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SPECIAL REPORT: IMC Boston Special Report
This report by the Boston Independent Media Center focuses on a country in the grip of unprecedented fear, suspicion, and anger—the United States of America. After the events of September 11th, the nation has watched its leaders coerce the media into self-censorship, seek international coalitions against terrorism, pass new legislation to hunt down its suspects, and wage war on Afghanistan. This series of stories was designed to shed light on important aspects of today’s rapidly changing social and political landscape. US journalists face a two-fronted assault on free speech—the threat of government and military censorship on the one hand, the threat of media conglomerations, reluctant to rock the boat, on the other. The publisher of Harper’s Magazine proclaimed “This will be the most censored war in history.” The “USA Patriot Bill,” among other recent legislation, has fed on the country’s fear of terrorism to produce a new batch of laws which infringe on Americans’ civil liberties. Federal agencies will now be able to check any citizen’s email and Internet activities, monitor all phone calls, and track locations of people using their cell phone signals, all without a court order. Peace activists themselves face the dilemma inherent in Bush’s statement “ You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.” Boston IMC’s Alex Kulenovic points out the connection between Bush’s statement and the sentiments of Nazi leader Herman Goerring—“People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders . . . All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” In countries like Pakistan and Colombia, anti-war protesters have been shot by police. The AFL-CIO voiced its support for Bush after the attacks. The group, while expressing “uneasiness,” made it known soon after the attacks that it offers “full support for the President and whatever actions he must take in this time of national crisis.” Meanwhile, President Bush’s international coalition against terrorism may not be as strong as it seems, particularly in Pakistan. One Pakistani writer, Sabiha Sumar, has stated that although most of the population does not support Osama bin Laden, it now supports revenge against the US for the killing of innocent civilians. The Boston Independent Media Center urges its readers to read carefully as they follow these stories at the IMC and as they continue to develop each day.
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16 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
SITTING FOR PEACE: Engaged Buddhists Sit For Peace
Those activists attending the weekly peace vigils in Copley Square may have seen something a little unusual in the past few weeks. Across the street from the main vigil, near the Boston Public Library, a group of Buddhists have been meditating for peace, sitting in the cold on the sidewalk in silence, holding up a banner reading “Sitting for Peace”.
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15 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
NADER RALLY: Ralph Nader Rally Held at Orpheum Theatre
Ex-Presidential Candidate Ralph NaderNew England activists and curious Ralph Nader supporters packed the Orpheum Theatre in Boston Saturday night in a five-hour rally and fundraiser that mixed the big marquee names of Nader and Patti Smith with the Boston line-up of usual suspects in the "anti-globalization" scene.
[ Rally Photos | Full Story | www.democracyrising.org ]
13 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
SPOOKY STAPLES ACTION: Trick or Treating in Staples CEO Tom Stemberg's Neighborhood
Dressed as the ghosts of old growth trees, cut down for paper, local activists went trick-or-treating in Staples CEO Tom Stemberg's neighborhood. Staples uses virtually no recycled paper. The trick-or-treaters gave out treats- flyers explaining what they were doing and candy. Overall, they received no hostility and a lot of positive reactions.
[ www.stopstaples.net | Photos | Full Story ]
01 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
DEFICIENCIES IN WINGATE NURSING HOME: New D.P.H. Survey Reveals Serious Deficiencies at Wingate Nursing Home
Management Turnover Impacting Quality of Care WILBRAHAM ˇV The most recent Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) survey conducted at the Wingate at Wilbraham nursing home found numerous deficiencies in the quality of care. The deficiencies point to a continuing pattern of management incompetence at the home.
[ Full Story | OSHA Violations at Wingate | Labor Board Investigation ]
01 Nov 2001 | Filed under: News /
CHOMSKY SPEAKS AT MIT: Noam Chomsky Speaks on War on Terrorism
Professor Noam ChomskyOn October 18, Professor Noam Chomsky spoke at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT's Technology and Culture forum ( web.mit.edu/tac) presented Chomsky as he gave a lecture on the "war on terrorism." Thousands of people attended the event, as the main hall and three of the overflow rooms (with live video) were completely filled. The talk was also broadcast on the web.
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24 Oct 2001 | Filed under: News /
ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT: Follow the Boston Anti-War Effort
Flower memorial from 10/14 march.Check in here for up-to-date stories about local peace coalitions, vigils, rallies, speeches, and plans. 10/10 Howard Zinn Teach-In at Mass Art. Boston 10/8 Protest in Copley Sq.. Washington, DC--9/30 Peace Demonstrations.
The Movement regroups: BGAN's Global Justice Forum, 9/25
No U-Turn Radio's coverage of Howard Zinn 9/27 Teach-In at Mass Art.
Weekly Vigils, Thursdays at Copley Sq. Story on 9/19 Vigil.
[ Copley Vigil, 9/23 Full Story | March from Copley to Harvard, 9/21 | Mainstream Coverage of 9/21 Campus Protests, ]
24 Sep 2001 | Filed under: News /
MEDIA CRITICISM: Media Outcasts Speak Up
As it is important for the nation to join together in the wake of this week's events, it is even more important for this nation's media to report the days' events as carefully as possible, casting a discerning eye on all reports, breaking news, and talking heads. A rogue's gallery of this week's underheard voices.
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14 Sep 2001 | Filed under: News /
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