- 12:01 pm - Sat, Jul 26, 2014
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The most powerful oppressor is not the one who can kill, but the one who can convince the world that the oppressed deserves their oppression.
- 8:20 am - Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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"And that, I fear, is a universal principle. It is not merely the death of innocents that moves us, even in very large numbers. It is the circumstances of it that matter. We decide which deaths to mourn, which to ignore, which to celebrate, and which to rationalise on the basis of what story we want them to tell. Palestinian deaths matter more than Sudanese ones if you want to tell a story of Israeli aggression. Israeli deaths matter more than Palestinian ones if you want to tell a story of Hamas terrorism. Asylum seeker deaths at sea matter more than those on land if you want tell a story about people smuggling. But a death in detention trumps all if your story is about government brutality. And a death from starvation matters if you want to tell a story about global inequality – which so few people do. Everyone will insist they’re merely giving innocent human lives their due. And that’s true but only in the most partial sense. These are political stories driven by political commitments."
- 6:17 am - Sat, Jul 19, 2014
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Gaza death toll Infographic by ABC, based on UN OCHA data
- 6:12 am
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"It is only possible to systematically ignore the trauma experienced by Palestinians by privileging the humanity of one group (Israelis) above the other, arguably because of Australia’s affinity with Israel as a colonial-settler project. It is the fantasy of colonisers and their sympathisers that Palestinians should accept the status quo and can be anaesthetised with the illusory promise of a two-state solution. "