[APR-news] March 17, 2006

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The Abu Ghraib files: 279 photos and 19 videos

Blast from the Past
Nazis of the Nineties
Abid Ullah Jan, The Frontier Post (January 05, 1998)

In his book "The Road to Serfdom," Friedrich Hayek warned Americans in 1944 
that despite their military war against Nazis, they were travelling the 
philosophical and economic road to that the Nazis were travelling. The 
Americans ignored that warning. Now along the Americans we are left with the 
consequences that are coming home to roost in the nineties: a government of 
omnipotent size and power using its power to kill innocent, peaceful 
citizens at home and abroad. Today, the number of its victims is in the 
millions. But at the end of this road lie the deadly bombing and 
concentration camps for the multitudes.

V for Vendetta is about Anarchy

On Friday, March 17, 2006, the long awaited film version of Alan Moore's 
classic graphic novel, V for Vendetta, will premier throughout the US. V for 
Vendetta is the story of an anarchist who dismantles a fascist state through 
propaganda of the deed, inspiring the masses to revolt with a vision of 
building an anarchist future. The book's protagonist does not simply promote 
vague anti-authoritarianism or nondescript appeals to "question authority" 
but explicitly and compellingly calls for the masses to eliminate the state 
and replace it with anarchy. Unsurprisingly, this radical message has been 
lost in the translation to Hollywood's watered-down film version.

3 YEARS IN IRAQ-Over 100,000 Kids Killed
By Jay Shaft

Over 100,000 children have been killed or died as a result of disease, bad 
water, starvation and lack of medical care. Over 150,000 deaths have been 
reported by like Christian Peacemakers Team, Red Cross, UNICEF, UNESCO, 
Catholic Relief Workers, and many other humanitarian groups. Some groups 
estimate that there have been between 200-300,000 total civilian deaths 
since March 19, 2003.
(Video Hosted at San Francisco Indy Media --  

Shut Down the Prisons and Shut Up the Warmongers
By Ron Jacobs

Once again, it becomes clear that the only way the troops will come home 
alive is by consistent and loud popular demand. Polls showing that most 
Americans favor such a withdrawal are obviously not enough. Neither are 
votes for antiwar legislators. More is needed.

Other articles of interest

Iraq & the Nuremberg Precedent
Peter Dyer, Consortium News

As the United States approaches the third anniversary of the Iraq invasion, 
much of the commentary is focusing on the Bush administration's 
"incompetence" in prosecuting the war -- the failure to commit enough 
troops, the decision to disband the old Iraqi army without adequate plans 
for training a new one, the highhandedness of the U.S. occupation. But what 
about the legal and moral questions arising from the unprovoked invasion of 
Iraq? Should George W. Bush and his top aides be held accountable for 
violating the laws against aggressive war that the United States and other 
Western nations promulgated in punishing senior Nazis after World War II? Do 
the Nuremberg precedents that prohibit one nation from invading another 
apply to Bush and American officials -- or are they somehow immune? Put 
bluntly, should Bush and his inner circle face a war-crimes tribunal for the 
tens of thousands of deaths in Iraq?

War-Loving Pundits
Norman Solomon, CounterPunch

The zestful willingness of so many high-profile journalists to serve as 
boosters for the "magnificent" war in Iraq three years ago provides 
important clues as to why -- even now -- so few are willing to directly 
challenge the continuing U.S. war effort. Accommodation to pervasive 
militarism is a reflex in mainstream U.S. journalism.

Remembering the Iraq War's Pollyanna pundits

Around the same time as Hume's speech, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas 
declared (4/16/03): "All of the printed and voiced prophecies should be 
saved in an archive. When these false prophets again appear, they can be 
reminded of the error of their previous ways and at least be offered an 
opportunity to recant and repent. Otherwise, they will return to us in 
another situation where their expertise will be acknowledged, or taken for 
granted, but their credibility will be lacking." Gathered here are some of 
the most notable media comments from the early days of the Iraq War.

The Street Samaritans
Tim Shorrock, Mother Jones

Rahim, a friendly, outgoing man whose graying dreadlocks and soft voice 
belie his radical past, is now the symbolic leader of the Common Ground 
Collective, an unlikely tribe of activists and health care practitioners who 
have descended on New Orleans to provide "solidarity, not charity" to the 
people of this devastated community. The "street medics" on their 
bikes--part of a loose national network of nurses and medical assistants who 
provide first aid to protesters at antiwar demonstrations-were among the 
first to respond.

Is Another 9/11 in the Works?
Paul Craig Roberts, Antiwar.com

If you were President George W. Bush with all available US troops tied down 
by the Iraqi resistance, and you were unable to control Iraq or political 
developments in the country, would you also start a war with Iran?

Anarchy in the U.K.
J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Adapted by the Wachowski brothers-and helmed by their Matrix assistant 
director James McTeigue-from Alan Moore's graphic novel, V for Vendetta is a 
most provocative piece of pulp fiction. You can bet there won't be many 
other movies at the multiplex extolling anarchist terror.


MySpace Is The Trojan Horse Of Internet Censorship

DynCorp May Replace Cops in St. Bernard Parish

Packed Finkelstein talk draws real outrage

US support for Iraq war down to 28%

US soldiers murder children in cowardly attack

Bush administration renews "preemptive war" strategy

Oil shortage threatens US military

Global warming reaches 'tipping point'

Global warming boosting hurricanes

Evidence of the warming West is everywhere

World facing global water crisis

Indian Ocean coral may die in 50 years

Senate poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right to Know What's in Your 

An ethical diet: The joy of being vegan

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