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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
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No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mail art call - Honduras, Central America

Subject: Mail art call - Honduras, Central America
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 07:36:03 -0600

Dear artist:

I would appreciate your participation in this Project!!! and the distribution of the call,

Best regards,

Jorge Restrepo

THEME: "Merry Christmas"

Comment: artist Jorge Restrepo ( will make an installation in the Spanish Cultural Center, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Central America). The mail-artworks will show the reality of the world, the extreme differences in religion, social classes, justice, poverty, income, access to water, languages…of different countries….of the world. While some people are partying and celebrating, gambling…vacationing…in December, others are suffering. Jorge Restrepo will create an environment of Christmas celebration at the exhibit rooms of the Center…using the mail-artworks. The observer to the exhibit will feel the sensation of Christmas decoration. When attendants look in detail to the decoration (mail-artworks simulating Christmas cards and messages) the reality of the world will appear…dramatically…in from of their eyes…

Electronic documentation to all. Please send Email address, name and postal address.

Format and medium: free . All work be exposed. No returns.

Deadline: December 5, 2007

Curator: Carlos Lanza

Send to:

Jorge Restrepo

POBox 93

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Central America


Tema: "Feliz Navidad"

Comentarios: El artista Jorge Restrepo ( hará una instalación en el Centro Cultural de España, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Centroamérica). Los trabajos de arte-correo mostrarán la realidad del mundo…las extremas diferencias en religión, clases sociales, justicia, pobreza, ingreso, acceso a agua, lenguajes…de los diferentes países…del mundo. Mientras que algunas personas están de fiesta y celebrando, jugando…de vacaciones en diciembre, otras están sufriendo. Jorge Restrepo creará un ambiente de celebración de Navidad en las salas de exhibición del Centro…usando los trabajos de arte-correo. El observador de la exhibición tendrá la sensación de una decoración navideña. Cuando los visitantes miran en detalle la decoración (trabajos de arte-correo simulando tarjetas de Navidad y mensajes) la realidad del mundo aparecerá…dramáticamente…en frente de sus ojos.

Se enviará documentación electrónica a todos los participantes. Favor enviar dirección electrónica, nombre y dirección postal.

Formato y medio: libre – Todos los trabajos se expondrán – No habrá retorno de trabajos.

Fecha límite para recepción de trabajos: 5 de diciembre de 2007

Curador: Carlos Lanza

Enviar a:

Jorge Restrepo

POBox 93

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Central America


Friday, September 28, 2007

PERFORMA07: Second Biennial of New Visual Art Performance in New York City




NOVEMBER 20, 2007

PERFORMA07, the second biennial of new visual art performance, opens on October 27 in New York City, launching a four-week program of performances, exhibitions, screenings, symposia, and live events including ten major PERFORMA Commissions by Carlos Amorales, Sanford Biggers, Nathalie Djurberg, Japanther, Isaac Julien, Daria Martin, Kelly Nipper, Adam Pendleton, Yvonne Rainer, and Francesco Vezzoli. PERFORMA07 features the work of over ninety international artists at more than fifty leading cultural institutions and venues throughout the city, with the participation of more than thirty curators, and is organized under the artistic direction of its founder, RoseLee Goldberg.

PERFORMA07 will open with a special premiere of a new PERFORMA Commission by celebrated Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In his first ever live performance, Vezzoli will present a restaging of Cosi' e (se vi pare,) or Right You Are (If You Think You Are), the renowned play by Luigi Pirandello, which implicates the audience in its examination of celebrity while also pointing to the relativity of truth, the necessity of illusion, and the instability of the human persona. The evening will begin with a Gala Dinner, to benefit PERFORMA, hosted by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Tickets for the dinner can be reserved by calling (212) 366-5700.

Vito Acconci / David Adamo / Carlos Amorales / Ei Arakawa & Amy Sillman / Are You Meaning Company / Fia Backström / Ronnie Bass / Jérôme Bel / Tamy Ben-Tor / Sanford Biggers / Ulla von Brandenburg / Pablo Bronstein / Trisha Brown / Tania Bruguera / James Lee Byars / Kabir Carter / Dimitri Chamblas / Boris Charmatz / Cheapcream / Zoila Imaculada de la Concepción / Douglas Coupland / Tom Cole & Lovett/Codagnone / Tony Conrad / Marie Cool & Fabio Balducci / Nick Curris (aka Momus) / Philippe Decouflé / Nathalie Djurberg / Pete Drungel / Nicolás Dumit Estévez / Emilio Fantin / Ryan Gander / Gang Zhao / Rainer Ganahl / Grand Union / Nicolas Guagnini / Deborah Hay / He Yunchang / Karl Holmqvist / Hans Isaksson / International Festival / Christian Jankowski / Joan Jonas / Japanther / Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant / Allan Kaprow / Alison Knowles / Elke Krystufek / Tove Leffler / Shaun El C. Leonardo / Long March Collective / Daria Martin / Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 01001011101011 / Dave McKenzie / Meredith Monk / Robert Morris & Stan VanDerBeek / My Barbarian / Bruce Nauman / Maurizio Nannucci / Luigi Negro / Kelly Nipper / Giancarlo Norese / Michael Northam / Darren O'Donnell / Yoko Ono / Serkan Özkaya / Adam Pendleton / Mai-Thu Perret / Cesare Pietroiusti / Michael Portnoy / Emilio Prini / Qiu Zhije / Yvonne Rainer / Robert Rauschenberg / Aďda Ruilova / Jelena Rundqvist / Carolee Schneeman / Second Front / Dexter Sinister / Markus Schinwald & Oleg Soulimenko / Snöfrid / Barbara Sukowa & The X-Patsys / Elaine Summers / Emily Sundblad / Eva Svuje / Min Tanaka / TM Sisters / Tomas Vanek / Francesco Vezzoli / Emily Sundblad / Marianne Vitale & Agathe Snow / Tris Vonna-Michell / Jennifer Walshe / Lawrence Weiner / Michael Williams & Melissa Brown / Ian Wilson / Xu Zhen / + MORE

Anthology Film Archives / Artists Space / Art in General / Art Radio / Aperture Foundation / Baryshnikov Arts Center / The Bronx Museum of the Arts / Brooklyn Academy of Music / China Institute / Creative Time / Dance New Amsterdam / Dance Theater Workshop / DISPATCH / The Drawing Center / Electronic Arts Intermix / Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts / The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Japan Society / The Jewish Museum / The Judson Memorial Church / The Kitchen / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council / The Museum of Arts and Design / Museum of Chinese in the Americas / New York University / Participant, Inc. / Performance Space 122 / P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / SculptureCenter / The Studio Museum in Harlem / Storefront for Art and Architecture / Swiss Institute--Contemporary Art / WFMU 91.1FM-NYC and / White Box / White Columns / The Whitney Museum of American Art / WPS1 Art Radio / + MORE

590 Madison (The Atrium) / The Box / Columbia University / Dance New Amsterdam / Dexter Sinister / Freemans / The Highline Ballroom / The Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel / Passerby / The New School / Second Life / Stephan Weiss Studio / World Financial Center / The Zipper Theater / + MORE

Canada / Chambers Fine Art / Deitch Projects / Fruit and Flower Deli / Greene Naftali Gallery / James Cohan Gallery / Metro Pictures / Salon 94 / Smith-Stewart / + MORE

PERFORMA Commissions and PERFORMA07 programs are supported by grants from the Toby Devan Lewis Philanthropic Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the David & Elaine Potter Charitable Trust, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Greenwall Foundation, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Fundación/Colección Jumex, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, IASPIS, Altria Group, Inc., New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Ken and Judith Joy Family Foundation, Dena Foundation, Bloomberg L.P., the Moon and Stars Project, Goethe-Institut New York, Austrian Cultural Forum, the PERFORMA Producer's Circle, the PERFORMA Visionaries, and many generous individuals. Sponsors include: Time Out New York, Grolsch, Millennium Hotels, Christiania, and Fazioli.

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Picking Up Trash by Hand, and Yearning for Dignity

J. Adam Huggins for The International Herald Tribune

Manorama Begum hauls her garbage cart in New Delhi, picking up trash for a living and using a whistle to signal her arrival.

Published: September 27, 2007

NEW DELHI — After a bad day at work, Manorama Begum can hardly keep from vomiting. After a good day, she is merely disinclined to eat for a few hours, until the stench has receded from her nostrils and her fingernails have been scrubbed clean.

A garbage collector in India’s capital, Ms. Begum is one of 300,000 little-seen workers who perform a vital role for the city: rifling through the detritus of modern life, recycling anything of worth and carefully disposing of the rest.

More than 95 percent of New Delhi has no formal system of house-to-house garbage collection, so it falls to the city’s ragpickers, one of India’s poorest and most marginalized groups, to provide this basic service. They are not paid by the state, relying instead on donations from the communities they serve and on meager profits from the sale of discarded items.

But after centuries of submissive silence, the waste collectors are beginning to demand respect.

On Oct. 2, Gandhi’s birthday, the Delhi state government will make a small but significant concession. In response to pressure from a ragpickers’ union, it will supply about 6,000 with protective gloves, boots and aprons.

For now, though, they still pick through refuse — shards of glass smeared with the remains of yesterday’s dinner, broken shoes mixed in with rotting meat — with bare hands.

This is the first time the government has made any effort to recognize this band of essential workers, and the moment will be marked with a celebration near the city’s Gandhi memorial.

“Looking after rubbish, anywhere in the world, is not dignified,” said J. K. Dadoo, the secretary of Delhi’s Environment Ministry. “The very fact that we have acknowledged that we need to look after their health is a tremendous acknowledgment of their dignity.”

The waste collectors are underwhelmed by the move. They do not want gloves, they say. They want wages, pensions, health care, uniforms that they hope will discourage police harassment, education for their children and decent housing.

The waste disposal system here is informal yet highly organized. Its capacity to recycle plastics and paper is efficient beyond the dreams of the most progressive recycling nations in the West. In a society where hundreds of millions live in desperate poverty, everything has a value and nothing is redundant. Most strikingly, the city’s neglect of those who perform this service is typical of a much broader blindness toward those excluded from India’s blossoming economy.

Ms. Begum, 35, learns much about humanity during her daily rounds of 350 government apartments occupied by low-ranking state employees in south Delhi. Sifting through the onion peels, chickpeas and half-eaten chapatis, she can tell which families are struggling and which are feeling flush. From her fleeting encounters with them every morning, she knows which households consist of good people and which she would rather avoid.

There are the hard-up families, who save their plastic milk cartons to sell to passing dealers for a few extra rupees. There are the generous ones, like those who recently donated money for Ms. Begum’s 16-year-old daughter’s wedding. There are the mean-spirited, who never give the expected monthly donation of 10 rupees, or 25 cents, she needs to feed her four children.

“If everyone paid me, I’d earn 3,500 rupees,” she said, about $88. “I never even get 1,500,” about $38.

She has other ways of gleaning a return for her work. Finding good food discarded among the litter, she transfers it to a separate plastic bag. Later she will give it to one of the dairies whose cows wander the streets of Delhi, in exchange for milk for her younger children.

The work is exhausting, but she said that after 14 years she had developed stamina.

Her husband, Muhammad Nazir, who works in a more affluent area, said he could see the city’s transformation in the trash he handled. “People are earning more, they are spending more, they are throwing more stuff away now that Delhi has got rich,” he said.

But it remains hard to scrape an existence from the refuse of middle-class life. The couple separate the vegetable matter from plastic bags (about 2 to 3 cents per 2.2 pounds), newspapers (2 to 3 cents) and glass bottles (about 18 cents), then take the salable items for sorting in their nearby slum, where the middleman is based. On average, they each earn 30 to 50 rupees a day, about 76 cents to $1.26.

In a home made from items salvaged on their rounds (the walls lined with flattened cardboard boxes; the ceiling patched with automobile floor mats), they express bitterness about their lives. “It is the poverty that makes us do this work,” Ms. Begum said. “If I had an alternative, I wouldn’t be doing it. Who would like to collect garbage?”

At a meeting of ragpickers organized by a support group called Chintan, the government’s plan was met with little satisfaction. Several people told of beatings by police officers suspicious of their presence in residential areas in the early morning. Some said the city authorities refused to grant them space for sorting recyclable goods, and constantly harassed them to move on.

“They are providing us with gloves and boots just so we don’t get sick and stop working,” Mr. Nazir said. “If we stop, who is going to do this work instead of us? They know they won’t find other people who are willing. Within two days the whole city would be stinking and filthy.”

Bulldozers, Film Festival, Tutu, UFPJ = Occupation End Notes!

Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 17:08:57 -0400
Subject: Bulldozers, Film Festival, Tutu, UFPJ = Occupation End Notes!

Occupation End Notes, September 27, 2007
Volume 5 Number 5

Dear David,

In this issue of the Occupation End Notes,
1. US Campaign Update: US Campaign Adopts Proposals on Apartheid, Motorola, and Nakba at 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference; Caterpillar update

2. Member Group Update: New Member Groups ; Friends of Sabeel National Conference on Apartheid

3. Resources & Events: Gaza Action Alerts; Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Note No. 20; Boston Palestine Film Festival ; UFPJ October 27 Regional Mobilizations

4. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders; Global Exchange


* US Campaign Adopts Three Proposals

More than 100 delegates from more than 50 member organizations of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation met during the weekend of September 7-9 at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia for the US Campaign's 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference.

Delegates to the conference amended and then passed by consensus all three proposals submitted for consideration. The proposals, which will guide the work of the US Campaign for the next year, call for the US Campaign to:

· Organize a national Anti-Apartheid speaking and organizing tour;

· Launch a national boycott campaign against Motorola for profiting from Israeli occupation; and

· Commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba through educational campaigns and days of action

To read the proposals as amended and adopted by consensus, please click here.

*Caterpillar Update!

Just three days following the 9th Circuit Court's dismissal of the Corrie v. Caterpillar case, 19-year old Mahmoud Al Khafafi was brutally murdered by a bulldozer near Al Bureji Camp in central Gaza. Caterpillar bulldozers demolished 13 homes and razed agricultural land in the area the same day.

Last night the US Campaign hosted a conference call with Cindy Corrie to discuss strategic next steps in the CAT Campaign. With great energy on the call from individuals and from our member groups, the US Campaign will launch a Call To Action next week for calls to Congresspersons and the State Department.

As well, the US Campaign is calling for a National Day of Action on October 19 in major cities across the United States. We are preparing resources and materials for this event. Groups are already gearing up for action in Boston, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, Olympia, Portland, Seattle and Wisconsin. The Day of Action will be decentralized – the US Campaign will provide the resources, and individuals and member groups on the ground will do the organizing. If you would like to get involved, please contact Ashley at



* The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation would like to welcome the following groups to its membership :

Ø Adalah – NY: Coalition for Justice in the Middle East [ New York]

The Ad-Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East began organizing actions in response to the escalation of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip at the end of June and subsequent Israeli attacks and incursions into Lebanon in July 2006.

To read more, please click here.

Ø Ann Arbor Boycott Israeli Goods (BIG) [ Michigan]

AA-BIG emphasizes Israel's flagrant violations of Palestinian human rights and the humanitarian crisis they have created in the West Bank and Gaza. They state, "A growing number of Americans believe what much of the world already sees, that Israel is pursuing a deliberate policy of expansion and ethnic cleansing which is creating an Apartheid-like situation, and that it will reverse this policy only if it is persuaded by outside pressure.''

Click here to get in contact with Ann Arbor BIG!

Ø Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort (AWARE) [Illinois ]

AWARE, the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort, works to oppose aggressive wars and to end racism. Our concerns also include the militarization of society, inequalities of wealth and opportunity, the concentration and uniformity of news sources, the global extension of American power, the demise of internationally agreed norms of behavior, the threat of corporate globalization to the common welfare, and the erosion of civil liberties. We come together to coordinate our efforts individually and with other organizations to share resources and ideas and to make large scale actions possible as we work towards peace and justice.

Click here to read more.

Ø Front Range Coalition for Mideast Justice & Peace [ Colorado]

Front Range Coalition is an activist coalition based out of Denver that protests military actions in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.

Click here to read more.

Ø Idaho Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid [ Idaho]

Ø Indianapolis Code Pink [ Indiana]

If your group would like to join our coalition of 250 organizations, please contact our Office Manager/Membership Outreach Coordinator by emailing him at!

* Friends of Sabeel Conference: The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel: Issues of Justice and Equality
October 26 & 27, 2007

Friends of Sabeel - New England Chapter are organizing a historic conference, The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel: Issues of Justice and Equality, sponsored by Friends of Sabeel - North America and hosted in Boston by Friends of Sabeel - New England, October 26 and 27, 2007.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will give the keynote address and many other international, national, and local scholars and activists including US Campaign's Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, David Wildman of the United Methodist Church, and Nancy Murray of the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights will speak!

Join activists from all over the world and share your commitment to peace!

For more information, please click here.


* GAZA Action Alerts

· Jewish Voice for Peace: Do Not Withhold Electricity, Water, and Goods from the People of Gaza!

Send a letter of protest condemning the decision of the Israeli government to begin withholding electricity, water and goods from the Gaza Strip. These actions are inhumane and illegal under international law.

U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, refused to condemn the Israeli move, despite her pronouncement that the U.S. "will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza, and indeed will make every effort to deal with their humanitarian needs." Remind her that cutting the utilities to the whole civilian population in the Gaza Strip makes a mockery of her promise.
Remind Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, that these measures amount to collective punishment, and instead of making the citizens of southern Israel safer, will only increase the frequency of the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel.

· Carter Center: Israeli Actions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank: Prospects Dim for Middle East Peace

In Ramallah, Scott Custer 9722 240 5240
In Atlanta, Deborah Hakes, 404-420-5124

In a statement issued September 21, 2007 (see below): The Carter Center deplores the decision taken Wednesday by Israel to declare the Gaza Strip a hostile territory and its threat to cut off provision of essential services such as electricity and fuel to the civilian population. The Center strongly believes that such actions would defy Israel's obligations toward the civilian population under international humanitarian and human rights laws, and urges Israel to rescind this decision.

Click here to read more.

· Amnesty International: Amnesty International calls for triple action on behalf of Gaza

Amnesty International is concerned that the implementation of the Israeli government decision of 19 September that Additional sanctions will be placed on the Hamas regime in order to restrict the passage of various goods to the Gaza Strip and reduce the supply of fuel and electricity. Restrictions will also be placed on the movement of people to and from the Gaza Strip would cause a further deterioration of the already dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and adversely affect the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English, Hebrew, or your own language:

- expressing concern that further restrictions on the supply of electricity and fuel and on the passage of persons and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip would cause a further deterioration of already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza and would constitute collective punishment which is forbidden under international law;

- calling for the decision of the government to be rescinded;

- reminding the Israeli government of its obligation as the occupying power under international humanitarian and human rights law to ensure the welfare of the Palestinians population in the Gaza Strip, notably their obligation to ensure the supply of essential necessities and to allow the movement of people and goods;

- expressing concern for the residents of Gaza currently in the Strip who are unable to leave, including patients in need of medical care not available in the Gaza Strip;

Send appeals to:

Tzipi Livni (Ms)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

9 Yitzhak Rabin Boulevard, Kiryat Ben-Gurion
Jerusalem 91035, Israel
Fax: + 972 2 530 3367
Salutation: Dear Minister

Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English, Arabic, or your own language:

- urging the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip to prevent the launching of Qassam rockets into Israel by all Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip;

- urging the President of the Palestinian Authority to call on Fatah's armed wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, in the Gaza Strip to put an immediate end to the launching of Qassam rockets into Israel;

Send appeals to:

Mr Ismail Haniyeh and Dr Mahmoud Zahar
Hamas leadership in Gaza
Fax: + 970 8 282 2159/ 284 5040/ 286 8971
Salutation: Dear Mr Haniyeh and Dr Zahar

Mahmoud Abbas
President of the Palestinian Authority
Fax: +972 2 296 1370/ 2 298 1370/ 2 296 3179
Salutation: Dear President

* September 11, 2007: Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Note No. 20

The Fall Meeting & the Trend to Focus on Aid Rather than Rights

By Nadia Hijab and Diana Buttu

The timing and substance of the international meeting called by US President George Bush in his 16 July 2007 speech on the Middle East may end up focusing on aid at the expense of a political solution. This moves further away from the 1991 Madrid international conference and the bilateral Oslo 1993-2000 negotiations and reinforces the trend that was so visible at the 2005 London meeting. This approach has not worked before and is unlikely to work today.

The international meeting called for by US President Bush George Bush in his 16 July 2007 speech is expected to convene in November to "provide decisive support to Palestinian leaders working for peace;" review progress "toward building Palestinian institutions;" and "support further reform." The emphasis on internal Palestinian matters rather than the 40-year-long Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories dashes hopes for an end to that occupation. The still pending issue of who will participate has repercussions for Palestinian Authority (PA) relations with and support from the Arab world, and for a comprehensive resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Moreover, the meeting, if it takes place as planned, will be sandwiched between two donor conferences on Palestine, one slated for late September the other mooted for December.

Click here to read more.

* September 29 – October 2, 2007: Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF)

The first ever Boston Palestine Film Festival will be taking place through the end of September and October. For full information about the event go to

This festival features a range of compelling and thought-provoking documentaries, dramatic features, rare early works (1969 to 1980), and new films by emerging artists. These films from international directors bring an honest, self-described, and independent view of Palestine and its diasporic society, culture, and political travails.

The nine days of screenings take place at five major venues across Boston/Cambridge: the Museum of Fine Arts, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Kendall Square Cinema, Harvard University, and Boston College. The festival encompasses over 40 films; Q&A with visiting directors; opening and closing receptions with international directors, actors, and academics; and the US premiere of many acclaimed films like Hardball and Driving to Zigzigland, among others.

For a list of the events, please click here.

* October 27: UFPJ Regional Mobilizations!

Later this fall, people from all walks of life will gather at sites around the country for 11 regional demonstrations.

People everywhere want the war to end, but Washington has failed to take decisive action. With each passing month, nearly 100 service-people and countless more Iraqis are killed, some 12 billion of our tax dollars are spent, and the death and destruction continue. Our communities – from New Orleans to Minneapolis – are neglected and suffer the consequences.

From Boston to Los Angeles, from New York to New Orleans, on October 27th the people will speak: We want this war to end, and we want it to end now!

For more information about these Regional Mobilizations can be found by clicking here.

The US Campaign has endorsed this event and we encourage our member groups to do the same by clicking here!

Coordinate any action on Palestine on October 27th with the cities that are organizing these Regional Mobilizations. The contacts for the Regional Mobilizations are:

New England/Boston
Joseph Gainza
AFSC - Vermont

New York and Northern New Jersey/ New York City
Leslie Kielson

Jody Dodd
Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

John Braxton
US Labor Against the War

David Kalkstein
South Jersey Coalition for Peace and Justice

South - eastern part/Jonesborough, TN
Linda Modica
First TN Progressives

Matt Devlieger

Carl Davidson
Chicagoans Against War & Injustice (CAWI)

George Martin
Milwaukee Coalition for a Just Peace

Kelly Campbell
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
503-230-9427 x2

Northern California/San Francisco
Siri Margerin
United for Peace & Justice - Bay Area

Southern California/Los Angeles
Don White
Comm in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

Mountain States/Salt Lake City
Kim Spangrude

Please add your organization's event to our calendar by clicking here!


* Fall 2007 Schedule: October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations to Israel/Palestine

Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to Israel and Palestine so that US citizens can see the conflict with their own eyes. Participants have the opportunity to learn directly from Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent peace/human-rights activists, to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation. For more information, contact the IFPB office directly by phone (202-244-0821) or email

2008 dates:
March 29 - April 12
May 24 - June 7
July 26 - August 9
October/November (exact dates TBD)

* Fall 2007 Schedule: December 2 nd – 12th: Global Exchange's Delegations to Palestine & Israel

Global Exchange's delegations to Palestine & Israel provide first-hand exposure to the daily struggles and realities of Palestinians living under Occupation. The delegations strive to further the US public's understanding of the conflict by listening to the aspirations and frustrations of Palestinians, by examining the dimensions of the human rights crisis under Israeli rule, as well as learning from Palestinians and Israelis who are working for a just peace and an end to the Occupation.

For more information you can contact Global Exchange (800-497-1994 x. 251) or email .

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The US Campaign aims to change U.S. policies that sustain Israel's 40-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and that deny equal rights for all.

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invitacion a NO olvidar

From: Jorge Alban <>
Date: 27-sep-2007 18:33
Subject: invitacion a NO olvidar
To: "" <>

Hola amigos conocidos y... no tan conocidos !

Les invito a visitar mi blog e informarse sobre las cosas increibles
que pasan en Costa Rica en este momento. Somos el unico pais de
Centroamerica que aun no aprueba el TLC ( Tratado de Libre Comercio
entre EEUU y Centroamerica y Republica Dominicana) y el unico del
mundo en convocar un referendo para que el pueblo decida sobre la
globalizacion... !

Hace dos dias subi un juego de mesa que repasa las conquistas sociales
y levantamientos populares costarricenses. Un ejercicio ludico de
activacion de conciencia historica. Cuentenme como lo ven!

Un abrazo,
Jorge Alban

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"What Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg? (Part One)" by Erroll Morris--Great piece on War & Photography, the Documentary and the Posed

Fenton's "The Valley of the Shadow of Death"

Crimean War

The first iconic War Photo--

which came first?
which one is "real"
and which one may be "posed"
were both "real"?
were both "posed"?

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow…
— T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men”

Fenton's assistant, Starling
a "last?" photo just in case . . . .

> Just yesterday I was looking at the image discussed in this article
> and thinking about how the proliferation of methods of surviellance
> and recording, of video cameras, mics, drones, all sorts of portable
> and huge military apparati are being deployed to present "evidence"
> or/of attacks, actions and also how these are used to "profile" and
> "sort" people. As much as anything can be "documented," it can also
> be "posed," faked, "set-up," "framed." Documentation can create
> erasures, insert people or things that were not actually there in
> "real time," "translations" like those supplied to the American media
> by MEMRI can be filled with dis-translations, planted articles, from
> 'eal" sources. "Now you see it, now you don't." The discrepancy
> between the eye witness (whose account is valued or devalued depending
> on whose side they are on) and those of the "superior" machines which
> are "objective" except for the facts of their being specifically
> aimed, focused, edited, enlarged, shaded, and so forth. Which one,
> who, "witnessed the event"?
> This is a fascinating article is it investigates not only the images
> but the language used by the various "experts" on the two images.
> How much of what one sees is one being continually trained to see by
> the proliferation of images across the media one encounters every day?
> How many things one passes by daily that are not seen or heard or
> read because of the disciplining of the senses? And how many inserted
> there due to presuppositions, preconceptions?
> The article is about the photograph known as "The Valley of the Shadow
> of Death"--
> it could be called--"The Valley of the Shadow of (a) Doubt"--
> ---


Palestinian Murdered by Bulldozer in Gaza; Corrie Case Dismissed: NOW is the Time for Action!

Subject: Palestinian Murdered by Bulldozer in Gaza; Corrie Case Dismissed: NOW is the Time for Action!



Just three days following the 9th Circuit Court's dismissal of the Corrie v. Caterpillar case, 19-year old Mahmoud Al Khafafi was brutally murdered by a bulldozer near Al Bureji Camp in central Gaza.  Caterpillar bulldozers demolished 13 homes and razed agricultural land in the area the same day.
Act now to respond to these continued human rights atrocities!
The US Campaign will host a conference call Wednesday night, Sept 26 at 9 PM EST.
We will be joined by Cindy Corrie, who will update us on the recent dismissal of the Corrie v. CAT case, and provide us with more information about the Al Khafafi murder from sources on the ground in Gaza.
The conference call will conclude with strategic steps for member groups and local communities who want to respond to the continued human rights violations committed by Caterpillar, Inc.
Please RSVP to attend this call. Space is limited!
To register, send an email to Ashley at with:
  • Name of participant
  • Organization
  • Primary phone number
  • Email address
  • City/State

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boek861 de vuelta a casa
De vuelta a casa tras el encuentro en Malaga del Taller del Sol con el Taller de Poesia Visual-Arte Correo Corona del Sur para preparar la edicion de la Antologia Apropiacionista de la Poesia Visual Española.que pretende ser una versión completamente innovadora del panorama visual actual y un gesto de complicidad entre poetas que comprenden y entienden que la cultura universal no es patrimonio de unos pocos sino que es el producto del esfuerzo intelectivo de la humanidad. El objetivo de esta obra es pués un reconocimiento a todos aquellos que han contribuido a forjar un patrimonio y una cultura progresista.
En la imagen Francisco Peralto, Cesar Reglero, Carmen y Rafael Peralto en la imprenta de la Editorial Corona del Sur
La Editorial Corona del Sur llevan décadas trabajando en favor del mail art y la poesía visual y actualmente constituye el referente editorial más importante del estado español de estos dos movimientos intimamente ligados
La más importante obra documental de los últimos 40 aÑos de la poesía experimental en España, con cerca de 2000 entradas y má de 500 autores y acontecimientos referenciados. También se incluye una introducción historica relatando los momentos más álgidos y aquellos que han resultado claves para explicar el actual auge de este movimiento a pesar de todas las contraversias planteadas. Un libro imprescindible para todos los amantes de este género que puede ser adquirido en la siguiente dirección

I.S.B.N.: 978-84-96625-96
Archivo de poesía experimental "Cronología 1984-2006"
Antonio Orihuela
Editorial: Corona del Sur Año: 2007 Páginas: 320
Formato: Cartoné, 12,5 x 17,5 cm.
P.V.P. euros: 20.00

"Archivo de poesía experimental" es la más importante obra documental de los últimos 40 años sobre la historia y el acontecer de la poesía experimental en España, con cerca de 2000 entradas (ordenadas cronológicamente, desde la exposición de Alberto Greco en la galería Juana Mordó de Madrid, en 1964, hasta el I Encuentro de Poesía Visual de Peñarroya-Pueblo Nuevo, en octubre de 2006) y más de 500 autores y acontecimientos referenciados. El libro incluye una introducción donde se resume tanto la historia de la poesía experimental española como de su función social, así como apartados anuales de efemérides y bibliografía.

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