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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Life, Death, and Beauty

Feminine beauty couples with the reminder that life is short and death is our next companion.

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Lawsuit Spotlights U.S. Charities That Fund Israel’s Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

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

“Laws prohibit U.S. foreign aid to nuclear weapons states such as Israel that are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty” WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 The following is being released by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy: A federal lawsuit seeks immediate release of a closely held government report about how American branches of…more »

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Dahr Jamail: Iraqi Doctors Call Depleted Uranium Use “Genocide”

Photo by Patty Mooney

Contamination from depleted uranium (DU) munitions is causing sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq, according to numerous Iraqi doctors. Iraqi doctors and prominent scientists believe that DU contamination is also connected to the emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new…more »

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Witnesses Report Excessive Use Of Force By SCPD During Arrest Near Court House

Two Santa Cruz Police Department grenadiers. That is SCPD Lieutenant Dan Flippo in between them, and to the right is a Santa Cruz Sheriff's deputy (with a taser).

Witnesses to the recent tasing and arrest of a man in Santa Cruz describe the incident differently from the account communicated by police through the reporting of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Individuals on the scene report excessive force was used when officers with the SCPD arrested Oliver Howard near the Court House on Water Street…more »

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Why Activists Are Blocking an Israeli Ship From Docking on the West Coast

Photo by Block the Boat

A coordinated “Block the Boat” solidarity action will leave Israel looking elsewhere to unload its goods. Amidst the terror Israel has unleashed on Gaza, activists on the West Coast have organized a Palestinian solidarity action that is not only politically symbolic, but economically hits Israel where it hurts. Starting Saturday, activists in Oakland, Los Angeles…more »

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Block The Boat for Palestine!

Zim Not Welcome on California Coast

October 28, 2014 UPDATE: Bay Area Community’s Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic. Members of ILWU Local 10 informed Block the Boat organizers that the Zim…more »

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In UN Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky at the U.N. General Assembly As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces plans to set up an investigation into the attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel’s recent assault on the Gaza Strip, we broadcast the speech of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly…more »

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Stonewalled In Jerusalem

Stonewalled in Jerusalem

Sculptural Installation What you see in the image above is a 10 ft. x 4 ft x 5in. photo-based interactive sculptural installation depicting Sara Friedlander’s reflections on the situation in Israel/Palestine. Her exhibition, “Stonewalled in Jerusalem: A Gateway to Dialogue,” is currently on display in Santa Cruz through Dec. 15th (details below). See close-ups of…more »

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Existentializing Difference

Kali Rubaii with Yazidi children in Iraq

The Existentialization of Difference: Why Have The Yazidi People Survived? 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…more »

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

Make Life ~ Skate Life

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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