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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

  • America’s Mediterranean armada may not be what it seems

    As I never tire of writing, the tiny Zionist state of Israel is less than the size of a South African game reserve, but still costs the American taxpayer billions of dollars every year as Uncle Sam’s ferocious watchdog squatting in the Middle East. However, even its war-mongering, war...

  • Palestinian cries of anguish are followed by deafening silence from the West

    The roar of the bombs dropped by the fourth most powerful army in the world is deafening as they hurtle from the sky towards the overcrowded civilian areas of the Gaza Strip in occupied Palestine. The roar about “human animals” directed by senior politicians in the Tel Aviv government...

  • The most dangerous man in the world is enabled by hypocrites in the West

    He is the most dangerous leader in the world today. An unhinged psychopath in charge of nuclear weapons who has spent a lifetime dehumanising his enemy, and dismissing them and their children as animals. Instead of being condemned by the so-called civilised world, however, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

  • Could Bin Salman emerge as the saviour of Palestine?

    Under-fire Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to change the political landscape of the Middle East in response to the astonishing Hamas attack launched during the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur. No truer word has been spoken by the alleged fraudster who stands charged with breach of trust...

  • Joe Biden stands accused of rewarding the apartheid state of Israel

    US President Joe Biden stands accused of rewarding Israel’s racist policies even as the Zionist state tightens its brutal occupation of Palestine and imposes and an apartheid system on its people. The accusation has been made by a group of Jewish Americans who are campaigning to end US support...

  • Camilla's Dior abaya exposed French hypocrisy

    France’s fanatical secularism hides behind a thin veil of privilege and elitism, while the country’s toxic Islamophobia which persecutes and oppresses Muslim women exposes the hypocrisy of the French Republic. Nothing else explains the French ban on girls in state schools wearing abayas, sparking a fresh row over secularism...

  • Why doesn’t the UN value Palestinian life above the ancient city of Jericho?

    The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has placed the ancient Palestinian city of Jericho on the World Heritage List. This is indeed worthy of celebration, but it begs us to ask why the UN doesn’t protect the people who live there or anywhere else in the Israeli-occupied...

  • Déjà vu is one way of describing UN inaction over Ukraine; hypocrisy is another

    At one time we all used to rely on the United Nations to uphold international law, but now even the increasingly impatient Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that the international organisation must either “remove Russia as an aggressor” or “dissolve” itself. Two years in, and the invasion of Ukraine...

  • China looks set to derail Western hegemony

    Like quite a few of its presidential candidates and politicians, there is something decrepit and decaying about the American Empire that reflects its position in the world today. An old Scots term — a “shoogly peg” — just about sums up the terminal decline, precarious position and lack of...

  • Libya’s foreign minister is the latest victim of Israeli leaks

    George Orwell, the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopian novel and cautionary tale, once said, “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin was far more direct when he wrote: “Three may keep a secret, if two...

  • We must not lose our own humanity in addressing the plight of refugees

    I wonder if it has ever occurred to Home Secretary Suella Braverman that the British government is responsible in part for today’s refugee crisis, and that the solution does not lie with her inhumane “Rwanda project” and other crackpot ideas fuelled by the prospect of a forthcoming General Election....

  • Cricket legend Khan may be down, but he is 'absolutely not' out

    Events in Pakistan these past few days have been quite astonishing and yet the treatment of its former Prime Minister Imran Khan, jailed on spurious corruption charges, has raised barely a headline beyond the foreign pages of Western newspapers. Possibly because most reporting is one-dimensional, the complexities of Pakistan’s...

  • Sister Sinéad-Shuhada: misunderstood, much-maligned, much-loved and Muslim

    Headlines and photographs of the singer Sinéad O’Connor told us that the iconic star had died. What followed have been well-deserved eulogies, despite some glaring omissions. Sinéad was beautiful, brave and talented, and an uncompromising rebel who often railed against the Establishment and has never been forgiven by some for...

  • Seeing is believing in Afghanistan, and dialogue is the only way forward

    The arrogance and ignorance of the Western media were highlighted a few days ago when a former British army officer-turned-politician was accused of making himself a “useful idiot” for the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Some of his fellow MPs have even tried to oust Tobias Ellwood, the Conservative...

  • Is AIPAC bound for that special place in Hell reserved for Israel and its supporters?

    I was reminded of my favourite joke the other day by a heroic group of American Jews who want to bring an end to US support for Israel’s brutal apartheid occupation of Palestine: A priest is performing the Last Rites for a dying Irishman and asks if he is...

  • We need to hold Britain's racist banking system to account

    If you live in the Middle East, Asia or Africa you’ve probably never heard of Nigel Farage; if so, count yourself lucky. He is a prime example of white privilege; a truly obnoxious individual whose hateful words whip up racism across Britain. My enduring memory of this repugnant, right-wing politician...

  • Forest dump: how a Jewish charity hides Israeli war crimes

    Most war criminals are caught because of a failure to cover up their crimes. The Holocaust probably provides the grimmest example of this, because Nazi Germany exterminated millions of European Jews, Poles, Roma and others but failed to hide the evidence. Extermination camps existed alongside labour camps where inmates...

  • Sweden’s freedom of speech is trumped by a Muslim masterclass in tolerance

    It’s Eid Al-Adha, a blessed time of year for Muslims and a magnet for attention-seekers who do their best to provoke and incite them to react violently so that they can sell a mediocre book, film or cartoon, or create a volatile political situation to demonise Islam. It happens,...

  • Justice in apartheid Israel reflects the racist nature of the state

    Expressing a negative opinion about Israel on social media can land you in prison if you happen to be a Palestinian in occupied Palestine, which is not a good image to project when you claim to be the only democracy in the Middle East. The law doesn’t always just...

  • Bin Salman has ‘weaponised’ Hajj to the detriment of all Muslims

    I have been blessed to perform the Hajj pilgrimage on two occasions, and can confirm that being part of the greatest Islamic show on earth is not only life-changing, but also a privilege granted by the Almighty. One of the first things that we who embrace Islam later in life...

  • Servile Western leaders queue up to congratulate Erdogan

    It has been a week of mixed blessings for Western leaders as Turkiye’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again confounded his critics at the ballot box. Sporting more faces than the Big Ben clock in Westminster, servile Western leaders rushed to congratulate the Turkish president on his election victory last...

  • Some justice at last for Tariq Ramadan, who warns Muslims to beware of Zionist vilification

    Anyone who supports Palestine and is vocal about the injustices suffered by the Palestinians living under Israel’s brutal military occupation should be ready to be targeted and vilified by Zionist lobby groups. This is the astonishing warning from popular Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan who was cleared of rape charges...

  • Clear aerial message exposes Saudi sportswashing at Newcastle United FC

    A spectacular aerial stunt designed to prick the conscience of the publicity-shy Saudi Arabian regime was carried out in front of 52,000 eyewitnesses on Sunday as part of a campaign to expose Saudi sportswashing and human rights abuses. The airborne drama happened over Newcastle United Football Club’s stadium on...

  • Political ignorance and lies hide the truth of the two-state solution

    Politicians are, generally, good at lying. Some of them, like former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, simply can’t help themselves and are widely regarded as serial offenders, while others are guilty of nothing more than ignorance. Either way, it is deemed to be rude or against the rules of...