Trump and the Age of Victim-could

First, it was a breaking-news headline. Loud bangs heard at Trump rally in Pennsylvania. Then, an explanatory update. Shots fired. Then, it was named. Assassination attempt. Sounds became actions, actions became intentions. Then, finally—but thanks to the internet, so quickly—the image: Trump being ushered off-stage by his security detail, a grimace across his face, a smack of red blood above his right ear, his fist raised in defiance. More

Israel Seeks to Redraw the Laws of War

Most people probably don’t know this but Wikipedia has a page called “List of Israeli assassinations”. It begins in July 1956 and stretches over 68 years until today. The majority on the list are Palestinians; among them are famous Palestinian leaders PFLP’s Ghassan Kanafani, Fatah’s Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir – also known as Abu Jihad, Hamas’s Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and Islamic Jihad’s Fathi Shaqaqi. More

Crisis in the West, Opportunity for the Rest?

Thirty years ago, U.S. corporate capital, along with the Clinton administration, envisioned globalization, achieved through trade, investment, and financial liberalization, as the spearhead of its greater domination of the global economy. Wall Street and Washington were wrong. It was China that was the biggest beneficiary of globalization and the United States one of its main victims. More

Resisting Israeli Scholasticide and Academic Apartheid

Israel’s genocidal war is both massacring Palestinians and destroying their physical and social infrastructure. In particular, Israel has targeted Palestinian educational institutions. In late April, UN experts concluded, “with more than 80% of schools in Gaza damaged or destroyed, it may be reasonable to ask if there is an intentional effort to comprehensively destroy the Palestinian education system, an action known as ‘scholasticide’.”1 The aim of this settler-colonial project is to eradicate the physical, intellectual, and political reproduction of the Palestinian people. As Maya Wind documents in her new book Towers of Ivory and Steel, the Israeli higher education system plays a key role in this agenda. Spectre’s Ashley Smith interviews Wind about the current war, the nature of Zionist higher educational institutions, and the case for a boycott of Israeli universities. More