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Ramzy Baroud
For Ramzy Baroud's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 8, 2014
Whitewashing the Iraq war
As Iraq stands on the verge of a complete breakdown into sectarian states, a former leading Iraq war advocate is popping up in the U.S. media, and he's in no mood to accept any responsibility for the protracted tragedy.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 17, 2014
Sectarian monster reawakens
The systematic political marginalization of Iraq's Sunni communities demands the establishment of a new political and social contract to re-order the mess created by the U.S. invasion and Iran's intervention.
COMMENTARY
May 16, 2014
Media's one-sided Yemen spin
According to the Western narrative, Yemen exists for one purpose and nothing else: maintain Western interests in that part of the world. When these interests are threatened, only then does Yemen matter.
COMMENTARY / World
May 1, 2014
Palestinian accord elicits refrain of hope and gloom
Scenes in Gaza tell of much hope and rejoicing over the unity accord between Fatah and Hamas, but it is a refrain of past agreements that have failed.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 8, 2014
U.S. empire beyond salvation
For 25 years, the U.S. has tried to police the world for its own interests and failed. Now, it can't even cut and run from Iraq and Afghanistan because it is too deeply entrenched in the Middle East.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 11, 2014
Iraq near implosion as 'bad years' come back
Iraq's 'bad years' seem to be making a comeback, and this time the U.S. has little leverage over Iraq to control events from afar.
COMMENTARY
Jan 17, 2014
The whitewashing of Sharon
Ariel Sharon, the late former Israeli prime minister, was not called the 'the Bulldozer' for being a fearless leader. Nor do Arabs call him 'the Butcher of Beirut' for simply overseeing the invasion of Lebanon.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 31, 2013
A terrible year for Syria and Egypt
Even with the most optimistic assessments, the Syrian conflict is unlikely to be settled in 2014. As for Egypt, nearly 20,000 people have been sentenced or are now facing trials for belonging to or supporting the 'wrong' political camp.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 29, 2013
The sectarian war at hand: redrawing the Mideast again
Groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, a powerful component of Syria's savage war, could not have moved with such ease if it had not been for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 18, 2013
Yemen teeters between hope and division as tensions rise
Uniting a Yemeni 'homeland' around similar ideas while rebellion brews in the north, a secessionist movement builds in the south and a U.S. drone war carries on is no easy task.
COMMENTARY / World
May 3, 2013
Selective rights, illegal wars
One cannot help thinking these days that the legal, political and even moral blind spots that exist in the United States must always somehow involve Muslims.
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 8, 2013
U.S. imagination goes wild regarding Iranian 'threat'
Reading the text of a bill that was recently signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama would instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans.
COMMENTARY
Dec 7, 2012
Rerun of Palestinian history?
Palestine became a "nonmember state" at the United Nations on Nov. 29. The draft of the U.N. resolution beckoning what many perceive as a historic moment passed by a huge majority of General Assembly members: 138-9, with 41 abstentions.
COMMENTARY
Aug 9, 2012
Neocons back on the warpath
The neoconservatives are back with a vengeance. While popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries had briefly rendered them irrelevant in the region, Western intervention in Libya signaled a new opportunity. Now Syria promises to usher a full return of neoconservatives into the...
COMMENTARY
Jul 27, 2012
Syria's Palestinian refugees strive in vain for neutrality
"Flames are quickly approaching Yarmouk (as) someone is trying to drag the Palestinians into the fire," Palestinian observer Rashad Abu Shawar was quoted as saying in the Israeli Jerusalem Post, July 20.
COMMENTARY
Jul 16, 2012
A Camp David moment with Egypt
Despite early assurances by Egypt's new President Mohamed Morsi regarding his "commitment to international treaties and agreements," one can already foretell a confrontation between Egypt and Israel.
COMMENTARY
May 1, 2012
Hands behind Sudan's war
Once again Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high.
COMMENTARY
Apr 12, 2012
Blame West for Mali's mess
The intentional misreading of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 resulted in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's violent, though predictable, Operation Odyssey in Libya last year. Not only did the action cost many thousands of lives and untold destruction; it also paved the way for perpetual...
COMMENTARY
Mar 27, 2012
Bizarre logic of America's 'freedom' campaign
The Afghans are a proud people with a long and formidable history of resistance to foreign occupation. The fact that they have always prevailed should not distract from the horror they still routinely experience.
COMMENTARY
Mar 6, 2012
Hamas' perilous maneuvers
Despite all of Hamas' assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement. The outcome of this struggle — which is still confined to polite political disagreements and occasional intellectual tussle — is likely to change Hamas' outlook,...

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