West Archive

‘Argo’ helps Iran’s dictatorship, harms democracy: It was not my intention to write about the film “Argo.” I initially viewed it as another Hollywood movie that aimed to keep an audience on its toes through some combination of fact and fantasy, in order to cash
Comment on “The rise of ISIS: the role of the West and Regional Powers” – by Agha Jafri:   Syria, ever since its independence in 1946, has thrived on being one of only two States with Secular governments (Lebanon being the other), in the Middle East. Muslims, Christians, and Druz communities have co-existed in that ancient land
Eleven things women in Saudi Arabia can’t do:   As Saudi Arabia mourns the death of King Abdullah, human rights groups argue he should not be remembered for championing women’s rights, despite the modest changes that he introduced. The conservative kingdom has an abysmal human right record,
The King of Hearts — an obituary: The Australian musician Nick Cave, who often touches on love and death, once mused on a great man’s last rites (his own), “The motorcade will be ten miles long, the world’ll join for a farewell song … they’ll sound
King Abdullah – a discreet but strong advocate of women – Syed Riaz Al-Malik Hajjaji: “What do you call the unelected leader of a state that beheads people in public, permits only one faith and exports an extreme form of Islam to other countries? If he happens to be Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, self-appointed
King Abdullah dead: We can’t afford not to hold Saudi Arabia’s royals to account: What do you call the unelected leader of a state that beheads people in public, permits only one faith and exports an extreme form of Islam to other countries? If he happens to be Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, self-appointed
7 shocking facts about Saudi Arabia under ‘modernizing’ reign of King Abdullah: Taken aback by the fulsome praise that the recently deceased King Abdullah has garnered from world leaders, RT has decided to assess whether his record stands up to scrutiny. The majority of eulogies went beyond the requirements of diplomatic
After King Abdullah’s death, western leaders sing false praises: For people living in dictatorships and hoping for Western support on the road to freedom, reactions to the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has been a rude awakening. It was to be expected that the passing of an
کیا صحیح نظریات کے لئے مغربی تھذیب سے سیکھنا ضروری ہے؟ – مبارک حیدر: میری راۓ میں صحیح نظریات صرف وہ ہیں جو ارتقا اور بقا کو بنیادی مقصد مانتے ہیں – اس سے سوال پیدا ہوگا کہ کس کا ارتقا اور کس کی بقا ؟ جس کا جواب یہ ہے کہ ساری
Could ISIS retaliate against the West? – by Paul Cruickshank: The U.S. air strikes carried out Friday against ISIS are likely to have one unintended consequence: immediately increase the terrorist threat in Europe and the United States, Western counter-terrorism officials tell CNN. Within hours of U.S. military jets and
British ‘Primark jihadist’ killed fighting for Wahabi/Deobandi Islamic State – by Martin Evans:   A former Primark worker from Portsmouth has become the latest Briton to be killed in the Middle East fighting for the feared Jihadist group Islamic State. Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, whose father runs an Indian Restaurant travelled to
DISPATCHES: Della Mae in Pakistan – by Amy Reitnouer:     Our favorite ‘grass gals, DELLA MAE, are traveling through Central Asia as part of the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program.  Bassist SHELBY MEANS sent the Sitch an update on their journey and time spent in
How the West Chose War in Gaza – by Nathan Thrall: JERUSALEM — AS Hamas fires rockets at Israeli cities and Israel follows up its extensive airstrikes with a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, the most immediate cause of this latest war has been ignored: Israel and much of
West, beware of Islamism, the Salafi Deobandi mix – by Abdul Qadir:  Islam is an ordered and cogent way of life. As with most organized religions, it draws its power from its philosophy and capacity to firmly control its followers’ beliefs and deeds. To this end, the intensity of mainstream Islam
سعودی عرب عالمی دہشت گردی کا سر چشمہ ہے – برطانوی اخبار ٹیلیگراف کی رپورٹ: خصوصی ترجمہ از تعمیر پاکستان – مڈل ایسٹ میں شام کے ایشو پر مغربی حکومتوں کی جانب سے اگرچہ سرکاری طور پر کسی بدلے ہوئے ڈسکورس کا اعلان نہیں کیا گیا ہے اور ابھی تک اقوام متحدہ ،برطانیہ اور
More Western terrorists joining the fight in Syria:   CNN reported that a former US soldier has plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for confessing his involvement with Al Qaeda related terrorists in Syria. The West must stop the support of these terror outfits, otherwise
Veteran Pakistani journalist Nazir Naji weighs in on the Saudi-CIA war on Syria: In his Urdu column in daily Dunya newspaper, Pakistan’s senior columnist Nazir Naji writes on the situation in Syria in his usual eloquent and simple style. His column is translated and summarized here: Our sympathies for the Syrian people
In a U.S. strike on Syria where a significant number of rebels are Salafists, critics mock Obama: “U.S. is al Qaeda’s Air Force” – by Rusty Walker: Let us learn our lessons. … Never believe any war will be smooth and easy or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war
Machiavellian stalemate in Syria and more death: the best strategic option for the West and Israel: Editor’s Note: we are cross posting an article by The NewYork Times which validates positions taken by LUBP writers several months ago, indeed it benefits Isreal and the West for the civil war in Syria to never end. So
Who is Using Chemical Weapons in Syria? by A Z: The reality is Syrian conflict is ‘bad guys’ against ‘bad guys’. There are no good guys in this battlefield. Assad’s regime is unscrupulously murderous to Stalinesque proportions, but it would make no sense for them to use chemical weapons.
Muslims and the West – by A Z: The West and Islam have had an uneasy relationship for a very long time, which dates from even before the Muslims appeared on the world stage as the conquerors and led to the horrifying Crusades. Both developed a rhetoric
President Rouhani of Iran Says He Will Engage With the West – by Thomas Erdbrink: TEHRAN — Iran’s president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, said Saturday that he would engage with the West and fulfill his electoral promises to allow more freedom for the Iranian people. Mr. Rouhani, who calls himself a moderate, won the June 14
Western and Saudi backed Wahhabi terrorists kill Christians: Western backed Wahhabi terrorists kill Christians and Muslims alike. These organ eating, cannibals that Western powers are supporting jointly with with their puppet Arab monarchies in an attempt to strengthen Israel will have tremendous blow back.  If the West
Woolwich Beheading: Educating the West about the Wahhabi brand of terror – by Rusty Walker: Photo: Proof of Salafist connections to terrorists are often missed, as the press use generic terms like, “Jihadist.” The Wahhabi connection is more evident in this photo of Anjem Choudary, British-based Wahhabi-Deobandi hate preacher, pictured with the Woolwich terrorist
China, Russia flexing muscles: A New World Order, or Cold War? – by Shiraz Paracha: China and Russia are flexing their muscles in the wake of Western actions and policies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Days after China issued a warning against the establishment of U.S. military bases in Australia; Russia has
Showmen, not statesmen rule U.S. and the West? By Shiraz Paracha: Three years ago young Barack Hussein Obama, a man with mixed cultural and religious identity, made history when he became the 44th President of the United States. A Black man entered the White House riding a wave of popularity.
Building bridges between Pakistan and the United States? – by Shiraz Paracha: Let us assume that some American writers such as Rusty Walker are sincere in their desire to build bridges between Pakistan and the United States. It is a noble cause and Mr. Walker should be admired for his wish
Study predicts women in power, Muslims heading West -by Karin Zeitvogel: WASHINGTON — In the next 40 years, an unprecedented number of women will be in positions of power, Muslim immigration to the West will rise, and office workers will be unchained from their cubicles, a report released last week
Robert Fisk: Why do they hate the West so much, we will ask: A child injured in the Israeli bombardment of a UN school yesterday is taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty