I am currently reading The Vandemonian War by Nick Brodie. As always, when I learn more about Australia’s history involving the Indigenous peoples, I grow more and more disappointed with the shallow understanding that our education system throws at countless disinterested students. But I’ve written about that already, and there was a small point Brodie made about the press coverage that made me chuckle – rather cynically – at the parallels to today.
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You ever just nearly set off an invasion because it looks like you’re going to lose a second election in 5 months and you have corruption charges looming? No? Just the current Prime Minister of Israel? Because that’s what he tried to do, and while a new invasion of Gaza was averted this week, the Israeli election has a lot at stake.
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At no point in modern history, or perhaps one could argue any point in recorded human history, has the world not had some state of conflict between one or more groups of people. To have knowledge of history is to know that humanity has an unnerving addiction to violence as a means and an end to and of their goals. It’s ironic that humanity is used synonymously with kindness when our species seems incapable of grasping what that even means in times of war.
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A few days ago, Palestine lodged a complaint to the International Court of Justice against the US. The ICJ released a statement explaining that Palestine is challenging Washington’s decision to move the United States’ embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on the grounds that it violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961). Given the special status the United Nations endowed on Jerusalem, and the numerous resolutions the Security Council has passed opposing and invalidating Israel’s claim to the city, the Palestinians have a case.
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