All posts for March 2007

U.S. and Lebanon Defense Secretary counterparts meet

March 11th, 2007 | Posted in Corporate Media

    Associated Press: Friday, March 9th, 2007


Washington D.C. – Lebanon’s Minister of Defense Elias Murr met with the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Defense on Thursday at the Pentagon.

Murr’s U.S. trip has echoed the support of the United Nations, State Department and Pentagon.


Film Screening: Resistance & Hezbollah

March 10th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Resistance

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Palestinian labour federations and trade unions call for Boycott

March 10th, 2007 | Posted in Boycott, Labor

Palestinian women stopped at Qalandia checkpoint on their way to work.


Original copy of the declaration and report from the press conference available from, the Stop the Wall Campaign, Palestine .

Today, 11th of February 2007, we, the Palestinian labour federations, vocational and professional trade unions, and the grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, have convened a press conference to announce a call for solidarity with our workers and the Palestinian people endorsed by the General Union of Palestinian Workers, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, the Coalition of Independent Democratic Trade Unions and other professional unions.

This call addresses the Arab and International Trade Unions and, in particular, the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions, the Arab League, the Arab Labour Organization, the International Labour Organization, the International Trade Union Confederation, the Organization of African Trade Union Unity, the Palestinian people and the international community.

We call upon all the above to:
* Boycott and divest from Israel;
* Work towards sanctions upon Israel. (more…)

Canadians and the International Boycott Movement

March 9th, 2007 | Posted in Boycott, Solidarity
    Canadians demand boycott, divestment and sanctions


    by Freda Guttman

We in Canada have our own ‘AIPAC’s’, devoted Zionists in bed with our government, and the Christian Right. However, we also have many Palestine solidarity and Arab organizations, as well as grass roots civil groups that have flowered here over the years, and take a dynamic, public position on the occupation, the right of return, the human rights abuses that Palestinians are subjected to, and have wholly embraced the BDS movement. We consider it our mandate to educate the Canadian public on these issues and as well, on our government’s untenable and right wing policies towards the Middle East.


Plan for Lebanon war made months in advance

March 8th, 2007 | Posted in War and Terror

    Olmert says decided on response to abductions months before war


    By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Winograd Commission that his decision to respond to the abduction of soldiers with a broad military operation was made as early as March 2006, four months before last summer’s Lebanon war broke out.


Lebanon and the Middle East crisis

March 7th, 2007 | Posted in Imperialism
    Interview with Gilbert Achcar, January 2007, by Paul D’Amato


GILBERT ACHCAR: a Lebanese-French academic and activist, is the author of Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder [2006], and more recently, with Noam Chomsky, Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy [2007]. His latest book, with Michel Warschawski, is 33-day War: Israel’s War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences [2007].

THE PRESS here is portraying the opposition movement headed by Hezbollah in Lebanon, that is attempting to challenge the Siniora government, as a movement that is provoking sectarian conflict. What is your take on that? What is the character of the opposition, and what is it trying to achieve? (more…)

Nablus Situation Report

March 7th, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Repression

OCHA: U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestine


February, 28th 2007: At approximately 02:30 on 28 February, a large force of IDF soldiers and Israeli Border Police re-entered Nablus. This latest incursion marks the continuation of Operation “Hot Winter”, the largest military incursion in three years in Nablus city.


One narrative of the Arab world’s encounter with modernity

March 7th, 2007 | Posted in Culture, Politics
    Samir Kassir’s ‘Being Arab’ – last testament of an engaged intellectual


    By Jim Quilty, Daily Star, Thursday, March 8th, 2007

BEIRUT: Before he was assassinated in June 2005, columnist and academic Samir Kassir completed a slim book in French called “Considérations sur le malheur arabe” He promised an Arabic edition and in late 2006 “Being Arab,” an English-language version of his work, appeared.


Israeli Apartheid: Echoes in Academia

March 7th, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Solidarity





Satisfaction, frustration and pride

March 7th, 2007 | Posted in Other, Politics
    Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, the Daily Star. Wednesday, March 7th, 2007


Three elements of collaboration between two artists who happen to be mother and son

BEIRUT: Nothing encourages artists to produce better work than competition. Last summer, for 34 days straight, two artists – one holed up in Achrafieh and the other holed up in Sin al-Fil – made drawing after drawing. When the power supply was on, they posted their pieces online, filling their respective blogs with diary-like accounts of living through the war in Lebanon.


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