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
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208
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, May 10, 2008
I greatly admire and respect Tim and his work, as he is one of the very few who works in the areas that he does not as an homage or allusion to a "movment" or form of work as being of an exemplary (recent) historical past, but as directions to continue which are very much alive.
My deepest thanks to Tim for continually providing great inspriation and example to fellow workers the world over.
The explorations of Noise as/in Visual Poetry are areas too little "looked into/listened to" and Tim's own works and this collection he has edited open up vast spaces in the space-times of Noise--
for "Out of Noise arises Music"---
at last, The Book of Noise is up, at http://avance.randomflux.info/
it's just over 4 Mb.
hope you like,
- a blogzine for visual poetry / word art / text objects - especially as they intervene in the world -
06 May 2008
Two days ago I received from the editor the news of and call for submissions for the first issue of Repugno Selects, a promising & exciting new journal.
The complete information regarding the journal and its guidelines is found here:
The editor also does something really refreshing and greatly helpful, providing an example of a "Hypothetical Issue #1" with many examples of the kinds of work he is looking for--
or are looking for him!
This excerpt from the site I hope inspires you to check it out and send works--
ATTENTION VISUAL POETS
* submission window opens on: June 1st, 2008 - i am out of town a lot between now and then, so hold off if you can please
* the few postings below and additional text on this page should give you ideas of what i like and want for this magazine. note; there is no magazine that i have found doing quite what i want to do, my hypothetical issue has much page-based stuff, but i really want something more...
* SO, i must stress that i favor above all else visual poetry placed in the world somehow, work that shows the effort of the hand more than the computer screen, poem objects and found work. (the images of my stuff in the right column give some indication)
* guidelines for what to send can be found to the right on this page under heading SENDING TO THIS MAG
* PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD - especially to any lists you know...
with poetry and visuals by Carrie Olivia Adams, Kismet Al-Hussaini, Jim
Andrews, Carlyle Baker, C. Mehrl Bennett, John M. Bennett, David-Baptiste
Chirot, David Doran, Tim Earley, Christopher Eaton, Jill Alexander Essbaum,
Emily Kendal Frey, Richard Froude, Alan Halsey, Martin Jackson, George
Kalamaras, A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, Adrian Lurssen, Mez, Catherine Moore,
Gustave Morin, Sheila E. Murphy, Cami Nelson, Amber Nelson, Marko Niemi,
Michael Peters, Stephen Ratcliffe, James Sanders, Kate Schapira, Peter
Schwartz, Michael Sikkema, Joshua A. Ware, Ted Warnell, Kerri Webster, Jared
White, and Arianne Zwartjes
plus essays, reviews, and a special section on code poems.
(An edited version of the Chirot essay on Waterboarding, Francois Villon and the "New Extreme Experimental Poetry" which appeared on this blog previously is among the essays.)
from ANGOLA: A Dictionary of Names, Forms, and Actions
by Adrian Lurssen
[Teeth: A Methodology]
"Absolute north" is to "guerilla outpost" as "love" and "antelope" are to
the bush they occupy: uniform urgency as overt as names on a skirt. The
range is an exercise, tame as a vase, and to talk is to occupy. In time, the
range is a plain without end, an envelope of light unable to injure itself.
Or an ostrich, and light becomes the uniform -lips, a skirmish between
what's open and what is tapping to loosen time.
The plan to explain is absolute, but only an entrance.
You may like this PBS special airing Sunday night about the rise of
Middle Eastern-American comedy. It was shot over 3 years and they
profile 5 of us in it.
It airs nationally this Sunday at 10:00 PM on PBS in NYC, LA, and DC
and different times in other markets.
Hope you are well!
Also if you missed my appearance on ABC's "The View" last week
promoting the special, here is the link to see it on Youtube:
Breaking down stereotypes one joke at a time
It's an age-old American tradition: immigrant groups take up comedy
to fight against discrimination. One path to understanding is to make
people laugh. Now Muslim-Americans have come forward to help dismantle
the stereotypes and hatred that have surged since September 11, 2001.
STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age is the story of five
comedians: Ahmed Ahmed, Tissa Hami, Dean Obeidallah, Azhar Usman and
Tissa Hami performs part of
her comedy routine in the
traditional Muslim hijab
Each of these artists felt the aftershock of 9/11 personally. At a
time when people of Middle Eastern origin were advised to lay low,
they all chose to stand up - and tell jokes. This film explores how
they are responding to 9/11, each in a different way, but all using
humor to define who they are.
STAND UP is the story of Ahmed's battle to get beyond playing
"Terrorist No. 4." It's about Obeidallah's journey to discover his
Arab heritage. It's about Zayid's resolve to turn being "a
Palestinian Muslim woman virgin with cerebral palsy from New Jersey"
into a career asset. It's about Usman's quest to become the Muslim
comedy role model he himself never found. It's about Hami's
determination to challenge American conceptions about Muslim women.
"We can't define who we are on a serious note because nobody will
The only way to do it is to be funny about it."
- Ahmed Ahmed
From false arrests to death threats, these comics face challenges
from both mainstream America and within the Muslim community. All are
at critical points in their careers, each evolving differently as a
comic. But they are all striving for one thing: to break through the
typecasting and achieve mainstream comedy success.
Following in the footsteps of comics such as Lenny Bruce, Richard
Pryor, George Lopez, and Margaret Cho, they are using stand-up comedy
to make the case for Arab and Muslim inclusion in the American "public
Above all, STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age is an
American story. Which means almost anything is fair game for a laugh.
Friday, May 09, 2008
[ > SOS TERRA UN PROYECTO DE ACCIONES Y PERFORMANCE QUE SE PROLONGA DE MANERA CONTINUA DESDE EL 2006 Y QUE PRESENTA UN LEMA PARA EL 2008:Abrir un portal a la naturaleza. Al cosmos, y mantener una relacion diferente con el espacio urbano de Buenos Aires, que dialogue con el medio ambiente, desde el arte, es la meta para el 2008. Que va profundizandose en el tiempo, gracias al colectivo SOS Tierra-arte acción / EN LA IMAGEN ACCION DE CLAUDIA RUIZ HERRERA >
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Thursday, May 08, 2008
El Colonel smiles. Facing the cadets’ young, soft faces . . . their expectant, obedient eyes—he writes with a felt tip marker on a vast white board, feral teeth gleaming in the brightly lit lecture room. Among headings and sub-headings he sketches a plan . . . “Memorize this closely, my children, it is not in any manual . . . remember it well, for it is the key to unlock the doors into the Temples of Art, the Theaters of Poetry, The Cinemas of Catharsis.”
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Right wing group Camera organizing campaign of altering Wikipedia entries with materials on Israel and Israeli-Palestinian issues in any category
From: National Security Archive <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, May 6, 2008 at 1:44 PM
Subject: White House Backups are Incomplete, May Not Contain Some Missing E-mails
National Security Archive Update, May 6, 2008
White House Backups are Incomplete, May Not Contain Some Missing E-mails;
Court Filing Says White House Cannot Identify Hard Drives in Use When E-mails Were Lost
For more information contact:
Meredith Fuchs - 202/994-7000
John B. Williams/Sheila L. Shadmand [Jones Day] - 202/879-3939
Washington, D.C., May 6, 2008 - The White House yesterday admitted to a federal magistrate judge that it has no computer back-up tapes with data written before May 23, 2003, and that it cannot track the history of individual hard drives within the White House system that may contain missing e-mails.
The White House filing responded to an April 24, 2008, order from Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the U.S. District Court directing the White House to provide more precise information about e-mail customers and hard drives in use between 2003 and 2005, as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Archive in September 2007.
In its most recent statements to the court, the White House continued to claim that "emails sent or received in the 2003-2005 time period should be contained on existing back-up tapes." In her third declaration, White House Chief Information Officer Theresa Payton stated that of 438 EOP back-up tapes created between March 1 and September 30, 2003, "the earliest date on which data was written on any of the 438 tapes is May 23, 2003." Therefore, e-mails created between March and May 2003 that were improperly preserved or deleted from EOP computer systems prior to May 23 may not be recoverable from the back-up tapes.
"What is most shocking is that if anyone at the White House was deleting their e-mails during the invasion of Iraq, those e-mails are not on any back-up tapes," said Archive director Tom Blanton.
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From: Jewish Voice for Peace <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, May 8, 2008 at 6:48 AM
Subject: Remembering the Nakba during Israel's 60th anniversary
Remembering the Nakba during Israel's 60th anniversary
Today, Jews around the world are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. These celebrations reflect the understandable joy of Jews who view Israel as the symbol of 60 years of freedom from centuries of persecution, culminating in the Holocaust. Nevertheless, not all Jews will be celebrating.
Download Fact Sheets Now
What was the Nakba? Who are the Mizrachi Jews? Was there a population exchange between Middle Eastern Jews and Palestinians? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our fact sheets written by Sephardic scholar Ilise Cohen. Go to our online Nakba resource center to get your fact sheets now.
While Israel provided a safe haven for countless Jewish refugees who had nowhere else to go, many of them members of our own families, the terrible fact is that over 700,000 Palestinians were made into refugees to make room for the future state of Israel. Sixty years and several generations later, that number has swelled to an estimated 7 million. Many live in 58 registered refugee camps dispersed throughout the Middle East, and some 4 million Palestinians in the Occupied Territories continue to endure reprehensible collective punishment to this day.
That is why the creation of the state of Israel, an occasion marking great celebrations for many Jews throughout the world, is known as the Nakba, or the Catastrophe, to Palestinians.
And that is why many of us will not be celebrating, for as long as Palestinians are still fighting for their fundamental human rights, we can not rejoice.
Any peaceful future depends on recognizing both the Palestinian and the Israeli narrative. And yet, just as the names of over 400 pre-1948 Palestinian towns and cities have been deliberately erased from maps, the history of the Palestinian Nakba itself has been all but erased from consciousness.
At Jewish Voice for Peace, we cannot participate in celebrations that erase both the history and modern-day injustices experienced by Palestinians. It is precisely this rendering invisible of Palestinian experience and claims for justice that makes reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians impossible. We choose instead to remember, to know, and to work towards justice and self-determination for both peoples. As Jews and Palestinians, our pasts are intertwined, and so too are our futures.
Today, because much of the world has forgotten, we remember that:
In April, 1948, the same month as the infamous massacre at Deir Yassin, Plan Dalet was put into operation. It authorized the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expulsion of the indigenous population outside the borders of the state.
On May 22, 1948, Jewish soldiers from the Alexandroni Brigade entered the house of Tantura residents killing between 110-230 Palestinian men.
On October 28, 1948, in the village of Dawayameh, near Hebron, Battalion 89 of the 8th Brigade occupied the village. Israeli soldiers said of the massacre that babies... skulls were cracked open, women raped or burned alive in houses, men stabbed to death. 145 men, women and children were killed. Over 450 went missing, of which 170 were women.
Commemorate the Nakba: Mother's Day Action
JVP has joined with Adalah-NY in this action asking mothers to sign this letter urging a Mother's Day boycott of notorious illegal settlement builder and diamond dealer Lev Leviev.
Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every person "has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country." Israel has never accepted the legitimacy of this basic human right as a basis for peace negotiations, whether by return, compensation, or resettlement. Surely it is now time to acknowledge the narrative of the other, the price paid by another people for European anti-Semitism and Hitler's genocide. As the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said emphasized, "Like it or not, this is the historical reality. We must better understand them, and they must better understand us. We must make clear the link between the Shoah (the European Jewish Holocaust) and the Nakba (the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948). Neither experience is equal to the other, and neither should be minimized."
Many of us will not celebrate as long as Israel continues to violate international law, inflicts a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza, and continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations.
We will celebrate when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East.
* See Palestinian group BADIL for facts and figures on Palestinian refugees.
Jewish Voice for Peace has prepared a resource center and footnoted downloadable fact sheets about both the Nakba and the story of Jews of the Middle East. Please go here.
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ANTI-BOOKS – REVOLUTIONARY BOOKS – IMAGINARY BOOKS
THE UTOPIAN LIBRARY
In July-August 2008 the BAU Cultural Association (www.bauprogetto.it)
will organize in Viareggio a multimedia festival titled THE PLACES OF
UTOPIA, that will include art shows and installations, performances,
readings, workshops, conferences and other events revolving around the
theme of UTOPIA.
As part of this festival, I will coordinate THE UTOPIAN LIBRARY, a
reading room where the visitors will be able to look through a
collection of international artists' books culled from the E.O.N.
archives plus books expressly submitted. The books will be on display
in shelves and over tables, with the possibility of a direct, hands on
You are welcomed to CONTRIBUTE A BOOK to the UTOPIAN LIBRARY, either
an original work related to the utopian theme, or a book you have done
in the past that you think will fit the project. An illustrated
catalogue of the books received will be sent to all the participants
(Arte Postale! magazine n. 95). Your book will not be returned, but at
the end of the festival will become part of the E.O.N. archive.
The size, medium and technique for the books is FREE.
The material is not restricted to paper, but please take into
consideration the hands on approach.
Deadline: all the books should arrive BEFORE JULY 15, 2008.
Mail to: Vittore Baroni, via C. Battisti 339, 55049 Viareggio (LU), Italy
Thanks in advance for your participation
Feel free to circulate this invite
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Subject: Ver-O-Poema: Em maio as flores são azuis.
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 19:29:49 +0000
México - España
La novicia Viridiana, a punto de tomar los hábitos, debe abandonar el convento para visitar a su tío don Jaime, quien le ha pagado los estudios. Durante su visita, don Jaime intenta retenerla. Al no lograrlo, el hombre se suicida, provocando que Viridiana renuncie a ser monja y se quede en la mansión a practicar la caridad cristiana. La llegada de Jorge, hijo natural de don Jaime, cambiará definitivamente el destino de la joven.
Silvia Pinal(Viridiana), Fernando Rey(Don Jaime), Francisco Rabal(Jorge),
Margarita Lozano(Ramona), Victoria Zinny(Lucia).*
DIRECTOR: Luis Buñuel.
PRODUCTOR: Gustavo Alatriste.
DURACIÓN: 90 min.*
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 02:19:16 -1200
Subject: LOOP08 - FESTIVAL Y FERIA INTERNACIONAL DE VIDEOARTE
LOOP, Festival y Feria de Videoarte es un proyecto pionero en este género y un punto de encuentro obligado para artistas y profesionales del sector. Basado en el trabajo en red entre profesionales del video, instituciones culturales y agentes nacionales e internacionales, LOOP\'08 reunirá del 8 al 10 de mayo en la ciudad de Barcelona a videoartistas, galeristas, coleccionistas, críticos, directores de museos y aficionados en un espacio inmejorable para el intercambio de experiencias e impresiones sobre el video de creación.
Más de 800 artistas de arte participan en la sexta edición de LOOP desde los diferentes ámbitos en que está articulado el evento: el Festival, la Feria y el Foro de discusión. Dentro de la programación del FESTIVAL LOOP se presentan las exposiciones comisariadas: Morir por el Miedo, Six Degrees of Separation, Sense Arguments, La imagen como lenguaje, Taula Rondona, Femlink, Climax Redux, Frágil, Visión:a, Imágenes a pie de calle, Flex, entre otros, y las muestras individuales: Proyecto L·L: un punt volat, Unseen (Holly Zausner), Jaime Pitarch, Virginia del Pino, Eija-Liisa de Ahtila, Rubén Santiago, Alexandra Navratil, Jia Zhang-Ke.
Cuarenta y cuatro galerías están presentes este año en la Feria FERIA LOOP. El evento ofrece a los galeristas la oportunidad de presentar nuevos videos de artistas emergentes y consagrados, a través de un Comité de Invitación formado por el coleccionista francés residente en Londres Jean-Conrad Lemaitre, la galerista alemana Anita Beckers, el galerista de Los Ángeles Christopher Grimes y el coleccionista Manel de Santaren, que reside en Boston.
El apoyo que recibe LOOP por parte de instituciones culturales y otros espacios urbanos contribuye a la transformación de Barcelona en una plataforma internacional para la dinamización del sector en la que más de 60 países se encuentran involucrados. Los proyectos serán exhibidos en más de 142 espacios de la ciudad condal: 21 museos, centros culturales y fundaciones, 11 centros cívicos, 12 espacios culturales (uno de ellos en Tarragona), 22 universidades de 14 países, 26 galerías de arte, 8 centros de producción, 6 distribuidoras, 10 institutos culturales de países, 6 escuelas de arte, 2 plazas públicas, 2 hoteles, un cine y decenas de restaurantes y tiendas que colaboran, además, mas de 30 espacios que acogen el proyecto específico LOOP DIVERSE.
Bajo el título "Las Fronteras del Videoarte" se ha proyectado un ciclo de Conferencias CONFERENCIAS LOOP que será desarrollado a lo largo de tres años. Este programa se compone de mesas redondas, presentaciones, conferencias y proyecciones. La clase magistral de este año será impartida por Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, Londres), y moderarán las sesiones Erich Berger (LABoral, Gijón), Christopher Eamon (Kramlich Collection, San Francisco), y Caroline Bourgeois (Frac Ile de Francia).
La variedad de propuestas y enfoques en torno al fenómeno del videoarte sobre la base participativa del proyecto consolida a LOOP\'08 como un encuentro anual y un espacio para la difusión, la promoción y la reflexión.
09.05 & 10.05, 16-21h
Hotel Ramblas Catalonia. C. Pelai, 28
Opening: 08.05, 19.30hMEDIA LOUNGE
08. & 09.05, 12-21h
Hotel Ramblas Catalonia. C. Pelai, 28
Consulta la programación en la web: http://www.loop-videoart.com
* Estás suscrito a Enfocarte.com. Para removerte de la lista envía un correo a firstname.lastname@example.org
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