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A Joint Birmingham Stop the War Coalition/ West Midlands Palestine
Solidarity Campaign Public Meeting


Date: Monday, 25th July 2011

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB

Event: Public Meeting

Speakers:  Chris Nineham (Stop the War Coalition National Officer)

               Adam Hanieh (Palestinian activist and lecturer at SOAS)

               Chaired by Naeem Malik

The Arab uprisings are an inspiration to everyone who supports freedom
and democracy. They are also a direct challenge to Western interests
in the Middle East. Having learnt nothing from the disasters of
Afghanistan and Iraq, our government has helped launch a new war
against Libya-the third major Western attack on a Muslim country by
the West in a decade. On the one hand they claim the war is a
humanitarian mission, on the other both Cameron and have admitted the
aim is regime change – which makes it illegal under international law.
The idea that the West has switched over to the side of the Arab
people is laughable when they continue to support the most brutal
regimes in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, at a time
when they are viciously repressing dissent at home.

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Their real aim is in fact to reassert control when Western influence
is threatened by the Arab uprisings. Unsurprisingly it is now becoming
clear that the operation is killing large numbers of civilians. The
ten thousand plus bombing sorties have caused enormous damage to the
country’s infrastructure. Stop the War is committed to ending the
bombing and campaigning against a foreign policy based on the colonial
idea that the Western powers have the right to intervene at will in
any part of the globe. This meeting will discuss the impact of
uprisings in the Middle East and will be a platform for a continuing
campaign against the bombing of Libya and all Western intervention in
the region.

Notes for editor:

1.      Chris Nineham is one of the founder members, and now one of
the National Officers, of the Stop the War Coalition. He was one of
the main organisers of the 15th February 2003 anti-war demonstration
in London against the invasion on Iraq

2.      Adam Hanieh is a Palestinian, a political activist and a
leading academic at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),
University of London.

3.      The above text is by Chris Nineham and is available for use,
in part or whole, for publication and broadcast.

4.      Adam Hanieh writes for the meeting:

“The recent demonstrations in Egypt show that the promises of the Arab
uprisings are a long way from being fully realised. With the character
of the NATO intervention in Libya also becoming clearer by the day,
the coming weeks are likely to bring renewed focus on the struggles of
the Middle East. These events pose ever more urgently the importance
of movements to end – once and for all – the ongoing interference of
the UK and other Western powers in the affairs of the region.”

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