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Orientalist Feminism Rears its Head in India

[Placard of a protestor in Delhi, showing their anger against recent gang rape in Delhi. Image by Ramesh Lalwani.]

The brutal rape and murder of a young medical student in Delhi by a gang of young men, followed closely by the suicide of a Delhi rape victim who was pressured into marrying her rapist by police, has provoked international criticism of the Indian government and widespread protests across India by a diverse strata of Indian society. In the melee of protests with the government, the Indian state has used tear gas and live ammunition, killing a reporter. ...

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How Thomas Friedman Distorts Realities in Egypt, Pakistan, and India

[India-Pakistan borderland by night from space. Image from NASA via Flickr[

In a recent New York Times op-ed, liberal icon Thomas Friedman asks if Egypt— currently in the midst of  street demonstrations, violent repression, and a referendum all surrounding a controversial constitution—will develop into a secular, democratic, modern state—in his words, "the next India"—or an intolerant, Islamist military regime—also in his words, "the next Pakistan.” Both the question and the article are riddled with faulty assumptions and ...

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National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference Opposes “Normalizing” Israeli Human Rights Abuses

[Noura Erekat during her keynote address to the conference. Image by Sara Jawhari via Flickr]

Over three hundred student organizers from across the United States converged at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor over the weekend for the second annual National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) Conference. In addition to reaffirming the call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against the State of Israel for its ongoing human rights violations against the Palestinian people, the student organizers passed a number of resolutions making way for effective ...

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Bio

Amith Gupta

 

Amith Gupta is an organizer of the National Students for Justice in Palestine. He graduated from Bard College with a BA in Political Studies and Middle Eastern Studies 2012. During his undergraduate career, he founded and led a support chapter of the Palestine-based International Solidarity Movement from 2009-2012 at Bard College. Gupta is also a member of the Berkeley-based Free Palestine Movement. He currently resides in California and serves as an Outreach Project leader at Jadaliyya.