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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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On democracyDr. Azmi Bishara - Amin.Org - In the heat of the debate over democracy as a function of the domestic-foreign dialectic we sometimes lose sight of the essential distinction between the process of building democracy and the process of its self-regeneration once it has taken root and begun to flourish. 17/3/2005
`Unstable anyway`Khaled Dawoud - Al-Ahram Weekly - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rejected warnings that the push for democracy in the Middle East would lead to instability. Khaled Dawoud reports from Washington. In a series of lengthy interviews this week, United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stressed that democratic reforms in the Middle East was a top priority for US President George W Bush in his second term. 31/3/2005
Egypt: Popular Social Movements and the Future of Egyptian PoliticsJoel Beinin - MERIP - President Husni Mubarak`s unexpected announcement that Article 76 of the Egyptian constitution will be amended to permit a direct and competitive vote in the September presidential election has captured the attention of the international and local media and political classes.10/3/2005
Nu’aimanProf. David Shulman, Taayush / Hacampus-lo-shotek - "Now the Wall is nearly built—we see its wide, violent swathe, a giant V cutting off the village from its hinterland. What is worse, because the villagers all carry West Bank identity cards, they are now officially illegal aliens—living in their own homes. "28/3/2005
Egypt - On the Road to Democracy?Andy Newman - Socialist Unity - Although recent events in Lebanon have captured the imagination of the world`s press, events of perhaps greater significance are unfolding in Egypt, where President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak`s government has recently conceded limited constitutional change in the face of a growing protest movement. 10/3/2005
The Theft behind the WallISM - reports various attempts by settlers and Israeli authorities to steal and or sabotage Palestinian property in the West Bank23/3/2005
Bil’in and Saffa: The Apartheid Wall destroys everything that is beautifulStop the Wall - For the last month the villagers of Bil’in and Saffa have been resisting the construction of the Apartheid Wall on their lands. This is a typical story of struggle and confrontation against the building of the Apartheid Wall across Palestine. 27/3/2005
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Old fears haunt Lebanon campsPaul Moss - BBC News Online - As a teenager back in 1982, Mohammed saw his family killed in the notorious Sabra and Shatila massacre, when Lebanese Christian Phalangists attacked Palestinian refugees. 28/3/2005
The Wall Around Bethlehem Zack Sabella - The Palestine Monitor - As I extend my sight to the hilltops of Bethlehem and its neighboring cities, there I find it, standing 8 meters tall gazing at me as my memory replays the past years of conflict 27/3/2005
"Israel`s Matrix of Control in Palestine." Report from a CPAP briefing with Jeff Halper Jeff Halper - AIC - Jeff Halper knew enough back in Feb. 2000 to foretell the final chapters of the story: Palestinian homes will continue to be demolished; Jewish-only settlements will continue to grow; and the bypass roads connecting them through Palestinian land will create a "matrix of control" crisscrossing every inch of the territories now being negotiated in the process of "peace." 27/3/2005
The Matrix of ControlAIC - The map of the sophisticated "Matrix of Control created by the Israeli occupation via the settlements and the growing network of the so called "by-pass" roads. 27/3/2005
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Democracy Under Occupation: A Self-Defeating ConceptPeter C. Valenti - Washington Report - While the vast majority of Arab pundits and press commentators evince their support of democracy, and specifically the Jan. 30 Iraqi elections, they also temper their enthusiasm by noting the major drawback: can elections under occupation, especially under the current insecure conditions, produce a truly independent representative Iraqi government? 11/3/2005
Egypt: Cairo Tries to Accentuate the Political Positives of QIZ Agreement With Israel Willa Thayer - Washington Report - RELATIONS WITH Israel and preparations for 2005 elections were just as hot topics for Egypt as they were for several other Arab countries as the old year gave way to the new. 1/3/2005
Half a Million Palestinians Are Victims of the Revised WallIPC and Agencies - The Israeli Information Center For Human Rights in the occupied (B`Tselem) reported that the number of the Palestinians damaged by updated rout of the Apartheid Wall -land grab- approved by the Israeli government - reached nearly a half million, living in 85 Palestinian villages and towns. 27/3/2005
Link to "Stop caging Qalqilia", an excellent presentation abour the WallPresented by Ma`rouf Zahran, the mayor of Qalqilya24/3/2005
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At the checkpoint they hear neither of the spring nor of mitigation measuresHava Halevi - Mahsomwatch23/3/2005
Damming West Bank farmersAtef Saad - Palestine report - writes about the irreversible damage and heavy economic losses inflictes on Palestinian farmers by the Israeli Separation Wall built on Palestinian lands. 20/3/2005
Updated map of the separation barrier - Feb. 2005Btselem - publishes the updated map20/3/2005
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Israeli wall to engulf JerusalemAljazeera News. "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has approved the final route of the illegal barrier around Jerusalem that will include Jewish settlements in parts of the West Bank, officials said."14/3/2005
Lebanon Catches Its BreathNicholas Blanford - MERIP - Assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri has precipitated a rapid and dramatic transformation of Lebanon`s political landscape, However, the future of Lebanon`s political transformation remains uncertain. 24/3/2005
Confronting the Apartheid Wall – Saffa and Bil’in Villagers Eject Occupation ForcesLink to www.stopthewall.org . Latest News, The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign 12/3/2005
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To the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi AnnanBy the National Committee To Resist The Apartheid Wall. "The refusal of the Secretary-General of the UN to visit the Wall is further evidence that the UN is failing to support the legitimate right of the Palestinians to self-determination... The UN shuns its responsibilities within its mandate, over human rights and freedom." 13/3/2005
Checkpoints in FebruaryBy MachsomWatch. "Like many other Occupation manifestations, the confiscation precedes its pretext, harassment precedes rationale. First grab, steal, hurt, curb, prevent. The reason will follow."14/3/2005
United Nations International Meeting on Question of Palestine to be held at Palais des Nations, Geneva 8-9 MarchGENEVA, UN Information Service. "The theme of the Meeting is Implementing the ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory".4/3/2005
Arabs and democratsAzmi Bishara - Al Ahram Weekly - Syria is currently the victim of a version of identity politics that betrays history as much as it does identity 14/3/2005
Lebanon the Arab’s Bastard SonTony Chakar - writing from Beirut, is an internationally-acclaimed artist and architect living in West Beirut, and a left-wing veteran of the Lebanese civil war. 20/3/2005
Continued Construction of the Annexation Wall Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 3/3/2005
Checkpoints and Restrictions on the Freedom of Movement:Jerusalem Center for Women 3/3/2005
The Emperor’s New (Old) ClothesMaia Carter Hallward."I knew that change was coming to a-Ram, a municipal center between Jerusalem and Ramallah. "3/3/2005
"My baby died in my arms at a checkpoint`The Independent - The report says the Israeli army stops pregnant Palestinian women receiving help - Amnesty.31/3/2005
The Wall at Bethlehem`s Northern Entrance Shihad - the Bethelehem Bloggers -Israel began to wall in the Bethlehem ghetto in 2002, constructing sections of electrified fence around the city of Beit Jala on the lands belonging to Bethlehem and Beit Sahour, sprawling below the massive illegal Israeli settlement of Har Homa22/3/2005
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Beit Hanina - a ghetto under constructionKhaled Odetalah - a sociologist and a spokesperson for Beit Hanina residents - "A history of injustice, continuous land confiscation, and the wall (1967-2005)"20/3/2005
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Egypt: Towards viable democratic systemsJordan Times editorial - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak`s surprise move to amend the constitution such that it will allow for multi-candidate presidential elections is a response to either public or US pressure, or both. 25/3/2005
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