    28 January 2011, by Robert Fisk
    A day of prayer or a day of rage? All Egypt was waiting for the Muslim Sabbath today – not to mention Egypt’s fearful allies – as the country’s ageing President clings to power after nights of violence that have shaken America’s faith in the stability of the Mubarak regime. Five men have so far been killed and almost 1,000 others have been imprisoned, police have beaten women and for the first time an office of the ruling National Democratic Party was set on fire. Rumours are as dangerous as (...) continue continue
  • The rotten state of Egypt is too powerless and corrupt to act

    1 January 2009, by Robert Fisk
    There was a day when we worried about the "Arab masses" – the millions of "ordinary" Arabs on the streets of Cairo, Kuwait, Amman, Beirut – and their reaction to the constant bloodbaths in the Middle East. Could Anwar Sadat restrain the anger of his people? And now – after three decades of Hosni Mubarak – can Mubarak (or "La Vache Qui Rit", as he is still called in Cairo) restrain the anger of his people? The answer, of course, is that Egyptians and Kuwaitis and Jordanians will be allowed to (...) continue continue
  • Without Egypt, Israel will be left with no friends in Mideast

    29 January 2011, by Aluf Benn
    The fading power of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government leaves Israel in a state of strategic distress. Without Mubarak, Israel is left with almost no friends in the Middle East; last year, Israel saw its alliance with Turkey collapse. From now on, it will be hard for Israel to trust an Egyptian government torn apart by internal strife. Israel’s increasing isolation in the region, coupled with a weakening United States, will force the government to court new potential allies. (...) continue continue

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