Articles by Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor

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The mothers of Palestine are being treated shamefully, and not just by Israel

World Cancer Day arrived over the weekend with the great news that survival rates have improved dramatically over the past five decades to around 50 per cent. What’s more, an effective cure for all types of cancer could be less than 10 years away, according to one of the world’s leading experts on the disease. In a decidedly upbeat message, the former head of the World Health Organisation’s cancer programme, Professor Karol Sikora, predicted that advances in genetics means doctors will soon be able to prescribe medicines targeting each individual’s cancer. This is wonderful news for all cancer patients; all, that is, except those who live in the Gaza Strip, especially women with breast cancer. This is now the biggest […]


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Trump’s poor intelligence is pure torture

Donald Trump says that “torture works” but, like many of his unwise proclamations, he has surely made his latest claim without facts or foundation. If the pro-torture lobby had any evidence at all that waterboarding someone is an effective method of gathering intelligence and saving lives we would, by now, have been presented with it. Instead we get the so-called “ticking time bomb” scenario, often cited by those endorsing the use of torture. That, though, should be confined to where it was conceived, in Hollywood studios where government agents like Jack Bauer from the hit TV series “24” beat the hell out of the bad guys to get the truth and save lives. The only thing that “24” has achieved […]


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Israel’s occupation is brutal, but what does that make the Arab nations?

Israeli newspaper columnist Gideon Levy is loved and loathed in equal measure across the Zionist State because of his acerbic views about the despicable way in which Israel chooses to treat the Palestinians. He recently accused the Israeli military of regarding Palestinians as “fair game” in one of his most critical opinion pieces to-date, but I’m not so sure why it should raise anyone’s eyebrows anywhere in the world today. After all, to be brutally frank, that is what occupying forces do. They demonise and belittle those whose lands they occupy and use violence against those who resist. Fuelled by a cocktail of nationalism and racism, the occupiers then justify their actions by citing “national security”. Every military occupation I’ve […]


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Can people power trump US president over choice of ambassador in Israel?

The new US President, Donald Trump, is a vulgar, misogynistic bully who is used to getting his own way and reacts angrily to those who try to stop him from doing so. Now that he is the “free world’s most powerful leader” he might imagine that nothing and no one can prevent him from doing exactly what he wants. However, a determined Jewish lobby in the US is equally unwavering as it attempts to put a spanner in the presidential works to stop the confirmation of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel. Friedman is actually Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer who shares with Jared Kushner and other members of the president’s inner circle probably the most extreme anti-Palestinian views on Capitol […]


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Can people power trump US president over choice of ambassador in Israel?

The new US President, Donald Trump, is a vulgar, misogynistic bully who is used to getting his own way and reacts angrily to those who try to stop him from doing so. Now that he is the “free world’s most powerful leader” he might imagine that nothing and no one can prevent him from doing exactly what he wants. However, a determined Jewish lobby in the US is equally unwavering as it attempts to put a spanner in the presidential works to stop the confirmation of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel. Friedman is actually Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer who shares with Jared Kushner and other members of the president’s inner circle probably the most extreme anti-Palestinian views on Capitol […]


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The Muslim Brotherhood is caught in Trump’s twilight zone

The news today is that the United States of America has a new President in Donald Trump. Beyond that, the world of fact and fantasy has collided to create a fake news landscape in which it is going to become increasingly difficult to separate the truth from lies. It is a twilight zone in which the very worst dirty tricks are currently being employed. Trump has already blamed gullible US intelligence agencies for falling for a Russian dossier compiled by an ex-British spy, in which lurid allegations were made against him. Although he dismissed the dossier angrily as fake news, it seems that Trump and his administration are selective when it comes to which fake news to believe and which […]


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Zionists threaten British government over illegal settlement vote at the UN

The powerful pro-Israel Zionist lobby in Britain, which wields money and influence within parliament, is threatening to bring down the entire Conservative-led government over an escalating row which has been simmering for weeks, long before last week’s Israeli Embassy scandal erupted. Zionist support for Israel has often led to accusations of political manipulation inside the British government and the accusations were apparently vindicated when an embassy official was caught on camera plotting to “take down” MPs who are vocal in their support of Palestine. However, it has now emerged that while the diplomatic spat between the Israeli Embassy and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been played out in banner headlines across the front pages, a far more sinister row […]