Do Arabs Cry For Their Children Too?

Obama wipes tears as he makes a statement in response to the shooting that killed 26 people, 20 of them children – all between the ages of 5 and 10 – at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on the 14th of December.

The Obama Hypocrisy By Tom Mcnamara Once more tragedy befalls America. But this time the tragedy is even more bitter due to the fact that such a large number of young children were involved. A gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people, 20 of them children – all between the ages of 5 … [Read more...]

The Provocateurs Know Politics And Religion Don’t Mix


So another internet clever-clogs sets the Middle East on fire: Prophet cartoons, then Koranic book-burning, now a video of robed "terrorists" and a fake desert. The Western-Christian perpetrators then go into hiding (an essential requisite for publicity) while the innocent are asphyxiated, beheaded and … [Read more...]

From Arab Spring to jobless summers

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | JIM Hoagland, writing in the Washington Post, says: "We have seen how information technology can provide a spark that sets afire the kindling of economic and social distress." That was Hoagland's way of concluding an opening salvo that said: "Grinding … [Read more...]

The West Is Terrified of Arabic Democracies

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Ceyda Nurtsch interview with Noam Chomsky* about the Arabic spring in its global context. Nurtsch: Mr. Chomsky, many people claim that the Arab world is incompatible with democracy. Would you say that the recent developments falsify this thesis? Noam Chomsky: The thesis never had any basis whatsoever. … [Read more...]

What next?

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | Revolutions raise more questions than answers. The prime one: What happens after the thrill of protest victory wears off? Zen master Alan Watts once said there are only four basic questions that apply to anything: What are we going to do? Who's … [Read more...]

Roots of the Arab Revolts and Premature Celebrations

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By James Petras* | Sabbah Report | Introduction Most accounts of the Arab revolts from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq and elsewhere have focused on the most immediate causes: political dictatorships, unemployment, repression and the wounding and killing of … [Read more...]

Major Media Promote War on Libya

By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | When imperial America wants war, peace advocates are shut out by official rhetoric and hawkish media reports supporting militarism, not diplomatic efforts to achieve peace. Those for it aren't heard. Hugo Chavez's government is one. On February 28, … [Read more...]

Freedom From Arab Tyrants Will Free Palestine

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By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | "This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy … [Read more...]

Institutionalized Arab Inequality in Israel

By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | In December 2010, the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel published a study titled, "Inequality Report: The Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel," [PDF] saying: Affecting Jews as well, it takes many forms, including: … [Read more...]

Tripoli – A City in the Shadow of Death

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Gunfire in the suburbs – and hunger and rumour in the capital as thousands race for last tickets out of a city sinking into anarchy Up to 15,000 men, women and children besieged Tripoli's international airport last night, shouting and screaming for seats on the few airliners still prepared to fly to … [Read more...]

Israeli media “fears” the new Egypt

By Neve Gordon * | Sabbah Report | Over the past three weeks the Israeli media has been extremely interested in Egypt. During the climatic days of the unprecedented demonstrations, television news programmes spent most of their airtime covering the protests, while the daily papers … [Read more...]

Mind-sets and revolutions

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | There's an old saying about closed minds that goes "My mind is made up; don't confuse me with the facts." "Facts still matter..." said journalist and broadcaster Bill Moyers, quoting Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed, "Whenever the people are … [Read more...]

Rebranding Egypt’s Revolution

By Mamoon Alabbasi * | Sabbah Report | The revolution in Egypt came in spite of (or perhaps because of) a long-standing US backing of the dictatorship there. It was clear from the beginning that the protestors were united on one demand: namely that the unelected regime stand down or allow … [Read more...]

Winners and Losers in a Post-Mubarak Arab World

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By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | Thirty years ago the Soviet Union was at the beginning of a long campaign in Afghanistan, the average person was lucky to have an advanced recording technology called a "VHS tape," and Mohammad Hosni Mubarak took control of Egypt, the most populous … [Read more...]

Maybe Gaza should paddle its own canoe

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By Stuart Littlewood * | Sabbah Report | So Hamas is not coming out to play at the elections the Palestinian Authority (PA) wants to hold before September. And who can blame it? Last time, I hear, President Mahmoud Abbas and his gruesome crew wouldn't allow Hamas to contest the elections … [Read more...]

The Egyptian army’s weapons problem

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By Christopher King * | Sabbah Report | I notice that the Americans are talking about "helping" and "guiding" Egypt to democracy. I would have thought that the Egyptian people have demonstrated that they are perfectly capable of dispensing with help from the United States. It's very doubtful … [Read more...]

Egypt at Dawn’s Early Light

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | What's unfolding looks different than what protesters demand. World headlines partly reflect it, mostly outside America, especially on US television reporting an illusion of change, when, in fact, coup d'etat rule is in charge, headed by authoritarian … [Read more...]

We Are the Arab Youth, We Know Not the Impossible

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By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | "There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit." --Napoleon Bonaparte Two Arab Tyrants Down, Twenty to Go. Freedom!! How sweet its sound, how delicious its taste, … [Read more...]

Hold the Celebration: Egypt’s Struggle Just Began

By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | Hopefully beneath celebratory euphoria, Egyptians know ousting Mubarak was simple, especially since Washington long wanted him out. Covertly with Egypt's military, it facilitated long-planned regime purging for with new faces under old policies. In … [Read more...]

Will democracy in Egypt benefit the Palestinians?

By Alan Hart * | Sabbah Report | For decades, and despite much rhetoric to the contrary, American-led Western policy has been to prefer Arab dictatorship (authoritarianism in various forms) to Arab democracy. This preference was determined by two main assessments. One was that corrupt and … [Read more...]

On the wrong side of history: Obama’s wavering on Egypt

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By Uri Avnery * | Sabbah Report | Until the very last moment, the Israeli leadership tried to keep Hosni Mubarak in power. It was hopeless. Even the mighty United States was impotent when faced with this tsunami of popular outrage. In the end it settled for second best: a pro-Western … [Read more...]

Mubarak’s Failed Bait and Switch

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | On February 10, indications were he'd step down. He didn't, but now it's official, vice president Suleiman saying he resigned, handing power to Egypt's military. A New York Times alert said "a historic popular uprising transformed politics in Egypt and … [Read more...]

Freedom dawns in Egypt

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Long live the revolution By Christopher King * | Sabbah Report | Congratulations to the people of Europe in forcing their despotic ruler out. There is some distance to go but they are on the road to form a genuine democracy. Their army has done what is right and in fact it always hinted … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Focus Largely Ignores Palestine

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | In fact, repression throughout the Middle East is largely ignored except some reporting on protests in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, and Algeria, but they've faded with focus mainly on Egypt. Though important, most Arabs live in 21 other countries and … [Read more...]

People Power v. Duplicity in Egypt and Washington

By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | Inspired by Tunisia's uprising, Egyptians chose January 25 (the National Police Day holiday) to begin street demonstrations, rallies and marches, demanding regime change, no ifs, ands or buts if they stay resolute. Initially, small numbers in front … [Read more...]

Mubarak’s Thirty-Year Dictatorship

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | Throughout decades of brutal rule, Mubarak remained a steadfast US ally. As a result, Washington rewarded him generously. US administrations also ignored his crimes, corruption, and lawlessness, as late January released WikiLeaks cables reveal, showing … [Read more...]

Hey, Arabs: You Vote, We Decide

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By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | "Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves." (Quran 13:11) "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right." --Victor Hugo FREEDOM!!! Yes, the Arabs have finally awakened and found their … [Read more...]