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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

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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

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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, June 14, 2008

Palestinians barred from Dead Sea beaches to 'appease Israeli settlers' - Middle East, World - The Independent ---

The World's Worst Prison State

The Worlds Worst Prison State

Posted: 13 Jun 2008 02:23 PM CDT

Guess who?

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the United States of America is The Worlds Worst Prison State:

"In 2004, nearly 7 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole at yearend 2004 — 3.2% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in every 31 adults." - U.S. Department of Justice

NOTE: It's far worse now in 2007.

Compared to the rest of the world: Source: and World Prison Population List (sixth edition), International Centre for Prison Studies:

The numbers are just as bad when considered as a Percent of Population - see below

Read more here:

"Ursonography"--from Kurt Schwitters' "Ursonate"--by Jaap Blonk & Golan Levin--Perfromed by Jaap Blonk

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Highlights from the premiere of "Ursonography" by Jaap Blonk and Golan Levin, 2005. Blonk's performance of Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate is augmented with a modest but elegant new form of expressive, real-time, "intelligent subtitles." With the help of computer-based speech recognition and score-following technologies, projected subtitles are tightly locked to the timing and timbre of Blonk's voice, and brought forth with a variety of dynamic typographic transformations that reveal new dimensions of the poem's structure. Performed at Ars Electronica, September 2005.

Hugo Ball's "Karawane" Performed by Marie Osmond (Secret Dadaist!

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Hugo Ball's "Karawane", performed by Marie Osmond. Prepared by Ricardo Domeneck for the Brazilian magazine Modo de Usar & Co.

from the magnificent writings of Hugo Ball--

the first to use in print the word "Dada"--

found by him and Richard Huelsenbeck--one fine day--

Stencil Art--Buenos Aires, 2005

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Clip realizado por monnier kuhn
Stencil de Buenos Aires - Enero 2005
More stencil of buenos aires and south america:

2006-Silencio-Poesia Visual-Joaquin Amat-sonoro Javier Areal

Clmenete Paidn Perfroms an Anthology of Experimental Poetry Part Two

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En esta edición:

José Lino Grunewald

Felipe Boso

"Acto de Humildad"
Felipe Boso

Clemente Padín

John Cage

"El Puente"
Joan Brossa

"Poesía a la Performance"
Clemente Padín

"Homenaje a la Z"
Clemente Padín

Lectura de poesía experimental en homenaje a E. A. Vigo, interpretada por Clemente Padín ante los alumnos de la Escuela de Arte "Xul Solar" Junín Argentina (parte I)


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Article & Videos: Nobel Peace Laureate, Vice-President of European Palriament, Italian Judge. Palestian and Israeli Non-Violent Protestors Tear g

And the Beat Goes on from Bil'in and Belfast

By Eileen Fleming

You say you want a revolution?

You can count me in, out, in.

13/06/08 "ICH" --- - On June 6, 2008, Vice President of the European Parliament Luisa Morgantini and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Maried Corrigan-Maguire were assaulted by Israeli Forces with tear gas during the weekly Friday afternoon nonviolent protest against the route of the wall and military occupation in Bil'in. Julio Toscano, an Italian judge, suffered head wounds when he was hit by one of the tear-gas grenades. The incidents came on the last day of Bil'in's third annual international conference supporting nonviolent protests against the route of the wall and military occupation of the West Bank agricultural village.

June 8, 2008 VIDEO:

At the conclusion of the second annual Bil'in conference, on April 21st, 2007, Mairead Maguire, was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet by Israeli Forces an hour after a press conference where she stated:

"Thanks to the media here for telling the truth.. Bring this truth to whatever country you come from. Non-violence will solve the problems here in Israel and Palestine. Often, the world sees only violence. But Palestinians are a good people, working towards non-violence. This Wall must fall! It is an insult to the human family and to the world– that we are building Apartheid Walls in the 21st Century! More than forty years of Occupation and Land Appropriation."

In 1976, in Belfast, thousands of ordinary people throughout Northern Ireland, led by mostly women, demonstrated for an end to the killings known as "The Troubles" which began in 1969. By 1998, over thirty-four hundred people were killed in the crossfire of a brutal war against British colonial interests, revolutionary republicanism, and a revolt against the age-old, oppressive bigotry and fanaticism of religious ideologies.

On August 10, 1976, Máiread Corrigan Maguire's two nephews and one of her nieces, all little children, were killed on a Belfast street corner. "A British army patrol shot and killed an IRA gunman, Danny Lennon, whose car then plowed into the sidewalk, killing the children, and severely injuring Mairead's sister Anne, who died several years later. In a land soaked with blood, their deaths came as a severe shock. Suddenly, thousands of people began to say, "Enough is enough. The killing and violence have to stop." [1]

Máiread, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, organized weekly peace marches and demonstrations were attended by over half a million people throughout Ireland and England.

for the rest of the article go to this link: ---

IDF Fires :atest Tear Gas Cannisters and Rubber Bullets at Nobel Laureate and others in Non-Violent Demo Protesting the Apartheid Wall

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demonstration against the route of the separation barrier passing through land belonging to the people of Bil'in; spectacular use of new tear-gas projectile launcher

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On June 6, 2008, Vice President of the European Parliament Luisa Morgantini and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Maried Corrigan-Maguire were assaulted by Israeli Forces with tear gas during the weekly Friday afternoon nonviolent protest against the route of the wall and military occupation in Bil'in. Julio Toscano, an Italian judge, suffered head wounds when he was hit by one of the tear-gas grenades. The incidents came on the last day of Bil'in's third annual international conference supporting nonviolent protests against the route of the wall and military occupation of the West Bank agricultural village.

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Freedom Next Time: Propaganda as Journalism---John Pilger Video

Freedom Next Time

Propaganda as Journalism

By John Pilger Video

Australian journalist, author, film maker John Pilger speaks about global media consolidation, war by journalism, US military's quest for domination/hegemony in the post 9/11 era, false history in the guise of 'objective' journalism.

Filmed in Chicago at Socialism 2007: Socialism for the 21st Century by Paul Hubbard. June 16, 2007 Broadcast on Democracy Now - The War and Peace Report


John Pilger was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. He has been a war correspondent, film-maker and playwright. Based in London, he has written from many countries and has twice won British journalism's highest award, that of "Journalist of the Year," for his work in Vietnam and Cambodia.

The Genesis of "The War on Democracy"--John Piler on his new film

The Rising of Latin America

The Genesis of 'The War On Democracy'
By John Pilger
They moved through the dust of a snow-capped wilderness, along roads that were ribbons of red mud, and they lived in shanties that defied gravity. "We are
invisible," said one man; another used the term abandonados; an indigenous woman in Bolivia unforgettably described her poverty as a commodity for the rich.

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'The War on Democracy'

'The War on Democracy' is John Pilger's first major film for the cinema - in a career that has produced more than 55 television documentaries. Set in Latin America and the US, it explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile.

"The film tells a universal story," says Pilger, "analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called war on terror".

Israeli settlers' attack on Palestinian family captured on video

Israeli settlers' attack on Palestinian family captured on video

The recording's release comes as the UN Security Council prepares to discussa resolution demanding the halt of Israeli settlement construction.

A Palestinian family's brutal beating by Israeli settlers has been captured on video and aired just a week before the UN Security Council is set to consider a resolution condemning construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

The BBC reports that the video, recorded last Sunday, shows four men attacking an elderly shepherd, his wife, and his nephew after the four told the shepherd to move his flock, which was grazing near the settlement of Susia in the West Bank. The BBC describes the film, which is available on its website:

Over the brow of the hill walk four masked men holding baseball bats. To the right of the screen, in the foreground, stands a 58-year-old Palestinian woman.

Thamam al-Nawaja has been herding her goats close to the Jewish settlement of Susia, near Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Within a few seconds, she, along with her 70-year-old husband and one of her nephews, will be beaten up.

As the first blows land, the woman filming - the daughter-in-law of the elderly couple - drops the camera and runs for help.

The BBC writes that Mrs. Nawaja was hospitalized for three days after the attack with a broken arm and fractured cheek. After returning home, she told the BBC that her attackers "don't want us to stay on our land. But we won't leave. We'll die here. It's ours." Agence France-Presse reports that an Israeli police spokesperson says an investigation has been opened, but no arrests have been made.

The International Middle East Media Center, a joint media effort between Palestinian and international journalists, reports that "Attacks by extremist Israeli Jewish settlers against the indigenous Palestinian population of the West Bank are common, and the incidents have increased as Israeli settlements have expanded on Palestinian land over the last 15 years."

The recording of this particular attack was made possible by the "Shooting Back" project launched by the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem. On its website, B'Tselem writes that by handing out more than 100 video cameras to Palestinian families in the West Bank, it hopes to provide them with a tool to prove illegal abuses they suffer at the hands of settlers.

Citizen journalism – a phenomenon that has garnered much attention of late – is particularly relevant in the context of the Israeli occupation, in which various types of abuse occur on a frequent basis and impact the daily lives of Palestinians. The ever-present violations of human rights constitute the mundane, ongoing reality of military occupation and settler enterprise, and are too often overlooked.

B'Tselem also uses this footage as a powerful tool for filing complaints with the army and the police, and as supporting evidence in court cases. In the West Bank, victims of abuse by settlers or soldiers are often discouraged from lodging complaints by weighty bureaucratic obstacles. B'Tselem now uses video as one way to promote accountability and seek legal redress for Palestinian complainants.

A B'Tselem spokesperson told the BBC that the project is proving effective.

The thinking behind the project is that when trouble flares, rather than just giving a statement to the Israeli police or army, video carries much more weight.

"The difference is amazing," says Oren Yakobovich, who leads the Shooting Back project.

"When they have the camera, they have proof that something happened. They now have something they can work with, to use as a weapon."

We asked a spokesman from the Susia settlement for a comment on Sunday's incident. He declined.

The release of the attacks comes just a week before the UN Security Council is set to consider a resolution demanding a halt to Israel's ongoing construction of settlements in Palestinian territory. Haaretz reports that the the resolution was spurred in part by the Israeli government's announcement of plans to build several hundred more settlements in largely Palestinian East Jerusalem.

UN sources told Haaretz that the draft is the first that addresses the settlement issue in "a sweeping, unequivocal and direct manner." According to the sources, the driving force behind the resolution is Saudi Arabia, although officially, it was an initiative of the Arab League.

Diplomats affiliated with the Arab bloc said that Arab representatives at the UN have been discussing the new resolution for several weeks, during which time the draft has undergone several revisions. ...

If the resolution is put to a vote, most Security Council members are expected to vote in favor of it. However, the United States' position on the issue is not yet clear. Although the American administration has consistently opposed Israeli construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the U.S. nonetheless generally vetoes Security Council resolutions critical of Israel, viewing them as unhelpful interference in the peace process.

Haaretz adds that the Arab bloc was also inspired to submit the resolution by recent comments made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. In a message read June 3 during the International Meeting on the Question of Palestine, Mr. Ban condemned the settlement construction, saying:

Continuing settlement activity contravenes both international law and Israel's obligations under the Road Map. Also, the construction of the barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory contravenes the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice. These activities must cease at once.

Voice of America reports that the White House would prefer that Israel not build more settlements, but that Israel does not believe it is doing anything wrong.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the Bush administration does not belie

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dorsey Dixon- (Oringainl Performer of the classic "Wreck on the Highway")---Live Recording 1962--The Great Great Classic "Pinball Mchine"!!

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This is probably my favorite Dorsey Dixon song, next to Babies In The Mill.

Pinball Machine really showcases Dixon's uncanny ability to 'tell a story' through song.

I have more detailed biographical information on Dorsey Dixon on the other two songs I have uploaded here on YouTube.

Check out Babies In The Mill and Wreck On The Highway in my profile of videos, if you'd like to learn more about Dorsey Dixon.

This version of Pinball Machine is a rough solo recording, with Dorsey accompanying himself on the guitar. It was recorded in the field at Dorsey's home in the Aleo mill village, in East Rockingham, NC between August 6-8, 1962 by Gene Earle and Archie Green.

The cut is one of 19 of Dorsey's original songs released on the CD, Babies In The Mill, 1997, HMG / Hightone Records.

Dorsey Dixon was a featured performer, (along with Bob Dylan, Maybelle Carter and Doc Watson), at The Newport Folk Festival in 1963. This performance, which was captured on vinyl by Vanguard Records, was one of the highlights of Dixon's career.

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The Trashmen---on TV 1963--"Surfin' Bird"

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The Third Bardo--"Five Years Ahead of My Time"

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classic sixties garage nugget, third bardo - five years ahead of my time. dont think there is a lot of existing footage of the band at the time, though i'd like to see some. i have edited the dance scenes from riot on sunset strip. might do another with this and add effects.

Scientist--"Scientific Dub"

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Scientific Dub

Mixing Engineer : Scientist

Producer : Brad Osbourne

Drums : Santa Davis & Sly Dunbar
Bass : Mikey Dread & Robbie Shakespeare & Aston Barrett & Bagga Walker
Rhythm Guitar : Tony Chin & Little D & Aston Barrett & Eric Frater
Lead Guitar : Willie Lindo
Piano : Touter Harvey & Augustus Pablo & Gladstone Anderson
Organ : Winston Wright & Ossie Hibbert
Horns : Ossie Scott
Percussions : Brad Osbourne & Scully Simms

Studios :
Mixing : King Tubby's (Kingston, JA)

Scientist--"Best Dub Album inthe World"

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Best Dub Album in the World

Mixing Engineer : Scientist
Engineer : Maxie

Producer : Al Campbell

Drums : Sly Dunbar & Style Scott
Bass : Flabba Holt & Robbie Shakespeare
Lead Guitar : Rad Bryan & Sowell
Rhythm Guitar : Bingy Bunny
Piano : Gladstone Anderson
Organ : Winston Wright
Percussions : Scully Simms & Barnabas

Studios :
Recording : Channel One (Kingston, JA)
Mixing : King Tubby's (Kingston, JA)

Checkpoint 303: Streets of Ramallah

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Checkpoint303 - StreetsORamallah - live @ El Jem - Tunisia - 24/08/2007

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The Ugly Truth - The Ugly American

"In our sterilized world, with our censored news we rarely see the ugly side of what we are responsible for... remember... our tax dollars are paying for this nightmare."

This video contains disturbing scenes of American troops sadistically taunting Iraqi children and randomly throwing grenades at sheep herders .


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Thursday, June 12, 2008

More Bo Diddley Live

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Bo is back, this time with the full introduction and "bio" provided by show host KHJ Radio's "Boss Jock" Sam Riddle.

Great song, but the evening is getting late and Bo misses quite a few of his lip sync cues, but still a great piece of history from one of the greatest rock performers of all time.

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Scientist--with "Dawn of the Dead" video

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Scientist track from 'Rids the world' with dawn of the dead.

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my daughrer's favorite film when she was four--
a comedy in which the undead go back to places they love--The Mall--

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jewish Voice for Peace: re "stifling of open debate" : John Stewart's comments, Harvard, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Spertus Museum

Jewish Voice for Peace's Muzzlewatch purpose is "Tracking efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy."

All the articles below are from the last week's updates:

Two areas in which this "stifling" have been increasingly targeted are Education and the Arts, as well as Media and Government,  raising and revealing  First Amendment concerns in many different ways.

A few recent events briefly made headlines which drew some attention to the area of Education.  One was the arrest, deporting and 10 year ban given by the State of Israel to internationally known writer and speaker Norman Finkelstein, whose Faculty-approved tenure earlier this year was denied at Depaul Univesrity under extreme pressure from forces led by Alan Dershowitiz  and the visits of some Israeli government representatives. The intrusion of  forces outside of a specific institution other than alumni, let alone ones from a foreign government in an American University's hiring practices is very dangerous.  As Harvard Law Professor Dershowitz knows very well, establishing precedents makes each succeeding "case" that much more "winnable."
In recent years an increasing number of hirings and tenure approvals have experienced pressures, public attacks based on spurious "evidence," planted rumors and threats. These aid greatly in  creating public and private censorship of groups, events, talks, meetings and individuals, which in turn spreads a culture of self censorship in which fewer and fewer are willing to protest or comment.  The silencings and "looking the other way's," as many writers have pointed out, has an eerie resemblance to the McCarthy Era in the USA and the first years of Hitler's Reich. (cf Naomi Wolf's The End of America)

Another recent Education example was the withdrawing by the United States of 7 Fulbright Fellowships granted to Palestinian students residing in Gaza.  This withdrawal was caused by Israel's refusal to grant visas to the students.  An international outpouring of shock, disbelief and criticism,and the critiques portraying "the tail that wags the dog,"made possible the reinstatement of the Grants and an assurance that the Visas will be granted.  At the same time nearly 700 other students in Gaza granted Fellowships abroad are still being denied Visas.  A very tiny few more may be allowed Visas--it remains to be seen.

Unlike almost al the other incidents Muzzlewatch reports on, these two examples briefly drew attention, then vanished. These very very tips of the tip of an ever growing iceberg vanishing so quickly,as if to say, "problem solved,"  have little or no effect on the silencings, censorships and self censorships that go on every day and which Jewish Voice for Peace and many other Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Ecumenical and Secular groups are trying to raise an awareness of and find support for refusing it to continue spreading.

History repeats itself for those who ignore or refuse to believe that it is happening again.

 Remember the story--"first they came for the Jews, and I did nothing.  Then they came for the Communists and Socialists and I  did nothing.  Then they came for the Catholics and I did nothing.  Then it was the Gypsies, the Slavs the mentally ill, the Homosexuals and Lesbians and I did nothing.  Then it was my boss, my neighbor, my nephew, my brother-in-law, the store keeper, the bus driver and before I could do anything--they were coming for me."

Consider that one may read the Israeli papers daily --as John Stewart points out below---and find more discussion and criticism than one ever does in the USA.  Language begins to be censored, silenced and mutates into doublespeak. American stands on Human Right and Civil Rights begin to sound hollow meaningless
when a single word the rest of the word sees and says and is starting to even appear in Israeli journals, can't be used in the United States without creating outraged condemnation and  storms. 
When a word is  not supposed to be written or said--it means one denies the existence of what it names. Bits and pieces of the world begin to disappear.  Bits and pieces of one's being vanish.  And one begins to believe in  and support things one formerly would have found appalling. When those things begin to appear in one's midst, since they don't exist--one is ready and willing to be all for them. Think of how many things the United States at least publicly and openly used to be "for," and how many of those now it is not. Or have those things, too,  begun to vanish from memory as well as existence?

Jon Stewart on ability to talk openly about Israeli policies

Posted by Cecilie Surasky under Government


Watch The Daily Show's Indecision 5768 on Clinton, McCain and Obama speaking at AIPAC.

Stewart says:

One part of being a good friend to Israel is constructive criticism of any of its polices that may not be in the best interest of the world, so lets hear the candidates critiques of current Israeli policy… [silent video of candidates.)

Oh I forgot! You can't say anything remotely citical of Israel and still gete elected president. Which is funny, because you know where you can criticize Israel? Uh Israel.


We've been getting emails from people who said the links to the infamous Indecision 5678 segment are now dead. The direct link we have above still works fine. But it's also true that if you don't happen to have the direct link, it's now impossible to find using various search mechanisms on The Daily Show website. In fact, all video segments going back to May 28 are no longer searchable on the timeline. The segment doesn't show up in direct search, or using tags either. The entire June 5 episode is available, however, on the front page. But you'd have to know it was there to find it. It's the Adam Sandler episode.

Accidental or deliberate? You decide.

One thing is certain, with 251,884 viewers, Indecision 5678 has proved to be one of The Daily Show's most popular segments ever.

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Reasoned Debate and the Fear of Reprisal at Harvard

Academic freedom, relatively unfettered by corporate business interests, is one of the last bastions of free speech and inquiry in the US. That is precisely why people like Alan Dershowitz and Daniel Pipes, extensively discussed here, intrepidly do their utmost, despite assertions to the contrary, to stifle such activity. No matter one's point of view, the ability to have multi-vocal academic discussion is a core activity of a functioning democracy. In this spirit J. LORAND MATORY discusses in detail his own worrying experience as a long time Harvard faculty member. His effort to have the Harvard faculty "commit itself to fostering a civil dialogue in which people with a broad range of perspectives feel safe and are encouraged to express their reasoned and evidence-based ideas" was tabled by the Faculty of Arts and Science precisely because it could allow such reasoned debate about I/P. He goes in to detail on censorship occurring to him and others, such as Norman Finklestein, in and around the Harvard Campus.

What Do Critics of Israel Have to Fear?


Go to the link for the entire article, originally published in The Harvard Crimson

Follow up on "surreal" events at Chicago's Spertus Museum

(For full story go to link )

Posted by Cecilie Surasky under Arts

More on the story about the Spertus Museum:

Last week, the Chicago Reader spoke with Rhoda Rosen, the smart and courageous director of Spertus, Chicago's Jewish museum. The Imaginary Coordinates exhibit on maps of the Holy Land (held as part of the city's Festival of Maps), which Rosen worked on for 3 years, recruiting both Israeli and Palestinian artists, "was suddenly and mysteriously shut down" a week after opening. The public reason for the closure was too much sun light shining on the displays. This excuse was, pardon the pun, transparent. Chicago Reader's Deanna Issacs remarks that the museum was housed in a spectacular state of the art showpiece building completed 6 months before, making the excuse unlikely . . .

For the next few days the museum's Web site carried a notice that Imaginary Coordinates had been closed due to "unanticipated maintenance" . . . 

 Then came word that the show would reopen "tweaked," as Rosen put it, and with a new protocol: visitors would be admitted only on guided tours, to be conducted hourly.



Saree Makdisi - Banned in the U.S.A. (Almost)

Posted: 11 Jun 2008 01:17 AM CDT

I didn't think America was a place where bookstores barred people for their viewpoints, until it happened to me, right here in Washington, D.C., the city of my birth.

I was scheduled to speak at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse last month about my latest book, "Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation." My appearance was canceled when the bookstore owners realized that my book concludes by questioning the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead it proposes a single democratic, secular and multicultural state in which Israelis and Palestinians live peacefully as citizens with equal rights.

"I do not believe that your book will further constructive debate in the United States," one of the owners wrote to me in an e-mail. "A single state is not a solution." I was dismayed that my invitation was rescinded because I express a different point of view from the one sanctioned by a supposedly independent bookstore. Yet the cancellation seems to fit into a larger pattern of nationwide censorship about this issue.

Stanford professor Joel Beinin had been invited to speak about Israel and Palestine at a Silicon Valley school last year; his appearance was canceled when the school was criticized for booking the event. Tony Judt of New York University was invited to speak about Israel and Palestine at the Polish Consulate in New York last fall; his talk was canceled after the consulate came under pressure from the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee.

The fact that senior scholars are prevented from speaking in well-known forums because they do not toe an official line suggests that the civic culture on which our country was founded has broken down, at least when it comes to Palestine and Israel.

Yet citizens can object to the muzzling of ideas. After receiving letters of protest and eloquent entreaties by bloggers, Politics and Prose decided last week to reissue my invitation. This reversal is an important step forward but questions still linger. Can we afford not to hear each other out as we evaluate our Middle East policies? Should Palestinians not be allowed to speak unless their erstwhile audience gets to tell them what to say? What, then, is the point of a conversation? What is the alternative to conversation?

What is so unspeakably wrong with saying that justice, secularism, tolerance and equality of citizens — rather than privileges granted on the basis of religion — should be among the values of a state?

Saree Makdisi is a professor of English literature at UCLA.


Tracking efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy.

Thu 5 Jun 2008

Politics and Prose owner reverses position, reinvites Edward Said's nephew

Posted by Cecilie Surasky under Publishing

We may never know the true back story behind the beloved Politics and Prose DC-based bookstore owner Carla Cohen's decision to invite Palestinian-American professor Dr. Sari Makdisi, then disinvite him because of his political positions, and then invite him again.

To be fair, there may be no back story, which makes Carla Cohen's ultimate decision to admit she made a mistake and embrace him all the more laudable. But it is apparently a fact that the independent bookstore already had to endure hate mail from some members of Cohen's (and our) Jewish community for, well, acting like an independent bookstore and welcoming a free exchange of ideas on Israel-Palestine.

It is almost certain that she will get many more because of her reversal on Makdisi. Do make sure to let her know she did the right thing. Email:

Grace Said, the late Edward Said's sister, and aunt of UCLA English professor Dr. Makdisi, had this to say to Cohen:

It is with sadness that I write to inform you that I have decided to
cancel my membership at Politics and Prose, effective immediately. I
have always been a supporter of independent bookstores. Politics and
Prose, in particular, seemed to be the place for me. Visiting your
store was always pleasant; the atmosphere, choice of books, the
friendliness and knowledge of the staff, and the coffee shop have
always made it a plus for me, and I am sure, for many others.

However, I was quite appalled to hear that you chose not to follow
through with your invitation to Dr. Saree Makdisi, whose book,
Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation describes the effect of
the Israeli occupation on the lives of ordinary Palestinians. It is
precisely this kind of book that needs to be promoted in the US, where
the mainstream media and political pundits have deliberately avoided
any discussion of the hardships endured by the Palestinians under

I know Makdisi's writing from the LA Times where he is a frequent contributor, writing hard-hitting and incisive commentary about the conflict, and most recently, the idea that a two-state solution is no longer possible. It's the kind of analysis one typically doesn't find in US papers, but which is increasingly finding a home in corporate-owned publications, making Cohen's cold feet all the more surprising.

Cohen responded to Grace Said's note by explaining:

I have been very active — and my husband even more so — in trying to
have the U.S. intervene with Israel to end the occupation of the West
Bank. I was recently in Israel and saw and heard about the
heartbreaking effects of Israel's policies vis-à-vis travel,
employment, and so on. I came back very discouraged about Israel's
political ability to break through the impasse. The way to end the
occupation lies with the U.S. I want to make the case with American
Jews and with American politicians to press Israel to end the

I guarantee that nobody will listen to me if I am seen as promoting a
book whose only way out of the present situation is a one-state
solution. One state means the end of Israel as a democratic and Jewish
state. I do not believe that should happen. I am placing all of my
energies on promoting within the American Jewish community a practical
solution that involves respecting the legitimate needs of Israelis and
Palestinians and treating with empathy those on both sides.

It's hard to fathom how offering a space for independent political thought would threaten the possibility of Middle East peace. In fact, the topic of Makdisi's book is life under occupation, not, the one-state solution. But his most recent op-ed in the LA Times is worth reading because he puts forth a view increasingly held by many people (and rejected by many as well, including Norman Finkelstein) that the one-state solution is the only option left. Because of the actions of people who want to see Israel destroyed? No, but rather, due to Israel's own actions. He argues that the ceaseless project of appropriating Palestinian land and building Jewish-only houses on it has made a contiguous Palestinian state simply impossible. Is this an analysis that would isolate Politics and Prose from the liberal, anti-occupation Jewish community? It's sad to think it could.

After probably more than a few letters like Said's, a Politics and Prose friend told us late yesterday: "Carla Cohen reinvited the author back to Politics and Prose, and admitted that she was wrong. She does want to make sure that there is open dialogue/debate at the bookstore. She reaffirmed that she wants the bookstore to continue to be a place where people hear diverse opinions and people make their own decisions."

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Sonics--Louie, Louie--1960 sounds like 1980 Punk/Hard Corehx


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Taping Ray
by Nicholas Maravell

I attended a friend's bad taste theme party one evening during the
winter of 1982. Thinking there might be something interesting
happening I lugged along a dinosaur of a reel-to-reel video recorder.
Unfortunately, I never could get the old machine to work as the night
was cold and it had stayed in my car too long. It was at this party
that I met Ray Johnson.

Creative party favors were given out to everyone there and in my
surprise package were small rolls of silver adhesive tape. At some
point after meeting Ray, it seemed to me the correct thing to do was
to wrap adhesive tape around him. I also wrapped tape around myself
and several of the other guests. While video taping didn't occur that
night, I was able to adhesive tape Ray.

The first time I did successfully video record Ray was five years
later in 1987. He and I had run into each other at a New Year's Party
and, as always, it was so interesting to talk with him. Realizing that
these moments would come and go I mentioned that I had recently
purchased some better quality video equipment. I then asked Ray if he
would be interested in being recorded, to which he agreed.

A friend, Nadine Palumbo, helped with the first video tapings
scheduled just days later at Hofstra University where I was then
teaching. Ray arrived with a cardboard box full of artwork and I
brought the video equipment which included a television monitor that
we kept on live throughout the recordings. Drawings and collages were
documented first, and in no time, we realized what more could be done
with video based upon seeing Ray on the screen.

During the year and a half that followed, Ray organized fifteen more
video sessions. For these meetings, he and I would go to specific
locations pertinent to the nature of each video. Ray always had
something in mind to tape and we were always open to allowing whatever
else might happen to be included as part of the recordings.

With great care I tried to take images of him that accurately showed
him as he wished to be recorded.

Not long after Ray's death, public interest in these videos began to
develop as I had a collection of the few recordings of him to exist.
An edited Sampler tape, a compilation sampling of all of my video
material, was presented at Ray's Memorial at the Friends Meeting House
in Manhattan, N.Y. on April 29, 1995. The Sampler was then shown at
Jonas Mekas' Anthology Film Archives two months later on June 17 and
18, 1995. In addition, several minutes were continuously played at
Ray's 1999 Whitney Retrospective. Over four minutes of these videos
were included in the 2003 Andrew Moore and John Walter documentary
film "How to Draw a Bunny". After this experience, my friend Bob
Rodger suggested we make available the entire seven plus hour video
collection to help give a more complete sense of Ray's presence.

This idea motivated me to organize the original VHS tapes I had of Ray
by importing them into a computer. Once there, I added subtle fade
ins, fade outs, and informative titles that included the dates and
locations of each recording. Digitizing the material also made it
possible for me to clean up the audio and picture quality. I was
pleased that I could do all of these video procedures myself as I felt
it my responsibility to preserve the artistic nature of what I had
recorded with Ray. The next step was to copy everything to dvds and
make them available through the website that Bob so brilliantly
created. Without Bob Rodger's great help and vision, the entirety of
these recordings would still be relatively unknown.

Monday, June 09, 2008

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Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 12:14:40 +0200
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LA CAJA DE LOS TRUENOS Una edición que conmemora el 25 aniversario del COLECTIVO ALCANDORIA se ha convertido en un TOP MANTA

Como si fuera un TOP MANTA, las cajas se depositaron sobre una tela colocada sobre el césped, y cada uno de los autores que participan en ella fueron recogiendo un ejemplar. En su interior, se encontraba el tarjetón proyectado por Salvador, con la fotografía de Franciska, y realizada por Paqui Galán, Maxi Ferrero y Amalia Sánchez, del Archivo Gráfico Gómez-Aguayo, dentro de las actividades que desarrolla el Colectivo Alcandoria, con la Nevera Portátil.
Dentro, se van acumulando las obras de Manuel Acedo, Carmelo Arribas, Juan Manuel Barrado, Blas Barroso, José Bueyes, Victoria Caballero,Manuel Calderón, José Luis Coch, Antonio Gómez, Joaquín Gómez, Jimber, Pura Martínez, Juan Ricardo Montaña, Juan Carlos Núñez, Carmen Palacios, Arturo Portillo, Javier Seco, Rosa Mª Lencero, Manuela Martínez, Daniel Molina, Elías Moro, Emilia Oliva, Yolanda Pérez, Petra Portillo, y Juan Villalobos.Julio César Fuster, concejal de Cultura, e Ignacio Sánchez Amor, hombre que ha demostrado en otras ocasiones un buen talante intelectual, acompañaron a los creadores en la entrega. Los autores ya están pensando en las próximas realizaciones, porque aunque parezca una paradoja, la creatividad no se puede encerrar en una Caja aunque esta sea de Truenos.


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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Checkpoint 303 Live Electronica in AUSTRALIA & more news--With links to Great Music On Line

Check out Checkpoint 303--
one of my favorites--unique and amazing band of musicians--

music created via live recordings in Ramallah--added to and mixed linking to musicians in North Africa and Paris-

mixes include poetry and singing of historic Palestinian Poets and singers--and Om Kalsoum--

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I. English
II. Français

____________________________________English //

Dear Friends,

1) Spreading the noise // Checkpoint 303 live electronic sets in Australia
CP-303 announces 3 Live set in Sydney and Melbourne : 

Sat. 14.06.08 :: CP-303 @ The Hutch :: The Electronic Flying Carpet Ride
CP-303 live with DJs Gemma, Stu Buchanan, Mashy P from the Uber Lingua crew & special guests. Location : 12 Hutchinson St, St Peters, Sydney. Begin: 7 pm / Cost: 6$ //  more info at Uber Lingua :

Thur. 19.06.08 :: CP-303 @ The Laundry
CP-303 live set at the weekly post-world Uber Lingua night with DJs Mondo Loco (retro Turk duo), Rashid BB, Sakamoiz, bP, VJs Square Eyes, Siadatz & Underbelly. Location : 50 Johnston St, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Begin : 7 pm //  more info at Uber Lingua :

Sat. 21.06.08 :: Icicles & Raindrops Carnival :: Melbourne Alternative Indy Festival
CP-303 will perform an electronic experimental set at this year's Icicles & Raindrops Carnival / Winter Festival
Location : 251 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne. Showtime : 8h40.

The CP-303 flyer is attached. Help us spread the word to friends in Australia.

2) Catch CP-303 On AIR in Australia

# FBI Radio 94.5 FM (Sydney)
Sat. June 14th, 12h-14h with Anna Burns. // Chat & live performance. Tune in live at

# PBS Radio 106.7 FM (Melbourne)
Fri. June 20th, 22h-24h // The Global Urban Show with co-host Sakamoiz.
Talk and global beats from the arabic and palestinian electronic underworld, making noise for peace and justice. Tune in live at

3) From Tunis to Tokyo // Checkpoint 303 live in Tunisia and in Japan this summer

Checkpoint 303 will be announcing more shows soon including a concert in Carthage (Tunisia) on June 28th. The full live CP-303 set will include SC MoCha, SC Yosh, Miss K Sushi and Mehdi Douss. The gig is part of the electronic music festival entitled «Festival Echos Sonores de Tunis » (F.E.S.T). More live CP-303 electronic sets will take place in Tokyo in August. More details soon.

4) Free Gaza Movement: :: Sailing to Gaza

Free Gaza is a direct action project that chooses nonviolent civil resistance against the unjust policies of occupation. The Free Gaza Movement is planning to break the Siege by sailing to Gaza in August to declare solidarity with the Palestinians.
Sailing to Gaza :
Current events // June 7 // Fundraiser for The Free Gaza Movement. A night of hip-hop, activism and the spoken word (Mark Gonzalez, Nizar Wattad, Omar Chakaki etc.). Side Bar, Glendale, CA 91202, USA.
For more information and donations check out the Free Gaza Movement site:

5) "My Name is Rachel Corrie" now staging in Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney, Australia

(Production opened 14th May 2008)
"My Name is Rachel Corrie" is a play based on the diaries and emails of the American peace activist Rachel Corrie. Corrie was a 23-year-old American and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who went to aid Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. In March 2003 Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while she was attempting to block the demolition of the home of a Palestinian doctor in the Gaza town of Rafah.
More information about the play on wikipedia :
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice :
The Meaning of Rachel Corrie : Of Dignity and Solidarity, By Edward Said :
"Democracy Now" discussion on the cancellation of « My Name is Rachel Corrie » by the NYTW :

For more information please check out our website and myspace :

To get on the official CP-303 mailing list, go here :

It's not just about peace, it's about a just peace.
- Checkpoint 303 / Hajiz 303

____________________________________Français //

Chers amis,

1) Des sons pour une paix juste // Checkpoint 303 sets electro en Australie

CP-303 est heureux d'annoncer que 3 performances sont prévues à Sydney et à Melbourne les 19, 20 et 21 juin, 2008 :

Samedi 14.06.08 :: CP-303 @ The Hutch :: The Electronic Flying Carpet Ride
CP-303 live avec DJs Gemma, Stu Buchanan, Mashy P de Uber Lingua & invités. Lieu : 12 Hutchinson St, St Peters, Sydney. Début: 7 pm / Paf: 6$. .// + d'info sur Uber Lingua :

Jeudi 19.06.08 :: CP-303 @ The Laundry
CP-303 live set au RDV hebdomadaire post-world résidence Uber Lingua avec DJs Mondo Loco (retro Turk duo), Rashid BB, Sakamoiz, bP, les VJs Square Eyes, Siadatz & Underbelly. Lieu: 50 Johnston St, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Début: 7 pm // +
d'info sur Uber Lingua :

Samedi 21.06.08 :: Icicles & Raindrops Carnival :: Festival musique électro & alternative à Melbourne.
CP-303 se produira en live électro + vidéo dans le cadre du Icicles & Raindrops Carnival. Lieu : 251 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne. Début : 8h40

Vous trouverez en p-j le flyer CP-303 en Australie. N'hésitez pas à diffuser l'info à vos amis en Australie.

2) CP-303 invité sur les ondes de radios australiennes

# FBI Radio 94.5 FM (Sydney)
Samedi 14 juin, 12h-14h avec Anna Burns. Discussion et performance. Vous pouvez nous écouter en direct sur at

# PBS Radio 106.7 FM (Melbourne)
Fri. June 20th, 22h-24h // The Global Urban Show avec Sakamoiz. Entretien et musique électro-arabe
. Au menu un mix electro-oriental, downtempo & breakbeats, trip-hop de la Palestine et des sons pour une paix juste...Ecoutez en direct sur
3) De Tunis à Tokyo // Checkpoint 303 en concert en Tunisie et au Japan cet été.

Checkpoint 303 sera en concert à l'acropolium de Carthage (Tunisie) le 28 juin. Le line-up de CP-303 sera contitué de SC MoCha, SC Yosh, Miss K Sushi et de Mehdi Douss. Ce concert fait partie de la programmation du «Festival Echos Sonores de Tunis » (F.E.S.T). Par ailleurs,  CP-303 se produira à Tokyo en août. Plus d'info sur ces concerts très bientôt, c'est promis.

4) Free Gaza Movement: :: En bateau pour Gaza

Free Gaza est un projet d'action directe qui choisi la résistence civile non-violente comme réaction à l'injustice de l'occupation. Le mouvement « Free Gaza »  de le blocus de Gaza en essayant de s'y rendre par bateau en été 2008 en signe de solidarité avec le peuple palestinien.
Sailing to Gaza :  (entretien en anglais)
Evénement // juin 7 // Soirée de charité « Free Gaza Movement ». Une nuit de hip-hop, activisme, slam et poésie (Mark Gonzalez, Nizar Wattad, Omar Chakaki etc.) pour lever des fonds pour le projet « Sailing to Gaza », au Side Bar, Glendale, CA 91202, USA.
Pour plus d'informations ou pour faires un don rendez-vous sur le site du Free Gaza Movement:

5) La pièce "Mon nom est Rachel Corrie" à l'affiche au Belvoir St Theatre à Sydney en Australie  (début de la production 14 mai 2008).

"Mon nom est Rachel Corrie" est une pièce basée sur la vie et les mots d'une militante Américaine de 23 ans qui a péri à Gaza le 16 mars 2003 tuée par un bulldozer de l'armée israélienne. Après avoir été jouée à guichets fermés au Royal Court, la pièce a été censurée à New York en 2006.

Plus d'information sur Rachel Corrie :
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice :
Dignité et Solidarité, par Edward Said (traduction française par Olivier Roy)

Pour plus d'info :

Pour vous inscrire à notre newsletter RDV ici :

Ce n'est pas juste une question de paix, mais une question de paix juste.

- Checkpoint 303 / Hajiz 303

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