All posts for February 2007

BBC: UN envoy hits Israel ‘apartheid’

February 25th, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Repression, Resistance

By Alan Johnston, BBC News, Gaza

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A UN human rights envoy has compared Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories to elements of apartheid.

The UN’s Special Rapporteur, John Dugard, describes the regime as being designed to dominate and systematically oppress the occupied population.

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Information Resources & Update.

February 22nd, 2007 | Posted in Imperialism, Independent Media, Other, Politics

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In recent weeks and months Lebanon has faced major political upheaval, marked by massive street demonstrations, international political intervention and a national general strike. Lebanon’s political opposition maintains an ongoing open-air demonstration in central Beirut, which commenced on December 1st, 2006, fueled by popular discontent toward the current national government.

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Photostory: Solidarity in Solidere

February 18th, 2007 | Posted in Culture, Imperialism, Solidarity

Photos from Tadamon! Montreal.

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In recent weeks and months Lebanon has faced major political upheaval, marked by massive street demonstrations, international political intervention and a national general strike. Supporters of the Lebanese opposition gather in central Beirut during the first week of the ongoing sit-in central Beirut in December 2006.

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The Crisis: Between Politics and the Economy

February 18th, 2007 | Posted in Economy, Repression

By Fawwaz Trabulsi, Assafir.

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Translation from Marxist in Lebanon, Additions / Editing from Tadamon! Montreal

At a time when “politics” is reduced to little more than a clash of wills, sectarianism and tribalism, a measure of social security should go some way in decreasing religious and sectarian divisions and tensions. This is not to say, however, that the social and economic situation, on its own, is not deserving of a remedy. With politics having prevailed in the ongoing and escalating conflict between the two parties, the government published the paper submitted to the Paris III conference. It will be said that the timing and purpose of the paper’s publication are political since the standing rule is that everything is political in Lebanon. However, there is a need to discuss the paper and its vision and methods for addressing the socio-economic crisis with all its political ramifications. Here are some remarks:

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LEBANON: Long-term environmental challenges ahead

February 9th, 2007 | Posted in Environment, Politics
    BEIRUT, 8 February IRIN

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Seven months after Israel bombed the coastal Jiyyeh power plant in the south of Beirut, the Mediterranean Sea still spews oil onto Lebanon’s shores, and beach sand shifts to reveal oil slicks that could not be detected before, fishermen say.

With sparkling waves licking the golden sands, Jiyyeh beach looks pristine at first glance. But fisherman Ahmad Kojok stoops and pulls up the corner of a black slab in the sea. It is solid oil.

“We found another huge patch of oil over there,” said Kojok, waving towards a patch of sea by a rocky shelf that juts out into the bay. “It’s all oil just there.”

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Update on Hunger Strikes at Guantanamo North, Canada.

February 9th, 2007 | Posted in Solidarity

Situation Critical while ‘Public Safety’ Minister Lost in the Twilight Zone.

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“I saw large chocolate sauce.” — Stockwell Day, sounding like a B-movie actor in a 1950s sci-fi dud, Radio interview about the hunger strike, CINW, Montreal, Feb. 1

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Canadians accused of Afghan abuse

February 9th, 2007 | Posted in Imperialism, Repression

Audio: Fayrouz & the Israeli Attack on Lebanon

February 9th, 2007 | Posted in Culture

Lebanese and Israeli troops clash

February 8th, 2007 | Posted in Imperialism, Politics

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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