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3/14/2006 8:15:00 AM GMT
"The extent to which women have lost their rights in Iraq is shocking"
John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University wrote a study of the Israeli Lobby. An edited version appeared in the March 23, 2006 volume of the London Review of Books. This research has sparked debate on all sides of the political spectrum. While the WCUSP leadership team does not have a consensus opinion on the Mearsheimer / Walt research, we welcome the debate on the causes of US policy in the Middle East. We believe it is important to recognize both the power of lobbying in creating government policy and the continuation of US hegemonic aggression since World War II.
Dear friends and former colleagues: Having just celebrated my 80th birthday, I feel the need to commit to paper my outlook on the role of an American diplomat. I should add that when I took the U.S. Foreign Service examination more than 50 years ago, there were few naturalized citizens in the Service. I still believe today that an American diplomat¹s first obligation is to look after U.S. long-term national interests and not to have dual allegiance due to family ties with another country or religious affiliations. As I repeated on several occasions before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee when seeking confirmation for an ambassadorial assignment, I always believed and was told that I represented a secular state and that tolerance, respect for the law, justice, fairness and perhaps compassion were qualities which Americans like to be known for around the world. In my many years of public services I tried to live up to these standards.
Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan is the mother of Smadar Elhanan, 13 years old when killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem in September 1997. Below is Nurit's speech made on International Women's Day in Strasbourg earlier this month.
Transcript of Remarks by Ghada Hashem Talhami
For the Record No. 247 (10 March 2006)*
At a recent Palestine Center briefing, Dr. Ghada Hashem Talhami addressed the political status of women in Palestine and the dynamic between their identity as women and the broader nationalist struggle against occupation. Speaking in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), Talhami argued that Palestinian feminism can only be understood within the context of the Palestinian national struggle. Talhami is the author of several books, including Palestinian Refugees: Pawns to Political Actors (Nova Science Publishers, 2003); Syria and the Palestinians: The Clash of Nationalisms (University Press of Florida, 2001); and The Mobilization of Muslim Women in Egypt (University Press of Florida, 1996). She spoke for approximately 40 minutes and then took questions at the end.
Hi WILPF members and branch contacts:
As coordinator for the WILPF Middle East Campaign Speakers' Bureau, one of my tasks is to let you know when interesting speakers about the Middle East might be coming to your area.
The opinions expressed in this group of articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion of US wILPF or members of the Middle East campaign leadership team. We want to give you primary source material regarding this breaking development in Palestine, while we analyze the situation, particularly the US response to the democratic will of the Palestinian people. We hope that you will not rush to judgment of Hamas and their leadership of the Palestinian Authority.
Note: Jury deliberations for this case began on November 15. His family and friends are praying for a just outcome. Please continue to support Dr. Sami Al-Arian.
Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a son of Palestinian refugees who came to the U.S. in 1975 and has been a Professor teaching computer science since 1986 at the University of South Florida, has found himself defending against "secret evidence" on charges of racketeering and fund-raising. The difficulty of refuting charges based on "secret evidence" provided by "unindicted co-conspirators" is generally deemed an insurmountable obstacle to a defense.
WILPF Asks Members to Write to President Bush
WILPF calls its members to write to President Bush supporting his opposition to new settlement construction in the Ariel Settlement in the West Bank. However, he must act on his statement by stopping military and economic aid that supports Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
Israeli soldiers attacked a peaceful procession against the Separation Wall in Bil’in village, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Six residents were injured, dozens of residents, especially women and children, suffocated after inhaling gas fired by the army.
The protestors also called for releasing the members of the Christian Peacemaker, who were abducted in Iraq.
|STAKES: Maale Adumim is one of an increasing number of Jewish enclaves in and around East Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to build the capital o
Labor chairman says during gathering of party activists, MKs, ‘We are no less capable of safeguarding Israel’s security than Sharon; we will be relentless in our fight against terror’
Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - Friday, 02 December 2005, 14:54
Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv and Michael Howard in Sulaymaniyah
New material posted at the Cuba and Bolivarian Issue Committee pages. Several women are touring the US with films and insights.