The Architecture of Violence, part of AJE's Rebel Architecture series, explores the use of architecture as a central component of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, focusing on the work of Eyal Weizman.
Israel has constructed a systematic policy of propaganda, 'hasbara', that depends on its citizens - the extension and 'mouthpiece' of the state - to act as its voice. But this rationalisation of Israeli policy rests on shaky foundations.
India has moderated its position on the
Israel-Palestine conflict over time, exchanging statements of condemnation for
those “expressing concern”. But behind India’s strategic balancing act there also
lies a precise domestic calculus.
With no end in sight for the War on Drugs,
the Mexican government will only further restrict civil liberties and endow the
military with unchecked powers. The collapse of liberal democratic values
heralds yet another age of authoritarianism.
runs through the narratives of both Israelis and Palestinians in the form of
the Holocaust and the Nakba. But in
order to rationalize their moral superiority, both sides actively deny the
State (IS), has been able to assert its dominance over wide areas of Iraq and
Syria. The Province of Homs is particularly interesting, because the IS is
expanding there, but has been unable to establish its authority over all rebel
The World Bank’s relationship to occupied Palestine is an unusual one, and one that has not been particularly effective in terms of its stated goals. This is partly due to limitations of its mandate and of the ‘development for peace’ paradigm.
The vast majority of ‘success stories’
in counterinsurgency operations have relied not only on military means but on political
and economic reforms to accommodate the grievances that caused the insurgency
in the first place.
Israelis believe that the status quo represents
the best short-term ‘solution’ to the Palestinian problem, since separation is
almost impossible, but integration undesirable. The weakening of the PA, and inability of
Hamas and Israel to reach a stable agreement in Gaza, however, demonstrate how
unsustainable the status quo has become.
The super-rich have captured the
electoral-representative institutions of contemporary democratic regimes. The
ideal of anti-representative democracy can help us understand and counter this
The Arab Revolt, which gave so much hope to the Palestinians, has turned out to be a misfortune for the people of Gaza. The Israeli narrative has now found wide acceptance, not only in governments, but also on Arab streets.
The old tactics of governance are back with a vengeance in Egypt, however, the youth have changed and through their embrace of modern day technologies will not sit back and watch this process of historical revisionism and whitewashing.
Reactions to the 2014 Gaza war in Europe and the US are more
polarised than hitherto. A radical solution that places Hamas at the centre of
negotiations is worth consideration, if only to escape further time wasting on
already defunct or moribund formulations.
new PM, known hardliner against Sunnis and Kurds, has been a staunch supporter
of Maliki policies. Iraq’s jigsaw puzzle, forced together by the power of
empires and ruthless dictators, cannot be governed from a central location without
widening its rifts irreversibly.
While the Israeli motivation has been reduced to nothing more than an aggressive hunger for more Palestinian land or a desire to kill Palestinians, what both the Hamas and the Israeli leaderships are saying and actually doing, is being ignored.
By targeting the Mas government, widely
portrayed as extremist and irresponsible, and by refusing to negotiate on key
constitutional, economic, social, cultural issues, Mr. Rajoy has – willingly or
not – been playing into the hands of radicals.
authoritarian and arrogant response to protests confirms his opponents’ fears
that he is seeking to make himself a strongman ruler in the mould of Vladimir
Putin, who also swapped being Prime Minister for President.