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Liberate History to Conjure a Better Future

Liberate History to Conjure a Better Future

A tragic event etched a deep scar in one’s psyche, and the good life’s exhilaration became a thing of the past. Then time stood still. The drive to move on sputtered and quit, after reality suddenly changed. Ahead lies a dark abyss. “The deep silence of the heart” creeps in and reigns. The sense of [...]

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GDP, Money and the World Cup

GDP, Money and the World Cup

By Gilbert Mercier and Dady Chery  No. It’s not only a game. The World Cup is about money. Lots of it. Quite apart from the $15 billion that Brazil spent “pacifying” the favelas and building stadiums in preparation for the World Cup, or the $4.5 billion of profit that FIFA will make from this sports [...]

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Spin and Self Delusion: Ignorance Is Bliss

Spin and Self Delusion: Ignorance Is Bliss

I discovered a television show called Catfish while I was lying down over the last few weeks because I’ve been suffering from Meniere’s disease. Though I know I need to stay calm to ease the attacks of vertigo from the disease, I’ve watched the show with shock that soon turned to anger, and the more [...]

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What Fuels the Violence Against Palestinian and Israeli Youths?

What Fuels the Violence Against Palestinian and Israeli Youths?

Three teenagers who belonged to an illegal settler community in the occupied Palestinian lands, and went missing in mid-June, were discovered to have been murdered. As soon as the bodies of 16-year old Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach were found, on June 30, 2014, the Israeli State and its media apparatus [...]

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Birmingham Citizens Fight Islamophobia: Hatred Is Not a ‘Core British Value’

Birmingham Citizens Fight Islamophobia: Hatred Is Not a ‘Core British Value’

Birmingham, a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic city of about one million in the United Kingdom, is reeling from the so-called Trojan Horse affair: a supposed clandestine agenda to radicalize schools that is described in an anonymous letter widely held to be a hoax. In an overwhelming show of opposition to government-driven Islamophobia, people from all backgrounds, [...]

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