#32 - Summer-Fall 2002

Vol. 16, No. 2
The Palestine Question
The Editors

Nine months into Washington’s “war on terrorism,” its predictable adverse consequences are becoming sharply etched. Incipient resentments in many parts of the world have been enhanced rather than diminished. An already dangerous...

Ramón Labañino & Gerardo

[Editorial introduction: In December 2001/January 2002, five Cubans who had been doing undercover investigative work within the Miami exile community, aimed at protecting their country against Miami-based terrorist attacks (...

(December 13, 2001)

Your Honor, ladies and gentlemen:

First of all, I join in all of the arguments put forward by my four brothers in this case and in my recognition of the professional behavior of the...

[extract] (December 12, 2001)

[...] Your Honor, I have always said, and will repeat now, that I deeply regret the loss of those four lives [in the 1996 Brothers to the Rescue clash], and I understand the...

The Palestine Question

Editorial introduction: Although the idea of a Palestinian state has now been accepted by the U.S. government, it is clear that any serious response to the bloodshed in Israel/Palestine must go beyond such token recognitions....


In considering the historic developments that led to the Palestinians' participation in the Oslo Accords, it is first necessary to reject the mythmaking that is perpetuated not only by the Israeli occupation forces and the American...


I want to look at the text of the Oslo Accords, and to ask whether the intentions of Israel and the Palestinians should have been clear to all concerned at the start-and not just to a handful of critics, most notably Edward Said. I will...


There is a tendency to dehistoricize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a clash of personalities, Sharon versus Arafat, or as an intractable tribal and religious struggle. Recently this tendency has been magnified by an exaggerated...


I wish to start by trying to distinguish between different concepts of modern nationalism and to speculate on how Zionism has established its own trend. How is it that we have gotten to the catastrophe that we are facing today?



Perhaps it is best to start with an anecdote. I can vividly recall that surprising evening of June 23, 1992 when the Israeli Labor Party, headed by Yitzhak Rabin, won the election against the incumbent Likud Party, headed by then-Prime...

Annemarie Kattan

A group of us have been working on a documentary in Lebanon. We visited four different refugee camps, including Shatila-the site of the 1982 massacre coordinated by the war criminal Ariel Sharon.

The Right of Return has become...


I highly recommend "The Children of Shatila"; it shows what the children in refugee camps are subjected to on a daily basis. Shafir Ahout, a well-known Palestinian politician (who was part of the Palestinian Authority until he broke off...


Imagine that you have to drive your kids to school along the beach because a foreign occupying power has closed off all the roads in your city. Imagine that you switch on your TV each morning to find out where shooting is going on that...


Mesnard y Mendez

...Anyone can understand that war and conquest without and the encroachment of despotism within mutually support each other; that money and people are habitually taken at will from a people of slaves to bring others...


Over the last few years a change of mood has affected German politics with regard to the country's "eastern problem." Until recently it was generally addressed by politicians with bluff confidence, expressing a sanguine faith that the...

Carlos M.

Social revolutions are massive progressive processes confronting from below the whole arrangement of power structures. If success- ful, they involve profound changes in class relations, as well as changes in the material and symbolic...


One way that capitalism maintains its hegemony is by repressing discussion or even awareness of Marx’s particular concept of class – the one he invented and added to the tradition of class analyses before him. Marx’s new concept focused...


In his retrospective declaration of literary intent, "Why I Write," George Orwell recalled that "What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art."1 This candidly programmatic...


Reviewed by David Michael

Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquié, BEN LADEN: LA VÉRITÉ INTERDITE (Paris: Denoël, 2001)

Published two months after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, this...

Reviewed by Joseph E.

Leo Panitch, Renewing Socialism: Democracy, Strategy, and Imagination (Boulder: Westview Press, 2001)

As we begin the new millennium we are haunted by the specters of neo-liberal reform, the political...

Reviewed by Gianpaolo

David Harvey, Spaces of Hope (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2000)

It is hard to overstate the influence of David Harvey in critical social studies in the last three decades,...

Reviewed by Benjamin

Jeff Ferrell, Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy (New York: Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2001).

The final weeks of Rudy Giuliani's term as mayor of New York City revealed as much about...

Reviewed by Gertrude Schaffner

Jamie Peck, Workfare States (New York: Guilford Press, 2001).

Jamie Peck's thesis is that the campaign to transform the rights-based benefit programs of the industrial-era welfare state into a post-...

Reviewed by John

Patrick Colm Hogan, The Culture of Conformism: Understanding Social Consent (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2001).

Conformity to the social order has proven perplexing to the most acute...

Reviewed by Harry

Regin Schmidt Red Scare: FBI & The Origins of Anti-Communism in the United States (University of Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2000).

The young lack a sense of history-of the Cold War, of...

Reviewed by Gerd

DOKUMENTE ZUR GESCHICHTE DER KOMMUNISTISCHEN BEWEGUNG IN DEUTSCHLAND [Documents on the History of the Communist Movement in Germany] Reihe 1945/1946, 6 vols. Edited by Günter Benser and Hans-Joachim Krusch, K.G....

Reviewed by Gerd

Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels: Werke, Artikel, Entwürfe Januar bis Dezember 1855. Hans-Jürgen Bochinski, Martin Hundt et al. (eds.), GESAMTAUSGABE (MEGA) Sec. I, Vol. 14 (Berlin: Akademie- Verlag, 2001).


Reviewed by J.D.

Frank Rosengarten, The Writings of the Young Marcel Proust (1885-1900): An Ideological Critique (New York: Peter Lang, 2001).

When approaching the early works of Marcel Proust, students of À la...

Reviewed by Hobart

Three Short Works on Cuba 1. Lilah Rosenblum, A Time For Change: Rethinking US-Cuba Policy (Washington Office on Latin America [WOLA], Washington, D.C. 2002). 75pp

Lilah Rosenblum, WOLA's Special...


Samir Awad is a graduate student in political science at Columbia University. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia, NYU, and Brooklyn College. A graduate of Birzeit University, he earned his M.A. in Economic...