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Announcement :: Politics
Protest Bremer Today in Worcester
18 Apr 2005
Paul Bremer, former head of the coalition to rebuild Iraq, is speaking at clark university. join us to tell him he and his war are not welcomed in our community!
Protest Paul Bremer's visit to Worcester/Clark University **


6pm, MONDAY -- APRIL 18th

Atwood Hall -- Clark University


Atwood Hall is just off of Main Street (St. Peter's Church). It is the first building on the left on Downing Street.

Paul Bremer, the former Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority to rebuild Iraq, has been invited by the Clark University Speakers’ Forum to speak at 7:00 pm in the Atwood Hall. Members of the Worcester Anti War community (concerned citizens along with students and faculty) will be rallying together before his speech to let him know that he is not welcomed in our city.

This group objects to his role in the politically and morally objectionable occupation of Iraq, which has devastated Iraqi life. There will be speakers, music, and an open forum outside Atwood hall, right off of Main Street, on Downing Street.

Some students feel Clark’s goal is presenting a speaker of this notoriety to bring prestige to their university. Many in the school community feel this is not the sort of attention they want. Many students are upset because they feel their tuition is being misspent.

Some also feel that bringing someone to reiterate the views quite similar to those of the administration does not educate anyone since those view are already over-represented in the media.

Additional concerns include:

+ Clark’s decision to suspend its normal democratic procedures and spend $40,000 to
bring this speaker to its school while at the same time the school is raising tuition and other fees.

+Bremer's advocacy in 1995 of relaxing CIA guidelines regarding work with terrorists and human rights abusers.

+Fraud and mismanagement of government contracts granted while Bremer was the US appointed administrator of Iraq.

+Bremer's policy of allowing multi-national corporations to compete against the war ravaged Iraqi businesses, leaving Iraqi unemployment between 50-70%.

+Alarming number of civilian casualties in Iraqi occupation, with estimates ranging from 17,000 (Iraqbodycount.org) to 100,000 (Lancet).



7:00pm: An Evening With L. Paul Bremer. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer is one of the world's leading experts on crisis management terrorism and homeland security. Based on his first hand experiences in Iraq and elsewhere Ambassador Bremer will recount how the war in Iraq is related to the nations new strategy defending the homeland. He will also address the current strategy of Iraq on the economic and political facts. This timely speech will shed light on the controversial issue of the war in Iraq and the ongoing battle against terrorism. Contact Kevin Ready (kready (at) clarku.edu) for tickets. Consortium and general public must wait till all ticketed students go inside. Atwood Hall Daniel's Theatre.

What the official posting does not indicate is that under the Bremer administration, a strict privatization scheme has been executed in Iraq, doting contracts upon US and Iraqi corporations. Simultaneously, Iraqi citizens, organizers, union activists, and others critical of the new regime are classified as "resistance" and "terrorists", and targeted by the US Army. If you are outraged by the Bush Adminstration's actions in Iraq, please come and contest Bremmer's "expertise". Invite your friends. If you are not in the Worcester area, perhaps you know someone who is. Invite them. Bring grandparents and children and goldfish. Come.






Some notes on Bremer's "expert crisis management":

* The people of Iraq are free," declared U.S. President George W. Bush in Tuesday's State of the Union address. The day before, 100,000 Iraqis begged to differ. They took to the streets of Baghdad shouting "Yes, yes to elections. No, no to selection."

According to Iraq occupation chief Paul Bremer, there really is no difference between the White House's version of freedom, and the one being demanded on the street. Asked on Friday whether his plan to form an Iraqi government through appointed caucuses was headed toward a clash with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's call for direct elections, Mr. Bremer said he had no "fundamental disagreement with him."

It was, he said, a mere quibble over details. "I don't want to go into the technical details of refinements. There are, if you talk to experts in these matters, all kinds of ways to organize partial elections and caucuses. And I'm not an election expert, so I don't want to go into the details. But we've always said we're willing to consider refinements." (Klein 2004)


* In late June [2003], Bremer outlined his vision for a free-market Iraq before hundreds of business executives attending a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Jordan. "Markets allocate resources much more efficiently than politicians," Bremer said. "So our strategic goal in the months ahead is to set in motion policies which will have the effect of reallocating people and resources from state enterprises to more productive private firms." (Chandrasekaran 2003)


* "Many observers, including even US businessmen and Iraqis who favored 'regime change' in Iraq, agree. They say the shock therapy being applied in Iraq will concentrate wealth in the hands of large US and Iraqi corporations, particularly the family-owned businesses that have won the majority of subcontracts from Bechtel and Halliburton. 'I like the analogy of Wal-Mart coming into a town,' says Timothy Mills, an attorney in the Washington law firm Patton Boggs who represents several US and foreign corporations that have contracted with the US government and are doing business in Iraq. 'The downtown dies, Wal-Mart grows and the owners of local businesses are displaced. The effect of Iraq's new foreign investment law for the medium and small-sized Iraqi business could be very detrimental and could result in even more concentration of capital in Iraq.' With the US Export-Import Bank providing $500 million to insure US investors, he added, 'If I was an Iraqi and I was political, I'd say this was a ploy to favor US companies and let them steal the riches of Iraq.'" (Englehardt 2003).



For more info on Bremer's reconstruction strategy, see (among others):

"Everything's Private"
by Tom Englehardt, published in Mother Jones, November 4 2003.
http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2003/11/we_601_02a.html


"Iraq: Attacks Force Retreat From Wide-Ranging Pritatization Plans"
by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, published in the Washington Post, December 28, 2003
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11175


"Bush's Iraq: An Appointocracy"
by Naomi Klein, published in the Globe & Mail / Jan 22 2004
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0122-06.htm

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Re: Protest Bremer Today in Worcester
18 Apr 2005
you're a nutbag. Obviously we at Clark want to hear him speak. Has nothing to do with war.
Re: Protest Bremer Today in Worcester
19 Apr 2005
al pieda time. sack up, mass cells.