The UN in the Gaza Strip says it will run out of food aid in two days unless Israel’s blockade – which it describes as “shameful and unacceptable” – eases.
Democracy Now!: Gaza’s humanitarian crisis has worsened in the aftermath of Israel’s latest blockade of fuel and food. We speak to Diana Buttu, a former lawyer for the Palestinian Authority, and Reverend Edwin “Eddie” Makue of the South African Council of Churches, a veteran of South Africa’s apartheid struggle. They are on an “anti-apartheid” speaking tour across the US for the next two weeks.
On December 3, 2008, a new treaty will open for signature: the Convention on Cluster Munitions. After landmines, cluster munitions pose the greatest risk to civilians, causing more civilian casualties in Iraq in 2003 and Kosovo in 1999 than any other weapon system. Yet so far, Canada has not declared that it intends to sign the treaty on this historic day.
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RALLY TO OPPOSE THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT PLAN TO BUILD P3 SCHOOLS, COURT HOUSES AND A HOSPITAL
THE TIME AS COME FOR NEW BRUNSWICKERS TO SAY NO TO P3’S
WHEN: On November 25, 2008 (at the opening of the Legislative Assembly)
WHERE: Join us at 2:30 pm at Officers’ Square we will march on the Legislative Assembly
Organized by: CUPE NB
RALLIEMENT POUR S’OPPOSER AUX PROJETS DE PARTENARIAT PUBLIC-PRIVÉ DU GOUVERNEMENT LIBÉRAL POUR LA CONSTRUCTION D’ÉCOLES, DE PALAIS DE JUSTICE ET D’UN HÔPITAL
LE TEMPS EST VENU POUR LES GENS DU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK DE DIRE NON AUX PPP
QUAND : Le 25 novembre 2008 (à l‘ouverture de l’Assemblée législative)
OÙ : Venez nous rejoindre à 14h30 au Officers’ Square nous marcherons à l’Assemblée législative
Matthew Charles Keddy used to be a happy young man who was excited about his life. But according to his family that was before the 25-year-old Canadian Forces Base Gagetown soldier served in Afghanistan. He hasn’t been the same since his return from the war-torn country. He has suffered depression and anxiety, a suicide attempt, and in the summer he assaulted a woman who was then his girlfriend.
Meanwhile, Fredericton psychologists Robin Geneau and Joyce Belliveau told the committee that services to treat soldiers at the base who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are in disarray and carried out by unqualified mental health workers.
The only winners emerging from Afghanistan these days are the drug barons who preside over the world’s largest heroin trade and the pimps who control the Chinese prostitutes operating from the scores of bordellos and brothels which have emerged since the US military occupation.
On Saturday, thousands of people demonstrated near the nuclear waste disposal centre at Gorleben. About 14,000 demonstrators converged on the site, police said, with protest organisers saying that 16,000 people had turned out.
Kgalema Motlanthe, the South African president, on Sunday called for a ceasefire between Congolese government forces and fighters from the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP).
On Saturday, the UN said it had evidence that CNDP fighters and pro-government militias have killed civilians in the region.
The family were evicted on Sunday, despite the fact the al-Kurds are still in the midst of appealing against the high court judgment.
Fawzia al-Kurd told news agency AFP: “They arrived at three thirty at the morning. They broke into the house by smashing the door and forcefully threw us out, inhumanely.”
Coltan in phones exacerbates crisis in the Congo
So what can people do who don’t want to be indirectly fueling a war but aren’t ready to stop using their phones? Carney suggests three things:
1) Call their cell phone manufacturer and ask if their phones contain Congolese coltan.
2) Do what they can to make sure their personal savings or pension money is not invested in companies doing business in the Congo.
3) Support the Congolese people by raising awareness of the war.
Carney also says that recycling cell phones can help by reducing overall demand for coltan. Cell phone recycling services are available in some Canadian cities. Switching phones less often also helps lessen demand.