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Alternative Press Week in Review - July 7, 2003 (english)
by Dean Thomas
Email: deanthomas (nospam) comcast.net
07 Jul 2003
In this issue: The incredible shrinking liberties list, satire from The Onion, a historical selection of less than celebratory words on Independence Day from John Stanton, Noam Chomsky, Emma Goldman, Frederick Douglass, and others. Also, troop morale hits "rock bottom", anger rises for families of troops, the latest hi-tech "weapons of mass compliance" to control protests, turning schools into prisons, and plenty more!
Alternative Press Week in Review
Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
July 7, 2003
A weekly roundup of news, announcements, articles and other items of interest.
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Poll: Will the job market improve or will it continue to worsen?
The Onion: Bush asks Congress for $30 billion to help fight war on criticism
Turning the tables
Annoyed by the prospect of a massive new federal surveillance system, two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are celebrating the Fourth of July with a new Internet service that will let citizens create dossiers on government officials - Government information awareness
The incredible shrinking liberties list
Publication of the Week
Volume 10, Number 2 – Second Quarter 2003
Articles of the Week
Rice Bowl, Dust Bowl: Agribusiness and the Future
Lise Maring, Alternative Press Review
We are pushing the sustainable limits of our world and are threatening to overwhelm it. It is not only the world's fisheries and fossil fuels that are becoming depleted. It is also our precious, life-sustaining resources of water and soil. To add to the uncertainty, we are changing our climate in ways that will transform the areas we now consider our prime agricultural lands into desert.
War Crimes in the Name of Freedom: 227 Years….
John Stanton, Alternative Press Review
As Americans prepare to celebrate their Independence Day this July 4, 2003, with a grandiose glorification of ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and wars from days past—it’s worth remembering those millions of civilians and/or non-combatants who have died at the hands of unconstrained and psychopathic American power.
A New Declaration of Independence
When, in the course of human development, existing institutions prove inadequate to the needs of man, when they serve merely to enslave, rob, and oppress mankind, the people have the eternal right to rebel against, and overthrow, these institutions.
A few words on Independence Day
Independence Day was designed by the first state propaganda agency, Woodrow Wilson's Committee on Public Information (CPI), created during World War I to whip a pacifist country into anti-German frenzy and, incidentally, to beat down the threat of labor which frightened respectable people after such events as the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) victory in the Lawrence, Mass., strike of 1912. The CPI's successes greatly impressed the business world; one of its members, Edward Bernays, became the leading
figure in the vastly expanding public relations industry. Also much impressed was Adolf Hitler, who attributed Germany's failure in World War I to the ideological victories of the British and U.S. propaganda agencies, which overwhelmed Germany's efforts. Next time, Germany would be in the competition, he vowed.
What to the slave is the 4th of July
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy – a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.
US political life 227 years after the Declaration of Independence
The United States of America marks the anniversary of its founding revolution under conditions in which the political life of the country has entered a state of paralysis and its economic and social foundations are beset by crisis.
Little to Celebrate in a Country Gone Mad
Wayne Madsen, CounterPunch
Amid the fireworks, parades, Wal Mart sales, professional sporting events, and other commercialized and phony tributes to what was once a holiday celebrated not only across America but around the world, Americans have very little to be proud of.
Lessons from the American Revolution
John Chuckman, YellowTimes
America was founded by a small coterie of privileged men who were mainly interested in maintaining their privileges and indeed in expanding them at the expense of a foreign-born aristocracy.
Troop morale in Iraq hits 'rock bottom'
Ann Scott Tyson, Christian Science Monitor
US troops facing extended deployments amid the danger, heat, and uncertainty of an Iraq occupation are suffering from low morale that has in some cases hit "rock bottom."
Anger rises for families of troops in Iraq
Jeffrey Gettleman, NYTimes
Frustrations became so bad recently at Fort Stewart, Ga., that a colonel, meeting with 800 seething spouses, most of them wives, had to be escorted from the session. "They were crying, cussing, yelling and screaming for their men to come back," said Lucia Braxton, director of community services at Fort Stewart.
A Former Special Forces Soldier Responds to Bush's Invitation for Iraqis to Attack US Troops -- "Bring 'Em On?"
Stan Goff, CounterPunch
Now, exercising his one true talent--blundering--George W. Bush has begun the improbable process of alienating the very troops upon whom he depends to carry out the neo-con ambition of restructuring the world by arms.
It's worse than it seems
Steve Gilliard, Daily Kos
The look on Donald Rumsfeld's face lately has not been a happy one. As the
Bush Administration and its defenders try to pretend that the war in Iraq is
not going badly, the reality is that things are getting worse with little
hope for a solution in the near future.
An all-American pout
Paul Harris, YellowTimes
The United States' actions smack of ancient Rome where Romans traveling outside the city could excuse any horrid activity simply by speaking the magical phrase: "civis Romanus sum" [I am a Roman citizen]. That entitled you to a "Get Out of Jail Free" card and you got a pat on the back and were sent on your merry way. And we all know what happened to Rome.
Irfan Husain, Dawn
Although America's military power is unprecedented, it cannot impose its will on the whole world. Already there are signs of imperial overstretch. As Syria and Iran are threatened and North Korea continues its open defiance, Washington is all too aware that its resources are stretched thin on the ground.
Resist the American Juggernaut
Former president Mandela accurately stated in January:" If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings."
Edward Herman, ZNet
The evidence of Israeli racism is overwhelming, and criticism of that racism is a commonplace in Israel, but it is suppressed here. Israel is explicitly a "Jewish state," with special rights inhering in Jewishness, including the right to occupy land; it has engaged in a long-term systematic expropriation of Palestinian land and demolitions of Palestinian homes strictly for Jewish-settler benefit; and its occupation has long been characterized by brutal maltreatment of Palestinians, who have been publicly described by Israeli leaders as "lice," "grasshoppers," "two legged animals," and numerous other epithets.
A Short History of Regime Change and WMDs
Grant Wakefield, Electronic Iraq
Thus selling Iraq WMD capability was a moot point. "They were sent for legitimate research purposes," explained Nancy Wysocki, vice president of public relations at the American Type Culture Collection company in Maryland. Legitimate research into weaponised strains of anthrax and bubonic plague that were later found and destroyed by UNSCOM inspectors. Shipments from the US began in earnest in 1984, and extended up until at least 1989, as a 1994 Congressional investigation revealed.
BARBARIANS: the disordered insurgence
Crisso and Odoteo
Barbarians by Crisso and Odoteo is a text of some importance for anarchists and anyone else who sincerely desires the destruction of this social world of exploitation and domination. It presents a devastating critique of a book that has become one of the most significant theoretical influences on a major part of the so-called anti-globalization movement, Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri.
Weapons of Mass Compliance
Ben Ehrenreich, LA Weekly
Now at a tech lab near you, agony-inducing tools that will control your disorderly tendencies and blast those riotous urges... The primary challenge for a more media-savvy police state: to make people calm and compliant without actually making them dead.
Chris Floyd, Moscow Times
These cases are an important step in further habituating the American people to the idea of secret arrests, secret detentions, closed hearings and arbitrary rule by a militarized state apparatus -- much as the illegal invasion of Iraq has accustomed them to the idea of aggressive war, of murder in the name of corporate loot and extremist ideology. A new kind of American state is being forged, where arbitrary authority replaces law, and obedience outweighs liberty.
George Soros: Prophet of an "Open Society"
Karen Talbot, globalresearch.ca
This brings us back to the question; “why has Soros lambasted Bush?” The answer lies in understanding that, more than ever, within the Wall Street power elite there may be differences in tactics but seldom are there significant differences in the end goal---opening the way for the maximization of corporate profits everywhere around the world. Today, there is basically a oneness of purpose in promoting U.S. imperial dominance, and in the process, attempting to solve a deepening global economic crisis by controlling diminishing petroleum and energy resources.
Pilger & Fisk on Iraq Coverage: The Real Danger Lies Within
Gørill Hus and Guri Wiggen, IPS
"Propaganda is not found just in totalitarian states,” Pilger says. ”There at least they know they are being lied to. We tend to assume it is the truth. In the U.S., censorship is rampant.”
Zero tolerance for teens
Kari Lydersen, Alternet
High school students interviewed across the country are saying the same thing: "They're making schools like prisons." And it's not hard to see their point.
Another detainee dies in US custody in Afghanistan
Rick Kelly, WSWS
The only other possible explanation for the man’s death is that he died as a result of the interrogation techniques used by the US military and the CIA. If this were indeed the case, this man would not have been the first person to be tortured to death by US interrogators in Afghanistan.
Beyond Bush – Part 1
Michael C. Ruppert, From the Wilderness
Already we can see the early signs of delusional and dishonest behavior that is being willingly embraced by equally delusional activists who have begun a sterile debate about which candidate to support and why it is better to become involved on the side of one Democratic Party candidate or another or why a vote for a Green Party candidate instead of a Democrat is tantamount to treason.
Occupation, Resistance and the Plight of the GIs
Gary Leupp, CounterPunch
The Anglo-American occupation forces move about in fear; regularly panic (just today shooting to death an 11-year old boy on a rooftop); provoke the people through intrusive and humiliating house searches, seizing weapons and even money. Quite naturally, the Iraqis respond to an invasion, regarded as illegal and immoral by most governments and the Vatican, with indignation and (perfectly legitimate, legal, and predictable) resistance.
Shadow of Extinction
George Monbiot, Guardian
Suddenly, the events of a quarter of a billion years ago begin to look very topical indeed. One of the possible endings of the human story has already been told. Our principal political effort must now be to ensure that it does not become set in stone.
Behavior modification prison camp for disobedient kids
Special Report, The Guardian
Inside, 250 foreign children are locked up. Almost all are American, but though kept prisoner, they were not sent here by a court of law. Their parents paid to have them kidnapped and flown here against their will, to be incarcerated for up to three years, sometimes even longer. They will not be released until they are judged to be respectful, polite and obedient enough to rejoin their families.
GM Food for Thought
Mickey Z., ZNet
Hunger is a political problem that GM food will not and cannot solve. Roughly 150 million acres of farmland around the world are planted with GM crops...primarily soybeans, corn, cotton and canola. These four big moneymakers do little if anything to nourish hungry people in developing countries.
Bound and Gagged
Jeffrey Luers, Infoshop
On June 13, 2003 my cell was rushed by four guards. I was immediately placed in handcuffs and taken to the hole. My offense: I had written a letter to the Earth First! Journal.
American soldiers face new deadly enemy
Robert Fisk, The Mercury
Caged inside the marble halls of Saddam's finest palace, thousands of American officers and civil servants – utterly cut off from the 5 million Iraqis around them – battle over their laptops to create the neo-conservative "democracy" dreamed up by Donald Rumsfeld and the rest. When they venture outside, they do so in flak jackets, perched inside armoured vehicles with escorts of heavily-armed troops.
AP silently strikes line about anti-Bush protesters
US tells jailed Britons: Confess or die
US terror trials will be “fixed” to obtain convictions
Letters from Briton facing death penalty
Fatigued, US troops yearn for home
Five more years in Iraq?
Shades of Vietnam in Iraq
US troops looted and vandalized the Iraqi airport that now must be rebuilt
Riot police evict tent city in Montreal
Workers in Argentina Take Charge of Abandoned Factories
Isolated, strictly supervised and deprived of rights: how Camp Delta treats inmates
Entire rainforests set to disappear in the next decade
The New Homeless
Public Services at Risk as US States Face Financial Crisis
US terror trials condemned
Palestinians cry robbery as Israeli land grab breaches truce
Peace group barred from city parade
Libraries quietly sounding alarm against Patriot Act
US News won’t retract fiction presented as fact
US breaching Geneva Conventions over Iraq nuclear plant: Greenpeace
Blair’s spin-doctor admits tinkering with Iraq dossier
Antiwar bias claims against BBC exposed as bogus; study shows BBC displayed the most "pro-war" agenda of any broadcaster.
Bethlehem pullout is a cover for land grab, new settlements on West Bank
Lusty Lady becomes first worker-owned strip club
Iraqis swelter in 115 degrees heat -- and fume at U.S.
Iraq: Ready to Explode
Squatters take high school for homeless
Journalists Condemn “Bureaucratic Madness” That Stifles Free Reporting of Milosevic Trial
Man gets life in prison for spitting
Extreme weather prompts unprecedented global warming alert
Activists push back at NYPD
Judge wants 8-10 months jail for Raise the Fist webmaster
US admits to 50 secret tests of bioweapons on troops
Frustrated Reservists See a Mission Impossible
UK government gets bitten by Microsoft Word
Radio host Michael Savage loses bid to censor SavageStupidity.com
Bloggers gain libel protection
Britain in 2020: power cuts and the 3-day week
Kabul back as terror hotspot
Amnesty: US violates international law in Iraqi detention camps
Bush ‘indicted’ for war crimes
British soldiers think they’re acting illegally and could face war crimes charges
Cartoonists are better journalists than real journalists
Israel admits running secret jail
BBC controversial documentary on Israel’s nuclear arsenal
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