Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

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

Free Leonard Peltier

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

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

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

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

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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

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

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


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

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

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

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Manifesto of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)--- announces our next meeting

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.),
an activist group of artists, art workers, performers and independent curators fighting to get paid for our labor, announces our next meeting:

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009, 7 pm
Judson Church Assembly Hall
239 Thompson St. , NYC

free & open to the public,
wheelchair accessible

W.A.G.E. works to draw attention to economic inequalities that exist in the arts, and to resolve them.

W.A.G.E. has been formed because we, as visual + performance artists and independent curators, provide a work force.

W.A.G.E. recognizes the organized irresponsibility of the art market and its supporting institutions, and demands an end of the refusal to pay fees for the work we're asked to provide: preparation, installation, presentation, consultation, exhibition and reproduction.

W.A.G.E. refutes the positioning of the artist as a speculator and calls for the remuneration of cultural value in capital value.

W.A.G.E. believes that the promise of exposure is a liability in a system that denies the value of our labor.

As an unpaid labor force within a robust art market from which others profit greatly,
W.A.G.E. recognizes an inherent exploitation and demands compensation.

W.A.G.E. calls for an address of the economic inequalities that are prevalent, and pro-actively preventing the art worker's ability to survive within the greater economy.

We demand payment for making the world more interesting.

W.A.G.E. wo/manifesto, 2009

db CHIROT: For Gaza--Visual Poetry--Paintings-

"The Concrete Poetry of Niikuni Seiichi : Between Poetry and Art"

The National Museum of Art at Osaka, Japan, is presenting an exhibit
of "the Concrete Poetry of Niikuni Seiichi : Between Poetry and Art"
through Sunday, March 22, 2009.

For a biography of Niikuni Seiichi, go to

For three examples of poems by Niikuni Seiichi, go to

Best regards,

Séamas Cain

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Contemporary Art in the Middle East symposium at Tate Britain & Modern

January 8, 2009


Contemporary Art in the Middle East

Thursday 22 January 2009,
14:00-18:00, Tate Britain


London SW1P 4RG

Friday 23 January 2009,
10:30-18:00, Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG

How do we define the Middle East? How does the interpretation of modern and contemporary art from the Middle East and its diaspora affect its understanding at home and abroad? How have ideas about tradition and modernity emerged in art practice? What will be the impact of new and emerging spaces for modern and contemporary art in different parts of the region? This two-day symposium – which begins at Tate Britain and moves to Tate Modern – brings together artists, curators and writers to discuss recent developments in contemporary art from the Middle East and its diaspora.

The symposium revolves around five discrete sessions: Defining the Middle East;
Writing and Translation; Art Now – Recent Exhibitions; Tradition and Modernity;
The Politics of Space.

The distinguished group of panelists includes Anas Al-Shaikh (artist and curator), Oreet Ashery (artist and fellow at Queen Mary University), Negar Azimi (senior editor, Bidoun magazine), Yto Barrada (artist and founder of Cinemathèque de Tangers), Pat Binder (artist, curator, publisher, Nafas Art Magazine), Gerhard Haupt (art-historian, curator, publisher, Nafas Art online magazine), Stuart Comer (curator, Tate Modern), Suzanne Cotter (chief curator, Modern Art Oxford), Catherine David (chief curator, Direction des Musées de France), David Elliot (artistic director, Sydney Biennale), Dr Khalid Khreis (director, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman), Vasif Kortun (curator and director, Platform, Istanbul), Rahraw Omarzad (editor, Gahnama-e-Hunar and founder, Centre for Contemporary Art, Afghanistan), November Paynter (independant curator), Jack Persekian (artistic director, Sharjah Biennial & director, Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art), Khalil Rabah (artist and director, Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah), Michael Rakowitz (artist), Dina Ramadan (art historian and critic), Andrew Renton (director of curating, Goldsmiths College), Zineb Sedira (artist), Nada Shabout (associate professor Art History, University North Texas), Abdul-Raheem Sharif (founder, The Flying House, Dubai), Wael Shawky (artist), Suha Shoman (founder, Darat al Funun, Amman), Christine Tohme (curator and founder of Ashkal Alwan) Issa Touma (artist, curator & founder of Le Pont Art Organization and Gallery, Aleppo, Syria), William Wells (director,Townhouse Gallery, Cairo), Eyal Weizman (director, Centre for Research Architecture) (tbc).

The symposium is organised by Tate and the International Curators Forum in association with NAFAS online magazine. It is supported by the Arts Council and the World Collections Programme, a collaborative initiative between six UK organisations which aims to develop greater access to their collections and expertise by building partnerships with organisations in Asia and Africa.

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Gaza in International Media

Thank you to Sabbah's Blog for these--

Gaza in The International Media

Posted: 09 Jan 2009 12:49 PM CST

CNN: Red Cross demands Gaza access, cites 'shocking' discoveries

Telegraph: Gaza medics describe horror of strike which killed 70

NYT: Gaza Children Found With Mothers' Corpses

Times: Gaza victims' burns increase concern over phosphorus

Washington Post: An Unnecessary War - By Jimmy Carter

NYT: The Dominion of the Dead

NYT: What You Don't Know About Gaza

The Nation: Israel in Gaza: Irrationality

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Strip Maul

Video: Rafah Razed

Rafah razed

Posted: 09 Jan 2009 02:30 PM CST

Video supplied to the Guardian by the International Solidarity Movement shows razed suburbs of town of Rafah close to border between Gaza and Egypt:

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