Category: Israel/Palestine

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Noam Chomsky: Elections 2000

Noam Chomsky The most striking fact about the November 2000 elections is that they were a statistical tie (for Congress as well, virtually). The most interesting question is what this shows, if anything, about the state of functioning democracy. For many commentators, the fact that the presidency “is hinging on a few hundred votes” reveals Read more…

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David Barsamian: Intifada 2000: The Palestinian Uprising

David Barsamian Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, Palestine and attended schools there and in Cairo. He received a BA from Princeton, an MA and PhD from Harvard. He is University Professor at Columbia. He is the author of Orientalism, The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, Culture and Imperialism, Representations of the Intellectual, The Read more…

Guest Author: Women in Gaza

Nahda Sh’hada It wouldn’t be fair to repeat the argument which accuses the women’s movement of being the sole paralyzed social movement in the current circumstances. If this is a correct observation, it pinpoints the crisis of all social movements in Palestine, from the largest to the smallest, beginning with the historical political parties, through Read more…

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Charles Glass: Ramallah, West Bank

Charles Glass Most afternoons, the boys head from their schools down to the edge of town where Israeli tanks and soldiers are standing by to watch unarmed children wage war. A wide road heads from the center of Ramallah downhill towards a hotel, the City Inn, where the Israeli army has set up shop. From Read more…

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Edward Herman: LIBERAL APOLOGETICS FOR IMPERIALISM

Edward S. Herman The American Prospect (TAP) magazine, edited by Robert Kuttner and Paul Starr, with Robert Reich as "National Editor," is a liberal magazine par excellence, and has frequent articles on domestic policy issues that represent the best of traditional liberalism, opposed to welfare "reform" and the evolving systems of social and economic injustice. Read more…

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Edward Herman: NADER, OR DISENFRAN-

character; the second convention, where the election funders are wined and dined, deals are struck, and real agendas are formed. This means that ordinary citizens are disenfranchised, given that a critically important part of the electoral process is outside of their orbit of influence. This feature of the political system also makes the dominant parties Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: DON’T SAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW

that day there were 276 people injured (LAW report, Nov 3), and by the final count "Up to 452 Palestinians were hurt on Friday across the territories, according to the Red Crescent" (‘ha’aretz’, Nov 5). On Saturday, October 4th, as the the media covers in great length of Barak’s "plea to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Read more…

Ian Urbina: Palestinian Bantustan

Just weeks ago President Clinton was negotiating a ‘final status’ peace agreement in the Israelis and Palestinians. What seemed like a sudden deterioration in the region belies the deeper frustrations with the peace process which had been mounting for some time. For his purposes, Ariel Sharon timed his move perfectly. Meant to derail any further Read more…

Kathleen Richter: Revolutionary Afghan Women

Most Americans are by now aware of the abysmal human rights abuses perpetuated in Afghanistan by the ultra fundamentalist Taliban regime—public amputation is the punishment for robbery, adulterers are stoned to death, and women and girls are barred from school and employment, and from leaving the house without a male relative. Those who fail to Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Media Spin &the Israeli Occupation

Norman Solomon The formula for American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is simple: Report on the latest developments in the fragile “peace process.” Depict U.S. officials as honest brokers in the negotiations. Emphasize the need for restraint and compromise instead of instability and bloodshed. In the world according to news media, the U.S. government Read more…

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