Why Palestinians Fight Back: The Logic of Life and Death in Gaza

Why Palestinians Fight Back: The Logic of Life and Death in Gaza

By Ramzy Baroud Another row is brewing between Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, over the release of Avraham Mengitsu, an Israeli citizen who,…

Baskin’s Generous Offer: Making Peace with Israeli Occupation

Baskin’s Generous Offer: Making Peace with Israeli Occupation

By Ramzy Baroud It would be fair to assume that Gershon Baskin’s recent article in the Jerusalem Post – Encountering Peace: Obviously no peace now,…

The Good, Bad and Uncertain about Recognizing ‘Palestine’

The Good, Bad and Uncertain about Recognizing ‘Palestine’

By Ramzy Baroud No matter what Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does, his popularity is declining. In some ways, Abbas’ threshold for popularity was really…

Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy’

Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy’

By Ramzy Baroud “What is the Palestinian strategy?” is a question that I have been asked all too often, including on 15 May, the day…

The Arab Boat: It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees

The Arab Boat: It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees

By Ramzy Baroud In a western capital far away from Gaza and Cairo, I recently shared a pot of tea with an “Egyptian refugee”. The…

Birzeit Wins again: Students of the West Bank Unite

Birzeit Wins again: Students of the West Bank Unite

By Ramzy Baroud In November 1993, I was on a mission. At the age of 21, I wanted to change the world, starting with Birzeit…

Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians

Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud Are you surprised that there has been little mobilisation to help Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, which…

My Missing Family in Syria: Naming and Shaming in Yarmouk

My Missing Family in Syria: Naming and Shaming in Yarmouk

By Ramzy Baroud Members of my family in Syria’s Yarmouk went missing many months ago. We have no idea who is dead and who is…

The Deep Roots of Turkey’s War on ISIL

The Deep Roots of Turkey’s War on ISIL

By Ramzy Baroud July 23 signalled a major shift in Turkey’s policy towards Syria when its fighter jets began pounding Islamic State of Iraq and…

A Chance for Arab-Iranian Reconciliation: An Opportunity in the Iran Nuclear Deal

A Chance for Arab-Iranian Reconciliation: An Opportunity in the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Ramzy Baroud “The Americans have taken the Shia Muslim side in the Middle East’s sectarian war,” declared Robert Fisk in the “Independent” newspaper on…

The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

By Ramzy Baroud Over the year, I realized that the term ‘left’ is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed…

Just Politics: Iran, Like the Rest, Is Not Blameless

Just Politics: Iran, Like the Rest, Is Not Blameless

By Ramzy Baroud When the United States government declared its war on Afghanistan in October 2001, thus taking the first step in its so-called ‘war…

The Arab Boat: It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees

The Arab Boat: It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees

By Ramzy Baroud In a western capital far away from Gaza and Cairo, I recently shared a pot of tea with an “Egyptian refugee”. The…

No Arab Bolivars: As Region Implodes, Arab Socialism Fizzles out

No Arab Bolivars: As Region Implodes, Arab Socialism Fizzles out

By Ramzy Baroud A student group recently asked me to address socialism in the Arab world. This with the assumption that there is indeed such…

Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians

Stuck in Area A: How We Were Duped into Disowning the Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud Are you surprised that there has been little mobilisation to help Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, which…

My Missing Family in Syria: Naming and Shaming in Yarmouk

My Missing Family in Syria: Naming and Shaming in Yarmouk

By Ramzy Baroud Members of my family in Syria’s Yarmouk went missing many months ago. We have no idea who is dead and who is…

No ‘Crisis in Islam': Just Apathy of So-called ‘Historians’

No ‘Crisis in Islam': Just Apathy of So-called ‘Historians’

By Ramzy Baroud On the “BBC This Week” program, historian Tom Holland labored to counter the argument that the so-called Islamic State should not be…

The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

By Ramzy Baroud Over the year, I realized that the term ‘left’ is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed…

Beyond the Middle East: The Rohingya Genocide

Beyond the Middle East: The Rohingya Genocide

By Ramzy Baroud “Nope, nope, nope,” was Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s answer to the question whether his country will take in any of the…

An Interview with Ramzy Baroud: The Rise of Religious Powers and the Failure of the Left in The Middle-East

An Interview with Ramzy Baroud: The Rise of Religious Powers and the Failure of the Left in The Middle-East

Souad Sharabani: In the past three decades or so, Communists, trade unionists and secular nationalist movements like pan Arabism were replaced by religious and ethnic…

The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity?

The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity?

By Ramzy Baroud To suggest that the United States policies in Yemen were a “failure” is an understatement. It implies that the US had at…

Netanyahu the Mythbuster: ‘Special Relationship’ No More

Netanyahu the Mythbuster: ‘Special Relationship’ No More

By Ramzy Baroud Imagine if an American presidential candidate made a plea to his supporters on election day with the following statement: “The Republican administration…

Islamic State as a Western Phenomenon?

Islamic State as a Western Phenomenon?

Not only is IS to a degree an alien movement in the larger body politic of the Middle East, it also seems to be a…

Parking Space Terrorism: Time for Action after Killing of Three US Muslims

Parking Space Terrorism: Time for Action after Killing of Three US Muslims

By Ramzy Baroud The murder of three American Muslims at a University of North Carolina condominium on Tuesday, 10 February, was no ordinary murder, nor…

No ‘Crisis in Islam': Just Apathy of So-called ‘Historians’

No ‘Crisis in Islam': Just Apathy of So-called ‘Historians’

By Ramzy Baroud On the “BBC This Week” program, historian Tom Holland labored to counter the argument that the so-called Islamic State should not be…

Middle East Reporting: The Need for Honest Journalism

Middle East Reporting: The Need for Honest Journalism

By Ramzy Baroud Writing about and reporting on the Middle East is not an easy task, especially during these years of turmoil and upheaval. But…

War Begets War: It’s Not about Islam; It Never Was

War Begets War: It’s Not about Islam; It Never Was

By Ramzy Baroud It is still not about Islam, even if the media and militants attacking western targets say so. Actually, it never was. But…

The Age of TV Jokers: Arab Media on the Brink

The Age of TV Jokers: Arab Media on the Brink

By Ramzy Baroud As I was finalizing my research for this article, I found myself browsing through a heap of hilarious videos by mostly Egyptian…

Nakhwa without Borders: Gaza and the End of ‘Arab Gallantry’

Nakhwa without Borders: Gaza and the End of ‘Arab Gallantry’

By Ramzy Baroud On its own the Arabic word al-Nakhwa, means “gallantry.” Combined with the word “al-Arabiya” – “Arab gallantry” – the term becomes loaded…

Principles to Guide the Young Activist

Principles to Guide the Young Activist

By Ramzy Baroud In a recent radio interview with a National Public Radio affiliate in Juneau, Alaska, I was asked if I had advice for…

Of Boston Bombings and Twisted Logic

By Ramzy Baroud We still do not know much about the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, apart from information passed on by the media…

Exploited and Misused: The Impossible Discourse of the ‘Arab Spring’

Exploited and Misused: The Impossible Discourse of the ‘Arab Spring’

By Ramzy Baroud A reductionist discourse is one that selectively tailors its reading of subject matters in such a way as to only yield desired…

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