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Boston meeting discusses Libya, Palestine, Wisconsin
Published Apr 24, 2011 10:06 PM
A multinational crowd filled the room at the Action Center here on April 16 for
a World View Forum featuring Joyce Chediac, editor of the new book,
“Gaza: Symbol of Resistance.” Chediac’s topics were the
U.S.’s real aims in Libya and the central role of the Palestinian
Chediac discussed the current imperialist war that has been launched against
Libya and analyzed the role of the U.S. She pointed out how terms like
“democracy” mask what is really going on, and that the only way to
make sense of it is to start from the role of imperialism. Chediac showed on a
map how at the beginning of the 20th century the imperialists had carved up the
territory of the Arab world to suit their own interests and described how every
imperialist intervention for “humanitarian” purposes has actually
harmed the people and served only to tighten imperialist control, citing recent
events in Haiti as an example.
Chediac also highlighted the heroic role of the Palestinian people in resisting
Zionism and imperialism, pointing out that the recent Arab uprisings show that
the Israeli settler state remains imperialism’s only reliable police
force in the Middle East. Israel is prepared to take any military action to
further imperialism’s control of and access to the resources that belong
to the people of the Middle East — above all, oil. A lively and vigorous
discussion followed, and at the end of the evening many copies of “Gaza:
Symbol of Resistance” were sold, signed by the editor.
The program was rounded out with a dynamic eyewitness report from the
workers’ struggles in Wisconsin presented by Ed Childs, chief shop
steward of UNITE/HERE Local 26, Harvard University’s cafeteria workers.
Childs gave a vivid sense of the surging rise in mass consciousness that is
palpable in the workers’ resistance movement in Wisconsin. He cited as an
example an anti-war demonstration that became a workers’ demonstration
with the unions, leading the way, carrying anti-war signs.
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