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Why is the Truth on Syria Difficult to Decipher?

Why is the Truth on Syria Difficult to Decipher?

By Ramzy Baroud “The United States has the power to decree the death of nations,” wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe. Kinzer’s article was entitled: “The media are misleading the public on Syria.” In his piece, the scholar at a Brown University Institute contested that his country’s media misinformation on Syria is leading to […]

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat?

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat?

By Ramzy Baroud The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose half-truths at will, in order to create a falsified version of reality. For instance, this is part of what Israeli Prime Minister […]

Shimon Peres, An Israeli Brand without Substance

Shimon Peres, An Israeli Brand without Substance

By Ramzy Baroud Former Israeli Prime Minister and President, Shimon Peres, was a very successful brand. He was presented to the world as stately, wise, a relentless advocate of peace, and a sane voice amidst a conflict deemed senseless and unending. Now that he is dead at 93, international media are rife with touching tributes […]

Ban Ki-moon’s Legacy in Palestine: Failure in Words and Deeds

Ban Ki-moon’s Legacy in Palestine: Failure in Words and Deeds

By Ramzy Baroud Ban Ki-moon’s second term as UN secretary-general is ending this December, he was the most ideal man for the job as far as the United States and its allies are concerned. Of course, there will always be other Ban Ki-moons. In fact, the man himself was a modified version of his predecessor, […]

Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria

Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria

By Ramzy Baroud   “A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much,” wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com.   The photograph referenced in their comment was that of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body was washed ashore on some Turkish beach in September 2015.   It has been over a year […]

The Native American, the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice

The Native American, the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice

By Ramzy Baroud Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory. The standoff, involving 5,000-strong Native […]

Is Israel Pushing for a Palestinian Civil War?

Is Israel Pushing for a Palestinian Civil War?

By Ramzy Baroud  Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle on the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective. Newly-appointed Israeli ultra-nationalist Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman understands this too well. His tactic since his ascension to office last May is centered […]

Lieberman’s War on Everything Palestinian – and Why He Will Fail

Lieberman’s War on Everything Palestinian – and Why He Will Fail

By Ramzy Baroud  Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle in the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation, or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective. Newly-appointed Israeli ultranationalist Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman understands this too well. His tactic since his ascension to office last May […]

‘Activism’ and Its Consequences: Syrian Refugees Are Not Subjects for a Social Media Gallery

‘Activism’ and Its Consequences: Syrian Refugees Are Not Subjects for a Social Media Gallery

By Ramzy Baroud  The Italian ‘activist’ was keen on that photo, as if her social media activism career was dependent on it. As if the misery of the poor Syrian child was not palpable enough in his dejected face and his rash-infested skin, she wanted to define a point of absolute misery for a perfect […]

Punishing the Messenger: Israel’s War on NGOs Takes a Worrying Turn

Punishing the Messenger: Israel’s War on NGOs Takes a Worrying Turn

By Ramzy Baroud  “You deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But, maybe, you would be hurt before them,” was part of a threatening message received by a staff member at ‘Al-Mezan’, a Gaza-based human rights group. The photo attached to the email was of the exterior of the activist’s home. The gist […]

Libya’s ‘Operation Odyssey Lightning’ – The Obama Doctrine is Ravaging the Middle East

Libya’s ‘Operation Odyssey Lightning’ – The Obama Doctrine is Ravaging the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud  Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh’. However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning the origins of the group and the second, on whether there are genuine intentions to defeat it, in the first place. We must boldly address the first to unravel the enigma […]

Divide and Rule: How Factionalism in Palestine is Killing Prospects for Freedom

Divide and Rule: How Factionalism in Palestine is Killing Prospects for Freedom

By Ramzy Baroud  As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head. Palestinian political platforms and social media are abuzz with self-defeating propaganda: Fatah supporters attacking Hamas’ alleged failures, and Hamas’ supporters doing the same. What is conveniently overlooked by […]

Of Hajah Zainab – Is Palestine still the central issue for Arabs?

Of Hajah Zainab – Is Palestine still the central issue for Arabs?

By Ramzy Baroud Palestine is increasingly absent from Arab consciousness, at least at the official and media levels. For years, the discussion has veered elsewhere, to other regions and various other concerns, as Arab regional alliances are no longer driven by the ‘question of Palestine.’ Whether one blames that neglect on the so-called Arab Spring, […]

My Response to Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty and (Your) America

My Response to Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty and (Your) America

By Ramzy Baroud Donald Trump wants to keep us out of the country altogether. But Bill Clinton, former president and husband of a Democratic presidential nominee, does not mind us staying, as long as we – Muslims – behave ourselves. Welcome to America where racial profiling is the country’s most popular idea, and where citizenship […]

Farewell to Yarmouk: A Palestinian Refugee’s Journey from Izmir to Greece

Farewell to Yarmouk: A Palestinian Refugee’s Journey from Izmir to Greece

By Ramzy Baroud  (Based on interviews with Palestinian refugees from Syria.) The refugee camp of Yarmouk was ever present in his being, pulling him in and out of an abyss of persistent fears that urged him to never return. But what was this refugee without Yarmouk, his first haven, his last earth? How could any […]

France’s Doomed War on ‘Islamist Terrorism’

France’s Doomed War on ‘Islamist Terrorism’

By Ramzy Baroud Days after a truck ploughed its way into throngs of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, the Los Angeles Times reported that “[Daesh or the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] later claimed indirect responsibility for the attack”. The clearly deliberate act killed 84 people, many of whom were […]

From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS

From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS

By Ramzy Baroud  I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism’, whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for ‘al-Qaeda’, but for ‘Mojahedin-e-Khalq’, an Iranian militant exile group that worked, with foreign funding and arms, to […]

The Arab Spring Five Years On – A New Book by Amelia Smith (Editor), Ramzy Baroud, Philip Leech, Christine Petré, Ben White, Et al.

The Arab Spring Five Years On – A New Book by Amelia Smith (Editor), Ramzy Baroud, Philip Leech, Christine Petré, Ben White, Et al.

Just Published: The Arab Spring Five Years On By Amelia Smith (Author, Editor), Ramzy Baroud (Author), Philip Leech (Author), Christine Petré (Author), Diana Alghoul (Author), Jessica Purkiss (Author), Reem Assil (Author), Abdulrahman al-Masri (Author), Ben White (Author), Jehan Alfarra (Author), Sarwar Ahmed (Illustrator) Why did people power overcome despots in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen but meet […]

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity as a Welcome Pathology

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity as a Welcome Pathology

By Ramzy Baroud Last year, I wrote an article that made many readers unhappy. As soon as it was published, I began receiving messages of abuse and angry, threatening calls. I hesitated about reporting the threats to the local police in Washington State and, in the end, I resolved to file the unpleasant experience under […]

People above Politics: Political Deal will not Hamper the Turkish-Palestinian Bond

People above Politics: Political Deal will not Hamper the Turkish-Palestinian Bond

By Ramzy Baroud  Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians – and for Gazans, in particular. There is much that is being said to blame Turkey or placate the damage of seeing Turkey – which has for years been  one of the most visible […]

Susan Abulhawa Reviews: I Remember My Name – Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud and Jehan Bseiso

Susan Abulhawa Reviews: I Remember My Name – Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud and Jehan Bseiso

Ramzy Baroud’s style is one of controlled passion and intellectual refinement that searches the world through the eyes of others, notable historic figures in particular.  In a moving tribute “To Afzal Guru,” Baroud climbs into the spirit of this Kashmiri martyr on the day of his hanging, as he ruminates on his silly dreams of […]

Poetry by Ramzy Baroud, Samah Sabwai and Jehan Bseiso Shortlisted for Book Award

Poetry by Ramzy Baroud, Samah Sabwai and Jehan Bseiso Shortlisted for Book Award

Middle East Monitor are pleased to announce the books shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2016. The award, now in its fifth year, is an annual project that honours and celebrates books in English about Palestine. It is equally an attempt to encourage authors and publishers to create more fine books on Palestine. It has […]

Ramzy Baroud: Thanks, Turkey – but it’s freedom, not charity, that Gaza seeks (ALJAZEERA)

Ramzy Baroud: Thanks, Turkey – but it’s freedom, not charity, that Gaza seeks (ALJAZEERA)

When Israeli commandos violently raided the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010, something extraordinary happened in Gaza: a deep sense of loss, but also pride. It was the first time that this generation experienced real solidarity emanating from a Muslim country, exhibited with such resolution and willingness to sacrifice. Many Palestinians had finally renewed their faith, […]

Will Brexit Help the Palestinian Cause in the EU?

Will Brexit Help the Palestinian Cause in the EU?

By Ramzy Baroud  After months of anticipation, the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (EU). Although, the results were fairly close – 51.9% voted to ‘Leave’ vs. 48.1% elected to ‘Remain’ – the consequences of the decision will be far-reaching. Not only will the Brits negotiate their exit from the EU (thus, […]

Ramzy Baroudm TeleSUR TV: Israel castiga a palestinos con racionamiento de su propia agua

Ramzy Baroudm TeleSUR TV: Israel castiga a palestinos con racionamiento de su propia agua

El gobierno de Israel les ha despojado a los palestinos de sus riquezas de agua potable y ahora los castiga provocando la escasez de la misma. Cuando sí les permiten tomar su propia agua, se la vende carísima. Israel le ha despojado a los palestinos de la Franja de Gaza de todos sus recursos acuíferos […]

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War

By Ramzy Baroud Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half. This alarming development has been taking place for weeks, since Israel’s national water company, “Mekorot”, decided to cut off – or significantly reduce – its water supply to Jenin, Salfit […]

Ramzy Baroud to RT: ‘Israel’s water war against Palestinians form of collective punishment’

Ramzy Baroud to RT: ‘Israel’s water war against Palestinians form of collective punishment’

Israel has done so much to ensure that Palestinians don’t have access to water – not only as a form of collective punishment, but to also to ensure Palestinians do not develop their economy, says Ramzy Baroud, editor of The Palestine Chronicle. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe […]

Gaza: resistencia a través de la poesía

Gaza: resistencia a través de la poesía

Por Ramzy Baroud “(Al amanecer)… Resistiré… (Porque) sobre la pared hay aún una sábana blanca… Y mis dedos no se han disuelto (completamente) aún”. Éste es un verso traducido de “Tres paredes de la cámara de tortura”, de Mu’in Bseiso. Fue y sigue siendo uno de los intelectuales más influyentes de Gaza, y uno de […]

Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

By Ramzy Baroud “(At dawn) … I will resist … (Since) upon the wall there is still a white sheet … And my fingers are yet to (completely) dissolve.” This is a translated verse from Mu’in Bseiso’ “Three Walls of the Torture Chamber”. He was -and remains – one of Gaza’s most influential intellectual and […]

Paris Conference a Tired and Cliched Failure

Paris Conference a Tired and Cliched Failure

By Ramzy Baroud Matthew Duss is right. The Paris Peace Conference is different, and the fact that the United States’ stronghold of supposedly trying to resolve conflicts in the Middle East is being challenged, is a point worth noting. Yet, this is hardly important. “The multilateral nature of the conference is a Palestinian strategic victory, […]