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Israel’s Extreme Tourism

  • August 15, 2012
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Israel has often used tourism as a conduit for propaganda and a means of legitimising and normalising the Zionist state, and it has historically demonstrated a canny ability to project itself as a destination for very different tourists. Once the kibbutzim attracted thousands of young volunteers every summer to take part in the collective endeavour...

The Border Between Us

  • July 10, 2012
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“There is a cyclone fence between ourselves and the slaughter and behind it we hover in a calm protected world like netted fish/exactly like netted fish/It is either the beginning or the end of the world/and the choice is ourselves or nothing.”

Carolyn Forche, “Ourselves or Nothing.”

Showing the humanity and foresight for which he and his...

A New Kind of Barbarism: the Non-People of Patras

  • June 21, 2012
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I have just read a copy of the  so-far unpublished report* by the German NGO Pro-Asyl and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) on police brutality towards undocumented migrants in the port-city of Patras in Greece.   It makes grim and often sickening reading. Patras is one of the main exit points in Greece for...

Let the Games Begin: London’s Dystopian Olympics

  • May 03, 2012
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My latest piece for Ceasefire magazine:

More than any other sporting spectacle, the Olympic Games have a recurring tendency to mirror the political dramas and expectations of the societies in which they take place and of the wider world.

Hitler”s attempts to racialise the 1936 Olympics and their subsequent incorporation into Leni Reifenstahl”s combination of fascist aesthetics...

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