All posts in category 'Imperialism'

The End of (Military) History?

July 31st, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Imperialism
    Andrew Bacevich July 29th 2010 Huffington Post

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    Photo Palestinian UN school bombed by Israeli military in Gaza.

“In watching the flow of events over the past decade or so, it is hard to avoid the feeling that something very fundamental has happened in world history.” This sentiment, introducing the essay that made Francis Fukuyama a household name, commands renewed attention today, albeit from a different perspective.

Developments during the 1980s, above all the winding down of the Cold War, had convinced Fukuyama that the “end of history” was at hand. “The triumph of the West, of the Western idea,” he wrote in 1989, “is evident… in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism.”

Today the West no longer looks quite so triumphant. Yet events during the first decade of the present century have delivered history to another endpoint of sorts. Although Western liberalism may retain considerable appeal, the Western way of war has run its course.

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Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Imperialism
    guardian.co.uk by Chris McGreal Sunday 23 May 2010

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Photo Documents on nuclear warheads between apartheid South Africa and Israel

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state’s possession of nuclear weapons.

The “top secret” minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa‘s defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel’s defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them “in three sizes”. The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that “the very existence of this agreement” was to remain secret.

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Montreal: Who’s the Terrorist?

    criminalization of social movements & the anti-terrorism crusade

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    Thursday, November 5th 2009
    6:30 pm Pavillon J-A-DeSève (DS)
    UQAM, Rm DS-1580
    320 Sainte-Catherine Street E.
    graphic obey

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Obama must match rhetoric with principle

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Imperialism, Politics
    George Bisharat, San Francisco Chronicle October 1st, 2009.

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    Photo: US President Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama has placed restoration of the stature of the United States among his primary foreign policy goals. He has already achieved substantial progress in Europe, where polls indicate that he is widely admired. The president’s June Cairo University speech also won praise in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Yet many across the globe still await the substantive policy changes implied by his inspiring words.

President Obama can solidify broader global respect by supporting the recommendations of the just-released Goldstone report in the United Nations Human Rights Council. Richard Goldstone, an eminent South African jurist, led a mission to investigate allegations of war crimes in Gaza last winter.

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Durban II: Minority Death Match

September 8th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Imperialism
    Harper’s Magazine, by Naomi Klein, September 2009.

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    Photo: Zoriah (c). Crack in wall in south Beirut, Lebanon.

When I arrived at the grand offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the Palais Wilson, looking out at a drizzly Lake Geneva, Navanethem Pillay was hunched over the shoulder of her deputy, Kyung-wha Kang, dictating a press release. “I am shocked and deeply disappointed,” I heard her say, pointing at the screen while Kang typed. It was 3:00 p.m., and Pillay was having a very bad day.

“Done,” she finally declared, plopping down at her conference table. The press release was a response to some disappointing news. The previous night, the United States, under the leadership of its first African-American president, had announced that it would boycott the United Nations Durban Review Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, citing its alleged anti-Israel bias. The conference was to start the following day, April 20, 2009, with Pillay presiding. Known by critics as “Durban II,” this was the only United Nations gathering specifically focused on pushing governments to combat racism inside their borders, a task that had become increasingly urgent as financial crises continued to stoke ethnic tensions around the world.

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Montreal: Reflections on Revolution

    Radical movements from the Weather Underground to Prisons to Palestine.

    SATURDAY MAY 16 2009 19h00
    featuring: Laura Whitehorn & Susie Day
    1400 de Maisonneuve Ouest
    Room LB-125, de Sève Cinema
    Concordia University
    Montreal, Quebec

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Artists Against Apartheid V

November 20th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Imperialism, Repression

within the ongoing cultural series uniting artists in Montreal against Israeli Apartheid.

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 7th 2008
    8pm. 5-10$
    La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent
    Montreal, Quebec

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Quebec: Students Against Israeli Apartheid

    to student unions and social movements across Quebec and Canada.

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    Declaration from L’Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante.

Montreal, May 2008 – L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), a Quebec-wide student union representing over 42 000 students, has passed a resolution to support the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israeli Apartheid. The motion was passed at the ASSÉ annual Congress, held on April 26th and 27th in Montreal. This resolution comes after over a year of consultations and discussions held within local student unions, in collaboration with Tadamon! Montreal, a local social justice collective. ASSÉ now invites all progressive organizations to join and support the call for the boycott campaign, issued by over 170 Palestinian civil society groups.

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Sixty Years of Nakba: Sixty Years of Resistance!

    May Actions Against Israeli Apartheid in Montreal.

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Join in Actions & Events taking place in Montreal throughout the month of
May 2008, which marks sixty years of struggle against Israeli apartheid.

Israel is suppressing a secret it must face

    How did a Jewish state founded 60 years ago
    end up throwing filth at cowering Palestinians?

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    by Johann Hari, the Independent, Monday, April 28th.

When you hit your 60th birthday, most of you will guzzle down your hormone replacement therapy with a glass of champagne and wonder if you have become everything you dreamed of in your youth. In a few weeks, the state of Israel is going to have that hangover.

She will look in the mirror and think – I have a sore back, rickety knees and a gun at my waist, but I’m still standing. Yet somewhere, she will know she is suppressing an old secret she has to face. I would love to be able to crash the birthday party with words of reassurance. Israel has given us great novelists like Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua, great film-makers like Joseph Cedar, great scientific research into Alzheimer’s, and great dissident journalists like Amira Hass, Tom Segev and Gideon Levy to expose her own crimes.

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