All posts for August 2007

Abuse widespread in Jordan’s prisons

August 31st, 2007 | Posted in Jordan, Corporate Media

    Reuters: By Suleiman al-Khalidi. Friday August 31st

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    Photo: Bisli Grill. Jordan Desert.

AMMAN – A leading U.S. human rights group said on Friday beatings of inmates in Jordanian jails were rampant and many of the country’s top Islamist detainees were denied justice.

Christoph Wilcke, Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) Jordan specialist, speaking after a two-week tour of jails across the country, said detainees had cited serious abuses and beatings and told the group two prisoners died under torture since May.

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Israeli drones, warplanes continue to violate Lebanon’s sovereign airspace

August 28th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Tadamon!, Politics, War and Terror
    Daily Star, Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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    Photo: Masser. A bombing by Israel in the Bekaa valley. Lebanon, July 2006

BEIRUT: Israeli surveillance drones cut through Lebanese skies on Monday and hovered above Southern as well as Bekaa regions. The Lebanese Army reported that an Israeli surveillance drone soared above the Southern village of Alma al-Shaab at 9:30 a.m. Monday and headed north toward the Bekaa regions of Riyaq and Baalbek. The plane left Lebanese skies at around 4 p.m.

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Tadamon! Solidarity Night.

August 23rd, 2007 | Posted in Tadamon!, Independent Media, Solidarity

    A cultural benefit event for Tadamon! Montreal.

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    Friday, September 7th, 8pm
    La Sala Rossa
    4848 St. Laurent
    Montreal.
    Entrance: $5-15

    * Montreal Launch of the film ‘Roads Through Palestine':

Screening / Launch of a film by Brett Story, with a piano score composed by Stefan Christoff. A cinematic journey through the roads of occupation and resistance in the West Bank of Palestine.

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CKUT Radio: World Skipped the Beat.

August 22nd, 2007 | Posted in Tadamon!, Independent Media

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    CKUT Radio: World Skipped the Beat.
    Monday, August 27th 12Noon – 2pm.
    Tune-in: 90.3fm in Montreal / Online.

Tune-in for a Special Edition of World Skipped the Beat hosted by members of Tadamon! Montreal. Including a live performance from members of La Banda de Gaza. This program will feature original / ground breaking music from the global south, focusing on innovative music from Africa and the Middle East.

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Stateless refugees sit in limbo

August 17th, 2007 | Posted in Lebanon, Palestine, Corporate Media

    Toronto Star: August 7th, 2007, by Nicholas Keung

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    Photo: Stefan Christoff, Burj el-Shemali Refugee Camp, South Lebanon.

Born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Youssef Kanaan has been “an unwelcome guest” all his life – surviving, with no permanent home, at the mercy of others.

Like many of the 4 million Palestinians who lost their ancestral homes in Arab-Israel conflicts in 1948 and 1967, Kanaan is stateless, a peculiar situation that deprives him of basic rights in the land of his birth, Lebanon, and dooms him to a strange limbo in Canada.

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Tadamon! at Quebec Social Forum.

August 17th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Lebanon, Palestine, Imperialism
    First Quebec Social Forum, from August 23rd to 26th, 2007 in Montreal…

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    Tadamon! Montreal a Workshop
    Saturday, August 25th, 11am.
    Why challenge the existence of the Canadian list
    of “terrorist” organizations? The example of Lebanon.

BBC: UK ‘damaged’ by Lebanon war delay

August 15th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Lebanon, Corporate Media, War and Terror

    Report by BBC. Monday, August 13th.

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    Photo: London protest for ceasefire in August 2006.

The UK’s reputation was damaged when the government hesitated in calling for an immediate end to the Lebanon war last year, MPs have said.

At the time, then-PM Tony Blair was criticised for waiting a few weeks before eventually calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon.

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Canadian Hezbollah supporters defend right to post billboard

August 13th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Lebanon, Corporate Media

    Trevor Wilhelm, The Windsor Star, Monday, August 13, 2007

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    Photo: Hezbollah Rally, Bint Jbeil 2005

WINDSOR – A billboard that appears to promote Hezbollah — an organization the Canadian government has ruled to be terrorist — has raised the hackles of a number of Windsor community groups. However, one of the people responsible for the sign said it was put up to honour their freedom-fighter families in Lebanon — and it’s their Canadian right to do so.

“In Canada, we want peace,” said Hussein Dabaja, a Lebanese-born Hezbollah supporter. “We’re not trying to offend anybody. We have freedom of speech. It’s a free country. Every Lebanese in Canada has somebody that died in Lebanon. Who is Hezbollah? Our brothers, our family, our parents, our friends. We came to Canada and they stayed there to fight.”

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US expert speaks out against cluster bombs at conference

August 12th, 2007 | Posted in Lebanon, Corporate Media, War and Terror

    By Hesham Shawish, The Daily Star. Thursday, August 09, 2007

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Photo: Joe Hastings, Cluster bomb shells dropped on Vietnam by the U.S. military.

BEIRUT: A US expert on cluster bombs said Tuesday that out of the four million cluster bomblets dropped in Lebanon by Israel during last year’s war, 1.2 million bomblets are still unexploded. Franklin Lamb of the Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace Association said Tuesday during a ceremony held to support the Lebanese victims of cluster bombs, that of the four million cluster bombs dropped in southern Lebanon, Beirut’s Southern Suburbs and the Bekaa Valley, 1.2 million still constitute a serious threat to civilians.

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New Israeli highway separates Palestinians

August 12th, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Corporate Media, Repression

    Steven Erlanger, International Herald Tribune. Friday, August 10, 2007

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    Photo: Apartheid Roads outside of Qalqilyah, Palestine.

JERUSALEM: Israel is constructing a road through the West Bank, east of Jerusalem, that will allow both Israelis and Palestinians to travel along it – separately.

There are two pairs of lanes, one for each tribe, separated by a tall wall of concrete patterned to look like Jerusalem stone, an effort at beautification, indicating that the road is meant to be permanent. The Israeli side has various exits. The Palestinian side has few.

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