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Where the ‘Self’ Ends and the ‘West’ Begins

the-shadowWhen we were young there was hope in the air. There was good reason to look ahead. Some of us enrolled at university, but we also knew that if life did not shine on us, there were plenty of factories that offered enough jobs to those who were willing to toil.

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How many walls will secure the Zionist regime in Palestine?

wallsThey Can’t Stop Building Walls...

It may be that researchers would want to examine as long ago as the period from the 3rd century BC until the beginning of the 17th century in order to find a regime so frenetically building walls and barriers in a hopeless quest to hold onto stolen lands as we in Lebanon may soon witness in the south of the country.  It was back in 221 BC that in order to protect China from the land claims of the Xiongnu people from Mongolia, the Xiongnu tribe being China’s main enemy at that time who sought the return of lands they claimed the Chinese had stolen, that the emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of a wall to guard China’s territorial gains.

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'Stupid and Mean and Brutal'

A group of young international pro-Palestinian activists“In blood and sweat / A race will arise to us / Proud and generous and brutal…” Thus wrote Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the founder of extreme right-wing Zionism, who was also a writer and a poet. Present-day Likud leaders see him as their forefather, much as Stalin saw Karl Marx.

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Selecting a World Bank president

Jim Yong KimThe resilience of a West-centric world

The unsurprising announcement that the Board of the World Bank had voted in favour of the American candidate, Jim Yong Kim, presents an opportune moment to reflect upon the soft power structures that shape global public policy in the early 21st century. It is necessary to draw a distinction between Mr. Kim's substantive qualifications and the procedure by which he was selected.

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Collective Punishment of Palestinian Prisoners and their Families

Palestinian PrisonersWilliam Blum once called the holocaust the worst thing ever to happen to Jews. The second worse thing, he said, "is the state of Israel."

It's also been nightmarish for Palestinians. Official Israeli policy persecutes them for praying to the wrong God. According to Israeli officials, it's tantamount to terrorism.

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