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THE ANGRY ARAB: The blast (and the failed system) that shook Lebanon

The key question after the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut revolves around the role of the Lebanese Army command, which is the sole authority with direct control over the security and safety of the port, and its surroundings | AS’AD ABUKHALIL

Devastation in Beirut | http://mehrnews.com/xSMehdi Shojaeian/Wikimedia Commons

Those who are superstitious may think that Lebanon has been recently cursed: successive disasters, catastrophes and crises have afflicted the small country uninterruptedly for several consecutive years. Continue reading

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The trouble with ‘preventing Palestine’

Seth Anziska’s book on the Arab-Israeli “peace process” is a useful primer on the conflict, but it does not fully examine the paradox of the Carter administration’s solution that we are still living with, argues AS’AD ABUKHALIL*

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Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, left, and U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brezinski play chess at Camp David, September 9, 1978 | CIA

A new book by Seth Anziska, titled “Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo” created quite a buzz before its official release in late 2018. The writer had mentioned it in press articles and noted that he had unearthed important documents. The book, however, is not as firm in its Palestinian advocacy as has been assumed by supporters of the cause who have praised it on social media and in reviews. Continue reading

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Trump ‘solves’ the Arab-Israeli conflict

President Donald J. Trump listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers remarks on Jan. 28, 2020, during the unveiling of the Trump administration’s Middle East Peace Plan | White House, Shealah Craighead

This plan goes beyond all previous U.S. commitments to Israel and of course it too will not work, writes As’ad AbuKhalil in Consortium News

Glory has long motivated U.S. presidents in their approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. That has been clear since the administration of John F. Kennedy attempted to “solve” the intractable conflict.

They all know that by solving the conflict, once and for all, they would manage a secure place for their names in history. And for many of the biblically-minded presidents there are also religious motivations in associating their names with “peace plans” which aim to reward or elevate the status of biblical Israel. (Jimmy Carter in his book, “The Blood of Abraham,” could not distinguish between the modern occupation state of Israel, and Israel of the Bible.) Continue reading

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Lebanon in US action movies: Beirut starring Jon Hamm

By AS’AD ABUKHALIL*

spyLebanon often provided a venue for American and Western action films.  In the 1950s and 1960s, it was a place of international intrigue and espionage where spies intersected with other spies, and where car chases on mountainous roads provided for good movie scenes.  There were so many US and European movies shot in Lebanon in those times, with such titles: The Sell-out, Masquerade, Man on the Spying Trapeze, Agent 505, Embassy, among others. But that so-called peaceful Lebanon (where successive Israeli invasions and massacres don’t get a mention in Western movie accounts, and are rarely listed as the reason for undermining the old Lebanon—with all its flaws, inequities, and injustices) does not exist anymore.  The Lebanese civil war provided a totally different venue for American action films that were to come in the 1980s. Continue reading

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Killing Yasser Arafat: Mossad propaganda in the New York Times

By As’ad AbuKhalil

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, 75, who was declared dead in a Paris hospital November 10, 2004 in murky circumstances. Painting by Ismail Shammout

“How Arafat Eluded Israel’s Assassination Machine,” the story in the New York Times, which is part of a book which has come out, is a typical Mossad planted story in the U.S. media. Notice that there is an attempt to show that humanitarian consideration went into planning to kill Arafat.

The most fervent effort by Israel to kill Arafat was in the summer of 1982 during the savage siege of Beirut. As I lived those times, I remember how whole apartment buildings would be bombed by concussion bombs from the air ON THE SUSPICION that Arafat was in the building. Continue reading

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CIA’s Bin Laden forgery is a psyop: three articles

By TONY SEED

In the context of the offensive of the Trump regime against Iran and for domination of West Asia (Middle East), the CIA released on November 1 a never-before-seen 19-page document, as well as a 228-page “journal” ostensibly written by Osama Bin Laden as all U.S. and Canadian media (as directed by the U.S. government) are promoting. Continue reading

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Hollywood’s Kingdom of Heaven, the Crusades, Salah Ad-Din and Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock Mosque (above) and the al-Aqsa Mosque are an integral part of the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem, considered third holiest site of Islam. and the object of attack of today’s Zionists. The media depicts the struggle over al-Aqsa as a Palestinian-Israeli conflict, when in fact it is a Muslim-Zionist conflict, as both mosques are of the utmost sacredness and symbolic regard to Muslims across the world.

The Dome of the Rock Mosque (above) and the al-Aqsa Mosque are an integral part of the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem, considered third holiest site of Islam. and the object of attack of today’s Zionists. The media depicts the struggle over al-Aqsa as a Palestinian-Israeli conflict, when in fact it is also a Muslim-Zionist conflict, as both mosques are of the utmost sacredness and symbolic regard to Muslims across the world.

The Hollywood action film The Kingdom of Heaven fictionalizing the medieval Crusades of the 12th century was released in 2005. It is continuously rebroadcast on TV, e.g., this past weekend on GAME-TV, due not only to the fictionalised action but mainly because of its cinematic disinformation and falsification of history about Muslims, the Crusades, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, and Salah Ad-Din (Saladin), who is battling to reclaim the city from the Europeans. The following review by Prof As’ad AbuKhalil* was written in 2005 shortly after the movie’s release. We are also reproducing it in the context of the current Zionist provocations against the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which Israel closed on October 29 as it sent hundreds of police “reinforcements” into Jerusalem.

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The Kingdom of Heaven (and of plunder, pillage, bloodshed and mayhem): Ridley Scott’s version of the Crusades, or the limitations of Western liberalism 

WHAT do you expect. I can summarize the movie’s (Kingdom of Heaven) message for you: there are good crusaders and bad crusaders, and the viewers are supposed to cheer for, and identify with, the good crusaders. Or, Rumsfeld is bad and Bush is good. You may say that the Arabs were presented humanely, or so bloviated US reviewers in unison. Leaders of Arab-American and Muslim American organizations will praise the movie, no doubt, and so will the King of Morocco (who was thanked at the end of the credit, but torture in his kingdom was not noted in the credit for some reason). Continue reading

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Mocking the Israeli terrorist army

It can be said that one of the biggest achievements of Hizbullah is not only in the military realm but it is also in the realm of psychological warfare. Hizbullah so undermined the image of the “invincible” army and turned it into the incompetent, cowardly army that young Arabs now circulate images and videos of Israeli army terrorists looking like idiots (terrorist idiots, to be more accurate). This is one example.  I am so happy that I lived to the day when Arabs mock this terrorist army in addition to detesting it. (Thanks to Prof As’ad AbuKhalil, The Angry Arab News Service)

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A reflection on Patrick Seale, journalist and historian

PatrickSealePatrick Seale has died from a brain tumor.  While he was on his death bed, his ex, Rana Qabbani, was tackily badmouthing him on Twitter over inheritence issue.

Seale belong to a generation when Western correspondents in the Middle East were among the best graduates of Middle East studies centers in Western universities (outside the US, of course – we don’t believe in expertise here in the US). Seale studied aat St. Anthony’s college at Oxford and was a student of Albert Hourani, who wanted him to become a historian. (The father of Seale was an Arabist by the way). Hourani thought very highly of Seale and wanted him to become a historian. The young Seale published his first book, the Struggle for Syria, fresh out school. It was for years one of the best book (classics really) on the Middle East. I do believe that the book inspired many people to study Syrian history and certainly inspired Philip Khoury in his work on modern Syria. [No public library in Ontario has a copy, and used copies online start from circa $150 – TS] Continue reading

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