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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 futility of war

    When is a war not a war? Well, it depends on who is calling and firing the shots. As a young journalist, the first war I ever covered, albeit intermittently, was in Northern Ireland. I was told to refer to Operation Banner euphemistically as “The Troubles” because the UK...

  • The hijab is not the real issue in sanction-hit Iran

    Ordinary people have risen up against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran a few times since its inception more than 40 years ago. Historically, that is not unusual in the normal way of revolutions. Like earthquakes, there are always aftershocks and second waves, and to that extent...

  • Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi: A man for all seasons

    Sheikh Qaradawi probably did more behind the scenes fighting for justice for the Palestinian people than the corrupt armchair warriors sitting in the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah....

  • Western democracy is being destroyed to protect Israel

    The past few days have seen an almost unprecedented attack on high-profile supporters of Palestine resulting in a concerted effort to silence some of Israel’s most vocal critics once and for all. While this blatant attack on free speech has been rolled out it has also served to divert...

  • Britain is haunted by its violent colonial past

    The British media want us to believe that the awful scenes of violence on the suburban streets of Leicester were triggered by a cricket match between India and Pakistan in Dubai last month. That narrative pushed by lazy journalists is much easier than confronting the real issues at play...

  • The state of modern Britain and its monarchy

    I must apologise for the absence of my regular column for MEMO. This was largely due to a sense of overwhelming grief and loss throughout the just ended mourning period in Britain. However, please don’t think for one moment that I was grieving over the demise of Elizabeth II,...

  • Saudi Arabia’s power and global influence are wasted on one man

    It takes just a few seconds to post a tweet, but for one woman in Saudi Arabia it has resulted in a 45-year prison sentence which has shocked ordinary citizens across the kingdom. Nourah Bint Saeed Al-Qahtani was convicted in the Saudi Specialised Criminal Court on charges of using...

  • We won't be fooled again, say people of Pakistan

    Politicians in Pakistan rise to power and fall from grace with alarming regularity, so much so that not a single prime minister has ever completed a full term in office. The one constant has been the genuine love and affection ordinary people have for the military. However, that could...

  • Who will stand up for women against the Saudi regime?

    No doubt emboldened by US President Joe Biden’s recent visit and matey fist bump with Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, a Saudi judge has just handed out the longest ever prison sentence to a peace activist and women’s rights campaigner for posting a few critical tweets about the regime:...

  • Don't judge the Taliban after just one year in charge

    The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been in existence for one year now, but change has been agonisingly slow; early promises on women’s rights are as yet unrealised; and the closure of schools for teenage girls continues to be a running sore for the international community. The country is...

  • Barclays Bank must be held to account over its support for apartheid Israel

    We never seem to learn from history, even from the most recent events during our lifetime. Just today, for example, I had a feeling of déjà vu as a press release popped up in my email from the anti-poverty charity War on Want. The charity is launching a campaign urging...

  • Israel’s killing of Palestinians in Nablus has triggered a backlash in British drone factories

    I think most of us have heard of the chaos theory, commonly called the “butterfly effect”, which states that if one butterfly flaps its wings at just the right time in just the right place it can cause a hurricane thousands of miles away. I’m not sure how true...

  • American democracy has been turned into an illusion

    These are troubling times for the men who claim to run the world’s greatest democracy. They have meddled so much in other countries’ democratic systems and undermined so many overseas elections that their treachery is beginning to backfire. I am talking about the United States of America, which has...

  • Before Israel alleges ‘anti-Semitism’ abroad, it should root out the plague at home 

    When Dr Deborah Lipstadt became America’s special anti-Semitism watchdog she decided to embark on an 11-day tour of the Middle East, making Saudi Arabia the first stop. As predicted, it wasn’t long before the US State Department’s anti-Semitism ambassador was confronted by an explosive episode of Jew-hatred. However, it...

  • The lonely Highland grave that links Scotland with Makkah

    Rainswept and bleak, Gleann Fhiodhaig in the northwest Scottish Highlands couldn’t be more different from Jabal Ar-Rahmah, which shimmers in the baking heat and desert climes on the outskirts of Makkah, known to millions of Muslim pilgrims around the world as Mount Arafat. Despite the thousands of miles that...

  • Journalists beware — telling the truth should carry a health warning 

    It was no real surprise when Delhi police officers arrested Indian journalist Mohammed Zubair after he outed the media chief of Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for making derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Sadly, today’s political climate has made the business...

  • Israel's leading arms dealer is running scared

    It must be rather humiliating when you claim to be a world leader in security and surveillance systems but have your own headquarters breached frequently by a disparate group of angry citizens armed with nothing more than red paint and innovative ideas about peaceful resistance to a brutal military...

  • The Prophet of Islam gives Muslim rulers a lesson on strength in unity

    Many of the world’s Muslim rulers have come together in a powerful show of unity which could well bring the increasingly Islamophobic Indian government to its knees. There are many lessons to be learned from this. It may even bring an end to the genocidal tendencies within the world’s...

  • Rogue state Israel is licensed to kill

    Israel has become a law unto itself and unless the international community stands up to the rogue state it will continue to use the world as its own backyard in order to plot against and kill its enemies. This was made clear on Sunday when Israeli Prime Minister Naftali...

  • Imran Khan could be up against spies, lies and black propaganda in Pakistan

    Millions of Pakistanis are being asked to converge on the capital Islamabad by charismatic ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan and his supporters who claim that he was removed from office in a dirty tricks campaign run by US intelligence agents because his policies were against America’s regional and global...

  • The Scottish government is silencing Palestinians

    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is facing a backlash after a group of Palestinian academics criticised her decision to embrace the working definition of anti-Semitism prepared by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance because the definition clearly contradicts a hate crime review commissioned by her own government. The Holyrood government took...

  • Israel must be held to account for Shireen's murder

    Like a worm on a fish hook, Tel Aviv is slithering and wriggling over the assassination of Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. Showing absolutely no shame, the Zionist State began spewing out lies and a false narrative the moment the iconic Al-Jazeera journalist hit the ground, taking her last breath. Be...

  • This runaway Afghan general should push his own off button

    I read with some incredulity that a former three-star general in the Afghan National Army is planning to launch a new war against the ruling Taliban eight months after the movement’s victory which brought an end to a brutal 20-year conflict involving US-led NATO forces. According to defeated Lieutenant...

  • Springtime in Islamabad

    Is Pakistan embarking on its own version of the Arab Spring? The incredible scenes of people power from Peshawar to Islamabad, Lahore to Karachi and beyond suggest that 227 million Pakistanis are on the brink of something momentous. If so, they could smash dynastic Pakistani politics forever. Recently ousted Prime...