It's okay to bomb Iran

On Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 in News.

Rumours that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s family converted to Islam from Judaism are false. In fact, they are proud Shias In June 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s meteoric rise from mayor of Tehran to president of one of the most influential countries in the Middle East took everyone by surprise. One of the main reasons for the astonishment was that so little was known about him. One recently published claim about his background comes from an article in the Daily Telegraph. Entitled “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


Oh, People of Palestine,/If not bullets,/Pray tell,/Where are your shoes?

On Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 in News.

Ma’ariv (p. 5) by Amit Cohen et al. — A Palestinian press agency claims that the surprising decision by Palestinian Authority officials to postpone the discussion of the Goldstone report in the UN Human Rights Council is the result of an Israeli threat. According to a report by Shihab, the Palestinian Authority refused Israel’s demand that it withdraw its support for the harsh report, which Israel considered one-sided. Following this, Israeli figures showed the PA a series of tapes in


What we can do

On Sunday, October 4th, 2009 in News.

A worth effort in Canada: www.engineersforjustice.org About Engineers for Justice: We are a group of engineers in Canada who are deeply concerned with the current humanitarian crisis which has been quietly unfolding in Gaza for the last two years. As a fellowship of engineers from all races, beliefs and orientation, we do not identify ourselves as pro-Palestinian or pro- Israel, but pro-Justice. We are particularly troubled by Canada’s recent change in direction from a long standing supporter of international law


In memory of Gandhi's 140th birthday

On Sunday, October 4th, 2009 in News.

by RAMACHANDRA GUHA Do they need a lesson in non-violence? THE great Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chi Minh once joked that if Gandhi had been fighting the French, he would have given up non-violence within a week. I was reminded of Ho Chi Minh’s witticism when reading a report of a speech on West Asia delivered by the U.S. Deputy Defence Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz. Mr. Wolfowitz, who is one of the key strategy-makers in Washington, and is reputed to be


In Memoriam for a Decent Man

On Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 in News.

WARSAW (AP) — Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis, died Friday at the age of 90. Edelman died of old age at the family home of his friend Paula Sawicka, where he had lived for the past two years. “He died at home, among friends, among his close people,” Sawicka told The Associated Press. Most of Edelman’s adult life was dedicated to the defense of human life, dignity and freedom.


Another Jewish genius revealed

On Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 in News.

By Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots. A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver. The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth. The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad’s


A worthy cause

On Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 in News.

Friends- I have a favor to ask of you. Bi’lin is a small town in the West Bank that has an apartheid wall running right through it. The wall in that specific geographic location has been deemed illegal by the Israeli high courts, yet they refuse to take it down and continue to send members of the IDF to not only guard it, but terrorize the residents of that community. Bi’lin’s residents hold nonviolent protests every Friday against the wall,


Fact and fiction on Iran's nuclear weapons program

On Friday, October 2nd, 2009 in News.

Thursday is a fateful day for the world, as the US, other members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany meet in Geneva with Iran in a bid to resolve outstanding issues. Although Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had earlier attempted to put the nuclear issue off the bargaining table, this rhetorical flourish was a mere opening gambit and nuclear issues will certainly dominate the talks. As Henry Kissinger pointed out, these talks are just beginning and there are highly


Georgia Out of Its Mind

On Thursday, October 1st, 2009 in News.

By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow The EU fact-finding mission on the Russia-Georgia war has published its findings in a much-anticipated report. The authors blame Georgia for the war but also assign partial responsibility to Russia. Both countries have reacted angrily to the findings, with the Russia ambassador to NATO saying the report is only “pseudo-balanced.” The truth about the war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia in August 2008 sounds somewhat convoluted, at least as



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