Ramzy Baroud


Ramzy Baroud, author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story, discusses his article “East Africa at the Brink;” the multidimensional conflict in Sudan/South Sudan and neighboring countries; newly independent South Sudan’s devastating loss of oil income – which is the war and famine-wracked country’s entire economy; how US foreign policy disasters (like the Libyan War) create regional instability that justifies further interventions; why US interests are more geared toward disrupting China’s robust trade in Africa than controlling natural resources; and why a real Palestinian peace process will come from US pressure and Arab Spring momentum, not from the goodwill of Israel’s government.

MP3 here. (23:23)

Ramzy Baroud is an author and editor of The Palestine Chronicle. His work has been published in many newspapers, journals and anthologies around the world. His books include The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle and Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion.

13 thoughts on “Ramzy Baroud”

  1. In a JTA article titled “South Sudan, world’s youngest nation, develops unlikely friendship with Israel,” Armin Rosen writes:

    The first contact between militants from southern Sudan and the Israeli government was in 1967, when a commander with the Anyana Sudanese rebel movement wrote to then-Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. The officer explained that his militants were fighting on Sudan’s southern flank, and that with some help, the Anyana could keep Israel’s enemies bogged down and distracted.

  2. According to James Mulla, the director of Voices of Sudan, a coalition of U.S.-based Sudanese-interest organizations, Israel’s support proved pivotal to the Anyana’s success during the first Sudanese civil war, which ended in 1972.

    “Israel was the only country that helped the rebels in South Sudan,” Mulla told JTA. “They provided advisers to the Anyana, which is one reason why the government of Sudan wanted to sign a peace agreement. They wanted to finish the Anyana movement just shortly before they got training and advice.”

  3. Over the years, there have been reports of the Israelis continuing to aid South Sudanese rebels during Sudan’s second civil war, which lasted from 1983 to 2005 and resulted in an estimated 1.5 million to 2.5 million deaths.

    Angelos Agok, a U.S.-based activist and a 13-year veteran in the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement, recalls that the SPLM’s ties to Israel were kept discrete.

    “It was an intricate case, where South Sudan was still part of Sudan, which is an Arab country,” Agok said. “We didn’t want to offend them, and we had to be very careful diplomatically.”

    Agok said SPLA leaders traveled to Israel for training. The Israeli government declined to comment on the subject.

  4. People of Africa are laidback, friendly and easy to enslave, while people of Israel are aggressive, dominant and love to enslave.

  5. China has, directly and indirectly, brought billions of new investments to the continent of Africa. Little by little China has been investing in African nations, with every contract including investments in infrastructure (schools, bridges, clinics, etc), which is a change from making direct deposits into international private bank accounts and then rape the country of its resources. When the Chinese investments reached 30% of total investments the EU panicked, called for an African-EU Summit and made new investments into the continent. The US saw this happening in front of their very eyes and called an African-US Summit, also making new investment into the continent. The results are obvious, thanks to the Chinese interests in Africa, the continent received all sorts of new funding and investments, directly and indirectly. Thanks China!

    The US effort to choke and block Chinese influence in the huge continent of Africa will only accelerate its economic downfall and continue creating enemies upon enemies. China does business and America does wars. Who can we bet on to have the best results?

  6. Some of what I have written about is state-of-the-art, and you might not even find it on the usual pro-tech or transhumanist websites like kurzweilai.net, hplusmagazine.com or acceler8or.com. e.g. I recently wrote about unsupervised semantic parsing (and indirectly about unsupervised ontology induction), which is a BIG BIG DEAL in A.I. research… but is not exactly the sort of thing you will see discussed on kurzweilai.net, for instance.

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