Middle East

Israel-Palestine Through the Lens of Settler-Colonialism – Professor Ilan Pappe

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The program begins with a standard disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the following program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this radio station, its staff or board of directors.
I placed the disclaimer because content critical of the Israel/Palestine peace process is frequently criticized. Please give it an airing because the ideas expressed may help explain a situation that has led to decades of pain and bloodshed in the Middle East. And Professor Ilan Pappe is an extraordinary intellectual and historian.
Here is background on him and the organizers:
Ilan Pappe was born in Haifa and educated in Israel. He was a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa (1984–2007) and [ . . . ]

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Downing Street Minutes – With John Bonifaz, Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, and Joseph Wilson

The Downing Street Minutes say that the Bush administration was already committed to waging war on Iraq a year before the war began and was asking the British government to “fix” the intelligence data and facts around the policy. The three page memo contains the minutes of a highest level cabinet meeting with the British Prime Minister at Downing Street in July 2002. It was published in the Times of London on May 1, 2005. The Downing Street Memo created a storm in the international press but was suppressed in most US media. If the allegations are true they may lead to impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush.
On Thursday June 16th, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, ranking Member of the House [ . . . ]

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Ralph Nader: How to End the War on Iraq

In early 2005 Ralph Nader began a 10 city tour to stop the war and end the occupation of Iraq. Undaunted by the outcome of the 2004 election he presents a passionate critique not just of Bush but of the democratic party and launches a grassroots movement of a million committed activists that demands a complete pull out of troops and corporations from Iraq within a 6 month period. Nader acknowledges the work of <http://www.veteransforpeace.org>
Ralph Nader was recorded in Seattle in January of 2005
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Naomi Klein – War And Fleeze

How Economic Shock Therapy Backfired in Iraq
Naomi Klein, the award winning journalist and author of the international best seller, No Logo, spoke to the abyss between the spin of the new democratic Iraq in the US media and the reality on the ground. The wave of privatization, instituted by Paul Bremer and reinforced by the International Monetary Fund, will not easily be reversed since the new government needs an impossible to reach majority to undo Bremer’s laws and enact the wishes of the Iraqi people. The IMF, the US government, the Paris Club and other international organizations are making a cruel joke of the promise of self determination in Iraq.
Naomi Klein writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation, The [ . . . ]

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Tariq Ali Movement Against the Wars in the Middle East & Religious Fundamentalism

An eloquent analysis of the wars in Iraq and Palestine and the reasons for the absence of an anti war movement in the US.
Writer, journalist and film-maker Tariq Ali came to Berkeley at the end of April 2005. Tariq Ali was born in Pakistan in 1943. Educated at Oxford, he became involved with the movement against the war on Vietnam. He is also a world renowned scholar on the history and culture of Islam. Tariq Ali is editorial director of Verso books and editor and board member of the New Left Review.
Tariq Ali’s fiction includes a series of historical novels about Islam: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, A Sultan in Palermo and The Stone Woman. His non-fiction includes the just [ . . . ]

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Tariq Ali – War, Empire And Resistance

Exiled from his home in Pakistan where he was born in 1943, Tariq Ali is a scholar, activist, novelist, play write, film maker and radio and TV commentator. He is the editor of the New Left Review and his name is linked with the rise of the New Left since his arrival in Oxford in the 1960s. He is one of the charismatic speakers of the anti-war movement.
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Robert Fisk: The Fantasy War Liberation, Weapons of Mass Destruction & Democracy

Fisk’s detailed account of events on the ground stands in stark contrast to reports in the US media. He says that today Iraq lives “a tragedy of epic proportions”. Governments in the West “are doomed to suffer contagion by our hubris, lies and fantasies.” Details of this very informative talk include: Civilian casualty reports, life in the palace of Paul Bremer, the use, by the US army of Israeli “terms of engagement in civilian areas”, the cutting down of orchards, a terrible sequence of sounds from a Secret Police torture, an update on the frigate Stark incident and more.
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Robert Fisk on war crimes in Jenin and the New Terrorism

The refugees in the Jenin camp, near the center of the town of Jenin in occupied Palestine were able to see their former homes across the border of what is now the state of Israel. In April of this year the camp made world history. After 12 days of shelling and bulldozing by the Israeli army large parts of the camp were turned to rubble. Did Israeli bulldozers destroy buildings while people were trapped inside? What occurred here while the media and foreign observers were excluded at gun point? Robert Fisk tells the story.
As a war and Middle East correspondent for the London Times, and now for the London-based Independent, Fisk has shown both personal and political courage. His coverage [ . . . ]

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Robert Fisk: On the War on Iraq

Pity the Nation
What a war on Iraq would do to the Middle East
Just back from Beirut where he lives, the noted British journalist and Middle East expert gave another fact filled talk about recent developments in the Middle East. Topics: 9/11, hidden motives for war, his meeting with Osama bin Laden and US plans to pay itself back with Iraqi oil for the cost of war.
<www.independent.co.uk>
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Iraq, Alternatives to Occupation Rania Masri

While the attention of the world is focussed on the daily attacks on US soldiers the radical restructuring of the Iraqi economy gets little notice. Privatization, destruction of the local economy by imports and free trade zones, changes in tax and banking laws decreed with the stoke of a pen by executive order have made Iraq a free-for all for US and British corporations. Things are so bad that two bills are making their way through House and Senate to deal with dishonest contracting and war profiteering.  <http://www.southernstudies.org >
Rania Masri is a Lebanese American writer, scholar and activist. She is the director of the Southern Peace Research and Education Center at the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, [ . . . ]

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Amira Haas: Thoughts about Suicide Bombers and their Families

Amira Haas is the only Jewish Israeli correspondent on Palestinian affairs living among the people she reports on. As guest of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley she received a standing ovation and gave this moving, compassionate and critical talk.
Amira Haas was born in Israel to Holocaust survivors. She is the author of: Reporting from Ramallah – An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land and Drinking the Sea at Gaza.
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Behzad Yaghmaian: The Secret World of Refugees

This is a moving, highly personal account by an exiled Iranian in search of the stories of migrants. He found an Afghan boy who lost his family in US bombing, a young girl trying to survive in New York, or men waiting to stow away on a ship in a Greek harbor. Yaghmaian is a professor of economics and the author of “Social Change in Iran: An Eyewitness Account of Dissent, Defiance, and New Movements for Rights”. He is a frequent contributor to Counterpunch < http://www.counterpunch.org >
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Greg Palast: Who Won the War on Iraq?

The Carlyle Group, Lockheed Martin, Choice Point or more?
The author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy answered that question at his April 03 stop in Berkeley. Palast has a huge audience in Europe. He can’t get his work shown or printed in the mass media in the US where he was born.
He was introduced by Jello Biafra.
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Kathy Kelly/ Rania Masri End the Sanctions on Iraq

Professor Edward Said said recently that  “For almost a full decade an inhuman campaign of sanctions – the most complete ever in recorded history – has destroyed Iraq as a modern state …All this has been done by the US and UK misusing United Nations resolutions against innocent civilians..” Kathy Kelly has visited Iraq over a dozen times since 1995, documenting the deaths of children caused by sanctions. In the spirit of Martin Luther King and Gandhi she and her organization, Voices in the Wilderness, are in open defiance to the State Department – not intimidated by the threat of 12 years in prison for each visit.  Rania Masri, is the co-ordinator of the Iraqi Action Coalition. (May 2000)
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Hans von Sponeck: Lift the Sanctions on Iraq

Over 6,000 Iraqis die every month as a result of trade sanctions and the ongoing US/British military attacks. Hans von Sponeck resigned in protest from his United Nations position as Assistant Secretary General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq that he held from 1998-2000. He now travels internationally, speaking in churches and schools, appealing for compassion and understanding of the plight of an innocent population. On the ground, in Baghdad, he observed first hand schools without windows and books, and children dying of preventable diseases. Many illnesses are caused by contaminated water since treatment plants were systematically destroyed by US bombing. (recorded 2000)
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