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
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
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... - # 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
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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.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jamaican Dancehall, Torture in the Military, and Musicians Under Fire


Guernica: a magazine of art & politics

Dear readers,

When Norwegian pop star Deeyah fled threats from conservative Muslims in Oslo, she received a similar reception in London, where the tabloid press dubbed her "The Muslim Madonna." She's back in the spotlight, just in time for the holidays, with a new compilation CD, featuring banned or persecuted artists from around the world. (Four of those tracks can be heard in this issue!) Early Zionist writing evoked the tragic male hero, bound by a cruel fate. So do many contemporary works, argues Mikhal Dekel, including an Oscar-winning film from Steven Spielberg. Journalist Joshua Phillips, whose reports on human rights abuses around the world, argues that the U.S. has torture all wrong; the worst arguments are winning. Part Two of our report on Jamaican dancehall music and the country's violent attacks on gays. Four flash fictions, a snake poem, and urban decay art. Plus, a big announcement on the Guernica/Dzanc Books writing award.

INTERVIEW: Listen to the Banned: Just in time for the holidays, a new CD crafted by Norwegian-Muslim singer Deeyah compiles a who's who of banned musicians from around the world.

INTERVIEWS: The Wrong Question: Journalist Joshua Phillips on the left media's standard torture story, untrained soldiers making it up as they go, and becoming a suicide hotline.

FEATURES: Murder Music: Jamaica's dancehall music is being blamed for the country's violent attacks on gays. But there are many who don't see the music as homophobic, only the battle cry of a changing nation. Part 2 of 2.

Murder Music

FEATURES: Hero: Early Zionist writing evoked the tragic male hero, bound by the cruel destiny of his people and himself. It's true of many contemporary works, including Kushner and Spielberg's Munich.

FICTION: A flash-fiction special issue featuring stories by Kathy Fish, Roberta Allen, Glen Pourciau, and Blake Butler.

POETRY: Snake Story: by Albert Abonado: my father has always had / a fear of being swallowed / whether by a large reptile or the earth

ART: Atrophic Existence: A group exhibition which features emerging contemporary artists whose
work harmoniously intertwines around the subject of urban decay.

Guernica and the DISQUIET: International Literary Program Award: Guernica is partnering with Dzanc Books to sponsor the first annual DISQUIET: International Literary Program Award. All submissions will be judged by acclaimed Nigerian author Chris Abani, whom Dave Eggers has called "the molten heart of contemporary fiction." The winner of the award will be published in Guernica, will receive airfare, accommodations, and tuition for the program of writing workshops in Lisbon.

BLOG: Thant Myint-U: The author and Burma scholar breaks down Burma's recent elections, the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and why Burma needs development and trade and not sanctions.

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