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Jamal Kanj

  • Diplomatic terrorism

    Here we go again! Evet Lvovich Lieberman, the Moldavian who became Avigdor Lieberman when in 1978 his religion qualified him uniquely for instantaneous Israeli citizenship, is demanding the removal...
    Published in: Middle East, News
  • Romney’s blunders

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have been to Harvard University, but his recurring gaffes suggest that he is not ready to be commander-in-chief of the world’s biggest superpower....
    Published in: Article, Asia & Americas
  • Cultural bias in the US media

    Edward Said’s scholarly work on Western media coverage of Muslim and Arab countries showed that it has been shaped by discreet cultural biases or political motives. This fact couldn’t...
    Published in: Article, Asia & Americas
  • Israel: guaranteed US election winner

    THE results of US elections are eccentric. While re-electing Barack Obama to the White House, voters also chose members of the opposing party as their representatives in Congress. Pundits...
    Published in: Article, Asia & Americas
  • Maintaining Israel’s demographic majority, but at what cost?

    In America, the Jewish community’s Anti-Defamation League (ADL) promotes racial integration, equality and multiculturalism within American society. The ADL and other Jewish organisations work closely at local levels with...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Nuclear irony is lost on the West

    It is ironic that Western nations seeking to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions are the same countries which sold nuclear technology to Tehran in the first place. Iran has worked...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Jerusalemites go about daily life before the Six Day War of 1967 in 'Zahrat Al-Madain'

    The real story of the Six-Day War

    Last Tuesday was the 45th anniversary of the outbreak of a war between Egypt and Israel that reshaped the Middle East. At 7.30am, on 5 June, 1967, 200 Israeli...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Syria on verge of civil war

    What started as an extension of the Arab Spring is pushing Syria to the verge of civil war. Bashar Al-Assad must stop deluding himself by blaming the frustration of...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Was Arafat murdered?

    Most Palestinians, whether they supported their late leader Yasser Arafat or not, were in agreement that he did not die of natural causes. They believed he was murdered by...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • US veto for sale

    Pre-empting Mitt Romney’s campaign visit to Israel, President Barack Obama last Friday signed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Co-operation Act of 2012. The bill was drafted by the American...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • By way of deception

    WESTERN and Israeli media are full of purported leaks giving details of the joint efforts by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defence Minister Ehud Barak to enlist...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • 21st century robotic wars

    On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a new “sanitised” kind of war is reshaping the future of America’s military industrial complex. The use of unmanned drones –...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Who gains from the latest anti-Islam film?

    ZIONISTS and right-wing Christian evangelists appear to be exploiting America’s freedom of speech to fuel sedition and hate between the people of two great religions. In response, right-wing religious...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Another (made for Israel) global disaster derailed

    LAST August I predicted that as the US election drew closer, and as the President’s re-election became certain, a credible scenario would be for Israel to strike Iran, pre-empting...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • America is a partner in Israel’s wars

    On 15 November, 1988, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) National Council, a body representing all Palestinians, declared an independent Palestinian state. The gesture did not change life for Palestinians...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Reconciliation and repression are incongruent

    Israel’s war on Gaza has not stopped since Palestinians exercised their democratic free will and voted for Hamas in the 2006 election. The relentless warfare has alternated between overt...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • A supreme Morsi mess

    EGYPTIAN democracy is alive and well. That is about the only positive observation on the current pro-Morsi and counter-demonstrations in major cities across the country. President Mohamed Morsi’s pronouncement...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Israeli settlements, unsettling realities…

    A DAY after the UN vote to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN, the right-wing Israeli government responded by adding 3,500 illegal Jewish-only homes in the occupied West Bank...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • New Israeli Herods and Christians

    I’m writing from Finland this week, where the omnipresence of snow and festive Christmas lights heralds another celebration of the birth of Jesus. In parallel, the descendants of the...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Obama and the Israel Lobby

    The Israel Lobby is flexing its muscles against Barack Obama’s expected nominee to be the next Secretary of Defence. Frontrunner Chuck Hagel is co-chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Megalomaniac versus monomaniacs in Syria

    SYRIAN President Bashar Al Assad has a penchant for blaming outside conspirators for the troubles in Syria. While plausible, he is mistaken in linking public demands for political reform...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • There are no short cuts in democracy

    Egypt is an experimental democracy in progress, but when the evolution of this process turns bloody it begs the question: is it worth it? An Egyptian tourist guide who...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • The definition of insanity

    WESTERN media is obsessed with presenting a positive spin on everything related to Israel, while trivialising good and accentuating negative news on Palestine. It’s admirably free in many aspects,...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • “The invention of the Jewish people”

    The Invention of the Jewish People was a book written by Shlomo Sand, an Israeli professor of history at the University of Tel Aviv. The author wasn’t probing a...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • EU-funded Israeli theft

    A leaked report commissioned by the European Union (EU) has concluded that Israeli settlement construction “remains the single biggest threat” to peace in the Middle East. The confidential, 15-page report...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Israeli appetite for US welfare funds

    FAILING to agree on ways to reduce the deficit, the US president was forced earlier this month to enact the Budget Control Act (BCA) into law. The debt ceiling...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Iran: How to rig an election

    The election landscape in Iran is becoming increasingly clear. According to state-run Press TV, a whopping 686 candidates registered to run in the presidential poll. However, only eight men...
    Published in: Article, Middle East
  • Unattainable peace

    But for the chap from Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza who emerged earlier this week as the winner of the “Arab Idol,” the news from Palestine is grim....
    Published in: Article, Middle East