Articles Middle East

  • Canada complicit in crafting colonial policies for Palestine

    Canadian Politics

    Many Canadian political leaders were overjoyed by the Balfour Declaration. Several years after the First World War, Conservative Party leader Arthur Meighen, a Christian Zionist, claimed, “of all the results of the (war), none was more important and more fertile in human history than the reconquest of Palestine and the rededication of that country to the Jewish people.”

  • Local workshops aim at transforming Canadians’ views on Israel-Palestine

    Middle East

    Primarily aimed at members of Winnipeg’s Jewish community, the workshops will remain critical of Israel’s militarized society and acknowledge the difficulties many experience when attempting to broach the topic of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Emotionally-charged ideas, feelings and memories must be met with effective interpersonal communication if any attempt at reconciliation is to succeed.

  • Will Conservative Party Quackery or NDP Principle determine Canada’s Palestine Policy?

    Canadian Politics

    Since all NDP candidates likely claim to support international law, calling on Ottawa to implement a Security Council resolution shouldn’t be tough. While 2334 is a low bar, Canada’s tilt in favour of Israel is so pronounced that getting NDP candidates to to take action against illegal settlements would have significant ripples. Its long-term impacts would certainly outweigh the ‘I heart Israel’ ravings from the Conservative Party.

  • Debating Syria Productively

    Middle East

    Those of us in countries like Canada, UK and the U.S. need to strongly oppose the brutal war in Yemen and the siege of civilians in Mosul and any and all intervention in Syria. We need to understand that solidarity with the people of Syria, Iraq and the entire region begins with us actually stopping the reflexive reaction to intervene in countries we don’t live in.

  • Syria and the Antiwar Movement

    Middle East

    The global war against the people (as Jeff Halper refers to militarized neoliberalism) is being fought with political impunity and with increasingly horrific technology. It demands an antiwar movement in Canada and the U.S. that is unrelenting in its opposition to the global arms trade, to militarization and austerity regimes, to resurgent racialized nationalism and closed borders, and to ineffectual international institutions.

  • ‘Tyrants across the world know now they can maintain power through mass slaughter’

    Middle East

    Leila al-Shami, co-author of Burning Country, a writer who has worked with human rights movements in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, gave this interview to Ilya Matveev and Gabriel Levy on 29 November for OpenLeft (before the fall of Aleppo to the government forces). It sheds some light on the social and geopolitical situation which has rendered the Allepo crisis so severe in these past weeks.

  • We Must Understand Syria as a Popular Struggle Despite Its Complications

    Human Rights

    As leftists, our support must go to the revolutionary people struggling for freedom and emancipation. Only through their own collective action can the Syrian people achieve their goals. This concept, which is at the heart of revolutionary politics, faces profound skepticism from some sections of the left. This should not prevent us, however, from building our solidarity on this basis.

  • Why the Evacuation of Aleppo May Not Happen

    Middle East

    Ceasefires in Syria are difficult to arrange and particularly likely to collapse because their successful implementation involves so many parties inside and outside the country who hate and would like to kill each other. All of these powers have their own agendas that may have little to do with the wellbeing of those who want to leave a besieged enclave in safety.

  • The making of Lia Tarachansky’s “On the Side of the Road”

    Middle East

    Israeli filmmaker and correspondent for the Real News Network Lia Tarachansky screened and discussed the motivation for and the making of her documentary film On the Side of the Road. The former West Bank settler examines Israelis’ unwillingness and/or inability to look at the impact of the 1948 founding of the State of Israeli on the Arabs who lived there and who were expelled.

  • Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada’s Media Critics

    Middle East

    When a “couple dozen” articles fail to quote a single proponent of a Green resolution pressing Israel to relinquish illegally occupied land it suggests systemic media bias. Canadaland’s inability to contextualize this anti-Palestinianism reveals a media watchdog subservient to the dominant foreign-policy framework about Israel. And a sign of how bad coverage is of all foreign affairs.

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