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Stephen Lewis Interview: Intl. Aids Activist

Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 12:24 am | Am Johal

This week former UN Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, was invested as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe – a knighthood which is Lesotho’s highest honour. More >>

The Obscenity of Vancouver’s Olympic Games

Monday, 12 February 2007, 7:58 am | Am Johal

No, we can’t blame it all on the Olympics. The downtown peninsula was already about to be built up and real estate economics were savouring the asset value of neighbouring Downtown Eastside property. More >>

The Aesthetics of Execution

Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 12:11 am | Am Johal

It is ironic, that in his final moments of life, Saddam Hussein, the half-baked ‘Butcher of Baghdad,’ appeared more dignified than his executioners – anonymous hooded police officers, randomly chosen, hastily carrying out last minute orders while taunting ... More >>

Am Johal: A Complicated Kindness

Monday, 18 December 2006, 2:12 pm | Am Johal

Though North America’s first heroin prescription trial is being described as successful in its early stages, it is being plagued with ethics questions regarding its research design and manner in which addicts are leaving the study. More >>

Could Sanctions and Divestment End the Occupation?

Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 11:18 am | Am Johal

Recently, the Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees drew praise and criticism for taking a position supporting a divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel aimed at ending the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. ... More >>

What Are the Root Causes, Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice?

Thursday, 27 July 2006, 3:30 pm | Am Johal

For months and years, independent media commentators have been using the term 'root causes' to highlight the role of Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem as one of the primary contributing factors to a destabilized Middle East. More >>

Am Johal 100 Hours in the Holy Land

Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 3:22 pm | Am Johal

Jerusalem/Ramallah - I am contemplating what is now known as the Haifa Suitcase Dilemma. I left it in an apartment and left with only a backpack last Sunday when the rockets started to land. More >>

Security Forces Arrest Jerusalem Peace Activists

Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 3:22 pm | Am Johal

As US Secretary of State Condolleeza Rice arrived in Israel to talk about the possibility of a ceasefire, Jerusalem protesters were pushed and shoved away from sight and in to the middle of the street near the Citadel Hotel on King David Street on Monday ... More >>

Thoughts While Getting Out of Missile Range

Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 11:40 am | Am Johal

Here, we all feel like the boxer Roberto Duran, who was known as "The Hands of Stone." In a rematch fight with Sugar Ray Leonard in New Orleans in 1980, after having defeated the American gold medalist during the 'Brawl of Montreal', he turned his back to ... More >>

Am Johal: Beautiful Madness

Friday, 14 July 2006, 7:54 am | Am Johal

Haifa - War and chess is what mathematicians and economists call a zero sum game. It is a game built on a model which requires one winner. The problem with developing international diplomatic policy on something as unforgiving as game theory means ... More >>

Am Johal: In the Land of Tito

Thursday, 13 July 2006, 10:43 am | Am Johal

When Tito, the dapper, benevolent, womanizing leader of Yugoslavia was sent by the Soviet Union to purge the Communist Party in the 1930’s Balkans, he advocated for the break up of the country and agitated for changes against Serbian domination. More >>

Am Johal: Trauma, Reflexivity and Al Gore

Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 1:34 pm | Am Johal

Normalizing an occupation for decades requires a deep understanding of international relations, social psychology, mass communications, systems theory and the blunt reality of brute force. With many areas of society suffering the distortions of social control ... More >>

Am Johal: The Right to Live Without Fear

Thursday, 8 June 2006, 2:51 pm | Am Johal

Lost in the discussion of peace processes, military raids, Qassam rocket fire and unilateralism carried out by the Israeli government for ‘security purposes,’ is the climate of fear that is the defining feature of Israeli and Palestinian life. More >>

The Myth of Unilateralism and Convergence

Tuesday, 6 June 2006, 5:30 pm | Am Johal

What Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is attempting to pull off through unilateralism is historically unprecedented – to take a disputed territory and mark its own borders without taking in to account historical aspirations or negotiations. Convergence ... More >>

Am Johal: Pope Visits Krakow and Auschwitz

Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 11:56 am | Am Johal

Krakow - Pope Benedict XVI made his way to a grey and rainy Krakow where a crowd of 900,000 had gathered to greet him. Some had travelled all night and others slept in cars to get a sight of the pontiff. At six in the morning, thousands were already ... More >>

Israel Court Upholds Racist Family Unification Law

Thursday, 18 May 2006, 10:25 am | Am Johal

In a razor thin 6-5 vote, the Israeli Supreme Court this week upheld the revised Family Unification Law which denies the right of Palestinians to join their Israeli Arab families in Israel. The revised law made provisions for Palestinian males over ... More >>

Introducing Israel’s New Front Man for the Right

Monday, 3 April 2006, 12:22 am | Am Johal

When all of you have is a hammer in your hand, every solution starts to look like a nail. That, of course, is the primary strategy that the Israeli right has always had in their playbook and has never hesitated to utilize. More >>

The Public Sphere in Conflict and Transition State

Monday, 20 March 2006, 1:35 pm | Am Johal

The public sphere as a concept which has been under development since the days of Socrates and Plato, continues to be the subject of modern debate. Socrates, in the end, was executed not for asserting the way the world should be, but for doubting ... More >>

The EU, Israel, Palestine & The Geneva Initiative

Monday, 13 March 2006, 1:17 pm | Am Johal

From November 2004 until March 2006, Israelis and Palestinans will have seen the following happen in only seventeen months: the death of Yasser Arafat, the election of Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority, the first withdrawal ... More >>

Remember When Cartoons Used to be Funny?

Monday, 27 February 2006, 10:21 am | Am Johal

When I was a kid, I used to read the Andy Capp comic strip - he was a sort of everyman whose thoughts of politics and life transcended the world around him. He would be slouched over a bar stool with a pool cue in his hand from which he would parry the ... More >>