Posts Tagged ‘Palestine’

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The controversy now rocking the Labour Party in Britain – which is now being blanketly labelled as an “anti-Semitic” party by the media – is actually a symptom of a much bigger problem.

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Killing Gaza  is a film chronicle of the extraordinary suffering caused by a military campaign of grossly disproportionate force used against a trapped population.

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One doesn’t have to be religious or Christian to appreciate the compelling and magical properties of the Nativity narrative, with all its evocative and timeless images and ideas and everything it evokes.
But anyone expecting to find any of that magic in modern day Bethlehem would be disappointed. Because, as is usually the case, reality is no match for myth or imagination.

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The tradition of musicians writing songs or composing projects centered around issues of social justice, race, prejudice or war, is of course a longstanding one.

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A day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the International Business Times (IBT) had to apologise for an article that linked Israel’s Mossad to the attacks. It’s Editor-in-Chief said the article “should never have been published and we have therefore removed it from our site. The story was beneath our standards and we apologize for this basic lapse in judgement.”
But one has to wonder why, following a barbarous act that has spawned a worldwide defense of freedom of speech and expression and freedom of journalists, an apology was needed.

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It can’t have escaped too many people’s attention that the footage of Palestinian Cabinet Minister Zaid Abu Ein’s willful manslaughter at the hands of IDF troops bears something of a resemblance to the NYPD’s manslaughter of Eric Garner, albeit with the two crimes having very different (though equally longstanding and unchanging) contexts.
The bitter irony of Zaid Abu Ein’s death occurring on so-called ‘Human Rights Day’ also adds another layer of resonance to the bitterly shameful incident; a death that, it is clear from the footage, was unprovoked and caused by violence that was utterly, utterly unnecessary.

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In the modern cyber age of Social Media and utterly overflowing over-abundance of unhesitant personal opinion, it really is so much easier to find yourself hating complete strangers and also genuinely understanding (1) how stupid people are, and (2) how much utter garbage spews out of people’s social media loudspeakers.
Just spend fifteen minutes on Facebook or looking at comments sections anywhere and your desire to retreat from civilisation and become a Cat Lady will increase; or a Cat Gentleman – but there doesn’t seem to be a male equivalent in that cliche.

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