Author Archives: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Video: CNN’s ‘fair-and-balance’ coverage disrupted by Israeli bombs

Video of CNN interview of Mohammed Rabah Suliman being disrupted by an Israeli attack.

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Islamophobia, Shmislamophobia! 97% of Homeland Security security grants go to Jewish orgs

Why is 97 percent of Homeland Security grant money going to Jewish organizations?

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If it was all about oil, we’d have boots on the ground in Venezuela…

The latest in a dialogue about the Israel lobby theory. In his response to my criticism Stephen Maher oddly ends up repeating the same leaps of logic that I objected to in the first place. To wit: no one disputes the … Continue reading

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‘Special relationship’ has only threatened the ‘stable flow of oil’

Since its founding in 2001, The Electronic Intifada has earned a well-deserved reputation for being the most influential and effective voice for Palestinian rights. It is backed by a team of smart, savvy and committed individuals. Its co-founder Ali Abunimah is in my view an examplar of … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga and the Middle East

Bret Stephens says that Arabs hate Lady Gaga more than settlements. But Lady Gaga is herself the creation of an Arab, one Nadir Khayat (aka RedOne). Still, one must refrain from passing hasty judgment: Bret Stephens may be right. Take … Continue reading

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‘Surfing on Islamophobia’ (Idrees Ahmad responds to McConnell)

Chris Caldwell’s book on Islam in Europe is racist, and Idrees Ahmad accuses Scott McConnell of surfing on Islamophobia

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Why doesn’t Harman story have better legs?

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad writes: The Harman case appears to be the lobby’s most significant encounter with US law enforcement since its battles with the Department of Justice over Foreign Agent Registration Act registration under the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. And…
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Obama’s not Iranian, but–

A lot of people are directing our attention to Rupert Murdoch’s speech to the American Jewish Committee, “I’m not Jewish but–” Muhammad Idrees Ahmad writes: Here is the transcript of Murdoch’s speech to the AJC. I found the following lines…
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Posted in Iran, Israel/Palestine, Neocons, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 6 Comments

‘Slumdog’ and the ravages of neoliberalism

My friend Muhammad Idrees Ahmad has picked up Arundhati Roy’s harsh review of Slumdog which she dismisses as poverty porn. I’m not with her. This is not a political film. It’s a romance about destiny. And the dignity it has…
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Occupation at Scotland university ends school’s relationship with Israeli company

A student occupation at Strathclyde University in Scotland produced an agreement by Strathclyde to bring in 1-3 Palestinian students and not to renew a contract with an Israeli water company that supplies water to the school. An occupation at Manchester…
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Chomsky ally differs sharply with him over Israel lobby

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad writes: Here is another former ally breaking with Chomsky over the lobby. M. Shahid Alam, a frequent target of the lobby (and Campus watch), has been described by Chomsky as one of the best development economists (and…
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Posted in Beyondoweiss, Israel/Palestine, Nakba, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 8 Comments

Israel’s ally: Turkish Prime Minister walks out on Shimon Peres at Davos

AC writes: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks off the stage at the World Economic Forum after challenging Shimon Peres on the war on Gaza (forward to about 1:01:00). Erdogan cites the Sixth Commandment, Avi Shlaim of Oxford University,…
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‘In the name of humanity!’ Israeli atrocities are pummeled on British television

Where are the American reporters who exposed Abu Ghraib? Why is Israel untouchable still in the U.S.? Muhammad Idrees Ahmad writes: Here are a few more antidotes to US media. The interview with Mark Regev towards the end of the…
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Nader Talks About Israel Lobby Implicitly, Chomsky Doesn’t

Ralph Nader is emerging as a leading critic of the Israel lobby. Here in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, calling for the reinstatement of Jimmy Carter in the Democratic pantheon in the face of pro-Israel pressure: A sign that [Obama] is determined…
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Peretz Says, Blacks’ Problem Is They’re Not More Like Jews (and Some Are ‘Parasites’)

“Am I too sensitive or is this post by Martin Peretz just racist?” asks Muhammad Idrees Ahmad. No Idrees, you’re not too sensitive. The post responds to Jesse Jackson’s reported statements about Zionist control of U.S. foreign policy in Israel/Palestine….
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‘In Peshawar, Taliban Country, All 4 of My Sisters Got Master’s Degrees’

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad writes: I must take issue with your generalizations about women’s place in Islamic societies. First of all, it rings a little hollow coming from the citizen of a country where a woman’s mere running for high office…
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The Hijab and Colonial Feminism

Idrees Ahmad responds re my post on The National’s coverage of the Syrian fundamentalist movement: I don’t quite understand why a Gulf newspaper criticizing Syria surprises you? Gulf states have long been hostile towards Syria, and this newspaper, frankly a…
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