CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

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

Free Leonard Peltier

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

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - Cached - Similar - #

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

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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


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

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


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Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

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

The cost in your community

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

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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
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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.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

From Little Shiva's Visible Trash: Meet Leila Darabi, Queen of Trash


Little Shiva in her "Feather Trash Hat"


Meet Leila Darabi, Queen of Trash


http://www.visibletrash.net




Ahmed Faraz, Outspoken Urdu Poet, Dies at 77

Ahmed Faraz, Outspoken Urdu Poet, Dies at 77
By HARESH PANDYA
Published: September 1, 2008

The revolutionary Pakistani poet Ahmed Faraz, whose name is synonymous in South Asia with modern Urdu poetry, died Aug. 25 in Islamabad. He was 77.

The cause was kidney failure, said his son Shibli Faraz.

He was earlier reported to have died while being treated in a Chicago hospital after a fall in Baltimore, but he returned to his homeland, where he died.

Popular among both the cognoscenti and the general public, he was one of the few poets from the subcontinent whose verses were read as well as sung. He was in great demand at the mushaira, social gatherings — usually after dusk — at which Urdu poets recite their poems.

Often compared to legends of the past like Mohammad Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Mr. Faraz was as popular in India as he was in his own country.

He enjoyed a near cult status in the pantheon of revolutionary poets. In India and other countries outside Pakistan, he was best known for his ghazals — poems expressing the writer’s feelings, especially about love — which were popularized by leading singers like Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hasan, Runa Laila and Jagjit Singh.

A passionate voice for change and progress, Mr. Faraz was usually at his best when writing the poetry of love and protest. His romantic poetry made him particularly beloved by the young; the establishment was not so fond of his verses mocking and at times exposing the authorities.

An advocate for the poor and downtrodden, Mr. Faraz raised his voice against capitalists, usurpers and dictators. In the 1980s he went into a six-year self-imposed exile in Canada and Europe during the era of Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, whose military rule of Pakistan he had condemned at a mushaira and whose power seemed to drive him to heights of inspiration.

“That was the worst phase for our country’s writers,” he once said of the general’s rule. “Yet it also provided ample food for thought for the poet and made protest poetry so popular in Pakistan.”

Mr. Faraz, who was also closely associated with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his Pakistan People’s Party, wrote some of his best poetry in exile, including “Dekhtay Hain” (“Let Us Gaze”) and “Mohasara” (“The Siege”). In all, he had written 13 volumes of Urdu poetry.

Ahmed Faraz was the pseudonym of Syed Ahmad Shah, who was born in Nowshera village near Kohat in Pakistan on Jan. 14, 1931. His father, Agha Syed Muhammad Shah Bark Kohati, was a leading traditional poet.

He studied at Edwards College in Peshawar and was greatly influenced by progressive poets like Faiz and Ali Sardar Jafri. They became his role models. He obtained his master’s degree in Urdu and Persian from Peshawar University. He subsequently taught the two languages there, though he began his career as a scriptwriter with Radio Pakistan.

Mr. Faraz’s first volume of poetry, “Tanha Tanha,” was published in the late 1950s, when he was an undergraduate student, and became a huge, instant hit. He had a tendency to create controversies about himself or about various issues. He spoke against marriage, saying it was “a sort of prostitution through a contract on paper.” He also said Urdu was “a dying language,” prompting outrage among Urdu speakers.

In 1976 Mr. Faraz became the founding director general of the Pakistan Academy of Letters. He was its chairman in 1989 and 1990. His last official job was as the chairman of National Book Foundation based in Islamabad.

Mr. Faraz advocated peace between India and Pakistan and emphasized personal bonds over geographic boundaries. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

Awarded one of Pakistan’s greatest civilian honors, the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, in 2004 for his literary achievements, he returned it in 2006 after becoming disillusioned with President Pervez Musharraf’s government.

"My conscience will not forgive me if I remained a silent spectator of the sad happenings around us,” he said at the time. “The least I can do is to let the dictatorship know where it stands in the eyes of the concerned citizens, whose fundamental rights have been usurped.”

New Extreme Experimental American Poetry & Arts: Separations in Language * "The Disneyfication of New Orleans" (The Guardian) by Anna Hartnell

For some years now I've been studying and finding methods in different media with which to create what i call "The New Extreme Experimental American Poetry & Arts."

Futurism (the 20th Century's first) and Dada were avant-gardes focused on the interelationships among the military and "art" uses of the term "avant-garde." Futurism, to celebrate "War, the world's hygiene" and Dada, using its NO to War as a springboard to the NO of everything which the immense War Machine Culture produces. "Anti War Anti Art Anti Poetry -- For quite some time, the "avant-garde" has been separated from its originary interconnection with the military and War, War Machines, War Culture--as though "the avant-garde" occurs "at a distance" from the Theater of War, which is Artaud's theater of Cruelty run completely amok, while the audience looks on


In times like these with multiple Wars being conducted by the US, as well as those it funds and arms and in turn is affected by itself, why not re-join the military and arts in examining what is occurring in a culture where the language and images have also run amok?

And why not, while we' re at, examine the appearance of not only ever more censorship, distranslations, forgeries, propaganda-running amok, a "plague" as Artaud calls it---that "Avian Flu" lurking in the peripheries of awareness, language and terror---but also of Torture as the ultimate expression of "forcing one to speak," even when knowing the information produced may well not be true at all. For with torture, what counts is that the person spoke, confessed, betrayed,as no matter what they say is already a "confession," a betrayal, and so, as a Russian artist has pointed out: "Language is a fascism not because it censors, but because it forces one to speak."

"As usual," Pier Paulo Pasolini noted in his famous "Glow Worm" essay, "the only thing we had to go on was language."

It is in the symptoms of language that Pasolini begins his researches and investigations into what is happening, that is making for example, the glow worms disappear where they had been not so very long ago at all such numerous and beloved presences..


In the first lines of his Introduction to Torture: Cancer of Democracy France and Algeria 1954-62, Pierre Vidal-Naquet asks


"Can a great nation, liberal by tradition, allows its institutions, its army, and its system of justice to degenerate over the span of a few years as a result of the use of torture, and by its concealment and deception of such a vital issue call the whole Western concept of human dignity and the rights of the individual into question?"The forcing to speak of torture, of language as a fascism, begins to "push the envelope" of what is said and written, in terms of what is being done that must be concealed. The "transparency of language" sought by the public, is replaced with the "opacity of language," a hard, smooth surface which functions as a kind of "black hole" of meanings, facts, and blurs the borders of fictions, fantasies, lies, dreams and a kind of Horoscope that furnishes Propaganda with a sense of the Inevitability of Events which portrays the "ones in charge" as being on the side always of the Deus ex Machina.


The adoption of a God Apparatus within the functioning of the terms necessary to "promote" what is designated as "Reality," enables the Leaders to place themselves "beyond questioning," while creating the Right to question anyone, anywhere, anytime, on the entire planet.

A word--"terrorists, Al-Queda"--points--and a person vanishes, "detained with out charge for an indefinite period"s stretching into years. This "Black Hole" effect of the Leaders' Language uses words not only on persons, places, events, but on words themselves also. Words that "are pointed out" are vanished, "tortured," "betrayed."and if allowed to be released, returned in a severely mangled and "shadow of their former selves" form.


As Vidal-Nacquet points out, once this process is begun "outside the country" by the troops, police paramilitary organizations and mercenaries employed by a system, that "cancer" begins to spread "back" into the country of origin of the initial decision making and orders which sent this plague out into the world. (As Artaud entitles a great essay: "The Theater and the Plague")


The "problem " of language then becomes how to split words which mean the same things into what are separate entities, when judged as actions. Yet is the splinting simply a ruse, or the making of cracks in language which begin to "bring down the whole system?" The double talk of double standards, hyper-texts of hypocrises--the practice of denial which creates Walls separating and partitioning parts of one's own mind and being from others, in order to function as a "rational, civilized being," whose society may sanction horrific things, but are these not neccessary means to the greater end when faced with the Terminality of Evil?


Vidal-Nacquet cites Thucydides, in Book Three of the Peloponnese Wars, when the Greeks have to confront and conceal a massacre committed, a War crime.



In The Peloponnesian War, Book 3, Thucydides states:
"To fit in with the change of events, words, too, had to change. What used to be thought of as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward, any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one's unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant one was totally unfitted for action; frenzied violence came to be considered an attribute of a real man.


"The ability to understand a question from all sides" in this situation needs to be partitioned, separated, made to exist in carefully compartmentalized ways so that what is happening will not be seen, and the image created of what is occurring, will be all that is "seen, heard and read." The separation of language from a material actuality and its production as a form of artifice of "material language" used for the purpose of substituting a "spectacle" for "events on the ground" in such a way that one and one's allies are always Right, Good, Democratic and Just, and the Other is always Wrong, Evil, Un-Democratic and Unjust. This reduction of complex terms bit by bit structurally, is to condense,to make one the many, to alter or remove meanings. Orwell demonstrates these as among the purposes of "New speak" in the Appendix to his novel 1984.

This creates situations that are happening "right before one's very eyes
" which one is "not to see," and so doesn't. For if one did one might ask questions, rather than doing what fiction readers are supposed to do: "accept what is written in a willing suspension of disbelief."

This separation allows one not to see that what is happening "there" and "here" are related, and in the first place what is happening depends not on what is being done, but by who. This means that the same word has its opposite meaning depending on with whom it is "associated," and what the "context" of its placement is within the new order of sentences, phrases, names and descriptions.


Today, as Hurricane Gustav may or not hit New Orleans on the third anniversary of Katrina, the Republicans are getting ready to hold their convention , something which would appear to be done with the most unmitigated gall. Yet, the way that New Orleans is being presented for the most part is as a "New City" which is "now prepared" for the storm, though the levees, still, are not considered really high enough. Why a nation would let, despite years of warnings, one of its major port cities and a hub of its oil industries, be destroyed--was al to easy to see three years ago, and now is trying to be concealed.

Everything in the article follows the examples and histories set down so harrowinlgy and in such great and indelible detail in Naomi Klein"s The Shock Doctrine.

New Orleans, one can see, is being turned into not only a "New City, but something more like a "settlement," an "outpost" of a kind of re-colonization of many areas of the USA, turning them into gated communities with their own entertainment set ups and businesses connected by power grids, while the rest of the population, conveniently without electrictiy and off line, is "disappeared" from the "overall picture" of a "steady recovery.

One of the things that very much struck me in reading this is many of the details and the words used for them, are almost identical to those used to describe what is happening in the Occupied territories, and is being funded to the tune of over 20 billion a year by the USA. The article here notes th same "ethnic cleansing" going on, with the same (American) equipment being used, the bulldozers, cranes and trucks hauling away the demolished homes and any sign of the original tenants. Everything has been altered--the school system, the transportation system, the entertainment and leisure systems of organization and presentation, the areas designated as :off limits" to much of the remnantsof the survivors of Katrina. The news on tv even notes that this time around though there is no Super Bowl Dome and other facilities as before with which to shelter the victims from danger, there are "increased numbers of wel equipped buses, stocked with food" with which to simply transport the undesirables out of the city, permanently, no doubt, flung into a life time of itinerancy among "internal refugee camps" and "temporary shelters."

The artilce here also uses the terminology of "the right of return," which almost everyone knows will never happen for them. The City has in effect not only been Occupied, but taken over, every bit of earth, of water, of light, taken away and privatized, leaving no room for those unwanted Others who had created the city and its world famous culture to begin with.


In The Shcok Doctrine, Naomi Klein lists some of the huge number ofcompanies, tehnolgoies, "show rooms," trade shows, products of security and surveillance that have completely turned around the Israeli econ0omy since 9/11 and made it the world's 4th largest exporter of military equipment and technology, as well as the fourth largest military. Huge US funding of this has helped to bring these technologies to work in the areas created by "disasater capitalism" like Katrrina and the Mexican Border. Klein writes that the "wealthy New Orelans neighborhood of Audoban Place needed its own police fioorce after Hurrican Katrina, it hired the Israeli private secrurity firm Instinctive Shooting International."


While Immigration agents for the Mexican Border are trained by the Israeli founded Goaln Group, Boeing and Elbit, the Israeli firm most involved in building the 2.5 billion dollar Separation WWall, are being paid 2.5 billion dollars to create the as yet non functional "virtaul fences" along the US-Mexican borders which includes electronic sensors, unmanned aircraft, surveillance cameras, and 1800 cameras.

Human rights organizations set up within the USA to deal with the explosion in detainee arrests and camps describes their proliferation as "Gitmos Across America."


As this article asks, what is Obama going to do about any of this? His speech at AIPAC and his total embrace of Israeli Policies in the Occupied Territories is not a
bad sign" for Palestinians only, but for huge chunks of the American population also. Because that stance, that huge shift from his former support of Palestinian rights, friendship with Edward Said and interest in in a Just Peace rather than colonialism and ethnic cleansing, is being used to reintroduce the same things into the USA under new names, new guises, as Naomi Klein writes of, that are created by the Friedmanism Chicago School of Shock Doctrine Economics, which, curiously, in Latin America saw itself in Anti-Artaudian terms as "antibodies" fighting the "plagues" of "Leftism," "Indigenous rights," "solidarity among peoples," "oppostion to privatization."

For once the strategies of the post 9/11 Patriot Act were adopted and torture entered the equation, and with it the importation of the techniques and methods and attitudes practiced and supported and funded by the US abroad, the only way to prevent confrontiong these things is to deny realitieson the ground in favor of images, and words in which the meanings have been drained and shifted so that they no longer "stand for anything" except a "place in a symbolic context that shifts by the hour."

The US may have a Black President who embraces and endorses Apartheid abroad and a similar practice within the US, that of the Katrina experience and those of the detainees confined in ever worse condtions in ever more "camps," not to mention toiling in the sub standard sub human conditons that were found in Postville, Iowa and since in i several more sweat shops and near slave labor condtions usualy thought to exist "only abroad" but are right here, in nice little American towns.

The USA now leads the world in number and per entage both of civilans in prison, and as well on any day ios running at an averge of 30,000 detainees being held inside the US in prisons as smal a a village's to huge outdoor "detention camps" surrounded by fences, walls, barbed wires, eletronic warningng and surveillance.

Recent talk of the return of the "Cold War Era" coupled with what many have seen as a new form of McCarthyism in the post 9/11 era contribute to the role of language/torture as a "forcing to speak," in which detainees, prisoners, internal exiles and refugees are produced by disaster capitilism, and much of the US becomes ever more open Ocupied Terrirtores Occupied by the US Governement and its privatized forces. Corporate-State Fascism as Mussolini defined it, in operation. During the course of almost two years of campaigining and billions spent--Obama has chnaged postions 180 degrees and McCain as also. The longer the elections go on the more they begin to resemble of al things Bush Mach Two--the most unpopular Presdient ever, head of the most disastrous regime ever. Yet the American public is being told it has a choice between "Change" and a "Maverick"--when in fact what is going to win no matter who is elected is that new and ever more powerful construction of the sytem--the Office of Presdient, whose powers are close to that of a dictator-God. This means that who ever occupies this place will be not a Deus ex Machina, but a puppet of forces behind the scenes, so that the system inexorabaly wins.

And what system is this? Naomi Klein would say and oes--Disaster Capitlsim, Shcok Doctrine, come home to roost, at long last, that first imnvaded the world on 9/11 1973 in Chile and landed in America on 9/11 2001.

The New Extreme Experimental American Poetry and Arts are the creations of this grisly coup, hidden in plain site/sight/cite such as the animatron figures waterboarding peep show on Coney Island, the offering of Oceanography Classes at Guantanamo, the forging of documents and images for massive Invasions and Occupations, and the rejection, as an Israeli journalist writes, of that language which "calls a spade a psade," because to do so would disrupt the business of doing business, which is what language is after all, nicht wahr? A business which "sells itself" rather than be tortured perhaps--


At any rate as much as one would like to feel hope , or hope for somethng which is under the srufaces as yet--andnot what is seen--what is seen tome at any rate is like a sign of humiliation and depair--what does it say about a "free dempocratic society" that in order for a Black person to run for president he has to emrbace and endorse Apartheid and support policies abraod and at home that are completely the contradcition of what is written in the Declaration of Independence and several Amendments of the Constitution--the 4th especially has been rendered almost null, and no one seems to have noticed.


This article is via International Clearing House, from the Guardian UK




The Disneyfication of New Orleans

The city's redevelopment has ignored the needs of what was one of the closest-knit black communities in America

By Anna Hartnell

29/08/08 "The Guardian' -- - Three years after Hurricane Katrina, a more glamorous image of black America is presenting itself to the world in the person of Barack Obama. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, America's story of black urban poverty is still unfolding, largely beneath the radar of the global media.

Three years after Hurricane Katrina, a more glamorous image of black America is presenting itself to the world in the person of Barack Obama. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, America's story of black urban poverty is still unfolding, largely beneath the radar of the global media.

In August and September 2005, areas like the largely black Lower Ninth ward, almost entirely invisible to the hordes of tourists who flock to New Orleans every year, attracted worldwide sympathy as the levees broke. Now they have been all but forgotten. While tourists long ago repopulated the French Quarter, 57% of New Orleans' black population – against 36% of whites – have yet to return to the city. Many never will. This is because since Katrina, developers have clubbed together with the authorities to complete New Orleans' makeover into a playground for wealthy tourists.

As house prices soar and homelessness rises, the authorities are quietly doing away with the city's remaining stocks of affordable housing in moves that the UN has recently claimed constitute human rights violations. The fact that these demolitions will overwhelmingly affect black people has led some to call this ethnic cleansing.

Looking back, these developments should come as no surprise. The sympathy that met Katrina's immediate aftermath was short-lived. In August 2005 it was poor African-American residents, statistically the least likely to have the means to evacuate the stricken city, who bore the brunt of the storm damage. Viewers all round the world watched in horrified fascination as conditions in the convention centre and Superbowl deteriorated. News reports did focus on the government's apparent abandonment of its own people, but a hysterical and arguably racist undercurrent was almost compulsively drawn to rumours of rape and murder – nearly all of which turned out to be untrue.

As residents evacuated the city, and before the floodwaters had even receded, the future of New Orleans and its residents was being spoken about in no uncertain terms. "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans", declared Republican congressman Richard Baker soon after the storm. "We couldn't do it. But God did." Alphonso Jackson, the then US secretary of housing and urban development, made the racial implications of the gentrification process perfectly clear when he predicted that the reconstructed New Orleans would be a whiter city.

In the three years since, race and class stereotypes have paved the way for New Orleans' so-called "revitalisation". "We don't need soap opera-watchers right now", claimed the city council president, Oliver Thomas – perpetuating the view that New Orleans' high unemployment rate can be tracked to individual laziness as opposed to the systemic discrimination affecting most of America's inner cities. At the same time, those same forces that demonise poor and particularly black families – for their apparent "dysfunction" – are actively preventing the regrouping of some of the most close-knit black communities in the US.

The city is now in the process of phasing out the low-cost housing, public transportation system, and public health facilities that have supported the existence of low-income residents in New Orleans for decades. The US department of housing and urban development and the housing authority of New Orleans say that they wish to de-concentrate poverty in areas that were previously hotbeds for crime and drug abuse. Currently though, there are only plans to replace one-third of the units available for low-income renters. And as Audrey Stewart of the Loyola Law Clinic explains, the result is:

... thousands and thousands of homeless people camping out, under bridges, we have folks staying with relatives and friends – I see that all over my neighbourhood, five, six, seven, eight people living in these tiny houses. We have people getting kicked out of Fema [Federal Emergency Management Agency] trailers with nowhere to go.

Many displaced New Orleans residents, black and white, are now calling for the "right of return" – and are in the process creating a dynamic grassroots movement that threatens to disrupt the relative calm that has eased the passage of the city's controversial reconstruction programme. This is just the kind of movement that Barack Obama spent the first part of his career organising for South Side Chicago, and it may turn out that his ability as president to respond to this call proves decisive.

Obama has been a vocal critic of the Bush administration's recovery and reconstruction programme, and his restoration plan for the region includes housing displaced residents who wish to return to the city. This time last year, Obama expressed concern that New Orleans would once again become the scene of the nation's broken promises, and told residents, "I can promise you this: I will be a president who wakes up every morning and goes to bed every night with the future of this city on my mind." He said:

... racial discord, poverty, the old divisions of black and white, rich and poor, it's time to leave that to yesterday.

But as the presidential campaign intensifies, Obama is increasingly under pressure to "transcend race". If this insidious demand should persist into an Obama presidency, it could seriously hinder a sustained focus on so racially charged an event as Katrina and its disastrous aftermath. What's certain is that the longer the world looks away, the more likely it is that a Disneyfied "new" New Orleans will mean the loss of a city that boasts one of the most complex cultural heritages in the world.

Three years on from the storm, during an election year that has focused attention on a spectacular symbol of African American success, it seems that once again, no one is looking in the direction of a black America that has experienced only the rough end of the American dream.

Anna Hartnell is lecturer in American literature & culture at the University of Birmingham, a.hartnell@bham.ac.uk

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By Jonathan Cook in Nilin
> 02/09/08 "ICH" -- - The window through which Salam Amira, 16, filmed the moment when an Israeli soldier shot from close range a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee has a large hole at its centre with cracks running in every direction.
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> “Since my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time,” she said. The shattered and cracked windows at the front of the building confirm her story. “When we leave the windows open, they fire tear gas inside too.”
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> Her home looks out over the Israeli road block guarding the only entrance to the village of Nilin, located just inside the West Bank midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was here that a bound Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, was shot in the foot in July with a rubber bullet under orders from an Israeli regiment commander.
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> The treatment of the family stands in stark contrast to the leniency shown to the soldier and his commander involved in that incident.
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> B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, has accused the Israeli army of seeking “revenge” for the girl’s role in exposing the actions of its armed forces in the West Bank.
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> It may also be hoping to dissuade other families from airing similar evidence of army brutality, particularly since B’Tselem began distributing dozens of video cameras to Palestinians across the West Bank.
>
> Scenes captured on film of hooded settlers attacking Palestinian farmers near Hebron came as a shock to many early this summer.
>
> The village of Nilin has been the focus of the Israeli army’s actions since May, when its 4,700 inhabitants began a campaign of mainly non-violent demonstrations to halt the building of Israel’s separation wall across their land.
>
> After the wall is completed, the village will be cut off from 40 per cent of its remaining farmland, effectively annexing it to half a dozen large Jewish settlements that encircle Nilin. The settlements are all illegal under international law.
>
> Several times a week the villagers, joined by small numbers of Israeli and international supporters, congregate in olive fields where bulldozers are tearing up the land to make way for the wall.
>
> The people of Nilin have tried various non-violent forms of protest, including praying in the path of the heavy machinery, using mirrors to reflect sunlight at the construction workers, banging pots and pans, and placing rocks in the way of the bulldozers during the night.
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> The army has responded with tear gas and stun grenades, as well as on occasion, with rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition. Last month it was reported that Israel was also experimenting with a new crowd dispersal method called “skunk”, which involves firing a foul-smelling liquid at demonstrators.
>
> In the past few weeks, two youngsters have been shot dead by the army, including one, Ahmed Moussa, who was 10. The army claimed he was throwing stones. An autopsy showed he was hit in the head by a bullet from an M-16 rifle.
>
> This week a soldier fired from close range three rubber bullets at Awad Surur, a mentally disabled man, as he tried to prevent his brother from being arrested. Two bullets penetrated his skull, according to B’Tselem, which denounced the army as increasingly “trigger-happy” and “reckless”.
>
> Salam’s family, like many other villagers, bear the injuries from attendance at protests. Most of her five brothers have been hit by rubber bullets, as has her father, Jamal Amira, 53. The army has sealed the village off on several occasions and, according to villagers, beaten and terrorised inhabitants.
>
> Mr Amira is among at least 100 farmers whose livelihoods will be devastated by the wall. He will lose all 14 hectares of his land, fields on which his ancestors have made their living by growing olives, cucumbers, aubergine and tomatoes.
>
> But Salam’s five-minute film of the roadblock incident, taken during a four-day curfew imposed on the village, has only intensified the family’s troubles.
>
> Three days after the video was aired, the army arrested her father during a peaceful protest. He was the only one seized after the army claimed the demonstrators had entered a closed military zone. Mr Amira was also charged with assaulting a soldier.
>
> He was held for three and a half weeks before an Israeli military judge rejected the army’s demand that he be remanded for a further three months until his trial.
>
> In an almost unprecedented rebuke to the prosecution, the judge questioned the army’s case, saying he could see no evidence of an assault. He also asked why Salam’s father was singled out from all of those protesting.
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> Mr Amira’s lawyer, Gabi Laski, said the decision confirmed “our preliminary claim that the arrest was out of vengeance and punishment for the video filmed by the girl”.
>
> Nonetheless, Mr Amira still faces a military trial. A report last year by Yesh Din, a human rights group, found that in only 0.25 per cent of cases heard by military tribunals was the defendant found innocent. Even if acquitted, Mr Amira is expected to face legal costs amounting to nearly US$10,000 (Dh36,700), a sum the family says it cannot pay.
>
> In contrast, the two soldiers responsible for the shooting of the detainee at the roadblock have been reprimanded with the minor charge of “unbecoming conduct”. Neither will stand criminal trial. B’Tselem has called the decision “shameful”.
>
> According to the legal group the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, the punishment under Israeli law for aggravated abuse of a detainee is seven years imprisonment. ACRI’s lawyers have submitted a petition arguing the lenient charge “transmits to officers and other soldiers an extremely grave message of contempt for human life”.
>
> Lt Col Omri Borberg, the commander who gave the order to shoot Abu Rahma, resigned his post but was immediately moved sideways to a senior post in a different unit. In a show of support, Gabi Ashkenazi, the head of the army, said Lt Col Borberg may be reinstated to a command position.
>
> Meanwhile, the villagers said the army’s behaviour would not dissuade them from protesting or cause them to renounce their commitment to non-violence.
>
> Salah Hawaja, a protest organiser, said: “When we started our demonstrations, maybe 50 soldiers showed up. Now there are hundreds stationed permanently around us. Israel is treating us like a major war zone, even though we are using non-violence.
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> “The people of Nilin have accepted that the best strategy to stop Israel’s plans to steal our land and leave us inside a ghetto is non-violence,” said Mr Hawaja.
>
> “We need to show the world who is the occupier and who the occupied. Israel understands how threatening this is, which is why it is using so much force against us.”
>
> A fund has been established to help the Amira family. Donations can be sent to: Amira Legal Defense Fund, PO Box 1335, Kfar Saba, Israel 44113, made out to “Matte Hacoalitsia”. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal: http://tinyurl.com/6fekjc
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>
> Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jkcook.net.
>
> This article originally appeared in The National (www.thenational.ae), published in Abu Dhabi.

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In 1948, my grandmother was expelled from Palestine . Like many of the 780,000 evicted that year, she never saw her birthplace again. But she always dreamed of a dignified return: to Yaffa, her home city, a place of warmth and beauty; to her house, which in her heart, towered higher than the hills of Lebanon ; and to an unfettered life, which no apology or compensation could ever replace. My grandmother passed on her story to inspire and galvanize—to insure that her children and grandchildren, and all those they encountered, would never forget Palestine . 


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The concept of this volume was conceived after a night of spoken word at the historic Made in Palestine art exhibit in New York , in 2006. Invigorated by the capacity of spoken word to enliven a crowd, Palestinian artist and Al Jisser co-founder, Samia Halaby, encouraged me to capture the night's vivacity by publishing a brief chapbook featuring poems from the event.


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Obama's Zionist Wannabe Veep - by Robert Weitzel
 
"For all of Obama's campaign promises of "change," his choice of Joseph Biden as his running mate sends a clear signal to Israel's lobby in Washington and its right-wing government in Jerusalem that for the next four years there will be no change in the United States."

Israel Must Rein in Settler Movement - by Joel Gulledge
 
 
"There are now over 450,000 Israeli settlers living on land taken from Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of international law."
Israel Turns Gaza into Prison - by Zohair M. Abu Shaban
 
"There are hundreds of Palestinian students in Gaza hoping for a miracle in the next few days so that we can pursue scholarships that may offer a once-in-a-lifetime escape from ignorance and poverty. We are determined not to be rendered a dependent people lacking advanced education."

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The Palestine Chronicle Newsletter Global Voices for a Better World
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RAMZY BAROUD
Olympic Follies and Triumphs
 
Gaza cannot wait to greet returning Al-Masri, whose stories of the Great Wall and the grandeur and wonders of China are likely to be unequalled in a place used to the same old stories: of siege, Israeli incursions and violence. 
GHASSAN MICHEL RUBEIZ
Is Israel One Disaster from Collapse? 
 Israelis are not united in supporting their government's policies of a four-decade festering occupation of Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese territories. The occupation is costly, morally troubling and beyond the capacity of Israel to maintain.
IVAN SIMIC
On August 25, 2008 the Federal Assembly of Russia unanimously voted to urge President Medvedev to recognise Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. On the following day, President Medvedev agreed, and signed a decree in which Russia officially recognized the two entities. 
NEWS
Gaza Blockade Protesters Sail Back to Cyprus
JOHARAH BAKER
More than 'Unhelpful,' Settlements are Detrimental 
 
In what will probably be her last trip to the region in her capacity as US Secretary of State this week, Condoleezza Rice called Israel's settlement activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem, "unhelpful."
STEPHEN LENDMAN
Torture as Official Israeli Policy 
 
Ending the cycle of violence is challenging. Time and will are needed. It starts by respecting everyone's equal rights and their intrinsic human worth. If agreement on not resorting to violence can be achieved, "the magic key to peace, justice and true security" may be at hand, but it'll take a determined effort to turn it constructively and no time to waste doing it. 
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Racing the Enemy 
  
Atomic aftermath: the destruction of Hiroshima, Japan, after the bombing in 1945.
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