Created on Friday, 21 March 2008 12:21
Written by Press Release
In commemoration of the 60th year of the Palestinian Nakbah,
NECEF and SPHR present ILAN PAPPE
Saturday, March 29th, 7pm
Lecture & Book-Signing
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Alice Mackay room, lower level 350 W. Georgia St. (at Homer)
~ Admission by donation ~
Vancouver co-sponsors: CanPalNet, Jews for a Just Peace and Canadian Friends of Sabeel
Info: 604-765-7074 Â· www.canpalnet.ca
Created on Friday, 21 March 2008 10:57
Written by Danny Schechter
OH NO! SHOCK (Via LA TIMES): IS THIS WHY HE ACTED?
by Danny Schechter - News Dissector
Bloomberg News reports Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's Capitol Hill home is slipping in value and may soon be worth less than he paid for it. An economist quoted by Bloomberg estimates Bernanke's house has lost $260,000 in value.
Famous Predictions; Jim Cramer on subprime loans 2007: "No Impact..meaningless."
Read more: Sub-Prime Shock as Rich Lose Asset Value
Created on Friday, 21 March 2008 10:31
Written by Mike Ferner
Tombstones Mark Anniversary of Another Infamous Date
by Mike Ferner
arch 19, 2003: a date that will live in infamy. Perhaps not in the minds of many of our fellow citizens, but surely to most people around the world. On that date, U.S. military forces invaded Iraq.
image: Arlington Midwest
Almost a year later I was in a small farming village some miles north of Baghdad, accompanying members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams. They were recording the stories of the common people of Iraq who had no access to news media or decision-makers in the Green Zone.
Read more: Anniversary: Another Infamous Date
One of those stories was from a village sheikh who recounted his weeks of horror as a detainee under the control of the U.S. Army.
Created on Friday, 21 March 2008 10:15
Written by William Bowles
Rumours of War
by William Bowles
t seems to be a commonâ€”but in my view, mistakenâ€”assumption by the army of analysts and commentators on both the left and the right, that the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been an unmitigated disaster for the US (never mind what itâ€™s done to Iraq and its people).
They point to the chaos that followed the â€˜liberationâ€™ and the apparent unpreparedness of the occupation forces to establish a civilian authority for the country and the anarchy that followed the disbandment of the military, political, legal and civil arms of the (former) Iraqi state (with the exception of the Ministry of Oil), an act that literally overnight let loose hundreds of thousands of former military employees, civil servants and managers into a country already pulverised by a dozen years of unrelenting bombing and of course the embargo imposed on the country.
Read more: Iraq: Operation Unending Chaos
Created on Friday, 21 March 2008 09:32
Written by Paul William Roberts
by Paul William Roberts
To those few generous souls who have noticed my silence and absence from any medium over the past year, I have for some time now felt I owed an explanation.
The reason I am thus dictating the following one is that, since last November, I have lost the sight in both my eyes.
Read more: War Against The War Against Truth
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2008 19:24
Written by Conn Hallinan
Afghanistan: A River Running Backward
by Conn Hallinan
hen historians look back on the war in Afghanistan, they may well point to last December's battle for Musa Qala, a scruffy town in the country's northern Helmand Province, as a turning point. In a war of shadows, remote ambushes, and anonymous roadside bombs, Musa Qala was an exception: a standup fight.
On one side was the Afghan National Army, the U.S. 82nd Airborne, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On the other the Taliban.
When the fight was over, the U.S.-led coalition had "won." What they had "won" was a town shattered by B-1 and B-52s bombers, A-10 attack planes, Apache helicopters, AC-130 gunships, and artillery barrages.
Read more: River Running Backward: Looking Back on Afghanistan
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2008 16:35
Written by Chris Cook
Omar Khadr: At Long Last a Day in Court
by C. L. Cook
oday, (Wed. Mar. 19, 2008)
Canada's Supreme Court ruled a motion filed by lawyers for "Canadian Taliban" Omar Khadr, currently imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, can proceed for the court's consideration.
They will hear arguments and rule on whether the treatment meted out to Khadr violates his rights under international law and whether his incarceration is contrary to the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war.
They will also hear arguments questioning the ability of American Justice to meet internationally required benchmarks for fairness in the case.
Read more: Omar Khadr: At Long Last a Day in Court
Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2008 23:27
Written by Ernest Partridge
The Monkey Trap, and Hillary Clintonâ€™s Blind Rush to Defeat
by Ernest Partridge
Read more: Clintonâ€™s Blind Rush to Defeat
ome African tribes have devised an ingenious method of capturing monkeys. They cut a small hole in a coconut, large enough for a monkeyâ€™s hand but too small for a monkeyâ€™s fist. They then put a few peanuts inside the coconut. When the monkey reaches inside and grabs the peanuts, it is unable to extract its hand.
The monkey is then faced with two choices: let go of the bait and go free or hold on to the bait and be captured. Escaping with the bait is not an option. African monkeys, determined and single-minded critters that they are, usually hold-on until captured.
Hillary Clinton, it seems, is consumed with a monkey-like determination to become the 44th President of the United States, and with that consuming objective in mind, she fails to perceive the context and the likely consequences of her behavior.
Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2008 21:42
Written by Gilad Atzmon
The Right to Self-Determination: A Fake Exercise in Universalism
by Gilad Atzmon
he right to self-determination is a luxurious approach at conservation of power reserved for the rich, strong and privileged.
In the picture, a visual explanation of Jewish Self-Determination
Since Zionists hold the reigns on international political power through their influence in important positions as well as the military might to maintain their â€˜right to self-determinationâ€™, any current political debate on the legitimacy of this concept would lead inevitably to a dismissal of what we have come to accept as the Palestinian right of self-determination.
Read more: Self-Determination: A Fake Exercise in Universalism
Yet, instead of demanding this right, which is currently impractical, we should fight for the Palestinian and Arab right to rebel against the Jewish State and against global Zionist imperialism. Instead of wasting our time on rhetorical fantasies, we better expose Jewish tribal politics and praxis for what it is. To support Palestine is to be courageous enough to say what we think and to admit what we see.
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2008 22:07
Written by Press Release
Stop the Clash of Civilizations
Dear friends; great news -- our video "Stop The Clash of Civilizations" is one of six films nominated for "Best Political Video" at the 2007 YouTube Awards.
Dismantling the false clash between Islam and the West, this 2-minute clip shows how global people power can bridge cultures and change things for the better -- starting with a real peace process for the Middle East. The video has already been seen by milliions of people, and shown in hundreds of schools.
Read more: Stop the Clash of Civilizations
In the YouTube Awards, unlike the Oscars, the public decides which video wins -- but we only have 24 hours to cast our votes, so now's the time to act. If enough people vote for "Stop the Clash" in the next 24 hours, and we win, we can spread our message of hope like wildfire around the world. Click this link now to watch the video and cast your own vote: