BEHIND THE SCENES
Journal of 23rd Year
Losing in Afghanistan
Whistleblowers & Court
U.S. Buys Press
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Tea Party Tale
Drones Over America
Paper of Power?
Politics of Genocide
Anatomy of Epidemic
FDR & New Deal
Zaps - 09/10
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Table of Contents - September 2010
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BEHIND THE SCENES: Journal of the 23rd Year by Z Staff
Vacationing Lydia’s desk in the Z Magazine office. The article on the computer screen is this one. ... More / Printer Friendly Version
WAR: Losing in Afghanistan by Marjorie Cohn
In July, when the House of Representatives voted 215-210 for $33 billion to fund Barack Obama's troop increase in Afghanistan, there was considerable opposition to giving the president a blank chec... More / Printer Friendly Version
FOG WATCH: The Global (In)justice System by Edward Herman
One of the major fallacies of our time is the idea that we have entered a new era in which human rights are being attended to more than in the past, with new systems of international crime prosecut... More / Printer Friendly Version
COURT WATCH: Whistleblowers Under the Conservative Roberts Court by Stephen Bergstein
On August 7, Elena Kagan took the oath to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, the final stop for all constitutional litigation and the tribunal that issues authoritative interpretations of the... More / Printer Friendly Version
DEMOCRACY DEFICIT: U.S. Buys the Press in Venezuela by Eva Golinger
U.S. State Department documents declassified under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that more than $4 million in funding has gone to journalists and private media in Venezuela during the ... More / Printer Friendly Version
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: A Tea Party Tale by Don Monkerud
Current attempts to revive the Boston Tea Party of 1773 are marketing gimmicks to mask conservative interests. A look at the recent history of this faux movement reveals the actors behind the curta... More / Printer Friendly Version
CONSERVATIVE WATCH: Right's New Apocalypse by Bill Berkowitz
Declining birth rates and aging populations are a concern to countries around the globe. Conservatives have taken to using "demographic winter" as a catch phrase for turning the discussio... More / Printer Friendly Version
MOVEMENT BUILDING: U.S. Social Forum 2010 by Chris Spannos
Celebrating the first ever U.S. Social Forum (USSF) in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007, National Planning Committee member Rubén Solís avowed, "This won't end in Atlanta." ... More / Printer Friendly Version
LOCAL OPPOSITION: Resisting the Guam Military Build-Up by Seth Kershner
LisaLinda Natividad is a Chamorro rights advocate and one of the main organizers of the local opposition to the Guam build-up, the imminent transfer of 8,000 Marines and their families from bases i... More / Printer Friendly Version
AIRSPACE: Drones Over America by Mike Reizman
Imagine that drones (unmanned aircraft) are regularly flying over your neighborhood. On the way to work or to the market, you look for Predators or Reapers in the sky. Where are you? Baghdad? Afgha... More / Printer Friendly Version
MILITARY ACTIVITY: AFRICOM: Washington's New Imperial Weapon by Stephen Roblin
The leading scholar on the new U.S. Africa Unified Command (AFRICOM), Daniel Volman, summarizes the Obama administration's foreign policy towards Africa as continuing "the expansion of U.S. mi... More / Printer Friendly Version
MEDIA STUDIES: Paper of Record Or Paper of Power? by Florian Zollman
The New York Times is considered to be the flagship of the free press in the Western world. In their study The Record of the Paper (Verso, 2004), Howard Friel and Richard Falk write that the Times ... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: The Politics of Genocide by Rick Rozoff
Book by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson; New York, Monthly Review Press, 2010, 159 pp. In 1895 novelist and critic Anatole France—who campaigned for persecuted Armenians in the Ottoman... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: Anatomy of an Epidemic by Bruce Levine
Book by Robert Whitaker; New York, Crown Publishers, 2010, 416 pp. Robert Whitaker, a former Boston Globe reporter, was curious about why there has been such a large increase of disabling mental... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: Epic Recession by Suzi Weissman
Book by Jack Rasmus; London, Pluto Press, 2010, 340 pp. I do a weekly drive time radio show in Los Angeles and began concentrating on the economy right after the effective nationalization of Lon... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: The Bomb by David Swanson
Book by Howard Zinn; San Francisco, City Lights, 2010, 100 pp. The late Howard Zinn's new book The Bomb is a brilliant dissection of some of the central myths of our militarized society. Those w... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: The Korean War by Jeremy Kuzmarov
Book by Bruce Cumings; New York, Random House, 2010, 288 pp. Overshadowed by World War II and Vietnam, the Korean War has long been the "forgotten war" in American memory. Apart from a... More / Printer Friendly Version
BOOK REVIEW: FDR And The New Deal For Beginners by John Pietaro
Book by Paul Buhle and Sabrina Jones, Afterword by Harvey Pekar; Danbury, Connecticut, For Beginners LLC, 2010, 160 pp. Paul Buhle, after writing and/or editing a wealth of texts, has turned his... More / Printer Friendly Version
FREE LISTINGS: Zaps - September 2010 by Various Contributors
Events ANARCHY FEST - The fourth annual Victoria Festival of Anarchy & Bookfair is planned for September 5-12, with the Bookfair on the last two days; features works... 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.