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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
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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, September 12, 2009

Fwd: Chisenhale Gallery presents Tariq Alvi

September 12, 2009

Chisenhale Gallery

Tariq Alvi
The Meaning, 2009

Tariq Alvi
11 September - 25 October 2009

Chisenhale Gallery
64 Chisenhale Road
London E3 5QZ
+44 (0) 20 8981 4518

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Chisenhale Gallery presents The Meaning, a major solo exhibition by British artist Tariq Alvi. Working intuitively, recycling and re-contextualizing found printed matter from newspapers and magazine advertising, Alvi's labour-intensive works present us with both disarmingly simple and complex aesthetic forms that reflect upon contemporary society.

Alvi presents a group of sculptures, paintings and collages that meditate on the relationships between economy, sexuality, desire and materiality. One key work in the exhibition incorporates Alvi's characteristic formal motif of hundreds of cut-out prices from magazines and trade fliers, here arranged around the imposing form of a three-metre long tree trunk. Dyslexic Dancer maps out an abstract depiction of sexuality and desire, its plate glass surface, splicing a mirrored cube, is adorned with nebulous colourful forms constructed out of torn up pages from gay club magazines; the visceral grubbiness of these figures butts up against mannered references to the tasteful formality of minimalist forms. Mirrors also feature in a large wall-based work, a version of which Alvi first made in Club Oase in Maastricht in 1997, onto which are collaged cut-outs of male and female models, which both articulate and disrupt the potential for self-reflection.

The works in The Meaning all shift restlessly between surface and subject matter and Alvi consciously plays with a disjuncture between the two in the way he appropriates and juxtaposes images and information. The exhibition's title work comprises a painting produced by a professional painter, copied and dramatically enlarged from a collage made by Alvi incorporating pages torn from an interiors magazine depicting glass doorknobs piled on plates like sweets; this exaggerated image of consumer culture's economy of luxury goods becomes even more excessive and strange in its painted manifestation. An accompanying print work, also based on one of Alvi's collages and further ornamented with more cut-out magazine prices, implicates the body in the machinations of economic exchange and the hierarchies of value – of appropriation and hand craftsmanship – engendered in the processes of production.

Tariq Alvi is a British artist based in London. Solo exhibitions include Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2009); 2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco (2008); Cabinet, London (2007); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2005) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2001).

Thursday 1 October, 7pm Adrian Rifkin, Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths University discusses his current research, in particular the notion of 'incompletion' in relation to Tariq Alvi's exhibition.
Saturday 10 October, 2pm Tariq Alvi in conversation with Polly Staple, Director, Chisenhale Gallery.
Thursday 22 October, 7pm A screening of artists' film and video selected by Tariq Alvi.
Saturday 24 October, 2pm Richard Birkett, Assistant Curator, ICA leads a tour of the exhibition.

Opening hours
Wednesday – Sunday 1 – 6pm
Thursday 1 October until 9pm
Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity no. 1026175

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Friday, September 11, 2009

"A Perfect Storm of Idiocy" --Joe Conason on Conservative Furor at Obama’s School Speech

Joe Conason on Conservative Furor at Obama's School Speech
"A Perfect Storm of Idiocy" -- How did America surrender its political discourse—not to mention the news cycle—to the most unreasonable and unstable elements of the far right?

Asia Society Museum presents Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan

September 11, 2009

Asia Society Museum

Faiza Butt
Get out of my dreams II, 2008
Ink on polyester film
H. 22 x W. 28 1/2 in. (55.9 x 72.4 cm)
Private collection, London
Image courtesy of the artist

Hanging Fire
Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Through January 3, 2010

Asia Society Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-6400

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Discover the provocative artworks created by fifteen of the most compelling Pakistani artists in the past twenty years in Asia Society Museum's current exhibition, Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan. Often portrayed in the west as a country continuing to struggle with political and social instability, Pakistan has a vibrant yet little-known contemporary art scene that has flourished over the past two decades. The Asia Society exhibition Hanging Fire explores this seeming contradiction.

The first major U.S. museum survey exhibition devoted to contemporary art from Pakistan, Hanging Fire examines the complex combination of influences informing contemporary artists in the country's urban centers of Karachi and Lahore. To spotlight the current energy, vitality and range of expression in Pakistan's contemporary art scene, Asia Society Museum is presenting a fascinating range of works, comprising installation art, video, photography, painting and sculpture. A number of the works have never been exhibited, including a large-scale site-specific painting by artist Imran Qureshi. Hanging Fire is curated by Salima Hashmi, one of the most influential and well-respected writers and curators in Pakistan.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive, full-color, catalogue available at AsiaStore

Featured artists include Hamra Abbas, Bani Abidi, Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Faiza Butt, Imran Qureshi, Anwar Saeed, Ayaz Jokhio, Naiza Khan, Arif Mahmood, Huma Mulji, Asma Mundrawala, Rashid Rana, Ali Raza, Adeela Suleman and Mahreen Zuberi.

Critical support for the Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan exhibition, catalogue and related public programs is provided by lead corporate sponsor, Pakistan International Airlines.

Asia Society Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-6400

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From July 1 through Labor Day, Friday until 6:00 pm.
Closed Monday and major holidays.
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Video: Oliver Stone's South of the Border - Official Trailer

Oliver Stone's South of the Border - Official Trailer
Oliver Stone's new movie seeks to tell Americans the story we aren't getting from U.S. media about the historic political changes taking place in Latin America. Watch the trailer and spread the news, and maybe this movie can get a mainstream distributor in the United States.

Colombia Supreme Court says Uribe supporters seek impunity for parapoliticians

  Supreme Court says Uribe supporters seek impunity for parapoliticians
Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports, Thursday, 10 September 2009

David Miliband: UK's Secret Intelligence Service Investigated for Torture

David Miliband: UK's Secret Intelligence Service Investigated for Torture

Door Open for Iran Talks Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation,

Door Open for Iran Talks
Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, 09/10/2009

Vietnam Redux: Obama Facing Doubts Within His Own Party On Afghanistan-- NY Times, September 11, 2009

Obama Facing Doubts Within His Own Party On Afghanistan
Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger, New York Times, September 11, 2009

Video: {Representative Press} Purpose of the 9/11 Attacks

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