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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

  • The Arab League represents nothing but missed opportunities

    More than 20 of the world’s most powerful men have come together in Amman for the annual Arab League summit. On paper, these kings, emirs and dictators have the authority to use their influence and petro-billions for the betterment of the Arab world; indeed, of the whole world. Expectations,...

  • The disgraceful scenes witnessed in Holland may yet lead to something positive

    Referendums are in the news, greeted by equal measures of loathing, hysteria and support whenever they are announced. This fact notwithstanding, it looks as if the western media has gone into overdrive in condemning the referendum promoted by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Open racism has been on display,...

  • The return of the Pharaoh and his sons

    By the time you read this, disgraced President Hosni Mubarak will be well on the way to being a free man, making a mockery once again of what passes for justice in Egypt these days. Mubarak’s brutal dictatorship ended abruptly when he was overthrown in the January 2011 Revolution...

  • Do black lives matter less in Lancashire than in Apartheid Israel?

    A few days ago, a British university cancelled an event planned as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week” on the grounds that it was anti-Semitic. Naturally, the cancellation by the University of Central Lancashire was greeted with dismay by pro-Palestinian campaigners who saw the ban as an attempt to stifle...

  • Your move, Erdogan tells Tehran

    Turkey’s rise on the world stage will no doubt be credited by many to be a direct result of the turmoil and chaos in the Middle East. That, though, would be a serious underestimation of a regional power that makes every move with the precision of a chess grand...

  • Multi-millionaire Tony Blair sells fool's gold to despots around the world

    The breathtaking financial rise of Tony Blair can only be matched by his equally spectacular downfall into the sordid gutter of sleazy politics at home and abroad. However, the former Middle East Peace Envoy could have achieved neither financial peak nor political trough without the help of his despotic...

  • The mothers of Palestine are being treated shamefully, and not just by Israel

    World Cancer Day arrived over the weekend with the great news that survival rates have improved dramatically over the past five decades to around 50 per cent. What’s more, an effective cure for all types of cancer could be less than 10 years away, according to one of the...

  • Trump's poor intelligence is pure torture

    Donald Trump says that “torture works” but, like many of his unwise proclamations, he has surely made his latest claim without facts or foundation. If the pro-torture lobby had any evidence at all that waterboarding someone is an effective method of gathering intelligence and saving lives we would, by...

  • Israel’s occupation is brutal, but what does that make the Arab nations?

    Israeli newspaper columnist Gideon Levy is loved and loathed in equal measure across the Zionist State because of his acerbic views about the despicable way in which Israel chooses to treat the Palestinians. He recently accused the Israeli military of regarding Palestinians as “fair game” in one of his...

  • Can people power trump US president over choice of ambassador in Israel?

    The new US President, Donald Trump, is a vulgar, misogynistic bully who is used to getting his own way and reacts angrily to those who try to stop him from doing so. Now that he is the “free world’s most powerful leader” he might imagine that nothing and no...

  • The Muslim Brotherhood is caught in Trump's twilight zone

    The news today is that the United States of America has a new President in Donald Trump. Beyond that, the world of fact and fantasy has collided to create a fake news landscape in which it is going to become increasingly difficult to separate the truth from lies. It is...

  • Zionists threaten British government over illegal settlement vote at the UN

    The powerful pro-Israel Zionist lobby in Britain, which wields money and influence within parliament, is threatening to bring down the entire Conservative-led government over an escalating row which has been simmering for weeks, long before last week’s Israeli Embassy scandal erupted. Zionist support for Israel has often led to...

  • Lame duck presidents and angry secularists should keep quiet; it’s Syrian voices which must be heard

    There is a narrative being pushed today by members of the global anti-war movement and other pro-Syrian regime supporters that they are defending a secular state against the Islamic “head choppers” who have descended on the Middle East from around the world. The latter, including Daesh, are in league...

  • Creepy behaviour and double standards at the UN

    Samantha Power's little drama fooled no one this week...

  • As death rains down on Aleppo, why are Western countries so reluctant to act?

    The heroic resistance inside the besieged walls of eastern Aleppo is coming from the Syrian people themselves, and not foreign fighters as is often portrayed in the Western media, says a journalist trapped inside the most dangerous place on earth. New Yorker Bilal Abdul Karim went inside Aleppo four...

  • Israeli wildfires expose Netanyahu's burning hatred

    As wildfires tore through large swathes of the land a week or so ago, some Israeli politicians used the disaster as an opportunity to fan the flames of hatred against Palestinians by calling it a “fire intifada”. Foreign firefighters from many countries came to Israel’s assistance, but it seems...

  • Lebanon's wall of shame should be torn down

    Twenty seven years ago this month, I was in Germany hacking away at a pile of twisted metal and concrete with thousands of others who were celebrating the demise of the world’s most infamous wall. Weeks earlier, on 9 November 1989, the real heroes were German citizens from both...

  • Castro has gone; we are unlikely to see his like again

    Palestine has lost one its oldest and closest friends following the death of Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, Fidel Castro. Few leaders, with the exception of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, gave such vocal and unstinting support to the Palestinian people and their...

  • From presidents to mad dogs, Israel is an apartheid state

    If there’s one thing you can say that is guaranteed to rattle the Israeli regime it is the A-word; yes, Apartheid. Tel Aviv has never forgiven former US President Jimmy Carter for not only using the word when referring to Israeli policies, but also including it in the title...

  • Israel's wishful thinking over the Trump presidency

    Speculation among world leaders and political observers is rife over what will happen next now that billionaire businessman Donald Trump has emerged triumphant as the US president-elect. In Israel, for instance, the right-wing Education Minister Naftali Bennett came out within hours of Trump’s victory to declare the demise of...

  • The UN has sunk to a new low in terms of human rights

    The United Nations plunged to a new low over the weekend when it held a secret ballot to elect 14 members to its Human Rights Council. Rather predictably, Russia was voted off, although some might question what it was doing on the council in the first place when its...

  • Heathrow expansion highlights the injustice of Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes

    The big story dominating the news this week in Britain is the proposal for a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport. This is a controversial plan which will lead to one village being completely flattened and others facing partial demolition. The residents face a traumatic wait as politicians decide...

  • From Aberfan to Aleppo, the deaths of innocents count for nothing

    Whenever I travel to the Middle East it is usually to document a war, the aftermath of a war or a massive tragedy which is more often than not the by-product of man-made blunders, power hungry leaders and political misjudgements. The only constants in all of this are the...

  • Outrage over Scottish law chief meeting with Israeli embassy

    A secret document has emerged revealing how Israeli embassy officials in Britain sought a meeting with Scotland’s most senior legal official to discuss the Scottish Jewish community. Released under the Freedom of Information Act, the communication between the Lord Advocate and the embassy suggested a meeting which would enable...