The Martyrdom Of Mordechai Vanunu By Eileen Fleming

10 March, 2009

The best understanding of a martyr is one who chooses to suffer, to die rather than renounce their principles. A martyr is also one who has given themselves up as a witness. The essence of Christianity is to bear witness to what Jesus was always on about; forgiveness, love, reconciliation and the intrinsic equality of all people.

Within days of the announcement of a record 205 nominations for 2009’s Nobel Peace Prize, [one of several prizes endowed by Swedish industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel] perpetual nominee Mordechai Vanunu declined the honor in a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo:

I am asking the committee to remove my name from the nominations…I cannot be part of a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres…Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel…Peres was the man who ordered [my] kidnapping…he continues to oppose my freedom and release…WHAT I WANT IS FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM….FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.

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PSC News Update 9 March, 2009: Viva Palestina arrives in Gaza

  • Viva Palestina arrives in Gaza
  • Lowkey’s single released today to download
  • Emergency Lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 11 March – download our briefing now

Viva Palestina arrives in Gaza

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign salutes the courage and tenacity of all the participants in the Viva Palestina Convoy which has broken the blockade of Gaza at the Egyptian controlled Rafah crossing.

Betty Hunter, General Secretary of Palestine Solidarity Campaign said: “This is a historic event which should shame both the British and the Egyptian governments for their complicity in the collective punishment of the Palestinian people of Gaza. It is yet another example of the growing support here in Britain for justice for the Palestinians despite our government’s cowardly acquiescence in the relentless Israeli propaganda which justifies its war crimes and illegal occupation.”

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“I Am a European Roma Woman” (Directed by Farkas Csaba, Bársony Katalin, and Kohut Péter)

This campaign film by Amnesty International and Mundi Romani drawing attention to the importance of women and the complexity of the Roma identity was released on 6 March 2009, in time for International Women’s Day. The campaign seeks to combat the escalating violence against the Roma people in Europe, including Hungary, which is threatening the social cohesion of the countries in that region of the world.



1971, a massive GI Movement to end the Vietnam war was sweeping through troops, wreaking havoc on the U.S. military. Into that mix came the FTA Show, a caustic, electrifying, sharply antiwar comedy…


Ultra-Rare! F.T.A. (aka FREE THE ARMY aka FUN, TRAVEL, ADVENTURE), 1972, Displaced Films, 97 min. Dir. Francine Parker.

F.T.A. was originally released by American-International but pulled from distribution after only one week, with rumors of pressure from the Pentagon.

– Phil Hall, Film Threat


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