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Renaming the 1948 War: Partition, Dispossession, and Fragmentation

1948 WarIsrael has been brilliant over the years in shaping and misdirecting the public discourse on the future of Palestine. Among its earliest achievement along these lines was the crucial propaganda victory by having the 1948 War known internationally as the ‘War of Independence.’ Such a designation erases the Palestinians from political consciousness, and distorts the deeper human and political consequences of the war. Language matters, especially in vital circumstances where there are winners and losers, a reality that applies above all to a war of displacement.

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Universal Commodification

 Black Panther PartyParadoxical Profit

Unless regulated, capitalism operates as a wide-open market system. If a demand exists or can be created and a profit made, that demand will be met. As a consequence, capitalism has the capacity to commercialize almost anything, including its detractors and even its enemies.

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Freedom’s Perversities

Wayne LaPierreFor much of human history, the idea of freedom had little meaning. This was because life was, as Thomas Hobbes put it, “poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” And while he thought this descriptor applied to life outside of society, for a long time it did not really matter - life within pre-modern societies often had the same limiting character. Religious belief in these same times reflected this depressing fact by asserting that there was no hope of meaningful freedom in this life. To achieve it you would have to die and go to Heaven. So, what set you free was death. 

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Those Who Do Not Learn History…

arabworldA very well-known saying state, that “Those who don’t learn history are destined to relive its events”. A similar saying states that “History repeats itself”. Both sayings are completely false. History moves spirally; forwards and upwards, not circular. These sayings are deceitfully used to divert blame from the imperialist colonialist powers, which keep using the same military aggressive methods and political policies that had proved their efficiency in invading and occupying other countries.

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Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much

Ahed TamimiIt is now known by virtually everyone who follows the Palestinian struggle that a 16 year old girl, now 17, named Ahed Tamimi, confronted Israeli soldiers on her family’s land shortly after her cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet, causing a coma. The video of her actions has gone viral, showing the world a courageous young woman engaging in nonviolent acts of resistance, and then a day later in the middle of the night being arrested in her home and then charged with a series of crimes; as is standard Israeli practice in the arrest of children, Aden was hauled off to an Israeli prison facility out of reach of her family and then denied bail.

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