Archives for category: Middle East

The Israeli atrocities against Gaza in the Winter of 2008/9 were not well-publicized in the West, but they were as ugly a series of war crimes as the American attacks on Fallujah or the use of chemical and uranium weapons anywhere in the Middle East.

These are some websites which show graphic evidence of how evil the Israeli attacks on innocent civilians were.  They should be viewed with caution.

~ Romi

P.S.  I am only listing a few of the many sites which are in English.

Israeli massacre of Palestinian children in Gaza.  aztlan.net

Aztlan http://www.aztlan.net/gaza/gazamassacre.php?newGD&2

Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-gaza2-2009jan02-pg,0,1938550.photogallery?index=1

Uruknet http://www.uruknet.info/?p=-6&l=e

What Really Happened http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/ism-video-israel-troops-shooting-palestinian-paramedics-jabaliya

Israeli massacre of Palestinian children in Gaza.  aztlan.net

SAJA.  South Asian Journalists Association
http://www.sajaforum.org/

Adrian Salbuchi
“Consultor International, Escritor y Conferencista”
http://www.asalbuchi.com.ar/category/english/

Salty Current http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com/

See No Evil:  The Blinding of America
http://www.nonesoblind.org/blog/

Sehar Says… http:// http://www.sehartariq.wordpress.com

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/ armenianeyecareproject/4936395411/

Seta’s Armenian Blog
“…contemporary issues which concern Armenia and Armenians everywhere.”
http://setasarmenian.blogspot.com/

Siberian Light
“The Russia blog”
http://www.siberianlight.net/

Snuffy Smith’s Blog
“Major Foreign Policy Commentary and News of the Day”
http://snuffysmithsblog.blogspot.com/

Srebrenica Genocide Blog http://srebrenica-genocide.blogspot.com/

Jane Stillwater’s Web Log http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/

Stop NATO
Rick Rozoff
“Opposition to global militarism”
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/


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An old refugee woman sits quietly at a refugee camp setup for victims of the flooding that has recently ravaged Pakistan.                             http://www.flickr.com/photos/akbarallana/4943658449/

Hesham Syed [Pakistan]
Posts in Urdu and English
http://heshamsyed.wordpress.com/

Teeth Maestro [Pakistan]  http://teeth.com.pk/blog/

Tog’s Place
John Tognolini
“Reflections of an Unembedded Australian Radio Man”
http://togsplace.blogspot.com/

Turkish Forum http://www.turkishforum.com.tr/en/content/

Turkish Viewpoint
“… to facilitate communication between Turkish and non Turkish peoples…”
http://turkishviewpoint.blogspot.com/

Aled Dilwyn Fisher’s Blog [NE London Green Party]
http://aleddilwynfisher.wordpress.com/


Tariq Nelson http://www.tariqnelson.com/

Neo-Resistance [Iran]
“This blog is about fairness; about looking at objects from multiple perspectives.
Stable transformation comes only slowly; and only if the environment is free of     sporadic jitters of passion and anger that destabilize growth.  I strongly believe that     the path to peace crosses through  the battle with self.”
http://iranfacts.blogspot.com/

New Internationalist Blog
“New Internationalist (NI) workers’ co-operative exists to report on issues of world     poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the     powerful and the powerless worldwide; to debate and campaign for the radical     changes necessary to meet the basic needs of all; and to bring to life the people, the     ideas and the action in the fight for global justice.”  http://blog.newint.org/

The Editor’s Blog http://blog.newint.org/editors/
The Majority World Blog http://blog.newint.org/majority/
The Gaza Blog http://blog.newint.org/gaza/
Yasuní Blog http://blog.newint.org/yasuni/
The Photo Blog http://blog.newint.org/photo/
Cantankerous Frank http://blog.newint.org/cantankerousfrank/
The Tech Blog http://blog.newint.org/tech/
The Japan Blog http://blog.newint.org/japan/
The New Zealand Blog http://blog.newint.org/newzealand/

Maidhc Ó Cathail.   Maidhc’s Journal http://irismhaidhc.blogspot.com/

Occupied
“Agami or Adjami, or however you spell its name, it’s home. In spite of all. The     word “home” carries many associations. Mine is located in Jaffa (Yafo), once  (meaning before 1948) “The Bride of the Sea”, now a slummy southern Tel Aviv  suburb.”  http://yuditilany.blogspot.com/

Occupied Cardiff [Wales]   http://occupiedcardiff.blogspot.com/

Organization to Understand Radical Arab & Islamist Movements (O.U.R.A.I.M.) http://ouraim.blogspot.com/

Out of Iraq Bloggers Caucus
A coalition of progressive bloggers from across the political spectrum; united in our oppostion to the occupation of Iraq”  http://ooibc.blogspot.com/

Peruanista
“A biligual blog about Peru and the Abya Yala (Latin America) written from     the United States”  http://peruanista.blogspot.com/

Planet Irf [Australia]  http://planetirf.blogspot.com/

Pueblos en Camino “Weaving autonomies”  http://www.en-camino.org/

Purbanchal
“Assam, Northeast India, and the world…” http://purbanchal.blogspot.com/

Quotha Adrienne Pine  http://www.quotha.net/

Ahmed Quraishi [Pakistan]
http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/index.php
http://aq-lounge.blogspot.com/

Quotha Adrienne Pine  http://www.quotha.net/

Ahmed Quraishi [Pakistan]
http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/index.php
http://aq-lounge.blogspot.com/

Revolutionary Fesenjan [Iran]  http://revolutionaryfesenjan.blogspot.com/

Revolutionary Flowerpot Society

http://revolutionaryflowerpot.blogspot.com/

Yvonne Ridley http://www.yvonneridley.org/

Ali A. Rizvi Sounds Off [Iranian living in New York]
http://alirizvisblog.blogspot.com/

Rolled-up Trousers http://www.osamasaeed.org/osama/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/111568621/  For more information on indigenous women’s rights, go to this flikr.com page.

Here is a continuation of my listing of blogs from around the world.  Most of these blogs reflect my longtime concern for the Third World, and the effects of Western imperialism on indigenous peoples.

Romi

Gaza Mom:  The Writings of a Mother from Gaza
http://www.gazamom.com/

I have quite a few blogs from Gaza.  This is the only one I will list for now.

Michael Geist [Prof. U. Ottawa, Internet and e-commerce law]
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/

Global Guerrillas
“Networked tribes, systems disruption, and the emerging bazaar of violence.     Resilient Communities, decentralized platforms, and self-organizing futures. By     John Robb”
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/

Tony Greenstein’s Blog [UK]
“Socialist, anti-Zionist, anti-racist”
http://azvsas.blogspot.com/

Guelph Now! [Canada]
“The personal blog of Phil Allt”
http://philallt.ca/?cat=13

Guerrillas Without Guns
“Utopean Means for Imperial Gain in the Former USSR”
http://guerillas-without-guns.blogspot.com/

Haiti Analysis http://www.haitianalysis.com/

Haiti Justice Blog http://blog.ijdh.org/haiti_justiceblog/

Haiti Reborn http://haiti.quixote.org/

Kelly Sans Culotte
http://kellyatlarge.blogspot.com/2010/01/haiti-vox.html

Hands Off the People of Iran
http://hopinewsfromiran.wordpress.com/

Zameerul Hassan [Lahore, Pakistan]
http://zameer36.instablogs.com/

Honduras Oye!
“… news, analysis, opinion, photos, videos and important alerts straight from     the Honduran Resistance in the streets.”
http://hondurasoye.wordpress.com/

Inca Kola News http://incakolanews.blogspot.com/

Indigenous Voices
“A live Bluestocking Bookstore event…”
http://indigenousvoices.wordpress.com/

Iran-Persia Blogspot http://iran-persia.blogspot.com/

Irish Girl http://irishgrl.wordpress.com/

Jefferson Corner
Sami Jamil Jadallah, On My Mind
http://www.jeffersoncorner.com/

Kenyan Pundit http://www.kenyanpundit.com/

Khabrein [India]  http://www.khabrein.info/

Khaldoun
“Scholarly commentary on Middle East politics, culture and media coverage”
http://khaldoun.wordpress.com/

Yumi Kikuchi’s Blog and Podcast [Japan]
http://yumikikuchi.blogspot.com/

Carlos Latuff [Rio de Janeiro, Brazil]
“Would you like to join the army?  Better read these comics first!”
Tales of Iraq War
http://tales-of-iraq-war.blogspot.com/

Carlos Latuff is a well-known cartoonist who regularly lampoons The Empire and Israeli aggression in Palestine.

The Laughing Diplomat
Carlo Ungaro
http://carloungaro.blogspot.com/

Leftclick [Austalia]
“Blog and Multimedia for a Left and Green Perspective”
http://leftclickblog.blogspot.com/

Leitin að Svörum [English and Icelandic]
http://leitin.blogspot.com/

Live in Guyana
[I would appreciate analysis and comments on this blog.  Romi]
“Slow fire! Slow fire!  Restarted…”
http://liveinguyana.blogspot.com/

Antony Loewenstein [Australia]
http://antonyloewenstein.com/

Liam MacUaid [UK]  http://liammacuaid.wordpress.com/

Machetera http://machetera.wordpress.com/

Ashin Mettacara [Burmese Buddhist monk]
“Free Press for Freedom of Thought, Belief and Expression”
http://www.ashinmettacara.org/

Mi Mundo
http://mimundo-jamesrodriguez.blogspot.com/

Ghulam Muhammed. Mumbai
http://ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com/

The Mossadegh Project
“‘If I sit silently, I have sinned.’  ~Mohammad Mossadegh”
http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/

Munaeem’s Blog http://munaeem.org/

Mundo dos Sonhos http://mundosonhos.wordpress.com/

My Two Beads Worth
http://mytwobeadsworth.com/2beadsmain.html

Navajo sand painting by thebestfromjmh7

Navajo sand painting.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmh7/2476254226/

Native Pride
“…taking the mystery out of our traditional beliefs so they cease to be beliefs     at all and become understanding and awareness of what is real.”
http://letstalknativepride.blogspot.com/

Native Vote Washington http://nativevotewa.wordpress.com/


The Internet has given us a fantastic way to hear the voices of people from all over the world.  These are a few interesting blogs that I have come across in my travels in cyberspace.  I take no responsibility for what they say, but I think they are worth looking at.

I welcome your comments about them.

Romi

P.S.  I am only posting a few of  the Middle Eastern blogs that I have found.  I have posted some of them in another blog post, and will put up some more at a later date.

ABC – An Opinionated & Politically Incorrect Blog from Nepal
“A blog on current affairs & cross cultural understanding
http://drdivas.wordpress.com/

Aboriginal News Group
“A Grassroots Indigenist Media Project of the Intelligent Aboriginal News     Service”
http://aboriginalnewsgroup.blogspot.com/

Abu Aardvark http://abuaardvark.typepad.com/

Activist Teacher http://activistteacher.blogspot.com/

Afghan Journal http://blogs.reuters.com/afghanistan/

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Amboseli, Kenya.  With Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, in the background, the beautiful lands of Amboseli can inspire any soul. http://www.flickr.com/photos/darwishh/445267544/

Africa Comments http://www.africacomments.org/

Ambassadeur Cosmo http://ambassadeurcosmo.wordpress.com/

Anonymous Iran http://iran.whyweprotest.net/newsfeed/

The Antipodians
“Pictures, stories and ideas from our world”
http://theantipodeans.blogspot.com/

Ara-ashjian
Armenian issues
http://ara-ashjian.blogspot.com

Arab Woman blues
Layla Anwar
http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com
http://uncensoredarabwomanblues.blogspot.com/

One of the most powerful and insightful blogs I have come across.  Romi

Felicity Arbuthnot http://arbuthnot4iraq.blogspot.com/

At Home in Europe http://athomeineurope.blogactiv.eu/

Joe Bageant
Deer Hunting with Jesus
“Dispatches from America’s Class War”
http://www.joebageant.com/

Awami Bharat [India]  http://awamibharat.blogspot.com/

Black Looks
“Loving blackness as political resistance” Bell Hooks
http://www.blacklooks.org/

Boing Boing
“A Directory of Wonderful Things”
http://www.boingboing.net/

Buffalo’s Fire
“Jodi Rave’s blog about Native community, culture and education”
http://buffalosfire.com/

The Canada-Columbia Project
“An Information Source on Canada-Columbia Relations (and more!) by the La Chiva Collective”
http://canadacolombiaproject.blogspot.com/

Case About Bird Flu
“Covering the Polish plane crash and the New World Order”
http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/

The Cat’s Dream http://thecatsdream.com/blog/

Center for International Policy
Americas International Relations Center
Americas Mexico Blog
http://www.americasmexico.blogspot.com/
Colombia Program
“Peace, security, human rights and the U.S. role in Latin America…”
http://www.cipcol.org/?p=681

Dr. Abdel Ruff Colachal [Pakistan]
http://abdulruff.sulekha.com/blog/posts.htm

Days of My Life
“Talk about daily life of a teenage girl in Iraq, and days of suffering and success.      My nickname will be Sunshine…”
http://www.livesstrong.blogspot.com/

Egypt and beyond
“Scribbles of a Swedish journalist in Cairo”
http://scandegypt.blogspot.com/

Egyptian Chronicles
http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/search?q=

El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela]  http://english.eluniversal.com/

Euraktiva’s Blog http://euraktiva.vox.com/

Falafel News Service http://www.falafelnews.com/

Tarek Fatah
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=241575042507#!/notes.php?id=23209    8235463

Food Freedom http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/

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Morelia, State of Michoacán, Mexico.                                     http://www.flickr.com/photos/aoutravoz/139222683/

The Fourth World
By Juan Santos
http://the-fourth-world.blogspot.com/

Basheer Ahmad Frémaux-Soormally
http://fremaux-soormally.blogspot.com/

Friends of Palestine, [in] Western Australia
http://www.fopwa.org/

Several years ago, a local bookstore (which sadly went out of business when B&N came to town) used to have a sign that said something to the effect that nobody with any brains ever has enough BOOKSHELF SPACE.

So, bearing that little gem in mind, I am now going to contribute to your gridlock with a few contributions that I consider ESSENTIAL reading, both fiction and nonfiction.

In the fiction category, the best novel of the twentieth century, IMHO, is far and away by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia-Marques.  I s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-d through Hundred Years of Solitude, which someone assured me was an allegory of Latin American history, feeling all the time like it was written by someone on peyote, or pot, at the very least.

But then when I read Love in the Time of Cholera, I felt like my brain REALLY was on fire.  The review on the dust jacket informed me, as I recall, that people said it, “returned our worn souls to us.”

And so it did.

It is not for young people, though.  I would not give it to anyone under forty.   Well, okay, thirty at the very least.  Even if it doesn’t take that long for their soul to wear out.

The other fiction that I like includes most of

(1) Naguib Mahfouz.  Start with the Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk,  Palace of Desire and Sugar Street).

(2) Ray Bradbury.  His best full length novel is Fahrenheit 451, which was made into a movie with Oskar Werner and Julie Christie, but his collections of short stories, particularly Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, are classics.  Does this date me?

In the nonfiction category, the best book I have read recently is, of course, Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.  I honestly think that if you read this book (which weighs in at a hefty 558 pages), you will not need to read much else in the social sciences category for, oh say, twenty or thirty years, except maybe for Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America.  Her depth of analysis is that good.  IMHO it is the best thing since Franz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth, which, while inspired mostly by the Algerian struggle, of course, was about the Third World and imperialism all over the globe.

Another book I really like, also somewhat dated, is Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre.  O! Jerusalem.  This one has just come out in another edition, I think.

So, here are my picks for a few nonfiction essentials.

Simone de Beauvoir. The Second Sex.

Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre.  O! Jerusalem.

Franz Fanon.  Wretched of the Earth.

Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Eduardo Galeano.  Open Veins of Latin America:  Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.

Mohammed Heykal (Heikel).    Autumn of Fury.  Editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram and  friend of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, he is considered a leading commentator on Arab politics and has authored many other books.

_________ . Nasser: The Cairo Documents.

Naomi Klein. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Thomas Edward Lawrence (T.E.), The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Amin Maalouf.  The Crusades Through Arab Eyes.

Charles C. Mann.  1491:  New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus.

Joseph Wilson.  The Politics of Truth.


This list is longer than I had intended when I started writing this post, but I feel like it doesn’t do justice to many other works I would mention, so I guess I will write another post at some time in the not-too-distant future.

~ Romi

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Books...

The numbers of insightful blogs and websites from the Middle East are many.  Here are a few more worth reading.

~ Romi

Fishing Under Fire
http://fishingunderfire.blogspot.com/

Frustrated Arab’s Diary
“…Raja Chemayel aka Sherlock Hommos”
http://frustratedarabdiary.blogspot.com/

Ah, Raja!  The poet who speaks Truth to Power!

Ikhras
http://ikhras.com/

“Ikhras” is classical Arabic for “shut up!”  This website articulates the frustration with phoney Arab rulers, and calls for assertion of geniune rights and needs of the Arab people.

“… unprincipled Arabs and Muslims posing as representatives of their communities… These groveling, kowtowing clowns are not the voice of Arabs and Muslims in America.  They are members of the mythical “Arab Lobby” eager to demonstrate their loyalty at every opportunity, desperate for approval and validation, busy garnering support among the corporate, news-entertainment industry,  and engaging in that never ending quest for acceptance among the power elite.  To them we say you are a hindrance to our cause, a blight on our community, and a detriment to better understanding and increased solidarity among Arabs and Muslims and other citizens of this country, and the world.”

The Magnes Zionist
[A very nuanced Zionism.  See the Wikipedia article on Judah Magnes, at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_Leon_Magnes%5D
“Self Criticism from an Israeli, American and Orthodox Jewish Perspective”
http://themagneszionist.blogspot.com/
http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/

Judah Magnes was active in Palestine in the 1930’s.  He taught tolerance of his Arab and Muslim neighbors.  Sadly, his voice was not heeded as the Zionist nation swung towards a fascist and intolerant hatred.

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Sayyada Ruqqaya Mosque http://www.flickr.com/photos/trilli_bagus/4239584327/in/pool-mideast#/photos/trilli_bagus/4239584327/in/pool-51562379@N00/