When the official line is never the best perspective

Jake Lynch, head of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, on the importance of giving a voice to the voiceless: An eyewitness account from one of the [Sri Lankan government Tamil internment] camps is to be the centrepiece of an event we’re staging at the University of Sydney, titled, ”˜Sri Lanka’s human rights…

Gazans celebrate the holy Muslim festival

A report from inside Gaza during the festival of Ramadan: I heard it all the time in the occupied West Bank back in 2007, and I hear it here in besieged Gaza also: ”˜we used to live with the Jews, side by side. We worked together, lived as neighbours.’ The theme of coexistence is bastardized…

What Israeli cultural ambassadors now must do

Udi Aloni, an Israeli-American film maker, suggests a code of conduct for Israeli artists: We, as Israeli artists opposed to the occupation, must act according to the following guidelines: 1. Declare everywhere that Israel is an apartheid state, violating international law as far as it concerns the Occupied Territories. 2. Demand the immediate lifting of…

Caring more for Israeli blood

The return from Hamas of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is reportedly near (though many false stories have alleged this in the past). Gideon Levy in Haaretz highlights the hypocrisy of those shouting the loudest for his release: There is no need to waste more words on everyone’s desire to see Gilad Shalit return home.…

Uncover, reveal, embarrass and discuss

This New York Times article inadvertently acknowledges the profound failures of the media class since 9/11 to uncover the key decisions made by the Bush administration and now Barack Obama; NGOs, lawyers and activists are now generally far more pro-active and curious than the average corporate journalist: In the spring of 2003, long before Abu…

Sri Lanka is not the forgotten war

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies With the support of Amnesty International PRESENT: Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Emergency ”¢ How and why it is being hidden ”¢ And what we can do about it Monday 31 August 2009, 6.30 – 8.30 pm Footbridge Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney Entry by gold coin donation Bruce Haigh…