Tag Archives: Middle East

Danny Schechter : Is Iran Shifting its Message?

Diplomacy, Murdoch style. Image from Twitchy Media.Is Iran trying to tell ussomething we won’t hear? The rhetoric of the well-orchestrated anti-Iranian crowds outside was even bloodier than the Iranians had ever been… By Danny Schechter | The Rag Blog | … Continue reading

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Danny Schechter : When is a Terrorist No Longer a Terrorist?

Mujahedin-e-Khalq. Image from Institute for the Study of Violent Groups.Strange story of the Mujahedine-Khalq:When is a terrorist no longer a terrorist? The ‘bad guys’ became ‘good guys’ with the swipe of a pen. By Danny Schechter | The Rag Blog … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : What’s Really Happening in Syria?

Free Syrian Army fighter near Idlib, Syria. Photo by Khalil Hamra / AP.What’s really happening in Syria? The principal Obama Administration target in this complex affair is Iran, not Syria. The Syrian government must fall because it is Iran’s main … Continue reading

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Marilyn Katz : West Bank Diaries

Shuttered Palestinian shops along Shashuda Street in Hebron, West Bank. Photo by Marilyn Katz.The separation is total:West Bank Diaries More than anything it appears that these fences are cages, locking people in, restricting their movement, and ultimately making them prisoners … Continue reading

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BOOKS / Ron Jacobs : Vijay Prashad on the Arab Spring

Manipulating the Arab uprising:Rebellious spring, murderous winter By Ron Jacobs | The Rag Blog | April 18, 2012 [Arab Spring, Libyan Winter by Vijay Prashad (2012: AK Press); Paperback;168 pp.; $14.95.] The last 20 or so months have certainly been … Continue reading

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Marilyn Katz : Israel Needs a New Narrative

Israeli soldiers guard Palestinians protesting the relocation of an Israeli road gate in Beit Iksa in the occupied West Bank, on March 22, 2012. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli / AFP / Getty Images.Israel needs a new narrative Casting Jews as … Continue reading

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Jack A. Smith : Will Israel Bomb Iran?

Will Israel strike? Image from Gestetner Updates.Bombing Iran:Will they or won’t they? Iran insists it is not producing or about to produce nuclear weapons… Israel is known to possess at least 200 nuclear weapons and delivery systems. By Jack A. … Continue reading

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Ted McLaughlin : Are We Marching to War With Iran?

Dogs of war. Graphic from Press TV.Dogs are barking:Are we marching to war with Iran? By Ted McLaughlin / The Rag Blog / January 9, 2012 The animosity between the United States and Iran has a longer history than most … Continue reading

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Ulysses : The Hip Hop Revolution of the Arab Spring

El Général performing at the first meeting of Tunisia’s main PDP opposition party on Jan. 29, 2011 in Tunis. Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP / Getty.The hip hop revolutionof the Arab Spring By Ulysses / openDemocracy / December 28, … Continue reading

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Harvey Wasserman : Stop the Attack on Iran

Bumper sticker on a car in Texas. Photo by Zereshk / Wikimedia Commons.Our future depends on stopping an attack on IranBy Harvey Wasserman / The Rag Blog / November 21, 2011 The global Occupy Movement has come to life just … Continue reading

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Harry Targ : The Power of a Good Example

NATO and the old narrative. Photo from AFP. The power of a good example: The Arab Spring and the Libyan Fall By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / September 1, 2011 For many years those of us who followed … Continue reading

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Marc Estrin : Pea of the Month

Image from OB Rag.PEA OF THE MONTH “Keep your eye on the pea.” “What pea? Where?” “The one under the shell, this shell, here. Got it?” “Yeah.” “OK. Now watch carefully.” By Marc Estrin / The Rag Blog / April … Continue reading

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