Articles Tagged ‘Middle East’

  • 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.

  • Reopen Bethlehem!

    Open Bethlehem reveals how policies developed by the Canadian government in regard to First Nations evolved over centuries, from decimation to assimilation, to marginalization and finally, segregation. This came to inspire efforts by the governments of both South Africa and Israel to suppress the human rights and citizenship of its indigenous inhabitants.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • Israel’s Bogus Civil War

    Middle East

    Israeli moderates have had to confront the painful reality that their country is not quite the enlightened outpost in the Middle East they had imagined. They may raise their voices in protest now but, if the polls are right, most will eventually submit to the right’s realisation of its vision of a Greater Israel.

  • The View from Madinah

    Middle East

    What makes a war our war? The Iraq Wars. Are wars named only after the home team? The War on Afghanistan. Is its name the measure of who is doing the killing and who the dying? The War on Terror. If the dead die far from where we can see, are we still at war? The War of Terror. Our pilgrimage was hemmed on both sides by carnage.

  • Opposing the Discrimination of the JNF

    Canadian Politics

    In the face of these wild attacks Elizabeth May and the Green leadership needs to stop equivocating on Palestinian rights. Past efforts to mollify the JNF have only emboldened these groups. It is time to show them you won’t be intimidated by respecting the will of the membership and embracing the call for the CRA to revoke the JNF’s charitable status.

  • Turkey: After Failed Coup, Erdoğan Cracks Down

    Middle East

    The coup’s failure has strengthened Erdoğan and the Islamist wing of the Turkish state and political elite. On July 16, pro-Erdoğan mobs beheaded and beat to death captured soldiers – many of whom were conscripts who were unaware they were taking part in a coup, having been told by their commanders that they were responding to a terrorism alert in Istanbul.

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