Over the past two weeks, activists in port cities along the West Coast of the United States staged picket lines to prevent or delay vessels operated by Israel’s Zim shipping line from offloading cargo.
The actions had been planned at the height of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip that began on 7 July and ended with a ceasefire yesterday.
The action originated in Oakland, California, which set a high bar for others to follow. Protestors there successfully prevented the unloading of the Zim Piraeus container ship for nearly four full days.
But other cities’ more modest demonstrations were nevertheless successful in temporarily delaying the Zim ships from unloading, costing the company hundreds of thousands of dollars, building momentum and signalling widespread support for such actions.
Yemeni police shot dead a protester in the southern port city of Aden on Thursday, August 28, during a demonstration by supporters of secession for the formerly independent south.
Four demonstrators were also wounded, a medic and witnesses said.
Impoverished Yemen has been locked in a protracted transition since long-time strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced from power in February 2012 after a deadly 11-month uprising.
The government’s plans for a six-region federation as part of a new constitution have been rejected by both southern separatists and the Shiite rebels.
A Palestinian man kisses a Hamas sniper during a parade by Hamas fighters in Shejaiya, Gaza on August 27, 2014.
Islamophobic attacks have been on the rise ever since 9/11, but it is mostly women being attacked, a recent report suggests. Ava Vidal shares stories from British Muslim women who face everyday awful abuse.
“It is something I have got used to since 9/11. From being called Osama Bin Laden to Paki-terrorist I have heard it all,” Zab Mustefa, a British Muslim journalist, who specialises in women’s rights and culture, tells me.
Since the terrorist attacks on New York City that brought down the twin towers, it seems life has not been the same for Muslims that live in the western world. Suddenly there was a spotlight shone on Islam when most non-Muslims had barely given it a second thought before.
“Either you’re with us. Or you’re with the terrorists,” announced the then president of the USA George W Bush in a sombre tone at a press conference following the attacks.
And many people decided that all Muslims were against ‘us’. Everything was under scrutiny. Their style of dress, their beliefs, their way of life. People that had never even read the Qu’ran believed they had more knowledge than Islamic scholars.
“Look at the way they treat their women!” is a statement that I often hear. “Forcing them to cover up. Not allowing them to go out alone and controlling everything that they do.”
“What about Saudi Arabia? They don’t even let women drive!”
But it’s a false perception.
I am not denying that there are countries where the predominant religion is Islam where women are treated badly. But patriarchy is the problem, not Islam. In Islam, the rights of women were recognised much earlier than they were in the West.
In any case, we in the UK don’t come up smelling of roses when we examine the inequality between the sexes either. A UN human rights inspector recently declared the sexism in the UK to be more ‘pervasive’ and ‘in your face’ than any country she has ever visited and that included some Muslim countries.
What I find totally abhorrent is the fact that since concern for Muslim women is so often cited, how come they are the targets of so much abuse in today’s society?
Former Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh's statement's before the world at the United Nations Convention in 1951 to expose Britain’s colonialist domination of Iran.
These sentiments reverberate in the mainstream media’s current portrayal of Israeli domination and occupation over Palestinians.
"Black thugs in Cairo: Most of the crimes against activists and reporters are from South Sudan" - Sisi and his media outlets are trying to vilify people from Sudan for crimes “against journalists”, when in fact Sisi’s regime is known for its violent crimes against free journalism and against anti-regime activists. Anti-blackness is global - governments (and state media) continue to criminalize black peoples, so that their juntas are able to conceal their own crimes and atrocities.
To summarize, the article is criminalizing refugees (which Egyptian media is known for). The first line of the article says that African refugees are criminal gangs who bring violence to Ain Sham, Nasr City, and to all the residents. The bitch author said that these “criminal refugees” need to be dealt with seriously in order to “preserve the reputation of Egypt’s international place, adversely affect tourism, and the country’s national income”. They admitted that most of these “thugs” are in their teens, then they characterized how these “thugs” look like: distinctive lengthwise clothing and gold and silver chains around their necks… Unbelievable.
Fucking ridiculous and nauseating.
Full shitty, racist article here.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Israel achieved a “great military and political” victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.
The poll, published in the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, shows that 54 percent of those surveyed believe there was no clear winner in the 50 days of war. The fighting killed 2,143 Palestinians, most of them civilians, according to Palestinian health officials and U.N. officials. On the Israeli side, 64 soldiers, five civilians and a Thai worker were killed.
The poll underscores the unease pervading Israeli society after the third round of fighting between Israel and Gaza-based Islamic militants in the seven years since Hamas took control of the densely populated coastal strip.
Family members of Yemeni victims of a 2013 US drone strike were recently compensated over $1 million, despite the US military asserting there were no “non-combatant” casualties.
Supposedly the money came from the Yemeni government, but experts are baffled as to how Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, could afford such huge, unprecedented solatia payments.
The payments solidify the fact that the US did kill civilians in the strike, but they raise even more questions. The Resident discusses.