The first detailed casualty figures from an Israeli human rights organisation since the war ended puts the number of children under 16 killed in the offensive at 252 as opposed to the 89 cited by the military. B’Tselem says its fieldworkers gathered death certificates, photos, and testimonies relating to all 252 of the children.
Four months after the government’s attack on the Tamil people, in the name of defeating ELAM “aid groups have complained that conditions in the vast Menik Farms camp, where most people remain behind razor-wire, are still inadequate.”
Ottawa’s complicity in torture merits a national discussion
Haitian human rights lawyer Evel Fanfan estimates that six thousand people were arrested in Port-au-Prince because of their political loyalties in March 2004, the month following Aristide’s ousting. Although some were released soon afterward, since that time both the Haitian police and the UN peacekeepeing mission MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) have conducted aggressive operations in poor sectors of the capital, drag-netting youth at a faster rate than the Haitian judicial system can process.
This Friday, September 11, Cinema Politica is screening:
LEILA KHALED & THE WAR OF 33.
7:00 PM, Friday, Sept 11 at Conserver House, 180 St. John St.
This double-bill screening marks the 3rd anniversary of the Fredericton Peace Coalition.
LEILA KHALED: HIJACKER In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy created by her childhood hero. This fascinating documentary is at once a portrait of Khaled, an exploration of the filmmaker’s own understanding of her Palestinian identity, and a complicated examination of the nebulous dichotomy between “terrorist” and “freedom fighter.”
THE WAR OF 33: LETTERS FROM BEIRUT is an intimate, personal and powerful telling of the story of the 2006 war in Lebanon. A series of letters written by Hanady Salman – a mother living through the war in Beirut – carve a narrative arc through the intense and haunting images of conflict. She tells the stories of her family and the people she lives the war with – the refugees, the wounded, and the everyday Lebanese, struggling to maintain their sanity and their humanity during a time of war. The War of 33 is more than a document of a particular historical experience. What emerges is a universal story – a complex picture of love, pain, resistance and survival in the face of uncertainty and violence.
Discussion follows films with members of the Fredericton Peace Coalition and Fredericton Palestine Solidarity.
Free films. Donations encouraged.
For more info, visit: www.cinemapolitica.org/fredericton or contact: email@example.com
Agence Haitienne de Presse (see article here) reports that Michel Forst, the UN’s independent expert on human rights in Haiti, is expressing concerns with the Haitian National Police. Haiti’s police force is being trained by the Canadian RCMP, although the RCMP is now trying to hand off this training on a private security force.
Harsha Walia – In March 2008, six band council members including one woman – of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation’s in Northern Ontario were arrested and sentenced to jail on contempt of court charges. Like many other Native communities with limited finances and minimal recourse at the negotiation table or in the courts, they had made the difficult yet courageous decision to lead a peaceful blockade to prevent a publically traded exploration company Platinex Inc. from drilling on their territorial lands.
“A small number of the casualties are local civilians, including a few children who had come to take free fuel … People went to get fuel. The Taliban were distributing free fuel. At this time they were bombed. Eighteen people were killed from our village…”
Naomi Klein: When I heard the Toronto International Film Festival was holding a celebratory “spotlight” on Tel Aviv I felt ashamed of my city. I thought immediately of Mona Al Shawa, a Palestinian women’s-rights activist I met on a recent trip to Gaza. “We had more hope during the attacks,” she told me, “at least then we believed things would change.”
On Tuesday September 8th: phone, fax, e-mail to stop the deportation of RODNEY WATSON
The minority Conservative government is deporting US war resister Rodney Watson back to the US, where he faces punishment for refusing to redeploy to Iraq.
Rodney, who currently lives in Vancouver, served a year in Iraq and when his contract was unilaterally extended, he refused a second deployment to Iraq. He has been ordered to leave Canada on September 11, 2009. “I realized the war had nothing to do with 9/11 or helping Iraqis or stopping terrorists,” said Watson. “It’s all about guarding oil for the U.S.”
Canada’s Parliament, supported by a majority of Canadians, has voted twice demanding that the Harper government stop the deportations and allow US Iraq war resisters to stay. Stephen Harper admitted in 2008 that the Iraq war was “absolutely an error” but his government has deported two war resisters to jail in the US for refusing to participate in the war.
On September 8th, phone, fax or e-mail Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney to demand that he respect the democratic will of Parliament, and immediately stop the deportation of Rodney Watson and the other war resisters. Remind him that 64% of Canadians want U.S. Iraq war resisters to stay.
Even if you have phoned or emailed in the past, take a moment to do so again â€“ Rodney faces jail time if deported, it is urgent that Canadians speak out to stop this injustice.
Please PHONE, EMAIL, FAX or WRITE A LETTER to:
The Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
Phone: 613.954.1064 (Ministry office) or 613.992.2235 (Parliamentary office)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com
Please cc the opposition party leaders:
Liberal party leader Michael Ignatieff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe: email@example.com
NDP leader Jack Layton: firstname.lastname@example.org