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

Friday, January 22, 2010

Human Rights Trends of 2009 | Close Gitmo Twitter Campaign

World Report 2010 © 2009 Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty ImagesIn 2009, Human Rights Watch staff conducted extensive investigative work in more than 90 nations and territories worldwide. Summarizing their findings is the 2010 World Report, the 20th annual review of human rights practices around the globe published this week.

One major trend: Governments responsible for serious human rights violations have over the past year intensified attacks against human rights defenders, including murder, and organizations that document abuse. These governments are attacking the very foundations of the human rights movement. Read more...

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World Report cover photo: Sri Lankan Tamils wait behind barbed wire where the government interned several hundred thousand people displaced in the final months of the war. © 2009 Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Intensifying Attacks on Human Rights Defenders, Organizations, and Institutions

Kenneth Roth argues in the introductory essay that the ability of the human rights movement to exert pressure on behalf of victims has grown enormously in recent years, and that this development has spawned a reaction from abusive governments that grew particularly intense in 2009.

Attacks on human rights monitors are not limited to authoritarian governments like Burma and China. In countries with elected governments that are facing armed insurgencies, there has been a sharp rise in armed attacks on human rights monitors. Although the armed conflict in Chechnya has wound down, there was a devastating series of killings and threats against lawyers and activists fighting impunity in the North Caucasus.


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Speaking Out for Civilian Lives in the Middle East

For years, the Middle East has been wracked by political violence and armed conflicts in which both governments and armed groups have shown a wanton disregard for the lives of civilians. Many armed groups in the Middle East, responsible for targeting or indiscriminately killing civilians, assert an Islamic identity. Some justify their decision to take up arms in Islamic terms.

There is a need to find authoritative voices in the region, people who can speak out for civilian protection and the humanitarian principle of civilian immunity – a principle shared by the laws of war and Islamic ethics. Over several years, Human Rights Watch has encouraged civil society activists and opinion-shapers – including religious leaders – to denounce attacks on civilians by armed groups as well as states, whether in Iraq, Israel, or elsewhere. Read more...

Doctors working for Torture

In 2002, Human Rights Watch documented Chinese psychiatric facilities where dissidents were detained alongside the mentally ill. One "patient," Tan Guihua, was hospitalized for supporting and practicing Falungong, a form of spiritual meditation. Because she refused to renounce her beliefs, she was tortured by medical personnel using electroshock therapy and was force-fed antipsychotic medicines.

The complicity of doctors and other health workers in torture or cruel treatment has generally been focused on cases like Tan Guihua's -- political prisoners in detention settings.

Yet torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment conducted by medical providers happens in settings ranging from drug treatment centers to orphanages, with health providers unjustifiably or discriminatorily withholding treatment or inflicting severe pain or suffering with "treatments" serving no legitimate medical purpose. Read more...

In the Migration Trap: Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Europe

One might have thought that in Western Europe, where child mortality nears zero and education and health care are a given, that children's rights would be one of the most uncontroversial topics for policymakers. Not, it seems, when the children in question are unaccompanied migrants.

All too often, the thousands of children arriving in Western Europe without parents or caregivers end up without the humane treatment Europe claims to stand for. Instead, they may face prolonged detention, intimidation and abusive police behavior. They may be registered and treated as adults after unreliable age exams. They can face bureaucratic obstacles to accessing education, abuse when detained or housed in institutions and, too often, exploitation. Read more...


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