Changing of the guard in Thailand

All signs so far point to a smooth transition in Thailand after deposed former premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s Puea Thai party handed the Democrats a humbling election defeat. Future stability will be determined largely by how hard and how fast Thaksin’s sister Yingluck, the new prime minister, pushes for an amnesty […]

East Jerusalem suffers heroin plague

“I didn’t think I would ever stop”, Abu Salah tells the circle. “After 14 years of buying and selling, hashish, heroin and cocaine, I had lost control of my life. I had no job. I would never speak to my family.” His story, and the clinic we are sitting in, […]

Why not an airport in Makkah?

By ALI AL-JIHLI | AL-WATAN THE city of Makkah is the center of attraction for Muslims from all over the world. Indeed, Makkah is the heart of Islam. Pilgrims arrive from all parts of the globe to visit the Grand Mosque. The most precious human treasures are in Makkah and […]

Welcome to Palestine Campaign Set For Friday

“We strongly stress that we campaign for a just peace and for the freedom and security of both the Palestinian and the Israeli people” Bethlehem – PNN – As nearly 600 international activists from all walks of life gear up for Friday’s “Welcome to Palestine” campaign, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Flotilla update

Athens – PNN – The ten ships of Freedom Flotilla Two, as a result of diplomatic arm-twisting and sabotage have faced a variety of setbacks as they attempt to break the Israeli siege on Gaza. Currently seven ships are held in Greek Ports, two are sabotaged and not seaworthy and […]

Which way forward?

On the American drone attacks and possible military incursions into Pakistan, like the operation to get bin Laden, I am reminded of an incident narrated to me by a very dear elder, Sayeed Hasan Khan. He recalls it was during the freedom movement around 1946-47 when he ran into a woman […]

Pakistan’s Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist

Anjum Naveed/Associated Press A vigil in Islamabad in June for Saleem Shahzad, who wrote scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the army. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the […]

Shahzad’s killing echoes in Washington

In 1979, Nicaraguan soldiers stopped an American correspondent covering the deteriorating situation and summarily executed him. The American public was appalled, support for Anastasio Somoza flagged badly after that, and his regime soon collapsed. Similar dynamics may be underway in Pakistan. The murder in May of Asia Times Online’s Pakistani […]

‘Crimes against humanity’ claims in Syria

Human rights group accuses Damascus over May siege of Talkalakh, while up to 22 reported killed in crackdown in Hama. Syria has drawn strong condemnation for its deadly crackdown on protesters in the central city of Hama, with human rights campaigners hinting at the possibility of the country’s leaders being […]

Discordant approaches to Islamic movements

As the US edges towards dialogue with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, neo-con rhetoric dominates British politics A discordant trend is tearing apart the Western alliance and its Middle East policies. The armed intervention in Libya has highlighted this graphically, with the US giving only token assistance to the […]

Indonesia gets taste of Chinese culture

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Chinese art, dance, movies and music are expected to charm Indonesians in an event called “Experience China”, which kicked off on Tuesday in the capital of the Southeast Asian nation. Organized by China’s State Council Information Office, the event will be held throughout July in the cities […]