[APR-news] Alternative Press Review - December 23, 2004

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Alternative Press Review - Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
December 23, 2004

"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S.
media." - Noam Chomsky

On the Seventh Column
By Richard Oxman

I don't like seeing anyone killed or maimed...or even shocked out of their
shrapnelic insensitivity. Nevertheless, it's quite a stretch for me to
contemplate the devastation in any other light than what I would be
seeing...if the Third Reich's Headquarters had had their heads handed to
them. ... The Seventh Column? That would include those who see our Occupying
Troops - dead, alive or maimed - as Stormtroopers. Sturm Abteilung...with an
edge. Well, okay, they're not wearin' brown shirts. But do you want to get
rid of them? I'm afraid so.

Fallujah "Uninhabitable"
by Kurt Nimmo

If a foreign military bombed your city, forced you to evacuate and live in a
tent or sleep on the street, and then, after weeks, you discovered your
house was flattened, your possessions destroyed, would you want revenge,
would you join the resistance fighting against the foreign military
occupying your homeland? Or would you celebrate your "liberation" from the
dictator-a dictator who did not destroy your home or mess with you so long
as you didn't give him any trouble-removed by the foreign military? Would
you "vote" in "elections" staged by a government that destroyed your home
and place of work? More than likely you would join the resistance, or at
least support it and provide it with assistance.

WAR ON PLASTIC: Rejecting the toxic plague
by Jan Lundberg

Plastic as toxic trash is barely an issue with health advocates,
environmentalists, and even those of us looking toward the post-petroleum
world. Instead, "recycling" and future "bioplastics" distract people from
keeping plastic out of their lives. As the evidence from our trashed oceans
and damage to human health mounts, plastic can no longer be conveniently
ignored. The days of naive trust and denial need to be put behind us, and a
war on plastics declared now.

Other articles of interest

The Myth of National Victimhood - All Wrapped and Delivered for Christmas
by Thom Hartmann, Common Dreams

It's Christmas week - Adolf Hitler's favorite season after he declared an
official merger of church and state - and, ironically, conservatives are
using the occasion to mount a new and bizarre attack. They said liberals are
out to destroy Christmas. Cobbling together a few anecdotes (unsupportable
attacks are always anecdote-based), they managed to imply a vast
anti-Christian conspiracy bubbling just under the belly of America, and
pushed that frightening implication into the minds of millions of Americans
just in time for the holiday season.

A System of Injustice: America Locked Up
Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch

While enjoying Christmas, good food and drink with family and friends in the
warmth and comfort of your home, take a moment to remember the falsely
imprisoned. Think about how your own family would handle the grief, because
wrongful imprisonment can happen to you. ... Unless you believe that
Americans are more criminally inclined than other humans, what can explain
the US incarceration rate being so far outside the international mainstream?
I can think of the following reasons: (1) In order to prove that they are
"tough on crime," politicians have criminalized behavior that is legal
elsewhere. (2) Many innocent Americans are in jail. There is enormous
evidence backing up both reasons.

The New York Times manufactures support for the Iraq war in aftermath of
Mosul bombing
Rick Kelly, WSWS

In response to Tuesday's attack on a US base in Mosul, the New York Times
published an extraordinary front-page article yesterday, entitled "Fighting
is the only option, Americans say." The piece quoted a number of people who
expressed their full support for the ongoing occupation, and presented their
views as being representative of the US population as a whole. While the
article was presented as an objective characterization of the nation's mood
following the deaths of the US soldiers, it amounted to nothing more than a
crude propaganda piece, aimed at limiting any domestic political fallout
from the bombing in northern Iraq. The intended effect is to create the
impression that any demand for an end to the occupation is beyond the
"mainstream" and illegitimate.
Rise of the Amerikan Nazis: Amerikan Terrorists, American Tragedy
Manuel Valenzuela, ICH

The shock and awe storm of the Amerikan Nazis will inevitably one day pass,
as all tyrannies eventually do, yet what will remain to haunt us, what will
tug at our conscious for years to come, will be the dishonor and shame upon
our society for the human malice spawned in the minds of so many millions of
Americans. For the Amerikan Nazi phenomenon has with the passing of each
sunset grown and mutated beyond the small cabal of criminal corporatists,
power hungry warmongering fascists, military-industrial complex elites,
delusional Zionist-first neocons, religious Bible-Belt fundamentalists and
profit over people capitalists. Today, the cancer is spreading far and wide,
infecting those residing inside the belly of the beast, afflicting first and
foremost the most unenlightened and ignorant among us.

"God Is With Us": Hitler's Rhetoric and the Lure of "Moral Values"
Maureen Farrell, Buzzflash

Hitler's Germany amalgamated state with church. Soldiers of the vermacht
wore belt buckles inscribed with the following: "Gott mit uns" (God is with
us). His troops were often sprinkled with holy water by the priests. It was
a real Christian country whose citizens were indoctrinated by both state and
church and blindly followed all authority figures, political and
ecclesiastical. Hitler, like some of the today's politicians and preachers,
politicized "family values." He liked corporeal punishment in home and
school. Jesus prayers became mandatory in all schools under his

It Can't Happen Here?
Ron Paul, LewRockwell

We are not yet living in a total police state, but it is fast approaching.
The seeds of future tyranny have been sown, and many of our basic
protections against government have been undermined. The atmosphere since
2001 has permitted Congress to create whole new departments and agencies
that purport to make us safer - always at the expense of our liberty.


Attack on foreign terrorist base kills 24, injures 64

Foreign terrorists using chemical weapons against Iraqi civilians

Blowback from Iraq: US occupation creating worldwide backlash that is likely
to have far-reaching and bloody consequences

Fallujah: Little Stalingrad

White House may have issued torture order

Prison abuse, torture by US troops widespread

Malnutrition among Iraqi children has doubled since US occupation

Death toll of Iraqi policemen hits 1000

Jordanian charged with crime for giving speech critical of US foreign policy

Pirate radio broadcast calls for inauguration protests

US seeks to silence Arab democracy activists

A softer, more pragmatic bin Laden?

Israel: soldier admits he knew slain peace activist Hurndall was unarmed

U.S. trying to produce fake nuclear documents implicating Iran

Amazon gas heralds further destruction of Brazil rain forest

Generation Debt: Sorry Kids, You're Fucked

Market edges closer to breaking points

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