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September 16, 2005

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"You can't start a clinic here [the 9th Ward]. That would give people hope.
My job is to make their lives as hopeless as possible so they will leave." -
New Orleans Police Dept. officer berating relief workers in the 9th Ward

"It's not so much that the government is not responding [with storm relief],
they are obstructing the response. They are telling us we can't bring people
the basic necessities of life because that would give them hope. It is a
question of oppression vs. mutual aid." - Jesse, an organizer with MayDay DC
volunteering in the Common Ground Wellness Center, Algiers, NOLA

REAL REPORTS OF KATRINA RELIEF: Eyewitness, politically charged,
on-the-ground truth telling from New Orleans
by Naomi Archer

The locally-led, mutually based community relief effort in Algiers is now
being called Common Ground Algiers. Currently, more than 40 volunteer
medics, doctors, cooks, communications technicians, community organizers and
concerned people are directly involved in the Common Ground collective
effort. Emergency services that have been created include a community
garbage pick-up program; mobile kitchens to provide free hot meals to anyone
in the area; a first aid clinic in a local mosque and a mobile first aid
station staffed by doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians; and
bicycles for volunteers and residents to transport aid around the area; and
the development of a free school for children.

Meanwhile, in Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

For the last several days at least 6,000 US soldiers along with
approximately 4,000 Iraqi soldiers (Read-members of the Kurdish Peshmerga
and Shia Badr Army) were laying siege to the city of Tal-Afar, near Mosul in
northern Iraq. It is estimated that 90% of the residents have left their
homes because of the violence and destruction of the siege, as well as to
avoid home raids and snipers. The Fallujah model is being applied yet again,
albeit on a smaller scale. I haven't received any reports yet of biometrics
being used (retina scans, finger printing, bar coding of human beings) like
in Fallujah, but there are other striking similarities to the tactics used
in November.

The Second American Revolution
By Mike Whitney

The appearance of the Blackwater mercenaries in New Orleans has produced the
effect for which it was designed; to strike fear into the hearts of the
local people and to convey a feeling of pervasive repression in the wake of
a major disaster. They have apparently succeeded on both accounts.
Blackwater's record in Iraq is a grim testimonial of criminal excess. They
have been directly connected to the abusive treatment of prisoners at Abu
Ghraib, the random killings and brutalizing of Iraqi civilians, and the
extortion of information from resistance-suspects. They operate secretly and
with complete impunity, guided by no principle other than the insatiable
desire to increase profits for themselves and their investors.

How to Succeed as a War Criminal
by Mary La Rosa

The Israeli organization of Yesh Gvul ("There is a Limit!"), began as an
organization in response to the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and supports those
Israelis who REFUSE to partake in the brutal treatment and ethnic cleansing
of Palestinians. Many have been jailed for their refusal(s) or punished for
their consciences. Besides supporting refusers they have openly pursued
those who they have deemed to have had no conscience in representing the
State of Israel.

A neighborhood survives in New Orleans - without any government help
Ben Ehrenreich, LA Weekly

Since I left New Orleans, Rahim and his neighbors have opened a health
clinic in a local mosque and a food distribution center at a nearby church.
They have received no help from the city, the state, or from FEMA or any of
the federal agencies that flooded into New Orleans as the waters receded.
But the word is out, and doctors have been coming in to volunteer. The
clinic is treating between 40 and 60 people a day, and the church is feeding
"at least a couple of hundred." They've collected 60 bicycles for community
members who couldn't afford gas. Their next project is a school. As Rahim
put it, "If you wait on the government, you won't get nothing."

Katrina, New Orleans, and Peak Oil
Richard Heinberg, Global Public Media

The scenes were heart-wrenching and mind-boggling: an entire modern American
metropolis had effectively ceased to exist as an organized society...when it
came to reporting on the damage to oil production and refining facilities,
most media outlets took at face value the glib and non-specific assurances
of the petroleum industry... And all of this is occurring at a time when the
global supply of oil is barely able to meet demand.

Frustration and Survival In the Astrodome
Jeff Chang, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, and Anita Johnson -- AlterNet

Behind the doors of the Astrodome, survival and frustration were the order
of the day. Jamel Bell, who fled his flooded Ninth Ward in New Orleans,
found no salvation here. "Inside it feels like prison," he said. At curfew,
he says, the evacuees were locked in. News teams from independent sources,
such as our own, were continuously harassed by local officials and police.

The St. Patrick Four: The Feds Confront the Anti-War Movement
James Petras, CounterPunch

The trial of the St. Pat Four has national significance because it raises
several fundamental issues regarding constitutional freedoms and the
Bush-Gonzalez ongoing campaign to silence and intimidate dissent and public
expressions of opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The trial of the
St. Pat Four will establish whether the Federal Government can jail
dissenters engaging in civil disobedience for up to six years and fine them
up to $250,000 on feckless charges of "conspiracy to impede an officer of
the United States by threat, intimidation or force". Even more ominous, in
terms of the procedures for a fair trial, the senior US District Judge for
Northern New York, Thomas McAvoy, has ruled that the defendants cannot
discuss the reasons and motivation for their action.

Go Away, Recruiter!
Linda Schrock Taylor, LewRockwell.com

It used to be that schools were absolutely forbidden to divulge any
personally identifiable information on students, but now those same schools
readily and rapidly hand over - and to military recruiters, no less - names,
addresses, phone numbers for all enrolled high schoolers. This happens
because of the No Child Left Behind law.

America Has Fallen to a Jacobin Coup
Paul Craig Roberts, Antiwar.com

The most important casualties of Sept. 11 are respect for truth and American
liberty. Propaganda has replaced deliberation based on objective assessment
of fact. The resurrection of the Star Chamber has made moot the legal
protections of liberty. The U.S. invasion of Iraq was based on the 
deliberate suppression of fact. The invasion was not the result of mistaken 
intelligence. It was based on deliberately concocted "intelligence" designed 
to deceive the U.S. Congress, the American public, and the United Nations.

The Enablers
Chris Floyd, Moscow Times

Four years ago, the United States was hit by a terrorist attack. Three days
later, the U.S. Congress signed away the people's freedom, writing a blank
check for tyranny to a ludicrous little man installed in office after the
most dubious election in American history. Last week, the poisonous
after-effects of this abject surrender took yet another sinister turn, as
Bush factotums in the courts once again upheld the Leader's arbitrary power
over the life and liberty of his subjects.

U.S. Military in Paraguay Prepares to "Spread Democracy"
Benjamin Dangl, Toward Freedom

Controversy is raging in Paraguay, where the U.S. military is conducting
secretive operations. 500 U.S. troops arrived in the country on July 1st
with planes, weapons and ammunition. Eyewitness reports prove that an
airbase exists in Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay, which is 200 kilometers
from the border with Bolivia and may be utilized by the U.S. military.
Officials in Paraguay claim the military operations are routine humanitarian
efforts and deny that any plans are underway for a U.S. base. Yet human
rights groups in the area are deeply worried. White House officials are
using rhetoric about terrorist threats in the tri-border region (where
Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet) in order to build their case for
military operations, in many ways reminiscent to the build up to the
invasion of Iraq. (1) The tri-border area is home to the Guarani Aquifer,
one of the world's largest reserves of water. Near the Estigarribia airbase
are Bolivia's natural gas reserves, the second largest in Latin America.
Political analysts believe U.S. operations in Paraguay are part of a
preventative war to control these natural resources and suppress social
uprisings in Bolivia.


Surreal: US military requests help from anarchists in New Orleans

First Federal Conspiracy Trial of Anti-War Protesters Since Vietnam Begins
Sept. 19

David Segal Pleads Guilty for Attempting to Burn Down Terrorist Recruiting
Station in NYC

New EPA rules would allow pesticide testing on children

Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed
Atta as a terrorist two years before the 2001 attacks

Iraq suffers from severe water shortage

Global warming past the point of no return

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