Thank you for visiting this website.
I’d like to begin introducing this website by quoting George Orwell. Writing in 1946, this is what he had to say about the national discussion on foreign policy:
“If it is really true that our comparative comfort is simply a product of imperialism, that such things as the Beveridge scheme, increased old age pensions, raising of the school-leaving age, slum clearance, improved health services and what-not are luxuries which we can only afford if we have millions of oriental slaves at our command – that, surely, is a serious consideration…”
“…At the general election, for instance, the avoidance of imperial issues was quite astonishing. When foreign affairs were mentioned at all, the reference was almost invariably to the USSR or the United States. I don’t think I ever heard any speaker on any platform mention India spontaneously… Yet India has nearly ten times the population of Britain! The subjects which, in my experience, roused real passion were housing, full employment and social insurance. Who could have guessed, from the manner in which they were discussed, that these subjects were in any way bound up with our possession of colonies which give us raw materials and assured markets?”
The underlying theme of the majority of the essays on this website is how Great Britain, historically and contemporarily, maintains its position and interests in the Arab world. From authoring the division of Arabs, being the midwife to Zionism to the latest bombing of an Arab country, I aim to shed light on Britain’s continued manipulation of the Arab World and the main reasons behind it.
This site holds a collection of essays I have written over the last several years. Most essays have already appeared on various websites and blogs such as Mondoweiss, Mint Press News, Black Agenda Report, Socialist Unity, Arab Media Watch, Alternet and Black Commentator.
All essays and articles are the copyright of Nu’man Abd al-Wahid.
Nu’man Abd al-Wahid.
Whilst I certainly do not agree with the position Britain took in the early 20th century as regards the Zionist movement and the occupation of Palestine, many of your articles appear to be extremely biased. Having research some of the source materials quoted, it is clear that context is ignored in favour of sensationalism.
No government is perfect, no country’s history free of oppression and bloodshed. To infer that the British government is worse than any other is narrow minded at best. The apparent support of terrorist activities conducted by Islamic militants/extremists/fundamentalists does nothing to further your cause and only serves to devalue the genuine concerns of Arabs throughout the world.
Nothing would please me greater than for this site to be removed or edited to be non-biased. However, one of the great things about living in Britain is the freedoms it allows, including of speech.
Whilst Islamic Extremists seek to ‘destroy the West,’ Western countries offer freedoms that recent civil uprisings and unrest in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iran all clearly indicate are wanted by the moderate Muslim majority throughout the Middle East.
Ali, there are one or two essays on the site which deal with how Britain was (and is) one of the main supporters if not instigators of modern Islamism i.e. Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis.
As I believe in freedom of speech (and clearly you don’t) nothing could please me more than for you to polish up on your reading and comprehension skills.
However, if it is not your reading and comprehension skills that are the issue but rather it is freedom of speech that causes unease in you, you could always entertain the proposition of migrating to Iran or Saudi Arabia.
After reading your comment, the first thing that came to mind is that you sound like a modern day Uncle Tom.