Justícia i Pau (Centre Delàs), Fundació per la Pau, War Resisters’ International and the European Network Against Arms Trade invite you to the seminar: “War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses” to be held in Barcelona between 29 September and 2 October, 2011.
Interview with historian and author William Blum about US foreign policy, democracy, and freedom of the press, and their world-wide implications.
In Germany, recently there has been a lot of actions against nuclear power and we achieved big success. We shut down eight nuclear power plants. Three more will follow within the next five years. This is a really big deal and happened because of the hundredthousands of people marching for an end of nuclear power again and again.
Civilians have been the main victims of the 25 years armed conflict between the Sri Lankan State and the LTTE separatists. In the Northern region, which was one of the main battlefronts, the intensity of the violence throughout the conflict forced Jaffnese civilians to move, either willingly or by force, to ‘shelter areas’ more or less far from the front. We will try to see in this article what areas were preferred by Jaffnese seeking shelter and if the choice of ‘refuge spaces’ has evolved during the different major phases of conflict.
For 27 years, since Salit Quarries began operating in the occupied West Bank under the ownership of Jews from Jerusalem, it has employed Palestinian workers from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Though quarrying sand and gravel from the desert Mountains just 10 km east of Jerusalem has brought considerable profit to the owners, the workers have been employed under exploitative terms and with insufficient safety standards. Until the workers began organizing with WAC (in May 2007), the West Bank workers were employed without pay slips and without pension insurance. No tests had been carried out to ascertain the affect of the dust on the workers’ health, and there were no facilities such as a dining room, washrooms or water cooler though the quarry is located in an isolated arid region. (http://www.wac-maan.org.il/en/article__38/palestinian_quarry_workers_organize) Following claims and pressure from WAC and the workers, the quarry agreed to some improvements.
Lawyers: Murder not classified as security crime, therefore Shin Bet has, by law, no authority to investigate.