[APR-news] Alternative Press Week in Review - September 15, 2003

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Alternative Press Week in Review

Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream 

September 15, 2003 


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



How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know

By the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press



Timeline of CIA Atrocities



Military Families Speak Out


Publications of the Week




New Perspectives on Politics, Culture, Media, and Life

#22 / Sep/Oct 2003

Articles on freight hopping, hitchhiking, tourism and traveling, plus interviews with David Rovics and the author of Evasion.



Covert Action Quarterly

#75 / Fall 2003

25th Anniversary issue featuring articles on the reactionary Bush II era, Homeland Security and the Phoenix Program, Denver police spying on peace groups, Colin Powell engaging in deceit, and plenty more.


CDs of the Week


We received three noteworthy CDs from AK Press - http://www.akpress.org.



Emerging Framework of World Power - Noam Chomsky

In a sweeping state of the world address, America's leading foreign policy critic surveys the role of the US in a post 9/11 world - and finds nothing has changed. Ranging over American intervention in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America since World War II, Chomsky deftly sketches the logic behind our foreign policy, and its tragic results across the globe, and at home. Whether its globalization, oil, or a monopoly on real terror, it's business as usual, and we - not to mention the rest of the world - have to pay.



Life in Occupied America - Ward Churchill

In this trenchant, and often bitingly acerbic lecture, coupled with a fiery question and answer session, Native activist scholar Ward Churchill lays out the current state of Native America. From the first recorded instance of biological warfare (a written order from the British commander Lord Amherst in 1763 to utlise small-pox infected blankets as a means of cleansing his rebellious subjects) to a Native population today living in conditions of Third World poverty (a life expe ctancy on the Reservations for a man of less than 50 years, 60% unemployment, and outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague, for example), Churchill tracks the effects, causes and consequences of 500 years of wars, broken treaties, duplicity, exploitation, environmental degredation, genocide and colonisation - life in occupied America (in the words of John Trudell) since predator came. 



Chile: Promise Of Freedom

A program produced by the Freedom Archives

The other 9-11. Brings to life the CIA-backed coup of the elected government of Salvador Allende in 1973. Features interviews with Isabel Allende, Ariel Dorfman, Isabel Letelier, and people in global pursuit of the Pinochet/Kissinger cases, as well as the archived voices of Salvador Allende and witnesses of the 1973 coup. Based in San Francisco, the Freedom Archives contain over 5000 hours of audio tape recordings, documenting as they happened, the most turbulent events and important movements from the early 60s to today. 


Articles of the Week



CNN = Contains No News - 1 Hour of CNN Yields Less Than 5 Minutes of News
Analysis by TvNewsLies.org

There are three American television networks that purport to be national news networks.  However, a closer look reveals something as bizarre as it is disturbing. On the "news" networks, what is missing is NEWS!



Dialectics of Terror
M. Shahid Alam, Dissident Voice
States are founded on a monopoly over violence, which has nearly always included the right to kill. In fact, that is the very essence of the state. States seek to enforce this monopoly by amassing instruments of violence; but that is scarcely enough. They also use religion, ideology and laws to delegitimize and root out violence stemming from non-state agents.



"Homeland Defense" and the Militarisation of America
Frank Morales, CRG
The JAG handbook attempts to solidify, from a legal standpoint, Pentagon penetration of America and it's "operations other than war," essentially providing the U.S. corporate elite with lawful justification for its class war against the American people, specifically those that resist the "new world law and order" agenda.



A Slow and Steady Genocide

Tanya Reinhart, From Occupied Palestine

What is happening in the Territories is a process of slow and steady genocide. People die from being shot and killed, many die from their wounds - the number of wounded is enormous, it is in the tens of thousands. Often, people can not get medical treatment, so someone with a heart attack will die at a road block because they can not get to the hospital. There is a serious shortage of food, so there is malnutrition of children. The Palestinian society is dying - daily - and there is hardly any awareness of this in Israeli society.



A Disaster Foretold
Uri Avnery, Strike the Root
The decision legitimizing his assassination is by itself a far-reaching political act. It is intended to get the Israeli and international public used to the idea. What used to sound like a crazy plot by extreme fanatics now has the air of a legitimate political process, with only the time and mode of implementation still open.



How we trained al-Qa'eda
Brendan O'Neill, Antiwar.com
For all the millions of words written about al-Qa'eda since the 9/11 attacks two years ago, one phenomenon is consistently overlooked - the role of the Bosnian war in transforming the mujahedin of the 1980s into the roving Islamic terrorists of today. 


Iraq's Epic Suffering Is Made Invisible

John Pilger, New Statesman

For the past few weeks, I have been watching videotapes of the attack on Iraq, most of them not shown in this country. The tapes concentrate on the epic suffering of ordinary Iraqis. There are photographs, too, that were never published here. They show streets and hospitals running with blood, as American and British forces smashed their way into Iraq with weapons designed to incinerate and dismember human beings.



Dirty Secrets

Osha Gray Davidson, Mother Jones
No president has gone after the nation's environmental laws with the same fury as George W. Bush - and none has been so adept at staying under the radar. 



Behind the Curtain

George W. Bush's stealth assault on environmental rules is being carried out by a cadre of appointed bureaucrats with strong ties to the very industries they are now supposed to regulate.



Imperial Sociopaths
Kurt Nimmo, Dissident Voice
Ledeen may sincerely believe this form of destruction -- the neocon "sway of brute force" in the name of a renewed and updated version of global Manifest Destiny and an Americanized "city on a hill" -- may be "creative," but for thousands of Iraqis and Afghans it is nothing less than merciless barbarism, pernicious mass murder. Spreading between 1000-2000 tons of depleted uranium over the Iraqi countryside is anything but creative - it is a war crime of a nearly unimaginable magnitude, an immeasurably destructive act.



Secret slaughter by night, lies and blind eyes by day
Robert Fisk, Independent
Sixteen demonstrators killed in Fallujah? Forget it. Twelve gunned down by the Americans in Mosul? Old news. Ten Iraqi policemen shot by US troops outside Fallujah? "No information," the occupation authorities told us last week. No information? The Jordanian embassy bombing? The bombing of the UN headquarters? Or Najaf with its 126 dead? Forget it. Things are improving in Iraq. There's been 24-hour electricity for three days now and - until two US soldiers were killed on Friday - there had been five days without an American death. That's how the French used to report the news from Algeria. What you don't know doesn't worry you.



A "mind-numbingly boring" propaganda film
Kristen Breitweiser, Salon
It is understandable that so little time is actually devoted to the president's true actions on the morning of 9/11. Because to show the entire 23 minutes from 9:03 to 9:25 a.m., when President Bush, in reality, remained seated and listening to "second grade story-hour" while people like my husband were burning alive inside the World Trade Center towers, would run counter to Karl Rove's art direction and grand vision.



Hoppin' Freight

Dennis Kepic, Clamor

Tim Barry is the singer for Richmond, Virginia's mighty Avail, and if you've seen them live you know that "mighty" is an appropriate adjective. Tim, fresh off of a European tour, was kind enough to indulge me with a phone interview regarding his experiences and knowledge of freight train hopping. 



Bush Administration puts former Hussein torturers, executioners, and rapists on America's payroll

Bill Berkowitz, WorkingforChange
Those bright folks at the Pentagon have decided that the best way to hunt down Hussein and any remaining Baathists is to put some of the brutal dictator's former buddies on the payroll: They figure if you offer the former regime's torturers, executioners, and rapists enough money and outfit them properly, they can be of great assistance to the occupation forces. St. Petersburg (Russia) Times columnist Chris Floyd recently mused that a headline covering this new enterprise might read "War Criminals Hire War Criminals to Hunt Down War Criminals."



Cancun Dispatch

Starhawk, Utne

We did it. We got through all their security, got right up next to the convention center, and blockaded the roads for three hours, completely snarling all the traffic in the hotel zone just as the delegates were out for their dinners.



25 Years Off the Grid: A Retrospective

Steve Krug, Country Magazine

Like Groucho Marx, I never wanted to belong to any organization that would have me. But, in the early 70s, worn out by the war and pending nuclear doom, I cast my lot with the "back-to-the-landers." Why not, we asked ourselves, work on a sustainable way of living and, maybe, be an example for the larger culture? 



Free Trade Is War

Naomi Klein, The Nation
After September 11, right-wing pundits couldn't bury the globalization movement fast enough. We were gleefully informed that in times of war, no one would care about frivolous issues like water privatization. Much of the US antiwar movement fell into a related trap: Now was not the time to focus on divisive economic debates, it was time to come together to call for peace. All this nonsense ends in Cancún this week, when thousands of activists converge to declare that the brutal economic model advanced by the World Trade Organization is itself a form of war. 



US attorney general's "Patriot" tour: the specter of a police state
Bill Vann, WSWS
The Bush administration has seized upon the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks as an opportunity to push for a further expansion of the police-state powers it has assumed in the name of fighting a "war on terrorism."



Government and the Prison System: A Mirror Image of Uselessness
Matthew Lamont, Infoshop

Prison officials have stated that only 10-to-15 percent of inmates in the prison population are considered "violent predatory offenders" who need to be under continuous physical supervision. This leaves 85-to-90% of inmates who are either considered non-violent offenders or inmates who have not demonstrated a repetitive pattern of violence. A vast majority of these inmate's crimes are products of a life of poverty and desperation. 



Chaos, Collapse and Survival

Jan Lunberg, Culture Change

A final energy crisis is on tap to end this extended, gluttonous feast on the Earth's limited, dwindling resources.  The weakest link in the critical chain of the globalized economy is sufficient, cheap oil.  With world oil extraction peaking now, the market is a disaster waiting to happen. 



US Intervention Backfires - Everywhere

Ivan Eland, Antiwar.com
Most of the problems associated with the Bush administration's collapsing foreign policy stem from one central flaw: the attempt to socially engineer the world using military power or intimidation.



What American's Know

Andrew Gumbel, Independent

"Assume you are living in Stalinist Russia when communicating with the United States government." Ignorance, self-delusion, free-floating disregard for the facts and an unswerving belief in its own infallibility: such are the hallmarks of today's America.





Trade Talks Collapse; Activists Celebrate



NC teacher fired for antiwar remarks



Iraq WMD report shelved as no evidence found by US-UK team



Greenpeace obtains smoking-gun memo: White House/Exxon link



Antarctic ozone hole biggest ever



$1 billion PR campaign to polish US image around the world a miserable failure



Diego Garcia islanders fight to go home



Uri Avnery to act as human shield for Arafat



10,000 Yale Strike Supporters Rally in New Haven - City Center Shut Down; 152 Arrested



DC IMF Arrests Improper; Ramsey Memo Acknowledges Protesters Weren't Warned



Dizzying Dive to Red Ink Poses Stark Choices for Washington



With fists and middle fingers upraised, a booing, hissing and chanting crowd of about 1,200 people greeted John Ashcroft



America's Hidden Battlefield Toll



Tommy Chong sentenced to 9 months in prison



Suicide at WTO Meeting Highlights Farmers' Plight



Government clampdown: Media lose access to information



Anti-terror laws increasingly used against common criminals



Disappearing Iraqis: Why Are So Many Citizens Arrested and Detained by the American Occupying Force?



Spain to Try Al Jazeera Newsman for Aiding Al Qaeda



Guess what? We're running out of oil and gas



Indian farmers target Monsanto



Wounded soldier forced to pay for hospital food



US seeks to create global police state



End of the credit line - America in for potentially nasty shock



The US Government's Economic Shell Game



Bombmaker and Enemy of Humanity Dies



America's dirty torture secret



Thousands of US troops evacuated from Iraq for unexplained medical reasons

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