All posts in category 'Imperialism'

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

August 18th, 2010 | Posted in Economy, Imperialism, Palestine
    TruthDig by Chris Hedges, Aug 16, 2010


    Photo: Palestinian child standing close to Israeli occupation soldiers in West Bank.

Time is running out for Israel. And the Israeli government knows it. The Jewish Diaspora, especially the young, has a waning emotional and ideological investment in Israel. The demographic boom means that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories will soon outnumber Jews. And Israel’s increasing status as a pariah nation means that informal and eventually formal state sanctions against the country are probably inevitable.


Tadamon! Statement in solidarity with Al Adab Magazine

August 6th, 2010 | Posted in Beirut, Culture, Imperialism, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine
    August 2010, Montreal, Quebec


    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.


The End of (Military) History?

July 31st, 2010 | Posted in Imperialism, Palestine
    Andrew Bacevich July 29th 2010 Huffington Post


    Photo Palestinian UN school bombed by Israeli military in Gaza.

“In watching the flow of events over the past decade or so, it is hard to avoid the feeling that something very fundamental has happened in world history.” This sentiment, introducing the essay that made Francis Fukuyama a household name, commands renewed attention today, albeit from a different perspective.

Developments during the 1980s, above all the winding down of the Cold War, had convinced Fukuyama that the “end of history” was at hand. “The triumph of the West, of the Western idea,” he wrote in 1989, “is evident… in the total exhaustion of viable systematic alternatives to Western liberalism.”

Today the West no longer looks quite so triumphant. Yet events during the first decade of the present century have delivered history to another endpoint of sorts. Although Western liberalism may retain considerable appeal, the Western way of war has run its course.


Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Imperialism, Palestine by Chris McGreal Sunday 23 May 2010


Photo Documents on nuclear warheads between apartheid South Africa and Israel

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state’s possession of nuclear weapons.

The “top secret” minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa‘s defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel’s defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them “in three sizes”. The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that “the very existence of this agreement” was to remain secret.


Montreal: Who’s the Terrorist?

    criminalization of social movements & the anti-terrorism crusade


    Thursday, November 5th 2009
    6:30 pm Pavillon J-A-DeSève (DS)
    UQAM, Rm DS-1580
    320 Sainte-Catherine Street E.
    graphic obey


Obama must match rhetoric with principle

October 15th, 2009 | Posted in Imperialism, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Politics
    George Bisharat, San Francisco Chronicle October 1st, 2009.


    Photo: US President Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama has placed restoration of the stature of the United States among his primary foreign policy goals. He has already achieved substantial progress in Europe, where polls indicate that he is widely admired. The president’s June Cairo University speech also won praise in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Yet many across the globe still await the substantive policy changes implied by his inspiring words.

President Obama can solidify broader global respect by supporting the recommendations of the just-released Goldstone report in the United Nations Human Rights Council. Richard Goldstone, an eminent South African jurist, led a mission to investigate allegations of war crimes in Gaza last winter.


Durban II: Minority Death Match

September 8th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Imperialism, Palestine
    Harper’s Magazine, by Naomi Klein, September 2009.


    Photo: Zoriah (c). Crack in wall in south Beirut, Lebanon.

When I arrived at the grand offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the Palais Wilson, looking out at a drizzly Lake Geneva, Navanethem Pillay was hunched over the shoulder of her deputy, Kyung-wha Kang, dictating a press release. “I am shocked and deeply disappointed,” I heard her say, pointing at the screen while Kang typed. It was 3:00 p.m., and Pillay was having a very bad day.

“Done,” she finally declared, plopping down at her conference table. The press release was a response to some disappointing news. The previous night, the United States, under the leadership of its first African-American president, had announced that it would boycott the United Nations Durban Review Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, citing its alleged anti-Israel bias. The conference was to start the following day, April 20, 2009, with Pillay presiding. Known by critics as “Durban II,” this was the only United Nations gathering specifically focused on pushing governments to combat racism inside their borders, a task that had become increasingly urgent as financial crises continued to stoke ethnic tensions around the world.


Montreal: Reflections on Revolution

    Radical movements from the Weather Underground to Prisons to Palestine.

    SATURDAY MAY 16 2009 19h00
    featuring: Laura Whitehorn & Susie Day
    1400 de Maisonneuve Ouest
    Room LB-125, de Sève Cinema
    Concordia University
    Montreal, Quebec


Artists Against Apartheid V

November 20th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Imperialism, Palestine, Repression

within the ongoing cultural series uniting artists in Montreal against Israeli Apartheid.

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 7th 2008
    8pm. 5-10$
    La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent
    Montreal, Quebec


Quebec: Students Against Israeli Apartheid

    to student unions and social movements across Quebec and Canada.


    Declaration from L’Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante.

Montreal, May 2008 – L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), a Quebec-wide student union representing over 42 000 students, has passed a resolution to support the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israeli Apartheid. The motion was passed at the ASSÉ annual Congress, held on April 26th and 27th in Montreal. This resolution comes after over a year of consultations and discussions held within local student unions, in collaboration with Tadamon! Montreal, a local social justice collective. ASSÉ now invites all progressive organizations to join and support the call for the boycott campaign, issued by over 170 Palestinian civil society groups.


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