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Here’s a Joke: Democracy in Bahrain

On Saturday 24th November Bahrain held its second general election since the “Arab Spring”... [read more]

For the Bahrainis Bahrain was Never Independent

Bahrain is celebrating what is known as “the week of independence”, where several celebrations take place to commemorate the end of the British mandate on 16th August 1971.... [read more]

Was the Bahraini ambassador trying to bribe British MPs?

It is interesting to receive two different news stories on the same day both mentioning the Gulf state of Bahrain and the UK Parliament, writes Iqbal Tamimi.... [read more]

Bahrain: a microcosm that typifies the intensifying dilemma of the Arab regimes

David Rahni discusses the political deadlock in Bahrain... [read more]

Democracy By Candlelight: Living In Fear And Kept In The Dark

Giving people the opportunity to vote every four or five years, while in the meantime deceiving, misinforming and lying to them, has no more to do with democracy or freedom than what is happening in Syria right now, writes Colin Todhunter. ... [read more]

The US Role and Iran in Southwest Asia

Déjà vu all over again: US foreign policy has once again arrived at a critical historical crossroad... [read more]

My World Is Upside Down

What does the ordinary Arab man or woman in the street think about current events? Dr Faysal Mikdadi ponders... [read more]

Is Iran a threat?

Dr Faisal Mikdadi asks if Iran is a threat and if so, to whom?... [read more]

US-Iran Nuclear Deal and Rapprochement: The Historic U.S Policy Paradigm Shift in the “Middle East” and Beyond

With the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, western foreign policy is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift... [read more]

Syria: America’s “Inherent Resolve” to Destroy Another Sovereign Nation

The US led “coalitions” of recent years have, it seems, moved on from destroying towns, now entire sovereign nations are laid to waste... [read more]

Shallow Depths

In front of me is a copy of today's Khaleej Times; its front page story is about a speech by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed who is the Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, writes Elizabeth Ellis... [read more]

Bahrain

History replays itself over and over again. An endless loop. And we watch. Mesmerised. As if it were the first time. And we never learn... From Hungary to Bahrain, Dr Faisal Mikdadi contemplates the struggle for democracy.... [read more]

Iranian \'assassination plot\': Cooked up to further U.S. aim of regime change?

Mazda Majidi dissects US allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat on American soil.... [read more]

Are U.S./NATO powers aiming to make Syria into Libya 2.0?

Mazda Majidi asks whether the NATO attack on Libya was just a dress rehersal for a future invasion of Syria... [read more]

The Changing Political Discourse about Israel and Palestine

This is the transcript of a brief talk given by Dr Faysal Mikdadi at the screening by the Dorset Palestinian Israeli Peace Group (DPIPG) of Eran Riklis’ film ‘Lemon Tree’ on Wednesday 20 June 2018... [read more]

Twenty-Four Hours in Yemen: UN, US, UK Devastation, Complicity and Double Standards

“Let me ask you one question. Is your money that good? Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could?” ... [read more]

Lucky Bibi

Luck can be a great benefactor. It can also be the cause of catastrophes. I seem to remember that one of those evil Greek gods or goddesses destroyed their human victims by making them lucky.... [read more]

Petition to UK Parliament: Arrest Tony Blair for War Crimes in the Middle East. A few reasons why

Tony Blair’s assertions in Parliament in 2002 were integral in the excuse for the illegal invasion and ongoing bloodbath now also engulfing Syria... [read more]

The plausible normalisation of U.S.-Iran Diplomatic Relations: Who are the losers and winners?

The gains to all sides from a nuclear resolution and the strategically inevitable normalisation of relations between the U.S. and Iran will far outweigh the collective perceived losses... [read more]

The Origin of Islamic fundamentalism and possibilities for its eradication

The global resurgence of violent Islamic fundamentalism can only be circumvented with a full comprehension and acknowledgment of what has historically gone wrong... [read more]

Little Pharaoh

The moment General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his forces removed Morsi from the Egyptian Presidency, I said that he was doing precisely what President Gamal Abdel Nasser did back in 1952... [read more]

Why Do They Hate Our Freedoms So Much?

Former President Bush Junior, not remembered for being remotely articulate, claimed that "our enemies hate our freedoms".... [read more]

Iraqi Freedom Ten Years after Liberation

Next week, on Tuesday 19 March, many of us will remember how, precisely ten years ago, in another and dreamlike existence, we incredulously watched the beginning of the invasion of Iraq. Faisl Mikdadi shares some personal reflection... [read more]

The Empire Trapped: The US’ Unpromising Role in the New Middle East

Since the Second World War, US foreign policy has been largely predicated on military adventures, by severely punishing enemies and controlling ‘friends’. Diplomacy was often the icing on the cake of war, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Redefining the ‘Arab Spring’: Is Chaos Overtaking Revolution?

The age of revolutionary romance is over. Various Arab countries are now facing hard truths. Millions of Arabs merely want to live with a semblance of dignity, free from tyranny and continuous anxiety over the future, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

The War on Libya: Behind Appearances - Part 3

An in-depth critique and analysis of the beginnings of the civil war in Libya and what was at stake for all parties involved in the final conflict, split into three parts. (Part 3)... [read more]

Russian and Chinese Opposition to Intervention in Syria a Welcome Development

John Wight considers the decision by China and Russia to veto a recent UN Security Council Resolution condemning Syria... [read more]

Leon Panetta in Iraq: More lies, more war

Michael Prysner, reveals how the newly appointed American Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, is bringing back Bush-era rhetoric and pushing to extend the occupation of Iraq.... [read more]

Gaddafi, the War on Libya and the Left

Ben Maisky scrutinises Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s Socialist and anti-imperialist credentials and questions whether certain sections of the left are mistaken in their support for Gaddafi.... [read more]