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I think this cartoon manages to be a lot more sensible about the awful mess in Yemen (and no, I’m not letting Obama off the hook here, although he can’t shoulder all the blame) than George Galloway’s nonsensical tweet below.

Academic conference from Hell

It’s underway at the American University of Beirut.
The university’s Center for American Studies and Research is sponsoring a “Transnational American Studies” conference, marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Edward Said. The keynote speaker is Dr. Judith Butler, who famously declared that Hamas and Hezbollah are “part of the global Left.”
It looks to [...]

Lines in the sand and a few questions

This is a guest post by LibertyPhile
A very large old map showing the way the British and French carved up the Middle East in 1916, accompanied by a large portrait of Mark Sykes, co-author of the notorious Sykes-Picot agreement, dominates and introduces a recent article on the BBC website.
This article, “Why border lines drawn with [...]

Syrian weapons

It is not often that I find myself agreeing, at least in part with Diane Abbott, but she and others have a point on Syria.  She’s threatening to resign (yes she’s shadow public health minister) if Labour backs the government and attacks Syria.
She told the Guardian: “I voted against the Iraq War. At the [...]

Mehdi Hasan Shouldn’t Rush to Bury Two States

By Shany Mor
Mehdi Hasan has declared the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead. He reaches this conclusion largely by talking only to people on both sides who are opposed to two states, and by stringing together out-of-context quotes by Israeli former-establishment figures that supposedly unveil Israel’s malicious intent. Hasan’s case boils down to two arguments. First, the growth of West Bank settlements has made partitioning the land impossible.  Second, the peace process is, and [...]

What’s the matter with Qatar?

Quite a lot, as Jeffrey Goldberg writes, including cruel and abusive treatment of the 90 percent of its population who are migrant workers, and providing huge subsidies for Hamas in Gaza while calling for normalization of relations between Arabs and Israel.

BBC’s Jon Donnison Tweets malicious fauxtography

This is a cross-post from BBCWatch
Among the recent Tweets on the BBC Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison’s Twitter timeline we find this:

For the Twitter uninitiated, Donnison is retweeting to his 7,971 followers a Tweet by one Hazem Balousha – a Palestinian ‘journalist and social activist’ – including a picture titled “Pain in Gaza”, to which Donnison adds [...]

The “Muslim Rage” meme

In the wake of Newsweek’s infamous cover last month, Bob Garfield of NPR’s “On the Media” and Middle East scholar Marc Lynch discussed the lack of nuance and context in the coverage of the recent anti-American violence and protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

Lynch notes that the Western media generally ignore larger protests [...]

Listen to Tony Blair before it is too late

“You are all ignoramuses”

Normally I don’t find antisemitism amusing, but I couldn’t stop myself from smiling at this clip featuring “Lebanese New Age Guru Maryam Nour”– who, refreshingly, was not taken seriously on LBC:

Update: If you have trouble telling from the translation on the video who said what, here is a transcript.