Martin McGuinness dies: The ‘super-terrorist who became a super-statesman – like so many others
By Robert Fisk, Tuesday 21 March 2017 07:45 GMT
Martin McGuinness followed along the familiar trail of so many enemies of Britain’s weary colonial history. A “super-terrorist” becomes a super-statesman. Jomo Kenyatta comes to mind. And Archbishop Makarios. And of course, Menachem Begin. With blood on their hands, they pass through that mist of nobility bestowed by colonial power and former rulers – and re-emerge … [more]
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How Trump Finally Made This Israeli Arab Feel at Home in America
By Sayed Kashua, Feb 04, 2017 4:23 PM
At long last, after two-and-a-half years, I’m finally starting to feel at home here. Of course, it’s not the real deal yet, far from it, but it’s definitely a good start, and gradually, with God’s help, amateur racism will morph into professional racism and our acclimatization process here will be complete.
I was really afraid of losing the … [more]
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We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others
By Robert Fisk, Thursday 29 December 2016 11:15 BST
We do not live in a “post-truth” world, neither in the Middle East nor in the West – nor in Russia, for that matter. We live in a world of lies. And we always have lived in a world of lies.
Just take a look at the wreckage of the Middle East with its … [more]
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December 15, 2016
It was bizarre to watch Samantha Power at the UN conveniently forget to mention all the massacres done in America’s name
By Robert Fisk, Thursday 15 December 2016 10:00 BST
So there was Samantha Power doing her “shame” bit in the UN. “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit?”, America’s ambassador to the UN asked the Russians and Syrians and … [more]
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Some random reflections…
First, it was nice to meet many of you for the first time. Your determination to try to make a progressive difference so soon after last week’s regressive election is heartening. I hope I get to know all of you better.
I admire your zeal to do something at the grassroots level, but even grassroots need rain from above to thrive. In other words, without an overarching progressive movement, and progressive personalities to lead that … [more]
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A King for Jesus: What the Religious Right Sees in Trump
By Roger O. Friedland, October 26, 2016
What does the love of Jesus have to do with Trump? How to explain his overwhelming support from evangelical voters, who—for more than three decades—have formed the bastion of the Christian right? According to a Pew June 2016 survey 89% of evangelical voters wanted a President with strong religious beliefs. Trump cannot even pretend to qualify.
A number of analysts, … [more]
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It’s Every Israeli’s Right, and Duty, to Speak Up – Including at the UN
By Michael Sfard, Oct 24, 2016 8:18 PM
Long ago, when I was a high school student in Jerusalem, I had a civics teacher who explained something quite astonishing to my class. The state is a means, he said, and human beings are always the end. The social organization is intended to serve people and only people and, therefore, there is no such thing … [more]
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