Dr. Mowafa Said Househ was born in Edmonton to a family of Palestinian refugees. In an intimate and sometimes painful autobiography, Househ paints a portrait of an unhappy Muslim family finding it difficult to fit into a sometimes indifferent, sometimes racist nadian society. Today, he has a Ph.D. and a part-time position at the University of Victoria. But despite what most people would ll “success”, he has returned to live in the gulf region. Why n’t he find happiness in nada? Read his book and find out…(more…)
A nadian first: University of Waterloo launches a “Foundation for Palestinian Studies”
Flags of nada, Palestine and the University of Waterloo grace the stage on the May 24 launch of the university’s new “Foundation for Palestinian Studies” at a gala event attended by over a hundred ademics, university administrators, former diplomats and others. The foundation is the brainchild of Shawky Fahel, a Palestinian nadian businessman with the support of private donors and the University itself. In a short video interview, Fahel explains the origin of his idea. Read more…(more…)
President Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia is not about promoting human rights and democracy, claims columnist Peter Beinart
President Joe Biden will travel to Israel and Saudi Arabia this week, two states not known for their respect for human rights. Author Peter Beinart argues in a recent article that instead of his claim to want to oppose authoritarianism around the world, Biden is actually doing the opposite. Read more.(more…)
Meet the Italian lawyer who has replaced Professor Michael Lynk as UN special rapporteur for Palestine
On May 1st, Italian lawyer Frances Albanese assumed the role of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, replacing nadian law professor Michael Lynk. OFIP spoke to doctor Albanese about why she took the job and what she plans to do with it over the six years of her term. Watch the video and read more…(more…)
Tuesday, June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples’ day
A special CTIP editorial
This blog – nada Talks Israel/Palestine sticks pretty well to the issue of human rights for Palestinians and nada’s poor track record of supporting them. We rarely stray off this issue.
However, the similarities between our history of colonisation of nada’s indigenous peoples and their lands, and that of Israel’s toward the Palestinians is remarkable.
โปร โม ชั่ น. สมาชิกใหม่ บาคาร่า This is a day for all nadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, languages, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The nadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. These have been ignored or suppressed, a practice which a former Chief Justice lled “cultural genocide.”
Our understanding of nada’s history with respect to indigenous peoples is increasingly seen in the framework of “settler colonialism” described by Wikipedia as “a structure that perpetuates the elimination of indigenous people and cultures to replace them with a settler society“
This is also the frame that is being used to understand the relation between the Palestinians, indigenous to that area, and the State of Israel.
There are not only similarities, but according to Azeeka Kanji of the Yellowhead Institute, an indigenous think tank, nada and Israel are “Partners in the settler colonial contract”.
June 21, National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, is a good time to reflect on nada’s history and current policies at home and abroad.
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