Note to Obama re: Iraq's Second Intifada

Attacks Commence
by Dahr Jamail | T r u t h o u t
Everyone knows the analogy of the beehive. When it is goaded, countless bees emerge, attacking the tormentor. Right now in Iraq, the formerly US-backed al-Sahwa (Sons of Iraq) Sunni militia, ripe with broken promises from both the occupiers of their country and the Iraqi government that they would be given respect and jobs, have gone into attack mode.

It is an easily predictable outcome. An occupying power (the US) sets up a 100,000-strong militia composed of former resistance fighters and even some members of al-Qaeda, pays them each $300 per month to not attack occupation forces, and attacks decrease dramatically. Then, stop paying most of them and tell them they will be incorporated into Iraqi government security forces. Proceed to leave them high and dry as the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki begins targeting them - assassinating leaders, detaining fighters and threatening their families. Allow this plan to continue for over six months, unabated.

Not surprisingly, the Sahwa are fighting back against US forces and those of the Iraqi government.
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Nebulous Terror Network Teams Up with Phantom Pyrates

Monsters vs. Aliens: Why Terrorists and Pirates Are Not About to Team Up Any Time Soon
by John Feffer
In the comic books, bad guys often team up to fight the forces of good. The Masters of Evil battle the Avengers superhero team. The Joker and Scarecrow ally against Batman. Lex Luthor and Brainiac take on Superman. And the Somali pirates, who have dominated recent headlines with their hijacking and hostage-taking, join hands with al-Qaeda to form a dynamic evil duo against the United States and our allies. We're the friendly monsters -- a big, hulking superpower with a heart of gold -- and they're the aliens from Planet Amok.
In the comic-book imagination of some of our leading pundits, the two headline threats against U.S. power are indeed on the verge of teaming up.
The intelligence world is abuzz with news that radical Islamists in Somalia are financing the pirates and taking a cut of their booty. Given this "bigger picture," Fred Iklé urges us simply to "kill the pirates." Robert Kaplan waxes more hypothetical. "The big danger in our day is that piracy can potentially serve as a platform for terrorists," he writes. "Using pirate techniques, vessels can be hijacked and blown up in the middle of a crowded strait, or a cruise ship seized and the passengers of certain nationalities thrown overboard."
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Cybersecurity 2009 and the Beast

Top Beasts Come Out of Lair to Push Cybersecurity Act 2009 - Full Court Press Time!
by MNN
The Europeans and their U.S. cohorts want to set up a European style overly inbred ruling aristocracy on Great Turtle Island.  This will never happen.  It doesn't fit into our natural mind set or that of the average person.    

What's happening?  When a basketball team wants to win a game, a full defense is put into play.  The opposing team puts full pressure on every opposing player in man-to-man play.  They intimidate, shadow, block and keep their opponent preoccupied so they can't pass the ball.  It is tiring and aggressive, meant to get control, confuse, to get the ball and then try to score.   

The colonists' think tanks have decided to use a full court press tactic to put pressure on the Kanion'ke:haka, Mohawk.  They concluded in effect that, "They're in our way.  They have laws and rights.  They won't give up anything.  Let's [illegally] legislate them out of existence, silence their spokespeople and tear down their economy.  We can't let them stir up the blood covenants between them which are sealed by burning tobacco.  Let's get rid of the tobacco.   We can't let their smoke signals permeate Great Turtle Island or the rest of the world".
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Rancourt Firing by U. of Ottawa: Threat to Canada's Academic Freedom?

Update on Professor Rancourt firing by Alan Rock and U of Ottawa
by Denis Rancourt
It appears that among the real reasons for the university’s attempts to discipline me since September 2005 and for its recent most harsh actions against me under President Allan Rock’s mandate might be the administration’s opposition to my political views about the Palestine-Israel conflict, which, starting in 2005, I have expressed in articles, on radio, in my blog postings, at public venues, and in my classes. 
Former Liberal Justice Minister Allan Rock Current U. of O. Head: Politics at work in firing?
In September 2005 the dean cancelled my Physics and the Environment course following a complaint (regarding an email comment about Zionism), channelled through the university’s Canadian Studies Institute director Pierre Anctil to the VP-Academic.  A complaint against an invited speaker in the course, Professor Michel Chossudovsky – who spoke about Middle East geopolitics, from the Jewish Student Association then gave rise to a sustained but failed attempt to discipline me. 
In 2006 I invited two Canadian-Palestinian speakers to address the class in my Science in Society course.  This was followed by a damning January-2007 editorial in The Ottawa Citizen and I was subsequently removed from teaching all the first-year courses that I had developed. 
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Tantric Capitalism?

there's yoga ...... and then there's tata
by janine bandcroft
i wish i'd known more about tata, the tata group, the enormous indian corporation that birjoo works for, prior to last weekend's yoga workshop. actually, it's probably good that i didn't know more about it or i'd likely have voiced my concerns about the recurring car analogies more consistently, more loudly, and have ended up thrown out of the workshop.

birjoo is an amazing yoga teacher, there's no doubt. i blogged previously about some of his teachings, those that really resonated with me, the ones i could remember. i learned and remembered a lot, but information overload being what it is ...

on the final day of the four day yoga workshop, after experimenting with the chakra sounds, learning to find the centre line from the inside by imagining another face on the back of our heads and another body extending out behind us, after lots of warm up and preparation, we were encouraged to find our best back bends. birjoo offered help to those who wanted to reach for the floor from a standing position, a first time for some, and then we tried various balancing poses and learned some magic restorative healing postures for such ailments as parkinson's and asthma.

i have no regrets about attending the workshop. it left me with lots to think about .... including concerns about what's going on in capitalist india and how the corporate head space will merge with the ancient one.
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2nd Time the Charm: New I.D.F. Tear Gas Cannister a Killer

Bil'in demonstrator Bassam Abu Rahme killed – soldiers' trigger-happiness inspired from higher up
by Gush Shalom
Already for four years, demonstrations are taking place at the village of Bil'in, to protest the "Separation Fence" which robs the villagers of much of their land, and whose route is in blatant violation of the Supreme Court ruling. Also before, the army used violence to disperse the Palestinian, Israeli and international demonstrators. But, until this morning no one got killed.
The killing of Bassam Abu Rahme today, a Bil'in resident, follows upon the severe head wounding of American peace activist Tristan Anderson a month ago, and constitutes a grave escalation.

This escalation was not caused by the demonstrators' behavior, in which there had been no change, but to new instructions given to the military forces on the ground. Whether by explicit instructions or by a tacit nod and a new "spirit of the commander", the finger on the trigger was loosed and authorization given for the tear gas containers as lethal missiles.

This is the harsh heritage of the Gaza War and the mass killings which it entailed. To this is added the odious spirit of the new government, which confronts the entire world and places a racist provocateur in charge of its foreign affairs - not to speak of the new-old Defence Minster Ehud Barak, who is responsible for a lot of bloodshed.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Kevin Pina, Rachel Williams, Janine Bandcroft Apr. 20, 2009

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, American journalist and 'We Must Kill the Bandits!' film maker, Kevin Pina on Haiti's dubious senatorial election results; activist and Rotarian, Rachel Williams on the documentary film, 'View from a Grain of Sand' and the women's struggle in Afghanistan; and Victoria Street Newz publisher and broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft keeping us current on events on Victoria's streets.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site,
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Waiting for Carole: Anti-Racists Seek NDP Leader's Apology for "Anti-Semitic" Smear

Antiracists Wait for NDP Leader Carole James to Apologize
by Hanna Kawas
Almost a month has passed since New Democratic Party Leader Carole James labelled anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism; by so doing, she accused the antiwar movement, the Palestinian support movement, and all those human-rights rights organizations that oppose the political ideology of Zionism of being “racist”.

We were hoping that some sane NDP leaders, MPs, MLAs or candidates would pressure Carole James into reversing her outrageous conclusions after all the public criticism and outrage that followed her ill-advised libelling of people who oppose Zionism (1).

However, it does NOT seem it is coming, especially before such a crucial provincial election.

We feel we should make our position clear, so the leadership of the NDP will not take the working class, the antiwar, and the anti-Zionist movements for granted.

Let us start with some history.
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Re-awakening Resistance: Abandoning Sunni Allies in Iraq

Human Body Parts
by Dahr Jamail | T r u t h o u t
In Iraq, time leaves bloody marks upon each day of the ongoing US occupation. The policies of the Obama administration, adopted from the Bush administration, continue to wreak their havoc on the Iraqi people.

The US-created al-Sahwa (Sons of Iraq), a Sunni militia comprised mostly of former resistance fighters and even some members of al-Qaeda, that grew to 100,000 in number, now threatens to fade back into the shadows in order to resume anti-occupation resistance operations against the US military and Iraqi government security forces. The Sahwa, which were to be incorporated into the government security apparatus, have instead been suffering attacks by that same apparatus for several months - attacks that are now occurring daily. And they are reacting in kind.
On April 14, ten Sahwa-controlled checkpoints were abandoned in Babel, south of Baghdad. The Sahwa forces left their posts after not receiving their salaries. This was exactly what I was told would begin to happen when I spoke with a Sahwa commander in Baghdad two months ago. At the time of our discussion, he had told me that many of his men had not received payment from the government since October, and he feared it was only a matter of time before they would leave their posts to likely resume resistance operations.
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Warfare Gore Fair Coming to Ottawa

The CANSEC War Fair: Weapons Galore and Global Warfare
Canada's top war industries have their sights set on Ottawa and are aiming to exhibit their wares at CANSEC 2009, Canada's largest military arms bazaar, at Lansdowne Park, May 27-28.

More than 50 of these Canadian military export industries are linked to the production of weapons systems that most people in this country probably recognize as morally reprehensible and thoroughly unCanadian, if not downright illegal.

Among the all-Canadian weapons exported by CANSEC 2009 exhibitors are:

  *  Anti-Personnel Cluster Bombs, Fragmentation Bombs and Phosphorous Bombs
  *  Automatic Weapons, Semi-Automatic Weapons, Machine Guns and Chain Guns
A new online report by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) reveals that CANSEC exhibitors are also engaged in the manufacture of essential high-tech components embedded in weapons systems that deliver the following:

  *  Nuclear Weapons
  *  Depleted Uranium Munitions
  *  Anti-Personnel Cluster Bombs
  *  Anti-Personnel Landmines
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Two Women Die in Afghanistan

Two Women Die in Afghanistan
by C. L. Cook
The body of Canada's 117th soldier killed in Afghanistan made its way down the 401 to CFB Trenton. Like the too many preceding it, it was a young body, one with many years and much promise contained within it. And like those bodies making up the long train of its dead comrades, the body of Trooper Karine Blais was broken, torn to pieces by the Afghani resistance weapon of choice, the IED, or Improvised Explosive Device.
The day Trooper Blais was relieved of this world another woman died violently in Afghanistan.

Also on Monday, Sitara Achakzai, organizer of a nation-wide women's sit-in for peace last month was gunned down in the streets of Kandahar. The demonstrations she organized coincided with the March 8th commemoration of International Women's Day, and was meant as a reminder to the warlords on both sides of the Atlantic that it is women and children who always suffer war most acutely.

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Canada Considers Cozying Colombia with Free Trade Bill

Canada's Parliament Considers Colombia Free Trade Bill
by The Mingas Collective
Dear friends: The Canadian Parliament is about to consider ratification of a “free trade” agreement with Colombia. The text of the agreement is nearly identical to the US-Colombia trade agreement and would have the same kinds of disastrous consequences for millions of Colombians.

We in the Mingas collective are in the midst of a campaign to convince the Canadian Parliament to reject the agreement. The Mingas collective is a group of individuals from across the United States, Canada and Colombia who are concerned with promoting sovereignty and economic development, strengthening democracy and improving labor conditions in Colombia. We are integrated within the Hemispheric Social Alliance and are active in North America, where we work in coordination with the Washington-based Alliance for Responsible Trade.
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