Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole
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
flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO
VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual
VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
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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.
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Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 16:06:27 -0400
Subject: Nakba 60th Anniversary Commemoration in Cities Near You!
NAKBA 60th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION IN CITIES NEAR YOU!
May 15 is Nakba Day, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. In 1948, the newly-created State of Israel destroyed hundreds of Palestinian villages, and caused to flee or exiled hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. These refugees and their descendents number today in the millions as Israel continues to deny them their right of return.
From now until the end of May, events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Nakba will be taking place throughout the United States.
We encourage all our supporters and member organizations to attend these events. If you do not see your event listed, please add it by clicking here.
Please note that the inclusion of these events in this email or on our on-line calendar does not constitute an endorsement of them.
You can help commemorate the Nakba with our Nakba 60 Pins. Click here or on the image to the right to get a handsome key-shaped lapel pin with butterfly clasp.
And don't forget that on May 15 we will go live on-line with the winning entries from our Expressions of Nakba arts competition. Check it out by clicking here.
April 29, 2008: Boston, MA
What: Nakba 101: A Discussion with Dr. Noam Chomsky
Where: Emerson 105, Harvard FAS
When: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, email@example.com
April 30, 2008: Boston, MA
What: Palestinian Market (featuring embroidery, handicrafts, and olive oil from Palestine)
Where: Outside of Science Center, Harvard University
When: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 30, 2008: Boston, MA
What: Panel: "Experiencing the Nakba of 1948: Live Testimonials"
Where: Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building Harvard Kennedy School
When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, email@example.com
April 30, 2008: New York, NY
What: Palestine Cultural Day
Where: Low Plaza & College Walk, Columbia University
May 1, 2008: Boston, MA
What: Film Screening: "La Terre Parle Arabe"; Discussion with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
Where: Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building Harvard Kennedy SchoolWhen: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 1, 2008: New York, NY
What: Screening of Occupation 101 and discussion led by Prof Hamid Dabashi
Where: 614 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
May 2, 2008: Boston, MA
What: Candlelight Vigil
Where: Harvard Square
When: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, email@example.com
May 2, 2008: Boston, MA
What: Palestinian Cultural Night (evening of food, music, dance, poetry, and celebrating life)
Where: Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall, Harvard FAS
When: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact(s): Abdelnasser Rashid, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 3, 2008: Philadelphia, PA
What: Handala: Film Screening
Contact(s): Adam Beach email@example.com
May 10, 2008: Seattle, WA
What: Celebrate Palestine - 60 Years of Resistance
Where: Seattle Central Community College, South Plaza, Broadway and E Pine, Seattle, WA 98112
When: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Contact(s): Judith firstname.lastname@example.org 206 282 8023
Sponsor(s): Palestine Solidarity Committee-Seattle, Al-Nakba Coalition
May 10, 2008: San Francisco, CA
What: Nakba-60, FREE Palestine, Peace and Solidarity Festival
Where: Civic Center, downtown San Francisco
When: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
May 12, 2008: Columbia, MD
What: The Nakba: What Happened to the Palestinians When the Israeli State Was Established?
Where: Howard County Public Library, East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045
When: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Contact(s): Joanne Heisel email@example.com
Sponsor(s): Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
May 13, 2008: Victoria, BC
What: Screening of Ilan Pappe talk 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine'
Where: BCGEU hall 2994 Douglas St, Victoria, BC v5h2l9
Sponsor(s): CAIA-Victoria. [Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid]
Contact(s): George Mc Fetridge, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 15, 2008: Ann Arbor, MI
What: "Deir Yassin" screening
Where: Michigan Union, Pond Room 530 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Sponsor(s): Ann Arbor Middle East Film Society, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), Detroit-Ann Arbor SABEEL
Contact(s): Shirley Zempel, Zempel.email@example.com
May 16, 2008: New York, NY
What: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian Catastrophe)
Where: Dag Hammarskjöld Park
When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
May 16 - 18, 2008: Anaheim, CA
What: 6th Annual International Al-Awda Convention on The 60th of Al-Nakba and Struggle to Return
Where: The Embassy Suites Hotel Anaheim - South, 11767 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA
When: May 16 - 18, 2008
May 17, 2008: Denver, CO
What: Remember al-Nakba: Palestine 60 Years Later
Where: West Lawn Capitol Denver, Lincoln & 14th
Sponsor(s): Friends of Sabeel-Colorado, Colorado Progressive Jewish News, Rocky Mtn. Peace & Justice Center
Contact(s): Joy Lapp, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-494-2338
May 21, 2008: Brooklyn, NY
What: May 1948 - A New State for Israelis, A Nakba (Catastrophe) for Palestinians
Where: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn, Brooklyn, NY
Contact(s): Naomi Allen Naomi@brooklynpeace.org
Sponsor(s): Brooklyn For Peace
May 24-25, 2008: Portland, OR
What: Nakba Commemoration Event, Keynote Speaker Prof. George Bisharat
Where: UC Hastings College of Law, Portland, Oregon
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Back to work after baby– how do you know when you're ready?
Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 00:01:39 +1000
Subject: Issue nine of Otoliths has just gone live
It is with both pleasure & sorrow that I announce the going live of issue nine of Otoliths. The pleasure is because this issue marks the beginning of Otoliths' third year, & once again contains a great variety of text & visual work. The sorrow is because Rochelle Ratner, a frequent contributor to this journal, passed away on March 31st. I'd like to dedicate this issue, in which she has new poems, to her.
In this issue are Rochelle Ratner, harry k stammer, Adam Fieled, Bill Drennan, David-Baptiste Chirot, Joel Chace, Michael Farrell, Reed Altemus, Andrew Lundwall, Douglas Barbour & Sheila E. Murphy, William Doreski, Duane Locke, Stu Hatton, Joe Balaz, Jeff Harrison, Raymond Farr, Esa Mäkijärvi, Bobbi Lurie, Julian Jason Haladyn, Simon Perchik, Suzanne Grazyna, Eileen R. Tabios, Diana Magallón & Jeff Crouch, Jeff Crouch & Matina L. Stamatakis, Thomas Lowe Taylor, Glenn R. Frantz, Angela Genusa, Randy Thurman, Philip Byron Oakes, Mark Cunningham, Geof Huth, Andrew Topel & Jim Leftwich & John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett & Luigino Solamito & Sheila E. Murphy, John M. Bennett & Scott MacLeod, Scott MacLeod, Robert Gauldie, Adam Strauss, Marcia Arrieta, Elizabeth Kate Switaj, William Allegrezza, Ernesto Priego, Ed Schenk, Irving Weiss, Mary Kasimor, Christopher Major, Derek Owens, Paul Siegell, Daniel f Bradley, Daniel Morris, Steve Timm, Mary Ellen Derwis, Thomas Fink, Louise Landes Levi, Toni Simon, Martin Edmond & Kirsten Kaschock.
As always, there's something there for everyone.
Express yourself wherever you are. Mobilize!
Waterboarding and Poetry: from Francois Villon to Poems from Guantanamo & the "New Extreme Experimental American Poetry"
(images here and below & this text from: Danse Macabre: Francois Villon Poetry and Murder in medieval France by Aubrey Burr)
These are the procedures used on the 15th Century French poet Francois Villon.
In the early 21st Century, the USA produced its first truly Extreme Experimental Poetry--the military censored Poems from Guantanamo, writing produced by tortured detainees held as "enemy combatants" in a War on Terror based on among other things, the "16 words" of the forged "Italian Letter" and the transcribed ravings of a desperate alcoholic would-be Iraqui immigrant to Germany (Curveball.)
The translations have also been an issue for some, in that they are by "non-literary" translators assembled by the lawyers who made the book possible in the first place.
(The lawyers and translators and Iowa University Press who published the book, have long shown great courage in the face of the military and governmental extreme restrictions and censorships.)
Thank you to Joseph Parsons, Acquisitions Editor of Iowa Press, for providing the following details:
Just as the habeas attorneys must pay their own way to Guantanamo to
meet with their clients, the "nonliterary translators"--as they've
come to be known--were hired by these attorneys so they could
communicate with the detainees. In many cases the original Arabic or
Pashto versions of poems were deemed too sensitive and not released by
the Pentagon's privilege review teams, though the translated forms
were. By "released," I mean the attorneys could not even keep copies
as they worked to represent their clients. All of this left Marc
Falkoff and the Press to make do with translations rendered without
benefit of the range of tools (dictionaries and other reference works,
By basing reasons for War on Terror on Error--forgeries, invented "evidence," to be furthered by "embedded reporters" and the propaganda and disinformation filling he media thanks to near total use of the former Israeli Intelligence member co-founded MEMRI as "sources," "reports," and "news"--everything that follows becomes contaminated, turning Language into Lies, Weapons of Mass Destruction of "critical thinking" and "poetics," reading and writing and producing immense Walls of mirrors, which are taken to be windows into a world of "Open forms" and "radical resistances" of phoneme and morpheme to "closure" and where, to paraphrase the title of memoir by Lynne Cheney, "the skies are not cloudy all day."
The skies of Empire--the open forms of the "open range" "where the deer and the antelope play" and
Seldom is heard
a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day."
Along the way this New Extreme Experimental American Poetry has included the sky writing of 9/11 in NYC, eerily echoing the CIA backed Coup's bombing of the Presidential Palace in Santiago, Chile 9/11 1972, the Photographic Atrocity Exhibit of Abu-Ghraib and a "disappeared" CIA library of waterboarding torture videos.
This new Waterboarding Extreme Experimental Poetry (WEEP) permits the USA to accomplish something dazzling: not only to forge into the Unknown of the 21st Century, but to simultaneously travel into the period of the 15th century just prior to and including Columbus' "Discovery of the new World." By opening the Future of American poetry, America has also been able to reverse the colonization process and begin to establish "outposts" in 15th Century Europe, and so, beating Europe to the punch, "Discover the Old World" prior to its discovering of the "New."
American reviewers and commentators on the Poets of Guantanamo have so far found exactly what they were looking for: "bad" poetry in Formal terms, written by "bad" people and translated by "bad" (i.e. "non-literary") translators.
Since, ironically, the translation procedure is not unlike some advocated by such luminaries of American "radical" "experimental" poetries as Charles Bernstein, one might posit the Guantanamo works as simply "bad" Experimental poems by "bad" people, "untrained amateurs," and relegate it to the dustbins of history along with a lot of other "poetry of witness."
Due to their methodologies of reading and writing, American reviewers, commentators, have missed the hidden In Plain Site/Sight/Cite nature of these "purloined letters."
That is, that the poems are the production of American language, American readings and writings and "mistranslations" (non-literary) and the most advanced and most medieval techniques of the "discipline of Writing."
In effect, the writing has not yet been recognized as American.
But what looks back at American eyes from the poem's letterings on the page--is the writing produced by years of American training, discipline, censorship, forced and tortured words further tortured along their restricted and supervised journey to the page in a book published only in these versions in the land of the torturer.
So--of course, the torturers are very happy and self-satisfied in reading these works and finding them lacking in poetry.
It is a sign of the "rightness" of their cause--and of their Security--from there being any "good" poetry to issue from these "enemy combatants," "Islamo-Fascists" and "terrorists."
The sign of a major defeat for the American reader and writer is that their distance from Language has become so great they cannot recognize their own writing staring them back in the face.
But then--this is for the better, is it not?--For it absolves the American reader and writer of all responsibility, of recognizing any "hand in the matter."
Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate, while acknowledging the situation of poetry in a raw state of the Guantanmo poems--also remarked--"No Mandelstams here." How comforting for the uneasy American readers and writers to be so reassured!
But then Stalin's Gulags contained far more millions of prisoners than Guantanamo.
Rejoining the 15th Century, as also the 21st is forged into--
a few words from a Contemporary, Maitre Francois Villon, born 1431, the year Jeanne d'Arc was burned at the stake by Occupation forces during the One Hundred Years War. --An early ancestor of the War Without End on Terror.
In many ways the poem below by Villon finds echoes in the writings from Guantanamo.
But then--Francois Villon was a "bad" man.
Probably a far worse "bad" man than the great majority of those in Guantanamo.
(Villon, already twice sentenced to hanging, several times imprisoned and tortured, was banished from Paris in 1463--from which he'd already absented himself twice, for five years of self-imposed exile-- & "vanishes from history.")
(aka "Ballad of the Hanged Men"; translation by Galway Kinnell)
Brother humans who live on after us
Don't let your hearts harden against us
For if you have pity on wretches like us
More likely God will show mercy on you
You see us five, six, hanging here
As for the flesh we loved too well
A while ago it was eaten and has rotted away
And we the bones turn to ashes and dust
Let no one make us the butt of jokes
But pray God that he absolves us all . . .
The rain has rinsed and washed us
The sun dried us and turned us black
Magpies and ravens have pecked out our eyes
And plucked our beards and eyebrows
Never ever can we stand still
Now here, now there, as the wind shifts
At its whim it keeps swinging us
Pocked by birds worse than a sewing-thimble
Therefore don't join in our brotherhood
But pray God that he absolves us all
Prince Jesus, master over all
Don't let us fall into hell's dominion
We've got nothing to do or settle down there
Men, there's nothing to laugh at
But pray God that he absolves us all
from Iranian Underground--"ironic commentary" on international anti-grafitti laws
Air Force Histories Show Cautious Presidents Overruling Air Force Plans for Early Use of Nuclear Weapons
National Security Archive Update, April 30, 2008Air Force Histories Released through Archive Law Suit Show Cautious Presidents Overruling Air Force Plans for Early Use of Nuclear Weaponshttp://www.nsarchive.org
William Burr - 202/994-7032
Washington, D.C., April 30, 2008 - The U.S. Air Force expected to use nuclear weapons against China during the Taiwan Strait crisis of 1958, but President Eisenhower required the Air Force to plan initially to use conventional bombs against Chinese forces if the crisis escalated, according to a previously secret Air Force history obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit and posted today by the National Security Archive. Eisenhower's instructions astounded the Air Force leadership, but according to Bernard Nalty, the author of one of the studies released today, U.S. policymakers recognized that atomic strikes had "inherent disadvantages" because of the fall-out danger in the region as well as the risk of escalation.
The ten formerly Secret and Top Secret histories obtained from the FOIA lawsuit shed new light on the Air Force's role in developing and deploying the massively destructive nuclear arsenal that thermonuclear weapons made possible. They cover key phases of the U.S. nuclear weapons program: nuclear tests, producing and deploying nuclear delivery systems, developing strategic concepts for nuclear weapons use, participating in command and control systems, executing nuclear threats during crises, and civilian control over the use of nuclear weapons, including repeated presidential caution.
These histories trace:
* The story of the deployment of the Minuteman ICBM which, over forty years later, remains an integral part of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
* Debates between Air Force leaders and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara over how many Minuteman ICBMs were necessary for a deterrent force that could threaten the destruction of Soviet society.
* The development and deployment of the multiple-independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs), and their initial counterforce mission, that have been deployed on Minuteman III, whose MK 12 nose-cone assemblies were inadvertently sent to Taiwan in 2006.
* The high-level Air Force interest, beginning in the 1950s, in ideas of preemptive nuclear options in the event of war with the Soviet Union.
* Air Force successful opposition to the Navy and Army's "finite deterrence" proposals which, in reaction to the Air Force's nuclear "overkill", proposed to reduce nuclear forces to the minimum needed to deter a Soviet attack.
* The story of Air Force "atomic cloud sampling" missions to collect radioactive debris from atmospheric nuclear tests to help measure the effectiveness of nuclear weapons.
* The role of the January 1963 highjacking of a Venezuelan ship Anzoategui in encouraging President Kennedy to seek a more effective Pentagon command center that could quickly update the White House on important developments.
* Air Force operations during five crises: Lebanon (1958), Taiwan Strait (1958), Congo (1960), Cuba (1962), and the Dominican Republic (1965).
The National Security Archive requested these histories during the 1990s, and the Air Force's failure to respond reasonably to the Freedom of Information Act request led to a FOIA lawsuit. Successful legal action by the James & Hoffman law firm on the Archive's behalf led to a ruling in 2004 by federal judge Rosemary Collyer that the U.S. Air Force had "failed miserably to handle [National Security] Archive FOIA requests in a timely manner." Ever since that ruling, the agency has been trying to catch up with and process the backlog of neglected requests that the Archive had filed during the 1980s and 1990s. The Air Force FOIA system is still largely broken, but at least it is now tracking new requests and processing old ones more effectively than it has in the past. Nevertheless, work on a number of old cases has not been completed, so the Air Force's record of compliance with the FOIA remains shaky.
Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today's posting.
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nello spazio virtuale dedicato alla "Parola."
Percorrendo gli argini della vita, vedo scorrere...parole
Jewish Voice for Peace: MuzzleWatch » Right-wing Israel advocacy group’s secret Wikipedia campaign unveiled
From: About Jewish Voice for Peace |
Tracking efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy.
Mon 28 Apr 2008
NYT article and open letter: Debbie Almontaser and the Arab culture school- victims of the proxy battle over Israel and Palestine
Posted by Cecilie Surasky under Daniel Pipes , Debbie Almontaser , Educational Institutions
Andrea Elliott has written a detailed description of the the shameful campaign against Debbie Almontaser and her dream to open an Arabic culture school in today’s New York Times. Click on photo for NYT video coverage of the story, including an interview with Daniel Pipes, a frequent “guest” in these pages, who too easily plays the villain.
(Go here to see our prior coverage of the campaign against Debbie Almontaser and the Khalil Gibran International Academy.)
To re-state for the umpteenth time, the so-called culture wars in the United States between Islam and Arabs and the West are in many ways a proxy war for what’s happening in Israel and Palestine. Typically right-wing supporters of a “greater” Israel have deliberately conflated the struggle over Palestinian land and self-determination with Bush’s “war on terror.” To the extent that US citizens can be kept afraid of any Arab or Muslim who may be hiding behind a door, they will, it is understood, provide unconditional support for Israeli settlement expansion and militarism.
In other words, the campaign of invisibility thrust upon Palestinians has meant deliberately erasing any legitimate claims they may have to land, freedom, and security, and replacing them with the myth that Palestinians simply hate Jews/Westerners because of who we are. To that end, any whipping up of fears of Muslims and Arabs here in the US serves the interests of groups like Campus Watch and the David Project, and right-wing politicians who want to preserve the status quo.
That many of the civil society groups here in the US who push this agenda of fear-mongering are led by Jews, who have thousands of years of intimate understanding of the consequences of such demonization, is unconscionable. Obviously, Jews have a special responsibility to stand up and say, “Enough!”
And many of them have.
Here’s an important letter from Jewish leaders, organized by our friends at the NY-based Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, about the treatment of Debbie Almontaser, a moderate by any definition who took pains to unite and speak to all corners of a divided community.
Open Letter to the Jewish Community
At this time of Passover, when we gather as families at our seder tables, it
is an auspicious time to remember that our “family” extends outward to all
of God’s creation and therefore to all members of the human family. Every
act we undertake to bridge differences and enhance the dignity of other
human beings brings all of closer to the liberation and redemption that we
celebrate during these eight glorious days. Building friendships across
borders of religion and culture is a powerful lesson of the Pesach holiday.
Walking through uncharted territory with sometimes threatening waters on
both sides of us is in the spirit of our celebration and commemoration.
In this spirit we seek your support and respect for a colleague and friend
who has suffered and continues to suffer from a disturbing and growing
prejudice in our midst. You are certain to have heard of her, but may not
be fully aware of her goodness, competence, and openness to all people. We
are speaking of Debbie Almontaser, the founding principal of the Khalil
Gibran International Academy, NYC’s first Arabic language public school.
Many of us know Debbie personally, others from a distance. But we all
respect and admire her and we believe that she has been wronged. In the
spirit of Passover we ask your support to right this wrong and your help in
achieving her reinstatement at the Academy. As Jews, we have experienced
Debbie’s friendship to us. We are certain that her return to her children
will only bring greater peace and understanding between people of all faiths
in our educational system and in our city as a whole.
Rabbi Marcelo R. Bronstein, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
*Rabbi Rachel Cowan*, Institute for Jewish Spirituality**
*Rabbi Anne Ebersman*, Abraham Joshua Heschel School
*Leonard Fein*, writer
*Rabbi Michael Feinberg*, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
*Peter Geffen*, Founder, Abraham Joshua Heschel School
*Susannah Heschel*, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
*Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz* Visiting Professor, Jewish Studies, Comparative
Literature, & History, Queen’s College/.CUNY
*Rabbi Irwin Kula*, CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and
*Rabbi Ellen Lippmann*, Kolot Chayenu
*Rabbi J, Rolando Matalon*, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
*Marilyn Neimark, Co-founder*, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
*Donna Nevel*, Co-founder, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
*Letty Cottin Pogrebin*, writer and activist
*Dara Silverman*, Director, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
*Rabbi Felicia Sol*, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
*Alisa Solomon*, writer
Rabbi Mychal Springer, Jewish Theological Seminary
*Aaron J. Hahn Tapper*, Co-executive Director, Abraham’s Vision
*Rabbi Burton L. Vizotsky*, Jewish Theological Seminary
*Rabbi Melissa Weintraub*, Encounter
*Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub*, LCSW, Brooklyn
*Rabbi Arthur Waskow*, The Shalom Center
*affiliations for identification purposes
DBChirot wants to share a video with you
WIlliam S Burroughs Brion Gysin Anthony Balch Film Sound Cut-Ups
excerpt from BRION GYSIN'S DREAMACHINE video processed by The Hafler Trio & Radio Rabotnik TV. 
excerpt ... featuring William Burroughs and Brion Gysin.
the cut ups william s burroughs antony balch
a scene from a William Burroughs documentary which deals with his time in London and the cut up method. For more on this see http://syntheticknowledge.blogspot.com/2006/12/cut-up-one-of-wonders-of-youtube-and.html
Ghost at n.9 (Paris)
Paintings by Burroughs, Music Master Musicians of Joujouka recorded by Brian Jones (aka '60's Jet Set Druggie Cult Chic)
Courtesy of the MythiMedia project - Bologna University.
The paintings in the video are by William S. Burroughs.
The music, played by the Master Musicians of Joujouka, was recorded by Brian Jones
Documentation by A23H.
Frankfurt 1990. Exhibition of Burroughs' art:
"Paintings On Paper".
Gallery 'waschSalon' (1984-1991) sponsored by Alfred 23 Harth.
The up-stairs loft space contained pieces of Burroughs like one of the legendary „Fuck Door" series. The basement gallery space had been a jazz club in the 60ies run by myself.Basement,loft space and the room where the interview took place were all situated in the same Harth-building (which is not existing anymore).
William Burroughs with his paintings here as well even the cube. intelligent and weird :)
Do álbum Dead Radio City. Editado por David V. During.
About his thoguhts about war and peace and narrating poetry
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Last month a lawyer for nine detainees who are members of China's Uighur ethnic minority told a Congressional committee that one of them, Huzaifa Parhat, said that life at Guantánamo was like having already died. The lawyer, P. Sabin Willett, said Mr. Parhat asked the lawyers to pass on a message. He told them to tell his wife to remarry.
Click link for entire article
Letters Give C.I.A. Tactics a Legal Rationale
By MARK MAZZETTI
29/04/08 "New York Times" -- 27/04/08 -- - WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has told Congress that American intelligence operatives attempting to thwart terrorist attacks can legally use interrogation methods that might otherwise be prohibited under international law.
The legal interpretation, outlined in recent letters, sheds new light on the still-secret rules for interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency. It shows that the administration is arguing that the boundaries for interrogations should be subject to some latitude, even under an executive order issued last summer that President Bush said meant that the C.I.A. would comply with international strictures against harsh treatment of detainees.
While the Geneva Conventions prohibit "outrages upon personal dignity," a letter sent by the Justice Department to Congress on March 5 makes clear that the administration has not drawn a precise line in deciding which interrogation methods would violate that standard, and is reserving the right to make case-by-case judgments.
"The fact that an act is undertaken to prevent a threatened terrorist attack, rather than for the purpose of humiliation or abuse, would be relevant to a reasonable observer in measuring the outrageousness of the act," said Brian A. Benczkowski, a deputy assistant attorney general, in the letter, which had not previously been made public.
Mr. Bush issued the executive order last summer to comply with restrictions imposed by the Supreme Court and Congress. The order spelled out new standards for interrogation techniques, requiring that they comply with international standards for humane treatment, but it did not identify any approved techniques.
It has been clear that the order preserved at least some of the latitude that Mr. Bush has permitted the C.I.A. in using harsher interrogation techniques than those permitted by the military or other agencies. But the new documents provide more details about how the administration intends to determine whether a specific technique would be legal, depending on the circumstances involved.
The letters from the Justice Department to Congress were provided by the staff of Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is a member of the Intelligence Committee and had sought more information from the department.
Some legal experts critical of the Justice Department interpretation said the department seemed to be arguing that the prospect of thwarting a terror attack could be used to justify interrogation methods that would otherwise be illegal.
"What they are saying is that if my intent is to defend the United States rather than to humiliate you, than I have not committed an offense," said Scott L. Silliman, who teaches national security law at Duke University.
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How I Fought to Survive Guantánamo By Patrick Barkham
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The New Extreme Experimental American Poetry & Arts--Necessity is the Motherfucker of Invention
--Pier Paulo Pasolini
To degenerate as a result of the use of torture, & by its concealment & deception question human dignity & individual rights--
In the first lines of his Introduction to Torture: Cancer of Democracy France and Algeria 1954-62, Pierre Vidal-Naquet asks "Can a great nation, liberal by tradition, allows its institutions, its army, and its system of justice to degenerate over the span of a few years as a result of the use of torture, and by its concealment and deception of such a vital issue call the whole Western concept of human dignity and the rights of the individual into question?"
To fit in with the change of events, words, too, had to change
In The Peloponnesian War, Book 3, Thucydides states:
"To fit in with the change of events, words, too, had to change. What used to be thought of as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was a coward, any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one's unmanly character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant one was totally unfitted for action; frenzied violence came to be considered an attribute of a real man. "
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
These entries are ongoing found materials with which one works on various projects. They are an Anarkeyology of Site/Sight/Cites in which, by relinking the Military & Art meanings of "avant-garde," are found different ways of investigating separations, Walls, silences, distranslations, forgeries, torture, "Newspeak," censorship and propaganda as elements common to both war and writing/art historically & in the USA & Globally today.
The finding of these materials and the questions they open are, I find, "necessary," as the Formal separations of the American "avant-gardes" from the Military & external/ internal imperialist realities that are among the "symptoms . . . in language" that Pasolini notes "we (have) to go on."
Separations in, of, and by language are "necessary" to Vidal-Naquet's "concealment " of "torture, cancer of democracy," whose "deceptions" erect barriers, Walls, prisons, "Security," Surveillance between not only the torturers and the tortured, Occupiers and the Occupied, but between actions and words, so that a culture conceals itself from itself.
Materials & questions that are "necessary" to examine separations, concealments, deceptions that are "necessary"--
and are Hidden in Plain Site/Sight/Cite
"Necessary"--to find among the "fictional" and the "factual," among street debris and the debris of Poetry, Writing & Arts, Street & Protest Arts and Actions, News Reports, Torture Documents , Prisons . . . the" failure to communicate" that haunts the Prison //Security//Surveillance System of Cool Hand Luke's"Boss Keane's Ditch" and daily covering more of the world. These interconnections and relinkings, the symptoms in language, is a work found by what I call "Necessity, the Motherfucker of Invention."
In The Moro Affair, Leonardo Sciascia writes:
"Indeed when the truth which had been confined to literature emerged harsh and tragic within the context of everyday life, and could no longer be ignored, it seemed as if it were a product of literature."
This "truth" " is something so "obvious"that it becomes treated as a separation, a "fiction," rather than a "real, true fact."
To work with the "Hidden in Plain Site/Sight/Cite" can in this way be considered a "fiction," compared to the "reality" of a Formal Separation which is "immune to these things."
Sciascia notes the "Hidden in Plain Site/Sight/Cite" in using an expression from Poe's "The Purloined Letter:"
"(W)hat we called the invisibility of the obvious . . . (from Poe's Dupin) . . others have called over-obviousness . . . an obviousness linked to other obviousnesses , all of them conforming to a . . . concept of the clandestine."
This "invisibility" is separated from the "real, true fact," which the account and appearances of events create as the version that is "believed" to have occurred.
Sciascia quotes a dictionary:
"One says: a real true fact. and such like. Real in this case seems to reinforce true, not simply as pleonasm but thus: a real true fact hasn't simply occurred but it has occurred as it is told, as it appeared, as it is believed . . . "
The separation of "what is told, as it appeared, as it is believed" from what is "the invisibility of the obvious" allows for the concealment and deception Vidal-Naquet writes of.
The entries here may be read as the raw materials of
as an examination of these separations, symptons in language, and finding ways to link them in the term common to the military & ar t"avant- garde" in Necessity the Motherfucker of Invention's "New Extreme Experimental American Poetry& Arts.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Organize Against Military Aid at National Marches, Campus BDS Tour, Israeli Apartheid in New York Times, and More! | Occupation
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CHECK THIS OUT--A Unique & Extraordinary Poetry--How beautiful it is to kill, how just to die--Santiago ALBA RICO
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New Extreme Experimental & Language Poetries: "The Manchurian Candidate" is Alive and Well: China Inspired Interrogations at Guantanamo----NY Times
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Palfest 09: "to confront the culture of power with the power of culture"
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Immigration detainees and their families lack basic ways to get information when things go wrong.May 5, 2008N.Y. / RegionNews
ARTICLES ABOUT IN-CUSTODY DEATHS
After the deaths of two immigrant detainees, a review of the cases prompted recommendations for faster reporting of deaths and better sharing of information.July 3, 2008
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The immigration detention process is subjected to little oversight or accountability.May 24, 2008
It is increasingly difficult to pry records that should be open out of federal agencies.May 11, 2008
A bill would require the secretary of the Homeland Security Department to report all deaths in immigration detention within 48 hours to the Justice Department's inspector general as well as its own.May 7, 2008
As authorities continue rounding up illegal immigrants in these harsh days of ever-stricter enforcement, the potential for abuse will grow largely out of sight.May 6, 2008
Immigration detainees and their families lack basic ways to get information when things go wrong.May 5, 2008
The Senate immigration bill that is lumbering toward final passage is overloaded with provisions that will make life harsher and more unfair for immigrants.June 27, 2007
Lawmakers and government investigators are examining deaths of immigrants who die while in custody as immigration detention system swells to meet demands for stricter enforcement of immigration laws; family members and advocates have difficulty getting information about those who die in custody of immigrant detention, patchwork of federal, private and local facilities; new Immigration and Customs Enforcement report finds that 62 immigrants have died in custody since 2004; immigration officials ...June 26, 2007
Questions are being raised about the treatment in jail of a detained immigrant who hanged himself.February 23, 2007
A case before a federal court of appeals has linked the Bush administration's methods of interrogating prisoners to a sharp change in the standards of humanitarian law at home.March 11, 2005
Edwin Bulus, who fled Nigeria after members of family were jailed for allegedly plotting coup against military regime, has been detained by Immigration and Naturalization Service since arriving at Kennedy International Airport in May 1995, and his treatment has sometimes been harsh; is accused by Federal Government of entering country with false documents, and has since been denied parole while request for asylum is pending; asylum advocates describe handling of case by immigration service as K...April 1, 1997
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