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Tadamon! open letter to Cirque du Soleil

7 juillet 2012 | معتمد Boycott, Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Solidarity
    Montreal, Quebec, July 2012 letter from Tadamon! collective

    art work by Palestinian artist Nidal Elkhairy. Dear Cirque du Soleil,

We are a Montreal-based collective working in solidarity with the Palestinian people and are writing to you concerning your upcoming performances of Alegría in Tel Aviv, Israel in August 2012.

It is not uncommon for internationally renowned artists such as Cirque du Soleil to be invited to Israel. You may not be aware, however, that by performing in Israel, well-known artists provide credibility to, and indirectly endorse, the actions and policies of the Israeli government. In fact, the Israeli government is actively and openly pursuing a policy to attract artists to Israel in an attempt to whitewash its own violations of international law and the apartheid laws it imposes on Palestinians.

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Photo: Toward Return

20 mai 2011 | معتمد Lebanon, Palestine
    photo via Nakba protest at Lebanon/Palestine border May 2011.

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Photo: Palestinian march toward return, at Lebanon’s border to historic Palestine.

A Palestinian man holding a Palestinian flag looks toward fellow demonstrators gathering to commemorate Nakba on May 15, 2011. Palestinian refugees from throughout Lebanon converged at Lebanon’s historic border with Palestine to demand and protest for their right to return to Palestine as refugees, outlined in UN resolution 242.

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Lebanese struggle to make ends meet for Eid al-Adha

17 novembre 2010 | معتمد Beirut, Lebanon

by Simona Sikimic & Wassim Mroueh Daily Star Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

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    Photo Beirut skyline view from civil war destroyed building.

People across the country prepared for three days of relative calm as they planned to gather with family and friends Tuesday to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

The break is viewed by many as much-needed reprieve from the heated political rhetoric that has raged over the impending indictment from the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and engulfed Lebanon in a spiral of mistrustful bickering, threatening to reignite sectarian strife.

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Israel’s multi-front war on Lebanese resistance

23 août 2010 | معتمد Beirut, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Palestine
    Hicham Safieddine, Electronic Intifada 18 August 2010

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Photo Massel Cassel A weapon is positioned at a UN base in southern Lebanon.

The international coverage of border clashes between Lebanese and Israeli military forces earlier this month may have suggested the confrontation was a mere squabble over cutting a tree that went awry in a “trigger-happy” and “conflict-prone” region. Less than a week later, one of several recent speeches by Hizballah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah managed to get brief global media coverage. He presented visual and audio material suggesting that Israel may have assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in February 2005.

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Bourj el-Barajneh: Searching for Meaning in a Refugee Camp

17 août 2010 | معتمد Beirut, Lebanon, Palestine
    by Ramzy Baroud, Palestine Chronicle – Beirut, Lebanon

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    Photo Simon Norfolk Palestinian refugee camp Bourj el-Barajneh.

Two young girls stood, as if frozen, starting below them at an ever vibrant Beirut. Their balcony, like the rest of their house and most of their refugee camp was of an indistinct color. It was dirty, as were their clothes. They, on the other hand, looked beautiful and bright, although their future didn’t.

Here in Bourj el-Barajneh, one of a dozen Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, time seems to have stood still for years. Generation after generation, children grow up in the same desperate reality, punished for crimes they did not commit, injured by a history not of their making. They stand on dirty balconies, cracked beyond repair, watching Beirut and the world go by.

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Lebanon: FuturePipe Workers, fighting for their right to work

8 août 2010 | معتمد Beirut, Lebanon, Palestine
    open sit-in by FuturePipe Workers in Akkar, North Lebanon

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    Photo Farah Koubaissy Half of Lebanese population lives with two dollars.

Since the 12th of July 2010, workers of the FuturePipe Factory in North Lebanon have been holding an open sit-in protesting against the closure of the factory. The management of the factory had stated that the reason behind closure is due to significant losses.

Yet the workers clearly indicate that the factory is not making any losses. It is actually generating substantial profit. Only about a month ago, the owners of the factory bought new equipment at a cost of more than a million US dollars. They also opened branches in different Arab countries.

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Tadamon! Statement in solidarity with Al Adab Magazine


6 août 2010 | معتمد Beirut, Culture, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Imperialism
    August 2010, Montreal, Quebec

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    Photo Beirut skyline from airplane over Mediterranean.

The Tadamon! collective wishes to express its full solidarity with Mr. Samah Idriss, editor of Al Adab (“Literature”) Magazine.

About Al Adab

Since its inception in 1953, this important Arabic cultural magazine has played a key role in encouraging progressive thought and debate in the Arab world.

Published in Beirut, Lebanon, Al Adab magazine has become a meeting place for critical reflection on grassroots democratic movements and a platform for voices decrying both colonization and dictatorship throughout the Middle East.

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Cluster bomb ban comes into effect

6 août 2010 | معتمد Boycott, France, Lebanon, Palestine
    Monday, August 02, 2010 Al Jazeera

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    Photo Palestinians inspect ground after Israeli bombing in Gaza.

A global treaty banning cluster munitions has gone into force.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions, which became binding international law on Sunday, prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of the weapon, which is blamed for killing and maiming tens of thousands of civilians.

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Israel has crept into the EU

6 août 2010 | معتمد France, Lebanon, Palestine
    Independent Robert Fisk, Saturday, 31 July 2010

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    Photo Israeli air force cadets at military training.

The death of five Israeli servicemen in a helicopter crash in Romania this week raised scarcely a headline.

There was a Nato-Israeli exercise in progress. Well, that’s OK then. Now imagine the death of five Hamas fighters in a helicopter crash in Romania this week. We’d still be investigating this extraordinary phenomenon. Now mark you, I’m not comparing Israel and Hamas. Israel is the country that justifiably slaughtered more than 1,300 Palestinians in Gaza 19 months ago – more than 300 of them children – while the vicious, blood-sucking and terrorist Hamas killed 13 Israelis (three of them soldiers who actually shot each other by mistake).

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Canada’s immigration door begins closing

31 juillet 2010 | معتمد Beirut, Canada, Lebanon, Economy
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 by Elie Nasrallah Daily Star

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    Photo: Tanya Traboulsi Sky over sea, Beirut, Lebanon.

Canada has always been a favorite destination for many Lebanese emigrants. However, the country is now changing its immigration policies and is beginning to resemble a club open to a chosen few who possess the required skills, education and selective criteria to enter.

Last June 26, Jason Kenney, Canada’s minister for citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, announced that to be eligible to apply as a federal skilled worker, immigrants must either have a job offer from a Canadian employer or experience in one of just 29 in-demand occupations.

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