middle east

Movie Review: The Circle (Dayereh)

Winter/Spring 2002

Picture the white wall of a hospital corridor. Screams come from within. A small aperture opens, and — as though looking through a chador — we can see the eyes of a nurse. She announces the birth of a beautiful girl to an awaiting female relative. But the woman is devastated, and she runs out… Read more »

New Palestinian leadership needed to counter Israeli State Terrorism!

Summer/Autumn 2002

During the first year of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, sparked on 29 September 2000, 560 Palestinians — 472 of them civilians, including 140 children — were killed by the Israeli army and settlers.  According to the Red Crescent Society, more than 15,000 Palestinians were also wounded, and 25 people died at border check points while being… Read more »

Resistance swells to stop the war at home & abroad

Summer/Autumn 2002

It didn’t take long for George W. Bush to show just who he had in mind when he declared his war on terrorism. The horrifying September 11 carnage provided U.S. authorities with an excuse not only for the murderous bombing of Afghanistan and a bully campaign against that whole region of the world, but also… Read more »

Special report from Pakistan: Working women spearhead resistance to U.S. war, religious fundamentalism and the Musharraf dictatorship

Summer/Autumn 2002

The Pentagon and its propaganda mouthpiece, CNN, would have us believe that the U.S.-led war against Afghanistan is between the “free world” and the Taliban. The U.S. government struts around as a liberator and brings out “First Lady” Laura Bush to justify the destruction of Afghanistan because of the Taliban’s horrific sexism. That the CIA… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2001

An enjoyable radical read I really enjoyed reading Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 24 — some great articles. I particularly enjoyed “I don’t want to let go of my rage” by Maria Mardones and “Loud, Proud and Effective,” the review of Graham Willett’s book, Living Out Loud. I do wish Maria and others the best of… Read more »

An Interview with Palestinian leader, Haidar Abdel Shafi

Summer/Autumn 2001

Dr Haidar Abdel Shafi was born in Gaza in 1919. He is a widely respected left Palestinian leader who is critical of the Oslo Agreements and the undemocratic tendencies of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah faction of the PLO. Shafi is a leader of the Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation, an organisation created to fight for… Read more »

Surma Hamid: an organiser for Iraqi women’s rights speaks out!

Summer/Autumn 2001

On November 3, the Committee in Defence of Iraqi Women’s Rights (CDIWR) put out a call to protest the mass killings of Iraqi women accused of prostitution. On orders from Saddam Hussein, women and girls are being hunted down and publicly beheaded. Accused of “dishonouring the country,” they are Saddam’s scapegoats in a ruthless campaign… Read more »

Interview with the Working Women Organisation of Pakistan

Winter/Spring 2000

Merle Woo, Asian-American poet and member of Radical Women in San Francisco, once wrote a poem based on a news item from China. Qi Deying, a 77 year old grandmother living in Shaanxi Province, had been attacked by a leopard while working in a field. She “grabbed the leopard by the ears, wedged its jaw… Read more »