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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


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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
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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.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Before "Curveball": Baseball, Espionage, Fire and A-Bombing & Poetry

From Hidden in Plain Sight/Site/Cite: The Unrecognized and Unwritten History of the New Extreme American Poetry

“A Poetry of Baseball, Espionage, Fire and A-Bombing: Moe Berg, Jack Spicer, Yasusada Araki”

One of the more truly strange and fascinating figures in the annals of
spydom, polylinguistics, newspaper and book addictions, friend of the
rich and famous, scientists, writers and social lights, is the
professional baseball player Moe Berg, of whom two adult bios and one
juvenile readers' accounts have been penned. (ESPN also made a good
video bio.)

Since he was a lifetime catcher, (after an early-in-career injury,
soley used as a backup, often third string; weak hitter, very good
defense), Berg may be thought of as one part of Jack Spicer's battery
of pitcher and catcher.

As a member of a team of mainly All Star players sent to Japan in 1934
(he'd also gone in '33), Berg, while the team played in another city,
took a tour of Tokyo during which he ascended to the top of building
and took movie camera footage of the harbor and important buildings of
the capital city. These later proved to be his entree into the early
days of the OSS, culminating in a mission to attend a war time lecture
by Heisenberg in Switzerland and bring back a report of it, to see if
any evidence of any work on a Nazi A-bomb.

Berg was a bizarre character who grew progressively stranger and more
deliberately "mysterious" in later life, letting it be thought that he
was still an agent, while actually having been let go after the OSS
began to turn into the CIA.

Due to his obsessive reading of newspapers--which he would not not let
anyone else touch until he had read them, as until then they were
"alive"--and his wide reading in obscure topics, Berg became famous in
the mid 1930's as a guest on "Information Please" Quiz Shows on the
radio. The weird combination of a baseball player with the knowledge
of a "professor" made him a huge favorite. To the end of his life he
was able to live off of friends and in their homes due to his early
celebrity and "connections" across many strati of society.

Berg always let it be known that he studied and mastered many
languages--though it is unclear how much he really knew or could
speak. He was able to create a myth about himself which gave him a
freedom from a life of much work (many years of his career he played
in very games), and at the same a dependence on others, opening and
closing many strange doors during his life.

The reason for writing of him in connection with poets and foreign
service is that Berg was able to exist in seemingly disparate worlds
by the continual manipulation of his self-created image of a man who
was very good with words--the vast vocabulary of the memorizer of
mountains of information, from the most trivial, obscure and dull to
the most significant, useful, and interesting. Adding to this his
self-created aura of a quick-study learner of a great number of
languages 'dead' and living, Berg was able to wow others impressed by
words, from sports writers and PR radio people to professional
lecturers, "experts," and his bosses in the OSS. These in turn
promoted him--basically Berg became a man who lived by his wits via
the creation of a persona who existed only in language. His
biographers note that as the years went by, the chasm between his
outward persona, with its vast vocabularies, and his inner
"emptiness" as an actual person, grew ever wider. The illusions he
performed became ever harder to sustain, and the limits of his actual
world smaller and smaller.

Via the ambiguities of his actual knowledge of languages and
vocabularies, roots and grammars, long before he became a
professional spy, Berg had created such a niche for himself. When he
skipped a ball game to take candestine films, he was in a sense
"projecting himself" via these images into his future role as a
surveillance-being, a hired listener and reader, a hired "catcher" of
(stolen) signs from the "pitcher" of the opposing team.

A graduate of Princeton, the third string catcher and radio star, the
ambiguous newspaper addict and obscure book collector Mr Berg became
involved in the A-bomb saga begun by one of Princeton's
most famed future Professors, Albert Einstein.

And at the heart of all these events is the activity of words employed
in both a "foreign service" and in the service of the creation of a
persona who existed sporadically in the "Objectivist" poetry of
baseball box sores and much more "under cover" and shadowily,
rhizomatically, among the "Curveballs" of languages, words, signs, and
in the "stolen signs" and "moving pictures" creating
interconnections between baseball diamonds and the fissioning of
atomic particles linking the USA and Japan.

(Working to see if the Germans had the makings of a Bomb, Berg all
along carried within him the cinematic and linguistic seeds of the
Bomb's ultimate destinations in Hiroshima, Nagasaki.)

In a strange way indeed, Moe Berg is actually a "deep cover" player in
the baseball/Hiroshima poetry connections found within Jack Spicer's
work, and made fully explicit by that would-be author of an "After
Spicer" work, Araki Yasasuda, in the poem "Horsehide and Sunspot, 17
July 1968--Hiroshima Municipal Stadium."

From the baseball diamond of Princeton where Einstein later teaches,
via a clandestine film made while playing hookey from a ball game, to
the Candlestick Park of the pitchers and catchers of Spicer's radio
broadcast games, to the fictional poet attending a game in Hiroshima
Stadium, one finds the famously flat-footed radio star, spy and
catcher, language-obsessed, walking through the 20th century's atomic
Holocaust of fissioning, fusioning, fall out particles of atoms and
poetry, box scores, coded messages, screaming headlines, obscure and
trivial '"faits divers" and a landscape of writing in which the
"writing on the wall" is the physically embedded shadow of the last
living instant of a human being.

From a moving picture image to a shadow fixed in concrete by the light
flash of a never before seen sun . . .

Baseball games seen by the eyes of a participant/ bench warming
player, heard on the radio by a poet of Outside, observed by a
fictional poet created by a pseudonymous "late" writer . . .

a trajectory of reading and writing moves through identities real,
imagined, covert, pseudonymous, dead, ghostly, Outside . . . writers
and readers that are themselves fissions, fusions, recorded images
and voices, receivers and transmitters of the ghostly, the Outside,
the dead, the living-dead, the imagined, the hallucinated, the
Shocked, the voluntarily or not covert . . . among forgeries and
doublespeak--propaganda and prayers--

a trajectory of energy, mass and light speeding towo/ards a shadow
embedded in concrete--

not a "writing ON the wall"--but a writing IN the wall--

a concrete shadow in three dimensions of a light eclipsing the sun in
broad daylight--

(in its --or "under cover" of its--darkness are all the words ever
written so intermingled they have become --unreadable--or are they now
being transmitted in an other way from this cipher of/at the edge, the
"last instant"--what sounds come forth from the depths within the
wall--or have they all become at once "concrete" and "shadow"- . . . )

(Both the bios for adults of Moe Berg are very good, the other i have
yet to read. Moe Berg is also the only person one may find having
bios at such sites as Famous Jewish-Americans, the CIA website and
many baseball sites and some other espionage ones.

Cathers often later in life become radio announcers and managers. The
only one who is a kind of relative of Moe Beg is Bob Uecker, the Hall
of Fame broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, also a star of the
Johnny Carson Show and the tv sit com Mr. Belvedere. Like Berg,
Uecker was a famously mediocre hitter--he had a "perfect" . 200
average--the only itcher he could hit was, inexplicably, Sandy
Koufax-- --and also very good defesively. He, unlike Berg, was able
to use his gift with words as a stand up comedian and a writer--his
Carcher in the Wry is a fun read.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry CHRISTMAS and 2050 fro, Art Secret

> Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 08:48:10 +0100
> Subject: Merry CHRISTMAS and 2050
> From:
> To:
> Merry CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year 2008..... the Artists
> Secret Art Project
> ... That will be made public in the year 2050 (twentyfifty)
> The Art can not be simply decorative or descriptive,
> must innovate, enlightened and propose ideas and give solutions
> to the problems afflicting our planet
> ...gli artisti augurano buon Natale e felice anno 2008
> Progetto Arte Segreta
> ... che verrà resa pubblica nell'anno 2050
> L'arte non può essere semplicemente decorativa o descrittiva.
> L'arte deve innovare, illuminare, proporre idee,
> dare soluzioni ai problemi che affliggono il pianeta

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy new year from a mailartist

Subject: Happy new year from a mailartist
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007 23:27:00 +0100

I hope that you pass a good christmas and i wish you a happy new year 2008.
Denis Charmot
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JVP News Roundup: No Holiday In Gaza

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The news around Israel and Palestine has been relatively quiet of late. In the aftermath of Annapolis, little has changed, and, if one scans the mainstream media, one might think that little is really happening since the conference. But in the Gaza Strip, much has been changing as the suffering there is intensifying. Yet we hear very little about it.

While Israel has been openly speaking of and planning a large-scale invasion of Gaza for months now, the current thinking in the government and the military is leaning toward avoiding such a step. Unfortunately, this sounds a lot better than it is. Instead of invading Gaza, Israel is stepping up its military incursions and air strikes in the Strip. The reason given for this is the ongoing mortar and missile fire coming from Gaza at Israeli towns nearby. Indeed, the residents of Sderot, a working-class town near Gaza, have been witness to constant rocket fire. The obvious fact that Israeli incursions and attacks in Gaza have been going on all this time and the fire at Sderot continues would seem, however, to contradict the Israeli government's statements that their attacks on Gaza are aimed at preventing the rocket and mortar fire across the border.

While Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, has discussed the possibility of a truce with Israel , the fighting is not only continuing but gradually growing in intensity. Though reports conflict over whether or not Hamas is really prepared to offer a truce, Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert has already ruled out any possibility of such an arrangement despite the fact that former Defense Minister and IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz and former head of Israeli intelligence Ami Ayalon have both said that Israel should consider the matter.

Meanwhile, the situation in Gaza goes from bad to worse. Health care services are scant due to lack of medical supplies coupled with food shortages and reduced fuel supplies from Israel on which Gaza depends. People talk about Gaza being on the "brink of economic collapse," but one has to wonder at what point an economy is considered to have collapsed if not at the point where 80% of its population depends on international food aid, which itself has been sharply reduced. Indeed, it is probably time to stop worrying about when Gaza's economy will collapse and acknowledge that it already has.

The shortage of medical supplies only increases the need for seriously ill or injured people to be able to leave Gaza in order to get treatment, whether in Israel, Egypt or the West Bank. But, as Physicians for Human Rights-Israel reports, new bureaucratic restrictions, which are layered on top of the already cumbersome and arbitrary system at crossing checkpoints out of Gaza, are making it extremely difficult even for patients in emergency need to get to the medical care they need.  more reprehensibly, PHR accuses the Israeli intelligence service, SHABAK, of forcing some patients to inform on others in order to obtain passage.

The issue of medical care is only the tip of the iceberg. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) reports the following results of the siege Gaza has been under since Hamas' takeover of the Strip in June:

  • More Gazans than ever need food and direct assistance
  • Fuel shortages have threatened essential services and water supply
  • Life-saving treatments are not available in Gaza's hospitals
  • 17 per cent of patients with referrals were refused exit for treatment in Israel, East Jerusalem or overseas
  • The on-going isolation of Gaza threatens the local economy
  • Baby milk, medicines, and cooking oil are increasingly scarce
  • Hundreds of businesses have gone bankrupt due to ban on imports/exports
  • Thousands of labourers have lost their jobs due to the collapse of the building industry
  • Building projects worth US$370 million are on hold indefinitely

Gaza at its best is not blessed with many resources and would have a hard time building a thriving economy even in favorable conditions. Under the current circumstances, there is absolutely nothing that can be done, by Hamas or by any other group in Gaza, to sustain its populace. Large-scale programs to generate revenue, such as an offshore natural gas project, are stymied by Israeli resistance.  The UN-OCHA report shows that exports from Gaza have dropped to essentially zero since June.

Food shortages are epidemic. The World Food Program "...estimates that only approximately 41 per cent of humanitarian and commercial food import needs were met between 1 October and 4 November 2007. Basic items including wheat grain, vegetable oil, dairy products and baby milk are in extremely short supply." 80% of Gazans now receive food aid, compared to 63% in 2006. Two-thirds of Gazans live in "deep poverty," defined as living on $474 USD or less per month.

Water pumps that serve half the population lie in disrepair due to lack of parts. Of 3,900 industrial establishments in Gaza, 3,500 have shut down due to lack of raw materials, complicated now by lack of funds and reduced power supplies. Of 32,000 workers employed in this sector, only 3,000 (9%) remain employed. The construction and agricultural sectors have experienced similar devastation. The public sector, which employs some 40% of Gaza's workers, is the only sector that is still functioning and, while some payment of salaries resumed with the freeing of some public funds, payments remain sporadic and those gathering salaries have greatly increased burdens due to the enormous unemployment affecting their families.

Imports which numbered some 12,000 truckloads per month in May, 2005, are now down under 2,000 per month, consisting mostly of aid supplies. Exports are virtually eliminated. Human traffic in and out of Gaza has been severely curtailed, cutting off more sources for work for Palestinians who had worked in the West Bank, Egypt and even in some cases, Israel. UN-OCHA describes it thus: "Severe restrictions on the movement of people into and out of the Gaza Strip have also been imposed. Palestinians have not been allowed to leave Gaza since mid-June 2007 except for traders, aid workers, a restricted number of pilgrims and a limited number of medical cases. On 2 December the GoI began to permit to some of the 6,000 Palestinians with the necessary foreign residency, or papers to study or work abroad to exit Gaza through Kerem Shalom - the first time that crossing has been used for the passage of people. As of 11 December, 920 persons have crossed through Kerem Shalom, out which 198 were refused entry to Egypt and were sent back to Gaza."

This is a non-functional economy in any sense of the word. Mass starvation is only barely being staved off with the meager aid supplies being allowed in to Gaza. As the Red Cross, which usually does not make such statements, said, Gazans are being given "enough to survive, but not enough to live." The World Food Program also said that "...62 percent of household spending went on food, putting Gaza's non-refugee population on par with Somalia. That compares to 37 percent in a 2004 survey."

Relief does not seem to be forthcoming, as Gaza's 1.4 million residents are being held hostage to collective punishment in the political battles between Hamas and Fatah and between Hamas and Israel. That other countries, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, also wish to see Hamas fall means that Gazans are left with little hope for support. The recent donor conference for the Palestinian Authority saw some $7.4 billion pledged to the PA, but Gaza is not likely to see much of that money because of the antipathy toward Hamas. Empty words from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are not going to help either.

Resolving the situation in Gaza is a complicated matter. Gazan society and internal politics, with their mix of clashing ideologies between Hamas, Fatah and other parties and the maneuverings between government, international and local NGOs and, perhaps most importantly, clan and family alliances (some of which have their own private militias and which form part of the backbone of Palestinian society) is not a simple arena. But what must be made clear is that the current situation is intolerable. Israel has legitimate security concerns, but such cannot justify collective punishment and the starving of nearly a million and a half people. That situation must be brought to an end immediately while other means must be found to reconcile the Palestinian factions and to find some at least temporary accommodation between Hamas and Israel.

Israel's siege and attacks on Gaza are not providing security to Sderot and Ashkelon. Hamas' attacks on Israeli towns only harm the Palestinian cause. Residents of Israeli towns near Gaza are frightened, and the people of Gaza are slowly starving to death. The current situation is the worst of all worlds. It only strengthens the resolve of the military leaders of both Israel and Hamas as it gives neither side a graceful option. International intervention, with the immediate goal of relieving the suffering in Gaza and rebuilding the Gazan economy must take immediate precedence, even above the other aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Otherwise, this miserable Christmas in Gaza will only be followed by even more horrifying ones.


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Back in Israel, adopting American-style blacklisting

Monday, December 24, 2007

Bethlehem checkpoint, 4am

They Cancelled Christmas in Bethlehem (music video)


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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Santa's Ghetto English Street Artists' Show & Shop in Bethlehem' Palestinian Side of Apartheid Wall

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Call for 7a*11d: 7th International Festival of Performance Art 2008 / Ontario, Canada


This is the call for submissions for 7a*11d's 7th International Festival of Performance Art in 11 years, taking place in Toronto from October 22 – November 2, 2008. Organized by an unincorporated non-profit group of artists, 7a*11d presents a series of performance art events and artist projects in a festival setting. Our purpose is to offer a professional showcase for new and progressive performance art works. Artist organizers will select emerging and established artists of the highest quality from around the world that showcase the breadth and depth of performance art as a genre. We pay artist fees and try to subsidize travel, but please note that our budget is limited and not adequate to support troupes or companies.


Direct to Documentation: A video program of performance documentation. Can't come to the Festival? We still want to see your work! Send

us an edited tape [five minutes or less on NTSCVHS, Hi-8, mini-DV, CD or DVD] of your performance documentation or performance for camera. (No PAL or SECAM tapes, please!) Selected tapes will be curated into a screening program. Artist fees will be paid for those selected for screening.

Deadline: Proposals must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2008. If you wish your materials to be returned, you MUST include a self-addressed stamped envelope or appropriate fees to cover packaging and postage for the return of your documentation. DO NOT send electronic applications to our hotmail account. Make money orders payable to 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

Please be sure to indicate the kind of setting that is most appropriate for your work (e.g. indoor/outdoor site specific, industrial warehouse, white gallery, black box theatre...).

Send proposals to:

c/o 386 Delaware Ave.
Toronto, Ontario


  • Completed application form
  • Resume and biography (including short c.v. MAXIMUM 2 pages)
  • Description of work and artist statement
  • Support material
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope or money order to cover packaging and postage for return of documentation

    All cheques and money orders should be made payable to 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art
7a*11d acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and numerous artist-run organizations, private and business sponsors for our previous activities.