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Modern Ethiopian Timeline..

June 9, 2021

1869 – Suez Canal Completed. Egypt was prized for the Nile Delta by the colonialist, a region unsurpassed in agricultural productivity. After the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt also offered access to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. For the British, control of Egypt meant more profitable trade with India, one of its richest colonies. For the French, the Canal offered quicker access to Indochina, its very lucrative colony.

1875-6The Battle of Gundet and Gura in present-day Eritrea where Ethiopians delivered a humiliating defeat to the Egyptian army. Egypt fails to dominate the Nile River Basin

1890 – The border between Ethiopia and Eritrea was formed by the extent of Italian penetration from the coast and officially founded.

1892 – July 23 – Tafari Makonnen, later known as Haili Selassi, emperor of Ethiopia was born near Harer, Ethiopia.

1894 – March 9 – Emperor signed a decree granting Alfred Ilg, the Emperor’s advisor and a Swiss engineer, and Léon Chefneux, a French engineer, to work on a railway between the port of Djibouti and the capital of Ethiopia. The railway was intended to open up the Ethiopian Empire, which is landlocked, to further trade on the Red Sea

1896 – March 1 – Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia defeated the Italian colonial power at Adwa on March 1, 1896, and initiated a major railway line project.

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The Cut in I-70 at Morrison: The geology of Colorado’s Dakota Hogback

May 31, 2021

I don’t know how many times we’ve passed it entering the mountains on I-70 heading into Colorado’s high country over the past 52 years. 1000 times? Probably more. I did stop about thirty years ago, when the geological markers had not yet been trashed with graffitti by whomever trying to deny the reality of evolution – human or otherwise. Now the paths are in a state of disrepair, those information signs helping a visitor navigate through some 80 million years of geological history have either been removed or seriously and systematically written over by graffiti, the remaining signs themselves bludgeoned with either hammers or axes, as if violence could erase the earth’s 4.5 billion year history.

But still, that cut in the road remains – a breathtaking manifestation of Mesozoic sedimentology and Cenozoic tectonic plate activity, evidence by its very existence that the age of the earth is a gazillion times older than the 5200 years right-wing religious wackos of all faiths would have their followers and the rest of us believe. If the geology of the area is intensiviely studied it is in part because of its dramatic geological history but also because it is believed that some 10,000 feet below the surface are petroleum bearing strata containing potentially huge volumes of oil and gas.

Thinking that it was, once again, time to take a stroll down geological memory lane, I headed back up to the 400 high, half-mile long road cut by the Morrison exist of I-70 to poke around that slice of some 40 million years of geological formations that are visible today as clearly delineated strata ranging in hue from bright yellow and orange to red, green, brown, tan, gray and black. The oldest strata on the western side of the cut date from around 145 million years ago, the youngest at the eastern end some 95 million years old when Colorado was “a broad flat plain populated by dinosaurs.”

“The cut” revealed to as the Dakota Hogback, a steeply sloped ridge that extends for southern Wyoming across the Front Range of Colorado at the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains into Northern New Mexico. It includes such geological wonders as Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, Colorado, the Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Flat Irons of Boulder and Colorado Sprongs’ Garden of the Gods.. The Dakota Hogback is a remnant from a period of mountain-building that occurred approximately 70 million years ago, when the modern Rocky Mountains were uplifted in a process that tilted and exposed older, underlying rock strata — some fossil-bearing.

During the 1971 construction of I-70, an estimated 25 million tons of rock were removed from the road cut, revealing some 40 million years of geological formations that are visible today as clearly delineated strata ranging in hue from bright yellow and orange to red, green, brown, tan, gray and black.

As Pueblo Chieftain reporter Lynda La Rocca noted in a 2017 article:

Walkways along both sides of the road cut are lined with interpretive signs (many, however, have unfortunately been defaced and vandalized) explaining the origins of this sedimentary sandstone, mudstone, limestone, siltstone and shale, and illustrating how different strata represent different paleoenvironments, including freshwater marshes, beaches, tidal flats, tidal plains and sea bottoms.

Indeed, at a certain point one could smell the odors of past organic materials, still seeping their way to the surface.

A Wikipedia article notes that prior to the emergence of the Rocky Mountains, some 67 million years ago, the region was a shallow sea. As sediments fell to the bottom of the water, they were compressed into soft sedimentary rock. Thus, oyster and clam shells, sand, and mud built slowly into layers of sandstone, shale, limestone, and “mudstone.” As the Rocky Mountains rose over the last 67 million years, up to nearly 30,000 feet above sea level, the soft sedimentary rocks were quickly weathered and washed away from the high mountains. That soft matter, deposited in the layers visible in the cut was kept from eroding by a top layer of hard sandstone, the Dakota Sandstone, from which the ridge gets its name. This sandstone “cap” protects the softer shales and limestones beneath it from weathering and erosion.

“I hardly ever see anyone here.” These were the words of Roy Johnston, a local artist I mt there, exploring the formations on the north side of I-70 where I was also probing. We stopped and talked, shared a few observations about evolution – human and more general, both enjoying the wonder of it all. It was obvious from his red MAGA cap and my KGNU hat that had the circumstances of our meeting taken place in a different milieu that we might not have had such a friendly connection, but there we were before the enormity of geological history where those more mundane political differences didn’t amount to much, if anything. Had me thinking about how context “is everything.”

Israel/Palestine: The Latest War – Repercussions and Conseuqences. KGNU Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues. May 25, 2021

May 27, 2021

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As we noted, the cause of peace will not be advanced unless and until Washington and the Israeli government negotiate with all of their adversaries – and that includes Hamas. Hamas is a reality in Gaza (and the West Bank and Israel of 1948) now even more so than prior to the fighting. It’s about time the United States recognizes this reality, enters into talks with Hamas and all Palestinian elements to work towards a political settlement and peace

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The fighting between the Israeli government and the Palestinians – in Gaza, the West Bank and within Israel of 48 has temporarily in place. A ceasefire has gone into effect, one that, immediately, after it came into effect, the Netanyahu government brazenly – once again – violated by letting loose vigilantes on the al Aksa Mosque – third most holy site for Islam and by continuing its ethnic cleansing and expulsion of Palestinians from the Sheik Jaffer neighborhood of Jerusalem. This is nothing new but par for the course. Israel has a long history of signing ceasefires and then immediately violating them, especially where it concerns the Palestinians.

The problem is that this time, Netanyahu is risking the war escalating to a regional level. He seems to prefer that than to implement a cease fire and momentum towards negotiation which almost certainly will result in his political demise.

The United States, through its Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, is trying to organize some kind of cease fire and for that he has traveled to Israel, spoken with the Netanyahu government (and Netanyahu himself) and also visited Ramallah in the West Bank where he met with Mohammed Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authorty, which these days has very littl authority indeed. Blinken has made a point of not speaking to Hamas or Islamic Jihad although the influence of these organizations in Gaza and beyond has soared in the wake of this round of military confrontation.

As we noted in this program, the cause of peace will not be advanced unless and until Washington and the Israeli government negotiate with all of their adversaries – and that includes Hamas. Hamas is a reality in Gaza (and the West Bank and Israel of 1948) now even more so than prior to the fighting. It’s about time the United States recognizes this reality, enters into talks with Hamas and all Palestinian elements to work towards a political settlement.

Negotiations don’t mean anything unless you talk to those with whom you are in disagreement.

Zionism, a failed ideology. From whence it came, where it’s headed – a live interview with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. May 19, 2021.

May 21, 2021
Dearborn, Michigan. Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Interview

In the midst of war, yet another terrible, indiscrimate bombing of Gaza by Israel, what is becoming clear, is despite Israeli’s superior firepower, it is incapable of destroying the resilience of the Palestinian people, in the search for justice, a political state of their own and the “de-zionization” of Israel. From where did Zionism emerge? Where is it headed

Zionism, a failed ideology. From whence it came, where it’s headed. Live on YouTube and Facebook. Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm

May 17, 2021
Denver, Colorado. May 14, 2021. (Photo Credit: Reema Wahdan)

On YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHsrCr0vggw

On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/live/producer/schedule/10158757711608884

In the midst of war, yet another terrible, indiscriminate bombing of Gaza by Israel, what is becoming clear, is despite Israeli’s superior firepower, it is incapable of destroying the resilience of the Palestinian people, in the search for justice, a political state of their own and the “de-zionization” of Israel. From where did Zionism emerge? Where is it headed

Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince

Kazerooni and Prince have been political commentators of Middle East Affairs at KGNU – Boulder, Colorado – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues now for eleven years.

(Ibrahim Kazerooni has a joint phd from the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Relations. Originally from Najaf, Iraq, he is currently an imam at the Moslem Center of North America in Dearborn, Michigan). He lives in Detroit, Michigan, USA

(Rob Prince is a retired Senior Lecturer of International Affairs at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.) He lives in Denver, Colorado, USA

Guest Blogger: Philip Weiss – Zionism’s end game has begun

May 17, 2021

This article is reprinted from MondoWeiss

Zionism – an ideology that has run its course?

Last week the Guardian newspaper in London expressed shame over one of its worst errors of judgment: that in 1917 it supported and facilitated the Balfour Declaration, the imperial document that awarded Jews the “right” to make a homeland in Palestine. This counter-declaration was met with rage by Israel supporters.

And well it should, for it represents another blow to the legitimacy of Zionism in the west. All around us today we hear these blows falling on the central creed of Israel: the supposed right of a Jewish collective to national self-determination in a land populated by others.

I’ll remind you of some of those blows: Human Rights Watch has issued a report saying that Israel is guilty of the crime of “apartheid and persecution” against its Palestinian subjects, and millions of Palestinians have the right to return to the homes from which they were expelled in 1948. The leading human rights group in Israel, B’Tselem, said that Israel is an “apartheid regime” of “Jewish supremacy” from the river to the sea. The Carnegie Endowment has called for America to use pressure for equal rights for all in the land, and an author of that report, Zaha Hassan, echoes the “apartheid” finding. A leading Jewish writer (with AIPAC on his resume), Peter Beinart has thoroughly apostacized in the last year, calling for an end to the two state model and equal rights for all between the river and sea, and in today’s Times Beinart says that Palestinian refugees “deserve to return home.”

The social justice movement that has rocked the United States in the last year is crashing up against the door of apartheid Israel, which of course only gets more rightwing politically. At the J Street conference last month, Isaac Herzog, the head of the Jewish Agency, pleaded with young American Jews not to abandon their state, the Jewish state. But that abandonment is going on before our eyes. You can’t be opposed to white nationalism in the United States and support Jewish nationalism in Israel. Israel’s most effective propagandist in the United States over the last 20 years, Jeffrey Goldberg, has checked out of Hotel Zionism. He is nowhere to be seen as Israel pounds the Gaza Strip for the third or fourth or 500th time.

Of course the news headlines are the greatest source of delegitimization: Israel’s own brutal conduct. Yesterday Benny Gantz, the former general who earlier bragged of bombing Gaza back to the stone age in a campaign to be prime minister, threatened to do even worse to Gaza in a video message that blames 2 million people under siege for their own destruction. “This is it, this is what Israel is. Pridefully threatening (even worse) murder. And then glibly transferring all responsibility for it to its victims,” writes an ally.

Bear in mind, this Gantz was once the American liberal Zionists’ hope for saving Israel from Netanyahu.

And the liberal Zionists’ current favorite, Yair Lapid, if he helps form the next government, will not depart at all from the Gantz line. Yes, this is what Israel is. If you watch i24 News, you will see one Jewish Israeli after another justifying massive violence against Gaza because the people there have dared to defy their imprisonment– for 13 years, with no freedom of movement, and their fishing boats shot at, and sewage in their water supply.

The simple truth of Israel’s existence is that it has never found an answer to its core constitutional problem: It is a “Jewish state” though half the population it governs is not Jewish. Its answer to that problem has never been greater freedom for Palestinians, it has always been violence. Ethnic cleansing. Shooting the refugees who wanted to return. Putting them behind barbed wire and worse. Bombing their apartment buildings. Burning their olive trees.

The simple truth of Israel’s existence is that it has never found an answer to its core constitutional problem: It is a “Jewish state” though half the population it governs is not Jewish. Its answer to that problem has never been greater freedom for Palestinians, it has always been violence. Ethnic cleansing. Shooting the refugees who wanted to return. Putting them behind barbed wire and worse. Bombing their apartment buildings. Burning their olive trees.

And Israel’s leaders and its apologists in the United States have struggled to remove the problem by changing the subject. The problem is Not what Israel is doing to Palestinians, but Islamic terrorism, or Iran’s desire to destroy Israel, or some other fiction. Lately they were able to maintain their claim that the Palestinian problem will disappear by signing several diplomatic/bribery deals with Arab neighbors who were willing to overlook Palestinian rights in order to gain an audience in Washington.

These lies are crumbling in plain sight. We are all witnessing yet another violent attack by Israel on its Palestinian citizens and subjects, yet another demonstration of Israel’s failure to give Palestinians rights. The violence began with valiant protests over the continued ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem. And today the only thing that is retarding Israel’s violence against Gaza is that Palestinians who are citizens of Israel have risen up in solidarity with the other Palestinians, and so Israel fears a “civil war.”

Israel is having a rendezvous with democracy. On i24 News, Israeli reporters are expressing the “shock” that instead of uniting Israel, this war is exposing the fundamental inequity in that society.

Crumbling in plain sight? We are witnessing the end of the Oslo delusion, as Mustafa Barghouti explained, and American supporters/defenders of Israel are being forced to reckon at last with its core problem. Peter Beinart has been a real leader; and he acknowledges that it is apartheid. Eric Alterman says it’s apartheid. Nicholas Kristof, a champion of human rights, highlights the recent apartheid findings in the New York Times today and all but accepts the term.

Kristof reflects the new Democratic normal: He says that U.S. aid should not go toward “bombings of Palestinians.” It is clear that conditioning the billions we send to Israel– what John Whitbeck calls “tribute” — is the next step in U.S. liberal Democratic discourse. And BDS will be sure to follow.

Even rightwing supporters are getting tired of the self-defense lie. Neocon Max Boot confesses this is not about Iran, it’s about an expansionist Israeli government pushing Palestinians out of their houses: “Israel’s continuing land grab in East Jerusalem + West Bank.”

While Yaacov Lozowick, the author and former archivist for the state of Israel, says Israel must face its constitutional issue:

Here is an idea we have not tried in 74 years: a Jewish party leader will emerge and announce that if he wins the election he will strive, first and not in retrospect, to form a government that will include representatives of Arab citizens; Its purpose will be that they will feel equal citizens in their country.

But the news is that the Israeli government is only going to be more rightwing.

There is no going back in the global discussion. Zionism created apartheid rule in one state; the U.S. establishment is finally beginning to acknowledge this. Palestinian resistance has never stopped. Ultimately there is only one answer to that resistance, equal rights. These truths are becoming clearer to all outside observers thanks to the struggle over a few houses in occupied East Jerusalem. Just as Ali Abunimah said we would, we are entering the last phase of the Zionist story. It has run its course, we’re in the endgame.

On creating a U.S-Ethiopian Friendship Society – Forming a human nexus. Breaking out of social & political bubbles. Part two of a two part interview.

May 16, 2021
Taste of Ethiopia – Aurora, Colorado. August 3, 2019

Interview – Part Two…

The first part of this interview was more political. It dealt with what is shaping up to be a campaign of hybrid warfare against the Ethiopian government of Prime Minister – and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Abiy Ahmed starting with misinformation and the gorwing Congressional call for sanctions against Ethiopia..

It this segment Part Two) I talk about the need to establish something along the lines of an Ethiopian-American Friendship Association as well as the typical challenges of immigrant communities to life in the USA.

(Part oneEthiopia: Senator Coon’s Fact-Fining Vs. Ultimatum Rendering with Professor Rob Prince. Part One of a two part interview)

CFJ-Colorado Interview with Yara M. Asi: A Tale of Two Covid-19 Responses – Israel & Palestine

May 15, 2021
Vaccine Apartheid in Israel and Palestine

Interview

In this live interview (done Thursday, May 13, 2021) Dr. Asi discussed the discrepancy between how Israel dealt swiftly and effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic within Israel’s borders but has largely failed to do likewise among Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories (West Bank and Gaza). Yara M. Asi is a non-resident Fellow at the Arab Center Washington D.C., a Policy Member of Al-Shabaka, and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Central Florida specializing in health in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Yara M Asi – A Tale of Two Covid-19 Responses – Israel and Palestine

May 12, 2021

Thursday, 6-7:15 pm Mountain States Time

For Palestine! Friday, May 14th @ 4 pm at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Come, bring a friend! Bring 10 friends!

May 12, 2021
Nearly forty years ago – in Denver, after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. There is Larry Kanafani (on the left “Israel out of Lebanon”), Hamzi Alami (on the left with his hands in the air holding a sign, Morty Dayan (on the right, former first violinist in the Israeli Symphony Orchestra) and on the right, Nancy Fey…

This demonstration this coming Friday, has been called by the Palestinian Community of Colorado. Come, bring a friend! Bring ten friends

A number of local peace and church groups have been asked to join in, participate, support, and the like, among them the Center for Freedom and Justice – Colorado – an informal sister city project with the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar, in the West Bank Area C. Area C is the part of the West Bank completely under Israeli military control and is a microcosm of life under Israeli occupation.

We will be there – at the State Capitol – on Friday at 4 pm, brushing off our old “End othe Occupation” poster that is still in the garage, and making more.

Join us – in solidarity with the people of Palestine, against Occupation, forced expulsion and for the realization of the political and human rights.

Join us – in calling for a change in U.S. policy, to an end of American one-sided military and economic support for Israel, for a dismantling of U.S. foreign bases in the Middle East, for an end of the maximum pressure campaign against Iran, and a removal of U.S. trrops from Syria …

For peace… with justice…

Ethiopia – More on Senator Chris Coons – Ultimatums to Addis Ababa, Big Pharma’s Point Man on opposing lifting patent restrictions on COVID-19

May 10, 2021

Now it appears, that when Coons is not working with the Administration to destabilize Ethiopia, he’s defending the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying effort to prevent the Biden Administration from ending unethical COVID-19 vaccine hoarding which has led to “vaccine apartheid” to the disadvantage of the Global South. Worried – as usual – more about profiting off its control of the vaccine than addressing the global Coronavirus spread, the pharmaceutical lobby in Washington has gone all out to prevent any Administration lifting of patent control. Leading the change putting drug company profits before people – and in this case overwhelming non-White peoples of the Third World (including Ethiopia) is, Chris Coons!

When Joe Biden wanted to send a special emissary to Ethiopia to give the government of Ethiopia an ultimatum 1. to permit so-called unhindered humanitarian aid (meaning the U.S. and allies could go into Tigray Province with no supervision from the Ethiopia government 2. To postpone umcoming national elections or, again, to permit unsupervised, international observers 3. To demand that Ethiopian troops “withdraw” from their own territory after putting down an insurrection spearheaded by the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front which the Addis Ababa government crushed 4. to press the Abiy Ahmed government to negotiate with the defeated insurrectionists with an eye on getting them one way or another back in power – When Joe Biden wanted to do all that, he sent his good friend and former U.S. Senate member, Chris Coons to Ethiopia. This was in mid March, 2021.

It was not a “fact finding” mission as it was presented by the State Department and the media in the U.S. but more of an imperial politican delivering an ultimatum. The visit was preceded by what was – against Ethiopia – anyhow, nothing short of an unprecedented (American) misinformation campaign with growing calls from different well-lobbied members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives for the United States to do what it does worldwide when it doesn’t know what else to do: slap Ethiopia with sanctions to pressure it to bend to Washington’s will. Unsubstantiated claims that the Addis Ababa government and its Eritrean allies were committing war crimes in Tigray province – broadly accepted now in Western government and media circles – harken to the kind of fabrications, exaggerations that preceded the 2003 U.S. led invasion of Iraq (weapons of mass destruction) and the 2011 U.S. inspired (they “led from behind” as they called it) NATO invasion of Libya, the pretexts for the failed mercenary driven proxy war against Syria.

Indeed, all the signs are that Washington has opened up a new front of hybrid warfare against the Ethiopian state following a pattern that extends from Yugoslavia through Iraq, Libya, Syria – add Myanmar to the list…and now Ethiopia. A number of factors enter into Washington’s new hard line over Ethiopia. It’s hard to tell which is more primary – whether it’s Washington’s onesided support for Egypt’s attempt to stop the completion of Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Dam or Washington’s anxiety about the inroads that China is making in Africa, including Ethiopia, or Washington’s manic drive to win and corner control of rare earth (and other) minerals some of whcih are found in Ethiopia, or some combination thereof. Regardless of whatever it is that driving U.S. Ethopia policy the goal is clear enough: either to keep the country so politically weak so that it is more vulnerable to foreign influence or, should that not work, to actually work to partition the country, either de jure or de facto.

Whatever, Chris Coons is a key Biden Administration in this Ethiopia destabilization campaign which continues.

Hybrid warfare – that is modern warfare in which actual military confrontation takes a back seat to disinformation, sanctions, destabilization – now includes weaponizing the COVID-19 vaccines to suit global political ends and competition.

Now it appears, that when Coons is not working with the Administration to destabilize Ethiopia, he’s defending the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying effort to prevent the Biden Administration from ending unethical COVID-19 vaccine hoarding which has led to “vaccine apartheid” to the disadvantage of the Global South. Worried – as usual – more about profiting off its control of the vaccine than addressing the global Coronavirus spread, the pharmaceutical lobby in Washington has gone all out to prevent any Administration lifting of patent control. Leading the change putting drug company profits before people – and in this case overwhelming non-White peoples of the Third World (including Ethiopia) is, Chris Coons!

As noted in a recent article in Jacobin, Coons’ defended the pharmaceutical industry’s effort to continue to control their patents on COVID-19 vaccine using old Cold War logic. “Many political and business leaders are defending unethical vaccine patent hoarding. But Sen. Chris Coons recently achieved new levels of repulsiveness, invoking Red Scare rhetoric, the Capitol riot, and the Constitution to justify protecting Big Pharma’s profits.” Here are his remarks at an April 22 event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

Let me close by being optimistic about our ability to invest in innovation, science, and competitiveness here in the United States. If we look back at what happened when the Soviets launched the Sputnik satellite, it was a moment that was a genuine wakeup call for the American people. And as a result, Congress and the administration invested in STEM education, invested in research, and in fundamental and applied science, and the benefits of that lasted for two generations.

January 6 was a moment that was challenging, divisive, difficult for all of us here in Congress, and it was a wakeup call that our country is badly divided [my emphasis]. And the ways in which China has become a peer competitor in investing in R&D, in the number of patents issued, the number of research papers published, and the ways in which they are now trying to take the lead in standard essential — standard-setting bodies — that recent campaign to put a Chinese national at the head of the WIPO, where the PTO director, Andrei Iancu, was — did yeoman’s work to make sure that someone committed to a strong intellectual property system globally instead became the head of the WIPO — all of this is a wakeup call for us that we need to have another Sputnik-like moment of reinvestment in American innovation and competitiveness. A central part of being successful in this competition is continuing with our constitutionally created protected property right of a patent, something I’ve long believed in.

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/05/senator-chris-coons-vaccine-patent-remarks-csis-cold-war-red-scare?fbclid=IwAR3Ei2s-3whwVsclM4XIG2G2H6VUNpaccA_dU0SAQtPyH5HKpFZ9GgaHnzo

As Luke Savage, the author of this piece notes, the way the Coons “one of Big Pharma’s most reliable tribunes in Washington” phrases the issue “transforms a question of global public health into one of naked imperial self-interest,” an approach Savage refers to as “as grotesque and immoral as any argument for patent hoarding made yet.”

Ethiopia: Senator Coon’s Fact-Fining Vs. Ultimatum Rendering with Professor Rob Prince. Part One of a two part interview

May 8, 2021

The Interview

Center for Freedom and Justice – Colorado Presents: A Tale of two COVID-19 Responses: Israel and Palestine. Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 6-7:15 Mountain States Time. An interview with Professor Yara M. Asi, a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of Central Florida specializing in health in fragile and conflict-affected states. Live on YouTube and Facebook.

May 5, 2021
Palestinians at a demonstration in Gaza City demand coronavirus protection for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, March 19. (Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Center for Freedom and Justice – Colorado Interviews Yara M. Asi, Non-resident Fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC, a Policy Member of Al-Shabaka, and a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of Central Florida specializing in health in fragile and conflict-affected states. Live on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OozxoZQv3kohursday, May 13, 2021 from 6 -7:15 pm MST.

Live Facebook link to follow in a few datys.

Dr. Asi will be talking about the discrepancy between how Israel dealt swiftly and effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic within Israel’s borders but has largely failed to do likewise among Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories (West Bank and Gaza).

“Perhaps more urgently, the entanglement of Palestinians and Israelis – with Israeli settlers and soldiers on Palestinian lands and Palestinian workers entering Israel daily – should have made a clear and obvious health case to Israeli authorities. Even Israeli public health experts called for Israel to vaccinate the entire Palestinian population. But instead of implementing a comprehensive vaccination plan for the Israeli-occupied Palestinian population, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to send thousands of doses around the world as rewards to countries that agreed to move embassies to Jerusalem and for other political considerations. This cynical vaccine diplomacy plan was frozen almost immediately due to legal challenges and significant global criticism. Israel faced further criticism when Israeli politicians delayed, and debated blocking completely, a small shipment of vaccines from Palestinians in the West Bank to Gaza, citing a desire to extract political concessions in exchange.”

For more information: cfjcolorado@gmail.com

Black Alliance for Peace on U.S. (probable) Pullout from Afghanistan

May 5, 2021

A zoom seminar worth watching in full

Building a People’s Movement to End US Imperialism in Afghanistan & the World

High Noon In the Middle East – The full transcript…

May 4, 2021

Above, the audio of the program.

Below is the entire KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues program of April 27, 2021 broken up into readable segments.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four