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Yvonne Ridley

British journalist and author Yvonne Ridley provides political analysis on affairs related to the Middle East, Asia and the Global War on Terror. Her work has appeared in numerous publications around the world from East to West from titles as diverse as The Washington Post to the Tehran Times and the Tripoli Post earning recognition and awards in the USA and UK. Ten years working for major titles on Fleet Street she expanded her brief into the electronic and broadcast media producing a number of documentary films on Palestinian and other international issues from Guantanamo to Libya and the Arab Spring.

 

Items by Yvonne Ridley

  • Universal mire and empty promises

    Earlier today I received a phone call from a state-owned Russian TV station asking me to comment on the anniversary of the American bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan. Last year, on 3 October, the Medecins Sans Frontieres Trauma Centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan sustained an hour long air attack...

  • Blair must still be held to account for Iraq

    A major row is escalating in Britain over whether individual soldiers should be dragged through the courts and held to account for alleged war crimes carried out in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading the debate is the failed former Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair, who is running to the...

  • Astonishing as it may seem, chanting 'Viva Palestina' could soon be a 'hate crime'

    “Viva Palestina” is an enduring chant along with “Long Live Palestine” and “Long Live Gaza”, all of which are often used by human rights activists and others who want to show their support and goodwill for the long life and well-being of the state and its people. However, using...

  • Undiplomatic language exposes the mother of all war criminals

    It was bound to happen sooner or later, but when Barack Obama looked down his nose at the President of the Philippines over his questionable record on human rights, it was still surprising to hear that Rodrigo Duterte called the US leader a “son of a whore”. This was...

  • Israel’s Apartheid Wall can be seen from outer space, but not by Google

    #ShowTheWall campaign includes an online petition in conjunction with global campaign group Avaaz. It is expected to make Google confront its apparent reluctance to recognise the existence of Palestine...

  • Defiant Celtic fans' game changer for Palestine

    Glasgow Celtic Football Club is arguably Scotland’s most famous and successful team, but rarely does it make headlines beyond the sports pages; until now. Celtic’s fans have demonstrated an unprecedented act of solidarity with the people of Palestine, and it is going viral. What have the generous folk in...

  • Ordinary fans fly the flag for Palestine

    Sport is often regarded as a “no go” area for politics, especially by those states intent on portraying an air of normality around their regimes on the world stage. The best opportunities for this sort of charade are presented at international sporting and cultural events. Bizarrely, in Israel’s case...

  • The colour of racism in Israel

    The death of Jewish man Yosef Salamsa barely raised an eyebrow among the white communities in Israel. His suicide, though, has ignited a series of volatile demonstrations in Tel Aviv organised by black Ethiopians who accuse the Zionist state of racism and police brutality. Now the hugely influential and...

  • Toxic Zionism poisons the beautiful game

    The 50th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup Final played at Wembley has produced misty-eyed memories for a number of us old enough to recall that certain football match between the then West Germany and England. Soccer legend Bobby Moore and his men lifted the golden Jules Rimet trophy...

  • Erdogan counts on people power

    Whenever there is a terrorist or other atrocity anywhere in the world whereby innocent civilians are killed, US and European leaders usually rush to condemn the violence and its perpetrators, and rightly so. Yet, when elements of the Turkish military launched an attempted coup orchestrated, it is claimed, by...

  • Lies, spies and the story Chilcot missed

    Sir John Chilcot’s report into the war in Iraq contains 2.6 million words and took seven years to complete yet there is one story which was untold in the dossier. It is the story of how two heroic GCHQ (Government Communications HQ) staff sacrificed their careers and ambitions in...

  • Chilcot should be Exhibit A in Tony Blair’s trial

    I can barely contain the anger I feel towards Tony Blair over the war in Iraq. It’s a rage which has simmered for more than a decade and a rage from which there is no apparent closure. So if I, as a mere observer, am feeling like this today,...

  • Can Turkey deliver for the Gaza Strip?

    As we move into the final days of Ramadan, millions of Muslims around the world are giving money to charity. As usual, Gaza is up there amongst the neediest of causes. This has been the situation for the past decade because of the crippling siege imposed by Israel and...

  • Has Myanmar’s iconic leader taken genocide lessons from Israel?

    Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most famous women in the world. She is a holder of the Nobel Peace Prize and hailed as “the Mandela of Asia” because of her human rights record. However, when we look at her continual lack of concern about the...

  • New York’s governor is not against boycotts in principle, just those against Israel

    The move by the controversial governor of New York to blacklist organisations that support the global anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has been met with anger from pro-Palestine activists in the state who are calling for global action. Around 200 campaigners from across New York, spearheaded by Jewish...

  • Palestinians mourn boxing legend and their greatest supporter

    Boxing legend Mohammed Ali is dead. Known universally as “The Greatest”, his loss will be marked by millions of people of faith and no faith around the world, but Palestinians will be among the chief mourners because in their eyes he was the greatest fighter against Zionism. To show...

  • US Jewry forces Israel's hand over two-state solution

    Palestinians are constantly accused of being the real obstacle to peace in the Middle East but a new initiative by a group of America’s most influential Jews may just prove otherwise this week. For decades, various Western politicians have talked about a two-state solution. It has been on just...

  • The price of principles and Palestine

    Ramadan is approaching and the annual argument over the selling and buying of dates grown on lands stolen from Palestinians is well under way. Boycotting Israeli dates is probably more of a symbolic than a commercially successful tactic but it does highlight and underline the injustices meted out to...

  • Israel embraces more hate

    One of the biggest Zionist propaganda claims is that the Palestinian people hate life and use their children as human shields. Having experienced Palestine first hand from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip I can tell you that this is a wicked lie. The precious love of a...

  • Why Israel views peaceful activism as a threat

    World leaders like Barak Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron have all invoked the memory of the greatest peace activist of all – Mohandas K Gandhi – in recent times, as they lecture us about the power of peaceful activism. Gandhi fought courageously for India’s independence from the mighty...

  • Israel is bad but the Arab leadership is worse

    Palestinian suffering and humiliation at the hands of the Israeli occupation occurs on a daily basis and has done ever since the Nakba (“Catastrophe”) of 1948, when the ethnic cleansing of historic Palestine began in the run-up to the creation of the state of Israel. The human rights abuses...

  • Hedy Epstein: a great friend of Palestine

    Farewell Hedy Epstein, a great friend of Palestine....

  • Regev tweet ignites campus fury

    The troubled director of one of the most prestigious university colleges in the world has become mired in controversy since it emerged that she invited the new Israeli ambassador in London for tea. Controversial Mark Regev had been in the job less than two days when he sent out...

  • Revisionist Gove airbrushes Israel’s apartheid crimes

    Nelson Mandela is probably the world’s best known resistance fighter. The late South African president knew the value of the global boycott movement which helped in his people’s struggle to dismantle the country’s brutal and racist apartheid regime. His legacy is so powerful today that few world leaders heap...