Monthly Archives: May 2011

Racism in Tel Aviv

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These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were … Continue reading

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When the nonviolent masses challenge the law’s brutality…

…then the law becomes the use of naked violence. This exposes the law for its essence: just violence.

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Howard French is instructive on how to think about political narratives

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A brilliant solution to Medicare: make the dead pay

Kevin Drum has a delightfully reasonable solution to our societies Medicare problems: So Medicare stays roughly the same, but every time you receive medical care you also get a bill. You don’t have to pay it, though. It’s just there … Continue reading

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Police State

Cease and desist! If you hear this, but continue to dance, apparently they will body-slam you. If you are embracing in public, apparently they might arrest you on sight. If they interpret you as resisting, apparently they will step on … Continue reading

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Do Gazan’s deserve to eat fish?

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s navy fired on fishing boats late Thursday, injuring three Palestinians, medics said. The fishermen were transferred to Ash-Shifa hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, medical official Adham Abu Silmiya said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said … Continue reading

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Immigration law, prisons, and profit

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AIPAC in its own words, video by Max Blumenthal

From outside the recent conference, Max Blumenthal interviews delegates from the powerful lobby group AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. The interviews give an excellent characterization of the shape of the debate in the United States.

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The Mayor of Bethlehem has some very reasonable things to say about the conflict

Bethlehem mayor on peace in the holy land Victor Bataresh, a Christian and Mayor of the legendary birthplace of Jesus (incidentally site of one of the oldest Christian communities on the globe), has some highly reasonable things to say regarding … Continue reading

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Obama’s speech on Palestine-Israel: responses and clarifications

Obama gave a speech yesterday about the Middle East conflict in which he announced that the US was officially supporting the Palestinian 1967 borders. Is this a major push toward new solutions, or just more of the same? Some are … Continue reading

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Police brutality in the US: white cops beating black bodies

This is why there is resentment in lower-class communities of color toward cops. Any questions? Given the recent media hysteria over Common, the rapper-poet recently invited to the White House, and whom Fox News have asserted is a supporter of … Continue reading

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The paper trail of torture

This is what it looks like when a falling regime tries to hide the paper traces of its local Gestapo. When protestors in Egypt broke in the front doors of the hated police spy facilities, this is what they found, … Continue reading

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn in custody for rape: some reactions

Fallout for the French presidential election and for the IMF Over the weekend, the French elections were thrown into disarray. One of the strongest contenders for the election was accused of rape by a hotel maid in New York. She … Continue reading

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The Daily Show becomes seriously political

The Daily Show is offering some of the most lucid, insightful political analysis on mainstream television today. Three weeks ago, after a one-week hiatus, the show returned as if with a new mandate: to get political. The gloves came off, … Continue reading

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Intellectual witch hunts: yesterday and today

In the United States, free speech is considered a cornerstone of democratic society. But is speech truly free here? As Chomsky and others have pointed out, the lip service paid to free speech simply means that more covert measures are … Continue reading

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