Xi vs Trudeau: How China is Rewriting History with the Colonial West

Xi vs Trudeau: How China is Rewriting History with the Colonial West

Though brief, the exchange between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia on November 16 has become a social media sensation. Xi, assertive if not domineering, lectured the visibly apprehensive Trudeau about the etiquette of diplomacy. This exchange can be considered another watershed […]

Symbolic but Significant: The US investigation into Palestinian-American journalist Abu Akleh’s murder

Symbolic but Significant: The US investigation into Palestinian-American journalist Abu Akleh’s murder

The recent decision by the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation into the killing, last May, of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is not a game-changer, but important and worthy of reflection, nonetheless. Based on the long trajectory of US military and political support of Israel, and Washington’s constant shielding of Tel […]

Liberating Africa from Poverty Requires Changing Power Relations with the West

Liberating Africa from Poverty Requires Changing Power Relations with the West

Soon after arriving in Oslo, my taxi zigzagged through the city’s well-organized streets and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Large billboards advertised the world’s leading brands in fashion, cars, and perfumes. Amid all the expressions of wealth and plenty, an electronic sign by a bus stop flashed the images of poor-looking African children needing help. Over the years, […]

Palestinians are Native Americans: Time to Correct the Language of History

Palestinians are Native Americans: Time to Correct the Language of History

At a recent Istanbul conference that brought many Palestinian scholars and activists together to discuss the search for a common narrative on Palestine, a Palestinian member of the audience declared at the end of a brief, but fiery intervention, ‘we are not red Indians’. The reference was a relatively old one. It was attributed to […]

How Lula’s Victory can be Opportunity for Palestine

How Lula’s Victory can be Opportunity for Palestine

Palestinians and their supporters are justified in celebrating the election victory of the leftist presidential candidate, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, in Brazil’s runoff elections on October 30. But Lula’s victory is incomplete and could ultimately prove ineffectual if not followed by a concrete and centralized Palestinian strategy. Lula has proven, throughout the years, to […]

Europe must stop blaming others for its own crises

Europe must stop blaming others for its own crises

The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell is not particularly perceived by the EU’s political elite or mainstream media as a rightwing ideologue or warmonger. But seen through a different, non-western prism, it is hard not to mistake him for one. Borrell’s recent comments that “Europe is a garden” and that “the rest of […]

Chasing a Mirage: How Arab parties validate Israeli apartheid

Chasing a Mirage: How Arab parties validate Israeli apartheid

Regardless of the outcome of the latest Israeli elections, Arab parties will not reap meaningful political benefits, even if they collectively achieve their highest representation ever. The reason is not about the parties themselves, but in Israel’s skewed political system which is predicated on racism and marginalization of non-Jews. Israel was established on a problematic […]

By Revoking Stance on Jerusalem, Australia Isolates Israel, Not Palestinians

By Revoking Stance on Jerusalem, Australia Isolates Israel, Not Palestinians

US President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ was meant to represent a finality of sorts, an event reminiscent of Francis Fukuyama’s premature declaration of the ‘End of History’ and the uncontested supremacy of western capitalism. In effect, it was a declaration that ‘we’ – the US, Israel and a few allies – have […]

Why Israel is Afraid of the Lions’ Den

Why Israel is Afraid of the Lions’ Den

The Lions’ Den is part of a larger phenomenon that includes the Nablus Brigades, the Jenin Brigades and other groups, which are located mostly in the northern West Bank This headline in the Israeli newspaper, the Jerusalem Post, only tells part of the story: “The Lions’ Den, Other Palestinian Groups are Endless Headache for Israel, […]

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