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Seventy years of Palestinian resistance since the establishment of the State of Israel

YARA HAWARI

This month marks not only 70 years since the establishment of Israel and the Palestinian Nakba, but 70 years of ongoing Palestinian resistance.

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Wounded protester evacuated in Gaza. Since the beginning of the protests on March 30 more than 90 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli snipers, and over 10 000 thousand more have been injured. Picture by Khaled Omar/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved.

Lebanon: reflections on acts of refusal as antidote to post-election hangover

LARA BITAR
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Elderly woman walks past electoral campaign posters of Lebanese parliamentary candidates, in Beirut, Lebanon, 03 May 2018. Picture by Marwan Naamani/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

The refusal to be complicit in the state's self-preservation attempt is one of the few acts of resistance the working class could engage in without fear of vengeance by the state and its militias.

Iraq and Syria: of memory and maps

DARIUS A. KAMALI
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Map of Sykes–Picot Agreement. Royal Geographical Society, 1910-15. Signed by Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, 8 May 1916. Public Domain.

The interests of outsiders, not those of the battered, bloodied and belittled peoples of Iraq and Syria, drive this brutal political theatre.

Seventy years of Palestinian resistance since the establishment of the State of Israel

YARA HAWARI

This month marks not only 70 years since the establishment of Israel and the Palestinian Nakba, but 70 years of ongoing Palestinian resistance.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Wounded protester evacuated in Gaza. Since the beginning of the protests on March 30 more than 90 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli snipers, and over 10 000 thousand more have been injured. Picture by Khaled Omar/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images. All rights reserved.

Lebanon: reflections on acts of refusal as antidote to post-election hangover

LARA BITAR
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Elderly woman walks past electoral campaign posters of Lebanese parliamentary candidates, in Beirut, Lebanon, 03 May 2018. Picture by Marwan Naamani/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

The refusal to be complicit in the state's self-preservation attempt is one of the few acts of resistance the working class could engage in without fear of vengeance by the state and its militias.

Iraq and Syria: of memory and maps

DARIUS A. KAMALI
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Map of Sykes–Picot Agreement. Royal Geographical Society, 1910-15. Signed by Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, 8 May 1916. Public Domain.

The interests of outsiders, not those of the battered, bloodied and belittled peoples of Iraq and Syria, drive this brutal political theatre.

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Seventy years of Palestinian resistance since the establishment of the State of Israel

This month marks not only 70 years since the establishment of Israel and the Palestinian Nakba, but 70 years of ongoing Palestinian resistance.

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Iraq and Syria: of memory and maps

The interests of outsiders, not those of the battered, bloodied and belittled peoples of Iraq and Syria, drive this brutal political theatre.

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