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Nasrallah on Presidential Crisis.

    By Rym Ghazal. Daily Star .

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    Photo: Hassan Nasrallah Graffiti, Lebanon.

BEIRUT: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah cast a broad net on Sunday, vowing that no one could disarm his Hizbullah resistance fighters, recommending early parliamentary elections as a remedy to the standoff over Lebanon’s presidency, and warning that recent Israeli military exercises were preparation for a new conflict.

Nasrallah also reached out to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, many of whom live in camps near neighborhoods known as hotbeds of Hizbullah support, and voiced opposition to the government’s plans to privatize the country’s two mobile-phone networks.

In a televised address to a crowded Hizbullah rally in commemoration of Martyrs Day, Nasrallah promised that no power could force his group to give up its arms.

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Queer Resistance and the War on Terror.

November 8th, 2007 | Posted in Iran, Gender and Sexuality, Politics, Repression, Resistance
    Re-Negotiating a Middle Eastern Perspective. Photo: Tehran, Iran.

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    Thursday, November 15th, 5:30 pm
    McGill University (855 Sherbrooke West)
    Leacock Building 232.

An evening of film and discussion focused on contemporary representations of Iranian sexuality and their relationship to imperialist discourses with guest speaker Sima Shakhsari (Department of Anthropology, Stanford University)

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Tariq Ali: Hezbollah and Canada.

    Produced for Radio Tadamon! by Stefan Christoff.

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    Download / Podcast the program from the Rabble Podcast Network.

Terrorism is a contested terrain, a political landscape on which the highest levels of international military power engage in a deadly war. In 2007 terrorism remains an ominous threat, a political ghost invoked in the foreign policy rhetoric of Canada’s Conservative government surrounding the ‘War on Terror’.

In 2002 Canada unveiled an official list of ‘terrorist’ organizations, strikingly similar to the US governmental list of an equivalent nature. Today the Lebanese political movement Hezbollah, both the military and political wings, is officially considered a ‘terrorist’ organization by the government of Canada, a policy only endorsed by two additional countries internationally, the US and Israel.

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Report: Who is the Terrorist?

    Montreal, October 2007.

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    Photo: Tatiana Gomez, Montreal October 2007.

In the context of the campaign to challenge the listing of Hezbollah as a ‘terrorist’ organization in Canada, on Wednesday, October 17th, Tadamon! Montreal hosted a major lecture at McGill University as part of Culture Shock 2007.

Upwards of 200 people gathered to hear presentations from Bilal Elamine, the former editor of Left Turn Magazine, currently living in Beirut, Lebanon and Brian Aboud, a sociologist and historian active within Tadamon!. In addition a documentary film on the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, “A Summer Not to Forget”, by the Lebanese filmmaker Carol Mansour, was screened for the first time in Canada.

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Radio Tadamon! Islamic Democracy and the War on Terror.

    Produced for Radio Tadamon! by Stefan Christoff.

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    Download / Podcast the program from the Rabble Podcast Network.

Listen to an interview with the Washington editor of Harpers Magazine, Ken Silverstein, who recently published an article entitled, “Parties of God: The Bush doctrine and the rise of Islamic democracy”, which examines the current democratic developments in the Middle East within the context of the U.S. supported War on Terror.

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Le Devoir: U.S. Attempt for Hegemony in the Middle East

July 24th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Iran, Corporate Media, Politics

    Édition du mardi 24 juillet 2007. Hoda Asmar, Historienne.
    Membre de Tadamon! Montreal.

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    Photo: U.S. military unit near Safwan Hill, Iraq
    during the U.S. military invasion of 2003.

    Réponse à la libre opinion du consul général d’Israël,
    «La tentative iranienne d’exercer une hégémonie régionale au Moyen-Orient».

Le 20 juillet, dans les colonnes du Devoir, M. Attali, consul général d’Israël à Montréal, pose la question suivante: «Quel est le point commun entre les nombreuses turbulences que traverse le Moyen-Orient actuellement, qu’il s’agisse de la prise de contrôle de la bande de Gaza par le Hamas, de la lutte pour le pouvoir du Hezbollah au Liban, de l’agitation qui secoue l’Irak ou de l’acquisition prochaine de l’arme nucléaire par une dictature radicale? La réponse est l’Iran.» En réalité, cette réponse serait plutôt: les États-Unis. Lorsqu’on connaît les projets américains de «nouveau Moyen-Orient», agiter la «menace iranienne» constitue une stratégie de diversion qui ne résiste pas à l’examen des faits.

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Beware of US gamblers playing with Iran

February 4th, 2007 | Posted in Iran, Other

Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, February 3rd, 2007

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Regardless of whether the United States’ current military surge and slight shift in tactics in Iraq succeeds or not, Washington has clearly defined and started to implement its fallback plan in the Middle East: an across-the-board battle against Iran. The US has unleashed, or unsheathed, military, diplomatic, economic, proxy, clandestine, and rhetorical means to hold the line against Tehran’s growing regional power.

This is what is called a “full court press” in basketball strategy, where you aggressively harass and push against the opponent at all points on the court, hoping to slow down his momentum and fluster him into making mistakes. As a fan, I have experienced the thrill of a full court press, but also recognize it as a desperate tactic, used when all else fails, and enjoying very mixed chances of success.

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