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Vigile pour l’Ukraine

Des citoyens s’inquiètent pour la situation en Ukraine. En photo, leur vigile. La crise ukrainienne de 2013-2014 a débuté le 21 novembre 2013 à la suite de la décision du gouvernement ukrainien de ne pas signer un accord d’association avec l’Union européenne*. Des manifestations de grande ampleur se déclenchent alors et aboutissent le 22 février 2014 sur la fuite puis la destitution du président Viktor Ianoukovytch, remplacé par Oleksandr Tourtchynov. Un nouveau gouvernement, dirigé par Arseni Iatseniouk, est mis en place. En réaction, la Crimée proclame son indépendance et vote pour son rattachement à la Russie, rattachement reconnu par la Russie, provoquant une crise diplomatique internationale. Plusieurs autres provinces ukrainiennes à forte population russophone vivent des soulèvements similaires et organisent à leur tour des référendums d’autodétermination afin de se séparer du gouvernement ukrainien en place. [nggallery id=26] ... >>>

21 juin 2014

Une histoire syrienne | A Syrian Story

English subtitles available (please press on CC in the YouTube controls) Jessica, une photographe indépendante et un membre de 99%Média, décide de quitter Montréal et partir en Syrie, son pays natal, afin de couvrir le conflit qui dure depuis trois ans et filmer les horreurs subies par les syriens sous les forces du régime de Bachar Al Assad. A travers les images frappantes qu’elle filme, et les témoignages d’activistes, se raconte la tragédie épouvantable du peuple syrien ———– ENGLISH Jessica, a freelance photographer and a member of 99%Media, decides to leave Montreal and go to Syria, her native country, to cover the conflict that has lasted three years and film the horrors suffered by Syrian people under the regime of Bashar Al Assad. Through the striking images she films, and testimonies of activists, she tells the story of the terrible tragedy of the Syrian people [videojs youtube= ... >>>

2 juin 2014

Place Taksim, Juin 2013

Images exclusives de l’occupation de la Place Taksim, à Istanbul, par une membre de 99%Média. [nggallery id=33]   ... >>>

9 juin 2013

The Hypocrisy of the Lebanese; the Still Uncured Plague that Rapes my People

The Hypocrisy of the Lebanese; the Still Uncured Plague that Rapes my People On the 30th of July 2011, my wife and I attended a candle light vigil march in Montreal, in solidarity with the protesters in Syria, and especially with the children of Syria. I met a young Lebanese compatriot who was also participating in the march. I thought to myself that it is good that some Lebanese are liberated from the homeland mentality of follow-the-sectarian-leader-no-matter-what, and has decided, for himself, to participate in a march for dignity and true solidarity with the oppressed. Then I spoke with him and was severely disappointed. From the start he flaunted his diseased mentality to me, claiming that what “these people” need is the sage guidance of the Hakim (the doctor or Wise Man). A reference to one of Lebanon’s extremist Christian leaders, Samir Geagea, leader of the infamous Lebanese Forces. I was utterly stunned to see someone living in North America with such an anachronistic sense of purpose. I told him that I was of the opinion that people like him are like sheep that follow their respective nefarious and sectarian feudal lords, and that it is the sheep of Lebanon that are ... >>>

7 août 2011

Slavery in the Arab World

Slavery in the Arab world still exists to this day. Of course they do not call it « cleaning service ». At least in Lebanon they do. Basically it is an off where people go and flip through a catalog of Asian and east African women and men, the client selects the one they like best and soon thereafter the unsuspecting individual leaves their home and family behind with the promise that they will be sending home money monthly for sustenance. The bewildered person arrives at Beirut airport and is whisked away to the new employer’s house where he or she ends up living in a small bathroom sized room with nothing more than a matters. The maid is then instantly required to learn all of madam’s wishes and to comply with them at all times. Many of these « maids » are locked in the house; they rarely get a chance to leave the house or apartment lest they run away. And if they do run away they cannot go back to their country because their employer would be in possession of their passports. The « maid » has to be alert 24/7 at the beck and call of ... >>>

23 juin 2011

Feminist revolution coming to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…. very slowly.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most opulent of the Arab states, being an oil rich country and all, yet it is one of the most backwards and oppressive of the Arab states. Saudi Arabia is also the birthplace of Islam and unfortunately the Islam practiced there is no where near the kind of Islam that the prophet Mohammad first envisioned. before the days of Islam, women where looked down upon, there was a tradition of killing off babies if they where girls because the men of that era wanted only sons that would grow to be « free » men like them and daughters would only grow up to be women, who were regarded as nothing more than property, and more often than not, un-wanted property. So people in those times used to bury their healthy new born babies to avoid the stigma and shame of fathering daughters, which also signified that the men were not men enough because they could not father sons. But that is beside the point. When the prophet Mohammad came forth with the Quran, he tried to change some of these ridiculous traditions and attempted to emancipate women, or at least ... >>>

18 juin 2011

The « new » and « liberated » Iraq is heading down an old path

It has been 8 years since the US invaded Iraq to depose the tyrant Saddam Hussein. What has changed since then? Not much really. The Iraqi people still suffer, whether it’s at the hands of local insurgents, who plant bombs and kill indiscriminately, or at the hands of US military, or at the hands of the government itself. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s seems to have consolidated more power than is necessary in his hands as he now directly commands « key security forces, including Iraq’s 54th and 56th brigades, as well as an elite counterterrorism force trained and supported by the U.S. Special Operations Command » according to an article written by Ben Van Heuvelen featured at the Foreign Policy magazine. Maliki, under the guise of fighting the insurgency and elements of the old regime of Saddam Hussein, has gone further to antagonize an silence would be activists and journalists in covert activities. More recently, his goons stormed the office of the Journalistic Freedom Observatory, which is a small group associated with international human rights and journalistic organizations. There is always cause to worry when a government begins silencing the media. It usually implies a broader coercive project by the state to stifle ... >>>

15 juin 2011

The Arab Spring

Long has it been since a revolution of significance spread across the Arab world. Many of us have been predicting these events for decades, and becoming disenfranchised when it never hit. but now it has and the winds of change are blowing strong. I am Lebanese. I am no stranger to the hardships of war. Lebanon, a small country in comparison to other Arab states, lies on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Strategically placed as a land mass linking Europe with Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia. A land made famous in the bible for its cedar trees and the place where Jesus was said to have turned water in to whine. A crossing point for all the crusades heading for the holy land. Lebanon was invaded and influenced by many ancient cultures, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans. Known in ancient times as Phoenicia, land of the sea faring merchants who exported the alphabet across the Mediterranean. carved out into a country after the first world war by the French and English, gaining independence from the French mandate by 1943 only to be invaded by the Syrians ... >>>

22 avril 2011

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