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IPS on Israel's Ongoing Assault on Gaza

Hamas Is Not Going Away
Analysis by Mel Frykberg
RAMALLAH (IPS) - Despite intensive efforts by Israel, the international community and a number of Arab leaders to weaken and destroy Hamas through economic, punitive and military action, the Islamist organisation continues to be a force to reckon with.

Ceasefire Broken From Day One
By Eva Bartlett
GAZA CITY (IPS) - At 7.30 am Jan. 22, five days after Israeli authorities declared a 'ceasefire' following their 22-day air, land and sea bombardment of the Gaza Strip, Israeli gunboats renewed shelling off the Gaza city coast, injuring at least six, including four children.

So What Was the Assault All About
Analysis by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
JERUSALEM (IPS) - Just over a week before they go to the polls, Israelis are in a grim mood. The gloom is fed by the leading candidates, all of whom are seeking to outdo one another in sombre assessment of the challenges that lie ahead.

Q&A: "A Lot of the Gaza Story Is Bein…

Armed and Dangerous: Weapons Transfers to Israel during the Bush Administration

Capitol Hill Policy Briefing
February 2nd, 2009

On February 2, 2009, the US Campaign held a policy briefing on Capitol Hill, entitled "Armed and Dangerous: Weapons Transfers to Israel during the Bush Administration."  

The briefing featured Rep. Dennis Kucinich, National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner, and Amr Shurrab, a young Palestinian from the Gaza Strip whose two brothers were killed by Israeli soldiers in January 2009.

The briefing was part of a national grassroots lobby day organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders and the US Campaign.  For additional information about the lobby day and grassroots advocacy training, click here

To sign up as a volunteer organizer to help us challenge military aid to Israel, click here

To download the PowerPoint presentation seen in the briefing, click here.

Watch the lecture here: hard to decently embed!

The politics of bollocks, John Pilger

Published 05 February 2009
Supporters of the new US president refuse to admit that the "man of change" is, in fact, changing very little. It's time the Obama lovers grew up

Barack Obama has failed to move to halt any of the more draconian actions of the US abroad

Growing up in an Antipodean society proud of its rich variety of expletives, I never heard the word bollocks. It was only on arrival in England that I understood its magisterial power. All classes used it. Judges grunted it; an editor of the Daily Mirror used it as noun, adjective and verb. Certainly, the resonance of a double vowel saw off its closest American contender. It had authority.
A high official with the Gilbertian title of Lord West of Spithead used it to great effect on 27 January. The former admiral, who is a security adviser to Gordon Brown, was referring to Tony Blair's assertion that invading countries and killing innocent people did not increase the threat of terrorism at home.

"That was cle…

Tax The Speculators, Ralph Nader

Let’s start with a fairness point. Why should you pay a 5 to 6 percent sales tax for buying the necessities of life, when tomorrow, some speculator on Wall Street can buy $100 million worth of Exxon derivatives and not pay one penny in sales tax?
Let’s further add a point of common sense. The basic premise of taxation should be to first tax what society likes the least or dislikes the most, before it taxes honest labor or human needs. 

In that way, revenues can be raised at the same time as the taxes discourage those activities which are least valued, such as the most speculative stock market trades, pollution (a carbon tax), gambling, and the addictive industries that sicken or destroy health and amass large costs.

So, your member of Congress, who is grappling these days with gigantic deficits on the backs of your children at the same time as that deep recession and tax cuts reduce revenues and increase torrents of red ink, should be championing such transaction taxes.

Yet apart from a s…

Beyond Elections

From Venezuela's Communal Councils, to Brazil's Participatory Budgeting; from Constitutional Assemblies to grassroots movements, recuperated factories to cooperatives across the hemisphere- This documentary is a journey, which takes us across the Americas, to attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy? WWW.BEYONDELECTIONS.COM

Erdogan and Peres (and Others) Debate Gaza, "Moderated" by David Ignatius

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Gaza: The Case for Middle East PeaceDate:29.01.2009Time:18:30-19:15
The uncertainty and complexity surrounding the crisis in Gaza have captured the attention of the world.

What needs to be done to prevent the Middle East peace process from slipping away yet again?

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