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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, June 20, 2009

Iran: More Videos, Articles, Reports & Obama's speech

One Killed As 'Suicide Blast' Hits Tehran Shrine:

At least one person has been killed after a suspected suicide bomber reportedly blew himself up near the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.


Mir Hossein Mousavi prepared for martyrdom: :

 The Iranian regime beats, shoots and gasses protesters in the capital wherever they try to demonstrate on the streets. Lindsey Hilsum reports.


Gunfire on the streets of Iran:



Saturday: Updates on Iran's Disputed Election:

Please refresh this page throughout the day to get the latest updates at the top of your screen (updates are stamped with the time in New York).


Iran Updates (VIDEO):

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Moussavi: Election rigging was planned months in advance:

Mir-Hossein Moussavi, the presidential candidate defeated in last week's contested poll, has written a letter to Iran's Guardian Council on Saturday, saying that he believes the election was rigged in advance. In the seven-page letter, made public as clashes were going on between police and protestors in Tehran


Statement from President Obama on Iran:

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.


Iran...The Supreme Leader's Fatal Mistake:

The grave error Khamenei committed was that he allowed himself to become a "part" in a moment of collective anger, especially when he said, "Some men are more capable of serving the country than others."


Election watchdog to recount 10% of votes:

"Although the Guardian Council is not legally obliged ... we are ready to recount 10 percent of the (ballot) boxes randomly in the presence of representatives of the candidates," the electoral watchdog's spokesman, Abbas-Ali Kadkhodayi said on Saturday.

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Images reveal full horror of 'Amazon's Tiananmen'


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Video Young Man Shot Dead On The Streets Of Tehran Video

Young Man Shot Dead On The Streets Of Tehran


A young man was killed by "militia" at Shadmehr St., Azadi St. June 20th 2009 - Warning - Video should only be viewed by a mature audience Click to view


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Video Murder On The Streets Of Tehran Basij Shots to Death a Young Woman Video


Murder On The Streets Of Tehran

Basij Shots to Death a Young Woman

At 19:05 June 20th - Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. - Warning - Video should only be viewed by a mature audience.


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Video: Israel Torturing Palestinian Civilian

Video: Israel Torturing Palestinian Civilian

Posted: 20 Jun 2009 12:37 PM PDT

Haaretz - Border Policemen have filmed themselves abusing and humiliating Palestinians in videos they have posted on YouTube over the past year.

In one clip uploaded to the video sharing website an Arab youth is shown in arid terrain, slapping himself, while a voice is heard instructing him to say "I love you, Border Police," and "I will f**k you, Palestine," in Arabic. The victim is forced to respond to everything he is ordered to do, to the raucous laughter of the cameraman and his friends, all Border Policemen.

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Forty-three seconds is all what you need to see to know what the Israeli-Jew-Zionist so called "Border Police" are all about. That's the duration of a video clip uploaded by an Israeli border police member to YouTube less than a year ago under the category of "Comedy."

For the "hero" of the clip, an unidentified young Arab, they were probably eternally long seconds and far from amusing. He was forced to slap himself and sing to the jubilant shouts of the photographer and his buddies - all of them members of Israel's Border Police.

This clip, which has been viewed more than 31,500 times (at the time of writing this), shows the unknown Palestinian standing in a desert setting while a disembodied voice orders him in Hebrew to hit himself: "Yallah, start, do it hard!"

The viewers hear the chuckles of the other policemen and a clear voice telling the Arab: "Say 'Ana behibak Mishmar Hagvul' ["I love the Border Police? in a mix of Arabic and Hebrew]. Say it!"

They see him obey in a subdued voice and with a frightened look, even as he goes on slapping himself. They hear the "director" laughing and the faceless voice shouting: "Again! Ana behibak Mishmar Hagvul."

After a little more than 30 seconds, the voice says, "Say 'Wahad hummus wahad ful'" - and the Arab man obeys and then is told to complete the rhyme: "Ana behibak Mishmar Hagvul" and "I will f**k you, Palestine" and the Arab youth obeys.

After 40 seconds, the abusers appear to have had enough and the voice impatiently orders the victim: "Yallah, rukh, rukh, rukh" ("go"). The camera turns and for a fraction of a second a Border Police Jeep is visible.

A few dozen Israeli-Jew viewers sent comments. "Hahahaha, it was great the way he excruciated himself." Another added: "That's how it should be!!!!! Stinking Arab."

And a third pointed out, "He should have been shot!! Sons of bitches." A few viewers took pity on the victim, though with reservations. One person remarked, "Mercy on the guy, even if he's an Arab. What's it in aid of? He didn?'t do anything."

This is the most moral army in the world!

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Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader w/Cover by d-b Chirot

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Guido Vermeulen:2 Videos--Fluxus Poetry by Lisa Spathi & by Ivan Zemstov-- Mail Artist

Video YouTube - Fluxus Poetry: ARROW by Litsa Spathi

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Litsa Spathi, etcher and mail artist from Germany, now the companion of Ruud Janssen and living in the Netherlands. Really, a great video! See also IUOMA.
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Video YouTube - Mail artist Ivan Zemtsov

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Ivan Zentsov is a mail artist from Russia. On YouTube you'll find many videos he made on his mail art activities and exhibitions. This is only one.

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LA Times: Saree Makdisi - The language that absolves Israel--Excellent article

Saree Makdisi - The language that absolves Israel

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Posted: 19 Jun 2009 12:24 PM PDT
A special political vocabulary prevents us from being able to recognize what's going on in the Middle East.

On Sunday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech that — by categorically ruling out the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state — ought to have been seen as a mortal blow to the quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On Monday morning, however, newspaper headlines across the United States announced that Netanyahu had endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state, and the White House welcomed the speech as "an important step forward."

Reality can be so easily stood on its head when it comes to Israel because the misreading of Israeli declarations is a long-established practice among commentators and journalists in the United States.

In fact, a special vocabulary has been developed for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the United States. It filters and structures the way in which developing stories are misread here, making it difficult for readers to fully grasp the nature of those stories — and maybe even for journalists to think critically about what they write.

The ultimate effect of this special vocabulary is to make it possible for Americans to accept and even endorse in Israel what they would reject out of hand in any other country.

Let me give a classic example.

In the U.S., discussion of Palestinian politicians and political movements often relies on a spectrum running from "extreme" to "moderate". The latter sounds appealing; the former clearly applies to those who must be — must they not? — beyond the pale. But hardly anyone relying on such terms pauses to ask what they mean. According to whose standard are these manifestly subjective labels assigned?

Meanwhile, Israeli politicians are labeled according to an altogether different standard: They are "doves" or "hawks". Unlike the terms reserved for Palestinians, there's nothing inherently negative about either of those avian terms.

So why is no Palestinian leader referred to here as a "hawk"? Why are Israeli politicians rarely labeled "extremists"? Or, for that matter, "militants"?

There are countless other examples of these linguistic double standards. American media outlets routinely use the deracinating and deliberately obfuscating term "Israeli Arabs" to refer to the Palestinian citizens of Israel, despite the fact that they call themselves — and are — Palestinian.

Similarly, Israeli housing units built in the occupied territories in contravention of international law are always called "settlements" or even "neighborhoods" rather than what they are: "colonies". That word may be harsh on the ears, but it's far more accurate ("a body of people who settle in a new locality, forming a community subject to or connected with their parent state").

These subtle distinctions make a huge difference. Unconsciously absorbed, such terms frame the way people and events are viewed. When it comes to Israel, we seem to reach for a dictionary that applies to no one else, to give a pass to actions or statements that would be condemned in any other quarter.

That's what allowed Netanyahu to be congratulated for endorsing a Palestinian "state," even though the kind of entity he said Palestinians might — possibly — be allowed to have would be nothing of the kind.

Look up the word "state" in the dictionary. You'll probably see references to territorial integrity, power and sovereignty. The entity that Netanyahu was talking about on Sunday would lack all of those constitutive features. A "state" without a defined territory that is not allowed to control its own borders or airspace and cannot enter into treaties with other states is not a state, any more than an apple is an orange or a car an airplane. So how can leading American newspapers say "Israeli Premier Backs State for Palestinians," as the New York Times had it? Or "Netanyahu relents on goal of two states," as this paper put it?

Because a different vocabulary applies.

Which is also what kept Netanyahu's most extraordinary demand in Sunday night's speech from raising eyebrows here.

"The truth," he said, "is that in the area of our homeland, in the heart of our Jewish homeland, now lives a large population of Palestinians."

In other words, as Netanyahu repeatedly said, there is a Jewish people; it has a homeland and hence a state. As for the Palestinians, they are a collection — not even a group — of trespassers on Jewish land. Netanyahu, of course, dismisses the fact that they have a centuries-old competing narrative of home attached to the same land, a narrative worthy of recognition by Israel.

On the contrary: The Palestinians must, he said, accept that Israel is the state of the Jewish people (this is a relatively new Israeli demand, incidentally), and they must do so on the understanding that they are not entitled to the same rights. "We" are a people, Netanyahu was saying; "they" are merely a "population." "We" have a right to a state — a real state. "They" do not.

And the spokesman for our African American president calls this "an important step forward"?

In any other situation — including our own country — such a brutally naked contrast between those who are taken to have inherent rights and those who do not would immediately be labeled as racist. Netanyahu, though, is given a pass, not because most Americans would knowingly endorse racism but because, in this case, a special political vocabulary kicks in that prevents them from being able to recognize it for exactly what it is.

Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He is the author of, among other books, "Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation."

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Exhibition, The Isle, and public presentation, Satellite Geography: as long as it is aiming at the sky by Pages at MAK Center for Art & Architecture, Los Angeles

June 20, 2009

MAK Center for Art
and Architecture

Joshua White
Model for an Island (detail), the Isle, Pages, 2009
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler house

The Isle
Pages (Nasrin Tabatabai &
Babak Afrassiabi)
May 28 - August 23, 2009

Urban Future Initiative Public Presentation by Pages (Nasrin Tabatabai
& Babak Afrassiabi)
Satellite Geography: as long as it is aiming at the sky
June 30, 2009
Reception at 7 pm, Talk at 8 pm

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About The Isle:

The MAK Center for Art & Architecture is currently presenting The
Isle, a mixed media installation by artists Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak

The Isle is about the architectural and political incongruities of an
Iranian island in the Persian Gulf called Kish. This presentation is
the third and final part of a project by the artists, begun in 2005
with the installation Sunset Cinema and continued in 2007 with
Undecided Utopia.

The island of Kish lies eighteen kilometers from the southern coast of
the Iranian mainland. Its modernization was "inaugurated" in December
1977 by the landing of a Concorde Supersonic at a new airport that had
been built to accommodate an exclusive, hyper modern leisure resort
for the country's royal elite and their international guests. A year
later, the Islamic revolution would suspend the completion of this
project. Soon thereafter the new government declared Kish as Iran's
first free trade zone, applying the principles of a free market
economy to attract foreign investment. By 1994, almost 55 percent of
the island was given to tourism. In 2009, a privately initiated
project for a luxury business and tourist resort, which had involved
more than 20 German architecture firms for its development, was
halted; the envisioned "internationalism" of the project would prove
incompatible with the prevailing sociopolitical conditions in Iran.
Yet Kish, an hour and half flight south of Tehran, has remained a
tolerant oasis for Iranian tourists who desire escape from the
societal restrictions of the mainland.

Throughout its modern period, the island of Kish did not fulfill all
that was desired for it to be. Subjected to the politics of mainland
Iran, the island finds itself lingering between opposing ideologies,
caught in a geopolitical indecisiveness that prevent it from retaining
a sense of "place". Kish fails to situate itself historically and in
relation to the geography that surrounds it. In many respects the
island of Kish has become the "other" of its surrounding developments
in the Persian Gulf.

Through videos, models, and re-appropriation of found documents, the
Isle re-articulates the unresolved instances of Kish's modernization
into representations of (unfulfilled) desires as symptoms of a
modernity manifested in un-destined and ambivalent forms of

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture extends special thanks to the
Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture of the Republic of
Austria; the Consulate General of the Netherlands, New York; and the
Mondriaan Foundation of the Netherlands for their support of The Isle.

About Satellite Geography: as long as it is aiming at the sky:

On June 30th, Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi will give a public
presentation about their current video project–in–development entitled
Satellite Geography: as long as it is aiming at the sky. A survey
about Los Angeles-based Iranian satellite television stations, this
project addresses aspects of the tele-visual mediation and production
of geographical and communal identity and politics.

Today, there are more than 20 satellite TV stations broadcasting
internationally in the Farsi language from Los Angeles, with the
majority of their audience living inside Iran. What is retained
through these TV programs is their twofold geographical, political and
cultural identity: an ambivalence of here/there, now/then, and now and
the eventual future, identified and elaborated by both the audiences
living in and outside of Iran. These programs have come to produce a
surplus geography with a political and cultural identity that is
indecisive and liminal in nature, while fostering a community of hosts
and audiences. This has given these television programs the character
of an enclosed tele-visual micro universe that constantly refers to
and comments on its own production and reception structures.

During the evening's discussion, Tabatabai and Afrassiabi will present
video footage gathered during two month of research in Los Angeles.

Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi live in Rotterdam and pursue an
art practice both in Iran and the Netherlands. They began Pages in
2004, which consists of art projects, and a bilingual Farsi/English
magazine. With Pages they try to create possibilities for reflecting
on politically and socially contingent conditions of cultural practice
in order to generate space of criticality. Their work has been
featured in solo and group exhibitions in Latin America, the United
States, the Middle East, and throughout Europe. For more information
about Pages, please go to

Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi are the sixth Fellows sponsored
through the MAK Center's Urban Future Initiative. The mission of the
Urban Future Initiative (UFI) Fellowship is to promote meaningful
exchanges between cultural thinkers from diverse nations in order to
cultivate visionary conceptions of the urban future. For more
information about the UFI, please go to

The MAK Center for Art & Architecture is located at the Schindler
House, 835 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. Public hours are Wednesday
through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available at the public
structure at the northeast corner of Kings Road and Santa Monica
Boulevard. For further information, the public may contact or call (323) 651-1510.

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Jan Verwoert: Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it's a good idea.--Last Lecture

June 20, 2009

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Francesco del Cossa (1435-1477): Lucia (detail)

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The building is proud to present the final talk in a year long series
of lectures and conversations with Jan Verwoert entitled:

Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it's a good idea.

Sunday, June 21st, 7PM

The Building
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 14a
10249 Berlin DE
T: 030 28 04 79 73

The distance between your mind and your thoughts equals that between
your mouth and your words

An attempt to sum up:

One intuition motivating this series of talks has been the feeling
that there is something deeply problematic about an approach that
narrows the possibilities of engaging with art down to the procedures
of decoding and encoding its inscription onto the symbolic order. That
is: the idea that the primary task of art, as a strategical operation,
was to provide conceptual legitimations (to satisfy or lay down the
law, among other things) by constructing references that situate the
work within an established economy of meaning. No matter how critical
this approach may initially have intended to be, it has effectively
proven to be coextensive with—and an involuntary ideological support
of—an attitude towards art production that is indeed merely
strategical and solely about plotting ways of inscribing a practice
into the symbolic order, be it through the suicidal heroic mode of
bringing the game of art to its logical conclusion by explicating its
rules (old-school modernist conceptual) or through the somewhat more
versatile mode of implicating a work within its given economies of
referentiality as rarified secrets.

Beyond voicing this distaste for the merely strategical, the critique
in the previous couple of talks concentrated increasingly on the fact
that any symbolic order (the art world in particular) is always also a
sacrificial economy. So the inscription into the symbolic therefore
seems to imply, demand and retroactively justify a sacrifice (e.g.
your life for your career). But this is intolerable. So perhaps the
strongest reason for the critique of a false belief in the symbolic
order is the impulse to reject the imposed need for an intolerable

The dream of exiting the symbolic order altogether, however, seems an
impossible fantasy, as, in the arts, we arrive as arrivistes in the
field of the other—facing expectations, desiring the recognition of
our desires and materially depending on it. Still, suspended on the
threshold of the symbolic, on the rim of this regimented field, in a
material zone where non-sense makes too much sense, the question
remains whether we cannot discover something moving—motions, things,
creatures, ideas that will not be sacrificed but will stay alive and
wiggling, moving in their erratic motion: motives that move things,
souls and thoughts, like locomotives—always un poco loco—throughout
the history of art and philosophy.

To delineate and develop some such locomotives in order to open up a
counter-discourse to the sacrificial logic of the symbolic order—on
its threshold—was the desire that first led us to look at motives
related to the production of the effect/affect of art.

Discussing the motivations for production, the attempt was to try and
replace the vocabulary of the strategical paradigm—the lingo of
declared intentions and the cocksure construction of references—with
more shaky terms like inspiration, vocation and dedication: terms
that, precisely because of their existential dimension, exist on the
threshold of the unverifiable, and therefore always remain riddled by
Iron Maiden's tormenting question "How can I be sure that what I saw
last night was real and not just fantasy?" (Orpheus tried to check and
he blew it.) In pursuit of the notion of dedication, the question of
care as the ultimate existential motivation (Why do we do what we do?
'Cos we care.) was raised, exposing its ambivalent position on the
threshold of the symbolic: always drawn into a symbolic economy of tit
for tat, care still remains unconditional and therefore excessive,
empowered by the need of the other, and, precisely because of this,
always deprived of a safe symbolic mandate, since the nature of the
other remains fundamentally indeterminable. For who would know what
anyone really needed? On this limit of acknowledging the missing
mandate, the locomotif of a creature appeared in the history of
painting: the lion that walked into St. Jerome's study one day, thorn
in paw. Jerome, being a translator, no certified cat-doctor,
unprepared and without symbolic mandate, plucked the thorn anyway,
initiating a social mode of conviviality with the wild cat without a
contract, economy or grand narrative to symbolically validate it. The
only reason for this being possible was perhaps that his study (as
Antonello da Messina and Vincenzo Catena depict it) was a semi-public
space, open to the occurrence of such events.

Animals then continued to linger on the threshold of the symbolic, as
creatures that wiggle, that embody the motion of emotion and the
effect of affect on the soul, as witnesses to this effect in ways that
are not entirely reducible to symbolic signification. This final talk
will try to substantiate this intuition further by looking at the
locomotif of Orpheus and the animals which continued through the
centuries to manifest intuitions about the affective effect of art and
the kind of creaturely social bond it may initiate. As the muse
Kaliope's child, the figure of Orpheus may also bring us back to the
question of inspiration as (demonic) amusement in the society of the
muses (the museum as pan-demonium).

In defiance of the sacrifice of affect to the symbolic, another motif
which emerged was that of a particular face: the appeal of a face that
generates emotions as material events, a face that cannot be
consecrated to the symbolic laws of social value: the shitface, the
profane face, neither good nor bad but in touch with—and sharing—the
divine through touching the soul, profanely. As a practice,
profanation, the sharing of the material share in the ritual of
veneration (the holy body, the host, that which becomes edible) may
then finally emerge as the model for a mode of art and thinking that
could allow us to move along the threshold to the symbolic, sharing
materially instead of sacrificing symbolically what is divine and
secret. To further exemplify this intuition of sharing through
profanation, two more locomotifs will be invoked: the Sicilian custom
of eating Santa Lucia's eyes and the incredible pleasure of looking at
Alina Szapocznikow's mouths.

Jan Verwoert is an art critic based in Berlin. He is a contributing
editor to Frieze magazine and also writes regularly about contemporary
art for such art magazines as Afterall, Metropolis M. Teaches at the
MA Fine Arts department at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam.

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How Obama Will Outspend Reagan on Defense The Pentagon Spigot is Wide Open

How Obama Will Outspend Reagan on Defense

The Pentagon Spigot is Wide Open

By Winslow T. Wheeler

If we add in the costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon budget for the current fiscal year - 2009 - exceeds any year since the end of World War II, including the spending peaks for the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

ACLU: CIA Delays Release of Inspector General Report on Torture

ACLU: CIA Delays Release of Inspector General Report on Torture

Hasan Abu Nimah & Ali Abunimah: Netanyahu's 'Brilliant' Peace Plan: Maximum Land with Minimum Palestinians

Hasan Abu Nimah & Ali Abunimah: Netanyahu's 'Brilliant' Peace Plan: Maximum Land with Minimum Palestinians

Paul Krugman: Out of the Shadows

Paul Krugman: Out of the Shadows

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Elvis Presley - Runaway (live ´69)

Human Rights Watch Weekly Digest - [UN: End Rape in War ]

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        June 12th - &nbsp 19th, 2009
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Human Rights Council: UN Body to Keep Watch on Sudan
Session Included Unwelcome Attacks on Independent Voices, Though
(Geneva) - The defeat on June 18 in the UN Human Rights Council of efforts led by Egypt and Sudan to end the scrutiny of Sudan was an important step.
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Governments and UN Refugee Agency Should Urgently Clarify Refugees' Options Before Camps Close
(New York) - The Tanzanian and Ugandan governments should ensure that refugees living in camps due to close on June 30 and July 31, 2009 are not forcibly returned to their home countries and are immediately given full information about their options.
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Government, UN Should Protect Internally Displaced Persons Returning to Eastern Chad
(New York) - Members of armed paramilitary groups are a serious threat to civilians who fled violence and insecurity and are now returning to their villages.
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Sexual Violence Soaring a Year After the Security Council Promised Prevention
(New York) - The United Nations Security Council is failing to make good on its promises to stop rape in war. The council should immediately create a high-level coordinator for efforts to prevent and punish sexual violence in conflict.
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UNAIDS Governing Board Meeting on Migrants Should Emphasize Rights
International groups, nations and donors should give increased attention to the protection of human rights and the HIV-prevention and treatment needs of migrants.
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Five New Killings Bring Death Toll to 115 Since 2004
(New York) - Separatist insurgents should immediately cease their attacks on teachers in Thailand's conflict-ridden southern border provinces.
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Halt Use of Excessive Force to Quell Largely Nonviolent Marches
(New York) - The Iranian government should immediately investigate the deaths of at least seven protesters, allegedly at the hands of police and militia forces in Tehran, and end the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters there and in other cities.
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by Brad Adams
After 25 years of conflict, the defeat of the brutal Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) brought hopes that Sri Lanka's government would embark on serious efforts to work with moderate Tamil leaders to address the long-standing grievances of the Tamil community, which the LTTE claimed but failed to represent.
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by Marianne Mollmann
Sex-selective abortion raises a multitude of overlapping ethical concerns regarding eugenics, population control, and provider privilege or knowledge. It was also, until recently, an issue we linked mostly to China, Korea, and India. Not anymore.
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End of Government Commission on Wartime Abuses Puts Justice at Risk
(New York) - The Sri Lankan government's announcement that it was ending its special inquiry into conflict-related abuses underscores the need for an international commission to investigate violations of international law by government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
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Free Groups From State Interference and Expand Proposed Reforms
Russia's laws and practices regulating nongovernmental organizations are stifling independent civic activism and need extensive reform.
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Rights Body Should Extend Special Rapporteur's Mandate
(Geneva) - The United Nations Human Rights Council should reject the Sudanese government's request to terminate the mandate of the special rapporteur on human rights in Sudan.
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Double Standard Denies Inmates Relief from Abuses
(Washington, DC) - The US Congress should amend a 13-year-old federal law that denies prisoners equal access to justice.
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Courts Should Decriminalize Adult, Consensual Same-Sex Acts
(Delhi) - As the High Court in Delhi prepares to rule on whether adult, consensual homosexual conduct should continue to be illegal in India, the nation's new government should drop its opposition to law reform.
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Army, Taliban Should Minimize Civilian Suffering
(New York) - In the event of military operations in South Waziristan, Pakistani armed forces and Taliban militants should allow civilians sufficient time to evacuate conflict areas to minimize civilian casualties and suffering.
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Lula Should Show Solidarity for Human Rights at UN Council
(Geneva) - When President Lula da Silva of Brazil addresses the UN Human Rights Council on June 15, 2009, he should explain why Brazil is using its vote in the council to protect countries with appalling human rights records.
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Efforts to Resettle Additional Detainees Should be Intensified
(Washington, DC) - The transfer of four Uighur detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Bermuda is a positive step toward closing the prison, but does not eliminate the need for the United States to resettle some detainees on its soil.
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West Bank Homes of 18 Families Destroyed; Others Given 24 Hours to Evacuate
(Jerusalem) - The Israeli government should immediately stop demolishing Palestinian homes and property in the West Bank and compensate the people it has displaced.
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Video... Despite Campaign Promises, President Obama Adopts President Bush's Policy of Secrecy



Despite Campaign Promises, President Obama Adopts President Bush's Policy of Secrecy

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Nation: No New Deal --JOHN NICHOLS

No New Deal
JOHN NICHOLS | For most Americans there will be no new "New Deal" in Obama's fiscal reform plan. And his call to strengthen the Fed alarms progressive lawmakers.

NSA: Air Force Audit Finds Agency Lacks Basic Systems to Comply with the Freedom of Information Act

National Security Archive Update, June 18, 2009

Air Force Audit Finds Agency Lacks Basic Systems to Comply with the Freedom of Information Act

Three years after a federal court found a pattern and practice of not processing FOIAs in a lawsuit brought by the National Security Archive, Air Force still has not fixed its system

For more information contact:
Meredith Fuchs - 202/994-7000

Washington, DC, June 18, 2009 - A report issued by the Air Force Audit Agency that was released to the National Security Archive this week identifies significant mismanagement in the Air Force Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program. The findings demonstrate a pattern of noncompliance with statutory timeframes to respond to records requests from the public and misrepresentations about the state of the Air Force FOIA program. In particular, the Air Force audit agency found that the Air Force:

* Did not properly track or record FOIA requests;
* Overstated the number of requests it received and understated its response times, leading to inaccurate reporting about its program to Congress;
* Failed to comply with the Electronic Freedom of Information Act requirements to include all frequently requested records in its Electronic Reading Room;
* Failed to inform all requesters of their appeal rights under the law; and
* Failed to notify interested third parties, such as government contractors, of the intent to release information.

"Four years after our law suit, and despite multiple court orders, the Air Force system remains broken," said David P. Dean, of the law firm James & Hoffman, P.C., who represents the Archive. "The facts, though stunning, speak for themselves. In 2005, we complained about 82 unprocessed FOIA requests that the Archive had submitted up to eighteen years earlier. Despite several court orders requiring the Air Force to complete processing and to create a functioning FOIA system, today six requests are still outstanding and the system is still dysfunctional."

The Archive's suit was filed in March 2005 and alleged that the Air Force failed to acknowledge FOIA requests, lost FOIA requests, failed to process requests, tried to discourage the public from pursuing FOIA requests, failed to respond to inquiries about the status of the requests, and let requests languish while records were destroyed or transferred to other agencies. The Archive's lawsuit resulted in a court decision in 2006 finding that the Air Force had a pattern and practice of not processing FOIA requests in accordance with the law. At that time, the court noted that "the Air Force only woke up in May 2005 to its need to fulfill its FOIA obligations on a more timely basis..."

Since that time, and as a result of the lawsuit, the Air Force has instituted numerous changes to its FOIA program, including:

* Committing to training all Air Force personnel about the agency's FOIA obligations;
* Committing to posting all released records in its Electronic Reading Room and linking all of its Electronic Reading Rooms;
* Putting in place a centralized database system that will track FOIA requests from initial submission to completion; and
* Receiving FOIA requests online through its FOIA web site.

"While we are extremely glad that our litigation has forced the Air Force to bring its program closer to what the public is entitled to expect under the law, we are concerned that these small changes are not sufficient to bring about the transformation that is needed at the Air Force," commented Meredith Fuchs, the Archive's General Counsel. "The Air Force has not yet addressed its problems with interagency referrals and consultations--which has proven to be a significant black hole--and it has not yet gotten the old, long pending requests into its new tracking system." Ms. Fuchs concluded, "If the Air Force is going to enter the new era of transparency promised by President Obama, then it is going to have to shift its culture to one that appreciates the agency's legal obligation to keep the public informed about its activities on their behalf."


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Pictures from the protests in Iran:

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Nicaragua - A Nations Right To Survive A Documentary Film By John Pilger

Nicaragua - A Nations Right To Survive
A Documentary Film By John Pilger

John Pilger's 1983 film about the small nation of Nicaragua and its right to survive investigates the corruption in Central America. In 1979, the Sandinistas won a popular revolution in Nicaragua, putting an end to decades of the corrupt US-backed Somoza dictatorship. They based their reformist ideology on that of the English Co-operative Movement, but was to prove too 'radical' for the Reagan administration.


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Video - John Perkins, author of Confessions of An Economic Hit Man: .The Secret History of the American Empire The Truth About Global Corruption

The Secret History of the American Empire

The Truth About Global Corruption

Video - John Perkins, author of Confessions of An Economic Hit Man.

Perkins zeroes in on hot spots around the world such as Venezuela, Tibet, Iraq, Israel, Vietnam and others and exposes the network of events in each of these countries that have contributed to the creation of the American Empire and international corruption in "The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth About Global Corruption"


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The Panama Deception Video Documentary

The Panama Deception

Video Documentary

This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against. The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.

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Air Force Planning New Drone Fleet For Pakistan :

Air Force Planning New Drone Fleet For Pakistan :

Among the new drones (which are all very small) are the Suburb Warrior (loaded with four or five mini missiles for semi-urban environments), the Sniper targeting system ("that can lock on to multiple targets, allowing a single drone pilot to coordinate the attacks of a squadron of robots"), and a backup fleet of flying buggies that act as suicide-bomber snipers.


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Video: New Film Chronicles Civilian Slaughter In Afghanistan

New Film Chronicles Civilian Slaughter In Afghanistan


The footage you are about to see is poignant, heart-wrenching, and often a direct result of U.S. foreign policy. - Warning - Viewer discreation advised.

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Jeremy Scahill: 'The Responsible Left': Funding Obama's Expanding Wars

'The Responsible Left': Funding Obama's Expanding Wars

By Jeremy Scahill

The cowardly Democrats who checked their spines at the door to Congress when they voted Tuesday try to defend their flip-flop on war funding. Frankly, it is embarrassing.


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Massacre in the Amazon: The U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement Sparks a Battle Over Land and Resources

Massacre in the Amazon:

The U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement Sparks a Battle Over Land and Resources

By Raúl Zibechi

On June 5, World Environment Day, Amazon Indians were massacred by the government of Alan Garcia in the latest chapter of a long war to take over common lands-a war unleashed by the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and the United States.

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Seymour M Hersh: The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

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Preparing the Battlefield

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

By Seymour M. Hersh

Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country's religious leadership.


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Video: Does U.S. Poll Rule Out Fraud in Iran?

Does U.S. Poll Rule Out Fraud in Iran?


Western media, along with thousands of Iranians protesting around the world, have formed a rough consensus over the six days since Iran's Presidential Election that Ahmadinejad's victory was the result of widespread fraud. However, a recent Op-Ed in the Washington Post references a rare public opinion poll in suggesting that the election may indeed have been fair.


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La poeta Pilar Beltramí nos convoca el próximo 1 de Julio a un intercambio
de cajas poéticas, en el local MULTIMEDIA LAPAPA, de la calle Tapioles, 12, bajos
de Barcelona (Poble Sec). La recepción de las obras será de 20 a 21,30 h.
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   Tres en Suma      


        Presentación del nº 1 de la revista Tres en suma dedicado a la  POESÍA VISUAL






  Lugar: Casa-estudio de Olga Antón ( c/ Juanelo 20, 3º Izda.)

                          Casa-estudio de Mariano Gallego Seisdedos ( c/ Juanelo 12, 2º Dcha.)

                          Casa-estudio de Carmen Isasi ( c/ Toledo 63,3º Izda.)

             Fechas: 19-21 y  26-28 de Junio



Es una edición de la junta de Extremadura que ha contado con la colaboración de la Universidad de Extremadura
y el Museo Vostell de Malpartida. En esta edición hay un apartado importante dedicado a la
poesía experimental, al libro objeto, a las revistas ensamblados, al mail art, fluxus, etc.


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