On West Asia

On the Gaza tunnels

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Gaza fears economic asphyxia with the closing down of the tunnels towards Egypt It was pointed out recently that the Egyptian State is closing down the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Cairo suspects Palestinians who come from Gaza to have attacked a frontier post between Israel and Egypt in which 16 Egyptian soldiers died. So [...]

Civil War in Syria

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Russian leadership has been caught with its pants down. Putin is backing the Assad murderous regime even more. More attack helicopters are on their way to kill more Syrian people. SYRIA has always been a client State of the Russians, it was so in the time of Assad’s father, and the USSR. In return [...]

Notes from the Steam Room – Will Syria be next to liberate itself?

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Once Assad and his cronies go, the delights in store for any Syrian, or visitor to that country, are amazing. Aside from what already exists, there is the potential that is so tantalising. The army and other instruments of counter-insurgency are already spread too thin to contain the revolt in favour of freedom and a [...]

Gadaffi, c’est fini/plus translation

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Gadaffi c’est fini, et dire que… C’était une chanson de ce printemps. Maintenant, c’est l’époque de la moisson, on moissonne. Maintenant, le gay lybien chante un nouveau refrain : Les fusillés de 1996 sont vengés Les tribus se sont ralliés Du frisé on cesse d’avoir peur On veut vivre des jours meilleurs Puisse les femmes [...]

The misery of Hezbollah

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Fascinating photo-essay here.

What this country needs is a war, to bring the people together

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Oh! We have one of those already. But it isn’t working, so will have to try harder

The Middle East: Eclipse of revolution?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Richard Haass, career diplomat throughout the dark days of neocon domination, most famous for his disregard for the Kurdish uprising against Saddam in 1991, when he said ‘our policy is to get rid of Saddam, not his regime.’ At least 100,000 people died at the hands of Saddam’s henchmen as the rebellion was drowned in [...]

Intellectual boxing: Hegel, Syria, Freedom

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Boxer Nasser al-Shami, 29, was among 40 people injured after security forces fired in the city in the city of Hama, Syria. A 13-year-old Omar Khalaf was also injured, according to activists in the local coordinating committees. One man was reported to be have been left disabled after being shot in the neck. At least [...]

Rigged Egyptian elections?

Friday, March 11th, 2011


The Middle East revisited critically

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Yesterday the old Trot Tariq Ali gave us his thoughts on the present uprising in the Middle East. “Like Europeans in 1848 the Arab people are fighting against foreign domination (82% of Egyptians , a recent opinion poll revealed , have a “negative view of the US”, against an elite blinded by its own illegitimate [...]