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Aid blackmail in Palestine

Palestinians have tried many routes to ending Israel's occupationby Rachel Shabi

Once again, Palestinians are being punished for daring to exercise a choice.

It happened before in 2006, when they took part in what was deemed to be the wrong kind of democracy and picked the wrong (Hamas) government. That mistaken execution of free will caused the international community to close its funding tap - cutting Palestinian aid and salaries.

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A Palestinian Statehood, yes - but, by what means?


Mahmoud Abbas at UNThis year's U.N. general assembly meetings was dominated by the Palestinian attempt to gain recognition of statehood from the international body. In late September, the acting Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas submitted a formal application to the U.N. Security Council for recognition of a Palestinian statehood, ignoring the threat of countermeasure invented by United States to veto the Palestinian endeavor if a submission is to be proposed to the United Nations.

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Saboteur- An interview with a domestic insurgent

SaboteurFrom the book: RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War

I first met the man we'll call Trucker in 1970 at a rally against the Vietnam War. Our demo was going to start on the Berkeley campus and continue with a march down Telegraph Avenue. This was shortly after the National Guard and police had murdered six demonstrators at Kent State and Jackson State, so the mood was extremely tense. The Berkeley city government had denied us a permit to march and called in police reinforcements from Oakland. The Oakland cops had a reputation for brutality (based on their treatment of the black population), and we were expecting an ugly and possibly violent confrontation. Out of fear, many people decided not to march, but others of us argued that marching was now more important than ever. We needed to defy the government's attempts to scare us into silence.

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An end to policing by torture

London is often seen as a safe haven from repression and violenceby Robert Lambert

Many citizens first settled in the UK as asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants to escape corrupt policing practices in their countries of origin, where torture and human rights abuses are endemic. Victims of police torture arrived in the UK from numerous ethnic and religious communities around the globe. In my new book I highlight research interviews with Muslim victims of torture, including several who have been tortured by police employed by dictators toppled in the Arab Spring.

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Obama Backs Occupation of Palestine

Obama Backs OccupationThe Obama administration’s hypocritical vow to block full UN membership for Palestine shames America. Only a hypocrite could proclaim support for the Arab Spring while opposing this step toward realizing the Palestinian aspiration to be free from the 44-year-old Israeli occupation of the West Bank and subjugation of Gaza.

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