Tag: Arab World

The Year of Revolts

The miraculous uprising which swept the whole region should be seen in the context of political, economic, demographic and technological backdrop of the region, not in continuation with any past movement. Immanuel Wallerstein, the known social scientist, views the Arab spring as a continuation of the unfinished movement of 1968 which, after becoming a worldwide…

Netanyahu: Offering Old Cliches in a New Wolrd

Last week witnessed, yet again, a visit by yet another Israeli prime  minister to the capital of the United States to offer the same age-old cliches to a group of fawning American lawmakers. It seems when it comes to the actions and the statements of the state of Israel, one ought to apply an out-of-the-world…

Thoughts on Libya Bombing

As I write these lines, the international forces have started bombing key installations in Libya. My feelings on this new air war are, as usual, deeply split. Part of me is sad because it is yet another Muslim country being bombed by the US and its allies. But another part of me is hopeful, as…

Arab Revolutions and Israel

Egyptian people feel sympathy for their fellow-Arabs in Israel, the West Bank and especially Gaza, where the population have been besieged and starved with the connivance of the Mubarak regime. They would undoubtedly protest at any continuation of collaboration with Israel. Historical precedents are crucial as a key to understanding events as they unfold. However, we need…

Understanding Media Imperialism

A report for the FY2008-09, shows almost a total dependence of Pakistani TV networks upon multinationals for advertising revenue. Among the top ten advertisers, the only Pakistani concern, ranking second, was the PTCL. Is it the case that globalization has not delivered the imperialism’s end but the realm of media is an exception where imperialism…

Egyptian Revolution and "Whatsnextism"

Now that Hosni Mubarak has finally resigned and the people of Egypt haave triumphed, the US news circus, as expected, has entered the “whatsnext” phase of its spin-driven news coverage. Roughly explained, whatsnextism is a specific metropolitan malady based in certain deeply rooted prejudices about the people of the periphery. This concept was strategically employed…

American Democracy Meets Hypocrisy!

U.S. special emissary to Egypt, Frank Wisner announced after his high level talks in Cairo “Mubarak’s role remains extremely critical in the days ahead.” When Vice President Omar Suleiman refused to revoke the 30-year old emergency law, the U.S. unbelievably supported him. The waves of discontent are sweeping through the Arab world rattling the old…

Arab revolution in Pakistan!

Youth are the only hope in the current circumstances in Pakistan who can alter the path of history. Are they ready to bring this change? You never know! Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa are witnessing amazing waves of change these days. After the relentless youth in Tunisia successfully threw out the…