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


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.


Information Resources & Update.

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


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.


Photostory: Solidarity in Solidere

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

Photos from Tadamon! Montreal.


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.


The Crisis: Between Politics and the Economy

February 18th, 2007 | Posted in Economy, Repression

By Fawwaz Trabulsi, Assafir.


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:


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.”


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.


“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


Canadians accused of Afghan abuse

February 9th, 2007 | Posted in Imperialism, Repression

Probe launched into complaints by three detainees in Kandahar


OTTAWA–Two separate probes are underway into a complaint that up to three prisoners suffered injuries while in the custody of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, the Toronto Star has learned.

The allegation, if substantiated, could rock military morale and further undermine public support in Canada’s dangerous – and controversial – mission in Kandahar.

Questions are being asked about how as many as three unidentified men suffered injuries to their upper body while being detained by Canadian soldiers in the Kandahar region last April.

And investigators want to know why the military police officers who eventually took charge of the detainees didn’t do their own probe of the injuries.


Audio: Fayrouz & the Israeli Attack on Lebanon

February 9th, 2007 | Posted in Culture


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Listen / Download an audio report on Lebanese singer Fayrouz. This report touches on the important historical and present day role of the famous Lebanese singer within the Lebanese identity. This report was produced during the height of the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon in Cairo, Egypt for a BBC World Service program, Global Hit. This excellent report features music from Fayrouz and live interviews from Egypt.


Lebanese and Israeli troops clash

February 8th, 2007 | Posted in Imperialism, Politics
    Aljazeera News, Middle East


An Israeli army patrol has returned fire at Lebanese troops after they shot at an Israeli military bulldozer near the border between the two countries.

A Lebanese army spokesman said the bulldozer, which was searching for explosive devices, had crossed into southern Lebanon but Israel has insisted it was on the Israeli side of the border.

The Lebanese army spokesman said: “An Israeli army bulldozer crossed into south Lebanon tonight. Our forces opened fire at it. It pulled back and there was a brief exchange of fire.”


Beware of US gamblers playing with Iran

February 4th, 2007 | Posted in Iran, Other

Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, February 3rd, 2007


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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