CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

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
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
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 david.chirot@gmail.com
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... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # 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 ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - 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
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


=

Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
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
http://davidbaptistechirot.blogspot.com
Addresses: david.chirot@gmail.com
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208
USA

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 03, 2008

"Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic (An all time favorite & classic!)

Video Description

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain SLIDESHOW

Friday, May 02, 2008

JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE NEWSLETTER Methodist vote*JVP and churches*War with Iran?*Carter speaks for me*Chapters

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May 1, 2008 JVP E-Newsletter

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  • Methodist conference breaking news
  • JVP church campaign in full swing
  • Beinin: Preparing for war with Iran?
  • Chapter work across the country
JVP Church Campaign: Methodists vote overwhelmingly to keep divestment from the occupation as an option

Beth Corrie, Liat weingart(From left: Danielle Strandburg-Peshkin, Beth Corrie, JVP-Chicago's Lynn Pollack in the back holding separate banner, and JVP's Liat Weingart vigil at Methodist conference in Fort Worth this week.)


Delegates did not get to directly consider a range of selective divestment proposals at the United Methodist Church's General Conference in Fort Worth TX this week. Nonetheless, in a stunning rebuke to anti-divestment groups, Methodist delegates voted by 763-38 to keep divestment from Israel's occupation on the table as an option. (
As of press time, a JVP-supported resolution put forth by the Methodist Federation for Social Action may still reach the floor before the conference ends tomorrow.)

See how beautiful you are!

Go to investinpeace.org to see the faces of people of conscience like you who support selective
divestment. It's not too late to send a message to the Presbyterians. Send your photo and message here.

Further, a proposal to divest from Caterpillar was shelved prior to the conference in favor of open talks with the company, marking the first time since JVP started our Caterpillar campaign that the company has agreed to talk directly with groups about their role in human rights abuses in the Occupied Territories.

Finally, the Methodists voted to create a socially responsible investment committee that will focus on Darfur, China and the Middle East, linking church investments and human rights abuses. It is expected that the committee will seriously examine further selective divestment initiatives as a way to bring about an end to the occupation.

More...

JVP builds momentum for campaign that is strengthening the movement

Since January, JVP's Church campaign has been in full force. Sydney Levy, Director of Campaigns and Chapters, and Liat Weingart, Campaign Coordinator, have been working on many levels to build a community of organizers that includes literally dozens of members and supporters. (Click on photo to see Israeli-American Liat Weingart's moving speech to Methodists this week.)

JVP created and distributed a booklet on divesting from the occupation to all 1,600 delegates who are voting on resolutions in the Methodist and Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly this year. The booklets already sent arrived in the mail with a letter signed by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, JVP Advisory Board Member.

While the opponents were calling delegates, many JVP members were also calling Methodist delegates to emphasize the importance of divesting from US companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinians. National training for all callers/organizers occurred in person in December and through teleconferencing again in February. JVP formed a working group of members throughout the country who worked daily for months to meet with delegates in their local aresa and make presentations at churches.

More...

Prof. Joel Beinin From Jerusalem:
Preparing for War with Iran?

This is the fourth of Professor Joel Beinin's monthly analyses of the current state of affairs in Israel, Palestine and beyond. Beinin is currently Director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo while he is on temporary leave from his position as History Professor at Stanford University. Beinin is also a past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

As Israel prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the weak and internally divided government of Ehud Olmert persists in pursuing counterproductive policies detached from all regional and global realities except the guaranteed support of the United States. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice soldiers on in her starring role keeping the theatrical performance known as "the peace process" from closing before President Bush leaves office. But the chances that any meaningful Palestinian-Israeli agreement will be reached are nearly nonexistent.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with President Bush on April 24 and walked away with only a promise of $50 million dollars, many compliments, and more verbal proclamations from official Washington that Israel should stop settlement expansion and dismantle "illegal" settlement outposts (as if all the other settlements were legal). Bush's and Rice's words on the settlement issue were more forceful than usual. But they are no cause for optimism.

More...

Chapter work
While members are always working on national campaigns, JVP chapters continue to blaze new paths in their own communities. This is just a sampling of their critical work.

Philly-JVP's workshop at the Philadelphia Sabeel Conference on April 25-26 was a huge success. Members presented to two large and enthusiastic groups about Jewish anti-Occupation organizing efforts, focusing on the tradition of dissent from Israeli government policy among Jews of conscience over the past hundred years, the importance of a Jewish voice in the broader movement, and the nuts-and-bolts of activism among U.S. Jews by putting JVP's Trees of Reconciliation campaign under a magnifying glass.

In March, JVP's Bay Area chapter sponsored IDF (Israeli army) veteran and Breaking the Silence member Oded Na'aman at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco and Kehilla Community Synagogue in the East Bay. Na'aman, who was quoted in Northern California's Jewish newspaper, the j, said "We feel that we're pointing out an existential threat to the nature of Israeli society - to our morals...What we found out is that while defending our country, we also betrayed it in a sense. We betrayed the values we were brought up on."

On March 30, the South Bay Chapter (San Jose Area) sponsored a screening of the film "Encounter Point" as part of their Cries for Peace film series, which chronicles members of the Parents Circle and Bereaved Families Forum. They'll conclude the film series on May 4, showing "Knowledge is the Beginning", about a joint Daniel Berenboim-Edward Said project to promote peace through the creation of a Middle Eastern youth orchestra.

JVP Chicago welcomes JVP Boston member Alice Rothchild for a series of speaking events about her book "Broken Promises, Broken Dreams" and book signings at six different events beginning with a buffet dinner co-sponsored by JVP-Chicago, Tikkun and Lincoln Park Neighbors United for Peace.

The Detroit Jewish Film Festival, the largest film festival in Michigan, runs for 10 days in May. JVP Detroit will co-sponsor the Daniel Barenboim film, Knowledge is the Beginning at 3 screenings, May 5, 12 and 14. Over 1000 people are expected to attend the 3 film dates; the chapter is planning introductory receptions after each screening.

JVP Boston has been busy with a number of events. They sponsored a talk by Ra'ed Al Mickawi, Director of BUSTAN on April 29, where they raised funds and awareness. They are organizing a demo against AIPAC at their meeting in Boston on May 4 at 5 pm at the Boston Westin Copley Hotel; a benefit for the Children of Gaza April 30, and a fundraiser on June 1 at the Farrar Center to raise money for the Palestinian Medical Relief Society Rehabilitation Center.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Jorge Respero: Invitation to exhibition in Roermond, The Netherlands



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jorge Ivan Restrepo <jrestrepo@zamorano.edu>


 
 
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

We Are All Torturers Now!--Videos and Interviews


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15740.htm ---

Graphics and excellent videos re torture by Americans and American trained and financed prisons in other countries--testimonies--

DROMO Video Inspired by Paul Virilio's writings on speed

Nakba 60th Anniversary Commemoration in Cities Near You!




Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:06:27 -0400
From: uscampaign@mail.democracyinaction.org
To: davidbchirot@hotmail.com
Subject: Nakba 60th Anniversary Commemoration in Cities Near You!


NAKBA 60th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION IN CITIES NEAR YOU!

Dear David,

May 15 is Nakba Day, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. In 1948, the newly-created State of Israel destroyed hundreds of Palestinian villages, and caused to flee or exiled hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.  These refugees and their descendents number today in the millions as Israel continues to deny them their right of return.

From now until the end of May, events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nakba will be taking place throughout the United States. 

We encourage all our supporters and member organizations to attend these events.  If you do not see your event listed, please add it by clicking here.

Please note that the inclusion of these events in this email or on our on-line calendar does not constitute an endorsement of them.

You can help commemorate the Nakba with our Nakba 60 Pins. Click here  or on the image to the right to get a handsome key-shaped lapel pin with butterfly clasp.

And don't forget that on May 15 we will go live on-line with the winning entries from our Expressions of Nakba arts competition.  Check it out by clicking here.

 


APRIL EVENTS:

April 29, 2008: Boston, MA
What:
Nakba 101:  A Discussion with Dr. Noam Chomsky
Where: Emerson 105, Harvard FAS
When: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, arashid@fas.harvard.edu

April 30, 2008: Boston, MA
What:
Palestinian Market (featuring embroidery, handicrafts, and olive oil from Palestine)
Where: Outside of Science Center, Harvard University
When: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, arashid@fas.harvard.edu

April 30, 2008: Boston, MA
What:
Panel: "Experiencing the Nakba of 1948: Live Testimonials"
Where: Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building Harvard Kennedy School
When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, arashid@fas.harvard.edu

April 30, 2008: New York, NY
What:
Palestine Cultural Day
Where: Low Plaza & College Walk, Columbia University
When: 5:00pm


MAY EVENTS:

May 1, 2008: Boston, MA
What:
Film Screening: "La Terre Parle Arabe"; Discussion with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
Where: Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building Harvard Kennedy SchoolWhen: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, arashid@fas.harvard.edu

May 1, 2008: New York, NY
What:
Screening of Occupation 101 and discussion led by Prof Hamid Dabashi
Where: 614 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
When: 7:00pm

May 2, 2008: Boston, MA
What:
Candlelight Vigil
Where: Harvard Square
When: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, arashid@fas.harvard.edu

May 2, 2008: Boston, MA
What:
Palestinian Cultural Night (evening of food, music, dance, poetry, and celebrating life)
Where: Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall, Harvard FAS
When: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, arashid@fas.harvard.edu

May 3, 2008: Philadelphia, PA
What:
Handala: Film Screening
Where:
TBD

When: TBD
Contact(s): Adam Beach wagepeacebeach@yahoo.com       

May 10, 2008: Seattle, WA
What:
Celebrate Palestine - 60 Years of Resistance
Where: Seattle Central Community College, South Plaza, Broadway and E Pine, Seattle, WA 98112
When: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Contact(s): Judith info@nakba60th-seattle.org 206 282 8023
Sponsor(s): Palestine Solidarity Committee-Seattle, Al-Nakba Coalition

May 10, 2008: San Francisco, CA
What:
Nakba-60, FREE Palestine, Peace and Solidarity Festival
Where: Civic Center, downtown San Francisco
When: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Contact(s): right2return@gmail.com

May 12, 2008: Columbia, MD
What:
The Nakba: What Happened to the Palestinians When the Israeli State Was Established?
Where:
Howard County Public Library, East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

When: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Contact(s): Joanne Heisel hcceio@yahoo.com
Sponsor(s): Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation


May 13, 2008: Victoria, BC
What
: Screening of Ilan Pappe talk 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine'
Where: BCGEU hall 2994 Douglas St, Victoria, BC v5h2l9
When: 7:00pm
Sponsor(s): CAIA-Victoria. [Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid]
Contact(s): George Mc Fetridge, georgemcfetridge@gmail.com

May 15, 2008: Ann Arbor, MI
What
: "Deir Yassin" screening
Where: Michigan Union, Pond Room 530 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
When: 7:00pm
Sponsor(s): Ann Arbor Middle East Film Society, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), Detroit-Ann Arbor SABEEL
Contact(s): Shirley Zempel, Zempel.shirley@gmail.com

May 16, 2008: New York, NY
What: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian Catastrophe)
Where: Dag Hammarskjöld Park
When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Contact(s): Nakbah60th@gmail.com

May 16 - 18, 2008: Anaheim, CA
What:
6th Annual International Al-Awda Convention on The 60th of Al-Nakba and Struggle to Return
Where: The Embassy Suites Hotel Anaheim - South, 11767 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA
When: May 16 - 18, 2008
Contact(s): info@al-awda.org

May 17, 2008: Denver, CO
What
: Remember al-Nakba: Palestine 60 Years Later
Where: West Lawn Capitol Denver, Lincoln & 14th
When: 11:00A-3:00P
Sponsor(s): Friends of Sabeel-Colorado, Colorado Progressive Jewish News, Rocky Mtn. Peace & Justice Center
Contact(s): Joy Lapp, lappj@earthlink.net, 303-494-2338

May 21, 2008: Brooklyn, NY
What:
May 1948 - A New State for Israelis, A Nakba (Catastrophe) for Palestinians
Where: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn, Brooklyn, NY
When: 7:00pm
Contact(s): Naomi Allen Naomi@brooklynpeace.org
Sponsor(s): Brooklyn For Peace

May 24-25, 2008: Portland, OR 
What:
Nakba Commemoration Event, Keynote Speaker Prof. George Bisharat
Where: UC Hastings College of Law, Portland, Oregon                       


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Issue nine of Otoliths has just gone live




Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 00:01:39 +1000
From: otolitheditor@gmail.com
Subject: Issue nine of Otoliths has just gone live

It is with both pleasure & sorrow that I announce the going live of issue nine of Otoliths. The pleasure is because this issue marks the beginning of Otoliths' third year, & once again contains a great variety of text & visual work. The sorrow is because Rochelle Ratner, a frequent contributor to this journal, passed away on March 31st. I'd like to dedicate this issue, in which she has new poems, to her.

 

In this issue are Rochelle Ratner, harry k stammer, Adam Fieled, Bill Drennan, David-Baptiste Chirot, Joel Chace, Michael Farrell, Reed Altemus, Andrew Lundwall, Douglas Barbour & Sheila E. Murphy, William Doreski, Duane Locke, Stu Hatton, Joe Balaz, Jeff Harrison, Raymond Farr, Esa Mäkijärvi, Bobbi Lurie, Julian Jason Haladyn, Simon Perchik, Suzanne Grazyna, Eileen R. Tabios, Diana Magallón & Jeff Crouch, Jeff Crouch & Matina L. Stamatakis, Thomas Lowe Taylor, Glenn R. Frantz, Angela Genusa, Randy Thurman, Philip Byron Oakes, Mark Cunningham, Geof Huth, Andrew Topel & Jim Leftwich & John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett & Luigino Solamito & Sheila E. Murphy, John M. Bennett & Scott MacLeod, Scott MacLeod, Robert Gauldie, Adam Strauss, Marcia Arrieta, Elizabeth Kate Switaj, William Allegrezza, Ernesto Priego, Ed Schenk, Irving Weiss, Mary Kasimor, Christopher Major, Derek Owens, Paul Siegell, Daniel f Bradley, Daniel Morris, Steve Timm, Mary Ellen Derwis, Thomas Fink, Louise Landes Levi, Toni Simon, Martin Edmond & Kirsten Kaschock.

 

As always, there's something there for everyone.

 

Mark Young



Express yourself wherever you are. Mobilize!

Waterboarding and Poetry: from Francois Villon to Poems from Guantanamo & the "New Extreme Experimental American Poetry"

(Note: a revised version of this essay and images will be appearing in this/net week's forthcoming issue of Wordforword)





(images here and below & this text from: Danse Macabre: Francois Villon Poetry and Murder in medieval France by Aubrey Burr)

These are the procedures used on the 15th Century French poet Francois Villon.

In the early 21st Century, the USA produced its first truly Extreme Experimental Poetry--the military censored Poems from Guantanamo, writing produced by tortured detainees held as "enemy combatants" in a War on Terror based on among other things, the "16 words" of the forged "Italian Letter" and the transcribed ravings of a desperate alcoholic would-be Iraqui immigrant to Germany (Curveball.)

The translations have also been an issue for some, in that they are by "non-literary" translators assembled by the lawyers who made the book possible in the first place.
(The lawyers and translators and Iowa University Press who published the book, have long shown great courage in the face of the military and governmental extreme restrictions and censorships.)

Thank you to Joseph Parsons, Acquisitions Editor of Iowa Press, for providing the following details:

Just as the habeas attorneys must pay their own way to Guantanamo to
meet with their clients, the "nonliterary translators"--as they've
come to be known--were hired by these attorneys so they could
communicate with the detainees. In many cases the original Arabic or
Pashto versions of poems were deemed too sensitive and not released by
the Pentagon's privilege review teams, though the translated forms
were. By "released," I mean the attorneys could not even keep copies
as they worked to represent their clients. All of this left Marc
Falkoff and the Press to make do with translations rendered without
benefit of the range of tools (dictionaries and other reference works,
in particular).

By basing reasons for War on Terror on Error--forgeries, invented "evidence," to be furthered by "embedded reporters" and the propaganda and disinformation filling he media thanks to near total use of the former Israeli Intelligence member co-founded MEMRI as "sources," "reports," and "news"--everything that follows becomes contaminated, turning Language into Lies, Weapons of Mass Destruction of "critical thinking" and "poetics," reading and writing and producing immense Walls of mirrors, which are taken to be windows into a world of "Open forms" and "radical resistances" of phoneme and morpheme to "closure" and where, to paraphrase the title of memoir by Lynne Cheney, "the skies are not cloudy all day."

The skies of Empire--the open forms of the "open range" "where the deer and the antelope play" and

Seldom is heard
a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day."

Along the way this New Extreme Experimental American Poetry has included the sky writing of 9/11 in NYC, eerily echoing the CIA backed Coup's bombing of the Presidential Palace in Santiago, Chile 9/11 1972, the Photographic Atrocity Exhibit of Abu-Ghraib and a "disappeared" CIA library of waterboarding torture videos.

This new Waterboarding Extreme Experimental Poetry (WEEP) permits the USA to accomplish something dazzling: not only to forge into the Unknown of the 21st Century, but to simultaneously travel into the period of the 15th century just prior to and including Columbus' "Discovery of the new World." By opening the Future of American poetry, America has also been able to reverse the colonization process and begin to establish "outposts" in 15th Century Europe, and so, beating Europe to the punch, "Discover the Old World" prior to its discovering of the "New."


American reviewers and commentators on the Poets of Guantanamo have so far found exactly what they were looking for: "bad" poetry in Formal terms, written by "bad" people and translated by "bad" (i.e. "non-literary") translators.

Since, ironically, the translation procedure is not unlike some advocated by such luminaries of American "radical" "experimental" poetries as Charles Bernstein, one might posit the Guantanamo works as simply "bad" Experimental poems by "bad" people, "untrained amateurs," and relegate it to the dustbins of history along with a lot of other "poetry of witness."

Due to their methodologies of reading and writing, American reviewers, commentators, have missed the hidden In Plain Site/Sight/Cite nature of these "purloined letters."

That is, that the poems are the production of American language, American readings and writings and "mistranslations" (non-literary) and the most advanced and most medieval techniques of the "discipline of Writing."

In effect, the writing has not yet been recognized as American.

But what looks back at American eyes from the poem's letterings on the page--is the writing produced by years of American training, discipline, censorship, forced and tortured words further tortured along their restricted and supervised journey to the page in a book published only in these versions in the land of the torturer.

So--of course, the torturers are very happy and self-satisfied in reading these works and finding them lacking in poetry.

It is a sign of the "rightness" of their cause--and of their Security--from there being any "good" poetry to issue from these "enemy combatants," "Islamo-Fascists" and "terrorists."

The sign of a major defeat for the American reader and writer is that their distance from Language has become so great they cannot recognize their own writing staring them back in the face.

But then--this is for the better, is it not?--For it absolves the American reader and writer of all responsibility, of recognizing any "hand in the matter."

Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate, while acknowledging the situation of poetry in a raw state of the Guantanmo poems--also remarked--"No Mandelstams here." How comforting for the uneasy American readers and writers to be so reassured!
But then Stalin's Gulags contained far more millions of prisoners than Guantanamo.

Rejoining the 15th Century, as also the 21st is forged into--
a few words from a Contemporary, Maitre Francois Villon, born 1431, the year Jeanne d'Arc was burned at the stake by Occupation forces during the One Hundred Years War. --An early ancestor of the War Without End on Terror.

In many ways the poem below by Villon finds echoes in the writings from Guantanamo.
But then--Francois Villon was a "bad" man.
Probably a far worse "bad" man than the great majority of those in Guantanamo.

(Villon, already twice sentenced to hanging, several times imprisoned and tortured, was banished from Paris in 1463--from which he'd already absented himself twice, for five years of self-imposed exile-- & "vanishes from history.")

from "Ballade"

(aka "Ballad of the Hanged Men"; translation by Galway Kinnell)

Brother humans who live on after us
Don't let your hearts harden against us
For if you have pity on wretches like us
More likely God will show mercy on you
You see us five, six, hanging here
As for the flesh we loved too well
A while ago it was eaten and has rotted away
And we the bones turn to ashes and dust
Let no one make us the butt of jokes
But pray God that he absolves us all . . .


The rain has rinsed and washed us
The sun dried us and turned us black
Magpies and ravens have pecked out our eyes
And plucked our beards and eyebrows
Never ever can we stand still
Now here, now there, as the wind shifts
At its whim it keeps swinging us
Pocked by birds worse than a sewing-thimble
Therefore don't join in our brotherhood
But pray God that he absolves us all

Prince Jesus, master over all
Don't let us fall into hell's dominion
We've got nothing to do or settle down there
Men, there's nothing to laugh at
But pray God that he absolves us all








---d-b chirot













from Iranian Underground--"ironic commentary" on international anti-grafitti laws







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Air Force Histories Show Cautious Presidents Overruling Air Force Plans for Early Use of Nuclear Weapons


National Security Archive Update, April 30, 2008Air Force Histories Released through Archive Law Suit Show Cautious Presidents Overruling Air Force Plans for Early Use of Nuclear Weaponshttp://www.nsarchive.org

For more information contact:
William Burr - 202/994-7032

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2008 - The U.S. Air Force expected to use nuclear weapons against China during the Taiwan Strait crisis of 1958, but President Eisenhower required the Air Force to plan initially to use conventional bombs against Chinese forces if the crisis escalated, according to a previously secret Air Force history obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit and posted today by the National Security Archive. Eisenhower's instructions astounded the Air Force leadership, but according to Bernard Nalty, the author of one of the studies released today, U.S. policymakers recognized that atomic strikes had "inherent disadvantages" because of the fall-out danger in the region as well as the risk of escalation.

The ten formerly Secret and Top Secret histories obtained from the FOIA lawsuit shed new light on the Air Force's role in developing and deploying the massively destructive nuclear arsenal that thermonuclear weapons made possible. They cover key phases of the U.S. nuclear weapons program: nuclear tests, producing and deploying nuclear delivery systems, developing strategic concepts for nuclear weapons use, participating in command and control systems, executing nuclear threats during crises, and civilian control over the use of nuclear weapons, including repeated presidential caution.

These histories trace:

* The story of the deployment of the Minuteman ICBM which, over forty years later, remains an integral part of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

* Debates between Air Force leaders and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara over how many Minuteman ICBMs were necessary for a deterrent force that could threaten the destruction of Soviet society.

* The development and deployment of the multiple-independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs), and their initial counterforce mission, that have been deployed on Minuteman III, whose MK 12 nose-cone assemblies were inadvertently sent to Taiwan in 2006.

* The high-level Air Force interest, beginning in the 1950s, in ideas of preemptive nuclear options in the event of war with the Soviet Union.

* Air Force successful opposition to the Navy and Army's "finite deterrence" proposals which, in reaction to the Air Force's nuclear "overkill", proposed to reduce nuclear forces to the minimum needed to deter a Soviet attack.

* The story of Air Force "atomic cloud sampling" missions to collect radioactive debris from atmospheric nuclear tests to help measure the effectiveness of nuclear weapons.

* The role of the January 1963 highjacking of a Venezuelan ship Anzoategui in encouraging President Kennedy to seek a more effective Pentagon command center that could quickly update the White House on important developments.

* Air Force operations during five crises: Lebanon (1958), Taiwan Strait (1958), Congo (1960), Cuba (1962), and the Dominican Republic (1965).

The National Security Archive requested these histories during the 1990s, and the Air Force's failure to respond reasonably to the Freedom of Information Act request led to a FOIA lawsuit. Successful legal action by the James & Hoffman law firm on the Archive's behalf led to a ruling in 2004 by federal judge Rosemary Collyer that the U.S. Air Force had "failed miserably to handle [National Security] Archive FOIA requests in a timely manner." Ever since that ruling, the agency has been trying to catch up with and process the backlog of neglected requests that the Archive had filed during the 1980s and 1990s. The Air Force FOIA system is still largely broken, but at least it is now tracking new requests and processing old ones more effectively than it has in the past. Nevertheless, work on a number of old cases has not been completed, so the Air Force's record of compliance with the FOIA remains shaky.

Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today's posting.

http://www.nsarchive.org


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    Jewish Voice for Peace: MuzzleWatch » Right-wing Israel advocacy group’s secret Wikipedia campaign unveiled

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    Tracking efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy.
    Mon 28 Apr 2008


    NYT article and open letter: Debbie Almontaser and the Arab culture school- victims of the proxy battle over Israel and Palestine
    Posted by Cecilie Surasky under Daniel Pipes , Debbie Almontaser , Educational Institutions

    Andrea Elliott has written a detailed description of the the shameful campaign against Debbie Almontaser and her dream to open an Arabic culture school in today’s New York Times. Click on photo for NYT video coverage of the story, including an interview with Daniel Pipes, a frequent “guest” in these pages, who too easily plays the villain.
    (Go here to see our prior coverage of the campaign against Debbie Almontaser and the Khalil Gibran International Academy.)
    To re-state for the umpteenth time, the so-called culture wars in the United States between Islam and Arabs and the West are in many ways a proxy war for what’s happening in Israel and Palestine. Typically right-wing supporters of a “greater” Israel have deliberately conflated the struggle over Palestinian land and self-determination with Bush’s “war on terror.” To the extent that US citizens can be kept afraid of any Arab or Muslim who may be hiding behind a door, they will, it is understood, provide unconditional support for Israeli settlement expansion and militarism.
    In other words, the campaign of invisibility thrust upon Palestinians has meant deliberately erasing any legitimate claims they may have to land, freedom, and security, and replacing them with the myth that Palestinians simply hate Jews/Westerners because of who we are. To that end, any whipping up of fears of Muslims and Arabs here in the US serves the interests of groups like Campus Watch and the David Project, and right-wing politicians who want to preserve the status quo.
    That many of the civil society groups here in the US who push this agenda of fear-mongering are led by Jews, who have thousands of years of intimate understanding of the consequences of such demonization, is unconscionable. Obviously, Jews have a special responsibility to stand up and say, “Enough!”
    And many of them have.
    Here’s an important letter from Jewish leaders, organized by our friends at the NY-based Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, about the treatment of Debbie Almontaser, a moderate by any definition who took pains to unite and speak to all corners of a divided community.
    Open Letter to the Jewish Community
    At this time of Passover, when we gather as families at our seder tables, it
    is an auspicious time to remember that our “family” extends outward to all
    of God’s creation and therefore to all members of the human family. Every
    act we undertake to bridge differences and enhance the dignity of other
    human beings brings all of closer to the liberation and redemption that we
    celebrate during these eight glorious days. Building friendships across
    borders of religion and culture is a powerful lesson of the Pesach holiday.
    Walking through uncharted territory with sometimes threatening waters on
    both sides of us is in the spirit of our celebration and commemoration.
    In this spirit we seek your support and respect for a colleague and friend
    who has suffered and continues to suffer from a disturbing and growing
    prejudice in our midst. You are certain to have heard of her, but may not
    be fully aware of her goodness, competence, and openness to all people. We
    are speaking of Debbie Almontaser, the founding principal of the Khalil
    Gibran International Academy, NYC’s first Arabic language public school.
    Many of us know Debbie personally, others from a distance. But we all
    respect and admire her and we believe that she has been wronged. In the
    spirit of Passover we ask your support to right this wrong and your help in
    achieving her reinstatement at the Academy. As Jews, we have experienced
    Debbie’s friendship to us. We are certain that her return to her children
    will only bring greater peace and understanding between people of all faiths
    in our educational system and in our city as a whole.
    Dayenu!
    Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
    *Rabbi Rachel Cowan*, Institute for Jewish Spirituality**
    *Rabbi Anne Ebersman*, Abraham Joshua Heschel School
    *Leonard Fein*, writer
    *Rabbi Michael Feinberg*, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
    *Peter Geffen*, Founder, Abraham Joshua Heschel School
    *Susannah Heschel*, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
    *Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz* Visiting Professor, Jewish Studies, Comparative
    Literature, & History, Queen’s College/.CUNY
    *Rabbi Irwin Kula*, CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and
    Leadership
    *Rabbi Ellen Lippmann*, Kolot Chayenu
    *Rabbi J, Rolando Matalon*, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
    *Marilyn Neimark, Co-founder*, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
    *Donna Nevel*, Co-founder, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
    *Letty Cottin Pogrebin*, writer and activist
    *Dara Silverman*, Director, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
    *Rabbi Felicia Sol*, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
    *Alisa Solomon*, writer
    Rabbi Mychal Springer, Jewish Theological Seminary
    *Aaron J. Hahn Tapper*, Co-executive Director, Abraham’s Vision
    *Rabbi Burton L. Vizotsky*, Jewish Theological Seminary
    *Rabbi Melissa Weintraub*, Encounter
    *Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub*, LCSW, Brooklyn
    *Rabbi Arthur Waskow*, The Shalom Center
    *affiliations for identification purposes

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    Driving Guantanamo detainees insane : Information Clearing House - ICH

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19834.htm ---

    Last month a lawyer for nine detainees who are members of China's Uighur ethnic minority told a Congressional committee that one of them, Huzaifa Parhat, said that life at Guantánamo was like having already died. The lawyer, P. Sabin Willett, said Mr. Parhat asked the lawyers to pass on a message. He told them to tell his wife to remarry.

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    Letters Give C.I.A. Tactics a Legal Rationale : Information Clearing House - ICH

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    Letters Give C.I.A. Tactics a Legal Rationale

    By MARK MAZZETTI

    29/04/08 "
    New York Times" -- 27/04/08 -- - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has told Congress that American intelligence operatives attempting to thwart terrorist attacks can legally use interrogation methods that might otherwise be prohibited under international law.

    The legal interpretation, outlined in recent letters, sheds new light on the still-secret rules for interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency. It shows that the administration is arguing that the boundaries for interrogations should be subject to some latitude, even under an executive order issued last summer that President Bush said meant that the C.I.A. would comply with international strictures against harsh treatment of detainees.

    While the Geneva Conventions prohibit "outrages upon personal dignity," a letter sent by the Justice Department to Congress on March 5 makes clear that the administration has not drawn a precise line in deciding which interrogation methods would violate that standard, and is reserving the right to make case-by-case judgments.

    "The fact that an act is undertaken to prevent a threatened terrorist attack, rather than for the purpose of humiliation or abuse, would be relevant to a reasonable observer in measuring the outrageousness of the act," said Brian A. Benczkowski, a deputy assistant attorney general, in the letter, which had not previously been made public.

    Mr. Bush issued the executive order last summer to comply with restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court and Congress. The order spelled out new standards for interrogation techniques, requiring that they comply with international standards for humane treatment, but it did not identify any approved techniques.

    It has been clear that the order preserved at least some of the latitude that Mr. Bush has permitted the C.I.A. in using harsher interrogation techniques than those permitted by the military or other agencies. But the new documents provide more details about how the administration intends to determine whether a specific technique would be legal, depending on the circumstances involved.

    The letters from the Justice Department to Congress were provided by the staff of Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is a member of the Intelligence Committee and had sought more information from the department.

    Some legal experts critical of the Justice Department interpretation said the department seemed to be arguing that the prospect of thwarting a terror attack could be used to justify interrogation methods that would otherwise be illegal.

    "What they are saying is that if my intent is to defend the United States rather than to humiliate you, than I have not committed an offense," said Scott L. Silliman, who teaches national security law at Duke University.


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