Thursday, June 28, 2007

Divide & Rule - In Iraq's Four-Year Looting Frenzy - Music of War & Resistance

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"Can the Arab World be Turned into Gaza's Jailers?" asks the British journalist Jonathan Cook. The author of "Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State" argues that the aim of the sanctions by Israel and the US was not to bring about the fall of Hamas. Cook also draws parallels between Iraq and Gaza. >> Listen to the interview

"British and American collusion in the pillaging of Iraq's heritage is a scandal that will outlive any passing conflict," writes Simon Jenkins in the Guardian. >> Read the article

Music of war and resistance by Zaineb Shaath, Billy Bragg, Boris Vian, Tom Lehrer, the Group of Musical Research, Marcel Khalife ...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Welcome to 'Palestine' - "Hollow Land"

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Welcome to Palestine: How do we deal with a coup d'etat by an elected government? Robert Fisk.

See also Palestine in Suicide by Roni Ben Efrat

Hollow Land - Israel's Architecture of Occupation. A talk by Eyal Weizman, architect and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and author of "Hollow Land". "Devotees of the latest nuances of postmodernist styles," wrote Stirling Howieson in his review of 'Hollow Land', "will be disappointed with Weizman's book, for this is not about changing architectural fashions in hot arid climates. Hollow Land is the work of an architect chronicling the physical occupation and colonisation of Palestine by Zionism - in all its forms." The School of African and Oriental Studies, London 13 June 2007.
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Quote: "When the first English settlers moved into Indian land in Massachusetts Bay and were resisted, the violence escalated into war with the Pequot Indians. The killing of Indians was seen as approved by God, the taking of land as commanded by the Bible. The Puritans cited one of the Psalms, which says: "Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the Earth for thy possession." (The American historian, Howard Zinn)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Gaza and Beyond - The War Economy of Iraq

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Mahmood Abbas, the Palestinian president, described the situation in the Gaza Strip as "madness" and called for an immediate halt to the violence. Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet replied: “Though this be madness, there is method in’t.” >> Yossi Schwartz from Haifa, Israel
>> Article: Crocodile Tears by Uri Avnery

Quote: "That is not a matter of Islamic fundamentalism. In this respect all nations are the same: they hate collaborators of a foreign occupier, whether they are Norwegian (Quisling), French (Petain) or Palestinian." (Uri Avnery, June 2007)

A speech by the Minister of Information in the Palestinian Authority. It was part of a rally organized by Enough!, a coalition of over 50 charities, trade unions, father and other faith groups. The rally took place in Trafalgar Square on 09th of June. >> Listen here

War and profit,” argue Christopher Parker and Pete W. Moore, “have always gone hand in hand. In Iraq, as well, a “war economy” is firmly rooted, yet it has gone largely unexamined in the stacks of books and articles dissecting Washington’s grandiose venture gone bad.” (Middle East Report No 243) Interview with C. Parker, assistant professor of political and social science at Ghent Univeristy in Belgium. >> Listen here >> Read article: The War Economy of Iraq

Friday, June 08, 2007

Iraq Oil Strike - Behzad Yaghmaian

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Barely reported: Workers from the Iraqi Pipelines Company in Basrah, Iraq, began a strike on 04 June. Two days later Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki issued a warrant for the arrest of the Federation of Oil Unions' leaders. Soon the Iraqi military surrounded striking Basra oil pipeline workers. MEP interviews Sami Ramadani from the unions's UK-based support committee and Jim Catterson from the 20-million-member International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions. >> Interview with S. Ramadani >> Interview with J. Catterson

"Bonded at Birth: How a CIA Coup d'Etat in Iran and my Life Became One." Behzad Yaghmaian, an Iranian-born author living in the US and professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey, speaks about his experience in both Iran and the United States and the current situation. As someone who lived among migrant Muslims and followed their journey to the West Yaghmaian provides a non-mainstream analysis of the migration issue in the 'era of globalisation'. >> Listen to the interview. Read article: At the Gates of Paradise

Friday, June 01, 2007

Lebanon - 'The Deficits of the International Law'

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Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh from The New Yorker magazine points out that the current situation in Lebanon is much like that during the conflict in Afghanistan in the 1980's – which gave rise to al Qaeda – with the same people involved in both the US and Saudi Arabia and the "same pattern" of the US using jihadists that the Saudis assure us they can control. An interview conducted by Hala Gorani on CNN. >> Listen to the interview

'The Deficits of International Law'. A talk given by Norman Geras from Manchester University at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, during Solidarity and Rights conference organized by The Euston Manifesto Group (in association with SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies). Professor Norman Geras is author of 'Marx and Human Nature', 'The Legacy of Rosa Luxembourg', 'The Contract of Mutual Indifference: Political Philosophy after the Holocaust', and other works. >> Listen to the talk