Why the Flurry for Politcal Change in Palestine?

The PLO: Why an Alternative and Why the Panic?
by Ramzy Baroud
When Hamas leaderdeclared before a cheering crowd in Doha, Qatar, on January 28, the need for a new leadership, his words generated panic amongst leaders of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority as well as traditional Palestinian leadership elites stationed in various Arab capitals.

The reaction to Mashaal’s call was more furious than most of the statements issued by the PA and its backers during the 23-day Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip, which killed and wounded thousands of innocent Gazans. Mashaal, who spoke triumphantly in Qatar exhorted that the PA “in its current state is no authority.” “It expresses a state of impotence, abuse and (it is a) tool to deepen divisions,” he stressed.
 
He called for the creation of a new leadership structure that would include all Palestinians.

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Save Our Net: Keeping an Open Access Internet in Canadian

Make the Internet Your Valentine
by Save Our Net
 
 

 
 
 

The season of love is upon us.

We know the open Internet, with all it's innovative services, is the real love of your life. So why not go ahead and show how much you care, make the Internet your Valentine this year.

Show you love for the Internet:

If you haven't already, send a comment to the CRTC urging them to save your Internet/valentine



Watch and share the video below.
-other ways to spread the word?


Set your Facebook status, Twitter status or email signature to: "I heart the Internet: http://saveournet.ca"


Email 3 of your friends and tell them about our campaign


Maybe you have your own way to express your love for the Internet - send your expressions and ideas to saveournetcanada@gmail.com

 
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B. C. Government Declares War on Enviro Groups

BC Government is Making Misleading Claims about Environmental Groups
by Valhalla Wilderness Society, Save-the-Cedar League,
Applied Ecological Stewardship Council, Purcell Wilderness Alliance
BC Minister of Forests Pat Bell has been making erroneous, politically-slanted characterizations of a number of environmental groups in the media.  On January 13, the Minister made untrue, disparaging claims about the Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) in the Nelson Daily News. 
 
On January 27 VWS notified the Minister that his comments were untrue, and sent him a detailed refutation of his claims (see www.vws.org.)  But a few days later Bell made a similar attack on the Wilderness Committee (CBC News, Jan. 31, 2008).  Both organizations have been advocating an end to logging the province's oldest trees and forests.
 
In both cases, the Minister praised specific organizations, including ForestEthics, Wildsight, Dogwood Initiative, Greenpeace, and Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice). "The Minister's praise inferred that these groups supported the government's policy of logging old-growth forest," says Anne Sherrod, Chair of the Valhalla Wilderness Society. "This should not necessarily be taken as friendly or accurate."
 
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The New Fallujah Up Close and Still in Ruins

Iraq's "Teflon Don:" The New Fallujah Up Close and Still in Ruins
by Dahr Jamail
Driving through Fallujah, once the most rebellious Sunni city in this country, I saw little evidence of any kind of reconstruction underway. At least 70% of that city's structures were destroyed during massive U.S. military assaults in April, and again in November 2004, and more than four years later, in the "new Iraq," the city continues to languish.

The shells of buildings pulverized by U.S. bombs, artillery, or mortar fire back then still line Fallujah's main street, or rather, what's left of it. As one of the few visible signs of reconstruction in the city, that street -- largely destroyed during the November 2004 siege -- is slowly being torn up in order to be repaved.
 
Unemployment is rampant here, the infrastructure remains largely in ruins, and tens of thousands of residents who fled in 2004 are still refugees. How could it be otherwise, given the amount of effort that went into its destruction and not, subsequently, into rebuilding it? It's a place where a resident must still carry around a U.S.-issued personal biometric ID card, which must also be shown any time you enter or exit the city if you are local. Such a card can only be obtained after U.S. military personnel have scanned your retinas and taken your fingerprints.
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Secret Crimes, Secret Punishment

Secret Crimes
by Scott Horton
Binyam Mohamed is a 30-year-old Ethiopian who was granted political asylum in Britain in 1994. In 2002, he was seized by Pakistani authorities and turned over to American intelligence officials in connection with the Bush Administration’s extraordinary renditions program. He was shuttled between CIA-operated facilities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Morocco.
 
During this period of American-sponsored detention, according to court papers, Binyam Mohamed was “routinely beaten, suffering broken bones and, on occasion, loss of consciousness. His clothes were cut off with a scalpel and the same scalpel was then used to make incisions on his body, including his penis. A hot stinging liquid was then poured into open wounds on his penis where he had been cut.
 
He was frequently threatened with rape, electrocution, and death.” He is now reported to be close to death in a prison cell in Guantánamo.
 
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Slick Willie II: GOP Jihad for Obama

The GOP's Jihad on Obama
by Robert Parry
Only a few weeks into Barack Obama’s presidency, a threatening political and media dynamic has rushed to the fore cutting short a very brief honeymoon. The Republicans and their right-wing media allies are doing whatever they can to strangle the Obama phenomenon in its cradle; the mainstream media pundits are stressing the negative so they don’t get called “in the tank for Obama”; and the Democrats are shying away from holding the Bush-Cheney administration accountable for its crimes.

None of these developments is particularly surprising. Indeed, they track closely to the political-media pattern that took shape the last time a young Democrat won the White House, when Bill Clinton became President in 1993. Then, the dispirited Republicans got a lift from the loud voice of a younger Rush Limbaugh who used his popular three-hour radio show to pillory Bill and Hillary Clinton. That, in turn, encouraged the congressional Republicans to vote as a bloc against President Clinton’s budget and economic plan.
 
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Zionism Wins in Israeli Poll

The Israeli 2009 Elections: The Winner, Theodore Herzl (1895)
by William A. Cook
The mind of Israel’s “decider” in yesterday’s election, Avigdor Lieberman, Head of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, comes out of the late 19th century, a veritable verbal parallel to Herzl: “They (Palestinian leaders) have to disappear, to go to paradise, all of them, and there can’t be any compromise.” This is the same man that casually remarked that Israel should do to the Palestinians what the United States did to the Japanese in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, drop the atomic bomb on them.
 
 
This man will decide who speaks with President Obama about “peace in the mid-east.” This man will control the right-wing agenda that will be Israel’s agenda under its newly formed government, whether Tzipi Livni or Bibi Netanyahu hold the title of Prime Minister. This man will see to it that there is no end of the occupation of Palestine, no Palestinian state, and no evacuation of the settlements, in short, no progress toward peace. This man, a Russian immigrant to Israel, will determine the fate of the indigenous people if and when Israel decides what to do with the Palestinians. This man, who won 12% of the vote, determines for Americans what their vote for Obama’s “change” really means.
 
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R.C.M.P. Canvassing the Activist Community for Olympic Rats

Victoria Hippies:Top Security Threat for 2010?
by Zoe Blunt
According to the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service, protestors are the number one security threat to the 2010 Games. So maybe that explains why officers with the Integrated Security Unit are running around Victoria trying to convince hippies to spy on each other.
 
photo: Victoria hippies in their natural habitat, Zoe Blunt, 2008

But the cops may find that peaceniks and longhairs are too street-smart to play spy games. Vancouver Island bohemians know better than to give information to police, especially when it's obvious that no crime has been committed.

"I said to the officer, there's no way I am going to snitch on my friends!" downtown bookstore owner Robert Garfat tells me, a little indignantly.
 
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Examining the Wounds of Gaza

The Wounds of Gaza
by Drs. Ghassan Abu Sittah & Swee Ang
Last week, British medical journal 'The Lancet' released the preliminary findings of two clinicians exploring the weapons used against the civilian population of Gaza during Israel's 23 day military assault.
 
As horrific the images of the destruction of Gazan's life, limb, and civil infrastructure are, what Doctors Ghassan Abu Sittah and Swee Ang discovered is by magnitudes greater. It is an atrocity for the ages.

Utilizing both conventional and experimental weapons, Israeli actions constitute crimes against humanity the like of which has not been seen since America's contamination of large swathes of South East Asia with Agent Orange.
 
Contrary to Geneva and all subsequent conventions on the treatment of civilians in war zones, Israel's targeting of Palestinians with chemical and nuclear material-laden weapons, the effects of which persist both in the environment and in the bodies of the survivors at the cellular level, is truly a new order of criminality that demands redress from both the United Nations and the world community at large.

Pacific Free Press has a policy of publishing only author approved articles, but on rare occasions urgency and the great portent of a piece make it too important to be belayed by such niceties. So it is, with apologies to the authors, we present you with, 'The Wounds of Gaza.' - ed.
 
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Freeing Gilad: Innocents and Illusion

Gilad Shalit: The Grand Illusion
by Gilad Atzmon
A few days ago, Noam Shalit, the ‘Father of’ slammed the Hamas for holding his son for no real reason. Miraculously, he managed to forget the fact that his son Gilad was actually a combatant soldier who served as a post guard in a concentration camp and was captured in a fortress bunker overlooking Gaza.

Father Shalit called upon Hamas to: “stop holding us as hostages of the symbols of yesterday's wars". He also claimed that the Hamas is engaged in no less than 'imaginary resistance'. Seemingly, these are some very bold statements from a father who is supposed to be very concerned with his son’s fate.
 
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Case Study in Political Paranoia

Targeting the RNC Welcoming Committee: A Case Study in Political Paranoia
by Tom Burghardt
Political repression comes in all shapes and sizes: from the beat cop smashing the head of a demonstrator to the bureaucrat adding a name to a watch list. While the former has an immediate and shocking effect, the latter, more insidious and far-reaching in its probable consequences to the individual, is less amenable to redress. Once indexed, always indexed.

Certainly one of the more sinister trends in America today are the multiplicity of partnerships among state security agencies and their analogues in the corporate world. Indeed, many CIA or FBI officers upon retirement join the highly-lucrative and unaccountable world of corporate spying. Nowhere are these revolving-door relationships more toxic to a democracy than in the area of political intelligence.
 
 
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U.N. Body Condemns Canadian Racism

Canada's Universal Periodic Review at the UN - The situation of aboriginal peoples is denounced by 35 states
by AFNQL
The image of Canada, as the great defender of human rights does not hold water when it's a matter of First Nations' rights. Two days ago, within the scope of Canada's Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council, the representative of the Canadian government was unable to defend and justify Canada's numerous acts of negligence towards the First Nations.
 
Out of 47 countries who interrogated the representative of Canada, some 35 of them raised profound concerns for the fate of Canada's Aboriginal Peoples.

Numerous countries, including Austria, Mexico and Norway strongly criticized Canada, and enjoined it to reconsider its decision of not supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted in 2007. Canada was among the four countries to vote against the document. Later on, Canada  remained silent when Denmark asked questions about a letter signed by one hundred lawyers from Canada who were questioning its reasons for not supporting the Declaration.
 
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