NUGGETS FROM THE NUT HOUSE
Edward S. Herman
Million Dollar Minute
Tom H. Hastings
KINGS & QUEENS
Obama Crowns Himself
Masked in Gaza
Oaxaca's New Government
The People's Caucus
Defending Civil and Human Rights
The Fight for Worker Rights
Not Just About Occupying
MUSIC & BOOKS
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We are more or less leaving
The MSM may even want more of a test of their patriotic ardor and gullibility. Nineteenth century lecturer Robert Green Ingersoll used to chide his religious audiences with a story of a man seeking entry into heaven. Tested for credibility and faith by the recording secretary with the question of whether or not he believed the story of God’s use of Adam’s rib to create Eve, the seeker of entry replied that he was “sorry there weren’t harder stories in the Bible so that I could show what my faith could do.” The angel said “Give him a harp.”
The so-called Free Press shows what it can do to prove its faith on a daily basis and should have a full house of harp equivalents. They couldn’t wait for their apologies for gullibility on
In fact, we can construct an updated Ingersoll story in which David Sanger and William Broad of the New York Times must pass muster before an internal NYT award committee, whose recording angel (RA) asks them: “Did you take it as self-evident that
In this press conference, among other lies, Bush said that “our intelligence” finds that he continues “to hide chemical and biological agents to avoid detection by inspectors.” But the UN weapons inspectors of UNMOVIC, and shortly thereafter (post-invasion)
When Bush proclaimed “mission accomplished” from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, an honest media would have pointed out that the mission was a fraud from the beginning, built on a lie, and that this country should have withdrawn all of its forces and paid reparations once the lie was definitively exposed. But they didn’t do this. The media, like the politicians, just premised the
This is imperial and war-supportive apologetics at its most grotesque. Bush and company committed aggression based on a lie, but no punishment should follow for either the major UN Charter violation or the massive loss of lives from mere “clumsiness” in execution. For Packer, no doubt about Bush’s intentions flows from the proven lies or from the “selectivity” in choice of place for promoting democracy. Packer recognizes sincerity when he hears a claim by his very own president. And there is no question but that the aggressor-killer has the right to stay on in his killing fields to “spread freedom.” This reaches the limits of intellectual and moral contemptibility.
Gaining access to Iraqi oil reserves and helping
Sanctions are only to be carried out against
The Russian Election
The recent Russian election has taken a beating in the
The oligarchic political economy erected in the Yeltsin era also militated against the emergence of real democracy in the post-Yeltsin years. Yeltsin also undermined constitutional government directly with his coup of 1993 and the associated legal changes, here also with Western approval.
Yeltsin won reelection in 1996 by means of large-scale fraud, but given his devoted service to foreign and local elite interests, this joke of an election was actually lauded by the Western media as “A Victory for Russian Democracy” (NYT ed., July 4, 1996; see further “Russian Election Fraud,” Z Magazine, October 1996. On Western support for the entire devastating counter-revolution in the Yeltsin years, see Stephen Cohen, Failed Crusade:
Vladimir Putin was Yeltsin’s heir, inheriting a devastated country in 2000 where the new robbery-based oligarchy, mass poverty, and shattered welfare structure, as well as other disruptions and traditions, ensured limitations on the democratic quality of the new political order. Putin was welcomed and well treated in the West, even as he consolidated and enlarged a business oligarchic-governmental system of control, till he began to take a more nationalist stance in response to Western bullying and threats.
Edward S. Herman is an economist, media critic, and author of numerous articles and books. His latest is The Politics of Genocide (with David Peterson).
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HUMAN RIGHTS - The U.S. Human Rights Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6-8, in Atlanta, GA.
Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; email@example.com; http:// www.ushrnetwork.org/.
AFRICAN/SOCIALIST - The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party USA will be held December 7-11, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727- 821-6620; info@aps puhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.
SCHOOLS - The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will host a workshop on the DSC “Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting A Human Rights Framework for Schools” at the Mid-Hudson Region NY State Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships, December 11 in White Plains, NY.
Contact: http://www.dignityin schools.org/.
ANARCHIST/BOOKFAIR - The Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair will be held December 14, in Eureka, CA.
Contact: humboldtgrassroots @riseup.net; http://humbold tanarchist bookfair.wordpress. com/.
CLIMATE - The World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities is hosting a follow-up event to the 2012 Rio de Janeiro symposium. The gathering will be held in Qatar on January 28-30, 2014.
Contact: http://environment.tufts. edu/.
LABOR - The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) will host Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for the New Working Class in Los Angeles, March 26-29. Proposals are due December 15.
Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719;lawcha @duke. edu; http://lawcha.org/.
MEDIA FELLOWSHIP - The Media Mobilizing Project is seeking applicants for the first annual Movement Media Fellowship Program. The Fellow will work with MMP to produce the spring season of Media Mobilizing Project TV. MMPTV is a news and talk show that tells the stories of local communities organizing to win human rights and build a movement to end poverty.
Contact: 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-821- 9632; milena@media mobilizing.org; http://www.media mobilizing.org/.
RACE - The 7th Facing Race: A National Conference will be held in Dallas, TX November 13-15, 2014. Organizers, educators, artists, funders and everyone interested in racial equity is invited to exchange best practices and learn about innovative models and successful organizing initiatives. Proposals must be submitted by January 24, 2014.
Contact: Race Forward, 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004; 212-513-7925; media @raceforward.org; http://race forward.org/.
VETERANS - They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars - The Untold Story, by Ann Jones, is about the journey of veterans from the moment of being wounded in rural Afghanistan to their return home.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarketbooks.org/.
LIBYA - Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution, by Francis A. Boyle, is a history and critique of American foreign policy from Reagan to Obama.
Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www. claritypress.com/.
CHILDREN - Fannie and Freddie by Becky Z. Dernbach is about two bumbling villains who gamble away the savings of the people of Homeville.
Contact: fannieandfreddiebook @gmail.com; http://fannieand freddie.org/.
PROTEST/COMIC - Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among English Speaking Peoples, by Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson is a graphic narrative that explains how people have fought against oppression.
Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-8760; info@ sevenstories.com; http://www. sevenstories.com.
CHILDREN - Brave Girl by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is the true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.
Contact: http://www.harpercollins childrens.com/Kids/.
FESTIVAL - The 2014 Queer Women of Color Film Festival will be held June 13-15 in San Francisco. The festival is currently accepting submissions until December 31.
Contact: QWOCMAP, 59 Cook Street, San Francisco, CA 94118-3310; 415-752-0868; email@example.com; http://www.qwocmap.org/.
IRAQ/REFUGEES - Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, thousands of displaced Iraqi refugees are still facing a crisis in the United States. The Lost Dream follows Nazar and Salam who had to flee Iraq in order to avoid threats by Al- Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents that consider them “traitors” for supporting U.S. forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Contact: Typecast Films, 888- 591-3456; info@type castfilms. com; http://type castfilms.com/.
HUMAN RIGHTS - Lyrical Revolt! III will be held December 4 in Syracuse, NY. The event will feature hip-hop musician Anhel whose album Young, Gifted, and Brown was just released. The event is sponsored by ANSWER Syracuse, Liberation News, and SyracuseHip Hop.com. Performers and artists are encouraged to send submissions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.answercoalition.org/syracuse/.
FOLK - Musician Painless Parker has released his album Music for miscreants, malcontents and misanthropes featuring “Fuck Yeah, the Working Class.”
Contact: email@example.com; http://painlessparkermusic.com/.
COMEDY - Political comedian Lee Camp’s new album Pepper Spray the Tears Away has been released.