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Helena Cobban and Globalities

I first met Helena in Washington, DC on a book tour in 2014. She had recently published a book Gaza Writes Back and invited several of the Palestinian authors to visit the U.S.  I lived and worked in Gaza for nine months (2012-2013). Joining the book tour, I took the opportunity to introduce Refaat Alareer to Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham. My goal was to humanize Israel’s occupation for MLG. Four months later, Refaat’s brother was killed by an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip.

[Refaat Alareer in front of U.S. Capitol April 2014]

[Refaat meets Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham]

[Helena Cobban, Publisher, with Palestinian authors Refaat, Rawan and Yousef]

I’ve continued to stay in touch with Helena and these Palestinian writers. I highly recommend her latest article (published February 24, 2023) entitled What shape of a world do we want to build? where she reframes the bipolar fight between the West and Russia into a multipolar world  described by Jeffrey Sachs, the Chinese government in its new “Global Security Initiative” paper, and numerous others from (principally) the Global South have been calling for. I believe Helena’s perspective is one that every progressive needs to understand.

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