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

Dean Thomas deanthomas at comcast.net
Tue Sep 2 17:11:39 EDT 2003


Alternative Press Week in Review

Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream 

September 2, 2003 


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



Looting: As American as Apple Pie


Publications of the Week


Anarchist Black Cross Network #2 / Break the Chains #16 (Summer 2003 split issue)

Info about ABCN is at www.anarchistblackcross.org and info about Break the Chains is at www.breakthechains.net -- The ABC-BTC zine is $4 from: BTC, Box 11331, Eugene, OR 97440


Manufacturing Dissent - Prison writings of anarchist Rob los Ricos

For more info and writings by Rob los Ricos go to www.ricanstruction.net/lockdown.html -- This zine is $5 from: APLAN, 818 SW 3rd Ave, PMB 354, Portland, OR 97204


Slug & Lettuce

#76 / Summer 2003

A zine supporting the do-it-yourself ethics of the punk community

Send 60 cents in postage for a sample copy to: S&L, Box 26632, Richmond, VA 23261-6632


Articles of the Week



Pirates of the Caribbean: The WTO in Cancun
Stan Cox, CounterPunch
Members of the World Trade Organization worry that their Sept. 10-14 meeting in Cancun, Mexico, might turn into a rerun of the tumultuous Seattle gathering in 1999.



Saying Yes to Drugs!
Richard Glen Boire, CounterPunch
Sullum rightly asks why it is that "legitimate" drug use must satisfy a medical model. Why can't we recognize that there are perfectly good nonmedical reasons for why a person might want to use a drug? Why is it so hard for most people to accept that drugs can be used responsibly for the express purpose of enhancing the senses, boosting mood, occasioning a pleasant evening, or eliciting a spiritual experience? As Sullum notes, all of these uses of drugs are legitimate.



Neocons Admit They've Blown It - Is The Draft Next?
Paul Craig Roberts, vdare.com
If you think about it, you will realize that the neocons' war plans are taking us back to the draft. There's no way around it.



War is a Racket

Mickey Z, Press Action

More soldiers have died since Bush staged his aircraft carrier photo op than died during the so-called war itself. What this demonstrates is that the anti-war protestors were right.



War Is Still A Racket
Ed Rippy, www.globalresearch.ca

In the early 1930s Major General Smedley Butler, retired from thirty-three years in the US Marine Corps, had a fit of realization and then a fit of honesty. He began making speeches and published a book, all telling a fundamental, ugly, and timeless truth: War Is A Racket. Seventy years later, The Racket is going stronger than ever. It is not so much a conspiracy as a combination political philosophy and business model.



Needed: An Inquiry Into a Slaughter

John Pilger, New Statesman

Blair has committed this crime. He shares responsibility for causing violent death and suffering on a vast scale, which the web of deceit spun by his courtiers has failed to justify. His co-conspirators in Washington care nothing about this; only their ascendant power matters. In their concentration camps, at Guantanamo Bay, Bagram in Afghanistan and Baghdad airport, there are no human rights, no recognizable rule of law, no justice. 



The Worst of Times

George Monbiot, Guardian

The world is beginning to look like France, a few years before the Revolution.



Unfair and unbalanced?

Andrew Gumbel, Independent
Al Franken is a satirist, so it's his job to poke fun at powerful people. But when he appropriated the Fox News slogan, the fallout went right to the top. 



The loneliness of Noam Chomsky

Arundhati Roy, ZNet

He embarks on his course of inquiry with an anarchist's instinctive mistrust of power. He takes us on a tour through the bog of the U.S. establishment, and leads us through the dizzying maze of corridors that connects the government, big business, and the business of managing public opinion.



Write a story, go to jail

Kim Zetter, Wired News

Brian Robertson was just months away from graduation at Moore High School in Moore, Oklahoma, last year when he found the beginnings of what he thought was a short story on a school computer. He copied the file to another computer, added some paragraphs to the initial text and then promptly got arrested.



US military murders another journalist in Iraq
Mick Ingram and Mike Head, WSWS
All the surrounding circumstances point to the killing resulting from a renewed campaign to intimidate journalists and suppress independent coverage of the ongoing war crimes and gross violations of democratic rights occurring under the US occupation of Iraq.



Raving Mad: New drug law limits gatherings
Steven Wishnia, In These Times

"It was a classic violation of the First Amendment," says Harry Williams of the American Civil Liberties Union's drug-law project. "The government targeted an event because it disagreed with the political views of its organizers." 



Meet the Ra-Ra Radicals: Forget Sit-Down Protests and Marching, America's Newest Campaigners are Cheering (and Shaking Their Pompoms) for Change
David Usborne, Independent
Pity the woman emerging from her home in the comfy Wicker Park neighbourhood of Chicago. She is on her mobile when five bizarrely attired young people pass on the street rehearsing some kind of profane chant. "We're Girl, We're Boy, We're not your Barbie Toy. We're Gay, We're Straight, Let's all just masturbate!"



On the Clock

Craig Russell, Strike the Root

As technology advanced, then, it "improved" the lives of people by removing them from sovereignty over their own land and turning them into subservient employees, and the clock did much to coordinate this subservience.



Hollywood Isn't Holding Its Lines Against the Pentagon
Jonathan Turley, LA Times

Although rarely publicly acknowledged, major films have been rewritten to remove negative but historically accurate facts to present a more positive military image. This work is done by a team of military reviewers "embedded" in Hollywood. Most recently, the military quietly worked on a script for the television program "JAG" to present its controversial military tribunals as something of an ACLU lawyer's dream.



Who are the extremists?

John Pilger, johnpilger.com

The "liberation" of Iraq is a cruel joke on a stricken people. The Americans and British, partners in a great recognised crime, have brought down on the Middle East, and much of the rest of the world, the prospect of terrorism and suffering on a scale that al-Qaeda could only imagine.



Wesley Clark: The Guy Who Almost Started World War III
Stella Jatras, Antiwar.com

At the beginning of the Kosovo conflict, CounterPunch delved into the military career of General Wesley Clark and discovered that his meteoric rise through the ranks derived from the successful manipulation of appearances: faking the results of combat exercises, greasing to superiors and other practices common to the general officer corps. We correctly predicted that the unspinnable realities of a real war would cause him to become unhinged. Given that Clark attempted to bomb the CNN bureau in Belgrade and ordered the British General Michael Jackson to engage Russian troops in combat at the end of the war, we feel events amply vindicated our forecast.



Finally Fascist
Allen Snyder, Dissident Voice
Bush as Hitler. Cheney as Goering, Fox News as Göebbels. Ashcroft as Himmler. Guantanamo as Auschwitz. Conservative right wingnuts as haplessly duped and brainwashed Hitler heilers. Scary picture indeed.



Disinformation: CIA Posing as Al-Qaeda?

Information Clearing House
This professionally managed website [Jihad Unspun] with eyecatching design and graphics and daily news features, video store and reporters emerged on the net sometime after Sept. 11th 2001. What really struck me as odd was all the professional glitz of the website as well as its deliberate attempt to look Arabic . . .



Forest or Against Us

Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch

Lifting his metaphors from Gen. Westmoreland, the president explained to his handpicked audience of timber executives and Christian fundamentalists that he must log off the public's forests in order to save them from their own incendiary instincts. It's all about the health of the forest, averred the president.



The real Burning Man experience

Judi Morales Gibson, Benicia News
Many have heard of the Burning Man festival, but most only hear the most outlandish stories third-hand or see distorted media coverage that highlights naked mud-people running across some generic desert scene. I am a veteran burner (no, I was not one of the naked mud-people) and want to give folks a first-hand glimpse of what it's really like. 





Microradio Stations Fight Back!



U.S. battlefield casualties in Iraq are increasing dramatically



Not Just Warmer: It's the Hottest for 2,000 Years



Hot summer sparks global food crisis



Record Temperatures Shrinking World Grain Harvest



Activist strikes over psychiatrists' faith in drug therapy



Honduran's riot over IMF reforms



Bush pals hired to rewrite Iraqi laws



Blair plans new 'Ministry of Truth' for the post-spin era



Children's author faces Jewish wrath: Tale of boy's life in West Bank prompts pressure groups to call for withdrawal



Laughter at Fox and a Victory for Al Franken



Patriot Act II Resurrected?



File swapper fights RIAA subpoena



Vatican rewrites history to insist it did not persecute Galileo



ELF strikes three times in one night against SUVs



Not just power: entire infrastructure crumbling



Lawsuit for Gulf War Veterans Targets WMD Businesses



Marine shoots himself to avoid deployment



Reuters Cameraman Killed For Filming U.S. Graves: Brother



The Plot Thickens: US knew of terror plot against UN



Dr David Kelly told a UK diplomat he would probably be "found dead in the woods"



White House ordered EPA to lie about 9/11 pollution



Four 9/11 Moms Battle Bush



Deal between US on Pakistan on bin Laden?



More than 10,000 dead in France heat wave



Military mute on vaccine dangers?



Police beat to death man who called 911

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