“The People of Greece Are Fighting for the Whole of Europe”: Tariq Ali and Mark Weisbrot Discuss Greece’s Economic Crisis and Popular Uprising

11 May, 2010 — Democracy Now!

The European Union and the International Monetary Fund have approved a nearly $1 trillion package to stop Greece’s debt crisis from spilling beyond its borders into the rest of the eurozone. Stocks surged in Europe, Asia and the United States Monday after EU leaders agreed to a $960 billion package to contain Greece’s financial troubles. Meanwhile, the austerity measures demanded by the IMF and the European Union as a condition of their loan are continuing to exact their toll. Greece’s two main unions have continued to hold protests against the reforms. In a statement, one of the unions said, ‘The crisis should be paid by…all those who looted public finances.’ Last week nearly 100,000 people participated in a mass demonstration and a twenty-four-hour general strike against the austerity measures.



Tariq Ali, longtime political commentator who has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, seven novels and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review, where his most recent article is about President Obama at war and titled ‘President of Cant.’ His latest book, published last month, is the concluding novel of his Islam Quintet, titled Night of the Golden Butterfly.

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and has written on the situation in Greece for the Guardian of London. His latest piece, pending publication, is titled ‘The European Union’s Dangerous Game.’

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Tariq Ali on Britain’s Political Deadlock, Gordon Brown’s Resignation and Pakistan’s Role in the Times Square Bombing Attempt

11 May, 2010 — Democracy Now!

Tariq Ali on Britain’s Political Deadlock, Gordon Brown’s Resignation and Pakistan’s Role in the Times Square Bombing Attempt



In Britain, the unfolding political drama following last week’s inconclusive elections has taken a new twist. On Monday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered to resign as head of the Labor Party later this year. He announced the opening of formal negotiations with the rival Liberal Democratic Party to form a progressive alliance and block the Conservative Party from retaking power. The Conservatives, led by David Cameron, won most seats in Parliament in last week’s elections but fell short of a majority. We speak with longtime political commentator and writer Tariq Ali in London.

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Video: Israel lifts gag order on new arrests

11 May, 2010 — The Real News Network

Two Israeli activist leaders of Palestinian origin were secretly arrested in recent weeks.

In the past two weeks the Israeli internal intelligence agency, the Shabak / Shin Bet, arrested two prominent Israeli activists in the middle of the night. The men are well known leaders of Palestinian organizations inside Israel but were arrested and prevented the right to see counsel under emergency regulations, akin to those Palestinians in the occupied territories are subjected to. The men were arrested under secret evidence and a gag order was issued to the Israeli press regarding their arrests. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke to the men’s relatives, the legal organization representing them, and to one of them, prior to his arrest last week.

Hazem Jamjoum: Palestine from Nakba to the Global Movement for BDS

11 May, 2010 — Badil Resource Center

Hazem-Jamjoum.jpgHazem Jamjoum is a very distinguished activist and one of the key organisers of the Stop the JNF Campaign, which was formalised 8-9 May 2010, in Edinburgh. Information about this campaign will be circulating soon. He will be speaking in Bradford tonight, London on Wednesday, Nottingham on Thursday. Michael K (IJAN UK)

Hazem Jamjoum at Stop the JNF conference

Hazem Jamjoum from Badil
Speaking Tour, 10-13 May 2010

Tuesday 11 May 6.30-8pm
Desmond Tutu House, 2 Ashgrove, Bradford (opposite Bradford Uni) Organised by Bradford PSC

Thursday 13 May, 7.30pm
International Community Centre
Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Organised by Nottingham PSC

Palestine from Nakba to the Global Movement for BDS Hazem Jamjoum from Badil
Wednesday 12 May 6.30pm, Room K2.31 Raked Lecture Theatre
King’s College London,
Strand Campus, Strand, WC2R 2LS Organised by Kings College Palestine Society LSE Palestine Society, supported by PSC

A presentation by Hazem Jamjoum, Communications Officer at the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency Refugee Rights (http://www.badil.org) in Bethlehem, to explore the Palestinian resistance movement and the role of international solidarity, from the 1948 Nakba, through to the current wave of popular resistance and the growing movement for BDS against Apartheid Israel.

Nakba London Commemoration 2010 – National Day of Action Saturday 15 May

10 May, 2010 — www.palestinecampaign.org/

LONDON EVENT: Free Palestine! Saturday 15 May, 12–2pm

Opposite 10 Downing Street, London SW1 (nearest tube Westminster)

We demand the government:

  • End Israel’s violations of international law, including ending its illegal occupation and building of settlements
  • Support bringing Israeli war criminals to justice — no attack on universal jurisdiction
  • End the siege on Gaza
  • Ban settlement goods
  • Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement
  • End the arms trade with Israel

Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative, Stop the War Coalition, CND, Palestinian Forum in Britain

Supported by: Association of the Palestinian Community UK, Friends of Al Aqsa, Friends of Lebanon, the Green Party, ICAHD UK, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Liberal Democrats Friends of Palestine, Pax Christi, Public and Commercial Services Union, UNISON, UNITE the Union, Zaytoun

For more information about events and actions around the UK, please visit:

Join PSC – www.palestinecampaign.org/join

Donate to PSC – www.palestinecampaign.org.donate

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK. Join PSC today!

Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Tel: 020 7700 6192
Fax: 020 7609 7779
Email: info@palestinecampaign.org
Web: www.palestinecampaign.org

The Free Arab Voice 1999 Interview with Laila Khaled

11 May, 2010

Laila-Khaled.jpgA very important interview that still today provides insight and information.

The *FREE ARAB VOICE* February 2, 1999

In this issue of the Free Arab Voice we interview Laila Khaled.

Laila Khaled is a Palestinian Arab woman, an activist, fighter, and a leader that has become now a familiar part of the Palestinian psyche. She turned almost overnight from another refugee in Lebanon into an unfurled Palestinian flag. Unlike others who folded their flags though, she remains as true to the faith today as when she was fifteen, only smarter. Understanding what she has to say is tantamount to understanding what many Palestinians have to say. We will not rain on her parade. She will introduce herself by herself.

[This interview was conducted for the Free Arab Voice (FAV) by Ibrahim Alloush ].


FAV: Welcome Laila Khaled. Would you like in the beginning to introduce us briefly to yourself: your position in the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), the Palestinian Women’s Union, and the Palestinian revolution?

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Threats against flotilla show weakness, activist says

9 May, 2010 — Maan News Agency


Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli threats to open fire at a host of solidarity boats carrying aid to Gaza later this month reveal Israel’s weakness, said Jamal Al-Khudari, head of Gaza’s Popular Committee Against the Siege on Sunday.

‘Such threats reflect the occupation’s failure and embody state terrorism against peaceful individuals who come to support a people under siege and aggression,’ a statement issued by Al-Khudari said.

Under international law, the activists attempting to dock in Gaza have the right to participate in breaking the siege, Al-Khudari added, saying the threats will not deter participants from arriving in Gaza.

The popular committee organizer said the group was coming well-equipped, and would be ready should the Israeli navy surround them for a long period of time.

The Freedom Flotilla announced plans in late April, saying a group of ships would depart from several corners of the Mediterranean and gather in international waters with the intent to deliver some 5,000 tons of building and medical supplies to the population under siege.

According to flotilla organizers, 600 activists will sail three cargo ships and five passenger boats for Gaza in what a statement called the ‘biggest internationally coordinated effort to directly challenge Israeli’s ongoing occupation, aggression, and violence against the Palestinian people.'”

Hebron From All Angles

11 May, 2010 — The Only Democracy?

hebron-01.jpgFor the past three Saturdays I have attended the new wave of weekly Hebron protests in the Casbah (Old City). The protests are intended to disrupt army-accompanied settler tours that pass through the Casbah each week, and demand the re-opening of Shuhada Street and an end to the occupation of the city. Although for the past two weeks the settlers have changed the time of their tour to avoid encountering our protest, we decided to continue with the protests as planned to assert the Palestinians’ right to move freely within their city. So, each week a group of between 50-70 Palestinians, Israelis, and Internationals gather in front of the gate which blocks entrance to Shuhada Street.

We stand with signs in Arabic, Hebrew, and English and pass the megaphone around as different people lead the protesters in a series of call and response chants in all three languages. Some activists take the opportunity to give short impassioned speeches, sometimes by Israelis who speak directly to the soldiers and settlers peering down on us from the Beit Romano Yeshiva rooftop, saying that these unjust policies will not be carried out in our name. In contrast to the first week when the protest ended in a series of unwarranted arrests, the protests now conclude now with a march through the Casbah which is met by an onslaught of dirty water thrown down on us from the settlers’ homes situated above the Palestinian shops. For the past two weeks there has been no direct confrontation with soldiers or settlers, but we always close with a promise that we will continue to protest every week until racism and separation are abolished in Hebron and all of Palestine.

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Israeli scientist calls for nuclear disclosure

10 May, 2010 — Spacewar.com by Staff Writers

Uzi-Even.jpgJerusalem (AFP) – An Israeli scientist is calling for his country to end a decades-long silence over its reported nuclear weapons capability and open its nuclear reactor to inspection.

Uzi Even, a Tel Aviv University chemistry professor and former worker at Israel’s Dimona reactor, said US President Barack Obama’s campaign for global nuclear arms reduction is a sign of changing times and Israel must get in step.

‘We could open Dimona to international inspection,’ the former member of parliament with the left-wing Meretz party told Israeli army radio on Monday.

Mordechai Vanunu, who also once worked at the top-secret Dimona plant, was jailed from 1986 to 2004 for passing what he said were details of its operations to Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.

Since his release in 2004, he has been subject to a parole order barring him from travel or contact with foreigners.

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