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July 23, 2005 -- House Hearing on anniversary of 911 Report -- Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) chaired a 9-hour hearing in the Cannon House Office Building on the anniversary of the release of the widely-criticized 911 Commission Report. Witnesses, including 911 family members, former intelligence officers, former diplomats, politicians, academicians, and legal experts were uniform in their contention that the 911 Commission was deeply flawed and its report failed to address why 911 occurred. A number of the Commission members had major conflicts of interest. The Executive Staff Director Phillip Zelikow is a long-time Republican activist with close ties to Condoleezza Rice and the right-wing funded Miller Institute. The Commission was also criticized for focusing more on increased authorities for intelligence and law enforcement and intelligence restructuring than on the events of 911 and past U.S. policy in the Middle East and South Asia that led up to the 911 attacks.
In yet another attempt to insert its foot even further into its mouth, The Oregonian featured a article linking gay men, meth, and the spread of HIV on the front page of its Sunday edition. As if the gay community did not already have enough ammunition leveled against it in its fight to gain equal rights and civil unions, THE OREGONIAN provided even more ammunition to those who seek excuses to vilify and deny an entire population. It is questionable ammunition, at best.
Let me say right from the get go that I'm not a conspiracy theorist by nature. As a journalist I like to see the facts line up solidly before I go with an accusation. At the same time, I also subscribe to Noam Chomsky's approach of looking at how the media and government deal with similar situations and issues when they involve the right and the left.
And on that basis, I have to marvel at how the corporate media, and the various government and quasi-government bodies that investigated or are investigating 9-11, have ignored curious things involving the Bush family.
The one that has me in shock right now is the information dug up and actually published (In the Prince George's Journal of Prince George, MD, and in Common Dreams) way back on Feb. 4, 2003, reporting that George Bush's obscure youngest brother Marvin (did you know he had a younger brother named Marvin?), was on the board of directors of a company called Securacom (now changed to Stratesec) that was responsible for providing "electronic security" to the World Trade Center right up to 9/11/2001.
I haven't an idea about how to say this. Joan Norman died today. She was killed instantly in a head on car wreck.
Joan was in the process of moving to Brookings. After having been on a waiting list for two years to get her apartment - a move she wanted primarily for health reasons - the place had just come through and today was moving day. Details are sketchy yet, but apparently she was headed back to the Illinois Valley with her nephew, who is banged up some, but O.K. We don't know yet about the people in the other car. Apparently this happened near Twin Pines, is that still in Calif? More details will be reported later.
Check out the detailed discussion of home demonstrations and vivisection, much of it academic, with incisive logic on both sides. Participating are an OHSU researcher at the Primate Center and more than one former OHSU employees as well as scientists in training.
Join the fun. Post your opinions and share your knowledge. This discussion is hot, hot, hot! [ more... ]
related: [ Animal experimentation: Demagogy abounds ]
On Thursday July 21, 2005, Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste went to St. Pierre's Catholic Church to be one of the priests participating in the funeral of Haitian journalist Jacques Roche. Fr. Jean-Juste is a cousin of the Roche family and members of the Roche family protected him from a mob earlier in his life. He went to express spiritual comfort and reconciliation to the family.
Fr. Jean-Juste went to the funeral expressly to pay his respects to the family and express his open remorse and opposition to any killing of anyone, no matter their political affiliation. When Fr. Jean-Juste walked out, people started yelling at him in the chapel. They called him "assassin" and "criminal" and yelled out to "arrest and kill the rat."
Fr. Jean-Juste has been publicly accused in the last several days of "a plot against the security of the state," smuggling money and guns into the country, and of being behind all the kidnappings. All clearly false charges but widely reported by unfriendly press.
related: Jean-Juste Free, For Now I Father Jean Juste speaking in Berkeley, CA January 2005
past stories: UN "peacekeepers" step up the violence in Haiti I Continuing crisis in Haiti exemplified by plights of imprisoned Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, and singer So Anne | A Mother's Day Call for Justice in Haiti's Prisons | Police Brutality in Port au Prince puts UN Mandate to the Test (2005.03.25) | Walking a Tightrope Between Hope and Fear: Northern Haiti One Year after the Coup (2005.03.17) | Lavalas Officials throughout Northern Haiti Forced into Hiding (2004.12.24) | Community Schools in Northern Haiti: A plea to the international community (2004.12.23) | Peaceful Demonstration in Cap Haitien a Success despite Ongoing Repression / Beloved Mayor Continues to Serve his Community from Hiding (2004.12.21) | 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 ]
Sithe Global ("The Sithe"), a power company from Houston, TX are leading Dine Power Authority of the Navajo (Dine) Nation down the road to the Dark Side, on the Dine reservation near Ship Rock NM. The Dark Side looks like $2.3 billion dollar coal fire plant that would take up 600 acres on the reservation, add to the already 35,100 tons of sulfur dioxide and 45,200 tons of nitrogen oxide already emitted by other plants. Further, it would take enough water to serve 70 communities there. More than four (4) of the dirtiest plants in the US would then be on or near the reservation. Power from the plants would not go to the Dine people but to Las Vegas and Phoenix.
An Audio Interview with Che Glawnii
Here is a phone interview done by PDX IMC Web Radio with Che Glawnii a member of the Native Youth Movement and Dine rap artist. They are establishing a chapter in Ship Rock, NM as part of their counter action and beginning of what seems to be a new and more vigorous wave in the movement for respect for native americans.
As of 1:30 pm EDT, The Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba is being held up at the US-Mexico border by US Commerce Department officials. Officials are threatening to search every vehicle and every item of humanitarian aid saying that "only licensable goods will be allowed to cross into Mexico." Pastors for Peace does not accept or apply for a license to deliver humanitarian aid to Cuba.
There are 130 US citizens traveling with the caravan, including 8 Oregonians. The Friendshipment Caravaniztas and the humanitarian aid are traveling in eight busses, a box truck and two small cars. It will take days to inspect the 140 tons of aid. Pastors for Peace is prepared to do whatever is necessary to deliver our humanitarian aid to Cuba. This situation is particularly urgent because of the assistance this humanitarian aid could provide to the hurricane victims in Cuba.
Ashland residents Mary Ann Jones, her son Brad Jones, Jaine Palmieri, and Suzi Auferheide and her twin sons are among the 8 Oregonians being delayed at the Reynosa border. They would like to urge their friends, family and community to contact the Commerce Department, Oregon elected officials, and the media to express their demands that the Caravan be allowed to travel through Mexico to Cuba to deliver the 140 tons of humanitarian aid and message of goodwill to the Cuban people.
another report: [ Action Alert: Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Detained ]
Wednesday morning, just 72 hours after law enforcement dismantled the log cabin fortress that launched the Siskiyou Free State in Southern Oregon- dedicated forest defenders worked through the night to reconstruct a bigger, better-fortified version of the blockade. When the feds arrived at the Hobson old growth reserve timber sale this morning, they encountered an intricate lockdown scenario that foiled their efforts at extraction for the entire day.
on pdx indymedia: [ Battle of the Biscuit ]
I'm posting this from the Centro de Medios Independientes Chiapas, or Chiapas Indymedia. The intrepid girl reporter at the next terminal is Mayan and she's wearing a skirt of matted black wool that make it look like her whole lower body has a coat of thick black fur. Que viva Indymedia!
This looked to be an exciting and potentially scary time to go to Chiapas. A few days after I decided to come here, the Zapatistas issued a communique that they were closing all their autonomous government sites, workshops, community centers, schools, andcafes, that they were calling a "red alert" and all the leaders of the movement would move to remote locations in the mountains to discuss the future of zapatismo. The only thing that would remain open, serendipitously enough, was the Zap hospital I had visited last year and was hoping to return to this year. IMC Chiapas The declaration of the red alert provoked a lot of debate and comment on the american websites where I read it. Were the communities under renewed menace by the government or paramilitaries? Was there going to be renewed open military conflict instead of what is euphemistically termed "low intensity warfare"? The coincidental timing of my visit ensured I was going to find out.
I was doing a personal project today: price comparisons at my three area natural food stores (People's Food Co-op, New Seasons on Division, and Wild Oats on Division). As I walked around the grocery aisles with a few sheets of paper and a book to lean on, I felt the eyes on several employees, then suspected I was being casually watched (they kept passing me, nothing in their hands to stock!). After about 15 minutes, a manager (did not get his name sadly) approached me and here was our conversation:
Manager: May I ask what you are doing?
Me: I am doing a price comparison.
Manager: We don't allow that here.
previous post about Division Wild Oats: My evening at Wild Oats
Our struggle is not over. Olympia Pizza Time is set to reopen in mid-July under new ownership. The new owners refuse to meet with the striking workers. The striking workers are asking the new owners to recognize the Olympia Workers Association to begin union negotiations. On July 14th, the Olympia Pizza Time strike will enter the 5th month and community support is needed to send a clear message to the new owners.
Pizza Time workers may be forced to make another stand for workers' rights and decent work conditions. We will maintain a picket line in front of Pizza Time until our union is recognized. We urge the community of Olympia to stand in support of worker's rights and buy their pizza elsewhere until Pizza Time becomes a socially responsible business.
previous posts: [ Olympia Pizza Time Workers go On Strike--support needed (2/13/05) | Update From the Pizza Time Lockout (3/27/05) ]
Violent repression of democracy has a new face in Haiti: the "Blue Helmets" of the United Nations multi-nation "stabilization" force in Haiti which goes by the acronym MINUSTAH. The UN mission took over "stabilization" responsibilities in June 2004 from the US-led forces which were deployed to Haiti since before the coup which overthrew President Jean Bertrand Aristide on February 29, 2004. Their operations since last year have acted to support the unconstitutional coup government of Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, principally by supporting the increasingly repressive Haitian National Police in their efforts to root out, imprison, murder and terrify the leadership and support base of the widely-popular political party Fanmi Lavalas.
For years, the US Forest Service has been working hand in hand with the American Recreation Council in order to convert our national lands into commodities to be privatized for commercial exploitation, specifically with the motorized abuse of lands in mind. They have successfully engineered getting the federal budgets reduced for maintenance of trails and other natural, quiet and undestructive land use and now are exploiting the lack of funds for an excuse to continue converting public lands for motorized and other commercially-oriented, non-reflective exploitation. "Managed Recreation" is their Orwellian speak for such land abuse.
About a dozen organizers and participants from this past June's Born In Flames Conference at Portland State University met last evening to start planning for next year. It's billed as the "first conference on sexual assault from a Radical perspective". KBOO's Glen Owen talked with some of the participants, and filed this report.
Just got back from the Trader Joes on 39th in the southeast, after accumulating a LARGE collection of food tossed out in the trash (bagged lettuce, unopened jar of pickles, soy ice cream, sorbet, cookies, unopened sausages, cashews, etc). While bagging these discarded treasures a gorilla from the store came over to instruct us that the food was unedible and needed to be thrown out. We made it clear that the food was fine but he wasn't having it. He had us put the entire bag back into the dumpster.
In an exciting new chapter of the campaign to save the Wild Siskiyou, forest activists announced today the construction of a bold and elaborate infrastructure of resistance at the Hobson old growth reserve timber sale in the Biscuit Fire area. Southern Oregon forest defenders are calling on all allies to support these actions in whatever ways they can.
An impressive log cabin fortress now stands on the single road leading to this remote North Kalmiopsis timber sale, sealing off vehicle access to an area now referred to by many as the "Siskiyou Free State." In addition, an unusual new form of tree sit has been established in one of the units of the sale that connects many trees together across multiple acres in a rope-work network that suspends an activist in midair while preventing any trees from being felled in the area.
pdx indy stories/background: [ Battle of the Biscuit ]
Vancouver for Peace proudly presents Howard Zinn's play, MARX IN SOHO, at Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4505 E 18th Street in Vancouver, Washington[ directions ]. There's still one more performance, tonight at 7:30. Check it out.
review from last nights performance:The play itself is wonderful. Mr. Levy gave a great performance. If you get a chance to find a copy, it's a good read. Very much Marx the man, the political commentary much less than I had thought. I hadn't read the play beforehand; I like to be surprised. I so much enjoyed that aspect of it, the man, and I believe that was Zinn's intent. There has been too much killing in the name of the beliefs associated with Marx, very little emphasis given to his passion and compassion.
We are funny creatures. It's difficult for me to understand how we do the things we do, forgetting that we are living a life, not an economy, or a set of policies, that warmth not only comes from oil or it's derivatives, electricity and nuclear fission, but from each other and the love that we have within us if we'd transcend our pugnacious beliefs. So we see a Marx who speaks of his wife, his children, his collaboraters and detracters, and makes them wholly human; a Marx within whom there remains the man, not a 'Marxist,' not rigidity steeped in pedantic and, probably to most, boring and little understood phrasing. We're reminded it's the passion that is our connection, becoming compassion as we connect.
PPRC, vets for peace, code pink and some other friends paid a little visit to the "Armed Forces Career Center." After an hour or so of the no war drum corps and lively chants, the recruiters came out and closed some metal shutters on the outside of the windows.
Anyone out there with young friends, neighbors or relatives- Talk to them now about what it means to join the service while the country is being trashed by this band of traitors. Hook them up with Veterans for Peace (chapter 72 here in portland) for some counseling from someone with first hand experience.
Anyways, it doesnt take much to get the recruiters to close for the day and hide behind metal shutters normally only seen in dicey areas of real cities..PPRC I Code Pink I NW Vets for Peace
I'm sitting here on my bunk, sipping strong coffee and listening to Crass. You punk rockers out there can understand the relevance of the latter. Writing was the last thing I intended to do when I got everything together a few minutes ago. But here I am.
By now I've received a rundown of all the June events held in various cities around the world this year. I am constantly amazed at the level of support I have received over the years. A day does not go by that I am not incredibly thankful to each and every one of you. And while most of you remain nameless and faceless to me you have earned a special place in my heart.
[ Free "Free" Now ]
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