FROM THE WEB
Net Briefs - 4-11
Tax Form Lies
Values and Interests
Sex and Security
WSF in Africa
Social Media Role
Cause of Fiscal Crisis
Gaza in Crisis
Zaps - 04/11
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Table of Contents - April 2011
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FROM THE WEB: Net Briefs - April 2011 by Various Contributors
"Not Now" Moderator@portside.org emailed an article by Australian journalist Glen Johnson titled "Tahrir Square, 8th March: not a good day for w... More / Printer Friendly Version
SPECIAL: Your 1040 Tax Form Lies to You by David Swanson
If you pick up a copy of a 1040EZ U.S. income tax form with all the instructions, particularly pages 36-37 (click on the graphic to the right for a high resolution version of the IRS chart), you... More / Printer Friendly Version
FOG WATCH: "Our" Values and Interests Are Actually the Same Thing by Edward Herman
The upheavals in the Middle East have created acute problems for establishment officials and pundits, and their discomfiture, squirming, and gyrations have added further pleasure to the shifting... More / Printer Friendly Version
IDEOLOGUING: The Epitaph of an Ideologue by James Petras
The January 25 death of Daniel Bell, one of the United States' most prominent sociologists, and the effusive eulogies that have accompanied his obituaries, highlight the importance of ideolo... More / Printer Friendly Version
HIJACKING: Corporate-Funded Online Astroturfing by George Monbiot
Every month there is more evidence that online comments and forums are being hijacked by people who aren't what they seem to be. The anonymity of the web gives companies and governments gold... More / Printer Friendly Version
LGBT NOTES: Sex and Security by Michael Bronski
Most of the media has reduced the discussion of Wikileaks' Julian Assange to a level that conflates gossip with James Bond shenanigans. It's too bad because there is a lot here that coul... More / Printer Friendly Version
EARLY STEPS?: The PA's Meaningless Deadline by Ramzy Baroud
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and his supporters in the Fatah Party want us to believe that dramatic changes are underway in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is pa... More / Printer Friendly Version
GLOBAL ORGANIZING: The World Social Forum Returns to Africa by Marc Becker
Fifty thousand activists from around the world descended on Senegal's capital city of Dakar at the westernmost point in Africa the f... More / Printer Friendly Version
EYEWITNESS: A Cairo Journal by Carl Finamore
One Day After Mubarak I arrived February 12 at a nearly empty Cairo airport soon after President Hosni Mubarak resigned, an act once thought unthinkable. Over one million tourists had left... More / Printer Friendly Version
PIONEERS: The Role of Social Media in the Egyptian Uprising by Charles Hirschkind
While the uprising in Egypt caught most observers of the Middle East off guard, it did not come out of the blue. The seeds of this spectacular mobilization had been sown as far back as the early... More / Printer Friendly Version
REBELLIONS: Packaging the Revolution Post 9/11 by Jacqueline O'Rourke
Almost two months into what is being packaged as the "Arab" revolution, the international community is struggling to counteract the messages of an historical communication success for ... More / Printer Friendly Version
POWER POLITICS: Class War Heats Up in Wisconsin by Roger Bybee
Rising Republican star U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was clearly thrown "off-message" by the sight of tens of thousands of pro-union demonstrators protesting Governor Scot... More / Printer Friendly Version
THE ECONOMY: Why Public Employees Aren't the Cause of the Local Fiscal Crisis by Jack Rasmus
In his 2009, $787 billion economic recovery stimulus plan, President Obama allocated $263 billion toward subsidizing state and local governments that were experiencing historic tax revenue short... More / Printer Friendly Version
GREEN TIDE: Greenwashing War by Jonathan Leavitt
Liberal Burlington, Vermont Mayor Bob Kiss is a former conscientious objector whose Progressive Party touts a platform totally at odds with war profiteers like Lockheed Martin. So for him to be ... More / Printer Friendly Version
SEEPAGE: Abandoned Oil and gas Wells Are Leaking by Steven Kotler
There are at minimum 2.5 million abandoned oil and gas wells littering the U.S. and an estimated 20-30 million globally. There is no known technology for securely sealing these wells. Many&mdash... More / Printer Friendly Version
FILM: Sundance Film Festival 2011 Brings on the Non-Fiction by John Esther
Every year the Sundance Film Festival held in Park City, Utah presents independent films from around the world. While some of these features often come with studio backing, the documentaries, fo... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK: Floodlines by Lewis Wallace
Book by Jordan Flaherty; Haymarket Books, 2010, 292 pp. Parts of the story are familiar. In late August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Floodwaters broke the levees in New Orle... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK: Gaza in Crisis by Jim Miles
By Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé; Haymarket Books, 2010, 240 pp. When two of the most informed academics in the world collaborate on a project, the reader expects to have clear inform... More / Printer Friendly Version
FREE LISTINGS: Zaps - April 2011 by Various Contributors
Events CLIMATE - A national youth summit to strategize climate activism, Power Shift 2011, is scheduled for April 1-4 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC with workshops and ... More / Printer Friendly Version
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; email@example.com; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; email@example.com; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.org/.