Tous les posts pour mai 2009

Race, torture and the curious case of Obama’s myopia

31 mai 2009 | Posté dans Iraq by Sunera Thobani | May 8, 2009.

    Photo: Iraq war graphic by Jeremy Traum.

Where does the question of race figure in President Obama’s political calculations, for surely he cannot be ignorant of the historical relationship between race and torture in the American experience?

The tortured body has long been the site for the most spectacular display of the politics of race: the utter violation and dehumanization of black and other bodies of colour has been central to the colonial and imperialist expansion of American and European powers.

Amidst the media fanfare that marked the Obama Administration’s first 100 days in office, the five-year anniversary of the release of the Abu-Ghraib photographs by the CBS went largely unmarked.

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Bil’in: Struggling for land and liberty

31 mai 2009 | Posté dans Boycott, Canada, Palestine

interview with Mohammed Khatib of the Bil’in popular committee by Stefan Christoff

    Photo: ActiveStills. Protest against apartheid wall in Bil’in, Palestine.

In April 2009 an Israeli soldier shot a high-velocity teargas canister at Palestinian activist Bassam Ibrahim Abou Rahme at close range during a protest against the Israeli wall in Bil’in.

Minutes after the shot Bassam Ibrahim Abou Rahme died, the eighteenth Palestinian to die in popular protests against the Israeli wall in Bil’in which have taken place each Friday for over four years.

Israel’s wall surrounds Bil’in residents, cutting the Palestinian villagers from large sections of their farms lands and olive groves, while Israel continue to construct settlements on lands belonging to the Palestinian municipality.

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Bil’in: Three injured, and scores suffered gas inhalation at the weekly demonstration

30 mai 2009 | Posté dans Palestine

International Middle East Media Center report by Katherine Orwell, May 29th, 2009.

    Photo: ActiveStills. Protest against the Israeli apartheid wall in West Bank.

Residents of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah marched on Friday after midday prayer in the weekly protest. They were joined by international and Israelis activists.

Demonstrators marched through the village towards the wall waving Palestinian flags, to protest the theft and destruction of around 60 percent of the village lands.

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Amnesty: Israel violated laws of war in Gaza

28 mai 2009 | Posté dans Palestine
    Ma’an News Agency. May 28th, 2009.

    Photo: Israeli bomb exploding over the Gaza, Strip.

Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel repeatedly violated the laws of war during its assault on Gaza last winter, a new report from Amnesty International charges.

“Israeli forces repeatedly breached the laws of war, including by carrying out direct attacks on civilians and civilian buildings and attacks targeting Palestinian militants that caused a disproportionate toll among civilians,” the group said in its annual report on the state of human rights worldwide.

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The Palestinian village of hope

27 mai 2009 | Posté dans Palestine
    Matt Kennard and Wilson Dizard,, Wednesday 27 May 2009.

    Photo: ActiveStills. Palestinian youth with slingshot in Bil’in, Palestine.

Ramallah is tired. The feeling you get walking around the streets here is that the Palestinians are weary of the struggle against the incremental destruction of their homeland, happening right now while the world looks the other way. You hear things like, “Our struggle has been long and it has got us nowhere”. And people ask how the world can stand by while the Israelis annex more land. It’s a good question.

In one village the flame of non-violent resistance still burns. Last week, we went to the weekly demonstration against the annexation wall in Bil’in, where it cuts deep into the farmland of this old Palestinian village and the Green Line (the internationally recognised border of Israel-Palestine). Since Israel started building the wall here in 2005 (stealing about 60% of the village’s land) the people of Bil’in have been inventively and non-violently resisting.

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Palestine: Landscapes of Desire

27 mai 2009 | Posté dans Culture, Palestine
    John Halaka show at the Jerusalem Fund, DC.

    Photo: John Halaka art work on land and resistance.

John Halaka’s drawings Landscapes of Desire are inspired by the ruins of Palestinian villages and homes that were destroyed by Israel during and after the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

The images compel the viewer to reflect on the unrelenting effort by the Jewish State to annihilate a culture that refuses to disappear and an indigenous people that refuse to go away. The ruins of stone homes from destroyed Palestinian villages such as Kafr Bir’im, Lifta and Al-Bassa, poetically represented in Halaka’s drawings, are a declaration that in the face of looming cultural annihilation, the persistence of memory is a crucial act of resistance.

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In Lebanon’s Patchwork, a Focus on Armenians’ Political Might

27 mai 2009 | Posté dans Beirut, Lebanon
    New York Times, by Robert F. Worth. May 25, 2009

Photo: Bryan Denton. Supporters watch a speech by Hagop Pakradounian, a politician from the main party of the Armenians, Tashnaq, in Beirut, Lebanon.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Their political apparatus is a model of discipline. Their vast array of social services is a virtual state within a state. Their enemies accuse them of being pawns of Syria and Iran.

They are the Armenian Christians of Lebanon, one of the Middle East’s most singular and least-understood communities. And if they sound a bit like Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group based here, that is no accident.

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Hopes and dreams on the Gaza coast

24 mai 2009 | Posté dans Palestine
    Al Jazeera by Ayman Mohyeldin in Gaza.

    Photo: Palestinian fisherman on the beach in Gaza Strip.

Every day, as the sun sets on the coast of Gaza, people make their way to the coffee shop-lined beaches and the pot-holed streets that run parallel to its coastline.

On the terrace of the famed Al Deira Hotel, patrons jostle for position, sipping sweet Arabic coffee as the sounds of legendary Arab musicians delicately waft through the air, mingling with the aroma of flavoured tobacco.

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Commémorer la Nakba

24 mai 2009 | Posté dans Palestine
    Montreal: Commémorer la Nakba

    Photo: Beersheba, Palestine 1948.

Chaque année, au mois de mai, les Israélien-ne-s célèbrent la création de l’état d’Israël en 1948. Pour les palestinien-ne-s, cet anniversaire est connu comme la Nakba, signifiant « catastrophe» en arabe, puisqu’elle commémore l’expulsion illégale du peuple palestinien de leur terre par les forces sionistes en 1948.

En établissant l’état d’Israël, les sionistes ont dépossédé plus de 750, 000 palestiniens de leurs demeures, fermes et vergers les forçant ainsi à s’exiler loin de leurs villages et villes. Malgré la résistance palestinienne au projet colonial, Israël fut tout de même fondée le 14 Mai 1948 créant ainsi des milliers de réfugié-e-s palestinien-ne-s. En effet, plus d’un quart de millions de palestinien-ne-s ont dû quitter leurs maisons en raison de la colonisation et furent donc subséquemment privés de leur terre ancestrale et historique étant donné qu’Israël leur a interdit le droit de retour. S’ajoute à ce nombre un demi-million de réfugié-e-s forcés de fuir suite à la déclaration de l’état d’Israël.

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Canada : la tournée de Bil’in

    Canada: 5 au 22 juin 2009.

    Mohammed Khatib.
    comité populaire contre le mur, Bil’in, Palestine occupée

    Emily Schaeffer.
    avocate israélienne représentant le village de Bil’in

Bil’in, un village palestinien de Cisjordanie, est maintenant reconnu mondialement comme un symbole de la résistance populaire palestinienne contre la construction du mur d’apartheid israélien et de colonies sur ses terres. Depuis 2005, les villageois(es) organisent des manifestations toutes les semaines, avec la participation de militantEs israélien(ne)s et internationaux(nales), en opposition à la colonisation illégale israélienne et à l’annexion de terres palestiniennes.

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