Anti-Human Rights

Revolt In Libya a Message to Chavez

The Libyan rebels’ August 23 attack on the Venezuelan embassy and compound in Tripoli went largely unreported, though fatalities were narrowly averted as Venezuelan ambassador Afif Tajeldine and the embassy staff moved to a safer location at the last moment and left Libya shortly thereafter. It transpired in the wake […]

It Is Going to Be Syria’s Turn

The visuals beamed from Tripoli last night had an eerie familiarity. Cars blowing horns, Kalashnikovs firing into the air, youth and children aimlessly wandering on streets littered with heaps of debris, western cameramen eagerly lapping up the precious words in broken English by any local fellow holding forth on the […]

Strange Days in London

Let’s begin by noting that isn’t the first time England has had the kind of unrest we’re seeing now. The first racially motivated mass riots happened in London’s Notting Hill area in 1958. It was decided afterwards to hold an annual carnival in Notting Hill, a sign, as it were, […]

Conquest By Assimilation

Our passive-aggressive foreign policy ensures that we do not create too much resistance to our plans, by forcing ourselves openly upon other weaker nations.  We tend to sort of back through their doors, sort of sidling-in, in a crab-like sideways motion.  The “internship” programs run by the State Dept., as […]

Who Needs A Crisis in Kosovo?

A new round of tensions in Kosovo recently grew out of a “trade war” at the border of the breakaway province. Formally, the conflict can be traced back to Pristina’s July 20 decision to ban imports from Serbia, a step supposed to mirror the position taken by Belgrade which does […]

Covering the Somalian Famine

The experience of Somalia shows that famine in the late 20th century is not a consequence of a shortage of food. On the contrary, famines are spurred on as a result of a global oversupply of grain staples. Since the 1980s, grain markets have been deregulated under the supervision of […]

The Myth of Russian Mafia in Latin America

Back in the Cold War days, the US propaganda ignited fears of Soviet expansionism and espionage in Latin America to frighten the continent’s governments into cooperating with Washington in the fight against the fictitious threat posed by the USSR and the Eastern bloc. Under the resulting arrangement, the CIA, FBI, […]

The West and Syria

Unlike other Arab leaders confronted to a protest movement such as former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak or Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a wide political reform program coupled with a reasonable timetable extending until the end of 2011 at the most. This change which was initiated […]