WOMEN of Idheze community in Isoko South Local Council of Delta State have again shut down oil facilities of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) alleging failure to pay compensation for damages caused by chemical/waste fluid of the firm flushed into the community.
If you were a feminist activist in Iran today, you would be under the constant threat of arrest for a simple action: asking for equal rights. On Sunday, March 4, 34 women’s rights activists were arrested for silently gathering outside Tehran’s Revolutionary Court to protest the prosecution of four women on trial that morning. The four women’s rights leaders are facing multiple charges including “acting against national security” for organizing a protest for women’s equality in Tehran in 2006. These brave women, who represented many, if not most, of Iran’s women’s rights leaders, were held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Although all but two of these women have now been released, they were barred from participating in a rally outside the Iranian parliament on International Women’s Day.Please join our virtual march around the world, in solidarity with our sisters in Iran, and send a message to the United Nations and Iranian officials demanding the immediate release of the remaining two women’s rights activists. The Iranian authorities must see people everywhere joining together to protest the detainment of these leaders and to call for equal rights for women in Iran. With the eyes of the world upon this injustice, we can help ensure the safe release of these courageous women and prevent future arrests of feminists for peacefully protesting for equal rights.
The group takes its name from the Hebrew word for checkpoint, machsom. From a few dozen in the beginning, Machsomwatch now numbers around 500, many of them grandmothers, who take turns watching 40-odd checkpoints in the West Bank.
The title of this article, “Peacekeeping Alone Won’t Win a War” (Embassy March 14) is such an ass-backwards example of double-speak I actually laughed out loud when I gave it some thought.
Senlis Council, March 19, 2007:
- Five years after their removal from power: The Taliban are back
- Taliban Frontline now cuts half-way through Afghanistan
- US and UK led failed counter-narcotics policies are responsible
- Humanitarian crisis hits southern Afghanistan – extreme poverty, drought and hundreds of thousands starving in south
‘I feel cold when I think about the possible war against my homeland,’ wrote an Iranian in his blog recently. ‘During the bloody conflict between Iran and Iraq I was witness to many victims in our cities… I am really scared when I hear the US has a plan to attack my country during the coming 16 months. My picture of war hasn’t come from Hollywood movies: I have seen the pain, the kids’ tears, bloody streets…’ The six billion of us who live in the rest of the world should not have our political priorities dictated by the US election cycle. But when, in November 2006, the Bush Administration was given a bloody nose by the US electorate – punished for its prosecution of deeply unpopular wars – it seemed for a comforting week or two that the democratic process might have done its job. The long-standing rumours about the Administration’s interest in extending its ‘war on terror’ to Iran could surely now be discounted. Donald Rumsfeld had been forced to resign as Defense Secretary and the Iraq Study Group was counselling, amongst other things, that the US talk directly to Iran.
This 50-page issue of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade’s magazine, Press for Conversion!, exposes ten ways in which Canada’s Liberal government was deeply complicit in:
- (1) aiding and abetting the 2004 coup d’état in Haiti that ousted President Aristide’s democratically-elected government and
- (2) supporting the illegal, coup-installed regime that was responsible for the two-year, human-rights catastrophe that followed.