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Sunday 30 January 2011
by  CP

Fear Extreme Islamists in the Arab World? Blame Washington

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. questioned US military interventions against progressive movements in the Third World by invoking a JFK quote:
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Were he alive to witness the last three (...)

Sunday 30 January 2011
by  CP

The Protest Movement in Egypt: "Dictators" do not Dictate, They Obey Orders

The Mubarak regime could collapse in the a face of a nationwide protest movement... What prospects for Egypt and the Arab World?
"Dictators" do not dictate, they obey orders. This is true in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.
Dictators are invariably political puppets. Dictators do not decide. (...)

Saturday 29 January 2011
by  CP

The People’s War to Come

Generations come and generations go. But somehow—by standing on the shoulders of giants—humanity advances towards something more positive. This is the hope held out by Iciar Bollain in her new film Even the Rain (También la Iluvia). I believe she shows how this slow march to a better world through (...)

Saturday 29 January 2011
by  CP

Tahani Rached’s “Giran” (Neighbors)

It should be amusing to hear or read someone tell of an “architect of foreign policy”, as if the establishment of a structure of power relationships designed to ensure one state’s domination of other countries and regions is a work of construction with its technical and artistic expertise like any (...)

Saturday 29 January 2011
by  CP

Serge Avedikian’s "Barking Island"

I think by now we can forget about the slogan “never again”. The real question is: “how long to the next genocide?” Will, in this time of capitalist crisis and growing political disaffection, generalized war provide opportunities to whip up some crusade aiming to ostracize and even physically (...)