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Postcard from Iraq
A poetic jibe at the complacent mases.
More and more of our young people are dying in Iraq while at the same time the language, and the uprisings are looking more like Viet Nam everyday. At the same time the lies just keep coming.
The radical environmental cadre known as ELF was founded in 1977 in Santa Cruz, California. The original ELF has launched a web page which outlines the origins of ELF and publishes an interview given by the ELF's founder.
After the horrific 9/11 tragedy, the "Wire Pullers" began shredding the Bill of Rights. The U.S. Congress then quickly passed the "USA Patriot Act" in the middle of the night, without a public hearing. Later, the draconian "Homeland Security Law" was enacted. And, on March 20, 2003, the Bush-Cheney Gang started, without any just cause, the war with Iraq.
A drug sweep Wednesday morning at a South Carolina school has some parents and students questioning police tactics. Surveillance video from Stratford High School in Goose Creek shows 14 officers, some with guns drawn, ordering students to lie on the ground as police searched for marijuana. Students who didn't comply with the orders quickly enough were reportedly handcuffed. The school's principal defended the dramatic sweep.
This is just another in a line of re-election photo ops that cost us plenty, had little impact on the area in which it was held or the people who live there, and will greatly benefit the Bush relection campaign when the time comes to make TV commercials.
In this time of thankfulness we have some sad news. On Tuesday November 25th, another bull buffalo was shot dead by DOL agent Shane Grube while running back towards the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. He was some 25 yards shy of the border. The bull lived the only way he knew how---"Wild and Free!" Even in death the Buffalo continue to teach.
"Proofs that are not proofs are even worse than refusing proofs.. Evidence upon evidence flooding the eyes until.. one doesn't know where the illusion begins and ends.. In thgis well-fortified civilization, it is not a loss of face to risk the lives of tens of thousands of civilians.."
wag the turkey!
here's one they'd like to forget about...
Every year, progressive people come up with alternative ways to celebrate the US national holiday of Thanksgiving. This year, I must beg to differ with a certain group.
2003 has seen the rise of a new current in US politics, best described as Neo-Centrics, or simply Neo-Cens, for ease of comparison with a better known defection of Socialists to the Conservative Right. Although allied with long-time social democrats (who were once distinguished by whether they accepted secret funding in bags from John A. McCone's office or Armand Hammer's office), the Neo-Cens are former radical critics of "lesser-evilism" who have decided a year before the 2004 election that the whiff of fascism is in the air.
Funding for a some of the Neo-Centrics comes from George Soros, who gives away $400m a year through his Foundation and thus subsidizes many of the activist groups, luminaries and publications of the American left, probably dwarfing the sums that once trickled out of Langley or Moscow. Soros does not control the left, as right-wingers imagine, but his monetary influence is one of those hushed secrets inside the left usually dismissed as conspiracy-thinking.
Strike could be turning point for U.S. labor.
interesting thread discussion over at DC Indymedia site . . .
click link to see comments on article
At one of the Clark meet-ups in Boston, at a bar near Faneuil Hall, we volunteers were addressed by a man who was introduced as the highest-ranking Massachusetts politician to have endorsed the Clark campaign--a member of the state Democratic committee named Steve Driscoll. Here is how Driscoll opened his remarks:
"The thing is," he said, "being electable means having certain qualities. And unfortunately, many of those qualities are superficial qualities." He paused. "General Clark has depth, but he also has those surface qualities. He appeals to people who don't have time to think about the depth part."
Jesus, I thought. They're just coming right out and saying it.
I live in a tiny, remote, impoverished, three block long town in the desert of northeastern New Mexico.
I was surprised one morning to hear 75 soldiers singing, shouting and screaming as they jogged down Main Street, passed our St. Joseph's church, back and forth around town for an hour. It was 6 a.m., and they woke me up with their war slogans, chants like "Kill! Kill! Kill!" and "Swing your guns from left to right; we can kill those guys all night."
Progressives and sensible people everywhere need to find a way to divide the conservatives from their neoconservative masters.
Cliches can shortcircuit positive thinking, and are frequently driven by an unreasonable and destructive pessimism, which is asphyxiation, because optimism is the oxygen of progressive thought and action.
a question about amazon
FTAA statement and demands from Dade County women prisoners
Infoshop News Exclusive
This sums up the state of American culture nicely...insane consumerism...don't get in its way or else!
cartoon copyright 2003 by charles amsellem. all rights reserved. activists may reproduce for non-profit use only
president banana-brain blows a fortune on another stunt...
Slammed with pings every time I visit.
A 41-year-old woman was knocked unconscious and then trampled by a mob of shoppers who continued to step over her as she suffered a seizure during a Friday sale at Wal-Mart in Orange City, Fla., according to Local 6 News.
Okay, first your site is down for days and now I got this after Portland came back up.
"A direct connection exists between slackening growth and IMF intervention. If the growth of the gross domestic product per capita is taken as a basis, Latin America showed a growth of 75% between 1960 and 1980. In the following twenty years up to 2000, the gross domestic product per capita only rose 6%..Growth may be good for the poor but are IMF policies good for growth?"
Dean is PRO-Palestinian Occupation, PRO-AIPAC, PRO-NAFTA, PRO-WTO, PRO-GATT, PRO-Iraqi Occupation, PRO-Cuban Embargo, PRO-Afghani Occupation (and wants to send MORE troops than Bush to both Afghanistan and Iraq). Dean is for MORE defen$e $pending than Bush is currently spending. Dean is capitalist, imperialist and colonialist.
The Democratic primaries, which begin in January, offer us a unique opportunity to nominate a candidate who will present the American public with a clear choice between the Republican and the Democrat.
Democratic party insiders misread Dean.
I propose that we rename this day BuffaloCommons Day in honor of all Native Americans and the millions of buffalo that once roamed the Great Plains
Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on US thanksgiving holiday.
Muslim Civil Rights Center (MCRC) urges you to pray for, write letters, and send books to those who are being incarcerated in the U.S. and show that you care about them and that they are not alone in their difficult times.
I celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving.
This may surprise those people who wonder what Native Americans think of
this official U.S. celebration of the survival of early arrivals in a European invasion that culminated in the death of 10 to 30 million native people.
With more than $10 million in special funding (including $8.5 million from the federal government's Iraq appropriations bill), 2,500 officers -- many clad in full body armor and backed up by armored vehicles -- turned Miami into a veritable police state.
Police used wildly excessive force to deal with protesters. They launched unprovoked attacks against people who were doing nothing illegal. They sprayed tear gas and pepper spray at protesters -- including retirees -- and shot many with rubber bullets or taser guns. They knocked down peaceful protesters and held guns to their heads, and blocked thousands of retirees and union members on buses from joining a rally and march for which all required permits had been obtained. They attacked journalists viewed as hostile.
For it really is all too plain: G.W. Bush is one of the most reviled and openly disrespected major world leaders in modern history. America has never been so embarrassed and reluctant to send a president abroad. We cringe when the man takes the stage. We offer humiliated apologies to our former allies, and to the 200,000 Bush/war protesters in London, just last week.
In these selected excerpts from his landmark article, Chaim Kupferberg looks at the Florida portion of the 9/11 Legend, using the recorded recollections of Yosri Fouda - the only journalist ever to interview the 9/11 mastermind - in order to expose a glaring contradiction in the "official" record of 9/11.
It is well established that the attack on Iraq, was an act of unprovoked aggression, and as such whether they be Ba'athist, Communist, or Islamic, Kurdish or Arab, Sunni or Shia, we stand with the Iraqi People to resist this occupation by force of arms. The right to armed struggle for the sake of national liberation and for the rights of a free and equal people to self-determination, are the highest form of genuine Collective Human Rights, the rights of mankind, which strives for Unity and Independence.
Congress seems prepared to go home for the holidays without extending long-term unemployment benefits
Repost of 2002's Thanksgiving feature: Over 300 million turkeys are killed every year in the United States, 40 million of them specifically for Thanksgiving. The majority of these are raised in factory farms where they are stacked in cages in windowless sheds where they can't live naturally (or happily) in any sense of the word. Often they cannot move, and many die in the conditions before they are fully grown. They are debeaked and declawed without anesthesia, making it difficult or even impossible for them to eat, and research shows that they feel the pain of this for the rest of their lives. Those who survive are fed until they are grotesquely obese and cannot stand because their skeletons are too weak from confinement. Over-burdened in this way, and trapped in close quarters with too little oxygen, many turkeys die when their hearts explode from the physical stress.
The birds are unable to reproduce naturally in these conditions, and the males are "milked" for their semen, which is then shot into the females with a syringe or tube. Turkeys do not recieve even the scant protection given to pigs and cows by the Humane Slaughter Act and many are tied upside down still alive and conveyed to the part of the factory where they are knifed. Not all die right away and suffer unspeakably by bleeding slowly to death.
Turkeys and other poultry are often infected with salmonella and campylobacter bacteria from their unnatural living conditions, and deregulation of the industry means that more diseases are reaching the dinner table. Even if a particular bird is free of these bacteria at the point of purchase, it was most likely raised on a steady diet of antibiotics and chemical growth stimulants which are not good for human health. Additionally, working conditions in poultry factories are unpleasant and dangerous, and big business has blocked legislation that would grant workers relief. The turkeys lose, and the people lose.
Still hungry for that drumstick? [ Newswire article ]
Sources & More information: [ The Turkey Day | Save a Turkey | Turkeys Want to Be Friends, Not Food | Gruesome treatment of turkeys as exposed by PETA | Turkeys: Hooked on Drugs (Jim Hightower) | United Poultry Concerns, Inc. Turkey Brochure | Reviews of Karen Davis' Book "More Than a Meal" | At Our Mercy: The Eating of Animals | About Factory farms | Meat Is Murder (Resources) | VEGETARIAN FOOD SOURCES | United Poultry Concerns | Animal Liberation Front | portland indymedia animal rights news ]
Related: [ Why I Hate Thanksgiving ]
If former President of the United States George H. W. Bush is still living at the time of launching, the aircraft carrier will be one of a very small number of United States Navy ships named for living persons.
By Mitchel Cohen with much material contributed by Peter Linebaugh
and others whose names have over the years been lost
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Tuesday he had put one of his staffers on administrative leave for improperly obtaining data from the secure computer networks of two Democratic senators.
Resource for all.
Happy Turkey Day!
jordan fadar,a street medic who was in miami for the protests against the FTAA died at 2 AM this morning in north carolina. he contracted menengitis. he worked with new jersey Anti-Racist Action and was undoubtedly a committed anti-capitalist/antifa.
Finally, THe Miami Activist Defense has sent out a press release that mentions the crimes of the governent in Miami
You don't scare me one friggin' bit
The corporate media has been telling lies about what happened during the protests in Miami. The only place to find out the real story has been indymedia. Help spread the word to the masses!
The energy bill being debated in the U.S. Senate is a slap in the face to all military people in the Middle East. People are dying in increasing numbers because of our gluttonous consumption.
QUICK! Go outside (or imagine yourself outside)Then look up into the sky. Then imagine yourself jumping straight up faster than the speed of light, faster than anything, for the rest of your life! Now yOu are ready for this...
F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies
By ERIC LICHTBLAU
Published: November 23, 2003
Other poor, marginalized, anti-corporate activists are getting what they want, all we need to do is copy them.
Last week someone posted an article regarding RFID's in tires....guess what, they are everywhere, cosmetics, razors, underwear and you are being watched. Click the link to read the entire article.
"Bill Moyers on the Media and Democracy" is an expanded version of an essay that will air on a special edition of NOW with Bill Moyers on Friday, November 28, 2003 at 9pm on PBS devoted to media issues. This edition of NOW will also feature interviews with author and former major league baseball pitcher Jim Bouton and media critic John Leonard.
Some GIS folks have postulated that "small scale" nuclear winter would alleviate pressure, allowing for global warming but not of a greenhouse variety. These same people have postulated that large scale forest fires would have the same effect. Somehow, somewhere someone seems to be postulating that global desertification is prefferable to greenhouse warming. Could it be the privatizers of water?
The FBI intelligence bulletin, disseminated on a weekly basis, provides law enforcement with current, relevant terrorism information developed from counterterrorism investigations and analysis. The intelligence bulletin does not contain threat warning information.
Wyden keeps appeasing Bush
This article was written for the newspaper at Winthrop University in SC to inform students there about the SOA.
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