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Yoav Haifawi: Israeli police lock up Haifa activist for Facebook statuses (972mag)

Police detained and held Razi Nabulsi, a young Palestinian from Haifa for a week for statuses he posted to Facebook and Twitter, claiming they constituted incitement. The catch? Even though the statuses were posted publicly on the Internet, police declared them to be secret evidence and refused to publicly say in court what he was accused of writing.

Noam Sheizaf: EU to bypass its own anti-settlements guidelines (972mag)

Israeli and European officials are reportedly nearing an agreement that would allow Israeli institutions to continue operating freely in the West Bank while enjoying EU grants.

Yoav Haifawi: Syria – How did it all Begin? (Free Haifa)

It is basically revolution of the Syrian society, pulling the thrones of tyranny from its suffering body. It is a revolution that starts with the defense of human dignity and its main aim is to put an end to humiliation.

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: Fixing intelligence on Syria? (Monde diplomatique)

Dan Hancox: Spain’s communist model village (Guardian)

Marinaleda, in impoverished Andalusia, used to suffer terrible hardships. Led by a charismatic mayor, the village declared itself a communist utopia and took farmland to provide for everyone. Could it be the answer to modern capitalism’s failings?

To understand what happened near Lampedusa:
Philippe Rekacewicz: Mapping Europe’s war on immigration (Monde diplomatique)

Europe has built a fortress around itself to protect itself from ‘illegal’ immigration from the South, from peoples fleeing civil war, conflict and devastating poverty. The story is best understood through maps.

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