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A People’s History of the Egyptian Revolution


    By: Rami El-Amine and Mostafa Henaway

No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the world’s most repressive regimes, that of the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak, in just 18 days. Their bravery, perseverance, and tactfulness in the face of the regime’s brutal crackdown not only triggered uprisings across the Arab world but inspired and influenced protests against government austerity in the U.S., Spain, Portugal, and Greece. Despite the fact that it is only a few months old, it’s important to begin piecing together a people’s history of the revolution to convey what happened and how it happened so that the lessons from this critical struggle can be disseminated.

Gaza aid waste

August 10th, 2010 | Posted in Labor, Palestine
    August 7th, 2010 Al Jazeera by Nicole Johnston


    Photo Palestinian worker at stone quarry in an increasingly barren Gaza.

As you approach Gaza’s main dump by road you see a massive wall of trash looming over the plain.

It’s crawling with around one hundred scavenger dogs and dozens of poor children, combing through the trash for anything they can sell.


Rampant employment discrimination against Palestinian workers in Israel

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Labor, Palestine
    Jonathan Cook, Electronic Intifada 21 May 2010


    Photo: Tel Aviv city skyline at nighttime.

Unemployed computer engineer Morad Lashin would like to work in Israel’s Electricity Company, a large state utility, but admits his chances of being recruited are slim.

The reasons were set out in graphic form this month when a parliamentary committee revealed that only 1.3 percent of the company’s 12,000 workers are Arab, despite the Palestinian Arab minority constituting nearly 20 percent of the population.


U.K. labor unions back Israel boycott in wake of Gaza war

September 17th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Labor, Palestine
    Haaretz September 17th, 2009.


    Photo: Israeli bombings over the Gaza Strip.

British labor unions on Thursday agreed to support a boycott of some Israeli goods in response to the offensive in Gaza last winter.

The boycott, proposed by the Fire Brigades Union, calls for a ban on importing goods produced in some Israeli settlements, an end of arms trading with Israel and disinvestment from some companies.


Montreal: Solidarity with Palestine

April 3rd, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Labor, Palestine, Quebec, Solidarity, Tadamon!
    the Case for Boycotting Israel.

    THURSDAY APRIL 16, 7pm
    A-M050, Pavillion Hubert-Aquin (A), UQAM
    400 rue Sainte-Catherine Est
    Montreal, Quebec


Lebanon: Interview on Migrant Workers

November 19th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Labor

Interview with Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch. Broadcasts from Beirut VIII.

    Photo: Airport in Middle East. Interview produced by Lillian Boctor.

In Lebanon, between 150,000 to 300,000 women work as migrant domestic workers, with approximately 100,000 having legal status in the country. In August 2008, Human Rights Watch released a report covering the period of January 1, 2007 to August 15, 2008 revealing migrant domestic workers had extremely high death tolls due to unnatural causes.

Migrant domestic workers experience harsh working conditions and consistent workplace abuse, and currently many migrant domestic workers can be found sleeping under cars or on the ground surrounding their respective countries’ embassies in Lebanon, searching for assistance for their situations. Nadim Houry is the senior researcher at Human Rights Watch covering Lebanon and Lillian Boctor from Tadamon spoke with Houry about the situation.


Dubai: Intrigue and Injustice

    An interview with author Mike Davis.


    Photo: Dubai skyline. Interview by Stefan Christoff for Tadamon!

Dubai is famed internationally for lifestyles and modern monuments etched by extreme wealth, a city state in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that has become an unlikely hub for international finance. In a region bombarded by the chaos of the U.S.-driven ‘war on terror’, Dubai a small city state located on the edge of Iran and Iraq has become a city of glamor and glitz, a striking paradox that has enchanted many around the world.

Dubai’s shining exterior is quickly becoming world famous, including a series of three-hundred constructed islands mapping out the shape of world, an indoor ski mountain in the boiling temperatures of the Persian Gulf and the soon to be completed Burj Dubai, now the tallest man made structure in the world.


La flambée des prix alimentaires aggrave la situation des Palestiniens

    La Presse. Jooneed Khan.


    Photo: la bande de Gaza.

Les Palestiniens, qui subissent les privations quotidiennes dues au siège de l’armée israélienne, sont très durement frappés par la flambée des prix des aliments, qu’ils doivent importer en grande partie.

C’est ce qu’a indiqué le syndicaliste Manawell Abdul-Al, dirigeant de la Fédération générale des syndicats palestiniens (FGSP), hier à La Presse.


New report details Palestinian plight

May 26th, 2008 | Posted in Labor, Palestine, Politics

    Middle East Times by John Zarocostas.


    Photo: Israeli military demolishing Palestinian homes in Gaza.

Geneva: The economic and social situation of workers in the occupied Palestinian territories has deteriorated alarmingly, with the Gaza Strip the most severely affected, according to an International Labor Organization report published Thursday.


Egypt police shoot two Africans trying to cross into Israel

    Haaretz. April 20th, 2008.


    Photo: Egypt/’Israel’ border.

Egyptian police shot and wounded two Africans, from Mali and Kenya, who tried to slip over Egypt’s desert frontier into Israel on Sunday, security sources said.

Escalating police violence at the Egypt-Israel border has left 11 would-be infiltrators dead since the start of the year, while scores of others, mostly from Africa, have been detained. Police killed an Eritrean migrant at the border on Thursday.


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