Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Relentless Courage: Cynthia McKinney Fights The Zio-Nazis

The Person of the Year was not Barack Obama. It's Cynthia McKinney!

Huzzah, Sailor. Liberation looks just like you, not the President-Elect.

Cynthia McKinney: Oh What a Day!
Submitted by davidswanson on Wed, 2008-12-31 20:50. Israel

By Cynthia McKinney

Oh What a Day!

I'm so glad that my father told me to buy a special notebook and to write everything down because that's exactly what I did.

When we left from Cyprus, one reporter asked me "are you afraid?" And I had to respond that Malcolm X wasn't afraid; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn't afraid. But little did I know that just a few hours later, I would be recollecting my life and mentally preparing myself for death.

When we left Cyprus, the Mediterranean was beautiful. I remember the time when it might have been beautiful to look at, but it was also filthy. The Europeans have taken great strides to clean it up and yesterday, it was beautiful. And the way the sunlight hit the sea, I remember thinking to myself that's why they call it azure. It was the most beautiful blue.

But sometimes it was rough, and we got behind on our schedule. We stayed on course, however, despite the roughness of the water and due to our exquisite captain.

There were no other ships or boats around us and night descended upon us all rather quickly. It was the darkest black and suddenly, out of nowhere, came searchlights disturbing our peace. The searchlights stayed with us for about half an hour or so. We knew they were Israeli ships. Who else would they be?

They were fast, and they would come close and then drop back. And then, they'd come close again. And then, all of a sudden there was complete blackness once again and all seemed right. The cat and mouse game went on for at least one half hour. What were they doing? And why?

Calm again. Black sky, black sea. Peace. And then, at that very moment, when all seemed right, out of nowhere we were rammed and rammed again and rammed again the last one throwing me off the couch, sending all our food up in the air; and all the plastic bags and tubs--evidence of sea sicknesses among the crew and passengers--flew all over the cabin and all over us. We'd been rammed by the Israelis. How did we know? Because they called us on the phone afterwards to tell us that we were engaging in subversive, terroristic activity. And if that if we didn't turn around right then and return to Larnaca, Cyprus, we would be fired upon. We quickly grabbed our lifevests and put them on. Then the captain announced that the boat was taking on water. We might have to evacuate. One of my mates told me to prepare to die. And I reflected that I have lived a good and full life. I have tasted freedom and know what it is. I was right with myself and my decision to join the Free Gaza movement.

I remembered my father's parting words, "You all will be sitting ducks." Just like the U.S.S. Liberty. We were engaged in peaceful activity, a harmless pleasure boat, carrying a load of hospital supplies for the people of Gaza, who, too are sitting ducks, currently being bombarded in aerial assault by the Israeli military.

It's been a long day for us. The captain was outstanding. Throughout it all, he remained stoic and calm, effective in every way. I didn't know how to put my life jacket on. One of the passengers kindly assisted me. Another of the passengers pointed out that the Israeli motors for those huge, fast boats was U.S. made--a gift to them from the U.S. And now they were using those motors to damage a pleasure boat outfitted with three tons of hospital supplies, one pediatrician, and two surgeons.

I have called for President-elect Obama to say something. The Palestinian people in the Gaza strip are seeing the worst violence in 60 years, it is being reported. To date, President-elect Obama has remained silent. The Israelis are using weapons supplied to them by the U.S. government. Strict enforcement of U.S. law would require the cessation of all weapons transfers to Israel. Adherence to international law would require the same. As we are about to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, let us remember that he said:

1. The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, and
2. Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter.

I implore the President-elect to not send Congress a budget that contains more weapons for Israel. We have so much more to offer. And I implore the Congress to vote "no" on any budget and appropriation bills that provide more weapons transfers, period.

Israel is able to carry out these intense military maneuvers because taxpayers in the U.S. give their hard-earned money to our Representatives in Congress and our Congress chooses to spend that money in this way. Let's stop it and stop it now. There's been too much blood shed. And while we still walk among the living, let us not remain silent about the things that matter.

We really can promote peace and have it if we demand it of our leaders.

"The shock, awe and heart attacks that followed Madoff's confession that he was 'running a Ponzi scheme' drew as much anger for the money lost and the fall from the moneyed class as for the embarrassment of knowing that the world's biggest exploiters and smartest swindlers on Wall Street, were completely 'taken' by one of their own. Not only did they suffer big losses but their self-image of themselves as rich because they are so smart and of 'superior stock' was utterly shattered: They saw themselves as suffering the same fate as all the schmucks they had previously swindled, exploited and dispossessed in their climb to the top. There is nothing worse for the ego of a respectable swindler than to be trumped by a bigger swindler. As a result, a number of the biggest losers have so far refused to give their names or the amount they lost, working instead through lawyers fighting off other losers."
--James Petras

"And advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool."
--PNAC, Rebuilding America's Defenses, p. 60

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy."
--Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in our Time

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Race War Criminal Charlie Brennan: Rape of Iraq "Ride of My Life"

Inveterate coward and shameless race war criminal Charlie Brennan says goodbye to his former Rocky Mountain News pals in the comment section of "I Want My Rocky," the website Rocky Mountain News employees have set up to mourn their impending unemployment as the paper faces imminent extinction. Ever the self-absorbed opportunist, Brennan proudly lauds his own ugly careerism, including his imperialistic embedded reporting, which helped beat the war drums for Amerika's white supremacist invasion and occupation of Iraq.

But self-proclaimed Quaker pacifist Charlie Brennan ran away from that murderous endeavor as soon as the Iraqi Resistance started firing back. He has always maintained that it was because of a promise he made to his wife and daughter, but clearly self-preservation and a fear of karmic consequences led the ink-stained thug to flee the genocidal horrors of the race war he helped enable.

Funny, though. Nowhere in the comment section tribute to himself does the little narcissistic wanker and needy cipher mention the Ward Churchill smear campaign he once led. Well... led that is until he was FIRED by Rocky editor John Temple from said campaign for bias. The reason? He sent over one hundred psuedo-amourous letters to an unnamed Mystery Lady - very likely in an attempt to seduce her into giving up dirt on Colorado AIM and Churchill. Read the screamingly awful letters at The Brennan Files.

Like the calculating flim flam man he is, Charlie's already jumped fascist ship for the hate-TV bloviating of Fox 31 News, which itself will face likely extinction should the FCC ever decide to allow a la carte programming for cable subscribers. Only forced bundling of channels by cable companies is saving these untalented hacks as it is. Otherwise, how many people would really choose to watch them?

Regardless of Fox 31 News' fate, Brennan's career continues to circle the drain; his embarrassingly bad frippery - the "Week in Politics with Charlie Brennan" - was mercifully cancelled in August.

Jeez Fox. Courtesy flush already! I'm sick of stinking up my blog with this loathsome liar's slow but much deserved spiral to oblivion.

The tedious, self-absorbed comment:

Charlie Brennan said:

I came to Colorado to be part of the Rocky family in 1984, seduced by the mountains, the lifestyle, then-state editor Rob Reuteman, then-city editor John Baron, and excitement over the revelation that there was civilization, of a sort, west of the Mississippi.

The institution provided me with the ride of my life, everything from a trip to the Peruvian rain forests, to witnessing firsthand the tragic launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, to the JonBenet Ramsey saga to the invasion of Iraq. I hoped and believed all along that I was part of providing something of value to the community. I know without question that the Rocky experience gave my life a sense of enrichment it would have been hard to equal elsewhere.

The Iraq experience was memorable also in that it proved the humanity of the people I was working for. Despite the high cost of sending me there, when concern about my own safety and a promise I’d made to my family led me to decide to come home early, Deb Goeken and John Temple didn’t hestitate in saying, thanks for your good work, come on home. I’m still grateful for that level of understanding and compassion from my employers. And it exemplifies the level to which the Rocky always was, and remains a family.

I left the paper in body early in ‘07, but after 20-plus years there, it has never left my heart. I’m pulling for all you guys, and gals, in the days to come.

# 29 December 2008 at 9:29 am

Really, Rocky scribes. Charles cares for you all like family, even though he long since abandoned you for a job at Fox News. No, truly. He's rootin' for ya. With all his diseased little hustler's heart.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wall Street Swindler Strikes Powerful Blows for Social Justice

"In a few days, one individual, Bernard Madoff, has struck a bigger blow against global financial capital, Wall Street and the US Zionist Lobby/Israel-First Agenda than the entire US and European left combined over the past half century! He has been more successful in reducing vast wealth disparities in New York than all the white, black, Christian and Jewish, reform and mainline Democratic and Republican governors and Mayors over the past two centuries."

The rich eating the rich. I should sell tickets!

Now which of you greedy fucks wants to be the Biggest Loser? C'mon. Get some!

Madoff Stikes Powerful Blows for Social Justice
Madoff’s investment fund only dealt with a limited clientele of multi-millionaire and billionaires who kept their funds in for the long haul; the occasional withdrawal were limited in amount and were easily covered by soliciting new funds from new investors fighting to have access to Madoff’s money management. The long-term big investors looked toward passing their investments to their kin or eventual retirement. The wealthy lawyers, dentists, surgeons, distinguished Ivy league professors and others who might need to draw from their funds for an occasional fancy wedding or celebrity-studded bar-mitzvah, could draw from their funds because Madoff had no problem covering the withdrawal by attracting funds from rich owners of sweat shop garment factories, dangerous meat packing outfits and slumlords.

Madoff was no Robin Hood, his philanthropic and charity contributions facilitated access to the rich and wealthy who served on the boards of the recipient institutions and proved that he was ‘one of them’ a kind of super-rich ‘intimate’ of the same elite class. The shock, awe and heart attacks that followed Madoff’s confession that he was ‘running a Ponzi scheme’ drew as much anger for the money lost and the fall from the moneyed class as for the embarrassment of knowing that the world’s biggest exploiters and smartest swindlers on Wall Street, were completely ‘taken’ by one of their own.

Not only did they suffer big losses but their self-image of themselves as rich because they are so smart and of ‘superior stock’ was utterly shattered: They saw themselves as suffering the same fate as all the schmucks they had previously swindled, exploited and dispossessed in their climb to the top. There is nothing worse for the ego of a respectable swindler than to be trumped by a bigger swindler. As a result, a number of the biggest losers have so far refused to give their names or the amount they lost, working instead through lawyers fighting off other losers.
Read the rest...

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

My Big Beautiful Greek Riots

Athens' giant Christmas tree burns in front of the Greek parliament in Athens December 8, 2008. Protesters set fire to a major department store in central Athens and torched the city's giant Christmas tree outside parliament as anti-government protests worsened. (REUTERS/John Kolesidis)

"Merry Crisis and Happy New Fear" - Anarcho-Greek graffiti.

Capitalist Greece Burns In 37 Gorgeous Photos

Pigs on fire
Xmas trees in flames
Thousands marching
Bank windows smashed
Outraged women screaming
Molotov cocktails flying
Youth attacking
Ana-Archons winning!

Burn, Baby, Burn!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Freedom! Lance Hering Released By His Marine Captors

In a final, punitive act, the white power gangbanging cult that is the United States Marine Corps shaved Lance Herring's long, blond hair almost to the scalp, but they did not imprison him for refusing to return to the racist slaughter that is Amerika's invasion of Iraq.

Huzzah! Lance. Well done. May your still-captive brother Brendan learn to find the same humanity in himself that you and your father have.

Welcome home. I look forward to meeting you.

Lance Cpl. Lance Hering leaves the building after his court-martial hearing at Camp Pendleton on Friday. His parents, Elynne and Lloyd Hering, follow. Photo by Matt MCclain / The Rocky

Hero Marine Released By His Captors
"I believe it's not surprising that my son was torn by the war in Iraq," he said.

Lance was born in Saudi Arabia, he said, where he and his wife taught English. He spent 11 of his first 13 years there, where his friends were Middle Eastern boys in his Scout troop and on his soccer team, where he looked up to the American military men and women he saw.

Then Lance Hering found himself in Iraq, in an infantry unit, fighting soldiers who looked like his childhood friends.

Lloyd Hering told of how quiet Lance was when he came home on leave in the summer of 2006, how distant he was, and of his growing understanding of PTSD.

"I did not recognize it in myself many years ago when I returned from my service in Vietnam, and my family has paid a price for that," he said.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Get Some! Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes At Bush

Take that you useless, genocidal, inbred, white supremacist fucker!!!

Talk about yer Highway to the Danger Zone. Now THAT's real journalism in action.

Calling all journos. Put down yer pens and throw yer shoes!!!

(It's not like newspapers have jobs for you anyway.)

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Burn Baby Burn! Palin's Christo-Facist Church Set Alight

Just when I thought it could not be a better week to be a Fire Witch, here comes more good news.

Remember, if this fascist nutter had been elected, she'd have burned us all for witches:

Gov. Palin's home church damaged by arson
Associated Press

Published December 13, 2008 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated December 13, 2008 at 8:02 p.m.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin's home church was badly damaged by arson, leading the governor to apologize if the fire was connected to "undeserved negative attention" from her failed campaign as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Damage to the Wasilla Bible Church was estimated at $1 million, authorities said Saturday. No one was injured in the fire, which was set Friday night while a handful of people, including two children, were inside, according to Central Mat-Su Fire Chief James Steele.

He said the blaze was being investigated as an arson but didn't know of any recent threats to the church. Authorities didn't know whether Palin's connection to the church was relevant to the fire, Steele said.

"It's hard to say at this point. Everything is just speculation," he said. "We have no information on intent or motive."

Steele would not comment on the means used to set the fire.

Pastor Larry Kroon declined to say whether the church had received any recent threats.

"There are so many variables," he said. "I don't want to comment in that direction."

Palin, who was not at the church at the time of the fire, stopped by Saturday. Her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said in a statement that Palin told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire was connected to the "undeserved negative attention" the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate Aug. 29.

"Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good," McAllister said.

The 1,000-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named John McCain's running mate. Early in Palin's campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Focus on the Family "Love Won Out Conference" in Anchorage. The conference promised to "help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome."

The fire was set at the entrance of the church and moved inward as a small group of women were working on crafts, Steele said. The group was alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm.

Outside temperatures were minus 20 as firefighters battled the blaze.

Steele said a multi-agency task force was being assembled to investigate the fire.

Wasilla, the governor's hometown, is 40 miles north of Anchorage.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

And Even MORE Pigs Get Some

Yes, our oppressors are human, if only because they can be made to bleed.

Not a great week for the pigs, aye?

They've been set on fire in Greece...

... and now blown up in Oregon.

Great job, genius, on picking up the bomb and carrying it INTO the bank! You are my nominee for the 2008 Darwin Award. Clearly, stupid is as stupid does.

Get some!

Bomb at a Bank in Oregon Kills 2 Uniformed Thugs, Chief Pig In Critical Condition
Published: December 13, 2008

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — A bomb explosion at a bank killed a police officer and a state bomb disposal technician, and state police did not have any suspects, officials said Saturday.

“That person is dangerous and needs to be found as soon as possible,” said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police.

The explosion occurred Friday afternoon at a West Coast Bank branch in Woodburn, about 30 miles south of Portland.

The police went to check on a telephoned bomb threat received by a Wells Fargo bank branch in the center of town and found a suspicious device that turned out to be harmless. But the police said the investigation led them to the nearby West Coast office where the bomb was found.

The police would not discuss a possible motive for the bombing. Lieutenant Hastings said he did not know of any grudges against the West Coast Bank, a statement echoed by its president and chief executive, Robert Sznewajs.

“We’re not aware of anything,” Mr. Sznewajs said.

Police Capt. Tom Tennant and Senior Trooper William Hakim, both 51, died at the scene. Captain Tennant was a 28-year veteran of the Woodburn Police Department, and Trooper Hakim, a bomb technician, had been with the force for 11 years.

Woodburn’s police chief, Scott Russell, 46, was injured. Chief Russell, who has been with the Police Department for two decades, was in critical condition but stable at a Portland hospital.

State police said the inside of the bank was extensively damaged, and a female employee was treated at a hospital and released. Another bank employee was uninjured.

Lieutenant Hastings declined to describe the bomb in detail but indicated it was powerful. A bank employee found the bomb in bushes outside, and it exploded after officers took it inside.

Lieutenant Hastings said he did not know why the officers took the bomb inside.

Federal authorities said Saturday that they were offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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Three Pigs Charged With Baton Rape Of Man

The pigs accused in the case are white, Black, and Latino. The survivor is Black.

It will surprise few, and certainly not women, that all kinds of men use sexualized violence to terrify other men into submission. Despite its overwhelming perception as a heterosexual crime done by men to women, rape is an act of degradation that is NEVER limited by sexual orientation. Fuckers are fuckers. If they think it proves their masculinity to use sexualized violence to harm a woman, why not a man?

Men rape.

Just ask a prisoner.

Men rape.

Do you think this statement is meant to warn only women?

Ecowarrior feminist Lierre Keith, in an interview touching on many aspects of patriarchy, has this to say to men who can be its victims as well as its beneficiaries:

I'm going to end with a comment addressed specifically to any men who are still reading this. You can be traitors to your class. You don't have to be good soldiers, good Germans. You can shift your loyalties. You can learn to identify with women. It's even to your benefit to do so. Growing up, I saw what happened to turn my brother from a child into a boy and then into a man. It was brutal. Male socialization is pretty ghastly. And as long as there is war, the rich, old men will sacrifice the young men on the altar of power and profit. Men may not be defined a priori as victims, as fuckable, like women are, but you can be fucked. 1 in 11 boys are sexually abused. That's a lot of abuse. As long as domination is eroticized, as long as violence and violation constitute masculinity, you aren't free either. My question is: how many of you will face that and cast your lot with us?

Huzzah! to Mr. Mineo for his courage to speak out against his attackers.

Three Officers Charged in Brooklyn Assault
The New York Times

December 10, 2008

Three police officers were charged on Tuesday for their roles in the alleged assault of a 24-year-old body piercer on a busy Brooklyn subway platform in October. One officer, Richard Kern, who is accused of sodomizing the man with his baton, faces the most serious charge, aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree.

The two other officers, Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales, were charged with hindering prosecution and official misconduct.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced the indictments at news conference several hours after the three officers surrendered, detailing the accusations and disclosing the charges by the grand jury that painted a chilling picture of police brutality and subsequent cover-up. The officers were arraigned later in the day.

Prosecutors had asked that Officer Kern’s bail be set at $50,000, but the judge put it at $15,000. Officers Morales and Cruz were released on their own recognizance.

The victim, Michael Mineo, attended the arraignment of the officers on Tuesday. Mr. Mineo, who was wearing thick wooden rosary beads around his neck, a diamond stud in his left ear and low slung pants, gave a victory punch to the air when the arraignment ended.

Emerging afterward with his two lawyers, Stephen Jackson and Kevin O. Mosley, Mr. Mineo said that his injuries still caused him pain.

"I relive this every day," he said. "I move my bowels, I’m in pain."

Mr. Mineo said he felt a wide range of emotions, including hatred towards the officers, and that he was pleased they were indicted. “I looked them straight in the face, they couldn’t look at me,” he said..

Mr. Mineo had claimed that he had been sodomized by Officer Kern’s police baton on Oct. 15, after a chase onto the crowded subway station.

Officer Kern, 25, who could face up to 25 years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse if convicted, was also charged with assault in the first degree as well as other felonies. Officer Morales, 26, was also charged with offering a false instrument and falsifying business records.

“They tried to make this thing go away,” Mr. Hynes said.

The police department was initially criticized for not taking Mr. Mineo’s accusations seriously. When the police officers did not cooperate, Mr. Hynes empaneled a grand jury on Oct. 28. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly disciplined the officers involved by placing them on modified assignment on Nov. 3.

“The initial report was one of disbelief," Mr. Hynes said at the news conference. "But it was soon changed because of the evidence."

Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman said the department’s investigation was aggressive in locating additional records, reviewing hours of videotape, examining MetroCard records and retaining equipment for DNA testing.

Before the arrest, Mr. Hynes said, Mr. Mineo had allegedly been smoking marijuana, threw the cigarette to the ground and, after being questioned by Officers Kern and Morales, fled into the subway station.

Mr. Hynes said that officers Kern, Morales and Cruz then subdued Mr. Mineo, who was lying face down near the token booth.

Mr. Mineo said it was then that Officer Kern shoved his retractable baton into his anus.

“Mineo’s screams that he had been violated were heard by several civilian witnesses,” Mr. Hynes said. “It is alleged that Mineo’s complaints, that he was bleeding from his rectum, were ignored by the police officers.”

The district attorney said Officer Kern issued Mr. Mineo a summons for disorderly conduct, which was found to be defective because it was backdated to January.

According to an assistant district attorney, Charles Guria, who laid out more details at the arraignment, Officer Kern warned Mr. Mineo repeatedly not to go to the hospital or to a police precinct or else he would be charged with a felony. Officer Morales was in earshot when that warning occurred, the assistant district attorney said.

After the incident, Mr. Mineo was treated at Brookdale University Hospital, which called the police Internal Affairs Bureau. Police investigators interviewed Mr. Mineo that night and notified the district attorney’s office. For six weeks, the jury heard testimony from approximately 20 witnesses, and was presented with forensic evidence.

Mr. Hynes credited two officers who were witnesses to the incident, Noel Jugraj of the 71st Precinct, and Kevin Maloney, a transit officer, for ultimately testifying.

Officer Maloney, who assisted in subduing Mr. Mineo, testified that Officer Kern touched Mr. Mineo’s buttocks with his baton. He waited several days before reporting what he saw, however, and police officials have said that other witnesses initially questioned by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau did not see an assault.

My. Hynes confirmed that the witnesses did not see an assault, though they did say they heard Mr. Mineo’s screams.

Officer Cruz, 26, and Officer Morales were not charged with assault. But, as Mr. Hynes added, “It’s clear if they made any attempt to stop this, they wouldn’t be in hot water.”

Stuart London, the attorney for Officer Cruz, said: “The charges against my client are predicated on him knowing a crime was committed. My client never knew a crime was committed, so the whole case against him falls like a house of cards.”

Carlos Cruz, the father of Officer Cruz, said he believed his son innocent. “My son is a man who represents the law, who never did anything wrong, and he is not an abuser,” Mr. Cruz said in Spanish. “This is a miscarriage of justice.”

The president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, said in a statement: "An indictment is nothing more than an accusation and police enjoy the same presumption of innocence as everyone else. Police do a tough and dangerous job everyday and we have earned the benefit of a doubt with our blood and sacrifice. No one should come to any conclusions before all the evidence is heard."

Cara Buckley, Ann Farmer and Mick Meenan contributed reporting.

Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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Statement From Greek Anarchists

Hey, Pig. Get Some!

A riot policeman in flames runs to escape during a riot in Athens December 12, 2008. Greek students hurled firebombs and stones at police outside parliament on Friday, in a seventh day of violence over the police killing of a teenager that has threatened Greece's government.
REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE)

The letter below comes via the All Nations Alliance list and was translated by Pavlos Stavropoulos.

The following statement was issued by a group of Greek anarchists and anti-authoritarians in the southern suburbs of Athens. This is in the area (Ag. Dimitrios) where there has been a takeover of the local City Hall. The takeover, now in its second day, has received significant local support. Last night, a popular assembly was attended by over 300 people. The takeover has also been supported by a statement from the Association of Employees of the City Hall of Ag. Dimitrios and many of these employees are helping to guard the building from a police attack.

The translation of the statement was done very quickly and I take responsibility for any mistakes. I have added some notes to explain some references.


The evening of Saturday December 6, 2008, a murderer pulled out his gun and executed in cold blood a citizen, Alexandros. What is most tragic about this murder is that the murderer, police office by profession, killed a 16-year-old kid.

The incident occurred at Exarhia, at the intersection of Tzavella and Mesologgi Streets. At a place where any one of us could have been. At a place that could have been at any neighborhood. The eyewitnesses of the incident state that the murder was precedent by a simple verbal incident. But the Macho Greek Murderer could not stand the insult and pulled the gun. And he executed. In cold blood.

This murder is neither an accident nor an isolated incident. It is one more link in a endless series of murderous attacks of the various departments of the police. Let us not forget the murder of the Pakistani immigrant at Petrou Ralli Street(1), while he was waiting in line to apply for asylum (in a line that the state itself had told him to wait). Let us not forget that recently a woman was murdered in Leukimmi(2), from actions of the MAT(3) against the XYTA(4) establishment in their area. The list, unfortunately, is endless. Let us not forget the torture by police officers in police stations and prisons. Let us not forget the in effect murderous behavior of the instruments of order, with infinite chemicals [tear gas, etc.], flash and stun grenades, shootings, beatings, in every instance when people get out in the streets, during strikes, during student and local actions (it has not been very long since the police drowned the entire area around the KYT(5) of Argiroupoli and beat up mercilessly neighbors of ours). This is their function. Let us not delude ourselves. To beat up and murder so that their message gets through "we and the bosses are the the law, whoever resist will be beat up mercilessly, and then some."

And who are their bosses? Is it maybe the stockholders of the banks? Is it maybe the stockholders of the chain stores? Is it the president of EBEA(6)? Is it maybe all those who demand more work from us, for less money and less security? Is it maybe all those who get rich charging interest while thousands despair? Is it maybe those who profiteer, both against us and the producers, with the prices they set in the supermarkets for basic goods? Is it maybe those who during the periods of fat cows make huge profits and when things get rough they lay off workers and cut wages? Well then, it is logical for the popular rage to be directed at them. They talk of material damages while there is one more death. If private property is the only thing that interests them, then those who rebel are justified. We must comprehend than when the horror doesn't wake up consciences, then unfortunately the smell of the burnt is necessary.

In the midst of all this and the developing uprising, is it possible to not take a stand? Can we stand with those who always ask for "order and calm"? Who even during the [Nazi] occupation and the junta the only thing they wanted to do was to "mind their own business and live their lives"? Who always see "provocation" and "known unknowns"(7)? Who see conspiracies behind every social movement they don't control, accustomed to being "leaders" behind closed doors? Let us not be deceived that every time the events concern the "strikers", the "students", the "youth". These days it is the people who are in the streets, without "central administrations", "instructors" or "enlightened vanguards". The means used are decided freely by each participant in the insurrection. This concerns us as much as the residents of Exarhia, who faced with the so called "cat and mouse vendetta between anarchists and police", took a stand. Over the weekend they were throwing flower pots from their balconies and demanded the removal of the MAT squads and the cessation of the use of chemicals [i.e. tear-gas]. They took a stand, they didn't look the other way. They took a stand against state repression. All of us therefore must take a stand. We must counterpose in action our refusal to the imposition of the regime of terror and the police state.


Initiative of anarchists and anti-authoritarians from the southern suburbs

1. At an Immigration Office. Police attacked immigrants standing in line under the pretext of "maintaining order." A 24-year old Pakistani was fatally injured. At least 14 others were injured.
2. During a demonstration against the local landfill police clubbed a16-year old who was driving his motorcycle. He crashed into a 43-year old pregnant woman who died days later of head injuries.
3. Μονάδες Αποκαταστασης Ταξης , literally Units for the Restoration of Order. They are the Greek Police's riot units
4. Χώροι Υγειονομικής Ταφής, literally Places for Sanitary Burial, aka the landfill.
5. Κέντρο Υπερυψηλής Τάσης, Super High Voltage Station
6. Εμπορικό και Βιομηχανικό Επιμελητήριο Αθηνών, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry
7. "γνωστοί άγνωστοι" Media, state and police reference to anarchists and other militant protesters. Implying that they are known to the police but are not arrested for unknown reasons. Similar to the phrase "usual suspects" but it refers specifically, and conspiratorially, to anarchists.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Got Friendly Fire?

This friendly fire video comes courtesy of Salon magazine, and quite frankly, I believe the only reason it is getting the play that it has, is because those left dead and mutilated by a friendly fire incident in Ramadi, Iraq are men of color.

Still, worth watching to see the white cowboys' racist arrogance and murderous glee turn to panic as the tank they were cheering on to genocide turns and fires on them.

Helmet cam man, Sergeant Robison wanted to record himself and his buddies in a firefight "fucking shit up." Instead, Pfc Nelson gets his leg blown off and Pfc Suarez-Gonzalez gets killed.

Heh. Get some!

Unedited helmet cam footage (3rd video on page)

Oct. 14, 2008 | Helmet-cam footage from Ramadi, Iraq

On the afternoon of Dec. 4, 2006, Pfc. Albert Nelson was wounded and Pfc. Roger Suarez-Gonzalez was killed during an exchange of fire in "building #2" close to the south bank of the Euphrates River in Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq. This video, which was recorded from the point of view of the men in building #2 that day, appears to show an American tank firing on them, followed by an attempt to assign official blame for the death of Suarez and the injuries to Nelson to Iraqi insurgents firing mortars. Nelson later died of his wounds.

The video comes from a camera mounted on the helmet of Sgt. 1st Class Jack Robison, who donned it to record a firefight in progress. The footage begins with Robison in a courtyard attached to building #2. The original video was 52 minutes and 38 seconds long; Salon has abridged it to show the alleged friendly fire incident and its aftermath, including exchanges between Robison and a commanding officer as to whether or not a U.S. tank fired on the building, and the comments of other soldiers in the house who say they saw the tank fire at their position. The video shows Pfc. Nelson receiving medical attention for his left leg, which was severed in the blast. At the request of Nelson's family, we have blurred his image throughout. It includes graphic violence and profanity. The video can be viewed in its entirety below, albeit with Nelson's image obscured.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Israeli Settlers To March Through Arab Town

Like the Orange parades in the North of Ireland, or the Columbus Day parade in Denver, Occupation settlers celebrating hate speech and genocide plan to march through an Arab town.

Hebron Settlers Take Their Fight into Israel
Jonathan Cook

Nazareth, December 5, 2008

Extremist settler groups currently involved in violent confrontations with Palestinians in the centre of Hebron have chosen their next battleground, this time outside the West Bank.

A far-right group know as the Jewish National Front, closely associated with the Hebron settlers, is preparing to march through one of the main Arab towns in northern Israel. The march, approved by the Supreme Court back in October, is scheduled to take place on December 15, the group announced this week.

The police are expecting to deploy thousands of officers to prevent trouble, and have limited the number of Front members participating to 100. The march will not enter the heart of the city, say police, though it is not yet clear whether Front members will be allowed to carry the guns most have been issued as settlers.

The Front says it will wave Israeli flags in what the group has dubbed a demonstration of "Jewish Pride" through Umm al-Fahm, home to nearly 45,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel.

The Front’s main platform is the expulsion of all Palestinians from what it calls "Greater Israel", which also includes the West Bank and Gaza. It skates close to illegality with veiled suggestions that Palestinian citizens of Israel should also be ethnically cleansed.

"We will march through Umm al-Fahm with flags to send everyone a message that the Land of Israel belongs to us," Baruch Marzel, the Front’s leader, declared.

The move has aroused furious opposition from local residents and the leadership of the Palestinian minority. Jamal Zahalka, an Arab member of the parliament, called the court decision a "legitimization of racism": "We will use our right of protest and defend Umm al-Fahm from these fascists and racists."

Read the rest...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday Song: Dirty Laundry

In light of the fabulous news this week that the Rocky Mountain News will soon be no more, a song dedication for the race war shilling rag's oh-so-nearly unemployed liars.

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down

We all know that crap is king
Give us dirty laundry


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Busted! Bankrupt Rocky Mountain News For Sale

File photo: December 12, 2005. AIM and Allies protest at the Rocky Mountain News.

Some quick lowlights from the morally and now financially bankrupt Rocky Mountain News:

Enabled the illegal and genocidal war against Iraq.

Criminalized indigenous migrants as "illegals."

Supported the Columbus Day Parade.

Trivialized the essential and essentialized the trivial.

Lied about Ward Churchill, Colorado AIM, and Vine Deloria.

Lied about Earth Liberation Front ecowarriors.

Spent years being little more than the Ramsey Mountain News, pimping JonBenet kiddie porn while completely ignoring missing and exploited children of color.

Gave rabid racist mouthpieces like Vince Carroll a forum.

Afflicted the afflicted and comforted the comfortable.

And on and on and on.

The only good thing the Rocky ever did was fire Charlie Brennan from its own Ward Churchill smear campaign for bias. Flamed out in disgrace, Quaker Pacifist (neo) liberal Brennan ran all the way to Fox 31 News to lick his schizophrenic, self-inflicted wounds. Count the number of times this jaw-droppingly untalented hack flubs his lines in any given live broadcast and you've got a hell of a drinking game. Hard to believe, but now the only thing lower than Charlie's character is E.W. Scripps' stock!

Back in May, E.W. Scripps (SSP) was trading at $146.38. Today it is $2.32.

Sweet Jesus, karma never felt so good. I heart bankruptcy.

Rocky Mountain News For Sale

Scripps to Seek Buyer for Rocky Mountain News
Thursday December 4, 1:38 pm ET
50 percent interest in Denver Newspaper Agency also for sale

CINCINNATI, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The E.W. Scripps Company has decided to offer for sale its Denver-based daily newspaper, The Rocky Mountain News, as well as the newspaper's 50-percent interest in the Denver Newspaper Agency, which publishes the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post under a joint operating agreement (JOA).

Scripps bought the Rocky Mountain News, which is Colorado's first newspaper and the state's oldest continuously operated business, in 1926. After a decades-long circulation war, the newspaper in 2001 entered into the JOA with The Denver Post, which is owned by MediaNews Group.

The Denver Newspaper Agency manages the business and production operations of the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. Through subsidiaries, Scripps and MediaNews Group each have a 50-percent stake in DNA but maintain separate and independent editorial operations.

"The decision to seek a buyer for The Rocky would have been unthinkable until very recently," said Rich Boehne, president and chief executive officer of Scripps, "but the operating conditions have become increasingly difficult in Denver, as is the case in all major metropolitan newspaper markets. Our 50 percent share of the cash flow generated by the Denver Newspaper Agency is no longer enough to support The Rocky, leaving us with no choice but to seek an exit."

The Scripps paper's share of the operating income (accounted for as "equity earnings") from the Denver Newspaper Agency fell more than 50 percent to $5 million in the first nine months of 2008 (excluding the one-time gain of $4.4 million from the sale of property). Rocky Mountain News editorial expenses in the same period approached $16 million.

In addition to the challenge of funding the two daily newspapers, the Denver Newspaper Agency also has approximately $130 million in long-term debt resulting from a recently completed consolidation of production facilities.

Scripps is working with New York-based Broadwater & Associates in the search for a buyer. The company intends to entertain offers through mid-January 2009. If no acceptable offers emerge in the course of that period, the company will examine its other options for the future of the Rocky Mountain News and its interest in the Denver Newspaper Agency.

"Some will be tempted to immediately write the obituary of The Rocky, but we're hoping this step will open the way for a creative solution to the financial challenges faced by Denver's great newspapers," said Boehne. "The loyal readers and advertisers of Denver deserve the very best and we'll work hard to find a solution that benefits this great city."

Scripps will continue to support The Rocky financially while a buyer is being sought. No changes are anticipated in the daily paper or its digital service,

Prairie Mountain Publishing, another partnership between Scripps and MediaNews Group entities involving newspapers elsewhere in Colorado, and, a print and online initiative of the Denver Newspaper Agency providing hyperlocal news content for communities in Colorado and elsewhere, are unaffected by today's announcement.

About Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse, 130-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers, local news and information web sites, and licensing and syndication. The company's portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 10 TV stations (six ABC affiliates, three NBC affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 15 markets and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service; and United Media, the licensor and syndicator of Peanuts, Dilbert and approximately 150 other features and comics. For a full listing of Scripps media companies and their associated Web sites, visit

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Urgent: Support Needed For Black Mesa

Hi all,
I am sending this out to all! Please let your communities and organizations know what they can do to support in solidarity of Black Mesa.

We urgently need help preparing for the arrival of our guests and for Mondays action in Denver: Street medics, legal observers, video and audio people are needed, media contacts & outreach to mobilize our community youth, making flyers, text messaging and emailing. We will need help making signs and banners on Sunday for Monday's rally. We also need help cooking, set up and clean up preparation for Sunday and Mondays' dinner for Black Mesa guests. We also need help finding some extra backup housing and gathering monetary donations for gas for transporting the elders, money or checks should be given directly to Black Mesa Water Coalition. Please! Please! Please! spread the word and let's start mobilizing now! We need everyone's help and assistance at this time. Get a hold of your media contacts, write letters, and start making calls on Monday to O.S.M.

For more information about supporting Black Mesa in Denver, please call me at 303.513.9207/ cell. To contact Black Mesa Water Coalition, please use the contact numbers at the end of this email in red.

I appreciate all of you out there who have already given so much support! This fight is not just for the Indigenous people of Black Mesa but also for all future generations to come!

More info will follow soon!


Navajo and Hopi communities under threat for more coal mining on Black Mesa, Arizona

The U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) will soon release a "Record of Decision" on the "Black Mesa Project" Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This decision will determine if the now closed Black Mesa Mine will re-open more lands for coal strip mining, potentially relocate more families from Black Mesa and give Peabody Coal Company a Life-of-Mine permit to mine on Black Mesa. A "Record of Decision" in favor of Peabody Coal Company's "Black Mesa Project" would also allow the company the use of the Navajo Aquifer, which has been a center of controversy for the past 30 years and give Peabody Coal Company the right to mine untouched coal reserves indefinitely. For more information on the OSM process & the FEIS at: http://www.wrcc. wr\BlackMesaEIS. htm

Black Mesa is the ancestral homelands to thousands of Navajo and Hopi families. Black Mesa is regarded as a sacred mountain to the Navajo people and plays an integral role in the cultural survival for the future generations of both the Navajo and Hopi people. The "Black Mesa Project" will negatively impact all life that exists on Black Mesa. Coal equals pollution, water depletion, and global warming! O.S.M. has failed to let the people who will most be impacted know what is at stake and has failed to hear the concerns of residents of Black Mesa.

Support Navajo & Hopi People Going to DENVER!!
The fact that this federal agency has rushed the EIS process over the summer has alarmed Black Mesa residents to take action. If OSM doesn't want to come to our homes, answer our questions and hear our concerns, then we will go to their offices!
Please, support Navajo and Hopi people as they travel to OSM's regional headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

YOU can Support by Taking Action:
1. Join us in Denver! If you can make it to Denver or are already in Denver, please join us Monday December 8th at 10 am in front of the Office of Surface Mining building--Downtown Denver: 1999 Broadway Denver, CO 80202

2. Help us get to Denver! Many of the Navajo and Hopi people going to Denver are farmers, ranchers, elders, and grassroots people without a lot of financial resources. Any donation you can make will go a long way. An anonymous donor has graciously offered to match any donations made to get us to Denver. Visit our website: www.blackmesawaterc oalition. org to donate - any amount is greatly appreciated!
Funds will go to:
* Helping Navajo & Hopi Elders & young people rent vans & pay for gas to Denver and back to Black Mesa.
* Lodging for elders or others who are in need of lodging.
* Providing food for elders and those who are in need.

3. PLEASE e-mail, mail, or fax a letter to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and/or the U.S. Secretary of Interior. Tell OSM NOT to issue a "Life-of-Mine" permit for Peabody's "Black Mesa Project"!
Below is sample letter you can use and send to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and/or the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Addresses to send letters to:
Dennis Winterringer
Western Regional Office
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
P.O. Box 46667
Denver, CO 80201-6667
Phone: 303-844-1400, ext 1440
email: bmkeis@osmre. gov


Dirk Kempthorne
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
e-mail: webteam@ios.

for more information please call BMWC (928) 213-5909, cell# (928) 380-6296, cell # (928) 637-5281

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Dirk Kempthorne
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240

Dear Secretary Kempthorne:

I am writing to request your urgent attention and immediate action regarding a matter of highest importance to the integrity of your trust responsibility and to the credibility of the Department of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM).

I request that you direct OSM to suspend all activity on the Black Mesa Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (DOI DES 08-49, OSM-EIS-33). The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Black Mesa Project Final EIS will be announced by Dec. 7, 2008 and I strongly urge you to not give the applicant, Peabody Western Coal Company, a permit to mine more coal in Black Mesa, AZ.

OSM has rushed to approve a life-of-mine permit, first without making the permit revisions sufficiently available for public review, and then without adequate environmental review. The power plant that previously used Black Mesa Mine coal shut down, and there is no other proposed use for the coal whose mining would be permitted by OSM. As a result, there is no actual proposed project involving Black Mesa Mine coal to be analyzed, making the pending EIS not only premature, but in direct conflict with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

The current proposal would also grant the applicant continued access to Navajo Aquifer water for the life-of-mine operations. For over thirty years, Peabody Coal Company's coal-slurry operation has a depleted precious drinking water and the drying of many sacred springs to the Navajo and Hopi as a result of using the Navajo Aquifer. The Navajo Aquifer is the only source of drinking water for Black Mesa tribal residents. OSM's current proposal to grant a permit for a mine-with no potential customers-and indefinite use of water rights to the Navajo Aquifer is an affront to tribal communities, and if allowed to proceed, would be a clear failure to meet the Secretary of the Interior's trust responsibility to the people of the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation.

Thank you for your consideration,


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Enei Begaye
Co-Director, Black Mesa Water Coalition
PO Box 613 Flagstaff, AZ 86002-613
phone: (928) 213-5909
fax #: (928) 213-5905
www.blackmesawaterc oalition. org

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