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According to Save Internet Radio, "America's fledgling Internet radio industry could be effectively killed on May 21st if the U.S. Copyright Office accepts the recommendations of its recent Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel ("CARP") recommendation concerning Internet radio royalty rates and establishes its proposed record-keeping requirements for webcasters."
During the Clinton Administration, Congress passed the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), "which established that webcasters must pay 'performance rights' fees to record labels for the music they play... The CARP's recommended rates are currently more than 100% of most Webcasters' gross revenues.
"The Copyright Office is required by Congress to decide whether to accept, reject or modify the CARP's recommended rates by May 21, 2002. If they accept the CARP panel's recommendation, most observers believe that the decision will effectively kill Internet radio as an industry, as the decision could bankrupt all but the three or four largest webcasters."
This is another example of how an idea that might sound like common sense -- namely, copyright -- can be used against the interests of the public it purports to serve.
Palestine Indymedia reports that "the Palestinian Red Crescent [the Muslim equivalent of the Red Cross] has announced the cessation of all its operations due the ongoing and massive Israeli assaults against its hospitals, clinics, ambulances, and medical staff in all areas targeted by the current Israeli military campaign.
News from Bethlehem:
April 05, 2002 12:30--"An emergency medical ambulance team delivered a Palestinian man with gunshot wounds to the emergency ward of al-Husayn Hospital after a humiliating and frightening experience. The ambulance driver and attendant were detained at gunpoint for three hours with their hands tied behind their backs and guns to their heads before being warned not try to save anyone else and allowed to retrieve the wounded man and return to the hospital."
News from Ramallah:
For breaking news, check in frequently with Palestine Indymedia.
Eye-witness report from Palestine [portland indymedia exclusive]: "I honestly don't feel like writing, because it's so damn depressing but on the other hand I want people to know the truth of the crisis here in Ramallah... The Israelis lifted the curfew for 2 hours to let people buy supplies and just breathe fresh air. It was a madhouse. The streets were jammed and supermarkets were packed. It was mainly parents buying milk and bread for their kids.... We [went to the] Ramallah hospital, the scene of much controversy. What is happening there is that Israelis attempted numerous times to go in and take who they wanted, but hospital staff and foreigners refused to let them in."
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Historical background: Brief history of the Palestinian conflict
There is an old Persian proverb: "If you do not like the image in the mirror, do not break the mirror, break your face." It is time to pull our collective head out of the sand, take a hard look in the mirror, and then act.
Did elements of the US government have prior knowledge of, or actively participate in, the 9.11 attacks? If so, to what degree? These are questions worthy of serious investigation. Start researching "what really happened" on 9.11, and you'll find a large body of facts and questions suggesting that the story we have been told by the government and corporate media is in large part a fabrication.
This feature compiles and presents many of these suppositions and counter-evidence. Its purpose is not to draw conclusions, but to investigate the questions that are conspicuously absent in the post-September 11th media -- including, notably, the "progressive" media, both moderate and radical. The leftist intelligentsia, including people who are highly respected, and deservedly so, such as Chomsky, Zinn, Parenti, and publications such as The Nation, Zmag, The Progressive, Mother Jones and others have all avoided any inquiry into the collected evidence. In some cases, have gone so far as to actively marginalize such inquiry. [ Read more | Congresswoman Demands Inquiry ]
In part because of the remarkable lack of investigation into 9.11, and the almost total media blackout of anything other than the accepted story, many people just find it too hard to believe that elements of the government, military, CIA or other intelligence services could or would knowingly allow or instigate such an attack on the citizens of their own country.
Perhaps many people are not aware of how government deception has previously been at the heart of such matters: the burning of the Reichstag, the Gulf of Tonkin, Gulf War, Pearl Harbor, Operation Northwoods. These examples demonstrate that governments have historically been willing and able to fabricate incidents in order to start wars.[ Read more ]
The absence of coverage and investigation of 9.11 is not due to an absence of facts and questions, but rather to an avoidance and cover-up of the evidence. Once one sees this, accepts the frightening notion that elements of the government are quite capable of doing it, and also keeps alert to not getting caught in wanting to find government collusion, then one is ready to ask serious questions of the official story and examine the evidence honestly.
The events of Sept 11th: lack of scrambled jets, Bush's strange behavior, intelligence agencies say they are taken completely by surprise, yet within a few hours Osama bin Ladin is declared the perpetrator, and media response: [ Read more ]
The Official Story: the miraculous indestructible passport, suitcases and letters, fake drivers licenses, suicide notes, Korans and flight manuals, wild night on the town, FBI lists 19, er, 12 hijackers, flight schools and pilot training, Osama videos, and U.S. intelligence says it was clueless: [ Read more ]
What has been left out: financial investing, Bush/bin Ladin ties, Saudi Plane leaves U.S. on Sept 13th, US plans Afghan war in advance, Osama a CIA asset, Anthrax, removal of WTC evidence, Bush/Cheney limiting 9.11 investigation, woman dies in car crash, and other related stories: [ Read more | Cheney/Saddam connections | Global Crossing LTD investments | More on Global Crossing LTD | More on the CIA ]
What do you think about these questions and issues?
2330 URGENT Update: Israeli Occupation Forces are staging a major confrontation at Manger Square in Bethlehem proper. They have bombed the sacred mosque that is found here (the birthplace of Jesus and a holy site for Muslims and Christians alike). At least 5 people are dead and at least 30 wounded so far. In addition, IDF is preventing any ambulances from arriving on the scene, allowing innocent people to bleed to death. 300 people, including families, fighters and journalists, are being held prisoners in the three churches of the square. IDF threatens to bomb them if they do not surrender.
2300 Update: The situation in Bethlehem continues to be intermittent clashes, tanks rolling by, APCs rolling by. IMC-Palestine is experiencing difficulty with communication because of the 24-hour curfew imposed by Israeli occupation forces. The situation continues to deteriorate by the minute, with IDF attacking Red Crescent and UN ambulances, religious buildings, television and communication stations and journalists. We will continue to update as possible. Please keep posting news coming out of Palestine so that we can document these days of Israeli terror.
From the portland indymedia newswire:
"Little did they know that once they got about a mile in that the snow-mobile track they had been walking in turned around and they were on their own. Let me tell you, the person in the lead paid for it, they switched off regularly, maybe every 50 steps. Even with snowshoes on they would sink into the snow to their knees. Then they'd have to pull their leg up and out to make the next step." "It was like climbing stairs for about 6 miles, it didn't matter if you were going up hill or down hill it was like climbing stairs."
Quoted from a newswire article about a trip up to Eagle Creek.Read More
This Weekend, March 29th-31st, Cascadia Forest Alliance (CFA) is holding a Survey Campout.
People can learn how to survey for red tree voles, rare lichens, salamanders and more. Identify the species that can stop or delay timber sales. Last time CFA had a survey training in Mt. Hood they found the second most rare lichen in the U.S. There are carpools all 3 mornings. For more info
There is also a Wilderness Forum with Congressman Earl Blumenauer on Wednesday, April 3rd, 6:00 PM
While down in Humboldt County, more tree-sits have gone up
The Oregonian revealed its pro-corporate bias again this week by ignoring an incredible gathering of 2,000,000 in Italy, where demonstrators marched for labor rights and against the Italian government. According to a newswire post, the Oregonian specifically ignores anti-corporate and pro-labor actions in Western countries, instead covering only dissent in countries such as Russia and China, with which the U.S. is competing. "They also failed to mention the protest in Vancouver, BC involving 25,000 against the loss of social services last year. At that same time they reported on a 300 person protest in a small village in China against corruption."
Another post to the newswire suggests that folks should contact the Oregonian and complain. Comments added to this suggestion by other readers, however, have opened a discussion about whether complaining is worth it since the Oregonian might very well be unsalvageable, and our time would be better spent building Indymedia instead.
Keeping an eye on the purposeful omissions and fallacious additions of corporate agents such as the Oregonian is one way of seeking truth in our propagandistic atmosphere. Everyone is encouraged to publish other examples to the newswire themselves.
[ "Coverage of the biggest labor rights march in history missing in the Oregonian" | "Biggest Labor March in History--the Oregonian doesn't care--call 'em" | "Up to 2,000,000 labor activists protest in Italy" ]
Protest at Oregonian on "Big Bad Business Day"
A first person account of Jane Goodall's recent speech in Portland has been posted to the open publishing newswire:
Got a free ticket to see Jane Goodall at the Schnitz on Wednesday [20 March 2002], and I was not disappointed... It seems she is one in a series that started with the Barak visit that has as a "pro-globalization" focus... She took this focus in a different direction though, using as her theme, the title of one of her more recent books, "Reasons for Hope".
This is the first I have heard about the "Bush Meat crisis", which is apparently decimating the chimp population, as well as all the wild animals residing in the forests. Apparently there are complex effects of the influx of roads being built for logging/mining; Chimps are affected by diseases that humans bring, that they are susceptible to catching, as well as the snares set up to catch other animals that they also get caught by. Also, natives ride on on the logging trucks, shooting EVERYTHING, to satisfy the "taste" for wild and exotic animals within Africa and in other countries as well. The loggers' camps, even those doing "sustainable" logging, are in need of food. So 2000-3000 people in these camps pay locals to shoot animals in the area to feed them. This means that, "even if logging is sustainable, no life exists in the forest after logging companies leave."
According to the War Resistors League (WRL), the US military machine currently consumes 46% of federal funds. As one newswire post says: "This is a military machine that fights not for peace, but, like all empires, for plunder. Those of us who have been lucky enough, despite the effectiveness of the US propaganda system, to be exposed to information that reveals the insidious character of the 'War on Terrorism', ought to feel compelled to act. And we must act, lest our hands be bloody."
The WRL advocates war tax resistance as one means, and promotes a few approaches. One can refuse to pay federal income tax, or work little enough that one has no tax liability. One can refuse to pay federal phone tax. At least two organizations, the War Resisters League and the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee both offer information about, and coordinate activities around war tax resistance.
The War Resisters League Portland Chapter, a local group that promotes war tax resistance, has several upcoming events:
Colombian voters went to the polls March 11th, to elect a new Congress and strongly rejected the candidates of the ruling two-party system with smaller independent parties now having a combined majority of congressional seats. Some reports see the elections as a rejection of President Pastrana, the U.S. funded "Plan Colombia", and the current full scale war on the rebels. However, the hard line rightist presidential candidate Uribe is way ahead in polls for the upcoming presidential elections.
Though "Plan Colombia" has been presented as an effort to stop the drug trade, the result has been just the opposite. U.S. military aid to fight the war on drugs has grown by a factor of ten since the mid-1990s, coca production has doubled in the same period. The illusion of Plan Colombia also becomes evident when it is revealed that efforts to 'eradicate' coca have focussed solely on the leftist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) held territory, even though the right-wing paramilitary groups are more heavily, and directly involved in the drug trade.
The present attempt to reframe the issue from drugs to terrorism is equally suspect. According to human rights reports, these same paramilitary groups, allied with the Colombian military which receives 80% of Plan Colombia funds, are responsible for 80% of the human rights abuses taking place in Colombia.
A spokesman for the FARC spoke on Monday March 5th to 600 delegates from 21 countries in Mexico City, where he refuted widespread U.S. press reports that blamed the FARC for the assassination of a Colombian Senator. Reports now indicate that FARC was not responsible.
There are widespread reports in Colombian media of Green Berets, US elite forces, being seen in the demilitarized zone, which would be a violation of Congressional mandate on US military involvement in Colombia. Since the bombing started, there have been well over 200 bombing raids in a region with 100,000 civilians. Paramilitary groups are reported to have entered the area to hunt down 'guerrilla sympathizers'. The paramilitaries single out community leaders, human rights defenders and development workers who, in their view, are 'subversive'.
Information is sparse as communication and power lines are down, and people are afraid to talk when contacted. It is reported that a Protestant pastor who left the zone and reported that civilians were dying because the military were preventing humanitarian relief from entering the zone was murdered on his return, presumably by paramilitaries.
[ Where is the Press? | Government/ELN Cease-fire talks | Colombian Workers Demand Kidnapped Leaders Release | Let Us Not Talk Falsely Now | FARC - English | FARC - Spanish | Colombia Report | Americas.org ]
The classified "Nuclear Posture Review", which was leaked to the LA Times last week, "orders the Pentagon to prepare contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons" against Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Libya. The document also recommends developing smaller scale, earth-penetrating nuclear weapons to destroy heavily fortified underground bunkers and other military targets able to resist non-nuclear attacks. If adopted, this policy would significantly lower the threshold at which the U.S. would use atomic weaponry.
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon has denounced the document, saying that it "undermines the delicate balance of international relations", "escalates already excessive levels of military spending", and "increases environmental devastation caused by the highly toxic byproducts inherent in nuclear weapons production". Sarah Charlesworth, co-chair of the Pacific Green Party, asserts that "America should adopt an international policy that emphasizes peace, sustainability, and future focus; not the shortsighted war games proposed in the Pentagon's secret report."
The Oregon House and Senate have passed a bill, House Bill 4025, that would make boycotts or strikes by agricultural workers during harvest season illegal. If signed by Governor John Kitzhaber, this legislation would outlaw actions such as the PCUN-sponsored boycott against NORPAC that ended last month with an historic victory for the farmworkers. Farmworker allies are urging citizens to contact Gov. Kitzhaber and demand that he veto this bill.
HB 4025's title is "Relating to labor relations; creating new provisions; amending ORS 663.005; and declaring an emergency". An appropriate choice of words since, if passed, it truly would be an "emergency" not only for farmworkers, but for all the working people of Oregon. The bill claims to be "necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety", but in reality is yet another assault on the rights of anyone to organize and take action against injustices they face in their jobs. "When they take one of us on, they take all of us on."
According to CAUSA ("the Cause", an affiliation of about 60 organizations including PCUN), Gov. Kitzhaber is leaning towards a veto. Direct citizen involvement in the form of calls and emails could give him the push he needs to do the right thing.
Consumer activist and former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke on Friday night to a packed crowd of 1200 at the University of Oregon's student union as one of the keynote speakers for the 2002 E-Law Conference in Eugene. Nader spoke for over an hour to an enthusiastic audience, shifting hats at times between the consumer advocate and political candidate. He lambasted the mainstream environmental movement and the Clinton/Gore administration, but left the current administration and the "war on terror" almost unmentioned. Many audience members wore stickers welcoming the FBI to the conference. E-Law organizers claim that as many as 200 FBI agents were among the conference attendees.
Philip Anschutz, who the BBC described as having "a reputation as one of the hungriest of US corporate vultures", is currently using his wealth and power to support a slick ad campaign appearing on 10,000 billboards, in hundreds of movie theaters, and on nearly a thousand TV stations across the country. The Foundation for a Better Life (FBL)?the non-profit entity that officially produces and distributes the ads?has no contact information on its website, forbetterlife.org, but a series of posts and comments to the portland indymedia open publishing newswire uncovered the connection between Anschutz and FBL:
The ad campaign features billboards with words such as "Courage", "Unity", and "Compassion". Illustrating each value is a photograph of a person, an catchy, explanatory tagline, and the phrase, "Pass it on". The commercials, similarly themed, "are being seen on average over 2 million times per day on seven networks and over 900 TV stations... [and] are also being shown in all United Artists, Regal and Edwards movie theaters totaling over 6,000 screens across the country" according to FBL. The ~6,600 screens of those three chains account for nearly 20% of the U.S. total. The campaign was put together by Jay Schulberg (who created the "Got Milk?" ads), Nancy Fletcher, President and CEO of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) and Gary Dixon, President of FBL. Dixon courteously declined an invitation for an interview with a portland indymedia contributor, saying that FBL would prefer to emphasize "the message and not the messenger".
While some of the individual ads?for example, a Mother Teresa billboard with the phrase, "Reaching beyond yourself"?express positive messages with which few would argue, others?like the one showing emergency workers raising the American flag in the rubble of the World Trade Center with the words, "No setback will set us back"?are transparently pro-war. Though FBL's campaign was planned before the attacks on the East Coast on September 11, 2001, it was "expanded upon" after those events. The new additions are easily identifiable.
Philip Anschutz, until recently the 16th richest person in America, and still quite wealthy, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party and various GOP candidates in at least the last two Presidential election cycles. His oil and gas company, the Anschutz Exploration Corporation, had notoriously destructive intent against a sacred Native American site in Montana. His corporate empire includes a majority holding in Qwest Communications and ownership of several sports teams and arenas. Significantly, he also owns the United Artists, Regal and Edwards movie theater chains, where the FBL commercials are being shown. Whether or not FBL is paying for these slots is unknown. According to Outdoor Advertising Association of America, $10,000,000 worth of the cost of the billboard campaign is being donated by OAAA member companies. In other words, it is possible that this advertising blitz is costing FBL and Philip Anschutz very little money out-of-pocket.
Some of the billboards in the Portland area have been edited, clearly by those who disagree with their message. Several posts to the newswire have suggested further billboard liberation as a means of responding to the campaign. (portland indymedia does not endorse any particular political tactic other than the legal exercise of free speech.)
Only two other media outlets seem to have revealed the FBL-Anschutz connection so far (the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and Morality in Media), but neither raised concerns about the political implications. Here at portland indymedia, the story was uncovered by several different individuals who researched and posted their findings to the open publishing newswire. This collaborative process showed that?not only can anyone become the media?but that we can also do a better job than the so-called "professionals" who were asleep at the wheel once again with an important story.
The Colombian government, with a strong push from the U.S., has called off peace efforts with leftist rebels and seriously escalated the war.
Though the Colombian people voted overwhelmingly for peace in October 1997, and in opposition to Plan Colombia in October 2001, the U.S. continues to push the plan. Now the Bush administration is weighing a proposal to declare the destruction of leftist guerrillas in the South American country an explicit goal of U.S. policy. Some senior officials are also pushing for the administration to assert, for the first time, that the Colombian rebels are a specific target of the worldwide U.S. war on terrorism.
Here in Portland, this Friday's Peace Rally at 5 p.m. in Pioneer Square will focus on Colombia and speak out on the escalation of violence, Plan Colombia, and the U.S. policy in the region. In Eugene, there will be protest against the war in Colombia at the Federal Building at 4:00.
[ Colombian Workers Strike - Demand Kidnapped Leaders Release | FARC Communique | Ecuadorian Activists Receive Death Threats For Opposing Plan Colombia | Bishops Oppose Plan Colombia | Colombian Labor Monitor | CAFTA Alert:Central American Free Trade Agreement | Narco News | ZNet - Colombia | Latin America Press ]
Since 1984 the Gifford Pinchot Task Force (GPTF) has been working hard to protect the forests of Southwest Washington. The GPTF is gearing up for the summer as 41 Timber Sales Threaten The Gifford Pinchot National Forest (GPNF). That's 41 ancient forest timber sales that could be logged on our public land, with over 12,000 log trucks full of 300-800 year old trees. According to the Forest Service, almost 90% of the logging on the GPNF over the next 10 years will target mature and old growth stands.
The GP Task Force is currently featuring the Goose Egg timber sale. The Goose Egg Timber Sale, south of the Indian Heaven Wilderness in the Mt. Adams Ranger District, would log 211 acres of old growth forest. A total of 297 acres would be clear-cut or thinned and an astounding 11 miles of road would be built or reconstructed. The GPTF is asking people to send in their comments to both the Forest Service and LB&R Timber Co.
Numerous independent reports from farmers and some researchers indicate that a variety of animals including cows, hogs, deer, racoons, and mice have all avoided or refused to eat genetically engineered (GE) crops. Reports also indicate evidence of lower weight gain in animals eating GE crops, as well as a behavioral change described as 'passive' and 'distressed'.
One report describes cows ambling through a field of GE corn and knocking down a fence in order to get to non-GE corn growing on the other side. More and more Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are being indiscriminately introduced into the environment at the behest of the corporate agricultural industry, whose bottom-line interest is profit not health. Perhaps more people need to develop the good sense that these animals are displaying and say "No" to GMO.
Beginning at the World Social Forum, a group of Indymedia volunteers from North and South America have joined together for a 35-day caravan through South America. They plan to cover many of today's most important stories including the landless movement in Brazil, the popular uprising in Argentina, water privatization in Bolivia, the war on terror in Peru and anti-FTAA protests in Equador.
In May 2001, KBOO was fined $7000 for airing the song "Your Revolution" by Sarah Jones, an African American poet and singer. The FCC stated that the song was indecent, contained sexual references that did in fact, pander, and that the song should not have been aired before 10:00 pm. In July 2001 KBOO filed its appeal.
At the end of January 2002, the artist, Sarah Jones, in an unusual response, has filed suit against the FCC claiming they have violated her free speech rights. Sarah Jones, asked for a judgment in federal district court in Manhattan that the 1999 song, "Your Revolution", is not indecent as the agency found; for an injunction preventing the commission from enforcing the $7,000 fine against KBOO; and for a finding that the commission's ruling violated her free-speech rights.
Ms. Jones said she was surprised that her song was declared offensive because she wrote it as an attack on the degradation of women in mainstream hip-hop. "My name was hanging in the air with 'indecent' attached to it in this really problematic way, especially since my work is concerned with social justice and feminist issues," she said yesterday. "That it should be associated with sexual indecency and intending to shock is not something that I can just let sit there, partly in light of the fact that other material is played ad infinitum on mainstream radio airwaves that's really problematic. I'm not one for censorship, but let's not use a double standard that victimizes certain voices."
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