Saturday, September 07, 2002
PBS Purges Web Content On Israeli Disapproval: "Unfortunately, a few people disapproved of some of that material, and PBS did exactly what any spineless pandering coward would do; they buckled to pressure (or the fear of pressure) from New York's Jewish and Israeli lobbying groups, and removed content from the companion site which dares to tell the Palestinian story without the mandatory pro-Israel bias."
Hezbollah regains most prominent place in Terrorist Hall of Fame
The Lebanese movement Hezbollah, in American and Israeli political discourse long considered to be the top dog among perceived terrorist organizations, has since September 11th, 2001 faced stiff competition from Al-Qaeda. For months, it seemed that Al-Qaeda had a firm hold on the most prominent position in the Terrorist Hall of Fame, for which candidates are exclusively selected by American and Israeli political officials. But, judging from statements made by the American deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage yesterday, it seems that the former glory of Hezbollah has been restored.
"Hezbollah made the A-team of terrorists, maybe al-Qaida is actually the B-team," Armitage said after a luncheon speech. "We're going to go after them just like a high school wrestler goes after opponents, we're going to take them down one at a time." [Quoted by Ha'aretz and Reuters]
The development does not surprise experts. "Al-Qaeda is probably not much more than a concept, located in a few caves and in the minds of people who need to conceptualize an enemy," one expert said. "Most of the suspected caves in Asia have already been bombed, but especially the two concepts 'Al-Qaeda' and 'terrorism' have proven to be quite elusive. Influential politicians are disappointed that the powerful American weapons industry still hasn't worked out an effective way to destroy concepts, let alone ideas, and they are getting impatient. And here Hezbollah enters the picture. Hezbollah has offices, schools, libraries and clinics. Now those are objects you can bomb and destroy. The clinics probably even have a red cross or red crescent painted on the roof. Considering the possibilities of the technology currently employed in laserguided missiles, they are much easier to hit than theoretical constructs like 'Al-Qaeda' and 'terrorism'."
worth a mention here...
check your local PBS listings to verify day & time,
Frontline: Campaign Against Terror;
the PBS site states broadcast is scheduled for Monday, 9.8.
indebted to the fine mind at dangerousmeta for this next item,
from The Black World Today,
excerpt from interview w/N. Chomsky, by M. Albert,
complete interview scheduled for October publication in Z Mag
Bill Gross says the Dow will sink to 5000
Who is Bill Gross and why should I care?
Bill Gross runs PIMCO, the largest bond fund house on the planet. They manage several hundred billion dollars, more than any other mutual fund house (or most banks, for that matter). He is known for great ranting predictions that often turn out to be true. And oh yeah, in a devastated financial landscape, his bond funds still make money.
Keep in mind that the following is from one of the savviest and most respected money managers on the planet. On CNN Money, anchor Lou Dobb's jaw dropped when this was announced - he asked the reporter to repeat the numbers because he couldn't believe what he was hearing.
Then he details in great and documented detail precisely why this will happen. www.pimco.com click Investment Outlook
Russia is making the smart moves.
Russian Premier Putin is a serious, seasoned player who came up the hard way in the KGB. When Dubya became President (note I didn't say "elected") I thought, Putin will eat him alive.
Putin is out-manuevering Dubya everywhere now. While the dimbulbs in D.C. alienate everyone in sight, including longtime allies, Putin is positioning Russia as the sane alternative, and making friends. Our loss is his gain.
The evidence? In the past few days we've seen:
Russia opposes Iraq War
Not only do they oppose it, they will veto an Iraq War plan in the U.N. Security Council, if needed. Which means Bush will never get U.N. approval for his Iraq adventurism.
Russia will ratify Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.A move guaranteed to make them friends worldwide and put them in a favorable light compared to the U.S. Global warming is accepted as fact by virtually every government on the planet except the U.S.
Russia makes trade deal with Iraq
Which just makes them more friends in the Mideast while tweaking Dubya's nose.
One wonders if the right wing zealots in Washington even realize that Putin is dancing circles around them. But that's what happens when ideologue amateurs go up against seasoned pros. And under all the macho bluster, Bush and team are simply loudmouths who are playing in a game way out of their league.
Department of futile gestures: Yesterday when I noticed that Salon had hired Andrew Sullivan as a columnist, I wrote a letter to the editors saying, in brief, that I could not understand why a progressive news outfit like Salon would support the work of right-wing provacteurs like Sullivan & David Horowitz. I actually pay money to read Salon & I asked for my "premium" subscription back. Within an hour, Joan Walsh, Salon's News Editor replied as follows: "If you can read through the list of Salon stories today, from the amazing global warming cover to Spinsanity's incredible debunking of the right-wing smear of the NEA--not to mention the incredible fall fiction package, and throw in Joe Conason twice a day as well--and feel we're not standing up for liberal values and you're not getting your money's worth, well...I don't even know how to end this e-mail. I'm speechless. We rock the mainstream media every single day on a tiny budget, and yes, we occasionally throw an apostate into the mix. I just, well, I give up." I grant Ms. Walsh all her points about the virtues of Salon's writers, and in fact, this morning's piece on Iraq convinced me to write & recind my subscription cancellation. (Both letters I wrote were marked "for publication"--both my cancellation & the retraction. I'm letting it al hang out her, folks.) But I'm still pissed. And I don't think that Salon "occasionally throw[ing] an apostate into the mix" is justifiable in the current cultural & political atmosphere. Before I'd caved, I wote back: "Dear Joan Walsh, Yes, the cover story is fine & I'm a big fan of Joe Conason, but I just can't see myself contributing even an infinitesimal amount to support Sullivan & Horowitz. Frankly, I can't see why Salon would want to either. There are parts of Salon I'll miss, but there is always Eric Alterman, The Rittenhouse Review, The American Prospect & other progressive news sources available--something Salon might want to consider as it--apparently--seeks 'balance'." [I should also have mentioned Josh Marshall's Talking Points & Bob Somerby's The Daily Howler.]
It is not that I am not "getting my money's worth." That's not the issue. The issue is my money, given to Salon because I support their progressive politics, supporting the likes of Sullivan & Horowitz. My thirty bucks a year to Salon is not like a tax I object to, it's voluntary. So this is not like some cracker telling me he doesn't want his tax dollars going to support the National Endowment for the Arts. The cracker can elect representatives to do his bidding, but all I can do with Salon is withold my cash. The beauty of capitalism. Well, as I said, I caved. But I'm still pissed & I still want to make some kind of statement the editors of Salon might recognize. I wrote Ms. Walsh tonight: "as you may have seen I sent a letter retracting my Premium cancellation this morning. Salon remains too valuable to me to give up, despite my continuing sense that you do your readers a disservice by publishing the right-wing screeds of Sullivan & Horowitz. It's not like I can't find their stuff if I need to know what they've said. So, here's what I'm going to do: On days when a Sullivan or Horowitz column appears in Salon I will click away & not come back until the next day. And I'm going to promote the "click away today" idea on my weblog, which is pretty well-linked to other progressive sites. It's not that I want people to put their fingers in their ears & sing la-la-la-la as loud as they can; no, it's just that it is already so difficult to hear progressive opinion in America that I cannot believe Salon would, in effect, turn up the volume on the right." I invite everyone who reads this to join me. Maybe Salon will notice their hits counter's silence on days when they publish the nasty mendacities of Horowitz & Sullivan. Pass it on.
Send Joan Walsh a note telling here that you are going to "click away today" when Sullivan & Horowitz appear in Salon. Make it nice. Joan seems like a nice person; in fact, as I was writing this, the following email arrived: "I didn't see your letter retracting your cancellation (not on that list). You made my day. I'll keep arguing with you, though: We haven't *turned up the volume* on the right. We added Joe Conason five days a week, Keith Olbermann twice. We turned up the volume on the left, and added Andrew for a little balance." My problem is I just don't buy the idea that Salon has any responsibility for "balance" in the current state of the media universe. While the left strives for "balance," the right attacks the Bill of Rights; while the left strives for balance, the Washington Times smears America's teachers & the rest of the supposedly responsible media lap it up as if the shit was chocolate; while the left strives for balance, the right endorses Ann Coulter's attack on American values as cute. Give me a break, Salon. Give me a freakin' break.
[Eric Alterman on this issue. MWO on Alterman's reaction to Salon's move (scroll down to "Salon's New War.")]
'Things related and not': In the news today - can we trust the Bush boys?
Former President Jimmy Carter warns that a 'core group of conservatives' are using the war against terrorism to realise 'long-pent-up ambitions'.
Notes written by a Rumsfeld aide just after the attack last year on the Pentagon show how the Defence Secretary's thoughts turned immediately to the possibility of taking out Iraq despite the lack of evidence linking Hussein to the terrorists.
According to the note, Rumsfeld wanted: 'best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time. Not only UBL [Osama bin Laden]. . . Go massive. . . Sweep it all up. Things related and not.' [CBS].
Paul Krugman details the Bush administration's ability to carry out doublethink, its fluency in newspeak:
'Once an administration believes that it can get away with insisting that black is white and up is down — and everything in this administration's history suggests that it believes just that — it's hard to see where the process stops. A habit of ignoring inconvenient reality, and presuming that the docile media will go along, soon infects all aspects of policy.' [NY Times].
Scott Peterson remembers that one of the justifications for the 1991 war against Iraq, that Iraqis troops were massed on the boarder with Saudi Arabia, turned out to be a 'fib'. And the witness to alleged Iraqi atrocities turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to Washington following a script written by PR firm Hill and Knowlton. [Christian Science Monitor].
If it's pretty obvious to anyone leaning at all to the left - Jimmy Carter even - that the Bush administration isn't too bothered with the truth, is ready to lie, then a key question is: what's Tony Blair's game? Why is Blair so ready to pay a 'blood price' to stay friends with a bunch of Republican crooks?
It's understandable why Bush and company want to go to war against Iraq. They have their own agenda which involves winning elections, defending the flow of Middle East oil, bolstering the neo-liberal consensus, burying the records showing what went on during past Republican administrations. What's Blair hoping to get?
Friday, September 06, 2002
Hot Topic: Can Global Warming Cause an ‘Ice Age’?
Global warming could actually lead to a big chill in some parts of the world. If the atmosphere continues to warm, it could soon trigger a dramatic and abrupt cooling throughout the North Atlantic region—where, not incidentally, some 60 percent of the world’s economy is based.
When I say “dramatic,” I mean: Average winter temperatures could drop by 5 degrees Fahrenheit over much of the United States, and by 10 degrees in the northeastern United States and in Europe. That’s enough to send mountain glaciers advancing down from the Alps. To freeze rivers and harbors and bind North Atlantic shipping lanes in ice. To disrupt the operation of ground and air transportation. To cause energy needs to soar exponentially. To force wholesale changes in agricultural practices and fisheries. To change the way we feed our populations. In short, the world, and the world economy, would be drastically different. [read more]
thanks to JOHO the blog
An open letter to the US Privacy Officer - CNet
"Over the summer, the Bush Administration revealed plans to appoint the first-ever U.S. chief privacy officer as part of the proposed Department of Homeland Security."
One year after September 11, where is the dissent? - Chronicle of Higher Education
"Can we assimilate and understand legitimate criticism? Is there really room in our culture for complex discourse and debate?"
Internet Freedom Also Victim of Sept 11, Group Says: "New laws extending the time data is held by Internet service providers (ISPs) and making data available to intelligence services has make ISPs and telecommunications companies into 'a potential arm of the police,' RsF head Robert Menard said."
Bush Expands Government Secrecy, Arouses Critics: "As part of its 'war on terrorism,' the Bush administration has vastly expanded government secrecy, removing information from the public domain, limiting its disclosures to Congress and allowing law enforcement agencies to operate in the shadows."
An editor fires Ann Coulter with this letter: "Hate is easy; love is hard."
Washington says "Debate" is Needed About War on Iraq -- How Can We Have a Meaningful Debate When the Answer is Already in Motion?
This from Douglas Kellner's BlogLeft:
Debka is an Israeli rightwing mouthpiece of IDF, Shin Bet, Mossad, often off the wall, often amazingly right on...
In Massive Air Raid, 100 US-UK Fighter-Bombers and Other Planes Wipe out Surface Missile Batteries and Air Defense Installations at Iraqi H-3 Airfield Cluster 240 m W. of Baghdad Opposite Jordanian Border Air Strike with Reconnaissance and Tanker Aircraft Support Was Carried Out after Thursday Midnight from Air Bases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain Loss of H-3 Leaves Iraqi Air Space up to Baghdad Wide Open for US Special Forces Helicopter Landings from Jordan and More Major Air RaidsKellner responds: here's the url =
ABC News last night had stories on major US and Brit attacks on Iraqi air defenses in the southern Iraq "no fly zone" but nothing like the Debka report, war could be on the way sooner rather than later
Los Angeles Times: Who Killed Tupac Shakur?
Wallace began flashing Crips gang signs and calling out to the homies at concerts, sometimes even inviting gang members on stage. Privately, he prodded the gang to kill Shakur--and promised to pay handsomely for the hit.
Fred Lapides sent me the following e-mail in response to my posts on Israel/Palestine below.
You may not like what Israel is doing etc--that is your right--but Rumsfeld in using the term "so-called occupied territories" is correct. That land, taken in war from Egypt and Jordan is more correctly called "contested land" when diplomats at the UN refer to it....it is occupied when there is a state and a different state takes it over, as is the case say with Syria's occupation of Lebanon.
This isn't the only response I have received informing me that they are "contested" territories. Why is it then that the articles in my post, from Israeli sources, refer to "occupied" territories? Maybe Fred and his friends should let the Israelis in on their Orwellian hair splitting. Or maybe they might actually read the articles. To repeat Ran HaCohen: If Rumsfeld’s conception is true and the occupied territories are not occupied, then Israel is one of the worst racist dictatorships in modern times, where millions of inhabitants are held without nationality and without any political rights for generations. ... Strange as it may sound, the concept of occupation is essential for Israel’s democratic image. This is why even settlers try to justify the occupation rather than reject the term.
Which is it? An occupation or one of the worst racist dictatorships in modern times?
ISRAEL'S APPROVED ETHNIC CLEANSING
PART 1, MAKING "FACTS ON THE GROUND"
Israel's treatment of the Palestinians has always presented a moral problem to the West, as that treatment has violated every law and moral standard on the books. Some 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in 1948-1949, and since then scores of thousands more have been pushed out by force, their houses demolished or taken over by Israeli Jews (not Israeli Arabs). Under the supposed "peace process" following the signing of the Oslo Agreement in September 1993, a UN Special Report of November 13, 2000, says that "In the past seven years...Israel's confiscation of Palestinian land and construction of settlements and bypass roads for Jewish settlers has accelerated dramatically in breach of Security Council Resolution 242 and of provisions of the Oslo agreements requiring both parties to respect 'the territorial integrity and unity of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.' Since 1993 the settler population in the West Bank and Gaza has doubled to 200,000 and increased to 170,000 in East Jerusalem." The report also describes and condemns the demolitions of Palestinian houses, the diversion of water to Israeli cities and settlements, the policy of closures that has damaged Palestinian social and economic life, and the "widespread violation of their [Palestinian] economic, social and cultural rights" both within Israel and in the occupied territories. It also assails Israel's use of excessive force against Palestinians and hundreds of Intifada killings, "most of them unarmed demonstrators." (...)
Racist State, Brutal Occupation, and Large-Scale Ethnic Cleansing
The racist discrimination in pushing out Palestinians in favor of Jews is cruel, scandalous, and reminiscent of the behavior of the Nazis (a comparison made often in the Israeli press, but not in the U.S. mainstream media). It was Nazi practice in occupied territories to dispossess the locals from homes to provide "lebensraum" for the "ubermenschen," and Amnesty International (AI) notes in discussing Israel's policy on demolitions that "The Palestinians are targeted for no other reason than because they are Palestinians" in a system where "the family may only have 15 minutes to take out what belongings they have before the furniture is thrown into the street and their home bulldozed" (AI, Israel: Home Demolitions, Dec. 8, 1999). Israeli author Israel Shamir, writing in the Russian Israeli publication RI in December 2000, says that Israelis "are taught they belong to the Chosen People, who are Uber Alles. They have been indoctrinated in belief that the Gentiles are not fully human, and therefore can be killed and expropriated at will." And the U.S. Jewish observer Eduardo Cohen says that "traveling through Israel I encountered a deep, widespread and racist contempt for Arabs," based on the belief that Arabs "didn't share the same faculties of thought and reason that 'civilized human beings' possess" (OR, Oct. 18, 2000). [read more]
Israeli Arabs first
But it is fitting for the Jewish majority to make a personal accounting. Are its hands clean? Was it ever ready to accept the Arab minority as an equal among equals? To give some indication of the mood among Israeli Arabs, here are reports of some recent conversations with four of them.
M. is 25 years old. Three years ago he graduated from the College of Technology under the auspices of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and received a degree in electrical engineering. He is married, has two daughters and lives in Jaljulya. Like many other young men in his village, M. is unemployed. I asked him why. "I applied to dozens of companies," he replied, "filled out dozens of questionnaires, but every time they notice that I am an Arab, they say, `We'll phone you,' and that's all. They never call. I am willing to work as an entry level electrician with a low salary, but no one is willing to hire an Arab. Even the big companies like Bezeq and the Israel Electric Corp. don't hire Arabs. How do they want me to make a living?" [read more]
This is a very interesting series in Slate. Three of nine articles are up.
A Real War on Terrorism
The picture is this: If you look back over history, you will see enduringly disastrous phases—decades if not centuries of lethal contagious disease, of ruinous war, of societal collapse, of imperial decline. Sometimes these things "just happen," but sometimes they happen because of momentous technological and social changes whose import humankind fails to reckon with. The premise of this series is that right now we're undergoing such change, and so far we're failing to reckon with it. These are dramatic times, and tomorrow I'll start with my dramatic propositions. The first one will be: Al-Qaida and radical Islam are not the problem. [read more]
Thursday, September 05, 2002
Infoshop.org Interviews Katie Sierra
"Katie Sierra is a 15-year-old anarchist who lives in Sissonville, West Virginia. She recently made international news after her high school suspended her for wearing a t-shirt critical of the war in Afghanistan, as well as for her efforts in organizing a student anarchy club at the school. Her legal protest of the school's decision was turned down by the courts. There is an international effort to support her and her fight against the school."
See also: Anarcha-Feminism and Justice for Katie Sierra!
Israeli Hackers Foiled: "Israeli cyber warfare professionals targeted human rights and anti-war activists across the USA in late July and August temporarily disrupting communications, harassing hundreds of computer users, and annoying thousands more."
Wednesday, September 04, 2002
The Renewed Israeli Occupation
2 million Palestinians under curfew [lockdown] for 75 days!
thanks to Gush Shalom
The Return of the Dinosaurs
by Uri Avnery
This week the Chief-of-Staff of the Israeli army, General Moshe Ya'alon, gave an interview to Ha'aretz. Not two months have passed since he assumed office, but the country is full of his philosophical output. We have learned about his mental world, his intellectual capacity and his leadership pretensions. From these three viewpoints, his outpourings are rather frightening - especially since every word of them has been approved, at least post factum, by Ariel Sharon.
The mental world of Moshe Ya'alon is composed of a heap of hackneyed myths that are taught in Israeli elementary schools instead of history. He repeats them like a not-very-intellectual pupil. But his pretensions are those of a super-leader, who stands above the government, the Knesset and the people.
A military officer has an important profession. He learns to move forces, use weapon systems, command troops, plan battles. But nothing - nothing at all! - in his professional career prepares him for analyzing intricate political moves, understand international relations or delve into the depths of history. From these points of view, his "professional expertise" is as valid as that of a plumber, an engineer of an ear, nose and throat specialist. It certainly is less than that of a historian, an Arabist or a professor of international relations. [read more]
Confronting Pro-Occupation Arguments
The Ideology of Occupation, Part II
by Ran HaCohen
I said almost - because meanwhile the American Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld has spoken of the "so-called occupied territories". The present American government seems determined to take us all to darkest barbarism, where Holy Wars, Crusades against the Heathen, Axes of Evil, and Spoils of War are legitimate political terms. If Rumsfeld’s conception is true and the occupied territories are not occupied, then Israel is one of the worst racist dictatorships in modern times, where millions of inhabitants are held without nationality and without any political rights for generations. If Gaza and the West Bank are for Israel what Texas is for the United States, just imagine all Texans having no American citizenship and no voting rights for more than 35 years, their lands systematically confiscated and given to American settlers from other states. Strange as it may sound, the concept of occupation is essential for Israel’s democratic image. This is why even settlers try to justify the occupation rather than reject the term. Let’s see how. [read more]
Occupation without responsibility
Peace Now: Eight outposts set up in West Bank last month
Some articles on what the occupation and lockdown means to the Palestinians.
Back to 1869
'Kill me, shut everything, but I want water for my children'
Perfecting the Violence of Curfew
IDF reservists ask court to rule occupation is illegal: "The petitioners argued that in the past two years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, Israeli has abrogated its duties - as stipulated by international law - to take care of Palestinians living under occupation."
Muslim Peace Fellowship: Humour After September 11, 2001. Gentle and good-hearted.
May Day Posters and Parades.
'The sampling of May Day posters and photographs presented below are all from the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and the Tamiment Library at New York University. They give a taste of celebrations over the twentieth century. We look forward to hearing from viewers regarding the whereabouts of other materials, and who might contribute information about the items below.'
Aki Meguri. This is nice.
Remember Chile: General Pinochet and Human Rights Abuses.
'Our position on the problems of human rights violations is basically legal, ethical and preventative. No healthy, solid, stable democracy can build itself upon a foundation of forgetting the most serious crimes against the right to life, integrity and freedom committed in Chilean history and within a policy of state terrorism that unleashed maximum political violence against society. We reaffirm that there is no ethical nor judicial reason why crimes of human rights violations should remain in impunity. We are asking that crimes against humanity be punished in the same way that common ones are. '
The other September 11 :-
Chile Documentation Project. Documents relating to the US-backed military coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, as a result of which some 3000 people died.
Documents reveal US funding for Chile coup.
U.S. Victims of Chile's Coup:
The Uncensored File.
Pursuing the Past. 'Relatives of the 3,000 people killed under Pinochet's rule want him tried in court; his supporters are hoping for a reprieve based on his poor health.'
Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende.
Tuesday, September 03, 2002
49% of Americans Say First Amendment "Goes Too Far"
America is now also record-breakingly obese--connection? "Better put some guards on those Twinkie factories, boys . . . these terrorists are some mean sons-a-bitches."
Secretary Rumsfeld is RAISING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS.
"I think also what's important is that people lift their eyes up off their shoelaces and go back to the fundamental and the fundamental issue is that we live in a different world today. We live in the 21st century. We're not back in the 20th century, where the principal focus is conventional weapons. We're in the 21st century, where the principal focus must be weapons -- unconventional weapons -- weapons potentially that could involve killing not hundreds of people but tens of thousands of people -- chemical weapons, biological weapons, potentially nuclear weapons.
"And that means that we have to take that aboard as a people, and we have to talk about it, and we have to consider it. What does it mean? How does it conceivably affect our behavior? There are clearly risks to acting in any instance. But there are also risks to not acting. And those have to be weighed. People have to talk about them intelligently. These are important subjects for Congress, for the press, for the academic institutions, for the world community. And that's what this process is.
"And I keep hearing people say, "Oh, Europe's unhappy with this" or "Somebody doesn't agree with that" or "Some general said this" or "Some civilian said that." I think what's important is the substance of this discussion. And I see too little attention to it and too much attention to the personality aspects of it, if you will, and to the trying to juxtapose what one person said against what somebody else said for the personality aspect of it, rather than for the substance of it. And if you think about our circumstance, when the penalty for not acting is September 11th, if you will, or a Pearl Harbor, where hundreds and a few thousand people are killed, that is a very serious thing. You've made a conscious decision not to act. And the penalty with that, for those people, it's a hundred percent. It's not one thousand or two thousand, it's that person is gone. If, on the other hand, the penalty for not acting is not a conventional or a terrorist attack of that magnitude, but one of many multiples of that, it forces people to stop and have the kind of debate we're having. What ought we to be thinking about? How ought we, if at all, to be changing our behavior? How ought we to live in this new 21st century world? What does it mean that tens of thousands of human beings can be killed in a biological attack if we allow it to happen as a society? Are we comfortable with that? Is that something that we've decided that it's so disadvantageous to take an action without proof that you could go into a court of law and prove beyond a reasonable doubt that something was going to happen, that the capabilities existed for -- of absolute certain knowledge, and that the intent to use those was imminent and clear, and you don't -- you may not have the type of certain knowledge. You may want that kind of knowledge in a law enforcement case, where we're interested in protecting the rights of the accused. You may have a different conclusion if you're talking about the death of tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children. We're not talking about combatants here, we're talking about the kinds of people who were killed on September 11th. So it is that construct that needs to be considered. And it ought to be -- it ought to be talked about and well read through and thought about, it seems to me."
Robben Island Museum, South Africa.
'During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison
was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs ... '
The UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives.
Builders of the Nation poster exhibit.
Dar es Salaam in Delft Blue.
Dutch photographer in Tanzania, explores cultural differences.
Kuru Kalahari Online Exhibition.
'Bushman' art and storytelling project, Botswana.
Monday, September 02, 2002
Decade Online: a "gateway to various web-based environmental and public health online services." Do look up the results for various well known fastfood "restaurants".
Time to Call for His Resignation
way past time, in our estimation...
from the Village Voice on-line,
Nat Hentoff regards General Ashcroft's Dentention Camps.
whilst visiting a number of online sources yesterday in
doing some research on the first amendent & related issues,
we came across this particularly despicable effort,
be forewarned, tinyminds like these will make you wanna throw up
and likely throw a big wrench into the remainder of your weekend...
Open House. (Ramle, Israel) 'Open House Center at 1 Klausner Street in Ramle was founded in 1991 to further peace and coexistence among Israeli Arabs and Jews in this mixed city of 65,000 residents. The ratio of 53,000 Jews to 12,000 Arabs parallels the Jewish-Arab ratio in the State of Israel generally, making Ramle a microcosm of the country. The house on Klausner Street is an even smaller microcosm, for the two families who have lived there before and after 1948 represent the two nations laying claim to the land of Israel/Palestine. '
The Muslim Peace Fellowship, 'a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backgrounds who are dedicated to making the beauty of Islam evident in the world, founded in1994.'
Newsweek puts Tyneside in top eight of world's cultural centres, along with Austin, Tijuana, Zhongguancun, Marseilles, Cape Town, Antwerp and Kabul. (Mind you, this is the same Newsweek which described London as 'the world's coolest city' a few years back).
Blair's summit rebuff to Bush. 'Tony Blair last night launched an unexpected broadside against George Bush over climate change and said the leader of the world's most polluting nation must be persuaded to change his ways. '
[ ... ]
'This was a calculated rebuff to the American president, who, having repudiated the Kyoto agreement, has instructed his team at the earth summit to remove all mention of it from the final 30,000-word "plan of action" being negotiated there. '
'Mr Blair, aware of the US pressure to "lose Kyoto", decided to embarrass Mr Bush by emphasising its importance. '
(Nobody likes being thought of as a poodle, after all).
Great trek from the slums to the promised land. 'Thousands of the world's poor gathered for a march to the suburb where the summit is held.'
Sunday, September 01, 2002
The Renewed Israeli Occupation
2 million Palestinians under curfew [lockdown] for 72 days!
The growing clamor for ethnic cleansing
An Israeli organization has published detailed plans for the "complete elimination of the Arab demographic threat to Israel" by forcibly expelling all Palestinians, including Palestinians in the occupied territories and Palestinian citizens of Israel from the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea within a 3-5 year period.
Gamla, a group founded by former Israeli military officers and settlers, published these recommendations on its website in a nine thousand word manifesto titled "The logistics of transfer," penned by Boris Shusteff last July 3. The mass ethnic cleansing of every Palestinian, the author argues, is "the only possible solution" to the Palestinian- Israeli conflict and is "substantiated by the Torah." Gamla receives tax deductible contributions from a New York-based charity that claims that its goal is greater Arab-Jewish tolerance. [read more]
The Logistics of Transfer
U.N. Report Paints a Grim Picture of the Life Palestinians Now Live
Dart bombs 'killed four Palestinians'
Israeli media said the Israeli army confirmed it used flechettes in an operation near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim, south of Gaza City, on Thursday.
Ariel Sharon's Subjugation Strategy
Robert Fisk: A conflict conveniently forgotten and a holocaust deliberately denied
The British Army's 1945-48 campaign in Palestine has been 'disappeared', sidelined and forgotten
Revealed: Last fearful days in India as Empire crumbled. (Observer)
'They are images that will change the way we think about the British Empire. Since the last days of the Raj, historians have wrangled over the imperial legacy in India, but the full extent of the suffering inflicted when Mountbatten, the last Viceroy in charge of the continent, pulled out in 1947, is about to be revealed as never before. '
'Following the enormous success of The Second World War in Colour, ITV is now to screen The British Empire in Colour, an astonishing collection of original colour film footage shot at the far-flung outposts of empire and now restored for its first public viewing. '
'The three-part television series, broadcast later this month, will feature unseen colour sequences from Africa, Australia, Canada and the West Indies. Yet it is frames shot at the time of the Partition of India that have stunned audiences at early screenings and already provoked argument among eminent historians - some of whom have drawn comparisons with ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Rwanda ... '
(Should also provide some interesting background to at least one of the current conflicts).
A Puritan on the warpath. (Observer)
'The Biblical zeal with which the US President is waging a moral crusade against Saddam Hussein owes much to the dissenting protestantism of America's original settlers.'
(It's an interesting point of view; it's particularly interesting to compare the argument that Bush's crusading zeal is rooted in Puritanism with the idea in some quarters that Islam is inherently an expansionist religion. The truth is perhaps that many different opposing ideologies - peaceful and not so peaceful - can be rooted in the same culture).
Fellow liberals, cleave to your faith in anarchy and Krishna!
Thanks to non-partisan federal funding proposed by our valliant President Bush, the Hare Krishnas and Food Not Bombs may soon be able to buy as much food for their free meals as their volunteers can manage to prepare. Maybe we'll replace fast food chains in urban areas with Hindu-style free prasadam lunches someday ...
Corsair the Rational Pirate, apparently an avid Samizdat reader (he calls us goons) is getting all nervous over an article in the Asia Times that lists some details of US fleet deployments. Corsair wonders:
How do they know this shit?
I don't know. Maybe they use the web? That is probably too rational for a guy whose level of intellectual discourse rarely rises above comments like, "Most likely you will end up as an answer on Jeapordy (sic). "What so-called religion which deluded millions of gullible believers was started by a deranged camel herder in the middle east?"
We are either leaking like a rusty sieve or this is brilliant Counter Intelligence. I certainly hope it is the latter
Sorry, Corsair. But it looks like its the former. The text of the offending sections of that Asian Times article by David Isenberg are an almost verbatim copy of this article (scroll to the section on Bahrain) and this article, both by Rear Admiral (Ret) Stephen H. Baker for the Center for Defense Information. You found your mole. Blame the Admiral. And we found the real goon.