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WHEN THINKING ABOUT the works of Leo Tolstoy, one would be forgiven if the first books that come to mind are Anna Karenina (1887)and War and Peace (1869); they are his most famous titles after all. However, many might be surprised by what some would call his political magnum opus, The Kingdom of God is Within You (1894). Titled after a verse in Luke 17, this book outlines Tolstoy’s major deviation from standard Christian dogma and doctrine of the Russian Orthodox, and, indeed, the majority of major Church doctrines around the world.
ON APRIL 17, 2024, the students of Columbia University’s “Apartheid Divest” coalition, led by Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, erected an encampment, a “liberated zone” with posters copied straight from the Columbia occupation of 1968. As this encampment began, Columbia’s President Shafik was sitting before congress to testify about the rise of antisemitism on college campuses. When she returned to campus, President Shafik ordered the destruction of the encampments and the arrest of over 100 student protesters.
On March 16, 2024, Platypus Affiliated Society members D. L. Jacobs, Artendy Malik, and Lucy Parker interviewed Sudanese Communist Party members Mohamed Khalifa and Osama Saeed. An edited transcript follows.