Plunder and erasure – Israel’s control over Palestinian archives

“The essay discusses one characteristic of colonial archives – how the ruling state plunders/loots the colonized archives and treasures and controls them in its colonial archives – erasing them from the public sphere by repressive means, censors and restricts their exposure and use, alters their original identity, regulates their contents and subjugates them to colonizer’s laws, rules and terminology. It focuses on two archives plundered by Israel in Beirut in 1980s: the Palestine Research Center and archive of Palestinian films. The essay continues my earlier research on Palestinian visual (and other) archives taken as booty or looted by pre-state Jewish military organizations and soldiers or civilians in the first half of the twentieth century, especially during the Nakba (the Palestinian catastrophe, 1948), and later by Israel’s military bodies. It analyzes the plunder itself while focusing on the power relations reflected toward the hybrid gazes of the colonizer and the colonized and discusses colonial features of military archives holding and controlling seized materials. While colonial museums have been largely discussed, and also archives holding colonial history, this is one of the first essays to discuss features of colonial archives holding plundered archives/material.”

Rona Sela (2017): The Genealogy of Colonial Plunder and Erasure – Israel’s Control over Palestinian Archives, Social Semiotics, DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2017.1291140

To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2017.1291140

Published online: 03 Mar 2017.

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On the Beach 2017. ‘The war was over… Was it started by an accident or mistake. There was no victor… ’

The US submarine captain says, “We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.”

He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

The war was over in a month. The United States, Russia and China were the protagonists. It is not clear if it was started by accident or mistake. There was no victor. The northern hemisphere is contaminated and lifeless now. Continue reading

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Long live the just cause of the Venezuelan people to uphold the Bolivarian Revolution!

Demonstration in support of the of the Venezuelan people and their defence of the Bolivarian Republic, Ottawa, July 29, 2017, one of several in Canadian cities.

(August 2, 2017) – The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) expresses its whole-hearted support for the Venezuelan people in their struggle to defend the Bolivarian Revolution and the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic against foreign-inspired violent opposition forces.

We wish them the greatest of success with their completely legitimate process to create a new constitution that will express the true aspirations of the people today and allow them to create a society that will continue to make advances in improving the lives of the people. Continue reading

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72nd anniversary of nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: No More Hiroshimas! No More Nagasakis!

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On the morning of August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atom bomb that exploded above the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing about 140,000 people in the initial blast, in total more than 237,000. Three days after the Hiroshima bombing, the United States dropped another atomic bomb on the southern Japanese city of Nagasaki killing 8,500 people and eventually resulting in the deaths of more than 70,000 people due to exposure to radiation and injuries. Continue reading

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Venezuela’s response to US interference

1. Government rejects CIA Chief’s interventionist admission

The following statement was issued by the Government of Venezuela on July 25, 2017.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the declarations of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, Michael Pompeo, and denounces before the international community the systematic attacks against Venezuela from the USA, including: Continue reading

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Organization of American States once again fails to pass resolution undermining Venezuela’s sovereignty

Vancouver picket, July 7, 2017, defends Venezuela’s sovereignty and opposes U.S. and Canadian interference.

Members of the Organization of American States (OAS) have once again failed to reach a consensus to “take action on Venezuela,” TeleSur reported on July 26. Continue reading

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July 30 Constituent Assembly elections in Venezuela: Support the Bolivarian Revolution! Hands Off Venezuela!

Mass rally in support of the constituent assembly, Caracas, Venezuela, July 27, 2017.

On Sunday, July 30, the people of Venezuela will elect a National Constituent Assembly. Nearly 20 million Venezuelans will choose from 6,120 candidates representing diverse sectors of society and areas of the country to represent them. Their aim is to consolidate the Bolivarian political process so as to resolve the country’s problems peacefully and end the foreign-inspired violence and interference in the country’s internal affairs. Continue reading

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