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Secularists and Fundamentalists: The Dangers of Compromise

The election in Tunisia raised many questions about the nature of the relationship between secularists and fundamentalists. As more Arab countries allow for ‘free’ elections, the dilemma will spread. Will, or should, secularists allow themselves to ride on the coattails of fundamentalists? Is this not what happened in Tunisia with the party of Moncef Marzouki expressing sympathy and amity toward the Al-Nahda? Marzouki admitted that his party did better than other secular parties because he did not attack fundamentalists. But is this a wise policy?

Hassan Nasrallah’s TV Interview

I should first explain that we in the US can’t watch Hezbollah’s TV station Al-Manar. Zionists in US Congress decide what we can watch on the Middle East and what we can’t watch. At one point, they wanted to ban Al Jazeera, but lately they have grown fond of the network after the eruption of the Arab uprisings. They must have heard of the role the network is playing on the side of the Arab counter-revolution. They not only banned Al-Manar TV but they declared it a terrorist organization. Nasrallah’s interview aired on the station Tuesday was intended to address both domestic and Arab issues.

The arms firm behind the suppression of #OccupyOakland and Palestine's popular struggle

With the rise of the Occupy Wall Street, a new generation of mostly middle class Americans is learning for the first time about the militarization of their local police forces. And they are learning the hard way, through confrontations with phalanxes of riot cops armed with the latest in "non-lethal" crowd control weaponry. Yesterday's protests in Oakland, California were the site of perhaps the harshest police violence leveled against the Occupy movement so far.

Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin promotes call for Palestinian genocide

Correction: I initially reported that Jennifer Rubin deleted her retweet of Rachel Abrams' screed. It turns out she did not.

The Passing of Anis Mansur

Anis Mansur was an interesting writer. I can say that. He lived and worked under four Egyptian rulers who shaped modern Egypt: Farouk, Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak. He was consistent in his political cowardice: he only criticized the ruler after his ouster. He never criticized the ruler during his reign. His school of political opportunism is legendary in the Arabic press.

Israeli Embassy promotes paid speech by Ethan Bronner

Soon after I revealed the unethical business relationship between NY Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner and Lone Star Communications, a right-wing Israeli PR firm, Times "ethics cop" Phil Corbett circulated a memo to staffers reminding them of the paper's rules on speaking engagements.

Rick Perry religious ally predicts "death camps," second Holocaust for Jews

Back in August, just before Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy for president, he spoke before an audience of tens of thousands at a right-wing evangelical Christian prayer event organized by Kansas City-based pastor Mike Bickle. The event, called "The Response," served as a springboard for Perry's national campaign, ensuring him the wholehearted support of a substantial faction of America's powerful Christian Right.

What is Happening in Syria?

It is getting more and more difficult to get news out of Syria. The propaganda war between the Saudi-Qatari camp and the Syrian regime camp has been intensifying. There is little news in what they release. Syrian regime TV lives in a fantasy world: camera crews find a handful of tourists from Europe, often inebriated, who insist on camera that Syrian cities and towns are all peaceful and that the news about killings in Syria are sinister rumors.

The US media reports: Gilad Shalit swapped for 1000 non-people (Updated)

Update: The NY Times' Ethan Bronner falsely claimed in his report on the prisoner exchange that "Fatah runs the West Bank." In fact, the West Bank is under Israeli military occupation, including the small areas (Area A) that the Palestinian Authority was granted control over under the Oslo Accords.

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Beyond the Propaganda War

There is no question that there is a regional cold war heating up in the Middle East pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran. But the confrontation is only regional as far as Iran is concerned. Saudi Arabia is acting on behalf of the US and Israel, and not on its own behalf. Iran occupied UAE islands and yet the latter is less aggressive in its regional posture than Saudi Arabia. It is not the first time that the House of Saud has imposed its hegemony on behalf of the American patron: that was the Saudi role during the Cold War although Nasser (until 1967) frustrated these efforts.

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