CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
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 david.chirot@gmail.com
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
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

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... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # 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 ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - 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
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


=

Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
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
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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.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Human Rights Watch: Gays Targets for Violence in Cameroon | Female Activists Pressured



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Gays Targets for Violence in Cameroon

Criminalization of Homosexuality Leads to Abuses in Homes, Community

The Cameroonian police arrested Christian, accusing him of being gay: "On our way to the police station, the police officers insulted us and they beat us with batons on our heads and bodies. They kept saying they were going to burn us for being dirty pédés [faggots]." He was studying computer science, but after the arrest, the university forced him to drop out.

A new report by Human Rights Watch and Alternatives-Cameroun, a human rights organization, says Cameroonians who are perceived as gay are attacked by police, politicians, and the media. Families and friends reject them, even reporting them to the authorities. Same-sex conduct can lead to prison.

Steave Nemande, Alternatives-Cameroun president, received The Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism for speaking out against laws criminalizing homosexuality.

In Cameroon, guards hit prisoners arrested for homosexuality and threaten them with rape. Other inmates beat them and even urinate and defecate on their mattresses.

Women suspected of having sex with women become targets for rape.

Newspapers have published the names of those purported to be gay, and allege that homosexuals are power-hungry, corrupt, and intent on controlling the country.

Cameroon's criminalization of homosexuality drives inequality within the justice system and violence within families and communities. The government should ensure that all Cameroonians live free of discrimination.

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Iran Ups Pressure on Female Activists
Women Jailed for Demonstrating, Protesting Detention of Their Children

Since 2005, Iran's government has cracked down on activists – particularly those who press for women's rights and speak out against discriminatory laws. Repression only worsened in the wake of the contested 2009 presidential elections.

But courageous Iranian women continue to stand up to the government, including the women's rights activist Sussan Tahmasebi, who received the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.

Tahmasebi helped start the Million Signatures Campaign, one of the most influential and effective human rights campaigns in Iran. Its premise is simple: Members ask ordinary Iranians to sign a petition asking the government to allow equal rights in marriage, divorce, inheritance, and other areas.

Tahmasebi dedicated her award to the imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and other women activists sentenced to prison. Some have been jailed for taking part in peaceful demonstrations, while others spoke out against the detention of their children. Several members of the Million Signatures Campaign are also behind bars.

Sotoudeh recently ended a hunger strike, which she staged to protest being held in solitary confinement.

Imprisoned Iranian women include human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and students. What they have in common is their pursuit of justice, despite the risk to themselves, their families, and their reputations.

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