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We’ve learned nothing since 9/11

Matthew Taylor on

Excepting a few marginalized journalists and thought leaders, most Americans have learned less than nothing about the causes of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In the wake of that dreadful day, and for years afterward, then-President Bush claimed, almost comically, that they attacked us because they hate our freedoms. President Obama has also remained silent […]

Hollywood dramatized ethnic cleansing in India and Pakistan, why not the other I/P?

Philip Weiss on

Proof if any more is needed of the existence of a powerful Israel lobby in our country: Tonight over dinner I watched the last 30 minutes of Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982) on Turner Classics. I was staggered to see the 1947 transfer of Muslim and Hindu refugees at the new border between India and Pakistan […]

Dialogue re Kristof, non-violence, and stones

Matthew Taylor on

Weiss: Matthew Taylor has published a couple of pieces on this site urging Palestinians and solidarity activists to adopt nonviolence as a strict rule of engagement. Lately Nicholas Kristof made a similar argument in the New York Times under the annoying headline, Waiting for Gandhi in the West Bank, and this site has mocked and […]

Nonviolence and the struggle for Palestinian-Israeli equality

Matthew Taylor on

My post about nonviolence vs. violence and the Gaza Flotilla unleashed a heated debate. Max Ajl, David Bromwich, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Ken O’Keefe elsewhere, Max Ajl again, and Norman Finkelstein outside this forum have spilled many impassioned electrons on this topic, not to mention the dozens of thoughtful comments below each post. Good. This is a debate we need […]