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Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All by Chris Hedges

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="211"] Chris Hedges[/caption] Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All By Chris Hedges TruthDig Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp. These sacrifice zones, filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums or mud-walled villages, are increasingly hemmed in by electronic fences, monitored by surveillance cameras and drones…

In Sinai: The Uprising of the Bedouin

In Sinai: The Uprising of the Bedouin DECEMBER 6, 2012 Nicolas Pelham From NYRB   When Menachem Begin returned the Sinai peninsula to Egypt in 1982, Israel thought it was getting not only peace but, in exchange, a buffer zone that would protect it from a hitherto intractable foe. The northern coastal plain connecting Africa to Asia was too scrubby to sustain much life. Its largest town and provincial capital was called El Arish, Arabic for palm huts. Arid inhospitable mountains dominated the center and south. And the Camp David Accords that Egypt and Israel signed in 1978 required Egypt…

Egypt’s Revolution Continues: the Talk of Tahrir

Download Interviews from Radio Open Source CAIRO — We’ve been in Tahrir Square all day till nearly midnight, recording the sound of Egypt’s democratic revolution coming back strong on the street against President Mohamed Morsi’s assertion yesterday of sweeping personal authority.  As someone just said to me: “The first wave (Jan 2011) dropped Mubarak. The second wave dropped the military. And the third wave (today) is dropping the Muslim Brotherhood.” Another says: “Say goodbye to the Square (Tahrir).  The demonstrators will not leave until Morsi leaves.” This is a very big reversal of “the story,” which took the form in the…

Thackeray’s Toxic Legacy

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="206"] Bal Thackery: Hindu Fascist[/caption] Thackeray’s Toxic Legacy by Praful Bidwai The International News Indian politicians, television anchors and film stars fell over one another in lavishing praise on Bal Thackeray for his personal candour and tactical shrewdness, despite his ghastly politics. But I, for one, won’t shed any tears over one of the most repulsive demagogues South Asia has produced, who infused poison into India’s body politic and comprehensively debased its democracy. Thackeray concentrated the worst possible prejudice, intolerance, regional-linguistic chauvinism, corruption, authoritarianism, divisiveness and bigotry. He instigated murder and openly defied the state. And he got…

Chomsky’s Trip to Gaza (interview)

  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="259"] Noam Chomsky[/caption] Chomsky's trip to Gaza From Democracy Now     World-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MIT professor Noam Chomsky joins us to discuss his recent trip to the Gaza Strip, where he publicly called on Israel to put an end to the blockade on the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. "[Gaza] is a lesson for people from the West," Chomsky says. "If they can struggle on under really harsh and brutal conditions, [it] tells us we ought to be doing a lot more." Chomsky also comments on President Obama’s re-election, saying: "There are two good things…

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