USA Undermines Democracy in Turkey: It’s Turkey Stupid, Not Israel

Friday, June 18, 2010 Writing from Istanbul Turkey is vital to United States’ national security interests. No country in the region deserves America’s cooperation—at all levels–more than Turkey’s current government. And no country is more ignorant of Turkish politics, culture and geographic importance than America. As former ambassador James Holmes, Executive Director of the American […]

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Ghassan Hage: A Massacre is Not a Massacre

Ghassan Hage’s response to some of the outrageously unbelievable Israeli propaganda that spewed forth from the mouths of Israeli political leaders and their spokespersons in the days following Israel’s massacre of civilians in international waters: I don’t write poems but, in any case, poems are not poems. Long ago, I was made to understand that […]

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Beloved Discordia

Discordia Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal, 2004, 68 min 40 s On September 9, 2002, a scheduled appearance by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked heated debate at Montreal’s Concordia University. By the end of the day, the “Concordia riot” has made international news, from CNN to Al-Jazeera. This film documents the fallout from that […]

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America’s Iranian Twitter Revolution

Which Revolution? If the headlines had spoken of a “Twitter revolution in Canada,” a North American society with very widespread broadband Internet access, and almost complete Internet penetration, and one of the highest rates of personal computer ownership, one would have still needed to be very skeptical: 74% of Canadians surveyed have never even heard […]

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What are the Pentagon’s Minerva Researchers Doing?

(This post comes thanks to some leads on the James Petras website and Petras’ own essay on the Minerva Research Initiative, “Procuring Academics for Empire: The Pentagon Minerva Research Initiative“.) In late December of 2008 I posted about the news of the first recipients of the Pentagon’s Minerva Research Initiative, but until I saw the […]

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The War Criminals’ Roundup: Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Israel

Following up on some of the links to stories I posted on twitter, this is a selection of notes and extracts from articles that each deal in some way with the issue of war crimes. ••••••• ••••••• ••••••• ••••••• ••••••• “Round Up the Usual War Criminals!” — Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch, (May 8-10, 2009, pertaining to […]

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When it comes to Israel, there can be no academic freedom or dissent? The case of William I. Robinson and UC-Santa Barbara

Another allegation of “anti-Semitism”? Another tale of a “racist” professor? Another professor who “violates students’ rights”? Another university administration “investigates” a professor? One would have thought that, in a post-Churchill context, university administrations would have been more circumspect, less willing to rush in and stifle free speech, as if only certain opinions were authorized and […]

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The 5th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week is Now On

apartheidweek.org Boycott Israel Norman Finkelstein: Why An Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified Naomi Klein: Israel – Boycott, Divest, Sanction GLOBAL BDS MOVEMENT: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions PACBI: Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel STOP THE WALL: Boycott Campaign fact sheets, analysis, FAQs The BIG Campaign: Boycott Israeli Goods Joanna Blythman, The […]

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Chomsky v. Dershowitz, 2005: On Israel and Palestine

On 29 November 2005, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, MIT linguist Noam Chomsky debated Israel/Palestine with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. The complete video collection of this debate can be found on 1D4TW along with a transcript. The same videos can be found also in Open Anthropology TV, under “lectures.” Continuing on the […]

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