[APR-news] Alternative Press Week in Review - September 9, 2003

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Alternative Press Week in Review

Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream 

September 9, 2003 


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


September 9, 2003 


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


Publication of the Week




#244 / Sept. 2003

Long running DIY punk magazine featuring lots of columns, interviews, news, scene reports, and tons of reviews.


Articles of the Week



Inside the Indymedia Collective, Passion vs. Pragmatism
Gal Beckerman, Columbia Journalism Review
New York City's Independent Media Center is just one piece of the rapidly expanding Indymedia movement, a four-year-old phenomenon that grew out of the trade protests of the late 1990s, and now encompasses a constellation of about 120 local collectives from Boston to Bombay. Each collective has a diverse palette of mediums it uses, including radio, video, print, and the Internet. Each is driven by political passions its volunteers don't find in the mainstream press, and each struggles to make the process of covering news as inclusive and empowering as possible for the community in which it exists.



The U.S. Government Wanted 'To Make An Example Out of Me': Young Webmaster Heads to Prison for Political Website
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
The 20 year-old Webmaster of a California-based site called raisethefist.com is to begin a yearlong prison term today. And when he gets out of prison next year, he will be banned from associating with anyone who wants to "change the government in any way."



Exxxtreme Ashcroft: The War on Pleasure
Dr. Susan Block, CounterPunch

They stand accused of making movies deemed "obscene" in the exalted eyes of our American Ayatollah, John Ashcroft, whom I nicknamed Asscraft, when just after the 9/11 attacks, he craftily took advantage of America's state of terror to fuck us all in the ass with his USA Patriot Act. I call him the American Ayatollah because only the leaders of frankly religious states like Iran or Taliban Afghanistan match the degree to which he mixes his extreme religiosity with government duties.



The Inefficient Utopia

Curious George Brigade, Infoshop

Efficiency is the hallmark of modern life in North America: from fast food drive-ins to well-regulated police states. Efficiency is the coin of the realm for soulless structures like the International Monetary Fund and the earth destroying agribusiness industry. The desire to "do more in less time" is not a neutral force in our culture; it is the handmaiden of miserable experts, specialists, and leaders. Not everyone has rushed to become efficient. Something else exists on the periphery: an inefficient utopia, a culture of consensus, collectives, and do-it-yourself ethics. A place where time is not bought, sold, or leased, and no clock is the final arbiter of our worth. 



The Cruise Missile Left: The Nation Magazine's Forum on "Humanitarian Intervention"
Edward S. Herman, Swans
In its issue of July 14, 2003, The Nation Magazine ran a "forum" on "humanitarian intervention," in which "twelve leading thinkers from around the world" were invited to discuss that subject. The character and limits of the selection of participants by the editors, and the associated assumptions, omissions, mythical history, and pro-imperialist biases of a fair number of these leading thinkers, are a regrettable indication of the sorry state of liberal-left critical thought in this country.



Ernest Partridge, The Crisis Papers
The ironies of history are cruel and remorseless. The military strategy that won us our independence in 1781, has been successfully adopted by our adversaries today, and threatens to be our undoing. First in Viet Nam and now in Iraq, we are the "Redcoats" - the arrogant super-power from abroad, determined to impose our will on the "natives" by force of arms.



There's Good Reason to Fear US
Noam Chomsky, Toronto Star

On 9/11, the world reacted with shock and horror, and sympathy for the victims. But it is important to bear in mind that for much of the world, there was a further reaction: "Welcome to the club." For the first time in history, a Western power was subjected to an atrocity of the kind that is all too familiar elsewhere. 



This is really a war on dissenters

Naomi Klein, The Age

The war on terror is now a weapon for governments wanting to crush opponents.



A lifetime credo

Azmi Bishara, Al-Ahram Weekly
Kill unarmed civilians then lie through your teeth: Ariel Sharon's been doing it for half a century. 



What Were They Thinking?
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., LewRockwell.com

In fact, the idea of national unity, beloved by every would-be tyrant, is something to be feared. It is not a sign of freedom but of despotism. It is the morality of the ant heap. In any case, the forced unity of the World War II era is long gone. Good riddance. The country is too diverse, and the culture too broken into niche markets, too many people too knowing. May the un-American "unity" of the World War II period never return. 



The Monkey Wrench Guerrillas
Alex Markels, LA Weekly
Of arson fires like one that engulfed a San Diego-area housing project earlier this month, he speaks of the ELF's favorite tactics with near-religious fervor that echoes his Yaqui Indian roots. "We use fires to cleanse ourselves," the wiry Arizonan told a rapt audience of 100 followers at a Hillcrest community center on the day after the blaze. "And when we address buildings and institutions that have no other purpose but to destroy life, fire is the only way to stop them."



Predictable Propaganda: Four Months of US Occupation of Iraq
Paul de Rooij, CounterPunch
In a low monotonous voice, the BBC's terrorism expert stated that "foreign terrorists" were streaming into Iraq. This is very likely another fabricated story, created to justify naming the resistance against the US occupation of Iraq as "terrorism". Furthermore, the death toll is increasing gradually, and the lies about that are increasing apace. The body bag chart tells its own story. We are witnessing an escalation of propaganda designed to divert attention from increasingly grim events occurring in Iraq.



The Politics of the UN tragedy
James Petras, Rebelion
While the Iraqis suffer from 80% unemployment and go without clean water, food and electricity, high UN officials draw salaries between $80,000 to $150,000 a year, are chauffeured in luxury cars and SUV's, work in air conditioned offices and dine on fresh imported food in comfortable apartments or villas - enjoying the best of colonial life. One does not need to introduce the Al Queda hypothesis to understand how political and personal resentment against these self-important imperial collaborators could boil over into a violent attack.



America: The Real Foreign Terrorists
Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice
Having foreign administrators is nothing new in history for the Iraqis though. But to insinuate that Iranians, Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians, or Saudis represent the 'foreign threat' in Iraq is ludicrous. They are all Arabs as are most Iraqis. The division of Arabs into separate nationalities is a result of foreign interlopers' desire to divide and conquer the Arab world.



Deflating the Bubble Economy Before it Bursts
Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute
Throughout most of human history, we lived on the earth's sustainable yield-the interest from its natural endowment. But now we are consuming the endowment itself. Our existing economic output is based in part on cutting trees faster than they grow, overgrazing rangelands and converting them into desert, overpumping aquifers, and draining rivers dry. On much of our cropland, soil erosion exceeds new soil formation-slowly depriving the land of its inherent fertility. We are taking fish from the ocean faster than they can reproduce.



The coming first world debt crisis
Ann Pettifor, Open Democracy
The reckless financial policies of leading western powers in the last two decades make it likely that the next seismic debt crisis will be in America, not Argentina.



This War on Terrorism is Bogus

Michael Meacher, Guardian

The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination.



Hutton Inquiry: Blair government's lies on Iraqi WMD unravel
Chris Marsden, WSWS
Testimony from two weapons experts from the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS), attached to the British Ministry of Defence, has dealt a body-blow to the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair.



Wounded in Iraq, deserted at home

Bill Berkowitz, WorkingForChange
"The war was televised and sold as a sanitized war with minimal US casualties," said John Stauber, co-author of the recently released book, "The Weapons of Mass Deception," in an email exchange. "Showing wounded soldiers and interviewing their families could be disastrous PR for Bush's war. I suspect the administration is doing all it can to prevent such stories unless they are stage managed feel-good events like Saving Private [Jessica] Lynch."



Strange Attractors

Chris Floyd, Moscow Times

Who carried out the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States? People in the pay of Saudi Arabia, trained and maintained by the secret services of Pakistan. What did George W. Bush do to punish these accomplices to mass murder on American soil? Nothing. Instead he killed more than 30,000 innocent people -- in Iraq.



Radio Havana Interviews Chomsky

The fact that the United States can label other countries as terrorist states itself is quite remarkable because it not a secret that the United States is incontrovertibly a terrorist state.



The perfect storm? The American media and Iraq
Lance Bennett, Open Democracy 
The American media's coverage of the 2003 Iraq war reinforces the pattern established in the wake of 9/11: a combination of intimidation, collusion, inattention, and ethnocentrism. A leading scholar of the media charts a dismal period in US journalism and asks whether a turn of the political tide offers hope of its revival.





Europe's harvest crisis: Fear of severe effect on economies after heatwave devastates grain crops



Ecstasy Study Botched, Retracted



The monthly bill for the U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan now rivals Pentagon spending during the Vietnam War



Anti-war US Marine sentenced to six months in prison



Barracks blocks website critical of US Army



Big Brother takes grip on America



Beware of angry, jobless men



Rumsfeld cancels speech to angry US troops who demand they be sent home



11 Million Remain Jobless in US



Cracks in America's foundation



Attack on nation's power grid would collapse U.S.



Constant threat of attack leaves soldiers stressed, stretched thin



1.4 million more Americans in poverty in 2002



Bombshell hits UK govt claims



US is 'terrorist king'



Bin Laden family's US exit 'approved'



US's private army grows



Activist Jose Bove banned from WTO/Cancun trip

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