The World

SACSIS seeks to examine global issues, particularly as they relate to South Africa.

A View from Gaza: We Hug the Children as the Bombs Fall

Picture: Palestinian Children courtesy Tijen Erol/flickr Mona El-Farra - GAZA – Written Between 3 am and 4 am early Wednesday morning, July 9, 2014. The Israeli warships continue shelling...It is dark. I do not know what is going on and I can hear successive bombing. I am thinking of all the people I know tonight, especially my colleagues at the hospitals who are working under severe pressure and lacking basic medical supplies. Stay strong. I heard they bombed the area around the European hospital east of Khan Younis in Southern Gaza...Then the...

Israel/Palestine: Children's Lives in the Balance - Is One Worth More Than Another?

Picture: Protest sign at Israeli consulate in Boston courtesy "The guy by the door...", a blog hosted by Harvard University. Medea Benjamin & Pam Bailey - With the news that the bodies of three missing Israeli teens had been found in a field not far from the stretch of road where they disappeared June 12, people everywhere reacted rightly with sorrow and anger. Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, also 16, were students who lived with their families in a Jewish-only settlement near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank. The settlement and others like it have been declared illegal by the International Court of...

American Socrates

Picture: Noam Chomsky at a conference in Germany in June 2013 courtesy Fazila Farouk/SACSIS. By Chris Hedges - CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Noam Chomsky, whom I interviewed last Thursday at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has influenced intellectuals in the United States and abroad in incalculable ways. His explications of empire, mass propaganda, the hypocrisy and pliability of the liberal class and the failings of academics, as well as the way language is used as a mask by the power elite to prevent us from seeing reality, make him the most important intellectual in the country. The...

Europe: Four Pictures of Migration

Picture: New Left Project Carl Rowlands - The docks: the ghost of capitalism past. Let’s start with a dockyard in the early twentieth century. In the first glimmerings of dawn, men queue by a wall, and a foreman walks up and down, selecting which men are going to be offered work on that particular day. This may seem almost a caricature of heartless capitalism, yet it is a deep folk memory within the labour movement. Mines, docks and countless factories were run on this basis until the first majority Labour government in...

It's Not Your Granny's Ireland Any More

Picture: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams courtesy Iberian Proteus/flickr Harry Browne - Dublin - For many years, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was the member of the British parliament for West Belfast in Northern Ireland, albeit one who refused to take his seat in London. Since 2011, however, he has served in the Irish legislature, without abstention, representing constituents across the border in the Republic of Ireland’s County Louth. But if you can take the man out of Belfast, you can’t take the terrible history of Belfast out of the man. A few weeks ago he was...

Defying Israel, Pope Prays at 'Apartheid Wall'

Picture: The pope praying next to the words: "Pope, we need someone to speak about justice," courtesy Common Dreams. Lauren McCauley - During his historic trip to Bethlehem on Sunday, Pope Francis made waves after taking a surprise detour to pray at what is known as the "apartheid wall." The stop at the barrier—which annexes Palestinian land, cutting off Palestinians from their fields, livelihood, and each other—was made on the second day of the pontiff's Middle East visit after touring Jordan on Saturday. Describing the detour, the Guardian reports: His route had been planned to pass...