[APR-news] Alternative Press Week in Review - December 2, 2003

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Alternative Press Week in Review

Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream 

December 2, 2003 


A weekly roundup of news, announcements, articles and other items of interest.



The First Thanksgiving
The first official Thanksgiving wasn't a festive gathering of Indians and Pilgrims, but rather a celebration of the massacre of 700 Pequot men, women and children... 


Articles of the Week



Celebrating Genocide!

Dan Brook

On Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks. We give thanks for being the invader, the exploiter, the dominator, the greedy, the gluttonous, the colonizer, the thief, indeed the genocidaire, rather than on the other side of imperialism's zero-sum murderous game.



Why I Hate Thanksgiving

Mitchel Cohen, Scoop

What Columbus did to the Arawaks of the Bahamas and the Taino of the Caribbean, Cortez did to the Aztecs of Mexico, Pizarro to the Incas of Peru, and the English settlers of Virginia and Massachusetts to the Powhatans and the Pequots. Literally millions of native peoples were slaughtered. And the gold, slaves and other resources were used, in Europe, to spur the growth of the new money economy rising out of feudalism. Karl Marx would later call this "the primitive accumulation of capital." These were the violent
beginnings of an intricate system of technology, business, politics and culture that would dominate the world for the next five centuries.



The End of American Thanksgivings

Black Commentator

Nobody but Americans celebrates Thanksgiving. It is reserved by history and the intent of "the founders" as the supremely white American holiday, the most ghoulish event on the national calendar. No Halloween of the imagination can rival the exterminationist reality that was the genesis, and remains the legacy, of the American Thanksgiving. It is the most loathsome, humanity-insulting day of the year - a pure glorification of racist barbarity.



The world is running out of oil

George Monbiot, The Guardian

Every generation has its taboo, and ours is this: that the resource upon which our lives have been built is running out. We don't talk about it because we cannot imagine it. This is a civilisation in denial. 



Miami crowd control would do tyrant proud
Robyn E. Blumner, St. Petersburg Times
Timoney has a well-deserved reputation for using paramilitary tactics to turn any city where large protests are planned into a place where the Constitution has taken a holiday. During the FTAA meeting on Nov. 20, Timoney dispatched 2,500 police officers in full riot gear against a crowd estimated at 8,000 people, mostly union members and retirees.
The result was a show of force that would have made a Latin American dictator blush.



Information Warfare in Miami

Ilyse Hogue and Patrick Reinsborough, AlterNet
What became clear in the lead up to the FTAA was that the "Miami Model" - as law enforcement enthusiasts are calling it - has goals that go way beyond merely keeping the peace. The bigger agenda of the Miami policing operation was to control the public perception of mass protest and grassroots movements.



Miami Heat: Unprovoked Attacks on Peaceful Demostrators
David Orr, CounterPunch
I got back from Miami on Sunday. It was a different scene than Seattle, although the tear gas was just as real. The cops were much more aggressive and their tactics were clearly designed to create whatever pretext they felt they needed to bash, shoot, spray, threaten, and gas people at random.



Jailhouse Crock

Celeste Fraser Delgado, Miami New Times
I was arrested by bad cops on bogus charges and spent a bizarre night behind bars.



The war is coming home

Naomi Klein, Globe and Mail

"Our goal was to drown you out," one Miami-Dade police officer explained to me, and that's exactly what they did. Small, peaceful demonstrations were attacked with extreme force; organizations were infiltrated by undercover officers who then used stun guns on activists; busses filled with union members were prevented from joining permitted marches; dozens of young faces were smashed into concrete and beaten bloody with batons; human rights activists had guns pointed at their heads at military-style checkpoints.



Ashcroft's Cointelpro: Neutralizing Dissent in America
David Lindorff, CounterPunch
Disclosure of a confidential memorandum sent by the FBI to local police disclosing a massive program of infiltration and surveillance of lawful anti-war and anti-WTO protest movements confirms what most progressives and leftists in the U.S. knew already--that the Bush Administration and the Ashcroft "Justice" Department have ushered in a full-fledged return to the Nixon-era practice of employing police-state tactics against opposition movements.



Hogtied and Abused at Fort Benning
Kathy Kelly, Antiwar.com

I decided that I shouldn't go along with this dehumanizing action any longer. When I lowered my arms and said, quietly, "I'm sorry, but I can't any longer cooperate with this," I was instantly pushed to the floor. Five soldiers squatted around me, one of them referring to me with an expletive (this f_ _ _ er) and began to cuff my wrists and ankles and then bind my wrists and ankles together. Then one soldier leaned on me, with his or her knee in my back. Unable to get a full breath, I gasped and moaned, "I can't breathe." I repeated this many times and then began begging for help.



The Soldiers at my door

John Dear, Common Dreams

I looked out the front window of the house where I live, next door to the church, and there they were--all 75 of them, standing yards away from my front door, in the street right in front of my house and our church, shouting and screaming to the top of their lungs, "Kill! Kill! Kill!" Their commanders had planted them there and were egging them on.



Winning Hearts and Minds - US Style

Scott Taylor, Al-Jazeera

"I see 'hearts and minds' as a tactical doctrine. To me, it means that's where we should aim first. Shoot them in the body or in the head, but just make sure you shoot them first." - Specialist Jack Craig, US military police



Love the professional, but hate the profession?

Gabriel Ash, YellowTimes

The people who march behind these slogans usually agree that the Iraq War is a fraud, a corporate ratchet, practically an armed robbery of an oil-rich foreign country. So what do they mean by "honor the warrior, not the war"? Can we adapt their slogan to fit other misdeeds? "Honor the robber, not the robbery!", "honor the polluter, not the pollution!", etc. Does this make much sense? 



Military Morals

Unknown News

Boot camp is a friggin' cult. (Christian fundamentalists with their blind obedience have no moral compass left in them either, once their pogroms are underway). Why do I say this offensive stuff? Because I have seen what the military does to a human soul. 



New Bush Tape Raises Fears of Attacks
Disassociated Press
A tape today surfaced in U.S. media outlets of someone purporting to be George W. Bush at a U.S. military base in Baghdad. Intelligence analysts around the world are studying the videotapes. "It certainly looked and sounded like him, but we get so few glimpses at Bush in real-life situations that it is hard to tell," said one operative from a Western intelligence agency. People who know Bush said it appeared to him. "That's him, all right," said one longtime associate. The tape shows the man claiming to be Bush praising U.S. attacks in Iraq.



The New York Times: a proposal for ethnic cleansing in Iraq
Bill Vann, WSWS
With popular resistance mounting to its military occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration is casting about in increasing desperation for a new strategy to salvage the principal aims of its war-the seizure of oil resources and the establishment of a US client regime in a strategically vital region.



Attacked for telling some home truths 
Robert Fisk, The Independent

Why is The New York Times providing space for the advocacy of war crimes by US soldiers? I doubt the US channels will broadcast any images of "brutal measures" - they've already had the chance to do so and have declined. But atrocities? 



Sorrows of Empire
Chalmers Johnson, FPIF
In my judgment, American imperialism and militarism are so far advanced and obstacles to its further growth have been so completely neutralized that the decline of the U.S. has already begun. The country is following the path already taken by its erstwhile adversary in the cold war, the former Soviet Union.



World Domination, Inc.

Sherif Hetata, Al-Ahram Weekly

Hetata analyses the forces -- religious, corporatist and militarist -- that are busily earmarking funds to buy George W Bush a second term and underwrite an emerging "Pax Israelica." 



Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com
I am so sick of George W. Bush: sick of his petulant preppie voice, sick of his studied belligerence, and, most of all, damned sick of his threats. If we don't toe the line and support his crazed foreign policy of "preemptive self-defense," he constantly claims, we will reap the whirlwind.



The Bush plan for Cuba
Sharmini Peries, Frontline (India)

President Bush's recently unveiled plan to bring down the Fidel Castro government in Cuba bears close resemblance to the one for Iraq and is designed with the 2004 Presidential election in focus. 



US moves to silence Iraq's most popular TV news channel
Mike Head, WSWS
In another indication of the "freedom" and "democracy" that Washington is bringing to the people of Iraq, the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) shut down the Baghdad bureau of the country's most watched television news channel on November 24. Without warning, more than 20 police and Interior Ministry officials arrived at the Al Arabiya facility, ordered its closure and seized its broadcasting equipment "until further notice".



David Barsamian: Fighting the US propaganda machine

Alison Dellit, Green Left Weekly

As the director of Alternative Radio in the US, Barsamian has spent much of his life fighting to get truth heard in the face of one of the world's most powerful propaganda machines.



Two Million Customers = Good Business = Two Million Kids Drugged on Stimulant Medications
Rob Kall, Dissident Voice

What would you think of this idea. Identify two million kids who have the personality and inclination to be great hunters. Then drug them throughout their childhood to block those tendencies so they become obedient little drones. 



False Issue
Charley, Reese, reese.king-online.com

What in the world is all this flap and hullabaloo about homosexual marriage licenses? Who cares?





Billions may suffer severe water shortages



1,000 Times Too Many Humans?



Energy crisis looms, experts warn



Economists fear fiscal time bomb as spending soars



Greece to release anti-capitalist hunger strikers



Photos that prove hunger striker Simon Chapman was framed



Al-Iraqiya -- a Pentagon-funded TV station



Spin City in Baghdad



Gag order leaves troops, reporters speechless



How British charity was silenced in Iraq



Gloom and despair as events in Afghanistan and Iraq are going badly wrong



Bloodiest month in Iraq leaves 105 troops dead



US wounded count in Iraq approaching 10,000



Body bag count puts strains on coalition



Iraq's oil pipelines under repeated attack



Shock and Awe v2.0 - Despite introduction of Operation Iron Hammer, Iraqi insurgents are adapting and looking for new ways to exploit an American occupation that is in disarray



Iraq rebuilding cash runs dry


UK: Army 'forcing out sick Gulf war veterans' to avoid paying soldiers medical pensions



Guantanamo treatment is 'monstrous'



Former Iraqi general dies during US interrogation



Protesters invaded airbase on bikes



Senior citizens: The fastest-growing group in bankruptcy

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