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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

  • With one stroke of his pen, Joe Biden has condemned a million children to death by starvation

    Economic warfare is the name of America's new revenge mission against the people of Afghanistan...

  • The makers of Israel’s deadly drones continue to evade British justice

    It’s impossible to pick out one single act of brutality committed by Israel’s occupation forces over another, because there have been so many in eight decades of the Palestinian struggle for survival. Each atrocity bears the hallmarks of a crime against humanity: Deir Yassin in 1948 — at least...

  • Ruthless Abbas is following Putin's lead when it comes to seeing off his rivals

    Is Russian President Vladimir Putin advising his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas on how to maintain his iron grip on power while seeing off political rivals? I only ask because Abbas, who is also the chairman of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has already postponed — yet again...

  • Charge Putin with war crimes by all means, but why stop at the Kremlin?

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is spearheading an international initiative to launch a tough, new war crimes tribunal styled on the Nuremberg trials established after the Second World War when senior Nazis and their minions were brought to justice. Brown is keen to see Russian President Vladimir Putin...

  • Blinded by White Culture and privilege

    The front page of a national newspaper in Scotland speaks volumes about the difference in the way that the media covers the war in Ukraine and the ongoing 70+ years of undeclared war inflicted on the people of Palestine from the Israeli-occupied West Bank to the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip...

  • If Ukraine can have an international brigade, why can't Palestine and Syria?

    Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said that she will support anyone who wants to go to Ukraine to join an international brigade of fighters against Russia. She described such a mission as taking part in a battle “for freedom and democracy”. I can’t help but wonder, though, about those...

  • The crisis in Ukraine exposes the hypocrisy of Israel and its Zionist allies

    In Scotland, when someone is on shaky ground or skating on thin ice they are said to be hanging by a “shoogly peg”. That is exactly where Israel has found itself over the crisis in Ukraine as the hypocrisy of Tel Aviv and its Zionist allies is exposed for...

  • Espionage is a dirty game that Israel plays with impunity

    Ever since British intelligence agencies alleged that Chinese spies are seeking to “covertly interfere” in Britain’s political landscape, a whole host of scare stories bordering on the hysterical have poured forth; it’s “reds under the beds” all over again. The British media, never known to underreact to a good...

  • PUMA sportswear is being urged to axe its football sponsorship in apartheid Israel

    Europe’s largest sportswear manufacturer, Adidas, has ended its lucrative boot deal with French footballer Kurt Zouma, after the English Premier League player was shown to kick and slap his pet cat in a video clip uploaded by his brother onto social media. The West Ham United defender has since...

  • The BBC’s decision to axe the Gaza aid appeal may come back to haunt it

    The BBC is facing its biggest crisis in years, including merciless budget cuts, after the British government announced that it is freezing the corporation’s funding for the next two years before abolishing the TV licence fee in 2027. The licence fee is the BBC’s source of income. Having worked for...

  • Criminalising journalists for telling the truth is in nobody’s interest

    When journalists start to make the news instead of breaking it, there are usually some serious consequences, especially when they work beyond the confines of the mainstream media. An exclusive story generally results in rival publications either ignoring the revelations or trying to discredit them. Why do journalists turn so...

  • The pro-Israel lobby sees more Palestinian activists walk free from court

    We all know that political lobby groups can be influential, and that those which back the occupation state of Israel are more influential than most in the West. However, it seems that such influence may be on the wane, especially as far as British courts are concerned. Justice has...

  • Blair's knighthood is a royal act of treachery against his victims in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Tony Blair’s final act as a human wrecking ball could well bring down the British monarchy following the controversial decision by Queen Elizabeth II to award him a knighthood. Not just any old knighthood, you understand; he has been made a member of the Order of the Garter, the...

  • An American Tale as yet untold by the Afghans

    According to Christians and the post-Christian world in which many of us live, this is the season of peace and goodwill to all. However, I derived little Christmas cheer from an incredible tweet sent by Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the United Nations this week. I imagine that the...

  • Let’s be honest, Zionist Israel is built on a tissue of lies

    Not all Jews are Zionists and not all Zionists are Jews, but say anything negative about the political ideology of Zionism or speak in favour of Palestine and the chances are, regardless of your religious beliefs or lack of them, you will end up being accused of anti-Semitism. In...

  • Bin Salman has blood on his hands that refuses to be washed away 

    The French authorities have released Saudi citizen Khalid Aedh Al-Otaibi, who they believed to have been involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but only after his arrest at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport made global headlines. The police thought that they had apprehended one of the dozens...

  • Is the pro-Israel lobby lining up Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon for ‘the Corbyn treatment’?

    A pro-Israel charm offensive has seen some Scottish government ministers distancing themselves from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, raising concerns that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being lined up for “the Corbyn treatment” by the lobby working for benefit of the colonial-occupation state. Sturgeon has come under...

  • People power can stop the Uyghur genocide

    Boycotts are a powerful weapon in the quest for justice. This is why the Israeli leadership is making so much effort to have the peaceful resistance of the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement outlawed around the world. Israel is scared of what BDS can do without a single...

  • Feminists have scored an own goal over Afghanistan's ‘Me Too’ moment

    The plight of women in Afghanistan has rarely been out of the media spotlight since the Taliban arrived back in Kabul after taking most towns and cities in their country with little or no resistance in August. Some of the reports in the West, though, have been woefully misleading;...

  • Hamas is part of the solution — just ask Mr Blair

    A few weeks ago, Boris Johnson addressed 300 of his loyal supporters at an exclusive lunch in a five-star hotel in London’s upmarket Mayfair for a Tory party fundraiser. Many of the so-called great and good paid up to £500 a ticket for the privilege of listening to the...

  • The right to protest is as precious as freedom of speech

    Student protests on campus are nothing new and trying to deny controversial speakers a platform is not a recent invention. Protestors have, over the years, argued that some speakers pose a threat simply by being allowed to spout their unpalatable opinions. Speaking as someone who has been denied a platform,...

  • The Palestinians are fishing for European justice

    Had there been any genuine determination in the Arab world to deliver justice to the Palestinian people it would have been done years ago. However, many of the states and their rulers have proven themselves to be both incompetent and impotent when it comes to occupied Palestine. I’ve often said...

  • When silence is the best diplomacy 

    If you poke a stick in a hornets’ nest then the results will become painfully obvious very quickly, which is why I am surprised at the headlines expressing shock at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to expel ten ambassadors from his country. His declaration that the ambassadors from...

  • Here lies Colin Powell…

    Following his death from Covid-19 earlier this week, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s legacy will be examined by many people for many different reasons. Some will eulogise him as one of America’s top diplomats and presidential advisers. Many more, I suspect, will remember him as the man...