international solidarity

A Good Friend’s Project: Midwife to Gaza

    

This is the fundraising campaign of a good friend of mine, Sharyn Lock, who I worked with in Gaza in 2008/9 [her blog from Gaza].

A bit of background: Sharyn was on the first Free Gaza boat to Gaza in August 2008, and was a core component of organizing the boats, five trips of which (six boats) successfully arrived at Gaza’s port (I was on the third).  Along with others in Gaza at the time, we did farmer and fisher accompaniment, trying to be in solidarity with these vulnerable sectors who are bullied (read: killed, maimed, abducted) on a daily basis by the world’s most immoral army, and to document these crimes.  Similarly, during the 2008/9 Gaza massacre, we accompanied medics in their ambulances, documenting the worst of the war crimes. Sharyn was in the Quds hospital when it was bombed repeatedly [see her blog entry on that], including with white phosphorous.  And was among the first rescuers to reach the Samouni district in al-Zeitoun, where horrific crimes and massacres were committed against the extended family.

But beyond some of those key moments, Sharyn interacted with Palestinians in Gaza respectfully, whole-heartedly, with dedication and professionalism, and continued her activism after leaving Gaza.

Since then, she’s thrown herself into studying and practising to become a mid-wife, which she just has.

 

Please look at and consider supporting and sharing her fundraising appeal, to get back to Gaza. From Sharyn’s appeal:

I am aiming to raise £3000 after site fees. Rounding up, £5=$9, £10=$17, £20 =$34, £50=$84, £100=$167. I will be blogging here, so you can go click “follow” to be all ready if you like :)
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Is the British state supporting ‘ISIS’ and ‘Al Qaeda’?

Event to launch Dan Glazebrook’s new book: “Divide and Ruin: the West’s Imperial Strategy in an Age of Crisis”
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Speakers:

Dan Glazebrook, Author of “Divide and Ruin”

Sukant Chandan, Chair of the Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform

Marcel Cartier, anti-war activist and hip-hop artist

Chaired by Hafsa Kara, Writer and broadcaster

Followed by food and socialising

Hosted by the Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform

4pm, Saturday, November 8th, Florence Park Community Centre, Cornwallis Rd, Oxford, OX4 3NH
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speakers at GAZA AND THE PALESTINIAN REVOLUTION [videos]

“The war on Syria and the war on Gaza are inextricably linked. Solidarity with Syria, solidarity with Gaza are two sides of the same coin. Because the people of Palestine, the people of Syria, the people of Iraq are fighting the same enemy, they are victims of a wide-ranging regional war which is being fought by western imperialism, by “israel”, and by its allies in the region….The purpose is to completely wipe out all Resistance to imperialism and to zionism in the region, in the Middle East.” ~ Carlos Martinez

“We are anti-zionists. We are against the zionist monstrosity known as ‘israel’. We believe it should not exist. We’re not into this ‘you have a bit here, you have a bit there.’ Nothing in Palestine belongs to the zionists…and if we give them one bit, they’ll come for more.” ~ Brother Omowale

“The question of Palestine is really central to the struggle of oppressed people over the world.” ~ Sami Ramadani

“We are unapologetic about being pro-Resistance, because it’s only through the Resistance and the Revolutionary Struggles of OUR people which win their own liberation.”~ Sukant Chandan

“Syria hasn’t fallen. After three and a half years, the Syrian people stay strong. They are fighting, the army is fighting, the government is fighting. They refuse to be defeated.” Carlos Martinez

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This remarkable event took place on Sep 28, videos now up at the FB event page and also a the Youtube site, Tri Continental:

Sukant Chandan – Gaza and the Palestinian Revolution:

Sukant Chandan introduces the Gaza and Palestinian Revolution event in London on September 28th and gives an overview of the Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform (TAIP).

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New Project – Nasr Post‏

There are a number of journalists, podcasters, bloggers, political analysts, and those sharing on social media that I’ve only belatedly–in the last couple of years–come across.

I value all of their contributions, many of them pushing the “accepted discourse” on international and local events and issues, all of them countering the lies of corporate media.

I’ve linked to many of those who I hold in great regard (and hope I’ve not overlooked anyone—please notify).

Navid is someone I’ve been listening to for the past year; I’ve found his interviews both highly informative and also at times entertaining (appropriately placed wit is appreciated when dealing with such weighty subjects).

So, not to highlight Navid above others, but he is embarking on a new media initiative which I endorse and would love to see be supported. I’ll let his own words explain:

 

“My Facebook page, and my radio show, have been a resource for people seeking alternatives to the dominant narrative about conflicts, uprisings and revolutions happening all over the globe. Over the years many people have encouraged me to pursue a web project in order to broaden my reach and to properly organize and disseminate all this information. Well, after an unfortunate and aborted attempt at doing so earlier this year, I’m finally ready to just that in a proper way.

I intend to launch NasrPost.com by January 2015. It will look at events all over the world and analyze things with a critical eye, never accepting anything at face value, never taking official representatives of “nationality x” at their word on anything without factoring their class status in this society, their political ties and their actual ideologies into the picture.

What will differentiate this project from other, already existing, alternative media is that it will take on local issues and conflicts with the same critical, discerning eye that it casts towards international events.

But whereas the Facebook page has been a labor of love, and obsession, the website can’t be. I’m going to need funding to both get it off the ground and sustain it. And that’s where you come in.

I Need Your Help

The initial seed money for the project is $4000. Web hosting, web development/design, social media presence and ongoing maintenance require both substantial time and funding. The money raised will go towards ensuring this project can get off the ground and, just as important, lay the groundwork for long-term success.

This means that if 50 of you can give a one-time donation of $80 right now, or two $40 monthly donations this project will be fully funded. But, of course, any donation of any amount will be gratefully accepted and appreciated and put to good use.

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Gaza (whose misery is again excluded from MSM) updates

**A Palestinian boy sits inside the ruins of his family house in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City which was destroyed during the 50-day Israeli aggression, on September 24, 2014. (Photo: AFP- Mahmud Hams) Al Akhbar

 

Firstly:  Tomorrow (Sep 28) there’ll be an amazing “pro-resistance solidarity event for Gaza and Palestine” (“this will be an indoor rally type of event which will celebrate the Palestinian Revolution, explore its challenges, and there will be slide shows, music and poetry;  organised by the Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform and Invent the Future”), “GAZA AND THE PALESTINIAN REVOLUTION”, in London

…including the following speakers:

Leila Khaled
– Legendary Palestinian revolutionary, PFLP Polit Buro member and Palestinian National Council representative speaking via live video link

Dr Saeb Sha’ath
– Former head of the Palestine General Delegation to Ireland , author and Palestinian political activist.

Ghada Al-Najjar
– Palestinian in Gaza, political activist and Gaza-wide relief worker, via live video link from Gaza

Fouad Shaat
– President of General Union of Palestinian Students in Britain

Shadia Mansour
– Palestinian singer and musician
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ho hum: a ‘cease-fire’ and the Zionists continue to assault Palestinians…

Another ceasefire in Gaza? No, thank you:

-Sharmine Narwani:

“…After more than 2,100 mostly-civilian deaths, tens of thousands injured or displaced and chunks of Gaza buried under rubble, they managed to get Israel to serve up some “concessions.”

Israelis seemed decidedly glum. Only 69 died, but there was no decisive “victory” either, which always rankles with the IDF and makes politicians drop in the polls.

…During the seven weeks of brutal attacks against the densely-populated civilian centers, Israel managed to put the Palestinian issue back on the Arab map, draw unprecedented global censure, and give wings to the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign to undermine Israel’s economy. Israel also managed to unify Palestinian political parties across the board – a minor miracle – and make regional heroes out of the “Palestinian Resistance.” With every lash of Israel’s whip, Palestinians found new determination to break the siege of Gaza and end Israel’s occupation.

That’s all well and good, but here’s what needs to be clear: Palestinians did not achieve their goals either.

…Israel loves ceasefires. It is part of the occupation game. Every so often, Israel flexes its muscles and beats up Gaza. The trigger doesn’t even have to come from Gaza – the place is simply a convenient punching bag and is easily justified by the “Hamas-Terror” language beamed through western media.

The goal is always the same, regardless of what the Israelis publicly claim: To take down Hamas & Company a notch or two; to inflict pain on the population of Gaza in hope that they will turn on their leaders; to cripple Gaza enough to keep Palestinians busy rebuilding lives, but not fighting occupation.
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