Welcome !! A Call to Participants & "Faits Divers & Fate's Divers"

I started this blog as a site where poets, artists, Visual Poets, Mail Artists, researchers, essayists, reviewers, artist-ragers, zine makers, comix, graffiti makers may have a place to contribute and display works which express their visions of the historical and contemporary interelated lives of Anarchy & the Arts--
This site is for any persons who are actively interested in and working in these areas
Theoretical letters are welcome, stories, photos, anything which
investigates the everyday all around one with a questioning Anarkeyological spirit & energy. Insight and Incite!
and ALSO CONTRIBUTE FAITS DIVERS INSPIRED BY THOSE OF FENEON--IN WHATEVER WAY THEY INSPIRE YOU
If you are interested please contact me at
david.chirot@gmail.com


FAITS DIVERS & FATE'S DIVERS-- A NEW FEATURE:

http://cronacasouversivafeneon.blogspot.com

"FAITS DIVERS & FATE'S DIVERS"
A NEW FEATURE:
Since to an American ear and reader the homophonic punning possibilities of the title "Faits Divers" in French are completely absent, IL Maestro di "PAROLE IN LIBERACE" Professore G-A Vidiamodopo suggests instead the use of an American homophonic translation, in order to keep alive the sense of
"Une Joie de Vivre qui se trouve a travers les Jeux du Mots."
(A Joy of Life found through Plays on Words)

--and now allow me to turn over the podium to our illustrious and well-beloved colleague, Il Maestro, Giulio Agosto di Vidiamodopo--

the Fondatore, who has given us the eternally generative legacy of his never-to-exhausted "Grand Song of the Open Piano" under the sign of his immortal


"PAROLE IN LIBERACE"--

echoes of which one may find in all manifestations Visual Sonic Visceral which in their very most particulate, singular and also massed, on-flowing wave existences acknowledge the inspiring and influential, ceaselessly experimenting presence of Il Maestro among their notations of Found and Accidental scores . .

Then, with a magnificent flourish, Il Maestro di Parole in Liberace enters stage left and announces the entry into the world of the "Faits Divers--Fates' Divers"--





Special Forces' Lieutenant X announces the Vernissage of his "Celestial Snuff Films" at Galeria Gore,Friday, 19:00-24:00 hr. Combining his Fighter Jet's elegantly enhanced and edited videos with his own high powered zoom photos and infra red images, the young hero creates the "Theater of Certain Death" as seen by both the "Omniscient Eye's View from Above," and the "subjective focus on the Eroticism of the Subject's Snuffing on the ground."





Exactly at 8, the New American Extreme Experimental Fascist Poets' opening salvo of "Militarized Morphemes" created Pure Terror. Renditioning subjects from the audience using Chance Operations, the Poets undertook "Interrogations of Parole" via the branding of each Tongue as a Forbidden Langue. By making speech mute, projected words announced, the subject existed now only as name brands of material language.












Felix Feneon Editing La Revue Blanche --painted by Felix Vallotton

Felix Feneon Editing La Revue Blanche --painted by Felix Vallotton
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from Nouvelles en trois lignes/Three Line News Items/ Short Stories

Feneon created the simultaneous "news/"stories" of his Nouvelles
with perhaps "more in mind" than his own punning use of the Faits Divers' Nouvelles en trois lignes--

he may have been thinking also of the example of Gusrave Flaubert
who several decades earlier had created out of a provincial journal’s Faits Divers the novel Madame Bovary:

“Delphine Delamare, 27, wife of a medical officer in Ry, displayed insufficient austerity. Worse, she ran up debts. To avoid paying them, she took poison.”



Nurse Elise Bachmann, whose day off was yesterday, put
on a public display of insanity.

A complaint was sworn by the Persian physician Djai Khan
against a compatriot who had stolen from him a tiara.

A dozen hawkers who had been announcing news of a
nonexistent anarchist bombing at the Madeleine have
been arrested.

A certain madwoman arrested downtown falsely claimed
to be nurse Elise Bachmann. The latter is perfectly sane.

On Place du Pantheon, a heated group of voters attempted
to roast an effigy of M. Auffray, the losing candidate. They
were dispersed.

Arrested in Saint-Germain for petty theft, Joël Guilbert
drank sublimate. He was detoxified, but died yesterday of
delirium tremens.

The photographer Joachim Berthoud could not get over the
death of his wife. He killed himself in Fontanay-sous-Bois.

Reverend Andrieux, of Roannes, near Aurillac, whom a
pitiless husband perforated Wednesday with two rifle
shots, died last night.

In political disagreements, M. Begouen, journalist, and
M. Bepmale, MP, had called one another "thief" and
"liar." They have reconciled.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thierry Tillier:: ((((((((((( Fingerpainting on Mars /////////////////// ,




Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 22:03:11 +0100
Subject: ((((((((((( Fingerpainting on Mars /////////////////// ,
From: thierry.tillier@gmail.com

Fingerpainting on Mars
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Fingerpainting on Mars

Matthew Stolte: New Visual Poetry

Dear Spiders,

check out a series of new works either on my flickr page or the Home page of my website Word Work.



NA PROA DE LINGUA--Poetry of the Portuguese Speaking Countries



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paulo Bacedônio <divulgacao.pb@gmail.com>
Date: 2009/2/20
Subject: Na proa da língua...
To:


 

Visite a coluna

 

NA PROA DA LÍNGUA*

 

de Poesia dos Oito Países de Língua Portuguesa

 

http://br.geocities.com/paralelo_30/index.htm

 

assinada por

 

Paulo Bacedônio

 

 

Poetas do mês de Fevereiro:

 

BRASIL

 

Basílio da Gama – Castro Alves

 

Narcisa Amália – Fontoura Xavier – Mário Totta

 

Vespasiano Ramos – Maria Eugênia Celso  

 

CABO VERDE

 

Pedro Cardoso

 

GUINÉ-BISSAU

 

Vasco Cabral

 

ANGOLA / BRASIL

 

Fernando Ferreira de Loanda

 

PORTUGAL

 

António Feliciano de Castilho – Guerra Junqueiro

 

Armando Côrtes-Rodrigues

 

Jayme Câmara – Emnauel Félix

 

 

 

 

*A coluna Na Proa da Língua, integra a REVISTA LITERÁRIA

PARALELO 30, que é editada e coordenada pelo poeta

e ativista cultural Paulo Monti.

 

 


Write Yr. Support/NYCLAW denounces the NYU admin's attack on student protesters‏






[Write messages in support of the NYU student protesters to: john.sexton@ nyu.edu, jhb5@nyu.edu, provost@nyu. edu, evp@nyu.edu]


New York City Labor Against the War denounces the NYU administration's attack on student protesters of Take Back NYU.

The students demand that the university serve its student body through financial transparency and accountability.

They demand that the administration recognize the Graduate Student Organizing Committee/UAW Local 2110, and agree to fair labor contracts for all university employees.

They are particularly courageous in calling on NYU to support the people of Gaza and end University complicity with the Israeli apartheid regime -- demands that parallel recent student protests at the University of Rochester, Hampshire College, and two dozen universities through the UK.

When the administration arrogantly ignored these concerns, protesters nonviolently occupied their student center, a direct action in the tradition of the civil rights, Vietnam antiwar and anti-apartheid movements.

The administration's response has been typically deceitful and vindictive.

It called in the NYPD to attack protest rallies outside the building. It falsely agreed to negotiate, only to detain the students' representatives. It forcibly removed other protesters -- some of whom were assaulted by NYU security, and at least one of whom was arrested. It suspended eighteen protesters and evicted them from university residences.

We are proud of these students' protest and refusal to be silenced. NYU administration must immediately:

1. Rescind suspensions, dorm evictions and all other disciplinary action.

2. Drop all criminal charges.

3. Meet the students' demands.

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Issued by NYCLAW Co-Conveners:

Larry Adams
Former President, NPMHU Local 300

Michael Letwin
Former President, UAW Local 2325/Assn. of Legal Aid Attorneys

Brenda Stokely
Former President, AFSCME DC 1707; N.E. Regional Coordinator, Million Worker March Movement

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BOEK 861--convocatoria mail art fira magica 2009 y Boek Visual




Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 23:03:56 +0100
From: cesar@boek861.com

http://boek861.com
http://boek861.blog.com.es

NUEVA COLABORACION DEL BOEK 861 Y EL BOEK VISUAL
CON LA CONVOCATORIA DE MAIL ART
Y EL SALON DE POESIA VISUAL DE LA FIRA MAGICA DEL 2009



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La temática de este año es JOAN BROSSA, LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS Y DE LOS PUEBLOS
y la forma de participar es totalmente abierta pero con la clara intención de llenar de estandartes el entorno de la Fira
y su castillo.





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En el boek861, ademas de las bases de la convocatoria del 2009,
 podeis ver el cartel-catálogo completo de la convocatoria de mail art
del 2008 en el que se incluyen las imagenes de 70 obras de los participantes



VERLO EN PROYECTOS RECIENTES
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BOEK VISUAL
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Video de la obra fotografica poetica y experimental de Joel Peter Witkin

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Este autor no solo lleva de nuevo la imagen al terreno de la poesía visual
sino que ademas hace una clara inmension en el terreno de lo existencial
y más profundo del ser humano

.

VER EL VIDEO EN
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Documentary by John Pilger: YEAR ZERO THE SILENT DEATH OF CAMBODIA

Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

John Pilger vividly reveals the brutality and murderous political ambitions of the Pol Pot / Khmer Rouge totalitarian regime which bought genocide and despair to the people of Cambodia while neighboring countries, including Australia, shamefully ignored the immense human suffering and unspeakable crimes that bloodied this once beautiful country.

A Documentary Film By John Pilger

Click to view
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13769.htm



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Chomsky: Israel is a Terrorist State by definition

Israel is a Terrorist State by Definition: Chomsky

By Christiana Voniati

Is Israel a terrorist state? Well yes according to official definitions.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22067.htm



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Chomsky: Obama OKed Israel's Gaza War

Chomsky: Obama OKed Israel's Gaza war

By Press TV

Renowned US intellectual Noam Chomsky says Barack Obama did not comment on Israel's war on Gaza, as it was part of the "premeditated" plan. We have been informed by an Israeli source that the recent invasion of the Gaza Strip was completely premeditated, Chomsky said in an interview with the French Al-Ahram daily.
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After Fleeing North Korea, an Artist Parodies Its Propaganda

The Saturday Profile

After Fleeing North Korea, an Artist Parodies Its Propaganda

Published: February 20, 2009
Choe Sang-Hun/The International Herald Tribune

"I cannot help being political. How can I ignore the reality of the North, where my parents are still suffering?"
SUN MU

IN one of Sun Mu's best-known paintings from his "Happy Children" series, uniformed North Korean kindergartners sing like birds huddled together on a clothesline, their beaming faces so alike they could be clones. At the bottom of the posterlike image, a red slogan leaps out against a yellow background: "We are all happy children!"
When Sun Mu, an artist from North Korea who uses a pseudonym for security reasons, first exhibited paintings like this in Seoul two years ago, the police showed up to investigate. They had been tipped off by viewers who, missing the intended irony, were upset by what they took to be Communist propaganda — a possible crime under South Korea's national security laws. After all, rapturously smiling child performers are a familiar feature of North Korean pageants, and the style mimics posters celebrating the North's authoritarian regime.
"I'm not pro-Communist, far from it," said Sun Mu, 36, who fled North Korea in 1998 to escape famine and arrived in the South in 2001. "When people look at my paintings, I hope they can hear the children asking, 'Do you really think we're happy?' "
Sun Mu, who was trained to create posters and murals for the Communist government, is the first defector from the North to have won fame as a painter in the South by applying that same propagandistic style to biting parodies of the North Korean regime.
His renown, however, is shaded by political concerns. In addition to adopting a pseudonym, he refuses to allow his face to be photographed, afraid that the family he left behind might face reprisals for his art. South Korean news outlets often refer to him as the "faceless" or "nameless" artist from North Korea.
His work has not always been well received.
Soon after his arrival in 2001 he enrolled at Hongik University, a leading arts institution in Seoul, where his socialist-realist technique put him at odds with prevailing notions of what constituted art. One of his professors called his political imagery "cheap, fit for old barbershops" — a reference to the cold war years when South Korean barbershops often were decorated with crude propaganda posters with slogans like "Let's exterminate Communists!"
Now, many here say that imagery, with its subverted content, addresses issues central to Korean identity. "His work touches the national trauma of the divided Korea," said Kim Dong-il, a visual arts critic and lecturer at Sogang University in Seoul. "His style is North Korean, but when he brought it to South Korea it became something completely different. The children's smiles in his paintings become too idealized to be real. A smile is not always an expression of happiness, and can even mean the opposite."
Sun Mu's paintings have also depicted his own fearful journey across the river border into China in 1998, and the plight of a shackled North Korean defector who was repatriated to North Korea from the same Laotian prison where he himself was detained before proceeding on to Thailand and eventually to South Korea.
So far, however, his signature work has been the "Happy Children" series, with its relentlessly smiling North Korean youngsters. The smile has been variously interpreted by commentators as grotesque, a joke on the collectivism of North Korea, or a mask to hide the helplessness many North Koreans feel.
SUN MU said he used to wear that smile himself. In North Korea, he and his classmates smilingly sang hymns to Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, and would march out to perform for soldiers and farmers toiling in the fields. "They teach you how to smile that regimented smile — there's a certain way to shape your mouth," he said. "We children thought we were happy. We didn't realize that our smile was fabricated and manufactured."
Later, while serving in the North Korean Army, Sun Mu was assigned to create propaganda paintings. He produced images of North Korean soldiers cutting the throats of American soldiers or crushing Japanese invaders.
"One of the rules was that South Korean puppet soldiers be depicted as small and inconsequential at the corner of the canvas and running away from North Korean soldiers," he said with a chuckle. "We'd finish off our paintings by adding slogans like 'Let's defend our revolutionary leadership with our lives!' "
He was an art student in college when he decided to flee North Korea, during a famine in the late 1990s that is thought to have killed two million people.

SOME of the political satire in his current output is hard to miss. In one painting, a woman raising her middle finger is naked except for the North Korean flag slipping off her body. Nudity is strictly forbidden in the North, denounced as capitalist decadence.
Sun Mu paints something else he could never have dared to depict in the North: portraits of Mr. Kim and his father, North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung. In the North, portraits of the Kims are considered sacred, and only a few artists are authorized to paint them.
In any case, the official portraits would never look like these. In one, Kim Jong-il is dressed not in his trademark Mao-style suit but in a pink Nike sports jacket, red Adidas pants and mismatched running shoes. Mr. Kim is transformed from supreme leader to bourgeois loafer.
Nonetheless, displaying the Kims' images has also proved controversial.
When Sun Mu presented a portrait of Kim Il-sung titled "Sun of Korea" at an international biennale last September in Pusan, the South Korean organizers removed it at the last minute, saying they wanted to avoid potential problems with a "pro-Communist" painting.
At an exhibition in 2007, South Korean viewers objected to a Sun Mu portrait of Kim Jong-il that carried the title "God of Korea." They apparently did not notice that the North Korean flag in the background had been hung upside down.
Sun Mu is undeterred.
"I cannot help being political," he said. "How can I ignore the reality of the North, where my parents are still suffering? I would like to believe that art can change the world in whatever little way it can."
>"One of the rules was that South Korean puppet soldiers be depicted as small and inconsequential at the corner of the canvas and running away from North Korean soldiers," he said with a chuckle. "We'd finish off our paintings by adding slogans like 'Let's defend our revolutionary leadership with our He was an art student in college when he decided to flee North Korea, during a famine in the late 1990s that is thought to have killed two million people. SOME of the political satire in his current output is hard to miss. In one painting, a woman raising her middle finger is naked except for the North Korean flag slipping off her body. Nudity is strictly forbidden in the North, denounced as capitalist decadence.
Sun Mu paints something else he could never have dared to depict in the North: portraits of Mr. Kim and his father, North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung. In the North, portraits of the Kims are considered sacred, and only a few artists are authorized to paint them.
In any case, the official portraits would never look like these. In one, Kim Jong-il is dressed not in his trademark Mao-style suit but in a pink Nike sports jacket, red Adidas pants and mismatched running shoes. Mr. Kim is transformed from supreme leader to bourgeois loafer.
Nonetheless, displaying the Kims' images has also proved controversial.
When Sun Mu presented a portrait of Kim Il-sung titled "Sun of Korea" at an international biennale last September in Pusan, the South Korean organizers removed it at the last minute, saying they wanted to avoid potential problems with a "pro-Communist" painting.
At an exhibition in 2007, South Korean viewers objected to a Sun Mu portrait of Kim Jong-il that carried the title "God of Korea." They apparently did not notice that the North Korean flag in the background had been hung upside down.
Sun Mu is undeterred.
"I cannot help being political," he said. "How can I ignore the reality of the North, where my parents are still suffering? I would like to believe that art can change the world in whatever little way it can."

THE DAY WALL STREET EXPLODED--by Beverly Gage--NYT Review



Mike Davis's book is named after the now leading suspect in the bombing, the long history of a futile search for one is detailed in Beverly Gage's excellent new book--
Buda's Wagom is named for the wagon that Buda is supposed to have parked in front of the JP Morgan building--a horse drawn wagon like thousands of others that carried produce to markets--
on 16 September 1920--
in protest, according to the pamphlets scattered about NYC that day--of the
9/11/1920 indictments handed down to Sacco and Vanzetti
(another overlooked 9/11 in American history--as it led to this first bombing of the city--)
Buda, Sacco and Vanzetti were all followers of Luigi Galleani--




Blood on the Street

At the stroke of noon on Sept. 16, 1920, a bomb exploded along Wall Street, killing 38 people and maiming hundreds more. It was the worst terrorist bombing in the United States until the Oklahoma City attack in 1995, the worst in New York until the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Brown Brothers

The aftermath of the bombing on Wall Street on Sept. 16, 1920.

THE DAY WALL STREET EXPLODED

A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

By Beverly Gage

Illustrated. 400 pp. Oxford University Press. $27.95

Multimedia

 Kevin Baker Discusses 'The Day Wall Street Exploded' on the Book Review Podcast (mp3)
The bomb was an immeasurably cruel device, most likely dynamite tied to iron sash weights that acted as shrapnel. It blew people apart where they walked out on a cool, late-summer day, tore arms and legs, hands and feet and scalps off living human beings. Others were beheaded or eviscerated, or found themselves suddenly engulfed in flames. Still more injuries were caused by a cascade of broken glass and the terrified stampede that followed.
The bomb's target was presumed to be the House of Morgan, which sat like a blockhouse just across the street from where the explosive had been left in a horse-drawn wagon. The Morgan bank had emerged from World War I as the single most powerful financial institution in the world, and both the firm and its principals had been under increasing attack, rhetorical and otherwise, ever since it had arranged a huge loan a few years before to help the Allies and keep the Great War going. But the only fatality inside the firm was a 24-year-old clerk. Nearly all the bank's employees were back at their desks the next morning, some of them still bandaged and bruised. The explosion merely pocked the firm's impenetrable, marble walls, the marks defiantly left where they can be seen to this day: "the stigmata of capitalism."
As with all terrorist attacks, most of the victims were innocent bystanders, "messengers, stenographers, clerks, salesmen, drivers," men and women for whom "Wall Street was not a grand symbol of American capitalism" but "a place to make a modest living by selling milk, driving a car, typing reports, recording sales." Only seven of the dead were over the age of 40. Five of them were women, four of them teenagers.
Who would do such a thing? A bevy of the nation's most prominent lawmen and private detectives immediately descended on Wall Street, blaming first anarchists, then paid agents from Lenin's new government in Moscow. But years of investigation yielded nothing — no indictments, no trials, no culprits. No one ever came forward to take responsibility for the crime, or to state what it was supposed to accomplish, and before long it had dropped from public view, lost among the sensations of the racing, giddy '20s.
Beverly Gage, a writer and history teacher at Yale, has brought the bombing to life again in her outstanding first book. "The Day Wall Street Exploded" describes in detail both the bombing itself and the hunt for the perpetrators, but Gage also does us the great good service of placing it in the wider history of industrial warfare that once proliferated in America. Like much of American history, these battles have dropped out of mind because no one wanted to look at them too closely. As Gage points out, the right was loath to discuss the decades of brutal labor and political repression that preceded the Wall Street bombing; the left, to admit that extremists really were willing to resort to violence to overthrow the capitalist order.
Between 1881 and 1905 alone, there were more than 37,000 labor strikes in the United States, many of them bloody, bitter struggles. Efforts to unionize were routinely met with clubbings, shootings, jailings, blacklistings and executions, perpetrated not only by well-armed legions of company goons, but also by police officers, deputies, National Guardsmen and even regular soldiers. Dozens of workers were killed in these conflicts — at Ludlow in 1914, in the Homestead and Pullman strikes of the 1890s, at Telluride and Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs.
Some unionists, seeing the state aligned with the employers, struck back with dynamite, invented in 1866 and readily available at American construction sites. In Idaho in 1905, a bomb ripped the legs off Gov. Frank Steunenberg in his own front yard, after he stuck a thousand miners from the Coeur d'Alene strike in makeshift jails for months without trial. Twenty-one men died when labor radicals blew up the rabidly anti-union Los Angeles Times building in 1910. Relatively few workers were involved in such outrages, but millions did turn to the Socialist Party and the far-left Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), organizations that promised to sweep away the entire capitalist system. "Far from being an era of placid reform," Gage writes, "the turn of the century was a moment in which the entire structure of American institutions — from the government to the economy — seemed to be up for grabs, poised to be reshaped by new movements and ideas."
A murky underworld developed, one in which some radicals — particularly the small but implacable cells of anarchists — really did plot assassinations and bombings, while companies tried to frame strikers and their leaders with phony bomb plots and other accusations.
Things came to a head when America entered World War I and the ostensibly progressive Wilson administration put aside the Constitution, jailing thousands of dissidents and suppressing the antiwar Socialists and Wobblies. On June 2, 1919, a new wave of bombs hit in apparent retaliation, including one that wrecked the home of Woodrow Wilson's attorney general, A. Mitchell Palmer, who opportunistically used the incident to start the nation's first "Red scare." It became one of the most shameful campaigns in the country's history, with hundreds deported merely on suspicion of having radical proclivities. In perhaps the worst episode, an anarchist named Andrea Salsedo was found dead in his underwear on the sidewalk of Park Row in New York, below a room where the Bureau of Investigation — predecessor to the F.B.I. — had secretly held him for weeks.
The feds claimed suicide; Salsedo's family and friends saw murder. Four months later came the Wall Street bomb. What few clues there were pointed to Salsedo's comrades, members of a particularly ruthless anarchist group called the Galleanisti, named after their founder, Luigi Galleani. But the Red hunters had done their work too well, having already deported Galleani and many other potential witnesses.
Even though the crime was never solved, it had other repercussions. The bungled investigation and its wholesale violation of people's civil liberties, as Gage shows, led to a major housecleaning at the Bureau — which, paradoxically, enabled the rise of the biggest civil liberties violator in American history, J. Edgar Hoover. And the bombing contributed to an atmos­phere in which two other anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti, were convicted of murder in a case that would become the great leftist cause of the decade.
Over time, the bombings petered out, though organized violence in labor and other disputes continued. Even now, as Gage writes, "there remains a tendency to think of violence as an anomaly, something outside the American experience, rather than as one of the many ways that Americans have long carried out their political disputes."
Kevin Baker is the author, most recently, of the novel "Strivers Row."

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Oh yeah/Gloria/It always happens that way/Dark side - Shadows of Knight

Chicago band who had the first American hit version of Them's Gloria (Van Morrison on vocals)
Dark Side is a GREAT song
and Oh Yeah one of the original "Nuggets" selections by Lenny Kaye

Stop AIPAC! Confronting the Lobby for Militarism & Occupation

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In this issue we take a look at massacre of Gaza, the terrible toll and the work of AIPAC in garnering congressional support of the criminal actions of the Israeli military.Review Protests of AIPAC in San Francisco in early December, then a larger protest in late January (Post-Gaza attack) in New York.

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The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR) puts the death toll at 1,285, with nearly 70% of the dead civilian. 280 were children. 111 were women. Over 4,000 injured, many with life-long debilitating injuries, including over 1,000 children and over 700 women. The damage to the infrastructure of Gaza is beyond belief. 2,700 buildings damaged or destroyed.

AIPAC did its best to garner political support the carnage, to stall efforts toward a cease-fire (as it did during the war on Lebanon), to blame the victims. An AIPAC-sponsored bill passed, defending this attack as "self-defense", passed the Senate by unanimous consent and the House with only 5 voting No and 27 voting "Present". (If your congressperson was one of the 32, please take the time to thank them... see the roll call here). See our Gaza and AIPAC page.

While most politicians blindly supported Israeli actions, there were some notable exceptions. Rep. Dennis Kucinich called for an investigation of possible violations of Arms Export Control Act. More importantly, grassroots action across the country protested Israeli actions. In the Bay Area, dozens of protests took place in those three weeks. It was clear that Israel was losing support on the American street, if not in the US Congress. It is the power of the people fighting for justice that will eventually create a change in US policy.

protests AIPAC Protests- From San Francisco to New York!

San Francisco Protest, Dec 2008 San Francisco, December 9, 2008
At this protest, organized by Stop AIPAC, we had about a hundred folks that turned out to protest their  extremist policies at an AIPAC event that took place at the Marriot Hotel. As usual, the protesters were a diverse group demanding a change in US policy that will lead to peace with justice. Pics and more here.

Times Square, January 29, 2009nyprotest09
The post-Gaza massacre event organized mostly by local students, brought out a larger crowd of some 250 people and ended with the blockade of the front doors of the Marriot Hotel by 10 determined protesters, who were arrested and spent a night in jail. This is a great way to start the year. Our goal is to have many of the AIPAC events that take around the country confronted by people who will not tolerate their political leaders in a relationship with a lobby for War.

Check out more about the New York Protest and Support the AIPAC 10.
 

We Need your help Now.
Stop AIPAC aims to oppose the militaristic agenda of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and replace it with an agenda based on human rights, respect for international law, and support for peace based on justice for all. 

This will be a wonderful way to start out the new year...AIPAC'S annual budget is a whopping $100 million.  Ours is ... much less. So YOUR donation, even a modest one, can make all the difference.
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Front of 2009 No to Warmakers T-Shirt When journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at George W. Bush, he spoke for billions of us who oppose war makers of all kinds - from politicians to political lobbies. What better way to express our outrage than this T-Shirt featuring an original drawing by Jos Sances of the famous Shoe incident. On the back of the shirt is  the phrase "Protest AIPAC  Lobby for War" with our website address (and a union logo!). Wear yours proudly at the next protest.

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Video: Israeli Ambassador in Sweden gets a shoe thrown at him and the shoe hits its target.

Israeli Ambassador in Sweden gets a shoe thrown at him and the shoe hits its target.
 
A shoe was thrown at Israel's Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Benny Dagan, when He was giving a speech at Stockholm University today. The shoe hit its target. It was followed by two books and a note pad, all hitting the severely embarrassed ambassador.
The two protesters, a young woman and a young man, shouted "Murderers!" And "Intifada!" while pelting Dagan with the objects. They are currently under arrest, suspected of assault and public disturbance. The lecture was organized by the Foreign policy association at Stockholm University. The Ambassador was supposed to talk about the upcoming Elections in Israel, but turned quickly to issues of Hamas and Iran and developed a lengthy defense for Israel's recent actions in the Gaza Strip. Some 20 minutes into the lecture, a woman stood up in the audience, threw a red shoe at the ambassador and shouted "Murderers!". The shoe hit Dagan in his stomach. Another protester then joined in and hurled two books and a note pad. Dagan was dumbstruck and paralyzed, but returned to his lecture shortly after a few minutes, only to face shouts and other verbal protests from the audience. The meeting ended in chaos, while the two protestors were taken to custody.
 
 
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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict How Israel manipulates and distorts American public perceptions Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.

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