Noam Chomsky’s defiant optimism is surreal, almost out of this world

by Rashmee

Posted on October 15, 2014


The Professor recounts, in conversation with TruthOut, Israel’s cold-blooded calculation in disengaging from Gaza nine years ago. He quotes the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s close associate, Dov Weissglass’s public boast to the press. Mr Weissglass’s words are significant. He was the architect and chief negotiator of Israel’s ‘disengagement’, even as it remained the … Continue reading “Noam Chomsky’s defiant optimism is surreal, almost out of this world”

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Peace in our time? Noam Chomsky remains fierce but not without hope

by Rashmee

Posted on October 14, 2014


For all his fierce, unblinking, hard-eyed state of loving un-affection for his country’s policy on Israel, Noam Chomsky is not so cynical as to believe there is no hope. In a recent interview to TruthOut, on the publication of a new anthology of his writings (‘Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013’, pub. Haymarket Books), … Continue reading “Peace in our time? Noam Chomsky remains fierce but not without hope”

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UK vote on recognition of Palestine. All change then? Extremely unlikely

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2014


The UK is expected to vote on recognition of Palestine after parliament’s summer recess ends today (October 13). Whatever the result it’s hard to expect much attitudinal change across Europe on the issue. By attitudinal change, I mean, real change. It’s hard to be positive about the Palestinian issue, especially when someone like Noam Chomsky, with his … Continue reading “UK vote on recognition of Palestine. All change then? Extremely unlikely”

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Recognition of Palestine: Could Sweden trigger domino effect in EU?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 12, 2014


The British Parliament returns from recess tomorrow, October 13, and a vote on recognition of Palestine. International reaction will be predictably fiery, particularly in the US, if the result goes against Israel’s preferred option. Consider this extraordinary argument against recognition by Abraham Foxman in The Huffington Post. Mr Foxman, a Holocaust survivor who is National … Continue reading “Recognition of Palestine: Could Sweden trigger domino effect in EU?”

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Obama bin Laden: Anti-Americanism more ‘popular’ than ever

by Rashmee

Posted on July 19, 2013


As John Kerry flags off new Middle East negotiations about negotiations, one has to wonder why he bothers (other than for form’s sake) considering the growing popularity of anti-Americanism. That’s an interesting idea – the popularity of a negative opinion. One might just as well have said backlash, except that it isn’t. It appears to be deeper, wider, … Continue reading “Obama bin Laden: Anti-Americanism more ‘popular’ than ever”

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Israeli PM sees both Hamas, Fatah as ‘moving away from peace’. Shame

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2012


Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, at the Council on Foreign Relations, metaphorically shakes his head at the unrelenting odiousness of Hamas in his blog. Why he cries, in honest despair, would “anyone who seeks peace promote reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas and seek to bring Hamas into the governing of the PLO … Continue reading “Israeli PM sees both Hamas, Fatah as ‘moving away from peace’. Shame”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK