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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

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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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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November 29, 2010

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Gao Brothers, "The Execution of Christ," 2009.
Bronze and stainless steel, 79 1/4 x 94 1/2 x 59 inches.*

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Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis
On view now through January 2, 2011

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

First Museum Exhibition in US for China's Gao Brothers at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

On view now through January 2 only in Kansas City

Chinese artists Gao Qiang and Gao Zhen, known as the Gao Brothers, have collaborated on their art since 1985. Much of the Gao Brothers' work is inspired by their family's experiences during China's Cultural Revolution (1966–76). Due to their subject matter, the Gaos' works are frequently censored by authorities in China. Featuring large-scale sculpture, painting, and photography, the exhibition Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis is the artists' first museum exhibition in the United States. The exhibition, curated by London-based scholar Arthur Hwang, is on view now through January 2, 2011, only at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Admission is free.

In 1968 the artists' father was arrested as a counter revolutionary, and days later he died while in custody. Their father was among the estimated 1.5 million people who died during the Cultural Revolution, when much of China's cultural heritage and family foundations were destroyed. The Gao Brothers' works of art seek to understand China's complicated history and government controlled by the Communist Party. The Gaos' works range from politically charged to satirical and irreverent works, but in the end the brothers seek to understand the wrongs and shortcomings of China's past. In many of their works, Mao Zedong (1893–1976), former leader of the People's Republic of China, plays the lead, but in others, viewers find a variety of portraits of famous and infamous public figures.

With many of their works of art critical of the Chinese government and its leaders, the Gao Brothers find it difficult for them to express themselves freely as artists and generally show their works at secret art exhibitions to avoid seizure of their works by authorities. In 2006, an exhibition of their works in Beijing's gallery district, called 798, had several works removed by the government.

The brothers are not afraid to create contextually loaded, controversial works of art. In the sculpture Execution of Christ (2009), a half dozen life-sized bronze sculptures of Mao Zedong point bayonets at a life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ. At the back of the group, one Mao appears to be turning away from the execution, perhaps regretting or rethinking his act. The positioning of the artwork's figures mirror two well-known paintings, Francisco de Goya's The Third of May 1808 (The Executions on Príncipe Pío hill) (1814) and Edouard Manet's The Execution of Maximilian (1867–69). In both works, a central figure stands before a firing squad. When China became a communist state in the 1940s, its government adopted atheism and forced many religious followers, including Christians, to observe their faith in secret.

Other works mock Mao and China's evolving practice of Communism. In the outdoor sculpture Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head (2009), a relatively small Mao figure balances on the head of Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924), leader of Russia's Bolshevik revolution and first head of the USSR. After Mao's forces defeated Chiang Kai-shek and his army in 1949, China emerged as the People's Republic of China and private enterprises became state owned and farms became collectives. In this monumental sculpture, the artists satirize the careful balancing act that China practices today now that it has evolved into State Capitalist economy controlled by the Communist party.

Kansas City's Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art boasts a rapidly growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary works of artists from around the world and in three locations—the signature Gunnar Birkerts-designed building, Kemper at the Crossroads, and Kemper East. The Museum (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday; and 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free.

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*Image above:
Courtesy of the artists.
Photo by Bruce Mathews.

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