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Zionism is an Incurable Disease of the Mind
By Zaid Nabulsi
To describe the colonial immigration to Palestine of a European people with no proven historical link to the ancient Israelites - and whose great, great recorded ancestors have never set foot there - as some kind of a "return" to that land is indicative of a perverted misunderstanding and misapplication of the verb to "return" and can only be a result of a disease of the mind.Zionism is an Incurable Disease of the Mind
By Zaid Nabulsi
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When Israel acts, Congress applauds. No debate required.
By Glenn Greenwald
In most of the world, the Israeli attack on Gaza is viewed as an intensely controversial act and, more commonly, an excessive, unjustifiable, and brutal assault on a trapped civilian population. But not in the United States-at least not among America's political and opinion-making elite.Unanimous Consent
When Israel acts, Congress applauds. No debate required.
Posturing and Laughter as Victims Rot
By Robert Fisk
The front page of the Beirut daily As-Safir said it all yesterday. Across the top was a terrible photograph of the bloated body of a Palestinian man newly discovered in the ruins of his home while two male members of his family shrieked and roared their grief. Below, at half the size, was a photograph from Israel of Western leaders joking with Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister. Olmert was roaring with laughter. Silvio Berlusconi, arms on the back of Olmert's shoulders, was also joshing and roaring – with laughter, not grief – and on Olmert's right was Nicolas Sarkozy of France wearing his stupidest of smiles. Only Chancellor Merkel appeared to understand the moral collapse. No smiles from Germany.
Europe laughs while Palestinians mourn their dead. No wonder that in the streets of Beirut, shops were doing a flourishing trade in Palestinian scarves and flags. Even some of Palestine's most serious enemies in Lebanon wore the Palestinian keffiyeh in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Over and over again, Al-Jazeera television strapped headlines on to their news reports of Palestinians carrying the decomposing corpses of their dead: "More than 1,300 dead in Gaza, 400 of them women and children – Israeli dead in the war 13, three of them civilians." That, too, said it all.
All day, the Arabs also had to endure watching their own leaders primping and posing in front of the cameras at the Arab summit in Kuwait, where the kings and presidents who cPosturing and Laughter as Victims Rot
By Robert Fisk
The front page of the Beirut... more
5 Minute Video Report
Channel Four News journalist Johnathan Miller travelled to Gaza where he interviewed civilians sheltering in a UN run school attacked by Israel using white phosphorus munitions. The attack - described as "Outrageous" by the UN Secretary General - was filmed by a school worker on his mobile phone.5 Minute Video Report
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Grieving Palestinian father says children were killed after family obeyed order from troops to leave Gaza home
By Donald Macintyre in Gaza City
January 21, 2009 "The Independent" -- -A Palestinian father has claimed that he saw two of his young daughters shot dead and another critically injured by an Israeli soldier who emerged from a stationary tank and opened fire as the family obeyed an order from the Israeli forces to leave their home.
Khaled Abed Rabbo said Amal, aged two and Suad, seven, were killed by fire from the soldier's semi-automatic rifle. His third daughter, Samer, four, has been evacuated to intensive care in a Belgian hospital after suffering critical spinal injuries which he said were inflicted in the attack early in Israel's ground offensive.
Mr Abed Rabbo stood near the wreckage off his subsequently destroyed home on the eastern edge of the northern Gaza town of Jabalya yesterday and described how a tank had parked outside the building at 12.50pm on 7 January and ordered the family in Arabic through a megaphone to leave building. He said his 60-year-old mother had also been shot at as she left waving her white headscarf with her son, daughter in law and her three grandchildren.
"Two soldiers were on the tank eating chips, then one man came out of the tank with a rifle and started shooting the kids," Mr Abed Rabbo, who receives a salary as a policeman from the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in Ramallah said. The family say they think the weapon used by the soldier was an M16 and that the first to be shot was Amal. Mr Abed Rabbo said that Suad was then shot with what he claimed were 12 bullets, and then Samer.Grieving Palestinian father says children were killed after family obeyed order from... more
SAY NO TO ISRAEL
This site gives you lists of goods to BOYCOTT in protest over WAR CRIMES committed in Gaza.
People of good conscience have chosen to boycott israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity. Their ethical purchasing decision however is frustrated by the lack of accurate information as to which companies to boycott.
We have carried out extensive research to identify the guilty companies. All our findings are provided here. Where ever possible, we have included full references for the source of our information so that you may independently verify its accuracy and understand exactly how each company is contributing its support to israel. We thank all those organizations who's research we have utilized.
Our research is on going and we encourage you to help us with it - If you have any information regarding guilty companies please e-mail us this information with source references. Thank you.SAY NO TO ISRAEL
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A Dutch web site has been set up to explain people how to boycott Israeli products, to protest against it's behavior. For participants, it's a simple way of making one's voice heard, through one's wallet.
As all products in grocery stores are labeled with a bar code, it's quite easy to recognize goods from countries one wants to boycott. For instance, Israel has code 729xxxxxxxx.A Dutch web site has been set up to explain people how to boycott Israeli products, to... more
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The Wooster Group's production of Eugene O'Neill's, "The Emperor Jones," with Kate Valk in the title role, as been performed around the world for 15 years. O'Neill's play, first performed in 1920, concerns a black Pullman car porter who, after committed multiple murders, flees to a West Indian island and becomes its dictator. The role of Jones has traditionally been played by a black actor, which broke racial barriers for decades. The Wooster's Group's interpretation is equally groundbreaking and controversial. Using Japanese Theatre techniques, Kate Valk, a white woman, takes on the role. The production has now come to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Despite big ticket sales, the Third World Press have taken offense to the use of blackface.
One of the most painful of all theatre devices, blackface is seen by many of every race as a sad reminder of prejudice. Both white and black actors playing black roles would apply this makeup. While allusions to blackface and "minstrel shows" are often used in modern theatre, connotating everything that is wrong with how blacks are represented in the media (think every time you hear someone saying "Yessuh massuh" in a sarcastic tone), actually applying blackface makeup and using the physical language of minstrel is rarely done.
What the Wooster Group have tried to accomplish during their long run of the play is not to exploit these stereotypes, but to undermine them. Blackface in this production is used like the theatre conceit of the Mask, which has its roots at the very beginning of theatre traditions from around the world. Roche Schulfer, executive producer of "The Emporer Jones," had this to say: "This Wooster Group production has been performed for 15 years at theaters around the world. And the overwhelming response to it is that it is not racist, but that it undermines racist and sexist stereotypes through the use of masks and Japanese theater techniques. It's always hard to debate work with someone who hasn't seen the production...I would like to think those who come to see it will ultimately feel as I do about it. In many ways it's like the debate that has been taking place for years in the African-American community about the 'n' word."The Wooster Group's production of Eugene O'Neill's, "The Emperor... more
The Patagonia Campaign is heating up! Momentum is building after Pro-Build, one of the largest construction suppliers in the US, decided to drop Chilean wood products over the controversial plans to dam Chilean Patagonia's Baker and Pascua rivers. You can help now more than ever.
People from all over the world have already sent tens of thousands of protest emails to companies involved in these plans. The multi-billion dollar HidroAysén scheme would savage an untouched wilderness, wreak havoc with local communities, destroy traditional jobs, and irreversibly crush a delicate web of life. The dams would require transmission lines 1,500 miles long, and much of that would slash through rare Patagonian forests.
Take action to save Patagonia's rivers!
Video "The Rivers of Patagonia"
Slideshow "Wild Refuge Under Attack"
http://internationalrivers.org/en/latin-america/patagonia/slideshow-wild-refuge-under-attackThe Patagonia Campaign is heating up! Momentum is building after Pro-Build, one of the... more
The owners of El Coyote restaurant have seen a 30% drop in sales following a boycott
once it was revealed their daughter and restaurant manager donated $100.00 to support proposition 8. El Coyote used to be a popular gay hang out, but gay rights supporters no longer wanted their money going towards a business that supported Proposition 8.
There is a so-called blacklist, which is a compilation of businesses and individuals who donated money to support proposition 8 that activists are using to target businesses. They are vetting the list to make sure business should be on the list. For example the group decided not to boycott a law firm because only one partner donated to proposition 8, while the firm employed several gay lawyers.
El Coyote reached out to the gay community by hosting a free brunch. Activists said they would end the boycott if "Marjorie Christoffersen, [would] pony up $100 to help repeal Prop 8. She tearfully declined, citing her Mormon faith, during a raucous meeting with activists. "You are not my friend if you take my civil rights," one activist shouted before she fled the room.
The boycotts enlivened debates with-in the gay rights community as well. Some are calling the blacklist a resurgence of McCarthy style politics. Others assert that money is power, and by cutting of the financial source of proposition 8 supporters, you also cut off the money supply to the campaign itself.
One thing is for sure, the wounds from proposition 8 will likely not heal until civil rights are restored for everyone.The owners of El Coyote restaurant have seen a 30% drop in sales following a boycott... more
This is one of the best signs of change I have seen in a long time. A new, anti Wal-Mart commercial that played during the 5:30 news, almost a primetime slot for most TV viewers. And it is about time America woke up to what is really going on in their own country. The wave of change is upon us, be it Obama, 2012, or what ever the case may be, it doesnt matter, I for one am glad to see it come.This is one of the best signs of change I have seen in a long time. A new, anti... more
In the light of recent events that have taken place in the state of California, many people have decided that it’s time to take matters into our own hands. We will not sit back and let the rest of the world decide what we can and cannot do in America the Free.
We have borrowed from the Chicano movement and modified their "Day without a Mexican" into "Day without a Gay."
This concept is simple, but makes a huge impact.
On December 10th, 2008 we ask that all people in the LGBT community and all of our supporters call in sick to work and do not attend school. We ask that you do not purchase anything that day. We want California to see how many of us there are, and that there may be a person in their life that they didn’t know was gay.
Please join us. I know, personally, how extremely difficult it can be to come out and be open about yourself. I have overcome my fear, and I hope that all of you are able to as well.
We need to stand strong in California, and around the country. We need those that oppose us to know that we are strong and that we will NEVER GIVE UP.
Join us, and gain your equality. **this is not restricted to California**
The Official Website: day without a gay * orgIn the light of recent events that have taken place in the state of California, many... more
"Earlier this week, John Aravosis, editor of liberal political blog Americablog, posted a story suggesting the state of Utah be boycotted in order to punish the Mormon Church for its rabid support of Prop 8, the ballot initiative that has now banned same-sex marriages in California.""Earlier this week, John Aravosis, editor of liberal political blog Americablog,... more
WEDNESDAY October 22nd 2008 from 12 pm to 6 pm WORLDWIDE
The Cell OUT is an organized cell phone usage boycott from 12pm - 6pm on October 22nd to bring awareness of the Congo conflict over the natural resouces. Coltan, used in many electronic devices has caused many Congolese people to be killed since 1996.
- Nearly 6 million people have died in the Congo since 1996 due to a scramble for Congo’s spectacular natural resources.
- Coltan is a key source of the conflict in the Congo. It is a mineral widely used in numerous electronic devices such as cell phones and game consoles (Microsoft X-Box and Sony Play Station) and is mined illegally in the Congo by rebel militia and foreign forces then sold to multinational corporations.
- The boycott is to bring awareness to the war in the Congo, which started in 1996 and continues to this day with 45,000 people dying each month till today. We would like to invite organizations on college campuses and in the community to support us in our endeavor to raise awareness about the atrocities taking place in the Congo.
What do I do during the Boycott?
- TURN YOUR PHONE OFF from 12 noon to 6 pm on WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2008. No texting!!!
- Change your voicemail to reflect the message below:
“Did you know that Congo has anywhere from 64 - 80 percent of the world's reserve of Coltan, a natural resource that is central to the operation of our cell phones? As we benefit from coltan nearly 6 million Congolese have died in the deadliest conflict since world war two as a result of the scramble for coltan and other minerals key to the functioning of modern technology. Join us in solidarity with the Congolese people and turn your phone off for a day”
- Participate in any Break the Silence event in your area!
What Can I do to help?
- Participate in our recycle program
- Take Action in solidarity with people throughout the globe
- Become a Friend of the Congo - call 1-888-584-6510.WEDNESDAY October 22nd 2008 from 12 pm to 6 pm WORLDWIDE
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Human rights activists are planning to launch another major international campaign against De Beers, after receiving word that the world's largest miner and marketer of diamonds is once again operating in an area of Botswana from which local people have been evicted.
"We intend to do everything in our power," said Stephen Corry, director of the London-based group Survival International, in a statement denouncing De Beers' plans to re-start mining operations in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Survival and other indigenous rights groups say that diamond exploration in the Reserve has had a devastating impact on the life and the environment of the indigenous San people, also known as "Bushmen."
"We are dismayed that De Beers feels that it can now return to the Reserve whilst the situation with the Bushmen is still unresolved," Corry said. "Presumably it hoped no one would notice."
De Beers has made several attempts to mine the area for diamonds in recent years, but closed operations in the wake of intense calls for a worldwide boycott of its products.
The Reserve was created by the Botswana government in 1961, ostensibly to protect both the Bushmen and the animals living there. But one of the world's richest diamond deposits was discovered in the 1980s, and the eviction of the Bushmen began in 1997.
A major wave of forced relocations occurred in 2002, during which the Botswana government is said to have destroyed Bushmen villages and waterholes and even arrested and tortured some who resisted.
Another wave in 2005 forced almost all remaining Bushmen into relocation camps, where they began to experience -- for the first time in their history -- widespread depression, alcoholism, and diseases including AIDS, according to Survival, which is a nonprofit group that helps indigenous communities worldwide petition for their rights.
Despite strong opposition by the Botswana government, members of the Bushmen community won their case in a court battle some two years ago by successfully proving that they had been the rightful owners of the contested Reserve land for centuries.
Despite the High Court's recognition of the Bushmen's right to live on the Reserve and to hunt and gather on their ancestral land, hundreds of Bushmen are still languishing in relocation camps, and are unable to return to homes because the government won't let them hunt or use their water borehole, according to Survival's reports from the region.
Survival activists say they hope this latest boycott campaign against De Beers will be as successful as their previous one, which was joined by many celebrities, including supermodels and diamond spokespeople Iman and Lily Cole.
"[We will try] to persuade people to boycott De Beers until the Bushmen have access to their lands and water," said Corry. "The Bushmen cannot conceivably give their free and informed consent to mining whilst most of them cannot even go home."
Corry's group declared the end of its previous boycott campaign after De Beers sold its $2.2 billion deposit to Gem Diamonds for $34 million.
According to its 2007 financial report, the company's payment to its "partners, joint ventures, and suppliers" amounted to $4.9 billion. About $3.2 billion of this was paid for diamonds in Africa.
In defense of its business practices in Africa and elsewhere, De Beers claims on its Web site that it has more than 184,000 hectares of "our owned and managed property," which is set aside as "nature reserves that conduct research on biodiversity."
Campaigners say the boom in diamond exploration in the Reserve also threatens one of the largest environmentally protected areas in Africa.
Gold Mining Threatening Local Communities Too
Meanwhile, rights groups are also raising concerns about the adverse impact of gold mining operations on the living conditions of indigenous and local communities around the world.
*******CONTINUESHuman rights activists are planning to launch another major international campaign... more
Tell me now who really runs these networks. Controversial is merely a replacement for TRUTHFUL. It is a KNOWN FACT that oil lobbyists buy policy in Washington DC. The Iraq invasion is about OIL. Exxon can pull in billions of dollars in profits on the backs of working Americans all the while denying that global warming is manmade and that isn't controversial? Coal, which kills is not controversial? So, what is to be done about this BS? We can't even get a good enough boycott going in this country anymore to make these networks feel it where they should feel it: in their ratings and in their wallets. Well, I am boycotting ABC, all of their affiliates, and Disney and their products. Anyone who wants to join in please feel free because unless we do something networks will continue to get away with this blatant bias. This is not a political issue it is a moral issue. This is not about some ridiculous political grudge against Al Gore. This even goes beyond Al Gore. THIS IS ABOUT THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THIS PLANET! This is about truth. ABC has now shown it has no morals and should be treated as such. And yes, I'm angry. Outrageous so many others aren't.
From the article:
The ABC network has refused to air an advert produced by Al Gore's environmental group, ruling that its charge of US government favouritism to the oil industry is too "controversial" for television.
The TV commercial, part of the WE campaign run by Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, was submitted for airing after this week's presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain - both of whom have vowed to limit greenhouse gas emissions if elected.
But ABC concluded that the advert violated its internal policy against "controversial" content during network-sponsored programmes, network spokeswoman Julie Hoover told the Guardian.
"All of our advertising is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the context of this particular ad was determined not to be acceptable per our policy on controversial issue advertising," Hoover said.
The WE campaign has since attracted more than 170,000 supporters to an online petition drive asking ABC to reconsider its decision.
The script of the advert is similar in tone to political speeches made by Obama and McCain during the election season. An unseen narrator states that climate change can be combated through wind and solar power as well as "end[ing] our dependence on foreign oil".
Over an image of a young child playing with blocks, the narrator continues: "So why are we still stuck with dirty and expensive energy? Because big oil spends hundreds of millions of dollars to block clean energy. Lobbyists, ads, even scandals. All to increase their profits, while America suffers."
An ABC email published on the blog of Grist magazine stated that the advert was rejected due to its split-second shot of the US Capitol building.
"Per our guidelines, national buildings may be used in advertising provided the depictions are incidental to the advertiser's promotion of the product or service," the email stated. "Given the messages and themes of this commercial, the image of the Capital [sic] building is not incidental to this advertising."
Cathy Zoi, chief executive of the WE campaign, called ABC's decision "outrageous" in light of US networks' frequent airing of adverts from Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other oil companies.
"As our country faces deep economic problems, we need to be able to have an honest debate about the root causes of our problem," Zoi wrote in an email to supporters of Gore's group on Wednesday.
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Interesting that some reporters would go this route for being denied access, but speaks to the major efforts the Rep. campaign is putting into controlling Palin media spin right now...
From the article:
"Journalists, displeased with Sarah Palin’s efforts to restrict their access to her, are threatening not to cover her events surrounding the United Nations conference here unless they're allowed more access.
The unfolding boycott is the latest development in a rocky relationship between Palin’s handlers and the press, in which the campaign has sought to tightly control her interactions with the media.
The campaign had originally indicated that the print reporters following her campaign would be among the small group of journalists allowed to attend the so-called “pool sprays” before Palin’s meetings with dignitaries on the sidelines of the U.N. meetings..."
Full story at link.Interesting that some reporters would go this route for being denied access, but... more
Two years after it was bulldozed, the 14-acre Los Angeles community garden known as the South Central Farm is being developed for a clothing chain with strong ties to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Two years after it was bulldozed, the 14-acre Los Angeles community garden known as... more
Chicago State Senator James Meeks (D-Chicago) has proposed a rather radical action to protest the underfunding of Chicago's inner city schools.
Meeks has issued a call for all school kids in Chicago's poorest districts to boycott the first day at their assigned school and instead head to resource rich predominately white schools and attempt to register there. Meeks plan has supporters and detractors.
It's no secret that schools in predominately poor urban and rural communities just do not provide the educational opportunities to be had in solidly middle class or affluent communities. But what to do about it? Republicans and others favor various forms of "school choice" or voucher programs where children stuck in a lousy school would have the option to move to one with stronger academic options.
Others simply want state and federal government to allocate more dollars to improving under-performing schools.Chicago State Senator James Meeks (D-Chicago) has proposed a rather radical action to... more
Groups that advocate for the disabled called on Sunday for a national boycott of the Ben Stiller comedy "Tropic Thunder," citing what they say is its negative portrayal of people with intellectual disabilities.
"We are asking people not to go to the movie and hope to bring a consciousness to people about using derogatory words about this population," said Peter Wheeler, spokesman for Special Olympics, one of 22 disability groups nationwide protesting the satire.
The film, directed by Stiller, will be released on Wednesday by Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and its DreamWorks unit.
The groups plan to picket the movie's premiere on Monday evening in Los Angeles's Westwood community.
"That will be the start of a nationwide protest," said Wheeler. "We will continue to be vocal about the destructive effect of this film."
He said the groups are particularly offended by the film's repeated use of the word "retard" regarding a character, Simple Jack, played by Stiller in a subplot about an actor.
Representatives of the Special Olympics, the Arc of the United States, the National Down Syndrome Congress, the American Association of People with Disabilities and other groups met with studio executives last week to discuss the film, but DreamWorks did not make any changes.
Peter Berns, executive director the Arc, said in a memo the groups presented various ideas to the studio, from requesting an apology to fixing the film before its release, to producing a national educational campaign.
Chip Sullivan, a spokesman for DreamWorks said: "We have had productive discussions with representatives of disability advocacy organizations and look forward to working with them closely in the future. However no changes or cuts to the film will be made...
"'Tropic Thunder' is an R-rated comedy that satirizes Hollywood and its excesses, and makes its point by featuring inappropriate and over-the top characters in ridiculous situations. The film is in no way meant to disparage or harm the image of individuals with disabilities," he said.
The film also features Robert Downey Jr. as a white actor who changes his skin color to play a black soldier.
Sullivan said that prior to the meetings, DreamWorks had taken down an online promotion, removing references to Simple Jack it felt could appear offensive when taken out of context.
The film was shown in more than 250 promotional screenings around the country since April.
Groups that advocate for the disabled called on Sunday for a national boycott of the... more
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