Late Night: The New Pearl Harbor

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00 pm

“Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.” -Lynda Barry

This thought has been haunting me lately as we approached the 13th anniversary of The Day That Changed Everything (for the worse).

The stark images from the day itself, so overplayed yet ambiguous, seem insignificant now compared to what followed, which is so much more dreadful than anything I could have imagined at the time.

 

The Uncivil Termination of Professor Steven Salaita

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:35 pm

Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Yesterday, he delivered his first statement on what happened to a room full of supporters on the UIUC campus—a number of which had walked out of their classes.

Late Night: War Games

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 8:00 pm

As the Mighty Wurlitzer of war cranks into gear yet again, I can’t help but wonder if war itself has become the singular cause upon which all news media agree, and no matter the opinion of those affected by it, they’re naturally going to sell any old war with just this sort of embarrassing fervor.

It’s understandable, I suppose, for the bloated multinationals who control what we see, hear, and read to choose war as a business proposition. Ratings surge, careers are made, and reporting costs are all but negligible when the aggressor is more than happy to provide all the talking points needed to fill time and space between boner pill ads.

Israel To Take Largest Amount Of Land From West Bank In 30 Years

By: Monday September 1, 2014 9:15 am

Butchering Gaza was not enough. As punishment for the kidnapping and killing of three Israelis, Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank has decided to take a large amount of Palestinian land for a new settlement to be called Gvaot. The land being taken represents the largest land appropriation in the West Bank in 30 years according to Peace Now, a group that monitors Israeli settlement activity. Five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area will be effected by the land grab.

Activists In Oakland Block Israeli Ship From Docking

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 12:16 pm

Pro-Palestinian activists in the city of Oakland, California are blocking the docking of an Israeli commercial vessel in response to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. The protest entered its third day when 20 protesters demonstrating under the banner of “Block The Boat” arrived at the port of Oakland to stop an Israeli ship from docking.

Gaza Update: Delays, Deceit, and Death

By: Monday August 18, 2014 6:30 pm

The Ceasefire was in fact extended for another 24 hrs.

Late Night: Man vs. Machine

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 8:00 pm

When I was in college, I took a two part class called War in the Modern World, as a conscious departure from the social history that was my focus of study. The experience was eye-opening, and continues to be.

By “modern,” it referred to the period from the US Civil War to the present (the early 1980′s), based on the fact that the Civil War was won by pure industrial might, and the victor was the belligerent that could out-produce the other and hurl the most materiel and men onto the pile.

Tears of Gaza

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 4:00 pm

An extraordinary, internationally acclaimed documentary about impact of the 2008 Gaza bombings on civilians and children, by filmmaker Vibeke Løkkeberg.

Gaza Strikes Resume as Ceasefire Ends

By: Friday August 8, 2014 10:59 am

With peace talks in Cairo treading water, fire is once again being exchanged between Hamas and Israel after a 72-hour ceasefire expired. Once rockets were fired into Israel an Israel launched it’s own strikes, one of which killed a ten year old Palestinian boy. The people of Gaza’s brief three day reprieve from bloodshed is now over.

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