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A Recent Victory and Upcoming Events

Posted by uscsjp on April 27, 2009

The UK government recently revealed that components supplied by Britain were almost certainly used by Israel in its recent assault on Gaza. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages-linked to EI)

The UK government recently revealed that components supplied by Britain were "almost certainly" used by Israel in its recent assault on Gaza. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages-linked to EI)

“It came as no surprise to campaigners in the United Kingdom to hear the British Foreign Minister David Miliband reveal this week that components supplied by Britain were “almost certainly” used by Israel in its recent military assault on Gaza. Despite Israel’s continued human rights abuses, the UK government has licensed millions of pounds’ worth of military equipment to Israel over the last few years including components for tanks and combat aircraft, in direct conflict with its own arms policy.

The British government’s announcement that it will be reviewing arms sales to Israel in light of the atrocities committed in Gaza earlier this year was, however, surprising. The move represents a real victory for the Stop Arming Israel coalition, which began its campaign for a two-way arms embargo against Israel during its invasion of Lebanon in July 2006 and serves as a potent example of public pressure forcing governments to review their policies towards Israel…”

–Yasmin Khan, The Electronic Intifada, 24 April, 2009

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10482.shtml

See Also:

Mubarak’s Expanding Enemies List


“A telltale sign of a dictator’s waning influence is increasing paranoia. And this is exactly what Egypt’s U.S.-backed dictator, President Hosni Mubarak, is suffering from.

At a time when criticism over Egypt’s abetment of the Israeli siege and attack on Gaza is intensifying, and its traditional role as leader of the Arab world is being eclipsed, Mubarak’s standing and legitimacy in the eyes of his people has plummeted. His paranoia, conversely, has skyrocketed.

This was on display when the state-controlled Egyptian daily Al-Ahram published an article last Saturday accusing the following nations, people and organizations of attempting to destabilize the country, or in the words of the paper, to ‘ … bring Egypt to the brink of chaos and facilitate a coup’: Iran, Syria, Qatar, Hezbollah, Hamas, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, Hamas chief Khaled Meshal, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef, and the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news network. Lebanon also joined the ever-expanding list a few days later.

Relations had already deteriorated earlier in the month when Egyptian security officials made public that they had uncovered a Hezbollah-sponsored ‘espionage ring’ and ‘terrorist cell’ operating in the Sinai. Twenty-five ‘agents’ were arrested, and the hunt continues for an equal number more. Nasrallah did admit that one of those captured was a Hezbollah member, tasked with helping to smuggle arms into Gaza. He denied however, the constantly shifting Egyptians claims that the group’s real objective was to instigate the Sinai bedouin population against the government, attack tourist sites in the Sinai, topple the regime, or to launch attacks on the Suez Canal, Egypt or Israel.

‘If helping the Palestinians is a crime, I officially admit to my crime … and if it is an accusation, we are proud of it,’ Nasrallah replied...”

–Rannie Amiri, CounterPunch, April 24-16, 2009

http://www.counterpunch.org/amiri04242009.html


Upcoming Los Angeles Area Events:

CELEBRATING ARAB HIP HOP

This FREE program includes two films, a performance, and a talk:

On TUESDAY, April 28:
6:30 in LH-151 (lecture hall-151): Screening of SLINGSHOT, an engaging documentary film, which portrays the music and experiences of Palestinian hip hop artists in Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank through the music and worlds of Palestinian youth.

On WEDNESDAY, April 29:
3:30 pm in the University Student Union Small Auditorium:  performance and discussion with Omar Offendum. This will be a treat!
5:00 in LH-151: a talk “Egyptian and Middle Eastern Hip Hop” by UCLA Assistant Professor H. Samy Alim, an engaging speaker and expert in this area,
7:00 p.m. in LH-151: screening of the documentary,  I LOVE HIP HOP IN MOROCCO, which has received rave reviews…

http://www.kpfk.org/eventcal.html?task=view_detail&agid=645&year=2009&month=04&day=29

Friday 5/1

May Day International Workers’ Day March

1PM – 4PM, Broadway & Olympic to Temple St between Los Angeles St and Alameda St
Join thousands of Angelenos of all ages, nationalities, religions, races, genders, and ethnic backgrounds as they march in commemoration of International Workers’ Day.
USC Contingent Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103355677024

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