Obama’s speech is a symbolically important speech that doesn’t mean everything, but it means something; it means enough to make Netanyahu nervous, and that in itself is significant.
It is impossible to predict whether or not this unity government will successfully lay the foundation of Palestinian statehood. However, it is undeniable that the alliance between Hamas and Fatah reflects a significant political change.
I am sick and tired of the “debate” over the burqa ban. The issue at stake is not the burqa. It is Islamophobia; as per usual, the war of cultural values is being fought on the battleground of women’s bodies.
It is precisely by controlling our reproductive ability that we preserve the possibility for sex to be something more than pure animality, a way to glorify our love and God’s creation.
Though they copied aspects of the social media model of the Arab revolution, Palestinians are different in that they are far more experienced with protesting and have already had their intifada –twice. This time, instead of trying to rise up against a regime, they were trying to bring one together.
The decision facing the Supreme Court now is not simply whether the Wal-Mart case is too large to be prosecuted as a class-action lawsuit. It is whether women constitute a class.
At this point, what do workers have to lose? The nation is rapidly heading toward the outlawing of labor unions. This is the last stand for American labor.
What if the NSW and Australian governments were invested in disability services as much as they claim during election campaigns? It’d mean confronting the situation for some of the most vulnerable disabled Australians – even the politically unpopular ones, like disabled inmates.
Many other Arab states lack the serendipitous unity of Tunisia and Egypt, making their hopeful democratic transitions more challenging.
What stands out here is how similar the reactions have been, in two very different cases.