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Hope for an Israeli-Palestinian State

For years, Israel condemned Palestinians for terrorism, but now Israel seems equally upset over non-violent resistance froma boycott movement aimed at ending more than six decades of repression against Palestinians, a reaction that shows progress, author Ali Abunimah tells Dennis J Bernstein.

By Dennis J Bernstein

Amid the impending collapse of Secretary of State John Kerrys Israel-Palestine negotiations for a two-state solution, Israel appears determined to expand settlements in the West Bank while Palestinians are ratcheting up international pressure in pursuit of their human rights.

In a new book, The Battle for Justice in Palestine, Ali Abunimah sees surprising hope in the possibility of a democratic one-state solution achieved through growing global support for a boycott-divestment movement targeting what he calls Israeli apartheid in Palestine.

Journalist and author Ali Abunimah.

Co-founder and director of the Electronic Intifada, Abunimah is also the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship and spoke with Dennis J Bernstein.

DB:Please let me begin, Ali, by asking you, are people better off now than 20 years ago in Occupied Palestine? How would you evaluate the situation?

AA: I started The Battle for Justice in Palestine with a very short sentence: The Palestinians are winning.And that might sound really out-of-touch given the fact that in so many ways Palestinians are actually worse off today than they were 20 years ago, after 20 years of the so-called Oslo Peace Process.And I chronicle that in the book, from the siege of Gaza, which you know, has absolutely devastated the economy there, devastated the foundations of civilized life, to the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Bedouins in the Negev, to the catastrophe facing Palestinian refugees in Syria. You might think that Im out-of-touch.

But the story I tell in this book is, I think in terms of the public debate and public understanding of the real roots of the violence and conflict in Palestine, things have never been better in many ways.There is an incredibly vibrant and growing movement for justice in Palestine thats like nothing I have seen in 20 years.And so in this book I wanted to lay out some of the realities that really offer hope, that there is a path forward.And we are very much on it.And thats what I hope The Battle for Justice in Palestine offers.

DB:Talk a little bit about where one finds the hope. Clearly, in the everyday, daily situation, weve got the Israelis continually being supported by the U.S. government, although the U.S. government says, No, you shouldnt expand those settlements or No, thats wrong.Dont knock down those houses.Its not going to help.So we have that continuing, but what are the counter-balancesto the extraordinary oppression that continues to exist in the isolated GazaStrip?What are the counter balances?What are the emerging forces that give you hope?

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'Liberal' news organisation 'The Hindu' forbids employees to carry non-vegetarian food on its canteen premises

For a while now, liberals in India have been taking the higher moral ground when it comes to discourses on values of equality, justice and liberty, damning any and every one who fails to meet their righteous standards.

And while popular belief associates fundamentalism with right wing idealists, lately the trends have reversed. Only yesterday, writer Joe D’cruz’s publisher refused to release his book owing to his ‘Pro-Modi’ views, that, ironically, they believe to be ‘fascist’.

Taking a similar high road, is the Chennai-based news organisation The Hindu known for its fire brand journalism and the left liberal views they judge others by. Often, through their elaborate writing and lengthy editorials, they have condemned those who do not abide by their progressive standards.

However, when it came to applying the same values within their organisation, the prolific news house fell short. In an alleged advisory issued to their employees, The Hindu has forbidden his employees from bringing non-vegetarian food in their canteen.

A copy of this supposed notice, that has gone viral across social media, informs that the said rule is, in fact, not a new addition, rather an already existing ‘rule’. It unabashedly explains the reason, stating, All are aware non-veg food is not permitted in our Canteen premises as it causes discomfort to the majority of the employees who are vegetarian.

Needless to say, the online community reacted very strongly to this:

People also expressed anguish in a Reddit thread. Banning is not inclusive. It display arrogance. If they wanted to find a workaround, they could have created separate time or place for the two sections, shared user ashwinmudigonda.

Malarvizhi Jayanth, an insider who is believed to have initiated this debate online, narrates, in her blog, The normal-food eaters cant eat their food in the canteen, because the smell of their non-Brahmin food is offensive to the nostrils of their twice-born colleagues. They cant eat inside the reporting sections room, without remarks along the lines of Which walking, swimming, flying thing are you eating today? Some twice-born colleagues would ask this same question practically every time one unfortunate normal-food eater opened her tiffin box in office.

Despite the online backlash that could be potentially damaging to their image, The Hindu has so far not provided any statement giving credence or denying the much deliberated notice.

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Debt crisis nears tipping point: Creditors have their foot on the throat of the global economy

Back in September, the U.S. Department Education announced its two-year and three-year federal student loan default rates.


Debt crisis nears tipping point: Creditors have their foot on the throat of the global economy

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Exclusive: Secure the Siachen Glacier!

On April 13, 1984 the Indian Army launched a daring operation at Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, to gain control over the glacier in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas. In the days to follow, Operation Meghdoot — named after Kalidas’s Sanskrit masterpiece — secured the glacier and adjoining heights from Pakistani aggression. This operation has continued over the last 30 years with Pakistan making numerous failed attempts to dislodge the Indians from the Saltoro ridge along the western periphery of the glacier.

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The Eternal Martyrdom Of Lance Armstrong

S The following is excerpted from Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong (HarperCollins), which is available now on Amazon. The $10 million estate of Lance Armstrong’s dreams is hidden behind a tall, creamcolored wall of Texas limestone and a solid steel gate

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This Apartheid Week, Read the Report Israel Doesn’t Want …

(By Ben White)

This week has seen the promotion of yet more anti-democratic legislation in Israel. A new law that received final approval by the Knesset gives, for the first time, separate representation to Muslim and Christian Palestinian citizens on a national employment commission. The bills sponsor, Likud MK Yariv Levin, was clear about his motivation: [the Christians are] our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within. An editorial in Israeli newspaper Haaretz described it as racist legislation by nationalist zealots.

Meanwhile, an amendment has been proposed to the NGO Bill again, by a member of Netanyahus ruling party which seeks to ban certain groups from registering with the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits. Activities targeted by lawmakers include advocating the boycott, divestment, or sanctioning of Israel or its citizens and denying Israels existence as a Jewish and democratic state. In the words of MK Miri Regev: Israel is not a regular country that can allow itself to lose its identity.

These developments take place as the annual Israeli Apartheid Week is marked with dozens of events around the world. The response by the Israeli government and various lobby groups to the accusation of apartheid is a mix of tokenism, whatabouttery, and smears. But theres one report Israel particularly hopes people dont read.

The document in question comes from the UNs Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and contains the concluding observations following Israels periodic review in 2012. It should be read in its entirety, but I will highlight some of its findings. It blows out of water the excuses, obfuscations, and outright denial of international law typically used by Israel and its apologists.

To which Israel responds with But, but, we have an Arab in the Supreme Court!

The reason why the Israeli government sees talk of apartheid as so problematic is because it shifts the discussion from a security paradigm to a framework of institutionalised racism. When Netanyahu or AIPAC speak of delegitimizaiton, what they really mean is that Israels pursuit of policies most of the world considers illegitimate segregation, collective punishment and ethnic cleansing is being subjected to unprecedented scrutiny and opposition.

Ben White is a writer and researcher for Middle East Monitor and Journal of Palestine Studies. A second edition of his book Israeli Apartheid: A Beginners Guide has just been published. He is also the author of Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy. www.benwhite.org.uk

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Moltke: Architect of Catastrophe, 1914

The catastrophic and utterly avoidable mistakes of two legendary figures plunged Britain and Germany not only into war with each in 1914. That alone would have been bad enough. But it also unleashed 30 years of utter frightfulness on the entire world.

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Friedman dialogues on politics

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman spoke at Rice on Nov. 12 about the recent presidential election; the elimination of the high-wage, middle-skilled job due to globalization and the information technology revolution; and topics concerning foreign policy and international relations.

For the Baker Institute Student Forum event, Friedman participated in a dialogue with Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian, followed by a question-and-answer session.

In light of the recent presidential election, Djerejian first asked Friedman whether he believes bipartisanship will be possible as the nation moves toward tackling critical national and international issues.

Friedman said he believes the Republican Party’s loss will force it to transition from the far right to the center right, much as the Democratic Party shifted toward the center after it lost four out of five presidential elections during the 1970s and ’80s.

“On all these key issues, [such as immigration, climate change and tax increases,] the Republican Party was no longer a conservative party; it was a radical party,” Friedman, who identifies as a conservative Democrat, said. “Now, we see the full absorption of that reality. It’s incredibly healthy. Democrats have gone through it. Republicans are going through it.”

Friedman said he believes President Barack Obama was re-elected because Americans believe he is genuinely trying to solve the nation’s issues. In contrast, Friedman cited Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement four years ago that the GOP’s top political priority was to deny Obama a second term.

Regarding today’s rapidly changing job market, Friedman said the merger of globalization and the IT revolution has made the world hyperconnected. This crucial inflection point has been overshadowed by the post-9/11 period and the subprime mortgage crisis, the set of events which led to the late-2000s financial crisis, he said.

Friedman said he argues in his 2004 book The World is Flat that globalization and the IT revolution merged in a way that flattened the world so humans can compete, connect and collaborate. He said that at the time the book was released, Facebook did not yet exist.

“So when I was running around the world saying, ‘The world is flat! We’re all connected,’ Facebook didn’t exist, Twitter was still a sound, the cloud was still in the sky, 4G was a parking place, LinkedIn was a prison, applications were what you sent to college and, for most people, Skype was a typo,” Friedman said.

Friedman said this phenomenon of hyperconnectivity has led to what he believes is the most important socioeconomic fact of this time: “Average” is officially over.

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Women tell the true story of Israel-Palestine war

Go to the wives, widows and children to get the story, says an author and activist.

Going nowhere: Palestinians make a shelter from the salvaged remains of an encampment at Makhul, in the Jordan Valley, which was razed by the Israeli army in September last year.(AFP)

Half-jokingly, international author Victoria Brittain is told that some in her audience hope to recruit her to the “second struggle we call it the class struggle”. The authors “first struggle”, her credentials related to her fight against apartheid, as a journalist and activist, are well known in South Africa.

Politely, but knowingly, she laughs at the suggestion.

About 40 activists, scholars and Brittain fans are crammed into a small cottage at the University of Johannesburgs Bunting Road Research Village on a warm Monday night.

Brittain speaks with authority; her tone is measured. She has covered wars from Vietnam to Angola and is a patron of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in the United Kingdom.

Brittain is here to talk about her book, The Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror. Former minister for intelligence services Ronnie Kasrils leads the conversation. Brittain is a veteran writer of war stories and Kasrils leads her straight to Palestine.

She says the way to write about war isnt to talk to the generals; its to talk to the women, and the refugees.

“If you want to convey texture, the true horror of Palestine, tell the story of the women and children.”

In the Jordan Valley, she visited families living in tents.

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