American Samizdat

American Samizdat
by ddjango
In the post-Stalin Soviet Union, "samizdat" was the practice of dissident activists, artists, and writers literally mimeographing their works and handing them around hand-to-hand to avoid arrest, suppression, and prosecution. If anything could be termed "underground", this was it.
For dissenters, samizdat was life and the community blood of truth. It took courage. Over the long run, samizdat was the true reason for at least the spiritual collapse of centralized communism and totalitarianism in the USSR - certainly not Reagan, probably not even Gorbachev or Yelstin. Under the crush of totalitarianism, samizdat was freedom.

Totalitarianism is become a thinly guised reality in America. We think we have freedom of speech, but its suppression is subtle. Personally, every time I post, I know that the post is scanned by security programs and wonder if I'll get a knock on the door some black morning for expressing my thoughts and dreams, for exposing the truth, or for postulating conspiracies that may or may not exist.

American Samizdat
has been around since early in the millenium. Created by the inimitable Dr Menlo, for a decade it has for me been like the dark, smoky coffeehouses in Cambridge, Boston, New York, and San Francisco that nurtured my radicalism. I feel safe there, even though contentious conversations sometimes erupt in post comments or even among the group that writes there. It is a stimulating place, where ideas and challenges to the putrid status quo are thrown like sparkling gauntlets.
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Saving the Madrona Farm

Protect Madrona Farm
by FoMF
The newly formed Friends of Madrona Society (FoMF)has entered into an agreement with The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC)to purchase Madrona Farm, located near Victoria. FoMF must raise $2,500,000; of which a substantial amount will be donated by the landowner. TLC’s mission is to ensure that the agricultural productivity and ecological values of Madrona Farm are protected forever. This fundraising campaign for the purchase of the farm by the community it serves, and the placement of the farm in the hands of a land trust, will be the first of its kind in BC, and part of the solution for local food security.

Once TLC holds title, the property will be inalienable and can never be sold. The farm, its uses for local, sustainable food production and conservation of biodiversity, will be protected by the Constitution of TLC. This will ensure the purposes of the FoMF are met in perpetuity.

Community purchase of this farm is a test of our collective desire to protect farmland for farming. Madrona Farm is an extraordinarily productive and biologically diverse 27-acre piece of urban farmland on Blenkinsop Road in the Capital Region, a rich agricultural area increasingly under pressure from residential development. For those who believe in supporting small farms and farmers, Madrona Farm tells why: it is a prime illustration of successful local, sustainable food production.

In this world gone wrong, full of almost universally bad environmental news,
it is a shining example of what’s gone right.

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(Re) Dawning of the Dread: B.C. Zombie Election Returns Campbell

Smug Liberals Need a Smack Down
by Diane Walsh
The Liberals may have won 45.9 percent of actual votes cast, with 42.1 going to the NDP and 8.1 to the Greens but that in no way assigns them the fat medal that they think they deserve.  Quite the opposite in fact – people across the board are disgusted. However, not all of them bothered to say so on Election Day.  Simple as that.  Everybody agrees voter turnout was atrocious.  The people motivated to go to a polling booth, as their preferred way to be heard, dropped since the last election from 58 percent voting in 2005 to only 47 percent coming out this year.

On what planet is a majority when only 22 percent of the electorate actually voted for the winner? (Oh right – pillaged planet Gordo*).

At one time, long ago in our history, political theorists wrote about a majority as intending to mean a majority of the whole of the people.   
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American Sodomite: Official Videos of Torture and Rape Remain Sealed

Taguba Saw "Video of Male Soldier Sodomizing Female Detainee"
by Jason Leopold  | t r u t h o u t
In 2007, shortly after he was forced into retirement, Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba made a startling admission. During the course of his investigation into the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Taguba said he saw "a video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee."

Taguba told New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh that he saw other graphic photos and videos as well, including one depicting the "sexual humiliation of a father with his son, who were both detainees."

That video, as well as photographs Taguba saw of US soldiers raping and torturing Iraqi prisoners, remains in the possession of the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID). Taguba said he did not discuss details of the photographs and videos in his voluminous report on abuses at Abu Ghraib because of the Army's ongoing criminal probe and the photographs' "extremely sensitive nature."

Taguba's report on the widespread abuse of prisoners did say that he found credible a report that a soldier had sodomized "a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick."

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Mohawk Declare Weapons Free Border Law - March Against Militarized Crossings

by MNN May 30, 2009
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne passed resolution #318 on February 28, 2008 forbidding firearms to be carried by Canada Border Services Agents CBSA on the territory of Akwesasne.  That's the law.  No guns.  They also demanded a commission of inquiry and an emergency meeting with the Minister of Public Safety and other ministers and senior officials no later than April 1, 2008. 
Canada refuses to discuss this.        

On Friday May 29 2009 the council and the people walked over to the border and served these documents on the agents.  Inside the building were four young Indigenous guys from Oklahoma who were in Akwesasne for a boxing tournament.  They said, "They pulled us over and we don't know why".  They could have been thrown in jail and held for 30 days for no reason.  The building became full of Mohawks who freed our Oklahoma brothers.    

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must have been planning to wait us out and put guns in the hands of his agents on Monday, June 1.  By the time we got our act together, it would be too late to do anything.  Instead on May 28th we served a complaint to the UN Security Council and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 8th Session.  They promised to send delegates to Akwesasne to observe and report on Canada's plot to violate our human rights and commit ethnic cleansing.

March Sat. May 30 2009.  Contact Chief Nona Benedict 613-551-5421 613-938-8145, go to  Chief Wesley Benedict 613-551-2573; Larry King 613-551-1930; Chief Joe Lazore 613-551-5292.  Meet at 10:30 am the tent, Canada Customs cross roads on Cornwall Island.  March from U.S. into Canada starts at noon.  
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Sri Lanka: UN Estimates Over 20,000 Dead Civilians

Sri Lanka: '20,000' civilians killed


Twenty thousand civilians were killed in Sri Lanka's final push against Tamil Tigers, claims UN report
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Bush's Second Coming in Canada: Out of the Law's Reach

Law group asks for legal action against G. W. Bush
by LAW
A lawyers' group has again demanded the Canadian government to bar former U.S. president George W. Bush from Canada, citing the well documented involvement of Bush and other members of the Bush administration in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  Mr. Bush is scheduled to speak in Toronto May 29.
In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and top ministers, copied to other MPs, Lawyers Against the War - LAW advises that G. W. Bush is inadmissible to Canada, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act - IRPA, due to the fact that evidence of Bush' involvement in torture and other crimes meets (surpasses) the "reasonable grounds to believe" test.

LAW says if Bush is allowed into Canada, Canadian law and the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishment of Treatment- CAT require Canada to either investigate and prosecute him for torture or extradite him to a country that is willing to do so.
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Amnesty International Annual 2009 Report on Israel/Occupied Territories

Amnesty International Annual Report on Israel and the Occupied Territories 2009
by AI
Israeli forces launched a military offensive on an unprecedented scale – code-named “Operation Cast Lead” – on 27 December in the Gaza Strip, killing many civilians and destroying homes and other civilian property. Earlier in the year there had been a marked upsurge in killings of civilians and others by both Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) before a ceasefire was agreed in June (see Palestinian Authority entry).
Image: Screen capture, Al Jazeera - January 1, 2009
Some 70 children were among the 425 Palestinians killed in the first half of the year. In addition to the large-scale destruction of homes and property in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces also destroyed scores of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and in Bedouin villages in the south of Israel. Throughout the year, the Israeli army maintained stringent restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the OPT, including a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which caused an unprecedented level of humanitarian hardship and virtually imprisoned the entire population of 1.5 million. This was further exacerbated by the Israeli offensive launched on 27 December.
Hundreds of patients with serious medical conditions requiring treatment not available in local hospitals were refused passage out of Gaza; several died.
Hundreds of students could not travel to their universities abroad because they could not leave Gaza, where many fields of study are not available. Most of Gaza’s inhabitants depended on international aid, but the Israeli blockade hampered the ability of UN agencies to provide assistance and services.
In the West Bank the movement of Palestinians was severely curtailed by some 600 Israeli checkpoints and barriers, and by the 700km fence/wall which the Israeli army continued to build mostly inside the West Bank. The expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on seized Palestinian land increased to a level not seen since 2001.
Israeli soldiers and settlers who committed serious abuses against Palestinians, including unlawful killings, assaults and attacks against property, enjoyed impunity in most cases.
Hundreds of Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces; reports of torture and other ill-treatment were frequent, but investigations were rare. Some 8,000 Palestinians remained in Israeli prisons, many after unfair military trials.

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Iran Charges Israeli/American Influence Behind Mosque Bombing

Convergence and Continuity:
The American-Backed Terror Campaign in Iran
by Chris Floyd   
On Thursday, a suicide bomber walked into a mosque, detonated his explosives and killed and wounded almost 140 people. In the wreckage and confusion afterward, a final death count has not yet been established, but the latest available information puts it at 23.

It is unlikely that you heard about this terrorist attack -- because it took place in Iran. For years, Iran has endured a series of terrorist actions -- suicide bombings, kidnappings, beheadings, open assaults by fanatical gunmen, sabotage, and "targeted assassinations" of government officials, scientists and others. Multitudes have been slaughtered in these operations, whose ferocity and frequency are surpassed only by the atrocities that have been unleashed in the four countries that have been on the forefront of America's Terror War: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia. One shudders to think what Washington's response would be to such a sustained campaign on American soil.

Of course, it is no mystery why the attack on the mosque in Zahedan -- a city situated at the strategic point where the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan converge -- attracted so little attention in the Western press. Every day, we are schooled relentlessly by our political and media classes to regard the Iranians -- heirs to one of the world's oldest and most sophisticated civilizations -- as demons and subhumans, whose lives are of little account. This can be seen in the long-running debate over an attack on Iran, which focuses almost entirely on the advantages or disadvantages such an assault would pose for American and Israeli interests -- and not at all on the thousands of human beings living in Iran who would be killed in the operation.

But There is another reason why the terrorist attack in Zahedan has not been greeted with commiserations from the White House or excited coverage from our government-spoonfed media: because it is highly likely that the United States played a role in fomenting the attack, either by direct or by collateral hand.
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Peace Ploy: Netanyahu’s New Quest

Netanyahu’s New Quest: The Game is On
by Ramzy Baroud
We've accomplished quite a few things, and I think the most important one is to cement the principle that the path to peace is through negotiations and not through violence.”  These were the ‘encouraging’ words modestly uttered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a joint press conference with the US president. The President was then Bill Clinton, and the date was October 2, 1996.

In the occupied Palestinian territories, the situation then seemed incredibly grim. But there was no Israeli wall. The settlements were smaller in size and in population. Gaza was besieged, but not to the point of total suffocation.  Recently, Prime Minister Netanyahu paid a highly anticipated visit to the White House, on May 18, 2009, this time meeting with Barack Obama.

“I share with you very much the desire to move the peace process forward. And I want to start peace negotiations with the Palestinians. I would like to broaden the circle of peace to include others in the Arab world,” said Netanyahu.
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Human Rights Campaign Stalls Harper Bill on Colombia Free Trade

Canada-Colombia FTA removed from legislative agenda: Canada steps towards dignity
by the La Chiva Collective, Pueblos en Camino, and Mingas-FTA
Public pressure has forced a victory in the fight to stop the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). Sources from Canada’s three opposition parties have confirmed that the ruling Conservative Party has removed Bill C-23, implementing legislation for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, from the government’s current legislative agenda.

The CCFTA has not been defeated: at this time, it appears to lack the political support needed to be rushed through the Canadian parliament as proponents had intended. With the high level of controversy and public doubt surrounding the motives and consequences of the CCFTA, it may not re-enter parliamentary debate until the Fall of 2009.

What this means is not that the struggle against the CCFTA is over but that Canadians are having their say and getting in the way of Prime Minister Harper’s reckless trade agenda.

As a result of a negative public reaction to the deal, the Liberal Party of Canada, which had made statements in favour of the controversial agreement, has become internally divided on the issue, with many members now insisting on an Independent Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) before Bill C-23 were to be ratified in the Canadian parliament.
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Got Chemtrails?

by NufffRespect
It is important to distinguish between contrails and chemtrails. Contrails are streaks of condensed water vapor created in the air by jet airplanes at high altitudes. Contrails can exist in two forms: water droplet and ice crystal. Contrails typically become visible about a wingspans distance behind an aircraft flying at high altitude. The trail dissipates quite quickly, usually within a minute or so. Chemtrails, on the other hand, are visible directly behind an aircraft, with little or no gap between the aircraft and the start of the trail. Chemtrails are said to vary from contrails in their length of persistence. Chemtrails do not dissipate quickly; they tend to form into mushy clouds which can block sunlight.

Some people are reporting what they describe to be unusual activity in the sky, including jets leaving trails at low altitudes, spray lines creating X's, S's and parallel lines, lines that slowly spread to create a canopy of haze, and reports of unusual smells, tastes, and even illness related to the trails.

Also, a reddish-brown gel, dropped from low-flying aircraft, has been observed by people in the past and was even documented on Unsolved Mysteries. Samples of this substance have been alledgedly analyzed by Margareta-Erminia Cassani and found to be teaming with biological organisms. Other tests have shown that chemtrails contain more than 3 times the legal level of the toxic substance, barium.
Chemtrails may also be one of the primary contributory factors in the collapse of honey bee colonies worldwide. Albert Einstein clearly knew the importance of the honey bee when he said: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth,
man would have no more than four years to live."
This video provides a surreal but factual summary of the chemtrail phenomenon
and the effect that chemtrails are having on the environment.

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