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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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Palestinian poet and icon Darwish buried

During the six years he spent in an Israeli prison, Haidar Jaradat read
one poem over and over: "My Mother," by Mahmoud Darwish. ...
World | By Ashraf Khalil | August 14th, 2008

No Penalty in Journalist's Death--with video of the event : : "Israeli Defence Forces Kill Reuters Cameraman in Gaza"

World Briefing | Middle East

Israel: No Penalty in Journalist's Death

Published: August 13, 2008

The Israeli Army has closed an investigation into the death of a Reuters cameraman in the Gaza Strip in April, clearing the tank crew that killed him of any wrongdoing and saying soldiers will not face disciplinary action. Reuters said it was "deeply disturbed" by the move and was considering legal action, while Israel's Foreign Press Association warned that the army inquiry could encourage further violence against journalists. The army found that troops had acted properly when they opened fire on the cameraman, Fadel Shana, suspecting he was a militant preparing to fire a missile after he set up a tripod in a Gaza battle zone. Mr. Shana, 24, was standing by his jeep, which was marked with press signs, when he was killed by a tank shell. Four bystanders also died in the attack.

The Reporting of the Event at the Time:

Israel - Final Footage Recorded By Cameraman Shows An Israeli Tank fires a Round and Miss Two Kids By Inches
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Haaretz Service and The Associated Press - Fadel Shana was killed while filming an IDF tank in Gaza on Wednesday, a day of heavy fighting. His final footage shows the tank firing a shell in his direction. Palestinian medics say five others were killed in the incident, including four teenagers.

Two Gaza teenagers who sustained wounds during Wednesday's IDF ground operation died on Sunday, raising the death toll from that incident to six, Palestinian hospital officials said.

The two boys were 16 and 17 years old. They were reportedly hit by a shell fired from an IDF tank that immediately killed Shana and three other civilians in Gaza.

The teens' deaths came a day after the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch called for a probe into Shana's death. "Israel must investigate the death of a Reuters TV cameraman and three others who were killed in an Israeli strike in Gaza," said a statement from the rights group.

The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said earlier this week it has collected evidence that Shana was killed by a so-called flechette tank shell that spewed tiny darts over a wide radius.

Reuters has released Shana's final video which showed a tank on a distant hilltop open fire. About a second later, the picture turns black. Shana was wearing a bulletproof jacket marked with Press at the time and his vehicle was also marked with TV signs.

"Israeli soldiers did not make sure they were aiming at a military target before firing," said Joe Stork from Human Rights Watch. "There is evidence suggesting they actually targeted the journalists."

The IDF has said it is looking into Shana's death, but will continue to use flechette shells. Rights groups say the weapon is inappropriate for densely populated areas like the Gaza Strip.
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Vote Against Torture Collusion: Psychologists Vote on Referendum Against Participating in Bush Regime Detention Centers

Vote Against Torture Collusion:

Psychologists Vote on Referendum Against Participating in Bush Regime Detention Centers

By Stephen Soldz

Torture is not a nuanced issue. Vote No to torture. Vote YES on the referendum.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ill and in Pain, {YET ANOTHER}Detainee Dies in US Hands

Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands

Lawyers said their client was denied adequate care in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and they demanded a criminal investigation.
August 13, 2008N.Y. / RegionNews

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ACLU Obtains Key Memos Authorizing CIA Torture Methods

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There has never been a more urgent need to preserve fundamental privacy protections and our system of checks and balances than the need we face today, as illegal government spying, provisions of the Patriot Act and government-sponsored torture programs transcend the bounds of law and our most treasured values in the name of national security.

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ACLU Obtains Key Memos Authorizing CIA Torture Methods (7/24/2008)

Memo Instructed CIA To Document Both Torture Techniques And Agents Participating In Interrogations

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NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today obtained three redacted documents related to the Bush administration's brutal interrogation policies, including a previously withheld Justice Department memo authorizing the CIA's use of torture. The government was ordered to turn over the documents in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought in 2004 by the ACLU and other organizations seeking records on the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas.

"These documents supply further evidence, if any were needed, that the Justice Department authorized the CIA to torture prisoners in its custody," said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project. "The Justice Department twisted the law, and in some cases ignored it altogether, in order to permit interrogators to use barbaric methods that the U.S. once prosecuted as war crimes."

One of the documents obtained by the ACLU today is a redacted version of a previously undisclosed Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion from August 2002 that authorizes the CIA to use specific interrogation methods, including waterboarding. The memo states that interrogation methods that cause severe mental pain do not amount to torture under U.S. law unless they cause "harm lasting months or even years after the acts were inflicted upon the prisoners." Initially, the CIA took the position that it could not confirm or deny the existence of this memo; it dropped that position after President Bush disclosed in September 2006 that the CIA had been operating detention centers overseas.

The other two documents, from 2003 and 2004, are memos from the CIA related to requests for legal advice from the Justice Department. The 2003 memo shows that CIA interrogators were authorized by OLC to use torture practices known as "enhanced interrogation techniques." The memo also indicates that, for each session in which these techniques were used, the CIA documented, among other things, "the nature and duration of each such technique employed" and "the identities of those present." The documentation relating to the CIA's torture sessions, including the names of agents who participated, is still being withheld.

The 2004 memo shows that CIA interrogators were told that the Justice Department had concluded that certain interrogation techniques, including "the waterboard," did not constitute torture. The document also indicates that, after the Supreme Court ruled in June 2004 that courts can decide whether foreign nationals held in Guantánamo Bay were rightfully imprisoned, CIA interrogators were told to take into account the possibility their actions would ultimately be subject to judicial review.

"While the documents released today do provide more information about the development and implementation of the Bush administration's torture policies, even a cursory glance at the documents shows that the administration continues to use 'national security' as a shield to protect government officials from embarrassment, criticism and possible criminal prosecution," said Jaffer. "Far too much information is still being withheld."

In May, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York overruled some of the CIA's claims that the documents released today were exempt from disclosure under the ACLU's FOIA lawsuit. The judge is still considering the ACLU's motion to hold the CIA in contempt of court for destroying hundreds of hours of videotape depicting the abusive interrogations of two detainees in its custody.

The documents released today are available online at:

To date, more than 100,000 pages of government documents have been released in response to the ACLU's FOIA lawsuit. They are available online at:

Many of these documents are also compiled and analyzed in "Administration of Torture," a recently published book by Jaffer and ACLU attorney Amrit Singh. More information is available online at:

In addition to Jaffer and Singh, attorneys on the case are Alexa Kolbi-Molinas and Judy Rabinovitz of the national ACLU; Arthur Eisenberg and Beth Haroules of the New York Civil Liberties Union; Lawrence S. Lustberg and Melanca D. Clark of the New Jersey-based law firm Gibbons P.C.; and Shayana Kadidal and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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New 3 CD Set of Burroughs' Early Cut-Ups

William S. Burroughs
Real English Tea Made Here
Liverpool, England: Audio Research Editions. 2007


Real English Tea Made Here is an anthology of the cut-up tapes of William S. Burroughs. Containing rare and unpublished material, of over three hours duration, the collection provides a valuable insight into Burroughs' methodology and constitutes an important document of his expansion from cut-ups on paper to vocal permutations and sonic experimentation.

The tapes curated as Real English Tea Made Here were originally created in Tangier and New York in the early 1960s using reel-to-reel analogue tape, sound-on-sound technology. The cut-up collage concept, with its roots in Dada soundworks and the simultaneous poetry of Hugo Ball, Richard Huelsenbeck, Marcel Janco and Tristan Tzara, released Burroughs from the constraints of linear narrative.

These early sonic experiments and the possibilities they imply have had a wide-ranging impact on the use of tape-collage and lyric forms by artists such as the Beatles, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, and Sonic Youth among many others; as well as the technique of digital sampling.

Many later pieces (now lost) were recorded by Burroughs in 1965 in Paul McCartney's small experimental recording studio in Montagu Square, London, managed by Burroughs� friend Ian Sommerville. Burroughs was a frequent visitor and watched as McCartney put together Eleanor Rigby there. McCartney in turn, learned all about cut-ups.

In the process of sonic archaeology leading to this publication all audio imperfections on the original tapes and recording idiosyncrasies have been left intact, as these tracks are the key remaining documents of Burroughs� sonic art. Likewise, the rare and unpublished photographs have not been retouched for reproduction.

Audio Research Editions treats the compact disc as an art space with each edition containing a themed audio exhibition that can be experienced in either linear or random modes. Thus listeners might choose to use the Random Play button on their playback system, or two or three simultaneous playback systems to create new mixes from this three compact disc set .

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Detainee Watch

In-Custody Deaths

Jeff Topping/Reuters

On any given day, about 31,000 people who are not American citizens are held in detention in a patchwork of county jails, privately run prisons and federal facilities while the government decides whether to deport them.

Getting details about those who die in custody is a difficult undertaking left to family members, advocacy groups and lawyers.

As the immigration detention system has ballooned to meet demands for stricter enforcement of immigration laws, Congress has listened to complaints about the secrecy and confusion surrounding deaths in custody. In January 2008, the House passed a bill that would reward states that require jails to report all deaths. But the bill is stalled in the Senate, and even if it becomes law, it will not cover deaths in federal facilities.

Selected Articles on In-Custody Deaths

Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands

Lawyers said their client was denied adequate care in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and they demanded a criminal investigation.

August 13, 2008N.Y. / RegionNews
Few Details on Immigrants Who Died in Custody
Few Details on Immigrants Who Died in Custody

Immigration detainees and their families lack basic ways to get information when things go wrong.

May 5, 2008N.Y. / RegionNews


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Federal Report Recommends Improvements in Reporting Deaths of Immigrant Detainees

After the deaths of two immigrant detainees, a review of the cases prompted recommendations for faster reporting of deaths and better sharing of information.

July 3, 2008
Dying in Detention

The government should be rushing to improve the oversight and care in its sprawling detention system to protect all detainees.

June 11, 2008
Prayers for the Invisible: Immigrants Who Die in Legal Limbo

The immigration detention process is subjected to little oversight or accountability.

May 24, 2008
Information That Doesn't Come Freely
Information That Doesn't Come Freely

It is increasingly difficult to pry records that should be open out of federal agencies.

May 11, 2008
Better Health Care Sought for Detained Immigrants

A bill would require the secretary of the Homeland Security Department to report all deaths in immigration detention within 48 hours to the Justice Department's inspector general as well as its own.

May 7, 2008
Death by Detention

As authorities continue rounding up illegal immigrants in these harsh days of ever-stricter enforcement, the potential for abuse will grow largely out of sight.

May 6, 2008
Few Details on Immigrants Who Died in Custody
Few Details on Immigrants Who Died in Custody

Immigration detainees and their families lack basic ways to get information when things go wrong.

May 5, 2008
Gitmos Across America

The Senate immigration bill that is lumbering toward final passage is overloaded with provisions that will make life harsher and more unfair for immigrants.

June 27, 2007
New Scrutiny As Immigrants Die in Custody

Lawmakers and government investigators are examining deaths of immigrants who die while in custody as immigration detention system swells to meet demands for stricter enforcement of immigration laws; family members and advocates have difficulty getting information about those who die in custody of immigrant detention, patchwork of federal, private and local facilities; new Immigration and Customs Enforcement report finds that 62 immigrants have died in custody since 2004; immigration officials ...

June 26, 2007
One Immigrant Family's Hopes Lead to a Jail Cell Suicide
One Immigrant Family's Hopes Lead to a Jail Cell Suicide

Questions are being raised about the treatment in jail of a detained immigrant who hanged himself.

February 23, 2007
Deportation Case Focuses on Definition of Torture

A case before a federal court of appeals has linked the Bush administration's methods of interrogating prisoners to a sharp change in the standards of humanitarian law at home.

March 11, 2005
After a 'Kafkaesque' Ordeal, Seeker of Asylum Presses Case

Edwin Bulus, who fled Nigeria after members of family were jailed for allegedly plotting coup against military regime, has been detained by Immigration and Naturalization Service since arriving at Kennedy International Airport in May 1995, and his treatment has sometimes been harsh; is accused by Federal Government of entering country with false documents, and has since been denied parole while request for asylum is pending; asylum advocates describe handling of case by immigration service as K...

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Detention Map

Explore a Detention Watch graphic showing the locations of immigration detention facilities across the country.

The Death of Boubacar Bah

The story of a man from Guinea who was detained in New Jersey raises questions about accountability and oversight in U.S. immigration detention system.

US Revokes Visas of 3 Palestinain Fulbright Scholars & Why Did the U.S. Turn Away Gaza Fulbright Scholars? (Haaretz)

Last update - 23:49 05/08/2008


U.S. revokes visas of 3 Palestinian Fulbright scholars
By The Associated Press
Tags: fulbright scholarship, U.S. The United States has revoked the visas of three Palestinian
Fulbright scholars whose cases were taken up personally by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after Israel refused to let them leave Gaza for interviews, U.S. officials said Monday.

Visas for the three, along with a fourth Palestinian student from Gaza who had hoped to come to the U.S. under a different program, were approved after Rice intervened in June but were rescinded last week when new information about them was received, the officials said.

"There were four Palestinians who were issued visas about whom we then received additional information," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.

"We decided that we needed to take a closer and harder look at them in light of the additional information we received," said Gallegos.

He also said the visas were canceled under a prudential revocation clause in immigration rules that allows them to be rescinded based on information gleaned about the holders after they were issued.

"It does not preclude the applicants from reapplying for visas in the future," he said.

Gallegos declined to comment on the nature of the new information about the four Palestinians, one of whom had actually arrived at Dulles International Airport outside Washington before he was told his visa had been revoked and was forced to return to Jordan.

But another official familiar with the situation said the information related to security issues that were behind the refusal by Israeli authorities to allow them to leave Gaza to be interviewed for visas at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem in May.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to privacy concerns about visa records.

The visa revocations were first reported by The New York Times.

Palestinian students cannot apply for U.S. visas in Gaza because Washington does not recognize the territory's Hamas government and has no diplomatic presence there. Israel bans all Gaza students from leaving for security reasons but has made exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Rice had been infuriated when State Department officials canceled the
Fulbright scholarships of seven Palestinian students whom Israel had refused to let leave Gaza for their visa interviews.

After she took their cases to senior Israeli officials, Israel allowed four of the seven to travel to Jerusalem for interviews in June. Although Israel opposed the move, U.S. diplomats then made a rare trip to the Gaza border in July to interview the remaining three.

One official said Rice, who had been outspoken about the negative signal the original cancellations sent to Palestinians and the broader Arab world, had ordered a top-to-bottom review of the entire Fulbright scholarship vetting process in the wake of the cancellations.

Related articles:
  • Israel eases exit restrictions for 4 of 7 Gaza Fulbright scholars
  • U.S. consulate working to get exit visas for Gaza students (2006)
  • Court slams gov't for preventing Gazan students from studying abroad

  • Last update - 11:54 06/08/2008
    Why did the U.S. turn away Gaza Fulbright scholars?
    By Barak Ravid
    Tags: Fulbright Scholarship  WASHINGTON - "This is one of the oddest things we have encountered in recent years," an Israeli official said of a long sequence of events that began with intense American pressure to allow two young Palestinian students to leave Gaza to study in the United States and ended with the U.S. barring their entry and canceling the visas it had granted them.

    It all started around two and a half months ago, when Israel turned down an American request to allow seven Palestinian academics, who had received scholarships sponsored by the State Department, to leave the Gaza Strip to attend a visa interview that would enable them to leave for the U.S. The whole matter turned into a mini-crisis between the State Department and Israel's Foreign Ministry. At its height, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice contacted Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with a request to allow the students' departure.

    After a series of Israeli and American security-assessment procedures, all seven academics received visas. Four left to study in the U.S. Israel maintained that the remaining three had "a problematic security background," and hinted that they had ties to terrorists. But the Americans stood their ground, demanding that the three leave for the U.S., especially given that their visa request had been approved. The request was relayed to Israel by senior State Department officials in Washington, led by Rice's undersecretary for Middle East affairs, David Walsh. Rice, too, was apprised of the details.
    Expired passport

    Last Sunday it was decided that two of the three - scholar Fidaa Abed and high school student Ahmed Ma'ari - would head to Jordan and proceed to the U.S from there. To avoid another confrontation with the U.S. administration, all the relevant bodies in Israel were mobilized for the effort. More than 20 officials from the Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Border Crossing Authority, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the Shin Bet security service, as well as several diplomats at the Israeli Embassy in Washington worked on "the project." "The State of Israel went out of its way for these two guys," said a senior Israeli official who coordinated the effort.

    Last Tuesday afternoon, "the operation" was launched. The two academics arrived at the Erez checkpoint, where several diplomats from the American consulate in Jerusalem waited for them, in order to accompany them to the Allenby Bridge crossing. The trip to the border, which started with smiles and optimism, quickly turned into a comedy of errors that greatly embarrassed the State Department.

    An Israeli government official said the American diplomats, who exerted intense pressure on Israel to enable the departure of the two, forgot to check if their passports were valid. During the trip to Allenby Bridge, they realized that the high school student's passport had long since expired. When they reached the border crossing, the staff of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories discovered this fact and issued a special travel document.

    That was when the problems really started. According to the Israeli official, the Americans did not update the authorities in Jordan, whose territory Gaza residents are not allowed to enter without special permission. And so, after they had already passed through the Israeli terminal, the two Palestinians were left in the no-man's land between the two border crossings, with their entry into Jordan not approved.

    However, a senior American official in Israel said the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem and embassies in Tel Aviv and Amman had worked with the Israeli and Jordanian governments to fully coordinate the crossing. The source said the students' 12-hour delay had no connection with any action taken or not taken by American officials.

    A protest on the road

    At 8 P.M., when the border crossing closes, the Israeli border terminal workers approached the U.S. diplomats and suggested they return to Gaza and try crossing the following day, after having dealt with the passport matter. "I'm not interested, I'm not moving from here until they open the bridge," said one American diplomat and sat down in the road in protest.

    After consulting with the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the office of the Shin Bet chief, it was decided to leave the bridge open, until the Jordanians finally agreed to the Americans' request at 9 P.M. and allowed the Palestinians to pass. But this was not the end of the two Palestinians' travails.

    The high school student remained in Amman for a few days. His friend departed for Washington on Saturday night. However, after a 12-hour flight, when he got to the border control station in Washington, an unpleasant surprise awaited him. The U.S. immigration officials informed him that his visa has been canceled and put him on a plane back to the Jordanian capital. The high school student, who was still waiting in Amman, was notified that his visa had been canceled, too. He already returned to Gaza yesterday, disappointed, while his friend remains frustrated in Jordan.

    Israel has asked the State Department in Washington for some clarifications, and local officials are especially upset at the behavior of the American diplomat at the Allenby Bridge. "It's a disgrace," said a senior Foreign Ministry official. "If I had behaved that way at an American border crossing, I'd either be in jail or no longer in the U.S."

    A spokesman for the U.S. State Department told The New York Times, which first reported yesterday on the revocation of the visas that the visas were canceled because of new information received by the U.S. authorities. The paper reported that Rice was unhappy about the way these cases were handled and that a thorough review had been ordered to prevent a recurrence.

    Gisha, an Israeli organization aimed at protecting Palestinian freedom of movement, says the problems the Palestinian students faced are not out of the ordinary.

    "In addition to the particular students who did not receive visas for technical reasons or unexplained security reasons, there are hundreds of students in the Gaza Strip who were accepted by universities abroad and have valid visas," said Gisha executive director Sari Bashi. But, she added, "Israel issues a comprehensive ban on students from Gaza going abroad, as part of its policy of collective punishment toward Gaza residents, thereby impinging on the right to education of hundreds of talented young people who want to study, develop and create a better future in our region."

    Some 1,100 university students wanted to leave Gaza to study abroad last September, of whom 480 went to Egypt and from there traveled elsewhere, according to Gisha. However, Israel has not operated such trips from Gaza to Egypt since January.

    Related articles:
  • Gaza Fulbright scholars meet U.S. visa officials, hoping to ease travel ban e
  • Rice to Israel: 'Extremely important' to grant exit visas to Gaza Fulbright students
  • Israel eases exit restrictions for 4 of 7 Gaza Fulbright scholars
  • Roaming Freely in a Land of Restraints: Rajah Shehadeh's Orwell Prize winning "Palestinian Walks: Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape,"

    Roaming Freely in a Land of Restraints

    Roaming Freely in a Land of Restraints
    Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

    Raja Shehadeh, left, with a Palestinian farmer on a hillside overlooking Ramallah, West Bank.

    Published: August 12, 2008

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — There is an Arabic word for Raja Shehadeh's pastime.

    The New York Times

    Israeli-built barriers restrict movement in the West Bank.

    "Sarha is to roam freely, at will, without restraint," he writes in "Palestinian Walks: Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape," an account of six walks in the West Bank, which won this year's Orwell Prize, Britain's pre-eminent award for political writing, and was published by Scribner in the United States in June. "A man going on a sarha wanders aimlessly, not restricted by time and place."

    Of course, it is difficult not to be restricted by time and place in the occupied territories, where movement is everyday more limited by a growing number of Israeli-built fences, walls, barriers, checkpoints, settlements and the separate roads constructed to link them. But Mr. Shehadeh — a lawyer and founder of Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization, who apart from a sojourn in London for law school has lived his entire life in Ramallah — still tries.

    One recent walk began on the side of a road near the village of Ein Sinya, a short drive from the city center. Mr. Shehadeh took measured steps down a trail lined with sage, Syrian thistle, flowering oregano and wild artichoke. On either side rose limestone-buttressed terraces of olive trees.

    "We have an exquisite quality of light here," he said, motioning to the surrounding buttes.

    The bucolic landscape is scarcely the West Bank of popular imagination. It was with that prevailing impression in mind that Mr. Shehadeh set out to write the book — to put on paper his experience of the place, mediated neither by historical imagination nor by images in the news, for readers who think of it only in terms of conflict and violence.

    In the book, though, one walk is interrupted when Mr. Shehadeh's 10-year-old nephew picks up an unexploded missile; another when he and his wife come under prolonged gunfire from the Palestinian police. The six walks, from 1978 to 2006, become more fraught over time.

    Not far into the valley the trail came to and then ran alongside a tall limestone bluff that resembled a cresting wave. Midway down was a constellation of Arabic words spray-painted on the rock. Mr. Shehadeh stopped and read them aloud: "Ahmad, Aqel, Jojoo, Anas, Nidal, Kamal — Raja!"

    Pleased at the sight of Palestinian names grafted on the land, Mr. Shehadeh continued down the trail. After a switchback and past a small cave, he came upon an igloo-shaped stone structure called a qasr — a type of dwelling where farmers once lived, storing their olives inside and sleeping on the roof.

    "This one is quite well preserved," he said, "like that of Abu Ameen." Mr. Ameen, a cousin of Mr. Shehadeh's grandfather, was a stonemason who lived in a qasr, the author's discovery of which makes up the book's first chapter.

    Mr. Shehadeh's grandfather, Saleem, was a judge in the courts of British Mandate Palestine. His father, Aziz, was a lawyer too. (One of the first Palestinians to advocate a two-state solution publicly, Aziz Shehadeh was stabbed to death in the family's driveway in 1985. The case was never solved.) Mr. Ameen represents the side of the Shehadeh family that did not join the professional class, and a life of ultimate sarha.

    Beyond a long rock ledge was another hill of terraces. Mr. Shehadeh preferred not to tread on the fields, as they were freshly plowed, or scale up the retaining walls, for fear of eroding them. He turned around.

    "Natsh," he said, pointing at a wiry, thorny thistle alongside the trail.

    Thought by some to have been the material used for Jesus' crown of thorns in the Bible, natsh has in recent years been put to a contemporary use. Mr. Shehadeh's work as a lawyer has primarily involved defending Palestinians in Israel's military land courts, where, he recounts in the book, natsh is often cited as evidence that a particular plot of land is untilled and thus unoccupied.

    As Mr. Shehadeh navigated through the natsh, a herd of goats and a shepherd came wandering over the hilltop and started down the incline, rounding switchbacks single file and then flooding into the fields.

    "Peace be with you," Mr. Shehadeh said in Arabic.

    "And on you be peace," the man responded.

    Blind Willie Johnson--"Nobody's Fault But Mine"--Great -The Greatest Gospel-Blues Singer & Great Bottleneck Guitar Player

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    The Original

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    ICH: Video: Olympics Coming out Party for "McCommunism" --Naomi Klein

    Naomi Klein: Olympics Are Coming out Party for "McCommunism"


    "Security, central planning, surveillance state is an ideal cocoon for global capitalism"

    Don Cherry Playing Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing" from the film "Multikulti"

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    Don Cherry's "MultiKulti" embodies one of jazz's fundamental truths: Jazz music is constantly rejuvenated through instrumental interpretations of centuries-old vocal tradition upon which it is based. This clip, from the film "Don Cherry's Multikuti," features the legend playing the Thelonious Monk composition "Bemsha Swing."

    Don Cherry took bold musical leaps that assured jazz a vanguard role in opening American culture to the liberating influences of the 1960s. More than three decades later, his joyful encounters with musicians and audiences continue to grow. "Multikulti," recorded at the Days of Jazz Festival in Stuttgart, finds Cherry playing pocket trumpet, keyboards, doussin gouni, melodica, African percussion, flute, and handling the vocals. Sensitive accompaniment is provided by Bay area composer Peter Apfelbaum on sax, keyboards, flute and percussion, as well as bassist Bo Freeman and drummer Joshua Jackson.

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    Don Cherry--"Brown Rice"

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    Ray Johnson Site & Homages to Ray On Release of DVDs of Ray


    George Maciunas Prefabricated Building System (reposting as exhibit still in progress)

    George Maciunas Prefabricated Building System

    Maya Stendhal Gallery

    June 5 – August 23, 2008
    Opening Reception: Thursday 5 June 6-9 pm

    George Maciunas Prefabricated Building System presents an exciting
    chapter in artist George Maciunas' prolific oeuvre, focusing on his
    ventures in architecture. The exhibition critically examines a
    particular architectural project for a prefabricated mass housing
    system, which Maciunas drafted in the late 1950s and developed toward
    utopian ends through 1965. His original plan has been thoroughly
    researched and put to the test in the form of a three-dimensional model,
    which will be unveiled for the first time. The exhibition gives new
    understanding to the artist's progressive ideas on art,
    architecture, and design and their capacity to have bearing on broader
    social and cultural issues.

    The presentation as a whole discloses defining features that set
    Maciunas' dwelling apart from most prefabricated house experiments.
    Emanating throughout the entire structure is an adept mixing of
    functionalist concerns with a breathtaking poetic, sculptural and
    spatial beauty, and a sense of the spiritual.

    Observing the building plan's simplicity of composition in relation
    to Maciunas' very particular notions on form, function, economy, and
    efficiency informing the presentation, it becomes apparent that he was
    steeped in the latest theories and technical developments. A standard
    method of joinery, for example, indicates that Maciunas formulated his
    plan with real factory production in mind. Designed for quick and easy
    assembly with a minimum number of components necessary, the structure
    requires no heavy machinery, and can be erected using local, untrained
    labor. Its great flexibility of form and material means that it can
    function as a residential, institutional, industrial, or agricultural
    building, and that it can adapt to specific topographical and climate

    The structure can change shape and size according to most any external
    site restrictions, while also meeting the needs and facilitating the
    routines of those working or living inside. Durability is another
    distinctive feature. The system as a whole is able to withstand natural
    disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. Predating
    today's eco-minded homes, Maciunas' dwelling allows the
    inhabitants to control the admittance of solar light and warmth, simply
    by shifting a wall panel.

    Maciunas' prefabricated housing system, in form, function, material,
    and flexibility, resonates in a contemporary culture that thrives on
    utilitarian, mass-produced products made to meet the varying needs of
    the individual consumer. Not surprisingly, "cultural
    entrepreneur" was one of the many titles given to Maciunas during
    his career.

    It was realized early on that a curatorial project of this magnitude and
    scope could only be realized with the advice and skill of experts in the
    field of architecture and three-dimensional design. Maya Stendhal
    Gallery looked internally to its own architect, Scott Weinkle for
    guidance in formulating the logic, pragmatics, and structural details
    governing Maciunas' building system. After scaling the plan,
    certain numerical patterns appeared, suggesting that Maciunas'
    desired the 9 rectangles composing the building to be modular units
    of the same size. Weinkle's precise observation allowed all
    elevations and sections to be developed within a well-defined
    proportional logic. These conclusions were then imported into a 3-D
    modeling program with the ability to give the rendered images various
    lighting and material characteristics. From this, the architectural
    model and accompanying walk-through digital animation were generated.
    Measuring 142 x 147 x 40.5 cm. with a base of 162.5 x 167.5 cm., the
    model is exactly 1:10 the size of the actual house. Materials consist
    primarily of heavy density fiberboard with styrene, extruded aluminum,
    acrylic panels, and a wood base.

    Maciunas Prefabricated Building System is devised as a methodological
    plan illustrating his hyper-rational analysis and the extraordinary
    design acumen for which he has become known. Also referenced as
    Maciunas' Plastic Prefab, it was initially published as a 1965
    collaborative work by Henry Flynt and Maciunas and in a 1966 issue of
    the journal Underground.

    One year prior to this project, in 1964, Maciunas wrote The Grand Frauds
    of Architecture: Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Gordon Bunshaft,
    Frank Lloyd Wright, a text that critiques the modern masters for not
    staying true to their own ideals. Offered as a direct response,
    Maciunas' scheme reflects his belief in architecture's capacity
    to uphold standards of value, economy, and efficiency.

    You see, the reason I am so concerned with [functionalism] is that
    that's an architect's training. I mean, that's the way the
    architect thinks, he thinks in functionalism otherwise he's not an
    architect, he's a sculptor or a stage designer.
    George Maciunas, interview with Larry Miller, 1978. Transcript repr. in
    Jon Hendricks ed., Fluxus etc./Addenda I. The Gilbert and Lila
    Silverman Collection (New York: Ink &, 1983), 24.

    George Maciunas was a Lithuanian born American artist. He studied
    architecture at Cooper Union School of Art in New York from 1949 to
    1952, and the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh from 1952
    to 1953 receiving his Bachelors with honors in 1954. After graduation,
    he came back to New York continuing his graduate studies at the
    Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with a concentration on art
    history of the European & Siberian migrations from 1955 to 1959. He
    also worked with renowned firms such as Knoll and Skidmore, Owings &
    Merrill in the 1950s and early 1960s. His experience in the corporate
    design world led him to redeploy its very systems toward artistic and
    critical ends, helping to provide him with the impetus behind the Fluxus
    art collective of the 1960s and 1970s.

    Considered a charismatic, highly intelligent individual by all who met
    him, Maciunas had an impressive spectrum of interests that he studied
    rigorously: art history, music, design, architecture, and the history of
    ancient cultures, among others. He poured his wealth and knowledge into
    making numerous charts, systems, and atlases, from which he created his
    diagrammatic "learning machines." He became known as the
    "Chairman" and "Impresario" of Fluxus. Fueled by
    Maciunas' innovative views on art and society, Fluxus attracted an
    international array of artists whose work cut across genres including
    music, dance, visual art, literature, non-narrative film, architecture,
    performance, and "events." His graphic layouts for posters,
    flyers, newspapers, artists' name labels, and the presentation of
    Fluxus works as "anti-commodities" have become celebrated for
    the landmark design that so distinguished Fluxus production. These
    works have come to symbolize the utilitarian philosophy that drove
    Maciunas in life and art, favoring "functionalism" and
    "concretism" over decorative attributes.

    In the mid to late 1960s, Maciunas' background in architecture
    guided his utopian vision of establishing the first artists' living
    and working cooperatives in New York City, which he dubbed the Fluxhouse
    Cooperatives. A marker of urban planning and design, this pragmatic
    program initiated in 1966 renovated abandoned buildings creating the
    first artists' lofts in the region below Houston Street in NYC,
    known then only by the fire department's designation –
    "Hell's Hundred Acres." The first successful Fluxhouse
    Cooperative organized by Maciunas was 80 Wooster St. in 1967, which
    housed his friend and compatriot Jonas Mekas' Filmmakers'
    Cinematheque. His endeavors forever changed the face of New York's
    legendary neighborhood, and ultimately earned him the title "Father
    of SoHo."

    Maya Stendhal Gallery would like to thank architect Scott Weinkle for
    assembling the architectural presentation, Julia E. Robinson and
    Christian Xaterc for their contributions to the project carrying out
    valuable research and scholarship in support of Maciunas' vision,
    Brooklyn Model Works for building the architectural model on view,
    Maurice Arduz for creating the three-dimensional architectural
    renderings and accompanying walk-through digital animation, Carolina
    Carrasco and Mari Dumett for their original contributions in research
    and scholarship on Maciunas Prefabricated Building System, and Ken
    Friedman, Hollis Melton, and Charles R. Simpson for providing support
    material in the form of essays and writings.

    The exhibition George Maciunas Prefabricated Building System was
    organized and produced by Harry Stendhal, Director of Maya Stendhal
    Gallery, New York.

    For more information or images please contact
    Tel: 212.366.1549

    545 West 20th Street.
    New York
    NY 10011

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    Memory of Fire: Bringing Embers of Hiroshima to Cuba--Video re Che Guevara's thoughts on Hiroshima & Cuban Commitment to Humanisn

    Memory of Fire:

    Bringing Embers of Hiroshima to Cuba


    "Memory of Fire: Bringing Embers of Hiroshima to Cuba" was produced by (Hiroshima Home TV) and first broadcast in 2007. The documentary tells the story of Ernesto Che Guevara's thoughts on Hiroshima and their relation to the Cuban Revolution's commitment to humanism.


    Monday, August 11, 2008

    Mail Bunkers story

    Mail Online

    Interview Transcripts for Ron Suskind's Book The Way of the World--CIA Forgeries of Iraq War "evidence"

    Iqbal Tamimi - for Mahmoud Darwish who left before my dream came true

    Palestine Think Tank Digest

    Iqbal Tamimi - for Mahmoud Darwish who left before my dream came true

    Posted: 11 Aug 2008 04:44 AM CDT

    Leave your sign on my palm before you go

    We came from the same tribe of drifters
    I left my head behind
    Dangling in the well
    Swinging with the horsing doors
    Can you …please!
    Leave on my palm your sign before you go
    Or send me
    An embarrassed tune
    Written with your silent eyes
    That we have made a hole
    In that ugly apartheid wall
    And that I have left behind a poem
    Sunbathing with your olive trees in the dunes
    And that we
    Have paved the way
    For armies of wise shoes
    Because the feet colluded with heads
    Did not know how to choose
    And that I…
    Have fallen between the letters
    Got stuck between two commas
    Because I was the shepherd of my wild dream
    I was only declaring my fears to strangers
    Rebelling against the snow
    Shivering whenever I read a map
    That does not lead home

    Or whenever a nation of ignorance
    Called my country by a pseudonom
    Last night
    I saw love sneaking from the crack of my dream
    Rarely do I commit such follies
    So.. if you don't mind..


    Leave your algaes on my shirt
    It might just bloom some peace

    Sunday, August 10, 2008

    Sad news--Mahmoud Darwish Great Palestinian Poet dies

    INTERNATIONAL / MIDDLE EAST   | August 9, 2008
    Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian Poet, Is Dead at 67
    Mr. Darwish's prose gave voice to the Palestinian experience of exile, occupation and infighting.

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