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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

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US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

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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, December 17, 2010

Brasscheck TV: Government dirty tricks at peaceful demonstrations


Yet another "anti-terror" operation the
government engages in regularly.

When they're not groping us at airports...
...showing up at our front doors for "clarification"
of our political ideas...or sending paid operatives
to pose as members of community groups...
they like to play this game:

Sending police dressed up as demonstrators
to turn peaceful protests into riots.

This video comes from Canada, but the
technique is used in the US every day of
the week.

The truly bizarre thing is no one seems
to know about it.

Every demonstration should have teams
specifically charged with identifying these
gun thugs (they're easy to find), pointing
them out, and blowing their cover.

It's a matter of public safety as these creeps
are there specifically to incite violence.

Your tax dollars at work.

Here's how the adults deal with it.


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Jewish Voice for Peace: Divestment calls echo across the United States

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Dear David,

On December 10, International Human Rights Day, in 23 cities across America people of conscience took a historic stand for justice and equality for all people in the Middle East.

Side by side, Jews, Christians, and Muslims went to 23 individual offices of the US's leading pension fund, TIAA-CREF, and said
do not use my money to profit from the Israeli Occupation. TIAA-CREF, divest from Caterpillar and other companies that profit from breaking the law, harming others and preventing peace.

You can watch the video for yourself to see people of every age in cities large and small across the United Statesfrom New York City to Iowa City, and from Washington DC to Seattle, Washington—all telling TIAA-CREF to stop profiting from destruction.

TIAA-CREF is one of the largest pension funds in the world, and they have invested over a quarter billion dollars in Caterpillar, which manufactures the bulldozers used by the Israeli government to demolish thousands of Palestinian homes and life-sustaining orchards. Caterpillar D-9 bulldozers are an essential tool of an occupation that steals land, destroys livelihoods and injures or kills civilians.

Every day that TIAA-CREF holds onto Caterpillar stock is another day in which the financial giant profits from these human rights violations.

In some TIAA-CREF offices, company representatives received a copy of our divestment petition or met cordially, in others they distributed a form letter in response, and in one office they refused to honor a scheduled appointment with someone who has been invested with TIAA-CREF for 50 years. 

TIAA-CREF simply does not offer participants an option for investments free from supporting the occupation. Even their socially responsible funds invest in Caterpillar.

Last Friday, December 10, was just the beginning. Additional TIAA-CREF participants have scheduled appointments to return to discuss their concerns. Many more continue to gather signatures for our divestment petition--we know that every signature from a TIAA-CREF holder makes a difference.

"We went to the University of Louisville, and together with the local Students for Justice in Palestine we collected 260 signatures for the TIAA-CREF petition in about 4 hours. That's more than one signature a minute."
Russ Greenleaf, Jewish Voice for Peace, Louisville, KY

"I was collecting signatures for an hour and a half at SUNY Cortland and was astonished at how easy it was. I thought it would be controversial, but every single person I approached signed. In fact, many thanked me for doing this, and told me how grateful they were that a Jewish organization is finally taking action on this issue. I didn't anticipate that."

Howard Botwinick, Associate Professor of Economics at the State University of New York-Cortland

People want to join this cause, now you can help them. Can you collect signatures? Forward this email? Sign your name to the petition if you haven't.
 Every action you take matters- until all of TIAA-CREF's investments, and the lives of Palestinians are occupation-free.

This is just the beginning.

Will you join us?

Sydney Levy
Jewish Voice for Peace

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MuzzleWatch - Been to Israel/Palestine lately? The FBI may come knocking on your door.

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Been to Israel/Palestine lately? The FBI may come knocking on your door.

By the time she was in high school, Sarah Smith had already been named one of the 100 most influential women in Chicago by Chicago's business magazine, Crain's. Now Smith, who happens to be Jewish, has been subpoenaed by the FBI to appear before a grand jury on January 25 to explain her trip to Israel-Palestine with two Palestinian women friends. (As terrifying as this whole episode is for everyone involved, it says something about Palestinian safety that only Smith has come forward publicly.) All three young Chicago residents have been subpoenaed, joining ranks with 14 other peace activists from the Midwest who have been similarly targeted in recent months.
Here is Sarah Smith's full statement from a December 6 press conference:
Friday morning, December 3, I received a phone call from an FBI agent. He asked if I had about 30 minutes to sit down and speak with him so he could ask me some questions. I asked about what and he said he "was not at liberty to discuss it." I then asked if I needed a lawyer present and he said it was up to me but that I was not in any trouble and that they just had a few questions.
I felt something suspicious about him telling me he wanted to ask me some questions, but he would not tell me what these questions were. So I said that I had to consult a lawyer and check my schedule and that I would get back to him. I reiterated that it would be easier for me to meet him if I knew why an FBI agent wanted to sit down with me. He then said that it had to deal with the trip I took this summer. He then emphasized, "I think you know which one I'm talking about."
The trip I took last summer was to Israel and Palestine. I am Jewish and wanted to see first hand what life is like for Israelis and Palestinians. If I went on the standard tour to Israel, I would not be shown how Palestinians live. So I went on a tour that showed me both worlds, Israel, and the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank. I went with 2 Palestinian-American friends. You would think Jews and Palestinians going together to visit Israel and Palestine is something the U.S. government would encourage.
Instead, we are now being ordered by the FBI to go before a Grand Jury for going on that trip. The US government says it supports peace between Israel and Palestine. It says it supports separate Israeli and Palestinian states.
So why does the FBI investigate us because we went to see the Palestinian land? Top US government leaders meet with Palestinian leaders, so why does the FBI investigate us because we talked to average Palestinians on the street?
I went there so I could make up my own mind and talk about what I saw. It seems to me our government wants to hide what Israel is doing to Palestinians. I would like to thank the Committee Against Political Repression for standing up for me and my friends. You can learn about case at, and please make a donation there. Or you can make a donation for our legal expenses: to NLG Foundation, memo line: FBI raids and mail it to Sarah Smith, 2961 S. Bonaparte, Chicago, IL 60608
Smith's father, Stan Smith,  added "I think Patrick Fitzgerald, the US District Attorney, Robert Parker of the FBI need to see my daughter and her friends and apologize to them. And I think President Obama, who was elected in 2008 because he said he would stop this sort of thing, should make a point on his next trip to Chicago to personally apologize to my daughter and her friends for how his government is intimidating them."
Meanwhile, there are actions across the country to protest this crackdown on peace activists (sign the petition here). Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola has this report:
The hunting down of activists began on September 24th when the FBI raided homes and offices of activists from Minneapolis and Chicago. Computers, phones, documents and other personal items were seized and the FBI officially subpoenaed 14 activists to appear before a Grand Jury. The FBI began to contact members of the "peace community" and ask them what they knew about the subpoenaed activists' "material support for terrorism."
The attorneys representing the activists have noted "the current definition of "material support' can cover just about anything, like providing humanitarian aid that ends up in the hands of a group tagged as 'terrorist' by the US government, or posting a link to an informational website. The implications of this law, as it is being used, are troubling to anyone who does community organizing, or anyone who does journalistic reporting or academic research on wars, conflicts or controversial movements."
Months later, the activists in Minneapolis and Chicago have not been charged with a crime, but they continue to face possible jail time if they refuse to go before a Grand Jury and participate in this "witch hunt." They have yet to have their belongings, which were seized by the FBI, returned.
Democracy anyone?

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ArteEast Presents Launch of 'Silence': Winter 2010 Online Quarterly

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Photo By Anne Barlow, 1999.

Winter 2010 Online Quarterly
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ArteEast invites you to celebrate the launch of this issue on December 14, 2010 6:30 p.m. at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11211 (L train to Grand Street)

Silence Launch & Panel

Presentations by
Aslihan Demirtas (Architect, New York)
Regine Basha (Curator, New York)
Cevdet Erek (Artist, Istanbul)
Micah Silver (Artist, Cambridge, MA)

Moderated by Hakan Topal (Artist, xurban_collective)

ArteEast is pleased to announce the launch of the Winter 2010 edition of its online quarterly journal, featuring guest editor Hakan Topal's issue Silence. With contributions by Defne Ayas, Anne Barlow, Regine Basha, Dan Cameron, Aslihan Demirtas, Cevdet Erek, Tony Chakar and Micah Silver, ArteEast will kick off this issue on December 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion by a number of the featured contributors at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP).

In the pages of the quarterly the authors discuss the possibilities and limitations of the condition of silence by examining its presence in art and music across a number of global socio-political contexts. Several authors tackle the concatenation of sound, history and nation, working towards an understanding of the dynamics and power of silence. Defne Ayas discusses the recently realized Blind Dates curatorial project, which aimed to outline the challenges of engaging issues fraught with the multi-layered histories of the Anatolian landscape and its overlapping nationalized contexts. Aslihan Demirtas, who took part in the Blind Dates project, discusses the ancient Armenian city Ani—a charged historical site that reflects the tensions between contemporary Armenia and Turkey. Meanwhile, Anne Barlow considers the absence of specific 'cultural indicators' in Antarctica as a means to reveal the potential for a non-nationalized space.

The next group of essays offer a more self-reflective look at silence, working through personal narratives and collective memory. Regine Basha's video essay navigates YouTube videos to trace instances of the song 'Fog il Nakhal' as it transforms through various voices and instruments. Similarly, Tony Chakar knits together religious and literary sources to form a personal narrative, duly influenced by his experience of his home city of Beirut. Dan Cameron directs our attention to various works that activate our auditory senses by visually addressing our collective memories; by giving a philosophical account of the notion of sound-scape and its relation to our bodies, he points to its intrinsic importance in the acts of listening and thinking.

The remaining artists in Silence take on the mechanics of sound and its relationship to the body and performance: Micah Silver weaves through the history of music to offer viewers a rich chronicle of silence in sound-based practices, while Cevdet Erek addresses tinnitus, the perception of a ringing noise in the ear that often occurs after extreme exposure to a loud sound. Erek draws our attention to the creative possibilities of tinnitus and provides various sound tracks of his recent work to accompany his text. Together, the writers, artists and curators in this edition of the quarterly frame silence as a rich terrain in which questions of subjectivity, memory and nationalism are probed and explored.

Also featured at ArteEast Online:
, curated by Kristine Khouri with profiles of Basim Magdy and Manal Al Dowayan
Shahadat, curated by Alex Ortiz, featuring "Him, Me and Muhammad Ali", a short story by Randa Jarrar
Virtual Gallery: "how to make (nice) things happen" Curated by Mirene Arsanios

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LE GRAND MONDE of Mona Hatoum at Fundacion Botin

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Mona Hatoum, "Detail of Hot Spot," 2006.
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LE GRAND MONDE of Mona Hatoum at the Fundación Botín
Through 9 January 2011

Fundación Botín
Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola
3. Santander, Spain

After her stay at Villa Iris, where she directed the international Fundación Botín workshop in July, the artist Mona Hatoum becomes the central figure of the exhibition Le Grand Monde, which is intended as an intense reflection on the world in which we live.

This artist's work characteristically reflects her personal experience and aims at involving the spectator as much as possible, provoking contradictory sensations of attraction and rejection. Hatoum manipulates household objects and the dimensions and extensions of the human body, using very suggestive materials that have been selected beforehand with considerable sensitivity and emotional connotations. The selection of a total of 30 pieces was carried out in accordance with the curator, Chus Martínez, chief conservator at the MACBA (Barcelona).

This artist's work should be considered within the framework of the sculpture of the latter half of the 20th century. Mona Hatoum began producing performances and later shifted to creating sculptures and large format installations with subtle references to minimalism and conceptual art. In her works, everyday objects are the central features of mental associations and attractive references.

The two pieces, Hot Spot (2006) and Undercurrent (2008), with which this show begins are exemplary of this approach. They are of large dimensions and they occupy the entrance and central courtyard of the lower floor of the Fundación Botín exhibition space in Santander. Hot Spot is a huge globe with all the continents outlined in red neon that make a characteristic buzzing sound. According to the artist, it is a reflection of the fact that confrontation is not restricted to certain parts of the world, but pertains to all of it. Undercurrent is a large net on the floor, also circular in shape, in which there are interwoven electrical wires covered with red fabric and whose ends light up gradually almost like light bulbs.

3D Cities consists of three printed maps of the cities of Beirut, Kabul and Bagdad that have pieces cut out of them, perhaps as a metaphor for bombs and explosions on the urban topographies. Interior/Exterior Landscape, a recent installation previously shown at the Art Center of Beirut (Lebanon) comprises diverse elements related to the realm of biography and domesticity: a bed, a table with a chair embedded in it, a clothes hook or a cage with human hair; in Electrified (2002) a set of hanging kitchen utensils seem harmless but actually lead to electricity and therefore to danger.

Mona Hatoum was born in Beirut in 1952. Her parents had emigrated there from Haifa. In 1975 she left Lebanon to settle in London and there she began her training and career in art, participating in the shows such as the seminal Sensation under the auspices of Charles Saatchi. She currently lives in London and Berlin.

The exhibition Le Grand Monde opened on October 7th and it will be running until January 9th 2011. In addition to the works on display, there is a brief video featuring the artist and the curator, and a virtual tour. Furthermore, this Thursday December 16th the critic Javier Hontoria will present a commented tour of the exhibition at 8:00 in the evening at the Santander venue.

The mission of the Fundación Botin is to contribute to the global development of society. To achieve this, it manages a variety of programmes in education, science, rural development, culture and social work.

Le Grand Monde: Fundación Botín exhibition space on Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola street, Santander. Spain. Through January 9th 2001.

Opening hours from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 18:30 to 21:30. Entrance free.
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