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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
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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, April 03, 2010

Noam Chomsky: "The Evil Scourge of Terrorism": Reality, Construction, Remedy

"The Evil Scourge of Terrorism": Reality, Construction, Remedy
By Noam Chomsky
The reasons why Reagan's war on terror has been dispatched to the repository of unwelcome facts are understandable and informative - about ourselves. Instantly, Reagan's war on terror became a savage terrorist war, leaving hundreds of thousands of tortured and mutilated corpses in the wreckage of Central America, tens of thousands more in the Middle East.

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Not Just Guantanamo U.S. Torturing Muslim Pre-trial Detainee in New York City By Bill Quigley

Not Just Guantanamo
U.S. Torturing Muslim Pre-trial Detainee in New York City
By Bill Quigley
Today in New York City, the U.S. is torturing a Muslim detainee with no prior criminal record who has not even gone to trial.

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Israeli attack on Gaza wounds children

Israeli attack on Gaza wounds children: :
Three Palestinian children have been wounded after Israeli planes and helicopters launched a string of air attacks on the Gaza Strip overnight.

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The Next Civil War By Bob Burnett

The Next Civil War
By Bob Burnett
The Civil War ranks as the most costly of US wars, with 625,000 deaths and a comparable number of injuries. Now the Republican Party is stoking the fires of insurrection and for thousands of right-wing zealots a new civil war seems a political necessity. As increasing numbers of Democratic politicians are threatened, how long will it be before domestic terrorists use their weapons?

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What the "news" industry hopes you never see


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[JFAC] AAFIA SIDDIQUI-- Latest Events and Updates - 02/04/10


Friday, 02 April 2010


Organised by the Muslim Justice Initiative

(Friday, 4/2/10 8:00 pm EST)


(Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's brother)

(Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's Sister)

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(Executive Director of the International Justice Network)

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Friday 2nd April

Harrow Khutbah: Sh Suliman Gani

JFAC Sydney - Today Dr Aafia, Tomorrow Another Believer

Sunday 4th April

Melbourne: JFAC at Mercy Mission Conference

Thursday 22nd April

JFAC Melbourne - Multicultural Bake Sale

Friday 23rd April

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Aafia Siddiqui: Victimized by American Depravity

by Stephen Lendman
On February 3, 2010, after a sham trial, the Department of Justice announced Siddiqui's conviction for "attempting to murder US nationals in Afghanistan and six additional charges." When sentenced on May 6, she faces up to 20 years for each attempted murder charge, possible life in prison on the firearms charge, and eight years on each assault charge.




Chirot w/ The Nation: Naomi Klein's Open Letter to Berkeley Students--BDS of Firms Backing/Funding Israel

Open Letter to Berkeley Students
NAOMI KLEIN | When it comes to acting to end Israeli war crimes, the international response has not suffered from too much haste but from far too little.

Since the Berkeley Campus has long been one of the most activist in the USA, and its actions  very often "read" as the symptoms of a much larger and steadily growing "malaise," thought to post this as"sings of things to come" in the backlash against what journals in the UK and France have openly called "The New McCarthyism" in the USA and on US campuses specifically. This phrase, "The New McCarthyism" refers to the ongoing suppression of open, public debates and discourses, reporting and research  regarding the US policies connected with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and many other people, places, events lumped together under various slogans and catchwords, reporting and research.  Since this suppression of Free Speech is done in the name of "Homeland Security, "The War on Terror," etc it essays to wrap censorship, silencing, "forcing one  to speak" as a form of psychological terrorism in the America Flag.  As was pointed out by Hermann Goering during his trial at Nuremberg, even the most educated, sophisticated, respected citizens will give up just about everything, including Freedom of Speech, when confronted with a Threat--real or not--to their personal Security and/or that of the Homeland. So it is that even the "most secure" academics,bureaucrats, artists, poets, will gladly "hand over," or "report on" any thing and anyone they regard as a potential "threat," and/or an  "existential threat."

While Goering openly stated that even fabricated threats may be used to create the "atmosphere of fear, necessary for the "handing over of rights to Freedom of Speech," today in the USA such an admission is not accepted.  Despite all the "faked" evidence of the last roughly nine years, one is supposed to unquestioningly believe any new
"information" provided by the Israelis, as well as the Americans, In re some of the effects on American campuses, a number of Professors in the US have lost their jobs and had their published works and persons persistently attacked by pro-Israeli groups in the US, and, since January of 2009, have experienced  an "open assault" conducted by the Israeli State's policy of "going after" any criticism of its policies shown on you tube, twitter, blogs, etc.  Seven Palestinian students who had been awarded Fulbright fellowships to study at various American Universities were blocked from attending these institutions by refusal of visas to them by the Israeli State.  (Eventually, under much pressure, one student was finally granted a visa.)  Currently over 600 Palestinian students with grants nd fellowships to study at foreign institutions are being refused visas to study aboard.  This, coupled withe systematic bombing and destruction of schools for students of al ages, has severely curtailed the educational opportunities for Palestinians who want to become doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers so that their fellows may be prepared for peace time jobs, in which capacity they would be working for a future Palestinian State aimed at developing conditions which would NOT encourage and nurture terrorism and violence.  People being busy studying and working with definite and promising, peaceful goals in mind are going to be far less interested in jeopardizing their country and country persons by irrational acts By torpedoing such education and jobs in Palestine and by  banning Palestinians from American institutions, the Israeli State is directly affecting the Americans' opportunities to meet Palestinians in a peaceful and cooperative situation.  By also attacking any speech, videos, professors, publications, presses from contributing positively to a discourse, a debate,  whether critical or positive of the actions and policies of the Israeli State and its support groups aboard, the options of education about the actual aims and goals, the dreams and hopes of Palestinians and other peoples in the US, the option of their being shared openly with the American people, is being thwarted by a power not elected by the American people. This in itself poses a threat to future American openness to ideas and points of view both inside and outside the US, and makes the students of today as well as the citizenry, ever more ignorant of all but one side of the question, of al but one side of discourses and debates. Effectively, American Institutions are being asked to do the work of the Israeli State and its support groups, at the expense of al others' histories, cultures, economic situations, of their poetries, musics, political and philosophical thinking etc etc--

This "New McCarthyism" is one of the ongoing situations which the Berkeley events and Naomi Klein's letter to the Berkeley Students is hoping, in part  to ameliorate. Such a "New McCarthyism" hurts everyone--Israelis, Palestinians and Americans. By fostering, emphasizing and forcibly creating an atmosphere of fear,distrust, hatred and paranoia, based on deliberate mis- and disinformation, all peoples and the hope for a Peaceful debate and discussion hopefully bringing about  Peaceful generations who can trust and learn frm each other how to create a Peaceful outcome to the present situation does npot need to be destroyed by such tactics as are presently being employed.

Open Letter to Berkeley Students
NAOMI KLEIN | When it comes to acting to end Israeli war crimes, the international response has not suffered from too much haste but from far too little.

here are some (almost all ) very recent links regarding the situation re Palestinians, Americans and Israelis and their various positions regarding the events discussed above
and an older post is one dealing specifically with the seven denied--and one letter allowed--admission to the USA to study on Fulbright Fellowships
A rapidly growing Non Violent Protest movement organized by Jewish, Palestinian and Christian groups has beenstaging ever more proetests in Isarel and inside the Occupied Territories including within Gaza.
The Israeli State has begun an open policy of suppression of any Peace movements within Israel, whether those organized by former IDF soldiers or religious and Human Rights activists, including students.
The major policy now of protest groups both within and outside Israel world wide including in/at the borders with Palestine, is that of Non-Violence. There is a growing in terst in the study of Gandhi and his effective methods in India, and those of Reverend Doctor martin Luther King, Jr in the USA.
Non-Violence may, once again, prove to be the most effective approach to Violence, Occupation, illegal Sieges, the building of Apartheid and Border Walls in Israel and world wide--including those the USA has built and is building in Ira and Afghanistan as well as along the USA-Mexican Border, which is being built by a combined US-Isreali group of engineers, "contractors" and corporations.

  1. Palestinian student: Israel Border Police beat me for hours ...

    Mar 28, 2010 ... Palestinian student: Israel Border Police beat me for hours -News ... Russian Compound police station, where he was denied medical treatment. ... 20:32 Barak: U.S. ties are 'pillar and cornerstone' of Israel's security ... - Cached
  2. The Palestine Chronicle: A Leading Online Newspaper on Palestine ...

    Mar 29, 2010 ... Online news magazine and journal about Palestine, Israel, the Arab world, and the Middle East. ... Keep Us On The Job. Noam Chomsky: "The Palestine Chronicle has been ... Passover is the seven-day holiday of the Feast of Unleavened Bread ... but are denied their basic human right of returning home. ... - Cached
  3. Palestinian Center for Human Rights

    Hadeel is one of seven Gaza students who, on 29 May, all received letters from ... In the face of mounting criticism from both within the US and Israel, ... But hundreds of other Palestinian students remain stranded inside the ... and they are being denied their rights to pursue their education, and their futures. ... - Cached - Similar
  4. Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley » Events

    RJI staff living in the West Bank work with Palestinian students to produce ... and their cousins are denied a narrative because of apartheid exclusion within ... the U.S., to organize and work for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. ... - Cached
  5. Palestine Think Tank » Education Grassroots Activism Israel ...

    Mar 19, 2010 ... From UC Berkeley SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) .... 3 * Red Cross Report "Dignity Denied in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" .... "Arms Divestment and Cessation of US Military Aid to Israel" ... - Cached
  6. USC Students for Justice in Palestine

    Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in al-Mabhouh's death… ... At least seven of the names on the passports belong to Israeli residents whose .... While he was invited by a student organization to speak on US-Israeli ... - Cached - Similar
  7. Aberystwyth Friends of Palestine - Student Society | Facebook

    Please come all and support us, show presence! And bring candles! ... About 11000 students, most from inside Israel, already attend the college in ... She was later denied tenure in 2007. With the tenure review board voting unanimously ... - Cached
  8. Committee on Academic Freedom Letters

    The grant helped fund the York University conference, Israel/Palestine: Mapping .... US Department of State's second visa denial for Professor Tareq Ramadan ... September 21, 2006, Israel, Occupational therapy students denied access to ... - Cached
  9. Israel News - Daily News Alert from Israel

    Mar 31, 2010 ... Palestinian Journalists Who Visited Israel Face Expulsion from Palestinian ... and another member of the inner group of seven ministers, ... An Obama administration official denied a recent BBC report according to which the U.S. is ... Qutb, who spent time as a student in the U.S. in the late 1940s, ... - Cached - Similar
  10. Students for Justice in Palestine - University of Pittsburgh

    The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is partnering with Pitt Students for .... A student and Palestinian-led workshop with a focus on Israel's .... -A reading of Seven Jewish Children, a 10-minute play written in response to .... of Jewish towns was promoted, while development in Arab centers was denied. ... - Cached - Similar

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Beijing, China: Feelings are facts at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

April 3, 2010

Ullens Center for
Contemporary Art

Feelings are facts
4 April – 20 June 2010

Ullens Center for
Contemporary Art

798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road,
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100015
P.R. China

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Today sees the formal opening of UCCA's new exhibition Feelings are facts by Danish-Iclandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Chinese architect Ma Yansong. This will be the first collaboration between the two artists, each of whom represents unique endeavors and cultural backgrounds. Together they invite the audiences to enjoy an astounding artistic experience crafted by their exceptional powers of imagination.

"UCCA is proud to present Feelings are facts, an exhibition which catalyzes a dynamic cross-fertilization between art and architecture. The final result is born of a unique collaboration between leading European artist Olafur Eliasson and China's outstanding young architect, Ma Yansong. This breathtaking installation promises to transport the viewer on a journey, which reverses his normal art experience. Here the spectator, rather than simply viewing an art object from the outside, surprisingly witnesses himself becoming an integral part of the artwork. The viewer enters a world of extra-sensorial perception whereby color, light and architecture enable him to re-evaluate his relationship with his surroundings. The dialogue between Olafur Eliasson and Ma Yansong has invented an inspirational synergy between nature and our current urban environment, allowing the viewer a new perceptual encounter with himself." says UCCA Director, Jérôme Sans.

Olafur Eliasson's practice is characterized by his incessant exploration of our modes of perception. One of his focal ideas is to prompt us, the viewers or users of his works, to examine the conditions of our perceptions through our individual experiences, thus enabling us to re-evaluate our notions of what it means to be and act in the world; to consider the consequences of our feelings and actions, in art and in society at large.

Architect Ma Yansong has found fame through his buildings, realised with the newest materials and latest techniques. His designs are based upon ground-breaking experiments in architectural form that give his built objects a bold and living vitality.

In Feelings are facts, Olafur Eliasson and Ma Yansong challenge our everyday patterns of spatial orientation, thereby suggesting the need to invent new models for perception. The installation was specially crafted to fit the Big Hall of the UCCA, the dimensions of which were altered by substantially lowering the ceiling and constructing an inclined wooden floor.

Basing this project on a series of previous experiments with atmospheric density, Eliasson introduces condensed banks of artificially produced fog into the gallery. Hundreds of fluorescent lights are installed in the ceiling as a grid of red, green, and blue zones. By permeating the fog, these lights create colored walk-through spaces that, in Eliasson's words, function to 'make the volume of the space explicit'. The colored zones introduce a scale of measurement in the gallery, their varying size and organization referencing urban-planning grids. At each color boundary, two hues blend to create transitional slivers of cyan, magenta, or yellow, and so the visitors will create their own unique color spectrum when making their way through this seemingly endless space. The artists use this structural marvel to present inquiries into the nature of reality. What should be the basis of our thinking and judgement in a space where reality and illusion interconnect? As we stand amidst such accomplished phenomena, can we re-examine with greater concern our sensations and experiences of that which is around us?

This exhibition has been made possible with the support of LVMH / Moët Hennessy. Louis Vuitton and Zhongtai Holding Group and Zhongtai Lighting.

About UCCA
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) is a non-profit, comprehensive art center founded in Beijing by collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens in November 2007. UCCA presents exhibitions of established and emerging artists and develops a trusted platform to share knowledge through education and research.

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Symposium: The rustle of images at CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo

April 3, 2010

CA2M Centro de Arte
Dos de Mayo

"Un petit..." from the series On Translation: Petit et Grand, 2001
© A. Muntadas

Open call for research projects
on artistic theory and practice for the criticism sessions

Symposium 21 – 25 June 2010
Deadline for presentation of applications 21 May 2010

Directed by Aurora Fernández Polanco

CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo
Av. Constitución 23
28931 Móstoles, Madrid

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"The rustle is the noise of what is working well" (R. Barthes)

As a means of opposing the inevitable media noise, certain artistic productions are stimulated by the political opportunities that are afforded by exchanging images in the global visual culture. In order to think with images, some people engage in strategies that redefine, confront, alter in some way or re-edit the media; others decide to conceal visibility and flirt with the "inframince"; yet others embark on a type of systemic resistance that places the emphasis on disobedience. Everyone, however, is careful to preserve the whispers of the images we share as a healthy form of collective knowledge.

The CA2M is organising the 17th edition of the regional government's Image Symposium, which will be held during the week of 21-25 June. This year, the symposium will include an international seminar for artists and theorists, open to the general public, a forum for researchers of art theory and practice, who will present their work at the critical sessions held throughout the week, and two artist workshops.

There are three panels for presenting research papers on art theory and practice.

1. Media misappropriations/Artistic conversations.
Proposals by and about artists that offer a new focus in the media discourse and reflect on the experience-representation binomial.

2. Endless access: archives, collections, accumulations.
Proposals by and about artists who engage in the promiscuity of image as a means of reflection and critique.

3. Systemic disobedience.
Proposals by and about artists whose work focuses on the new concepts of property, appropriation and poor, low-cost images.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 21 May 2010. Applicants are requested to submit their documentation as follows:

- By email, sending a completed enrolment form and your project (as a Word document or PDF file) to

- By post, enclosing the completed enrolment form and the printed project (applications received at the CA2M after 21 May will not be considered).


María Cañas, Thierry Davila, Joan Fontcuberta, Antoni Muntadas, Ernesto Oroza, Rosângela Rennó, and Ernst van Alphen.

Workshops: Antoni Muntadas and Rosângela Rennó

CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo is a dynamic arts venue devoted to cutting-edge art opened in 2008. It is home to the Contemporary Art Collection of the Regional Government of Madrid, which comprises more than 1,500 works. At the same time, it organizes an ambitious program of exhibitions, education and research, designed to earn it a place among the most advanced arts centers in Europe. Among the fundamental issues that the centre aims to address are the study of the meaning of art in modern-day culture and society; the political effectiveness of art and culture; the alternatives to traditional work models in art; the analysis of the institution art as a perpetuator of symbolic and economic power relations; concepts related to life in community and, specifically, the role of the periphery of large cities.

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Fwd: A Feminist Perspective/Its Suppression: Iran, Israel & the Conspicuous Absence of Nuclear Debate

from Jewish Voice for Peace, 3 April 2010

In an extensive, research-based 2009 position paper titled: On Nuclear Weapons: A Feminist Perspective, Ednay Gorney and Hedva Eyal of the Isha L'Isha Haifa Feminist Center wrote, "the Israeli public remains excluded from the [nuclear] debate. The public does not ask questions, does not demand that the state takes responsibility, nor does it demand to be involved in decision making; it accepts and is content with the information or, more accurately, with the lack of information."

This passive indifference to the nuclear weaponry widely believed to be in the public's backyard is, in my view, a highly dangerous manifestation of Israel's longtime and entrenched militarization. As Gorney and Eyal have put it, "Decision-making in all areas related to security is characterized by secrecy and vagueness, excluding anyone who does not belong to the security elite. … The secret functions both on the outside as well as on the inside. Denying information under the guise of maintaining secrecy is one of the common ways through which elites maintain their status. … [While o]ne of the ways they can attain legitimacy for their control and actions is to continuously disseminate and instill fear – real and imaginary – among the citizens of Israel. This fear justifies and, in turn, foments military power and its use against any security threat, as defined by this elite group."

Meanwhile, Gorney and Eyal have noted, "We are flooded with information on the great threat Iran poses and on the necessity of military operations. The debate within the Israeli public discourse is almost devoid of the possibility of solution through diplomatic means."

Outlining the severely undemocratic suppression of any public nuclear debate in Israel, the position paper lists a line of researchers, journalists, politicians, activists and ex-security personnel who's critical voices have been stifled by the security establishment, using a broad range of tactics. This in addition to the constant dissemination of fear underpinning militarization in general and the unquestioning Israeli public acceptance of its governments' nuclear armament in particular. Thus, the risks of such armament to this public itself, as well as the entire area or even the globe, go unexamined and undebated for decades on end.

Resisting this reality and reaching for an actual, participatory democracy, Gorney and Eyal explain, "As feminists we wish to expose the connections between the policy of opacity, concealment and fear, and the current perception of security. We want to take responsibility for our lives and for actions carried out in our name."

In one of the rare public voices taking up these issues, the position paper concludes:
"We demand the removal of opacity surrounding the issue of nuclear weapons in Israel; We demand a public debate and the development of an alternative policy that will enable us to live in peace in the Middle East; We demand nuclear disarmament; We demand that the State of Israel join the International Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons."

To read the full 22 page position paper, see:


Another such public voice, sounded now for many years, is that of nuclear historian and analyst, Avner Cohen, whose work is one of main sources repeatedly referred to by the Isha L'Isha position paper. Cohen is equally critical of successive Israeli governments' successful barring of nuclear debate and, in the recent op-ed forwarded in full below, offers a series of serious arguments against what he views as the irresponsible and extremely dangerous possibility that Israel might launch a military attack against Iran in an attempt to quash its nuclear capacity.

Cohen's op-ed, converging in part with some of the conclusions presented by the Isha L'Isha position paper, was published April 2nd in Haaretz.

Rela Mazali


Fri., April 02, 2010

We look at Iran and see ourselves

By Avner Cohen

If Israel takes military action against Iran, it will be one of the biggest decisions in the history of the state. The risks involved will make it unprecedented.

There is no comparison between such a decision and the ones that established and implemented the so-called Begin doctrine: the decision by Menachem Begin's government to attack the Osirak reactor in Iraq in 1981 and the attack on the nuclear facility in Syria in 2007. In terms of both the complexity of the military operation and the uncertainty about the consequences and where they may lead, there is a qualitative difference between the legacy of the past and the challenge of the present.

The seriousness of the challenge requires as open and thorough a public discussion as possible. But unfortunately, such a discussion has been virtually nonexistent, even on a basic conceptual level. Instead of a public discussion there has been a belligerent press, which makes demagogic use of statements that intensify the message of the politics of fear. These include expressions such as "Iran is galloping toward a bomb" and a "second Holocaust" that Israel must prevent. Such discourse creates a feeling that if Iran is not attacked, and soon, we have no choice but to accept a nuclear Iran.

It's doubtful whether the people making those statements are capable of giving them a precise (technical and political) interpretation. It's doubtful whether they have a suitable answer to the question: When should Iran be considered a nuclear state? Where exactly is the red line? What is the precise significance of such a line and what makes it red?

One thing is clear: As long as Iran is a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it will not be able to test a nuclear device or declare that it has one. Also, as long as Iran is subject to the treaty, it will not be a nuclear state according to the accepted definition of such a state.

It's true that under cover of the treaty Iran can get very close to the nuclear threshold and still claim - as it claims now - that it is not deviating from its legal obligations under the treaty. Iran as a threshold state can perhaps even position itself a few weeks away from a nuclear test. Such an Iran, despite supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency, will of necessity be opaque; there will always remain a fear that it is working in secret, including making weapons in secret. But even in such a case, Iran would be considered a threshold state, not an actual nuclear state.

Even those who disparage the practical limitations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (as Israelis tend to do) must recognize that it is almost impossible for Iran to be a nuclear state in the full sense without withdrawing from the treaty. And even if it is outside the treaty, it will take Iran years, many years, to make the transition from a threshold state to a mature nuclear state. Such a transition is not trivial; certainly it is not inevitable, even if we look at the experience of states that in the past were considered threshold states and were not bound by the treaty's restrictions.

For example, India, which carried out a nuclear test in 1998, is still making this transition slowly, and many experts say it should still not be considered a mature nuclear state. Even Pakistan, whose nuclear path was faster and more purposeful than India's, needed about a generation to become a nuclear state to all extents and purposes. In its nuclear behavior Iran is more like India than Pakistan.

It's ironic that an Iran under attack would probably become more determined and purposeful in its nuclear ambitions. After an attack, Iran would abandon the treaty in protest, declare its right to nuclear arms and almost certainly succeed in implementing it.

The public discussion in Israel about a nuclear Iran is simplistic, inadequate, confused and confusing. It reflects to some degree our own biases. We come from a culture of national security in which nuclear opacity has been exploited to the hilt to create a specific model of deterrence. The result is that when we look at Iran we see ourselves: how we would behave in a similar situation. But Iran is not Israel exactly, and the Israeli experience does not necessarily reflect Iran's behavior. On the contrary, it leads to systematic errors when making assessments.

The writer is the author of the book "Israel and the Bomb." His forthcoming book, "The Worst-Kept Secret," will be published in the United States in September.

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Citizen Direct: News and Actions from the Past Month

Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 07:10:00 -0400
Subject: Citizen Direct: News and Actions from the Past Month

In This Issue:

- Featured Story
- Financial Reform
- Shareholder Protection Act
- Legal Wins
- Energy Loans
- WTO "Summit"
- Medical Malpractice
- From Our Blogs
- Press Room Updates

Featured Story:
Tell Obama: No Offshore Drilling

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April 2010

Featured Story

Empty tank: expanding drilling without holding Big Oil accountable on royalties is bad deal for taxpayers. President Barack Obama's plan to pursue an expansion of offshore drilling is a dangerous distraction to solving the nation's energy crisis. It does not curb greenhouse gases, puts coastal communities at risk and encourages more fossil fuel burning. Worse, it lets Big Oil cheat taxpayers out of billions. LEARN MORE and TELL OBAMA to change his mind on offshore drilling.

fat cat banker eating graph depicting falling stocksFinancial Reform

A year and a half after the economy crashes, and this is what we get? The country eagerly awaited financial reform plans from Congress, but the measure passed by the Senate banking committee falls short. Why? Wall Street and the big banks continue to exert overwhelming and improper influence over the policymaking process. LEARN MORE about what the legislation lacks and TELL CONGRESS how to strengthen it.

cigar-smoking banking tycoon with giant dollar sign in back pocketShareholder Protection Act

Righting a wrong - let shareholders, not CEOs, decide how corporate money is spent on politics. Lawmakers are still grappling with how to mitigate the effects of the Supreme Court's decision to allow corporate money to flood elections. One effort, led by Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), aims to give shareholders more control over corporate involvement in elections. LEARN MORE and TAKE ACTION to pass the Shareholder Protection Act.

Legal Wins

Supreme Court preserves citizen access to courts; appellate court says New York lawyer ad rules unconstitutional. Public Citizen attorney Scott Nelson has won a U.S. Supreme Court case in which he argued that states should not curtail the ability of people to bring class action suits to address corporate wrongdoing. READ more. Meanwhile, Public Citizen attorney Greg Beck gets the judicial nod that rules restricting lawyer advertising in New York violated First Amendment rights and were unconstitutional. READ more.

nuclear cooling towers spewing moneyEnergy Loans

Energy Department must disclose more information about loan guarantee program, groups say. In light of Sunshine Week, a national initiative March 14-20 that focused on open government and freedom of information, Public Citizen told the Obama administration to shape up. Public Citizen sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, urging him to disclose more information about the administration's loan guarantee program, which could cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. LEARN more.

WTO "Summit"

As key WTO Doha Round stocktaking 'summit' vaporizes, will a new negotiating agenda be considered? This past month's World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round stocktaking meeting was a far cry from the ministerial-level summit that WTO officials had announced late last year was critical for completing negotiations in 2010. LEARN more.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice payments continue to fall, Public Citizen analysis shows. Health care has been the talk of the month as lawmakers passed sweeping legislation. To ensure Congress didn't curtail patients' legal rights, Public Citizen released a timely analysis showing that medical malpractice payments have fallen, contradicting the claim that malpractice suits increase the cost of health care. READ more.

From Our Blogs

logo for 'Citizen Vox' blogCitizen Vox - Can a corporation run for Congress? Outraged by the Supreme Court's assertion that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people, a public relations firm in Maryland decided to push the envelope even more. The firm, Murray Hill Inc., announced that it is running for Congress against Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). If people can run for office, why can't corporations, right? LEARN more.

logo for 'Eyes on Trade' blogEyes on Trade - China trade deficit toll: 2.4 million jobs. A new report estimates that the rise in the deficit with China since it entered the World Trade Organization in 2001 has displaced 2.4 million U.S. jobs. If our deficit with China reverted back to its level in 2001 instead of being at its current level, the U.S. economy could generate about a quarter of the jobs that it lost during the Great Recession. LEARN more.

logo for 'Citizen Energy' blogCitizen Energy - Allowing the next Enron? Utility companies have been taking advantage of lenient federal regulators for too long, and we all get stuck with the bill. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has control over roughly 70 percent of America's wholesale power. Shouldn't it set rates based on the cost of providing the power, rather than the market pricing? LEARN more.

logo for 'Texas Vox' blogTexasVox - Energy Department throws $154 million down a Texas hole. The Obama administration threw $154 million of taxpayer money away when it allocated the money for a carbon capture and sequestration project in Texas. The process is too expensive, the technology is too far away from full-scale implementation, and, most importantly, the amount of space needed to safely sequester carbon dioxide from all the country's coal plants just doesn't exist. The best way to sequester carbon is by not releasing it from coal in the first place. LEARN more.

Press Room Updates

Coalition to Texas Supreme Court: don't force groups to give records to get records. Change to Win, a coalition of labor unions, should not have to reveal information about their members, supporters and coalition partners to receive documents under the Texas Public Information Act, Public Citizen and other groups argued. In a "friend of the court" brief, the groups said that requiring such information would have a chilling effect on groups' activities. READ the press release.

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