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Sabra and Shatila: New Revelations

Surviving Palestinian civilians returning to the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila after the massacre carried out by Phalange-linked militiamen, Beirut, Lebanon, September 21, 1982. | Alain MINGAM/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

By Seth Anziska

Historians try not to audibly gasp in the reading rooms of official archives, but there are times when the written record retains a capacity to shock. In 2012, while working at the Israel State Archives in Jerusalem, I came across highly classified material from Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon that had just been opened to researchers. This access was in line with the thirty-year rule of declassification governing the release of documents in Israel. Sifting through Foreign Ministry files, I stumbled upon the minutes of a September 17 meeting between Israeli and American officials that took place in the midst of the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Continue reading

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Sabra & Shatila, 1982 – never again

The world watched in horror as the story of the inhuman massacres in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon first emerged in September, 1982 | An entire generation of the Palestinian people has grown up in their shadow | The general at the centre of this butchery is today the prime minister of Israel – Ariel Sharon | The scale of the infamy has changed, but not the methods, the perpetrators or their allies | The past is always present

Sabra and Chatila – two undefended refugee camps in Beirut where hundreds of unarmed Palestinian refugees, including babies, were massacred 16-18 September 1982. (Click to enlarge)

Sabra and Chatila – two undefended refugee camps in Beirut where hundreds of unarmed Palestinian refugees, including babies, were massacred 16-18 September 1982. (Click to enlarge)

From the Dossier on Palestine (2002)

By PIERRE PÉAN*

TWENTY years have passed, but reread the accounts or speak to survivors in what remains of the Sabra and Shatila camps, and the words still drip red. Time has not washed away the blood. All through my investigation I was horrified as I listened to story after story about children with their throats slit, or pregnant women with their bellies slashed open, or heads and limbs hacked off. I felt physically sick. Continue reading

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This day. Assassination of Steve Biko

“The greatest weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”

Bantu Stephn Biko, the leader of the Black Consciousness movement, died in Pretoria, South Africa on 12 September 1977. Born on 18 December 1946, he was the first president of the South African Students Organisation (SASO), which he co-founded in 1968 – a year of global protests; the anti-Vietnam war protests, huge civil rights demonstrations and student protests. Continue reading

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17 years ‘War on Terror’

Seventeen years after the September 11 terror attacks, German government advisors are calling for a re-evaluation of the ongoing “War on Terror.” Continue reading

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This Day. Mass anti-fascist uprising in Bulgaria begins

Pro-fascist monarchy overthrown

On August 26, 1944 the Nazi-allied Bulgarian government began the talks in Egypt with the USA and Britain, hoping for the dispatch of the US troops in Bulgaria as the Red Army was approaching Bulgarian borders. Continue reading

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This Day. 70th anniversary of founding of DPRK – Standing for peace and justice for seven decades

Important anniversary


National seminar, September 6, 2018, part of celebrations leading up to the DPRK’s 70th anniversary.

September 9 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which is being celebrated with revolutionary enthusiasm by the Korean people in the DPRK, all the patriotic forces in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the diaspora, as well as peace and justice-loving people in Canada and the world. The 70th anniversary is taking place in the context of the drive of the Korean people to secure peace for their nation and put an end to more than 70 years of U.S.-engineered division, tension and strife and to move forward as a united, peaceful and prosperous country. Continue reading

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This Day. International Day of Journalists’ Solidarity

September 8th has been commemorated as the International Day of Journalists’ Solidarity since 1958, when the 4th Congress of the International Organization of Journalists was held in Bucharest. It commemorates the day of execution of the Czech anti-fascist journalist Julius Fucik by Nazis on September 8, 1943.  Continue reading

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