Statewatch News Online – 28 January 2010

28 January 2010 —

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1.    EU: The Schengen Information System (SIS) has “over half a million terminals”
2.    EU: Draft Council Decision the surveillance of the sea external borders
3.    EU: Readmission Agreements: Overview
4.    UK: Supreme Court quashes law: UN Security Council Resolutions and the UN ‘terrorism list’
5.    EU-USA: Pressure on the European Parliament to “fast-track” the EU-USA SWIFT agreement
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Carleton University (Canada) Student Group Launches Israel Divestment Drive (Statement)

28 January, 2010

The divestment report urging Carleton University to divest from companies implicated in Israel’s occupation and grave violations of human rights is a true gem for the BDS movement. The research, argumentation, corroboration and writing style are impeccable and deeply impressive.

In making the case for divestment from Israel, the SAIA report combines the best of both worlds: the commitment to truth and justice of the most sincere and far-sighted human rights defenders and the piercing logic of the most able lawyers.

SAIA’s time-honored commitment to just peace and international law, distinguished professionalism and creativity are truly inspiring. They build on the wonderful, pioneering divestment victory at Hampshire College last year to take divestment to the next level. This makes a superb model for the mushrooming divestment campaigns around the world.


Omar Barghouti Founding Member, PACBI

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PS: A divestment campaign at a fairly large US university (cannot disclose the name yet until the student leaders are ready) will soon be announced! Coming only months after Hampshire College’s divestment, this is the most compelling evidence yet that BDS is taking root in the US, where it matters MOST.

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Haiti Newslinks 27-28 January, 2010

28 January, 2010

Venezuela Steps Up Aid Effort to Haiti, Questions U.S. Military …
Kiraz Janicke – Venezuelanalysis.comCaracas, January 20th, 2009 ( – Venezuela has stepped up its aid effort to Haiti as a second …

A day in the life of a Haiti tent city
Los Angeles Times
By Mitchell Landsberg Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti – Morning arrives with the melody of the Haitian streets. A rooster crows, and two street …,0,1004620.storylink

Scientology efforts in Haiti raise questions for some
Newsday (subscription)
But his piloting of his own Boeing 707 to bring relief supplies to Haiti this week is focusing attention on the Church of Scientology, to which he and other …

Adopting a child from Haiti a ‘battle of endurance’
Deseret News
By Elizabeth Stuart The floor was shaking, the walls were crumbling and the babies at Ruuska Village Orphanage in Haiti were bouncing out of their cribs. …

Stars Banding Together to Record New “We Are the World” for Haiti
E! Online (blog)
Jones confirmed to me today that he’s helping spearhead a new recording of the charity song with the proceeds going to help Haiti. The new version will be …

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