Mike -- Cannot Find Weapons of Mass Destruction

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.30.03

"The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable. The country might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your weapons inspectors mandate."

http://www.coxar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

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Rene -- How the road to war was paved with lies

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.29.03

Some American officials have all but conceded that the weapons of mass
destruction campaign was simply a means to an end - a "global show of
American power and democracy", as ABC News in the US put it. "We were not
lying," it was told by one official. "But it was just a matter of emphasis."

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John -- Amnesty: "Crisis in Iraq" Webpage

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.29.03

Plenty of information on human rights abuses in Iraq:

http://web.amnesty.org/pages/iraq_summary

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John -- Susan Sontag: Honoring Peace And Justice

Topic(s): Dissent?
Date Posted: 04.29.03

A Keynote Speech

by Susan Sontag; April 27, 2003

Allow me to invoke not one but two, only two, who were heroes --- among millions of heroes. Who were victims --- among tens of millions of victims.

The first: Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, murdered in his vestments, while saying mass in the cathedral on March 24, 1980 --- twenty-three years ago --- because he had become "a vocal advocate of a just peace, and had openly opposed the forces of violence and oppression." (I am quoting from the description of the Oscar Romero Award, being given today to Ishai Menuchin.)

The second: Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old college student from Olympia, Washington, murdered in the bright neon-orange jacket with Day-Glo striping that "human shields" wear to make themselves quite visible, and possibly safer, while trying to stop one of the almost daily house demolitions by Israeli forces in Rafah, a town in the southern Gaza Strip (where Gaza abuts the Egyptian border), on March 16, 2003 --- two weeks ago. Standing in front of a Palestinian physician's house that had been targeted for demolition, Corrie, one of eight young American and British human-shield volunteers in Rafah, had been waving and shouting at the driver of an oncoming armored D-9 bulldozer through her megaphone, then dropped to her knees in the path of the super-sized bulldozer ... which did not slow down.

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Avi -- Levy -- It's not our nature

Topic(s): Palestine / Israel
Date Posted: 04.28.03

Israeli artists channel all their protest against the government cuts in the arts and culture budgets and don't have any words left to protest against the cultural paralysis imposed on people living under siege not far from our stages. The confiscation of press cards, limiting the freedom of movement of Palestinian journalists in the territories, let alone preventing them from entering Israel, and of course actual harm done to the lives of Palestinian journalists, has yet to prompt a protest worthy of its name from the Journalists' Association of Israel. Israeli journalists should be ashamed.

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Rene -- Diplomatic Breakdown

Topic(s): US Analysis
Date Posted: 04.28.03

"The more aggressively we use our power to intimidate our foes," says
Kiesling, "the more foes we create and the more we validate terrorism as the
only effective weapon of the powerless against the powerful."

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John -- Statement Protesting Repression in Cuba

Topic(s): Cuba
Date Posted: 04.28.03

http://www.cpdweb.org/

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Statement Protesting Repression in Cuba

Please join Michael Albert, Stanley Aronowitz, Eileen Boris, Noam Chomsky, Joshua Cohen, Manuela Dobos, Ariel Dorfman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Samuel Farber, Janeane Garofalo, Barbara Garson, Adam Hochschild, Doug Ireland, Naomi Klein, Jesse Lemisch, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Nelson Lichtenstein, Katha Pollitt, Stephen Shalom, Adam Shatz, James Weinstein, Naomi Weisstein, Cornel West, Reginald Wilson, Howard Zinn and others in signing this statement against repression in Cuba from the Campaign for Peace and Democracy (how to add your name, how to contribute to publicize the statement, and the list of signers).

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John -- Amnesty: Iraq: Stripped naked and humiliated by US soldiers

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.26.03

News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International

AI Index: MDE 14/097/2003 (Public)
25 April 2003

Iraq: Stripped naked and humiliated by US soldiers

Amnesty International expressed concern today at the disturbing article and images portrayed in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet which show American soldiers escorting naked Iraqi men through a park in Baghdad. The pictures reveal that someone has written the words 'Ali Baba - Haram(i)' (which means Ali Baba - thief) in Arabic on the prisoners' chests.

The article quotes a US military officer as saying that this treatment is an effective method of deterring thieves from entering the park and is a method which will be used again; another US military officer is quoted as saying that US soldiers are not allowed to treat prisoners inhumanely.

"If these pictures are accurate, this is an appalling way to treat prisoners. Such degrading treatment is a clear violation of the responsibilities of the occupying powers," Amnesty International said today.

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John -- Iraq's Revived Communists Appeal to the Masses, a Bit Uncertainly

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.26.03

From the NYTimes:

April 26, 2003
Iraq's Revived Communists Appeal to the Masses, a Bit Uncertainly
By DEXTER FILKINS


BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 25 — Among the myriad political parties blooming across this revived capital, perhaps the most unlikely one is the bearer of the hammer and sickle.

The Iraqi Communist Party has set up its headquarters in an old army building here, emerging from decades of repression that sent many of its members to prison or to the gallows.

With a reworked set of principles and a renewed sense of hope, the party leaders are taking their case to the Iraqi people once more, in a political environment more open than any they have ever known.

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Rene -- Scandal-hit US firm wins key contracts

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.22.03

Scandal-hit US firm wins key contracts

Antony Barnett
Sunday April 13, 2003
The Observer

A US military contractor accused of human rights violations has won a multi-million-dollar contract to police post-Saddam Iraq, The Observer can reveal.

DynCorp, which has donated more than £100,000 to the Republican Party, began recruiting for a private police force in Iraq last week on behalf of the US State Department.

The awarding of such a sensitive contract to DynCorp has caused consternation in some circles over the company's policing record. A British employment tribunal recently forced DynCorp to pay £110,000 in compensation to a UN police officer it unfairly sacked in Bosnia for whistleblowing on DynCorp colleagues involved in an illegal sex ring.

An Observer reporter who contacted the firm's US headquarters purporting to be a potential police recruit for Iraq was told it was hoping to 'get people on the ground in two to four weeks'. The recruiter told the reporter he could expect a salary of $80,000plus 'hazard bonuses'. He was offered a contract of between three months and a year and told he did not need to be able to speak Arabic. He had to be a US citizen who had served as a police officer in America, and when the reporter said he had worked in Texas for a number of years he was told he sounded 'ideal'.

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Rene -- What They Said

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.22.03

"... but our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators" --

Extracts from the proclamation of Baghdad, 19 March 1917, by
Lieutenant-General Frederick Stanley Maude

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John -- Lethal Legacy: Bioweapons for Sale

Topic(s): Biological Weapons
Date Posted: 04.22.03

A long and frightening article from the Washington Post on South Africa's secret bio-weapons lab, Project Coast. It chronicles one scientist's efforts (shady in this reader's opinion) to alert the FBI to his former lab's efforts. The scientist wanted to help, he claimed, but also requested millions of dollars, and a work permit in the US. Here is a sample from its history:

"Project Coast's notorious military commander, Wouter Basson, used the lab to create novel weapons for use against anti-apartheid activists and the black communities that supported them, according to documents and testimony in a murder and fraud case that ended last year in Basson's acquittal. One of Goosen's first assignments, he has said, was to harvest highly lethal venom from the black mambo snake for use in secret assassinations. Fangs from a dead snake were used to make impressions in the victim's skin so the death would appear accidental."

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Rene -- Iraqi Artists Get A Clean Canvas Days of Censorship End, But New Threats Loom

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.21.03

Not a great article, but interesting just to get one snapshot of an art community in Iraq

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Nato -- Today Show cuts Tim Robbins

Topic(s): US Analysis
Date Posted: 04.21.03

A thought: something regarding the Today show and their censorship of Tim
Robbins?

Valuable info below:

http://www.theinsider.com/nyc/attractions/2nbcstud.htm
I just think a little media intervention might prove nice. They are really
so vulnerable, dumb, and generally guilty of the most flagrant forms of
progaganda. This quaint morning show is very invested in how people wake up
in the morning.

My only concern is that: I didn't see the actual episode, but a friend told
me they actually let Tim Robbins talk long enough for it to not really feel
like censorhip. Any thoughts on this?

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Marc -- On the State of Contemporary Criticism

Topic(s): Internal Affairs
Date Posted: 04.21.03

One of the first casualties of this new McCarthyism was Susan Sontag, whose New York Times column post-9-11 called for the United States to ask itself why it had become the target of such hatred. This unparalleled sin of anti-patriotic sentiment led to a barrage of brickbats and even death threats. Sontag? outspoken views throughout her career have been at times controversial, but nothing came close to the full-scale animosity that was leveled at her after she dared ask a question when she should have been genuflecting to state-sanctified vengeance. (3) Sontag? writing on Leni Reifenstahl and the spectacular power of art when appropriated to extreme nationalist ends (Fascinating Fascism, 1974) eerily presages the current distaste for critical thought:

A principal accusation against the Jews within Nazi Germany was that they were urban, intellectual, bearers of a destructive corrupting "critical spirit." The book bonfire of May 1933 was launched with Goebbels's cry: "The age of extreme Jewish intellectualism has now ended, and the success of the German revolution has again given the right of way to the German spirit." And when Goebbels officially forbade art criticism in November 1936, it was for having "typically Jewish traits of character": putting the head over the heart, the individual over the community, intellect over feeling.

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J.A.P. -- Music for an angry mob

Topic(s): Resistance?
Date Posted: 04.21.03

Lex: The ideas came from experience. What kind of conclusions had you drawn from directing groups?

Grey: When doing an action in the street, the State expects you to be disorganized, they expect that you are not going to have a structure in place that could really challenge them. If you put in even a minimal amount of work, into communications, into technique, and you practice, it isn't that difficult to challenge the State on the territory of the street. That?s what November 30th proved. It's a lesson they've learned, but there was a time in the past when it was pretty easy to outsmart 'em.

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David -- WMD -- Spectre Orange

Topic(s): US Analysis
Date Posted: 04.21.03

Nearly 30 years after the Vietnam war, a chemical weapon used by US troops
is still exacting a hideous toll on each new generation. Cathy Scott-Clark
and Adrian Levy report

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John -- Bechtel's Political Clout Helps Iraq Bid

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.19.03

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - It's not just a history of building landmarks like the Hoover Dam that helped Bechtel Corp. win the first major Iraq reconstruction contract. The company is as well-connected as Washington insiders come.

Bechtel not only has close ties with elder Republican statesmen, its executives also enjoy direct links to the Bush administration, which has critics crying cronyism.

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Avi -- A personal experience in occupied Ramallah

Topic(s): Palestine / Israel
Date Posted: 04.18.03

No evidence of
their disappearance was left, as cell phones were immediately
confiscated and they were forbidden from speaking. It is solely
thanks to our perceptive neighbors who advised me by telephone of
the strange circumstances whereby so many workers could be
making no noise whatsoever, that we discovered the incident.

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John -- Sony Drops 'Shock and Awe' Trademark Bid

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.18.03

This article follows up on an earlier one I posted. I guess Sony had second thoughts.

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Ayreen -- The paradise promised in Iraq has been lost

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.17.03

I remember seeing Rumsfeld shake hands with our oppressor on Iraqi TV back in the early 1980's and both Bush I and Reagan supplied him with weapons and military intelligence while he was gassing Iraqi Kurds. No wonder it was difficult to topple him without his original sponsors who came uninvited and with ulterior motives that have become painfully obvious by now.

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François -- 'I was only asking'

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.17.03

The last thing the Pentagon wanted was for the media to go home. Indeed, Centcom refused to confirm or deny what everyone could see for themselves: that chairs were being removed from the briefing every day (in one day alone, six chairs were removed) so that, as numbers dwindled, empty seats would not be shown to the world. This was a serious problem. What if you gave a war and the media didn't come?

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Aniruddha -- Academics boycott US academic orgs

Topic(s): Dissent?
Date Posted: 04.17.03

What we are watching today, I believe, is a culmination of 10-15 years
of mounting barbarism of the American culture the world over, crowned by
the achievements of science and technology as a major weapon of mass
destruction. We are witnessing man hunt and wanton killing of the type
and scale not seen since the raids on American Indian populations, by a
superior technological power of inferior culture and values. We see no
corrective force to restore the insanity, the self-righteousness and the
lack of respect for human life (civilian and military) of another race.

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John -- Powell Regrets 1973 U.S. Actions in Chile

Topic(s): Chile
Date Posted: 04.16.03

By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - When a student asked Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) about the 1973 military coup in Chile, the retired general turned diplomat made no secret of his deep misgivings about the U.S. role in that upheaval.

"It is not a part of American history that we're proud of," Powell said, quickly adding that reforms instituted since then make it unlikely that the policies of that Cold War era will be repeated.

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Shobak -- Richard Perle's corporate adventures

Topic(s): Internal Affairs
Date Posted: 04.14.03

Richard Perle's Corporate Adventures
by Tim Shorrock

Washington


Richard Perle's resignation as chairman of Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board on March 27 capped a tumultuous month for the neoconservative who spent the past decade stoking the fires for the US onslaught on Iraq. The trail to his resignation--as chairman, but not from the board itself--began with Seymour Hersh's New Yorker exposé of Perle's financial stakes in Trireme Partners, a private fund that is currying Saudi investment in homeland security companies, and the Autonomy Corporation, a British company that sells eavesdropping software to the FBI and to US, British and Italian intelligence.

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John -- Sony Tries to Trademark 'Shock and Awe'

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.14.03

Friday, April 11, 2003 · Last updated 1:57 p.m. PT
By PETER SVENSSON
AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER

NEW YORK -- A day after U.S. allied forces marched into Iraq, Sony applied for a trademark on the war's catchphrase, "shock and awe," for use as the title of a video game, according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

It was unclear if Sony had any plans to make use of the name. Calls to Sony Computer Entertainment America were not answered Friday.

The application, dated March 21, was first discovered by British publication Media Guardian.

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John -- Torture, Beyond Saddam

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.10.03

From the NYTimes:
March 14, 2003
Torture, Beyond Saddam
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

A middle-aged Kurd took me on a lonely hillside near here to point out the
isolated police station in whose basement he had been beaten, subjected to
electric shocks and sexually humiliated. We stood half a mile away as he
recounted his tale, and then the police spotted us - and a tank rushed
toward us.

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Ayreen -- Arundhati Roy -- A strange kind of freedom

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03

Arundhati Roy: A strange kind of freedom
Wednesday April 2, 2003
The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates

How many children, in how many classrooms, over how many centuries, have hang-glided through the past, transported on the wings of these words? And now the bombs are falling, incinerating and humiliating that ancient civilisation


On the steel torsos of their missiles, adolescent American soldiers scrawl colourful messages in childish handwriting: For Saddam, from the Fat Boy Posse. A building goes down. A marketplace. A home. A girl who loves a boy. A child who only ever wanted to play with his older brother's marbles.

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Rene -- Mark Poster -- THE AESTHETICS OF DISTRACTING MEDIA

Topic(s): Ethics.Politics
Date Posted: 04.09.03

Benjamin's Challenge

Mankind's ... self alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order. This is the situation of politics which Fascism is rendering aesthetic. Communism responds by politicizing art? (Benjamin, 1969: 242). So ends Walter Benjamin?s path-breaking, stimulating, confusing, and contradictory essay, ?The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical [sometimes Technical] Reproduction?. And so begins a question which has of late become more and more urgent: what is the relation of aesthetics to politics? Can one simply draw an inverse parallel between fascism and communism, the right and the left? 

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Rene -- Ernesto Laclau -- ETHICS, POLITICS AND RADICAL DEMOCRACY - A RESPONSE TO SIMON CRITCHLEY

Topic(s): Ethics.Politics
Date Posted: 04.09.03

Ernesto Laclau

First of all I would like to thank Simon for all the effort he has undertaken in preparing what is no doubt a very important article of his. I would like, however, to start by indicating two general areas in which my approach differs from Simon?s. Then I am going to go into the seven points that he has enunciated at the end of his article. 

The first point of disagreement concerns the question of deconstruction. Simon has quite rightly pointed out that mine is a deconstructive approach and that my deconstruction leads to putting into question some of the sharp distinctions that we have found in recent philosophical writings. One of these distinctions is the distinction to be found in the work of Alain Badiou between l?être and l?événement, which is probably a leftover from his Sartrean past but which is quite an important structure in his approach. (Recently Slavoj ?i?ek has written that the difference between the work of Badiou and my own is the fact that I am a deconstructionist while Badiou is not one. That is probably true, although I think there are more important differences, the main one being that he is a Maoist and I?m a Gramscian.) But, anyway, what I want to take issue with Simon about in the first place is the idea that I am deconstructing the descriptive/normative distinction while I am not deconstructing the ethical/normative one. In fact I think I am deconstructing both. 

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Rene -- Badiou -- ONE DIVIDES INTO TWO

Topic(s): Badiou
Date Posted: 04.09.03

Today, Lenin?s political works are being entirely revisited through the canonical opposition between democracy and totalitarian dictatorship. Yet the truth is that this debate has already taken place. For it was equally on the basis of the category of democracy that from 1918 onwards, Western social democrats, lead by Karl Kautsky, attempted to discredit not just the Bolshevik revolution in its historical unfolding, but Lenin?s political thought as such.

What can still be of interest to us here, above all, is Lenin?s theoretical response to this official attack, which was contained in particular in the pamphlet that Kautsky published in Vienna in 1918 under the title The Dictatorship of the Proletariat, and to which Lenin responded with his famous text, The Proletarian Revolution and Kautsky the Renegade.

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Rene -- Iraq Interview with Noam Chomsky

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03

Noam Chomsky : It represents a significantly new phase. It is not without precedent, but significantly new nevertheless.

This should be seen as a trial run. Iraq is seen as an extremely easy and totally defenceless target. It is assumed, probably correctly, that the society will collapse, that the soldiers will go in and that the U.S. will be in control, and will establish the regime of its choice and military bases. They will then go on to the harder cases that will follow. The next case could be the Andean region, it could be Iran, it could be others.

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Rene -- Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil

Topic(s): BookReview
Date Posted: 04.09.03

What, another French intellectual? Another Parisian mandarin bedecked in all the floating signifiers of postmodern significance: the ostentatious knowingness, the oracular pronouncements, the prose that spawns an industry of commentary? After Derrida and Foucault, Baudrillard and Kristeva, Lacan and Irigaray, what difference--or is it differance?--does another pensant make?

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Rene -- Badiou -- What is to be Done?

Topic(s): Resistance?
Date Posted: 04.09.03

4. Every successive government since Mitterand has invariably supported the Americans in their increasingly violent, imperial and cruel ventures. The war against Iraq, the war against Serbia, the war against Afghanistan... We ask: what about the basic principle of national independence and international justice? We're thrilled to see such fiercely devoted defenders of liberties abounding against the old Vichyite. But we'd like them to extend their concern to just a slightly vaster horizon. It isn't coherent to raise the standard of a revolt of souls against Le Pen while the same soul sees nothing wrong in approving someone like Bush (as reactionary, on all fronts, as the Front National) and his war, or Sharon (as brutal in his colonial wars as was parachutist Le Pen in his own, in Algeria). Are we to understand that deliberate and delicious liberties are good at home (save for the 'sans papiers' workers, naturally), but that elsewhere the militarist galley is the rule? Against all of that, let's proclaim these principles: complete independence with respect to American ventures. Dissolution of NATO. Attentive sympathy to the current political process in Chiapas. A land and a State for the Palestinians.

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Rene -- Interview with Jacques Derrida

Topic(s): Interviews
Date Posted: 04.09.03

What's the most widely held misconception about you and your work?

That I'm a skeptical nihilist who doesn't believe in anything, who thinks nothing has meaning, and text has no meaning. That's stupid and utterly wrong, and only people who haven't read me say this. It's a misreading of my work that began 35 years ago, and it's difficult to destroy. I never said everything is linguistic and we're enclosed in language. In fact, I say the opposite, and the deconstruction of logocentrism was conceived to dismantle precisely this philosophy for which everything is language.

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Rene -- Sassen -- Post-war targets: Syria and Europe

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03

No empire, with the possible exception of the Catholic Church, lasts forever. Sooner or later, the decline of the American empire will come about. Today we see an extraordinarily powerful empire abuse its power, thereby contributing to its own demise. By the American empire, I don't mean the totality of the American people, but the structures of the political-economical power that form the foundation of the empire. Many Americans are more or less willing participants. Some are politically aware, some are not, but that's a different story. This empire has political-economic structures that form it, grant it power, produce stories to ligitimize its power, and so forth.

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Rene -- Slavoj Zizek -- AGAINST THE DOUBLE BLACKMAIL

Topic(s): Serbia
Date Posted: 04.09.03

War on Iraq? Nice to consider and reflect on this text in relation to it, different contexts and Zizek's writings on Iraq bespeak a different relation, but a good text to link.

"In NATO-Yugoslav war, we thus have a double Realitaetsverleugnung: on the one hand, NATO fantasy of war without casualties, surgical operation; on the other hand, the faked carnivalization totally disconnected from the reality of what goes on down in Kosovo.

When the Western powers repeat all the time that they are not fighting the Serb people, but only their corrupted regime, they rely on the typically liberal wrong premise that the Serbian people are just victims of their evil leadership personified in Milosevic, manipulated by him. The painful fact is that Serb aggressive nationalism enjoys the support of the large majority of the population - no, Serbs are not passive victims of nationalist manipulation, they are not Americans in disguise, just waiting to be delivered from the bad nationalist spell."

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Rene -- Give Up Activism

Topic(s): Resistance?
Date Posted: 04.09.03

This article was written some time back, but thought it interesting and relevant for our discussions.

"The activist role is a self-imposed isolation from all the people we should be connecting to. Taking on the role of an activist separates you from the rest of the human race as someone special and different. People tend to think of their own first person plural (who are you referring to when you say 'we'?) as referring to some community of activists, rather than a class. For example, for some time now in the activist milieu it has been popular to argue for 'no more single issues' and for the importance of 'making links'. However, many people's conception of what this involved was to 'make links' with other activists and other campaign groups. June 18th demonstrated this quite well, the whole idea being to get all the representatives of all the various different causes or issues in one place at one time, voluntarily relegating ourselves to the ghetto of good causes."

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Rene -- Zizek -- Today, Iraq. Tomorrow ... Democracy?

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03

The one good argument for war against Iraq is evoked by Christopher Hitchens: The majority of Iraqis are Saddam?s victims, and they would be really glad to be rid of him. He is such a catastrophe for his country that an American occupation in whatever form is a much brighter prospect for Iraqi citizens. We are not talking here of ?bringing Western democracy to Iraq,? but of just getting rid of the nightmare called Saddam. To this majority, the caution expressed by Western liberals cannot but appear deeply hypocritical. Do they really care about how the Iraqi people feel?

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Rene -- Soros -- Bush's Inflated Sense of Supremacy

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03 George Soros: Bush's Inflated Sense of Supremacy March 13, 2003?With U.S. and British troops poised to invade Iraq, the rest of the world is overwhelmingly opposed. Yet Saddam Hussein is generally seen as a tyrant who must be disarmed... [Continue Reading]


Rene -- Eagleton -- PEDANTS & PARTISANS

Topic(s): "War on Terror"
Date Posted: 04.09.03 TERRY EAGLETON: PEDANTS & PARTISANS There are two things desirable for fighting fundamentalists. The first is not to be one yourself. The US government's war on the movement is somewhat compromised by the fact that it is run by scripture-spouting... [Continue Reading]


Rene -- Toni Negri -- THE ORDER OF WAR

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03

What should be the multitudes reaction to such a
situation? How to oppose this imperial game, which
has become totalitarian and warlike, with the force
and desire of democracy? How to avoid war or, in any
case, fight against it, whilst struggling at the same
time for democracy, the real democracy of the
multitudes, on a global scale?

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Rene -- MICHAEL HARDT -- LE SECOND EMPIRE, OR LE 18EME BRUMAIRE DE GEORGE W. BUSH

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03

While Bush son plays the young Bonaparte, then, the United Nations and the European nation-states, particularly France and Germany, find themselves in the position of the 19th century French bourgeois parliamentary parties, insisting on multilateralism against the
unilateralism of the Emperor. This is the real historical repetition. In fact, the struggle between the United States and the United Nations, the US efforts to divide and weaken Europe, and the conflicts within NATO are much closer to the essential core of the current developments than even the war on Iraq. This is where the hierarchy of the second Empire - new world order

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Rene -- Zizek -- THE IRAQ WAR: WHERE IS THE TRUE DANGER?

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.09.03

And the true danger is that something similar will happen with the "war on terror": "extremists" like John Ashcroft will be discarded, but their legacy will remain, imperceptibly interwoven into the invisible ethical fabric of our societies. Their defeat will be their ultimate triumph: they will no longer be needed, since their message will be incorporated into the mainstream.

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Avi -- Rafah + Rachel Corrie Appeal

Topic(s): Palestine / Israel
Date Posted: 04.09.03 Avi -- Rafah + Rachel Corrie Appeal 1. Rafah: The Battle of Tel Zorab 2. Rachel Corrie Appeal (for US Supporters) Rafah: The Battle of Tel Zorab Yesterday in Rafah 11 ISM activists (from England, Scotland, the US and Italy)... [Continue Reading]


Rene -- Shiite Schism

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 04.08.03

Iraqi Shiite leaders base their support for the coalition on a
theological position that allows the faithful to cooperate with a
non-Muslim ally that is "distant but friendly" against a Muslim
adversary that is "near but hostile" in order to save Muslims from
oppression. Iran's ruling mullahs, none of whom has a senior rank within
the Shiite clergy, have accepted the position but tried to inject
anti-American rhetoric in it -- so far with little success.

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