All posts for December 2008

‘Born only for a second to die with you’

December 18th, 2008 | Posted in Canada, Cluster Munitions, Lebanon

    Liz Whitehurst, Vue: Mines Action Canada

    Photo: Israeli air-strike in Tyre, summer 2006.

About the size of an aerosol can, the colourful bomblets drop from airplanes.

“They look like sweets scattered in the sky,” said one survivor. “You don’t realize what they are until they touch you. You don’t know until they make you bleed.”

A single cluster bomb packs thousands of the small explosives, each with enough explosive punch to kill. Dropped from the air or fired from artillery, they spread over a wide area, and if that area has civilians, some of them are sure to die.


Photos: Montreal protest on privatization

December 17th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Quebec

    photo-essay by Ion Etxebarria.

    Photo: Student gather in opposition to privatization in Montreal.

Throughout recent years social movements in Quebec have been locked in a political battle with the current Liberal government. A social struggle revolving around public control over key institutions in Quebec society. At the front-lines in this struggle has been the Quebec student movement, which in building on a long history of militant action has openly confronted government attempts to cut public funding from educational institutions and open doors to private corporations to Quebec’s public education systems.


Artists Against Apartheid: radio broadcast

December 13th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine

    a special presentation from CKUT radio.

    MONDAY DECEMBER 15th 12h00 – 14h00
    live broadcast on CKUT Radio, 90.3fm
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Gaza: A psychological siege

December 7th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine

    Safa Joudeh, Electronic Intifada, 3 December 2008.

    Photo: Palestinian boy with candle in Gaza.

Israel’s siege on Gaza, now in its 19th month, has wreaked havoc on all aspects of life and significant attention has been paid in particular to the economic consequences of border closures and blockade. However, an overlooked epidemic threatens the social and familial ties that bond the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza. Living under a constant state of crisis in which their livelihoods have been denied, the people of Gaza’s once exemplary resilience and determination are giving way to an unfathomable sea of depression and psychological illnesses.


Beirut Book Fair

December 7th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Culture

    Daily Star. By Souad Habka. Saturday, December 06, 2008

    Photo: Beirut in the early evening.

BEIRUT: Beirut is attempting to reclaim its status as the “international book capital” this year at the 52nd Beirut Book Fair, and is taking special aim at younger readers. Organizers of the book fair are pleased that more than 210 exhibitors are taking part in this year’s edition following a two-year hiatus due to political and security tensions in the country. The participation rate is up by some 20 percent compared to the last edition of the event, and 192 private and 18 government exhibitors are on hand from Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Palestine and Oman and Lebanon.


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