[APR-news] Alternative Press Review - December 7, 2004

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Alternative Press Review - Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
December 7, 2004


The folks at Clamor Magazine (http://www.clamormagazine.org) are hard at
work reading through the nominations for the 9th volume of the Zine
Yearbook, but we're missing your favorite zines! Each year we compile a book
featuring over 50 excerpts from zines that take the underground press
above-ground for just a second -- long enough to share and celebrate the
brilliance of independently created art and media from the zine world.

To nominate your favorite zine from 2004, send the actual zine or a
photocopy (with your favorite parts marked) to: Clamor/Zine Yearbook - PO
Box 20128 - Toledo, Ohio 43610  --  for more info: 
yearbook at clamormagazine.org

"Reality is a construction..."
Sander Hicks and the 9/11 Truth Movement
By Mickey Z.

"The seeming paranoia of conspiracy theorists is not necessarily the result
of some underlying mental dysfunction or of stupidity," declares Jonathan
Vankin, author of "Conspiracies, Cover-Ups, and Crimes." "The dysfunction is
with American society, maybe even civilization as a whole. The structure of
civilization itself requires mass adherence to faith in the institutions
that built civilization and make it run. Conspiracies theorists question
those authorities and, because they do, they skirt the fringes of society."

Know Your Enemy: Political Contradictions of the Right
by M. Junaid Alam

Right-wing ideology is mostly a game of smoke and mirrors. Outside the
narrow segment of the very wealthy, it achieves its appeal by cleverly
capitalizing upon the inchoate prejudices, suspicions, fears, and
insecurities prevalent among the public. The method is simple but effective:
for any given problem, introduce a few crucial codewords and phrases that
both eject said problem's real dimensions and inject as many
emotionally-loaded, jingoistic, and anxiety-inducing intimations as
possible. These Trojan horses, once inserted into public discourse, arouse
the appropriate psychological insecurities and pre-existing prejudices, and
soon come to reshape the framework of public discourse itself. The trick is
to recognize this game from the outset - and to reject and dismantle the
imposed framework - instead of hopelessly banging on the walls from inside
the asylum.

Other articles of interest

Exit NBC anchor Tom Brokaw: a nonentity in the service of wealth and power
David Walsh, WSWS

In the two decades during which Brokaw presided over the NBC evening news
the American media suffered a dreadful decline. Television news, in
particular, has been transformed by economic and political processes into a
purely profit-driven operation. More fundamentally, television news
programs, packaged (and on occasion criticized) as entertainment, have
become organs of state propaganda, transmitting the policies and claims of
increasingly right-wing administrations in Washington as "news" and "facts."

Sixty-Three Years of Lies
Anthony Gregory, Strike the Root

Sixty-three years ago, on December 7, 1941 , more than three hundred
Japanese planes descended upon Pearl Harbor in a horrendous surprise attack.
Or, at least it was a surprise for the American servicemen and civilians who
resided at the base, some 2,400 of whom perished in the terrible onslaught.
Despite the difficulties confronted by historians and others who attempted
to reveal that Franklin Roosevelt likely had foreknowledge of these attacks,
the case is fairly solid now.

Made in Astoria ... The One and Only Mickey Z.
by MyAstoria.com Staff

You may have seen him hanging out on his stoop, or playing basketball at the
park on 38th St. between 31st Ave. and Broadway, or maybe frequenting one of
Astoria's many health food stores. Then again, you might have seen him on
CSPAN discussing politics or lecturing MIT students on U.S. Foreign Policy.
This is Mickey Z., one part self-educated freethinker, one part accomplished
author, one part kickboxing instructor, and all parts Astorian.

Lila Lipscomb and Michael Moore: A Slice of Unprincipled American
Glorious Revolutionary Federation of Fortune 500 Killers, Press Action

So what caused Lila's transition from pro-war uber-patriot to outspoken
anti-war speaker? One wishes we could say that the catalyst was of a
principled nature. Nope. Instead, it appears that Lila only decided to think
of the war as unjust after her son died in it. In other words, only when the
war started to affect her personally did she even bother to consider it more
deeply. Such is typical of a disgustingly selfish mentality that only
expresses concern for social problems if their consequences can be framed in
terms that demonstrate that practical costliness.

You asked for my evidence, Mr Ambassador. Here it is
In Iraq, the US does eliminate those who dare to count the dead
Naomi Klein, The Guardian

"We don't do body counts," said General Tommy Franks of US Central Command.
The question is: what happens to the people who insist on counting the
bodies - the doctors who must pronounce their patients dead, the journalists
who document these losses, the clerics who denounce them? In Iraq, evidence
is mounting that these voices are being systematically silenced through a
variety of means, from mass arrests, to raids on hospitals, media bans, and
overt and unexplained physical attacks.

Trophy Hunting?
Dahr Jamail, Iraq Dispatches

Photos dated from May, 2003 have been shown all over Jazeera today - showing
Navy Seals torturing Iraqis. Up close shots of men with bloodied mouths with
guns held to their heads, etc. You know the drill by now. They were put on
the net by the wife of a soldier who'd returned from Iraq. John Hutson, a
retired rear admiral who served as the Navy's Judge Advocate General from
1997 to 2000, said the photos suggested possible Geneva Convention
violations, as international law prohibits souvenir photos of prisoners of
war. Hutson said, "It's pretty obvious that these pictures were taken
largely as war trophies." Not too surprising, however, because there are
also eyewitness reports now from refugees that some soldiers in Fallujah
were tying the dead bodies of resistance fighters to tanks and driving
around with their "trophies."

Campesinos Vs Oil Industry: Bolivia Takes On Goliath Of Globalization
Will Braun , ZNet

They sent a water-privatizing multinational packing, and chased an
ultra-neoliberal president all the way to Miami. Now they have come
head-to-head with the ultimate goliath of globalization. The people of
Bolivia - stalwarts on the front lines of anti-globalization - are trying to
wrest control of the country's oil and gas reserves from the big boys of
fossil fuel.

Oil: The Dividing Line Of The New Cold War
Marshall Auerback, Prudent Bear

You remember the "peace dividend"? Those were the savings alleged to accrue
to the US government after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  For the most
part, that dividend has proven to be as real as Enron's purported earnings.
The US today spends about as much on its national defence as the next 20
countries combined.  In fact, America is now spending as much on defense as
it did during the height of the Cold War. Yet, in spite of this fact, many
of the country's military leaders tell us they don't have enough money and
that the Pentagon needs to buy more modern and expensive weapons to assure
the country's national security and, of equal importance, safeguard a steady
stream of oil supplies.


Yesterday's draft dodgers help today's war resisters

Bernard Kerik: Front man for a police state

ACLU discloses documents showing how terror task force is spying on
political, environmental, and animal rights activists

The return of psyops

Strip searches at Reagan National Airport

New torture photos surface

US admits to torture, results to become evidence despite being illegal

Torture charges filed against George W. Bush in Canadian Court

Rumsfeld, Others May Be Investigated, Tried by German Court

Life and Death in the Kill Zone

US plans police state measures for Fallujans

Fears grow of military spread thin

UN backs 'extermination' of Lavalas in Haiti

45 million children in the worlds poor countries will die needlessly over
the next decade according to Oxfam

Indigenous activists hold hunger strike

US a deficit state living on borrowed money

Financial Disaster Ahead?

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