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Noam Chomsky Speaks on the Gaza Crisis
Noam_chomsky_cropped.pngOn January 13, Noam Chomsky addressed the crisis in Gaza at a talk held at MIT. This event was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and its Program on Human Rights and Justice. For video and audio coverage of this event, please visit www.gazasiege.org:

http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/video-noam-chomsky-on-gaza.html
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Politics : War and Militarism
Zimbabwe's Future Under a New U.S. Administration?
zimbabwe_green_map.gifBob Herbert the African-American New York Times columnist has just published a column in the New York Times called "Zimbabwe" in which he claims that Zimbabwe it is in a total mess and that it's all the president of Zimbabwe's fault. The president of Zimbabwe is of course Robert Mugabe and he has been president from the very beginning of the creation of the state of Zimbabwe out of what was a very brief but successful political uprising of the overwhelming majority black population of Rhodesia against the colonial British white settlers who stole the country, controlled the economy and owned practically all the farmland.
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18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Race
An Interfaith Declaration for Peace
GCV035.pngOn Tuesday, January 13, around 300 members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gathered in the Boston Commons for a silent vigil calling for an end to the violence in Gaza. Boston-area religious leaders from all Abrahamic religions have jointly written a statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The statement is posted in full below.

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Lockdown at Israeli Consulate in San Francisco
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/15/18563368.php
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15 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Media : Organizing : War and Militarism
Hope and Change for Low-Wage Workers
Martin_Luther_King_22391g.pngOn March 18, 1968, two weeks before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., "It is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis getting part-time income." He said, "A living wage should be the right of all working Americans."

What would Dr. King have thought of a $6.55 federal minimum wage in 2009, when the 1968 minimum wage is worth about $10 in today’s dollars? What would he have made of a minimum wage that is less adequate for the basic necessities of life than it was 40 years ago?
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14 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor : Race
Funeral Procession in Boston Joins National Protests Against Israel's Incursion in Gaza
BWP1100722.pngBoston, Mass.--Around 400 people with home-made coffins marched in downtown Boston in a silent funeral procession to join protests around the world against Israel's military aggression in Gaza. Thousands marched in major cities in Europe, Arab countries, and the United States to express their outrage for the killings of so far 821 Palestinians, including 235 children, and close to 3700 wounded (50% of them women and children). Thirteen Israelis have died in the offensive, ten of them soldiers.

“Palestinian people must be some of the most extraordinary human beings in the world to continue to survive and raise families and talk about peace under the conditions they are living in,” said Catherine Hoffman from the Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Project. “People who see Israel as the victim here, can see the power, absolute power that Israel wields in Palestine, not just now in terms of the killing, but everyday in terms of the occupation.”

RELATED: Watch video of the funeral procession, by Michael Borkson:
http://openmediaboston.org/node/498
Cambridge City Council Adopts Gaza Resolution
http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/breaking-news-cambridge-city-counc
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10 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Workers Understand Democracy, Say Pass Employee Free Choice Act
EFCA4.jpgAlmost eight in 10 Americans support legislation that would make it easier for workers to join or organize labor unions, according to a new national survey from Peter D. Hart and Associates released this week.

The opinion poll was designed to gather public views on the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill in Congress that would impose tough sanctions against employers who harass or fire workers who try to join unions, reduce federal red tape on certifying unions, and give workers the choice about whether they want to vote on their union by card check or by secret ballot.
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10 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Labor
Bostonians Arrested Demanding End to US-Funded Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
DSC_7161.pngBOSTON – A diverse group of 30 Palestinian-Americans, Jewish Americans and supporters dramatized the US funded Israeli war crimes in Gaza with a "die-in" at the Israeli Consulate at 20 Park Plaza in Boston, MA. Demonstrators carried poster-sized images of the recent carnage in Gaza and read some of the names of the over 700 Palestinian dead as a result of US-funded Israeli aggression. Susan Barney, Rick Colbath-Hess, Ridgely Fuller, and Patrick Keaney, were arrested when they refused to leave the lobby of the consulate building, until Israel agreed to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and to end its 18-month blockade on Gaza, which has prevented Palestinians from having food, medicine and electricity.

RELATED: "The people of Gaza are not alone!" Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto [audio report]
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17138
Protesters Shut Down Israeli Consulate in Montreal
http://www.tadamon.ca/post/2565
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08 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Semantics of a Massacre
mike.pngCommon knowledge has come to regard black as white in the "Israeli-Palestinian" conflict. This article is attempting to set the record straight when it comes to the fundamental truths and the political context of the controversy. Israel has invaded and is currently an occupation force in Palestine, Palestinians have a right to armed resistance and what is happening now in Gaza is not war, but pure massacre.

It seems that what is in order for a clear understanding of the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians, is a return to “first principles”, the essential historical causes of the conflict. This is necessary because our perception of the events in Palestine has been suppressed and conditioned by layer after layer of western orientalist propaganda which has brought about in our minds an effective inversion of the roles that each party plays in the conflict.

RELATED: Hundreds Demonstrate in Support of Gaza as Israeli Air Attacks Turn to Ground Invasion [includes VIDEO]
http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/486
Anti-war Protests Escalate as Israel Launches Ground War
http://indymedia.us/en/2009/01/35351.shtml
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04 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
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