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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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.