Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
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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
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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
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
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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, May 02, 2009

Court Rebukes Bush, Obama Administration

JG BALLARD HOMAGE for Xavi--excerpts from ongoing series--

Angelika Fotjuch: Performance Art at Thessaloniki Biennale and WRO Biennale

Angelika Fojtuch

performance and lecture at
video presentation at

24th - 30th of May 2009
curated by: Demosthenis Agrafiotis – Eirini Papakonstantinou
The performance art artists participating are coming from Greece, USA, Portugal, Denmark, Nigeria, Canada, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, China, Japan, France and Uruguay:
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The presentation of Angelika Fojtuch at THESSALONIKI BIENNALE is supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute

6th-7th of May 2009 Wednesday / Thursday 12:30 pm.
Special presentation at 13th MEDIA ART BIENNALE WRO 09 EXPANDED CITY
curated by: Joanna Sokolowska

Vahrama Aghasyana, Khinkali Juice (Nadia Tsulukidze i Sophia Tabatadze), Chto Delat? (St. Petersburg), the duet Škart (Belgrad), Zbynek Baladrán (Prague), Mony Vătămanu i Florina Tudor (Bucharest i Warsaw), Khinkali Juice (Georgia), Piotr Jaros (Cracow), Angelika Fojtuch (Warsaw), Miklósa Erhardta (Budapest), R.E.P. (Kiev), Spaţiul  Public Bucureşti 2007 - Mariusa Babiasa i Sabine Hentzsch, Kathariny Koch (Bucharest), Voiny (Moscow)


Wroclawski Teatr Lalek, Pl. Teatralny 4
Mala scena / Chamber Hall
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Mayday Magazine--Chirot featured visual artist

Dear All,

Would like to invite you to a new online magazine:

Mayday presents the best in nonfiction, microfiction, poetry,
political/cultural commentary, translation, and visual art in its
spring and fall online issues. Our current issue features work by
writers and translators including David R. Slavitt, Abdellatif Laâbi,
Jillian Weise, Dan Beachy-Quick, Steve Davenport, Mark Spitzer,
Christophe Casamassima, Gordon Hadfield, Nancy Hadfield, Paula Carter,
and Raul Clement. Jared Schickling interviews poet and featured visual
artist David-Baptiste Chirot, and we listen in as Okla Elliott talks
with Matt Gonzalez, Ralph Nader's extremely charming and intelligent
2008 vice-presidential running mate. A large roundtable discussion
explores the current state of poetry criticism, featuring writers,
editors, and reviewers such as Kent Johnson, Ange Mlinko, Eric
Lorberer, Don Share, Annie Finch, David Orr, Stephen Burt, Maureen
McLane, Mark Halliday, Robert Archambeau, and John Beer.

Jared Schickling


RedfoxPress: visual poetry / fluxus books

Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 11:00:59 +0100
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A collection of small artists' books
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  1. I can call someone Hitler or a Nazi, but you can't.
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I can call someone Hitler or a Nazi, but you can't.

Fresh from witnessing a neoconservative Hudson Institute-sponsored Alan Dershowitz/Jon Voight et al tirade smearing everyone from Hamas and Hezbollah to Ahmadinejad and, well, most Palestinians, as Nazis and Hitlers, it should come as no surprise that a {Jewish] professor is now actually being investigated by the Anti-Defamation League and his employers for suggesting a comparison between Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto. With breath-taking hypocrisy, the Hudson Institute's Ron Radosh even goes for the jugular, because, well, it's not OK when the other side does it.
I can't even keep track anymore of the number of people- Netanyahu, Hageee, Horowitz, who else?- who have compared Ahmadinejad to Hitler. Signs at pro-Israeli rallies regularly invoke Nazis (one sign in Geneva= UNazi). Glenn Greenwald wrote at length about the frequent, and un-challenged use of Nazi epithets against liberals on right-wing Fox TV. But if someone critical of Israel dares to invoke Nazis or Hitler, the thought police arrive in seconds. It's an appalling double-standard, illustrating how selective outrage about the Holocaust is used for purely cynical purposes. This is a phenomenon that all of us, especially Jews, should oppose vehemently. If it were up to me, Holocaust comparisons would not be declared off limits, nor would they be used so casually.

According to Simon Wiesenthal Center's video called "Jewish Students [are] Under Siege from Professor at UC Santa Barbara." [Editor's Note: likely in response to complaints, they just changed the title to "Jewish Students Shocked by UCSB Professor's Demonizing Email"]
Yes, Sociology professor William I. Robinson, who is Jewish, is apparently the new front line for the all out attack on Jewish students on campuses.

His crime? Sending an email to students in his sociology and globalization class:
The e-mail contained more than two dozen photographs of Jewish victims of the Nazis, including those of dead children, juxtaposed with nearly identical images from the Gaza Strip. It also included an article critical of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and a note from Robinson.
"Gaza is Israel's Warsaw — a vast concentration camp that confined and blockaded Palestinians," the professor wrote. "We are witness
I remember a version of that viral email well from January-it did not originate with Robinson, but traveled around the net during the height of Israel's Operation Cast Lead. While inflammatory, and not something I would forward myself, the strikingly parallel images were enough to give anyone pause. I also remember telling my father at the time that the emails I was getting from a friend in Gaza during the bombing were nauseatingly reminiscent of the letters I keep from my great grandmother sent from inside the Warsaw Ghetto. I said I had no idea if my friend would be alive the next day. Even my 82-year-old father, who is mentioned in one of those letters signed "mama", acknowledged with a sigh, "I see what you mean."
I recently finished reading the book, "Who will write our history? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes archives." While the Warsaw Ghetto, with 400,000 packed into a tiny little area at one point, ended with the murder of all of its inhabitants in extermination camps-including members of my own family- the nearly 1.5 million people packed into a walled-off Gaza will never face such an unspeakable fate.
Nonetheless, it is impossible to read about day to day life in the Warsaw Ghetto and not be haunted by Gaza- people forcibly crowded into a small space and unable to leave; rampant health problems and slow starvation/malnourishment; a massive black market for goods and food;  rampant corruption and collaboration; routine dehumanization by the occupying army; the desperate sense that if only the world knew they would come and save them. For any Jew who is aware of what's happening in Gaza, this or any book about the Ghetto makes for very, very, very hard reading. It forces one to pause in self-reflection about how the unspeakable horror of what was done to us changed us, at least some of us, and became a kind of sickness.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, in the video above, defines anti-Semitism to include: "The demonization of Israel, or vilification of Israeli leaders, sometimes through comparisons with Nazi leaders, and through the use of Nazi symbols to caricature them, indicates an anti-Semitic bias."
So did I just commit an act of anti-Semitism by writing those words? Should survivors Hajo Meyer or Annette Herskovits, among others, who have also looked at their own experiences and those of Gazans, be hauled off to the ADL's re-education camp?
In Enough with campus inquisitions!, Alan Wolfe wrote a terrific defense of Robinson, saying,"the idea of investigating him is appalling and the ADL should be ashamed of itself. Precedents are being set in this case that could have serious ramifications for everyone teaching in public universities–and perhaps even private ones. "

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Majority of Americans Oppose Israel Building Settlements

Majority of Americans Oppose Israel Building Settlements

Posted: 01 May 2009 01:32 AM PDT

A new poll finds that three-quarters of Americans think that Israel should not build settlements in the Palestinian territories. This is up 23 points from when this question was last asked in 2002.

One third of Americans show more sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians, substantially more than the 12 percent who express more sympathy for the Palestinians.

However the largest number–51 percent–expresses equal levels of sympathy for each side. The percentage expressing equal levels of sympathy is up 10 points from 2002.

Even those respondents who sympathize more with Israel feel that it should not be building settlements in the West Bank by a clear majority (64%), as do those who sympathize equally with Israel and the Palestinians (80%), and those who sympathize more with the Palestinians (96%).

Sign of things to come?--US to Drop Spy Case Against Pro-Israel Lobbyists--a sign of Obama policies now and to come?

US to Drop Spy Case Against Pro-Israel Lobbyists

The reasons given for dropping this case are very interesting in light of the current debate over the release of documents and charging of persons connected with the torture and human rights abuses carried utn not only at Abu Ghraib, but also Baghram, Guantanamo and the myriad world wide CIA Secret Sites.

The "detainees" at Guantanamo report that the conditions and treatment there are worse now under Obama than during the Bush years. This is usually explained away by saying that the Guards, feeling they have only a year left to torment and torture, are going all out to get their digs in while they can.

Again the blame is placed squarely on the guards, the soldiers, while those in charge, as is the President, and who have proclaimed, as has the President,  an "end to torture," apparently are not held accountable, nor are "really expected" to uphold the new policies they themselves claim to be in action.

If one is going to hold Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice et alia responsible for the "atmosphere of leniance" in which their underlings were allowed to operate, then cannot the same be said of the new regime?

Today the mantra is --the same as during the Bush years--"for Security Reasons etc etc etc"--whenever charges must be dropped, documents not released, and all in all a thorough white washing of the facts of a case undertaken, so that nevermore shall the questions posed  come to light.  This decision in turn greatly effects the willingness in the future of any prosecutor to bring similar charges.

Note that the officials involved besides the recently in the news Rep Jane Harmon are al Bush characters.  Is this is a sign of the beginning of the letting off the hook of the Bush administration officials charged with crimes against humanity and illegal  and Unconstitutional actions?

Also it is a strong sign that the Obama administration will not crack down on any activities of what the FBI has said is a vast Israeli spy network which has become deeply entrenched throughout al stages of the US Government.

One of the persons under investigation by the FBI was --and is--or not----still if the FBI has any say, which apparently they will not be allowed to--is of course Rahm Emmanuel, the advisor to the President.

Mr Emmanuel is a dual national citizen, US and Israeli, and during the first Gulf War volunteered to fight for Israel rather than for the US.  His father is a well known supporter and arms supplier of the Israeli terrorist gangs leading to the founding of the State in 1948--the notorious Irgun and Stern gangs, who blew up hotels and civilian structures,  and introduced the use of car bombs to the Middle East . These gangs were the extremists of their cause and held a doctrine of racial Suprematism  and Seperatism, ethnic cleansing and genocide if need be. These polices, once the State was founded, were responsible for thef mass murders, illegal expulsions, destructions of land and properties, and illegal land seizures, that constituted what the Palestinians call the Nakba (Catastrophe.)

Mr Emmanuel was and is a mover and shaker on Wall Street and is said to have been the person who pushed the hardest for President Clinton to agree to NAFTA, which has been a disaster for American workers.

With the amount of questions that could begin to be asked not only of the Bush people but those in the Obama administration, it seems there may well be a  future coming (right now--)  in which no one will be charged with anything other than those original scapegpoats, the soldiers.

The mantra of National Security  as a defense against enquiry and investigation has become a vast umbrella, sky-sized--under which all manner of criminals may hide from the rain of questions and demand for documents.

It is a bizarre day indeed when the one leading the charge for the release of documents is none other than VP Dick Cheney!

Video... Debating the US Record on Torture


Debating the US Record on Torture

OpEdNews: The Great Bank Robbery of 2009

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By Margaret Bassett
ABC News' Blotter Updates Its 2007 Torture Story
On April 30, 2009, ABC News had more to say about it's September 14, 2007 story concerning waterboarding. Now, they have learned that two former military officers, Bruce Jessen and Jim Mitchell--working as Mitchell Jensen and Associates--were contracted by the CIA to instruct it in how to set up "legal" waterboarding techniques.

By Mary MacElveen
Foreclosure Bill: With Democratic Senators Like This, Who Needs Enemies?
At times, I have written as an activist journalist asking those who read my columns to spring into action letting the offenders know of their anger and in this column, I will do so again.

By Meryl Ann Butler
May 2: First Annual World Labyrinth Day

The first Sat. in May has been established as World Labyrinth Day, a global day to celebrate the labyrinth. Enthusiasts around the globe are invited to "Walk as One at 1" by walking a labyrinth at 1:00 p.m. in local time zones, creating a wave of wellbeing flowing around the world. A labyrinth has a single (unicursal) path that is walked in order to enhance physical, psychological, or spiritual wellbeing.

By Jason Leopold
Senate Panel's Report Links Detainees' Murders To Bush's Torture Policy
A combination of "enhanced interrogation" techniques approved by high-level Bush administration officials coupled with a series of brutal beatings administered by military interrogators were directly responsible for the December 2002 deaths of two detainees at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, according to a report released last week by the Senate Armed Services Committee.

By Lawrence Velvel
Justice Jackson's (pre-justiceship) Speech Of December 1936.
Justice Jackson's (pre-justiceship) speech of December 1936.

By By Dave Lindorff
Workers Always Lose, Even In Rescue Operations
Workers are taking 55% of the risk, but only get 1/9 of the board of directors in the Chrysler bailout.

By Brent Budowsky
The Great Bank Robbery Of 2009
This week America witnessed Black Thursday for workers and families as the Senate defeated a bankruptcy bill that would have protected distressed homeowners and the House passed a bill that encourages and guarantees banks will continue abuses the bill pretends to remedy for a full year.

By Andrew Bard Schmookler
Same Dark Spirit At Work
This is the second installment of my series, "Craziness in America." Here I try to do two things. First, to illuminate the destructive forces at work in the American political system. Second, to illustrate a concept that's I've regarded as the most fundamental to understanding this dark period in America: that in human affairs there are patterns and forces that act AS IF they were "spirits" working for good or evil.

By A Tale From Ancient Greece
The Golden Touch
Ancient story reveals source of current problems. Mixed motives produce mixed results. The news biz, the car biz, agriculture, and education aren't all about money.

By Vi Ransel
You Are What You Eat
What hath meat-eating wrought?

By Danny Schechter
Politicians Are In Office But Banks Are In Power:Time To Fight Back?
Its been a week when the Banks began to push back and use naked power to promote their agendas. Senator Dick Durbin says Banks run the Place." This essay projects a growing confrontation between the public and the "banksters"

By Jim Fetzer
Arlen Specter And The "Magic" Bullet
As a junior member of the Warren Commission staff, Arlen Specter was responsible for the defense of the "magic bullet" theory, which claims that a bullet--allegedly fired by Lee Harvey Oswald--hit the back of JFK's neck, passed through to exit his throat without hitting any bony structures, and caused multiple wounds to Governor John Connally. This claim, which is provably false, was used to deceive the American people.

By Robert Borosage
Obama's Grade At 100? What About Our Grade?
Rather than just grading the president, I suggest we might profitably assess our own 100 days. Obama has stormed the national and world stages in his first weeks. But how have we done--particularly the progressives who have such a large stake in the success of this president--in relation to Obama? He has demonstrated remarkable mastery of the powers of the presidency to lead the country. Have we mastered the power of citizens?

By Peter Collins
The 'Specter' Of HR 1106
With a super majority in the senate, will the bill pass allowing judges to force loan modifications during bankruptcy proceedings? Or is the Mortgage Bankers Association lobby so powerful that this becomes a special interest power-play? Does the Specter defection change the complexion of this bill?

By Dean A. Banks, MCIWD, DD
The Law Of Repulsion
The Law of Attraction: "Whatever you resist, persists."

Western Ag Reporter Attacks Cattle Producers; Infers Organization Compromised Member Policy On NAIS
Western Ag Reporter Editor, Linda Grosskopf, published a headline that reads, "NAIS...Has R-CALF had a change of mind? If so, what about their policy?" With this headline, Grosskopf publicly � and incorrectly � raises the specter that because R-CALF USA supports the expansion of the preexisting brucellosis-type identification system the organization has reversed its strong opposition to NAIS.

By Shobha Shukla - Citizen News Service (CNS)
Chernobyl Disaster Day: Let Humanity And Nature Coexist
While the rest of the country seemed to be drawn in the vortex of mud slinging and shoe throwing, as the lead in to the on going Lok Sabha elections, a group of common citizens was deliberating the more serious issue of the dangers of nuclear power.

By Nadine Block
SpankOut Day USA Is About Positive Discipline Of Children
Join the observance of SpankOut Day USA April 30th. SpankOut Day USA was initiated in l998 to bring attention to the need to end physical punishment of children and to support positive discipline. EPOCH-USA provides information about positive discipline, effects of physical punishment of children, corporal punishment laws and prevalence of physical punishment use throughout the world.

By Bobby Ramakant
Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Disaster In Making
Activists expressed their deep anguish and concern on unabated mass killings in Sri Lanka which is, as they underlined, "no short of a humanitarian disaster in northern Sri Lanka".

By Thomas Riggins
The Pakistan Peccadillo
Taliban threat to Pakistan.

By Bev Harris
Blackbox BLOG-O-LECTION Clips
Quick updates on voting rights and election integrity, from Black Box Voting - Tennessee going nuts installing partisan election officials; King County withheld records showing wrongfully counted votes; New Hampshire legislation blocking freedom of information is in play right now...

By Ellen Theisen
Daily Voting News' For May 1, 2009. Founded By John Gideon
Despite our recent loss of John,the value and need for DVN�his creation � remains unchanged.A working group has been established to determine the best way to continue this serviceMore information about the effort and opportunities for you to contribute to DVN will be coming.Please bear with us as we assemble both the latest news and the new DVN team at VotersUnite.Org.

By Kathy Malloy
Viral Racism
Will Boortz be suspended? Doubtful. Neither will Rush or Beck or Savage or Hannity or any of the other major leage hate mongerers who dominate the dial. The Severin suspension is just a single-market drop in the bucket, while the big fish forever swim free

By Betsy L. Angert
Condoleezza Rice Avows; President Is Above Law

Students at Stanford stood still as they listened to former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice speak. As the scholars pondered the words of the prominent woman who presented her case for waterboarding, many mused; "Is it Richard Nixon, or Condoleezza Rice? Which person thinks a President is above the law?"

By Bruce K. Gagnon
US and NATO plan war games this month in Georgia provoking more tensions with Russia. Obama to send Georgia more weapons as NATO encircles Russia.


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San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom Now Aspires To Succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger As Governor Greenwash II, Of California,
San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom now aspires to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor Greenwash II, of California, where, to be elected, you've gotta be green or you've gotta greenwash. Newsom now advocates mega ocean wave energy, which is adamantly opposed by environmentalists on California's North Coast.

Stop Your Gadget Greed From Fueling Tragedy In Congo
American consumers can exert enormous leverage over the companies from which we purchase our electronics by pressuring them to ensure that their products are conflict-free and that Congo's natural resources benefit the Congolese people and not militias and perpetrators of crimes against humanity.Violence in Congo is often fueled by warring over "conflict minerals," the ores that produce tin, tungsten,titanium and gold.

U.S. To Drop Lobbyists' Spy Charges
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors moved Friday to dismiss espionage-related charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of disclosing classified U.S. defense information, ending a tortuous inside-the-Beltway legal battle rife with national security intrigue.

16 Cattle Drop Dead Near Mysterious Fluid At LA Gas Drilling Site
Drilling for Natural Gas nails 16 bovine victims. Propublica highlights the latest casualties in the Natural Gas vs. Clean Water debate. Is a chemical soup headed your way?

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Eid related what amounts to the pirates' creation myth, in which overfishing by European and Asian trawlers drove Somalia's coastal communities to ruin and forced local fishermen to fight for their livelihoods.

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In little-noticed comments Thursday, the former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon John Dean said Thursday that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have unwittingly admitted to a criminal conspiracy when questioned about torture by a group of student videographers at Stanford.

Swine Flu? A Panic Stoked In Order To Posture And Spend
Despite the hysteria, the risk to Britons' health is tiny - but that news won't sell papers or drugs, or justify the WHO's budget. During the BSE scare of 1995-7, grown men with medical degrees predicted doom... This science-based insanity was repeated during the Sars outbreak of 2003. The same lunacy occurred in 2006 with avian flu. Epidemiologists love the word "could" because it can always assure them of a headline.

U.N. Seeks End To Razing Of Homes In East Jerusalem
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Remembering Cuba
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Flying Pigs, Tamiflu And Factory Farms
If we are to believe what our trusted international media report, the world is on the brink of a global pandemic outbreak of a new deadly strain of flu, H1N1 as it has been labelled, or more popularly, Swine Flu. The only thing wrong with this story is that it is largely based on lies, hype and coverup of possible real causes of Mexican deaths.

VANITY FAIR: George In Real Life
For a man whose approval rating was among the lowest of any president upon leaving office, whose appearance at the inauguration of his successor was booed by many in the crowd, George W. Bush shows no signs of concern, regret, or wear and tear. He�s relaxed and smiling, seemingly at peace with the world, which, some would argue, he left so much worse off.

Israeli Proxy Gets Busy To Silence Americans
Professor William Robinson of the University of Santa Barbara is to be prosecuted for drawing parallels between the plight of Gazans and that of the Jews who suffered under Nazi rule. "These students did not even accuse me of doing anything which we would consider anti-Semitism. They said openly and outright that the professor introduces material which criticized the state of Israel and that equals anti-Semitism."

Why Congress Won't Investigate Wall Street
Republicans and Democrats would find themselves in the hot seat: understanding our problems, this time around, would require our political leaders to examine themselves. The crisis today is not solely one of bank misbehavior. This is also about the failure of the regulators -- the Wall Street policemen who dozed peacefully as the crime of the century went off beneath the window.

Gagging On Google
Google is to privacy and respect for intellectual property rights what the Taliban are to women's rights and civil liberties: a daunting threat that must be fought relentlessly by all those who value privacy and the right to exercise, within the limits of the law, control over the uses made by others of their intellectual property. The internet search engine company should be regulated rigorously, defanged, broken up

Are The Markets Too Complacent About Swine Flu?
Perhaps because so few market players studied science, or have a current link to science, they seem not to realize that the world's virologists and flu experts are in a state of nail-biting, ashen-faced, fear.

U.S. Military Says 3 American Troops Killed In Iraq
Two marines and a sailor were killed in western Iraq Thursday, making April the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq since September. The military said the military personnel were killed while "conducting combat operations against enemy forces" in Anbar Province. The military provided no additional details.

Iran: US Lacks Discretion To Judge Others
In its annual report on terrorism released on Thursday, the US State Department repeated old accusations against the Islamic Republic, labeling it "the most significant state sponsor of terrorism." Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, "The policy of double standards of the United States is known to the world. Therefore, the US has nothing new to say."

Swine Flu, Hog Farms, And Piggish Politics
There is a reason that we speak of people “hogging ”everything for themselves,or eating “piggishly.”It is about ignoring the needs of others and seeking to gobble up the world’s abundance for the benefit of a few...So from many standpoints â€" human health, climate healing, decent treatment of animals, and justice for workers â€" we should be reducing meat consumption and restoring humane farming.

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Villagers
Palestinian sources say a group of twenty Israeli settlers from Beit Ein attacked Beit Safa, a nearby Palestinian village, late Thursday and opened fire on Palestinian homes. The attackers also set ablaze land under cultivation in the region.

PAUL KRUGMAN: An Affordable Salvation
Needless to say, people like Newt Gingrich, who says that cap-and-trade would �punish the American people,� aren�t thinking that way. They�re just thinking �capitalism good, government bad.� But if you really believe in the magic of the marketplace, you should also believe that the economy can handle emission limits just fine.

Colleges Flunk Economics Test As Harvard Model Destroys Budgets
Students, pummeled by scarce loans and savings plans that have fallen as much as 40 percent, are heading for less expensive schools. The perks designed to lure them during boom times -- from hot tubs to dorm-suite kitchenettes, to in-room cable TV -- are crushing universities with debt.

Birdie Boogie,
A Yahoo news article reports how some animals can keep rhythm to music.

Top Senate Democrat: Bankers "Own" The U.S. Congress
Sen. Dick Durbin, on a local Chicago radio station this week, blurted out an obvious truth about Congress that, despite being blindingly obvious, is rarely spoken: "And the banks are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."

TED RALL: One Nation, Two Systems Of Justice: Why Bush Must Go To Prison
Granting prosecutorial immunity to war criminals like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Powell confirms many people's suspicion that there are two systems of justice in America: one for the rich and powerful and another for you and me.

Buddhist Master Says Swine Flu A Warning
Master Chen Yeng has a simple message that needs to be listened to and acted upon. She says that we need to have compassion, live simply, stop killing and eating animals.

Pete Seeger To Celebrate 90th Birthday With Bruce And Friends
A AP article describes the concert on Sunday to celebrate Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.

Five Soldiers -- Three American -- Killed In Afghan Attack
At least five foreign soldiers have been killed in an attack in northeastern Afghanistan. The US military said three of those killed in the attack were American soldiers. The Latvian military later announced that two of its soldiers were also killed in the clash.

Torturing For America
The issue seems straightforward enough. What the CIA did to prisoners on behalf of the administration of former US President George W. Bush and its appalling legal advisers during the so-called "war on terror" was torture. And torture is a serious crime, not just in the United States, but almost everywhere else in the world. The next steps seem obvious enough: indict the guilty and send them to prison, end of story.

Swine Flu: Why Such A Huge Response To So Few Cases?
"We're seeing a big change" in the virus's genetic makeup, says Theodore Cohen, a communicable-disease specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Until these changes can be understood, the response is discretion.

Massachusetts--Martial Law Bill S18
In response to the recent Swine flu outbreak, MA Bill- S18 gives the Governor power to authorize the deployment and use of force to distribute supplies and materials, and gives local authorities the permission to enter private residences for investigation and to quarantine individuals. Basically during an "emergency" our state can and will declare martial law; you lose your Constitutional rights.

MARK MORFORD: The Right Goes Insane
Who could've guessed that, for example, former drug addict and all around bulbous, cigar-chomping radio jackal Rush Limbaugh would turn into the most influential conservative in the country, more powerful than, say, the GOP's own chairman, Michael Steele, who was recently found kneeling to kiss Rush's fat, sweaty ring?

Mike Connell's Sisters Call For "The Truth To Come Out"
Michael Connell's family members have broken their silence surrounding the IT guru's controversial death. Sisters Shannon and Mary Jo tell a Madison, WI reporter Connell was exhibiting strange behavior before he was killed and they want to know what happened. But with the major media blackout continuing, the sisters fear any probe into foul play is unlikely, leaving Ohio 2004 vote tampering questions unanswered.

Castro Says US Wants Cuba To Be Slave
HAVANA - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Thursday derided U.S. steps towards improving relations with the communist island, saying the United States wants Cuba to act like a slave willing to "accept again the whip and the yoke."

Israel Threatens To Bloc EU From Peace Process If Criticism Of Netanyahu's Government Continues
An official at the Israeli Foreign Ministry warned that Israel would block the European Union from participating in the Middle East peace process with the Palestinians if the EU does not stop its criticism of Israel.

What MLK Might Say Regarding The 61st Anniversaries Of Israel And Nakba
"Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever and if repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history."-Martin Luther King, Jr. in his Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16 1963.



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Flash Art International issue # 266 out now

May 2, 2009

Flash Art International # 266
May - June issue
FOCUS Venice Biennale

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Much of the May — June issue of Flash Art International is dedicated to one of the oldest biennials internationally, which welcomes thousands of visitors every two years.

Given the long history of this event, Flash Art has invited Daniel Birnbaum, this year's curator of the "Making Worlds" exhibition, and Carlos Basualdo, Commissioner of the 53rd Venice Biennale U.S. Pavilion, to discuss the heritage of the Venice Biennale, and to answer whether the tradition has influenced their respective curatorial practices.

Accompanying this Biennale discussion, 10 artists, working individually and in collaboration, have realized 8 full-page special projects for this issue. David Bestué and Marc Vives, Mike Bouchet, Paul Chan, Nikhil Chopra, Keren Cytter, Nathalie Djurberg, Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker, Anawana Haloba — all included in the exhibition "Making Worlds" — have contributed to this unique Flash Art Venice portfolio.

Also directly from the Venice Biennale, Paola Nicolin writes about how U.S. artist Bruce Nauman has been "mapping the studio" throughout the whole city of Venice.

Warsaw-born Romanian artist André Cadere betrays a sense of contradiction in his biography that informs his work too. A text by Magda Radu sheds light on his celebrated actions and the artist's impenetrable personality.

Is it still possible to tell fables today? Thus does Maurizio Cattelan and Guy Ben-Ner begin a conversation that ends in a discussion of Engels' theories about family and economics.

In this issue's Ouverture Chris Sharp looks at Berlin-based Becky Beasley. In Spotlight Karolina Łabowicz-Dymanus presents Katarzyna Kobro and Lygia Clark. In Global Art Sarah Andress writes about Kutlug Ataman's premier of fff in London last season.

Featured in the News section: Altermodern at Tate Modern; the 9th Sharjah Biennial; "Nine Lives: Visionary Artists in L.A." at Los Angeles's Hammer Museum.

Solo show reviews include: Florian Maier-Aichen, Thoralf Knobloch, Jacob Kassay, Justin Lieberman, Jutta Koether, T.V. Santhosh, Antonio Riello, Bojan Sarcevic, Ylva Ogland, Shirana Shahbazi, Lutz & Guggisberg, Francesco Vezzoli, Trisha Donnelly, Thomas Bayrle, Cai Guo-Qiang, Youssef Nabil, L.N. Tallur, Daisuke Ohba.

Flash Reviews include: Georg Herold, Paul Morrison, Jeremy Everett, Ruth Ewan, Tonico Lemos Auad, Wolfgang Weileder and M+M, Jonathan Owen, Dominique Petitgand, Miklos Onucsan, Martin Erik Andersen, Monica Ragazzini, Noa Giniger, Roman Tolici, Daniel Silver, Mario Merz, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Folkert De Jong/Fendry Ekel, Pedro Gomes, A Constructed World, Damián Ortega, Diego Berruecos, Chintan Upadhyay.

Group shows include "Gennariello" in Paris and "Post Tsunami Art" in Milan.

The COVER ARTISTS of this issue are Bruce Nauman and Guy Ben-Ner.

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