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Back in Palestine | Mazin Qumsiyeh

My short trip to the USA and Canada was encouraging as all 12 talks I gave were well attended including schools, churches and civic centers. I also visited museums to get additional ideas and collaborations for continuing work in our nascent Palestine Museum of Natural History. The Sabeel Conference in Portland also had 400 people. Much work for peace and justice is being ...

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Mazin Qumsiyeh beginning human rights speaking tour

I leave Palestine to the USA and Canada (West Coasts) Saturday. I will be speaking at a few venues about human rights and why I am (still) optimistic about our common humanity. My tentative schedule is posted here http://qumsiyeh.org/upcomingevents/ I feel guilty to leave for I am always glad to be in Palestine despite the difficulties. Sharing in sad events ...

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Another world is possible | Mazin Qumsiyeh

A visit to the Galilee just emphasized to me that we are on the right track to one democratic state where we live together in equality, peace, and harmony.  Another world is coming.  As you will see below, there is no difference in colonial settlement activity inside 1948 or 1967 occupied areas but that is all temporary phenomenon. Since my ...

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Mr. 2% Comes Out for Keystone XL | Stanley Heller

Feb. 17 Update. Here’s what Trumka said about climate change and jobs at a “Good Jobs, Green Jobs”conference on Feb. 11. He said merely saying that things should be shut down “poisons the well politically.” He didn’t utter the words “Keystone XL,” but what else? There’s wasn’t one “boo.” Not one person shouted out “what about the pipeline?” Trumka didn’t ...

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Mr. 2% Comes Out for Keystone XL | Stanley Heller

By Stanley Heller Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, may not be in the 1%, but he’s close behind. He made a salary of $272,000 last year along with nearly $16,000 of “other disbursements”. If he retired tomorrow he’d get 60% of that as a pension for his 14 years of “service” as a top AFL-CIO officer. I have the gall to ...

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Israel Apartheid Week and more | Mazin Qumsiyeh

by Mazin Qumsiyeh Early this morning, Israeli forces brutally uprooted Palestinians who made presence in the Jordan Valley near Deir Hijlah. Many Palestinians were injured including our friend Abdullah Aburahma from Bil’in whose arm was broken. Israeli media ignored this event that lasted eight days of non-violent action that attempted to draw attention to the ongoing ethnic cleansing in the ...

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Chasing Ice, wind and McKibben | Stanley Heller

It’s not often you combine the words “beautiful” and “terrifying” together in a sentence when talking about a film, but those words are accurate in the description of “Chasing Ice.” It’s a film by photographer/videographer James Balog. He studied climate in college, but decided he didn’t like computer models. He wanted to show climate change visually. He hit on the ...

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Forum: Enough about ‘peace process:’ Gaza under siege | Stanley Heller via The New Haven Register

Why is the Register publishing yet another analysis of the long dead “peace process” by Jeffrey Goldberg while ignoring the immense suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip? On the day the column appeared, sewage was flowing in the streets of Gaza City, and garbage was left rotting on street corners. Sonic booms blasted at random. Water, which used to ...

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