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November 30, 2005

Who Made America Right?
by Monica Benderman

Soldiers are told their side is right - they are given guns and ordered to
kill as many on the other side as possible because the "other side" is
wrong. WHO exactly tells us we are right? Who is it that has decided that
our side is right?

Lori Berenson statement

My name is Lori Berenson. I am a New York born and raised political prisoner
in Perú. I have spent many years in Central and South America, trying to
contribute to the efforts of those who seek social justice for all. I
continue this work from prison. On November 30, 1995, I was pulled off of a
public bus in Lima, Perú. Like thousands of Peruvians, I was detained by the
anti-terrorist police, tried for treason by a hooded military tribunal under
draconian anti-terrorism laws and condemned to life in prison.

Feds to Fund Controversial School Surveillance
by Catherine Komp

In what some allege is a thinly veiled attempt to normalize surveillance, a
federal agency is pumping more money into Big Brother programs that track
students despite declining needs for school security.

We are not alone: WE are the majority! -- Exclusive interview with Dirk
Adriaensens, coordinator SOS Iraq and member  of the Executive committee of
the BRussells Tribunal
By Gabriele Zamparini

If we want to spread correct information and viewpoints to the Western
audiences, we need the Iraqis to advise us. The BRussells Tribunal is about
THEIR country. So we want to be a bridge between the Iraqi and the Western
peace movement. We publish regularly eyewitness accounts and Iraqi Human
Rights reports that we receive. There's no chance to patronize the Iraqis:
they decide the direction. As to our position towards the Iraqi resistance:
It's not our duty, nor our right to judge this resistance. And we should
certainly avoid affiliation to one current or another resisting the
occupation. We have to keep the same distance from all currents and at the
same time support and show our solidarity with all the different currents of
the real resistance, all this in accordance to the Istanbul conclusions,
that stated clearly the support for the Iraqis' right to resist this
dreadful occupation. And we certainly make no distinction between "civil"
and "armed" resistance. Resistance is resistance against a rapacious power
"by all means possible".

Other articles of interest

Colin Powell: Still Craven After All These Years
Norman Solomon, Media Monitors

[A]s a Powell surrogate, Wilkerson is certainly on a tear this week,
speaking some truth about power. But there are a few big problems with his
zeal to recast the public record: 1) Wilkerson should have spoken up years
ago. 2) His current statements, for the most part, are foggy. 3) The
criticisms seem to stem largely from tactical critiques and image concerns
rather than moral objections. 4) Powell is still too much of a cagey
opportunist to speak out himself.

What is Wrong With Joe Lieberman? Is he Hallucinating or Lying?
Kevin Zeese, Democracy Rising

Time Magazine Baghdad bureau chief Michael Ware showed the absurdity of
Liberman's comments when he said: "I and some other journalists had lunch
with Senator Joe Lieberman the other day and we listened to him talking
about Iraq. Either Senator Lieberman is so divorced from reality that he's
completely lost the plot or he knows he's spinning a line.

None Dare Call It Censorship
Jack D. Douglas, LewRockwell.com

All serious and intelligent journalists today know that the U.S. government
has massive media management brigades to carefully control what Americans
see in the media and, thus, what they are very likely to believe about
things of which they have no direct experience, such as high-level politics,
finance and foreign affairs. They also know that the government is extremely
effective in secretly censoring the news by using devices such as "embedded
reporting" in nations like Afghanistan and Iraq which the U.S. government
invades, occupies, and governs.

Lynch mobs, the death penalty, and torture in the US military: a history
Craig Morris, Telepolis (Germany)

The Nazis kept meticulous records on actions that any sensible person would
have tried to hide. Of course, no sensible person would have done such
things to begin with. Now, US soldiers are publishing their crimes on the
Internet, and the Bush administration (especially Dick Cheney) is openly
supporting torture. But Americans are not keeping meticulous records about
their war crimes like the Nazis did; as US General Tommy Franks put it in a
different context, "We don't do body counts." Unlike Nazi bookkeeping, the
records of the crimes that US soldiers commit are private - voluntary,
bottom-up leisure pastimes. These photos are not intended to document what
happened where; rather, they are part of the pleasure that the soldiers take
in torturing. So while the Nazis were cold-blooded, US soldiers seem to get
a kick out of war crimes. What does this "cultural" difference tell us?

The Long Struggle of Leonard Peltier
Joe Allan and Paul D'Amato

Leonard Peltier, one of America's longest-serving political prisoners,
turned sixty-one-years-old on September 12, 2005. Peltier has spent nearly
thirty years in federal prison, the result of one of the most infamous
political frame-ups in modern U.S. history.

A Conversation with Death Row Prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams from his San
Quentin Cell
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

In a half-hour interview, death row prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams speaks
from his cell in San Quentin about his case, his life and his redemption. He
helped start the Crips street gang - his greatest regret - but behind bars
he has become a leading advocate for the end of gang violence. He has
written nine books and has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace
Prize. He is scheduled to die on Dec. 13 unless Governor Schwarzenegger
grants him clemency. Actions are planned across the world today in what has
been described as International Save Tookie Day.

Good Drugs
Annalee Newitz, AlterNet

Researchers there at the University of Saskatchewan demonstrated that
marijuana rejuvenates cells in the hippocampus, an area of the brain
associated with learning and memory. Neuroscientist Xia Zhang and his team
injected rats with a superpotent chemical synthesized to resemble a chemical
found in a typical puff of pot. And, under the influence of this
mega-marijuana, the rats started growing new brain cells.
Please tell me this means that all those annoying PSAs with Rachael Leigh
Cook smashing things and talking about "your brain on drugs" will have to be
rethought - or possibly just erased from the nation's cultural memory. Then
again, with all those new brain cells we'll be growing, it might be hard for
us to forget.


Is American journalism dying?

U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press

Fear, Inc. -- How homeland security became the biggest market opportunity
since the dotcom boom

Rumsfeld bans the word "insurgent"

Campus officials target student antiwar activists' right to dissent

Feds, Supreme Court silence an FBI translator who knew too much

The mass poisoning of humanity: an exploration of human stupidity

Impact of Climate Change 'Can be Likened to WMD'

One earthquake could leave two-thirds of Californians without drinking water

Cheney 'may be guilty of war crime'

Marines use Iraqi children as human shields

Six years ago: The Battle in Seattle

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