GazaFriends: Gazans Resist by Surviving

“I will send fire upon the walls of Gaza…” —Amos 1:7

GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE — In a small cafe in Gaza City, Amjad Shawa, the coordinator for the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), sips black coffee and ruminates on the Israeli blockade of Gaza. “This siege isn’t about ‘security’ or even about Hamas,” he says. “Israel’s ultimate aim is to separate Gaza from the West Bank and kill the Palestinian national project.”

The Gaza Strip, a 25-mile-long narrow coastal plain wedged between Israel and Egypt, is home to 1.5 million Palestinians. Despite its small size, Gaza in many ways encapsulates the essence of two of the world’s major conflicts: the rise of political Islam and the use by the West of collective punishment and economic coercion as a brutal counterweight.

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The Real News Network – Media giant tries to muzzle parody

In early November, Canadian media giant Canwest Mediaworks dropped its lawsuit against Mordecai Briemberg, a lawsuit which alleged that he infringed on Canwest’s trademark rights. The case pertained to the creation of a parody of one of Canwest’s many papers, the Vancouver Sun. The parody satirized what its creators see as Canwest’s biased coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict; and while there was no evidence that Mordecai had any role in the creation of the paper, Mordecai posits that it was the building of public pressure that caused Canwest to drop the suit, as they had known about the absence of evidence for months. While Mordecai suit was dropped, Canwest has refused to drop its suit against the two others who have taken responsibility for the creation of the parody. Mordecai contends that parody is a cherished tradition of dissent in the society and that Canwest’s lawsuits amount to an attack on freedom of speech.


Mordecai Briemberg is co-host of the public affairs program Redeye on Vancouver’s cooperative radio, CFRO. He is a former university professor, Rhodes scholar and a long time activist in peace and social justice causes, including a long history of activism on behalf of Palestinian rights.

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Khalid Amayreh: Second Fiddle to Israel

15 November, 2008

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have been trading harsh accusations as to who bears responsibility for the open-ended postponement of Egyptian-sponsored national reconciliation talks that were due to take place in Cairo earlier this week.

Citing Hamas’s decision to boycott the much-heralded talks, PA and Fatah leaders and spokespersons denounced the Islamic movement for being “unserious and insincere” about the restoration of Palestinian national unity.

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Stephen Lendman: Ongoing attacks on Hugo Chavez

Some of Chavez`s fiercest critics maintain pressure and show up often on the Wall Street Journal`s op-ed page.

Since taking office in February 1999, America’s dominant media have relentlessly attacked Chavez because of the good example he represents and threat it might spread in spite of scant chance it will in today’s climate.

Yet some of his fiercest critics maintain pressure and show up often on the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page. Most recently on November 10 by its America’s columnist, Mary O’Grady. Her style is agitprop. Her space a truth-free zone. Her latest in an article headlined ‘Hugo Chavez Spreads the Loot’ referring to what The New York Times calls ‘Suitcasegate.’

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Yuri BARANCHIK: Why Does the US Elite Need Obama?

“Everyone knows that when a customer does not go to a brothel, girls – not beds are replaced. But replacing ‘girls’ should not affect our attitude to a brothel as an institution.”

The outcomes of November 4, 2008 US presidential elections gave ample proof that the not so-long period of ‘a single-polar world’ fuzzily outlined on the horizon due to the disappearance of a second superpower was over. So having realised that clearly, the US establishment made necessary conclusions.

Electing Obama as an ‘anti-Bush’ character is a sign that the US elite is aware of the fact that neither the US economy nor its political system are no longer efficient tools of continuing the domestic and external policies course that Washington pursued in the past 8 years.

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Leonid IVASHOV: Obama to Move Into the White House: Do Changes Await the US Geopolitics?

The triumph of African American Obama over Anglo-Saxon McCain in the race to the White House is the number one recent news. Now doubt, the implications of the victory transcend the borders of the US. The deep causes of the outcome of the November 4, 2008 US Presidential elections are yet to be analyzed, but certain immediately obvious facts can already be realized.

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Jamison Foser: The media’s Minnesota debacle

With only about 200 votes out of nearly 3 million cast separating Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman and his Democratic challenger, Al Franken, the race is headed to a recount.

Naturally, conservative radio hosts are working themselves into a lather, baselessly accusing Democrats of trying to “steal” the election. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. But NBC and The New York Times have also pushed the dubious notion that the Minnesota recount has been plagued by chaos and impropriety.

Here’s how Meredith Vieira, co-host of NBC’s Today, began a report on the Minnesota recount: “If you thought the election debacle in Florida could never happen again, wait until you see the situation in Minnesota.”

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Benjamin Hartman: GA Magazine / The Internet intifada

The struggle for the Holy Land may be the world’s most ancient conflict. But in one respect, at least, the weapons and the battleground could not be more cutting-edge.

This is the realm of the ‘virtual intifada,’ digital combat played out in cyberspace by intensely partisan pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli activists-cum-hackers, or in the vernacular of the Information Age, ‘hacktivists.’ One incarnation of this online political activism has hitched its battlewagon to the stars of social networking, taking advantage of the runaway popularity of sites like Facebook and MySpace.

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