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A Jewish Soul

Jewish SoulOn the face of it, it was a trivial incident. In the presence of the entire political and legal establishment, the liberal President of the Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch, who has reached the age limit of 70, was replaced by the conservative Justice Asher Dan Grunis.

At the end of the ceremony, the national anthem was sung. The camera panned from face to face. For a moment, it framed the face of Justice Salim Jubran. He was standing respectfully, like everybody else, but his lips were not moving.

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Holding onto the joy in teaching

Robert JensenI am a tenured professor in a relatively stable university, which is quite possibly the best job in the world. I get paid well to read, think, talk, and write, and I have more job security than almost anyone I know.

Like many professors, I am critical of the increasingly corporate nature of universities. The conservative/neoliberal project of turning public schools into educational factories is also gathering steam in higher education, and there is much organizing work necessary just to protect what little space for critical thinking still exists.

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s DayZionist US denies Right to Life of Born Muslims

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day on which we reflect on the great gains in women’s rights around the world but also on the progress that needs to be made against sexism, misogyny and other violation of women’s rights. A major area of concern remains the reproductive choice of women that is opposed by religious fundamentalists who declaim the Right to Life of the Unborn. However in a process of appalling and deadly hypocrisy these same US Alliance Christian fundamentalists ignore or dismiss the Right to Life of Born infants, of whom 7 million currently die avoidably each year on Spaceship Earth with religious right-dominated America at the helm.

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Public Sector Banks

home-loanFrom Black Sheep to Global Leaders
by Ellen Brown

Once the black sheep of high finance, government owned banks can reassure depositors about the safety of their savings and can help maintain a focus on productive investment in a world in which effective financial regulation remains more of an aspiration than a reality.-- Centre for Economic Policy Research, (January 2010)

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Literature in a Locked Down Land

classwarWorking class literature is alive and well and living in prison. It is "well" not in the sense of being contented and happy but rather of being vital and impassioned. And it is imprisoned not just in the sense of being locked behind bars but also of being locked into poverty. Some prisons have walls of iron and stone, others walls of economics and racism. It is their efforts to escape from this second prison that get most inmates incarcerated in the first. As Mumia Abu-Jamal said, "I've been in prison my whole life."

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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