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Palestinian Children in Israeli military detention

Palestinian ChildrenHere in South Tottenham (London), attending a Twinning Conference organised excellently and robustly by Haringey Justice for Palestinians[1], a creative branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, I am just recovering from the icy cold outside, in possession of a brimming coffee and in the company of good people doing good things. Just past registration and no interrogation! Gosh! I must have been an activist too long or not long enough!?

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On Syria: What to Do in 2013

SyriaI took part last week in an illuminating conference on Syria sponsored by the new Center of Middle East Studies that is part of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. This Center has been recently established, and operates under the excellent leadership of Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, who previously together edited the best collection of readings on the Green Revolution in Iran published under the title THE PEOPLE RELOADED.

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Shedding crocodile tears while collaborating with US-led sanctions

Arab LeagueThe Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation targeting Syria’s civilian population

One powerful image from Damascus that has become seared into this observers mind these days is when I walk by a Western Union office. Most of them remain open despite the brutal US-led sanctions which in their pervasive effects target almost entirely the civilian population. But all Western Union offices were closed last Thursday and Friday due to heavy snowfall, some say the deepest here for more than a quarter century. Still, some Syrians braved the extreme cold and could be seen huddled outside some branches, evidently in vain hope that they might open and their families might eat.

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Torture is trivial

Zero Dark ThirtyThe great American torture debate has been rekindled by the nationwide release of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the hot new movie about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.

But all the fussing over whether or not the movie condones, glorifies, and/or misrepresents torture is trivial, because the United States’ use of torture after 9/11 is trivial in the context of larger U.S. crimes.

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Book Review: ‘Beyond Tribal Loyalties’

Avigail Abarbanel’s “Beyond Tribal Loyalties. Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists”Stories of anti-racist Jews

Ex-Israeli psychologist Avigail Abarbanel’s “Beyond Tribal Loyalties. Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists” is an important, must-read anthology of the views of 25 anti-racist Jews, who variously, from positions ranging from pro-Zionism to a-political apathy, overcame my-lot-right-or-wrong tribal loyalty and came to realize the immense crime being committed against the Palestinian people and their obligation to speak out for Palestinian human rights.

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