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
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'
Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'
The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"
This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.
The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)
I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
PROJET D'ART POSTAL 2008/2009: NOTRE CORPS
PROJET "NOTRE CORPS"
"Hygiène, santé, bien être, environnement, etc..."
Votre envoi d'art postal sera sur le thème "NOTRE CORPS".
Date limite: Le 15 Mai 2009.
Exposition en juin 2009.
Format et technique: Libres.
Documentation "papier" aux participants.
Documentation en ligne avec mise à jour hebdomadaire sur
NUESTRO CUERPO Tema:
Formato y Techníca: Libre
Fecha de Límite: el 15 de Mayo de 2009
Documentación: Catálogo a todos participantes y en Internet con los actualizaciones semanales en
OUR BODY Theme:
Format et technique: free.
Deadline-date limite: le 15/05/2009
Documentation: catalog to all participants and online with weekly updates at http://projetartpostalnotrecorps2009.blogspot.com/
IL NOSTRO CORPO Tema:
Formato e tecnica liberi
Documentazione su catalogo a tutti i partecipanti e ondine con aggiornamento settimanale in:
UNSER KÖRPER Thema:
Format und Technik frei wählbar.
Einsendeschluß: 15. Mai 2009
Katalog an alle Teilnehmerwöchentliche updates auf dem blog: http://projetartpostalnotrecorps2009.blogspot.com/
NOSSO CORPO Tema:
Formato e técnica: livre.
Fim do prazo-data limite: 15/05/2009.
Documentação: catálogo a todos os participantes e atualizações semanais em http://projetartpostalnotrecorps2009.blogspot.com/
Since the Internet is already used to compile all sorts of lists, many of which can possibly lead to arrests, or the person whose name is being tracked being counted as a suspect of some kind, involved in anything from a shoplifting ring to massive identity fraud to "terrorism," the using of names for a poetry anthology created by amassing computer generated poems seems relatively innocuous.
Innocuous, that is, unless one begins to think of anthologies themselves as another form of prison-creation, or prisons as another form of anthology making.
After all, the throwing together of a seemingly "loosely associated" group of people under one rubric might seem to designate the persons named and assembled thereby as a "movement," a "trend," or even a "terrorist cadre," made up of several interlinked "sleeper cells." Even if the various "cells" are unknown to each other, by showing them to be linked in some way by the over riding theme of the Anthology, one has created of them an overall face & effect of "Terror," and "Alert," or of a new kind of poetry "that bears watching in the future."
Since critics and agents often share the same goals of uncovering "secret" analogies, "hidden" symbolisms,"traces of fragments of the palimpsests of previous plots," and so forth--it seems quite possible that a critic could turn out to be an "undercover" agent--seeking for what is indeed "between the covers of the book," as, after all, the agent/critic continually reminds one, "you can't judge a book by the cover." And that person who claims to be an agent in the field working for the government might well turn out after all to be no more than just another critic desperately hunting for the next "great and sobering poetic discovery," the next "pre-teen prodigy of poesy." or "the latest previously unknown towering genius, all these years lost in the back lands, hidden among the knitting and the sheep."
Whoever they are, whatever they are up to, the Internet, so rife with names and information about the names, is a regular Happy Hunting ground beyond the wildest dreams of Ernest Hemingway set loose in a Protected Wild Life preserve for those who are hot on the heels of compiling Anthologies, let alone filling prisons, or committing kidnappings for huge ransoms, or uncovering the Babylonian origins of the Sicilian Code.
So here are some thoughts addressed to this topic--
to while away the time of one's sentence--
a continually postponed hearing--
where death row and publisher's row
are the same place
as see the below video re prisons and prisoners in the USA from Brasscheck TV and a little story that is true abt the creation of one form of an anthology--as truly, think on how many are the infinite possibilities! i made a little zine anthology ages ago in which all the art work and writing etc was done by quite different writers and artists--and al had interesting names--and all of them were myself--
yet persons who purchased it were amazed at the variety of works included--and the newness of these names--to their ears and eyes--and some of the truly wild styles some had--
yes--did one ever tell them who the "real" "author" is?
why of course not!--
for were not as they made those pieces those people in a sense truly existing and this is what gave such force and reality to their works--
for --they had existed as they worked--and as they were read and looked at, all these--
here is one way to make an anthology of the writings and writers of a city--
"The man had been a cab driver for twelve years in Boston. He was an amphetamine addict, a "speed freak." Speed optimised his efficiency and endurance on the job. As time and miles went by the taxi driver constructed a vast system of references--a language--made up of the city's geography, people's conversations and the signs he saw everywhere. As addiction, time, miles and signs accelerated it became evident that an apocalyptic crash was imminent. An uncanny conspiracy was afoot and the cab driver became wary of each passenger who hailed him. He never refused anyone a ride, because anyone or everyone could supply information. Finally the taxi driver decided he had enough information to go to the authorities. He went to the FBI building at Government Center and told them a dangerous conspiracy was threatening the whole city with chaos. When asked for evidence the taxi cab driver gave the agents the Boston Telephone Directory.
--'All the names are here.'"
from "Heroin is King, Reagan is God"
There are many ways to make anthologies, many ways to find names and create lists, and many a way also to "round up the usual suspects"--for a good old rendition flight--
to the tropical islands!!
"Guantanamera!!--" ah the strains of that song echo out over the old Guantanamo Bay, making the trees around the Famous Prison dance with the maddening allure of swaying hips--
Ah!! where someday America will reinstall the true meaning of Cuba Libre as just another wonderful drink at the very nice bars that line the newly upholstered Havana of the wet dreams of "entrepreneurs" in al the world's oldest and newest professions, with a few other variations added, "just to celebrate,"-- behind the very tightly closed doors, to be sure--!--yes--
For one may find in this atmosphere how prisons and anthologies, are they not, are in many ways related,while appearing on the surface also not to be so--
(the camouflage principle as used in literature--the uses of disguise, undercover tricks--the aly allusion to the Trojan Horse!--) (I can see her now, the Lenscrafter Lady of Liberty, winking, saying breathlessly, "you betcha!")
On one side of the Bay the Prison and across from it, the Literary Houses--where anthologies pour forth of the incredibly heteronymic array of wildly varying in quality and style works of what is in fact a single very patient poet, a very old ex-prisoner of Castro's who now makes up anthologies of a Poetry which has never existed until now--with all the patience of one who has spent eternities in the unlimited expanses of time of sentences which were never throughly made clear--"incomplete sentences" as the old prisoner poet thinks of them--in terms of that "grammatology of correction" which he has also begun to create as he paints away at the final images of the present collection--
if he cannot think of a name to affix to the poems and visual poems he is providing for his poets, he simply picks up old tattered copies of long out of date phone books, or the latest listings of names from the funeral parlors, the dedications of military cemeteries or the colorful sobriquets of the new breed of young professionals who sachet past him in the shimmering heat--
yes, for a wonderful Yankee publisher and editor, the old man is creating a whole fantasy world of Caribbean Poets, already to be packaged up and sent off to Miami and broadcast from there to all the known corners of the Free World, that giant sloppy and messily but cunningly inky octopus that has being busy with its eight arms in enfolding al the forgotten and by passed literaturess of previously "Unfree" peoples into its huge and heavy bosom, a Bosom to end all Bosoms, as vast and mysterious as that of its mother, the Sea--
The old ex-prisoner does this as he gazes out at the shining American prison across the bay--
so much more up-to-date than his old huants!! so much improved it is said, that he is very glad he was never sent there--
for will the world not always have prisons--just as much as poets--and may not the anthologies have become confused--so that anthologies of poets are of ones who should be in prison and those--as yet uncompiled anthologies--of the prisoners--might they not be those of the real poets--
or in fact they might all be mixed up--and some belong here and others there and stil others who knows might they not just be tossed iinto the shark infested waters--or simply --left out, to wander aimlessly and without knowing what kind of poetry they belong to until at last finding peace in a nice shady grove or alcove or bar--
where someone is sure to find them and tell them just what kind of poetry they are--
so one person's anthology is another's prison, and one person's prison is indeed an anthology compiled by those who have been filling it with their ideas of prisoners--
Ah! to find one's name on yet another list, included in yet another "collection," rounded up with the usual suspects, subjected to yet more "harsh interrogations of the text," battered about by yet more "probing of bodily embedded inscription and encryption cavities," to be stood naked before the howling glistening healthy jowls of young men, women and dogs as one's "gestural writings" are symbolically dismantled into the appropriate forms for further deconstruction brought on by the application of the electric "rock and roll" "Vitus' Dance" torture, to be followed by the "rosy fingered dawn" of the near drowning in the waters of Oblivion, those perilous waters into which identity is thrust to the point almost of losing its authorial being, and becoming yet another "anonymous Wall scribbler of unspeakable perversity and criminality," yet another "forgotten writer" lost in the sands of time . . .
Yes--to think on how many lists one' s name is found this whole wide world, and in whose possesion!!
And then to see with whom else one is thrown into association with on these lists!!
And never to be told the exact reason why!!
And, worse than that--to be "mis quoted!" To have "one's words taken out of context," or "right out of one's mouth," or--shoved into one's throat, words to choke on, words to strangle with, words to carry one down to the depths from which poetry springs forth as no more than the last screams of a once human body . . . the finality of poetry's dying sounds in the stage setting of death, surrounded by onlookers who are noting down the time it takes to expire and fade away, whether it is with a a rattle or a whisper, a last murmured prayer or simply the sound of air escaping the broken wind pipe--the stove in ribs--the snapped spine--
Yes, think on how many anthologies one appears in already, as an "unknown" person other than name numbers fingerprints dna samples voice prints video surveillance images bank and credit print outs phone records police blotters mentions in the high school paper mentions in the bulletin of the society for the preservation of the such and such--think how many signatures of yours exist in this world!--in so many different media and codes--how many different images recordings and notations--how many records kept by ones one never knew kept records--
and, as well, the invented records, if need be, the doctored photos, the altered voice recordings, the slyly shifted statements given to a conference, the mistranslated and distranslated versions of one's pronouncements--
the "experimental writing exercises in translation" that have taken your writings and turned them into a barrel of laughs or a symbol of the worn out rag of the rag and bone shop where even the bones are laughing at the rag's pitifullness--
Yes think on all these lists this wide world round and al the anthologies of worst songs, worst baseball trades, best dressed emmy award winners, worst dictators, best Marxists, the most fabulous and really swingin hot spots,the very truest in its depiction of all narratives of the wars no one living has ever seen--
Yes, so many lists and so many "anthologies" this wide world kept by so many demographers politicos literary subscription sellers campaigns for such and such and the lists just keep getting bigger and bigger and --
soon enough everyone living and dead is included in one huge anthology--if only for a nanosecond--
before the next death and birth have altered it--and who shall cry out for the unborn writers and poets? and who shall mourn those dead before their time? and what abt those writers who never wrote a word yet were the living flower of poetry itself--
what if Poetry itself were to miraculously appear in Judgement and looking around--be bitterly disappointed!! enraged--or bursting at the seams with laughter!
and were to say in a very loud voice
O Poets--how many of you there are that in my name are always already writing fake poetry?
Why how very very few there are after al that are writing Real Poetry--!!
Would not that Poetry be charged and demolished!!
Would not Poetry also be cast into those Guantanamos and Abu Ghraibs, those Bagrams, where are created the latest productions of the "New Extreme Experimental American Poetry and Arts--"--
's most emprisoned population--?
FROM BRASSCHECK TV, 5 October 2008:
The US has a higher percentage of its population
behind bars than any other country in the world:
more than China, more than Russia, more than any
Roughly 1 out of every 142 US residents is behind bars.
This gulag system is fantastically profitable for
the companies that build and manage prisons...for
the companies that supply them...for the prison
guard unions...and for the state itself which sells
prison labor to private corporations for pennies on
Who are these two million plus people behind bars
in the US?
Are they all monsters the public has to be
protected from or has incarceration become
an addictive business for the state?
Is that's the case, how safe are any of us
in the long run?
These are questions a freedom loving people
should be asking
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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
On Saturday 27 September 2008, 46 year old Saudi Arabian citizen Khalid Al-Fawwaz completed his tenth year in prison without trial, whilst he fights extradition to the US on allegations of terrorism.
Khalid Al-Fawwaz arrived in the UK in 1994 with his family and was granted political asylum shortly afterwards for his activities against the Saudi regime. He settled in North London and ran the Advice and Reformation Committee (ARC), a non-violent political organisation advocating reform in Saudi Arabia. Throughout the mid-1990s the ARC was known all over the world for its weekly fax communiqu?s criticising political, economic and human rights deterioration in Saudi Arabia.
Monday 6th October - The Sixth Form College, Colchester
Wednesday 8th October - Rewind, Birmingham
Thursday 9th October - Runshaw College, Lancashire
Andy Worthington ? Guant?namo Events, Autumn 2008
Andy Worthington is the Communications Manager for Reprieve, the legal action charity whose lawyers currently represent 31 prisoners in Guant?namo, and the author of The Guant?namo Files
Secret Prisons and Ghost Prisoners in the unwinnable War on Terror
Clive Stafford Smith is founder and director of Reprieve, working for prisoners on death row and in secret prisons. He reveals British and American involvement in disappearances, torture, and detention without trial
Provide Humane Prison Conditions for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
We petition Attorney General Michael Mukasey and United States Attorney Michael J. Garcia to provide humane treatment for Dr. Aafia Siddiqui while she remains in the custody of the U.S. government.
by Marryam Haleem
I heard you from the mountaintop
Calling down to me
The True Conclusion
by Marryam Haleem
When the ocean dries
And aggression is paid
Help the Prisoners
Audio: Civil Liberties Group Challenges The Conditions of Detention for "Toronto 18" Suspects
Statement From Dr Fowzia Siddiqui
by Dr Fowzia Siddiqui
Hearing yesterdays ruling by Judge Berman on Aafia?s case is both alarming and sad.
The Dark Heart of the Guant?namo Trials
by Andy Worthington
Andy Worthington, author of The Guant?namo Files, looks at recent disturbing developments in the Military Commission trial system at Guant?namo, and traces a chain of command that runs from the Commissions? supposedly impartial ?Convening Authority? all the way to the Office of the Vice President.
Investigating 'Africa's Guantanamo'
by Robert Walker
A Human Rights Watch report says that at least 10 foreign nationals detained more than a year ago on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities in Somalia are still being held. The BBC's Robert Walker investigates their fate.
Diary From Gitmo Details Woman's Quest For Justice
by Desiree Cooper
Michigan native Mahvish Khan, 29, has always had a flair for the dramatic. Growing up, she attended the Roeper School in Birmingham, where her personality led to the coining of a new term. Being "mahvishy" meant being fiercely individual -- and even a bit zany, according to Linda Vernon, one of Khan's teachers and mentors.
A Message to Barack Obama: Don?t Forget Cheney and Addington
by AIraq, Iran, Russian, Pakistan, Afghanistan: It was an impressive foreign policy list in Friday?s Presidential debate, and by all sensible accounts Barack Obama did a decent job convincing Americans that his opponent may not be the expert that he claims to be.
Is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Running the 9/11 Trials?
by Andy Worthington
It could all have been so different. Between September 2002 and April 2003, the five defendants in the forthcoming 9/11 trial at Guant?namo ? Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Mustafa al-Hawsawi, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (aka Ammar al-Baluchi) and Walid bin Attash ? were seized and transferred to secret CIA prisons, where they were subjected to an array of ?enhanced interrogation techniques? including waterboarding. And yet they could, instead, have been questioned by skilled US interrogators for whom torture remains abhorrent, illegal and counter-productive.
Is The U.S. Putting Mentally Incompetent Terror Suspects On Trial?
by Joanne Mariner
At Guant?namo, bizarre proceedings with the 9/11 suspects raise questions about a prisoner's psychiatric evaluation and the murky role of the CIA.
Contradictory Verdicts in Australia?s Largest Terrorism Trial
by Mike Head
Australia?s largest and most protracted terrorist trial ended with distinctly mixed results last week in Melbourne. After a Victorian Supreme Court trial that ran for 115 days, the nine women and three men on the jury took nearly four weeks to reach their verdicts.
'How Bagram Destroyed Me'
by Martin Patience
Jawed Ahmad has just been released from US military detention at Bagram air base near the Afghan capital, Kabul. In a rare insider's account of the base, he alleges abuse and, most controversially, that prison guards mishandled the Koran.
[More Articles at Cageprisoners.com]
Lawyers Say UK Guant?namo Suspect Has No Hope of Fair Trial
Pentagon Rules Out Re-opening Probe into Khadr's Treatment
Return Khadr To Canada, Bar Association and Legal Groups Demand
Guantanamo Briton Wins US Battle Over Papers
US Seeking EU Help To Close Guantanamo
PM?s MoU Signing May Lead To Release of Kuwaiti Gitmo Detainees
Gitmo Prosecutors Seek Resentencing For Detainee
Gitmo Prosecutors Seeks Immunity For Testimony
Lawyer Accuses Pentagon in Gitmo Evidence Case
Le Carre Tackles Terrorism in New Book
Three Charged Over Novel Attack
Security Officials Plan To Combat Threat of the Lone Terrorist
Spies Take War on Terror Into Cyberspace
Blair Forced To Quit
Woman on Trial Denies Helping To Fund Terrorism Training
Soldiers Who Hand Prisoners To US Could Face Legal Action, MPs Warned
Former MI5 Head Slams 42-Day Detention Plans
Inquest Hears of Failure To Intercept De Menezes
Supporters Urge Halt To Hacker's Extradition To US
NY Appeals Court Overturns Terrorism Verdicts
Syrian in Odd Limbo at 'Gitmo North'
Pope Says Laws Against Terrorism Must Be Just
Shariah Courts To Try Terror Suspects: Naif
U.S. Judge Orders Pakistani To Take Psychiatric Exam
Fate of African 'Rendition' Victims Unknown
JAP: Release Aafia For Eid
Terror Suspects Arrested At Cologne Airport
Air Force Instructor Details Harsh Interrogations
Canadian Guilty in Terror Trial
Interrogator Details Pre-Abu Ghraib Abuses
[More News on the War on Terror at Cageprisoners.com]
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Boek 861: Latest Publications Recieved--lluvia publicaciones de poesia visual/experimental bn 031008
De nuevo estamos de enhorabuena: la Poesía Visual esta más pujante que nunca y asi se demuestra por las publicaciones recibidas en los últimos dias
por el Boek861/ TDS
Deseamos a todos los participantes en el II ENCUENTRO DE POESIA VISUAL DE PEÑARROYA que hoy inauguran las jornadas una feliz convivencia creativa
MAIL ART SERVICE: 63 números de una de las pocas publicaciones internacionales
de mail art que han demostrado una gran seriedad y rigor a lo largo de los años
Julian Alonso nos sorprende con dos pequeñas pero exquisitas publicaciones:
VERSOS PARA NO SER LEIDOS y PALABRAS ENCONTRADAS EN EL SUELO
BABILONIA/PLIEGOS DE LA VISION N. 22 presenta la magnífica obra de
SERGI QUIÑONERO recogiendo poemas comprendidos en el periodo 1996-2000
ANTONELLA PROTA GIURLEO presenta su proyecto
TELARAÑAS / Obra de caracter marcadamente intercultural
La edición conmemorativa de los cinco años de arte postal en Ceuta pasará a los anales de las grandes publicaciones de mail art
Art Factory/ Siviera es una edición en donde lo expderimental tiene un protagonismo total
De todas estas publicaciones podréis ampliar información en los diferentes apartados del Boek861
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"More faked evidence in the Kennedy Assassination"
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National Security Archive Update, October 5, 2008
Documenting Colombia's 'tragedy without end'
Documents Detail U.S. Concerns about Impunity in Major Human Rights Case
For more information contact:
Michael Evans - 202/994-7029
Washington, DC, October 5, 2008 - As Colombian prosecutors begin to reopen investigations against individuals connected to one of the worst massacres in the country's modern history, the National Security Archive today publishes on the Web a collection of declassified documents detailing U.S. concerns about the wall of impunity that has long surrounded the case. These documents are central to an article published this weekend in Spanish on the Web site of Semana magazine, Colombia's largest newsweekly. An English version of the article is available on the Archive Web site - http://www.nsarchive.org/colombia - and on the Web site of the new Semana International.
The new movement on the Trujillo massacre follows closely the release of a major new report on the case, the first issued by the Historical Memory Group (GMH) of the National Commission on Reparations and Reconciliation (CNRR). Led by a distinguished group of researchers, the GMH is charged with writing a comprehensive history of the Colombian conflict focusing on the country's illegal armed groups.
The Archive's Colombia Documentation Project is proud to be assisting the GMH and other researchers with investigations of the major human rights cases over the last four decades of violence in Colombia.
Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today's posting.