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The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

By Ramzy Baroud Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but […]

Foreign Policy for Sale: Greece’s Dangerous Alliance with Israel

Foreign Policy for Sale: Greece’s Dangerous Alliance with Israel

By Ramzy Baroud For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. A new Greece was being born out of the pangs of pain of economic austerity, imposed by the European Union and its overpowering economic institutions – a troika […]

The New Cold War is Happening in Africa

The New Cold War is Happening in Africa

By Ramzy Baroud There is a new Cold War that is brewing and the African continent is slated to be its epic center. With China’s impressive rise as an economic superpower and Russia’s re-emergence as a strong military contender, the United States government is giving more attention on Africa. This fact has been confirmed once […]

‘Whitewashing’ Genocide in Myanmar

‘Whitewashing’ Genocide in Myanmar

By Ramzy Baroud Although the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has gathered greater media attention in recent months, there is no indication that the international community is prepared to act in any meaningful way, thus leaving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded in border camps between Myanmar and Bangladesh. While top United […]

The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget

The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget

By Ramzy Baroud On January 15, millions of Americans commemorated Martin Luther King’s Day. His famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’ was repeated numerous times in media outlets as a reminder of the evil of racism, which is being resurrected in a most pronounced way in American society. But that is only one version of […]

In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence

In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence

By Ramzy Baroud Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage. Just recently, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, called for more death and injuries on Palestinians in Gaza. “What is this […]

‘Race Law’ Takes Jerusalem a Step Closer to Being a Jewish-Only City

‘Race Law’ Takes Jerusalem a Step Closer to Being a Jewish-Only City

By Ramzy Baroud The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state. One of the most aggressive measures to date is a bill that was approved by […]

Shadow Armies: The Unseen, but Real US War in Africa

Shadow Armies: The Unseen, but Real US War in Africa

By Ramzy Baroud There is a real – but largely concealed – war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook. It is easy to […]

Year in Review: Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy?

Year in Review: Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy?

By Ramzy Baroud 2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. The Palestinian leadership and its Arab and international […]

Whitewashing: The Media’s Two Narratives on Terrorism

Whitewashing: The Media’s Two Narratives on Terrorism

By Ramzy Baroud Within hours after Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, allegedly detonated a pipe bomb in New York City on December 11, severely injuring himself and wounding four others, a most comprehensive official and media narrative emerged. The formulation of the narrative concerning Ullah’s motives, radicalization and assumed hate for the US was so […]

‘Hands Off Jerusalem’: Ramzy Baroud’s Speech in Seattle (VIDEO)

‘Hands Off Jerusalem’: Ramzy Baroud’s Speech in Seattle (VIDEO)

Palestinian author, journalist and Palestine Chronicle Editor, Dr. Ramzy Baroud delivered a speech at the ‘Hands Off Jerusalem’ rally downtown Seattle, Washington on December 16. Below is the video and the full text of his speech. My speech at the Hands Off Jerusalem protest downtown Seattle today. Posted by Ramzy Baroud on Saturday, December 16, […]

Palestine: It Is Time for a New Beginning

Palestine: It Is Time for a New Beginning

By Ramzy Baroud Now that the American mask has completely fallen, Palestinians require an urgent rethink in their own political priorities, alliances and national liberation strategy. Business should not go on as usual after US President Donald Trump accepted Israel’s definition of Jerusalem as its capital, thus violating the overwhelming international consensus on the matter. […]

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed My Neighbor, Kamal Al-Assar?

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed My Neighbor, Kamal Al-Assar?

By Ramzy Baroud When I learned of the death of Kamal Al-Assar a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli army. Understandably, we lost, but […]

Trump’s Move on Jerusalem: Is this the End of US Diplomacy in the Middle East?

Trump’s Move on Jerusalem: Is this the End of US Diplomacy in the Middle East?

By Ramzy Baroud Finally, US President Donald Trump pulled the plug. The so-called peace process, two-state solution, ‘land-for-peace formula’ and all the other tired clichés have been long dead and decomposing. But Trump’s announcement on Wednesday to officially recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel has also laid to rest the illusion that the US was […]

‘Say the Word’: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About

‘Say the Word’: What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About

By Ramzy Baroud Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous Popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to Burma (Myanmar) on November 27, he refrained from using the word “Rohingya.” But what’s in a name? In our frenzied attempts at understanding and articulating the […]

Decades of US Diplomacy Has Failed: Why the US Wants to Shut the PLO Office

Decades of US Diplomacy Has Failed: Why the US Wants to Shut the PLO Office

By Ramzy Baroud On November 18, just days before the 50th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 242, the US State Department took its first step towards severing its ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The timing of this decision could not be any more profound. The first formal contact between the US and the […]

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan

By Ramzy Baroud In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, “it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, […]

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel is Not Just an Israeli Issue

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel is Not Just an Israeli Issue

By Ramzy Baroud Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July – well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn – believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that they […]

The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story – Book Review

The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story – Book Review

Reviewed by Vacy Vlazna (Ramzy Baroud. The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story. London: Pluto Press, 2018. Pre-order now) Dr. Ramzy Baroud’s new book, The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story is described simplistically as ‘non-fictional narrative of modern Palestinian history.’ It is much, much more; for us readers, it is an intimate encounter, chapter by chapter, […]

‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

By Ramzy Baroud The postponing of an Israeli Knesset bill that would have annexed major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the Jerusalem municipality is the result of behind-the-scenes US and, possibly, European pressure. But the story of the so-called “Greater Jerusalem law” does not end there. Israel wants to maintain an absolute demographic […]

How Britain Became an Obstacle to Peace

How Britain Became an Obstacle to Peace

By Ramzy Baroud Arthur James Balfour’s wrote 84 words that sealed the fate of the Palestinian people by ultimately displacing most of them from their historical homeland to live in permanent exile. “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best […]

Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the United States

Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the United States

By Ramzy Baroud Israeli footprints are becoming more apparent in the US security apparatus. Such a fact does not bode well for ordinary Americans. US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The Bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” is […]

Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians

Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord – at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas. The leadership […]

The Real Reason behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

The Real Reason behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

By Ramzy Baroud To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’ belated ‘pivot […]

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

By Ramzy Baroud Egypt’s enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. However, the Egyptian leadership is clearly […]

The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not the Palestinian People

The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not the Palestinian People

By Ramzy Baroud Some promises are made and kept; others disavowed. But the ‘promise’ made by Arthur James Balfour in what became known as the ‘Balfour Declaration’ to the leaders of the Zionist Jewish community in Britain one hundred years ago, was only honored in part: it established a state for the Jews and attempted […]

Endorsements and How to Pre-Order: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

Endorsements and How to Pre-Order: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

This is a history of modern Palestine like no other: built from the testimony of people who have lived through it. Ramzy Baroud here gathers accounts from countless Palestinians from all walks of life, and from throughout the decades, to tell the story of the nation and its struggle for independence and security. Challenging both […]

The Fight Ahead: 13 Questions about the Origins, Objectives and War on BDS

The Fight Ahead: 13 Questions about the Origins, Objectives and War on BDS

By Ramzy Baroud BDS stands for ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’. The BDS Movement was the outcome of several events that shaped the Palestinian national struggle and international solidarity with the Palestinian people following the Second Uprising (Intifada) in 2000. Building on a decades-long tradition of civil disobedience and popular resistance, and invigorated by growing international […]

Spot the Difference: Trump and Obama, in Their Own Words

Spot the Difference: Trump and Obama, in Their Own Words

By Ramzy Baroud The nature of the rhetoric in Donald Trump’s first speech at the United Nations General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threat to “totally destroy North Korea” was consistent with his overall style and previous warnings. But how different was his speech, if compared with the first and last UN speeches of President Barack Obama? A 19th […]

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?

By Ramzy Baroud There is a great irony in the fact that Israel is seeking a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Since its establishment atop the ruins of Palestinian cities and villages in 1948, Israel has had the most precarious relationship with the world’s largest international body. It has desperately sought to […]

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