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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

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

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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

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

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


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Cost of War in Afghanistan

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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.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Micheal Leigh & Ruud Janssen: George Brecht 1926-2008

Brecht studied at John Cage's New School for Social Research in 1958 and 1959. He also wrote about Fluxus in The Fluxus Newspaper. Hannah Higgins, daughter of Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles, mentions and quotes Brecht several times in her landmark book about Fluxus, "The Fluxus Experience" (2002). Notable contributions to Fluxus from George Brecht include "Word Events", and Water Yam, the earliest and one of the most famous "Fluxkits". Brecht was associated with the Fluxus artists of the 1960s including, Daniel Spoerri, Dick Higgins, and others. He taught at Rutgers University and took part in many of the Fluxus and Happenings activities there, including Yam Festival. He worked with artists such as John Cage, Ray Johnson, Ken Friedman, Alison Knowles and Robert Filliou. One of his most cited works is 'Drip Event' (1962) - instructions for a performance/event (Event Score) involving 'a source of dripping water and an empty vessel.. arranged so that the water falls into the vessel' (January 1962).
He left New York in April 1965 for Rome; from there he moved to Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, to start a shop, La Cédrille Qui Sourait, with the french artist Robert Filliou, also a member of fluxus. The shop wass intended to explore ideas about the 'obtuse relationship(s) to the institution of language.'[2] After the shop closed in 1968, Brecht moved to London where he organised the Book of the Tumbler on Fire exhibition, an ongoing series of assemblages representing 'pages' of a fictitious book, Cologne and Stuttgart, 1969. He continued to exhibit widely throughout the seventies and early eighties. Since then, his work has been included in a number of important retrospectives, including major shows about fluxus.
In 2006 he won the prestigious Berlin Art Prize. de:Kunstpreis Berlin
He dies in Cologne.

It's another blog!

--- On Sat, 6/12/08, Ruud Janssen <> wrote:
From: Ruud Janssen <>
Subject: [fluxlist] George Brecht
Date: Saturday, 6 December, 2008, 3:46 PM

Published on Fluxus Heidelberg Center Blog - 6 December 2008

The Fluxus artist just died in a retirement home in Cologne at the
age of 82 years, according to this short article from the Kölner

<strong>Fluxus- Künstler George Brecht ist tot</strong>

Von Frank Frangenberg, 05.12.08, 13:11h, aktualisiert 05.12.08, 21:37h

Der in New York geborene Künstler, der eigentlich George MacDiarmid
hieß, starb am Freitagmorgen im Alter von 82 Jahren in einem Kölner
Altersheim. Er lebte seit vielen Jahren im Rheinland.

George Brecht auf einem Archivbild aus dem Jahr 1959.

George Brecht auf einem Archivbild aus dem Jahr 1959.Die weltweit
gefragtesten Künstler listet regelmäßig der „Kunstkompass" auf. Die
vorderen Plätze belegen seit Jahren die Kölner Gerhard Richter,
Sigmar Polke und Rosemarie Trockel. Einer der einflussreichsten
Künstler unserer Zeit, dazu noch Kölner, ist nie auf dieser Liste
aufgetaucht. Er lehne jegliche Form von Wettbewerb in den Künsten ab,
hielt der Wahlkölner George Brecht im Gespräch mit dieser Zeitung zu
seinem 80. Geburtstag im Jahr 2006 fest. Er lebte seit Jahrzehnten
unter uns und kaum jemand wusste davon. Lediglich eine unscheinbare
Plakette kündete an seinem Haus von seiner Gegenwart. Doch am Freitag
hat uns George Brecht, der letzte der großen Fluxuskünstler, im Alter
von 82 Jahren verlassen. Künstler könne man nicht vergleichen, meinte
er. Er zumindest war unvergleichlich.

In seiner Arbeit „The Brunch Museum" aus dem Jahr 1974 betrauert
George Brecht den tragischen Tod seines Alter Ego W. E. Brunch, es
sei ein großer Verlust für „Brecht &amp; Macdiarmid Research
Assodates". Brecht versammelt einige kleine Objekte - „diese
Handschuhe erhielt Brunch von seiner Mutter im Jahr 1909", eine
Haarlocke und Steine, „die von Brunch für ein selbst erfundenes Spiel
benutzt wurden" - und feiert in eloquenter Brillanz dessen beste
Eigenschaften. Es werden seine eigenen gewesen sein: Brunch habe
die „aktive Teilnahme des Betrachters" verlangt um die Wesensart der
Kunst zu erforschen und „die Wirklichkeit vom Standpunkt der
Wissenschaft, des Glaubens und der Intuition aus wahrgenommen" .

Fluxus heißt die künstlerische Bewegung, der sein Freund George
Maciunas zu Beginn der 1960er Jahre den Namen gibt. Sie verspricht
nicht still stehen zu wollen, Fluxus ist Spaß und Fluxus ist einfach.
Fluxus lebt im Augenblick. Im Jahr 1956, in New York hängt das erste
MAD-Magazin mit dem Kindergesicht von Alfred E. Neumann an den
Kiosken, und in Köln bringt Karlheinz Stockhausen seine „Jünglinge im
Feuerofen" zur Uraufführung, arbeitet George Brecht an seinem
grundlegenden Text „Chance-Imagery" , einer Geschichte des Zufalls in
der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts vom Dadaismus und Surrealismus bis hin
zu John Cage und Jackson Pollock und entwickelt eine Methode zur
Produktion tatsächlich zufallsbestimmter Gemälde: Er spritzt Tinte
auf Leinen und bearbeitet die Tücher im Trockner.

George MacDiarmid studiert zunächst Chemie, seinen Nom de
Guerre „Brecht", eine Referenz an den deutschen Dichter Bertolt
Brecht, legt er sich zu als er im Schwarzwald als Soldat stationiert
ist, und arbeitet als Wissenschaftler erfolgreich für die Industrie.
Die Erfindung des Tampons, darauf besteht er, wird in seinem
Kunstkatalog gelistet. 1958 nimmt George Brecht an John Cages
Unterricht teil und verbindet in der Folge Musik und Visuelles, reibt
seine Geige mit Zitronenöl ein, verschüttet lautstark Wasser und
schickt seine „Partituren" um die Welt, die in Köln im Atelier von
Mary Bauermeister aufgeführt werden. In seiner ersten
Einzelausstellung in New York 1959 zeigt er mit „The Case (Suit
Case)" eines der ersten „Event-Objekte" , mit denen er in den 1960er
und 1970er Jahren bekannt wird. Sie enthalten Alltagsgegenstä nde, die
der Betrachter entnehmen und benutzen soll, um anschließend den
Koffer wieder zu füllen.

Die schöne Retrospektive, die ihm das Museum Ludwig vor drei Jahren
einrichtete, stellte die „Event-Objekte" in den Mittelpunkt, wohl
wissend, dass nicht das „wirkliche" Werk George Brechts ausgestellt
werden kann, das im Ereignis und der Erfahrung gründet, sondern eine
tote, musealisierte Fassung, die keinen Austausch mehr erlaubt. Die
Schau verzauberte trotzdem, mehr als das, strich sie die Bedeutung
von George Brecht für die Kunstgeschichte heraus: Er hat Marcel
Duchamps zufällig gefundenen Objekten, den Readymades wie Urinoir und
Flaschentrockner Beine gemacht. Georges Maciunas, merkte an, dass
George Brecht „eine Menge Anerkennung dafür verdient habe, dass er
das Readymade ins Reich der Aktion erweitert" und damit ebenso in der
Zeit wie im Raum verankert hat.

Fluxus fließt, zwischen Kunst und Leben, und George Brecht schwingt
immer mit. Sein ihm vorangegangener Kollege George Maciunas bewies
dies gerne mit dem Hinweis auf ein Stück von ihm, in dem er ein Licht
an- und wieder ausschaltete: „Nun, Sie machen das jeden Tag, richtig?
Ohne es zu wissen, führen Sie einen George Brecht auf." Kaum etwas
vermag den großzügigen Menschen und Künstler George Brecht besser
charakterisieren, als dass jeder, wenn er will, heute an ihn denken
kann, einfach, indem er einmal den Lichtschalter umlegt.

Video: Israeli Terrorist Settler Shooting Palestinians in Hebron


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A Must See Video: Israeli Terrorist Settler Shooting Palestinians in Hebron

Posted: 06 Dec 2008 04:04 AM CST0%;">

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Footage filmed by Jamal Abu-Sa'ifan, a Palestinian resident of Hebron, documenting a terrorist Israeli settler shooting two members of his family.

The event occurs following the eviction settlers from a Palestinian house they occupied in Hebron. Settlers attacked the nearby house of the Abu-Se'ifan family, and during ensuing clashes, a settler fired his handgun at Hosni Abu-Se'ifan (40), who was hit in the chest and is in stable condition, and his father, 'Abd al-Hai Abu-Sa'ifan (65) who was moderately wounded in his arm. The two were taken to a Hebron hospital. The video shows other members of the family manage to overcome the shooter, later more terrorist settlers from the nearby settlement Kiryat Arba arrives and the scene, and fires their weapon toward the Palestinian family.

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In the hours after the eviction, the terrorist Jewish settlers rioted in Hebron, throwing stones at police and Palestinians and setting fire to Palestinian trees and attacking Palestinian homes.

B'Tselem handed the video to Israeli police in Hebron last night and was "demanding that the assailant is immediately brought to justice and that the involvement of the security guard be investigated".

"Additionally, the security forces must investigate the failures that allowed settlers to riot throughout the afternoon and evening in Hebron's Palestinian neighbourhoods," the rights group said.

There are more than 470,000 terrorist Jewish settlers living in the West Bank and Jerusalem and their numbers are increasing every year, even though all settlements in the occupied territories are illegal under international law.

The settlers at the Hebron house claimed they had bought the building legally nearly two years ago from a Palestinian and said they had documents and videotape as proof. However, the Palestinian has since denied selling the building to the settlers and last month the Israeli supreme court said the house should be evacuated until the ownership dispute was settled.

gaza news & videos : Gaza reduced to bare survival

Gaza reduced to bare survival:
The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is having ever more serious consequences on its population. In the past month the supply of humanitarian aid and basic necessities to Gaza has been reduced from a trickle to an intermittent drip.
Russia calls on Israel to lift blockade:
American officials sided with the Israelis at an emergency Security Council session where the protests of Libya, one of 10 rotating members of the Security Council, fell on deaf ears. The Russians used more explicit language in calling for an end to the blockade than they have at past gatherings.
Arab states slam Israel's human rights record at UN forum:
Western countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, France and Germany, urged Israel to lift its blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip which they said had led to a worsening humanitarian situation.
Israel 'has faith in team Obama':
"Obama is surrounding himself with people who we know - from Hillary Clinton, to Rahm Emanuel, to James Jones. There is no reason to panic," the Israeli official told the Jerusalem Post.
Short of cash, banks shut down in Gaza:
Bank branches across the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip shut their doors on Thursday, saying they did not have enough bank notes in their vaults to operate normally because of an Israeli-led blockade.
Jewish settlers in Hebron shoot Palestinian men:
The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem has released graphic video footage showing settlers fighting with Palestinians in Hebron and shooting two men at close range in the hours after a settler house was evacuated by police yesterday.
Standing up to Jewish terrorism:
For a long time now, settlers in Hebron and other areas of Judea and Samaria (and East Jerusalem) have engaged in unruly behavior whose only goal is to violently threaten the Palestinians while undermining Israel's sovereignty.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Prochaine soirée (vernissage) et exposition / Next art party & exhibition / Appel à dons



SOS-ART.COM, groupe d'artistes contemporains réitère à l'Avant Rue,
pour trois jours d'installations en tout genre. vidéos, photographies,
installations sonores, poésie, performances…

Du 13 au 15 décembre 2008.

Samedi 13 décembre 2008 à partir de 20h
(performances à partir de 21h)

Dimanche 14 et lundi 15, de 14h à 19h
Plan / Map : here
Toutes les infos sur:
Site du groupe:

Vous pouvez soutenir l'association en faisant
une donnation

Nous n'avons pour le moment reçu aucune subvention de l'état et devons par nous même et grâce à nos donateurs faire vivre notre association. Merci par avance pour votre compréhension, générosité et attention.

Liste des participants de la prochaine soirée:
Julien Blaine
Bernard Heidsieck
Annie Abrahams
Lucille Calmel
Franck Ancel
Vincent Epplay
John M. Bennett
Jean François et Jérôme Blanquet
Allan Revich
Philippe Boisnard
Xavier Cariou
Damien Bénéteau
Simon Gris
Ismaïl Bahri
Anastasia Bolchakova
Pierre Louis Aouston
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Simone Stoll
Daphné Bitchatch
Claudine Londre
Tristan Mory
Don Boyd
Pierre Charpy
Olivier Cans
Rei Dihson
Steve Stuart
Collectif Get(res)
Nicolas Carras
Philippe Rahmy
Luc Pelletier
Serge Hildebrandt
Eric Cassar
Thomas Rodriguez
Hervé Péchoux
Murat Onol
Chloé Duloquin
Sébastien Bourg
Marie Pierre Bufflier
Suzanne Brun
Jim Leftwich
Karim Kharbaoui

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Fwd: Sabbah's Blog

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The Israelis Attack us Every Day

Posted: 04 Dec 2008 02:06 PM CST

[From: Narratives Under Siege]

 Saber Al-Hissie has been a fisherman in Gaza for fifteen years. His 20 metre boat is scarred with bullet holes from the Israeli military, who harass the fishermen daily

Saber Al-Hissie has been a fisherman in Gaza for fifteen years. His 20 metre boat is scarred with bullet holes from the Israeli military, who harass the fishermen daily

"I've been a fisherman for fifteen years now, ever since I was fifteen years old. My father was a fisherman and so was my grandfather. I have spent half my life at sea. But every day we face problems from the Israeli gunboats: they follow us, and then they start shooting at us because they want to force us to stop working."

Saber Al-Hissie comes from a Gazan family of fishermen. His 20 metre vessel belongs to his father, who, after many years of fishing, has finally passed the family business over to Saber. There are more than 3,500 professional fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and the majority of them live in and around Gaza City, where the main harbour is located. The Al-Hissie family, like most of the other Gaza city fishermen, live in the sprawling refugee camp, known locally as the Beach Camp, near Gaza harbour.

Gaza harbour awakens before dawn. The fishermen land the night catch, the fishmongers gather to buy the fish, and those fishermen who have spent the night in the luxury of their own beds at home arrive to start preparing for the early morning fishing. Nets are mended, fuel and water supplies replenished, and the boats are back out at sea before 7am. Saber Al-Hissie has a crewe of seven men and boys with him today, including thirteen year old Mahmoud, and eighteen year old Ali, who both regularly work as fishermen. Mahmoud is still at school, but Ali says he never went to school. "I always wanted to be a fisherman" he says, grinning.

As we sail out of the harbour and head west, Saber Al-Hissie describes the restrictions that Israel is imposing on him and every other fisherman trying to earn a living in the Gaza Strip. "If we sail six miles out to sea, then maybe we will be safe" he says. "But if we go any further out to sea, the Israelis always harass us. They circle the boats, they shoot towards us, and recently they started using water cannons to attack us." He explains that some fishermen still take the risk of sail further out than the six mile limit, where they can trawl for the richer stocks of fish in deeper waters. "But I don't want my boat damaged so I stay within the [Israeli] limit" he adds. His boat is already scarred with bullet holes inflicted by the IOF.

The fishermen often sail out of Gaza harbour in fleets. Some vessels stay fairly close together at the edge of the six mile limit for mutual protection, though a minority of fishermen sail on further, in defiance of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). But regardless of how far they sail, all the fishermen risk being shot, water cannoned, arrested and detained, and also having their vessels damaged, destroyed or confiscated. More than seventy Gaza fishermen were arrested by the IOF last year.

Commercial fishing is an inherently risky profession, and has become increasingly more dangerous in Gaza because of the relentless IOF harassment and intimidation. Even before we reach six miles from the Gaza coast, we can see three Israeli gunboats speeding towards us. We are amongst a fleet of around ten Gazan fishing vessels that gradually disperse between six to eight miles from the coastline and drop their nets. The crew on board Saber's boat become visibly tense as the Israeli gunboats begin circling individual vessels at high speed, causing huge waves that pitch the vessels. Soon we can clearly see fishing vessels being water cannoned by one of the Israeli gunboats. "The Israelis attack us every day" says one of the crew, Abu Mahmoud. "Until you see it for yourself, you cannot believe the situation we are facing."

Gazan fishermen say the Israelis are using dirty, possibly contaminated water in the high-speed water cannons, in order to force them back towards shore, despite the fact the fishermen have the absolute right to fish off their own coast. The Interim Arrangements signed between the PLO and Israel in 1994/5, stipulate that Gazan fishermen have the legal right to fish up to 20 nautical miles from the Gaza coastline. However, Israel has never honoured the Interim Agreements, and has consistently harassed and intimidated fishermen across the Gaza Strip, decimating the local fishing industry.

Ten years ago, Gazan fishermen were hauling approximately 3,000 tons of fresh fish a year. But productivity has plummeted since the Second Intifada due to escalating IOF attacks, and now the fishermen are hauling less than 500 tons of fresh fish per year, and being forced to over-fish the shallow waters in close proximity to Gaza. The fishermen say the presence of a small group of international human rights observers from the Free Gaza Movement has improved the situation for those boats which are accompanied by the internationals - but these fishermen want their right to work without facing daily harassment and violence from the IOF. This manufactured crisis in the Gaza fishing industry is yet another part of the overall IOF siege and closure of Gaza, including its mass violations of the social and economic rights of the entire civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

One of the Israeli gunboats speeds towards us, and uses a megaphone to order us back.. We are now at the edge of the six mile limit, and Saber refuses to be cowed. His crew calmly continues working, as the gunboat circles us at high speed and the boat pitches wildly. When the IOF start to shoot into the waters around us with a sub-machine gun, Saber turns his vessel back towards Gaza. "We just want to fish and support our families" he says. "We are not committing any crimes. But they are."

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EXCEPTIONS: IOF failure to enforce the law on soldiers

Posted: 04 Dec 2008 01:41 PM CST

Yesh Din: "EXCEPTIONS:" new report exposes IOF's failure to enforce the law on soldiers


The report "Exceptions" reveals for the first time full data on how the Israeli military law enforcement agencies (the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division (MPCID), the Military Prosecution and the Courts-Martial) process cases in which IOF soldiers commit offenses against Palestinians and their property. The report offers the first opportunity to examine the quality of the military criminal system's operations in relation to offenses by soldiers against Palestinian civilians, and it includes the details of each case heard by the Courts-Martial on offenses committed from the outbreak of the second Intifada on September 29, 2000 through the end of 2007.

When criminal offenses committed by IOF soldiers against Palestinians are exposed to the public and draw a public response, the IOF leadership and heads of the Israeli political system are quick to label such actions as "exceptional incidents," and to promise to hold the perpetrators fully accountable. Israel's official spokespeople go to great lengths to persuade the Israeli public and international community that such incidents are rare and that they are treated aggressively. But this report shows that the "exceptions" are actually those cases in which soldiers and officers who commit crimes against Palestinian civilians are investigated and prosecuted. Even more exceptional are the cases in which heavy sentences are imposed on the perpetrators for their crimes.

The figures presented in the report were derived, among other sources, from the indictments and judgments of the Courts-Martial during the seven years of the second Intifada. These materials were provided to Yesh Din by the IOF at the end of a prolonged process lasting a year and a half. A review of these documents allows us for the first time to present the magnitude of the IOF's failure to fulfill its duty to protect the population of the Occupied Territories (OT) from the crimes of its soldiers, a duty set forth in the provisions of international law regarding the management of occupied territories.

The first part of the report focuses on the criminal investigations conducted by the MPCID into offenses by IOF soldiers and officers against civilians in the OT. The report reveals that only in rare cases do Palestinian civilians file complaints directly to the MPCID, due greatly to the fact that the MPCID has no investigation base in the OT. In even fewer cases do commanders fulfill their duty to inform the MPCID of a suspicion that their soldiers have committed criminal offenses against Palestinians. The figures show that only in 40% of the complaints and notices that ultimately reached the MPCID in the last two years (usually through human rights organizations, the Military Prosecution or directly from the plaintiffs) were criminal investigations opened.

In the seven years between the outbreak of the second Intifada and the end of 2007, only 1,246 MPCID investigations were opened into suspected offenses by soldiers against Palestinian civilians, slightly less than the number of investigations opened in only three years of the first Intifada. Only 78 investigations - six percent of all investigations opened in the period covered by the report - led to the filing of indictments.

Figures collected by human rights organizations operating in the OT show that more than 2000 Palestinian civilians not involved in combat were killed during that period. However, from the beginning of the second Intifada to the end of 2007 only 13 investigation files led to indictments charging soldiers with responsibility for the killing of civilians. Until the publication of this report the Courts-Martial had convicted five soldiers for the deaths of only four civilians: three Palestinians and one British citizen. The first part of the report presents, among other things, one reason for the small number of investigations opened into shootings of Palestinian civilians: the use of the "operational debriefing" as a tool to evade criminal investigation.

The report also presents figures about the realization of the Palestinians' right to compensation for damage to body and property during recent years, and it shows an inherent conflict of interests in MPCID investigations, whose intention - as stated explicitly by the Chief Military Police Officer himself - is not only to uncover criminal offenses and bring those responsible to justice, but also to spare the State of Israel the payment of compensation to Palestinian civilians harmed by the actions of its soldiers.

The second part of the report presents for the first time the results of the legal proceedings in each of the 78 investigation files that produced indictments. Those indictments were served against 135 soldiers and officers, and the percentage of convictions of defendants in those cases is high: of 135 defendants thus far 113 have been convicted, mostly by means of plea bargains. Only four defendants were acquitted at the end of the legal proceedings from all of the offenses for which they were charged, and the indictments against eight defendants were canceled (some of which were replaced by disciplinary - rather than criminal - proceedings).

Proceedings against ten other defendants are still pending. This part of the report details the results of the second Intifada trials, categorized by type of offense: illegal use of firearms (including shooting that led to the death or injury of Palestinians as well as shooting that did not cause bodily harm), offenses of abuse and violence, property and looting offenses, and other offenses. The figures presented in this report demonstrate the sizeable gap between the level of maximum punishment set forth by Israeli law for the offenses of which the soldiers were convicted and the sentences they were actually granted in these cases.

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Petition in support of UN General Assembly President to boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel

Posted: 04 Dec 2008 01:44 PM CST

Petition in support of call by United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'escoto Brockmann for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel

During the 57th Plenary Meeting on the Question of Palestine, President of the General Assembly Miguel D'escoto Brockmann broke a diplomatic taboo by describing Israeli policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as similar to those of the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa.

Brockmann also urged the United Nations to use the term 'apartheid' without fear, and recommended that the United Nations

"….should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations."

Unsurprisingly, Brockmann has been branded as an antisemite by apologists for Israel.

We are appalled by the recurrent use of baseless accusations of antisemitism; they silence calls for compassion and humanity in the name of the Palestinian people. The use of such accusations to defend massive violence against civilians offends all people of conscience. The false invocation of the slur of antisemitism positions Israel, with great political and military advantage, as a victim, while desecrating Jewish histories and trivializing the real experiences and outcomes of antisemitism.

Likening Israel's policies to apartheid is not antisemitic. It is common sense. Israel's policies have been widely described in these terms by, among others, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Jamal Zahalka, Azmi Bishara, Gideon Levy, John Dugard, Omar Barghouti, Danny Rubinstein, Amira Haas, Shulamit Aloni, Meron Benvenisti, and Ami Ayalon.

Calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is not antisemitism. It is the recognition that only such a campaign can lay the ground for a long-lasting peace based on justice and reconciliation. In the words of Nelson Mandela,

"The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East…"

As Israel continues to ignore the growing outrage over the blockade of Gaza, and as Israel repeatedly breaks the cease-fire, blocks humanitarian aid and prevents journalists from covering the catastrophic impact of its actions, we the undersigned express our support for President Brockmann and urge the United Nations and all member states to adopt his recommendation without delay.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008



Sobre cualquier medio plástico - creación y
edición. Libros de Artista. Audio. Video-Art. Copy-Art. Montajes,
Sellos Postales; Lenguaje –Art. Poemas Objeto. Esculturas, Pinturas y
Grabados, etc.
Las obras de arte que se envíen, tienen que
estar firmadas e identificadas, con una etiqueta en la parte
posterior de la obra con el nombre del artista, título, técnica, el
tamaño y el año de ejecución. Se enviarán a la siguiente

LITORAL, nº 25.

Y para incluir la obra en el catalogo o Web. Se enviarán por correo
electrónico el Currículum del artista, como el gráfico de la


El Atelier Felipe LAMADRID realizará un
catálogo de la obra recibida que pasarán a formar parte de la galería

La fecha límite de entrega de los trabajos será el día 5 de diciembre
y se realizará una exposición que se inaugurará el sábado 20 de
diciembre del 2008, a la 20 horas y finalizará el día 28 de febrero

Las obras recibidas se incluirán en el blogs del
mail-artista o en el espacio:
olls, Links, Database and


Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 22:32:05 +0800

Dear friends,
We invited artists from all over the world to contribute their work in this exhibition called the 1st Mail Art Festival in Malaysia / MMAF 2009
Theme: open
Technique: open
Size: A3 & A4
Exhibition: Shah Alam Gallery, Yayasan Seni Selangor (Selangor Art Foundation), Shah Alam , Malaysia (APRIL 2009)
You can send artwork/ s, on paper or canvas (2D ONLY), sized A4 (21 x 30 cm) or A3 (31 x 42 cm). THERE IS NO PARTICIPATION FEE. ORIGINAL art works only, without frame. Certificate will be send to all participants from MMAF to acknowledge your mail art/s is in our permanent collection. 
Please include:-
Full name, Address, Country, Title of work, Medium, Year, E-mail address, Web site & CV.
Each artwork will be exhibited. Documentation will be launched online at :-
Closing date:-  15 MARCH  2009
For further information please visit: 
HOME / MMAF 2009:
Please mail to:-
Shah  Alam  Gallery
Persiaran  Tasik 
40000  Shah  Alam

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

rasgadodeboca # 19 de NAVIDAD ya está en Internet


rasgadodeboca # 19 de NAVIDAD ya está en Internet






101 COÑOS EN EL DIABLO ME DIJO - José Miguel Vilar-Bou
OCHO – Víctor Hugo Barrera
UN PAÍS MUY CURIOSO - Rafael Osio Cabrices

¿PONERNOS A DIETA? - Paolo Coelho

LADIES WC 1969 VENEZUELA PSYCHO - Víctor Anasagasti & Alfredo Churión

¿JUGÁS AL FÚTBOL…? - Guillermo
VINO BUENO – 5iniester
LA VERDAD – Dr. Luis Romero
EL REGRESO – Joaquín Ortega
YO NO SOY DE CARACAS – Fedosy Santaella
HORMIGAS! - Absence - Bloggesa
REGEN - Santiago Zerpa


Proyecto Metro: Convocatoria para Artistas de Performance / Metre Project: Open Call for Performance Artists

(english following the spanish version)

Proyecto Metro
convocatoria para artistas de performance

En 1791 la Academia de Ciencias Francesa acordó que la diezmillonésima parte de la distancia que separa el polo de la línea del ecuador terrestre se llamara metro, desde entonces esta unidad ha servido como estándar para medir las distancias y las cosas ("seis metros de cartón o doce metros entre mis zapatos").  Pero esta medida, mas hoy en día que se mide con láseres de altas tecnologías, se ha vuelto bastante impersonal. Por esta razón, el Proyecto Metro pretende rehumanizar la unidad de medida creando un nuevo estándar en función del artista de performance.

¿Como funciona?

Toda persona que quiera participar puede hacerlo, los únicos requerimientos son ser un artista de performance (la decisión de ser artista de performance la toma el participante, la naturaleza performativa de este experimento convierte automáticamente en un artista de performance en toda persona que participe) y llenar de la manera mas exacta posible la planilla que se anexa.

Para darle movilidad al proyecto se establece como fecha tope de recepción de datos el 31 de diciembre de 2008 a las 23.59 del meridiano de Greenwich, esto sin embargo no marca un fin definitivo pues estos primeros datos solo serán usados para computar un primer estándar que se denominara de 2008.

El proyecto no tiene un fin pues pretende censar a la mayor cantidad de artistas de performance posible, en este sentido se pretende hacer una revisión anual del estándar y se incentiva a que nuevas entradas se agreguen al proyecto concluido el año 2008.

Más información en
O a través del correo


Metre Project
open call for performance artists

In 1971 the French Academy of Sciences defined the metre as 110,000,000 of the distance from the equator to the north pole through Paris, ever since this unit has served as a standard for measuring objects and distances ("six metres of cardboard or there are twelve metres between my shoes").  The unit however has grown impersonal (even more today with it being determined by high end lasers), for this reason the Metre Project has proposed itself to rehumanize the measuring system creating a new standard based on the performance artist.
How does it work?
Everyone wanting to become a part of the project can do it, the only requirements are being a performance artist (the decision of calling himself a performance artist lies exclusively on the participant, because of the performative nature of the experiment everyone participating in it becomes a performance artist) and filling accurately a submission form.
In order for the project to advance the deadline for first submissions is
determined as December the 31st at 23.59 GMT, this first submission deadline will determine the 2008 standard however the project in it's ambition to acknowledge as many performance artists as possible, will revise the standard annually and for this reason submissions past the first deadline are encouraged (for people not making it)

More info at
or through the mail

Todo sobre Arte de Performance y Performancistas

Recopilación, Publicación, Difusión e Intercambio
de Documentación sobre Arte de Performance y Performancistas

Intercambios: Av. Urdaneta, Edificio Ipostel.
Apartado Postal: 5048. Caracas, Venezuela.

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