What about the Palestinian Statehood bill?

On Friday 23rdof September, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas (whose mandate finished in January 2009) handed over a request to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, asking the United Nations to admit the state of Palestine as a full member, without have left open the option of a lesser alternative – a non-member … Continue reading

On NGOs vs Activism: the Impact of Structure and Donor Trends

« So, did you get the grant? » « Who are your donors? » are sentences that I’ve been hearing more than I care to mention. Welcome to the lovely world of activism and NGOs, of movements and organisations, where the competition’s so fierce a lawyer’s study seems like a quaint little place in comparison and where half of … Continue reading

Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States

The revolutionary processes in the Middle East cannot be fully understood without an analysis of the role of the Gulf states in the global economy, and as integrated into the regional construction of US power. Adam Hanieh, Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), 266pp. In an Arab world in turmoil and revolution, … Continue reading

The People Demand, a short history of the Arab revolutions

In this extract from their new book “The People Demand, a short history of the Arab revolutions”, John Rees and Joseph Daher (Café Thawra) consider the relationship between US imperialism and the popular uprisings across the Arab world. You can find and buy the book on the following link: http://counterfire.org/index.php/articles/international/14654-out-now-the-people-demand-a-short-history-of-the-arab-revolutions John Rees and Joseph Daher … Continue reading

Girl Geek Camp Lebanon: Turning Women into Geekettes, one Tweet at a time

13 faces eagerly looking at you from behind their computers, all composed and serious. Welcome to the Nasawiya second Girl Geek Camp organised in the lovely Auberge Beity of Kfardebian, Lebanon from the 4th to the 8thof September. Over 5 days, about thirteen teenage girls between the age of 15 and 18 will be trained … Continue reading