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

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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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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

Photo by Jay Visbal

October 20, 2014 Meeting with an Iraqi Seed and Chemical Supplier that contracts with large multinational companies and sells to local farmers: “We can use the tubers (potato) for two seasons, one year: the mother companies have exclusive rights to the genetic material of the crops.” “Everyone wants Iraq importing, not exporting” “The government is…more »

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