It was a year in which there wasn’t even a semblance of peace talks or a diplomatic process, but that’s probably a good thing; enough with the charade. GIDEON LEVY in Haaretz.
Palestinians look at a house that was demolished by the Israeli army, in the Qalandia refugee camp on the outskirts of Ramallah last week | AP
(December 31) – Thursday night will mark the end of a pretty awful year. There weren’t any wars for a change, leaving Israel free to deal with itself. There are times when launching a decent war, as Israel knows and loves, seems to be the best thing to do. Dealing with itself does Israel no good. When it cannot hide behind the routine “unavoidable war,” all its wounds and scars are revealed. Continue reading
On November 19, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution L.45: Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic. This resolution was drafted and introduced by Canada as part of ongoing attacks by the Canadian state against Iran that are aimed at isolating and destabilizing that country in the service of Anglo-American geo-political interests. These attacks include the unilateral severing of diplomatic relations with Iran on September 7, 2012, and putting Iran on a spurious list of states that sponsor terrorism. One of the pretexts given for these actions at that time was the accusation that Iran was the biggest human rights violator in the world. Continue reading
Much spin is being generated about the so-called “openness” of the Trudeau Liberals. The agenda outlined in the Throne Speech was said to be “the result of conversations with Canadians, who told the Government – plainly and honestly – what they need to be successful.” Which Canadians these were is not clear, but the Liberals appear to have been referring to their campaigning before and during the election, which does not bode well for the conception of consultation they are advancing. The Speech stated that Canada “can be even better” by “being smart, and caring — on a scale as never before.” Canada “succeeds” because “here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are celebrated, not silenced,” said the Governor General. The more one looks, the more it is the same: “here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are … silenced.” Continue reading
Canadian photographer Rehab Nazzal, shown here speaking in Ottawa in 2014, was shot last week in Bethlehem by an Israeli sniper. Six questions of the Trudeau Liberal’s new Global Affairs Minister, Stephane Dion, from a letter by Peter Larson. Continue reading
(November 24) – Since the beginning of October, 94 Palestinians have been killed in shootings and clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, while 16 Israelis have been killed in knife and gun attacks. Continue reading
Two-Row Wampum leads the march against Bill C-51, Parliament Hill, May 30, 2015. Participants affirm nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples as the basis of unity in action in defence of the rights of all.
- Government’s agenda for First Nations sidesteps crucial issue of where sovereignty lies – Philip Fernandez
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report underscores need to end colonial relations with Indigenous peoples
- Highlights of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report
- First Nations and Allies demand full participation in National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Profound opposition in Quebec to police abuse of Indigenous women – Diane Johnston
Government’s agenda for First Nations sidesteps crucial issue of where sovereignty lies
By PHILIP FERNANDEZ
On December 8, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at the annual Special Chiefs Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Among various pledges he made there, he called for a “renewed nation-to-nation” relationship with First Nations based on “respect, co-operation, and partnership,” guided by “the spirit and intent of the original treaty relationship; one that respects inherent rights, treaties and jurisdictions, and the decisions of our courts.”
Trudeau’s speech was received with optimism at the AFN Special Chiefs’ Assembly, surely because his words promise an improvement over the Harper government’s abysmal relationship with First Nations. But what the Trudeau government claims will be a “renewed nation-to-nation” relationship has as yet to be fully revealed. Continue reading
German journalist Martin Lejeune witnessed the destruction caused by Israel in Gaza during the summer of 2014. Photo shows a graffiti seen in one of the destroyed quarter of Shujayea, east of Gaza city, March 21, 2015. The rubble is recycled to produce bad quality concrete. 100,000 Palestinians are still displaced and many live in dire conditions. Rebuilding materials are scarce as the Gaza Strip face restrictions imposed by Israel. Anne Paq ActiveStills
Adri Nieuwhof Rights and Accountability
(December 18) – Israel’s Government Press Office appears to be building up files on international journalists who criticize the oppression faced by Palestinians.
The conduct of this surveillance has been revealed by German journalist Martin Lejeune who has been deported from Tel Aviv. Continue reading
By MARJORIE COHN*
The war in Vietnam resulted in the deaths of more than 58,000 Americans and more than 3 million Vietnamese. Twenty years ago, the United States and Vietnam normalized diplomatic relations in an effort to put the terrible legacy of the war behind them. But for the survivors—both Vietnamese and American—the war continues. About 5 million Vietnamese and many U.S. and allied soldiers were exposed to the toxic chemical dioxin from the spraying of Agent Orange. Many of them and their progeny continue to suffer its poisonous effects. Continue reading
High and low temperatures over the last 24 hours (12/14-15/15). Source: NOAA
As wave after wave of record-breaking high temperatures grips huge swaths of America, media coverage of the December warmth has rarely been willing to discuss its cause.
The cover of the second edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
School bans Huckleberry Finn
University of Kentucky covers up 1930s mural: Said Wendell Berry:
The president further objects to the fresco on the ground that it reminds “one black student … that his ancestors were slaves.” That statement has at least two arresting implications: (1) that black students should not ever be reminded that their ancestors were slaves, and (2) that white students should not ever be reminded that their ancestors were slave owners. Do students, then, study history at our “flagship university” in order to forget it?
Detail of Ann Rice O’Hanlon’s mural in the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Hall (photo by Tim Webb, courtesy University of Kentucky) (click to enlarge)
What are the Liberal notions of openness, transparency, accountability and electoral reform, which the Trudeau government calls Real Change? TML editorial on the Liberal agenda.
The Governor General officially opened the 42nd Parliament of Canada with a Speech from the Throne on Friday, December 4. The 15-minute speech was entitled “Making Real Change Happen.” Just over 1,600 words were divided into seven sections: an introduction, “Growth for the Middle Class,” “Open and Transparent Government,” “A Clean Environment and a Strong Economy,” “Diversity is Canada’s Strength,” “Security and Opportunity” and a conclusion. After the speech was read, the House of Commons began debate on a motion to adopt an Address in Reply to the Throne Speech which will continue until Friday, December 11. The House was adjourned at 5:05 pm after the Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc informed MPs of the schedule of House business for the coming week. Continue reading
A group of artists have replaced Paris ads with a campaign called “Brandalizing” to decry attempts by the monopolies to “greenwash” their environmentally destructive practices.
Rumsfeld Redux: GloboCop reconfirmed. The Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz dream of securing bases all around Eurasia and oil-producing parts of sub-Saharan Africa appears well on the way to full realization. JIM LOBE Continue reading
By TONY SEED
With the attendance of Fernando González Llort, Hero of the Republic of Cuba and Vice President of ICAP, a flower offering was laid at the foot of the bust of the Third World leader El Mehdi Ben Barka on the 50th anniversary of his assassination on October 29, 1965 in Paris, France in a solemn ceremony held at the Havana headquarters of the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAL). Continue reading
This article appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of The Public Eye magazine.
In April 2014, an armed encampment formed at the Nevada cattle ranch of Cliven Bundy as news spread through militia networks about the confrontation between the 67-year-old rancher and the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM began to impound Bundy’s cows after he’d failed to pay grazing fees for approximately 20 years, claiming the federal government had no right to regulate the public land where he brought his livestock. Confronted with this armed encampment, the federal officials backed down, ultimately returning Bundy’s cows. He was not arrested for the confrontation,1 and as of December, he bragged to reporters, he was continuing to graze his cattle, for free, on federal land.2 Most media accounts treated Bundy as just a cantankerous oddball or, as an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times put it, “a scofflaw with screwy ideas about the Constitution.”3 Continue reading
This is what happens when an historian from Iraq teaches American veterans of the Iraq War in a US classroom. I Continue reading
Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was sentenced to 15 months in prison this week by a kangaroo court for membership in an illegal organization and incitement, but was her trial in a military court just? The use of military courts is in contravention of international law and may constitute a war crime. And what does it say about the irrational political, diplomatic, economic and military support successive Canadian governments give the State of Israel under the hoax that it is “the only democracy in the Middle East”? Four articles and photos.
Khalida Jarrar in the courtroom of the Ofer detention facility, in May 2015 | AP
Hareetz Editorial (December 9) – Khalida Jarrar is a political prisoner. The Ofer Military Court, which on Monday sentenced the Palestinian parliamentarian to 15 months in prison for membership in an illegal organization and incitement, is a political court that punished her for her political activity, and for that alone. Thus Israel, which pretends to be a democracy, has political prisoners, political arrests and political prison sentences, at least in the occupied territories. Continue reading
Occupied Ramallah (10 December) –This year, Palestinians mark International Human Rights Day mourning over 118 Palestinians including 25 children who were killed by IOF in the past two months. Palestinians mark this day following two months of nonstop violence and widespread human rights violations by Israeli Occupation Forces against the Palestinian civilian population in response to a popular uprising in the occupied territory. Today, over 6,500 Palestinians remain imprisoned by Israeli occupation including at least 450 children, 587 Palestinians held under arbitrary administrative detention without charge or trial and five members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Continue reading
The country’s permanent commission to the United Nations highlighted the role of the Revolution in guaranteeing the exercise of all human rights for all citizens
On 24 November 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted five non-binding resolutions on Palestine. Canada voted five against, showing its status as a lapdog to the United States and Israel and its contempt for the rights of the Palestinian people and international law. The only major states voting against all five resolutions were the USA, Canada and Israel. Continue reading
Police. Roman Catholic Priest. Tsar. Pope. Rabbi. Bourgeois, 1919
euronews (December 8) – A trial has opened in the Vatican into the alleged theft of confidential documents from the Holy See. Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi are among five defendants, including a senior Spanish priest.
The hearing was adjourned from last week when one of the accused, Francesca Chaouqui, changed her lawyer and requested more time for her defence. “I didn’t give any papers to anyone,” she told reporters outside the court. “They are calling me a witch, here, where trials for witchcraft were invented.” Continue reading
Shrabani Basu is well-known for her book Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan, the story of heroic sacrifice and courage as an SOE agent in occupied Paris in the war against fascism and her cruel execution in a Nazi concentration camp in 1944. Subsequently Shrabani Basu founded the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust and successfully led a campaign to erect a bust of Noor in Gordon Square, London.
For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on The Western Front 1914-18 tells the stories of Indians in the service of the Crown in a very different war, in the appalling mass slaughter of millions as the Great Powers sought to redivide the world with crass disregard for the human cost. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of SANA
Full text of interview of President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic by The Sunday Times. Britain and France, he states, have neither the will nor the vision on how to defeat terrorism. Their airstrikes against ISIS will yield no results, but will rather be illegal and harmful in that they will help in spreading terrorism. (Courtesy of SANA)
rt.com – The war drums are getting louder in the aftermath of ISIS attacks in Paris, as Western countries gear up to launch further airstrikes in Syria. But obscured in the fine print of countless resolutions and media headlines is this: the West has no legal basis for military intervention. Their strikes are illegal. Continue reading
One day before the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference the peoples of the world set the tone with mass actions to affirm their urgent demands and emphasize that whatever transpires in Paris must accord with the needs of humanity and Mother Earth. Organizations report that some 2,300 actions were held on November 29 in at least 175 countries with more than 570,000 people participating. Continue reading
Opening ceremony of the People’s World Conference on Climate Change at the Universidad del Valle, Tiquipaya, Bolivia, October 10, 2015. (F. Zarco)
“The solution cannot be to put off the development of those who need it most. The truth is that everything that today contributes to underdevelopment and poverty is tantamount to a flagrant attack on the ecology […] A better distribution of wealth and of the technologies available in the world could spare humanity such devastation. Less luxury and waste in a few countries could bring about a reduction of poverty and hunger in a large part of the planet. […] Let selfishness and hegemonism cease, as well as callousness, recklessness and deceit.” – Fidel Castro, Río de Janeiro, 1992
Three years have passed since the Summit of the Peoples was held in June 2012 parallel to the United Nations Rio+20 meeting. At that time the Network in Defense of Humanity called on all social movements, social leaders in general, governments and all persons of good will to mobilize against the suicidal model imposed on the world that leaves no other alternative than the extinction of the human species. Continue reading
– Indigenous Environmental Network –
Paris (December 5) – On Friday December 4th, Indigenous Peoples from around the globe demonstrated inside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC/COP21) convention centre at Le Bourget. The protest was carried out to highlight objections to the proposed removal of language pertaining to both the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights from Article 2.2 of the draft Paris Accord, ending the first week of negotiations. Norway, the UK and the EU have been key players in this removal of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Continue reading
While in Paris during the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change, Prime Minister Trudeau joined with multi-billionaire Bill Gates and the war presidents François Hollande of France and Barack Obama of the U.S. to launch “Mission Innovation” and its private sector partner the “Breakthrough Energy Coalition.” The initiative is not a movie spinoff but rather a public-private partnership (P3) for privileged private interests to become even richer using public funds in the booming climate change sector. Continue reading