Liliany Obando visited Fredericton and other Maritime communities a few years ago.
On August 8, 2008, Colombia’s National Police arrested Liliany Obando and charged her with the crime of rebellion and providing funding to a terrorist group. Ten months later, Obando had yet to have her day in court and remained a prisoner in Bogotá’s Buen Pastor Prison. Her work for the international relations commission of FENSUAGRO (The National Federation of Agricultural Farming Unions) included speaking and fundraising trips to Canada, Europe and Australia during which she openly and repeatedly criticized the Colombian government’s human rights record. Obando was the first person arrested as part of the so-called FARC-politica scandal that resulted from alleged evidence found on the laptop computer of FARC Commander Raúl Reyes, who was killed by the Colombian military in March 2008. I recently interviewed Obando in her prison cell.
Posted: July 20th, 2009 under Colombia, Political Prisoners.
The process of moving beyond, bypassing and eventually disempowering the politics of Israel advocacy at York cannot avoid episodes of defamation or moves towards administrative repression. But given the history on campus, there is every reason to anticipate these, and no reason to be overly fazed by them. Especially after the latest Gaza massacres, the argument that progressive politics are compatible with indifference to Palestinian rights must be put behind us, and a broadened base pushing for meaningful censure of Israel developed. In light of the politics of Israel advocacy at York, these are issues which cannot be brushed aside. Both principled politics and institutional self-interest demand that progressive elements at York not permit an Israel advocacy backlash to shut down or narrow spaces for independent political organization and action.
Posted: July 20th, 2009 under Israel, Occupation, Palestine.
Jeannie Baldwin from the Public Service Alliance of Canada writes about the closure of six prison farms in Canada including farm at Dorchestor.
Posted: July 15th, 2009 under Canada, Food, Prisons.
Israeli soldiers who served in the Gaza Strip during the offensive of December and January have spoken out about being ordered to shoot without hesitation, destroying houses and mosques with a general disregard for Palestinian lives.
Video: Israeli soldiers told to ‘open fire and don’t ask questions’
Posted: July 15th, 2009 under Israel, Occupation, Palestine.
Marcelo Rivera, a great community leader from San Isidro, in the northern department of Cabañas, El Salvador, was found murdered. He had disappeared on June 18. Marcelo is a leader in the social resistance movement against the Canadian mining corporation, Pacific Rim.
Posted: July 14th, 2009 under Canada, Economic Violence, El Salvador, Mining, Oil & Gas.
Why have we sided with the Honduran military? Mining profits.
Posted: July 14th, 2009 under Canada, Honduras, Mining, Oil & Gas.
Norman Finkelstein hopes that large numbers of international activists and world leaders will attend the march, and as a result, prohibit a violent response from Israeli authorities. “If the likes of Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Bishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela are at the head of the march; if behind them are students holding high signs of the schools from which they hail – Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge; if behind them are the ill and the lame, the young and the innocent of Gaza; if behind them are hundreds of thousands of others, unarmed and unafraid, wanting only to enforce the law; if around the world hundreds of thousands are watching the internet to see what happens – Israel can’t shoot,” he said.
Posted: July 14th, 2009 under Occupation, Palestine.
The Canadian mining company, Goldcorp, has again successfully urged the Guatemala government to file criminal charges against poor Maya Mam villagers near its “Marlin” mine in the municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacan, department of San Marcos, Guatemala.
Posted: July 13th, 2009 under Canada, Economic Violence, Guatemala, Indigenous Rights, Mining, Oil & Gas.
Canada has stood almost alone on the international stage, going so far as to say that Zelaya should not return back to Honduras. This should not come as a huge shock for Canadians as the Canadian state has been pursuing an increasingly interventionist role in Latin American affairs for a while now.
Posted: July 13th, 2009 under Canada, Honduras.
James Rodriguez’s photo essay: Tragedy in Toncontin: Army shoots and kills protesters.
Posted: July 13th, 2009 under Honduras.