Created on Saturday, 10 May 2008 14:53
Written by David Rovics
Rovics from the Road
by David Rovics
i folks; thought I'd mention a few things... First of all, for those of you on the west coast of the US or Canada, over the next month I'll be doing shows in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. (I managed to get into Canada for a wonderful gig in Hamilton, Ontario last week, with a proper work permit, and hopefully will be able to continue to manage that feat...)
Bjorn-Magne has recently finished doing a fabulous animation to my song, "Punk Rock Baby." You can see that and all of Bjorn-Magne's other animations to my songs at http://www.youtube.com/user/Khezerghul
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[Punk Ain't Dead, it Just Smells that Way!]
Created on Saturday, 10 May 2008 13:00
Read more: Rules of Engagement: Shoot, Kill, Lie, Repeat
Shoot, Kill, Lie, Repeat: America's New Moral Universe
by Chris Floyd
ell me that this doesn't sound like something out of a history of Nazi tactics in World War II:
he rules [of engagement] explicitly allowed the killing of unarmed Iraqis under certain circumstances... Specifically, the snipers were allowed to shoot unarmed people running away from explosions or firefights... Of course, it's not unusual for innocent people to run from explosions.
"Didier, who has since been promoted to captain, said that "if that individual makes contact with you and then breaks contact of their own accord and disarms themselves while they are breaking contact, they are still an engageable target because they are not wounded, nor did they surrender." He explained, "They are only breaking contact so that they can engage coalition forces at a later time." In court, Sgt. Anthony Murphy, one of the snipers who was responsible for a questionable kill, testified that he interpreted this order about breaking contact so they can engage at a later time as: "Engage fleeing local nationals without weapons."
In other words, if an innocent, unarmed Iraqi runs away to seek safety from a suicide bombing, a missile attack or a gunfight -- which any human being would instinctively do -- then he is fair game to be killed by an American sniper.
Created on Friday, 09 May 2008 22:05
Written by Ramzy Baroud
US Terrorism Report: Selective Data, Wrong Lessons
by Ramzy Baroud
The data provided in the US State Department's annual terrorism report for 2007 points to some interesting if puzzling conclusions.
The much publicised document, made available 30 April via the State Department's website, makes no secret of the fact that Al-Qaeda is back, strong as ever. It also suggests that violence worldwide is nowhere near subsiding, despite President Bush's repeated assurances regarding the success of his "war on terror".
Will the report inspire serious reflection on the US's detrimental foreign policy and its role in the current situation?
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Let's look at some of the data.
Created on Friday, 09 May 2008 20:44
Written by Dahr Jamail
Running Out of Water in Rising Heat
Read more: Diyala Province: Nary Any a Drop to Drink
by Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail
Water supply is drying out in what was once the agriculturally rich Diyala province north of Baghdad. Baquba, the capital city of Diyala, is now running out of water both for drinking and for irrigation.
Water supply has been hit by power failures. The central pumping station has been running short of electricity supply over the last two years.
The pumping station is located between two districts in conflict -- Hwaider, which is predominantly Shia, and Jupenat, mostly Sunni. For two years now, fighting between Sunnis and Shias here has led to reduced water supply.
Created on Friday, 09 May 2008 20:10
Written by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
The Critical Journey From Apathy to Empathy: The Battle Against a Tyrant Named â€œGeorgeâ€
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
(Part one in series May 9, 2008)
ike many students in the Unites States of America, I have read and studied the Declaration of Independence written and adopted by the new Congress on July 4, 1776. I must admit however, that many decades have past since my last real study of this important political document. The study of our own history here in the USA is part of all formal studies across the country. However, most of us never have cause to revisit these critical pieces of written history that are still meant to guide our country and its leadership in all dealings with the citizens here.
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Most average Americans can recall certain famous passages, but I doubt that many can recite larger portions of this document from memory. With a growing need to remind myself of these earliest political platforms, I felt compelled to return to these historic words once again.
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2008 20:59
Fallujah Revisited: Bush, Petraeus Prepare 'Cleansing' of Sadr City
by Chris Floyd
. George W. Bush and David Petraeus are preparing to make a new Fallujah in Sadr City, home to two million Shiites in Baghdad. Thousands of people are already fleeing the area before the full-scale slaughter and destruction begin.
image: Fallujah 2004
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As in Fallujah, the multitudes who cannot escape will be trapped in a "free fire zone", subjected to ruthless bombardment and ground assault. Thousands -- perhaps tens of thousands -- of innocent civilians stand in the shadow of imminent death.
The assault is part of the run-up to the coming attack on Iran -- an attempt to secure the rear of that new front by destroying Iraq's Shiite nationalist forces. It is also part of an on-going effort to eliminate the strongest rival to the Shiite extremists that Bush has installed in office in Iraq, before the conquered land's fall elections.
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2008 20:42
Written by Gilad Atzmon
Anatomy of a Conditionally Unresolved Conflict
by Gilad Atzmon
According to Hegel, attaining â€™self-consciousnessâ€™ is a process that
necessarily involves the other. How am I to become conscious of myself
in general? It is simply through desire or anger, for example. Unlike
animals that overcome biological needs by destroying another organic
entity, human desire is a desire for recognition.
In Hegelian terms, recognition is accomplished by directing oneself
towards non-being, that is, towards another desire, another emptiness,
another â€˜Iâ€™. It is something that can never be fully accomplished.
man who desires a thing humanly acts not so much to possess the thing
as to make another recognise his right. It is only desire of such
recognition, it is only the action that flows from such desire, that
creates, realizes and reveals a human, non biological I.â€ (Kojeve A.,
Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, 1947, Cornell Univ. Press, 1993,
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