Articles Middle East

  • Cui bono? Uri Avnery on the Syrian poison gas controversy

    Middle East

    Cui bono – “who benefits” – is the first question an experienced detective asks when investigating a crime. Since I was a detective myself for a short time in my youth, I know the meaning. Often, the first and obvious suspicion is false. You ask yourself “cui bono”, and another suspect, who you did not think about, appears.

  • Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead

    Middle East

    US military escalation against Syria (because we must not forget that US Special Forces and US bombers are already fighting there) will not help the victims of this heinous chemical attack, it will not bring the devastating war in Syria to a quicker end, it will not bring back the dead children. It will not defeat ISIS or end terrorism, it will create more terrorists.

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for up to 7,000 American troops in Syria to take down Assad

    Middle East

    While the United States struck a Syrian airforce base on Thursday, the attack was, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a one-off in response to an illegal use of chemical weapons earlier this week. But Graham warned that if Assad remains in power it “will ensure the war never ends,” reported Paul McLeod of BuzzFeed News.

  • EKOS poll: Canada should support Israeli sanctions, not demonize them

    Canadian Politics

    What could possibly justify Trudeau’s irrational stance when it comes to promoting peace between Israel and the Palestinians? In determining its policy towards Israel the Trudeau government has three apparent motivations at play: defending Israel’s right to exist, tending to Canada’s specific national interests and reflecting Canadian values.

  • How to Beat Terrorism: Stop Making the Same 7 Mistakes

    Middle East

    In the wake of the barbaric London terror attack, everyone is debating how to stop further terrorism. Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties. But – despite what the talking heads may say – the methods for stopping future attacks are well known. We’ve got to drain the swamp. We need to stop supporting terrorists.

  • Canada complicit in crafting colonial policies for Palestine

    Canadian Politics

    Many Canadian political leaders were overjoyed by the Balfour Declaration. Several years after the First World War, Conservative Party leader Arthur Meighen, a Christian Zionist, claimed, “of all the results of the (war), none was more important and more fertile in human history than the reconquest of Palestine and the rededication of that country to the Jewish people.”

  • Local workshops aim at transforming Canadians’ views on Israel-Palestine

    Middle East

    Primarily aimed at members of Winnipeg’s Jewish community, the workshops will remain critical of Israel’s militarized society and acknowledge the difficulties many experience when attempting to broach the topic of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Emotionally-charged ideas, feelings and memories must be met with effective interpersonal communication if any attempt at reconciliation is to succeed.

  • Will Conservative Party Quackery or NDP Principle determine Canada’s Palestine Policy?

    Canadian Politics

    Since all NDP candidates likely claim to support international law, calling on Ottawa to implement a Security Council resolution shouldn’t be tough. While 2334 is a low bar, Canada’s tilt in favour of Israel is so pronounced that getting NDP candidates to to take action against illegal settlements would have significant ripples. Its long-term impacts would certainly outweigh the ‘I heart Israel’ ravings from the Conservative Party.

  • Debating Syria Productively

    Middle East

    Those of us in countries like Canada, UK and the U.S. need to strongly oppose the brutal war in Yemen and the siege of civilians in Mosul and any and all intervention in Syria. We need to understand that solidarity with the people of Syria, Iraq and the entire region begins with us actually stopping the reflexive reaction to intervene in countries we don’t live in.

  • Syria and the Antiwar Movement

    Middle East

    The global war against the people (as Jeff Halper refers to militarized neoliberalism) is being fought with political impunity and with increasingly horrific technology. It demands an antiwar movement in Canada and the U.S. that is unrelenting in its opposition to the global arms trade, to militarization and austerity regimes, to resurgent racialized nationalism and closed borders, and to ineffectual international institutions.

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