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Qumsiyeh's Popular Resistance

Popular Resistance in PalestineMazin B. Qumsiyeh, Popular Resistance in Palestine. A History of Hope and Empowerment, Pluto, London-New York 2011, 290 pp. L 16.

Palestinian resistance against an Israeli “belligerent occupation” is mostly viewed as terrorism and rocket attacks. The brutal violence that was inflicted upon the Palestinian people by the Israeli occupation force is mostly ignored by the West. The most what the Western politicians are doing, is recommending the Palestinian to abstain from using violence, ignoring Israel`s forty-five-year-old occupation and colonization of another people. For them, popular resistance seems immoral or unnecessary.

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Economist Mahima Khanna wins Cambridge Prize

Economist Mahima KhannaIndian economic success but dire poverty

Brilliant economics MPhil student Mahima Khanna from Kolkata, Bengal, has been awarded the prestigious Stevenson Prize by the University of Cambridge for her outstanding economics research work. She has become the third Indian to receive this award after eminent economists Professors Amartya Sen and Sir Patha Dasgupta. However India’s economic success must reach all Indians.  It must be noted that 1998 Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen is also from Bengal and is a former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Sir Partha Dasgupta is Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, UK, and is from Kolkata, Bengal.

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Weimar Revisited

boycoting“You and your Weimar!” a friend of mine once exclaimed in exasperation, ”just because you experienced the collapse of the Weimar Republic as a child, you see Weimar behind every corner.”

The accusation was not unjustified. In 1960, during the Eichmann trial, I wrote a book about the fall of the German Republic. Its last chapter was called: “It can happen here” Since then I have come back to this warning time and again.

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On (Im)Balance and Credibility in America: Israel/Palestine

bb-oba-abbI could not begin to count the number of times friends, and adversaries, have give me the following general line of advice: your views on Israel/Palestine would gain a much wider hearing if they showed more sympathy for Israel’s position and concerns, that is, if they were more ‘balanced.’ Especially on this set of issues, I have always found such advice wildly off the mark for two main reasons.

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Constitutionally Protected Symbolic Speech

ws-protestsS>ymbolic speech examples include leafleting, picketing, demonstrating, marching, speaking publicly, flag burning, displaying t-shirts, armbands, banners and placards, sit-ins, as well as camping out in public places.

With some exceptions, all have First Amendment protection. Numerous Supreme Court decisions addressed the issue. Some agreed. Others didn't.

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