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2014: Gaza’s Year of Mayhem

2014: Gaza’s Year of Mayhem

  • January 01, 2015
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There are some years when Gramsci’s adage about pessimism of the mind and optimism of the will seems more appropriate than others, and 2014 was a year filled with some pretty awful events, whether it was kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria or a summer in which more migrants drowned in the Mediterranean than ever.

In Ukraine the...

Gaza’s Drowned Refugees

  • September 18, 2014
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How many people must die in the Mediterranean migrant graveyard before Europe decides that the human cost of its ‘migration management’ policies requires a change in these policies?     Or to put in another way, at what point does the ‘collateral damage’ of the EU’s migration wars become so high that European governments can...

Gaza: Who Won?

  • August 31, 2014
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After seven weeks of horrendous violence,   the third Gaza war is over, leaving an eye-wateringly lop-sided audit of destruction.   On the Palestinian side, more than 2,143 people have been killed, included more than 400 children, and thousands injured.   17, 200 homes have been destroyed, and 100, 000 Palestinians made homeless.

Israel has levelled...

The Deaths of Others: 10 ways that Israel justifies the killing of Palestinians

  • July 13, 2014
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Modern war is rarely limited to the ‘battlefield’ or war zone.     Today’s wars are also waged in tv news studios, chat shows and op ed columns, in what the Pentagon calls ‘public diplomacy’ or ‘information warfare’ that attempts to shape the way that war is perceived, and enlist the active support or passive...

Gaza’s Groundhog Day

  • July 09, 2014
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After nearly a month of trying, Netanyahu and his hawkish government have got their war, and once again the Palestinians of Gaza have borne the brunt of it.     Last night Israel carried out 160 air strikes on the Gaza Strip, bringing Palestinian casualties to 25 dead and 70 wounded, including four women and...

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