All posts in category 'Environment'

Stone by stone, rail by rail

July 4th, 2008 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Environment, Independent Media, Politics

    Briarpatch Magazine. June/July 2008 by Jonah Gindin.


Photo: Tyendinaga’s new longhouse on Ridge Road, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

On June 29, 2007, Mohawks from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario, erected blockades on the Canadian National rail line, local Highway 2, and Highway 401-the busiest thoroughfare in the country. This marked the second time in six months that the community blocked the rails in defence of their land. In the days before June 29, which had been declared a National Day of Action by the Assembly of First Nations, Mohawk spokesperson Shawn Brant explained to the CBC why the community could no longer wait on distant negotiations. “We bury our children in this country every day,” he said. “We have to force them to drink polluted water. We’re sick and tired of it. It’s going to end-June 29 is going to mark the time when First Nations people are going to be in a different relationship with the rest of the country.”

Native communities in Canada — a “Fourth World” of nations without states — continue to live a colonial legacy that traces a trajectory from the violent European settlement that began 400 years ago, through residential schools, to the colonial present of state surveillance, invasion of traditional lands, poverty, substance abuse, and some of the highest youth suicide rates in the world. According to Health Canada, Native youth are five to seven times more likely to commit suicide than non-Native youth. Canada’s Aboriginal population, particularly its youth, has the highest suicide rate of any culturally identifiable population in the world. Yet some Native communities have largely avoided the tragedy of youth suicide. What sets these communities apart? Evidence is mounting that successful resistance to colonialism may be the antidote.


Gaza conditions ‘at 40-year low’

    BBC: Thursday, 6 March 2008


    Photo: Palestinians carry the body of Salsabeel Abu Jalhoumm,
    a 21-month-old girl who was killed early on Sunday in an Israeli air.

Gaza’s humanitarian situation is at its worst since Israel occupied the territory in 1967, say UK-based human rights and development groups.


Israel to build in East Jerusalem.

    The Guardian. Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem. Wednesday December 5, 2007.


    Photo: Israeli Settlement in the West Bank

Israel’s housing ministry said yesterday it plans to build 307 new homes in a settlement in East Jerusalem, drawing swift condemnation from Palestinian officials.

Tenders were published for housing units in Har Homa, a settlement to the south-east of the city on land captured by Israel in the 1967 war and later annexed. East Jerusalem is now home to around 200,000 Jewish settlers. Most of the international community does not recognise Israel’s annexation of the east of the city.


Palestine: Uprooted and displaced.

    Israeli military destroys a 267-person Palestinian farming village…


    by Jesse Rosenfeld. Palestine Monitor. November 7th, 2007

Standing on a hill at the edge of Idhna with the displaced farmers Muhammad Talab and Muhammad Ibrahim Natah, the only visible remnants of their destroyed village is a patch of white dust just on the other side of Israel’s wall. Despite being part of the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military destroyed the 267-person farming village of tents and tin houses west of Hebron on October 29 and allegedly ordered villagers to relocate to Idhna.


UN releases report into extent of damage, complications of 2006 Jiyyeh oil spill

    Thalif Deen. Inter Press Service. Monday, November 05, 2007.


    Photo: Lebanon Oil Spill 2006.

UNITED NATIONS: When the Israeli Air Force destroyed a slew of oil storage tanks and a key power station during its war against Lebanon in July 2006, the environmental damage was described as devastating. And now, more than 15 months later, the United Nations has released a report detailing the extent of the destruction caused by that oil spill to human health, biodiversity, fisheries and tourism.


Montreal Screening: The Iron Wall.

    A documentary directed by Mohammed Alatar


    October 18th at 9:00pm (English version)
    October 18th at 7:00pm (French version)

    One Night Only at Cinema du Parc.
    Organized by Palestinian and Jewish Unity PAJU.


Why South Lebanon Remains Unfarmed This Year

May 3rd, 2007 | Posted in Agriculture, Economy, Environment, War and Terror

By Rami Zurayk, 1 May 2007, Scoop


Much of the land in South Lebanon has remained unfarmed this year. In  spite of the active de-mining efforts deployed by the UN and by local NGOs, it has been difficult to plough, sow and harvest, as only a fraction of the million and a half Israeli cluster bombs have been removed. These bombs were sown by the Israelis in August 2006, in the last 72 hours of the war, and after a cease fire was agreed upon in the UN Security Council. Now why would the Israelis do something like that? (more…)

LEBANON: Long-term environmental challenges ahead

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

Edde Beach_northofBeirut_Lebanonoilspill_arabicsign _lowres.jpg

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.”


UN investigates Israel’s ‘uranium weapons’

October 30th, 2006 | Posted in Environment, War and Terror

The United Nations Environment Programme is investigating allegations, first published in The Independent, that Israel may have used uranium-based weapons during this summer’s war in Lebanon. Twenty UN experts, working with Lebanese environmentalists, have spent two weeks assessing various samples. They are planning to report their findings in December. (more…)

Environmental Impact of the 2006 Lebanon War

October 29th, 2006 | Posted in Environment, Imperialism, Resistance, War and Terror

From: Heinrich Böll Foundation

Polluted beach in Beirut

Israel’s offensive in Lebanon between July 12 and August 14 caused almost 1,200 fatalities and the destruction of infrastructure and property to the cost of at least US $ 2.5 billion. But in addition to the loss of life and damage, the war caused several environmental problems that will have long-term consequences. This report will examine the following issues:

  • The 15,000 ton oil spill caused by the Israeli air strikes on the fuel tanks of Jiyeh power station;
  • The dust and smoke pollution caused by the bombardment;
  • Unexploded ordinance, primarily the estimated one million cluster bombs in south Lebanon;
  • Impact on farming communities; and
  • Long-term implications for the environment and environmental policy.


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