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May sent this article:
Martin Lukacs: Canada’s First Nations protest heralds a new alliance (Guardian)

Philippe Leymarie: Mali, a country divided / Au Mali, les belligérants s’impatientent (Monde diplomatique)
Alexander Mezyaev: Military Intervention in Mali: Special Operation to Recolonize Africa (Global Research)
Tony Cartalucci: US Covert Support to Al Qaeda in Northern Mali, France “Comes to the Rescue” (Global Research)
Philippe Noudjenoume: Françafrique : Lettre ouverte au président François Hollande (Pambazuka)
Bernard Schmid: Doppelte Mission in Mali (Telepolis)

Harriet Sherwood: Russia condemns Israeli air strike on Syria (Guardian)
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad: Syrian rebels sidetracked by scramble for spoils of war (Guardian)
Wilhelm Langthaler: On vice-president Sharaa’s proposal for a political solution (Anti-Imperialist Camp)

Israeli settlements symbolise the acute lack of justice experienced by the Palestinian people (UN Commissioner on Human Rights)
Cleansing the Jordan Valley (Haaretz)
Ken Klippenstein, Norman Finkelstein: The Meaning of the Arab Spring for Palestinian Rights (CounterPunch)
Laila el-Haddad: What’s Really Going On at Rafah? (al-Shabaka)

The Rafah Crossing remains the sole passage in and out of Gaza for all its residents. At the present time, its operation and usage remains under the control of Egypt and managed by Israeli guidelines. And as last month’s incident demonstrates, the situation remains unstable and the Crossing itself unreliable. Unlike airports or traditional border crossings, it is still liable to be completely shut down at a moment’s notice, stranding both Palestinians, and their economy. So far, Egyptian policies on the crossing have not departed from those of years past. It remains to be seen whether the Mursi government’s meetings with Hamas can or will bring change.

Saree Makdisi: If Not Two States, Then One (New York Times)
Ali Abunimah: Mahmoud Abbas’ real “accomplishment” was not the UN vote on Palestine (AlJazeera)
Ramzy Baroud: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Intifada (CounterPunch)
Gideon Levy, Alex Levac: An infiltration thwarted, a Palestinian youth left to die (Haaretz, via DuckDuckGo and Google)
David Horowitz: A different Israel after January 22 (Times of Israel)

The elections [in Israel] will almost certainly yield a leadership that firmly rejects Palestinian statehood and adamantly champions settlement expansion — not so much because the electorate is swinging heavily to the right, but because the right has already swung heavily to the far right

Zeev Sternhell: הנחש משיל את עורו / Likud casts off its skin (Haaretz, via DuckDuckGo and Google News)

[C]ontrary to the Labor Party leader’s opinion, the average Israeli knows that the future of society will be decided in the territories. He also knows that the Likud intends to annex the territories without granting citizenship to its residents. Once that was a marginal, semi-subversive opinion – today it’s the viewpoint of the official leadership. Only Netanyahu, for fear of the Americans, is still playing the two-states game. Therefore, anyone who gives his vote to the right today is voting … in favor of an apartheid state in the full sense of the word.
The right has already decided that municipal autonomy is sufficient for the Palestinians: Self-rule and the right to self-determination are reserved for the Jews. In other words, the members of the Chosen People are entitled not only to the right to be their own masters, but to rule over the Palestinians as well. Such chutzpah … is unparalleled in today’s world. Suddenly in the post-colonial world comes a country that without batting an eyelash appropriates the right to enslave another nation, and calls itself an enlightened country that is fulfilling the Jewish people’s desire for freedom. … That’s how the Israelis are eliminating their country’s right to exist, with their own hands.
Annexing the territories is already creating a situation that no Western society can tolerate, because there is not a single country in the West that does not guarantee the equality of all the people living within its borders.

Gideon Levy: לאומנות השמאל / The racism of leftist nationalism (Haaretz, via DuckDuckGo and Google News)

The left-center bloc is no less racist and nationalist than the right. But unlike the right, it is racist and nationalist without emotion. …
Defense Minister Ehud Barak was the first to foster leftist nationalism when he said: “We are here and they are there.” That is, we also hate Arabs, but our solution is better. We’ll build a wall and let them rot behind it. We’ll give them a state and let them wallow in it. The main thing is for them to get out of our sight. … Tzipi Livni says correct things about the two-state solution, but she preaches from nationalist motives. She wants a state without (many) Arabs, a Jewish state, which she defines as a nationalist state. Israel for the Jews. Just like France for the French and Germany for the Germans. In French and German this sounds terrible; only in Hebrew does it pass muster. Not a word about morality and human rights for all.
Labor Party chief Shelly Yacimovich, meanwhile, makes firm and correct statements about social justice and discrimination, but she only wants justice for Jews.

Amy Goodman, Marcy Wheeler: Obama’s Cheney? “Assassination Czar” John Brennan Brings Legacy of Drone War and Torture to CIA Nod (Democracy Now)
Amy Goodman, Baher Azmy: 4 Years After Vow to Close Gitmo, Why Has Obama Signed NDAA Bill Barring Transfer of Its Prisoners? (Democracy Now)

Andre Vltchek: The Irrational, Racist Fear of China (CounterPunch)

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