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Articles by: Dr Chandra Muzaffar

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 02, 2017 shows a malnourished Yemeni child receiving treatment at a hospital in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah.  / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

Yemen: End Blockade, Avert Famine

  The threat of mass famine in Yemen is as real as ever — in spite of the reopening of the port of Aden and the Wadea land crossing on the Saudi-Yemen border. This is not enough, according to the UN Office of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA). The blockade of all ports especially Hodeida should be lifted immediately. Most humanitarian aid[Read More…]

The Assertion Of Identity

The Assertion Of Identity

  News reports about communities and regions asserting their identity are capturing media headlines everywhere. While the media gives a lot of coverage to an event or action connected with the phenomenon — a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan or a vote in the Catalonian parliament — the reasons that explain the assertion of identity are seldom analysed in depth. The[Read More…]

Rohingyas: Jihadists?

Rohingyas: Jihadists?

  The Rohingyas — or at least some Rohingyas — are now being projected as terrorists, as “Jihadists” out to kill Myanmar soldiers and civilians. Myanmar leaders including Aung San SuuKyi have spoken along these lines. This view of the Rohingyas is being propagated by the Myanmar government with greater zeal since a small armed group called the ArakanRohingya Salvation[Read More…]

The Bilateral Relationship That Matters

The Bilateral Relationship That Matters

  Which is the most important bilateral relationship in the international arena today?  Many analysts would argue that it is the relationship between the United States of America and China that has the greatest significance for the world. Some see it as the relationship between an established power and a rising power which has often led to war in the[Read More…]

Saudi King Salman presents President Donald Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, Israel And Saudi Arabia: Targeting Iran

  In the wake of President Donald Trump’s visit to West Asia, is there even a faint glimmer of hope for peace in the most conflict-ridden region of the world? Or, has his visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel from the 20th to the 23rd of May 2017 only strained the region’s undercurrentsof friction and tension?  Some reflections on areas[Read More…]

Fasting For Palestinian Justice And Dignity

Fasting For Palestinian Justice And Dignity

  Today is the first day of Ramadan. Muslims in many parts of the world begin their month-long fast today. Most of them are not aware that 1500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are on a hunger strike that began almost six weeks ago. These prisoners have undertaken a hunger strike to protest the denial of their basic human rights[Read More…]

Korea: Leading To War?

Korea: Leading To War?

  The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is deeply concerned that escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States of America could lead to war. This view was expressed at the end of the 30th ASEAN Leaders’ Summit in Manila on the 29th of April 2017. Given the gravity of the situation, ASEAN could perhaps have been a[Read More…]

Trump, Public Imagination, And Islamophobia

Trump, Public Imagination, And Islamophobia

  Donald Trump’s crafty manipulation of Islamophobia, we are told, was one of the factors that propelled him to the presidency of the United States of America. He was very much aware of the prevalence of negative sentiments towards Islam and Muslims within segments of the American electorate. Because Islamophobia was part of the public imagination, he had no scruples[Read More…]

A Syrian man collects samples from the site of a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, on April 5, 2017.
International outrage is mounting over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in Khan Sheikhun on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

 The Gassing Game In Syria: Regime Change And Beyond

  The use of chemical weapons in Sheikhun, in the Idlib province of Syria on 4th April 2017 was a heinous act. The world has rightly condemned it. Because it was so cruel and callous, it is vital that the truth about the attack is established as soon as possible.  The United States of America and a number of its[Read More…]

Apartheid Israel

Apartheid Israel

If anyone doubts that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid, he should read the report “Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid” commissioned by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The report released on the 15th March 2017 and posted on the ESCWA website has now been removed on[Read More…]

Malaysia And The Question Of North Korea

Malaysia And The Question Of North Korea

                        The Malaysian government has done the right thing in keeping the channels of communication with the North Korean Government open. It wants an amicable resolution of the friction arising from the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, the elder brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) 2 on the 13th of February 2017. Prime[Read More…]

Trump’s Entry Ban: Linked To The Neo-Con Agenda?

Trump’s Entry Ban: Linked To The Neo-Con Agenda?

President Donald Trump’s ban on nationals from 7 Muslim majority countries in West Asia and North Africa (WANA) entering the United States of America for a period of 90 days has brought to the fore the role and influence of some of the forces that shape US foreign policy in the region. With the exception of one country, the Trump[Read More…]

Worsening Inequalities: The Courage To Face The Challenge

Worsening Inequalities: The Courage To Face The Challenge

It is not surprising that the Davos Forum held in the middle of January 2017 chose not to examine the obscene, grotesque, ever widening economic inequalities in the world brought to its attention  by Oxfam, the global aid and development confederation. Oxfam revealed on the 15th of January that “the richest eight tycoons on the planet are worth as much[Read More…]

Fidel: The Truth About His Struggle

Fidel: The Truth About His Struggle

  Over the last 17 days since the death of Fidel Castro on the 25th of November 2016, I have been trying to assess how far sections of the mainstream media (MSM) would go in their vicious campaign to denigrate and demean a leader who had defied the world’s sole military superpower just 145 kilometres from his small island –state.[Read More…]

The Rohingyas: Act Now To Stop The Genocide!

The Rohingyas: Act Now To Stop The Genocide!

There is increasing recognition of the fact that ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Rohingyas, — A GENOCIDE  — is taking place in Rakhine, Myanmar. A number of groups and individuals are coming to terms with this grim reality especially after the “evidence of a new reign of terror and wholesale destruction of communities exercised by the Myanmar state against the Rohingya[Read More…]

One of literally hundreds of examples in Aleppo of internationally-banned weapons which cause "superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering or which are “inherently indiscriminate" such as cluster bombs, barrel bombs,  rebel ‘Hell Cannons’ or incendiary weapons. Photo: Franklin Lamb

The Danger Of War From A Declining Hegemon

  Is a war in the making — a third world war? If there is much talk about such a possibility, it is mainly because of the tensions between the United States and Russia. Tensions between the two most powerful nuclear states in the world have never been this high since the end of the Cold War in 1989 and[Read More…]

Cuba: Rejecting Sanctions, Sending A Message

Cuba: Rejecting Sanctions, Sending A Message

  President Barack Obama’s official visit to Cuba in March 2016 has deluded a lot of people into believing that relations between the United States and Cuba are now normal. They do not realise that the severe US economic sanctions against Cuba are still in force. Of course there have been slight improvements in the application of some of the[Read More…]

Uri: Army personnel stand near the dead bodies of militants who attacked Mohura army camp, in Uri on Saturday. PTI Photo(

Kashmir: “We The People” Should Stand Up

  The armed conflict in Kashmir has reached a dangerous point. The killing of 17 Indian soldiers in the Uri camp, 6 kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) that separates the two state protagonists, India and Pakistan, could lead to a further deterioration of a volatile situation that threatens to spiral into a much larger conflagration.  Indian authorities allege[Read More…]

Children, The Media And Political Agendas

Children, The Media And Political Agendas

  The image of 5 year-old rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in Aleppo on 17 August 2016 has reverberated around the globe. Every major media outlet— from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the BBC and Al-Jazeera — has highlighted the picture. It shows a little boy “sitting in an ambulance[Read More…]

1MDB Money-Laundering And A Tribunal

1MDB Money-Laundering And A Tribunal

The response of Malaysian government authorities to the civil suits filed by the US Department of Justice to seize more than US$ 1 billion (RM 4.02 billion) in assets allegedly linked to 1MDB has been a huge disappointment.   Faced with suits that allege massive embezzlement of funds and one of the worst  money laundering scams in history, Cabinet Ministers and[Read More…]

South China Sea Verdict: A New Era In China ASEAN Cooperation?

South China Sea Verdict: A New Era In China ASEAN Cooperation?

The decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague on the China- Philippines territorial dispute announced on the 12th of July 2016 may well emerge as a turning-point in the long-standing wrangles over islands in the South China Sea. China expectedly has rejected the decision. It has reaffirmed its claim of territorial sovereignty and maritime rights over almost[Read More…]

A portrait of Tarishi Jain, a victim of the attack on Dhaka's Holey Artisan Bakery, is laid out for people to pay respect during a memorial service before her cremation in Gurgaon on Monday. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 04 July 2016

Carnage In Istanbul, Dhaka And Baghdad

The month of Ramadan witnessed unspeakable carnage in three Muslim cities in three different countries. On 28 June 2016, 41 people, both locals and foreigners were killed in shootings and suicide bombings at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. On 2nd July, 20 people taken hostage by militants in an upmarket restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh were shot andmurdered. On the 3rd of[Read More…]

America Never Says Sorry

America Never Says Sorry

A hegemonic power never says sorry. Three recent episodes underscore this truism. When US President Barack Obama offered a floral wreath at the cenotaph of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on 27 May 2016, some peace advocates in the United States, in Japan and in other parts of the world hoped against hope that he would say “sorry” for the[Read More…]

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