Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

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

Free Leonard Peltier

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

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

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

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

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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

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

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


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

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

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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 02, 2008

The Ongoing Persecution of Sami al-Arian By ALEXANDER COCKBURN

The Ongoing Persecution of Sami al-Arian


There are few prospects in the justice system so grimly awful as when the feds decide never to let go. Rebuffed in their persecutions of some target by juries, or by contrary judges, they shift ground, betray solemn agreements, dream up new stratagems to exhaust their victims, drive them into bankruptcy, despair and even suicide. They have all the money and all the time in the world.

BOEK 861 Updates: Arrest Of War Criminal Karazic & Dr Padin's Sexology Therapy (cure for Erectile Dysfuntion) & Many More New Calls

Click to the Site link for many more Calls, Updates, News from July 2008
Note--Boek 861 also has a great deal of the Site translated into English if you can't read in Spanish--

Briefly, (this just a rough summary) the note below reads ;

With the arrest of Radovan Karadzic on a bus in Belgrade by Serbian Intelligence, and his being held for questioning in the War Crimes Tribunal in Belgrade on charges of Genocide and War Crimes committed during the Civil War in Bosnia----
(Since this message was posted, he was transferred to The Hague)

Now is the time to recall that 1300 Mail Art works in a Traveling Exhibition organized by Colectivo Musicas por La Paz & El Taller del Sol had been shown at Sarajevo as the first exhibition to appear at the end of the Civil War

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 21:14:17 +0200
Subject: [Fwd: terapia sexologica del Dr. Padin] /ultimas noticias boek861


Arrestan al criminal de guerra Radovan Karadzic en Serbia
  • Está acusado de genocidio y otros crímenes cometidos durante la guerra civil de Bosnia
  • Su abogado asegura que fue detenido el viernes pasado en un autobús cerca de Belgrado
  • Las autoridades serbias comunicaron que fue detenido por los servicios de inteligencia
  • Ha sido interrogado por la sala de Crímenes de Guerra del Tribunal de Belgrado

Subject: Nueva Performance de Clemente Padín´s New Performance
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 14:20:34 -0300


                 MALE clinic

La Eyaculación Precoz
Se cura con 1 sesión de tratamiento

(ver al final del comunicado)

Precocious Sexual Emission
is cured in an session
 (see at final of release)



                 SEX´n SEX



 La performance de Clemente Padín, Sex´n Sex, se ofrecerá en la Colección Engelman Ost de Montevideo, en Rondeau 1426, entre Colonia y Mercedes, el Martes 5 de Agosto de 2008, en el marco de EROTICA RODELUcon la curaduría de Clío Bugel y Fernando López Lage. La muestra se extenderá hasta el 22 de agosto de lunes a viernes de 16 a 19 hs.


Le acompañarán Magela Ferrero (fotografía), Federico Rubio (fotografía), Cecilia Vignolo (fotografía), Carolina Comas (fotografía), Patricia Bentancur (video), Angela López (instalación), Sergio Porro (pintura), Alejandro Cesarco (vinilo), Carolina Besuievsky (danza) y Silvia Meyer (música).  






 The Clemente Padín´s performance, Sex´n Sex, will offer in the Collection Engelman Ost of Montevideo, in Rondeau 1426, Mars 5 August,2008, in the frame of EROTICA RODELU, of the curators Clío Bugel and Fernando López Lage. The pattern will extend until August 22, Monday to Friday from 16 to 19 hs.

Magela Ferrero (photography), Blonde Federico (photography), Cecilia Vignolo (photography), Carolina Comas (photography), Patrician Bentancur (video), Angela López (installation), Sergio Lummox (painting), Cesarco Alexander (vinyl), Carolina Besuievsky (dance) and Silvia Meyer (music) will accompany Padín. 



 El punto de partida es el mito de Eros y Psique, como arquetipo colectivo que se manifiesta de múltiples maneras –y siempre, más allá de la especificidad o la conciencia de esa fuerza- en la anecdótica y la creación de los/as artistas contemporáneos. Los rasgos característicos de esta búsqueda – encuentro plagado de dificultades entre el deseo y su concreción o realización en sentido fuerte- son la fugacidad, la intangibilidad y el "anuncio" de la dimensión trascendente y circunstancial que implica la fusión de la divinidad (Eros, hijo de Afrodita) y lo humano (Psique). Precisamente, lo esencial de toda percepción erótica –por oposición al impulso tanático o destructor- es la creación, el proceso vital y vivificante de la creación, artística en este caso.







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REPUGNO SELECTS Issue No. 1 is Here



Issue No.1 contains (in this order)
Scott MacLeod
James Sanders
David-Baptiste Chirot
Author Links, &
Issue No.2's CALL FOR WORK


IMPORTANT: This magazine is for documenting poetic work in the public sphere or work given away/left in public. I do not wish to see page-based work for the most part - exceptions are possible - but not that easy to imagine
* VISUAL POETRY for me has to connect to text, readability is not necessary, but language is required (no matter how degraded).
* ARTFULNESS I appreciate careful technique, a painterly eye, work that doesn't sacrifice some kind of discipline, but, I also thrive on accidents.
* THE HAND IN THE WORK. So much work is computer-based now that I find myself liking the handmade or hand-assisted works, they're consistently more real for me.
* B/W-ish i tend in the direction of black and white and appreciate those who can use just enough color or who let the colors of the materials carry the weight. Monochromes. Sepia. A starkness that has impact.

This is a very welcome & exciting & refreshingly  unusual Visual Poetry Journal, as it is interested in work made by hand and also work AS IT EXISTS IN THE WORLD.

One of the paradoxes of the Internet is that is an excellent means by which to "bring to light" works which point one back to the WORLD, that Time & War Torn & Worn site/sight/cite which all too often vanishes in Word, Page & Screen.

The disintegrating order of things, "the world as we see it is passing," calls out for not simply "being in touch," but actual touch, the real meaning of Haptic.

Works exist in the public sphere  in disintegrations from the conformities of "signage," and the forms of tourism & consumerism it engenders. Yet, rather than seeing and working with the teeming dilapidation of languages which are actively generating emerging colors, lines, sounds,  the eyes trained by signages remain within their "sphere of influence." 
 Aestheticized, these "signages" become "seen as art," because they are "already framed as art" and so one "discovers" one's immediate environment as having the same "art" qualities as "photos  in magazines," ads themsemselves modeled on "art" in "art photos" and paintings. Making the circuit of one's neighborhood, one makes a circuit of "art images," happily noticing how much like other "art" which one has seen they indeed are.
To discover one lives in a a magazine/gallery world makes one feel one is indeed leading an aethetic existence.
Who knows, perhaps instead of being an "artist," one is actaully becoming an "art object" one's self, and so is begining to accrue value by the moment.  Does it not seem at times that one is indeed moving along among various monuments, statues, plaques which have come to occupy the place of good old so-and-so?
Meanwhile, the dirty old world which is falling apart all around one, and in that falling apart is emerging each instant as a part of something other than it just was--that dirty ceaselessly teeming old world is going unseen, even though its particles begin to dirty the surfaces of the monuments and statues.
To me, what makes Repugno so exciting and challenging to go ever farther into these particles that are a part of and not apart from one's existence, continually touching one with a call to touch back and with it in response, in collaboartion--
is that it is aware of and interested in the continually generative emergence of distintegrations, the disintegrations into emergences, of negentropy and working with negentropy in collaboration.

To me, a very happy event!  And my deep Thanks!--db Chirot
"La Mano de l'Ojo, l'Ojo de la Mano"

Video: US Contractors Teaching Mexican Police Torture techniques

Mexico's War

Must Watch - Al Jazeera - Video Documentary

US contractors teaching torture techniques to Mexican Police.

Mohammed Omer's Latest Article with Links & Videos re Omer & other Palestinian Journalist- "Truth and Consequences Under the Israeli Occupation"

Mohammed Omer - Truth and Consequences Under the Israeli Occupation


PA Preventive Security Police arrests Hebron Journalist

Posted: 29 Jul 2008 04:10 PM CDT

Hebron: Occupied Palestinian Territories
By Nour Amir in Jerusalem
The Palestinian Authority (PA) Preventive Security Force (PSF) on Tuesday arrested Awadh Rajoub, a Hebron-area journalist, apparently as part of a general crackdown on non-conformist journalists and intellectuals.

Mohammed Omer: Palestinian Journalist Tortured by Israelis Talks (Video in 2 Parts)
Part One:

Part Two:

From triumph to torture
Israel's treatment of an award-winning young Palestinian journalist is part of a terrible pattern
John Pilger
Wednesday July 2 2008
The Guardian

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Lift Travel Restrictions on Palestinian Journalist


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To:  Israeli and Palestinian Authorities

Palestinian journalist Khalid Amayreh, who lives in the West Bank, has been invited to attend a media conference in Germany. As required, he set about to request all of the necessary travel documents, including a visa that needs to be granted from the German representative office in Ramallah. After routine questioning regarding his political affiliations, it was not only determined that he was not a member of any party, nor formally associated with any organisation, but it was clear that he had never been arrested or detained by Israeli authorities. Mr Amayreh was granted an entry visa to Germany. However, the Israeli military authorities have refused to give him a permit to leave the West Bank. No Palestinian can travel abroad without receiving such a permit beforehand, otherwise he or she would be turned back once arriving at the Israeli-controlled border terminal at the Allenby Bridge.

continue reading at the link

Thanks to Palestinian Think Tank Digest for the articles and links



PLUS: Kenneth Ring, PhD
The Ordeal of Mohammed Omer

We are used to hearing about the hazards, often fatal, of being a journalist these days. Everyone is familiar with accounts of courageous Russian journalists who have been assassinated and of course with stories of war correspondents who have been killed or gravely wounded in the course of reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan. But what about the dangers of just being a Palestinian journalist who is simply trying to return to his own hometown in Gaza after being abroad?

Consider the case of a twenty-four-year-old reporter named Mohammed Omer.

Some background first: For the past six years Mohammed has been covering and reporting on the situation in Gaza and has published his articles in various periodicals in Europe, for the Inter Press Service News Agency and The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. His articles have received much recognition and several awards, including, most recently, the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, which was presented to Mohammed in a special ceremony in London in June, 2008 – about which more in a moment.

Mohammed and his family, like many Palestinians, have suffered greatly because of the circumstances under which they live in Gaza. He himself was nearly killed by a bulldozer in the course of photographing the demolition of a neighbor's house and one of his brothers did lose his life as a teenager as a result of being shot by Israel Defense Forces on his way home from school. Another brother was shot in the leg, which had to be amputated. Mohammed's father has spent eleven years in Israeli prisons where torture, as is well known, is common. And in March, 2003, Mohammed returned to his home after school to find that he had it been demolished by an Israeli bulldozer. All his family's possessions – books, photographs, all his own notebooks, everything – were obliterated, and he and his family suddenly found themselves homeless.

It is not an unusual family story for people living in Gaza; on the contrary, one hears accounts like this all the time from the lips of Palestinians.

Now fast-forward to June, 2008. Mohammed has recently received word that he is to be a co-recipient of the Martha Gellhorn Prize. For this, he must get to London, but, as you know, it is not easy for any Gazan to leave the prison that Gaza has become under the unrelenting Israeli siege. Only after strenuous diplomatic efforts over several weeks by Dutch officials and a prize-winning Australian journalist living in England was it possible for Mohammed to leave Gaza to receive his award. While in Europe, Mohammed also spoke in Sweden, the Netherlands and Greece about his work, in addition to making a very moving acceptance speech in London during the ceremonies for the Gellhorn Prize.

Continue reading at the link

Mohammed Omer - Truth and Consequences Under the Israeli Occupation

Mohammed Omer - Truth and Consequences Under the Israeli Occupation PLUS Kenneth Ring: the Ordeal of Mohammed Omer

Posted: 01 Aug 2008 05:51 PM CDT

From The Nation
I am a Palestinian journalist from Gaza. At the age of 17, I armed myself with a camera and a pen, committed to report accurately on events in Gaza. I have filed reports as Israeli fighter jets bombed Gaza City. I have interviewed mothers as they watched their children die in hospitals unequipped to serve them because of Israel's embargo. I have been recognized for my reporting, even in the United States and United Kingdom, where I have won two international awards. I have also been beaten and tortured by Israeli soldiers.

This summer, at age 24, I was honored to learn that I had become the youngest journalist to receive the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, named for the famed American war reporter and awarded to journalists who counter propaganda with the truth. Although Israel has sealed Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinians in what many now call the world's largest open-air prison, Dutch MP Hans Van Baalen lobbied the Israeli government to let me leave Gaza to receive my award in person. Upon my return from London, I was surrounded by Israeli security officers. I was stripped naked at gunpoint, interrogated, kicked and beaten for more than four hours. At one point I fainted and then awakened to fingernails gouging at the flesh beneath my eyes. An officer crushed my neck beneath his boot and pressed my chest into the floor. Others took turns kicking and pinching me, laughing all the while. They dragged me by my feet, sweeping my head through my own vomit. I lost consciousness. I was told later that they transferred me to a hospital only when they thought I might die.

Today, I have difficulty breathing. I have abrasions and scratches on my chest and neck. My hands don't function well; typing is difficult. My doctor informed me that due to nerve damage from one kick, I may be unable to father children and will need to have an operation.

Israeli attacks on journalists are not new; nor are they rare. In April, Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana was killed by fire from an Israeli tank. He was in a car, clearly marked as press. According to Amnesty International, "Fadel Shana appears to have been killed deliberately although he was a civilian taking no part in attacks on Israel's forces."

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Israeli military's widespread "abusive behavior" of Palestinian journalists. And the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that journalists covering Israeli military actions in the West Bank and Gaza "contend with perennial abuses at the hands of Israeli forces." In 2007 alone, Israeli soldiers shot photographers from Agence France-Presse, Al-Ayyam newspaper and Al-Aqsa TV. The television cameraman, Imad Ghanem, fell to the ground when wounded. Israeli forces then shot him twice more in the legs. Both of his legs have been amputated.

Could it be that despite their tanks, fighter planes and nuclear arsenal, Israel is threatened by our cameras and computers, which give the world access to images and information about their military occupation of Palestinians? Indeed, this month a Palestinian girl filmed an Israeli soldier shooting a blindfolded Palestinian at point blank range with a rubber bullet. The video aired widely, on CNN, NBC News and the BBC, among other media outlets.

Although Palestinians face this violence daily, the images and our stories rarely travel beyond our borders. Israel seems intent on hiding its oppression of Palestinians under its rule–including its dual system of laws, one giving civil, political and social rights to Israelis, and the other denying those rights to Palestinians living under occupation. This system allows Jewish settlers in the West Bank to enjoy freedom of movement and access to healthcare and education, while Palestinian children in Gaza die of curable illnesses because hospitals have run out of medicine.

Martha Gellhorn brought to light atrocities committed in World War II and in the Vietnam War. In her tradition, I remain committed to accurate reporting from Gaza today. For this I may suffer lifelong consequences. But I hold on to the hope that Americans–as well as journalists worldwide–will impress upon Israel the need to respect the rights of reporters. Freedom of speech and a free press are hallmarks of any democracy. I am proud to call myself a Palestinian and a journalist. The might of the Israeli military will not silence my pen or darken my camera lens.



PLUS: Kenneth Ring, PhD
The Ordeal of Mohammed Omer

Friday, August 01, 2008

Wal-Mart Telling Employees How to Vote


Wal-Mart Is Telling Employees How to Vote

"I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote."
     —Wal-Mart customer service supervisor from Missouri

Tell Wal-Mart executives to stop abusing their power and intimidating their employees.

Today marks a new low for Wal-Mart. No, not low prices; low and dirty anti-worker tactics. We've known for years that Wal-Mart has violated labor and anti-discrimination laws and ruthlessly fought efforts by its workers to form unions.

And now, according to The Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart is so intimidated by the very possibility of a unionized workforce that its supervisors have been holding mandatory meetings essentially telling employees to vote against Democrats and Sen. Barack Obama this November.  
Wal-Mart is taking this outrageous step because the Democrats and Barack Obama have committed to pass the Employee Free Choice Act to restore workers' freedom to form unions and bargain for fair wages, health care, decent working conditions and a real voice on the job. All of America's workers have the right to freely decide whom to vote for independent of employer pressure and intimidation.
Tell Wal-Mart to stop intimidating workers TODAY!
Wal-Mart's reported actions are just one piece of a large and well-organized effort by corporate America to continue exploiting America's workers by preventing them from forming unions. With our economy struggling and workers' wages stagnant, it is critical that we fight workplace intimidation and other heavy-handed corporate tactics. CEOs and Big Business already have too much influence in our political system and telling their employees whom to vote for is simply unacceptable.
Corporate giants like Wal-Mart have been suppressing workers' wages and passing along health care costs to hardworking taxpayers like you for years. Wal-Mart executives are getting rich, while we're being left behind. They understand what is at stake in this election, and so do we—a real voice at work for:
  • Fair pay;
  • Health care for all;
  • Equal treatment;
  • Safe workplaces; and
  • A secure retirement.
And Wal-Mart is ready to use its incredible corporate power as America's largest private employer to corrupt the political system to safeguard its profits.
Tell Wal-Mart you reject its unfair and immoral workplace intimidation.
Thanks for your support.
In solidarity,
Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
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; ========================================
> Un llamado de alerta
> ========================================
> El Centro Cultural Recoleta es una institución esencial de Buenos
> Aires, que se ha ido construyendo con la participación activa de los
> ciudadanos, artistas y todos los demás actores que impulsan la febril
> actividad cultural de la ciudad.
> Eso fue posible porque a lo largo de muchos años los directores que lo
> condujeron supieron asumir y comprender que existía un objetivo común
> entre la gestión pública, el acto creativo y la integración con la
> comunidad. Esa continuidad de objetivos y protagonistas hizo que el
> CCR se haya consolidado como un espacio de referencia nacional e
> internacional.
> Con el paso de los años, el CCR fue profesionalizando sus equipos de
> trabajo, de manera tal de poder ir dando respuestas a las diversas y
> más actuales exigencias de las diferentes manifestaciones artísticas
> contemporáneas. Han pasado por él los artistas más reconocidos de la
> escena nacional e internacional, tanto en artes visuales como en artes
> escénicas, música, cine, video, literatura, danza, cursos y todas las
> disciplinas artísticas actuales.
> Hoy debemos poner de manifiesto nuestra preocupación por el futuro de
> esta institución, en manos de gestores que desconocen y tienden a
> arrasar de manera irresponsable su historia, su cultura institucional,
> su personal, su estructura organizativa y todo lo que representa,
> tanto para la ciudad como para los artistas.
> En tal sentido, denunciamos que:
> Se está desmantelando la estructura que sostiene su normal
> funcionamiento bastardeando el organigrama del CCR. La actual
> Dirección General toma a su cargo áreas que estaban a cargo de jefes
> de departamento y direcciones específicas, dejando sin autoridad a
> jefes y directores, destruyendo la cadena de jerarquías y la
> organización de la institución, donde trabajan 200 empleados de la
> ciudad.
> La arbitrariedad, autoritarismo, maltrato y prepotencia permanente por
> parte de la actual Dirección, ha generado que emigre del Centro
> Cultural Recoleta el personal más formado del mismo, desmantelándose
> de esta manera los equipos de trabajo que con gran esfuerzo se fueron
> gestando en el CCR a lo largo de los años y que permitieron mantener
> una política de continuidad en la institución.
> Espacios como el archivo digital, recurso histórico de registro e
> investigación que fue un logro para el CCR, hoy está en manos de una
> sola empleada y totalmente devaluado en su función.
> El espacio literario, unánimemente celebrado al momento de su
> creación, ya no existe.
> El Cedip, otro de los espacios de investigación cuya creación demandó
> un esfuerzo enorme de la institución, y que ha contado con
> invalorables aportes de teóricos y artistas para contribuir a su
> consolidación y sostén, se encuentra hoy en una situación de anomia y
> desinterés por parte de las autoridades.
> Se trata lisa y llanamente de una estrategia de acumulación de poder
> en una persona, siendo que una institución como el CCR, necesita, por
> el contrario, fortalecer la diversidad en sus distintos niveles de
> gestión. O bien de un principio de un vaciamiento, que empieza por el
> embate contra el personal, para avanzar posteriormente contra el
> espíritu mismo del CCR, a sus políticas generales y contenidos,
> apelando a una mezcolanza de argumentos populistas, bajo la aparente
> preocupación por diseñar el Centro según un sesgo menos "elitista"
> aspecto que jamás ha sostenido.
> Esta falacia oculta intencionadamente el hecho de que el CCR es un
> espacio naturalmente democrático e igualitario, que siempre ha
> exhibido una marcada vocación por la mayor apertura posible, puesta
> ahora en duda, de mala fe, por funcionarios improvisados, ensayando
> convocatorias carnavalescas que sólo generan confusión, impunidad y
> maltrato, con el argumento falaz de "abrir el centro para todos".
> Por ejemplo, se proponen y celebran desde la institución experiencias
> como "Recoleta Comparte", basada en otorgar paredes por orden de
> llegada, ¿Es eso una propuesta cultural? Que se le está ofreciendo a
> la comunidad?
> El CCR debe, entre sus funciones, legitimar con su aval de
> profesionalidad todas las actividades que en él se realizan. En la
> historia del CCR, muchas veces se han caído exposiciones y nunca se
> realizó una propuesta cuya selección previa dependiera de una suerte
> de azaroso voluntarismo salvaje disfrazado de apertura democrática, ya
> que el CCR resguardó siempre la calidad de lo que se exhibía, dando a
> la vez oportunidades a emergentes y consagrados.
> Reiteramos nuestra preocupación al ver cómo día a día se va devastando
> un espacio que nos ha llenado de orgullo, para verlo transformado en
> un coto de inoperancia y de ruina cultural que va mas allá de lo
> ideológico porque termina sosteniéndose desde un autoritarismo vacío
> de contenidos.
> Por todo esto hacemos un crítico llamado de atención a toda la
> comunidad cultural y artística de la Ciudad en resguardo y defensa de
> la mayor institución cultural de Buenos Aires.
> ============================================================
> ============================================================

THE BROOD --great garage female band from Maine


David-Baptiste Chirot, "Cinema of Catharsis"

Posted by mg on July 28, 2008

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"SS Liberty" Sails to to Challenge Israel

"Forty-one years after the American surveillance ship USS Liberty was napalmed, torpedoed and strafed by Israeli naval and air forces during the Six-Day War, another "Liberty" will be setting out from a Cyprus port in August to try to break through the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip."

'SS Liberty' Sails to Challenge Israel

'SS Liberty' Sails to Challenge Israel
Forty-one years after the American surveillance ship USS Liberty was napalmed, torpedoed and strafed by Israeli naval and air forces during the Six-Day War, another "Liberty" will be setting out from a Cyprus port in August to try to break through the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The "SS Liberty" is one of two ships -- along with "SS Free Gaza" -- that will be carrying an international group opposed to Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israel imposed the blockade just over a year ago.

Karin Pally, a spokeswoman in Los Angeles for the group Free Gaza Movement, said the ship was named in honor of 34 Sailors and Marines killed in the attack and to help bring the Gaza issue home to Americans.

Jim Ennes, an officer aboard the original Liberty and author of the book Assault on the Liberty said he was invited to take part in the protest sailing to Gaza but was not able to make it.

Until contacted by for comment, Ennes was unaware that organizers had named one of the ships after the Liberty, but he said he is "absolutely" pleased with the move and wishes he could be there.

Israel attacked the Liberty on June 8, 1967, later saying they thought it was an Egyptian vessel -- though survivors and others have long said the Israeli pilots and sailors knew exactly who they targeted.
The U.S. Navy began telling families of the American dead that the attack was accidental even before it convened an official board of inquiry, which about 10 days later delivered that same finding, according to Navy documents.

Six years ago the legal affairs adviser to the board, retired Capt. Ward Boston, broke his silence to say the investigation was a sham, and that the final version was altered to exonerate the Israelis. Boston died in June.

Pally said the two ships will include about 40 passangers from 16 countries, including Israel and the United States.

"Everyone is committed to non-violence," she said of the participants. "The Free Gaza Movement has arranged with a third party security expert to completely secure and search the boats before they leave Cyprus to make sure there are no weapons or anything dangerous aboard."

The larger of the two ships, the SS Free Gaza, will be equipped with a Web cam and will be posting streaming video to their Web site -- -- during the voyage, Pally said.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Issue ten of Otoliths is Here!!

Issue ten of Otoliths has just gone live. Once again, it's full of variety. Poems—visual, text, concrete & prose—essays, short stories, photography, an interview, paintings both digital & manual, plus a few things that defy categorization. Included is work by Barry Schwabsky, Geof Huth, joanne burns, nick-e melville, Robert Gauldie, Thomas Fink, Thomas Fink & Maya Diablo Mason, Bob Grumman, Bill Drennan, Kristen Orser, Obodadimma Oha, Reed Altemus, Raymond Farr, Christopher Major, Mary Ellen Derwis, Douglas Barbour & Sheila E. Murphy, Felino Soriano, Matthew Stolte, Anne Gorrick, Caleb Puckett, Philip Byron Oakes, David-Baptiste Chirot, Sandy McIntosh, Jeff Harrison, Robert Lee Brewer, Ashley Capes, Angela Genusa, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen & John M. Bennett, Baron & John M. Bennett, Sheila E. Murphy & John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, Clint Frakes, Charles Freeland, Randy Thurman, Alexander Jorgensen, Ryan B. Richey, Ray Craig, Julian Jason Haladyn, Jennifer Karmin, Rebecca Eddy, Martin Edmond, MTC Cronin & Peter Boyle, Alan Ramón Clinton, Manas Bhattacharya, Tom Hibbard, Bobbi Lurie, Cecelia Chapman, Andrew Topel, Matthew Klane, Mark DuCharme, Laura Goldstein, Michelle Detorie, Joe Balaz, Paul Siegell, Kate Schapira, Vincent Ponka, m.R. koppp', Tom Beckett, and Nico Vassilakis. The cover image is by Angela Genusa.


&, as a kind of "companion piece", Otoliths Books has just published From the Annual Records of the Cloud Appreciation Society, a chapbook "edited" by Márton Koppány & Nico Vassilakis. It's available in hardcopy at The Otoliths Storefront, & as a free downloadable pdf at the Otoliths Books Google site.


Probably only the fabled Prieure du Sion has guarded its secrets as closely as The Cloud Appreciation Society. Now some of its members, tired of the secrecy, have decided to open their texts and visions to the world.  In this slim volume, edited by Márton Koppány and Nico Vassilakis, we see for the first time what has previously been hidden in the clouds.


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An Online Hoax Becomes a Source About a Suspect

An Online Hoax Becomes a Source About a Suspect
A fake Web site became a prime source of information for journalists around the world after the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader.

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Charla Debate "CRUCE DE DISCIPLINAS EN CULTURA" Lunes 4 de Agosto - 19:00 Centro Cultural de España

Lugar: Centro Cultural de España
Dirección: Providencia 927 (Metro Salvador), Santiago, Chile - Fono: (02) 795 97 00
Fecha: Lunes 4 de agosto - 19:00 horas
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En esta mesa buscamos sentar a personajes muy diversos entre sí, que han experimentado la sinergia que se produce cuando se cruzan distintas áreas, en un proyecto que tiene a la cultura como fin. Queremos reflexionar sobre cómo entender ese diálogo que se genera, cómo se asocian las disciplinas en un proyecto, y qué objetivos y resultados persiguen.

De un tiempo a esta parte, han surgido iniciativas y proyectos que plantean la interdisciplinariedad como punto de partida, demostrando una forma de actuar muy coherente con temas como el pluralismo cultural, la democracia cultural, la globalización. Se trata de prácticas culturales que a partir de una disciplina se echa mano de otra, o se complementa o enriquece con una distinta (puede ser del sector artístico o a veces otra aparentemente muy lejana) para lograr fines diversos, pero socioculturales al fin y al cabo, que van configurando modos específicos de pensar, hacer y vivir la cultura.

Esta corriente de interdisciplina se refiere a la interacción de disciplinas diferentes, en el sentido que las modalidades de una sirven para el objeto de la otra y son incorporadas por esta última, o los contenidos de ambas se nutren entre sí. Podemos determinar que estamos hablando de un modo de ver y de entender la cultura, y la sociedad.

Por otro lado, es materia de reflexión los efectos que a nivel cultural consigue un sistema pedagógico basado en el desarrollo humano, que busca estimular paralelamente el intelecto, la emoción y la voluntad, donde la transmisión de "lo cultural y lo artístico" es clave en la formación de los niños y jóvenes: el sistema Waldorf. Considerado "alternativo", es un método integral que forma sujetos culturales o consumidores culturales distintos a los que no provienen de ese mundo escolar.

Podemos decir que en general los planes que apuntan a una "mezcla" o "integralidad" exige que una de las partes debe hacer algunos esfuerzos extras por entender los diferentes códigos o metodologías que manejan otros universos. Sin embargo, si observamos a las nuevas generaciones, esa exigencia constituye una forma de pensamiento horizontal que es una capacidad que niños y jóvenes están desarrollando hoy día, gracias al estímulo de las tecnologías y los medios de comunicación. Esta afirmación lleva a preguntarnos si ésa es la vía por la que debe orientarse el escenario cultural en el futuro. Por lo pronto debemos abrir un espacio para hablar de este tema y sobre lo necesario de crear instancias tanto de encuentro y de difusión de proyectos e iniciativas, como de creación, producción y encuentro de diversas disciplinas.
Preguntas para estimular el debate:
-¿Cómo entender el la vinculación que se da entre distintas disciplinas o áreas en un proyecto?
-¿Qué objetivos y qué resultados se persigue ese cruce?
-¿Cuál es el motor que impulsa poner a dialogar áreas diferentes con un fin común?
-¿Podemos pensar que en el futuro la cultura y las personas se orientarán a una integralidad que irá más allá de un área pura en particular?
-¿Qué efecto provoca en las personas (receptores, público, educandos)?
-¿En qué sentido se realiza un proyecto que involucra áreas diferentes? Por ejemplo en el caso de Ciencia y Arte, ¿Una de las dos áreas se quiere potenciar más? ¿El discurso ha de ser científico o artístico?
-¿El cruce de áreas en cultura podrá contribuir a educar y estimular sensibilidades y un espíritu crítico de las personas, para dar un mayor valor a la cultura y las artes como elemento fundamental para el enriquecimiento social?
-¿Es el arte en particular, un motor efectivo en temas tales como por ejemplo la reinserción social y la prevención de drogas?
-¿Existe medición de resultados en torno al a efectividad de las metodologías empleadas para estos fines?

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- Intervenciones de los panelistas (15 minutos c/u)
- Comentarios y precisiones de los panelistas (2 minutos c/u)
- Preguntas y comentarios del público (30 a 50 minutos)- Cierre del moderador

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