Saturday, November 22, 2003

Art and Politics 

by Howard Zinn and Thom Yorke - interview with Sarah Burton

Zinn: True, the political power is controlled by the corporate elite, and the arts are the locale for a kind of guerilla warfare, in the sense that guerrillas in a totalitarian situation look for apertures and opportunities where they can have an effect. When tyrannies are overthrown-as, for instance, in fascist Spain or the Soviet Union-it starts in the culture, which is the only area where people can have some freedom. It starts with literature and poetry and music...


Paul Bremer fired 28,000 Iraqi teachers  

By RICHARD SALE, UPI Intelligence Correspondent

American's top man in Baghdad, L. Paul Bremer, last week fired 28,000 Iraqi teachers as political punishment for their former membership in the Saddam Hussein-dominated Baath Party, fueling anti-U.S. resistance on the ground, administration officials have told United Press International.

"It's a piece of real stupidity on the part of the neocons to try and equate the Baath Party with the Nazis," said former CIA official Larry Johnson. "You have to make a choice: Either you are going to deal with Iraqis who are capable of rebuilding and running the country or you're going to turn Iraq over to those who can't."


2 Bills Would Benefit Top Bush Fundraisers  

By Thomas B. Edsall-Washington Post Staff Writer
Executives' Companies Could Get Billions

More than three dozen of President Bush's major fundraisers are affiliated with companies that stand to benefit from the passage of two central pieces of the administration's legislative agenda: the energy and Medicare bills.


African-Americans win 70-year fight for a national museum 

By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

The Senate finally approved a Bill early yesterday clearing the way for the fulfilment of a 70-year-old dream of the black community - a national museum of African-American culture in Washington.


Vietnamese boy 'sold as dog meat' 

Vietnamese drug addicts kidnapped a mute teenager and sold him as dog meat, state media reports. The Vietnamese eat dogs for luck and health.


White House Wins Fight on OT Rule Changes 

By ALAN FRAM-Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON -- Foes of the Bush administration's proposed rules changing which workers would qualify for overtime pay abandoned their fight Friday in the face of unrelenting pressure from the White House and the House.

Critics of the new rules said they could lead to 8 million Americans losing eligibility for overtime pay, largely white-collar workers earning more than $65,000 a year. Administration officials say more than 644,000 such employees would lose the time-and-a-half pay now required when they work more than 40 hours in a week.


Friday, November 21, 2003

The Identity Game 

By Alicia Young, Africana.com

"Where are you from?" Seems like a fairly innocuous question, right? It fascinates me, where people are from, especially living in New York, where I am not from. But if their race is ambiguous, or even if it's clear, sometimes I ask, "Where are your people from?"


A Far-Too-Brief Rundown of Freely Improvised Music 

by Ava Mendoza

In the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s, musicians like saxophonists Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman, and pianist Cecil Taylor began to abandon traditional jazz harmony, form, and rhythm in favor of playing “free jazz.”

Today, the political connotations of improvised music are still very much in existence. For many improvisers, spirituality and politics are highly linked.



This web site is meant to examine and explore the relationship between the three men above and the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. How did it come to pass that ABC President David Westin, anchor man Peter Jennings, and writer and researcher Gus Russo met, approved and then decided to concoct a huge deception that is meant to recycle and resuscitate a forty year old deception that very few people believe? We try to do that here in order for the reader to fully understand what and why ABC is doing on November 20, 2003.


U.S. Citizens Under Siege in Miami 

Mayhem in Miami: Amidst Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Democracy Now!
Reports From the Streets of the FTAA Protests

Up to 70 people were arrested and dozens more were injured as Miami police used concussion grenades and stun guns as well as rubber bullets and tear gas on people demonstrating against the talks. We hear a report from the streets of Miami produced by Jeremy Scahill, Ana Nogueira and John Hamilton.


Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack  

John O. Edwards, NewsMax.com

Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.

Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to the U.S. in the wake of Sept. 11, Franks said that “the worst thing that could happen” is if terrorists acquire and then use a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon that inflicts heavy casualties.

If that happens, Franks said, “... the Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we’ve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy.”


Thursday, November 20, 2003

Tiny robot helicopter unveiled in Japan 

A robot helicopter weighing less than nine grams has been unveiled in Japan. Weighing only 8.9 grams, the four-legged mini-copter is equipped with four micro actuators to drive two rotors and stabilising units that make it fly and balance in the air.

U.N. group seeks control of Internet 


GENEVA — Governments spearheaded by China, Brazil, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia are trying to place the Internet under the control of the United Nations or its member governments, a move that the United States and other developed countries are determined to resist.

The Internet, at present, is loosely managed by a private organization in California named the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates such matters as Internet servers and domain names. Countries with developing and emerging economies would like to hand over that authority to a U.N. agency, such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).



Filibuster Energy and Medicare Bills
The cliches about dysfunctional government are converging as President Bush tries to force Congress to pass flawed Energy and Medicare legislation: back-room deal-making, secret meetings with industry chiefs, exclusion of the opposition and payoffs for special interests.

Oppose Writing Intolerance into the U.S. Constitution
I urge you to oppose the "Federal Marriage Amendment" (H.J. Res. 56). This measure would amend the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman as well as invalidate all the protections that many families currently enjoy.

Call on President Bush to show his respect for our fallen soldiers by addressing the rising casualties in Iraq and attending at least one funeral or memorial for soldiers killed in Iraq.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Global population trends  

NEVER has the pressure on the world's resources been so great. Over the next 20 years, the global population is expected to grow by a quarter - that's an extra 1.5 billion mouths to feed. This at a time when, even though we grow enough to feed everyone, 800 million people are still malnourished.

Meat production continues to soar, with China taking over the mantle of biggest meat eater from the US. While soybean production has rocketed, the fish catch looks to have peaked. About 60 per cent of ocean fisheries are now being exploited at or close to capacity.


Leaked News Memos: Bush Fears Assassination; North Korea to Attack After Iraq Pullout? 


Reporter 'could have assassinated' Bush - London Guardian
Sally Bolton and agencies - Wednesday November 19, 2003

An undercover reporter who worked as a footman at Buckingham palace for two months claimed today that he could have assassinated President Bush as he arrived last night. An undercover reporter who worked as a footman at Buckingham palace for two months claimed today that he could have assassinated President Bush as he arrived last night.

In-House Memos on Television And Print Media News Presentations
To see prior Installments of "Controlling the News"
THIS is the bedroom George Bush and his wife slept in last night.

An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq 

By STAN GOFF-(US Army Retired)

Dear American serviceperson in Iraq,

I am a retired veteran of the army, and my own son is among you, a paratrooper like I was. The changes that are happening to every one of you--some more extreme than others--are changes I know very well. So I'm going to say some things to you straight up in the language to which you are accustomed.

So the lie that you would be welcomed as liberators was just that. A lie. A lie for people in the United States to get them to open their purse for this obscenity, and a lie for you to pump you up for a fight.


'LBJ did it'  

By Felix Soh

A former lawyer of Lyndon B. Johnson says in a book his boss was behind the conspiracy

HERE is yet another JFK conspiracy theory - LBJ did it.

'For too long, many researchers have known Johnson was behind the conspiracy. No one has been able to say it. Stated simply, LBJ killed JFK,' said Mr Barr McClellan, who represented LBJ and his interests from 1966 to 1971. JFK was killed by a sniper (the official version) - or snipers (the conspiracists' version) - as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas, on Nov 22, 1963.


Tuesday, November 18, 2003

How could the flag flutter when there's no wind on the moon?  

During an interview with Stanley Kubrick's widow an extraordinary story came to light. She claims Kubrick and other Hollywood producers were recruited to help the U.S. win the high stakes race to the moon.

In order to finance the space program through public funds, the U.S. government needed huge popular support, and that meant they couldn't afford any expensive public relations failures. Fearing that no live pictures could be transmitted from the first moon landing, President Nixon enlisted the creative efforts of Kubrick, who produced 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968), to ensure promotional opportunities wouldn't be missed. In return, Kubrick got a special NASA lens to help him shoot Barry Lyndon (1975). A subtle blend of facts, fiction and hypothesis around the first landing on the moon, Dark Side Of The Moon illustrates how the truth can be twisted by the manipulation of images. Dark Side Of The Moon is written and directed by William Karel and co-produced by Point du Jour Production and ARTE France.


Future's bright for terror betting  

Gary Younge in New York-Tuesday November 18, 2003-The Guardian

A futures market first proposed by the Pentagon that allows speculators to bet on assassinations, coups and acts of terrorism is to be set up without government involvement, it emerged yesterday.
The project, abandoned in August after political criticism, will be launched next month by the San Diego-based technology company Net Exchange - the firm the Pentagon worked with on the idea.

"At present, we aren't making any of that public," said the company president, Charles Polk, yesterday. "Given the treatment this received in the political machine in July and August, and in much of the press, we are being a little guarded in our approach."


Armored Vehicles Patrol Quiet, Empty Streets 

Police Command Center Coordinates 40 Agencies
UPDATED: 10:52 AM EST November 18, 2003

MIAMI -- The first day of the Free Trade Area of the Americas convention was relatively quiet, but there was still a large police presence in downtown Miami. Several hundred officers patrolled the mostly empty streets on Monday. The city even rolled out its fleet of armored personnel carriers in the ghost town. A command center for police operations has been set up at the city of Miami police headquarters. There, city and police leaders can keep constant watch on downtown and coordinate the 40 agencies that are working together to keep the peace.


Red List Finds 12,000 Species Endangered Worldwide 

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

IUCN-The World Conservation Union has added another 2,000 species to its annual Red List of the world's most endangered animals and plants, bringing the number of imperiled species to more than 12,000, BBC Online reports.

These are all countries where industrialization, forest clearance and tourism have risen sharply in recent decades .



The captain has to go  

By Yoel Marcus-Tuesday, November 18, 2003 Cheshvan 23, 5764

Under the headline, "We fear for Israel's
survival," Yaakov Peri says the state is going
downhill and hurtling toward catastrophe in
every possible sphere. To continue living by
the sword is to destroy ourselves.


Israeli banks solicit deposits from French Jewry - By Nitzan Cohen

Spurred by the apparently rising incidence of
anti-Semitic attacks, Israel's banks quietly sent
over representatives to France to suggest that the
nation's Jews send their capital to Israel.
Anti-Semitism has become a burning issue in the
European press in recent months.


Israel's F-16I fighters to go down a storm

Acquired through the US government's Peace Marble V programme



Monday, November 17, 2003

NYPD Attack Benefit for Anarchist Group in Brooklyn 

Up to 100 people attending a fundraising event in Brooklyn were sprayed with pepper spray, beaten with nightsticks, and harassed by police officers on Saturday night.

Approximately 21 police vehicles arrived at the benefit for Anarchist People of Color following an officer’s report of someone standing outside the party allegedly holding an “open container.” At least 8 people were arrested on charges including assault, inciting a riot, and resisting arrest.


The Energy Bill is a Disaster for America - Sign The Petition!!! 

WASHINGTON - November 14 - "Instead of providing immediate and sustainable solutions to current energy problems, the energy bill now in conference is a disaster for America. This bill, originating in the Bush-Cheney energy plan, was created behind closeddoors. It is a disaster for America's health and pocketbooks. Theconferees are handing out billions in polluter pork barrel spending to grease the skids for major attacks on our public health and environmental laws. The dirtiest energy companies in the country would get taxpayer handouts and "get out of jail free" cards.
Congress should kill this energy bill."

The federal energy bill is currently being crafted behind closed doors. The details released so far allow the oil, coal and nuclear industries to dig deep into our pockets, while giving them a growing pile of "get-out-of-jail-free" cards.

Please take a moment to urge your senators to do everything they can to stop this dirty and expensive energy bill from passing.



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