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Slingshot Rhymes from Palestine

Palestinian hip hop is on the rise, gaining popularity around the world as the international movement against Israeli apartheid picks up steam. Read this interview with the filmmaker of Slingshot Hip Hop.

Cinema Politica Fredericton & Fredericton Palestine Solidarity are screening:

Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.

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Opposition MPs in the West Bank

Following a trip to Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza in August, members of parliament from Canada’s three opposition parties say they are committed to pushing their parties, and the government, on Canada’s role in the region.

Liberals catch flak for support of Colombian free trade

While Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff touted himself as the saviour of Canada’s global reputation, his party was under fire Monday for supporting free trade with Colombia. Furious human rights activists chided the Liberals for playing up progress in the Latin American country as the contentious deal proceeds in Parliament.

Update on Adil Charkaoui

After six years of subjecting Montrealer Adil Charkaoui to surveillance, imprisonment, and house arrest, the Canadian government finally admitted that they have insufficient evidence to uphold the Security Certificate.

Mr. Charkaoui was arrested under a security certificate in May 2003; he spent nearly two years in prison and four years under draconian conditions. The Security Certificate against Mr. Charkaoui has never been upheld by any court of law. In the course of his marathon legal battle, Charkaoui won two victories at the Supreme Court, forcing the government to modify the Security Certificate legislation and CSIS to change its information-gathering policies. During this time, he has never seen the
evidence that supposedly exists against him, evidence that was used as the basis of his imprisonment, subsequent house arrest and accompanying conditions, which have severely limited his freedom of movement, his ability to parent his three children, and his continued job as a French

Last month’s revelation was the coup de grâce in a series of developments indicating that the government’s case against Mr. Charkaoui was crumbling. In April, the Ministers told the court that they were withdrawing all information sourced to electronic surveillance from the file. Then, in
mid-July, they withdrew more information, this time from what CSIS refers to as “human sources.”

Judge Tremblay-Lamer, following the government’s admission of lack of evidence, stated that she will consider whether she should quash the certificate or order the Ministers to revoke it themselves, “in light of the admission by the Ministers that the evidence is insufficient to meet their burden of proof.”

COME TO COURT ON SEPTEMBER 24 and 25th: The Federal Court has therefore convened a hearing on 24 and 25 September to decide this question (see three questions outlined in the court directive of 5 August here:

Four other men, all Muslim, remain under a security certificate in Ontario, including Mohammad Mahjoub, the sole detainee in the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre, better known as “Guatanamo North”.

Israeli forces raid Bil’in, beat Popular Committee member

Around 1:30am, the Israeli army invaded Bil’in. Soldiers came to the home of Abdullah Mahmoud Abu Rahme , coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, to arrest him.

Abu Rahme was not at home at the time and soldiers proceeded to destroy belongings in his house.

When another member of the Popular Committee, Mohammad Khatib, arrived to check on Abu Rahme’s wife and 3 small children, Israeli forces severely beat him. Khatib was taken to Ramallah hospital for medical treatment.

Australia is to apologise for the appalling treatment meted out to thousands of boys and girls shipped to its shores as orphans

The British orphans were shipped to Australia where they were forced to labour, and subjected to vicious sexual assault by the Catholic Church. They had the same experience as the indigenous children in the colonized land, and now suffer the same problems faced by individuals subjected to residential schools. Except this only happened for one generation, and is not magnified by enduring racist policies as in the case of the indigenous peoples (by still magnified by classist policies). And there was not the simultaneous attack on the language and culture. Both are atrocious.

Israel’s war on Gaza killed 252 children

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.

UN warns Sri Lanka over prison camps

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.”

Torture, a Canadian Value?

Ottawa’s complicity in torture merits a national discussion

Death watch in Haiti’s jails

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.