Tony Blair’s Stand-Up Number

September 09, 2021

Is there any reason to pay attention to what Tony Blair, the British prime minister between 1997 and 2007, has to say after the Afghan debacle? The former member of the comedy duo, composed of George W. Bush (the inarticulate gaffer) and Blair (the sanctimonious moralizer), that performed...

Why Tony Blair Invaded Iraq

July 18, 2016

The Chilcot report fails to determine why George W. Bush invaded Iraq and thus misses the real reasons Tony Blair followed him. Sir John Chilcot’s Report of the Iraq Inquiry, which has caused so much anger in the United Kingdom as it details the spurious reasons of why former British Prime...

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

July 15, 2016

The 20th century is long over and the rules of political culture have changed. Cultural and political paradigm shifts do not occur very often. But a series of political earthquakes and aftershocks in the past few weeks in Europe and North America confirm that the landscape has been altered....

Four Reasons for Corbyn’s Resistible Rise

August 20, 2015

In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity isn’t just the temporary insanity that afflicts all parties after election defeat. If Jeremy Corbyn wins the race to lead the Labour Party, his campaign will provide a masterclass in political insurgency. Devoid of charisma, disrespected by his...

The Iraq Crisis: Blair, Bombs and Borders

As violence rages in Iraq and Syria, will the Middle East see a “Balkanization”? Iraq is “approaching collapse — perhaps even a ‘failed state’ status.” Those are the words of former US Ambassador Gary Grappo. Barely three years after the US withdrawal, large parts of Iraq have...

The Return of George Orwell: Big Brother’s War on Palestine, Ukraine and Truth

July 12, 2014

A liberal, one-way, legal and moral screen, with Orwellian propaganda, ensures an impunity for war and deception. The other night, I saw George Orwells’s 1984 performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

June 30, 2014

Fair Observer’s five best articles of June. This June has been characterized by sweltering heat in many parts of the world. Yet nothing has heated the global landscape more than the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a jihadist offshoot of al-Qaeda. It has captured Sunni...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

November 19, 2013

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This is the second weekly commentary on key developments across the globe titled “Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report.” We will pick out the most important events, trends and...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

November 19, 2013

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. This is the second weekly commentary on key developments across the globe titled “Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup.” After much feedback, we are playing around with the format and...

Corruption in the Arms Trade: Money Making in the Shadows

October 18, 2013

The clandestine nature of the arms market makes it ideally suited for corruption. The arms trade accounts for as much as 40 percent of corruption in global trade. It is fair to call it “hard-wired for corruption,” operating as it does in a shadowy world of its own. Corruption...

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