Juan Cole re Wikileaks on Gaza & the US

Wikileaks: Israelis ‘Intend to Keep the Gazan Economy on the Brink of Collapse’ Posted on 01/05/2011 by Juan The Norwegian newspaper Aftenpost has released a March, 2008, US embassy cable describing the Israeli blockade and siege of Occupied Gaza as an attempt to reduce the society to the lowest possible level of functioning without provoking a “humanitarian crisis” (presumably mass starvation). “Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on … Read more Juan Cole re Wikileaks on Gaza & the US

“Don’t distort our speech” — GYBO

As a follow up on my post from 2 January “Gaza Youth Manifesto,” here is their latest message & corrective. I was alerted to this by a reader of the blog who posted an answer to the manifesto. I am also delighted to see how the GBYO Manifesto swept through the net. Earlier today saw a discussion in a German newspaper. Message from the Gaza Youth Breaks Out Team … Read more “Don’t distort our speech” — GYBO

Cantarow: Resistance in Bethlehem's Villages

Below, the opening paragraphs of Ellen Cantarow’s  Counterpunch article; you can read the full version here. December 15, 2009 Heroism in a Vanishing Landscape Resistance in Bethlehem’s Villages By ELLEN CANTAROW Christmas is coming. My e-mail has returned at least one plea to help Bethlehem – Christ’s birthplace crucified by Israel’s segregation wall; 25 foot-high concrete punctuated by militarized watch towers surrounds the entire town. PEACE BE WITH YOU … Read more Cantarow: Resistance in Bethlehem's Villages

George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

One of the better essays on the work of Mahmoud Darwish in this country was recently published in The Quarterly Conversation on-line magazine. I am reproducing a section of the essay below; you can read the full essay here. Tracing Mahmoud Darwish’s Map Essay by George Fragopoulos — Published on December 7, 2009 • more articles by this author • more articles about this publisher • Read more about: … Read more George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

West Bank, Gaza: même combat!

While Gaza has barely buried its dead, rumbles of new confrontations are being heard. Meanwhile, back in the USA, I was surprised by a segment on Palestine aired by one of the big Networks, CBS television, in it’s most prestigious news show, “60 Minutes.” It was one of the rare big media shows that was seriously critical of Israeli policy. Very worthwhile checking watching: Watch CBS Videos Online And … Read more West Bank, Gaza: même combat!

The Pornography of Horror

The following are the opening paragraphs (in my quick translation) of an op-ed piece by Tunisian poet, essayist & philosopher Abdelwahab Medded. First broadcast on Medi-1 Radio from Tangiers on 01.03.09 (where Meddeb has a weekly op-ed spot), it was then picked up by the Frankfurter Rundschau (German translation here) and will appear soon in Le Monde. The turn of the year made for days of sadness. This sadness, … Read more The Pornography of Horror

And There Lie the Bodies

[This post had been prepared & was supposed to have been posted automatically on Thursday 8 January. For some unknown reason it did not materialize. So I’m reposting it today. A post with text by Abdelwahab Meddeb which was supposed to post yesterday has also not shown up online as expected. I will repost it as soon as I have recreated it. My apologies.] Here, the opening paragraphs of … Read more And There Lie the Bodies