American Samizdat Guernica
Saturday, April 19, 2003
(A Disembodied Voice Speaks to a Burning Bush)

"The Conversion of St. George" by Caravaggio and Daintily Dirty

A choir of angels sings Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! (and then to the tune of the Who’s My Generation) Talking about my Revelation! People try to put us down, just because we Mow them Down…Talking about My Revelation (and back to Halleleujah Halleleujah!)

Bush: I’m blind! I’m blind! Once I could see! Now, I’m blind! Help! Help!

Fleischer: Oh sorry, Mr. President! Let me remove these 7 lamp posts!

(Fleischer exits with lamp posts; Bush rubs his eyes as one mysterious light source still shines on him. An eerie Disembodied Voice speaks from somewhere)

Who is James R. Bath?

A nodal point in Mark Lombardi's drawing George W. Bush, Harken Energy and Jackson Stephens c. 1979-90, 5th Version, 1999, James R. Bath appears in the upper lefthand corner of the 16 1/2" x 41" piece of paper. The spatial syntax of Lombardi's drawings—which map in elegantly visual terms the secret deals and suspect associations of financiers, politicians, corporations, and governments—dictates that the more densely lines ray out from a given node, the more deeply that figure is embroiled in the tale Lombardi tells. Thirteen lines originate with or point to James R. Bath, more than any other name presented. Among those linked to this obscure yet central character are George W. Bush, Jr., George H.W. Bush, Sr., Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, Governor John B. Connally of Texas, Sheik Salim bin Laden of Saudi Arabia, and Sheik Salim's younger brother, Osama bin Laden.

Friday, April 18, 2003
Muslim woman's body desecrated with bacon
"This was done to cause maximum upset. This was not only a Muslim but a human being. The desecration of any body will be condemned by everyone, there is not a sane person who would not be offended by this," Sarah Joseph, a spokeswoman for the Muslim Council of Britain.

"It has not come to light yet if this was the act of an Islamaphobe but there has been a rise in such attacks, such as desecration of graveyards. It is quite scary and a bit like 1930s Germany."

"I thought someone who did this hated Muslims especially," she said. "I don't know why they chose my mum. . . . In life you expect a lot of things, but something so shocking, you couldn't even think it up in the worst horror movie."
Thursday, April 17, 2003

Neoconservative Richard Perle, a leading hawk in the Iraq debate, yesterday called for Congress to pass a "Syrian Liberation Act" modeled on the 1998 law that made regime change in Baghdad official U.S. policy.
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
The elections are a critical stage of Nigeria's attempt to break a culture of military rule that has prevailed for most of its postcolonial history. That history resonates through the presidential poll: Mr. Obasanjo, a former military dictator whose election in 1999 ended more than 15 years of Army rule, has as his main challenger Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, another former military leader. The country's last attempt to hand over power between civilian administrations ended in a 1983 coup by General Buhari, amid public anger over government corruption and ballot fraud during an election held earlier that year.

Some facts you might have missed in the media hoopla over the 'capture' of Abu Abbas:

1. Abbas was the planner behind the hijacking of the Achille Lauro, but was not on board the ship.

2. Abbas was not 'hiding' in Baghdad, but had lived there for 16 years, and since 1995 had been allowed by the Oslo accords to travel into the West Bank and Gaza.

3. The only criminal charge the Americans can still try him on is piracy. There are no current US arrest warrents for Abbas, as the last one expired in the 1990s and was not renewed.

4. In 1998, the Israeli Supreme Court, citing interim peace deals with the Palestinians, declared Abbas immune from prosecution in Israel over the ship's hijacking.

5. Two of the hijackers who were actually onboard the ship during the crime have since been paroled.

These facts are not meant to imply that those who plan terroristic acts that end in the murder of innocents should not be prosecuted, but only to remind readers of the disconnect between the facts and the overheated rhetoric of the United States and its media outlets. If Abu Abbas is indeed one of the world's most wanted terrorists, than the world is a far safer place than we have been led to believe.
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Iraqis Flock to ‘the Mother of All Flea Markets’
In the Abu Ghorab district on the outskirts of Baghdad, the mother of all flea markets has been set up, and those who looted the capital’s government and other buildings are selling their booty — cigarettes, furniture, sportswear lingerie — at knockdown prices. Nike sneakers were being sold for $2.

There is also a huge black market in gasoline. Saddam’s army had massive gasoline reserves and in some areas of Baghdad locals are filling their containers with it and selling it at massively inflated prices.
The democratization campaign continues:
United States troops have opened fire on a crowd opposed to the US-installed governor in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing at least 10 people and injuring as many as 100, witnesses and doctors said.


Witnesses reported that US troops had fired into a crowd which was becoming increasingly hostile towards the new governor, Mashaan al-Juburi, as he was making a pro-US speech in the northern oil city.
Full article here.

Monday, April 14, 2003
RIP Hampton, Welcome Tompkins

Loaded Images: Dead heroes, living lessons, Black Panthers, and The Murder of Fred Hampton
By J.H. Tompkins

I DEEPLY ADMIRED Fred Hampton during the late 1960s, when he was a charismatic Black Panther leader from Chicago. A brilliant speaker, he could transform an unruly crowd into a rapt congregation with the turn of a phrase. Or so it was said; I never met him, but he was my age, and from the sound of things, as streetwise and tough as I was not. The 2,000 miles between Oakland and Chicago only enhanced a presence I'd fashioned from news clippings, photos, rumors, and stories. When the Chicago police murdered Hampton years before the Panthers self-destructed, they spared him and me the complications of the future – dead heroes won't let you down. [more]

We are pleased to welcome J.H.Tompkins to our ever-growing, ever-outstanding list of Samizdat Harbingers.

From today's FT:
A US military translator from an Arab country said at the weekend: "The people are completely desperate and no one seems to know this. All they see in the west is 'Look at the happy free Iraqis'."
Also, Kurds begin their expulsion of thousands of Arabs from their homes in northern Iraq.
Sunday, April 13, 2003
Signs of Freedom: Protests in Iraqi Capitol
A noisy crowd of Iraqis gathered around Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel and raised anti-American slogans on Sunday, signaling that the popular mood in the besieged capital was fast turning against the US troops.

Fed up with the anarchy and looting as also the breakdown of essential services ever since the start of the war, the protestors yelled that the US troops were doing nothing to help restore normal life in the city.

“They are guarding oil facilities, but have not done anything as yet to restore essential services like power and water, “ alleged Ali Zuhair. Another of the protestors said that the “Americans were interested only in oil.”
Art Church. "...After sometime of writing a daily journal with prayer and scripture, I feel led to put this daily devotional on the web-site for the entire world to see and read. I paint Christian art and I believe this is the best way to illustrate the Bible to Christians and non-Christians by a universal means of the Internet. My art has become a Ministry; a last days Ministry in Revelation revealed 300 ft. and Revelation Revealed II in Europe. A church carries a lot of responsibility, yet to identify a church is I believe a number one priority."
From the Daily Star:
Douglas Feith, a top Pentagon official, has reportedly drawn up a contingency plan for a strike on Syria, but it remains under lock and key, unseen by the White House and the National Security Agency
Under lock and key, just like the "proof" of Saddam's WMDs that Bush and Blair, not wanting to "compromise" their sources, refused to share with the world. Now that Saddam is "no longer in power," and the threat to those sources is, ahem, lessened, can we please see your evidence?

Returning to Feith's secret plan, if this lunatic has his way, the specifics of that plan will soon be made very clear to the Syrians. And the Iranians. And the North Koreans. And the Libyans; "and I could go on," says the loon.

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