Excerpt from Beyond ‘No War’: A Panel Discussion on Demilitarization and Transformative Social Movements

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On Friday November 13th, Demilitarize McGill hosted the panel discussion “Beyond ‘No War’: Celebrating Resistance to Canadian Nationalism,” in the McConnell Engineering BuildingThe organization exists to “oppose research, recruitment and other activity for military purposes… by ending military collaboration at McGill.” Beyond No War was moderated by the artist-activist Kama La Mackerel, and was held as part of “#Rememberthis : A Series of Events Against War and Militarism.”

Panelists include:
Harsha Walia  : author of Undoing Border Imperialism, co-founder of No One Is Illegal
Mostafa Henaway : community/labour organizer and long-time Palestine solidarity activist
Toghestiy : grassroots land defender and Hereditary Chief of the Wet’suwet’en Likhts’amisyu Clan
Freda Huson : spokesperson and land defender of the Unist’ot’en Camp in British Columbia

This recording was produced by Claudia Edwards.

Radio Documentary: Community Radio in the Middle East and North Africa

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CKUT’s Anna Marchese spoke with several members of the community radio movement in the Middle East and North Africa on various issues from state barriers, to the granting of FM licenses, to journalistic freedom and the future of community radio. She interviewed Francisco Diasio, the Secretary General of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) on HAICA‘s (Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication) decision to grant Tunisia new FM licenses. CKUT then spoke to Ahmed Samih, founder of Radio Horytna, about the current radio landscape in Egypt. Finally, Anna interviewed award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist Daoud Kuttab, founder of Amman Net, the Arab world’s first internet radio station. Mr. Kuttab discussed community radio more generally, and its role in a Post-Arab spring era. This documentary was produced by Anna Marchese and Aaron Lakoff.

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Free Palestine, end of the Colonial violence


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Saturday 8 August, the Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec (CPFQ) and the Palestinian and Jewish unity organization (Paju) organized a demonstration. Its aim : denounce the crimes committed by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinian population and the impunity which they have enjoyed.

Nicolas Sayegh, secretary of the CPFQ, and Bruce Katz, co-president of the Paju comment the event, its consequences and the Canadian politics towards Israël.

Commemoration of the Nakba and Criminalization of the BDS campaign


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Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian “Nakba“, or “catastrophe”, when the state of Israel was created in 1948. At the time, an estimated 750 thousand Palestinians were displaced from their homes and villages.

Tonight, people are invited to gather at 8pm at Mont Royal metro for a Palestine solidarity demonstration, people are invited to come with their palestinian flags or colors.

Antoine Cadaux of CKUT spoke  with Bruce Katz, the president of PAJU, Palestinian and Jewish Unity, that organise the event to bring us more.

At the same time, Bruce Katz gave his thoughts about the shift, pushed by the Conservative government, in the Canadian Criminal Code for the hatred propaganda that criminalize the criticism of the Israeli state. They talked about the consequences of that change in BDS actions and Mr Katz’s analysis of the governement tactics.

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Gideon Levy’s Interview by CKUT

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Israeli author and human rights journalist Gideon Levy is currently touring across Canada, speaking to audiences about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in light of the recent Israeli Elections. After his talk in Montreal, titled “Israeli Election: What’s next for Israel-Palestine?” CKUT’s Celia Robinovitch caught up with him to bring us more on his views.

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Round table about the situation of palestinian women

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“Table ronde sur la situation des femmes palestiniennes”

Participants were:

Rana Alrabi: (Animatrice de la discussion)

Rana Alrabi was born in the United Arab Emirates to Palestinian and Lebanese parents, and emigrated a few years later with her family to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Inspired by an interest to communicate and to heal, Rana completed a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Management from McGill University, a Graduate diploma in Administration for health and social services from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, and a Graduate diploma in Public Relations Management from McGill University. Rana’s career in public relations with organisations in the fields of health care, education, environment, and international relations, as well as with corporations and startups, uncovered her calling: to create and promote messages, initiatives and events that inspire a positive social investment. Rana’s most enjoyed experiences include planning events and facilitating dialogue on the personal and social impacts of the developments in Palestine Israel.

Yasmeen Daher : Lecturer at Concordia University and as a Palestinian woman, Yasmeen is particularly interested in the various forms of Arab feminism and in the problematics of examining and studying Arab women within a Western context.

Samia Al-Botmeh, is the director of the Centre for Development Studies at Birzeit University and an assistant professor in economics. She has completed her PhD at the School of African and Oriental Studies- University of London, in labour economics, the title of her thesis : ‘Palestinian Women’s Labour Supply: Towards an Explanation of Low and Fluctuating Female Labour Force Participation’. Samia’s areas of interest and publications are gender economics, labour economics, and political economy of development.

Zahia El Masri : Arrivée au Canada en 1985 à l’âge de 12 ans, Zahia détient une maîtrise en administration publique et analyse politique de l’Université de Concordia. Elle est présentement Chargée des communications et des formations au ROMEL.

Génocide à Gaza ? Entrevue avec Frank Barat du Tribunal Russell sur la Paléstine


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En entrevue avec Frank Barat, fondateur du Palestine Legal Action Network ainsi que coordonnateur du Tribunal Russell sur la Paléstine, nous avons fait la réflexion sur le Tribunal des crimes de Guerre et crimes contre l’humanité à la suite des actions israëliennes en Gaza cet été. Nous parlons entre autre du poids associé à la question de s’il y a eu lieu un crime rattaché à l’acte de génocide. Continue reading