Nov. 16, 2012: Dave Vasey on the Tar Sands & Line 9; Mohammed Almoayad: attack on Gaza & “A Child’s View of Gaza” art exhibit

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NOV.24TH: CLICK HYPERLINK FOR UPDATE: “The Tar Sands Come to Ontario: No Line 9

We got down and dirty on Friday – namely bitumen from the Tar Sands in Alberta and the growing traffic of the stuff in pipelines and to tankers on the west coast. In our backyard Kalamazoo Mi. experienced a spill of what is termed ‘dibit’ or diluted bitumen in a local river in 2010, the effects of which are very much a problem. In Ontario, Line 9 – a project of Enbridge, the company responsible for the Michigan spill – is a project to reverse the flow of existing older pipelines to allow the transportation of dilbit to eastern refineries including at Sarnia where tar sands product is already being refined. First Nations communities are heavily affected and so are we all in way or another. I had on the line from Toronto Dave Vasey, an environmental social justice activist who is heavily involved in this issue and an organizer of “THE TAR SANDS COME TO ONTARIO — NO LINE 9!: Resistance, Education and Alternatives” and we learned more on what we have to do to stop Line 9 and the insane expansion of the Tar Sands infrastructure – certainly a tall order.

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In this segment Vasey describes the Line 9 proposal and the risks of this project for millions of people from Sarnia to Montreal:

Last April I spoke to Art Sterritt, Coastal First Nations executive director about pipelines through First Nation lands. You can hear what he had to say here:

Click image to learn more about workshops on Line 9. Part of the OPIRG Rebuilding Bridges conference, a joint effort by both OPIRG York and OPIRG Toronto

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GAZA

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Here Almoayad describes the exhibit “A Child’s View from Gaza” at UWindsor

In this segment Almoayad comments on the current assault on Gaza:

Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah provides a timeline of the Israeli assault on Gaza HERE

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“Biko”:

Take care and Take Action:

A Message from activist Ehab Lotayef

Gaza: ceasefire NOW and End the Blockade
Israel, one of the largest military powers in the world, is unleashing its military might on the captive Palestinian population in Gaza. Unable to escape from their open-air prison because of the Israeli blockade, 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza are condemned to be sitting targets for Israel’s bombing and shelling.

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Over two thirds of the population are refugees who lost their homes to Israel in 1948 and 1967; over half of them are children. The weapons used to destroy their lives and communities are provided by American taxpayers with the active complicity and support of Canadian, Australian and European governments.
Contrary to what Israel would have the world believe, it was Israel and not Gaza that started this current escalation. Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man in Gaza on November 5 and then invaded Gaza on Thursday November 8th, killing a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy by machine gun fire while he was playing football. Despite these provocations, and despite more attacks November 10-11, Palestinian forces in Gaza had accepted a negotiated truce last week when Israel killed the Hamas military leader who had negotiated that truce (must see: timelines from the Institute for Middle East Understanding http://imeu.net/news/article0023227.shtml).
This is the aggression that our governments in the West are backing as “Israeli self-defense”.  This is not a “war”, since the parties are completely unequal: one is a state with a powerful military, while the other is a people living under occupation and blockade. The aggressor has international legitimacy as a state, while the target population has been isolated from the world. The Israeli aggressor has responsibilities as a member state of the United Nations, something denied to Palestine and the Palestinians.
Gaza’s Ark condemns Israel’s ruthless attacks on Gaza; and condemns the US government for providing Israel with $3 billion a year in military aid and the Canadian government for providing a moral shelter for Israel’s immoral actions. We call for an immediate cease-fire, an end to political and financial support for Israeli aggression and a complete and unconditional end to the illegal blockade of Gaza.

How can you help?  You can:

** In Canada, write:
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca

John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister: john.baird@parl.gc.ca
Paul Dewar, Foreign Affairs critic for the Official Opposition:  paul.dewar@parl.gc.ca
Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition:  thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
Bob Rae, Leader of the Liberal Party: bob.rae@parl.gc.ca
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party:  Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca

Find your own MP’s contact info here: http://openparliament.ca/politicians/

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