One Year After Gaza: An interview with Nina of SPHR

An interview with Nina, a Palestinian-Canadian and member of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), on reflections nearly one year after the Gaza massacre.

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The Link: "There is no 'new' antisemitism"

This is an op-ed I wrote for the Link, the student newspaper at Concordia. To witness the circus that is the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism, and their hearings, visit


There is no ‘new’ anti-Semitism
Free speech stifled under guise of inquiry

The Link, December 1st 2009

by Aaron Lakoff

Aaron Lakoff is a communications student at Concordia University and a member of Not In Our Name Concordia, a campus-based anti-Zionist Jewish group.

The Israel/Palestine debate has been a controversial topic at Concordia in recent years. However, there is a point when discussion on a controversial issue can be used as a pretext for censorship and repression. With recent political manoeuvring within and beyond Concordia around this issue, I fear that we may be moving in that direction.

Cracked and Shrinking Maps: An Interview with Palestinian Artist Suleiman Mansour

"The Bearer of Burdens" painting by Suleiman Mansour"The Bearer of Burdens" painting by Suleiman Mansour

Suleiman Mansour is one of Palestine's most renowned painters. Active in the Palestinian artist community since the 1970s, he has contributed greatly to art education and promotion in the West Bank. He is a co-founder of the Wasiti Art Center in Jerusalem, and is also a member of the “New Vision” artist group, which focuses on the use of local material in artwork.

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba in 2008, Suleiman Mansour was interviewed at the Palestinian International Academy of Art in Ramallah about the struggles of Palestinian cultural producers over the decades, and what the significance of art is in the face of this historic milestone.

Interview by Aaron Lakoff

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Audio: Abdelkader Belaouni Wins His Right to Stay in Canada!

Abdelkader Belaouni looks out the window of St-Gabriel's church parish. Photo by Tatiana GomezAbdelkader Belaouni looks out the window of St-Gabriel's church parish. Photo by Tatiana Gomez

Wow! 3 years, 9 months, and 22 long days after Algerian refugee, and a good friend of mine, Abdelkader Belaouni, took sanctuary in St-Gabriel's church in Montreal to avoid a deportation order, he has finally won his permanent residency status and will be allowed to live out the rest of his life in Montreal!

CKUT: Out Against Israeli Apartheid

CKUT Radio
Out Against Israeli Apartheid - Queers unite in solidarity with Palestine

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This report feature different queer voices reflecting on struggles against Israeli apartheid today, and struggles against South African apartheid in the 1980's.

Featured in this report are:

*Natalie Kouri-Towe, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid - Toronto

*Leila Pourtavaf, member of Q-Team and organizer for Pervers/cite - Montreal

*Tim McCaskell, founder of the Simon Nkoli Anti-Apartheid Committee, a queer group which fought against South African apartheid in the 1980's - Toronto

*Rawda Morcos, general coordinator of Aswat - Haifa, Palestine

Citizenshift: Autonomy in the Point

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This 12-minute podcast explores the Autonomous Social Center (ASC) project, a dynamic initiative of activists and residents of Point St-Charles, one of Montreal's oldest working-class communities. The Autonomous Social Center was opened on May 29, 2009, and was intended to be a building squatted for a variety of different social and political uses.

Audio from the eviction of the Autonomous Social Centre

May 30, 2009

Montreal - Autonomous Social Centre Brutally Evicted by Police!

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Audio: A Squatted Social Centre is Born in Montreal

May 29, 2009
Residents of Point St-Charles and their allies open an autonomous social centre

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FSRN: Canadian national day of action to bring Abdelrazik home

Abousofian Abdelrazik with one of his childrenAbousofian Abdelrazik with one of his children

A Canadian citizen, Abousofian Abdelrazik, remains in government-imposed exile in Soudan. Listen to this 4 minute feature report on Free Speech Radio News by visiting this link:'s-national-day-action-abdelrazik/4651


Maher Arar is a name that has stayed in the minds of many Canadians.
Many would hope that the tale of the Syrian-Canadian, who was
intercepted at JFK airport and deported to be tortured and detained in
Syria for nearly a year, is well in the past. But Abousofian
Abdelrazik, a Canadian of Sudanese origin, is yet another name on a
list those who have suffered the now infamous practice of
extraordinary renditions.

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