Letter to Barack Hussein Obama by Tun Dr M

 

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad: Letter to Barack Hussein Obama

 

Global Research Feature Article

Open Letter to Barack Hussein Obama, President-elect of the United States of America

by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Former Prime Minister of Malaysia 
Global Research, January 2, 2009January 1, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

I did not vote for you in the Presidential Election because I am Malaysian.

I welcome your promise for change. Certainly your country, the United States of America needs a lot of changes.

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An Open Letter from Anti-Zionist Jewish Youth in Canada

An Open Letter from Anti-Zionist Jewish Youth in Canada

 

Like much of the world, we have spent the last week watching in shock and disgust as Israel continues its assault on the Gaza Strip.  With the body count rising and a new tragedy in full bloom, we feel that it is important to speak out as Jewish youth in Canada and to denounce what Israel is doing in our name. 

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Photo: Action at Israeli Consulate

     Photo: Action at Israeli Consulate 

 

 

 

    Photo: Activists at Israeli Consulate in Montreal.

 

Photos documenting the Montreal protest outside the Israeli Consulate in Montreal protesting the current siege on the Gaza Strip. Effectively shutting down daily operations at the Israeli Consulate this morning activists severed an eviction notice and successfully shut-down the daily operations at the Consulate.

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Jewish women freed after anti- Gaza invasion protest at Israeli consulate

Jewish women freed after anti- Gaza invasion protest at Israeli consulate

 

Judy Rebick, left, and an unidentified woman are released by police behind the Israeli Consulate in Toronto, Jan. 7, 2009. Rebick and several other women occupied the consulate in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on Gaza.

Judy Rebick, left, and an unidentified woman are released by police behind the Israeli Consulate in Toronto, Jan. 7, 2009. Rebick and several other women occupied the consulate in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on Gaza.

Eight Jewish Canadian women who were arrested while holding a protest inside the Israeli consulate have been released.

 

 

The RCMP arrested and handcuffed the women, who were staging a sit-in protest against the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza inside the consulate at 180 Bloor St. W. The women were held briefly inside a paddy wagon, but were not charged and were released.

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Jews Against the Occupation – Sydney, Statement on Israeli Military Attack on Gaza

Jews Against the Occupation – Sydney, Statement on Israeli Military Attack on Gaza

 

Jews Against the Occupation – Sydney is appalled and horrified at the events in Gaza following the Israeli military attack. Coupled with the economic and political siege against the population of Gaza, the attack is collective punishment and must be identified for what it is: an international war crime.

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Jews Against the Occupation

Jews Against the Occupation

Jews Against the Occupation is an organization of progressive, secular and religious Jews of all ages throughout the New York City area advocating peace through justice for Palestine and Israel.  Our points of unity are as follows:

 

 NO OCCUPATION IN OUR NAME

We as American Jews reject the Israeli government assertion that it is “necessary” to subjugate Palestinians for the sake of keeping Jews safe. We assert that security can only come from mutual respect, and that the occupation of Palestine is only worsening the position of Jews in the Middle East and around the world.

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MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE WAR in Tel-Aviv

MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE WAR  

in Tel-Aviv

 

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At the same time as Ehud Barak was ordering the army to start the bloody ground offensive against Gaza, some ten thousand protesters from all over Israel marched in Tel-Aviv in a massive demonstration against the war. All four lanes of Ibn Gvirol St., one of the city’s main throughfares, were packed full of demonstrators who marched the two kilometres from the Rabin Square to the Cinemateque, chanting and waving banners all the way.

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Irrawaddy:Singaporean Activists Detained after Protesting Burmese Migrants’ Plight

By LAWI WENG

Two Singaporean activists were detained for five hours on Monday by police after they had protested outside the Ministry of Manpower in solidarity with Burmese migrant workers in the country.

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A War Correspondent Speaks

A War Correspondent Speaks

 

A child injured in the Israeli bombardment of a UN school yesterday is taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City AP

A child injured in the Israeli bombardment of a UN school yesterday is taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City AP

So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night’s work in Gaza by the army that believes in “purity of arms”. But why should we be surprised?

 

Have we forgotten the_

  1. 17,500 dead – almost all civilians, most of them children and women – in Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon;
  2. the 1,700 Palestinian civilian dead in the Sabra-Chatila massacre;
  3. the 1996 Qana massacre of 106 Lebanese civilian refugees, more than half of them children, at a UN base;
  4. the massacre of the Marwahin refugees who were ordered from their homes by the Israelis in 2006 then slaughtered by an Israeli helicopter crew;
  5. the 1,000 dead of that same 2006 bombardment and Lebanese invasion, almost all of them civilians?

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A Jew for Human Rights in Palestine

A Jew for Human Rights in Palestine

Championing global human rights: interview with Richard Falk 

Victor Kattan, The Electronic Intifada, 24 December 2008 

Earlier this month, Israeli authorities deported Professor Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, who had arrived in the country to conduct his duties to investigate rights abuses in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Electronic Intifada contributor Victor Kattan interviewed Falk about the motivation behind his deportation, comparisons he has made between Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and Nazi crimes committed during World War II, his dual role as an academic and a human rights advocate, and how defenders of Israel deflect attention from what is happening on the ground by attacking critics of the state’s policies.

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Combined Average Ratings: Independent Countries, 2008

Combined Average Ratings: Independent Countries, 2008

7.0 = worse amongst not Free

  1. Burma
  2. Cuba
  3. Libya
  4. North Korea
  5. Somalia
  6. Sudan
  7. Turkmenistan
  8. Uzbekistan

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Burma ranks among worst nations for civilian freedom: Rights Group

 

Burma ranks among worst nations for civilian freedom: Rights Group

A United States-based Freedom House in its annual global release on freedom in the world, has ranked Burma among the ‘worst of the worst’ countries, where civilians enjoy negligible political and civil liberties.

The Freedom in the World 2009, which examines the state of freedom in 193 countries and 16 strategic territories, ranked Burma along with North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea and Somalia among the worst countries that impose restrictions on the lives of civilians.

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Burma (Myanmar) (2008) Freedom report

Burma (Myanmar) (2008) Freedom report

Capital:Rangoon

Population:49,800,000

 

Political Rights Score: 7

Civil Liberties Score: 7

Status: Not Free

 

Trend Arrow

Burma received a downward trend arrow due to increased economic mismanagement and exploitation, including dramatic fuel-price increases in August 2007, and for the violent repression of subsequent protests.

Overview

A 500 percent fuel-price increase in August 2007 exacerbated already dire economic conditions in Burma, leading to a series of public protests that culminated in mass marches in Rangoon in late September. Protesters led by Buddhist monks called for greater political rights and better economic management. A violent government response smothered the protests and resulted in thousands of arrests and an unknown number of deaths. Meanwhile, the National Convention, tasked with drafting a new constitution as an ostensible first step toward democracy, concluded in September and issued constitutional guidelines that would guarantee continued military dominance. A government-appointed body is currently composing the final draft of the charter. Separately, severe human rights abuses and mass displacement continued in ethnic minority states during the year. Continue reading

Israel killed nearly 1,000 in Gaza including 400 children

Israel killed nearly 1,000 in Gaza including 400 children

Israeli forces battled Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip’s main city early today and bombed the enclave’s southern border with Egypt as the death toll from the war on Hamas neared 1,000.

israel gaza attack 140109 05As the war entered its 19th day, witnesses said the number of air strikes on Gaza City and other parts of the north was well down on the previous night, but that heavy fighting continued there.

“Tanks are shelling Palestinian fighters, who are responding with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades). There is heavy machine-gun fire on both sides.”

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Speaking on Tuesday, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Israel’s offensive was “becoming more ferocious each day as the number of victims rises.

“Israel is keeping up this aggression to wipe out our people over there,” he added from his base in the occupied West Bank.

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