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The Real Oppressor of Women in Gaza

Palestinian womenby Yasmeen El Khoudary

Recently, I was in a meeting with a foreign diplomat that wanted to hear about the problems that young people in Gaza face, and hear our suggestions for how the international community can lend a helping hand. We were a group of seven young people with different professions and backgrounds. Towards the end of the 1.5 hour discussion, which touched on topics that ranged from problems that resulted from the Hamas-Fateh division to the lack of sport facilities in Gaza, a particularly quiet young lady in the group decided to speak out.

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Hard Right Extremism in America and Europe

Hard Right ExtremismAnders Breivik's July 22 Oslo rampage highlighted a problem far greater than him, a topic three previous articles discussed, stopping short of what this article addresses.

In America, hardline anti-government groups like the Sovereign Citizen movement highlight how far right America's shifted since the 1980s. Their adherents (Sovereigns) believe they alone should decide what laws to obey or ignore, not elected officials, judges, juries or law enforcement bodies.

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‘We Would Rather Die In Our Dread’

conservatismMoving beyond the debt ceiling canard; much more is at stake
by Phil Rockstroh


At present, most of us negotiate our days so distracted, disillusioned, dazed, buffeted, bought or marginalized by the corporate state/ mass media hologram -- the multi-headed, awareness-addling Hydra that guards contemporary precincts of perception (apropos, the "debate" involving the so-called debt ceiling "crisis") -- it is difficult to apprehend what we are up against i.e., the forces of consolidated and calcified power that degrade almost every aspect of life in the nation.

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Bush, Blair and Breivik

Bush, and BlairIt was mentioned in an MWC News item of July 27th that “Breivik's lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said that he was probably insane” and in another on the same day he was described as “a psychopathic fantasist”. Similar comments have been made by police and other commentators; most people probably agree - now. Before the attack, however he had never been under surveillance and had never been arrested and it’s interesting that people who knew or were acquainted with Breivik described him as "like anyone else", "a modest person ... well dressed... well educated", someone who “did not attract attention” he had “attended a middle class high school” and was “a member of the Progress Party”. Of course, the stereotypic comment “a bit of a loner” creeps in as almost a mandatory label attached to anyone and everyone who does this sort of thing (without state sponsorship). But then, in a world that shops on-line, drives to work in an insulated, personal capsule, spends most of its leisure time in front of a television and resents friends dropping in unannounced, isn’t everyone?

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Walls do not keep you safe

Liran [Photo by Patricia Marcoccia]Last Friday, while the news of the mass murder of 76 youths in Norway was being broadcast, on this side of the Atlantic, I had an opportunity to attend a short film project, one of ten sponsored by the Peace it Together organization in Vancouver, Canada. This organization’s aim is to unite youth from Israel, Palestine and Canada for an intensive summer program to engage in constructive dialogue and co-create short films about the conflict.

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