Monthly Archives: February 2009

OBAMAWARTOONS FOR SATURDAY

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February 28, 2009 at 11:00 am (Associate Post, Cartoons, Iraq War, Peace)

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(Ben Heine © Cartoons)

Hezbollah Calls on Judge Saqr to Release Four Officers

Hezbollah Calls on Judge Saqr to Release Four Officers
Hussein Assi Readers Number : 295

27/02/2009 The examining magistrate Saqr Saqr on Friday denied, once again, a request for the release of the four generals arbitrarily detained on suspicion of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

On Thursday, the generals submitted a request to Judge Saqr Saqr for immediate release. Saqr on Friday, however, turned down all requests.

The four detained security officials are: Jamil Sayyed of the Surete Generale, Mustafa Hamdan of the Presidential Guard Brigade, Raymond Azar of the army’s Intelligence Service and Ali Hajj of the Internal Security Forces. They have been arbitrarily detained without charges since 2005, based on the false testimony of the so-called “king witness” Mohamed Zuhair Siddiq.

On Wednesday, Saqr released three of seven suspects held over the murder of f Hariri. But the judge rejected demands for the release of Sayyed and Hajj.

Meanwhile, Akram Azuri, lawyer for former security services director Jamil Sayyed, announced that the four officers do not fear Sunday’s opening of a UN tribunal into the killing. “They have a clear conscience, they have no problem with the tribunal. They are impatient for it to get under way,” Azuri said.

“If they are not freed (by Lebanon), their release (by the tribunal) will be imminent after March 1, I’m convinced of it,” Azuri said, adding that he was “extremely optimistic.”

For her part, General Hajj’s wife Samar said on Friday her husband was “serene and unwavering. Only the guilty waver. We want justice to be done at this tribunal for the whole world to see.”

HEZBOLLAH CALLS TO RELEASE FOUR OFFICERS
For its part, Hezbollah issued on Friday a statement in which it called on the examining magistrate in the case of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, Saqr Saqr, to take as soon as possible the right decision and release the four officers, noting that they weren’t actually questioned since more than 3 years, a fact that constitutes a proof that their detention was arbitrary since the beginning.

Hezbollah called on Judge Saqr to resort only to his conscience and to the law in order to issue the final verdict, urging him to remain away from political pressures and dictations.

The Resistance party raised, in its statement, the release of a false witness who has previously misdirected the investigations, in a reference to the decision to release the Syrian Ibrahim Jarjoura taken by magistrate Saqr on Wednesday.

Hezbollah’s statement asked about the motives of Jarjoura’s release, wondering whether the actual intention was to protect those who mobilized and hired the mentioned witness just like they did with the king witness Mohamad Zuhair Siddiq.
The four officers have been arbitrarily detained without charges since 2005, based on the false testimony of the so-called “king witness” Mohamad Zuhair Siddiq.

In the same statement, Hezbollah congratulated the Al-Ahbash group for the release of brothers Ahmad and Mahmoud Abdel Aal following an unfair three-year detention. On Wednesday, just days before Sunday’s official opening of the International Tribunal, Judge Saqr Saqr suddenly and without explaining his decision’s reasonable grounds, released the two brothers on a bail of L.L 500,000 (330 US dollars) each.

“Today, it has been proven that the detention of the two brothers was merely political with no legal or judicial grounds,” Hezbollah said. “This also proves that the detention of the four officers is still subject to the same political standards,” Hezbollah added.

BELLEMARE TO LEBANESE: I WILL DO EVERYTHING TO ENSURE THAT TRUTH EMERGES
Daniel Bellemare, the head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission and the Prosecutor Designate of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, told the Lebanese people in an open letter that he will do everything to ensure that the truth emerges and that those responsible for the investigated crimes will eventually be brought to justice.

“We are strongly committed to the mandate that the People of Lebanon has given us through the Security Council. We will not be deterred by the obstacles or the size of the challenge. We are persistent. We will go wherever the evidence leads us. We will leave no stone unturned,” Bellemare said in the letter.

“My commitment to you is to serve the cause of justice on the basis of a principled approach based solely on facts and evidence. Like the Commission, the Office of the Prosecutor will not be influenced by any political consideration. Justice can not and should not be used as a political tool. Like the Commission’s work, the findings of the OTP investigations and the steps I would take as the Prosecutor, as well as the outcome of the STL should not be prejudged or speculated upon,” he concluded.

Israeli Offensive Gives Legitimacy to Hamas Rule in Gaza

Israeli Offensive Gives Legitimacy to Hamas Rule in Gaza
Hanan Awarekeh Readers Number : 246

27/02/2009 Israeli daily Haaretz published a report Friday in which it said that the Israeli 22-day aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on December 27 has given the Hamas resistance movement more legitimacy among the public.

The Haaretz report said that after three rockets fell Thursday in the area around the Gaza Strip, what comes on the minds that Israel is still far from its declared goal in “Operation Cast Lead”. Discussion about the Israeli military operation’s outcome revolves around the term “deterrence.”

If Israel can enshrine “Cast Lead” in a long-term agreement, the war will be remembered as a success. But fears are mounting that the operation’s military achievements are dissipating. If so, the Israeli offensive will go down in history as a less-than-successful round in a long war in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli occupation forces left Gaza with the feeling that it had proven itself, after its debacle in Lebanon in 2006. But it seems that the bottom line will have to wait. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was quick to criticize what went wrong in Lebanon, followed outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s lead in withdrawing from Gaza without a real agreement.

But like in Lebanon, faced with only an aerial attack or one followed by a ground operation, Israel chose the middle ground and acted slowly and partially. The report said, “Because in Gaza the enemy was less determined than in Lebanon, the move first appeared to be a victory. Only when the IDF left could the results of the war be seen as limited, with almost daily attacks near the fence, a continuing “drizzle” of rockets and information on renewed arms smuggling.”

The Israeli aggression has only led to increased admiration for the Hamas group, according to opinion polls in the territories. Hamas is still waiting for another crowning achievement: if captured Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit is released for more than 1,000 Palestinian detainees.

However, the occupation army is currently reviewing its performance during the war and an encouraging picture is emerging in terms of its professionalism, control over units, aerial assistance to ground forces, quality of intelligence and logistics compared to the Second Lebanon War.

DIPLOMATIC LESSONS
Haaretz said that the international community will back Israel’s military operations as long as they are short, focused, conducted from the air and do not result in major civilian casualties.

“Cast Lead” raised international hackles, because Israel lost few people to the rockets fired from Gaza, but its response caused widespread death and destruction. What’s more, in Gaza the victims were Palestinians, who already bear the brunt of the tragedy of 1948; the world is much more sympathetic to them than to Syria and Lebanon.

The major damage “Cast Lead” did was in legitimizing Hamas as the ruler of the Gaza Strip, with increasing calls for “reconciliation talks” that will return the organization to the Palestinian leadership.

The offensive was planned to coincide with the end of the term of the Israel-friendly President George W. Bush, before President Barack Obama entered office. But now, instead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton coming to talk to Israel about the Iranian threat, her first visit in office will focus on the problems of the Palestinians in Gaza. That might be the greatest damage of all.

An Israeli reservist, a gunner, said he left the war ashamed. “The IDF used disproportionate power, in a kind of punishment operation.”

SAME OLD IN SDEROT
The Color Red alert was followed Thursday by the muffled sound of a falling rocket, seemingly not too close to the center of town. Only later, settlers found out a rocket had hit a house and a few people were suffering from shock. In Sderot, it’s business as usual. After two weeks in front of the cameras, Sderot is back on the margins it knows so well: failing businesses, a desperate school system. But who has the strength to talk about it?

Defend Freedom of Speech on Palestine

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27 February 2009 Posted in Canada, Palestine

Open Letter to university community on Palestinian Rights and Canadian Universities

    Photo: Fathima Cader. Palestinian solidarity protest in Toronto.

The last two years have seen increasing efforts to limit advocacy of Palestinian rights on Canadian universities, amounting to a pattern of the suppression of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

these include:

* Statements from 19 university presidents in the summer of 2007 to foreclose debate on the academic boycott of Israel, citing “academic freedom”

* Visits to Israel by eight university presidents in the summer of 2008, with no equivalent outreach to Palestinian institutions

* Efforts to ban the use of the term “Israeli Apartheid” at McMaster University in February-March 2008, overturned only through a campaign of protest

* Discipline against students involved in peaceful protests for Palestinian rights at York University in March in 2008

* Attempted discipline against a faculty member who addressed a rally against Israeli Apartheid at York University in 2008

* A pattern of cancellation of room bookings for meetings concerning Palestinian rights at the University of Toronto and York University in 2008

* The use of security clearance requirements and fees to cover security costs to impede campus meetings about Palestinian rights

we the undersigned:

* Defend the right to freedom of speech about Palestine for all members of the university community, including freedom to use the term ‘apartheid’ to identify and debate certain policies associated with the state of Israel and the freedom to support, facilitate and participate freely in activities under the rubric of “Israeli apartheid week”

* Call for an end to the silencing of speech around Palestine, removing extraordinary requirements for security clearance and fees for security services

* Support increased ties to Palestinian institutions and scholars, and activities to support the right to education and academic freedom of Palestinians

1. Gamal Abdel-Shehid,
Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
2. Nahla Abdo,
Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
3. Baha Abu-Laban,
Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Alberta
4. Yasmeen Abu-Laban,
Professor, Political Science, University of Alberta
5. Greg Albo,
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, York University
6. Mehrunnisa Ali,
Professor, Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University
7. Sima Aprahamian,
Sociology-Anthropology & Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University
8. Sedef Arat-Koc,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University
9. Katherine Arnup,
Associate Professor, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University
10. Sylvat Aziz,
Associate Professor, Department of Art, Queen’s University
11. Feyzi Baban,
Associate Professor, Politics Department, Trent University
12. Susan Babbitt,
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Queens University
13. Reem Bahdi,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
14. Abigail B. Bakan,
Professor, Political Studies, Queens University
15. Patricia Balcom,
Professeure titulaire, Université de Moncton
16. Himani Bannerji,
Professor, Department of Sociology, York University
17. Deborah Barndt,
Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
18. Amy Bartholomew,
Associate Professor, Department of Law, Carleton University
19. Elena Basile,
Sexual Diversity Studies Program, University College, University of Toronto
20. Gregory Baum,
professor emeritus, McGill University
21. Pierre Beaudet,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa
22. Micheline Beaudry,
Professor (retired), Université Laval
23. Roger Beck,
Professor emeritus, Dept. of Historical Studies, University of Toronto-Mississauga
24. Jean-François Belzile,
Coordonnateur, Department de philosophie, cégep André-Laurendeau
25. Rachel Berger,
Assistant Professor, History, Concordia University
26. Richard Bevis,
Professor Emeritus of English, University of British Columbia
27. Davina Bhandar,
Assistant Professor, Canadian Studies, Trent University
28. Tim Blackmore,
Associate Professor, Information & Media Studies, Univ. of Western Ontario
29. Malcolm Blincow,
Associate Professor, Anthropology, York University
30. Julie-Anne Boudreau,
Associate professor, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montreal
31. Marion Boulby,
Associate Professor, Department of History, Trent University
32. Mordecai Briemberg
(retired faculty), Douglas College
33. Bill Burgess,
Geography and Geology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
34. Mike Burke,
Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
35. Kristin Burnett,
Assistant Professor, History Department, Lakehead University
36. Paula Butler,
Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, Trent University
37. David Butz,
Professor, Department of Geography, Brock University
38. David Camfield,
Assistant Professor, Labour Studies, University of Manitoba
39. Dominique Caouette,
Professeur adjoint, Dép. de science politique, Université de Montréal
40. Anna Carastathis,
Part-time Faculty, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University
41. William K. Carroll,
Professor , Department of Sociology, University of Victoria
42. Debra Chapman,
Contract Faculty, Dept. Political Science; Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
43. R. Cheran,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor
44. Robert Chernomas,
Professor of Economics, University of Manitoba
45. Peter Chidiac,
Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, U. Western Ontario
46. Sally Chivers,
Associate Professor, Canadian Studies, Trent University
47. Aziz Choudry,
Faculty of Education, McGill University
48. David Clipsham,
Senior Scholar, English Department, Glendon College, York University
49. Lynne Cohen,
Retired faculty, University of Ottawa
50. Janet Conway,
Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Dept. of Sociology, Brock University
51. David Cooke,
Senior Scholar, York University
52. Kendra Coulter,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor
53. Rebecca Coulter,
Professor, Education, University of Western Ontario
54. Jocelyne Couture,
Professeur associée, Département de philosophie, U. du Québec à Montréal
55. Deborah Cowen,
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
56. Stuart Cryer,
Professor, Workforce Development, Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology
57. Dara Culhane,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
58. Dia Da Costa,
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Queens University
59. Tania Das Gupta,
Chair, School of Social Sciences, York University
60. Howard S. Davidson,
Associate Professor, Extended Education, University of Manitoba
61. Chandler Davis,
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Toronto
62. Mary Ellen Davis,
Part-time faculty and film-maker, School of Cinema, Concordia University
63. Richard J.F. Day,
Associate Professor, Sociology; Cultural Studies, Queens University
64. Maneesha Deckha,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
65. Kari Dehli,
Chair, Dept. of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE/University of Toronto
66. Michel Desjardins,
Professor and Chair, Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
67. Susan Dion,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University
68. Enakshi Dua,
Associate Professor, School of Women’s Studies, York University
69. Karen Dubinsky,
Professor, History, Queens University
70. Martin Duckworth,
Part-time faculty and film-maker, School of Cinema, Concordia University
71. Nick Dyer-Witheford,
Associate Professor, Information & Media Studies, Univ. of Western Ontario
72. Peter Eglin,
Professor of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
73. Margrit Eichler,
Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE-University of Toronto
74. Ivar Ekeland,
FRSC, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics, U. of British Columbia
75. Christo El Morr,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health, York University
76. Munir El-Kassem,
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Univ. of Western Ontario
77. Samir El-Omari,
Assistant Professor, Dept of Building, Civil & Environmental Eng., Concordia U.
78. Norman Epstein,
Prof. Emeritus, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Univ. of British Columbia
79. Jamey Essex,
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor
80. Bryan Evans,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
81. Patricia M. Evans,
Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University
82. Mohammad Fadel,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
83. David Fancy,
Assistant Professor, Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University
84. Randa Farah,
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario
85. Sue Ferguson,
Assistant Professor, Journalism and Contemporary Studies, Wilfrid Laurier U.
86. Mireya Folch-Serra,
Professor Emerita, Dept. of Geography, University of Western Ontario
87. Anne Forrest,
Director, Women’s Studies, University of Windsor
88. Paul Forster,
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa
89. Scott Forsyth,
Associate Professor, Film and Political Science, York University
90. Maximilian C. Forte,
Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University
91. Margot Francis,
Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies/Sociology, Brock University
92. Gavin Fridell,
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Trent University
93. Doreen Fumia,
Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
94. Yuriko Furuhata,
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies, McGill University
95. Mark Gabbert,
Associate Professor, History, University of Manitoba
96. Monika Kin Gagnon,
Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University
97. Grace-Edward Galabuzi,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson
98. Neil Gardner,
Dept. d’anglais, Université de Moncton
99. Patrizia Gentile,
Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton University
100. Dina Georgis,
Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
101. Qais Ghanem,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
102. Amal Ghazal,
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Dalhousie University
103. Emily Gilbert,
Associate Professor, Canadian Studies and Geography, University of Toronto
104. Amanda Glasbeek,
Assistant Professor, Division of Social Science, York University
105. Harry Glasbeek,
Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, York University
106. Mark Golden,
Department of Classics, University of Winnipeg
107. Cy Gonick,
University of Manitoba, Publisher, Canadian Dimension magazine
108. Mark J. Goodman,
Undergraduate Program Director, School of Social Sciences,York University
109. Kanishka Goonewardena,
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
110. Rachel Gorman,
Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
111. Janice Graham,
Professor, Bioethics, Dalhousie University
112. Julie Guard,
Associate Professor, Labour Studies, University of Manitoba
113. Nancy Guberman,
Professeure, École de Travail social, Université du Québec à Montréal
114. Shubhra Gururani,
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University
115. André Habib,
Adjunct Professor, Université de Montréal
116. Jasmin Habib,
Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Waterloo
117. Nadia Habib,
Contract Faculty, York University
118. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa,
Associate Prof. Agrégée, Department Sociology, York University
119. Laam Hae,
Assistant Professor, Political Science, York University
120. Judy Haiven,
Associate Professor, Department of Management, Saint Mary’s University
121. Budd L. Hall, Director,
Office of Community-Based Research, University of Victoria
122. Randolph Haluza-DeLay,
Assistant Professor, Sociology, The King’s University College
123. Paul Hamel,
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
124. Paul Handford,
Associate Professor, Biology Department, University of Western Ontario
125. Elizabeth Hanson,
Professor, English, Queens University
126. Jens Hanssen,
Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern History, University of Toronto
127. Sumi Hasegawa,
Faculty Lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University
128. Gita Hashemi,
Contract Faculty, Visual Arts, York Univ.; New Media, U. of Toronto (Scarborough)
129. Amir Hassanpour,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, U.of Toronto
130. David Heap,
Associate Professor, French Studies & Linguistics, University of Western Ontario
131. Karl Hele,
Director, First Nations Studies, University of Western Ontario
132. Henry Heller,
Professor, Department of History, University of Manitoba
133. Rob Heynen,
Contract Faculty, Political Science and Social Science, York University
134. Margaret Hobbs,
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Trent University
135. Derek Hrynyshyn,
Contract Faculty, Political Science and Labour Studies, McMaster University
136. John Huot,
Professor (retired), School of Social and Community Services, Humber College
137. Adrienne Hurley,
Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University
138. Esam Hussein,
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
139. Jacqueline S. Ismael,
Professor, Social Work, University of Calgary
140. Shereen Ismael,
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University
141. Tareq Y. Ismael,
Professor, Political Science, University of Calgary
142. Kajri Jain,
Assistant Prof. Dept. of History of Art; Centre for Visual & Media Culture, U. of Toronto
143. Sandra Jeppesen,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, Concordia University
144. Yasmin Jiwani,
Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University
145. Jennifer Johnson,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Women’s Studies, Laurentian University
146. Steven Jordan,
Chair, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University
147. Ilan Kapoor,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
148. Michael Keefer,
Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph
149. Catherine Kellogg,
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta
150. Paul Kellogg,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of International Development Studies, Trent University
151. Jennifer Kelly,
Associate professor, Dept. of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta
152. Jane Kelsey,
Visiting Professor, Law, University of Western Ontario
153. Kamala Kempadoo,
Associate Professor, Social Science, York University
154. RM Kennedy,
Vice President, OPSEU Local 558, Centennial College
155. Gerald Kernerman,
Refugee Studies, York University
156. Muhammad Ali Khalidi,
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, York University
157. Shahnaz Khan,
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies & Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
158. Alex Khasnabish,
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Saint Vincent Univ.
159. Samantha King,
Associate Professor, School of Physical Health & Education, Queen’s University
160. Paul Kingston,
Department of Social Sciences, University of Toronto, Scarborough
161. Gary Kinsman,
Full Professor, Department of Sociology, Laurentian University
162. Mustafa Koc,
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
163. Denis Kosseim,
Département de philosophie, Collège André-Laurendeau
164. Atif Kubursi,
Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, McMaster University
165. Clarice Kuhling,
Contract Faculty, Dept. of Sociology & Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
166. Peter Kulchyski,
Professor, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba
167. Thomas Lamarre,
Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University
168. Tom Langford,
Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Calgary
169. Sylvie Laramée,
Dept. de philosophie, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
170. Marianne Larsen,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
171. Anne Latendresse,
Professeure agrégée, Dépt. de géographie, Univ. du Québec à Montréal
172. Lynn Lavallee,
Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ryerson University
173. Bonita Lawrence,
Native Studies, School of Social Sciences, York University
174. David Leadbeater,
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Laurentian University
175. Paul Leduc Browne,
Professeur, Dept. de Travail Social, Université du Québec en Outaouais
176. Winnie Lem,
Professor and Chair, International Development Studies, Trent University
177. Suzanne Lenon,
Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, University of Lethbridge
178. Christopher Levenson,
Adjunct Professor, English Department, Carleton University
179. Andrée Lévesque,
professeure à la retraite/post-retirement, History Department, McGill University
180. Charmain Levy,
Professeur, Department de Travail Social, Université du Québec en Outaouais
181. Abby Lippman,
Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health, McGill U.
182. Margaret Little,
Full Professor, Women’s Studies/Political Studies, Queen’s University
183. Andrew Lugg,
Professor emeritus, University of Ottawa
184. Rashmi Luther,
Lecturer, School of Social Work, Carleton University
185. Michael Lynk,
Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario
186. Michael C.K. Ma,
Contract Faculty, Department of Political Science, McMaster University
187. Bob MacDermid,
Associate Professor, Political Science, York University
188. Eva Mackey,
Associate Professor, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University
189. Audrey Macklin,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
190. Bonnie MacLachlan,
Associate Professor, Classical Studies, University of Western Ontario
191. Shoshana Magnet,
Postdoctoral Fellow, Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University
192. Gada Mahrouse,
Assistant Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University
193. David Mandel,
Professeur, Dept. de science politique, Université du Québec à Montréal
194. Linzi Manicom,
Writing Instructor, University of Toronto
195. Egla Martinez,
Assistant Professor, Interdisc, Studies/Women’s & Gender Studies, Carleton Univ.
196. Sara Matthews,
Contract Faculty, Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
197. Rosanna Maule,
Associate Professor, Film Studies, Concordia University
198. J.J. McMurtry,
Assistant Professor,
Coordinator, Business and Society Program, York University
199. David McNally,
Professor, Political Science, York University
200. Lorraine McNeil,
School of Language and Liberal Studies, Fanshawe College
201. Anne Meneley,
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Trent University
202. Donna Mergler,
professeure émérite, Dépt. des sciences biologiques, U. du Québec à Montréal
203. Haideh Moghissi,
Professor, School of Women’s Studies and Social Sciences,York University
204. Shahrzad Mojab,
Professor, Dept. of Adult Education/Counselling Psychology, OISE/U. Toronto
205. Patricia Molloy,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
206. Kevin Moloney,
Contract faculty, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University
207. Ken Montgomery,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Regina
208. Rodica Monnet,
Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Montreal
209. Colin Mooers,
Professor, Dept. of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University
210. Shree Mulay,
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
211. Gloria Mulcahy,
Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
212. Eileen Muller Myrdahl,
Contract Faculty, University of Lethbridge
213. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl,
Faculty, Women’s Studies, University of Lethbridge
214. Karen Bridget Murray,
Assistant Professor, Political Science, York University
215. Dorit Naaman,
Associate Professor, Film Studies, Queens University
216. Denise Nadeau,
Contract Faculty, Concordia; Director Interfaith Summer Institute, Simon Fraser University
217. Mary-Jo Nadeau,
Contract faculty, Dept. of Sociology, Trent Univ. and Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
218. Nima Naghibi,
Assistant Professor, Department of English,Ryerson University
219. Joanne Naiman,
Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
220. Neil Naiman,
Senior Scholar, English Department, Glendon College, York University
221. Reza Nakhaie,
Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor
222. James Naylor,
Associate Professor, Department of History, Brandon University
223. Sheryl Nestel,
Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, OISE-University of Toronto
224. Melanie Newton,
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto
225. Kai Nielsen,
Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy, Concordia University
226. Khaled Nigim,
Professor, School of Technology and Applied Science, Lambtob College
227. Jon Nissenbaum,
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill University
228. Marielle Nitoslawska,
Professor, Cinema, Concordia University
229. David F. Noble,
Professor, Department of History, York University
230. Jeff Noonan,
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Windsor
231. Máire Noonan,
Faculty Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, McGill University
232. Sam Noumoff,
Retired faculty, McGill University
233. Peter Nyers,
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, McMaster University
234. Carol-Anne O’Brien,
School of Social Work, Ryerson University
235. Colleen O’Manique,
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Trent University
236. Pat O’Riley,
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences,York University
237. Reecia Orzeck,
University of Vermont
238. Patricia Palulis,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
239. Margaret Pappano,
Associate Professor, English, Queens University
240. Anthony Paré,
Professor, Faculty of Education, McGill University
241. James Penney,
Associate Professor, Cultural Studies Program, Trent University
242. Adele Perry,
Associate Professor, History, University of Manitoba
243. Nalini Persram,
Associate Professor, Division of Social Science, York University
244. John Peters,
Dept of Political Science, Laurentian University
245. James Petras,
Professor emeritus (Binghamton) and Adjunct Professor (St. Marys University)
246. Dennis Pilon,
Political Science Department, University of Victoria, BC
247. Justin Podur,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
248. Gordon Pon,
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University
249. Garry Potter, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University
250. Scott Prudham,
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
251. Rebecca Raby,
Associate Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University
252. Mary-Beth Raddon,
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Brock University
253. Najat Rahman,
Professeure agrégée, Dép. de littérature comparée Université de Montréal
254. Saeed Rahnema,
Professor, Political Science and Public Policy and Admin, York University
255. Diana Ralph,
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University
256. Omar M. Ramahi,
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo
257. Denis G. Rancourt,
Full Professor, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa
258. Norma Rantisi,
Associate Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment, Concordia University
259. Govind Rao,
Lecturer, Department of Political Science, McMaster University
260. Leda Raptis,
Professor, Department of Microbiology, Queen’s University
261. Frances Ravensbergen,
Lecturer, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
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Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Equity Studies, OISE/University of Toronto
263. Judy Rebick,
CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
264. James A. Reilly,
Professor, Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
265. Carla Rice,
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Trent University
266. Herman Rosenfeld,
Contract faculty, Labour Studies, McMaster University
267. Stephanie Ross,
Assistant Professor, Labour Studies Programme, Div. of Social Science, York U.
268. Reuben Roth,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Labour Studies Pgm, Laurentian Univ.
269. Matthew Rowlinson,
Dept. of English; Centre for Theory and Criticism, Univ. of Western Ontario
270. Blair Rutherford,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Carleton University
271. Kim Rygiel,
Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University
272. John Sakeris,
Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Ryerson University
273. Trish Salah,
Contract Faculty, Bishop’s & Concordia Universities
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Associate Professor, History, Queens University
275. John S. Saul,
Emeritus Professor, Social and Political Science, York University
276. Veronica Schild,
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario
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Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
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279. Gale Seiler,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, McGill University
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Department of Political Science, Laurentian University
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Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa
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Associate Professor, Political Science, York University
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Principal, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
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Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor
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Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University
290. Harry Smaller,
Associate Professor (Emeritus), Faculty of Education, York University
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Professor of Sociology, Brock University
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Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
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294. Daiva Stasiulis,
Professor of Sociology, Carleton University
295. Mercedes Steedman,
Professor of Labour Studies, Laurentian University
296. Candis Steenbergen,
Contract Faculty, Concordia University
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Professor & Canada Research Chair in English Literature, University of Toronto
298. Christopher Darius Stonebanks,
Associate Professor, Education, Bishop’s University
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Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Ryerson University
300. Itrath Syed,
Instructor, Women’s Studies, Langara College
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Associate Professor,
School of Education, Bishop’s University
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Professeure, Dép. de science politique, Université du Québec à Montréal
303. Sunera Thobani,
Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Univ. of British Columbia
304. David Thomas,
Assistant Professor, International Relations, Mount Allison University
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Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, York University
306. Samuel Trosow,
Associate Professor,
Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario
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Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, York University
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Contract faculty, University Partnership Centre, Georgian College
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Associate Professor, OISE, University of Toronto
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Prof. Emeritus (Philosophy), U. Calgary; Adjunct Professor, U. British Columbia
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Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University
312. Martha Wiebe,
Instructor, School of Social Work, Carleton University
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Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Trent University
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Assistant Professor, Department of History, Brandon University
315. James Winter,
Professor of Communication Studies, University of Windsor
316. Cynthia Wright,
Contract faculty, Women’s Studies/Geography/Sociology, York University
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Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Windsor
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Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD)
319. Mustafa Yavuz,
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, Univ. of Waterloo
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Associate Professor, Dept of Anthropology; Faculty of Education, York University
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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
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Professor of Management and Industrial Relations, McMaster University
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Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University
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325. Elia Zureik,
Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Queens University

Spanish Court Okays Gaza Probe

Spanish Court Okays Gaza Probe
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28/02/2009 A Spanish judge has decided to go ahead with a probe into crimes against humanity by top Israeli military figures after studying documents received from Israel, judicial sources said Friday.

The documents, received by Judge Fernando Andreu after translation by the Israeli embassy, show that Tel Aviv has not launched any legal procedure concerning a 2002 bombing of Gaza, the sources said. On July 22, 2002, an Israeli air attack on a Gaza City residential compound killed senior Hamas official Salah Shehadeh, along with 14 civilians, including 9 children.

The complaint was filed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
In accepting the case last month, Andreu said the attack in a densely-populated area “showed signs of constituting a crime against humanity.” He agreed to pursue a complaint of crimes against humanity against seven senior Israeli military figures over the bombing, sparking strong objections from Israel.
He was acting in line with Spain’s assumption of the principle of universal jurisdiction in cases of crimes against humanity, genocide, and terrorism.

But he could only proceed if the alleged crimes aren’t subject to a legal procedure in the country involved, which is the case in Israel.

The judge now plans to officially notify former Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Dan Halutz, who served as the commander of the Israel Air Force at the time of the targeted assassination of Shehadeh, Likud MK Moshe Ya’alon, who was chief of General Staff; Doron Almog, who was OC Southern Command; then-National Security Council head Giora Eiland; the defense minister’s military secretary, Mike Herzog; and Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, who was head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). Andreu would also seek witness testimony from Palestinians, the sources said.

Should the Spanish judge, Fernando Andreu, choose to issue an international arrest warrant for any of the Israelis in question, they could be arrested upon arrival in any European Union member state.

Ehud Barak, Israel’s current defense minister, has rejected the complaint as “delirious” and said he would do “everything possible to get the investigation dismissed.”

Israel has informed Spain, which has been among the most anti-Israel countries in Europe during the recent war on Gaza dubbed “Operation Cast Lead,” that there will be implications in relations between the two countries if such a solution is not found.

CAMPUS JEWS BEING BULLIED……

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February 28, 2009 at 8:42 am (Activism, Apartheid, Canada, Cartoons, International Solidarity, Israel, Palestine, zionist harassment)

This according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center….

Seems the zionists have their feathers ruffled over the international events dealing with Israel Apartheid Week. Strange that the actual problem is completely overlooked by them. Rather than pressure Israel to do away with Apartheid, it seems easier to just brand anyone opposed to it as an anti Semite or in this case, a bully.

Just ask yourself…. who is the real bully when it comes to Apartheid or genocide….. the answer should be quite obvious.

The following is a report from the Jerusalem Post, featuring the now very famous poster of Carlos Latuff…..

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Wiesenthal Center to combat bullying of Jews

By Abe Selig

Growing harassment of Jewish students on college campuses across Britain, the US and Canada has prompted the Simon Wiesenthal Center to announce plans for an international effort to counter the phenomenon.

An ad for this year's Israel...

An ad for this year’s Israel apartheid week.
Photo: Courtesy

The whole idea of the campaign is “to debunk the mythology of the anti-Israel forces,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center’s associate dean, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

The campaign will include a so-called “iCAN” ad to run in student newspapers during this year’s Israel Apartheid Week (which starts on Sunday), in which protesters worldwide will attempt to compare the Jewish state with the former racist regime in South Africa.

The ad, which features two aluminum cans connected together by a string, asks where modern society would be if it boycotted Israeli technology.

“Committed to boycotting Israel?” the ad asks. “Be Zion-free – do not use cellphones, voicemail, AIM and ICQ instant messaging, Google (which runs on Israeli algorithms), Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Microsoft Office, Intel microchip, Pentium chip and microprocessor, and firewalls and virus protection software.”

The ad goes on to relate that all of the items were developed in Israel, and implies that those who wish to go ahead with a boycott, should understand exactly what that entails.

The ad is part of a wider campaign to counter hostile events that have taken place on college campuses with increasing frequency and severity in recent months, especially since the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.

Recent incidents on college campuses in Canada – most notably a near-riot at York University in Toronto in which Jewish students were besieged in the school’s Hillel house – are among the reasons for heightened concern, along with other anti-Israel efforts, including calls to boycott Israeli academia and products.

Earlier this week, B’nai B’rith Canada sent a letter to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police regarding “the inadequate policing of university campuses, which have become breeding grounds for promoting hatred against Jewish students,” and decrying “clear and emerging patterns of support for radicalism, civil disobedience, and ultimately violence, on university campuses.”

California schools have also been hotbeds of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities in recent years, including the University of California, Irvine, where anti-Israel activity has reached a fever pitch during previous Israel Apartheid Week events.

UCLA professor Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl, is slated to join the Wiesenthal Center’s effort, and will attend a protest in Los Angeles on Friday with senior Simon Wiesenthal officials to denounce the increasing intimidation of pro-Israel students on California campuses and the demonization of Israel by academics.

“The Wiesenthal Center has received calls for help from Jewish students at prestigious universities in the UK, Canada, throughout the United States, and especially right here in the state of California,” Cooper and Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement. “The intensity of these incidents has escalated since Israel’s incursion into Gaza to stop Hamas’s relentless rocket barrage against its civilians.”

“In addition to meeting with chancellors, presidents of universities and law enforcement, with this ad, we are launching a major effort to expose the hypocrisy of all who hide behind the facade of academia to target one country and one country only – Israel – for vilification,” the Wiesenthal Center said.

The iCan ad is scheduled to run in student newspapers across the UK and North America, including York University, the University of Toronto, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, San Jose State and San Francisco State.

Lebanon’s ‘fateful’ elections: M8 victory & Saad Hariri premiership?

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Qifa Nabki, here

“….Why not? Makes perfect sense when you think about it. Nasrallah is lowering expectations for any sweeping changes while he calls for power-sharing and national unity. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Syria are burying the hatchet, while Fouad al-Saniora is shown the door. Saad’s current protestations notwithstanding, it is not so hard to imagine a deal being worked out to make everybody happy, wolves and lambs alike.

Of course, should such an arrangement come to pass, it would represent a high-water mark of cynicism, even for Lebanon. For what better way to drive home to the miserable Lebanese electorate that its fate – as determined by the long-heralded ‘fateful’ elections – is to endure four more years of the same old faces in the same old positions, despite having voted the opposition coalition into power?”
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