Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

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
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
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Milwaukee, WI 53208

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, May 10, 2008

Dean Obeidallah: Arab/Muslim American Comedy Sunday Eve. 11 May 08 on PBS

You may like this PBS special airing Sunday night about the rise of
Middle Eastern-American comedy. It was shot over 3 years and they
profile 5 of us in it.
It airs nationally this Sunday at 10:00 PM on PBS in NYC, LA, and DC
and different times in other markets.
Hope you are well!
Dean Obeidallah

Also if you missed my appearance on ABC's "The View" last week
promoting the special, here is the link to see it on Youtube:

Breaking down stereotypes one joke at a time
It's an age-old American tradition: immigrant groups take up comedy
to fight against discrimination. One path to understanding is to make
people laugh. Now Muslim-Americans have come forward to help dismantle
the stereotypes and hatred that have surged since September 11, 2001.
STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age is the story of five
comedians: Ahmed Ahmed, Tissa Hami, Dean Obeidallah, Azhar Usman and
Maysoon Zayid.
Tissa Hami performs part of
her comedy routine in the
traditional Muslim hijab
Each of these artists felt the aftershock of 9/11 personally. At a
time when people of Middle Eastern origin were advised to lay low,
they all chose to stand up - and tell jokes. This film explores how
they are responding to 9/11, each in a different way, but all using
humor to define who they are.
STAND UP is the story of Ahmed's battle to get beyond playing
"Terrorist No. 4." It's about Obeidallah's journey to discover his
Arab heritage. It's about Zayid's resolve to turn being "a
Palestinian Muslim woman virgin with cerebral palsy from New Jersey"
into a career asset. It's about Usman's quest to become the Muslim
comedy role model he himself never found. It's about Hami's
determination to challenge American conceptions about Muslim women.
"We can't define who we are on a serious note because nobody will
The only way to do it is to be funny about it."
- Ahmed Ahmed
From false arrests to death threats, these comics face challenges
from both mainstream America and within the Muslim community. All are
at critical points in their careers, each evolving differently as a
comic. But they are all striving for one thing: to break through the
typecasting and achieve mainstream comedy success.
Following in the footsteps of comics such as Lenny Bruce, Richard
Pryor, George Lopez, and Margaret Cho, they are using stand-up comedy
to make the case for Arab and Muslim inclusion in the American "public
Above all, STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age is an
American story. Which means almost anything is fair game for a laugh.

1 comment:

Sean said...

That's cool that you got an email from Dean about the special. Of all the comics featured, I think he was the most interesting to me, in that he can turn his "Arabness" on or off, so to speak - at least more so than the other comics. Found it admirable that he chose go on stage and embrace his heritage when so many others would have taken the easy way out.