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Silencing Israel’s Critics: a new McCarthyism?

  • August 13, 2014
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Israel has always depended heavily on emotional and moral blackmail to influence public debate internationally and neutralize its critics.     Few supporters of South African apartheid ever openly defended the system itself, whatever they believed privately.     Even when governments were broadly supportive of the apartheid regime,   such as the British government under Thatcher, or the United States during Reagan’s ‘constructive engagement’ period,   they generally tried to present their efforts as a more effective means of bringing apartheid to an end than boycotts or sanctions.

With Israel it has always been...

The friends of Israel: united in blood

  • July 29, 2014
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Even by the standards we have come to expect from Israel’s powerful supporters, yesterday’s speech by the senior White House adviser Susan Rice was a sickening demonstration of intellectual dishonesty and mealy-mouthed hypocrisy.     At a public ‘solidarity’ meeting convened by Jewish groups in Washington,   Rice criticized the United Nations human rights council...

Obama’s New Threat

  • July 06, 2014
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America has always had a contradictory and ambivalent attitude towards the outside world.   On the one hand it celebrates its heritage as a nation of immigrants and a place of refuge, to whom the Statue of Liberty holds out a torch for the world’s ‘tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’...

Iraq Implodes

  • June 15, 2014
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The startling advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq are the most dramatic and visible success that the transnational jihad movement has achieved since its intitial emergence in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the early 80s.     Since the end of that war, one...

Cecily McMillan and the Rise of the Soldier-Cop

Cecily McMillan and the Rise of the Soldier-Cop

  • May 07, 2014
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On Monday a New York jury found Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan guilty of felony assault on police officer Grantley Bovell, during a protest in New York’s Zucotti park on March 17, 2012.    McMillan was convicted of deliberately elbowing Bovell in the face, during a violent police assault on a protest to mark...

Whatever Happened to the Future?

Whatever Happened to the Future?

  • April 17, 2014
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There was a time when the future seemed like something you could rely on, at least if you were lucky enough to live in the ‘developed’ world; when you could look at your life twenty or thirty years down the line and know that you would have a job, and that if you worked for...

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