Joseph Massad: Palestinians, Egyptian Jews and propaganda

"The statements made by Issam al-Aryan, a senior leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, calling on Egyptian Jews in Israel to return home, are hardly novel," writes author (AFP)

Despite claims to the contrary, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows when Jewish Egyptians reflect on Egypt. By Joseph Massad The current propaganda war in Egypt about the Palestinians and about Egyptian Jews, which was provoked by the recent pronouncements of Issam al-Aryan, a senior leader of the … [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...]

The Spectre of a Black Europe

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Why Europe Fears the North African Uprisings By Behzad Yahmaian * | Sabbah Report | While millions in the worl are celebrating the popular uprisings in North Africa, Europe is watching with skepticism and fear. The fall of the African dictators will deprive Europe of valuable allies in … [Read more...]

Israel’s Longstanding Middle East Plan

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By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | In 1982, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon published a revealing document for regional conquest and dominance. Still relevant today, it's titled "A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s, translated, edited, and retitled "The … [Read more...]

Miss Bahrain, Miss Arab World 2007 and Stereotypes


I admit I have missed the news when it was announced end of last July, but better late than never. Honored to be Bahraini by soul for living in Bahrain for the last four years, I am very happy to know that Wafaa Ganahi, a 23-year-old teacher from the Law Faculty of Bahrain University, won the title, while … [Read more...]

World Walls

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Iran is the latest country to sign up to "wall building" borders - in this case along the Iranian Pakistan border in the Baluchistan region. Iran's justification for the wall is a familiar one. To prevent smuggling of drugs and guns and movement of illegal immigrants. Whilst the Apartheid wall being … [Read more...]

Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006

In the fifth annual Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index, in between 168 indexed countries, our beloved Arab countries makes sure to be among the worst. Here is the list in order from "best" to "worst": Kuwait - 73 United Arab Emirates - 77 Mauritania - 77 Qatar - 80 Morocco - … [Read more...]

A Mother from Morocco

It's been a while since I posted because of several reasons, however, this one email I received ten days ago, I promised the sender (Mounira) to publish her email as soon as I'm back and get a chance to do so. It's one of the rare-to-discuss-subjects. Maybe because we don't have enough info about it (like … [Read more...]

U.S. Ranks Sixth Among Countries Jailing Journalists

The United States has tied with Myanmar (the former Burma) for sixth place among countries that are holding the most journalists behind bars, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Each country is jailing five journalists. The United States is holding four Iraqi journalists in … [Read more...]

Campaign to Free Moroccan Hostages

In solidarity with the two Moroccan embassy employees kidnapped last month in Iraq, the Moroccan blogsphere started a new blog that follows up on latest news and coordination campaigns to free the hostages (in Arabic and French). … [Read more...]

Terrorism Threat in Morocco

Foulla writes that Al-Salafiyah al-Jihadiyah in Morocco Declares Jihad on the Moroccan Government. They issued a statement, declaring that the time has come to announce the �jihad on the government of disbelieving and oppression,� for the heads of government have allegedly �sold the country to the … [Read more...]

Pew Global Survey Results and Jordan

The latest survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, called Islamic Extremism: Common Concern for Muslim and Western Publics and conducted among more than 17,000 people in 17 countries this spring, finds that while many Muslims believe that radical Islam poses a threat (to Americans and Westerns), there are … [Read more...]

Morocco explosives – for fishing!

Moroccan police had "recently" seized 200 sticks of dynamite and 115 detonators and arrested its 67-year-old driver in the Mediterranean port city of Nador. When they raided his house they found another 485 detonators. "The explosives were being used in traditional fishing and for digging wells." So the … [Read more...]

After Nanacy, no more Haifa in Morocco

Local Moroccan officials in Casablanca have refused to grant a permit to Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi to hold a concert. The officials� decision came in response to a late request made by the Korean company LG, to organize the concert. The official�s decision was influenced by the recent chaos created … [Read more...]

Please, will somebody notice us?

That is the plea of the 408 Moroccan prisoners of war currently held by the Polisario Front in the Western Sahara. With many having been incarcerated for over two decades, they are currently the longest-serving POWs in the world. Six recently released POWs who met with The Washington Times told their tragic … [Read more...]

A Look at Islamic Militancy in Morocco

No, this is not a Palestinian refugee camp. This encampment was home to 11 of the 13 suicide bombers who detonated explosives-laden backpacks at five targets in Casablanca May 16, 2003, killing 46 people and injuring more than 100. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) … [Read more...]

Nancy Ajram banned from Marrakech

Nancy Ajram in town? That means: sexual harassment, theft, excessive alcohol consumption resulting in violence, people fainting; all took place during the concert in Marrakech. The mayor of Marrakech in Morocco has announced that Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram will not be permitted to hold any future concerts … [Read more...]