Zionism: the root of the crisis in Israel-Palestine
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by Sid Shniad
1w ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displays a map of Israel omitting the occupied Palestinian territories during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Image from YouTube. The following is a transcript of a presentation made by Sid Shniad in Castlegar, British Columbia on March 24, 2024. Shniad is a founding member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV), a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. Founde ..read more
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Why non-profit news might not be such a great idea
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by Marc Edge
1w ago
“The Fin de Siècle Newspaper Proprietor” by Frederick Burr Opper, Keppler & Schwarzmann, 1894. Image courtesy the Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons. Having been down a couple of rabbit holes recently and emerging from the last one covered in pink slime, I am now having sober second thoughts about the non-profit alternative I touted in this space recently as the only path to a sustainable news media. Sure, for-profit corporate ownership has pretty much wrecked our news media, along with federal bungling, but believe it or not a system of non-profit news media such as has emerged in the ..read more
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When 1,000 in Hollywood proclaim support for Gaza slaughter
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by Norman Solomon
1w ago
Filmmaker Jonathan Glazer, who won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film for The Zone of Interest, delivers his acceptance speech at the 2024 Academy Awards. Photo by Rich Polk/Variety/Getty Images. Last week, Variety reported that “more than 1,000 Jewish creatives, executives and Hollywood professionals have signed an open letter denouncing Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest Oscar speech.” The angry letter is a tight script for a real-life drama of defending Israel as it continues to methodically kill civilians no less precious than the signers’ own loved ones. A few ethical word ..read more
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The threshold of intent
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by Derek Sayer
1w ago
Medic carrying a wounded Palestinian child in Gaza. Photo courtesy Fars Media Corporation/Wikimedia Commons. On March 18, the world’s famine watchdog the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), whose “main goal … is to provide decision-makers with a rigorous, evidence- and consensus-based analysis of food insecurity and acute malnutrition situations,” reported that: The entire population in the Gaza Strip (2.23 million) is facing high levels of acute food insecurity. Between mid-March and mid-July, in the most likely scenario and under the assumption of an escalation of the confl ..read more
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Fighting climate change: Beyond Canada’s carbon tax
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by Richard Fidler
1w ago
Photo by Kris Krüg/Flickr Free Transit Ottawa (FTO) organized a public meeting on March 18 on the theme “Fighting Climate Change: Beyond the Carbon Tax.” The event was co-sponsored by a range of local climate justice movements including, Ecology Ottawa, Horizon Ottawa, Justice for Workers, Fridays for Future and the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI). Speakers on the introductory panel were Emma Bider of Climate Justice Ottawa, Angella MacEwen of CUPE and the Green Economy Network, and myself representing Free Transit Ottawa. The following text is based on my remarks. Climate change is the ..read more
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Canada’s UN ambassador supports Israeli expansion by peace process
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by Morgan Duchesney
2w ago
Israeli settlement in the West Bank near Za’atara. Photo by Ralf Roletschek/Wikimedia Commons. Bob Rae, Canada’s United Nations ambassador, recently stated that “the ultimate responsibility for the conduct of the [Gaza] war lies with the parties who are fighting.” In so doing, Rae, a former Rhodes scholar, ignores the United States’ pivotal role in providing Israel with weapons, money and diplomatic support. Of course, Rae’s official rhetoric must reflect Canada’s deference to US Middle East policy. This superpower-backing facilitates Israel’s indifference to international law on the matter o ..read more
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Putin is here to stay, whether the West likes it or not
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by Paul Robinson
2w ago
Vladimir Putin is interviewed by Russian TV presenter and propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov in the Kremlin in March 2024. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. As elections go, the presidential contest that took place in Russia last week must rank as among the most unexciting of recent history. Not only was the result never in doubt, but there was not even much by way of campaigning, either by President (and now President-reelect) Vladimir Putin or by those standing against him. The only issues were exactly how many people would turn out and vote and by how much Putin would be said to have won. As it was ..read more
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J.B. McLachlan revisited
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by David Frank
2w ago
The following is an excerpt from the new edition of historian David Frank’s biography of J.B. McLachlan. Originally published in 1999, it was reprinted last year, a century after the strike that sent him to jail for sedition in 1923. J.B. McLachlan: A Biography is a prize-winning classic in Canadian social history, and a rich portrait of a brilliant early 20th-century rebel. It has been widely recognized as an outstanding work of biography and a compelling account of a Canadian labour hero. “They ravaged the coal mines and robbed the coal miners.” From a century ahead, we can still look back ..read more
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A moral crossroads for the West
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by Derek Sayer
2w ago
Palestinian children survey a series of destroyed apartment buildings in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Shareef Sarhan/United Nations/Flickr. Seven weeks have now passed since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that South Africa’s accusation that Israel was committing genocide in Gaza was “plausible.” A final verdict may take years. But on January 26, the ICJ imposed a number of “provisional measures” aimed at “preserving … the right of the Palestinians in Gaza to be protected from acts of genocide” (ICJ report, ¶59). By a majority of 15 judges to two, the world’s ..read more
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Chris Hedges: Joe Biden’s parting gift to America will be Christian fascism
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by Chris Hedges
3w ago
“Onward Christian Fascism.” Illustration by Mr. Fish. Joe Biden and the Democratic Party made a Trump presidency possible once and look set to make it possible again. If Trump returns to power, it will not be due to Russian interference, voter suppression or because the working class is filled with irredeemable bigots and racists. It will be because the Democrats are as indifferent to the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza as they are to immigrants, the poor in our impoverished inner cities, those driven into bankruptcy by medical bills, credit card debt and usurious mortgages, those discarded ..read more
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