En pleine pandémie de Covid-19, le pape François appelle à alléger les sanctions internationales

Le pape a proposé le 12 avril, dans son message de Pâques, «de réduire» voire «d’annuler» la dette des pays pauvres, et prôné un allègement des sanctions internationales et la solidarité des Européens face à la pandémie de coronavirus. Dans un monde «opprimé par la pandémie, qui met à dure épreuve notre grande famille humaine», il a … Continue reading “En pleine pandémie de Covid-19, le pape François appelle à alléger les sanctions internationales”

Covid-19 : l’exemplaire leçon de solidarité des Palestiniens — Suha ARRAF

Des milliers de volontaires et de dons pour soutenir la ville bouclée de Bethléem font revivre un sens de la solidarité palestinienne qui rappelle la Première Intifada L’éruption du coronavirus naissant a produit deux gagnants : Benjamin Netanyahou, qui a profité de la crise pour faire reporter son procès pour corruption ; et l’Autorité palestinienne … Continue reading “Covid-19 : l’exemplaire leçon de solidarité des Palestiniens — Suha ARRAF”

A Palestinian Guide to Surviving a Quarantine: On Faith, Humor, and ‘Dutch Candy’

Call it a “quarantine”, a “shelter-in-place”, a “lockdown” or a “curfew”, we Palestinians have experienced them all, though not at all voluntarily. Personally, the first 23 years of my life were lived in virtual “lockdown”. My father’s “quarantine” was experienced much earlier, as did his father’s “shelter-in-place” before him. They both died and were buried … Continue reading “A Palestinian Guide to Surviving a Quarantine: On Faith, Humor, and ‘Dutch Candy’”

Roaming Charges: The Condition Our Condition Is In

Still from Masque of the Red Death (Dir. Roger Corman, 1964). + I was sick for much of February. Really sick. Fever. Sore throat. Aching joints. A persistent cough that was, as they say about the heat in Arizona, dry. In Oregon, we’re used to getting the “winter bugs.” But this was different. Nastier. Unrelenting. … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: The Condition Our Condition Is In”

Sanders’ Departure

With the departure of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders from the Democratic nominating contest, the hapless U.S. voters are facing a most unfortunate choice. They can A) vote for an elderly, uninspiring, middle-of-the-road white male Zionist; B) re-elect the most unstable, erratic and dangerous president every to occupy the White House, or C) select a third-party … Continue reading “Sanders’ Departure”

A Zionist Attack on Free Speech

Anti-Semitism has been weaponized. That is, the Zionists, within and without Israel, are using the charge of anti-Semitism as a weapon to silence those who are critical of the Israeli state. In wielding this weapon, Zionist organizations and the media outlets they control or influence have released a flood of slander and libel. The charge … Continue reading “A Zionist Attack on Free Speech”

Walter Benjamin, the Jewish Question and Theses on the Philosophy of History

Reading Hannah Arendt’s Introduction to Benjamin’s “Illuminations” German-Jewish intellectuals, the alienated hommes de lettres of early twentieth century German-speaking Central Europe, constituted a class within that complex and multi-layered Jewish society against which a few of them rebelled, a rebellion which however could not prevent the dark disaster awaiting them in the German madness of … Continue reading “Walter Benjamin, the Jewish Question and Theses on the Philosophy of History”

A Lethal Virus Called Israeli Occupation: Another Somber Easter in Occupied Palestine

For centuries Easter in Palestine has been a special familial and communal celebration that commemorated the passion of the Christ, his crucifixion, and his triumphant resurrection. Not unlike Christ’s times when Pharisees and Sadducees shrieked their hateful rhetoric, today’s Easter celebrations in Palestine are marred by Zionist  hatred, apartheid, vengeance, brutality, corruption, militarism, a rabidly … Continue reading “A Lethal Virus Called Israeli Occupation: Another Somber Easter in Occupied Palestine”

‘An Appropriation of Gazan Culture,’ Leftists Boycott Quarantining

An intersectional coalition of leftists’ movements in the US has announced they will stop social distancing because it is a “colonialist, imperialist, abusive, and extractive appropriation of the culture of the people of Gaza.” The call to action was announced Wednesday on social media. The unnecessarily long post explained that social isolation is an ancient … Continue reading “‘An Appropriation of Gazan Culture,’ Leftists Boycott Quarantining”

The New Normal: Cascading and Multilayered Crises

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” – Antonio Gramsci The Pandemic & Public Health Crisis On January 20th, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection took place in the United States. Since … Continue reading “The New Normal: Cascading and Multilayered Crises”

Lost in the Pandemic: the Forever Wars

Locked down in my fifth floor apartment in Geneva, Switzerland with a view across the French border dominated by the snow-capped Monte Blanc, I began to wonder whatever happened to the forever wars we used to hear and read about every day in the main stream media.  For weeks, now, our newspapers and TV seem … Continue reading “Lost in the Pandemic: the Forever Wars”

Life in Gaza: Dispatches From Palestine on COVID-19

Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is releasing a series of dispatches from Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists reflecting on life in Gaza and the West Bank under the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world grapples with the outbreak, and as we organize … The post Life in Gaza: Dispatches From Palestine on COVID-19 appeared first on Global … Continue reading “Life in Gaza: Dispatches From Palestine on COVID-19”

Slavoj Žižek’s Virulent Polemic Against Covid-19, and Stuff!

“I used to be Deleuzanal, but, now, I’m not Saussure.” – Toilet stall wall riddle, next to Nietzsche Is Peachy Someone must have called Slavoj on his Radphone in the middle of the night and said go over to your window and look up at the sky; he did, and there it was: the Rad-Signal … Continue reading “Slavoj Žižek’s Virulent Polemic Against Covid-19, and Stuff!”

Israel Allows Muslim Prayer Gatherings in Public During Pandemic

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday that Israel will reform Covid-19 stay-in-shelter-orders to allow Muslims to gather in crowded places and pray together. “This reform is the first of its kind in the world” Netanyahu said in a video posted to his Facebook Page. “This move shows once and for all how Israel is … Continue reading “Israel Allows Muslim Prayer Gatherings in Public During Pandemic”

Concerned about COVID-19 Erdogan Orders Soundproof Masks on Journalists

Concerned about soaring COVID-19 rates in his country, Turkish President and Grand Sultan-wannabe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has ordered “all problematic journalists” to don N95 soundproof masks. Speaking to The Mideast Beast, Erdogan noted, “All Turks are very precious to me, especially Turkish journalists who adore me for pampering them with unprecedented freedom. Out of concern … Continue reading “Concerned about COVID-19 Erdogan Orders Soundproof Masks on Journalists”

Cisjordanie occupée : Les colons profitent du confinement pour annexer des terres palestiniennes

Une enquêté menée par un journaliste du site Middle East Eye (MEE) révèle que les colons israéliens en Cisjordanie occupée exploitent le confinement imposé pour ralentir la propagation du nouveau coronavirus pour annexer des terres palestiniennes et mener des attaques contre les civils. Au cours des derniers jours, indique MEE, « au moins trois incidents ont … Continue reading “Cisjordanie occupée : Les colons profitent du confinement pour annexer des terres palestiniennes”

« Our Boys », une habile mystification télévisuelle israélienne

Centrée sur le meurtre d’un adolescent palestinien par trois colons israéliens, au début de l’été 2014, la série israélienne Our Boys est portée par une dramaturgie serrée et des acteurs impeccables. Mais, en se consacrant à une seule victime de criminels de l’extrême droite religieuse, elle finit par oublier le sort des Palestiniens au moment … Continue reading “« Our Boys », une habile mystification télévisuelle israélienne”

FBI Opened Terrorism Investigations Into Nonviolent Palestinian Solidarity Group, Documents Reveal

In 2006, St. Louis-based activist and academic Mark Chmiel received a message on his answering machine from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI wanted to talk to Chmiel about trip three years ago that he and other St. Louis activists took with the International Solidarity Movement to the West Bank, in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian … Continue reading “FBI Opened Terrorism Investigations Into Nonviolent Palestinian Solidarity Group, Documents Reveal”

Campagne de solidarité avec l’hôpital Al-Awda de Gaza face à l’épidémie de COVID-19

Pourquoi cette collecte ? L’épidémie de COVID-19 dans la bande de Gaza annonce une situation dramatique. Sous blocus israélo-égyptien depuis 2007, l’enclave palestinienne de 2 millions d’habitant·e·s fait face à un manque chronique de matériels : seulement 56 respirateurs disponibles et 40 lits de soins intensifs. Fondé en 1985, l’Union des Comités des travailleurs de … Continue reading “Campagne de solidarité avec l’hôpital Al-Awda de Gaza face à l’épidémie de COVID-19”

Gaza’s New Conflict: COVID-19

Photograph Source: Garoa – CC BY 2.0 At a time when everyone was celebrating the arrival of a new decade, a rare once-in-a-100-year event took the world by surprise: a major global pandemic named COVID-19. Governments around the world struggled to fight the virus, taking extreme measures to contain it with nearly one billion people … Continue reading “Gaza’s New Conflict: COVID-19”

« Ours Boys », une habile mystification télévisuelle israélienne

Centrée sur le meurtre d’un adolescent palestinien par trois colons israéliens, au début de l’été 2014, la série israélienne Our Boys est portée par une dramaturgie serrée et des acteurs impeccables. Mais, en se consacrant à une seule victime de criminels de l’extrême droite religieuse, elle finit par oublier le sort des Palestiniens au moment … Continue reading “« Ours Boys », une habile mystification télévisuelle israélienne”

14 ans de confinement à Gaza : tout est réuni pour une catastrophe sanitaire

Cela fait 14 ans que Gaza est sous blocus israélien et égyptien. Le Coronavirus a contaminé une dizaine de personnes dans cette prison à ciel ouvert. Une situation qui peut vite dégénérer et engendrer une véritable hécatombe. Crédit photo : Adel Hana / The Associated Press Il y aurait plus d’une dizaine de cas de … Continue reading “14 ans de confinement à Gaza : tout est réuni pour une catastrophe sanitaire”

Palestinian resistance to the Trump-Netanyahu Plan in times of global pandemics: April 6 webinar

Palestinian resistance to the Trump-Netanyahu Plan in times of global pandemics: April 6 webinarUpdateIn light of the coronavirus outbreak, we invite you to join a webinar with Noura Erakat, human rights attorney, and Yara Hawari, writer and senior policy analyst, from your home. April 1, 2020 By:  The Israeli Apartheid Week 2020 Coordinating Committee

“Whose University? Our University!” The Struggle for a COLA at UC Berkeley

Photograph Source: Daniel Aragay – CC BY 2.0 On March 5th, in the midst of a campus-wide march and rally, a student protester at UC Berkeley walked into the bustling Free Speech Movement Café, a study spot that borrows its name from Cal’s legendary 1960s anti-war protests. “Fellow students!” she shouted, climbing on top of … Continue reading ““Whose University? Our University!” The Struggle for a COLA at UC Berkeley”

Pinkwashing en Israël

Interventions de Jean Stern à propos de son livre “Mirage gay à Tel Aviv”. Paru dans Trou Noir #3. Homocratie Je vais commencer par vous parler d’une photo, présente dans mon livre, de deux militaires avec trois enfants (ci-après). Cette photo illustre parfaitement la réalité gay à Tel-Aviv. L’homme de gauche est adjoint au maire … Continue reading “Pinkwashing en Israël”

Call for Intervention Before It Is Too Late: PCHR Warns that Gaza’s Healthcare System Would Collapse in Case of Coronavirus Outbreak

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with concern the healthcare situation in the Gaza Strip and seriously warns of a catastrophic deterioration that would strike the health care sector in the case of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  … The post Call for Intervention Before It Is Too Late: PCHR Warns that Gaza’s … Continue reading “Call for Intervention Before It Is Too Late: PCHR Warns that Gaza’s Healthcare System Would Collapse in Case of Coronavirus Outbreak”

Comment le Covid-19 rebat les cartes diplomatiques

Le Covid-19 ne met pas seulement en danger les populations, et en premier celles de ce que l’on appelait naguère le Sud, mais il ouvre une période d’incertitude dans l’ordre international. Et il est, en même temps, le révélateur des changements qui affectent cet ordre depuis le début du siècle. Il semble encore loin le … Continue reading “Comment le Covid-19 rebat les cartes diplomatiques”

When Economists Try to Solve Health Crises, the Results Can Often be Disastrous

Photograph Source: daveynin – CC BY 2.0 I’m writing this at 585,000 worldwide active cases, 26,000 deaths, and with only China and Korea seemingly under some sort of control (using a social metric tool, Worldometer). The stimulus package announced by the U.S. government is at $2 trillion, but without job protections, rent freezes, or meaningful … Continue reading “When Economists Try to Solve Health Crises, the Results Can Often be Disastrous”

Palestine : Les Palestiniens pris entre deux feux

L’occupation israélienne poursuit sa politique expansionniste, durement subie par les Palestiniens confrontés aussi à la propagation de la pandémie de Covid-19, à la veille de la commémoration du 44e anniversaire de la Journée de la terre, célébrée le 30 mars de chaque année. Le ministère palestinien des Affaires étrangères et des Expatriés a dénoncé la … Continue reading “Palestine : Les Palestiniens pris entre deux feux”

Nuclear-Smallpox-Mustard Gas Asteroid Hits Earth, Netanyahu Still Prime Minister

Following last week’s impact of an asteroid comprised of weapons-grade uranium infused with mustard gas and smallpox, it seemed that everything in the world changed overnight. As the world emerges from the ashes there seems to be only one relic of history still in place – Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu will form yet another Israeli government. … Continue reading “Nuclear-Smallpox-Mustard Gas Asteroid Hits Earth, Netanyahu Still Prime Minister”

Coronavirus, Etats faillis et impérialisme

La pandémie de Covid-19 menace de produire des désastres irréparables dans des pays dévastés par des années de guerre et de misère. L’intervention de la classe ouvrière, notamment dans les Etats impérialistes, est fondamentale pour éviter la catastrophe. Il n’y a plus aucun doute que nous sommes face à une crise sanitaire majeure. Le Covid-19 … Continue reading “Coronavirus, Etats faillis et impérialisme”

Coronavirus in Gaza: Just 40 ICU Beds for Two Million People Under Siege

Hospitals all over the western world are bracing for a tsunami of intensely ill patients suffering from breathing difficulties due to the Coronavirus. In Britain, car companies are scrambling to produce ventilators. Plans are being laid for the army … The post Coronavirus in Gaza: Just 40 ICU Beds for Two Million People Under Siege … Continue reading “Coronavirus in Gaza: Just 40 ICU Beds for Two Million People Under Siege”

Revue Chuang : Contagion sociale Guerre de classe microbiologique en Chine

Très bonne analyse des causes et du “traitement” du Coronavirus en Chine, dans une perspective de classes. Traduit de la revue Chuang et paru sur dndf.org le 1er mars 2020. « Un article aussi long qu’intéressant sur l’histoire des liens entre épidémies et production, sur la réponse actuelle de l’Etat chinois et sur le coronavirus … Continue reading “Revue Chuang : Contagion sociale Guerre de classe microbiologique en Chine”

Roaming Charges: The Scum Also Rises

EMT making an emergency COVID-19 call in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + One month ago today Trump said the US infection rate would go from 15 patients to close to zero in just a few days. Today the US passed 1,000 deaths and became the world’s leading hot spot in COVID-19 cases, surpassing … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: The Scum Also Rises”

BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy

It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being ‘the largest democracy in the world’ has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities – chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence. … Continue reading “BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy”

Le Liban de tous les maux

Au Liban, 368 cas de coronavirus ont été dépistés et six décès sont à déplorer depuis le 21 février 2020. Moins massive que dans d’autres pays de la région, la contagion croît cependant avec régularité. Et surtout cette difficile situation sanitaire se conjugue avec une crise financière sans précédent depuis la fin de la guerre civile (1975-1990). Depuis … Continue reading “Le Liban de tous les maux”

Coronavirus : crainte d’un «désastre» à Gaza, cinq morts en Israël et un en Cisjordanie

«Cher monde, comment se passe le confinement?! Signé: Gaza». Les mesures d’isolement imposées dans nombre de pays pour freiner la propagation du nouveau coronavirus suscitent l’ironie d’internautes de l’enclave palestinienne. Sous blocus israélien depuis plus d’une décennie, le territoire surpeuplé est quasiment coupé du monde, coincé entre Israël, l’Egypte et la mer Méditerranée. Deux Gazaouis … Continue reading “Coronavirus : crainte d’un «désastre» à Gaza, cinq morts en Israël et un en Cisjordanie”

Pourquoi « Fauda » n’est pas une série réaliste

Les acteurs Lior Raz et Tsahi Halevi interprètent les protagonistes de la série. Allociné / Tender productionSortie sur Netflix, la troisième saison de Fauda, la série israélienne portant à l’écran le quotidien de forces spéciales de Tsahal, est louée par une partie de l a presse française. Produite en 2015 par deux vétérans de cette unité, … Continue reading “Pourquoi « Fauda » n’est pas une série réaliste”

As the World Turns Its Attention to the Pandemic, Israel Is Moving Forward with Military Raids

The West Bank situation is becoming increasingly complicated amid the coronavirus pandemic and territorial disputes between Palestinians and Israelis. At first, the Palestinian Authority and Israel showed signs of cooperation in combating the pandemic. A few weeks ago, joint measures … The post As the World Turns Its Attention to the Pandemic, Israel Is Moving … Continue reading “As the World Turns Its Attention to the Pandemic, Israel Is Moving Forward with Military Raids”