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    Challenging the New Apartheid: Reflections on Palestine Solidarity Adam Hanieh, Hazem Jamjoum, and Rafeef Ziadah June 01, 2006

    The Palestinian solidarity movement has made significant gains since the onset of the Second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000. Over the last five years, a new generation of Palestinian solidarity activists has mobilized in the streets, campuses, and schools across North America. Among the left and progressive movements, there is broad acceptance of the proposition that US foreign policy in the Middle East is based on support for Israel as a “colonial-settler” state, to draw upon the title of Maxime Rodinson’s classic work.

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    Right to Torture: The Erosion of Legal Remedies Sean Sullivan June 01, 2006

    It is hard to make habeas corpus sound sexy. Consequently, it is perhaps the most important legal tool that no one knows about, and the Bush Administration is busy ensuring that fewer and fewer people will be able to use it.

    Shorthand for the fancy Latin phrase “habeas corpus ad subjiciendum,” habeas corpus means to “hold the body to be subjected to examination”—or that one has the right to contest their detention if held by authorities. It has been around since the Magna Carta and has been used to challenge detention by everyone from public defenders to lawyers representing protestors at the 2004 Republication National Convention.

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    Abu Ghraibs in our Backyard Zein El-Amine September 14, 2004

    As a result of the Abu Ghraib scandal, stories proliferated on the conditions inside US prisons and there were numerous editorials in mainstream newspapers that drew parallels between the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and the abuse of US prisoners. Every abuse at Abu Ghraib that was revealed in the media is part of the daily routine in US jails: fatal beatings by prison guards, hooding of prisoners for endless hours and raping and sodomizing both male and female prisoners by the guards.

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    Domestic Terror Nancy Hormachea May 01, 2005

    While the occupations rage on in Iraq, Palestine and Haiti, the Bush administration is systematically — and without much notice — putting into place a national infrastructure dominated by right wing extremists who sanction torture and repression and seek to virtually eliminate civil liberties in the US.

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    The Making of the Arab Menace Rayan El-Amine May 01, 2005

    Anti-Arabism and Islamophobia are so much a part of the political and cultural discourse on Arabs and Muslims in American society today that most do not even recognize it as racism. The fear mongering of the Bush administration and the right wing media pundits who make a living from demonizing Arabs and Muslims have inundated people with images of the violent Arabs bent on death and destruction. For media outlets like Fox Television, it is a way to sell their sensationalist news programs and for the current administration, a way to sell its wars.

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    American Gulag Pt. 2: Guantanamo Bay Jumana Musa August 01, 2005

    Much has been made in the past few weeks about Amnesty International’s (AI) use of the word “Gulag” in referring to the detention facilities at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where approximately 520 detainees from 35 countries are being held indefinitely, the vast majority without charge. General Meyers called it irresponsible. Secretary Rumsfeld called it reprehensible. Vice President Cheney said he was offended and did not take the report seriously. President Bush said it was absurd.

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    The Death of #58: Last Days in the Life of Abdul Kareem Sean Sullivan August 01, 2005
      The information in this article was acquired by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace in a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Request. Through the story of one Iraqi’s death, and the indifference of military authorities, a vivid picture emerges of the every day treatment of prisoners in U.S. military custody.

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    Lebanese Civillians Massacred As'ad AbuKhalil ,

    I [As'ad AbuKhalil] have just received these pictures from Hanady Salman, an editor at [Beirut newspaper] As-Safir, with this message:

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    Protecting Torture: The Red Cross' Deadly Silence Adam Hanieh, Hazem Jamjoum, Rafeef Ziadah May 01, 2005
      By promising confidentiality to the occupying and imprisoning powers the International Committee of the Red Cross monitors the fate of prisoners of war that no other organization can reach — from Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-ray, to Abu Ghraib and even the many Israeli detention centers in occupied Palestine. Here, Rafeef Ziadah questions whether the ICRC’s monitoring efforts help prisoners or protect those who violate prisoners’ human rights.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded in 1863 to help the wounded and other victims of war. In the Geneva Conventions the ICRC is given exclusive rights to investigate prison conditions in war situations.

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    Israel: Cornerstone of the “New Middle East”, Palestine: Cornerstone of Resistance Jamal Juma October 1, 2006

    Until the beginning of this year, Israeli colonialist plans had been going ahead smoothly. Almost half of the Apartheid Wall project—that steals 48% of the West Bank land—had been built. The de-Arabization of Jerusalem was progressing rapidly leaving the city almost completely isolated. The Orwellian terminals to funnel goods and workers among the Palestinian ghettos carved out by the Wall were edging closer to completion (for more information see Cementing Israeli Apartheid: The Role of the World Bank in the Oct/Nov 2005 Left Turn).

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