Ten Thousand Palestine Supporters Converge on London. By Miko Peled

The Balfour Declaration
Though the Balfour Declaration provides some lip service acknowledging the existence of other people who live in Palestine, it describes the Palestinians not by their name or identity as the natives and owners of the land but merely as “the non-Jewish community” and states that there should be no prejudice towards them. This is a a Euro-Centric and racist point of view and indeed it is indicative of how the Zionist view and refer to the Palestinians to this day. I put together a list of demands that I suggested should be presented to the British parliament by the many constituents who were present in the room, the first being an unconditional retraction of the Balfour Declaration. These demands take into consideration the following: Palestine has been occupied since 1948.

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In what can only be described as the world’s largest event on Palestine, ten thousand people converged on the city of London to participate in the Palestine Expo, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth II center across from Westminster in the very heart of London.  Sponsored by the Al-Aqsa Foundation, the event drew criticism from pro-Israeli Zionist groups who tried to pressure the British government to prevent them from using the QEII which is a government run venue. They used the usual excuses claiming that the Al-Aqsa Foundation has connections to terrorism and that some of the speakers expressed support for terrorism and anti-Semitism and that some had even been arrested (yours truly included).

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Two weeks prior to the event there was still concern that the British government might interfere and prevent the event from taking place.  A list of the terror supporting speakers was published as a warning.

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When Genius and Courage Meet.

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It is pretty rare to see talent, courage and a friendly disposition converge but that is exactly what you see when you meet Mohammad Sabaaneh. If you don’t know who he is, go to FB and check out his page. He is a brilliant political cartoonist and he just published a book of his work titled, “White and Black, Political Cartoons from Palestine” published by Just World Books.  Why “White and Black?” because that is exactly what the situation in Palestine is like, clear cut evil vs. good, occupation and oppression vs. occupied and oppressed.

I am not an art expert by any means but I know Palestine and I know courage. Sabaaneh’s art expresses the complexity of the Palestinian reality in an honest and unapologetic way.  Sabaaneh’s cartoons cannot fit on a bumper sticker and they do not attempt to make simplistic statements. They are not a “Free Palestine”…

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Two pieces I wrote for Electronic Intifada

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These two pieces were published by electronic Intifada.

“One of the most disturbing aspects about the reality in Palestine is its normalcy.It has become normal to see Palestinians shot and killed, even children. The faces of young Palestinians showing up daily on social media, boys and girls shot by soldiers, accused falsely of attempting to stab a soldier.

https://electronicintifada.net/content/why-israelis-must-disrupt-occupation/20731

Blurring the lines between history and myth, Zionist ideology and the state of Israel which is built upon it treat the Old Testament as a history book. They built a case to legitimize the dispossession of Palestinians on the premise that today’s Jews are the descendants of an ancient tribe that lived in Palestine thousands of years ago”

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Thank you for making TEDxUCCI:Spark a great success!

TEDxUCCI 2017: Spark!

Thank you so much for being a part of TEDxUCCI: Spark! Our third annual event saw over 75 participants coming together to hear from ten speakers, each one bringing a different element to the event. We scored high marks, with people saying they will attend future stagings and recommend TEDxUCCI to others!

A huge thank you to our speakers for sharing your spark and pushing others to make a difference in the world. They discussed everything from the importance of culture to the impact of literacy, from the role of the performing arts to personal journeys of self-discovery and fulfillment.

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To our attendees, thank you for being a wonderful audience and actively participating in our various activities such as creating external representations of your inner spark as well as the science experiment.

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To our volunteers (students, faculty and staff, alumni and members of the general public), thanks for logging in countless…

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Pitch for the Planet – $ 500 million to catalyze climate capital

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The Green Climate Fund has launched a global campaign to unlock private sector investment in climate finance.

The Fund is offering USD 500 million to support business ideas that drive greenhouse gas emission reductions and help communities adapt to climate change in developing countries.

This is the first time GCF has issued a call for proposals targeting the full range of entrepreneurial energies latent in the private sector of the planet’s emerging markets.

The campaign, which continues until 30 August 2017, follows from GCF’s recognition that the private sector is essential in filling climate finance gaps.

Find out more about this campaign at www.greenclimate.fund/500m

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Caribbean Urban Forum to Enhance Regional Urban Planning

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The Belize City Council partnered with the Belize Association of Planners and the Caribbean Network for Urban Land Management to host the seventh annual Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF 7) in Belize City at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, on May 17th – 19th, 2017.

The Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF) is designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean urban sector by bringing together land use practitioners, policy makers, academics and allied professionals interested in enhancing urban planning and management in the Region.

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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) was invited to participate in the Urban Expo, scheduled for days two and three, May 18th & 19th, of the CUF at the Memorial Park in Belize City, under the theme ‘Green Economy, Energy and Space-Pathways to Urban Sustainability.

(L-R) Troy Smith, Valuations Manager, Belize City Council; Michael Theus, Councilor for…

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Burn The Witch

Where The Wild Words Are

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What if I told you that the Witch Trials in Early Modern Europe were 200 years of social conditioning that taught women to be obedient under the threat of a horrible death…?

We’ve all heard of the Salem Witch Trials, which resulted in the deaths of around 20 people depending on which source you read. In fact, when you Google ‘witch trials’, you get pages of references to Salem before you get any mention of the European witch trials.

The witch trials in Early Modern Europe occurred in the 16th to 18th centuries and resulted in the execution of an estimated 50,000 – 80,000 people, roughly 85% of whom were women. This wasn’t one crazy year in a particularly conservative and God-fearing American city. This was a sustained effort by the churches to eradicate certain behaviours and certain types of people from the population.

We’ve all heard of dunkings and…

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