The wretched Globe and Mail

On Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Regan Boychuk Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) recognized that Great Powers (like the United States) have relative freedom in determining their foreign policies, while smaller powers (like Canada) have somewhat less autonomy.[1] Separating independent Canadian foreign policy from US pressure to conform to American interests is not always a straightforward exercise. National conceit leads us to assume our independence and good intentions, the record often suggests otherwise. Describing pressure to join an American initiative in 2004, former Liberal minister of foreign

Winds of change: This is a NY TIMES columnist writing!

On Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Roger Cohen Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grabbed headlines with an invitation to Iran to attend a conference on Afghanistan, but the significant Middle Eastern news last week came from Britain. It has “reconsidered” its position on Hezbollah and will open a direct channel to the militant group in Lebanon. Like Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah has long been treated by the United States as a proscribed terrorist group. This narrow view has ignored the fact that both organizations are

Dr. Al-Arian — Let's Keep Our Fingers Crossed

On Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Alexandria, VA – Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled in favor of a defense request to file a motion to dismiss the charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian at a hearing in federal court today. Her decision follows new revelations that prosecutors in Florida were opposed to efforts by a Virginia prosecutor to call Dr. Al-Arian to testify in another case. The judge’s important decision raises the possibility that Dr. Al-Arian’s ordeal could be resolved and that he can finally regain his freedom

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On Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in News.

By Jerry Markon A federal judge questioned yesterday whether the Justice Department lived up to its plea agreement with a former Florida professor convicted on a terror charge and gave his attorneys another chance to argue for dismissal of new charges that he refused to cooperate with law enforcement officials. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria did not say whether she would throw out the contempt-of-court charges against Sami al-Arian. But she said she was "very concerned" that

Solidarity Forever

On Monday, March 9th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Rebecca Santana CAIRO, Egypt – Pulitzer-prize winning author Alice Walker, who wrote “The Color Purple,” is traveling to Gaza along with other female activists to highlight the devastation of the Israeli offensive on Gaza’s residents. “I feel that what is happening in the Middle East is very important because the situation is so volatile,” said Walker, speaking by telephone Saturday from the Rafah border crossing as her group waited to travel into Gaza. “I love people, and I love

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On Monday, March 9th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Zvi Bar’el A sense that something big has been missed is filling the air, the sort of feeling that had the outgoing government’s term been stretched a little longer, things would have looked entirely different. For example, had Ehud Olmert not been suspected of corruption and stayed in office, dialogue with Syria could have moved forward faster. Had Tzipi Livni found her composure a moment sooner, we would be dancing together in Ramallah’s discotheques. Because now, at this very

EU discovers Israel is breaking the law

On Sunday, March 8th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Rory McCarthy 40-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud al-Abbasi stands amid the rubble of his home after it was demolished by the Jerusalem municipality in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. Photograph: Gali Tibbon A confidential EU report accuses the Israeli government of using settlement expansion, house demolitions, discriminatory housing policies and the West Bank barrier as a way of “actively pursuing the illegal annexation” of East Jerusalem. The document says Israel has accelerated its plans for East Jerusalem, and is undermining

The Dead of Gaza Will Not Be Forgotten

On Sunday, March 8th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Video.

MALMO, Sweden (Reuters) – Anti-Israeli protesters clashed with riot police outside an Israeli-Swedish Davis Cup tennis match in Sweden on Saturday, but did not break through police lines. Due to security concerns, the three-day match is being played in an empty stadium in this southwestern port city, which has a large immigrant population. Several hundred left-wing militants carrying banners saying “Turn left, smash right,” and “Boycott Israel” joined a peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstration by about 6,000 people. About 200 of the

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