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									                   London Bombings, p.10 + Psychedelic Splatter, p. 13 + Brooklyn Greens, p.3


                   THE INDYPENDENT
                   a FREE paper for free people
                   Issue #73, July 21 – August 10, 2005




                   Civil War
                   in Iraq,
                   Made in
                   the USA
                   page 8
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                                                                           FLAG-BURNER
                                                                           Laws against flag burning are repres-      A free press belongs to none and all, and free speech makes no promises. Letters mailed to The Indypendent, and comments
                                                                           sive and stupid. But flag burning itself   taken from the nyc.indymedia.org newswire, may be edited for clarity and length. Signed comments & letters get priority.
                                                                           is just as self-indulgent. It’s an art
                                                                           project, not a revolutionary act. If you
                                                                           think that flag burning only offends                                                   Edward Herman responds to Jackson Allers’ Nowhere to Roma
                                                                           the white rich right-wing crackers,
                              NEW YORK CITY                                think again.                                                                           Allers’ summary of the NATO war is the establishment party line on the Balkans
                               INDEPENDENT                                    You want to signal to the workers
                                                                           and the poor that you are from the
                                                                                                                                                                  conflict: “The 78-day campaign ended the Serbian crackdown on Kosovo’s inde-
                                                                                                                                                                  pendence-minded Albanian majority.” He fails to note that the crackdown was
                              MEDIA CENTER                                 upper classes? Burn a flag. It’s more                                                  part of a civil war stoked by the U.S. and NATO. It is now on the record that
                                           Phone:                          effective than wearing a Rolex. But if
                                                                                                                                                                  before the NATO bombing war, the Serbs had allowed a thousand or more OSCE
                                        212.684.8112                       you want to make revolution, then
                                                                                                                                                                  observers into Kosovo, and reduced their operations there, but NATO failed to
                                                                           enough already with the “student art
                                           Email:                          projects” and take that flag back                                                      curb KLA provocations. The CIA was arming the KLA and encouraging it to hope
                                imc-nyc-print@indymedia.org                from the marauders who stole it.                                                       for a NATO war. The CIA helped stir up conflict, which they then used to justify a
                                              Web:                                               –Harriet Tubman                                                  war that was clearly planned and desired by the United States.
                                      indypendent.org                                                                                                                 The USA and NATO did less than nothing to negotiate a settlement that would
                                   NYC: nyc.indymedia.org                  What the flag means depends a lot                                                      preclude war, and they deliberately sabotaged the Rambouillet conference
                                   U.S.: us.indymedia.org                  on where you’re standing.                                                              because the Serbs “needed a little bombing.” The summary by Allers also glosses
                                   GLOBAL: indymedia.org                           – Random Name Generator                                                        over the fact that the bombing war was in violation of the United Nations Charter
                                     Office and Mail:                                                                                                             and eventually became a war on Serb civilian life, in violation of international law.
                                                                           When “student art projects” break          sexual power over women. That’s                 Allers article has some useful material on the plight of the Roma, which is the
                              NYC Independent Media Center                 the vacant consensus that prevails,        liberation, baby! I just hope my par-
                                34 E. 29th St. 2nd Floor                                                                                                          main thrust of his piece, but he fails to point out that the Roma did reasonably
                                                                           good for them. So what if many peo-        ents don’t find out. Then I’d be in
                                      NY, NY 10016                                                                                                                well under Serb rule, and he softens what happened to them under NATO-KLA
                                                                           ple support the idea of what America       real trouble.
                                                                                                                                                                  rule. Under the latter they have become targets of a major ethnic cleansing oper-
                            WHAT IS INDYMEDIA?                             is supposed to be. They are wrong.                                    –Dudeman
                                                                           America is what it is. This country                                                    ation that has involved the destruction of over 10,000 Roma homes and many
                            With autonomous chapters in more
                                                                           burns people and then says debating        It’s far simpler to be a self-employed      killings. He fails to stress that the crisis of the Roma has been a NATO-UNMIK
                            than 120 cities throughout the world,
                            the Independent Media Center is an             its role in the world is forbidden.        sex worker than to get a job in an          responsibility, with NATO utterly failing to curb the KLA, their war and prewar ally.
                            international network of volunteer media       When the defenders of the flag tell        office... and who can blame us? I don’t         Under this regime we’ve seen the greatest ethnic cleansing operation in the
                            activists.                                     me what year it wasn’t being used to       miss getting up at 6 a.m., or the other     Balkans in proportionate terms, and ecumenical as well – extending to Jews,
                               The IMC seeks to create a new media         occupy some country, steal some            hazards of working 9-to-5. Legalizing       Turks, Serbs and Roma. Kosovo is also now a drug and sex-trade capital of Europe.
                            ethic by providing progressive, in-depth       land or impose the worst of capital-       prostitution will at least keep women           Remember that Bill Clinton had said we fought that war in Kosovo to help bring
                            and accurate coverage of issues. We            ism, then maybe I’ll change my mind.       from being thrown in jail because they      about a “multi-ethnic and tolerant society!” The war was built on lies, and continues
                            are a community-based organization                 When were America’s glory years?       do what they have to to live.               to elude the criticism that it deserves because those lies have been institutionalized.
                            using media to facilitate political and        It’s not like the flag was “taken from         Not all sex workers are rich girls
                            cultural self-representation. We seek to       us.” Some of us never had it.              who are addicted to endless green-
                            analyze issues affecting individuals,                                         –33 1/3     backs. For most, this is livelihood. Even
                            communities and ecosystems by provid-                                                     with an impressive college degree,          Americans will “cut and run” and             THE CRUSADE
                            ing media tools and space to those             We should look at the red, white and       there are no guarantees of security.        then the reactionaries will take over.       & THE CLOSET
                            seeking to communicate. We espouse             blue with as much disgust as people            Give us decent, affordable hous-           Our right-wing government declared        The system co-opted LGBT culture
                            open dialogue and placing the means            who are being shot down by soldiers        ing, job protection and security, and       this unjust, criminal war, but that does-    years ago. Ideas like “Queer is the new
                            of communication and creativity back in        wearing it.                                food, protection from violence and          n’t mean our responsibility to Iraq can      straight” used to market products only
                            the hands of the people, away from the
                                                                                                       –Shebab        harassment, and maybe you’ll see            end so easily. Will our consciences be       serve consumerism. One oppressed
                            drive of profit.
                                                                                                                      fewer girls selling themselves on           okay when they are slayed and driven         group can be disarmed by the privi-
                               The Indypendent is funded by bene-
                                                                           Show me someone whose politics             Craigslist. Don’t look at the symp-         into exile once again by Islamists,          leges extended to it, while the inequal-
                            fits, subscriptions, donations, grants
                                                                           are first to go and listen to the peo-     tom, but the problem.                       Baathists and ethnic conflict?               ity continues. And the real divides
                            and ads from organizations and individ-
                            uals with similar missions.
                                                                           ple, what the common person out                                      –Lady Dommi                    –Leftists Need To Answer        remain. My hope is that LGBT can be a
                                                                           there wants and desires, and acts                                                                                                   bridge across race and class lines.
                            WHAT CAN I DO TO GET INVOLVED?                 obeying the people, and I’ll show          Barnard College girls: Will you pee on      You can’t take what people say at a                                         –Thanks
                            The IMC has an open door. You can              you a true revolutionary.                  my lawyer?                                  bunch of two-hour meetings at face
                            write for The Indypendent, about film             Most of the rest of what happens                                    – Damfino       value. The event’s sponsor, U.S. Labor       Why is it that all queers should be fer-
                            events and rallies, self-publish articles to   in the name of being “radical” is not-                                                 Against War, is trying to pretend all the    vent anti-capitalists? Is this some sort
                            the web, take photos or just help us run       ready-for-prime-time artists and           Most men treat women like whores            Iraqi trade unions stepped out of the        of “Queer Womyn’s Burden?” Maybe
                            the office. As an organization relying on      attention-seekers trying to get an         anyway. What’s wrong with exploit-          pages of the Nation magazine by              the attitudes of the LGBT “elite” are
                            volunteer support, we encourage all            audience. Period. Maybe “radicals”         ing that fact and just being more           doing infomercials on how progres-           more or less reflective of the attitude
                            forms of participation.                        feel no duty to the people, but “revo-     clear about things? That’s capital-         sive, secular, and democratic they are.      in the community. I have some good
                               The print team reserves the right to        lutionaries” do.                           ism, right?                                    Armed actions against U.S. mili-          queer friends down here in Toronto,
                            edit articles for length, content and clar-                                     – Deb                                 –Anon           tary in Iraq are overwhelmingly pop-         and they’re not smashing bank win-
                            ity. We welcome your participation in                                                                                                 ular in Iraq, and they amount to about       dows. And why is it, exactly, that they’re
                            the entire editorial process.                  RICH GIRLS,                                                                            60 media-ignored incidents a day.            expected to? Because anarchists have
                            VOLUNTEER STAFF:                               HOBBY WHORES                               IRAQ UNION TOUR                                                        –Dig Deeper       some cock-eyed theory about how cap-
                            Kat Aaron, Chris Anderson, Jackson             I thought the article was going to be      CONTROVERSY                                                                              italism oppresses gay people?
                            Allers, Silvia Arana, Jay Bachhuber, Gino      about knitting or crafts... you know,      American leftists don’t need to             Undoubtedly there are fundamental-              Queers are a market segment. A
                            Barzizza, Caitlin Benedetto, Bennett J.        “hobby whores.”                  –HW       answer for what a complex, multi-           ists and former Baathists in the             niche. A profit opportunity. They
                            Baumer, Halley Bondy, Jed Brandt,                                                         faceted and largely decentralized           insurgency. The answer to that isn’t         make money and buy shit just like
                            Kazembe Bulagoon, Mike Burke, Antrim           Wow. Rich white girls can enjoy            resistance to the occupation does.          collaboration with the U.S., it is           everyone else.
                            Caskey, Rahul Chadha, Susan Chenelle,          prostitution for fun and spending          Iraqis have the right to resist foreign     building an insurgency to bring the                                                –C.
                            Ellen Davidson, Chris Day, Ryan                cash. That is so cool. I guess the only    occupation and they don’t need to           kind of social order that will serve
                            Dunsmuir, Chiam Garcia, Alfredo Garzon,        real problem is the stigma, so if we       meet a set of PC conditions to do so.       the Iraqi people.
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                            Neela Ghoshal, Lauren Giambrone, David
                            Gochfeld, Maggie Gram, A.K. Gupta, Irina
                                                                           just decide we don’t care... what
                                                                           does it matter?
                                                                                                                      The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions
                                                                                                                      (IFTU) is part of the Allawi govern-
                                                                                                                                                                     The U.S.A. is directly responsible
                                                                                                                                                                  for the deaths of hundreds of the thou-       CORRECTIONS:
                            Ivanova, Ruth Kelton, Ida Lake, William           What a great time to be a man.          ment structure that was selected by         sands of Iraqis. To collaborate with          The photograph for Nowhere to Roma
                            Lindley, Edgar Mata, Nik Moore, Lydia          Pussy on demand, by the hour. And          the U.S. What matters is what they          them is almost worse than reac-               was taken by: Eric S. Thompson.
                            Neri, Ana Nogueira, Donald Paneth,             the girls love it. I’m so glad femi-       do ... not what they say.                   tionary: it’s fucking stupid. The USA is      In Rich Girls, Hobby Whores, the
                            James Powell, Nicholas Powers, Derq            nism is over. Feminists used to talk                              –Parallelogram       going to lose this war. If you’re going
JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sex Worker Project and the Sex
                            Quiqqle, Frank Reynoso, Ann Schneider,         about real change, now it’s all about                                                  to be an opportunist devoid of princi-        Worker Organizing Project are dif-
                            Sheba Sethi, Andy Smenos, Andrew               just getting over.                         The IFTU are not collaborators. They        ples, that’s obviously your right. But        ferent groups.
                            Stern, Maggie Suisman, John Tarleton,             I checked Craigslist and the price      have chosen to participate in the gov-      the smart opportunist doesn’t tie him-        Confessions of a Flagburner noted
                            Xavier Tayo, Liz Tillotson, Leanne Tory-       is right. Not too many Barnard girls,      ernment, but so did millions of Iraqi’s     self at the hip to a foreign occupier         an effigy of the artist Dread Scott
                            Murphy, Matthew Wasserman, Steven              but a lot of “services” offering           who voted and ran [for offices].            despised by the overwhelming major-           Tyler. The effigy was not burned.
                            Wishnia, Jennifer Whitney, Amy Wolf, &         fresh-off-the-boat Asian girls,               The majority of Iraqis want the          ity of the working people in their own
                            Christina Zawerucha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frank Reynoso burned the flags on
                                                                           Russians and Black girls for even          military occupation to end. The anxi-       country.                                      the cover of issue #72.
                                                                           cheaper! I love that my wallet buys        ety with many Iraqis is that the            –The Burningman
2
                                                                                                                                                                           new york city
                                                                                                                                                                           MASSIVE ROUND-UP OF BLACK MEN
                                                                                                                                                                           AFTER COP SHOT IN QUEENS
                                                                                                                                                                           On June 14, NYPD Officer Christopher Wiesneski was
                                                             St. Brigid’s on the Cross?                                                                                    shot in the leg with his own gun while arresting a
                                                                                                                                                                           man who was smoking marijuana. In the three fol-
                                                             Venerable Tompkins Square Parish ‘Nearer to God’                                                              lowing days, police rounded up over 180 people in
                                                                                                                                                                           the Cambria Heights and Laurelton section of
                                                                                                                                                                           Queens. Police say they are looking for the culprit in
                                                               BY BENNETT BAUMER                               hierarchy sent word that the church                         the police shooting. Most of those who were arrested
                                                                                                               would forever close and demolition could                    were African-American men picked up on minor


                                                               F     leeing famine, Irish immigrants
                                                                     built Saint Brigid’s Catholic Church
                                                                     in 1848. The yellow gothic-style
                                                               church, situated across from Tompkins
                                                               Square Park, has welcomed the Irish,
                                                                                                               be imminent as a plan to convert the space
                                                                                                               to apartments failed.
                                                                                                                  The Church has shuttered numerous
                                                                                                               churches in the past couple of years for
                                                                                                               lack of priests and ostensibly to pay hun-
                                                                                                                                                                           “quality-of-life” offences.
                                                                                                                                                                              According to Democracy Now!, many of those
                                                                                                                                                                           arrested claimed they were detained by police with-
                                                                                                                                                                           out explanation. “We contacted several people and
                                                                                                                                                                           we found a disturbing pattern that really yells racial
                                                               sqatters and Latino immigrants. In June         dreds of millions of dollars owed to vic-                   profiling,” said Marq Claxton, a retired NYPD detec-
                                                               2001, however, the Archdiocese closed           tims of priest sexual abuse.                                tive and member of the group 100 Blacks in Law
                                                               the church due to structural problems              The Archdiocese sold St. Ann’s church,                   Enforcement Who Care.
                                                               while hundreds of parishioners continued        on 13th Street, to developers that built res-
                                                               to hold mass in the social hall. Saint          idential housing in its place. “Many of                     FEDS PUSH RACKETEERING CASE
                                                               Brigid’s faithful began a fundraising drive     these poor parishes are sitting on valuable                 ON LONGSHORE UNION
                                                               that collected around $100,000 to reopen        property,” said former Saint Brigid parish-                 The U.S. Department of Justice filed RICO charges
                                                               the church.                                     ioner Ed Torres. Community members are                      against the International Longshoreman Association’s
                                                                  “How do I explain to my five-year-old        also getting involved in the fight to save                  (ILA) top leadership as well as leading Cosa Nostra
                                                               child that they want to destroy this            the church. “We used to have meetings                       mafia figures on July 6. The complaint lists Union
                                                               church?” asked Catherine King, echoing          here about the police riots in the eighties                 President John Bowers and over 30 other union fig-
                                                               several longtime parishioners whose fam-        and nineties,” said veteran Village squat-                  ures along with jailed Gambino boss Peter Gotti as
  THIRD GENERATION parishioner, Catherine King, has            ilies grew up worshiping at Saint               ter Richard Degen. “They don’t shut                         defendants. The East coast longshore union repre-
  attended St. Brigid’s for 31 years. PHOTO: Antrim Caskey     Brigid’s. In September 2004, the Catholic       down churches on Fifth Avenue.”                             sents around 15,000 members from Maine to Texas.
                                                                                                                                                                           Rank-and-file workers are fighting for a place in dis-
                                                                                                                                                                           cussions between ILA leaders and the government on
                                                                                                                                                                           a possible trusteeship of the union. They are also



Pay Parks
                                                                                                                                                                           demanding direct elections of leadership, who are
                                                                                                                                                                           currently elected by hand-picked delegates. Rank-
                                                                                                                                                                           and-file longshoremen working through the
                                                                                                                                                                           Longshore Workers Coalition are going port to port
                                                                                                                                                                           organizing the piers.
For the cost of a pricey bottle of wine one can take a                                                                                                                        “The LWC believes that the only way to stop cor-




                                                                                                                                                           Irina Ivanova
                                                                                                                                                                           ruption is to have longshore workers elect their lead-
child to Victorian Gardens, a small, 11-ride amuse-                                                                                                                        ers,” said Tony Perlstein of Local 1588 in New Jersey
ment park on the southeast side of Central Park. The                                                                                                                       and coalition co-chair. Newark Local 1235 President
                                                                                                                                                                           Al Cernadas was previously indicted by the feds last
cheap thrills at Victorian Gardens costs $18 for a day-                                                                                                                    year and is named once again under the RICO suit.
                                                                                                                                                                           Cernadas is a reputed “associate” of the Genovese
pass or $6 a la carte. Perhaps to distract from the steep                                                                                                                  crime family who control the New Jersey docks.
ticket price, a sign posted outside attempts to sweep
                                                                                                                                                                           VISUAL RESURRECTION
prospective entrants into a make-believe land.                                                                                                                             Artist collective Visual Resistance has initiated a new
                                                                                                                                                                           project to draw attention to the dangers faced by
BY HALLEY BONDY                                          parks,” says Dana Santulli, Victorian Gardens’         Victorian Gardens sublets its space at the                 bicyclists in New York City. Ghost bike, inspired by a
                                                         sales manager. “Our prices are competitive.”        Wollman Ice Skating Rink, a Donald Trump                      similar project in Pittsburgh, memorializes bicyclists
                                                                                                                                                                           killed by cars with a bike spray-painted white and a

O          nce upon a time there lived a beautiful and
           wealthy couple named Victor Ian and Mrs.
           Victoria Gardens. They lived a rather lav-
ish life traveling across countries and exploring many
new lands. They were, in short, social butterflies in
                                                            The price is comparable to admission to Six
                                                         Flags in New Jersey, or a full day at Coney
                                                         Island, both of which feature many more
                                                         rides. At the entrance to Victorian Gardens,
                                                         parents and nannies negotiate with children
                                                                                                             venture. According to a marketing assistant at
                                                                                                             the Central Park Conservancy, the privatization
                                                                                                             of Central Park is common. “We have corporate
                                                                                                             sponsorship, and they are allowed to hold spe-
                                                                                                             cial events in exchange.”
                                                                                                                                                                           stenciled plaque at the site of the accident.
                                                                                                                                                                                To date, three memorials have been erected, one
                                                                                                                                                                           in Park Slope and two on Houston St. The Houston
                                                                                                                                                                           St. stretch in particular has been deemed the most
                                                                                                                                                                           dangerous in the city to cyclists, as recently demon-
their circle of friends. — The tale describes how        on how many rides they can go on, or leave             According to Santulli, the operator of the
                                                                                                                                                                           strated by a taxicab that crashed into a memorial,
this extravagant yet lonely couple could not             the area entirely.                                  facility, Central Amusements is funded by                     demolishing it.
have children. But fret not! The couple built               “It’s hard, because what can you do with         “anonymous investors,” who presumably are                         “Creating and installing a ghost bike is heart-
a rink-sized amusement park, drawing chil-               your children in New York City?” one                not the fantastical Victor Ian and Victoria                   wrenching every time,” writes Visual Resistance. “But
dren of all ages, and lived happily ever after!          woman asked, after refusing to pay admission        Gardens. Nevertheless, it’s making a killing                  we will create memorials as long as they are needed.”
   “I’d venture to say that our prices are not par-      for her disappointed son. “This place is            this summer, and enjoying a very different                    Two of the ghost bikes remain standing.
ticularly high compared to other amusement               tempting for any child.”                            kind of fairy tale.                                                           For more info, see visualresistance.org



                                                                                                                                                                              Mattera must first collect 4,000 signatures

Brooklyn Greens Gun for Marty                                                                                                                                              in a five-week span to get her name on the bal-
                                                                                                                                                                           lot. Then there is the substantial war chest
                                                                                                                                                                           Markowitz has accrued. According to docu-
BY RAHUL CHADHA                                          of scale with the neighborhood.                                                                                   ments filed with the New York City Campaign
                                                            “He’s been outrageous in his shameless                                                                         Finance Board, the incumbent has raised over


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      ince assuming the office of Brooklyn               courting of Bruce Ratner. What I’ve really                                                                        $1.5 million, while Mattera is a few hundred
      Borough President in 2002, Marty                   learned traveling around Brooklyn is that                                                                         short of $9,000. In the short term, she says her
      Markowitz has dedicated himself to a bare-         there are several communities angry about his                                                                     goal is simply to try to raise $50,000 in order
knuckled boosterism designed to evoke nostalgia          complacency about land use,” says Gloria                                                                          to become eligible for matching funds.
for a Brooklyn that no longer exists. The former         Mattera, a Park Slope resident who serves as                                                                         The range of issues Mattera’s campaign
state senator has a knack for knowing where and          co-chair of the Green Party for New York            WILLIAMSBURG POLITICKING: Gloria Mattera presses              cuts across may aid her efforts. She is a pro-
when to mug for the cameras of the borough’s             State and is mounting the only serious cam-         the flesh with Jonathan and Sharon Schwartz.                  ponent of educating parents about opt-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




weeklies and plays the role of the “fuhgedabou-          paign against Markowitz.                            Photo: Rahul Chadha                                           rights for high schoolers targeted by military
dit” Kings County native to the hilt.                       Many feel the position lacks real authority.        But Mattera argues that the position holds                 recruiters and is campaigning for a greener
   But Markowitz has also steadfastly sup-               The borough president’s views are regarded          plenty of sway over land-use issues in naming                 Brooklyn. She also addresses health issues
ported Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards develop-            only as suggestions to the New York City            appointees to the borough’s community boards                  specific to the borough, such as high asthma
ment plan, which includes a new arena for the            Council. (Markowitz’s stand against the re-         and one member to the City Planning Council.                  rates. “We have a lot of grassroots support in
Nets and highrises up to 50 stories. In doing            zoning plan for Greenpoint and Williamsburg         “It’s important for people to know that the bor-              different areas of the borough,” says Mattera.
so, the borough president has prompted the               was ignored by the council in its recent vote to    ough president has a lot of influence on land-                “I hope that people are ready to vote for
wrath of many who feel the plan is grossly out           approve it.)                                        use issues and planning boards,” she says.                    someone with a different vision.”
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                             OPERATION
                             RED SCARE
                                                             David Horowitz’s
                                                             Academic Battlefield
                                                             BY BILL BERKOWITZ



                                                             A
                                                                    specter is again haunting U.S.
                                                                    colleges and universities. At
                                                                    the beginning of the Cold
                                                              War in the early 1950s, Joseph
                                                              McCarthy, the infamous Republican
                                                              Senator from Wisconsin, stalked
                                                              the political landscape hurling
                                                              reckless charges that hordes of
                                                              Communists had infiltrated the U.S.
                                                              government before, during and
                                                              after World War II.
                                                                 McCarthy and his band of self-       Lawrence Herisnor, 19, of Manhattan, works with Youth Activist Youth Allies (YaYa), a member of the NYC Counter Recruitment Coalition.
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                                                              proclaimed patriots also trained        Photo: Antrim Caskey
                                                              their guns on the creative commu-
                                                              nity – writers, directors and actors
                            working in Hollywood and on Broadway – as well as public school
                            teachers and academics on college campuses across the country.
                               The hysteria these men stirred up through largely unsubstanti-
                            ated charges caused thousands of people to lose their jobs. Some
                                                                                                      Stopping the War at the Source
                            committed suicide.                                                        BY ANTRIM CASKEY                                                        they signed up. If that were the case, he said, “I’d say they
                               Flash forward 50 years: David Horowitz, the 1960s left-wing rad-                                                                               couldn’t be in the schools.”
                            ical turned right-wing activist/provocateur and Republican political
                            consultant, has crafted a campaign to stifle the speech of liberal aca-
                            demics. Disguised as an attempt to broaden free speech on campus,
                            Horowitz’s Academic Bill of Rights has been making the rounds of
                            statehouses and college campuses during the past year or so.
                                                                                                      O         n July 14, several dozen antiwar activists organized
                                                                                                                by the New York City Counter-Recruitment
                                                                                                                Campaign picketed the military recruiting offices on
                                                                                                      Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. The coalition’s focus is to
                                                                                                      inform parents of high-school-age students that they can
                                                                                                                                                                                 Siegel says military recruiting in schools also presents an
                                                                                                                                                                              opportunity for local antiwar groups to speak to students.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Ike Enwereuzur, an aspiring sports writer who considered
                                                                                                                                                                              enlisting for the first Gulf War in 1991, paused while pass-
                                                                                                                                                                              ing by on his bicycle. He said that he had a couple of friends
                            Legislators in 14 states, including California, Florida, Minnesota and    “opt out” of the provision in the federal No Child Left                 who joined the military for educational benefits, but “they
                            Maine, have introduced bills on that theme.                               Behind Act that requires schools to give students’ names,               never got it. [The military] kept delaying it, and they got
                               In early June, the Christian Science Monitor reported that “four       addresses and other information to military recruiters – who            frustrated. I think it’s a scandal.”
                            state universities in Colorado... [had] adopted the principles under      have been using increasingly high-pressure tactics to get                  According to the Central Committee for Conscientious
                            legislative pressure in 2004.”                                            people to enlist.                                                       Objectors, two-thirds of all recruits never receive college
                               In Florida, State Representative Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) has intro-       “It’s important to take a stand against military recruiters          funding from the military. Only 15 percent graduate with a
                            duced an Academic Freedom Bill of Rights. In addition to guarantee-       who are preying on poor people, coming to black neighbor-               four-year degree.
                            ing that students would “not be punished for professing beliefs with      hoods,” said Brian Lewis, a New School student who is
                            which their professors disagree,” the bill would have advised profes-     working for the summer with Youth Activist Youth Allies                 “I NEEDED A JOB”
                            sors “to teach alternative ‘serious academic theories’ that may dis-      (YaYa), one of more than 15 groups participating in the                 One member of the crowd insisted that this reporter
                            agree with their personal views.”                                         counter-recruitment campaign. “I’m taking a stand today                 destroy a photograph of him taking antiwar leaflets. He
                               “Some professors say, ‘Evolution is a fact. I don’t want to hear       and saying no.”                                                         said he was a military policeman home on leave from serv-
                            about intelligent design, and if you don’t like it, there’s the door,’”      “Somebody told me, as the oldest in my house that I have             ing the Iraqi city of Basra and could not be seen at a
                            Baxley maintained.                                                        to go to war?” Alwyn Hall, 16, of Brooklyn, asked Lewis.                demonstration.
                               The bill went nowhere after passing a committee vote in March,         “We do need people to fight a war. It’s my country, and I want             He said he enlisted because, “Well, as you might know, 50
                            but Baxley “also appealed directly to the state’s university presidents   to serve, but . . .”                                                    percent of black men don’t have jobs. I needed a job.” Recruiters
                            to implement his proposals administratively,” says Susan                     “If you want to serve your country, there’s other ways to do         told him that he “may or may not go to Iraq.”
                            Greenbaum, president of the Faculty Senate at the University of           that – the Peace Corps, as a civil servant,” Lewis answered.               He said the war and the military are nothing like what the
                            South Florida. As chair of the Education Council and a member of the      “You don’t have to put your life on the line.”                          media or the military portray. Blacks and Latinos get undesirable
                            Education Appropriations Committee, she adds, he “certainly has              Hall, who hasn’t yet been targeted by recruiters, left say-          assignments, no one from different races really mixes and super-
                            their attention.”
                                                                                                      ing that he was going to talk to his parents about the “opt-            visors are verbally abusive – “like Full Metal Jacket and shit.”
                               “The real test,” Greenbaum pointed out, “will come in whether
                                                                                                      out” clause. About 3,000 leaflets were distributed during                  “Our superiors treat us like shit,” he continued. “We treat
                                                                                                      the event.                                                              Iraqis like shit. Shit rolls downhill, you see? The officers, they
                            there is an escalation in student grievances at Florida universities,
                                                                                                         Lawrence Herisnor, 19, of Manhattan, who also works with             live in palaces, you know Saddam’s old palaces. I live in a tent.”
                            and what happens to those complaints. However, what seems to be
                                                                                                      YaYa, just graduated from the High School of Environmental                 And the Iraqis? “We treat them like they have no rights,”
                            lacking in this whole issue is real student dissatisfaction. They have
                                                                                                      Studies in Midtown. Military recruiters were at his school              the military policeman said. “If there’s an explosion, we arrest
                            garnered almost no action among students on these campuses;               “almost every single day,” he said, but “they never approached          everyone on the street. We’ll arrest the family til a suspect
                            David Horowitz presented a pitiful array of dubious anecdotes when        me. They could see I was gay. They’d come and ask my                    turns himself in. “I hold them til they get to Abu Ghraib,
                            he testified in Tallahassee.”                                             friends in front of me and never talk to me.”                           like Rikers, you know,” he explained. “I’ve never seen [abuse
                                                                                                                                                                              of prisoners]. I’ve heard about it. I’ve seen people do sleep
                            CAMPUS BROWNSHIRTS                                                        FRUSTRATED RECRUITERS                                                   deprivation to prisoners. I’m not involved in that.”
                            Horowitz set up Students for Academic Freedom in 2003 to do the           As the demonstrators marched on the sidewalk, three
                            grunt work. On some campuses, they and similarly minded groups            recruiters stood in silence in the open door of the recruiting          For more, see counterrecruiter.net
                            have launched an all-out assault on liberal professors, using classic     office. Sergeant Shiverts, who has been a recruiter for two-
                            McCarthyite tactics.                                                      and-a-half years, called military veterans among the protest-
                               At Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif., veteran jour-      ers “hypocritical.” “They didn’t like it when people protested
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                            nalist David Bacon reported, college Republicans posted leaflets on       against them,” he said. “So why are they now protesting
                            the doors of ten faculty members, accusing them of “teaching com-         against those who are fighting for their freedom?”
                            munism.” California law makes that illegal. The California College           The recruiters would not comment on whether their
                            Republicans called the episode “Operation Red Scare.”                     recruiting rates were up or down. Nationally, the army is fac-
                               Horowitz’s efforts on campuses across the country and Rep.             ing its worst recruiting crisis since it became an all-volunteer
                                                                                                      force in 1973. Its year-to-date recruiting numbers are off by
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                            Baxley’s work in Florida “represent an inversion of the original intent
                            of academic freedom, which is to protect the right of professors to       14 percent, and at its current pace it will miss its annual goal
                            express controversial ideas without fear of retaliation,” Susan           of 80,000 recruits by more than 11,000. The Army National
                            Greenbaum maintains.                                                      Guard and Reserves are experiencing similar shortfalls.
                                                                                                         Civil libertarian Norman Siegel, a candidate for the
                            Bill Berkowitz writes the “Conservative Watch” column for                 Democratic nomination for public advocate, said that nor-
                            WorkingForChange.com, where this was originally published.                mally he would not keep military recruiters out of schools,
                                                                                                      but expressed concern that military recruiters were coming to            Recruiter Sgt. Ibanez fends off a reporter’s questions.
                                                                                                      schools and lying to students about what they would get if               Photo: Antrim Caskey
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Bush’s Supreme Court Pick                                                                                                                                  open letter



Corporate                                                                                                                                                  Why Has the FBI Placed
                                                                                                                                                           A Million-Dollar Bounty
                                                                                                                                                           On Assata Shakur?
Fundamentalist                                                                                                                                             BY KATHLEEN CLEAVER

                                                                                                                                                              n a highly disputed trial held 28 years ago, an all-

                                                                                                                                                           I  white jury convicted former Black Panther Assata
                                                                                                                                                              Shakur of the murder of a New Jersey state
                                                                                                                                                           trooper. In 1979, while serving a life sentence, she
                                                                                                                                                           escaped from prison and eventually resurfaced in
                                                                                                                                                           Cuba, where she was granted asylum and has lived
BY STEVEN WISHNIA                                 text, structure or history of the                                                                        ever since. But the U.S. government has continued
                                                  Constitution.” In another case,                                                                          to pursue her, regularly increasing the bounty on her
                                                                                                                                                           head and classifying her as a “domestic terrorist.”

F      or the last 15 years, Democrats have
       argued that people should vote for
       them because a Republican president
would put disastrous judges on the Supreme
Court. With President Bush’s nomination of
                                                  Roberts contended that harass-
                                                  ing patients at abortion clinics
                                                  might be discrimination against
                                                  pregnant people, but it wasn’t
                                                  discrimination against women.
                                                                                                                                                           Last May the Justice Department issued an
                                                                                                                                                           unprecedented $1 million bounty for her return.
                                                                                                                                                           Shakur, 58, continues to maintain her innocence.
                                                                                                                                                              Assata and Sundiata Acoli were arrested May 2,
John G. Roberts to replace retiring Justice          In another Supreme Court case,                                                                        1973, after a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike
Sandra Day O’Connor, the moment of truth          Roberts argued that the federal                                                                          in which State Trooper Werner Foerster and Black
for both the high court and the Democratic        law banning flag-burning did not                                                                         Panther Zayd Shakur were killed. Assata was
Party has arrived.                                violate the First Amendment.                                                                             severely wounded, shot while her hands were up.
   Roberts, 50, who has been a judge on the          In private practice from                                                                              She has always maintained that she did not kill any-
federal DC Circuit Court of Appeals since         1993 to 2003, Roberts liti-                                                                              one. But in separate trials, Sundiata and Assata
2003, is an experienced litigator with a long     gated several prominent cor-                                                                             were convicted of murdering Foerster.
history of right-wing positions on issues         porate-rights cases. In 2002,                                                                               Several years after she escaped, Cuba gave her
from abortion to labor, media ownership to        he represented Toyota in a                                                                               political asylum on the grounds that she had been
mining. In 2003, the liberal Alliance for         case where the Supreme Court                                                                             subjected to political persecution and had never
Justice said he had a “record of hostility to     ruled that a Kentucky assembly-line worker       Rehnquist, Clarence Thomas, or Antonin                  received a fair trial.
the rights of women and minorities.”              fired after she got carpal-tunnel syndrome       Scalia, but she was on the wrong side in                   Many freedom fighters I knew and loved, includ-
   In a televised address July 19, Bush praised   was not covered by the Americans with            some of the Court’s most screamingly unjust             ing Eldridge Cleaver, to whom I was married, were
Roberts as “one of the finest legal minds in      Disabilities Act. He also represented Fox        decisions of the last two decades. In 1986’s            arrested and imprisoned because of our member-
the country” who has “devoted his entire pro-     Television in its successful challenge to fed-   Bowers v. Hardwick, she voted to uphold a               ship in the Black Panther Party. Many turned into
fessional life to the cause of justice.”          eral limits on media ownership, and wrote        Georgia law that made it illegal for an adult           fugitives to save their own lives, including my hus-
   The battle over confirming Roberts could       an amicus brief supporting the West              man to give a blowjob in his own bedroom.               band, whom I joined in Algeria in May 1969. That
be the biggest since the appointment of           Virginia Coal Association when it got the        (When the Court reversed that decision in               was around the same time that Assata, then a bright
Clarence Thomas in 1991 – or it could be a        federal ban on mountaintop-removal min-          2003, she agreed that the Texas law in ques-            New York City college student named Joanne
fizzle like the recent filibuster imbroglio in    ing overturned.                                  tion discriminated against gays, but would              Chesimard, joined the Black Panthers.
the Senate, in which the Democrats acceded           If the Democrats mount any challenge          not hold that all sodomy laws were uncon-                  We had a concrete ten-point program to end
to the nomination of three judges from the        to Roberts’ confirmation, they are likely        stitutional.) In 1993’s Herrera v. Collins, she         racial inequality. We insisted on decent housing,
depths of the judicial right wing.                to denounce him as an “extremist” and            concurred that it wouldn’t be unconstitu-               appropriate education, economic justice, an
   At stake are attempts by the far right,        “out of the mainstream.” The Republicans         tional to execute a man who claimed to have             immediate end to police brutality and other rights
despite its denunciations of “judicial            will call the Democrats “far-left obstruc-       new evidence proving his innocence, as long             our people had been fighting for since slavery
activism,” to push forward a radical              tionists.” The Democrats will probably           as his original trial had been procedurally             ended. We were not patient, we were not passive,
revamping of American jurisprudence.              not stress specific cases or issues, and the     correct.                                                and we were willing to defend our principles with
They want to pack the benches with judges         corporate media will almost certainly               In December 2000, she voted to halt                  our lives. We became prime targets for law
who combine a Talibanoid Christian social         ignore those details to concentrate on the       Florida’s recount of its presidential vote, on          enforcement and intelligence agencies, particu-
agenda with a relentless sanctification of        political conflict.                              the grounds that continuing it would cause              larly after J. Edgar Hoover, then FBI director,
property rights. In this philosophy, envi-                                                         “irreparable harm” to George W. Bush.                   labeled us the “greatest threat to the internal
ronmental regulations are deemed uncon-           O’CONNOR A GONER                                 (His lead had shrunk to 154 votes.) Three               security” of the United States in 1968.
stitutional “takings” of property rights, but     After Justice O’Connor announced her             days later, in Bush v. Gore, she voted to pro-             We were young and passionately determined to
laws against oral sex are not an unconstitu-      retirement July 1, numerous Democrats            hibit the Florida recount, thus selecting               secure the freedom of our people in our lifetime.
tional intrusion on privacy rights. Judge         urged Bush to appoint a successor as “mod-       Bush as president. The Court’s rationale                Assata saw our leaders imprisoned and killed. Both
Janice Rogers Brown, confirmed to the D.C.        erate” and “thoughtful” as she was. Her          was that counting ballots that had not been             Black Panther Party founders Huey Newton and
Circuit Court of Appeals in the filibuster        career, party chair Howard Dean said, “was       properly recorded by voting machines                    Bobby Seale faced the death penalty, and Fred
compromise, has said that rent control is as      marked by a commitment to placing the            would violate voters’ right to equal protec-            Hampton and Mark Clark, leaders of the Illinois
odious as slavery, and complained that a          law ahead of partisanship and ideology.”         tion, because different counties would                  chapter, were murdered in 1969 in a predawn raid
“socialist revolution” took over the federal        Justice O’Connor may have been moder-          probably use different methods.                         while they slept. Assata reported that she was
courts in 1937. Before that “revolution,”         ate compared with Chief Justice William                                                                  beaten, tortured and denied medical attention after
the Supreme Court routinely struck down                                                                                                                    her arrest, then continually threatened by police and
laws protecting workers, including bans on                                                                                                                 prison guards. There was no question that she felt
child labor.                                                                                                                                               her life was in danger.

TORTURE IS “MODERATE”?                               California Medical Marijuana                                                                             Under international law and Cuban law, Shakur is
                                                                                                                                                           entitled to the protection and freedom of asylum.
                                                                                                                                                           There are no legal grounds for her return to the
Another crucial area is civil liberties, espe-
cially with the Bush administration’s inven-
tion of “enemy combatants” as a category of
                                                     Activist Commits Suicide                                                                              United States because no treaty of extradition exists
                                                                                                                                                           between the United States and Cuba, which has
                                                                                                                                                           been subjected to a U.S. blockade and trade
detainees who are neither prisoners of war
nor common criminals – and thus have no
rights. Ironically, Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales, who helped craft the Justice
                                                     S    an Diego medical-marijuana activist Steve
                                                          McWilliams, 51, killed himself July 12.
                                                          McWilliams, who ran the Shelter from the
                                                     Storm medical-pot collective, was facing a six-
                                                                                                                                                           embargo for more than 40 years.
                                                                                                                                                              Despite this, the U.S. government and the state
                                                                                                                                                           of New Jersey have repeatedly called for her cap-
                                                                                                                                                           ture. The meaning of this new million-dollar
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Department’s excuses for why torture was             month federal prison sentence for growing 25 ganja
legal, was portrayed as a “moderate” when            plants after being arrested in 2002. Friends and fel-                                                 bounty is to encourage and finance what amounts
his name was floated as a possible Court             low activists said that he was depressed over the                                                     to a kidnapping.
nominee. The Christian right objected that           Supreme Court’s June medical-marijuana decision,                                                         The government has elevated this barbaric
he was insufficiently anti-abortion.                 which effectively nixed his appeal, and in severe pain                                                conduct to the diplomatic level as a way to reim-
   That won’t be a problem for John                  from nausea, migraine headaches, and old motorcy-                                                     prison one Black woman who dared fight for our
Roberts. As deputy solicitor general under           cle-accident injuries. The terms of his bail had                                                      freedom. We cannot allow them to engage in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




President George Bush Sr., he wrote a brief          barred him from using medical cannabis. “Steve was                                                    lynch-mob diplomacy.
supporting the “gag rule” banning family-            a courageous fighter for the cause and he will be
planning groups receiving federal funds              sorely missed,” said Dale Gieringer of California                                                     Kathleen Cleaver is a law professor and former
from discussing abortion with clients. “We           NORML. Medical-marijuana activists held vigils in                                                     communications secretary for the Black Panther
                                                                                                                                              HIGH TIMES




continue to believe that Roe v. Wade was             his memory July 19 in San Diego and other cities.                                                     Party. For more information about Assata Shakur,
wrongly decided and should be overruled,”                                                                                                                  please visit handsoffassata.com, or call the
                                                                                          —STEVEN WISHNIA
he argued, adding that there is no funda-                                                                                                                  Malcolm X Grassroots Movement at (718) 254-8800.
mental right to abortion anywhere in “the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5
                                                                                                                                   dream on



                                                                                                                                   Everyone
                                                                                                                                   Loves the Rich
                                                                                                                                   BY DON MONKERUD                                 top ten Silicon Valley CEOs alone taking
                                                                                                                                                                                   home $578 million combined in 2004,


                                                                                                                                   M         ichael is the type of person one
                                                                                                                                             would expect to vote in his self-
                                                                                                                                             interest. Now in his early sixties,
                                                                                                                                   he lives in a modest house with his wife
                                                                                                                                   and two daughters and works a minimum-
                                                                                                                                                                                   they cannot compete with the nation’s
                                                                                                                                                                                   truly rich.

                                                                                                                                                                                   HALF THE WORLD’S BILLIONAIRES
                                                                                                                                                                                   Nationwide, billionaires are richer and
                                                                                                                                   wage job at a manufacturing plant, which        more numerous for the second year in a
                                                                                                                                   he took in a 1990s recession after years of     row, according to Forbes magazine’s 2005
                                                                                                                                   self-employment. Despite appearances,           survey. The Forbes 400 list of the richest
                                                                                                                                   however, he identifies with the rich.           Americans starts at $750 million, of
                                                                                                                                      “You may think I’ve given up, but I          which 78 percent were billionaires in 2004.
                                                                                                                                   haven’t,” Michael says. “I am going to be       In the past year, 69 more became billion-
                                                                                                                                   rich someday.” Without concrete plans to        aires, giving this country almost half of
                                                                                                                                   propel him to riches, Michael nonetheless       the world’s billionaires. In 2004, the com-
                                                                                                                                   shares a dream held by many Americans.          bined net worth of the nation’s wealthiest
                                                                                                                                   The “get rich someday” dream is cited by        was $1 trillion, an increase of $45 billion
                                                                                                                                   many as the reason Americans lend their         in one year.
                                                                                                                                   political support to the wealthy, voting           Workers fared differently, however. Wages
                                                                                                                                   against their own economic self-interest.       for most Americans didn’t improve from
                                                                                                                                                                                   1979 to 1998 and the median male wage in
                                                                                                                                   GETTING RICHER FASTER                           2000 was below the 1979 level, notwith-
                            ED WILEY stands outside the West Virginia state capitol. PHOTO: Antrim Caskey                          The nation’s top 0.1 percent, some              standing productivity increases of 44.5 per-
                                                                                                                                   145,000 taxpayers with an average income        cent. Despite the 1990s’ income gains, the
                                                                                                                                   of $3 million a year, is amassing wealth at     Financial Times reported in May that wages
                                                                                                                                   an unprecedented rate according to a            are falling faster than at any time in the last


                            Coaltown Crusade
                            BY ANTRIM CASKEY                                     price on their own children’s head. Anybody
                                                                                                                                   recent study by the New York Times. Since
                                                                                                                                   1980, they more than doubled their share
                                                                                                                                   of national income to 7.4 percent – the
                                                                                                                                   highest level since the 1920s.
                                                                                                                                                                                   14 years. Meanwhile hidden unemployment
                                                                                                                                                                                   soars in this “jobless recovery.”

                                                                                                                                                                                   BORROWING INTO WEALTH
                                                                                                                                                                                   Borrowing is what leads to identification
                                                                                 who tells me these [dams] are not supposed        FEW FULFILL THEIR DREAM                         with the rich, say economists Fabrizio Perri
                            CHARLESTON, West Virginia—Tired of                   to leak – that’s bullcrap. That is a lie.”        The number of those with $1 to $5 million       of New York University and Dirk Krueger
                            being ignored by a rapacious coal company               In Sundial, locals like Wiley and out-of-      in net worth increased by 123 percent from      of Goethe University in Frankfurt,
                            and indifferent politicians, Ed Wiley of Rock        town activists are demanding not only that the    1983 to 2001, while those with between $5       Germany. They trace the credit surge to the
                            Creek, West Virginia began a hunger strike           children be moved to a safe school but that       and $10 million increased 304 percent. The      widening income gap between rich and
                            on July 5. It was barely past lunchtime when         Massey shut down its preparation plant, coal      super rich, with over $10 million, increased    poor from 1970 to 2000. Simply put, peo-
                            he got what he wanted: a face-to-face meeting        silo, 1,849-acre mountaintop removal site as      by 409 percent to 338,400. With his             ple feel richer because they consume more.
                            in the state capitol with Gov. Joe Manchin.          well as the 2.8 billion-gallon coal sludge dam.   hourly wage paying his bills, Michael can       From 1990 to 2003, median income only
                               “I do believe we’ve opened up quite a can of         “Massey wants it all. They are a cruel peo-    only dream of reaching these sums.              rose 6.5 percent, yet spending jumped 30
                            worms,” says Wiley, who came to press his            ple. They don’t care what they do to you,”           While some get rich in the technology        percent and debt increased 80 percent.
                            demand that the students of Marsh Fork               says Jackie Browning, of nearby Horse Creek.      industry where Michael works, with the             Despite longer hours and lower pay,
                            Elementary be moved to safety from its current       “They make this place so ugly.”                                                                   Americans mimic the wealthy by going ever
                            site, which Massey Energy has made toxic.                                                                                                                             deeper in debt to consume
                               “You will see some changes in West                “THE GOVERNOR IS DRAGGING                                                                                            more. Since 2001, they
                            Virginia, and I believe you’ll see some people       HIS FEET”                                                                                                            cashed out $480 billion
                            shifted around,” adds Wiley, 47, whose 10-           Two days after his meeting with the gover-                                                                           in home equity, 2.5 times
                            year-old granddaughter attends Marsh Fork            nor, Wiley and his supporters met with the                                                                           more than they cashed
                            Elementary, which lies directly beneath an           heads of all the relevant state regulatory                                                                           out from 1993 to 2000.
                            earthen dam holding 2.8 billion gallons of coal      agencies to discuss the Massey plant’s harm-
                            sludge. Wiley refused to leave until Manchin         ful impact on the health of the community.                                                                           FANTASY WORLD
                            spoke on the steps of the capitol. The governor         The newly attentive group of government                                                                          Michael J. Graetz and Ian
                            promised television cameras that he would            officials also toured a proposed new site for                                                                   Shapiro, authors of Death by a
                            make sure the Marsh Fork students were safe.         Marsh Fork Elementary students. Wiley and                                                                 Thousand Cuts, point out that most
                            His impromptu press conference with Wiley            his supporters gave Manchin five days to                                                               Americans, like Michael, misperceive
                            came four days after the West Virginia               respond to their demands before returning to                                                      their position. A 2000 Time/CNN poll
                            Department of Environmental Protection               their campaign of nonviolent civil disobedi-                                                      found that 39 percent of Americans believe
                            (DEP) approved a permit for Massey Energy to         ence. Wiley’s initial hopefulness waned. “I’m                                                     they are in the wealthiest one percent, or
                            expand its coal operations in Sundial.               about tired of waiting on them. The governor                                                      soon will be. They even supported Bush’s
                                                                                 is dragging his feet,” Wiley told The                                                             abolition of the inheritance tax, which only
                            TAKING AIM AT KING COAL                              Indypendent on July 15, after not hearing from                                                    applies to the richest two percent of
                            Wiley’s hunger strike was the latest challenge       Manchin’s office for a week.                                                                         American families.
                            to the state’s political establishment, which           Hours later, the governor’s office announced
                            traditionally has had a cozy relationship with       that the permit for Massey to construct a sec-                                                          A VIRTUAL ARISTOCRACY
                            the coal industry. 16 people were arrested on        ond silo at the site had been revoked.                                                                   After Bush’s tax cuts, the 400 top
                            May 31 at a protest outside of Massey                Manchin’s made his decision following a meet-                                                             taxpayers now pay at the same
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                            Energy’s coal preparation plant in Sundial,          ing with activists including Jack Spadaro, a                                                               rate as those making $50,000 to
                            West Virginia. Four more people were                 whistle-blowing mining engineer. Spadaro                                                                    $75,000 and many of the
                            arrested at a June 30 protest at Massey head-        dug up information to prove that both the                                                                   largest corporations pay no tax
                            quarters in Richmond, Virginia.                      existing and the proposed silos were illegally                                                              at all. Unlike the average wage
                               Perhaps no one’s attitude toward the coal         close to the school – within the 300-foot                                                                   earner, these people know their
                            industry has changed more than Wiley’s. Six          buffer zone guarding schools from mining                                                                       interests: 72 percent of the
JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




                            years ago he was helping Massey build roads,         operations. Massey had begun construction on                                                                    Forbes richest 400 who con-
                            slurry lines and sludge ponds – the infra-           the foundation for the silo in April, three                                                                     tributed to the 2004 cam-
                            structure of the devastating practice of             months before the DEP granted a permit.                                                                        paign gave money to Bush.
                            mountaintop removal.                                    “The governor is an ex-coal operator,”                                                                Easily convincing Americans to
                               “I was blinded by the $13.50 an hour I            Spadaro said. “He’s not an environmental-                                                                lower taxes further, they are creat-
                            never had,” he says. “I was blinded by the           ist. Because it involved children, he had to                                                             ing a new aristocracy.
                            medical card I never had. I didn’t realize that      get involved.”
                            I was setting up something that could one            For more, see mountainjusticesummer.org and
                            day kill my granddaughter. They’re putting a         sludgesafety.org
6
news analysis



Bush & Blair’s War on the World
BY A.K. GUPTA                                      detention powers, imprison those “attacking
                                                   the values of the West,” and further limit the


T       he London bombings were a fitting
        exclamation point to the grotesque self-
        indulgence on display at the G-8 sum-
mit. George Bush, Tony Blair and company
spent the meeting repackaging the tired, old
                                                   rights of immigrants.
                                                      Bush and Blair are the prime beneficiaries of
                                                   the bombing. They want a security-surveillance
                                                   matrix to suppress dissent, not terrorism: ani-
                                                   mal rights and environmental campaigners,
international aid shell game as salvation for      anti-war activists, unionists, civil libertarians,
Africa: recycling previous aid (which often        anarchists and anyone who opposes the state.
arrives in the form of subsidies to Western cor-   Internationally, they use it to stage coups
porations) and shaving off a mere $55 billion in   against popular leaders like Haiti’s Jean-
non-performing loans when the continent is         Bertrand Aristide or Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.
saddled with more than $300 billion in debt.          Meanwhile, Blair wants everyone to forget         Protests Greet G8 Ministers in Scotland
   Many Africans wonder why they must pay          that his government abandoned British-born           For three straight days, high-energy demonstrations filled Scotland’s streets. On the morning of Wednesday,
back these debts, most of which were accrued       Muslims swept up in the new torture-first-           July 6 groups blockaded roads surrounding Edinburgh, preventing delegates and other important personnel
by Western-backed despots who burned bil-          ask-questions-later order. Some have been freed
lions on palaces, jets and massive arsenals        from the globalized gulag, their innocence           from reaching the summit. The “hori-zone” campsite was an important activist base. Many woke up to the
purchased from their “freedom-loving”              “confirmed” only after being tortured for            rumors of an attack in London. They huddled around portable radios gleaning information from BBC, while
patrons to torment their people. Other             months or even years.                                Londoners phoned family and friends to check if everyone was safe. After the bombings many protesters in
observers were impudent enough to note that           Bush and Blair have turned Iraq into a char-      Scotland edited their signs to include slogans against the attacks in London. People came out against the
the West is notorious for lavishing such           nel house, where suicidal slaughter is inflicted     bombings while at the same time continuing to voice their opposition to war and the policies of the G8.
promises before the cameras while flinty           on Iraqis every day. Tying the Iraq conflict to                                                                      —Pictures and coverage by Matthew Cassel
about actually paying up.                          the “war on terror” has made it a self-fulfilling
   But there was no chance for debate. Court       prophecy. A CIA report concludes Iraq is
jesters Bob Geldof and Bono capered upon the       becoming an “even more effective training               “They” hate “us” because of the Israeli                            region with Afghanistan, allows his people to
world stage declaring their missionary work        ground for Islamic extremists than                   occupation of Palestine, because of the tor-                          starve, lets the FBI run rampant and levies no
a huge success. Then the bombings provided         Afghanistan.” Insurgents in Afghanistan,             ment of Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and                               protest when hundreds of his citizens are dis-
Bush with a bloody pedestal to clamber upon        Chechnya and elsewhere are benefiting from           Kashmir, the hand that props up butchers in                           appeared into the Anglo-American torture
and yammer about spreading “an ideology of         tactics developed in Iraq and are drawing            Uzbekistan and Pakistan. They hate us for                             network. For his fealty, Musharraf has been
hope and compassion that will overwhelm            from a new generation of militants created by        our hand-holding with oil-rich despots in the                         given billions in aid and loans, much of which
their ideology of hate.”                           the war on Islam. But mention any of this,           Gulf. They hate us for our policies, which is                         is reportedly lining his pockets.
   For his part, Tony Blair preached from the      and the “war on terror” propagandists screech        why the war must be defined as a theological                             But that’s the way of the West. It rewards
gospel according to Bush: the attack was a         “naïve” and “dangerous” and “traitorous.”            battle between good and evil – because poli-                          thugs who terrorize the poor and who – like
product of an “evil ideology,” it had nothing         The media plays along, focusing on the            cies can be changed.                                                  Saddam, Mobutu, Suharto – can be sacrificed
to do with the Iraq war, but was an attack         forensics – the who and how – but never the             Such as Western policies toward Pakistan,                          in a show of Western commitment to “democ-
upon our way of life. Blair also struck fast at    philosophy – why. “It is our freedoms they           one of the war’s covert battlefields. Reports                         racy” when they’ve outlived their usefulness.
civil liberties, proposing new laws to log         hate.” But even Osama countered in his pre-          are that three of the London bombers were of                             In searching for the true masterminds of
details of all emails, text messages and cell      U.S. election video last fall that if his follow-    Pakistani descent. Bush and Blair heartily                            the London attacks, one not need look any
phone calls, make admissible evidence gained       ers really hated Western freedoms, “Why do           support Pakistan’s tyrant, Pervez Musharraf,                          further than 10 Downing St. and 1600
from phone-tapping and bugging, increase           we not strike Sweden?”                               who has unleashed a war along the border                              Pennsylvania Ave.


response




London Bombings:
The Price of Empire
                                                                                                                                                           LONDON INDYMEDIA




BY TARIQ ALI



D        uring the last phase of the Troubles, the IRA targeted main-
         land Britain: it came close to blowing up Margaret Thatcher
         and her cabinet in Brighton. Some years later a missile was
fired at No 10. London’s financial quarter was also targeted. There was
no secret as to the identity of the organization that carried out the hits
                                                                             EDINBURGH MEMORIAL: Protests against the G8 turned to mourning as news
                                                                             of the London bombings spread.
                                                                             – bombing raids, torture, countless civilian deaths in Afghanistan and
                                                                             Iraq – against Islamo-anarchists whose numbers are small, but whose
or its demands. And all this happened despite the various Prevention         reach is deadly. The solution then, as now, is political, not military.
of Terrorism Acts passed by the Commons.                                     The British ruling elite understood this perfectly well in the case of
   The bombers who targeted London were anonymous. It is assumed             Ireland. Security measures, anti-terror laws rushed through parlia-
that those who carried out these attacks are linked to al-Qaida. We          ment, identity cards, a curtailment of civil liberties, will not solve the
simply do not know. Al-Qaida is not the only terrorist group in exis-        problem. If anything, they will push young Muslims in the direction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE INDYPENDENT




tence. It has rivals within the Muslim diaspora. But it is safe to           of mindless violence.
assume that the cause of these bombs is the unstinting support given            The real solution lies in immediately ending the occupation of Iraq,
by “New Labour” and its prime minister to the U.S. wars in                   Afghanistan and Palestine. Just because these three wars are reported
Afghanistan and Iraq.                                                        sporadically and mean little to the everyday lives of most Europeans
   One of the arguments deployed by Ken Livingstone, the mayor of            does not mean the anger and bitterness they arouse in the Muslim
London, when he appealed to Tony Blair not to support the war in             world and its diaspora is insignificant. As long as western politicians
Iraq was prescient: “An assault on Iraq will inflame world opinion and       wage their wars and their colleagues in the Muslim world watch in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




jeopardize security and peace everywhere. London, as one of the major        silence, young people will be attracted to the groups who carry out
world cities, has a great deal to lose from war and a lot to gain from       random acts of revenge.
peace, international cooperation and global stability.”                         At the beginning of the G8, Blair suggested that “poverty was the
   Most Londoners (as the rest of the country) were opposed to the Iraq      cause of terrorism.” It is not so. The principal cause of this violence is
war. Tragically, they have suffered the blow and paid the price for the      the violence being inflicted on the people of the Muslim world. And
re-election of Blair and a continuation of the war.                          unless this is recognized, the horrors will continue.
   Ever since 9/11, I have been arguing that the “war against terror”
is immoral and counterproductive. It sanctions the use of state terror       Originally published in the UK Guardian.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               7
                                                                                                                                   BUSH’S EXIT PLAN: CIVIL WAR                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Putting the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Occupation on Trial
                                                                                                                                   BY A.K. GUPTA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 further in May with “Operation                                                                                                                         BY AMY WOLF                              Ghraib, who stated, “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lightning,” using 40,000 mainly Shiite                                                                                                                                                          Americans brought electricity to
                                                                                                                                   “It’s state-sponsored civil war,” says journalist Dahr Jamail, describing the
                                                                                                                                   sectarian conflict engulfing Iraq. From the beginning of the occupation,
                                                                                                                                   most observers agreed that while civil war was a distinct possibility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 troops to sweep through Baghdad and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 round up hundreds of Sunni males.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In the North, the Kurds have turned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the tables on Sunni Arabs, who benefited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from Saddam Hussein’s repression of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        T       he World Tribunal on Iraq
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (WTI) conducted its culmi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nating session in Istanbul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        from June 23-25. The tribunal has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        held sessions around the world for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 my ass before they brought it to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 my house.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thomas M. Fasy testified to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 devastating effects of depleted ura-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 nium (DU) used by the U.S. in Iraq.
                                                                                                                                   between Kurds and Sunni Arabs, a Sunni-Shiite conflict was highly                                             Kurds. The effect can be seen in the                                                                                                                   past two years, aimed at challenging     Although the rates of cancers,
                                                                                                                                   unlikely because of factors such as nationalism, high rates of intermarriage                                  largely Sunni Arab city of Mosul, with a                                                                                                               the silence around the aggression        leukemia and birth defects in Iraq
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 population of 1.7 million. According to                                                                                                                against Iraq and seeking the truth       rose sharply after the 1991 and 2003
                                                                                                                                   and the moderating influence of Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani.                                        Salon.com, Kurdish forces refer to Sunni                                                                                                               about the war and occupation in Iraq.    bombings, the U.S. does not offi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Arabs “as murderous ‘dogs,’ two-faced                                                                                                                  Policy experts, Iraqi civilians and      cially acknowledge these side
                                                                                                                                      Jamail says that while average Iraqis are                Lebanon’s system of government.                   liars, animals and other epithets that                                                                                                                 leaders in the peace and human rights    effects, and so does nothing to clean
                                                                                                                                   strongly opposed to internecine warfare,                       Parenti says that “because the major           indicate… hatred of a group clearly                                                                                                                    movements gathered to investigate        up DU contamination.
                                                                                                                                   the use of ethnic-based militias against                    Shiite parties did run in the election,”          regarded as an enemy.” The same report                 are up to the task. Trudy Rubin traveled      Escobar writes, “Many groups in this              the role of the media, to give testi-       Emma Khammas, an Iraqi human
                                                                                                                                   the Sunni Arab insurgency has ignited a                     some insurgents view them as collabora-           estimates that more than 40,000                        to Iraq to determine if Iraqi forces could    front have already met in Algiers. The            mony to the abhorrent conditions and     rights activist based in Baghdad,
                                                                                                                                   dirty war that threatens to become                          tors. “There was a heavy Islamization of          Peshmerga have been transferred whole-                 pick up the slack. She wrote in the           front is opposed to the American occupa-          human rights abuses that take place      works to let the world outside Iraq


                                            Life                                      it was now “up to the Iraqis,” and
                                                                                      that those who demanded more assis-
                                                                                      tance were being unreasonable.
                                                                                                                                   another Lebanon or Balkans conflict.
                                                                                                                                      With the war at a stalemate, repeated
                                                                                                                                   deployments, wearing down troop morale
                                                                                                                                   and too few new recruits to maintain force
                                                                                                                                                                                               the Baathists and army after the first
                                                                                                                                                                                               Gulf War. A lot of the Sunni Baathists in
                                                                                                                                                                                               the resistance think the Shiites are ani-
                                                                                                                                                                                               mals. They think they’re Iranian scum.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sale into the “national” security services.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Kurds are even running their own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 network of secret prisons, according to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Washington Post. With the knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baltimore Sun: “Today, there are more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        than 100 military and police commando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        battalions, totaling 169,000 Iraqis. But
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the 80 military battalions, only three –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tion and permanent Pentagon military
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bases; opposed to the privatization and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      corporate looting of the Iraqi economy;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and opposed to the federation of Iraq,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        every day, to lay out clear recommen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dations to restore justice and to plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the next course of action.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This tribunal is modeled after the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 comprehend the realities of occupa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion. She testifies, “The American




                                            Under                                     “They think every problem is a U.S.
                                                                                      problem,” he said.
                                                                                         In the country for nine months,
                                                                                                                                   levels, the Bush administration may be
                                                                                                                                   provoking civil war as its “exit strategy.”
                                                                                                                                   The goal would be to break up Iraq into
                                                                                                                                                                                               This has led to a wave of sectarian vio-
                                                                                                                                                                                               lence against Shiites, he adds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Once the victorious Shiite parties cob-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and cooperation of U.S. forces, the Kurds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have seized hundreds of Arabs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Turkmen in the city of Kirkuk, and pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at most – are fully capable of planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and carrying out counterinsurgency oper-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ations on their own.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i.e., balkanization.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If the Bush administration is provoking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      civil war, it could create an even greater dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Russell Tribunal of the late 1960s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and was solidified in October 2003
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        out of anti-war convergences in          “  The Americans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 brought electricity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to my ass before
                                            the                                       Maj. Helmers was asked why he
                                                                                      thought the U.S. had invaded Iraq.
                                                                                      “There are many reasons,” he said,
                                                                                      “but mostly Saddam himself was a
                                                                                                                                   mini-states to allow a reduction in U.S.
                                                                                                                                   troops while retaining access to massive
                                                                                                                                   oil deposits in the North and South.
                                                                                                                                      “Every single thing the U.S. did led
                                                                                                                                                                                               bled a government together in April,
                                                                                                                                                                                               they placed the Interior Ministry under
                                                                                                                                                                                               the control of the Badr Brigades, the mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                               itary arm of the powerful Shiite-based
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sibly Mosul, and illegally transferred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 them to prisons further north.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 OIL OR NOTHING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “WE’VE READ MAO”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The ineptness of the Iraqi security
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        forces is partly due to the success of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aster. If Iraq starts to unravel, neighboring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      countries like Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and Iran would move in to stake their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      claims. The White House is clearly afflicted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berlin, Jakarta and Istanbul. After
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        listening to testimony from 54 advo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cates over 16 meetings of the tribu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nal, the Jury of Conscience, chaired
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  they brought it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to my house.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ”
                                            Empire                                    weapon of mass destruction. He
                                                                                      killed Kurds and Shiites. He was
                                                                                      working on other WMDs. We may
                                                                                      still find them.”
                                                                                                                                   to civil war,” says Christian Parenti,
                                                                                                                                   author of The Freedom, his account of
                                                                                                                                   occupied Iraq. “The failure of recon-
                                                                                                                                   struction, the firing of the army, the bla-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution
                                                                                                                                                                                               in Iraq. As for the army, a report in The
                                                                                                                                                                                               Guardian states bluntly, “Both Iraqi and
                                                                                                                                                                                               American officers say that the Ministry of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A similar situation prevails in southern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Iraq, which has become a de facto reli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 gious state: alcohol is banned, rigid dress
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 codes are being enforced, prostitutes are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        insurgency. Christian Parenti says insur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gents he spoke to said, “We’ve read
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mao,” meaning they know how to con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        duct a sophisticated guerrilla war and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with a gambler’s mentality: it keeps increas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing the stakes to try to recoup its losses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Parenti notes that domestically the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      entire “political class is united that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        by peace activist Arundhati Roy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        defined this war as one of the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        unjust in history.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Roy stated in the jury’s findings,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     —A former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Abu Ghraib detainee
                                            BY TRISH SCHUH                               He added that part of the 155th’s         tant theft of Iraqi oil money, the use of                   Defense in Baghdad has fallen under the           being murdered and local governments                   isolate their enemy, the United States.       U.S. is not going to leave. They say the          “The Bush and Blair administrations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 forces occupy the buildings, mostly
                                                                                      mission was “explosive ordnance              the Badr Brigade, the use of Peshmerga,                     control of Kurdish political parties.”            and security forces are under the sway of                 The resistance has forced out the          stakes are too high, and I think they’re          blatantly ignored the massive oppo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 private houses, where they imprison
                                            KARBALA, Iraq, June 4 – It should         disposal.”                                   the use of death squads, the use of indis-                     The result has been a wave of death-           competing Shiite parties and movements.                United Nations, more than a dozen coun-       totally correct. The U.S. will eventually         sition to the war … embarked upon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the whole family. They put them in
                                            have been little more than an hour’s         Experts contend that one WMD –            criminate detention and torture, the                        squad killings. Since April, “nearly 1,000        Just like the North, the South has mas-                tries in the “coalition of the willing” and   lose and it will have a dramatic effect on        one of the most unjust, immoral,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 one of the rooms, using the rest of
                                            drive south from Baghdad. But it took     depleted uranium – is easy to find.          destruction of Falluja and other towns in Al                people – most of them Sunni Muslims”              sive oil reserves, which is fueling a sepa-            almost all international aid agencies.        its power worldwide.”                             and cowardly wars in history. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the house as their quarters, as a tem-
                                            an hour just to exit the checkpoints.     But American authorities have                Anbar province,” explains Parenti, created a                have been killed in the southern city of          ratist movement. “We want to destroy the               They have assassinated more than 50                                                             Anglo-American occupation of Iraq
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 porary military station. Then they
                                               Along the road, a smashed car          refused to clean it up or acknowledge        raging insurgency and sparked civil war.                    Basra alone, according to the Christian           central system that connects the entire                high-ranking government officials since                                                         of the last 27 months has led to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 go around the neighborhood firing
                                            remained after colliding with a mili-     its harmful effects. Conventional                                                                        Science Monitor. In May, at least 10 Sunni        country to the capital,” one Shiite auton-             power was “handed over” on June 28,                                                             destruction and devastation of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 at people. I can understand why a
                                            tary vehicle. Iraqis complain that        weapons also pose a danger. Live             THE SECTARIAN SPLIT                                         and Shiite clerics were assassinated.             omy campaigner told The New York Times.                2004. In the last few months, they have                                                         Iraqi state and society. Law and order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 soldier would shoot at a young per-
                                            tanks sometimes drive over the tops       munitions have been                             The communal divide was widened by                          Writing in The Independent, Patrick               Breaking up Iraq may be part of the                 killed scores of mid-level officers in the                                                      have broken down completely,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           >> An estimated                                                                       son; he may feel threatened. But why
                                            of cars, crushing passengers.             piled along streets, >> Iraqis complain      the U.S.-managed election process.                          Cockburn reports, “Many Sunni military            plan to cut U.S. forces. A report leaked to            security services, indicating they have                                                         resulting in a pervasive lack of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would anyone point a gun at a 65-
                                               Outside the city, progress was frus-   unmarked due to a                            Political parties were required to form                     officers and Baathist officials believe they      media in early July stated that the                    thoroughly infiltrated the forces and are          $8 billion – or 43% –                        human security; the physical infra-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 year-old woman? There are such
                                            trated by a mile-long convoy of           shortage of yellow that tanks drive over     “slates” for last January’s election.                       are on a death list of the Badr Brigade           Pentagon plans to draw down troops                     debilitating the operational leadership.                                                        structure is in shambles; the health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the reconstruction                                                                 examples, which are difficult to
                                            armored personnel carriers, tanks,        plastic “caution” tape. the tops of cars,    However, with violence rampant, few                         which is operating through the [police]           from 138,000 to 66,000 by early 2006.                  Most recently, they attacked at least four                                                      care delivery system is a mess; the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 explain to you, such as American
                                            humvees, and supply trucks waiting           During a visit to                         candidates campaigned in public so most                     commandos… an aggressive paramilitary             Analyst and historian Juan Cole writes,                foreign envoys within one week.                                                                 education system has ceased to func-
                                            for deployment. Hundreds of civilian      the Karbala office of crushing passengers.   Iraqi voters cast ballots based on ethnic                   force controlled by the Interior Ministry.”       “The withdrawal plan implies a willing-                   But they need a political wing to con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           money will be spent                          tion; there is massive environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 troops shooting a three-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 baby in the head. Women sitting in
                                            autos were forced off the four-lane       Iraqi Human Rights                           allegiance. At the same time, U.S. forces                      The Times of London noted on July 18:          ness to turn the five northern provinces               solidate gains on the battlefield. Pepe            on security costs.                           and ecological devastation; and, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 their houses are fired at.”
                                            highway onto a narrow dirt road           Watch, employee Hussein Al                   were trying to crush resistance in Sunni                    “hardline Shia militias… are patrolling           over to the Kurdish Peshmerga paramili-                Escobar of Asia Times argues that a                2/05 T. Christian Miller, LA Times           cultural and archeological heritage of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The World Tribunal on Iraq has
                                            bisected by railroad tracks. Traffic      Abrahemy placed a cluster bomb on            Arab regions, ensuring their alienation                     large parts of Baghdad, often rounding            tary, and the nine southern provinces over             national liberation front is emerging                                                           the Iraqi people has been dese-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 posted the majority of transcripts
                                            stalled, zigzagged and backtracked.       his desk. He claimed that citizens           from the new government. Following the                      up suspected Sunni insurgents and                 to a combination of Shiite militias and                that includes the Association of Muslim                                                         crated.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           William Taylor, a U.S. diplomat who                                                   and testimonies from this seminal
                                               Cars, trucks, and SUVs contended       had unsuccessfully requested many            election, government posts were divided                     imprisoning or even killing them.” The            new Iraqi government security forces.”                 Scholars and Shiites grouped around                                                                Panelists included Dahr Jamail, an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           oversees Iraqi reconstruction                                                         event on its Web site, www.worldtri-
                                            with tanks. More waiting.                 times that the U.S. military retrieve        according to ethnic quotas, similar to                      U.S. took the sectarian strategy a step              It’s highly questionable if Iraqi forces            populist preacher Moqtada Al-Sadr.                                                              independent        journalist     who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           efforts, said the country’s violent                                                   bunal.org. In addition, Deep Dish
                                               From the chaos and dust, a train       these WMDs. However, cluster                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      reported on human rights abuses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           insurgency had created                                                                TV recorded the testimonies and
                                            sped by and sent vehicles squealing;      bombs were still being found                                                                                                                                                               PHOTOS BY ANDREW STERN andrewstern.net                                    a “security premium,” gobbling up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and the sorry state of the recon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 panel discussions, and will provide
                                            then, relief that it wasn’t a car bomb.   throughout the city.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              struction. He interviewed one
                                            The trip took nearly five hours.
                                               Camp Lima Forward Operating
                                                                                         Children thought the yellow devices
                                                                                      were toys. So on April 3, a committee    “We Don’t Do                                                                                                                                                                                                                money that otherwise would have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           been spent to provide clean water,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           electricity and sanitation for Iraqis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        innocent man released from Abu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 those to the public soon.

                                            Base just east of Karbala is home to
                                            the 155th Armored Brigade of the
                                            Mississippi National Guard. The
                                            Civil Affairs Battalion Team,
                                                                                      headed by Ali Hamza of the Muslim
                                                                                      Peacemakers Team decided to dispose
                                                                                      of the ordnance themselves.
                                                                                      Attempting to clear a school yard of
                                                                                                                                Body Counts”
                                                                                                                                     Estimated Iraqi death toll: 25,000 129,000
                                                                                                                                                                                              —Tommy Franks, US Central Command
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Estimated Breakdown of Funding Flows for Iraq’s Reconstruction:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2/05 T. Christian Miller, LA Times


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Amount Halliburton overcharged for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             How are the funds being spent?                                                                                fuel transportation in Iraq: $212.3
                                            headed by Chaplain Terry Partin,          explosives, Hamza was killed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           million
                                            Maj. Jack Helmers and Maj.                   The Army promised compensation,             Average number of insurgency related death per month in Iraq: 800
                                            Kenneth Booth, voiced support for         but the family has received nothing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Amount of money per year
                                            United States democracy, human               Responding to U.S. inaction, the            American deaths since war began (3/19/03): 1,770
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           weapons manufacturer Lockheed
                                            rights and “winning hearts and            Community of Victims’ Kin was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Martin gets from the individual tax
                                            minds.” The soldiers offered an           founded, demanding that five percent           Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 1,633
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           payer: $105




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                                            example. After a night house raid,        of Iraq’s oil revenue be allotted to war
                                            troops would return to the neigh-         victims’ families.                             Official count of American Wounded: 13,438
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           …and from each U.S. household:
                                            borhood in the morning and dis-              Maj. Booth’s statements about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $228
                                            tribute toys.                             democracy and human rights have                Estimated count of American Wounded 15,000 – 38,000
                                               Maj. Booth explained U.S. recon-       similarly been challenged. Ali Nassir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rate of taxation on the average
                                            struction plans and the unit’s motto:     of the Iraqi Council for Solidarity            The number of children suffering from malnutrition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           American: 21-33%




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                                            S.W.E.A.T. (sewage, water, electric-      and Peace commented that the U.S.              has doubled since the March 2003 invasion.
                                            ity, academic and trash priorities).      Army “didn’t bring democracy.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rate of taxation on Lockheed
                                            He said that the chief obstacle was          It may not have brought equality            Percentage of Iraqi children under five who suffer from chronic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Martin: 7.7%
                                            securing rebuilding funds.                either. On the way out of Camp                 diarrhea and protein deficiency: 8
                                               Despite this limitation, the mili-     Lima Base were two latrines. One                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Source: CorpWatch / Arms Trade
                                                                                                                                     Percentage of child deaths in Iraq cause by diarrhea from unsafe water: 70                                                                                                                                            Resource Center, 2002)
                                            tary had begun five water and elec-       was marked, “IRAQIS ONLY,” the
                                            trical projects, as well as schools and   other, “NO IRAQIS – AMERI-                                                                                                                               Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies
                                                                                                                                     Sources in order: (CEDMHA, Randolf Bourne Institute, UNICEF Anthony Cordesman, CSIS, Defense Contract
                                            a nursing home. Maj. Booth felt that      CANS ONLY.”
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                                                                                                                                     Audit Agency. Casualties as of 7/20/05.
                             World briefs African AIDS Groups
                            TURKISH MILITARY
                            MASSACRES COMMUNISTS
                            On July 16 the Turkish military attacked a caravan of
                            activists from the Maoist Communist Party of Turkey
                            and North Kurdistan with helicopter gunships and
                                                                                    Plagued by Fickle
                            1,000 troops, killing 17 leading members including
                            General Secretary Cafer Cangöz. The attack was
                            reportedly unprovoked. Funeral marches numbering
                            several thousand were held in Istanbul and among
                                                                                    Western Donors
                            Turkish and Kurdish exiles in Germany. Turkey is a
                            key ally in Bush’s “war on terror.”                     “Whenever there is money, I don’t even relax because I know it might
                            MTV DESTROYS SEA TURTLE NESTS                           go,” says Dr. Asha Mruma. One look around her crowded office, four




                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BR
                                                                                    floors above Arusha’s smoggy, congested Sokoine Road, demonstrates the




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                            MTV’s shooting of its reality TV show The Gauntlet




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                            on Turtle Beach in Tobago caused massive dam-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HT
                                                                                    hectic pace here. Desks are piled up with files, and a colorful bulletin




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                            age to a nesting beach for critically endangered




                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DY
                            leatherback sea turtles, according to the Sea           board of photos displays the broad range of activities undertaken by
                            Turtle Restoration Project. Despite requests from a     Mruma’s organization. Across the hall, laughter spills out from a
                            local conservation group to relocate, the shoot
                            disrupted the nesting ground with heavy equip-
                                                                                    second, equally congested office in which a group of teenagers prac-
                            ment, the presence of about 90 film crew mem-           tice a skit about HIV prevention.
                            bers and the removal of sand, blocking turtles
                            from nesting. The shoot destroyed an estimated
                            eight nests containing approximately 400 eggs.
                            Turtle Beach is Tobago’s most famous and highest
                                                                                    BY NEELA GOSHAL AND JEREMY KAMPS                   another donor for us, so we waited for six      without a donor, subsisting on the funding
                            density site for the leatherback turtle as well as                                                         months. Then, they were told to leave the       of a sole individual. UVIWA reaches
                            hawksbill and green turtles. In response to SOS         ARUSHA, Tanzania – Mruma is managing               country and we were left with six months        approximately 2,500 youth per year with a
                            Tobago’s requests to relocate the event to another      director of Chawakua, one of Tanzania’s old-       debt for the office rent. The landlord came     staff of five and an office too small to seat
                            beach, MTV offered only to have their crew don          est grassroots HIV/AIDS organizations.             and took our things,” Mruma explains.           them all at once.
                            SOS t-shirts.                                           Despite their numerous accomplishments,                                                               “We keep going because we really live as
                                                                                    the dedicated staff has been working with-         FUNDING YOUTH-EDUCATION                         part of the issues. [Larger NGOs] can write
                            ECUADORIAN ENVIRONMENTALIST                             out salaries for the past three months. “We        INSTEAD OF TREATMENT                            very good proposals and get benefits for
                            FOUND DEAD                                              have even been three years without a donor,”       Chawakua initially focused on community-        their organization, but then they lose focus
                            On June 20, Ecuadorian environmentalist and com-
                                                                                    Mruma laments.                                     based treatment of HIV/AIDS. But donor          of the real thing they are there to do” says
                                                                                       Until three months ago, the 13-year-old         money had not funded the continuation of        Gervas, who now works as an HIV/AIDS
                            munity leader Andres Arroyo Segura was found dead
                                                                                    organization had been funded by African            such work, and was instead earmarked for        educator in rural parts of the country.
                            in the Baba River in eastern Ecuador. Arroyo Segura     Youth Alliance, which in turn received             youth education. Staff agreed to take 10 per-      Still, the volunteers and employees of
                            had been active in a campaign to stop the construc-     funding from the Gates Foundation. The             cent of their salaries and give it to support   such grassroots organizations insist there is a
                            tion of a large dam on the Baba River. The              program’s limited five-year contract               those infected or affected, by funding such     better way to connect the donor community
                            Ecuadorian Ecuménica Commission on Human                allowed Chawakua to continue their activ-          services as antibiotics, vitamins, food and     with the fledgling community NGOs.
                            Rights reports that Arroyo Segura’s body showed         ities of peer outreach, education and pre-         clothing. “We cannot turn these people away        “Donors give instructions and say, ‘You
                            signs of foul play.                                     vention, such as a hip-hop and dance com-          or the community will lose trust in us,” says   should do this.’ But I think the best thing is
                                                                                    petition combined with sexual health               Mruma.                                          to sit together and discuss so that the donor
                                                                                    workshops and forums.                                 Down the street from Chawakua the            can get other ideas and start to really know
                                                                                       “While we look for another donor, we can        staff members of the nascent UVIWA              the issues. It is even better for their money if
                                                                                    lose our staff. They will go to look for           (Partnership for the Youth and Women of         decisions are made cooperatively,” says Asha
                            Baburam Bhattarai has       Insisting that Britain      salaries to help their families and then, we       Arumeru) are living proof of Chawakua’s         Hassan, another peer educator at UVIWA.
                            been re-appointed to        does not have “long-term    will get funding again and we start all over       effectiveness. UVIWA grew out of
                            the top body of the         imperialist ambitions”      to train them. We really lose time that way,”      Chawakua to bring peer education to the         CABBAGES AND CONDOMS
                            Communist Party of Nepal    in Iraq, U.K. Defense       says Mruma. Losing a donor just when the           outlying villages around Arusha. It was         In a climate of constant financial instabil-
                            (Maoist) after several      Secretary John Reid said    organization was beginning to flourish is          not long ago that Simon Gervas was on the       ity, organizations are looking for more sus-
                            months of suspension.       British military forces     nothing new for Chawakua, a scenario that          receiving end of their services. When the       tainable sources of funding. “NGOs need
                            Bhattarai conducted the     will begin to scale back    has been repeating itself since its inception in   26-year-old found he was HIV negative he        to develop greater self-sufficiency, to look
                            last round of negotia-      within the next year,       1992.                                              decided to use the experience not only to       into diversifying funding sources. This
                            tions with Nepal’s King     though troops would not        Donors come and go, often changing their        change his own life, but to also educate        way, they’re not forced to give up their own
                            Gyanendra, and is           leave until Iraqi proxy     funding policies in capricious manners. One        others, beginning with his friends in a soc-    strategies, goals and objectives,” says a
                            widely reputed to be the    forces “can gradually       funder chose to work in another region of          cer league.                                     staffer at a U.S.-based AIDS organization.
                            rebels’ second-in-com-      take control of their own   Tanzania. “They told us they would find               Like Chawakua, UVIWA is also operating       She cites the example of Thailand’s
                            mand. Capitalizing on       security and counter-                                                                                                          “Cabbages and Condoms,” a popular resort
                            the monarchy’s isola-       terrorism.” The current                                                                                                        and restaurant.
                            tion, the communist         war is Britain’s third                                                                                                            Senator Mechai Viravaidya, 1997 recipi-
                            insurgents have urged       military invasion of Iraq                                                                                                      ent of the United Nations Population
                            the country’s sidelined     in the last century.                                                                                                           Award, established the restaurant to fund
                            parliamentary parties to                                                                                                                                   AIDS education projects undertaken by the
                            unite against the feudal    Nawal Saadawi, renown-                                                                                                         Population and Community Development
                            autocracy and support a     ed Egyptian novelist                                                                                                           Association. However, she recognizes that
                            nation wide constituent     and feminist, withdrew                                                                                                         not every small NGO has the capital or
                            assembly to decide          from September’s pres-                                                                                                         business know-how to start a profitable
                            Nepal’s fate.               idential elections cit-                                                                                                        enterprise. “The problem is, these are
                                                        ing a recent constitu-                                                                                                         activists and health workers, not business
                            “Either capitalism, which   tional amendment that                                                                                                          people,” says Vivravaidya.
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                            is the road to hell, or     restricts viable oppo-                                                                                                            Chawakua and UVIWA find ways to
                            socialism, for those who    sition candidacies. Chal-                                                                                                      continue their work because it is needed.
                            want to build the king-     lengers to five-term                                                                                                           That may mean working without salary or
                            dom of God here on          president Hosni Mubarak                                                                                                        cutting programming, but they persevere,
                            Earth,” said Venezuelan     are required to receive                                                                                                        writing proposals in hopes that donor
                            president Hugo Chavez       advance endorsements                                                                                                           money works its way through the chains of
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                            as he announced expe-       from 65 of the 444                                                                                                             bureaucracy to their day-to-day work on
                            dited plans to confiscate   members of Egypt’s                                                                                                             the ground, though that can also create a
                            idle lands from hundreds    lower chamber of par-                                                                                                          new set of struggles. How long will the
                            of private companies.       liament, 90 percent of                                                                                                         donor stay? What activities and visions
                            The confiscations will      whom are from the rul-                                                                                                         will be sacrificed for financial support?
                            also cover closed facto-    ing party. Mubarak has                                                                                                            “We don’t have money, so when a donor
                            ries that would be re-      been in power, bolstered                                                                                                       says, I will give you money but you have to
                            opened as workers’          by a continuous “state of   YOUTH COMPLETE questionnaires evaluating the depth of their knowledge on STDs, AIDS and drug       do this, this and this, what can we do? We
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                            cooperatives.               emergency,” since 1981.     addiction at Arusha National Park in Tanzania. Photo: Neela Goshal                                 will agree,” says Gervas.
HAITI


Aristide’s Sin Was Opposing Privatization
BY NAOMI KLEIN                                        return, there was no way he could face down the          But when Aristide began to implement the
                                                      junta without military backup. Increasingly           plan, it turned out that the financiers in


W            hen U.N. troops kill residents of
             the Haitian slum Cité Soleil,
             friends and family often place
photographs of exiled President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide on their bodies. The photo-
                                                      embarrassed by Cédras’s abuses, the Clinton
                                                      Administration offered Aristide a deal: U.S.
                                                      troops would take him back to Haiti – but only
                                                      after he agreed to a sweeping economic program
                                                      with the stated goal to “substantially transform
                                                                                                            Washington thought his democratization talk
                                                                                                            was just public relations. When Aristide
                                                                                                            announced that no sales could take place until
                                                                                                            Parliament had approved the new laws,
                                                                                                            Washington cried foul. Aristide says he real-
graphs silently insist that there is a method         the nature of the Haitian state.”                     ized then that what was being attempted was
to the madness raging in Port-au-Prince.                 Aristide agreed to pay the debts accumu-           an “economic coup.” “The hidden agenda was
Poor Haitians are being slaughtered not for           lated under the kleptocratic Duvalier dicta-          to tie my hands once I was back and make me
being “violent,” as we so often hear, but for         torships, slash the civil service, open up Haiti      give for nothing all the state public enter-
being militant; for daring to demand the              to “free trade” and cut import tariffs on rice        prises.” He threatened to arrest anyone who
return of their elected president.                    and corn in half. It was a lousy deal but,            went ahead with privatizations. “Washington
   It was only 10 years ago that President            Aristide says, he had little choice. “I was out       was very angry at me. They said I didn’t
Clinton celebrated Aristide’s return to power         of my country and my country was the poor-            respect my word, when they were the ones
as “the triumph of freedom over fear.” So             est in the Western hemisphere, so what kind           who didn’t respect our common economic              DEPOSED PRESIDENT ARISTIDE still loved in Haiti.
what changed? Corruption? Violence? Fraud?            of power did I have at that time?”                    policy.”
Aristide is certainly no saint. But even if the                                                                Aristide’s relationship with Washington          Frontières in Haiti, confirmed that on the day
worst of the allegations are true, they pale          U.S. TO ARISTIDE: 2+2=5                               has been deteriorating ever since: While more       of the siege 27 people came to the MSF clinic
next to the rap sheets of the convicted killers,      But Washington’s negotiators made one                 than $500 million in promised loans and aid         with gunshot wounds, three-quarters of them
drug smugglers and arms traders who ousted            demand that Aristide could not accept: the            were cut off, starving his government,              women and children.
Aristide and continue to enjoy free rein, with        immediate sell-off of Haiti’s state-owned             USAID poured millions into the coffers of              Yet despite these attacks, Haitians are still
full support from the Bush Administration             enterprises, including phones and electricity.        opposition groups, culminating ultimately in        on the streets – rejecting the planned sham
and the United Nations. Turning Haiti over            Aristide argued that unregulated privatiza-           the February 2004 armed coup.                       elections, opposing privatization and holding
to this underworld gang out of concern for            tion would transform state monopolies into                                                                up photographs of their president. And just
Aristide’s lack of “good governance” is like          private oligarchies, increasing the riches of         COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT                               as Washington’s experts could not fathom the
escaping an annoying date by accepting a lift         Haiti’s elite and stripping the poor of their         And the war continues. On June 23 Roger             possibility that Aristide would reject their
home from Charles Manson.                             national wealth. He says the proposal simply          Noriega, assistant secretary of state for Western   advice a decade ago, today they cannot accept
   A few weeks ago I visited Aristide in              didn’t add up: “Being honest means saying             Hemisphere affairs, called on U.N. troops to        that his poor supporters could be acting of
Pretoria, South Africa, where he lives in forced      two plus two equals four. They wanted us to           take a more “proactive role” in going after         their own accord – surely Aristide must be
exile. I asked him what was really behind his         sing two plus two equals five.”                       armed pro-Aristide gangs. In practice, this has     controlling them through some mysterious
dramatic falling-out with Washington. He                 Aristide proposed a compromise. Rather             meant a wave of Falluja-like collective punish-     voodoo arts. “We believe that his people are
offered an explanation rarely heard in discus-        than sell off the firms outright, he would            ment inflicted on neighborhoods known for           receiving instructions directly from his voice
sions of Haitian politics – actually, he offered      “democratize” them. He defined this as writ-          supporting Aristide. On July 6, for instance,       and indirectly through his acolytes that com-
three: “privatization, privatization and privati-     ing antitrust legislation, insuring that pro-         300 U.N. troops stormed Cité Soleil, blocking       municate with him personally in South
zation.” The dispute dates back to a series of        ceeds from the sales were redistributed to the        off exits and firing from armored vehicles. The     Africa,” Noriega said.
meetings in early 1994, a pivotal moment in           poor and allowing workers to become share-            U.N. admits that five were killed, but residents       Aristide claims no such powers. “The peo-
Haiti’s history that Aristide has rarely discussed.   holders. Washington backed down, and the              put the number of dead at no fewer than 20.         ple are bright, the people are intelligent, the
Haitians were living under the barbaric rule of       final text of the agreement – accepted by the         Reuters correspondent Joseph Guyler Delva           people are courageous,” he says. They know
Raoul Cédras, who overthrew Aristide in a             United States and by a meeting of donor               says he “saw seven bodies in one house alone,       that two plus two does not equal five.
1991 US-backed coup. Aristide was in                  nations in Paris – called for the “democratiza-       including two babies and one older woman in
Washington and despite popular calls for his          tion” of state companies.                             her 60s.” Ali Besnaci, head of Médecins Sans        To be published in an August issue of The Nation.

PHILIPPINES

Ringing Out Corrupt Politicians
                                                                                                            the vote-padding scandal and implement
“Hello, Garci? So will I still lead by                                                                      electoral reforms. Other goals include can-
more than 1 million votes?” is ringing                                                                      celing the country’s onerous debts and pro-
on cellphones throughout the Philip-                                                                        tecting the country from the ravages of free-
                                                                                                            market globalization.
                                                                                                                                                                ‘Ringtone
pines. It is allegedly the voice of                                                                            These issues are indicative of Philippines’
                                                                                                            grinding poverty, injustice and state terror.
                                                                                                                                                                Revolution’
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo                                                                           Nearly 60 percent of the annual budget goes
talking with commissioner of elec-                                                                          to pay foreign debt and the military. At the
                                                                                                            same time, the government’s central “labor
tions, Virgilio “Garci” Garcillano, in                                                                      policy” is to export labor, and now 10 per-
May 2004 before the election results                                                                        cent of the population lives abroad. In the
                                                                                                            first half of 2005, soldiers and death squads
were announced. Arroyo did, in fact,                                                                        killed more than 35 activists in various
win by a million votes.                                                                                     provinces. In November 2004, seven strik-
                                                                                                            ing farmworkers were shot down by soldiers
BY DAVID PUGH                                                                                               on a picket line at the Hacienda Luisita plan-         n a country with more cellphones than landlines,
                                                                                                            tation in central Luzon.
                                                                                                                                                                I  cellphones are a powerful tool to mobilize the


O        n June 28, after three weeks of silence
         on the tape scandal, Arroyo admitted
         that she committed the indiscretion of       BURNING EFFIGIES are a staple of popular protest
                                                                                                               Arroyo is seen as joined at the hip with the
                                                                                                            U.S. administration. Hers was the first gov-
                                                                                                            ernment leader in Asia to join Bush’s “war on
                                                                                                                                                                   masses. Choose your style: Billy Joel’s “Honesty,”
                                                                                                                                                                or Lipps Inc’s “Funkytown”? Both are ringtones
                                                                                                                                                                paired with President Arroyo’s voice: “Hello Garci?
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talking to an election official and called it “a      in the Philippines. Tens of thousands have demanded   terror” crusade, hosting up to 5,000 U.S.           So will I still lead by more than 1 [million]?”
lapse in judgment.” “Dagdag-bawas,” a                 Arroyo’s resignation in the “Hello Garci” scandal.    troops for “joint training exercises.”                 Following Arroyo’s apology for talking with an
Tagalog expression for “vote padding and                                                                       The Filipino people are not only fighting        election official, one can now download an Arroyo “I
shaving” is virtually a given as the ruling elite     Arroyo resign or be ousted. Pressure is grow-         with picket lines and demonstrations.               am sorry” ringtone.
pass the presidential baton from one clan to          ing from the mass organizations of the left,             In every major island of the Philippines,           At a fraction of the cost of a voice message, text
another. Never has a person outside the richest       opposition political parties, organizations of        the Communist Party of the Philippines              messages are increasingly being used to foster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




one percent been elected to the presidency, nor       professionals, business groups, and retired           (CPP) and the New People’s Army are build-          political activism and awareness. An amalgama-
a person without the blessing of the U.S. gov-        military and police officers.                         ing a mass revolutionary movement.                  tion of cellphone users, TXTPower mobilizes
ernment. The U.S. is backing Arroyo empha-              While political insiders want to replace               In a recent statement, the CPP said: “For        activists entirely through the text message: “Calling
sizing that the “rule of law” must be followed,       Arroyo with her equally reactionary vice-             the Filipino people, the crisis besetting the       all patriotic, self-respecting, honest, anti-corruption
and utterly terrified of another “People Power”       president, grassroots organizations advocate          Arroyo regime is a good thing. It opens the         and progressive Filipinos: Starting today, let’s take
upsurge of the type that has already ousted two       a “Transition Council” that would include             possibility of advancing their most urgent          part in a ‘Texters Revolt for Justice.’”
U.S.-backed rulers.                                   representatives of the poor and marginalized          demands. More importantly, it provides the
   Every day in the Philippines, tens of thou-        sectors. Among the tasks of the council               conditions for pushing forward the people’s         Sample ring tones can be found at TXTpower.org
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                            Labyrinth Books                                     U.N.-appointed envoy to the region says the       military base in Europe, is and will probably    esced to earlier U.S. demands to hand over
                            536 W. 112th St.         BRONX                      security and freedom of non-Albanian com-         remain a sign of political stability for         suspected war criminals to the International
                            Kim’s Video              Bronx Museum               munities is at risk.                              Albanians. In fact, to most of us it is a sign   Court of the Former Yugoslavia in exchange
                            113th St. & Broadway     165th St. & Grand             At the forefront of this push to resolve       that Kosovo will never again go back under       for financial aid, many Kosovo Serbs are
                                                     Concourse                  Kosovo’s status are representatives of two        the umbrella of Serbia.”                         afraid that they will be forgotten by
                            Coogan’s Bar
                                                     The Point                  U.S. presidential administrations.                                                                 Belgrade’s leadership in future dealings.
                            169th St. & Broadway
                                                     940 Garrison Ave.             During a July trip to Kosovo as the            KOSOVO’S SERBS                                      Framed in a larger political context, analysts
                            BROOKLYN                                            head of the Washington D.C.-based (and            But ordinary Kosovo Serbs see the U.S. and       like Gorani see the resolution of status in a
                                                     Baychester Library
                            Tillie’s of Brooklyn     2049 Asch Loop
                                                                                CIA-funded) National Democratic Institute         the international community suggesting           Muslim-dominated province as something
                            248 DeKalb Ave.                                     for International Affairs, former U.S.            that the province move towards independ-         that the Bush administration would love to
                            Vox Pop
                                                     LONG ISLAND                Secretary of State Madeleine Albright             ence as the theft, by military force, of the     cite as a “positive example” of U.S. foreign pol-
                                                     Free Space                 commented, “I know Kosovars have a                cradle of Serbian civilization.                  icy that would allow it to continue the unilat-
                            1022 Cortelyou Rd.                                  dream, and people are entitled to have              Zoran Zdravkovic is a kindergarten             eral imposition of “democracy and human
                                                     Ronkonkoma
                            Green Apple Café         16 E. 8th St. Huntington   their dreams fulfilled.”                          teacher in the main central Serbian enclave,     rights” through military means. But, he con-
                            110 DeKalb Ave.          Station                                                                      Gracanica, who traces his family roots in        cedes that the verdict is still technically out as
                                                                                CLINTON’S LEGACY                                  Kosovo back 600 years. He says that none         to what the future status of Kosovo will be.
                                                                                But, any claim by the U.S. to “resolve” the
                                                                                situation in Kosovo is hobbled by the legacy
                                                                                of former President Bill Clinton’s decision to
                                                                                lead NATO in a 78-day bombing campaign
                                                                                of Serbia in violation of the U.N. charter.


                                 Super
                                                                                Diplomats and analysts point out that the
                                                                                bombing was illegal by international stan-
                                                                                dards, and its repercussions have been felt


                                  Low
                                                                                widely, including its invocation by the Bush
                                                                                administration to justify its own illegal inva-
                                                                                sion and occupation against Iraq.


                                 rates
                                                                                   What is clear, however, is that the United
                                                                                States has no plans of abandoning Camp
                                                                                Bondsteel, the 955-acre military installation
                                                                                described on the camp’s official homepage as
                                                                                being “located on rolling hills and farm-
                                                                                land” in southeastern Kosovo. The Pentagon
                                              advertise in
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                                                                                has paid Halliburton subsidiary KBR more
                                                                                than $2 billion to construct the camp – an
                                 THE INDYPENDENT                                amount, according to the U.S. General
                                                                                Accounting Office, that was one-sixth of the
                                                                                money spent by the Pentagon on Balkan
                                                                                operations from 1995 to 2000.
                                                                                   During a visit to Kosovo in June,
JULY 21 - AUGUST 10, 2005




                                              email:
                                                                                Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
                                      indyads@gmail.com                         Nicholas Burns said, “The U.S. is going to
                                        to find out more                        remain centrally involved in Kosovo, lead-
                                                                                ing the diplomatic process [to resolve sta-
                                                                                tus],” adding, “we will certainly maintain a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JOHN JONIK




                                                                                military presence here, with KFOR, as a
                                                                                symbol of our commitment for a secure and
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                                                                                peaceful Kosovo.”
 The A String
                                                                                                                                                                            Reviews



                                                           Psychedelic Splatter and Screams of Freedom
BY STEVE WISHNIA                                   Rubble, Butthole Surfers drummer King              intersperses country and blues tunes with         ever got was John Coltrane’s last recordings,
                                                   Coffey’s new band; and a Japanese trio called      Cajun waltzes and Western-swing versions of       but the rewards are uncompromising sounds


C       oming north from San Antonio, where
        I wish I had a Black Sabbath T-shirt
        when we stop at the Alamo
(Remember the Ozzy!), Austin looms like an
oasis after the suburban sprawl of I-35. And
                                                   Green Milk from Planet Orange. Floyd, the
                                                   singer for the eighties punk band the Dicks,
                                                   has a fantastic voice, like an older, wiser and
                                                   male Janis Joplin. The Buddha Brothers back
                                                   it up with fat, heavy bass and bluesy, distorted
                                                                                                      ‘30s reefer songs like “If You’re a Viper.” We
                                                                                                      slip outside to vipe and then jitterbug to
                                                                                                      “Jack, I’m Mellow.”

                                                                                                      MEANWHILE, BACK AT CBGB
                                                                                                                                                        and talented, intensely dedicated musician-
                                                                                                                                                        ship. Usually entirely improvised, it’s music
                                                                                                                                                        of cathartic chaos, saxophones squawking
                                                                                                                                                        hyperbolically, screeching for liberation atop
                                                                                                                                                        a pounding wave of drum surf. It’s music
it is. The South Austin Museum of Popular          guitar. Green Milk from Planet Orange trans-          Dee Pop’s Wednesday-and-Sunday-night           played at the extremes of the instrument that
Culture is exhibiting the work of Guy Zuke         fix the crowd with psychedelic-splatter            “Freestyle Jazz” series at CBGB is closing this   suddenly drops to serenity and delicacy, then
and Jim Franklin, among the artists whose          soundscapes. Rubble are in a similar vein,         month, as the club will spend August hold-        morphs into an odd Dixieland march dis-
posters for clubs like Armadillo World             playing behind a screen of gauze and projec-       ing benefits to save itself from a massive-       rupted by snare-drum gunshots.
Headquarters and the Vulcan Gas Company            tions of nebulae, a whirlwind of rhythm and        heart-attack rent increase. (The surrounding        Freedomland, the second act at the July 6
heralded the city’s unique fusion of psyche-       noise topped by clouds of wah-wah guitar.          neighborhood is almost completely unrecog-        show, is quieter. With Pop on drums, bassist
delia, blues and country in the sixties and           The next night, we go to Gruene Hall – the      nizable now, with whole blocks torn down or       William Parker, and an array of alto, tenor, and
seventies.                                         oldest dancehall in Texas, a barnlike building     turned to fiendish-rent high-rises.) Pop, the     baritone saxophonists (including Daniel Carter
   The legacy is that Austin has one of the best   opened in 1879 – in New Braunfels, between         drummer from the early eighties punkified-        and Dave Sewelson), their set has a low-key,
local music scenes in the country. Today,          Austin and San Antonio. At the restaurant          funk band the Bush Tetras, created a home for     chattering feel, like early-evening rainforest
there’s more live rock’n’roll on a four-block      next door we’re surrounded by 30 teenagers in      the city’s free-jazz community, the heirs of      sounds or Sun Ra’s “Friendly Galaxy.”
strip of Red River Street – seven clubs – than     matching “Heaven Bound” T-shirts. This is          Ornette Coleman at the Five Spot and the
there is left on the Lower East Side. We catch     the second time in three days that I wish I had    loft-jazz scene of the seventies.                   The series’ last two shows will be July 24 and
an amazing three-band bill at Room 710 on          a Black Sabbath T-shirt. We catch Karen               You won’t hear this kind of music on a beer    31. The Lucky Cat Lounge in Williamsburg and
Red River: Gary Floyd’s Buddha Brothers;           Abrahams of the Back Porch Vipers, who             commercial. About the most mainstream it          ABC No Rio will pick up some of the slack.




Live 8’s Empty Lyrics:
Why Your Voice Is Not Enough                                                                                                                                 bluestockings
                                                                                                                                                              radical bookstore | activist center
BY CHRISTINA ZAWERUCHA                               The Live 8 shows were the sequel to the          11, a month before the concerts, in response                      fair trade cafe
                                                   1985 Live Aid concerts which raised more           to years of organizing and pressure from
                                                                                                                                                             1 7 2 A L L E N S T. • 2 1 2 . 7 7 7 . 6 0 2 8

W           hile scores of pretty-faced celebri-
            ties beseeched us over computer
            and television screens to “one by
one … make poverty history,” it’s still ques-
tionable how successful the Live 8 concerts
                                                   than $25 million to benefit Ethiopians dur-
                                                   ing a massive famine. The hit music video
                                                   “We Are the World” sprang out of this orig-
                                                   inal “band aid.” Still, the famine persisted
                                                   long enough after the concerts to claim sev-
                                                                                                      grassroots organizations and citizens’ groups.
                                                                                                      And the African debt relief is contingent
                                                                                                      upon the 14 nations’ adoption of neoliberal
                                                                                                      and free-trade economic policies – putting
                                                                                                      new chains on their economies.
                                                                                                                                                                 bluestockings.com

                                                                                                                                                                         TUESDAY, JULY 26
                                                                                                                                                                       7pm- $3 • $5 Suggested
                                                                                                                                                                   POETRY: WOMEN’S POETRY
that took place in eight countries July 2 were     eral hundred thousand lives.                         Similarly, President Bush promised to
                                                                                                                                                                   JAM & WOMEN’S OPEN MIKE
in advancing genuine economic justice for            The Live 8 Web sites collected 27 million        double aid to Africa by 2010. But when he              Featuring: Filomena Danisi will be reading
the people of Africa.                              signatures on a petition making three              returned home, he comforted his supporters              from Battling Through Life: The Story of
   The concert’s sponsors, Bono of U2 and Sir                                                                                                               Filomena Danisi. Marty McConnell releases
Bob Geldof, claimed that nearly 3 billion                                                                                                                    poems that huddle between the world we
people worldwide tuned in to watch the con-         While U.S. concert audiences were asking their government to                                               travel and the one we battle to create.
certs. (There are only about 1.4 billion TV                                                                                                                  Women’s Poetry Jam is hosted by Vittoria
sets in the world.) The event featured the          increase foreign aid to 1 percent of its budget, no one at Live 8 was                                   Repetto. Open mike sign-up starts at 7pm.
temporarily reunited Pink Floyd, Jay-Z,
Madonna, Mariah Carey and others. Its rally-        asking it to reduce the 40 percent that goes to military spending.                                                 THURSDAY, JULY 28
ing cry was, “We’re not asking for your                                                                                                                                      7pm • Free
money. We’re asking for your voice.”                                                                                                                       READING: LELA NARGI: Around the Table
                                                                                                                                                            In her tribute to home cooking, Lela Nargi
   Many aspects of the concerts, however, did      demands of the G8: the cancellation of debt        with the news that this increase had already
                                                                                                                                                                                                              THE INDYPENDENT




                                                                                                                                                           gathers fifteen women to discuss food from
involve extracting money. In the U.K., people      for 40 of the world’s poorest countries, an        been granted over the past year, and that             biologists to mathematicians. Joining Lela
qualified for tickets only by text-messaging       increase of first-world aid to poorer nations,     there will be no further increase in U.S. for-       Nargi will be contributors Anna Lappé, Kathy
the correct responses to daily trivia questions    and “fair trade.” U.K. Prime Minister Tony         eign aid. While U.S. concert audiences were           Ebel, Nancy Butcher, and Kendall Crolius.
via Nokia phones. AOL claimed exclusive            Blair initiated this month’s G8 meetings in        asking their government to increase foreign
rights to broadcast the show over the Internet,    Scotland with the professed goals of relieving     aid to 1 percent of its budget, no one at Live                     FRIDAY, JULY 29
and those watching on TV had the perform-          about $40 billion in debts owed by 18 of the       8 was asking it to reduce the 40 percent that                         7PM • Free
                                                                                                                                                                                                              JULY 21 - AUGUST 10, 2005




ances they saw interrupted by advertisements       world’s poorest nations, 14 of them African,       goes to military spending.                               Reading: Rode Hard, Put Away Wet
for multinational corporations.                    and adding another $50 billion in aid to             It remains to be seen how many people will            A collection of lesbian cowboy erotica,
   As for voices, the Live 8 concerts in London    Africa. But what strings come attached to          actually continue the fight and change the            hard-riding stories of leather, lust, passion
and Philadelphia were devoid of any criticism      these concessions, and were they really the        way we live so we can end exploitation in             and kink. Please join editors Sacchi Green
of the war in Iraq, and in the U.S. performers     result of Bono and Geldof’s campaign?              Africa, and how many will return home                   and Rakelle Valencia and contributors
were instructed not to criticize Bush. In             Organizers of Live 8 were quick to take         “comfortably numb,” as the Pink Floyd song              Crystal Barela, Chuck Fellows, Skian
                                                                                                                                                              McGuire, Val Murphy, and Jake Rich.
Gleneagles, Scotland, the Stop the War             responsibility for the baby steps made at the      goes. Perhaps some awareness was generated
                                                                                                                                                                And remember, when the big balls
Coalition was denied the right to participate      G8 meetings. But Blair’s promises to allevi-       through the feel-good Live 8 concerts – but
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                                                                                                                                                                  in cowtown, we’ll all go down!
in the Make Poverty History March.                 ate African debt were made the week of June        viable, effective solutions were not.
                            FILM: Rize
                            White Eyes, Black Bodies
                            BY YVONNE LIU                                          poverty, unemployment and economic
                                                                                   racism. LaChappelle attempts to define the


                            P      op culture has always been obsessed with
                                   black bodies. The fascination began dur-
                                   ing colonialism when the myth of the
                            primitive and savage black body was used to
                            legitimize slavery and white supremacy. Black
                                                                                   youth as the “children of Rodney King” by
                                                                                   opening the film with clips from the 1992
                                                                                   riots. The youth come from broken homes
                                                                                   headed by single mothers who struggle with
                                                                                   substance abuse and incarceration, and they
                            men were virile and strong, black women las-           are haunted by gang violence and drive-by
                            civious and wanton. Capitalism continues the           shootings. The problem is not social but
                            fetish of the black body, creating consumer            individual, the film tells us, and the solu-
                            products that emphasize the physical attributes        tion is spiritual salvation. Many of the
                            of blacks, their basketball skills, dance moves,       dancers LaChappelle interviews are born-
                            and ability to rhyme and flow.                         again Christians. In one of the film’s most
                               The new film Rize, by the fashion pho-              visually stunning but perplexing scenes, two
                            tographer and music video producer David               dancers, Dragon and Miss Prissy, krump in              Rize has garnered glowing reviews and earned over $3 million to date, and was recently picked up by
                            LaChapelle, is the latest installment of this          front of a Pentecostal church congregation
                                                                                                                                          Lion’s Gate Films. PHOTO: David LaChapelle / Vanity Fair.
                            obsession. The film is presumably a docu-              to Lauryn Hill’s music.
                            mentary about the new dance crazes of                     Krumping is a variant of clown dancing,
                            krumping, clowning and stripping among                 which was started by Tommy the Clown                   those of African descent are genetically prone         films subscribe to the notion of the “under-
                            urban African-American youth. The film                 when he styled himself as a “hip-hop clown”            to raw and primitive dancing.                          class” or the “construction of the ghetto as a
                            saturates the viewer with Technicolor                  to entertain at children’s birthday parties.              Like a tourist, LaChapelle’s gaze lingers on        reservoir of pathologies and bad cultural
                            images of sweaty, glistening and throbbing             Older disciples of Tommy developed the                 the exotic, the contortions of the black body          values,” offers cultural historian Robin D.
                            black bodies dancing to the fusion of break-           harder and aggressive form of krumping.                in the orgiastic dance. He avoids the difficult        G. Kelley. The ghetto becomes “a place of
                            ing, popping, capoeira and ass-shaking on              LaChappelle thinks the ability to krump is an          questions of how the oppression of the black           adventure, unbridled violence, erotic fan-
                            screen. What is essentially an extended                innate quality of the African race. The most           youth is socially constructed, and of how his          tasy, and/or an imaginary alternative to sub-
                            music video with interviews attempts to                disturbing sequence of the film is when he             gaze continues the objectification of the              urban boredom,” Kelley wrote in Yo Mama’s
                            pass as a serious documentary about the                alternates shots of krumpers in a school play-         black body.                                            Dysfunctional. What we need is an honest
                            lives of the dancers.                                  ground with naked Africans dancing,                       Rize isn’t the first example of ghetto              look at life for the racially marginalized and
                               Rize is set in post-industrial city South           adorned with feathers and white body pow-              tourism. Hustle and Flow by Craig Brewer, to           economically deprived, and not the gaze of
                            Central Los Angeles, a landscape scarred by            der. This is racial essentialism: the belief that      be released on July 22, is another. Both               the voyeur.



                              Daily Show DVD

                              All the (Moments
                              of) Zen You Can Get
                              BY ERICA PATINO

                                        ant to combine the heartbreak of the

                              W         last presidential election with the con-
                                        venience of at-home theater? The Daily
                              Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004 fea-
                              tures all this plus sharp satire that is as much a
                              criticism of major network news and newspaper
                              coverage as it is a genial look at American poli-
                              tics. The three-DVD set includes on-site cover-
                              age of both political conventions, presidential
                              debates and live coverage on election night.
                                 While the material on the first two discs is
                              strong, the real treat is disc three. It includes
                              previously unaired bits such as Stewart’s team
                                                                                   Xun Zhou plays the seamstress of the title and the romantic interest of two bourgeois youth who are relocated to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution.
                              of fake reporters doing a disarmingly good a
                              capella rendition of the national anthem.
                              Longtime correspondent Stephen Colbert (set
                              to have his own show, The Colbert Report,
                              later this year on Comedy Central) introduces
                              the Republican National Convention with a
                              tour of the show’s studio and offices, down to
                                                                                   BEWARE ‘REFINEMENT’
                              the staff copy machine, “Old Xeroxy.” Reporter       BY DIANE MASON                                         Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress               Albania and Korea. In other words, Ma and
                              Ed Helms describes the American political                                                                   Mandarin and French w/ English subtitles, opens        Luo respond to repressive circumstances with
                              process as “a total sausage-fest.”
                                 The show is at its best when bulldozing
                              through already sensitive political subjects. The
                              relative anonymity of The Daily Show reporters
                              allows them to look credible and then ambush
                                                                                   T      he problem with the new Chinese film
                                                                                          Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress,
                                                                                          based on the international best-seller
                                                                                   by Dai Sijie, is that it glorifies refinement,
                                                                                   and the bourgeois brand of European refine-
                                                                                                                                          July 29 at the Paris Theatre.

                                                                                                                                          provide for satire. History is told by isolated
                                                                                                                                          anecdote.
                                                                                                                                             Ma and Luo (played by Ye Liu and Kun
                                                                                                                                                                                                 good old-fashioned subversion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dalliance with forbidden culture is the form
                                                                                                                                                                                                 subversion takes here, and that’s okay. But the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 film encourages the viewer to identify with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 upper classes and mocks the way poor, unso-
                              naïve guests much in the style of Ali G, provok-     ment at that. While it has its uses, people            Chen) are sent to a remote mountain village            phisticated people digest revolutionary theory.
                              ing confused and incredulous responses.              who exalt this quality, as of “classical” music        for Maoist re-education. Scorned as the sons              The bourgeois world was horrified at the
                              Samantha Bee sits a group of undecided voters        and ballet, often disparage the sophistication         of “reactionary intellectuals,” they do hard           Cultural Revolution. And sure, discomfort
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                              down and hurls obscenities at them for their         of non-European art and the vigor of work-             labor in the copper mines and fall in love             and even great suffering can ensue from how
                              indecisiveness. Too stunned to respond, they         ing-class culture, as at one time with jazz and        with the spunky seamstress of the title                “unwashed masses” deal with their former
                              shuffle out of the room when she cheerfully dis-     more recently with hip-hop.                            (played by Xun Zhou), the granddaughter of             rulers when given power over them. But why
                              misses them. At the Republican National                Co-scripted by Sijie and Nadine Perront,             a locally renowned tailor.                             should we be horrified when we barely bat an
                              Convention, Helms says to an attendee, “A lot of     Balzac trivializes the continental upheaval of            Ma’s violin, thought to be a bourgeois toy,         eyelash over the mass impoverishment and
                              people are upset about the situation in Iraq, it     the Cultural Revolution by reducing it to a            is spared because he says he’s playing Mozart,         degradation that precipitate rebellion in the
JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




                              seems to have developed into this kind of quag-      foolish, if essentially harmless, punishment of        which sounds to the unworldly peasants like            first place?
                              mire...” The attendee cuts Helms off and walks       privileged youth. “Grievance literature,”              something to do with Mao. On the same                     “We” are assumed to be privileged ourselves.
                              away. The refusal to comment speaks more than        which recounts the privations of China’s for-          lines, one of the foreign novels the boys get          The broad suffering that most of the world
                              any response could, and more than any network        merly privileged classes during the mass               hold of is overlooked because a photo it con-          endures never seems quite real, or at least not
                              coverage dares. One of the best segments is on       upheavals of China’s communist years, has              tains of a bearded European is assumed to be           related to “us.” We only become concerned
                              the lavish full-service salon at the RNC, reserved   become a cottage industry. Following in the            that of Marx. The villagers are enchanted by           about extreme conditions when we’re directly
                              exclusively for the media, proving that once         footsteps of Jung Chang’s memoir Wild                  the violin music and by the stories the boys           threatened, or when they suggest a potential
                              again truth is stranger than fiction.                Swans, grievance lit narrows its focus to per-         weave from their clandestine readings when             threat to our kind. To wit, how “we” reacted to
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                                                                                   sonal relationships and the opportunities they         they are supposedly reporting on movies from           9/11 – and to the Cultural Revolution.
                                                        The G-String


                                                  Beefcake Americana
                                                  The Museum of Sex or MOSex was the first museum I attended as a tax-paying tenant                                  into a clandestine stag party, where gather-
                                                                                                                                                                     ings of men watch illegal hard-core pornog-
                                                  in New York City. Passing by I couldn’t resist the allure of old hustler magazines and                             raphy in smoky backrooms.
                                                  porn from the dawn of time, all cloaked in the safe warmth of academic legitimacy.                                    In 1907, less than a decade after the movie
                                                  Although it’s certainly not the first sex museum, MOSex founder Daniel Gluck desired                               camera was invented, porn was being pro-
                                                                                                                                                                     duced in Hungary, Spain, Italy, France,
                                                  nothing less than to produce the “Smithsonian of sex.” Maybe the crew cuts at the Air                              Germany, Austria, Russia, Argentina, North
                                                  and Space Museum will circulate a petition to let the sexperts join the club.                                      Africa and the United States. One of many
                                                                                                                                                                     rare films shown at MOSex, The Casting Couch
                                                                                                                                                                     (1924), a 35mm silent film, is a pornographic
                                                  BY AMY WOLF                                              boys in ancient Greece, which presaged the                parody of Hollywood’s Mark Sennett, a noto-
                                                                                                           first Mr. Olympia contest in 1981.                        rious cad who demanded sex from attractive
                                                  Men Without Suits: Objectifying the American Male Body      This exhibit exposes Vollmer’s challenge to            women in exchange for parts in Hollywood
                                                  presents a wide-angle look at the evolution              construct a comprehensive evolution from                  features. In this still-relevant x-rated social
                                                  of depictions of the nude male. Curator John             only a scattering of sociological material pro-           commentary, the casting director hands the
                                                  Vollmer suggests the bulging American                    duced on gender and sexuality. These frag-                lady a book titled How to be a Movie Star, and
                                                  beefcake aesthetic developed because the                 ments of our sexual heritage raise questions              in a flash, they’re fucking ravenously on the
                                                  hyper-masculine body was more socially                   this exhibit could not begin to answer. The               casting couch.
                                                  acceptable. He explains that “social con-                viewer must construct an understanding of                    At the very least, this museum is an alter to
                                                  structs permit muscle-building magazines                 how others deal with the male nude through                the universal act of sex. Footage of a close-up
                                                  to be displayed in racks without censorship,             an awareness of how these images arouse us                of a labia being pulled to and fro as if it were
                                                  but require no less provocative images on                today.                                                    doing the Charleston aside, its exhibitions
                                                  the covers of soft porn magazines to be kept                                                                       tend to expose bonds between cultures and
                                                  behind protective barriers.” The viewer is               Stags, Smokers and Blue Movies: The Origins of American   generations rather than distinctions.
                                                  guided through centuries of glutes with                  Pornographic Film, curated by Joseph Slade and
NOW SHOWING AT MOSEX: Men Without Suits:          bite-size factoids glimpsing at padded cod               Jennifer Lyon Bell, transports the viewer –               Now showing at the Museum of Sex, 233 5th
Objectifying the American Male Body. Photo:       pieces – 1450s jockstraps worn under man-                through dim lighting, floor projections and               Avenue. For hours and tickets see
Museum of Sex                                     skirts – and the celebration of prepubescent             ambient vocal outbursts of testosterone –                 museumofsex.org.




Rooftop’s Mixed Bag of Shorts at the Mall Garage                                                                                                                           VOXPOPNET.NET
                                                                                                                                                                                     718.940.2084
BY LEAH MERMELSTEIN                               poverty and inequality: political control and            gallons of commercial-grade mustard and
                                                  distribution of money and resources, and                 artificial pancake syrup. The character and


R      ooftop Films, N.Y.C.’s premier mobile
       independent theater, packed 13 films,
       five sets of fireworks and music by the
Mountain Goats onto the roof of the Fulton
Mall parking lot for their Fourth of July show.
                                                  instead focuses on providing charity.

                                                  There was a time where you could pretty
                                                  much expect political non-fiction film to suf-
                                                  fer from low-production values and didactic
                                                                                                           plot development gleaned from these proud
                                                                                                           interviews penetrates into the deep survival
                                                                                                           instincts that can come to a head with our
                                                                                                           communal instincts. There are those that
                                                                                                           have enough food stocked for their neigh-
                                                                                                                                                                                  FRIDAY JULY 29 • 8:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                      $5 sliding scale.
                                                                                                                                                                                        RIOT-A-GO-GO
                                                                                                                                                                            Join us for a rockin’ concert by female-fronted
                                                                                                                                                                           punk band Riot-A-Go-Go from San Francisco. The
                                                                                                                                                                            band plays high energy, catchy punk rock, and
(Overstimulated and hanging out at the mall       talking heads, rendering it useless for com-             bors: as one owner testifies, “feeding them is                     have been called “Minor Threat meets The
– very American.) The closest set of fireworks    municating to people outside the choir.                  easier than shooting them.” Others are going                                       Runaways.”

was occluded by some building that snuck by       Luckiest Nut in the World (Emily James,                  it alone. One elderly man goes so far as to set                      SATURDAY JULY 30 • 8:00PM
the event planners, but what appeared to be a     Fulcrum TV, 5:30) is a largely Flash-based               up electric fences around his property to                                 $5 sliding scale.
carpet bombing of pyrotechnics in the dis-        short that makes the economics of global                 deter and maim hungry post-nuclear-blast                                 BLIGGINS & GOINES
                                                                                                                                                                          Guitar and Goines are a guitar and harmonica
tance did seem appropriate. As for the films:     trade fun again. Unfortunately, it exemplifies           neighbors. Although there is a hint of                         duo playing and singing country, blues, ameri-
                                                  a common pitfall of activist film: bad mes-              comedic condescension in the characters’                        cana and folk. These are original songs that
World on Fire (Sophie Muller, Los Angeles,        saging. The singing American peanut does a               development, the audience is reminded that                      tell the story of the Sourlands region in New
                                                                                                                                                                          Jersey. They are the winners of the 2005 New
CA,     4:20) is a melodramatic Sarah             great job of reaching a non-academic audi-               those with shelter only need to be right once;                    Jersey Folk Festival Songwriters Contest.
McLachlan music video with an ill-steered         ence, but falls short on explaining how                  the shelterless need to be right every day.
conscience. Muller uses a series of simple        NAFTA affects working peanut farmers in                                                                                         SUNDAY JULY 31 • 3:00pm
equations, to the tune of “$2,000 to cater a      the U.S. The nut sang to me that the U.S.’s              The recruitment of young men and women into                                    $5 sliding scale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE INDYPENDENT




                                                                                                                                                                                        WHITE BOY SLIM
Hollywood shoot = food enough to feed             sway in the global market place would com-               our nation’s armed forces is a critical supply link             Maurice Richard Libby carries the blues tradi-
20,000 Haitian children breakfast” to illus-      pensate for otherwise harmful elimination of             directly enabling our occupation of Iraq. Many                 tion. His raw, authoritative delivery is obviously
trate her point. What point is that, you          trade restrictions through NAFTA, ignoring               anti-war groups and individuals are focusing                    born of his respect for the music. He draws a
                                                                                                                                                                           diverse set of influences, including jazz, funk,
might ask. If we halt production on               the race to the bottom and loss of jobs in the           activist energy against the Department of                       world music and hip hop to create a very per-
America’s biggest export – crap like White        U.S. However, for love of singing food, I am             Defense, which spent over four billion dollars                    sonal, coherent and enduring blues sound.
Chicks or National Treasure – will hunger and     anticipating Emily James’ next film.                     on military recruitment in Fiscal Year 2003. All                     White Boy Slim lives in Moose Jaw,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               JULY 21 – AUGUST 10, 2005




                                                                                                                                                                                           Saskatchewan.
world poverty cease to exist? Such mis-                                                                    That I Can Be (Educational Video Center, New
guided efforts to eliminate poverty and suf-      Sarah Prior and Monica Bigler’s crowd                    York, 8:00) gets to the gut of why the armed
fering are dangerous. The IMF and World           pleaser, Buried in the Backyard (30:00),                 forces’ strategies work: They look good because
Bank are case examples. (The millions of          interviews Americans who are “adequately                 poverty is worse. We are introduced to William,
poverty-stricken and malnourished children        prepared” to survive a nuclear blast and fend            a Brooklyn teen, and the army recruiter who
                                                                                                                                                                                 1022 CORTELYOU RD
in the U.S. are bypassed here. Perhaps the        off hungry neighbors. Like a Cribs for the               sells him on going to war. The brevity of the                  2.5 BLOCKS OFF THE Q TRAIN (CORTELYOU RD. STOP)
numbers are not drastic enough – a couple         paranoid and tragically unhip, the film fol-             film works to its disadvantage, cutting short
grand buys more in Haiti.) This film leads        lows these folks into the personal bomb shel-            William’s story. It’s a first chapter of an unset-               B R O O K LY N
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the audience away from the causes of              ters they love, showing off their bounty of              tlingly common story.
                                                                                                      COMMUNITY
on the street


                                                                                                      CALENDAR                                                                                               july - august
                                                                                                       TUE JULY 26                                         6:30pm • FREE                                     10am – 2pm • FREE
                                                                                                       6:30pm Forum: 7 - 8:30pm • FREE                     STILL WE SPEAK                                    JAPANESE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN CENTRAL PARK
                                                                                                       MAYORS ON PARKS                                     Come out and oppose the City in its attempt       Local and international performers on the
                                                                                                       The candidates for Mayor share their visions        to curtail the constitutional rights of all New   Shakuhachi, Koto and Shamisen
                                                                                                       on the issues facing the City’s parks, play-        Yorkers! Critical Mass is not illegal.            Performances of Honkyoku, Sankyoku, and
                                                                                                       grounds, community gardens, sporting facili-        Union Square South / www.stillwespeak.org         Minyo. Solos and duets. Traditional and
                                                                                                       ties, and open spaces.                                                                                Modern pieces. Traditional Japanese dance
                                                                                                       Pace University Gymnasium, 1 Pace Plaza             7:30pm • FREE
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Naumberg Bandshell and Mall Concert Ground
                                                                                                       (Across from City Hall Park in Lower                THE SOUND OF MUSIC / SLAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mid Park from 66th to 72nd St.
                                                                                                       Manhattan) Reservations Required                    The hills of Prospect Park are alive with the
                                                                                                       212.838.9410 x233 or rsvp@parks1.org                sound of the Von Trapp family. Julie Andrews      1 – 5pm • FREE
                                                                                                                                                           stars in this epic 1965 wide-screen master-       CITYWIDE RALLY: BRING THE TROOPS NOW!!!
                                                                                                       8pm • $7                                            piece. The evening begins with the wacky          Guest Speakers, Spoken Word, Live Music, Food.
                                                                                                       FIFTH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS                     mobile percussion of SLAM.                        Get ready to march on Washington, D.C. on
ANTRIM CASKEY                                                                                                                                              Prospect Park Bandshell
                                                                                                       FILM FESTIVAL                                                                                         September 24th, and with the Millions More
                                                                                                       The Tank, 208 West 37th St.                         9th St. & Prospect Park West, Bkln                Movement on October 14, 15, & 16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             HARLEM TENANTS COUNCIL
                                                                                                                                                           8pm • $5 Sliding Scale
                                                                                                       7 - 9pm • $25 (Donation to save the church!)                                                          and TROOPS OUR NOW COALITION
                                                                                                                                                           RIOT-A-GO-GO
                                                                                                       SAVE ST. BRIGID'S COMMITTEE POT-LUCK                                                                  The Marcus Garvey Park Band Shell
                                                                                                                                                           Join us for a rockin’ concert by female fronted
                                                                                                       DINNER: home cooked Latino food, music,                                                               Enter Park at 5th Ave. and 124th St.
                                                                                                                                                           punk band Riot-A-Go-Go from San Francisco.
                                                                                                       drink, short speeches.
                                                                                                                                                           Vox Pop,1022 Cortelyou Road, Flatbush, Bkln       2 – 9pm • FREE
                                                                                                       Help save this 160 year old church,
                                                                                                       a landmark of the Lower East Side.                  7pm • FREE                                        AFRICAN FESTIVAL! PAPA WEMBA / GOKH-BI
                                                                                                       Ave. A, btwn 5th and 6th Streets                    OPEN HOUSE and OPENING & RELEASE PARTY            SYSTEM / MARIA DE BARROS / KAKANDE /
                                                                                                       RSVP to (347) 538-8563 or                           The ABC No Rio Darkroom Folio Project and         ALAIN NKOSSI KONDA
                                                                                                       savestbrigids@yahoo.com.                            the opening of Coloring plus music, installa-     All-day party with music, food and culture
                                                                                                                                                           tion art, performance and spoken word.            featuring artists from around the continent.
                                                                                                                                                           ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St.                     Prospect Park Bandshell
                                                                                                       THU JULY 28                                                                                           9th St. & Prospect Park West, Bkln
CAITLIN BENEDETTO




                                                                                                                                                           (212) 254-3697
                                                                                                       7pm • FREE
                                                                                                       SAVE ABORTION: WE WON’T LOSE THE RIGHT              7pm • FREE                                        3pm • $5;
                                                                                                       TO CHOOSE! PRESS CONFERENCE                         CRITICAL MASS: MANHATTAN                          ABC NO RIO 25th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
                                                                                                       LGBT Community Center, Room 301                     Meet at Union Sq. Park North                      Free Vegetarian BBQ $3/second plate
                                                                                                       208 West 13th St. (at 7th Ave.)                                                                       Penny Arcade (performance) Poetry readings,
                                                                                                                                                           SAT JULY 30                                       music and video extravaganza!
                                                                                                       12 – 2pm • FREE                                     9:30am – 3pm                                      ABC NO RIO, 156 Rivington St.
                                                                                                       THE GREAT AMERICAN JOBS SCAM                        EAST NEW YORK FARMERS MARKET                      (212) 254-3697
                                                                                                       Reading and lecture by Greg LeRoy, reading          United Community Centers Farm
THE INDYPENDENT                                    New documentaries w/evidence the gov’t &            from his new book which exposes the truth                                                             MON AUGUST 1
                                                                                                                                                           600 Schenck Avenue b/w Livonia & New Lots
has open meetings every Tuesday at 7pm at          media have withheld. Learn how the real             about corporate tax breaks and the creation                                                           6:30pm • FREE
                                                                                                                                                           By train – 1 to Van Siclen, walk on Livonia to
34 E. 29th St., 2nd floor.                         conspiracy theory is the official gov’t story.      of jobs. Register online or call 212-633-1405                                                         LADIES’ BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT at TIMES UP!
                                                                                                                                                           the corner of Schenck Ave.
Call for more info: 212.684.8112                   Post-screening discussion/strategy sessions.        x 533. Demos 220 Fifth Ave. @ 26 St., 5th Fl.                                                         49 E. Houston St. (btwn Mott and Mulberry)
Other NYC Indymedia Group Meetings:                At St. Mark’s Church, corner 2nd Ave & 10th                                                             2 – 5pm • FREE
Photo Team: 7pm Mondays                            St. Sponsors: NY 911 Truth, LES/WTC Truth           7:30pm • FREE                                       OPEN GARDEN - C.A.U.S.A. Festival Garden          TUE AUGUST 2
Video Team: 7pm Tuesdays                           Movement. www.ny911truth.org                        MILLY QUEZADA / GRUPO AGUAKATE                      Garden will be open for public to view.           6:30 pm • FREE
                                                                                                       Dominican diva Milly Quezada – “la Reina del        790 Blake Ave. betw. Van Siclen & Miller, Bkln    BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOP
                                                   7pm • FREE                                          Merengue” – is a bona fide international                                                              49 E. Houston St. (betw. Mott and Mulberry)
                                                   READING OF “WHAT’S MY NAME, FOOL?                                                                       2pm • FREE
                                                                                                       superstar. This night pairs the traditional with    HEALTHY COOKING DEMONSTRATION                     Sponsored by TIMES UP!
                                                   SPORTS & RESISTANCE IN THE U.S.” Dave               the newest of the new: Grupo Aguakate will
SAT JULY 23                                        Zirin Illustrates how sports express the worst                                                          Market voucher worth $5, Veggie Tip Sheet
10am • FREE                                                                                            whip the crowd into a frenzy with its irre-         Guides, with JUST FOOD TRAINER
                                                   & at times the most creative, exciting & politi-    sistible party vibe mash up of reggaetón,                                                             CONTINUING EVENTS
MEDIA RALLY AT NBC                                 cal features of our society.                                                                            Talk to gardeners about how to start a market
The NYC Downing Street Coalition will be                                                               merengue, and hip-hop.                              garden in your community.
                                                   Bluestockings, 172 Allen St.                        Prospect Park Bandshell                                                                               LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
holding a demonstration outside NBC NEWS           212-777-6028                                                                                            Wyckoff Community Farm
at Rockefeller Center on DSM Day to demand                                                             9th St. & Prospect Park West, Bkln                  5816 Clarendon Rd., Bkln                          MOONLIGHT BIKE / SKATES RIDE
more and better coverage of the Downing            12 – 5:30pm • Donations! It’s a benefit.                                                                www.justfood.org/cityfarms/workshops/             A scenic tour from Central Park, plus the
Street memo.                                       BOOKS @ THE PIER TO BENEFIT “BOOKS                  FRI JULY 29                                                                                           lovely tree canopy and grand vistas of the
NBC Studios Rockefeller Center, south side of      THROUGH BARS” Featuring authors Walter              Through SAT 30 • $6 / $3 students, seniors          SUN JULY 31                                       Hudson River from Riverside Park. The ride
49th St. - btwn 5th and 6th Ave., right outside    Mosley, Herb Boyd, Amy Goodman, Terrie              FREE Under 18                                       10:30am • FREE                                    continues down the greenway to the lovely
the NBC NEWS Building.                             Williams, Toby Thompkins, Darren Coleman,           “THROUGH MY EYES: CHILDREN’ DRAWINGS                BEACH RIDE TO JACOB RIIS PARK                     pier. Then, a ride through leafy streets back to
                                                   Jimmie Briggs, Kalisha Buckhanon and                FROM CONFLICT ZONES,” DARFUR, UGANDA,               Bring water, suit etc.                            Columbus Circle. This ride usually covers a bit
2pm • FREE                                         Deborah Mathis, among others. Pier 63 at            CHECHNYA, KOSOVO, SUDAN & IRAQ.                     Meet on the Brooklyn side of the                  over 10 miles and lasts about 2 hours.
TORTURE AND LIES – WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE?             West 23rd St.                                       At Chelsea Art Museum 556 West 22nd St.             Williamsburg Bridge OR 11 a.m. Grand Army         Meet at the Columbus Circle at 59th St.
Speakers: Rep. Maurice Hinchey, Hon. Liz                                                                                                                   Plaza, Bkln. Sponsored by TIMES UP!               entrance to Central Park
Holtzman and Randi Rhodes. Moderator: Bob
Fertik, President of Democrats.com
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who has repre-
sented conservative District 19.
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