|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|On democracy||Dr. 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.
|`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.
|Egypt: Popular Social Movements and the Future of Egyptian Politics||Joel 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’aiman||Prof. 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.
|The Theft behind the Wall||ISM - reports various attempts by settlers and Israeli authorities to steal and or sabotage Palestinian property in the West Bank||23/3/2005|
|Bil’in and Saffa: The Apartheid Wall destroys everything that is beautiful||Stop 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.
|Old fears haunt Lebanon camps||Paul 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.
|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 Control||AIC - 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|
|Democracy Under Occupation: A Self-Defeating Concept||Peter 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?
|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.
|Half a Million Palestinians Are Victims of the Revised Wall||IPC 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.
|Link to "Stop caging Qalqilia", an excellent presentation abour the Wall||Presented by Ma`rouf Zahran, the mayor of Qalqilya||24/3/2005|
|At the checkpoint they hear neither of the spring nor of mitigation measures||Hava Halevi - Mahsomwatch||23/3/2005|
|Damming West Bank farmers||Atef 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. 2005||Btselem - publishes the updated map||20/3/2005|
|Israeli wall to engulf Jerusalem||Aljazeera 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 Breath||Nicholas 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.
|Confronting the Apartheid Wall – Saffa and Bil’in Villagers Eject Occupation Forces||Link to www.stopthewall.org . Latest News, The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
|To the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan||By 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."
|Checkpoints in February||By 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 March||GENEVA, 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 democrats||Azmi Bishara - Al Ahram Weekly - Syria is currently the victim of a version of identity politics that betrays history as much as it does identity
|Lebanon the Arab’s Bastard Son||Tony 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.
|Continued Construction of the Annexation Wall ||Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
|Checkpoints and Restrictions on the Freedom of Movement:||Jerusalem Center for Women ||3/3/2005|
|The Emperor’s New (Old) Clothes||Maia 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 Homa||22/3/2005|
|Beit Hanina - a ghetto under construction||Khaled 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|
|Egypt: Towards viable democratic systems||Jordan 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.
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