Lia Tarachansky’s documentary, On the Side of the Road : pointing out a nation’s tabboo

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Russian journalist and moviemaker who produced the documentary  ”On the Side of the Road” in 2013. As a former Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network (RNN), she produced short documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news. She has directed several documentaries that tackle different aspects of social justice struggles in Israel and in Palestine.

Once again with this documentary, she points out what the Israeli government always wanted to pass over in silence and focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country’s Independance but also to the Palestinian refugee issue. Through two testimonies of veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as well as her own history –  as she grew up in a settlement in the West Bank – Lia Tarachansky wants to broach this burning issue unveiling the opinion and the suffering of people coming from both sides of the road, the two communities.

To know more about the movie and Lia Tarachansky, Here is her website. As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week, she answered to our questions about ”On the Side of the Road” that you can find here and/or on our soundcloud account as well.

Profiling of arabs and muslims in Canada : an historical perspective

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, yesterday March 6, about 40 people gathered at the conference ‘Profiling of Arabs and Muslims in Canada : an historical perspective’ at Café artere. A conference organized by Tadamon Collective, which reunited the historian, Houda Asal and the activist Mary Foster as part of the BDS (boycott sanction and divestment) campaign.

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Montréal, ville sanctuaire ?

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Le 20 Février 2017 à Montréal, une conférence de presse était organisée par Solidarity Accross Borders – organisation qui lutte pour les droits des migrants à Montréal, faisant suite à l’adoption symbolique par la ville  d’une motion la qualifiant de ”Ville Sanctuaire”. Initialement, ce terme désigne une ville qui appliquerait une politique de protection des migrants sans-papiers en son sein ce dont la pratique ne témoigne pourtant pas. En effet, cette déclaration n’entraine la mise en place d’aucune mesure effective sinon augmente l’espoir de personnes en situation administrative irrégulière de voir leur statut changer et leur situation s’améliorer.

Ce que demandent aujourd’hui les organisations en lutte pour l’établissement de nouveaux droits pour les migrants au Canada et plus spécifiquement dans la ville de Montréal concerne l’accès à un ensemble de services élémentaires dans les domaines de la santé, de l’éducation, de l’emploi, du logement ou encore la possibilité de passer le permis de conduire et d’ouvrir un compte en banque. Par ailleurs, le mouvement s’attache à dénoncer la collaboration actuelle des services de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM) avec l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC)  leur permettant d’arrêter et de déporter  des personnes en situation administrative irrégulière, ce que la motion ne tend pas à modifier.

Ensemble, construisons nos réseaux de soutien, d’entraide mutuelle et de solidarité, au-delà du symbolisme et de l’opportunisme des politiciens. – Avis communautaire préparé par les comités Travail de soutien et Cité sans frontières de Solidarité sans frontières.

Depuis deux semaines, CKUT relaie l’information et donne la voix aux membres de ces organisations en lutte pour rendre justice aux personnes migrantes et sans-papiers.


Rap Battle Against Police Brutality

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On Wednesday, February 15th was organized the Rap Battle Against Police Brutality at Le Belmont in Montreal. CKUT was at the event and met Montreal emcees, poets, Concordia students and community members to tackle the issue of police brutality. This charity event may raise awareness on this relevent topic and advocate justice to people who have suffered from police brutality. The Rap Battle allowed people to share their stories, encourage people to act and work on new solutions as a group. Instead of competing, the Rap Battle gave voices to everyone upon a same issue rarely mentioned.

“It is a systematic problem that needs to be address and change raising our voices and unit in a peaceful way” – Max

 Joshua Clarke – Scynikal (End Of the Weak International freestyle champion), Meryem Saci and Waahli aka Wyzah from Nomadic Massive, UrbN LogiX, Marley C (Voyage Funktastique), Strange Froots, Tshizimba, Shemar Gordon, Sereni-T, Warrior Minded, Shanice Nicole, Dan Parker Montreal, Stel La, Nazim Elnur, Gabriel Duchesneau, Fallon, Sylvia Stewart Artist, Edward Kezber (Nautic), Fenton Benjamin (Boz), Ikey Beauvais (Kahnawake emcee), Nicolas Alpha Deh, Jazor Ollintzin, Tino Sananikonen AKA DJ 0n1t , and Benzo Are O Why  performed during this event and all donations went to Montreal Noir and Families of Sisters in Spirit.

CKUT supports this event and invites you to join the next Rap Battle upcoming on March, 29th Against Consumerism at the Belmont.

Countdown to Trump Inauguration

With the upcoming inauguration of the president-elect down south, CKUT’s News Collective would like to share some thoughts from Masha, a member of Russia’s Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot is a feminist protest punk-band-meet-art-collective that uses performance and music to disseminate their defiance. The group’s “guerilla performance” in 2012 at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow brought them international recognition and a two-year jail sentence for mocking Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for the, then, presidential candidate.

In 2016, Pussy Riot again spoke out against the American president-elect. At the time of the interview, Trump was the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. In response to his success, two songs – “Straight Outta Pussy” and “Make America Great Again” – were released. Both their lyrics and music videos challenged his demonstrated misogyny, racism, and classism.

When asked about Trump, Masha described him as “a crazy asshole.” The interview further explores why tactics employed by feminists in the US and Canada cannot be compared with feminism’s tactics in the Russia, how the rise of Trump resembles that of Putin, and how the media can distort public opinion about struggles against the status quo.

The CKUT News Collective would like to encourage its listeners to go out and show solidarity with DC’s disruptions of Inauguration Day in Montreal.