[APR-news] Alternative Press Review - February 3-17, 2005

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February 3-17, 2005

World View of Global Warming

Palestinian Loss of Land 1946 - 2000

A Matter of Conscience
By Kevin Benderman

Having read numerous books on the subject of war and having heard all the
arguments for war, I have come to the conclusion that there are no valid
arguments for the destructive force of war. People are destroyed, nations
are destroyed, and yet we continue on with war. The young people that I went
with to the combat zone looked at it like it was a video game they played
back in their childhood. When you contemplate the beauty of the world around
us and the gifts we have been given, you have to ask yourself, "Is this what
humanity is meant to do, wage war against one another?"

Is the Army's Manpower Problem So Bad it Must Now Recall the Injured?
Apparently-as that is what it has done to Adam Mowery
By Jack Dalton

23 year old Adam Mowery was discharged by the U.S. Army in May of 2003 from
the 188th MP Company stationed in Taegu, South Korea from a back injury he
sustained while deployed on active duty while stationed at Walter Reed Army
Medical Hospital following the attacks on September 11th. On February 1,
2005, 21 months after Adam was forced out of the Army, he has been notified
he is to report for active duty the first week of April.

Cultured Perils
by Zbignew Zingh

North Korea, regardless whether it has one or two crude nuclear weapons or
home-brewed short-range missiles capable of reaching the Aleutian Islands,
is not and has never been a threat to the United States. It is absolutely
inconceivable that North Korea, with its small population and devastated
economy, would launch an attack against anyone, except in self-defense. What
is most remarkable is that so many Americans have bought into the myth,
hook, line and sinker, that North Korea actually presents a threat to the
United States and not the other way around.

Leslie Gelb asks Iraq: Who's your Daddy?
By Mickey Z.

The new Iraqi National Assembly, says Gelbo, "should forgo drafting the
constitution and establish a special constitutional committee" that engages
"Iraq's James Madisons and Ben Franklins" (I'm not making this up). That
where the whole 1787 thing comes into play. Iraq needs to follow in
America's footsteps (then again, doesn't everyone?) It's as if Gelbo was
asking those poor Iraqis: "Who's your daddy?" because, as we all know, you
ain't nothing without Founding Fathers(tm). The year 1787 saw a certain
Daniel Shays arrested, thus this op-ed reminded me of a lesson about
constitutions that the Amazing Gelbo neglected to reference.

Ward Churchill has rights, and he's right
by Robert Jensen, ZNet

Malcolm X was correct, and it was appropriate for Churchill to quote him:
Chickens do, indeed, come home to roost. And whether U.S. citizens want to
acknowledge it or not, there likely will be chickens heading our way for
years to come. I take Churchill's central thesis to be that (1) U.S. crimes
against peace, crimes against humanity, and war crimes around the world --
from the genocidal campaigns against indigenous people on which this country
was founded, through the post-World War II assaults (both by the U.S.
military and through proxy forces) on the people of the Third World -- are
crimes, in legal and moral terms; (2) while contemporary non-state terrorism
is a complex phenomenon, U.S. policies aimed at domination and control
around the world are one of several key factors in spawning such terrorism;
and (3) we must study that history and those connections if we want to
prevent further crimes, whether committed by the United States or against
U.S. citizens.  I also take a core assertion of Churchill's essay to be that
we citizens of the U.S. empire bear some collective responsibility for those
crimes, depending on our level of power and privilege, and our capacity for

The Lynne Stewart Verdict: Stretching the Definition of "Terrorism" to New
By Elaine Cassel, CounterPunch

The eavesdropping on attorney-client communications that led to this
prosecution would have been unimaginable before September 11. I will argue
that this eavesdropping has a serious cost in inhibiting defense attorney's
ability to zealously represent their clients. This cost is of a
constitutional dimension: The Sixth Amendment's right to counsel cannot be
served while the government is a third party present at attorney-client

Wrongful Convictions and the Questionably Dead: TruthinJustice.org
By Kirsten Anderberg

TruthinJustice.org is a great resource for anyone desiring concrete and
recent evidence that serious problems exist within the criminal justice
system in the U.S. today. For those people who still live with their heads
in the sand, insisting only "criminals" plead "guilty," and that only
"guilty" people end up in prison, this site is here to burst that insulated
bubble. Long lists of actual names, and court cases, on this site, document
a wide swath of abuse from the state that no one can deny.

Radio Active North of the Border: Mickey Z. Interviews Gorilla Radio's Chris

Gorilla Radio is a weekly one-hour show that features lively, provocative
discussion between Chris and guests like M. Shahid Alam, William Blum, Helen
Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Laura Flanders, Sander Hicks, Julia Butterfly Hill,
Naomi Klein, Kurt Nimmo, and yours truly. I figured it might be interesting
to turn the tables, toss some questions back at Cook, and see what happens.

Harsher and Dreader Realities: Enough Double Talk on the Left
By Nate Collins

Are these the only standards that matter? The standards of US secular
leftists and progressive movements around the world. You could easily have
mentioned that citizens of Islamic societies who do not necessarily espouse
the western ideology of "progressivism," who nonetheless view the al-Qaeda
program as grotesque. Why does it take a white and western voice to
legitimize the critique? Would you have us believe that Muslims are all so
savage that they have never critiqued the reactionary manifestations within
their own societies? Or are their critiques insufficient for your taste?

Other articles of interest

Dropping in on the Apocalypse
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

The latest bad news on glaciers is just now emerging from the previously
frozen, now thawing, deep south of the globe: Michael McCarthy of the
British Independent (which has consistently had the best coverage around of
the Unnamed Subject) reports that scientists from the Cambridge-based
British Antarctic Survey "have discovered that a massive Antarctic ice sheet
previously assumed to be stable may be starting to disintegrate. Its
collapse would raise sea levels around the earth by more than 16 feet.
[someday] putting enormous chunks of low-lying, desperately poor countries
such as Bangladesh under water -- not to mention much of southern England."

The Greatest Crime of Historic Time
by Victor Connor, War Folly

The greatest crime against humanity in all historic time has now been
committed by the United States government. It dwarfs Joseph Stalin's killing
of 7,000,000 Ukrainians in the 1930s and Adolph Hitler's killing of
6,000,000 Jewish people in the 1940s. This crime will cause the premature
deaths of TENS of MILLIONS of people and will give a horribly debilitating
disease to TENS of MILLIONS more. It is indiscriminate mass murder -
genocide. My statements may be dramatic, but they are absolutely true.

What First Amendment?
William Fisher, Dissident Voice

While authoritarian states in much of the world are routinely jailing
journalists and others for expressing their views, a substantial proportion
of U.S. high school students believes the government should censor the
American press and that the free speech protections of the Bill of Rights
First Amendment go "too far."

Lessons Not Learned and the War on Free Speech
Ward Churchill, Dissident Voice

In the last few days there has been widespread and grossly inaccurate media
coverage concerning my analysis of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon, coverage that has resulted in
defamation of my character and threats against my life. What I actually said
has been lost, indeed turned into the opposite of itself, and I hope the
following facts will be reported at least to the same extent that the
fabrications have been.

The new Americanism: The Eichmann Syndrome
Don Monkerud, Smirking Chimp

Eichmann is relevant today because he illustrates how ordinary people
incrementally change until they are capable of perpetuating atrocities. A
devoted bureaucrat who efficiently organized German transportation during WW
II, Eichmann fled to Argentina with the help of the Catholic Church, was
kidnapped in 1960 and put on trial in Israel for war crimes. He turned out
to be what we would call "an ordinary Joe." In Eichmann: His Life and
Crimes, David Cesarani reveals that Eichmann didn't particularly hate Jews,
wasn't violent, and wasn't interested in politics. He joined the Nazi party
because he was a social climber; he played the violin regularly and knew
Kant's Critique of Practical Reason. As an employee of a Jewish-owned
petroleum firm in the 1920s, he adopted a corporate mentality and learned
management skills.

The Self-Hating Media and the Cult of Militarism
Mark Hand, Press Action

Jack Kelly, a staff writer and columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and
Toledo Blade, says he would find "enormous pleasure" in killing certain
Muslims if he were in the military today. In the same piece, Kelly describes
a high-ranking U.S. military man, who recently said it's "helluva lot of fun
to shoot" people in Afghanistan, as "arguably our most effective combat

The Propaganda President: George W. Bush does his best Kim Jong-il
Jack Shafer, Salon

If "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il of North Korea and George W. Bush ever meet, I
suspect the two will bond like long-lost brothers. Both men are first-born
sons of powerful fathers who partied like adolescents well into their adult
lives, after which they submitted to their dynastic fates as heads of state.
Both avoid critical thought, preferring to surround themselves with yes men
and apply propagandistic slogans to the onrushing complexities of justice,
culture, economics, and foreign policy.

Alexander Cockburn, Creators.com

This measure of generosity, Itani wrote, "showed private Saudi individuals
as the most generous amongst the people of the 12 countries mentioned in the
Observer article, followed in descending order by the Swedes, Dutch,
Norwegians, Australians, Germans, Canadians, Greeks, Austrians, Brits,
French, and in 12th and final place, Americans." In fact, the Saudis were
1,617 percent more generous than 12th place Americans. And since The
Observer's numbers compared private, not official donations, the generosity
of Saudi individuals cannot be dismissed away as resulting from their "oil
wealth. Indeed, Saudi per-capita income, at $8,530, pales in comparison with
American per capita income at $37,610. "Interestingly," Itani went on, " the
pattern of poorer people giving a larger percentage of their income to
charity than richer people is mirrored in domestic U.S. private charitable
donation patterns: it's a well documented fact that poorer Americans donate
a larger percentage of their income to charity than the richer amongst them

Apocalypse Now: How Mankind is Sleepwalking to the End of the Earth
Geoffrey Lean, The Independent

Floods, storms and droughts. Melting Arctic ice, shrinking glaciers, oceans
turning to acid. The world's top scientists warned last week that dangerous
climate change is taking place today, not the day after tomorrow.

Gimme Shelter
Rose Aguilar, AlterNet

Noel says he contacted several government programs, including the VA, but
was told he'd have to wait up to a year for services. "It's time for the
government to wake up," he says. "If soldiers come back and find out they
were lied to, we're going to have a rebellion on our hands." As small waves
of Iraq vets return home, organizations that offer housing, employment and
counseling services expect the problems will be unlike anything the United
States has ever seen. They say they're not prepared and the federal
government isn't offering enough support and assistance. In some cases, the
government is literally putting them out on the streets.


Eason Jordan and the names of 12 journalists "deliberately targeted" by US

US accused of plan to muzzle al-Jazeera through privatization

Media held guilty of deception

Fake news, fake reporter

Pentagon to beam propaganda directly to American viewers via the Pentagon

Pentagon-managed websites: Journalism or Propaganda?

Minders assigned to reporters

Anti-war group targets terrorist recruiters

War is Shit: US Terror Recuiting Center Vandalized

Three-star US Marine terrorist: "It's fun to shoot some people"

Conscientious Objector Launches Web Site

U.S. Soldiers Head North To Seek Asylum

Breaking Ranks to Shun War

Three Face Jail for Refusing to Pay for War

US Army National Guard faces recruitment crisis

CIA recruited five of Eichmann's associates

Outsourcing Torture: The Secret History of America's "Extraordinary
Rendition" Program

Secrecy, Torture, Propaganda Mark New American Polituro Practices
Germany: US accused of kidnapping

US Scientists Ordered to Alter Findings

Greenhouse gas 'threatens marine life'

It's much too late to sweat global warming; Time to prepare for inevitable
effects of our ill-fated future

2005 could become warmest year on record

Human Rights Abuses: Working conditions in U.S. meat and poultry plants so
dangerous new report compares situation to The Jungle, Upton Sinclair's
famous novel of a century ago

What will the rest of the world do if Saudi oil runs out early?

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