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From the open publishing newswire: Come join labor and immigrant rights activists at Taco Bell this Saturday, Jan. 4th at 12:30pm in support of the Florida tomato pickers. This Saturday's picket marks the one year anniversary of Taco Bell pickets here in Portland. Let's continue putting the pressure on Taco Bell demanding fair pay and treatment of the tomato pickers.
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From the open publishing newswire: Two Pakistanis were killed and an American injured in the first ever border clash between US and Pakistani forces near the village of Sikhin in which American F-16 dropped a bomb hitting a Muslim religious school on the Pakistani side, US military has confirmed.
The gun battle between the American and Pakistani forces began on Sunday when a Pakistani border guard fired on the Americans during a disagreement on a mission being conducted with the Pakistani forces.
"A Pakistani Border Scout opened fire with a G3 rifle after the US patrol asked him to return to the Pakistani side of the border," A US military statement said on Tuesday.
The Americans ended the skirmish by dropping a 500-pound bomb from an F-16 which hit a religious school where the scouts took refuge, killing two of them, Washington Times reported, quoting the statement.
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From the open publishing newswire: The U.S. has tried to make 9-11 happen in the past Here is a PDF file that is a declassified pentagon document, it shows plans for the U.S. to attack its own people in order to drum up support for an attack on Cuba. This may be old news to some but I think it should not be forgotten. Page 10 is most clear on its intent.
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9/11 as a False Flag OperationWBAI's "Taking Aim," which airs on Tuesdays at 5pm Eastern, did a show focusing on the September 11 attacks as a "false flag" operation, an operation where blame for an event is placed on a false target. They review important mainstream media stories and present the case. The show originally aired September 10, 2002.
It's not important if you believe there is complicity, or a full false flag operation. You don't need to be a conspiracy theorist! However, it is very important to recognize that there is a mountain of contradictory elements within the official story. The official story simply can't be the truth. That much is certain, no two ways about it.
From the open publishing newswire: Union members and members of civil and environmental groups and just plain regular folk, come together with myself and others to form national and local bodies for the purposes of lobbying unions and civil society groups to take on the proposal I put forward on the 29th of December 2002 outlining the general principles of Localization. Localization as the only means to take back our economy and our democracy.
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From the open publishing newswire: The One Day of Peace Coalition in Portland, Oregon is presenting, as its SECOND National Holiday event, a Peace Fair of support and celebration to all in our communities, towns, and cities across the nation and beyond. The Peace Fair will be held Wednesday, January 1, 2003 in a multi-cultural festival of community hopes, prayers, and visions of peace.
In today's climate of permanent war, it is more important than ever to add each voice to the call for real, lasting peace. This year's Peace Fair begins at 4PM with an exhibition of many Portland area peace groups, highlighting the work toward peace that is being performed in our own community and around the world.
*What rights do I have?
*How should I respond to threatening letters or calls?
*What should I do if agents come to question me?
*What if the FBI threatens me with a grand jury subpoena?
*What if I am under 18?
*What if I am not a citizen?
*What should I do if agents come to question me?
On Tuesday, December 31 (New Years Eve) betweem 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM a very important program will be played on KBOO Community radio (90.7 FM in Portland area). [ Details ]
Here is a quick summary of some of the more disturbing news that was not brought to you by any of the major media in the last week. Sure, like always, the local and national media in all genres have been doing a fair job of presenting a version of news during this holiday season. Likewise, as always, over the last several days I have not been at even a moment's loss for cutting edge information on microscopic differences in area temperatures and precipitation (it's northwest Oregon, it rains in winter still, that's all I need to know); the latest on possible sightings of a local man who is said to have offed his entire family with no outward signs of trouble; how the Koreans are lousing up George W. Bush's imperial plans by pulling out the nukes ('Not a crisis,' according to soul brother number one, Colin Powell); and, perhaps most importantly, why it is singly important for Americans to finish off the civilian society of Iraq because the White House (allegedly) hates their dictator.
None of these aforementioned themes can be called news in any true sense of the word. Sure, it is news, of a sort, but for how long? Do we need all of the 'retired' Pentagon generals and majors giving us their fair and balanced opinions, as if a career in the American military leads inexorably toward a worldview that leaves a chance for peace?
new study published in the British Medical Journal concludes that the international arms trade has horrific effects on the health of women and children in poor countries. The report found that more than 85% of the major conflicts since the second world war have been in poor countries. Huge differences in the health of mothers and children exist between the poor countries undergoing conflict and the predominantly rich countries exporting arms to them.
In 2001 small arms and light weapons were implicated in more than 1000 deaths a day, mostly of mothers and children. According to Unicef, between 1986 and 1996 two million children were killed in armed conflict, six million were seriously injured or permanently disabled, and countless others were forced to witness or take part in violence. According to the same Unicef report, "Wars have always victimized children and other non-combatants, but modern wars are exploiting, maiming and killing children more callously than ever." For example, studies have found that two thirds of the children in Angola have witnessed an act of murder. Child abduction, torture, slavery and forced military recruitment are byproducts of the international arms trade. In 1998, for example, at least 300 000 children aged under 18 were soldiers. The report concludes that the global weapons trade "may thus be seen as a form of maternal and child abuse." [ Read More... ]
The above story is a summarized excerpt from the upcoming issue of The War Time News, a periodic print collection of news relevant to the War on Terror created by the Cascadia Media Collective in Eugene.
From the open publishing newswire: Little Beirut Little Beirut is an organizational newsletter intent on promoting solidarity and mutual aid, and better networking within the anti-authoritarian anti-capitalist radical left in Portland, of interest and accessible to anyone and all. Rush your submissions for the first issue of Little Beirut by the end of the week!
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Community Childcare Portland Anti Capitalist Action is providing free childcare on January 18th. We have several certified care takers, certified social workers, (CPR certified ) and references available. Lets face it, it will be cold and rainy and a long day out. We need everyone out there to lend our voices and numbers against this war. If you feel you need childcare the 18th so you can be there, you got it.
Anarchist Cookin and Bakin Collective Meeting this FRIDAY!!! It's the meeting you've been waiting for! Are you interested in doing bake sales to support anarchists and the growing local D.I.Y. movement? Catering events? Learning costing? Dumpster gleaning skills? Or just plain interested in learning and teaching, to cook and bake in a non hierarchical environment?
From the calendar: Anarchist Knitting Collective Do It Yourself! Come learn/teach how to knit/crochet!
From the open publishing newswire: This is a call to all individuals and organizations, from all issues -- anti-fascist and anti-racist, labor, animal and earth defense, faith-based, peace/anti-war -- to come together in solidarity and refuse to allow the INS to commit more offenses against humanity. Especially at risk here in Portland might be the Somali community, which has already been targetted through the frame-up of Sheik Kariye, a local Muslim spiritual leader, by the PJJTF.
Acting on orders from Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Immigration and Naturalization Service is currently requiring the REGISTRATION of all men 16 and over who are visiting the United States who were born in certain other countries, mostly MUSLIM ones... [I]n the week leading up to Dec. 16, 2002, 500-700 men, mostly from Iran, were JAILED by the I.N.S. in southern California when they came in to register (source: LA Times). Such round-ups rob individuals of their liberty, break-up families, and set an evil precedent such as was used in Nazi Germany to justify the concentration camps. On Dec. 18, thousands of people PROTESTED this racism in front of the Westwood Federal Building in LA (source: LA Indymedia).
JAN. 10 IS THE NEXT REGISTRATION DEADLINE. So-called "visitors" from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen are required to report to an INS office by that date. The people of Portland must STAND UP against a racist round-up here. [ Read More... ]
ALL-DAY ACTION @ the PDX I.N.S. Office, 511 NW Broadway
Previous stories: [ Friday Rally to protest mass round-ups of Muslims by INS in Los Angeles (Dec. 19, 2002) | First-hand account from LA protests against the round-ups (LA IMC, Dec. 19, 2002) | PHOTOS from the LA protest (LA IMC, Dec 19, 2002) ]
From the Centre for Research on Globalisation, as posted to the open publishing newswire: Unknown to most, UNOCAL's partner in the Cent-Gas trans-Afghan pipeline consortium, the Saudi Company Delta Oil is owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans which allegedly have ties to bin Laden's Al Qaeda. According to a 1998 Senate testimony of former CIA director James Woolsey, powerful financier Khalid bin Mahfouz' younger sister is married to Osama bin Laden... Bin Mahfouz is suspected to have funnelled millions of dollars to the Al Qaeda network.
Now, "by sheer coincidence", former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, the man chosen by President Bush to lead the 9/11 commission also has business ties with bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi.Thomas Kean is a director (and shareholder) of Amerada Hess Corporation , which is involved in the Hess-Delta joint venture with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia (owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans). Delta-Hess "was established in 1998 for the development and exploration of oil fields in the Caspian region...In Azerbaijan Delta Hess is involved in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli PSA (2.72%) and the Garabaghli-Kursangi PSA (20%). It is also an equity holder in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline".
Coincidentally, the former Governor of New Jersey is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, together with another prominent member of the board of directors of Amerada Hess, former Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady: In other words, Delta Oil Ltd. of Saudi Arabia --which is a partner in the Hess-Delta Alliance--is in part controlled by Khalid bin Mafhouz, Osama's brother in law.
And former Governor Thomas Kean not only sits on the board of directors of a company which has business dealings with Khalid bin Mahfouz, he also heads the 9/11 Commission, which has a mandate to investigate Khalid's brother in law, Osama bin Laden. [ Read More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: We heard Ramzi Kanafani speak Saturday night at the Back To Back. He is from Palestine, advocating for International Workers Solidarity, Arab Unity,and the rights of all oppressed peoples to struggle against Imperialism and Foreign Domination. He is a member of the North American Coalition Against Zionism and Racism, as well as the Arab Progressive Coalition of North America, and hopes to gain support for the struggle to end the oppression being imposed on the Arab world by Zionist and Imperialist forces.
He explained in detail how the "economic stabilization plan" (ESP), was Israel's road to capitalism, which was already developing toward the end of the 19th century. A plan for the coalescence of a new capitalist class and for vocal support for the Oslo process which was aimed to end Arab boycott of "Israel", land recognition for the State, and to allow "Israel" to enter the globalized Capitalist System. There were emerging capitalist classes then that were able to open global markets for Israel by encouraging joint investment between Arab/Palestinian/Israeli/U.S. business interests. Most importantly, gaining access to cheap Arab workers in nearby Egypt and Jordan as well as opening Arab markets for "Israel's" and imperialism's products.
The point here is that there is no independent economy under the PA. The PA economy is wholly dependent on "Israel". 75% of all imports to the West Bank and Gaza originate from "Israel", while 95% of all exports are destined for "Israel". Oslo became the child of the PA and it's Bourgeoisie supporters. The PA had to be a comprador (client/puppet regime) in nature it had to basically make its profits from joint business with the Zionist State under Imperialist sponsorship. The truth is that Oslo is nothing more than a business deal struck between the Palestinan Beurgeoisie and the Zionist Bourgeoise with imperialist blessing.
On December 21,2002, near Gainesville, Florida, 22 men posed naked to send a stunning Peace message to the American people and the war administration. Braving the cold, these men from Fort Myers to Gainesville, gathered together on a hillside to do the unthinkable: To Bare it all for Peace. [ More... ]
From the open publishing newswire: Oppose Uribe's illegitimate government with a new government of Peace. The FARC-EP salute the Colombian people on the occasion of the New Year, 2003, and the end of 2002, a year that leaves behind a heavy load of frustrations for our people because Alvaro Uribe's government represents the interests of the big landholding cattlemen, the nation's large economic groups, international finance capital led by the IMF and the World Trade Organization, benefiting the interventionist strategy of the United States of America. Thus, all its decisions harm the popular interests.
The country's political regime headed by Uribe Velez is progressively manifesting itself as a civilian dictatorship that is erasing the borders between the different powers of state on the basis of the State of Internal Disorder, a prosecutor-general openly in the service of the paramilitary strategy, a parliament subjected to the club of the veto, and likewise, a judicial branch already threatened with judicial reform, communications media that defend the uribist cause, and the armed forces of the State that are running amok with the rivers of money they control for the bloody witch hunt unleashed since last August 7, the principal victim of which is the popular civilian population.
From the open publishing newswire: Rather than impartial about pro-growth, Metro is actually pro-growth and actively behind environmentally-destructive policies by its expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary in order to attract more corporate industry to the area and bring 400,000 people -- nearly the population of Portland -- to tiny Damascus in Clackamas County.
Since its inception, Metro has presented itself as neither pro-growth nor anti-growth, but simply as an agency whose chief responsibility is to "manage" growth resulting from sociological and economic phenomena outside its reach. But its recent vote to expand the Urban Growth Boundary by 18,200 acres tore that objective mask from its face.
As of tonight, Mike D. was transfered to the Unjustice Center Jail downtown for "displinary reasons." Mike will have a hearing about not consenting to a strip search in the Unjustice Center and the hearing is not public. When I asked if he was in solitary confinement, the jail told me that they didn't use the term "Solitary Confinement," it is called "Displinary." The jail staff seems to not get their answers straight. Thursday, at around 10:00am, a staff member from the Inverness jail told me, "It is not in our computer that Michael McMullin is even in "Solitary Confinement." When I called the jail one hour later and asked the same question to a different person, I was told that Mike IS in "Solitary Confinement." When I asked why he was in "solitary confinement," she then said, "It is not in our computer why he is in solitary confinement." It is not known when his non-public hearing will be or who actually will attend the hearing. Keep updated! Check Indymedia or call Cascadia Forest Alliance at 503-241-4879. SOLIDARITY FOREVER!!!!!!!! [ Full Story ]
Report from solidarity action for Mike D. Thursday
Thursday, December 26th, there was a short notice solidarity action for Mike D. 10 activists showed up at the Inverness Jail (where Mike is being held as a political prisoner) and they all filled out pink message slips to give to Mike. Heads turned as the group walked into the room where there were visitors waiting to see their loved ones. After the 10 activists filled out the pink slips, they went to the window where an officer sat at her desk talking to another officer. When she finally turned her head toward the activists, her eyes got quite large and she asked the other officer (who was about to walk out the door) not to go too far. The officer kept his hand on the door knob the rest of the time the activists were there. The group of 10 asked many questions about Mike being in solitary confinement and basically the only answer they got was a confirmation that HE IS IN solitary confinement. One fellow Mike D. supporter asked if Mike could receive messages. The officer began by saying "If you fill out the pink message slips", and everyone gave her message slips. All you could see was lots of pink message slips and lots of hands. [ Details ]
Previous stories about Mike D: [ Mike D Arrested at Borg Timber Sale (Sept. 6, 2002) | POLICE OPPRESSION CONTINUES IN CASE OF MIKE D "SUPPORT NEEDED AT TRIAL" (Sept. 7, 2002) | Mike D Solidarity Flyer (Sept. 10, 2002) | Who is Mike D? (Sept. 12, 2002) | SUPPORT MIKE D: WHEN THEY TAKE ONE OF US ON, THEY TAKE ALL OF US ON (Sept.12, 2002) | Police Target Moms and Harrass Supporters A Mike D's Court Date (Sept. 13, 2002) | Double Plus Goodness at Mike D's Arraignment (Sept. 13, 2002) | The Injustice System at work: Mike D. gets 60 days for probation violations (Sept. 15, 2002) | Mike D.'s hearing Wednesday; Support needed (Dec. 3, 2002) | Mike D. in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT! (Dec. 7, 2002) ]
My short recap/route of what happened during Critical Mass... I got down to Waterfront Park around 6pm and was told that we were migrating, in groups of two to four, up to the North Park Blocks. The plan, apparently, was to avoid all the cops who would think we were all just leaving to go home and not follow us. Apparently it worked, because when all of us (a meager group of 40-60 or so) arrived there, we saw no cops, and saw only a few the entire ride (the occasional cop that just happened to be passing), and they all left us alone. Since there were so few of us, we decided to go a new route and ditch the tired route of past months. One person got clipped by an angry driver trying to pass us on Hawthorne (on the wrong side of the street). He was fine, though. Anyone remember the license plate? ??? 302, I think. [ Full Story ]
From the open publishing newswire: New York born Viggio Mortenson, who plays Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies, condemned the US on the Charlie Rose TV show for killing thousands in Afghanistan and then went on to compare the US to the movie villain Sauroman.
In response, right wing nutjobs like "flush Rush" Limbaugh are calling for a boycott of the movie. I say "fuck 'em"-somebody spent a year filming a movie about absolute evil threatening the whole world, and then found he saw the same thing back home and called Bush on it. [ Read More... ] [ Original post at the global IMC ]
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From the open publishing newswire: Famine can only be avoided if the rich give up meat, fish and dairy
Tuesday December 24, 2002
The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians. But one feature of the celebrations has remained unchanged: the consumption of vast quantities of meat. The practice used to make sense. Livestock slaughtered in the autumn, before the grass ran out, would be about to decay, and fat-starved people would have to survive a further three months. Today we face the opposite problem: we spend the next three months trying to work it off.
Our seasonal excesses would be perfectly sustainable, if we weren't doing the same thing every other week of the year. But, because of the rich world's disproportionate purchasing power, many of us can feast every day. And this would also be fine, if we did not live in a finite world.
By comparison to most of the animals we eat, turkeys are relatively efficient converters: they produce about three times as much meat per pound of grain as feedlot cattle. But there are still plenty of reasons to feel uncomfortable about eating them. Most are reared in darkness, so tightly packed that they can scarcely move. Their beaks are removed with a hot knife to prevent them from hurting each other. As Christmas approaches, they become so heavy that their hips buckle. When you see the inside of a turkey broilerhouse, you begin to entertain grave doubts about European civilisation.
This is one of the reasons why many people have returned to eating red meat at Christmas. Beef cattle appear to be happier animals. But the improvement in animal welfare is offset by the loss in human welfare. The world produces enough food for its people and its livestock, though (largely because they are so poor) some 800 million are malnourished. But as the population rises, structural global famine will be avoided only if the rich start to eat less meat. The number of farm animals on earth has risen fivefold since 1950: humans are now outnumbered three to one. Livestock already consume half the world's grain, and their numbers are still growing almost exponentially.
This is why biotechnology - whose promoters claim that it will feed the world - has been deployed to produce not food but feed: it allows farmers to switch from grains which keep people alive to the production of more lucrative crops for livestock. Within as little as 10 years, the world will be faced with a choice: arable farming either continues to feed the world's animals or it continues to feed the world's people. It cannot do both.
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