On Egypt’s Class-Struggle: Rabias Of The World Unite By Ramzy Baroud

21 August 2013 — Ramzy Baroud

“Lord! You know well that my keen desire is to carry out Your commandments and to serve Thee with all my heart, O light of my eyes. If I were free I would pass the whole day and night in prayers. But what should I do when you have made me a slave of a human being?”

These were the words of the female Muslim mystic and poet, Rabia Al-Adawiya. Her journey from slavery to freedom served as a generational testament of the resolve of the individual who was armed with faith and nothing else.

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Mali: West Africa’s Gate to Convenient Chaos, Intervention by Ramzy Baroud

19 December, 2012Dissident Voice

France is insisting on ‘rapid’ military intervention in Mali. Its unmanned drones have reportedly been scouring the desert of the troubled West African nation — although it claims that the drones are seeking the whereabouts of six French hostages believed to be held by Al-Qaeda. The French are likely to get their wish, especially following the recent political fiasco engineered by the country’s strong man and coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo. Continue reading

Turkey's 'zero-problem' policy at crossroads By Ramzy Baroud

 12 October 2012Asia Times

It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the “zero problems with neighbors” notion, once the foreign policy centerpiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has been condemned to a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik. 

Turkey‘s “policy’s goal – to build strong economic, political, and social ties with the country’s immediate neighbors while decreasing its dependency on the United States – seemed to be within sight,” wrote Sinan Ulgen nearly a year ago. “But the Arab Spring exposed the policy’s vulnerabilities, and Turkey must now seek a new guiding principle for regional engagement.” – Read the rest here…

‘Theater of the Absurd’: Netanyahu and His Endgame in Palestine By Ramzy Baroud

30 October 2011 — Ramzy Baroud

During his deliberately offensive speech on September 23, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the General Assembly as ‘the theater of the absurd.’ Israel’s few friends at the United Nations – led by the US delegation – listened gleefully and applauded as Netanyahu heralded a steady stream of insults.

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Arab Awakening and Western Media: Time for a New Revolutionary Discourse Ramzy Baroud

28 July 2011 — Dissident Voice

When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen’s popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrations in Sana’a – playing on cultural sensitivities and a very selective interpretation of religion – the response was even more poignant. Thousands of women took to the streets, denouncing Saleh’s regime and calling for its ouster.

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ColdType May 2011 Issue

17 May 2011 — Cold Type



Inside this month’s 80-page issue

– f5.6 should be right, Greg Marinovich & Joao Silva; Surprise, surpise! Iraq war was about oil, Ray McGovern; The strange death of multiculturalism, Trevor Grundy; More humanitarian regime change, Alan Maas; Bug Affairs, Hugh Pennington; A tale of two hospitals, Barry Lando; War reporting: Ours and theirs, Simon Liem; The Abu Ghraib pictures you haven’t seen, Nick Turse; the shrinking of New Orleans, Bill Berkowitz; Cowards and crack dealers, David Michael Green; Palestine unity and the new Middle East, Ramzy Baroud; Osama Bin Lynched, David Swanson; Where is your democracy?, Kathy Kelly; Why facts no longer matter, Danny Schechter; Need boots on the ground? Call Mr Transom, Philip Kraske; Harper can’t beat the BS-detector, Michael Keefer; Traveling along the highway of death, John W. Whitehead; Hurwitt’s Eye, Mark Hurwitt; Humanitarian intervention, again!, William Blum; Where have all the graveyards gone?, Adam Hochschild; Marching for Anzac in the 51st State, John Pilger

PLUS – Five must-read essays from our archives

Diesel-Driven Bee Slums and Impotent Turkeys, by Chip Ward
Conspiracy: The Downing Street Diaries, by David Edwards
Why the Media gets the War Wrong, by Michael Schwartz
Suicide Kool-Aid, by John S. Hatch
Off the Rails, by Paul Williams

Enjoy! (and if you don’t, let me know why)

Tony Sutton, Editor – editor@coldtype.net

The Failure of Academia: British University endorses the “War on Terrorism” by Ramzy Baroud

14 January, 2011 — Global Research

Deepak Tripathi’s most recent book, Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism (Potomac Books) raises several issues, both within and outside of its content. It is based on research for his doctoral dissertation, the qualification for which he never received.

Tripathi, a former BBC producer, is immensely proud of his latest volume, even while it is associated with a tumultuous experience at the University of Sussex, a renowned British university.

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The Failure of Academia: British University endorses the “War on Terrorism” By Ramzy Baroud

14 January, 2011 — Global Research

The Book that Was Not Meant to Be Published

Deepak Tripathi’s most recent book, Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism (Potomac Books) raises several issues, both within and outside of its content. It is based on research for his doctoral dissertation, the qualification for which he never received.

Tripathi, a former BBC producer, is immensely proud of his latest volume, even while it is associated with a tumultuous experience at the University of Sussex, a renowned British university.

For a while, things had gone according to plan, and the future seemed promising. Tripathi was told to prepare for his graduation by his supervisor, Dr. Stephen Burman, Dean of the School of Humanities.

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Hope in 2011: Peoples, Civil Society Stand Tall By Ramzy Baroud

30 December, 2010 — Global Research

When the Iraqi army fell before invading US and British troops in 2003, the latter’s mission seemed to be accomplished. But nearly eight years after the start of a war intended to shock and awe a whole population into submission, the Iraqi people continue to stand tall. They have confronted and rejected foreign occupations, held their own against sectarianism, and challenged random militancy and senseless acts of terrorism.
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The Tide Has Changed: A Musical Essay and a Lesson in Humanity By Ramzy Baroud

18 October, 2010 — Palestine Chronicle

ohe.jpgIf one tried to fit music compositions into an equivalent literary style, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble’s latest release would come across as a most engaging political essay: persuasive, argumentative, rational, original, imaginative and always unfailingly accessible.

But unlike the rigid politicking of politicians and increasingly Machiavellian style of today’s political essayists – so brazen they no longer hide behind illusory moral façades – the band’s latest work is also unapologetically humanistic.

Those familiar with the writings of Gilad Atzmon – the famed ex-Israeli musician and brilliant saxophone player, now based in London – can only imagine that Gaza was the place that occupied his thoughts as he composed The Tide Has Changed.

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ColdType September 2010 Issue

10 September, 2010 — Coldtype

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COVER STORY – On The Beach: Photo-Essay on the aftermath of the Gulf Oil Disaster by Jess Hurd. Plus: We’re Heading To Intolerance (Michael I. Niman), Things That Won’t Go Away (William Blum), Bush’d Again (Greg Palast), A Speech For Endless War (Norman Solomon), Towering Lunacy (George Monbiot), Flying The Flag, Faking The News (John Pilger), A Perfect Storm For Propaganda (Jeff Nygaard), Spy Vs Spy (John Feffer), Reading Harry Potter At Guantanamo (Andy Worthington), The Generals Box In Obama On Afghanistan (Ray McGovern), The Secrets In Israel’s Archives (Jonathan Cook), Ground Zero: Ours And Theirs (Kathy Kelly), Red And Green (Uri Avnery), Why The Wars Can’t Be Won (John Kozy), The Strange World Of Steve Forbes (David Michael Green), Rebranding Iraq (Ramzy Baroud), Freedom And Illusion (Fred Reed), Who’s Talking About What Matters? (Danny Schechter), Ecocide In Paradise (Michael Meacher)



1. Heroin’s Trail of Destruction: Following The Flood Of Drugs From Afghanistan To Scotland, by David Pratt
2. Two Minutes to Midnight: Cutting Through The Media’s Bogus Bomb-Iran Debate, by Tony Karon
3. The War Mentality: Five Absurd Things That Simply Can’t Happen In Wartime Washington, by Tom Engelhardt
4. Honk If You Love Caviar: Understanding America’s Class System, by Joe Bageant
5. The Lessons Of Chile: An Excerpt From Her New Book, Sick And Sicker, by Susan Rosenthal

Enjoy! (and if you don’t, let us know why)

Ramzy Baroud UK Tour-Don’t miss it!

12 April, 2010 — Gilad Atzmon 

Internationally respected Palestinian/American writer Ramzy Baroud is touring Britain with his phenomenal new book “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story’ (Pluto Press 2010).


Noam Chomsky: “Ramzy Baroud’s sensitive, thoughtful, searching writing penetrates to the core of moral dilemmas that their intended audiences evade at their peril”

Gilad Atzmon: “Ramzy Baroud’s “My Father Was A Freedom Fighter” is more than a book, it is actually a masterpiece .. Ramzy’s father Mohammed, was a freedom fighter. He didn’t win a single war, not even a battle, yet, against all odds, in spite of his poverty and illness, he managed to educate his children and to plant hope in their young souls”

Cindy and Craig Corrie, The Rachel Corrie Foundation: “This book should be read by all who struggle to understand the Middle East and to find passage to a just peace in the region.”


Sunday 18th April (12.00 – onward) Talk and book signing, Waterstones Richmond, West London
Monday 19th April (12:00 –15:00) Glasgow University
Monday 19th  6 pm April – Annual Hetherington lecture, Stirling University
Tuesday 20th  7 pm April – Dundee University
Wed 21st  April (7:00 –9:30 pm) Jews for Justice for Palestinians @ YMCA Fitzroy Sq
Thurs 22nd April (7-9 pm) – Richmond & Kingston PSC United Reform Church
Fri 23rd  April (6:30-8:15 pm) – Bookmarks 1 Bloomsbury Street, London
Sunday 25th  April (7.45pm – ) Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
Monday 26th April (6.30 pm-), with Gilad Atzmon – Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 34a Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford.
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Ramzy Baroud – Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End?

13 August, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

ArafatThis is hardly the rational order of things. An overpowering military occupation was meant to be resisted by an equally determined, focused and unyielding national movement, hell-bent on liberation at any cost and by any means. This is the unwritten law that has governed and shielded successful national liberation projects throughout history. The Fatah movement, under Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, however, wants to alter that order, meeting Israeli colonialism with ill-defined ‘pragmatism’, extreme violence with press statements laden with endless clichés that mostly go unreported, and a determined Israeli attempt at squashing Palestinian aspirations with political tribalism, factional decay and internal divisions.

Indeed, the long delayed Fatah Congress, held in Bethlehem on August 4 has underscored the obvious: the all-encompassing movement which was meant to exact and safeguard Palestinian national rights has grown into a liability that, if anything, will continue to derail the Palestinian national project. This comes at a time when the Palestinian people are in urgent need of a collective response that is strong enough to withstand Israeli military pressure and coercion at home, eloquent enough to communicate the Palestinian message to a global audience, and astute enough to galvanize international support and sympathy to the benefit of Palestinian freedom and independence.

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