Israel: Twenty years and counting?

On October 25, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Israel: Twenty years and counting? by Lawrence Davidson   Not too long ago I gave a talk on the Palestinian bid for statehood. In the audience was a Russian-Israeli expatriate who politely took exception to my criticisms of Israeli policies and behavior. His main point was that I could not credibly criticize the Israelis because […]

Saving Sergeant Shalit, Condemning Palestinians to Torture and Children to Imprisonment

On October 23, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Saving Sergeant Shalit, Condemning Palestinians to Torture and Children to Imprisonment By Clive Hambidge A boy soldier returns home to assuage the ‘righteous indignation’ of Israel, no longer “sensitive [even] to its image of democracy.” Palestinian soldiers and civilians of no blame, who were incarcerated and held in Israeli prisons for resisting the brutal occupation […]

Israel and Those “Real Democratic Rights”

On October 12, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Israel and Those “Real Democratic Rights” An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson         Part I – What “Real Democratic Rights”?   In his speech to Congress on 24 May 2011 Prime Minister Netanyahu boasted that “Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real […]

A Society of Resistance

On October 9, 2011, in blog posts, by admin

A Society of Resistance In recent months, local Lebanese media outlets have been recounting stories of backroom political manoeuvrings and shuttlings during the 2006 war. The western hemisphere, together with Israeli society, has been tight-lipped on the day-to-days, lasting impacts and legacies of the war. A war that is widely read to be of joint […]

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The thin intersection between Obama’s actions and words

On October 3, 2011, in blog posts, by admin

The thin intersection between Obama’s actions and words Even to his most loyal supporters, the American president has proved to be little more than a gifted talker. Having campaigned as an audacious visionary driven by a commitment to overhaul US stewardship, Mr. Obama has been reduced to a dry functionary whose words of idealism seem […]

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Modern Barbarism

On October 3, 2011, in Articles, by admin

Modern Barbarism An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson   Has anyone noticed that the political air is wafting rancid lately? That is the smell of modern barbarism. Modern barbarism is a malodorous umbrella concept. Underneath the umbrella are lots of fetid phobias, isms and behaviors: Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, semi-fascism, scapegoating, stereotyping, bullying, libeling and a growing, […]

The Palestinian UN initiative

On October 3, 2011, in Articles, by admin

   The Palestinian UN initiative  by David Morrison    On 23 September 2011, President Mahmoud Abbas made a formal application for UN membership for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, that is, in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip – the Palestinian territories which have […]