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Violent Occupation, Unreasonable Restrictions, Collective Punishment: A Reading List on the Israel–Palestine Crisis in Gaza

Continued violence and non-recognition of basic rights have marked the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The self-governed Gaza Strip has faced “collective punishment” and “retaliation” by Israel in response to Palestinian resistance to occupation. The international community’s failure to hold Israel to account is marked by the non-recognition of the Palestinian claims to justice.

Understanding Capitalism through Lohia

Extending Lohia to our times, we can infer an important truth about capitalism. Capitalist development cannot take place without colonial or neocolonial exploitation. In the absence of external colonies or neocolonies, capitalism tries to create internal colonies, but they are not enough for full-fledged modern industrial development, which requires both exploitation of labour and the plunder and destruction of natural resources on a global scale. If internal colonial exploitation is fundamental to capitalism and unequal exchange in various forms is one of its important mechanisms, the Third World can be liberated only when it breaks away from the present system of international trade, exchange and finance and looks at ways of building an alternative society in all senses.

Japan, the United States and Yasukuni Nationalism

This paper considers the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese war memory and representation in relationship to contemporary nationalism and its implications for the future of the Asia-Pacific. It emphasises three aspects about the "Yasukuni Problem" and contemporary nationalism that are absent in much of the discussion in Japan, the Asia-Pacific and internationally. The first is the need to transcend an exclusively Japanese perspective by locating the issues within the framework of the Japan-US relationship. The second locates war nationalism in general, and Yasukuni in particular, within the broader purview of competing nationalism in the Asia-Pacific. The third recognises deep fissures among the Japanese people with respect to Yasukuni, nationalism and the emperor in whose name Japan fought, and memories of colonialism and war.

'Crusading' Do-Gooders

Islam is being increasingly seen in the west as a Satanic-inspired programme of terrorism that bodes ill for all humankind and represents the greatest challenge to Christianity and Christiandom. Christian evangelist fundamentalists appear to be convinced that the time has now come to wage an all-out spiritual war or 'crusade' in the Muslim world. It is very likely that India, with its vast Muslim population, figures prominently on their map.

The Locations of Hindi

Hindi Nationalism by Alok Rai , Tracts for the Times 13, Orient Longman, Delhi, 2000; pp 138, Rs 150.
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