Do British courts really need to protect the world’s most corrupt industry?

The global arms trade is said to be the most corrupt business sector on the planet, responsible for almost 40 per cent of all dodgy dealings. The estimated statistics show a staggering imbalance in the link between the industry’s value and amount of associated corruption. Consider this: all global trade is valued at a colossal $16.2 trillion; the arms trade (not to be confused with any one nation’s military expenditure), despite its exponential growth, accounts for a comparatively modest $100 billion, and yet, the latter is responsible for nearly half of all known corruption. Consider also that most arms sales go from West to East. Britain ranks amongst the top ten exporters of arms in the world; its customers include […]

Liberal US Democrats are turning their backs on Israel

Israel is losing a battle that it has been desperate to win. Attitudes matter to the Zionist state. They matter to Israel more than most, because since its creation in Palestine its hasbara — propaganda — has crafted an image of itself as a liberal democracy. However, according to a new survey of US public opinion towards the conflict in the Middle East, Israel is losing the battle for American hearts and minds. Image is everything for Israel’s ability to exercise soft power, especially in the West, where upholding the values and principals of liberal democracy is, in theory, central to winning sympathy and support. The survey carried out by the Pew Research Centre shows that this image has taken […]

Israel assassinates more people than any Western country, concludes new book

Blowing up commercial airliners and an entire stadium full of spectators were just two of the plans ordered by the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in his long quest to assassinate the late PLO leader, Yasser Arafat. Sharon was among a group of senior Israeli hawks within the military and intelligence community who believed that assassinating Arafat would solve the “Palestinian problem”. For decades, Israeli security officials hatched elaborate plans to kill the elusive Palestinian leader through methods usually associated with terrorists. The revelations are made in a new book, Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations, by Ronen Bergman. In an excerpt published in the New York Times Magazine, the intelligence correspondent for Yedioth […]

2017 was a year of chaos and instability under the Trump doctrine

It has now been a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States, and the question on many lips is whether America can recover from what has been a humiliating fall. Its President has been denounced as “vulgar”, “racist”, “ignorant” and “childlike”. Questions are being asked about his mental health as well as the health of US democracy itself. How has a man with such a chequered history and lack of political experience; a man who publicly incites violence and promises to pass racist and discriminatory laws; a man who denounces entire continents as “sh**holes”, come to occupy the most powerful office in the world? Is Trump a symptom of the disease that will end global […]

Trump is a bully, the UN must stand up to him

The torment of waking up to a Trump presidency has been described by some American’s as a glitch in the matrix; of being transported to a parallel universe in which a loutish red-haired charlatan, a bully accused of being a serial abuser of women – while bragging that as a famous man he can get away with anything – becomes the president of the United States. Wielding power in a manner devoid of compassion and decency is alien to narcissist Trump. Power to the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump is a tool to bully, humiliate and coerce others into doing things which they would never do. It comes as no surprise then to see President Trump take the […]

US delegation mystified by no Saudi protest over Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia was one of a number of countries whose head of state failed to attend the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Istanbul this week. The absence of the self-proclaimed “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” at a conference to discuss the fate of the third holy mosque in Islam — Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem — was met with raised eyebrows, although many were not surprised at all. There was speculation that King Salman’s absence was due to Saudi Araba’s refusal to share a platform with Qatar and, above all, to keep good faith with US President Donald Trump. Though Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel broke with international law […]

Palestine Book Awards 2017 celebrates another year of literary excellence

The winners of the Palestine Book Awards (PBA) were unveiled on Friday during a prestigious event in London attended by prominent figures from the world of academia, literature and politics. The PBA ceremony is MEMO’s flagship event and the culmination of months of hard work. Nominations start in January with submissions from national and international publishers. Nine books were shortlisted from dozens of entries into three categories – academic, memoir and creative -after painstaking efforts by a panel of expert judges. This year the judges also decided to include a lifetime achievement award. Thousands also joined via social media for the unveiling of the winners of PBA 2017 and to hear Professor Illan Pappe give his keynote address. Victoria Brittain, […]

The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

The author, Ben Ehrenreich introduces readers to his book “The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine” with this sharp observation: “The world is made not only of earth and flesh and fire, but of the stories that we tell”. With these comments Ehrenreich makes his intentions clear that through the stories of Palestinian resistance “the narratives…. will conjure up a [new] universe and determine its contours”. While it would be stretching the realms of metaphysical possibility to suggest Ehrenreich can conjure up magic in Palestine, the American novelist has weaved stories from the West Bank in prose that are as beautiful as any found in a best-selling novel to speak about Palestinian resistance and of the people […]

Senior ex-UK MPs discuss Saudi crises in MEMO conference

Senior British politicians, including former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, took part in a conference tackling the current situation in Saudi Arabia hosted by the Middle East Monitor yesterday. Straw, who was foreign secretary for five years under Tony Blair’s government, gave a speech on the current crises in Kingdom and fielded questions on some of his controversial decisions, including the invasion of Iraq and the designation of Palestinian political movement Hamas as a terrorist organisation. Straw intimated that the Labour government’s decision under Blair to politically marginalise Hamas was a mistake and his opposition against the Palestinian resistance group’s designation as a terror organisation, he suggested, may have been the reason for his dismissal in 2006 from his role as foreign secretary on the request of US President George W Bush. The Labour MP had been invited to give […]

Senior ex-UK MPs discuss Saudi crises in MEMO conference

Senior British politicians, including former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, took part in a conference tackling the current situation in Saudi Arabia hosted by the Middle East Monitor yesterday. Straw, who was foreign secretary for five years under Tony Blair’s government, gave a speech on the current crises in Kingdom and fielded questions on some of his controversial decisions, including the invasion of Iraq and the designation of Palestinian political movement Hamas as a terrorist organisation. Straw intimated that the Labour government’s decision under Blair to politically marginalise Hamas was a mistake and his opposition against the Palestinian resistance group’s designation as a terror organisation, he suggested, may have been the reason for his dismissal in 2006 from his role as foreign secretary on the request of US President George W Bush. The Labour MP had been invited to give the […]