Civilian death toll in Afghanistan is being under-reported.
"Let the snake that does not bite me live for a thousand years"
US attitude towards terrorism and Turkey
Thank you for flying Air Paranoia!
A Sacramento journalist is taken into custody by police and forced to destroy photos
The Gandhi Nobody Knows by Richard Grenier
According to Grenier, Ghandi advocated collective suicide on the part of the Jews in response to the threat of the Nazi holocaust. He also advocated British surrender, and called Hitler "not a bad man".
An eminently educational speech by Noam Chomsky on the history of terror.
A little homegrown American terorism:
Aug 6th, 1945 - Hiroshima: 76,000 building destroyed 200,000 innocent civilians murdered in one day Aug 9th, 1945 - Nagasaki: 140,000 innocent civilians murdered in one dayAmerican reaction: Celebration
"The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells."
"One picture taken shortly after the Taliban takeover says it
all: a trembling woman covered in a head to toe veil, her face
completely obscured, sobs as she speaks with a Western reporter.
Who is she? An impoverished peasant? A homeless woman? No,
she's the recently removed chief surgeon at the country's
U.S. Policy Has Betrayed Afghan Women for 20 Years
Florida, home to Big Borther Bush, is the first state to propose moving to a secret government
"Jean Joseph Rive will have that a bibliophile is one who reads for pleasure;
but he is opposed by Locker-Lampson, who maintains that 'your true
bibliophile rarely reads anything: he contemplates, he examines bindings,
criticizes illustrations, and scrutinizes title-pages or pagination.'
Others, as G.H.Powell, have dilated upon the difference between reading and
'the refined curiosities of the bibliophile,' and Gleeson White, in express
words, affirms that your book-lover must gaze at books 'mutely, with a
satisfied joy in being near enough to caress or abstain.' A book need not
even be 'in a particular language, nor on a particular subject, to be the
book of a book-lover.' You love a book first because it is a book, however
much you may particularize afterwards: 'He loved a book because it was a
book; he loved its odour, its form, its title.' You love it inwardly and
outwardly, soul and body..."
"'It does not follow at all that a person devoted to reading is fond of books. It is often the other way: the most learned men, the most gluttonous of readers, may not have the smallest love for books.' They know nothing of their value or how to treat them; using them for their 'selfish purpose' and casting them aside as useless: 'Ten people care for a book--but they are apostles. A thousand enjoy another book, but when they have sucked it on a hot afternoon, they have finished.'"
--The Book About Books, The Anatomy of Bibliomania Holbrook Jackson
"A Middle East fit for heroes"
Domestic censorship, deciet, and oppression. 1984, here we come.
A detailed account of American hypocracy in the face of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"The Pentagon has spent millions of dollars to prevent western media from seeing highly accurate civilian satellite pictures of the effects of bombing in Afghanistan," possibly because "it would be possible to see bodies lying on the ground after last week's bombing attacks."
300,000 people marched for peace in Italy
Living Dead Dolls
...because dead is better
Port Scan of the Month (DANGER: of interest to security geeks only)
The really big button that doesn't do anything.
Technology infrastructure disaster recovery logistics inadequate to deal with 9-11 fallout.
Ronald bin McLaden
'erotic (and generally "objectionable") origami diagrams'
Chupacabras has a moment of clarity
Informative graphic of the NYC 9-11 damage.
People detained in the wake of 9-11 are suffering beatings and other violations of human and civil rights, while often being denied even minimal contact with their defense lawyers.
"As usual, the U.S. opposes the creation of a war crimes court; Now Congress threatens invasion of the Netherlands if the rest of the world goes ahead with the court."
"What could possibly motivate the propping up of repressive non-democracies like the Saudi and Kuwaiti royal families or murderous regimes like that of Reza Pahlevi, Shah of Iran? Or pouring billions into the coffers of Saddam Hussein in the '80s, or even creating the monster who is the mastermind of these attacks, Osama Bin Laden, beneficiary of CIA lucre and training?"
It's the oil, stupid
Oil War II: The Empire Strikes Back in the Caspian
Caspian Oil and Gas and the Afghanistan Pipeline Connection
If you're going to be pro-war, at least be sarcastic about it!
An excellent point-by-point comparison of the police-state legislation designed to demolish civil-liberties.
Disturbing portents for freedom from the US Supreme Court.
chequerboard of oil and
The Empire Strikes Back
Metaphor and War makes explicit the myths and assumptions of the public perceptions of war.
It is the skillful manipulation of these myths and assumptions that makes for effective propaganda.
Oppressive regimes in the Middle East propped up by the US.
Doctors Without Borders calls US food drops "propaganda"
The Cave is a Lovecraftian story I wrote back in 1989, for a freshman college English class.
Is massive starvation and death in Afghanistan inevitable?
Into the valleys of death
Insight in to the roles of Pakistan and the United Front (Northern Alliance).
The US government had plans to commit terrorist acts against America itself and blame a politically convenient enemy.
On the use of the word "terrorist" in the media.
"It is a sobering thought, that better evidence is required to prosecute a shoplifter than is needed to commence a world war"
Tony Blair releases allegations against Bin Laden and calls them "evidence". Apparently the public isn't supposed to know the difference, or care.
Commentary, more commentary, and yet more commentary on the flimsy allegations.
Testimony of civil liberties defenders censored, and even the presense of censorship was censored.
"This may be the first war where an American reporter is killed or garroted by a Green Beret for getting in the way." --The Return of Censorship
'Mainstream journalists in the United States often function more like a fourth branch of government than a feisty fourth estate. If anything, the patterns of media bias that characterize sycophantic reporting in "peacetime" are amplified during a war or a national security crisis." --13 Questions for Bush about America's Anti-terrorism Crusade
Know Your Rights
"To maintain public support for a war... a government should sanitize the visual images of war; control media access to military theaters; censor information that could upset readers or viewers; and exclude journalists who would not write favorable stories." --Desert Storm Disinformation
Five arguments against the war.
(print as a flyer or a poster)
"As we hear talk about the United States engaging in diplomacy, we must remember this:. the U.S. conception of diplomacy does not mean seeking to avoid war, as the U.N. charter requires. It means coupling a 'principled' refusal to negotiate with threats and verbal provocations designed to stiffen the spine of an enemy, so that situations cannot be resolved peacefully. It means lining up allies -- sometimes by naked coercion, sometimes by bribes of debt-restructuring or trade favors -- so that military actions can begin." --No News is Bad News
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A personal diary of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ten Things to Know About U.S. Policy in the Middle East
The newly created Office of Homeland Security can and has shut down websites without evidence or trial.
"Having decided that readers and viewers in post-Cold War America cared more about celebrities, scandals and local news, newspaper editors and television news executives have reduced the space and time devoted to foreign coverage by 70% to 80% during the past 15 to 20 years"... more here
The Fire This Time