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Khalil Osman

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Special Reports

US forging ahead with National Missile Defence plans despite international condemnation

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14382017-08-01

The US announced on July 14 that it had successfully conducted tests of its controversial National Missile Defence system over the Pacific Ocean.

Special Reports

The origins, emergence and victory of Hizbullah, Lebanon’s Islamic resistance movement (Re-print)

Khalil Osman

Rajab 07, 14272006-08-01

The Hizbullah, which is now under intense attack in Lebanon from Israel, emerged as an Islamic movement representing Lebanon’s ordinary Muslims after the Israeli invasion of the country in 1982. Eighteen years later, in 2000, Hizbullah’s resistance led to a stunning victory when the Israelis were forced to withdraw from territories they had occupied in the 1980s. Here we reprint an analysis of Hizbullah’s rise and modus operandi by Khalil Osman, first published in September 2000 to mark that triumph.

Special Reports

US engineers the removal of the head of the international chemical weapons body

Khalil Osman

Safar 18, 14232002-05-01

The US has used its financial muscle to subvert yet another international agency, this time the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. KHALIL OSMAN reports.

World

Caspian summit fails to resolve key issues about dividing oil and other mineral resources

Khalil Osman

Safar 18, 14232002-05-01

The presidents of the five Caspian Sea littoral countries ended a two-day summit in Ashgabat, the Turkmen capital, on April 24 without reaching any agreement on how to share the Caspian and its rich hydrocarbon reserves.

Occupied Arab World

Butcher Sharon lets soldiers loose on Palestinians as world watches

Khalil Osman

Safar 03, 14232002-04-16

Ariel Sharon, Israel’s prime minister, could not have done more for his reputation as a heartless, bloodthirsty war-criminal. Dozens of rotting bodies littering the streets and homes of West Bank cities...

Occupied Arab World

Squabbling Arab leaders agree only on self-preservation and Fahd’s Palestinian peace plan

Khalil Osman

Safar 03, 14232002-04-16

It is not often that one sees a consensus among Arab states on any issue, but the two-day Arab summit held in Beirut on March 27 and 28 unanimously endorsed a Saudi-inspired plan for Middle East ‘peace’, offering Israel normal ties and full peace in return for complete withdrawal from the Arab lands it occupied in the June 1967 war and recognition of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Occupied Arab World

Cheney’s Middle East tour defined by Arab rulers’ fear that regime change in Iraq would set a bad precedent

Khalil Osman

Muharram 18, 14232002-04-01

During his recent gruelling 10-day, 12-country tour of the Middle East and Britain, US vice president Dick Cheney hoped to build a case for an Afghan-style war against Iraq...

Occupied Arab World

Lebanese capture of Israeli spy ring reveals details of zionist operations against Hizbullah

Khalil Osman

Muharram 18, 14232002-04-01

Lebanese authorities have broken up a spy ring that provided Israel with information about the activities of the Hizbullah-led Islamic resistance in Lebanon, as well as of the military positions and activities of the Lebanese and Syrian armies...

Occupied Arab World

Bahrain experimenting with hollow democracy the West advocates for Arab countries

Khalil Osman

Muharram 02, 14232002-03-16

Shaykh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah, Bahrain's emir, proclaimed himself king on February 14, declaring the emirate the Kingdom of Bahrain and adding a crown to its flag. At the same time, he also conferred assent on constitutional amendments, and called for municipal and legislative elections in May and October respectively.

World

US Muslims experiencing the true nature of American ‘democracy’

Khalil Osman

Muharram 02, 14232002-03-16

Soon after September 11 reports surfaced of Arab and Muslim men being arrested, shackled, denied access to lawyers and families, refused medical attention and sometimes even beaten, while in the custody of United States authorities.

Occupied Arab World

US-Saudi relations showing the strain as kingdom faces tide of popular resentment

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14222002-03-01

Saudi crown prince Abdullah bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz had more than the Israeli-Arab conflict on his mind when he staged his latest subterfuge. This was to disclose that he might propose that the Arab world offer Israel “normalization of relations” in exchange for withdrawal from the territories that Israel occupied in 1967.

Special Reports

Palestinian defiance having an enormous impact on the economy of the zionist state

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 16, 14222002-03-01

Almost eighteen months after the launching of the second Palestinian intifada in September 2000, many observers continue to argue that it is achieving nothing, and that a return to the ‘peace process’ is inevitable.

Special Reports

Iraqi opposition ill-prepared for power as US signals renewed war on Saddam Hussain

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14222002-02-16

In the decade since the US’s high-tech destruction of Iraq in 1991, the US has consistently talked of overthrowing Saddam Hussain while being happy to leave him in place as a useful enemy to have. Now there are signs that they may actually be preparing to replace him. KHALIL OSMAN reports.

World

Talk is expensive as Western capitalist and power elites meet at World Economic Forum

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 03, 14222002-02-16

Some 2,700 participants, ranging from kings, presidents and business moguls to professors, clergymen and celebrities, paid $25,000 each to get into the gathering...

World

Ulama meeting in Beirut reaffirm Ummah’s commitment to the fight against Zionism

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Qa'dah 18, 14222002-02-01

A call for a nevitalized role for Muslim ulama in overcoming the Zionist menace sounded in Beirut in late December, when about 130 senior ulama from around the world descended on the Lebanese capital to attend a two-day conference on “Saving Jerusalem and Supporting the Palestinian People.”

Occupied Arab World

Economic agreements reached at GCC summit unlikely to be implemented

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14222002-01-16

When leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held their 22nd summit on December 30-31, the air of achievement and success that once marked such occasions was nowhere to be seen.

Special Reports

Trial of Azmi Bishara highlights situation of Palestinians in Israel’s ‘democracy’

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 17, 14222002-01-01

When the trial of Azmi Bishara, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, opened on December 10, another demonstration of the apartheid-like nature of Israel began. According to the indictment prepared by Elyakim Rubenstein...

Special Reports

Arrest of Jewish terrorists in America highlights hypocrisy of crackdown on Muslims

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 17, 14222002-01-01

Hardly an eyebrow rose on December 12 when the chairman of the Jewish Defence League (JDL) and another senior member were arrested in a plot to bomb a large mosque, the office of a congressman, and other targets.

Occupied Arab World

Washington debates possible attack on Iraq

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 01, 14222001-12-16

Intoxicated by the devastating display of America’s military juggernaut in Afghanistan, senior US officials have been issuing bellicose statements about Iraq. President George W Bush joined the chorus on November 26 when he warned Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to readmit UN arms-inspectors or face unspecified consequences.

Special Reports

The House of Saud’s crisis of legitimacy

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 01, 14222001-12-16

The aftermath of September 11 has focused attention once more on the House of Saud and its ability to survive. There are growing indications that the genie of waning popularity, which the Saudi dynasty has long feared and tried to control by a legion of gimmicks, has again escaped.

Occupied Arab World

Lebanon rebuffs US demands for action against ‘terrorist’ Hizbullah

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 06, 14212001-12-01

In an audacious and defiant move, Lebanon has refused to bow to America’s demand that Hizbullah’s bank accounts be frozen as part of Washington’s “war on terrorism.”

World

The West reasserts its global capitalist agenda at WTO summit in Doha

Khalil Osman

Ramadan 16, 14222001-12-01

Delegates at the World Trade Organization (WTO) conference in Doha, Qatar, emerged on November 14 from six days of intense haggling to announce a compromise agreement that sets out an agenda for a new round of talks.

Special Reports

Anthrax in the US: many unanswered questions, but lessons nonetheless

Khalil Osman

Ramadan 01, 14222001-11-16

The anthrax outbreak in the US has put many on edge about biological warfare and ‘bioterrorism’. Anthrax has killed four people and made 13 others ill since it appeared in the US in late September.

Special Reports

Nobel peace prize for UN and Kofi Annan a reward for service to the West’s world order

Khalil Osman

Sha'ban 15, 14222001-11-01

On October 12 the Nobel prize committee in Oslo announced that it was awarding the United Nations Organization and Kofi Annan, its secretary-general, a peace prize in recognition of their work in pursuit of “a better organized and a more peaceful world.” This is the first time that the UN as a whole and its acting head have received the award.

Occupied Arab World

Arabs fall in with US plans with hardly a murmur of protest

Khalil Osman

Rajab 29, 14222001-10-16

Despite Washington’s recent diplomatic scramble to get support for its “war on terrorism,” getting key Arab countries on board remains an unfinished task. This became clear during US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s tour earlier this month of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Uzbekistan and Turkey. Rumsfeld’s efforts were received tepidly by Washington’s Arab allies.

Occupied Arab World

Arrests in Damascus demonstrate limits of Bashar’s political reforms

Khalil Osman

Rajab 14, 14222001-10-01

The process of political reform in Syria initiated by president Bashar al-Asad after he took office in July 2000 has met its most serious setback. On September 12 Syrian authorities arrested two opposition activists, Habib ‘Issa, a lawyer, and Fawwaz Tello, an engineer.

World

Muslims come under attack as Islamophobic bigotry sweeps through the US

Khalil Osman

Rajab 14, 14222001-10-01

The attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre on September 11 have caused a wave of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab hatred, bigotry and intolerance all over the Western world. Particularly hard-hit are American Muslim and Arab communities, as well as other dark-skinned groups.

Occupied Arab World

Amid intensifying western air-attacks, Baghdad expels UN officials

Khalil Osman

Jumada' al-Akhirah 28, 14222001-09-16

The UN and Iraq look set for yet another confrontation: there is mounting concern in Washington about the growing perils facing American pilots flying over Iraq as Baghdad continues to improve its air defences. Baghdad has expelled eight UN staffers in recent weeks, accusing them of “violating their standard operating procedures” and passing security-related information to “enemy states.”

Occupied Arab World

West bombing Iraq again as Bush maintains tough approach

Khalil Osman

Jumada' al-Akhirah 13, 14222001-09-01

It’s déja vu yet again in the Persian Gulf, with US and British air raids against Iraq throughout most of August. Since August 7, after a three-week break in their bombing, US and British warplanes have returned to pound targets in northern and southern Iraq at the previous rate of three or four raids a week.

Occupied Arab World

Palestinian military successes highlight futility of international talks

Khalil Osman

Jumada' al-Akhirah 13, 14222001-09-01

By forcing Israeli troops to withdraw from the Abu Sneineh quarter in Khalil (Hebron) on August 24, Palestinians set another precedent that is likely to be repeated whenever Israel invades Palestinian-controlled areas. Late in the evening of August 23, Israeli armoured personnel-carriers and jeeps, backed by helicopters...

Occupied Arab World

Eleven years after Saddam Hussein’s attack on Kuwait, little change in US-Iraq relations

Khalil Osman

Jumada' al-Ula' 26, 14222001-08-16

August 2 was the 11th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Eleven years later, the consequences of the invasion continue to cloud the political landscape in the Middle East, as proven by Washington’s doggedness in sounding the drums of war against Baghdad.

Special Reports

Worldwide demonstrations highlight the plight of Iraqis in Saudi Arabia’s Rafha refugee camp

Khalil Osman

Jumada' al-Ula' 26, 14222001-08-16

Ten years after the end of the US attack on Iraq, more than 5,000 Iraqis remain stranded and largely forgotten in appalling conditions in the Rafha refugee camp in north-eastern Saudi Arabia.

Occupied Arab World

Zionist settlers step up terrorism as Sharon sounds the drums of war

Khalil Osman

Jumada' al-Ula' 11, 14222001-08-01

It was an appalling display of barbarism: on July 19 Jewish settlers ambushed the al-Itmeizi family and murdered three of them, including a 10-week-old baby girl, Diya. Four other family members were wounded.

Occupied Arab World

Berber protests reflect general disillusion and anger with Algeria’s brutal and repressive secular elite

Khalil Osman

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14222001-07-16

Heavy-handed police tactics succeeded in preventing a protest-march by thousands of minority Kabyle Berbers in Algiers, the Algerian capital, from taking place on July 5, the 39th anniversary of the country’s ‘independence’ from France. Yet, despite its success in averting another potential flashpoint in the three-month-old popular uprising, the military-backed regime continues to teeter on the brink of total collapse.

Occupied Arab World

Israel stung again as Hizbullah maintain pressure on troops occupying Sheba’a Farms

Khalil Osman

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14222001-07-16

The hottest confrontation between Hizbullah and Israel since Israel’s retreat from most of South Lebanon in May last year began shortly after noon on July 1 when two Israeli warplanes fired two air-to-surface missiles at a Syrian radar-station near the village of Sar’in al-Tahta in Lebanon’s eastern Beqa’a Valley.

Special Reports

Information Revolution widening the gap between ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ in America

Khalil Osman

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14222001-06-16

For some Americans, the ‘information revolution’ has transformed life radically. Yet for others the new technology and the ‘new economy’ it has helped to set in motion have only created a new dividing line between the information “haves” and “have-nots.”

Special Reports

Factionalism and ineffectiveness: the crisis of the Iraqi opposition

Khalil Osman

Muharram 07, 14222001-04-01

US secretary of state general Colin Powell’s tour of the Middle East in February has heralded a change in America’s policy on Iraq. In addition to “re-energizing” the sanctions regime, Washington will actively seek to overthrow Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

Occupied Arab World

Powell’s Middle East tour reveals that there is little new about US’s regional policy under Bush

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 20, 14212001-03-16

During his three-day Mideast tour last month, US secretary of state Colin Powell left no doubt about what the Bush administration has in store for Iraq and the region. Throughout his visit, Powell remained unrepentant about the recent American and British air-strikes on Iraq.

World

Qaddafi makes slow progress towards a pan-African confederation

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 20, 14212001-03-16

Amid continuing scepticism over the possibility of a pan-African confederation, some 40 heads of state and government have pledged to speed up the birth of an African union.

Occupied Arab World

US bombings of Iraq demonstrate West’s strengths and its weakness

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 05, 14212001-03-01

After less than a month in office, US president George W. Bush left no doubt about his combative attitude to Iraq: like father, like son. George W.’s approach is one of gunboat diplomacy based on the unbridled use of force without scruple.

Occupied Arab World

Kuwaiti ‘royal family’ trying to mend a bursting dam with sticky tape

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Qa'dah 22, 14212001-02-16

Like autocratic rulers everywhere, nothing is more loathsome to Kuwait’s ‘royal’ family than accountability. Another mainstay of autocratic rule is a determination to avoid relinquishing key positions of power.

Special Reports

Bridging the global IT gap not a priority for addressing real poverty in the world

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Qa'dah 07, 14212001-02-01

In an attempt to put a happier face on globalization, G8 (Group of Eight, also known as ‘Greedy Eight’) leaders tried to placate the world’s less fortunate at their summit in Japan last July by promising to set up a Digital Opportunities Task Force (DOT) to identify ways to encourage the spread of technology to the farthest reaches of the “developing world”.

World

Turkey: the military’s on-going inquisition against the Islamic movement

Khalil Osman

Jumada' al-Ula' 04, 14382001-02-01

The Turkish army’s drive to crush the country’s Islamic movement continues unabated. The latest episode is the postponement of a debate on a constitutional amendment that would make it difficult to close political parties.

Occupied Arab World

Dr Mazen al-Najjar: a prisoner of conscience speaks out after his release from jail

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 21, 14212001-01-16

Dr Mazen al-Najjar, a former adjunct professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, was released from prison on December 15, 2000, after more than 3 and a half years in jail as a victim of the US’s notorious “secret evidence” system.

Occupied Arab World

Israeli rulers mull over their Lebanon quagmire

Khalil Osman

Sha'ban 27, 14191998-12-16

A fresh debate on whether Israel should unilaterally extricate itself from its costly occupation of parts of southern Lebanon has bubbled up again in the Zionist State over the past few weeks.

Occupied Arab World

Internecine caustic war of words underscores corruption in Lebanon's cabinet

Khalil Osman

Rabi' al-Thani 08, 14191998-08-01

Nothing beats the bizarre, stinging war of words and mudslinging that has been raging for the last few weeks between Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and his minister for the displaced Walid Junblat.

Occupied Arab World

Arab regimes dither as Zionists tighten grip on Holy City of Quds

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 19, 14181998-07-16

In a move designed to further its efforts towards the complete Judaization of Jerusalem, the Israeli government approved the creation of a ‘super-municipality’ for the Holy City.

Features

The dilemma of poverty amid growth

Khalil Osman

Rabi' al-Awwal 07, 14191998-07-01

Poverty and hunger are age-old human conditions. Today, as humanity awaits the advent of a new millennium, the world continues to be polarized into poor and rich countries.

Special Reports

Zionist terrorism: a strategy for State-making and ideological underpinnings

Khalil Osman

Sha'ban 25, 14371998-06-01

Political terror, as the calculated utilization of violence to elicit psychological intimidation in an effort to accomplish strategic and political goals, was a major feature of the zionist movement's modus operandi prior to the establishment of Israel.

Occupied Arab World

Western media blitz over ‘Israel at 50’

Khalil Osman

Muharram 19, 14191998-05-16

‘I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms.

Occupied Arab World

Tony Blair, saviour of the Mideast "peace process"?

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 04, 14181998-05-01

Buoyed by his success in securing the Northern Ireland peace agreement, British prime minister Tony Blair last month embarked on a five-day Middle Eastern tour in an attempt to revive the long-stalled “peace process.”

Occupied Arab World

Showdown between parliament and the Sabahs in Kuwait

Mohamed Ali Kazem, Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 19, 14181998-04-16

Some things seem resistant to change in Kuwait, with the autocratic ways of governance foremost among them. Last month’s reshuffle of the Kuwaiti cabinet to avoid an imminent parliamentary no-confidence vote is the latest dramatic episode highlighting the persistence of the ruling Al-Sabah family...

Occupied Arab World

The Qana massacre two years later

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 19, 14181998-04-16

Nestled among picturesque, tranquil hills overlooking the Mediterranean, the southern Lebanese village of Qana once had its moments of joy, sweet memories, and rosy dreams.

Occupied Arab World

Israel drags its feet over redeployment as 'peace process' breaks down

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Hijjah 19, 14181998-04-16

Hopes for resuscitating the stalemated Oslo ‘peace process’ were dashed last month after US Middle East envoy Dennis Ross failed during a four-day regional tour to make headway in brokering a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Book Review

Fascinating journey into the Balkan labyrinth

Khalil Osman

Rabi' al-Thani 12, 14181997-08-16

The recent ethnic wars and crises that have ravaged the Balkans over the last few years are a reminder of the complexity of a region where past enmities and unsettled grievances, as well as thwarted national aspirations and traumas, retain their powerful presence, often hidden behind the artificial carapace and boundaries of the modern nation-State.

Occupied Arab World

Islamic Resistance keeps Zionist occupiers on the run in South Lebanon

Khalil Osman

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14181997-07-16

Like the proverbial glimmer of hope in the midst of total despair, and despite the dark cloud of gloom and defeat hovering over the Arab world, South Lebanon has once again emerged as the theatre of some of the most dramatic and promising developments in the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Book Review

Spate of studies on water projects reflects Israel's appetite for every drop

Khalil Osman

Muharram 09, 14181997-05-16

The quest for water to satisfy the burgeoning needs of an ever-increasing number of Jewish settlers in arid Palestine is as old as zionism itself. Theodore Herzl, the founding father of political zionism, recognized the vital importance of water for the success of his colonialist project.

Book Review

A glimpse into the life of Hanan Ashrawi, the 'Palestinian spokeswoman'

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Qa'dah 23, 14171997-04-01

Ever since that day in April 1988 when she took part in an Israeli-Palestinian debate on ABC's Nightline show, life has never been the same for Hanan Ashrawi. That experience marked the beginning of the meteoric rise to international prominence of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) activist who was until then a relatively obscure professor of English literature and dean of the Faculty of Arts at Bir Zeit University in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Occupied Arab World

The elusive quest for peace in the Western Sahara

Khalil Osman

Dhu al-Qa'dah 23, 14171997-04-01

Despite the recent increase in the tempo of diplomatic activity to find a solution for the decades-long conflict in the Western Sahara, a lasting and comprehensive peace settlement remains a distant hope.

Book Review

Engaging book on the intricate and often confusing field of international finance

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 21, 14171997-03-01

The incessant recurrence of international conflict, political rivalry and economic competition in relations among States has led many observers and analysts to conceive of the international system as being intrinsically chaotic and anarchic. According to Tony Porter, however, such a view of the international system is misleading as interstate interactions exhibit 'a surprising degree of regularity and order' (p.1).

Occupied Arab World

Qana: after the massacre

Khalil Osman

Shawwal 08, 14171997-02-16

On a recent visit to the southern Lebanese village of Qana one could not find even traces of joy. Instead, anger with the Israeli murderers and their American supporters was palpable on every street corner.

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