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The Boycott of the Boycott of Israel

Propagandists for Israel are at loss: They don’t know what to do with the growing movement of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Their biggest concern is that BDS has not only become mainstream in Europe, but has become “cool” on college campuses around the world. They marshal different, sometimes contradictory, arguments against critics of Israel.

Complications of the Saudi Alliance With Israel

Never before has the Saudi government felt comfortable flaunting its alliance with Israel. This alliance is not new and has long historical precedences. But the Saudi royal family, in the age of the second generation of princes, has been changing tactics: Historically cautious and duplicitous, the Saudi regime is now open about its alliance with the United States and Israel (closer to Israel than the US as of late).

Western Media Complicity With Israeli War Crimes

When the history books are written years from now – hopefully after the demise of the Zionist apartheid regime – it will be noted that Western media (the liberal and he conservative branches) have been complicit with Israel in its propaganda. Western media have consistently, in a variety of ways, advanced the propaganda talking points of Israel, even at the expense of the truth. There are many examples of such complicity, these are only a few examples:

The New Egyptian Constitution: Blueprint of the Sisi Republic?

Egypt has a new draft of a constitution. It may be modified if the military rulers choose, although their wishes were faithfully carried out by the assembled 50 appointed members. Egyptian Nasserist director, Khalid Yusuf, said that the constitution promises more freedoms than most democracies. (He may have not read Saddam’s constitution, and he made that assertion as little girls were being hauled before a magistrate and sentenced for years in jail for daring to protest against a military coup.)

When the British Ambassador in Lebanon Addresses the Lebanese

Lebanon is not a usual country: a deformed version of a nation, if even that. It is a place where people don’t agree on the definition of statehood and nationhood, and a place where sectarian divisions have constituted a bonanza for foreign intervention. But Lebanon is also a place crying out for an identity. While some do see marks of history, geography, and culture and recognize Lebanon as it is – an Arab country, no less Arab than other countries – others think that they have been misplaced in the Middle East, that they belong to Europe.

American Models of Liberation in the Middle East

Background of the Saudi-Israeli Alliance

The Failed Gamble of Khaled Meshaal

It would be fair to say that Khaled Meshaal is one of the biggest casualties of the Arab uprisings. Early on, Meshaal appeared more arrogant and more self-confident than usual. He had his reasons: the sponsoring Qatari regime was on the offensive and it seemed to be leading the entire Arab League and the Arab counter-revolution. Saudi Arabia was absent from the scene for much of 2011 and 2012, or so it appeared. Secondly, the Muslim Brotherhood reached power in Egypt and Tunisia and he received a hero’s welcome in both countries.

Saudi Princes Fret

Saudi Arabia’s status among Western governments and media has risen since Sept. 11. At first, Saudi Arabia was put on the defensive, given its decades-long policies of sponsoring (with total US blessings and support) jihadi groups and fanatical ideologies. Swiftly, the Saudi government moved to ingratiate itself with the Zionists in Congress: It moved closer to Israel and its interests in the region, and it unleashed an unprecedented campaign of anti-Shia rhetoric in order to undermine all manners of resistance to Israel and its terrorist occupation.

Lebanese Hostages in Syria and Western Media Propaganda

The release of the Lebanese pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria more than a year and a half ago was not big enough news for Western media, or even for Arab oil and gas media. The story is embarrassing for those in Western media who have been promoting and romanticizing the armed groups of the Syrian “revolution.” Worse, the captors were in fact very moderate and “secular” (any Islamist group in Syria that is not tied directly to al-Qaeda earns the moniker of “secular” by Western governments and media).

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