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Daphni Rides Again

Daphni LeefDon't tell anyone, but in many a demonstration, when we were standing and proclaiming our message of peace and justice, knowing that not a word about it would appear in the media, I secretly wished for the police to come and beat us up.

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Book Review: 'Bypass'

Aboriginal GenocideBypassing Australian Aboriginal Genocide

“Bypass” is an enjoyable, good-hearted Australian non-fiction book that nevertheless bypasses the horrendous, continuing  Australian Aboriginal  Genocide. “Bypass. The story of a road” by Michael McGirr (Picador Pan Macmillan, Sydney, 2004) is a very readable true account of a  40 year-old ex-Jesuit priest and his girl friend bicycling from Sydney (New South Wales) to Melbourne (Victoria) following the route of the old Hume Highway through the heart of South East Australia. “Bypass” gets its name from the reality that the Hume Highway, Australia’s busiest, now bypasses all the towns on its former route.

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On Human Identity

mandelaEarly in my blog life I wrote about Jewish identity. It was partly an exercise in self-discovery, and partly a response to those who alleged that I was a self-hating Jew, or worse, an anti-Semite. These attacks on my characterwere hurtful even as I felt their distance from my actual beliefs and worldview. In my mind and heart criticisms of Israel and support for the Palestinian struggle for their rights under international law and in accord with fundamental ideas of justice had to do with taking suffering seriously,which for me is the most solid foundation of human identity.

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Pakistan. The US, Geopolitics and Grand Strategies

Pakistan. The US, Geopolitics and Grand StrategiesEdited by Usama Butt and Julian Schofield, Pluto Press, London 2012, 272 pp., € 25.

The killing of Osama Bin Laden highlighted the already shattered relationship between the American and Pakistani governments. This incursion, the illegal drone war and other encroachments upon the Pakistan’s sovereignty by the US have brought the “special” relationship to square one. Yet, “the post 9/11 US-Pakistan relationship is not as special it is often portrayed as being. It reflects a complex combination of the phenomena of the war on terror, regional alliances and geopolitical realities, and Indian-Pakistani arch rivalries.” The skillful balancing of this political mélange is seen by the US and its Western cronies as a double game. Despite its close relationship with China and its difficult political and geopolitical maneuvering, Pakistan is still perceived as a key Western ally.

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The Silent Violence of Vultures

Vulture CapitalismWealthy investors and their political stooges kill as many Americans in a month as were killed in the terrorist attacks on 9 /11. This outrageous crime against humanity must be named for what it is.

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