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Israel Deports African Refugees

HOLOT, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 18: An African asylum seeker awakes ready for a second day of protest outside the Holot detention centre where hundreds of migrants are being held February 18, 2014 in the southern Negev desert of Israel. More than 50,000 illegal African migrants are seeking asylum after escaping war and government repression in their native lands. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

Each week, the editor’s of LA Progressive pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Gary Corseri, who commented on David Love's "What Israel Is Doing to African Refugees Is a Moral Atrocity."

These are views that MUST be aired. And, frankly, I’m glad to see L.A. Progressive taking a brave stand here. And, Mr. Love’s article is an important addition to the debate.

One aspect of our current problems not mentioned here is the conundrum of living in a shrinking world with an expanding population.

One aspect of our current problems not mentioned here is the conundrum of living in a shrinking world with an expanding population. Modern technology, the Internet, robotics, etc. shrinks our world, makes many feel like “neighbors,” but that same technology can also exclude those who are unprepared, uneducated, etc. Then, of course, there are the damn wars everywhere–displacing individuals and millions of people from their “homeland,” or the only land they’ve ever known.

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Another displacement and another shrinkage of modern life has to do with “history” itself! There are individual narratives, whole-peoples’ narratives, but no real global narrative that could possibly encompass the expansion of humans across the planet–from around 200 million at the time of the Jewish (probably Essene) preacher (!) Jesus to our current plethora of 7.4 billion. No wonder we’ve got problems! (In the words of the old “Black” song: “Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen!”) H. G. Wells tried to suggest something of the dynamics of growth, expansion, contractions and conflicts in his masterpiece, “The Outline of History” (about 950 pages, if I recall the reading of my teens and twenties!) But there wasn’t enough lifetime in him to deal with the contingencies and exigencies of the emerging post-WWII imbroglio.

Flash from Nat’l Geographic now, appearing on my cell phone: “A heat-wave in Australia now is so severe, bats are dropping out of trees.”

Meanwhile, the Arctic is melting and the US is freezing!

How can we cultivate a global vision?