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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani A version of this article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, M ...

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Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia’s Peace Talks

Analysis by Constanza Vieira BOGOTA, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, while the decades-old civil war rages on. On Saturday Aug. 16, a group of relatives of victims of both sides met face-to-face in the Cuban capital. It was the first ti ...

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School – 1950s v 2014

 It's common these days for friends to send jokes to each other over the Internet and at times those jokes hit on some reality that does not otherwise penetrate into daily life. Here is one such instance from Rodney Dawes of South Yonderup, near Perth, Australia; a contribution to Pressenza, relaying on the contents of an interchange with his pal Paul Coates on school - differences now and then, 1950 - 2014 ...

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OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

By Roberto Savio This is the first in a series of special articles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of IPS, which was set up in 1964, the same year as the Group of 77 (G77) and UNCTAD. ROME, Aug 22 2014 (IPS) - In 1979, I had a debate at the United Nations with the late Stan Swinton, then the very powerful and brilliant director of Associated Press (AP). At one point, I furnished the following figures (w ...

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In 2008 Israel Agreed to a Protocol for the Port of Gaza. Why not now?

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children In August, 2008, I and forty-three other participants motored into Gaza by sea in two converted fishing boats, becoming the first to openly succeed in doing so since 1967.  The entry stamp in our passports reads “Gaza port” and was created for the occasion.  We carried a modest cargo of hearing aids for the children of the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children. Israel tried m ...

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My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land. By Desmond Tutu | Aug. 14, 2014 | The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportiona ...

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I am on the side of children

By Meir Margalit, Jerusalem In an interview conducted by the German news agency Deutsche Welle with the prestigious Israeli writer and intellectual Amos Oz we see an Oz that leaves us perplexed. While the famous Israeli writer criticizes Israel’s excessive reaction, at the same time he justifies the attack and explains why so many civilians became victims, using the following metaphor "What would you do if ...

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Three obituaries: Bacall, Williams, al-Hom. Death is always a good time to think about reconciliation

In August/September 1997 Princess Diana, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Viktor Frankl all died during the same week. The two former need no introduction. Frankl was a neurologist and psychiatrist who, having survived a concentration camp during the Holocaust –where most of his family was annihilated– developed a psychotherapeutic method on the principle that suffering can be overcome by finding a meaning in ...

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Vigil for Peace in Gaza and Israel In the spirit of Japanese o-bon

August 15 in Japanese calendar is o-bon, a day dedicated to honoring deceased loved ones. By doing so, it also gives an opportunity for the living to reflect on our lives that were given by our ancestors and renew a commitment to live our lives to the fullest and in peace.  As I stand in front of the statue of Gandhi at Union Square Park, I reflect on what’s going on in my life and what it means to live my ...

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Ukraine – Anger in Russia is white hot!

Anger in Russia is white hot against the slaughter of ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine. Here is an article from a Russian journalist directed at Germany. The Russian appeal to Germany From Egor Prosvirnin My name is Egor Prosvirnin, I am the chief editor of the Russian site www.sputnikipogrom.com which advocates European values. I’ve heard that one of the aspects of life that Europeans, and Germans especi ...

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