Monthly Archives: March 2011

Free Congressional Trips to Israel: Learning to Embrace Your Narrative

by James M. Wall On March 23, the Chicago Tribune presented one of its periodic reports on  overseas travel by Chicago area members of the US Congress. The country most often visited? Israel. The Tribune‘s interest was primarily on what motivated … Continue reading

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“Miral” Asks Questions The Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to Hear

by James M. Wall In an early scene from the new motion picture Miral, the school principal Hind Husseini, tells a group of teenage Palestinian girls that “an uprising some people call an intifada has started”. Miral whispers to a … Continue reading

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Fear Goes Away When the Desire To Act for Liberation Is Shared By Others

by James M. Wall In 1968, American civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin wrote, “We would be mistaken to think that the only desires of young Negroes today are to have a job, to have a decent house, to be well … Continue reading

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Bibi Is On “The Wrong Side of History” When He Opposes Arab Uprisings

by James M. Wall Professor Fawaz A. Gerges explained why Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu tried to use his considerable political muscle in a failed effort to keep Hosni Mubarak in power. Gerges, who teaches Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at … Continue reading

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