I’m struggling with this article I’m writing about the Middle East. But it’s required me to think again about the meaning & the scope of the monumental Arab uprisings against tyranny called the Arab Spring, especially in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, with reverberations in Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco. Mostly, it’s made me realize the place of the Palestinian struggle against the legacy & stranglehold of colonialism in the Middle East.

There’s so much hate & racism directed toward Arabs & Muslims but in this historic period it’s Palestinians, Kashmiris, & the indigenous tribes in the Americas who are leading the most intransigent battles against oppression, plunder, & inequality. Seemingly against all odds. Or at least without the big battalions of international solidarity.

The human race owes so much to them for the price they have paid & the leadership they show.