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Free Leonard Peltier

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

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

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

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 01, 2009

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Flaubert and Bierce's Dictionaries: the letter B

Ambrose Bierce 1892-10-07

In the interests of all of our "Continuing Education" here is the letter B from Flaubert's DICTIONARY OF RECEIVED IDEAS and Ambrose Bierce's THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY

(earlier this week we presented the letter A and previously the letter I, as Bierce calls it the first letter of the alphabet--

Go to "Dictionary of Accepted Ideas" page

BACCALAUREATE Thunder against it.

BACHELORS All selfish and immoral. Should be taxed. Doomed to a lonely old age.

BACK A slap on the back can give you tuberculosis.

BAGNOLET Town famous for its blind people.

BALDNESS Always 'premature'. Caused by youthful excesses, or the hatching of great thoughts.

BALLOONS Thanks to them, man will one day reach the moon. But it will be a long time before they can be steered.

BANDITS Always 'ferocious'.

BANKERS All rich. Sharks and swindlers.

BANQUET Always 'a festive occasion'. Nobody will ever forget it, and the guests never leave without promising to meet again at the one next year. Some joker must refer to 'the banquet of life'.

BARBER Call him a 'tonsorial artist' or a 'Figaro'. Louis XI's barber. Barbers used to bleed you.

BASES (OF SOCIETY). Id est property, the family, religion, respect for authority. Show anger if these are attacked.

BASILICA Grandiose synonym for church. Always 'imposing'.

BASQUES The people who are best at running.

BATTLE Always 'bloody'. There are always two sets of victors: those who won and those who lost.

BEAR Generally called Bruin. Tell the story of the disabled soldier who, seeing a watch which had fallen into a bear-pit, went down and was eaten alive.

BEARD Sign of strength. Too much beard causes baldness. Helps to protect cravats.

BEDROOM In an old chateau, Henry IV is sure to have slept there.

BEER Don't drink beer. It makes you liable to colds.

BEETHOVEN Don't pronounce Beatoven. Be sure to swoon when one of his works is being played.

BELLOWS Never use them.

BELLY Say 'abdomen' when there are ladies present.

BIBLE The oldest book in the world.

BILL Always too high.

BILLIARDS A noble game. Indispensable in the country.

BIRD Wish you were one, saying with a sigh: 'Oh, for a pair of wings!' This shows a poetic soul.

BLACK Always followed by 'as ebony' or preceded by 'jet'.

BLONDES Hotter than brunettes. (See BRUNETTES.)

BLOOD-CLEANSER Is taken in secret.

BLOOD-LETTING Have yourself bled in the spring.

BLUESTOCKING Term of contempt applied to women with intellectual interests. Quote Moliere in support: 'When her intelligence she over-reaches...'

BOARDING-SCHOOL Say this in English when it's a girls' school.

BODY If we knew how the human body is made, we wouldn't dare to move a muscle.

BOILED BEEF Healthy food. Inseparable from carrots [soup!].


BOOK Always too long, whatever the subject.

BOOTS In very hot weather, always refer to policemen's boots or postmen's shoes (permissible only in the country, in the open). Boots are the best footwear.

BOY 'My boy, it's all off.' [The French is gendre, son-in-law.]

BREAD Nobody knows what filth goes into it.

BREATH To have a strong breath is a sign of distinction. Avoid references to flies and say that it comes from your stomach.

BRETONS All good souls, but pig-headed.

BRONZE Metal of antiquity.

BRUNETTES Hotter than blondes. (See BLONDES.)

BUDDHISM 'False religion of India.' (Definition in Bouillet's Dictionary, first edition.) [cf B&P9]

BUDGET Never balanced.

BUFFON Used to put on lace cuffs before writing.

BULL Father of the calf! The ox is only the uncle.

BURIAL Too often premature. Tell stories of corpses which had eaten an arm off to appease their hunger.

BUSINESS [Fr. affaires] Come first. A woman must avoid talking about hers. The most important thing in life. The be-all and end-all of existence.

BUTCHERS Awe-inspiring in times of revolution.

BUYING and SELLING The goal of life.


BAAL, n.
An old deity formerly much worshiped under various names. As Baal he was popular with the Phoenicians; as Belus or Bel he had the honor to be served by the priest Berosus, who wrote the famous account of the Deluge; as Babel he had a tower partly erected to his glory on the Plain of Shinar. From Babel comes our English word "babble." Under whatever name worshiped, Baal is the Sun-god. As Beelzebub he is the god of flies, which are begotten of the sun's rays on the stagnant water. In Physicia Baal is still worshiped as Bolus, and as Belly he is adored and served with abundant sacrifice by the priests of Guttledom.
BABE or BABY, n.
A misshapen creature of no particular age, sex, or condition, chiefly remarkable for the violence of the sympathies and antipathies it excites in others, itself without sentiment or emotion. There have been famous babes; for example, little Moses, from whose adventure in the bulrushes the Egyptian hierophants of seven centuries before doubtless derived their idle tale of the child Osiris being preserved on a floating lotus leaf.
            Ere babes were invented
The girls were contended.
Now man is tormented
Until to buy babes he has squandered
His money. And so I have pondered
This thing, and thought may be
'T were better that Baby
The First had been eagled or condored.
Ro Amil
A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.
    Is public worship, then, a sin,
That for devotions paid to Bacchus
The lictors dare to run us in,
And resolutely thump and whack us?
BACK, n.
That part of your friend which it is your privilege to contemplate in your adversity.
To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you.
BAIT, n.
A preparation that renders the hook more palatable. The best kind is beauty.
A sacred rite of such efficacy that he who finds himself in heaven without having undergone it will be unhappy forever. It is performed with water in two ways -- by immersion, or plunging, and by aspersion, or sprinkling.
    But whether the plan of immersion
Is better than simple aspersion
Let those immersed
And those aspersed
Decide by the Authorized Version,
And by matching their agues tertian.
An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
A house in which soldiers enjoy a portion of that of which it is their business to deprive others.
The cockatrice. A sort of serpent hatched form the egg of a cock. The basilisk had a bad eye, and its glance was fatal. Many infidels deny this creature's existence, but Semprello Aurator saw and handled one that had been blinded by lightning as a punishment for having fatally gazed on a lady of rank whom Jupiter loved. Juno afterward restored the reptile's sight and hid it in a cave. Nothing is so well attested by the ancients as the existence of the basilisk, but the cocks have stopped laying.
The act of walking on wood without exertion.
BATH, n.
A kind of mystic ceremony substituted for religious worship, with what spiritual efficacy has not been determined.
    The man who taketh a steam bath
He loseth all the skin he hath,
And, for he's boiled a brilliant red,
Thinketh to cleanliness he's wed,
Forgetting that his lungs he's soiling
With dirty vapors of the boiling.
Richard Gwow
A method of untying with the teeth of a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.
The hair that is commonly cut off by those who justly execrate the absurd Chinese custom of shaving the head.
The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
To make an ingrate.
BEG, v.
To ask for something with an earnestness proportioned to the belief that it will not be given.
    Who is that, father?

A mendicant, child,
Haggard, morose, and unaffable -- wild!
See how he glares through the bars of his cell!
With Citizen Mendicant all is not well.

Why did they put him there, father?

Obeying his belly he struck at the laws.

His belly?

Oh, well, he was starving, my boy --
A state in which, doubtless, there's little of joy.
No bite had he eaten for days, and his cry
Was "Bread!" ever "Bread!"

What's the matter with pie?

With little to wear, he had nothing to sell;
To beg was unlawful -- improper as well.

Why didn't he work?

He would even have done that,
But men said: "Get out!" and the State remarked: "Scat!"
I mention these incidents merely to show
That the vengeance he took was uncommonly low.
Revenge, at the best, is the act of a Siou,
But for trifles --

Pray what did bad Mendicant do?

Stole two loaves of bread to replenish his lack
And tuck out the belly that clung to his back.

Is that all father dear?

There's little to tell:
They sent him to jail, and they'll send him to -- well,
The company's better than here we can boast,
And there's --

Bread for the needy, dear father?

Um -- toast.

Atka Mip
One who has relied on the assistance of his friends.
Conduct, as determined, not by principle, but by breeding. The word seems to be somewhat loosely used in Dr. Jamrach Holobom's translation of the following lines from the Dies Irae:
        Recordare, Jesu pie,
Quod sum causa tuae viae.
Ne me perdas illa die.

Pray remember, sacred Savior,
Whose the thoughtless hand that gave your
Death-blow. Pardon such behavior.
In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
An order of monks otherwise known as black friars.
    She thought it a crow, but it turn out to be
A monk of St. Benedict croaking a text.
"Here's one of an order of cooks," said she --
"Black friars in this world, fried black in the next."
"The Devil on Earth" (London, 1712)
One who makes heavy purchases of ingratitude, without, however, materially affecting the price, which is still within the means of all.
A constellation (Coma Berenices) named in honor of one who sacrificed her hair to save her husband.
    Her locks an ancient lady gave
Her loving husband's life to save;
And men -- they honored so the dame --
Upon some stars bestowed her name.

But to our modern married fair,
Who'd give their lords to save their hair,
No stellar recognition's given.
There are not stars enough in heaven.
A mistake in taste for which the wisdom of the future will adjudge a punishment called trigamy.
One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.
The invective of an opponent.
The first and direst of all disasters. As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg. Pallas came out of a skull. Galatea was once a block of stone. Peresilis, who wrote in the tenth century, avers that he grew up out of the ground where a priest had spilled holy water. It is known that Arimaxus was derived from a hole in the earth, made by a stroke of lightning. Leucomedon was the son of a cavern in Mount Aetna, and I have myself seen a man come out of a wine cellar.
A man whose qualities, prepared for display like a box of berries in a market -- the fine ones on top -- have been opened on the wrong side. An inverted gentleman.
Unrhymed iambic pentameters -- the most difficult kind of English verse to write acceptably; a kind, therefore, much affected by those who cannot acceptably write any kind.
A robber of grave-worms. One who supplies the young physicians with that with which the old physicians have supplied the undertaker. The hyena.
    "One night," a doctor said, "last fall,
I and my comrades, four in all,
When visiting a graveyard stood
Within the shadow of a wall.

"While waiting for the moon to sink
We saw a wild hyena slink
About a new-made grave, and then
Begin to excavate its brink!

"Shocked by the horrid act, we made
A sally from our ambuscade,
And, falling on the unholy beast,
Dispatched him with a pick and spade."
Bettel K. Jhones
A fool who, having property of his own, undertakes to become responsible for that entrusted to another to a third. Philippe of Orleans wishing to appoint one of his favorites, a dissolute nobleman, to a high office, asked him what security he would be able to give. "I need no bondsmen," he replied, "for I can give you my word of honor." "And pray what may be the value of that?" inquired the amused Regent. "Monsieur, it is worth its weight in gold."
BORE, n.
A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
The science of vegetables -- those that are not good to eat, as well as those that are. It deals largely with their flowers, which are commonly badly designed, inartistic in color, and ill- smelling.
Having a nose created in the image of its maker.
In political geography, an imaginary line between two nations, separating the imaginary rights of one from the imaginary rights of the other.
The liberality of one who has much, in permitting one who has nothing to get all that he can.
        A single swallow, it is said, devours ten millions of insects 
every year. The supplying of these insects I take to be a signal
instance of the Creator's bounty in providing for the lives of His
Henry Ward Beecher
He who created the Hindoos, who are preserved by Vishnu and destroyed by Siva -- a rather neater division of labor than is found among the deities of some other nations. The Abracadabranese, for example, are created by Sin, maintained by Theft and destroyed by Folly. The priests of Brahma, like those of Abracadabranese, are holy and learned men who are never naughty.
    O Brahma, thou rare old Divinity,
First Person of the Hindoo Trinity,
You sit there so calm and securely,
With feet folded up so demurely --
You're the First Person Singular, surely.
Polydore Smith
An apparatus with which we think what we think. That which distinguishes the man who is content to be something from the man who wishes to do something. A man of great wealth, or one who has been pitchforked into high station, has commonly such a headful of brain that his neighbors cannot keep their hats on. In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, brain is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
A cordial composed of one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the- grave and four parts clarified Satan. Dose, a headful all the time. Brandy is said by Dr. Johnson to be the drink of heroes. Only a hero will venture to drink it.
A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.

Book review of 'A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali'

Palestinian Stories

Book review of 'A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali'

Book review of 'A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali'

llustrator Naji al-Ali was assasinated 22 years ago in 1987, yet his cartoons live on as the ubiquitous visual symbol of Palestinians' collective pain.

The trademark cartoon is a refugee boy whose face you never see. The 'Banksy' of Palestine, Naji's cartoons of the occupation; a child expelled from their homeland and living in camps - silently witnessing Palestinian life since 1948.


Most people familiar with Palestine are familiar with the work of Naji al-Ali, the creator of Hanthala. You can find al-Ali's iconic drawing spraypainted on walls not just around the Arab world but in European and American cities, as a pendant worn around the neck, on tee-shirts, sewn into keffiyehs, animated and all over the internet.
Within Palestine and the Palestine solidarity movement internationally, Naji al-Ali's presence is equal perhaps to that only of Mahmoud Darwish as a cultural unifier and voice for the voiceless.

So it is shocking to consider that it is not until now, 22 years after al-Ali was assassinated in London (he was shot by unknown assailants on July 22, 1987) and more than 48 years since he was first published by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, that the first English-language collection of his cartoons is making its appearance. Despite several online galleries, tracking Hanthala down in print in the West has been quite difficult.

Therefore, we can all thank and praise the editors of Verso Books for their decision to create a slender introduction to al-Ali's graphic work for the Angolphone world. They have selected 100 cartoons and arranged them roughly by theme in five chapters: Palestine; Human Rights; US Dominance, Oil and Arab Collusion; the Peace Process; and Resistance.

There is a brief introduction to each chapter, and each cartoon is accompanied with a short caption providing translation and explanation. The whole book is furnished with an introduction by cartoonist Joe Sacco, probably al-Ali's heir as the single person most associated with the crossroads of Palestine and comics.

The work itself is as powerful as one can imagine for a cartoonist who's voice was so threatening to those in power that he had to be silenced with bullets. These are not funny cartoons, not even in the sense of the droll sarcasm associated with editorial cartoons in America. Al-Ali's work is replete with bloody struggle against ghoulish enemies; maimed bodies of children and bullet-ridden adults are wept over by wailing mourners under skies of solid inky black. It is frequently black night in Hanthala's world, without stars and only a crescent moon to see by.

Bodies and landscapes transform surreally into bullets, keys, barbed wire, bombs. The leaders of the Arab world become grotesque slugs, fat and corrupt; the Israelis are vampiric goblins. The recurring representative of the "commoner," the Arab peasant or worker who becomes a militant is stabbed, hung, and shot all the while a little boy watches silently (usually). They are a cri de couer of horror and resolute endurance.

Technically, al-Ali's line is usually called "simple" and at times even "crude"-shaky, without variation in weight, using cross hatching or grey ink wash to give the figures roundess and shading without detailed rendering.

This style is not dissimilar to other cartoonists and animators internationally of al-Ali's generation working in the 60s and 70s, especially those associated with the underground or hippie movements in the West, like Fred Wolf or Bruno Bozzetto. But the power of al-Ali's work can be seen in the endless creative variation of the visual metaphors used. Recurring elements are recombined and reimagined to produce inventive new ways of reiterating al-Ali's consistent and unwavering message, which is as stark as his images.

The Arab commoner (Palestinian, Lebanese, or other), man and woman, thin and starving, is faced with multiple enemies who are in fact in collusion: the U.S., the Israeli soldier, and the leaders and "fat cats" of the Arab world (whether dressed traditionally or in Western business suits), who will always betray the armed struggle that is necessary for Palestine to be reclaimed. An analysis of the Arab ruler's simultaneous repression of their people, dependence on oil wealth and obeisance to the U.S. is neatly summarized in a single, striking, wordless composition.

Al-Ali's images also provides a quick and easy way to debunk some common Western myths about the history of the struggle for Palestine. Human rights and democratic discourse were a part of Palestinian demands from the beginning, and were blocked by the Israelis. The objection to settlements is not new or recent, but dates to their inception in the 1970s, and from the beginning were recognized as an obstacle to peace by al-Ali. The Arab states and the leaders of the PLO are not "moderate" but in fact capitulate too readily to U.S. and Israel demands and have been doing so for decades.

Still, one is left feeling that this book only represents the barest beginning for exposing al-Ali and Hanthala to English-speaking audiences. Obviously, 100 cartoons selected from a body of work that includes tens of thousands can only serve to pique the interest of those seriously interested in Naji al-Ali. Strangely, Verso did not credit an editor for this collection, nor is any explanation or rationale for the choice of cartoons given.

I know from browsing Arabic-language collections, for example, that many of al-Ali's cartoons do include much text and dialogue despite his reputation as a wordless cartoonist for largely illiterate masses. One can only presume that these cartoons were left out for ease of translation, but they are precisely the ones least accessible to the non-Arabic audience.

More importantly, and disappointingly, there is no critical biography of al-Ali or attempt at cogent analysis. The written material, credited to Abdul Hadi Ayyad only in the copyright errata inside the book, is generic and prone to platitudes and hagiography, and no more informative about al-Ali's life or work than his Wikipedia entry (actually slightly less).

Its attempts at translation and explanation for the cartoons frequently overdetermine what appears to me to be deliberate ambiguity of images. I am left feeling that one of the most influential and important cartoonists of the second half of the 20th century, of the non-English-speaking world, and of the global decolonization struggle, is still without a compendium that will be of use to more than casually interested audiences. One hopes that with enough interest in this book it will be forthcoming.

The Arabist

Ethan Heitner

Heitner is a member of Adalah-NY: The Coalition For Middle East Justice and a student of cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has previously written for and Cairo magazine. His cartoons will be available at soon.


China hackers crash Aussie film festival website--Yahoo Tech

China hackers crash Aussie film festival website

  • Posted on - Sat Aug 1, 2009 4:33AM EDT

Chinese hackers crashed the website of Australia's biggest film festival, organisers said on Saturday, escalating tensions over a visit here by the exiled leader of the Uighur minority.

Online bookings for the Melbourne International Film Festival had to be shut down after the site was bombarded with phony purchases which resulted in the entire program being sold out, said festival spokeswoman Asha Holmes.

A Chinese citizen living in the United States had alerted organisers to the viral campaign, which originated from a website in China titled "A Call to Action to All Chinese People", said Holmes.

The site explained how to set up a fake profile to buy tickets, and aimed to crash the festival's site in protest against its screening of "Ten Conditions of Love" and its hosting of the documentary's subject, Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.

"It's a very pointed attempt to shut down the system, which has been quite effective," Holmes told AFP.

"We have had to shut down our online site and ask everyone to book at the physical box office or on the phone."

The scam aimed "to protest and sabotage the Melbourne International Film Festival because the festival invited Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled Uighur leader from Washington DC," the man who first raised the alarm wrote, in an email seen by AFP.

"Really, we imagine that until we withdraw the film (about Kadeer), which we are not going to do, this kind of activity will continue," Holmes said.

China has labelled the US-based Muslim minority leader a "criminal" and accuses her of masterminding the July 5 Xinjiang riots that left at least 197 people dead and 1,600 injured.

Canberra has rebuffed Chinese objections to the visit by Kadeer, saying she is not a "terrorist" and there is no reason to exclude her.

All Chinese language films were withdrawn from the festival in protest, and Hong Kong and Taipei's trade offices both pulled their sponsorship.

China summoned Australia's ambassador to the foreign ministry in Beijing to protest Kadeer's visit, according to state media there.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun told Ambassador Geoff Raby that Australia must not allow Kadeer to engage in any anti-Chinese separatist activities during her visit, the official Xinhua news agency reported late Friday.

Australia should "immediately correct its wrongdoings", it said, apparently referring to Canberra's decision to issue a visa to the 62-year-old grandmother and Nobel Peace Prize candidate.

Gaza children fly 6000 kites calling for an end to the blockade

Gaza children fly 6000 kites calling for an end to the blockade

BEIT LAHYA, (PIC)-- Thousands of children participated on Thursday afternoon in the "summer games" programme organised by the UNRWA in Beith Lahya in the northern Gaza Strip.

The kites were decorated by slogans such as "Freedom", "LIFE", "Security" and "No to the blockade of Gaza."

Jamal Hamad, the UNRWA press officer in Gaza said that this festival aimed to reflect that the Gaza children are like children around the world and that they were capable of breaking record during this festival.

He added that the aim of festival was to convey to the world a true picture of the Gaza children and show that despite their circumstances, the Gaza children are bright and do look forward to a bright future, pointing out that the kite festival is the one most liked by the children.


Ziauddin Sardar: "What Enlightenment?"


Thank you to Palestine think Tank and Sabbah's Blog for posting this article today.

The following article by Ziauddin Sardar is a philosophical attempt to identify the conflict between Islam and lethal Western ideology. Sardar is a leading British intellectual. Some regard him also as a leading Muslim critic of Islam. In the following paper Sardar successfully challenges the notion of the clash of civilizations from the perspective of the other. GA



What Enlightenment? It may have been good for Europe, but for the rest of the world in general, and Islam in particular, the Enlightenment was a disaster. Despite their stand for freedom and liberty, reason and liberal thought, Enlightenment thinkers saw the non-West as irrational and inferior, morally decadent and fit only for colonisation. This legacy is not only with us but is positively thriving in the guise of neo-conservative thought, dogmatic secularism and scientism.


For key Enlightenment thinkers, such as Voltaire, de Montesquieu, Volney and Pascal, Europe occupied a special place: it was to be the destiny of humanity, construed as Western man. They worked hard to provide a rational justification for colonisation. They rationalised the medieval images, anxieties and fear of Islam and its Prophet – so evident in the sections devoted to Muhammad in Pascal's Pensées – and presented them as evidence for the innate inferiority of Islam. They deliberately suppressed the Muslim contribution to science and learning and severed all intellectual links between Islam and Europe. Their Eurocentricism thus further locked Islam into an exclusive confrontation with the West, which continues to this day.


For thirteen and fourteenth century thinkers of Christendom, such as Roger Bacon and John Wycliff, Islam was simply a pagan, enemy Empire. To their credit, the Enlightenment thinkers saw Islam as a civilisation. But it was a civilisation grounded in a backward society and inferior political institutions and religious beliefs at its core. In Mohammad and Fanaticism, Voltaire denounced Islam in harsh and hostile terms. Later, in the Essai sur les moeurs, he was a little more restrained, but the judgement did not change. He still saw Islam as an embodiment of fanaticism, anti-humanism, irrationalism, and the violent will to power. But despite this, Muslims did have a few positive aspects. They could move towards greater tolerance thanks largely to Islam's loose sexual standards, which made it akin to a natural religion. While Jesus was good, Christians had become intolerant. But Muslims were tolerant despite their evil Prophet. Positive development in one case, negative in another. This is how Voltaire reconciled his deep seated prejudices about Islam and Muslims with reason.


For all their sabre-rattling against religion, Enlightenment thinkers saw Christianity as the standard of civilised behaviour and norm of all religion. In effect, they further naturalised the natural law theory of medieval Christianity which had always been vague in the sense of never precisely defined, yet also highly specific in being a universalising of Christian norms as the standard for human behaviour. Islam remained the antithesis to Christianity. Thus, in Les Ruines, Volney announced that "Mohammad succeeded in building a political and theological empire at the expense of those of Moses and Jesus' vicars." Or, in the scene where he has an imam speaking about "the law of Mohammad", "God has established Mohammad as his minister on earth; he has handed over the world to him to subdue with the sabre those who refuse to believe in his law." Volney described Muhammad as the "apostle of a merciful God who preaches nothing but murder and carnage," the spirit of intolerance and exclusiveness that "shocks every notion of justice". While Christianity might be irrational, Volney declared that it was gentle and compassionate but Islam had a contempt for science – a truly bizarre claim since Volney himself, and all his fellow Enlightenment thinkers, learnt most of their science and philosophy from such names as al-Frabi, Ibn Sina and ibn Rushd.


While the Enlightenment may have been concerned with reason, its champions were not too worried about truth when it came to Islam. They not only shamelessly plagiarised philosophy, science and learning from Islam, but the very hallmark of Enlightenment, liberal humanism, has its origins in Islam. It is based on the adab movement of classical Islam, which was concerned with the etiquette of being human. Islam developed a sophisticated system of teaching law and humanism that involved not just institutions such as the university, with its faculties of law, theology, medicine and natural philosophy, but also an elaborate method of instruction including work-study courses, a curriculum that included grammar, rhetoric, poetry, history, medicine, and moral philosophy, and mechanisms for the formation of a humanist culture such as academic associations, literary circles, clubs and other coteries that sustain intellectuals and the literati. The adab literature and institutions were, in fact, what enlightenment was all about in Islam. One cannot have a revolt on behalf of reason in Islam because reason is central to its worldview: reason is the other side of revelation and the Qur'an presents both as "signs of God". A Muslim society cannot function without either. While Muslims can hardly be exonerated for the decline of reason and learning in Muslim civilisation, it was colonialism that as deliberate policy destroyed adab culture in Muslim societies.


But Enlightenment Europe swallowed the adab system, including textbooks, en masse. However, since it was a product of an inferior culture and civilisation its origins had to be shrouded. Thus, classical Arabic had to be replaced with another classical language, Latin. This was followed by a systematic expunging of all traces of the influence of Islamic thought on Europe. From the days of Voltaire right up to 1980, thanks largely to the efforts of Enlightenment scholars, it was a general western axiom that Islam had produced nothing of worth in philosophy, science and learning.


The Enlightenment legacy that Islam and Europe have nothing in common, that Islam is only a darker shadow of the West, that liberal secularism is the destiny of all human cultures, is much in evidence in our newspapers and television, literature and scholarship, as well as in our politics and foreign policies. It is the bedrock of Francis Fukuyama's "End of History" hypothesis, Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilisation" thesis, and the neo-conservative "Project for the New American Century". Voltaire's Bastards, to use the title of John Ralston Saul's brilliant 1992 book, are busy rationalizing torture, military interventions, and western supremacy, and demonising Islam and Muslims. The Enlightenment may have been big on reason but it was, as Saul shows so convincingly, bereft of both meaning and morality.


Forgive me if I don't stand up and salute the Enlightenment.


Ziauddin Sardar is the author of Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience (Granta) 


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UN and International Agencies Fear Gaza Educational System Unprepared for new school year

Call for immediate opening of Gaza's borders

28 July 2009

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, representing UN aid agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), represented by at least 25 NGOs, today demand full and unfettered access into and out of Gaza in particular to restore the Gazan educational system.

During the 23 days of Israel's operation "Cast Lead" in Gaza, 18 schools were completely destroyed and at least 280 were damaged. Today, one month before the start of the new school year, more than six months after the ceasefires, none of these schools have been properly rebuilt or rehabilitated due to lack of construction materials. Since the imposition of the blockade, students have faced chronic shortages of educational supplies including textbooks, paper and uniforms, though we acknowledge the recent moves to allow textbooks, uniforms, and stationary into Gaza. These are welcome first steps.  However, the quantities, kinds and predictability of goods being permitted into Gaza are still far below what is required for normal life.  Even prior to "Cast Lead" the education system was already under severe duress due to the two year blockade that has caused a crisis of "human dignity" in Gaza.

The right to learn and be educated is a fundamental child right that is uniquely central to every child's ability to realize his or her potential - and by extension, that of their communities and countries. In the context of protracted conflict and occupation, safe schools also offer an unparalleled means of restoring a sense of normalcy and hope for children and their families. Despite the extraordinary odds stacked against them, going to school and becoming educated remains the single most cherished priority among Palestinian children. The continuing blockade on Gaza jeopardizes this fundamental child right, along with the remarkable progress in education that has been achieved thus far.

"The blockade has caused untold suffering to children in Gaza, who face another academic year in terrible conditions", said Philippe Lazzarini, acting Humanitarian Coordinator of oPt.

Together with the communities we serve, the United Nations and non-governmental humanitarian organizations working in oPt collectively call for immediate steps to end the blockade, as is required by international humanitarian and human rights law. We call on the Government of Israel to urgently facilitate entry of construction materials and supplies for schools in the coming weeks, and to ensure that students, teachers and trainers can freely exit and enter Gaza to continue learning.

Ensuring access to education is an obligation of all governments, its primacy proclaimed by agreements ranging from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Education is also the heart of all development and the essential prerequisite for equality, dignity, and lasting peace. The future belongs to this generation of children and adolescents, and that future is inextricably rooted in the quality of education that they receive today.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Marixie Mercado, Chief Communications, UNICEF-occupied Palestinian territory.  Mobile: +972-0-54 778 7604, e-mail:
Mr. Chris Gunness, Spokesperson, UNRWA.  Telephone: +972-2-5890267, Mobile:+972-054-240-2659, e-mail:
Ms. Allegra Pacheco, Head of Advocacy Unit, OCHA.  Mobile: +-972-054 3311 806, e-mail:
Mr. Jerry  Farrell, Country Director, Save the Children Alliance, mobile:+-972-0-54 313 4280, e- mail:
Mr. Osama Damo, Documentation and Communication Officer, Save the Children Alliance,  mobile: +972-0-598-705-883, e-mail:

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The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea presents an exhibition of cutting edge Korean artists

July 31, 2009

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Kang-hyun Ahn
Song of the Son of the Sun
Single channel video

Doors Open
August 13 - September 23, 2009

Korean Cultural Service NY
Mon-Fri, 10 am - 5 pm
460 Park Ave. 6th Fl.
New York, NY 10022
Tel. 212-759-9550

Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery
Tue-Sat, 11 am - 5 pm
417 Lafayette St. 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10003
Tel. 212-598-1155

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Participating Artists
Kira Kim, Hee-seon Kim, Se-jin Kim, So-yeon Kim, Tae-eun Kim, Mioon,
Kiwoun Shin, Kang-hyun Ahn, Doo-jin Ahn, Jung-ju An, Biho Ryu

Opening Reception
2009, Aug 13, Thurs, 6-8 pm
Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery
417 Lafayette St. 4th Fl
New York, NY 10003

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea is pleased to present Doors Open, an exhibition of 11 cutting edge Korean artists, from August 13 through September 23, 2009 at the Korean Cultural Service NY located on 460 Park Ave. 6th Fl, NYC and Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery located on 417 Lafayette St. 4th Fl. NYC. Doors Open is the first exhibition in New York City featuring the artists, who are alumni resident artists of the National Art Studio since 2002. The participating artists are Kira Kim, Hee-seon Kim, Se-jin Kim, So-yeon Kim, Tae-eun Kim, Mioon, Kiwoun Shin, Kang-hyun Ahn, Doo-jin Ahn, Jung-ju An, and Biho Ryu. The opening reception is held on Thursday, August 13, 2009, 6-8 pm at Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery with the presence of the artist Kira Kim, Mioon, Kiwoun Shin, Kang-hyun Ahn, Doo-jin Ahn, and Biho Ryu.

Koreans have not only suffered from anxiety such as wars, illnesses and poverty in the rapid modernization but also witnessed mammonism of consumer society or anonymity of mass culture that seems peaceful and affluent but impossible to be controlled by hands of individual. This exhibition looks for the root of relation between Korean contemporary art and society in the sense of panic or uneasiness that many Koreans may feel in common or private. As members of the society, Korean artists participating in this show make their own expression in visual arts being responsive to those kinds of senses hidden behind daily life.

The National Art Studio, Korea is an international artist-in-residence program in Korea. The Art Studio, Changdong and Goyang, run by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, encourage and support artistic creativity and make contemporary Korean art known in the world as well as works for the exchange with local and foreign artists-in-residence programs. It has supported resident artists with not only convenient working conditions but various programs i.e. Asian Pacific Artists Fellowship Residency Program, International Studio Exchange Program, workshop, artist talk, exhibition, open studio, outreach programs and public art project. The Changdong Art Studio, established in 2002, is composed of 14 studios, one exhibition hall and an outdoor work area along with other necessities that are required by artists. Likewise, the Art Studio that opened in Goyang city in 2004, has 22 studios, one exhibition hall, and an outdoor work area.

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea is the only national museum that houses and exhibits great works of Korean and foreign modern and contemporary art. The museum first opened in 1969 at Kyungbok Palace and in 1973 relocated to Deoksu Palace. It made one last move to its present location at Gwacheon in 1986 where new modern facilities, but according to international standards, along with an outdoor sculpture garden, were opened to the public, beginning a new chapter in the history of this museum. In 1998, the National Museum of Art, Deoksugung was reopened as an institution which specializes in modern art and since then, it has developed into a cultural institution which has continually received the love and support of its citizens. Also we are planning to open our new museum, the National Museum of Art, Seoul, located middle of Seoul, Korea.

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
San 58-4 Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 427-701, Korea
Tel. 82-2-2188-6000 / Fax. 82-2-2188-6122

National Art Studio, Changdong
601-107 Chang-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul, 132-919, Korea
Tel. 82-2-995-0995 / Fax. 82-2-995-2638

National Art Studio, Goyang
655 Gwansan-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, 412-804, Korea
Tel. 82-31-962-0070 / Fax. 82-31-962-4470

This exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Also it is sponsored by Korean Cultural Service NY & 'Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery' and Samsung Electronics.

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Industrial Capacity Use Hits Record Low:

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