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"The vast universe, beautiful in its coldly impersonal totality, contains all that we call good and bad, all the answers for all the paradoxes we see around us. By opening his eyes and his mind, the ninja can responsively follow the subtle seasons and reasons of heaven, changing just as change is necessary, adapting always, so that in the end there is no such thing as surprise for the ninja."- Takamatsu sensei
News release and documents made public today by the ACLU points a finger at the President. The information releases indicates President Bush signed an executive order permitting inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq.
I hope that you don’t think I have been naughty just because I spent the whole year trying to get you thrown out of office and indicted for war crimes.
I am writing you to thank you for the wonderful presents you’ve given me so far this year and get in my wish list for next year. I hope that you don’t think I have been naughty just because I spent the whole year trying to get you thrown out of office and indicted for war crimes.
First, I ought to thank you for that one present I’ve already opened, but unfortunately had to send back because it was already broken.. I’m talking about the man who was nearly my new chief of Homeland Security, Bernard B. Kerik: Rudy Giuliani’s former limo driver then his choice for New York City police commissioner, a professional strength adulterer, profoundly corrupt business man, and possible Mob toady. Of all the possible people you could have picked to safeguard our country, knowing you picked a guy who once set up an apartment for 9/11 rescue workers and then occupied it round the clock with his series of mistresses, who used his hospital security forces in Saudi Arabia to guard his mistresses and later as police chief used homicide detectives to track a different mistress’ missing cell phone, it is truly comforting to see how much you care about our country. It also reassures me that people will eventually see through you. Oh please excuse me, Santa Bush, that wasn’t nice.
Still, this is the man who took conflict of interest to a whole level by making money recommending the Department of Homeland Security purchase Tasers from a company he and Giuliani both happened to work for. Imagine what he could have done for the country if he had gotten control of Homeland Security’s annual 7 billion dollar appropriations budget. The fact that Kerik claims none of his other scandals were as important as his illegal alien babysitter lets us know that Kerik actually has something even bigger hidden that he hopes he can keep from hitting the presses. I look forward to confirmation hearings on your next choice, Ron Artest.
Now, on to my list: I guess the number one item on my Christmas wish list, like every other loyal American, is that I want a couple of those magic tickets to the official inaugural events on Inaugural Day, Jan. 20, 2005, I’ve been hearing about. I want mine to include both the “exclusive” lunch with Mr. Bush and Vice President Cheney, and the “elegant” candlelight dinner with a special appearance by President Bush options, plus the all-access pass to any inaugural ball. According to the New York Times, “Organizers say that the inaugural celebration at the end of the January will not be marked by any noticeable restraint and will cost more than any other in history.”
I realize that tickets for these events are running about $250,000, which would have bought a lot of body armor and maybe even a couple of armor conversion kits for a Humvee or two, but I think it’s worth it to bask in your glorious radiance. You could just take it out of your Halliburton Fund, er, I’m sorry, I mean the defense budget. But wait, since I know you value your image “the War President” I guess you could probably just siphon off the ticket costs from the starving widows and orphans fund. What’s that? You’ve already gutted that program? I guess I’ll have to catch your big deal coronation on Entertainment Tonight. It’ll be on right after the nightly news glosses over the latest death toll from your little war.
I also would like some “Hush Medals” like the Presidential Medals of Freedom you recently gave to your Iraq war architects: former Gen. Tommy Franks, former CIA Director George Tenet and former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer. I’ve been at least as critical of you as Bremer, as bumbling as Tenet and as hardheaded as Franks. Though I guess if you’re going to start giving out medals for self-serving incompetence, you may run out of metal before you’ve awarded all the medals the GOP has coming. With 1200 US dead, 8000 wounded and ten times that number of Iraqis destroyed, Bremer, Franks and Tenet have accomplished a great deal. Perhaps you could buy them an all expense paid trip to Fallujah. I imagine the Iraqis would love to give them what they so richly deserve.
And, speaking of war, lastly, unlike from one in six to one in three soldiers coming back from Iraq, I would not like to suffer from symptoms of major depression, or serious anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder this year. According to Pentagon figures, experts predict that the number returning US soldiers eventually requiring mental health treatment could exceed 100,000. Stephen L. Robinson, the executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center, says, "These are people who are going to need help for the next 35 years." Of course I never wanted to go over there in the first place. But I suppose that is one of the reasons you’d call me naughty.
She pulled up to the bank parking lot around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and headed to the front door, walker in hand. Kristie Olsen, security officer, says, “It took her several minutes to get from the door to the desk.” After walking through the doors, the elderly woman walked up to a bank employee. Calynn Hanpsten, senior service representative, says, “She said, ‘I’m telling you I’m going to rob the bank.
Lodhi was bundled into the court building in shackles, in full view of the media. The display was intended to convey the impression that he is a violent and highly dangerous individual. Like several other Muslim men charged with terrorist offences in Australia over the past year, Lodhi has been denied bail and held in virtual solitary confinement in a “super max” prison, cut off from family and friends. Under state and federal “counter-terrorism” laws, the traditional presumption in favour of bail has been scrapped. It will only be granted in “exceptional circumstances”. On receiving a confidential affidavit from the Commonwealth, Magistrate Michael Price imposed a number of secrecy orders despite vigorous objections by lawyers for Lodhi and by media organisations. The orders mean that the affidavit itself will remain suppressed, and the media is barred from disclosing even the general nature of the material relied upon in it.
Don't be fooled. Sunni resistance have absolutely no reason to attack Shia Iraq. The U.S. is behind these bombings "a la 'The Quiet American' (a film all wishing to understand our 1984 world should see). Sara
"Iraqi television shows only the feet of election officials rather than their faces, because they are terrified of their identity being revealed." Terrified of the unabated attacks, phony "premier" Iyad Allawi last week huddled himself in the US heavily protected Green Zone in Baghdad to announce his slate of candidates for the 275-member National Assembly. Shopkeepers distributed registration forms hidden in the bags of monthly rations on which most Iraqis survive. A heavy turnout seems just wishful thinking with the majority of the country’s 25 million population expected to barricade themselves into their houses in fear of their lives.
Zajel / An-Najah National University, 20.12.2004 11:03
We were living through extremely difficult conditions during the siege of Alfalojeh, when the Egyptian army came to our village. They were many soldiers, hundreds if not thousands. They were with us in the village during the imposed siege around them, and I remember their commander, Beih Taha. He ordered his soldiers to build two fences around the village and put mines in between the two fences.
Hamama village was neighboring some villages and towns, Majdal and Askalan from the south, Asdod town from the north, Beit Daras village from the north, Joles village from the east, with the sea to the west.
Zajel \ An-najah National University, 20.12.2004 10:40
In Palestine, Arab protests against partition erupted in violence, with attacks on Jewish settlements in retaliation for the attacks by Jewish terrorist groups on Arab towns and villages and the massacre of hundreds of unarmed Palestinians in their homes which soon led to full-scale war. The British generally refused to intervene, intent on leaving the country no later than August 15, 1948, the date scheduled in the Partition Plan for termination of the Mandate.
Louis Mizell, who heads a firm that tracks incidents of crime and terrorism, observed that "when husbands or boyfriends attack pregnant partners, it usually has to do with an unwillingness to deal with fatherhood, marriage, child support or public scandal." For some men the situation boils down to one set of unadorned facts: "If the woman doesn't want the baby, she can get an abortion. If the guy doesn't want it, he can't do a damn thing about it. He is stuck with a child for the rest of his life, he is stuck with child support for the rest of his life, and he's stuck with that woman for the rest of his life. If she goes away, the problem goes away."
In an apparent reversal of decades of U.S. practice, recent federal Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations bar American companies from publishing works by dissident writers in countries under sanction unless they first obtain U.S. government approval. Violations carry severe reprisals -- publishing houses can be fined $1 million and individual violators face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In a national broadcast exclusive, we speak with former Army Reserve Specialist Aidan Delgado. At Abu Ghraib, he witnessed U.S. soldiers abuse and killing of Iraqi detainees. Video and Transcript - Warning - This program contains graphic images
Organizaciones de todo el país (Argentina) solicitaron el juicio político de un juez de instrucción (ex secretario de Galeano en la causa AMIA), por "desproporcionadas" diligencias policiales ordenadas en una causa hacia un miembro de Participación Ciudadana, entidad que desde hace cinco años viene presentando denuncias e impulsando reformas en el poder judicial fueguino. El denunciante de la causa es el ex abogado de Menem, Riucardo Klass, denunciado en varias oportunidades por Participación Ciudadana.
The most important thing to remember is that we are trying to stop a war. Anti-capitalists like me may say that capitalism is the root cause, feminists will say patriarchy, liberals the Bush crime family, libertarians the state, conservatives the decline of chivalry. We can all “know better” yet still work together. This is far more important than anything else, and it just might work.
This note, entitled "An Open Letter to the Hells Angels," was found posted at the OC Transpo stop located at the northeast corner of Somerset and Bayswater. This area is known for rampant hard drug (crack cocaine, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin) dealing and high-risk sex trade worker activity.
Ahead of a crucial election, the German environment minister has caved in to the nuclear power industry over the search for a final nuclear waste dump, alleges a leftwing daily, the tageszeitung (taz). More precisely, says Berlin-based taz, Jürgen Trittin (Greens) has caved in to the Social Democrat chancellor, Gerhard Schröder.
The como ahas collective is announcing plans for a non-hierarchial, anti-authoritarian festival/gathering in the missouri forests march 25th - april 2nd. While everyone is free to come and participate in what manner they choose there is a large emphasis on differing musicians (bands/djs/lone) and diy technical werkshops/skillshares. www.ahas.net has an organizing page setup so feel free to contribute
A nonpartisan group held a press conference at the Capitol in St Paul to request a Congressional inquiry into the the inadequate supplies and equipment for the troops. One soldier's wife testified about shortages experienced by her husband who is stationed in Iraq near Fallujah.
la exposicion "American Pie" compuesta por 14 carteles contra la guerra de Irak, se inauguro el 16 de diciembre en Ciudad Habana, Cuba, y estara expuesta todo el mes de enero. La organizan Alternativo y Tipos dos proyectos culturales de la Facultad de Comunicacion y Diseño de la Universidad de la Habana
another posting from http://www.almuajaha.com/ (I don't like the copy paste journalism, but when big power wants to hide the truth...)
America's Sinister Plan for Falluja By Michael Schwartz
The chilling reality of what Falluja has become is only now seeping out, as the American military continues to block almost all access to the city, whether to reporters, its former residents, or aid groups like the Red Crescent Society. The date of access keeps being postponed, partly because of ongoing fighting -- only this week more air strikes were called in and fighting "in pockets" remains fierce (despite American pronouncements of success weeks ago) -- and partly because of the difficulties military commanders have faced in attempting to prettify their ugly handiwork. Residents will now officially be denied entry until at least December 24; and even then, only the heads of households will be allowed in, a few at a time, to assess damage to their residences in the largely destroyed city.