Holocaust acceptance

The Iranian Diaspora takes a stand against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent Holocaust conference. It’s a disgrace that such shades of grey are rarely if ever examined in the Western media.

The new power-play

Rami G. Khouri, Daily Star, January 24: Lebanon and Palestine are the most dramatic examples of the new ideological battle that now defines much of the Middle East, where local players and medium-strength regional powers often interact with one another in parallel with foreign powers’ interests and goals. While tensions were increasing in Beirut last…

Respect those who steal your land

US Vice-President Dick Cheney views the Iraq war as an “enormous success” (shame about those hundreds of thousands dead Iraqis, but hey, “liberation” wasn’t meant to be easy) and Australian Prime Minister John Howard justifies our country’s continued involvement in the most comical way imaginable (“I mean you either stay or you go, you either…

The price to pay

Salameh Nematt, Jordanian analyst and the former Washington bureau chief for the Arabic-language daily newspaper al-Hayat: “It’s [Iraq] a success story for al-Qaeda, a success story for autocratic Arab regimes that made democracy look ugly in their people’s eyes. They can say to their people: ‘Look at the democracy that the Americans want to bring…

Will Iran be the new Iraq?

My following article appears in today’s edition of Crikey: Nearly six years after 9/11, the Bush administration (ably assisted by Israel and a handful of acquiescent governments, such as Britain and Australia) appears to be softening up the public for a military strike against Iran. The evidence for such a mission is partly rhetorical. One…

The checkpoint country

Amira Hass, Haaretz, January 24: Anyone who wants to become acquainted with Israeli society should go to the checkpoints. Not for a quarter of an hour, under the guidance of commanders who will glory in the pavilion they built for the people waiting in line and will explain that the upgrading and the expansion of…