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GPJA NEWSLETTER #216, November 21, 2007

------------#216: $10,000 BY XMAS! MARCH DEC 1, COURT DEC 3------------

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER #216, November 21, 2007

Website [ http://www.gpja.org.nz/ ]

[ http://www.gpja.org.nz/ ] or click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.

Dear friends,

FUNDRAISING - URGENT - WE NEED $10,000 BY XMAS We urgently need funds to help meet the large costs we have incurred so far and costs we can predict over the next few months. To put it bluntly we need to raise $10,000 before XMAS. Thanks very much to those who have donated to the defence fund. We have already paidpaid for a range of expenses such as initial legal support, emergency travel for GPJA and Tuhoe representatives to take a delegation to Wellington, campaigning costs, national media monitoring etc However we need to pay for posters, leaflets and general campaign expenses. We also wish to support the families of those who have suffered loss of income through family members in prison for 3/4 weeks and the travel/accommodation involved in visiting and supporting them. On December 3rd for example all 17 defendants will appear in the Auckland District court for a pre-trial hearing and families will be travelling from all over to come to Auckland. Several fundraising ventures have been organised but we will need more than this. Please consider making a donation to keep the campaign on the front foot.

MAKE A DONATION TO A DEFENCE FUND ONLINE 38-9000-0099726-00: Indentify donation as being for the defence fund. Initial patrons of the fund are Jane Kelsey, John Minto, Simon Oosterman and Mike Treen Or Use your credit card through Paypal

[ http://www.civilrightsdefence.org.nz/donate ]

Send a cheque to GPJA c/o treasurer Brian Van Dam, 16 Browning St Manurewa.

THE BEST SUPPORT IS A SMALL MONTHLY – IE $10 A MONTH - AUTOMATIC PAYMENT FOR THE LONG TERM THAT CAN SUPPORT THE ONGOING WORK OF GPJA.

Think about it. Regards, John Minto, GPJA

GET SUBSCRIBERS TO THIS NEWSLETTER Please forward this newsletter to anyone you think may be interested and tell them they can subscribe at

[ http://gpja.org.nz/ ]

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON DEC 1. This will be the time to say “NEVER AGAIN! REPEAL THE TERRORISM LAWS NOW”. Download leaflet for Auckland march

[ http://www.unite.org.nz/neveragain.pdf ]

PICK UP POSTER & LEAFLETS FROM: Unite House, Level 12, 300 Queen St, City NDU, 20 Church St, Onehunga Front Veranda, 4 Ethel St, Sandringham PHONE PENNY TO HELP LEAFLETTING 09 8469825 / 0212114127

ORGANISING MEETINGS AUCKLAND: Civil Rights Defence Committee, 6pm, Tuesdays, Unite House, Level 12, 300 Queen St WELLINGTON: Weekly support group meetings - open to all - 6pm Tuesdays at 128 Abel Smith St

AUCKLAND

Wednesday, November 28, cnr Hobson St and Victoria St Holding banners advertising Sat march


Saturday, Dec 1, 12 noon, Aotea Square – March to say “Never Again – Repeal the terrorism Laws”

Monday, December 3, 9am, outside Auckland District Court Rally to give solidarity to the 16 appearing in Court that day

Friday, December 7, 9pm to late, Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newtown RISE UP! BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE TUHOE – together with - : DAM NATIVE; CORNERSTONE ROOTS; UNITY PACIFIC; BATUCADA SOUND MACHINE; DLT; and more. $25 at door. $20 from Real Groovy, Conch Record. www.conscious.maori.nz

[ http://www.conscious.maori.nz ]

CHRISTCHURCH

Saturday, 24 November - Solidarity benefit dinner to raise funds to support those arrested in the October 15th raids, stop the terror raids! Nau mai, haere mai. Vegetarian smorgasbord, live music, and a speaker from the Christchurch crew who has recently been to Auckland for the November 3rd hearings. Starts 6pm, Otautahi Social Centre, 206 Barbadoes Street; $10 entry, kids free - limit 60 tickets, to book yours please phone (03) 366 7247 or email

[ demozone@slingshot.co.nz ] We would love your help with cooking! If you are able to bake a cake, make a salad, a main, bring bread/dips/vegies etc then please email

[ demozone@slingshot.co.nz ]

NEWS STORIES Paul Buchanan: Postscript on Operation 8

[ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00312.htm ]

Calm After The Storm In Ruatoki - Spike Mountjoy And Joseph Barratt

[ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00271.htm ]

Sustainability, Democracy, Civil Rights and the Suppression of Terrorism or Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. By Bryan Innes, recent subject of police terror raid in Taupo, along with his family and Oscar Kjellberg, Swedish Bank manager and presenter at Ecoshow 2007.

[ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00296.htm ]

WEBSITES TO LOOK AT www.civilrightsdefence.org.nz

[ http://www.civilrightsdefence.org.nz ]

Full Scoop Coverage: Urewera 17

[ http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/urewera17.html ]

[ http://www.indymedia.org.nz/ ]

[ http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/nzterror.htm ]

[ http://www.conscious.maori.nz/front.php ]
[ http://kaupapamaori.com/ ]

POSTER AND OTHER RESOURCES Or download national posters from

[ http://www.civilrightsdefence.org.nz/resources ]

A PRIMER ON OPERATION 8 BY MOANA JACKSON “The decision of the Solicitor-General that there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges being laid against twelve people under the Terrorism Suppression Act was welcome news for the whänau of those involved. However many questions still remain about the nature and scope of Operation Eight.” A formatted printable version of this Primer is available online at

[ http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/mj121107.pdf
]

the html version will be available at

[ http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/nzterror.htm ]

TERROR TERROR TERROR! Read about the police raids in November issue of Workers Charter. Email your name and address to

[ editor@workerscharter.org.nz ] and we'll send you a copy - hoping you'll subscribe. Workers Charter is a 16 page full colour monthly tabloid reporting on union and worker issues as well as a broad range of social and political campaigns. Film reviews and sports also feature. The November issue also includes dramatic photos of a secret terror camp hidden in the Ureweras... Don't miss your copy. Editor John Minto.Ph (09) 8454037 or (09) 8452132

LETTER TO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION RE RACIST COMMENTS Kia ora friends/colleagues and others on the network, If you are as upset as I am by Councillor Russell Orr's racist rantings in the Beacon (see below), then could you also complain to the Human Rights Commission? It takes only a minute. All you need to do is flick on the email I sent below to

[ infoline@hrc.co.nz ] - adding or changing anything to suit, put your name on the bottom etc. Do feel free to pass this on to anyone else you know who might like to add their voice to this. Thanks, Ruth Gerzon. Kia ora Human Rights Commission staff, Mr Russell Orr, Whakatane District councillor posted some information on YouTube, later quoted in a front page article in the Beacon (Fri 19 October 2007). Referring to the recent police action in Rutaoki he said, "I would like to see council get behind the police and insist that the lazy, greedy, lawless and ungrateful cheats that infest the outer regions of our district be made to comply with the same rules that you and I abide by." I was pleased to see our mayor distancing himself from this stance, but the fact remains that this man represents us as ratepayers. I am appalled and wish to make a complaint. I look forward to hearing from you Ruth Gerzon P O Box 3017, Ohope, Whakatane (07) 3124932 and (0274) 308 149

[ ruthgerzon@gmail.com ]

DEALING WITH POLICE – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

[ http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/YourRights.pdf ]

PHOTO GALLERY Visit our Flickr photo group. (Join the group and add your pictures!)

[ http://flickr.com/groups/civilrightsdefence/ ]

FACEBOOK Visit our FaceBook group:

[ http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=12434385103 ]

INTERNATIONAL WAR ON FREEDOM Danish court to decide if FARC & PFLP are terrorist or liberators

[ http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_25510.shtml ]

Cleric rejects ASIO request to deport himself [ http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/cleric-rejects-asio-request-to-deport -himself/2007/11/15/1194766869608.html ]

Lest We Forget By John Pilger: On Remembrance Day 2007 - Veterans Day in America - the great and the good bowed their heads at the Cenotaph. Generals, politicians, newsreaders, football managers and stock-market traders wore their poppies. Hypocrisy was a presence. No one mentioned Iraq. No one uttered the slightest remorse for the fallen of that country. No one read the forbidden list.

[ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18726.htm ]

A SENIOR counter-terrorism officer with the Australian Federal Policehas testified that police were directed to charge "as many suspects as possible" with terrorism offences in order to test the new anti-terrorism laws introduced in 2003.

[ http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22748933-601,00.html ]

Charges dropped against last of 'Los Angeles Eight': For the last 20 years, the U.S. government has accused me of being a terrorist. Along with six other Palestinians and a Kenyan, we were dubbed the "Los Angeles Eight" by the media. Our case even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

[ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18729.htm ]

ANNOUNCEMENT

AUCKLAND VERBAL SUBMISSIONS ON IMMIGRATION BILL 28 & 29 NOV The Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committee will be in Auckland next week to hear two days of verbal submissions by locals on the Immigration Bill. This draconian re-write of already appalling immigration law parallels the Terrorism legislation in its implications for immigrants and citizens, and especially for asylum seekers should they ever manage to arrive here in future. Voting at the First Reading was like that for the Terrorism Suppression Bill - this addition to the police state is very probably on its way. You'll want to know about it. No restrictions on public attendance: 10am - 5pm Wed Nov 28 & Thurs Nov 29, Level 3, Ellerslie Stand, Ellerslie Events Centre, 80-100 Ascot Ave Greenlane

DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL at TIVOLI and at WAIHEKE CINEMA 23, 24, 25 November Organised by Sassy Acorn. *SPEAKERS/DISCUSSION FACILITATORS for: SQUEEZED: DYLAN TROMP, Fair Trade; THE IRON WALL: TUMA HAZOU, Palestine Human Rights Campaign; THE OIL FACTOR: ZAEEM BAKSH, Middle East Issues; Details see www.mindcontrol.co.nz

[ http://www.mindcontrol.co.nz ] 5/143 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, P.O. Box 316, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1840 ph/fax +64 9 372 3361 / 021 175 2218

[ tivolinz@gmail.com ]

www.tivoliNZ.com

[ http://www.tivoliNZ.com ]

NOW THE PEOPLE HAVE AWOKEN: EXPLORING VENEZUELA'S REVOLUTION Except for beauty queens and oil, Venezuela has never been on the international stage. Now Venezuela is at the center of international controversy: for some it has been stolen by populist dictator, while for others Venezuela represents the centre of a continent-wide democratic revolution. There is much at stake. Venezuela sits atop the biggest oil reserves in the world, which are being used to foment a new order. President Hugo Chavez, who survived a military coup in 2002, has supported a number of controversial social programs which have pushed Venezuela onto the United States government, and media, enemy radar. What makes Venezuela tick? Who is behind the movement and what does it seek? Filmed through the 2006 presidential elections, this is a film about the people of the new Venezuela. New NZ Documentary, 12 December, 8.15 pm, Academy Cinemas, Public Library, Lorne St, Auckland Film followed by discussion with local directors. To reserve your ticket contact

[ activoproductions@yahoo.com ] or call 0210339220. $10 unwaged; $14 waged

DARPAN-THE MIRROR, in its third year being on the air, is now available throughout New Zealand starting November 3rd 2007 and we welcome all the new audience from across the nation to join us. Darpan-The Mirror is a weekly current affairs and news based television programme highlighting issues that matter to the citizens of this country. It caters to all the ethnic migrant communities (close to 200 ethnicities nationwide) including Pakeha, Maori and Pacific Islander communities. From among a plethora of 5 regional television stations across the country, Darpan-The Mirror is among a fortunate few who have made it to the national platform for nationwide audience. Darpan-The Mirror is now truly available nationwide. Darpan-The Mirror is now available on Sky TV channel 89 and on Freeview channel 21 and also through Triangle TV’s terrestrial network of Auckland and Wellington. Also find us on Telstra Saturn Cable network in Wellington. Saturdays: Triangle Auckland & Wellington 4 pm to 4.30 pm Mondays: Sky TV channel 89 Stratos & Freeview channel 21 Stratos from 5.30 pm to 6 pm Wellington: Telstra Saturn Cable Network & Triangle TV Wellington from 8 pm to 8.30 pm For more information please call Kamal. Down below in the signature, you will find all the contact details. Here’s looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks! Regards, Syed Akbar Kamal 09 845 2313; 027 500 9090

TOUR FOR NOTED US CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER LEONARD WEINGLASS Dear Friend, The Cuba Friendship Society in Auckland invites you to be part of an international campaign calling for the release of five Cubans imprisoned in the United States. Gerardo Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando González – the Cuban Five, as they are known – have been in U.S. prisons for nine years. They were convicted in 2001 of conspiracy to commit espionage for the government of Cuba, and related charges. The five men were monitoring Cuban-American organisations based in Miami in order to uncover plans and activities that posed a threat to the safety of the Cuban people. These organisations have an extensive record of carrying out violent attacks against Cuba from U.S. soil, including assassination attempts on Cuban officials, biological warfare, and bombings. Leonard Weinglass, one of the U.S.-based attorneys for the Cuban Five, will be touring Australia early April 2008 to raise awareness and build support for this campaign. He will be available to visit Auckland for two days as part of this tour. Beginning in the 1970s, Leonard Weinglass has defended many political activists, including Angela Davis, Mumia Abu Jamal, and leaders of the American Indian Movement. In 2004, the American Trial Lawyers Association voted to name an annual award, the Leonard I. Weinglass Award, honouring lawyers who contribute to human rights and civil liberties causes. The first meeting to begin planning for the Leonard Weinglass tour will be Wednesday, November 21, at 6pm at Unite House, Level 12, 300 Queen St, central Auckland. Please come along, and let others know about the meeting. If you want to help with the tour but can't make the meeting, need further information, or have ideas on fund-raising or others to approach, please let us know. Email:

[ cubafriendship@xtra.co.nz ] More information about the Cuban Five can be found at www.freethefive.org

[ http://www.freethefive.org ]

THE TRADE UNION HISTORY PROJECT INVITES YOU TO THE: Inaugural Rona Bailey Memorial Lecture. Rona Bailey was an icon of left wing politics in New Zealand and a founding member of the Trade Union History Project (TUHP). To acknowledge Rona’s massive contribution to trade unionism and workers rights, her opposition to racism and war, her support for biculturalism and women’s rights, and so much more in Aotearoa / New Zealand and internationally, the TUHP determined after her death on 7 September 2005 (at 90 years of age) that it would commemorate her memory by holding a biennial lecture in her honour. Robert Reid, President of the National Distribution Union (NDU) and long time comrade and friend of Rona will deliver this first biennial lecture: “Looking Backwards: Looking Forward”. WHEN: Friday 30 November 2007; WHAT TIME: 6.00 PM (pre lecture drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm); WHERE: NZ Drama School (Toi Whakaari) 11 Huchison Road, Newtown (formerly the Wellington Show Building). This is an open lecture for TUHP members, trade unionists and the public. The lecture will be followed by a party (complete with a band and a generous amounts of food and drink) to celebrate the 20th birthday of the TUHP. The TUHP urges you to come and spread the word to encourage friends to come as well. Entry by gold coin donation

NOV 25 - INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN - UNIFEM NZ introduced the White Ribbon campaign from Canada four years ago and it had such a good public response that the Families Commission picked it up on behalf of a number of statutory agencies. A wide range of community NGOs also hold special events to raise awareness of this hidden problem facing many women and children throughout New Zealand society. Wearing a white ribbon before / on Sunday 25 November (and then through 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: Nov 25 – Dec 10) signals commitment “to always speak out against violence towards women and children” For more info and ideas on both White Ribbon and 16 Days of Activism campaigns, see: www.unifem.org.nz

[ http://www.unifem.org.nz ]

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST JANUARY 25-27, 2008 The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that, and other American wars, including the one in Iraq, is the Waihopai spybase.

[ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0701/S00036.htm ]

To register send $40 ($20 unwaged) to the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. Make all cheques to ABC. E-mail

[ cafca@chch.planet.org.nz ]

[ http://www.converge.org.nz/abc ]

VISIT CUBA THIS SUMMER Cuba consistently makes the news: whether it is it’s health care system (see Salud or Sicko), its response to its oil crisis, its environmental programmes, or by remaining a political opponent of US imperialism for forty years. It is also the home of salsa and its music is world renowned. Registrations are open for the 25th Southern Cross Brigade to Cuba. Members of the Brigade, which is made up of Australians and New Zealanders, spend approximately four weeks in Cuba, leaving 27th December and returning 24th January. The all up cost is $5500, including airfare, spending money and all accommodation and meals. Members of the Brigade often stay longer in Cuba as private travelers or move onto other countries in the region. For further enquiries and registration e- mail Ina at

[ inashina@clear.net.nz ] or Paul at

[ wkcultur@ihug.co.nz ] (03 732 4010).

WHAT’S ON IN AUCKLAND

Friday, Nov 23 to Sat Nov 24, St Columba’s Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby PAX CHRISTI ANNUAL ASSEMBLY: ‘Pax Christi’s Place in Peacemaking in the Pacific’ The Friday programme begins with a keynote address by Professor Joe Camilleri of the Centre for Dialogue, Latrobe University, Melbourne, titled ‘From the Middle East to Asia Pacific: Arc of Conflict or Dialogue of Cultures and Religions’. Saturday’s programme will look at different aspects of the relationship between New Zealand and Pacific Islands, some unresolved conflicts in the region and hopefully, some paths towards resolutions of those conflicts by peaceful means. Contributions to the discussion will include Pacific Island and New Zealand speakers with experience in justice and peace work in the region. There will also be plenty of time for discussion on a wide range of topics. We offer a warm invitation to anyone who would be interested in this gathering. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided but we would be grateful for a plate of finger food, or a contribution towards the costs of the venue and meals. The programme runs from Friday 23 November: 6pm (shared meal); 7pm prayer and welcome; 7.30pm to 9.30pm keynote address; to Saturday 24 November: 9.15am – 4.30pm. We hope you can join us for this important review of peace needs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Saturday, Dec 1, 12 noon, Aotea Square March to say “Never Again – Repeal the terrorism Laws”

Saturday, December 1, 3.30pm-6pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby SEMINAR: Human Rights and ASEAN West Papua, The Philippines,Burma and Aotearoa Keith Locke MP - ASEAN’s Role; Naing Ko Ko - Burma; Dennis Maga - The Philippines; Maire Leadbeater - West Papua; Cameron Walker - Spectre of terrorism in Aotearoa - drawing the parallels Dec1 - West Papua Independence Day. You are also invited to join us for a symbolic flag raising outside NZ Army Headquarters in Great North Rd prior to the seminar: meet Corner Great North Rd and Ponsonby Rd by the Peace Mural at 2-30 pm 1 December. Indonesia Human Rights Committee Box 68-419 Auckland. Inquires Maire Leadbeater 815 9000

Monday, December 3, 9am, outside Auckland District Court Rally to give solidarity to the 16 appearing in Court that day

Wednesday, December 12, 8.15pm, Academy Cinemas, Public Library, Lorne St, Auckland
NOW THE PEOPLE HAVE AWOKEN: EXPLORING VENEZUELA'S REVOLUTION
Except for beauty queens and oil, Venezuela has never been on the international stage. Now Venezuela is at the center of international controversy: for some it has been stolen by populist dictator, while for others Venezuela represents the centre of a continent-wide democratic revolution. There is much at stake. Venezuela sits atop the biggest oil reserves in the world, which are being used to foment a new order. President Hugo Chavez, who survived a military coup in 2002, has supported a number of controversial social programs which have pushed Venezuela onto the United States government, and media, enemy radar. What makes Venezuela tick? Who is behind the movement and what does it seek? Filmed through the 2006 presidential elections, this is a film about the people of the new Venezuela. New NZ Documentary, 4 December, 8.15 pm, Academy Cinemas, Public Library, Lorne St, Auckland Film followed by discussion with local directors. To reserve your ticket contact

[ activoproductions@yahoo.com ] or call 0210339220. $10 unwaged; $14 waged Preview here:

[ http://youtube.com/watch?v=gSWOLRl0i04 ]

Saturday, December 15, 9am – 2pm, 2F / 22 Emily Place, Auckland The Dominican Friars and their friends invite you to their HOUSE WARMING AT THE PEACE PLACE. With your help the Peace Place will be: a quiet place in the heart of the city for meditation and prayer where friends work for peace through hospitality, conversation between people of every faith, study of ecology, conflict resolution and social justice. Lifting of Tapu and blessings 9am. Join us for morning tea or call in during the day. Open House to 2pm.

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[ http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=10149 ]

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BRAZIL Brazil Discovers an Oil Field Can Be a Political Tool
[ http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/world/americas/19braziloil.html?_r=2&ref=americas&oref=slogin&oref=slogin ]

USA In Mississippi, Poor Lag in Hurricane Aid
[ http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/16/us/16mississippi.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin ]

35m Americans go hungry in 2006

[ http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=31105§ionid=3510203 ]

Mysterious Jet Crash Is Rare Portal Into the “Dark Alliances” of the Drug War

[ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00309.htm ]

PHILIPPINES Gov’t, MILF break stalemate on scope of Muslim homeland
[ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view_article.php?article_id=101231 ]

INDIA One farmer's suicide every 30 minutes: On average, one Indian farmer committed suicide every 32 minutes between 1997 and 2005. Since 2002, that has become one suicide every 30 minutes.

[ http://www.thehindu.com/2007/11/15/stories/2007111554771300.htm ]

PAKISTAN Bush Stands By His Dictator By Robert Scheer

[ http://www.countercurrents.org/scheer151107.htm ]

IRAN Gwynne Dyer: Iran - Evidence is irrelevant

[ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10477080 ]

Islam Forbids Nuclear Weapons: Tehran Friday Prayer Leader [ http://icga.blogspot.com/2007/11/islam-forbids-nuclear-weapons-tehran.html ]

SOMALIA What the News Failed to Report By Ramzy Baroud The people of Somalia are enduring yet another round of suffering as Ethiopian forces wreck havoc in the capital, Mogadishu. Apparently in response to an attack on one of its units, and the dragging of a soldier’s mutilated body through the city’s streets

[ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00302.htm ]

PALESTINE The Middle East has had a secretive nuclear power in its midst for years - When will the US and the UK tell the truth about Israeli weapons? Iran isn't starting an atomic arms race, it's joining one - by George Monbiot

[ http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2213814,00.html ]

Critique of the Arab Left: On Palestine and Arab Unity

[ http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/bustani191107.html ]

Thus Spoke Equality: Why Israel Has No "Right to Exist" as a Jewish State, By Oren Ben-Dor

[ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18754.htm ]

The Palestinian Path to Peace Does Not go Via Annapolis By Jonathan Steele - As the United States-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, approaches, the key question is what follows when it fails. Fiasco is looming, so what do the Palestinians do next? In their decades-long bid for justice, they have already tried everything.

[ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18736.htm ]

IRAQ Radioactive Ammunition Fired In Middle East May Claim More Lives Than Hiroshima And Nagasaki

[ http://www.countercurrents.org/ross201107.htm ]

Suffer the Children: Number of children dying higher than when the country was under sanctions. According to a report released in May 2007 by aid agency Save the Children, "Iraq's child mortality rate has increased by a staggering 150 per cent since 1990, more than any other country."

[ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18734.htm ]

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