February 13, 2018 |
Oslo Agreement and PLO Recognition of Israel?
On January 15th, the Palestine Liberation Organization Central Council meeting in Ramallah concluded with a vote “to suspend recognition of Israel until it reciprocates by recognizing a Palestinian state and to cease security cooperation.” The meeting was called after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, which was followed by the showdown in the U.N. Security Council and…Colonialism Palestine
December 19, 2017 |
The U.S. Veto and Jerusalem’s Legal Status, the Occupied Capital of Palestine!
The U.S. vetoed yet another U.N. Security Council to shield Israel from any consequences for the continued occupation and annexation of Jerusalem and wholesale violations of international law. Trump’s recent recognition and decision to transfer the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is undertaken to force an acceptance of Israel’s vision of itself and the city, a…Colonialism Palestine Politics Race/Racism
December 19, 2017 |
Trump Wagging the Dog on Jerusalem: Shifting the Narrative, Rewarding Donors and Planning for Re-election!
Trump’s policy grenade, the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to transfer the U.S. embassy to the occupied city, should be added to America’s three decades or longer disaster called “Middle East peace process”. Observers of U.S.’s “Middle East” policy understand that it has been shaped by two prong interests:…Colonialism Palestine Politics
November 25, 2017 | Daily Sabah
Saudi Arabia and Financing Trump’s Job Creation Agenda!
The recent developments in Saudi Arabia are alarming and point, on the one hand, to a serious break in the consensus of the ruling family and, on the other, to the rapid movement towards another major regional war. A succession crisis in the royal family was only a matter of time after death or old…Colonialism Muslim History Politics
November 2, 2017 |
The Balfour Declaration: The UK Government Must Apologize to the Palestinians!
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of Balfour Declaration, Palestinians under occupation and in the diaspora are due an unequivocal apology from the British government. However, on October 29, 2017, the current Tory Government Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson struck in The Telegraph a celebratory note calling the Balfour Declaration an “incontestable moral goal: to…Colonialism De-Colonial Palestine Politics Race/Racism
October 31, 2017 |
Disenfranchising the Palestinians
Imperial Britain Gave Palestine to the Zionists When It Was Still Part of the Ottoman Empire. On Nov. 2, 2017, Palestinians mark the hundred-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a letter from British foreign secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild that committed Britain to the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine….Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics Race/Racism
August 3, 2017 |
Turkey’s Failed Coup and Post-Colonial Custodianship!
The 2016 failed military coup attempt in Turkey is paradigmatic of the post-colonial world system whereby internal political processes are structured to maintain and reproduce external interventions and dependencies. Clearly, the attempted coup in Turkey was not the first, as the short history of the Turkish Republic aptly demonstrates. Yet, the more critical question to…Colonialism Politics
July 20, 2017 |
1492 Expulsion, Inquisition, Balfour Declaration and the European Question!
The combination of the 1492 Expulsion and Inquisition of Muslims and Jews may seem out of place at a first glance when the Balfour Declaration is discussed and added to the list. For sure, all these three are monumental events, but while in the case of the Expulsion and Inquisition the consequences were immediate and…Colonialism Islamic Politics Muslim History Palestine
July 11, 2017 |
From Granada to Guantanamo: The Torturing of the Muslim Subject
Teaching a summer course on Muslim Decolonial Thought in Granada, Spain brought me again into contact with the history and consequences of the Inquisition and the Muslim and Jewish expulsion in 1492 and afterward. More to the point, a visit to the Inquisition Museum in Granada and the Torture Museum in Cordoba raised a series…Colonialism Islamic Thought Muslim History Palestine
June 23, 2017 |
The Ottomans and the Loss of Jerusalem
As we commemorate the anniversary of WWI and the Balfour Declaration, it is important to reflect on Ottoman history and their relationship to Jerusalem. The Ottomans represented the last cohesive Islamic political system to exercise unfettered governance over Jerusalem, and it was during their collapse that Palestine became occupied first by the British and then…Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics