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.
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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