[APR-news] Alternative Press Week in Review - November 18, 2003
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Alternative Press Week in Review
Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
November 18, 2003
A weekly roundup of news, announcements, articles and other items of interest.
Articles of the Week
Leaving the Left Behind: Prologue to Post-Left Anarchy
Jason McQuinn, Alternative Press Review
In the end, the biggest difference is that anarchists advocate self-organization while leftists want to organize you. For leftists, the emphasis is always on recruiting to their organizations, so that you can adopt the role of a cadre serving their goals. They don't want to see you adopt your own self-determined theory and activities because then you wouldn't be allowing them to manipulate you. Anarchists want you to determine your own theory and activity and self-organize your activity with like-minded others.
An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq
Stan Goff (US Army Retired), CounterPunch
They are your enemies--The Suits--and they are the enemies of peace, and the enemies of your families, especially if they are Black families, or immigrant families, or poor families. They are thieves and bullies who take and never give, and they say they will "never run" in Iraq, but you and I know that they will never have to run, because they fucking aren't there. You are.. So if your rage needs a target, there they are, responsible for your being there, and responsible for keeping you there.
Reject the Iraq Quagmire
PB Floyd, Slingshot
As cracks in the facade develop, its up to radicals to widen the cracks, turn them into gaps and holes, and do our best to push the rotting structure over.
Assassins R Us
Chalmers Johnson, TomDispatch
As the Iraqi resistance expands and perfects its attacks, the American military, like so many occupying armies before it, is turning to methods of warfare long outlawed by civilized nations -- assassinations and reprisals against civilians.
It's getting ugly: U.S. threatens 'harsh measures,' while Iraqi insurrection spreads
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com
It's funny, but we often hear the War Party bloviating about how the current conflict is like World War II - yeah, but which side are we? It is positively eerie that a real life American general sounds like nothing so much as a German officer in some World War II movie set in occupied France: "Zere vill be reprisals!"
US media sanctions campaign of atrocities in Iraq
Patrick Martin, WSWS
All indications are that the White House and Pentagon are preparing an onslaught of military violence against the resistance in Iraq that will include the most barbaric methods, including mass killings and the establishment of concentration camps for
Iraq: Quicksand & Blood
Robert Parry, Consortium News
George W. Bush and his top advisers learned little from the Vietnam debacle of the 1960s, since most avoided service in the war. But many top Bush aides played key roles in the repression of leftist peasant uprisings in Central America in the 1980s, a set of lessons the Bush administration is now trying to apply to the violent resistance in Iraq.
There are so many echoes of Vietnam in Iraq
Charles Glass, The Independent
It took two years for US deaths to reach 324 in Vietnam. It passed that figure in seven months in Iraq.
The Tip of the Iceberg: Toledo Blade Report on Vietnam War "Tiger Force" Atrocity is Only the Beginning
Nick Turse, ZNet
As a historian writing his dissertation on U.S. war crimes and atrocities during the Vietnam War, I have been immersed in just the sort of archival materials the Toledo Blade used in its pieces, but not simply for one incident but hundreds if not thousands of analogous events. I can safely, and sadly, say that the "Tiger Force" atrocities are merely the tip of the iceberg in regard to U.S.-perpetrated war crimes in Vietnam.
The scalping party
Mike Davis, Alternet
Early on, Tiger Force began scalping its victims (the scalps were dangled from the ends of M-16s) and cutting off their ears as souvenirs. One member - who would later behead an infant - wore the ears as a ghoulish necklace (just like the character Toadvine in Blood Meridian, while another mailed them home to his wife. Others kicked out the teeth of dead villagers for their gold fillings.
Resistance to US Military Occupation: The Case of the Philippines
Heather Gray, Common Dreams
It is baffling that any American might not understand the Iraqi disdain of a US military occupation. How would Americans like being accosted by another country's military...being arrested by them, controlled by them, dictated to by them, tortured by them, killed by them.... exploited by its corporate entities and losing sovereignty? Americans should look at the Philippines' century long struggle for some answers to that question.
DOMINANCE AND ITS DILEMMAS
Noam Chomsky, Frontline (India)
Violence is a powerful instrument of control but the dilemmas of dominance are formidable. The U.S. is discovering this in its pursuit of a `grand imperial strategy' that incorporates the doctrine of preventive war, the `supreme crime' condemned in Nuremberg.
Bush to Veterans: Drop Dead
Harvey Wasserman, Free Press
In an astonishing series of cynical attacks on veterans rights, benefits and sanctity, the administration has shortchanged our military personnel on their medical care, pensions, compensation for having been tortured, access to vital information about health dangers suffered in service, and even their body armor.
The White House Attack on the Troops
Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch
Conservatives have been quick to cry "Support the troops!" at anti-war demonstrators, but the Bush administration and its supporters in the Republican dominated Congress have meanwhile been busy screwing both veterans and active duty troops with a vengeance this year. The hypocrisy of this administration, when it comes to veterans and active duty military, is truly staggering.
Joe Frederick, Strike the Root
The next day at school, I turned my chair around with my back to the flag and sat during the pledge of allegiance. This was my symbolic protest against a school administration that clearly lacked common sense and abused its power to retaliate against anyone who dared question their authority. The high school contacted my father and advised they were going to suspend me for ten days for turning my back on the flag and refusing to say the pledge after instructed to do so.
Chistianity and Empire
Moly Bdenum, Slingshot
Any critique of capitalism is incomplete without analysis of the Christian empire, its history, and its goals. From 300 CE on, empire and religion have intermixed in Europe and eventually the US with disastrous consequences. Many aspects of capitalism used to oppress today were instituted by Christianity, including emotional advertising, creation of markets through military conquest, and control of public services. Because of these features, we can consider the Christian church (in both Catholic and Protestant manifestations) the first multinational corporation.
Neo-cons: the modern day Bolsheviks
Raff Ellis, YellowTimes
Consider that since the events of 9/11 we have had an administration empowered to seize people, citizens or not, and incarcerate or deport them without charge, without due process, without legal representation and without familial notification. We've created our own Gulag called Guantanamo and others we know not of. Our Justice Department is "disappearing" people and blocks all attempts at accountability in the name of security. We even send people off to countries where we know they will be tortured. The president, who has been given and has assumed dictatorial powers, decides whether a person has rights or whether enacted laws apply to them.
In a Police State Atmosphere, Fascists Will Rise to the Top
Jay Shaft, Coalition For Free Thought In Media
In a nation where a police state atmosphere is permitted, the fascists will rise to the top. This may sound like a crazy, radical statement, but it is going on in America right now with the current Ashcroft led Justice Department.
Interview with Gore Vidal: The take-no-prisoners social critic skewers Bush, Ashcroft and the whole damn lot of us for letting despots rule
In one of my earlier books, Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, I show how the language used by the Clinton people to frighten Americans into going after terrorists like Timothy McVeigh - how their rights were going to be suspended only for a brief time - was precisely the language used by Hitler after the Reichstag fire.
Global Eye -- The Inhuman Stain
Chris Floyd, Moscow Times
Silence. Inattention. Indifference. Acquiescence. State terrorism -- lawless seizure, filthy torture, official murder -- is simply accepted, a part of "normal life," as in Nazi Germany or Stalin's empire, where "decent people" with "nothing to hide" approved and applauded the work of the "organs" in "defending national security."
Facility 1391: Israel's Guantanamo
Johnathan Cook, Le Monde Diplomatique
Although Facility 1391 has received none of the publicity of the US prison, it more flagrantly violates international law. Unlike Camp X-Ray, its location is not publicly known; there aren't even long-distance photographs of its inmates of the kind taken at Guantanamo Bay. Unlike the US prison, Facility 1391 has never been independently inspected, not even by the International Red Cross. What happens there is a mystery.
Facility 1391: Israel's secret prison
Chris McGreal, The Guardian
It has been removed from maps and airbrushed from aerial photographs. But Facility 1391 certainly exists - you just have to ask the Palestinians and Lebanese who have been imprisoned and tortured there.
The Palestinian Resistance: Its Legitimate Right and the Moral Duty
Samah Jabr, Media Monitors
Why is the word "terrorism" so readily applied to individuals or groups who use homemade bombs, but not to states using nuclear and other internationally prohibited weapons to ensure submission to the oppressor? Israel, the United States and Britain should top the list of terrorism-exporting states for their use of armed attacks against non-combatants in Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and other parts of the world. But "terrorism" is a political term used by the colonizer to discredit those who resist-as the Afrikaaners and Nazis named the Black and French freedom fighters, respectively.
Breaking the silence surrounding the Zionist movement
Tamara Mattar, The Daily Star
Every time the imposed silence on the topic of Zionism is broken, a lot of noise is made. Little wonder then, that an Arab TV series which touches upon the most taboo of all political issues is subjected to the usual barrage of accusations from Israel and its defenders.
War on terror methods for Miami anti-globalization protests
Patrick Martin, WSWS
The Bush administration and local authorities in Miami are treating the anti-globalization protests as though they were a military engagement. Thousands of police are being mobilized, and the $8.5 million cost of the heavy police presence was included in the $87 billion supplemental appropriation passed by Congress last week to fund the occupation of Iraq.
They blinded me with pseudo-science
Amanda Griscom, Working for Change
The Bush administration is jettisoning real scientists in favor of yes-men.
30 Media Outlets Protest Treatment in Iraq
U.S. Troops More Hostile With Reporters
Some Army troops unpaid for weeks, denied medical care
Shattered Lives: Wounded Reservists Back From Iraq Face Uncertainty, Bitterness
U.S. casualties from Iraq war top 9,000
US death toll reaches 400
US Death Toll in Iraq Exceeds First Three Years of Vietnam War
Iraq War Killed 21,000-55,000 Iraqi Civilians
CIA report warns growing numbers of Iraqis conclude U.S.-led coalition can be defeated and are supporting the resistance
'We could lose this situation'
Post-war Iraq a catastrophe in the making
U.S. Army quietly preparing for a stay in Iraq until at least 2006
Rash of incidents hit Iraq's pipeline network
Insurgents Gain a Deadly Edge in Intelligence
Chicken George: Scared of dissent, Bush cancels his speech to Parliament
Unprecedented security operation: President will be protected by 16,000 police officers
UK students threatened with crackdown if they attend anti-war demos
Armed US Secret Service agents have the right to "shoot to kill" during Bush UK visit
Livingstone says Bush is 'greatest threat to life on planet'
Officials step up monitoring of anti-war groups
Anti-Iraq war veterans pulled from parade
NYPD Thugs Attack APOC Fundraiser
All of a sudden the Patriot Act isn't just about terrorists anymore
Greek police battle protesters: Annual rally marking 1973 pro-democracy revolt snowballs into violent anti-war, anti-American protest
Attacks in Afghanistan on the Rise: Combat Situation 'Every Bit as Difficult' as in Iraq
Peeking behind the curtain of secrecy
Personal Bankruptcy Filings Jump 7.8 Pct
Where are all these jobs everyone (media) is so ecstatic about?
Bush's "New Jobs" Mostly Low-Paying
Consumed by work
I quit! Survey finds employees overworked, streesed out, fed up
Hidden Face of Homelessness: In Outer Suburbs, Growing Population Eludes Public Awareness
Israel on Road to Ruin, Warn Former Shin Bet Chiefs
Israel's Wall Sparks Worldwide Protests
Student punished for comments made in online journal
US: Gunpoint police raid at South Carolina school
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