Middle East
Revolutionary purity from Trotsky to Baghdadi
Written by Eric Walberg Эрик Вальберг/ Уолберг إيريك ولبر    Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:19    PDF Print E-mail

The declaration by the Islamic State (IS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, of a new Islamic civilization on lands where Islam flourished over a millennium ago is a heady call, and has been welcomed by many frustrated, angry Muslims, anxious to see the end of US-Israeli hegemony in the region. This reminds one of the excitement generated by the Russian revolution of 1917, where a small band of revolutionaries seized power and declared a communist state, soon to become a world united under the new selfless creed.

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Interview on Radio Islam: ISIS' Bloody Trail
Written by Eric Walberg Эрик Вальберг/ Уолберг إيريك ولبر    Monday, 04 August 2014 08:50    PDF Print E-mail

interview in 2nd part (23 minutes into the program) on ISIS

https://soundcloud.com/radioislam1450/2014-07-30


 
Tunisia: Squaring the ‘Islamic democracy’ circle
Written by Eric Walberg Эрик Вальберг/ Уолберг إيريك ولبر    Sunday, 03 August 2014 09:32    PDF Print E-mail

The self-immolation of a 26-year-old Tunisian fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, in December 2010, was the spark that set off the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Do events there since prove or disprove those who see the Arab Spring as an important turning point in the Middle East?

In an irony of imperialism witnessed throughout the region, Islamists in Tunisia (11 million, 98% Sunni) were repressed more after ‘independence’ in 1956, than before under the French imperialists. The French handed power to secularist President Habib Bourguiba, who was pushed aside in a coup in 1988, and his corrupt and ruthless successor Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, was president for the next 23 years.


Contrast with Egypt

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Interview on No Lies Radio: ISIS caliphate, Afghanistan
Written by Eric Walberg Эрик Вальберг/ Уолберг إيريك ولبر    Monday, 07 July 2014 11:15    PDF Print E-mail

Interview with Kevin Barrett: Middle East spinning out of Empire’s control

password spinning


 
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: Bin Laden won
Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:41    PDF Print E-mail

Osama Bin Laden’s goal in 9/11 was to suck the US into Afghanistan and Iraq, sparking a regional conflagration that would sweep away the imperial legacy and establish a new caliphate. Over a decade later, this plan is still on track. As he led his jihadists triumphantly into Mosul and declared an emirate on Iraq-Syrian territory, ISIS ‘caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced that the 1916 secret Sykes-Picot Agreement between Britain, France and imperial Russia was at last being dismantled.

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Eric Walberg


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Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West relations since the 1980s.

He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish Weekly, and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio.