Kali Rubaii’s Urgent Request: Medical Support For Internally Displaced Iraqis

Sitting with Samer on his first day outside of Iraq, fleeing threats against his father, a journalist.

Dear Friends, I am writing from Jordan (heading to Northern Iraq this week) with an urgent request for support. Below that request, you will find a more detailed update of our work over the past year. Urgent Request: Please feel free to forward to your friends. Our medical contacts in Iraq have issued an urgent…more »

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The Existentialization Of Difference: Why Have The Yazidi People Survived?

Kali Rubaii with Yazidi children in Iraq

The Existentialization of Difference You have asked me: “Why and how have the Yazidi people survived so long? Why are they just now being threatened?” What important questions. I have had the privilege of working with displaced Yazidi who have suffered unprecedented violence, and lost many family members in the last few months, so I…more »

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7Hills Skatepark In Jordan: Creative Repair For Middle East Youth

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Project Vision 7Hills seeks to provide under-served youth in Jordan with an accessible outlet for socializing and physical activity, and support and expand the existing Jordanian skateboarding community, by constructing a free of charge, community-built skatepark in the city center of Amman. Background Skateboarding made its way to Jordan in 2002 and has since developed…more »

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UK Parliament Votes To Recognise Palestine

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Late last night, I joined MPs from all sides of the House of Commons to vote for the UK Government to immediately recognise Palestine as a sovereign state. I’m very pleased to say that MPs chose to recognise the state of Palestine by 274 votes for recognition to only 12 votes against recognition. I’m particularly…more »

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Israel War Profit: Palestine As Experimental Sites For Arms Dealers Backed By Intellectuals.

IDF tanks gather near Gaza Strip in preparation for a possible ground invasion. The Israeli government has authorized drafting 75,000 reservists for the next stages in the military campaign (photo: Actiestills)

War in Israel has become a constant source of profit, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip used as experimental sites for arms dealers backed up by intellectuals. These are the protagonists of ‘The Lab,’ a new film by Yotam Feldman. In its exceptional interviews, the film reveals that the image of the arms dealer…more »

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The University Is Unsustainable

UC and the Bomb
Photo by ~Bradley Tuesday Jun 10th, 2008 8:49 PM

On June 2nd, the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) class at UC Santa Cruz hosted an evening entitled “The University is Unsustainable: militarism, nuclearism, corporatism and the UC.” Student researchers Jono and Leah presented on UCSC’s Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) while UCSC alumni Will Parrish and Darwin BondGraham focused on the University of…more »

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When Your Intuition Is Right

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Things started to go wrong in the summer of 2011. We had just built a beautiful house by the beach in our coastal town of Westport, Connecticut. I was at culinary school, taking the train in to the city every day, and continuing to write novels that were selling all over the world. I had…more »

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Student Denounces University Of California As Part Of Military Industrial Complex

Photo by Alex Darcy

Dear Community Studies, I want to start off by thanking each of you three wonderful women for all of the work you do. Each of you have inspired me in different ways to continue on my path towards helping make the world a better and more peaceful place. I am disappointed, but also excited, to…more »

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Reparation Journey In Iraq

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October 16, 2014 Segregation becomes the answer to racism, separation becomes the answer to conflict, prisons becomes the answer to poverty… etc. This is one conceptualization of the “peace paradigm”– that once everyone in a single place is the same or dead, while others are separated from them by a highway, a wall, a national…more »

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Abbas To UN: “End This Settlement Occupation”

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On Friday, September 26, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly, “The time has come to end this settlement occupation.” The New York Times described Abbas as “visibly enraged” when he spoke to the General Assembly. In her analysis of the address for Ha’aretz, Amira Hass wrote that Abbas was obviously not…more »

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Chomsky: The Crass and Brutal Approach Used to Keep Gaza Mired in Misery

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For those concerned with the rights of the brutalized Palestinians, there can be no higher priority than working to change U.S. policies On Aug. 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement…more »

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