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October 4 - 5, 2005

Did Bush administration attack peace movement with military grade biological
By Bob Fitrakis

What do we make of the Saturday, October 1 Washington Post headline "Poison
Found in Air During Anti-War Protest"? Washington D.C. Public Health
Director Greg A. Pane posed the right question in the Post article, "Why
that day? That's what is not explained." Pane pointed that it was "just this
24-hour period and none since." The Post noted that Pane found ". . . it was
puzzling that the finding was from a day when the mall was packed with
people." Puzzling? Indeed.

Student Brutalized by Cops, Right-Wing Students, for Protesting Recruiters
At George Mason University
By M. Junaid Alam

A Pakistani-American who served four years in the United States Air Force as
munitions personnel was beaten and brutalized by right-wing students and
campus police last Thursday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Tariq Khan, now a junior majoring in sociology, said he was standing in
front of the recruitment table outside the school student center - as he has
often done before - during noontime with a paper sign reading, "Recruiters
lie, don't be deceived," taped to his shirt. A student approached Khan and
initiated a verbal argument, screaming in his face; he then took the flyer
and ripped it up in front of him, Khan says.

Other articles of interest

Art, Life, and Activism: The Greensboro Community Arts Collective
Travis Diehl, Carolinian Online

There is no recruitment or application process; members are self-declared.
The organization is completely volunteer and entirely profitless. Members
work odd jobs, contributing what they can as individual projects arise. The
collective eludes definite structure, financial or otherwise. There is no
ready statistic for the number of people involved, or for the number of
affiliated sub-collectives like the Food Not Bombs project and Cakalak
Thunder, Greensboro's radical drum corps. The GCAC sees no need for
arbitrary distinction. "The most puzzling thing about it is that it works
really well," says Seymour. The GCAC members consider themselves an
anarchist group. For them, this traditionally seditious designation is
neither militant nor political. Instead, anarchy serves as an organizing
philosophy based on the literal Greek root of the word: "no leader."

Time to Unplug the CPB
Steve Rendall and Peter Hart, Extra!

Veterans of the battles over public broadcasting know the script by now:
Right-wing Republicans denounce NPR and PBS for being too "liberal,"
threatening to cut their federal funding. Public broadcasting's defenders
rally to "save" Big Bird and the like. The difference this time around,
though, is significant. The right-wing Republican is not a politician per
se. He's Kenneth Tomlinson, chair of the government-funded Corporation for
Public Broadcasting (CPB), and thus the man in charge of distributing
federal dollars to public broadcasters.

Imagine shelves bare because of gas prices: S.F. in a post-oil future
Tim Holt, SF Chronicle

The reality is that in the very near future we will no longer be a mobile
society. We are already seeing the beginnings of this, with rising fuel
prices squeezing commuters, taxi drivers, independent truckers, and the
entire aviation industry. The post-oil era will see our transformation from
a transient society to one that focuses on home and neighborhood. Sprawl
development will give way to compact, walkable environments. Suburbs will
disappear altogether. Those in direct proximity to cities will be replaced
by farms; those farther out will gradually be reclaimed by nature. So, in
many ways, the end of oil could be a very good thing for American society,
prompting changes that will strengthen communities, humanize our cities and
create a healthier population.

Does Breast Cancer Awareness Save Lives? A Call to Re-think the Pink
Lucinda Marshall, Dissident Voice

The primary corporate sponsor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is
AstraZeneca, which makes the popular cancer drug Tamoxifen. Interestingly,
Tamoxifen can also cause cancer and until recently, AstraZeneca also made a
variety of other cancer-causing chemicals.

Viewing Terrorism through a Different Lens
Jason Miller, Thomas Paine's Corner

Since the internal combustion engine became an indispensable aspect of
economic vitality, the United States government has invaded, exploited,
manipulated and cheated Arab nations in its ongoing quest to purloin their
precious oil. Preying upon internal strife and ongoing unrest amongst
varying factions and sects of the Islamic faith, the US government has raped
the people of the Middle East for decades.

When Terrorism Outlaws Democracy - Australians Lose Rights for Ten Years
Wanda Fish, Axis of Logic

On September 27, 2005, Australian democracy surrendered to terrorism. On
that day, a coalition of willing federal and state leaders agreed to
anti-terrorism legislation that will enable police persecution of the Muslim
community and threaten dissidents with imprisonment. In a country without a
Bill of Rights, the prospect of more draconian Terror Laws delivers ultimate
control through fear. Australia, with its history of penal colonies, racism
and detention centers, is now set to become a police state.

Martial Law and the Avian Flu Pandemic
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

The statement of President Bush suggests the enactment of Martial Law in the
case of an avian flu outbreak. Martial Law could also be established, using
the pretext of an outbreak of avian flu in foreign countries and its
potential impacts on the US. In other words, the Military rather than the
country's civilian health authorities would be put in charge.

War-Hawk Republicans and Anti-War Democrats: What's the Difference?
Cindy Sheehan, Common Dreams

The War-Hawk Dems I met with were equally, if not more, disheartening.
Although my meeting with Sen. Clinton (D-NY) went well, I don't believe she
will do anything to alleviate the suffering of the Americans in Iraq or the
Iraqi people. I don't believe that sending more troops is the solution, it
will only aggravate an already untenable situation. We met in NYC with Sen.
Charles Schumer's aide, who told us that the Senator thinks the occupation
of Iraq is a "good thing for America" but he wouldn't elaborate on why.

Cooper and Palast: Liberal Hatchetmen
Doing the Right Wing's Dirty Work
Alan Maass, CounterPunch

To Palast, the Iraqi resistance is nothing but "berserker killers and
fundamentalist madmen"--which U.S. antiwar activists must reject, or lose
credibility. Cooper likewise argues that the resistance is made up of
"Jihadists and Baathists" whose "bloody handiwork...intentionally targeted
civilians." These overheated statements are as misleading as the right-wing
propaganda they resemble. The vast majority of Iraqi resistance groups, both
secular and religious, have condemned attacks on civilians--which, in fact,
are the exception. According to data in a report from mainstream foreign
policy expert Anthony Cordesman's Center for Strategic and International
Studies, most operations carried out by the resistance are aimed at U.S. and
coalition military forces--75 percent of all attacks, compared to 4.1
percent aimed at Iraqi civilians, during the period from September 2003 to
October 2004.

Protesters are Criminals
George Monbiot, Monbiot.com

All politicians who seek to justify repressive legislation claim that they
are responding to an unprecedented threat to public order. And all
politicians who cite such a threat draft measures in response which can just
as easily be used against democratic protest. No act has been passed over
the last 20 years with the aim of preventing anti-social behaviour,
disorderly conduct, trespass, harrassment and terrorism which has not also
been deployed to criminalise a peaceful public engagement in politics.


Editor of women's rights magazine in Afghanistan arrested

US Professor branded a terrorist, banned from Britain

Crackdown on Student Protests

Wal-Mart Turns in Student's Anti-Bush Photo, Secret Service Investigates Him

Activists' homes raided by FBI

Law Would Place DNA of Innocent Arrestees in National Database

Bush Wants Right To Use Military If Bird Flu Hits

The Real Terrorist Recruiters on the Web: Marines Using Craigslist To
Attract Recruits

Army to lower bar for recruits

Marines: Looking for a Few Good Aliens?

Military to allow recruits up to age 42 and provide $1,000 finder's fee for
service members who tip off recruiters to good prospects

Peace Group Calls for Open Refusal of Taxes for War

A Doozie of a Recession Headed Our Way

Bankruptcy Filings Soar

Home heating costs to break records

109 oil platforms destroyed

Income for super-rich grew significantly in 2003 while the share going to 99
percent of Americans fell

Real estate slowdown that began in handful of cities has now spread

Louisiana Ecological Harm Called Unprecedented

Wildlife Effects of West's Gas Boom Still Unknown with More Development

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Asia's Poor Build U.S. Bases in Iraq

FOIA Records Link U.S. Officials to Mass Murder in Mexico

China's Web Watchers: Beijing has found ways to stifle online dissent

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