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Gaza and Soweto

Gaza and Soweto

By Juan Cole On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Here is a summary of the June 18…

Gaza:  Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough

Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough

By Juan Cole When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. In World War II, the US wanted to defeat Germany militarily, but then to help it return to democracy and…

Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

By Juan Cole The Egyptians appear to have floated their cease-fire agreement Tuesday morning in the press, and Hamas insisted any such proposal had to be communicated directly with them. As a…

The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

By Juan Cole Dark Satire: Irony alert Prosecutor: “Justices of the International Criminal Court, I shall demonstrate to you that this man (points at detained Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in orange jump…

Palestine 1896

Palestine 1896

First film footage taken of Ottoman Palestine (Lumiere Bros.), in 1896. Palestine 1896 h/t William Dalrymple Kemal Karpat wrote that according to the Ottoman Census of 1893, the population of most of…