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Global meltdown: the Arab repercussions

October 7th, 2008 | Posted in Economy

    Rami G. Khouri. Daily Star. Wednesday, October 08, 2008

    Photo: Roshnii Rose. Amman skyline.

As the scale of the global financial crisis becomes clearer and its repercussions are felt in every corner of the world, the extent to which entire societies will suffer will depend partly on the quality of their governance systems. Those countries with governments that enjoy the respect and confidence of their citizens are likely to weather the stresses more easily than countries where politicians are viewed with disdain.

I suspect the Middle East, and its Arab countries in particular, will be hard hit by the crisis, for several reasons. The main one is that during the past 35 years since the oil boom of the early 1970s, most Arab countries have not risen to the challenge of responsible governance by developing economies based on productive industries and other economic sectors.

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Lebanon: Nearly 300 people killed or wounded since 2006

    Daily Star by By Anthony Elghossain. Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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    Photo: © Zoriah Beirut 2006.

BEIRUT: Nearly 300 people have been killed or injured in South Lebanon by unexploded ordnance dropped by Israel just before the cease-fire that halted the 2006 summer war, and more than half of the areas originally contaminated by cluster bomblets have yet to be fully cleared, according to the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center for Southern Lebanon (MACC).

The results of a new MACC overview of its functions in Lebanon were released to the public Friday in order to mark, in part, International Mine Action Day. MACC field officer Dalia Farran discussed the results of the study, noting that “since the 2006 [summer war] cease-fire, 965 locations contaminated by unexploded ordnances have been identified throughout the 39 million square meters that constitute South Lebanon.”

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Apartheid Economics: Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement

    Interview with Kole Kilibarda of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
    conducted by Stefan Christoff for Fighting FTAs.

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    Photo: Palestinians hold a protest against the Apartheid Wall…

Canada’s first trade accord signed outside the western hemisphere was with Israel in 1997. International trade relations with Canada, the U.S. and the European Union are essential components to Israel’s economy, creating external markets for Israeli products to be sold, while embedding Israeli economic activity within the international market. Today, Palestinians are appealing for an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel, in response to the ongoing occupation of Palestine defined by a military enforced apartheid facing the Palestinian people.

Throughout the Middle East a strong campaign against the normalization of economic and political relations with Israel remains. Kole Kilibarda is an organizer with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto, which is campaigning against the Israel-Canada free trade agreement. Kilibarda explains the details of the Canada-Israel trade agreement, while offering a critique on Canada’s interest in maintaining a trade accord with Israel.

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Economics and Israeli Apartheid: E.U.-Israel Economic Association Agreement

    Interview with John Hilary of War on Want,
    conducted by Stefan Christoff for Fighting FTAs.

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    Photo: Graffiti on Israel’s apartheid wall in Bethlehem.

An economic association agreement between the European Union and Israel lends international political legitimacy to the Israeli government, while providing a critical export market for Israeli goods and products, an essential element to Israel’s international trade policy.

Growing debate is occurring within Europe concerning the E.U.-Israel agreement in the face of Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestinian land and systemic abuses of Palestinian human rights as documented by international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. A critical provision within the economic agreement stipulates that both the E.U. and Israel respect human rights, a provision that has clearly been ignored in the continuation of the agreement, despite wide-spread abuses of Palestinian human rights by Israel.

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Picket! Break the Siege on Gaza!

    International day of action in solidarity with the people of Gaza initiated
    by the Popular Committee Against Siege – Gaza City…

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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd: 1-3pm
    Picket at Indigo Bookstore:
    St. Catherine St., west of McGill College
    metro Peel

Gaza Strip remains under siege. Until today Israel continues to impose collective punishment on the 1.5 million Palestinians of Gaza, who face chronic shortages of electricity, fuel, food and basic necessities in the context of an ongoing campaign of military violence executed by the apartheid state of Israel.

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Gaza: Breaking out

    Al-Ahram: As ordinary Palestinians force their way into Egypt from besieged
    Gaza, the Israeli-instigated humanitarian crisis is carried with them…

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    Photo: Palestinians trying to buy bread crowd outside a bakery in Gaza…

Qualified as a “war crime” by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and illegal “collective punishment” by the European Union and international agencies, the humanitarian and political crisis created by Israel’s five-day hermetic seal on Gaza is taking a toll not only on the 1.5 million inhabitants of the impoverished coastal strip. Damaged “beyond repair”, according to several Palestinians speaking to Al-Ahram Weekly from Rafah, is the image of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is being widely blamed for “turning a blind eye to the misery of his own people in Gaza” while continuing to engage in talks with Israel on peace.

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Israel to build in East Jerusalem.

    The Guardian. Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem. Wednesday December 5, 2007.

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    Photo: Israeli Settlement in the West Bank

Israel’s housing ministry said yesterday it plans to build 307 new homes in a settlement in East Jerusalem, drawing swift condemnation from Palestinian officials.

Tenders were published for housing units in Har Homa, a settlement to the south-east of the city on land captured by Israel in the 1967 war and later annexed. East Jerusalem is now home to around 200,000 Jewish settlers. Most of the international community does not recognise Israel’s annexation of the east of the city.

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Palestine: Uprooted and displaced.

    Israeli military destroys a 267-person Palestinian farming village…

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    by Jesse Rosenfeld. Palestine Monitor. November 7th, 2007

Standing on a hill at the edge of Idhna with the displaced farmers Muhammad Talab and Muhammad Ibrahim Natah, the only visible remnants of their destroyed village is a patch of white dust just on the other side of Israel’s wall. Despite being part of the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military destroyed the 267-person farming village of tents and tin houses west of Hebron on October 29 and allegedly ordered villagers to relocate to Idhna.

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Palestinians live as “ghosts” in Gaza

October 20th, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Corporate Media, Economy, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity

    Reuters Jabalya, Gaza Strip, October 19th. By Nidal al-Mughrabi

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    Photo: Kuolemaki Gaza City.

Officially, Mahmoud Jnaid does not exist. The 25-year-old Palestinian almost made that a reality earlier this month when he doused himself with petrol and tried to set himself alight.

Jnaid is one of about 54,000 displaced Palestinians who returned to Gaza and the West Bank from abroad after an interim peace accord in 1993, but still have no identity cards because Israel refuses to approve them. Following years of silence, they recently started holding weekly protests in Hamas-run Gaza to demand the documents, which they need to travel as well as for daily basics like opening a bank account or getting a driving licence.

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Montreal Screening: The Iron Wall.

    A documentary directed by Mohammed Alatar

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    October 18th at 9:00pm (English version)
    October 18th at 7:00pm (French version)

    One Night Only at Cinema du Parc.
    Organized by Palestinian and Jewish Unity PAJU.

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