Somdeep Sen

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(FILES) This file photo taken on Dec. 4, 2001 shows US Marine Cobra attack helicopters circling above larger CH-53 helicopters at the US Marines operations base in southern Afghanistan. President George W. Bush launched his "war on terror" in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, with air strikes on Afghanistan after the Taliban government had sheltered Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda movement. (Jim Hollander / POOL / AFP)

Following the Aug. 26 bombing at the Kabul Airport, President Biden said, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay…These ISIS terrorists will not win.”

Biden’s reference to terrorism was hardly surprising. Since 9/11, the word “terrorism” has been a central element of the political narrative depicting the United States as fully engaged in an existential struggle against the “axis of evil.”

Two decades on, the language of “terrorism” pervades the politics of countries around the globe. In our new book, we contend that the 20 years since 9/11 demonstrate how language has produced collateral damage in the form of expanded violence against all forms of opposition.…  Seguir leyendo »

Palestinian families take shelter at a United Nations school in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

As protests erupted over the forced expulsion of Palestinian families in east Jerusalem, Israel blamed the Palestinian Islamist faction Hamas for the “escalation.” In reality, Hamas had little to do with the protests: Young Palestinians were demonstrating against Israel’s systematic effort to use land ownership laws and the courts to force out Palestinians and (re)make the city as the capital of the Jewish people.

A week ago, Hamas began launching missiles into Israel, ostensibly in retaliation for Israeli police attacks on Palestinian worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Israel responded with a massive air bombardment of Gaza, adding ground artillery by week’s end.…  Seguir leyendo »