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The On-Going War Against Truth

Baltasar Garzon, famed for inquiries into abuses in Spain and Latin AmericaThe Spanish Front

Among the numerous wars that are perennially being waged worldwide is the one between truth-tellers and those who would suppress the truth. I have alluded to this war in prior analyses that took up the plight of such truth-tellers as Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. Their crime is not, as is sometimes suggested, the speaking of truth to Power. As Noam Chomsky once suggested, Power already knows the truth and doesn’t care about it. No, their crime is the speaking truth to the rest of us, or at least trying to do so. Disenchanting the public of official lies is what really rattles those in power. Of course, it is quite possible that most of the public, in the U.S. and elsewhere, doesn’t care about the truth either, however Power is not taking any chances in this regard.

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Handbook on Israeli Apartheid

change-your-lifestyleIn July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created the global BDS movement - for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights" for Occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian diaspora refugees.

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The Blockbusters

netanyahu-liberman“Israel has no foreign policy, only a domestic policy,” Henry Kissinger once remarked.

This has probably been more or less true of every country since the advent of democracy. Yet in Israel, this seems even truer. (Ironically, it could almost be said that the US has no foreign policy, only an Israeli domestic policy.)

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A Fitting Symbol of the American Empire

U.S. marines urinating on the corpses of Afghan fightersThe image of four U.S. marines urinating on the corpses of Afghan fighters is a fitting symbol of American intervention in Central Asia and the Middle East. That picture will live forever in the memories of people in the region, along with the pictures from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

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Felicia Langer: a lifelong struggle for justice and freedom in Palestine

German-Israeli human rights lawyer Felicia LangerOn January 17, 2012, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, awarded the German-Israeli human rights lawyer Felicia Langer with the “medal of excellence” at the Adlon-Hotel in Berlin, although she belonged to the first critics of the Oslo accords that Abbas negotiated to the disadvantage of the Palestinian people. Abbas paid a state visit to Germany for political talks with the top brass of the German political elite.

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