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01.01.2005 13:33
Sami in Palestine: Talluza
Talluza is a little village of about 1000 families situated on top of a rocky mountain overlooking stone terraced olive groves and smoky blue horizons, where the mosque speaker sends ghostly amplified praises echoing through villages nestled in red clay valleys. Talluza is a village where the sun shines on moss covered caves in decaying labyrinths of ancient cobblestone, where terra cotta flower boxes hang from wrought iron windows in sunlit alleys.

Where dirty green eyed boys walk like men in the streets and stooped old women with henna-red hair fill the doorways, and there is a donkey and a paint chipped bicycle tied to every post.

Talluza is also a village that has consistently suffered 24hr curfew and constant harassment at the hands of Israeli soldiers dispatched from a nearby military base. Where humvees race through the streets before dawn, where young girls are young girls are threatened at gunpoint, and young men disappear. Where schoolchildren are detained, and bread trucks are turned away. Talluza is a village occupied, and the villagers want to know why.


[ Sami in Palestine: All Updates ]

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ELECTORAL B.S. 30.12.2004 21:08
Response to a letter from Senator Gordon H. Smith
Yesterday I received a letter from Sen. Gordon H. Smith-----he is that there Fed from the State of Oregon. The letter is dated Nov 19, 2004, must have come by way of the old "Phony Express," but anyway, the letter says some tragic things about how these murderers, these criminals who call themselves Americans think.

Now the first lie is in the first paragraph, says thanks for writing------this was my fiftieth or sixtieth letter to this warmonger about why the hell we are killing the people who we tell other people we are trying to free----makes no sense, but the Senator says he is glad I keep writing to him.

Now in the second paragraph the Senator outdoes himself----and I do quote, "June 28th marked a proud moment for the members of the coalition that fought to free Iraq. As President Bush has stated, 'We pledged to end a dangerous regime, to free the oppressed, and to restore sovereignty. We have kept our word." Well, well, well does this man have a head on his shoulders or just a hunk of shit that is only good for combing in the mornings?

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29.12.2004 14:29
Tens of Thousands Killed by Tsunami in S. Asia
On December 26 an underwater earthquake, later measured at 9.0 on the Moment Magnitude scale, occurred off the coast of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, in the Indonesian Archipelago. The resulting tsunamis have killed tens of thousands, with many more people missing, feared to be washed out to sea and drowned. The final death toll, taking into account missing persons, is likely to exceed 100,000 with up to two million people displaced and made homeless. [ read the global imc story... ]
posters to portland indymedia respond
Thoughts on the Power of Water: The sky out my kitchen window appeared different this morning with its magnificent marbled white and blue mixture. It seemed colored with hints of the full moon earthquake/tsunami energy that claimed untold lives yesterday. This morning's sky looked to be telling a story of renewal. It held an imagery of innocence which is difficult to put into words. [ read more... ]

Natural Disaster, Unnatural Response: Word that the U.S. government is offering a paltry $15 million in aid to those countries whose coasts were devastated by tidal waves from the largest earthquake in 40 years should be a national embarrassment. That a nation which can talk casually about $400-$500 billion annual deficits, and about spending upwards of $100 billion a year in sowing destruction in Iraq can't come up with more than pocket change for disaster relief in an event that has displaced over a million people and rocked the earth in its orbit is mind-boggling. [ read more... ]

It's a sad day for Indymedia when... A call to potential reporters. I log on and there are articles about chemtrails and terror alerts, but no substantial coverage of the huge disaster unfolding in Asia. Doesn't anyone have relatives in any of the countries affected by the massive earthquake, and subsequent tsunamis? Can anyone post first-hand accounts, if they have them? Where's the empathy? The compassion? Please, someone step up and report on this! [ read more... ]

related articles: [ Was the tsunami caused by a bomb? I 35 million for the victims of the tsunamis I Anyone know how I could volunteer? I Whats worse? Tsunami or US Foriegn Policy I An Act of God or Government? ]


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28.12.2004 18:35
Federal Judge denies legal appeal from local National Guardsman seeking to resist "stop loss" draft
Former Oregon National Guardsman Emiliano Santiago learned earlier this year that the government might seek to extend his service in the Guard past his contract, which was due to expire in June. Now the government says it wants to deploy him to Afghanistan involuntarily. Santiago is suing in Federal Court, arguing that the government is violating its contract with him and imposing a great hardship on himself and his family.

The judge ruled against Santiago, holding that the government would face a "hardship" if it were forced to honor the contract. Members of the public attempting to witness the legal proceedings were turned away by federal marshalls and not allowed to enter the courthouse building.

'Marian' adds: The case started promptly at 1:30 p.m. It was one of the most intense 63 minutes I have ever spent. From 1:15 when the courtroom doors opened on the 12th floor, until about 2:40, when the crowded elevator arrived back on the ground floor, not a word was spoken by the people in the courtroom, other than those engaged in the court proceedings.

It was as silent as a tomb.

previous: [ "Stop Loss" case of Oregon National Guardsman to be heard, 12/28 1:30pm at Fed. Courthouse (12/21/04) ]


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28.12.2004 14:22
Kerry joins Cobb's request to preserve evidence in Ohio recount
The Motion filed by Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb last week, asking a Federal Court to preserve a wide range of evidence to ensure the integrity of the Ohio recount, was officially supported by the Kerry-Edwards campaign today.

"We welcome Senator Kerry's belated interest in ensuring the integrity of the Ohio recount. This effort, initiated by the Green and Libertarian presidential candidates, has been focusing on the integrity of the election process and not on the outcome. In order to trust the election results, we have to trust the process. All presidential candidates, including George W. Bush, who are committed to an open and accountable voting system should demand an investigation into an election clouded by serious allegations of fraud and suppression," said [Blair] Bobier [Media Director for the Cobb-LaMarche campaign].

New Mexico recount goes back to court
Attorneys for Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb will file a Notice of Appeal on Tuesday from a District Court decision which rejected Cobb's request to start the New Mexico recount without paying the entire cost of it in advance. Last week the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to hear the case. Since the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the case, it can be heard by the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

The Notice will be filed on behalf of Cobb and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik who are both seeking a recount of New Mexico's presidential vote. The candidates paid the state a deposit of over $100,000, and say that New Mexico law does not require that the entire amount of the recount be paid in advance.

"We believe the law is on our side and look forward to a full recount of the presidential vote. There are still many unanswered questions about provisional ballots, missing votes and the integrity of voting machines which don't produce a paper trail. The people of New Mexico deserve to know that their votes will be counted fairly and accurately," said Cobb.


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27.12.2004 16:35
Portland City Council Restricts Single Beer Sale in N. Portland
PDX (by unanimous vote of the city council) is going to ask the state to restrict sales of single bottles of beer. In North Portland. Only. This is just my opinion, if you want facts there is a link to a recent Oregonian article. As usual, my typing and spelling sucks, get over it. Take this however you want, I personally think this smacks of racism along the lines of "we can't let them there colored people buy 40's because they is just gonna roll with the gangs and do drivebys and get all uppity."

Public drinking, let me throw my two cents in there. Have you ever noticed that in most of the country (not really in NoPo though), most anti-beer efforts are done by fundy churches that staunchly oppose gun control? Theye say "shooting people is already illegal, so we don't need extra laws that ban the guns, because guns can be used legally and you can not discriminate against the legal gun owners." Fine. Turnabout is fair fucking play, you should not be able to ban the sale of beer (even if just the singles) based on the suspicion that it might at some point be drunk illegally. Public drinking is ALREADY illegal, so making an extra law that will effect legal drinkers and infringe upon their 21st ammendment rights is wrong.

Especially if it appears that you are only doing it to black neighborhoods.


[ Other articles posted by Teddy Ruxpin (The Lousy Typist) ]

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26.12.2004 20:30
Portland group in forefront of overturning Electoral College Vote on Jan. 6
Don't give up hope yet that Bush's coronation is inevitable, Folks!!! To update you on what's happening about overturning Ohio's Electors' vote on Jan. 6 in Congress, a Portland group that's part of the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee--CleanVote--has been working on what happens next should members of the House and Senate agree that voting irregularities in that state are so prevalent that its 20 votes will not count. Without them, Bush hasn't won the election. In the 2000 presidential election, several House members contested the votes, but not one senator was willing to do the same--a scene familiar to anyone who has seen the film Fahrenheit 9/11. Senators told producer Michael Moore that "nobody asked them." That's not true this time! And you can join the barrage of letters being sent to Wyden/Smith or to senators such as Kerry, Edwards, Byrd, Kennedy, Boxer, et al.

related: [ Tell senators to take a stand Jan. 6 on presidential vote ]

Presidential Election 2004: Mock the Vote
Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and New Mexico's Democratic Governor Bill Richardson are two elected officials who seem to care little for the laws governing elections or the people who put them in office. Both Ohio and New Mexico had more than their share of problems on Election Day?problems with electronic voting machines, problems with provisional and absentee ballots and, in Ohio, numerous allegations of racially-based voter suppression and intimidation. That's why Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb has demanded a recount in these two states.

You'd think that public servants?responsible for administering elections and sworn to uphold the law?would want to get to the bottom of these allegations.

You'd be wrong.

Kerry Preparing Grounds to Unconcede?
If you haven't been following John Kerry closely, get ready to hear of surprising developments. The vote-defrauded, potential president-in-waiting has just indicated through his lawyer that the validity of George Bush's reelection is no longer a given.

On 23 December, 2004 Kerry's lawyer confirmed to MSNBC's 'Countdown' that John Kerry will be seeking (likely on Monday 27 Dec.) to expedite court proceedings and secure evidence in an ongoing recount suit by the Green and Libertarian parties.

related: [ When recounts count | pdx indymedia sElection Fraud stories ]


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25.12.2004 03:11
Remembering Dorothee Soelle
Dorothee Sölle Dorothee Soelle was born in 1929. She lived, loved and worked with Fulbert Steffensky, a former Benedictine monk. With him, she developed the political night prayer at the end of the 1960s in Koln, a model for the Munich political Saturday prayer. She was a political theologian and a devout mystic. She was a penetrating thinker and a tender poetess, a feminist who loved and challenged men and women as people. She showed the way from the humble attitude of neediness for redemption for redemption and burdening sin with which we catholic children must still pray today. Lord, I am not worthy to stand under your roof... She showed the way out telling us: God needs us for his creation just as we need God. God waits on you and rejoices in your contribution in the world!

Charity was a political, public theme of building on the reciprocity of giving and taking, more than a private love program. Charity is not a caritive focus on a world to come but love for the living, for what we can experience in grace, joy, cooperation and mutual enrichment if we are not structurally encouraged to greed and fear because greed and anxiety are best suited to capitalism.

[ Other articles posted by Marc Batko | Marc Batko Translations ]


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ORIGINAL REPORTING 24.12.2004 13:41
Lavalas Officials throughout Northern Haiti Forced into Hiding
Man from San Rafael whose home was burned, he has been in hiding since During the week leading up to December 16, 2004 Lavalas supporters from all over the north of Haiti began to filter into Cap Haitien and the surrounding towns in preparation for a demonstration calling for the return of the elected government and an end to the ongoing repression and detention of Lavalas activists.

December 16 is an important date in Haitian history, as it marks Jean Bertrand Arisitide's electoral victory in 1990 in Haiti's first ever democratic elections. Many of the people who came to Milot were elected Lavalas officials and supporters who have been forced into hiding since the coup.

Our group met with Jean-Claude Debel, organizer for the Lavalas party in the central plateau and regional coordinator of the literacy program (alphabetization) in Hinche, and Garcon Rosemaire, ex mayor of Hinche. Both men were forced to leave their families and go into hiding following the overthrow of the elected government, as have approximately 4000 other people from Hinche according to the former mayor. The two men report that the situation in the Central Plateau is highly repressive.

most recent reports from Haiti from Sasha Kramer: [ Community Schools in Northern Haiti: A plea to the international community | Peaceful Demonstration in Cap Haitien a Success despite Ongoing Repression / Beloved Mayor Continues to Serve his Community from Hiding (12/21/04) ]

previous reports to portland indymedia about Haiti by Zoe Moskovitz and Sasha Kramer: [ The Politics of Injustice in Haiti: The Cases of Auguste and Chamblain (2004.09.01) | Hard hit Municipalities:The Attempt to Destroy Lavalas and the Consolidation of the Coup (2004.08.21) | The Dismantling of Popular Education Under the new U.S-backed Regime in Haiti (2004.08.21) | Reportback form Haiti: Resistance and Repression Six Months After the Coup (2004.08.21) ]

More info: [ HaitiAction.net ]


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24.12.2004 13:27
KBOO Presswatch script: mind control mythology
The Daily Mirror, in Great Britain, issued a famous post-election cover page that asked the question: how can fifty-nine million people be so dumb?

I think it's an excellent question, and even though it is clear to me that the dictator stole the election again, it is also clear that there are millions of people, mostly voting against their own class interests, who voted for George W. Bush. I have encountered plenty of bewilderment on this phenomenon right here at home?no need to go to England. What were people thinking?

The people who can best answer that question are the Republican strategists. They understand that they can manipulate much of the population to the point of delusion, using the loyal corporate-owned media, and they intend to keep on doing it. They have created a mental landscape for those fifty-nine million people, in which shadowy figures shift terrible weapons through Iraq, through Syria, to the Wal-Mart nearest you. In this fantasy world, homeless grandmas are rightly punished by the cold and rain on their donated blankets. Lovers who joyously take marriage vows after years of life as a couple are satanic perverts who would rape your children if given a chance. Dedicated activists who put their bodies on the line in an heroic effort to stop war and ecological destruction are actually dangerous terrorists with Middle East connections who bomb themselves in their manic frenzy of hatred. And it's all a sign that Jesus is coming.

[ Other posts by theresa mitchell ]


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24.12.2004 13:22
Strange "arrest" witnessed Thursday
There I was in a friendly discussion with a table of Larouche supporters on the sidewalk (always curious why that nut draws a small cultlike following of young people) When I heard the distinctive sounds of handcuffs being fastened.

I looked up expecting to see some cops detaining a druggie, or at least those rent-a-cop portland business allience "green gaurds" tormenting some poor homeless guy. Instead I see a few rather runty looking 30-something adults (I think two women and two men) clustered around a juvenile female. They were dressed in "normal" casual clothing, Nothing seemed to indicate that they were police, security, or the like. They left on foot up the sidewalk with the handcuffed girl- and left me with a feeling of concern.

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ORIGINAL REPORTING FROM HAITI 23.12.2004 03:30
Community Schools in Northern Haiti: A plea to the international community
Ecole Communautaire de Coronel serves 20 orphans on the outskirts of Milot While accompanying Jean Charles Moise ousted mayor of Milot in the week leading up the December 16 demonstration, I had the privilege of visiting a handful of the schools that Moise founded during his tenure as mayor. We visited 9 community schools built during the last decade to serve poor families that are unable to afford the few state run public schools that exist in the area.

All of the schools that we visited received some financial support from the national government during Aristide's administration and all have had their funding cut under the unelected Latortue regime. This fact is particularly striking given that Aristide was forced to work under an international aid embargo imposed by the US shortly after the Haiti's May 2000 parlimentary elections, while the unelected interim government has been promised a 1.8 billion aid package to "reconstruct the country", a move that many predict will only force Haiti deeper into debt. Given the disparity in resources and international support between the democratically elected government and the US installed interim government one must wonder where is the new aid money going if not to support schools? Isn't education the backbone of any solid development policy?

most recent report from Haiti from Sasha Kramer: [ Peaceful Demonstration in Cap Haitien a Success despite Ongoing Repression / Beloved Mayor Continues to Serve his Community from Hiding (12/21/04) ]

previous reports to portland indymedia about Haiti by Zoe Moskovitz and Sasha Kramer: [ The Politics of Injustice in Haiti: The Cases of Auguste and Chamblain (2004.09.01) | Hard hit Municipalities:The Attempt to Destroy Lavalas and the Consolidation of the Coup (2004.08.21) | The Dismantling of Popular Education Under the new U.S-backed Regime in Haiti (2004.08.21) | Reportback form Haiti: Resistance and Repression Six Months After the Coup (2004.08.21) ]

More info: [ HaitiAction.net ]


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FIGHTING CORPORATE ECOTERRORISM 23.12.2004 03:29
Two Men Arrested In Oregon, Earth Liberation Case
Last night it was revealed that two young Americans have been arrested for allegedly planning to blow up trucks and equipment belonging to a construction company they believe is polluting a stream in Hillsboro OR. According to media reports, Charles Arthur Jordan IV, 20, and Stephen Philip Marshall, 19, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to damage or attempt to damage equipment used in interstate commerce. The alleged target was quarry company Morse Bros.

The people of Columbia City have been fighting Morse Bros for years and years. No one out there can hang out their laundry, because when they do, it gets covered with rock dust. Some days, people can hardly breathe due to the dust. But the city councilors out there sold out the people to the mining company. If anyone should be in jail, it's the board members of Morse bros.

[ Earth Liberation Prisoners ]

Support ALF Prisoner Joshua Demmitt
On October 1, 2004 18-year old Joshua Demmitt of Provo, Utah plead guilty to arson in conjunction with an A.L.F.-claimed action targeting animal testing facilities at Brigham Young University (BYU). Josh fell under investigation after his name and other information was provided to authorities by Harrison David Burrows. In exchange for fully cooperating with authorities, Burrows received a plea bargain of five years. After being identified by Burrows, Josh felt he had limited options and so accepted a pre-trial plea bargain. He is expected to be sentenced on January 18, 2005 and is facing five to 25 years in prison.

[ Animal Liberation Front ]


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23.12.2004 03:17
Cancel Subscription to TIME
The decision to call George W. Bush "Person of the Year" is so despicable and unutterably shameful that I have canceled my subscription to TIME Magazine. I strongly urge you to do the same!

related: [ Mother of Dead Soldier Responds to TIME Magazine | TIME Magazine Names Bush | Time Magazine Names Person of the Year ]


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DISPATCHES FROM A WEST-COASTER IN HAITI 22.12.2004 03:13
Peaceful Demonstration in Cap Haitien a Success despite Ongoing Repression
Thousands march in Cap Haitien calling for the return of their elected president On December 16, 2004 over 10,000 people flooded the streets of Cap Haitien chanting and dancing for over four hours as they risked their lives to peacefully commemorate Jean Bertrand Aristide's 1990 electoral victory in Haiti's first democratic elections. Organizers stated that their two primary demands of the demonstrators were the return of the constitutional government of Haiti and the release of all political prisoners.

Current reports estimate that there are approximately 700 political prisoners in Haiti's overcrowded prisons, none of whom have been convicted of a crime and many who have never come before a judge. Many powerful Lavalas organizers and leaders, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and popular singer Annette Auguste "So Anne", have been imprisoned making it difficult for the country's most popular political party to continue to organize or to carry out many of the community education and development projects that were an integral part of the Lavalas platform.

While heavily armed Chilean UN forces and the Haitian National Police were highly visible throughout the march, there was no violence reported.

VIDEO
Only two international journalists were present at the event and coverage is so far confined to the internet and the San Francisco Bayview newspaper. The only radio station to report on the demonstration in Port au Prince said that several hundred people attended the demonstration, a figure easily disputed with this video footage.

Beloved Mayor Continues to Serve his Community from Hiding
Jean Charles Moise grew up in Milot, a rural town on the outskirts of Cap Haitien. He was elected mayor in 1995 at the age of 27 by an overwhelming 85% of the vote and was re-elected for a second term in 2000. He served as mayor until he was thrown out of office following the coup on February 29, 2004.

During his tenure as mayor Moise redistributed state landholdings to many landless peasants in the area, earning him great respect among the poor and powerful enemies among the elite who had previously controlled the land. Under the Duvalier dictatorships much of the land in near Milot was owned by the state and leased to absentee landlords. These landlords would then re-lease the land to peasants at exorbitant rates up to 10 times those of the state. There is an area just below the palace of San Souci in Milot that is named Moise in honor of the man who helped the many families that now inhabit that hillside to reclaim the land that rightfully belonged to them, as dictated by Article 74 of the Haitian Constitution.

The community of Milot has changed significantly under the Lavalas government of the past decade.

previous reports to portland indymedia re. Haiti by Zoe Moskovitz and Sasha Kramer: [ The Politics of Injustice in Haiti: The Cases of Auguste and Chamblain (2004.09.01) | Hard hit Municipalities:The Attempt to Destroy Lavalas and the Consolidation of the Coup (2004.08.21) | The Dismantling of Popular Education Under the new U.S-backed Regime in Haiti (2004.08.21) | Reportback form Haiti: Resistance and Repression Six Months After the Coup (2004.08.21) ]

More info: [ HaitiAction.net ]


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22.12.2004 03:07
portland indymedia readers talk about "God" (hey this is Cascadia, not NYC)
'Firetruck' writes:
I believe God is a woman
that would explain alot.

'a human being' responds:
You think that God has sex organs and hormones that make up the differences between men and women? Interesting. I would have thought that God had no physical form.

'Jim Lockhart' conjectures:
It seems to me that the attempt to extract the Creator from his Creation has alienated us Creatures from both the Creator and Creation. Possibley what the story of the Fall From Grace, the Garden of Eden, and all that was attempting to tell, in parable form.

'' expounds:
The Divine can be seen as the Great Mother who gives birth to all and devours all. The Divine Mother is the mother of all things including the animate and inanimate, the stars and planets, the plants, animals and people and even the other Deities themselves. She is the primordial archetype that all things are born from. She is as beautiful to behold as she is terrible in her rage. She is the awe that is in sublime and the subtle.

In The Worldwide Ruling Class - Worker Bee Model, Still Going Strong In The 21st Century, 'Clint Clark' writes: "Old Testament religions are setup to preserve the Ruling Class - Worker Bee model, which began about 8,500 years ago. Old Testament religions are about legitimizing land ownership, taxes, the exploitation of natural resources, social stratification, and wealth generation; not about spirituality. Civilization is the domestication of humans by other humans."

'brent' replies:
it is interesting to note that both the belief in God and the belief in no God are equally ridiculous, and the suggestion is often made that somehow the belief in no God makes more sense, is more rational, when actually either position is absurd, making any argument based on so called reason nonsensicial...

it is also absurd to suggest that the universe had a beginning, which leaves us to wonder what existed in the endless eternity before this beginning, which would be nothing one must suppose, and then somehow something came from nothing, which is also absurd, just as it is incomprehensible to imagine either God or the universe being eternal with no beginning or no end


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21.12.2004 14:35
Investigator Michael Ruppert claiming to have confirmed Gary Webb's death as a suicide
gary webb Ruppert [whom i have enormous respect for] has made a very compelling case that webb's death was indeed a suicide. i didn't want to believe it, but there is little doubt left in my mind. read ruppert's notes from the above link yourself, and you decide. ruppert makes some very valid points about alex jones and john hankey, and the "high standards" that we should hold ourselves to when trying to understand "the truth". ruppert writes:

"This is a time for all of us who are activists, professional investigator and journalists on the internet to distinguish and separate ourselves from those who do not employ professional standards for their investigation and reporting. These standards are used to make what is consumed by a sometimes too-trusting readership trustworthy and useful. It is a matter of love and honor for those who read what we write.

Just as the dishonest mainstream media distances itself from those of us who use this powerful medium out of fear, it is time for those of us who care about getting it right to draw an unmistakable line between ourselves and the internet "trailer trash" who detract from the very, very difficult job that Gary Webb gave his life for: Telling the truth, getting it right and proving it in a way that can be trusted... No matter what the cost.

This is what Gary Webb taught us."

indeed webb's most important lesson might be the one brought on by his death itself: that we need to always question our assumptions, always seek the truth no matter what we "wish" were so, and use our courage to guide us.

previous: [ Gary Webb, exposer of CIA complicity in cocaine trade, found dead at home (Dec. 13, 2004) ]

related: [ Alex Jones' Rebuttal To Allegations Made By Michael Ruppert Concerning Gary Webb's Death | Webb 'Suicide' Looking More Like Murder ]

AUDIO: Gary Webb in Eugene, January 6, 1999 -- Webb discusses "how the collapse of a brutal pro American dictatorship in Latin America combined with a decision by corrupt CIA agents to raise money for a resistance movement by any means necessary led to the formation of the nations first major crack market in south central Los Angelus, which led to the arming and the empowering of L.A. street gangs, which led to... [ hear it ]

VIDEO: In honor of Webb's legacy of "authentic journalism," GNN [Guerrilla News Network] presents this exclusive interview, in which Webb discusses Dark Alliance, the media maelstrom, and the story's historical importance. The video was produced by a team of GNN's video students at the School of Authentic Journalism 2002 seminar in Merida, Mexico. [ watch it ]


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20.12.2004 21:38
Is Racism 'Business as Usual' at Kaiser NW?
At the Kaiser Center for Health Research although reported racist behavior of supervisors and decision-makers have been acknowledged by its direction, the organization readily expends unlimited finances to maintain a virtually all white professional level staff.

The author of this article has been inbroiled in a longstanding (albeit loosing) battle with this corporate giant who, rather than confront the reported perceptions of minority employees who havereported concerns of racist attitudes, actions and behaviors of its managers and supervisors, by even its Direction, it elects to spend countless thousands of dollars, hours and energy defending them - and in turn their racism.

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20.12.2004 21:36
Portland's JTTF City Council Hearing Postponed AGAIN
eroding flag - PJTTF Today, curious to find out anything new about the recent PJTTF hearing happening on the 22nd (this Wednesday!) I decided to go check out the city councils website at http://www.portlandonline and look at their agenda. As it turns out in a PDF file (... agenda item 1483) the hearing has been CANCELED!

Here is what is posted on their site: "1483 TIME CERTAIN: 10:30 AM - CANCELED. THIS ITEM WILL BE RESCHEDULED, DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED. Authorize Memorandum of Understanding and Reimbursement Agreement with the Portland Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to participate in the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (Ordinance introduced by Mayor Katz")

I called Sue Parsons the Asst. Council Clerk at City Hall (e-mail: sparsons@ci.portland.or.us phone: 503 823-4085) to make sure the agenda had in fact been changed and was correct. As it turns out Sue says that the hearing was just canceled today (the 20th of December) and will most likely be put off until sometime in late January, but couldn't give me a date or time.


related articles: [ Something to Ponder in the Days Leading Up To Dec. 22nd I New PJTTF date and time (2004.11.02) I PJTTF Hearing Delayed Again by the FBI I PJTTF HEARING POSTPONED! (2004.10.28) I OPPOSE THE PJTTF- Nov. 3 I City Council to consider Joint Terrorism Task Force renewal, Wed. 11/3, 9:40 am I more articles ]

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TRACKING THE ACCELERATING DECLINE 19.12.2004 18:14
Rise of the Amerikan Nazis, Part II: Death of Democracy
Whether willing or not, the American people have become captives to whatever information is or is not aired by the corporate media. We are unable, for example, to hear any information or news on the debacle in Iraq, with its ceaseless war crimes and mass murders, or on the devastation of both land and man of radioactive depleted uranium, or on the dire threat of global warming, or on the balanced view of the Israeli-Palestinian issue or on dissident points of debate prevalent in this country and, of course, on the ever-widening scandal that is the fraud-riddled election of 2004. We remain, unfortunately, at the mercy of the corporate media, itself in bed with the Amerikan Nazis, unable to inform ourselves of anything detrimental to both government and big business. The sphere of reality, for those who have yet to discover the liberating energy of the Internet, is as limited as those in control of television wish it to be.

[ The Rise of the Amerikan Nazis, Part I of III: Birth of Despotism | Other articles by Manuel Valenzuela ]

If you care what people think : Poll results from Cornell University
Yesterday, the communications department at Cornell University released a poll exploring some of the pertinent topics of our times. They studied the effects of "religiosity" against attention to corporate media (which means TV news) and how these factors affect personal opinon of such things as civil liberties and treatment of Muslims.

One point that surprises me is that about half of all those surveyed think it's OK for the gov't to lie to the media. They apparently don't mind being lied to. This surprises me because I strongly dislike being lied to. Especially be the media, and even more so by the government.

Folks Don't Get It: African-American voter disenfranchisement in the 2004 election
I have noticed something. Since the election all the threads which have raised the issue of Black disenfranchisement -- whether in the context of Ohio this year, Florida in 2000, or generally -- as a form of electoral fraud have ended up devolving into ignorance and/or dying as threads. Specifically, whenever this issue comes up, whether in a diary of its own or in connection with someone else's Onio thread, there appear to be three primary reactions:
  1. A vigorous attempt to insist that systematic disenfranchisement through whatever means is not the same thing electoral fraud, such that the Ohio disenfranchisement is less of a priority right now since it will be fixed "someday"; or
  2. Silence in response to any poster who contends that, whether or not it changes the outcome, the ongoing fight to count all votes in Ohio is a fight to ensure the rights of African-American voters and thus deserves the party's public attention and commitment.
  3. A cry of "tin foil hat" and arguments that nothing is "proven" so it must not be reality -- it's just bad planning, bad administration, in other words, just an unfortunate mistake.

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