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Free Leonard Peltier

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

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

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

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

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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

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

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


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

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

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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
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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.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Radio: Palestine Festival of Literature * Interview With Ahdaf Soueif

Palestine Festival of Literature *

Interview With Ahdaf Soueif

By Emmy Abdul Alim

IOL Staff

From 23-28 May 2009 across the Palestinian territories 17 internationally acclaimed authors, editors and publishing heavyweights will travel daily from checkpoint to checkpoint - from Jerusalem to Ramallah to Jenin to Birzeit to Bethlehem to al-Khalil/Hebron - to bring the Palestine Festival of Literature to the people of Palestine.

The likes of authors Ahdaf Soueif, Michael Palin, Jamal Mahjoub, Nathalie Handal, Henning Mankell (accompanied by wife Eva Bergman, daughter of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman), and Alexandra Pringle (Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury Publishing) will travel through the Palestinian territories to take this literary festival to the people of Palestine, as Palestinians themselves cannot travel freely.

Speaking to IOL Radio, Ahdaf Soueif says of the Palestinian cause and the festival, “This festival is one of a million things that are being done. What is really happening is that civil society across the world is shouldering the responsibility of the Palestinian issue. I think it has now become a global issue, and the festival is part of it.”

In the festival’s press release, author Andrew O’Hagan, who was involved in the 2008 festival said, “I had come as one of the writers attending the first ever Palestine Festival of Literature. Thousands of people turned out: they wanted to believe that Palestine is not just a cause but also a culture and a country, a place not simply for stone-throwing but for ideas and modernity.”

Ahdaf Soueif added, “We found that Palestinian cities – even in the extraordinarily cruel circumstances in which they find themselves – manage to produce brilliant art and top class education.”

At last year’s festival, two musicians from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music could not get pass the checkpoints from Birzeit to Jerusalem to attend and play at their performance. This was a shock to the visiting authors, but accepted as a fact of life by the Palestinians. The performance went on, and the cellist took pains to include his colleague’s missing oud melodies.

Click here to listen to the radio show with Ahdaf Soueif.
Rania Elias, Director of Yabous Productions, who with the British Council is co-presenting this year’s festival, said, “Palestinian life is jailed behind barriers, held up at checkpoints, but it insists on being part of the wider world; this is why the Palestine International Festival of Literature enjoyed packed houses last year.”

According to Soueif, last year’s festival was very energetically and enthusiastically received, with students attending the workshops “asking for more homework”, and Roddy Doyle’s books selling out in three days, when Roddy Doyle was unknown to them prior to the

Click here to listen to the radio show with Ahdaf Soueif.

Ahdaf Soueif spoke of her main drive to round up her friends, who are all important literary figures, to make the festival a reality, “We believe that the situation is so flagrant and the justice of the Palestinian cause is so obvious. If you just bring people in and expose them to it, and meet Palestinians and interact with students, and do the whole festival for a week, then they will be affected. From last year’s experience we felt that people were affected indeed.” She continued, “These people are all writers and authors. This is going to show in their work.”

She has no delusions of the festival changing the situation within Palestine anytime soon, saying, “You’re aiming for a longer term. You’re aiming that, in a few years time there will be serious novels and plays and films that represent the situation and that become classics.” How do you translate this into actions to change perception? “With our festival you cannot draw a straight line. I believe that the situation is so clear and the justice of the Palestinian cause so evident that it has an effect and people leave changed. It’s a life-altering moment.”

The festival was keen on travelling to Gaza but was advised against it, reminding us of the atrocities of the most recent incursions from December 2008 to January 2009, and the continuing illegal Israeli blockade on Gaza that has been going on for more than two years now. Ahdaf Soueif and the Palestine Festival of Literature are determined to show Palestinians continuing support, to open young Palestinian eyes to other cultures and life experiences, to impart skills and knowledge. In exchange, the international guests will doubtlessly leave with lasting imprints of the life and spirit of struggling Palestinians hungry to break down barriers and to reclaim their rightful place on the international stage.

“Everybody has a role to play. My friends and I, we are literary people, and so this is where our competence would be.” As Palestinians the world over commemorate the 61st year of the Nakba, the day of catastrophe in 1948 that saw the mass deportation of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their cities and villages, massacres of civilians, and the razing to the ground of hundreds of Palestinian villages towards the establishment of the state of Israel, Ahdaf Soueif and her friends remind us of the late great Edward Said’s call “to reaffirm the power of culture over the culture of power”.

* The Palestine Festival of Literature will take place across Palestine from 23-28 May 2009. For more information please visit their website You can also follow PalFest on twitter and on their facebook group. Authors blogs will start together with the festival.

Emmy Abdul Alim is producer and presenter with's radio. Currently based in Cairo, she has lived and worked in her native Singapore, as well as in London and the Netherlands. Emmy received degrees in English & European Studies (National University of Singapore) and Arabic & Islamic Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies, London). She can be reached via

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