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Robert Anton Wilson, January 18, 1932 - January 11, 2007

Al Barger

Robert Anton Wilson, "Occupation: Mind Fucker" - The great and legendary novelist and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson has finally slipped this mortal coil, as was announced on his official and new blogger site. Pretty much his last official professional act was to start a blog from his deathbed in December 2006. A survivor of childhood polio, he passed after a long illness on Thursday, January 11, 2007 - a week short of a 75th birthday.

His best-known work was the Illuminatus! trilogy from the 1970s, a perhaps only partly fictionalized synthesis of every kind of conspiracy theory Wilson and co-author Sheas could mash together. Some of it seemed clearly ridiculous and impossible, some of it probably true. It was high comedy and a grand apocryphal history.

"Apocalypse II in Samarra:

US Kills 6 at National Dialogue Front Office"

Juan Cole

CBS/AP report that an angry crowd of Sunni Arab demonstrators in the
northern city of Samarra, protesting Saddam's execution, broke "broke
the locks off the badly damaged Shiite Golden Dome mosque and marched
through carrying a mock coffin and photo of the executed former leader."

Folks, this is very bad news. The Askariyah Shrine (it isn't just a
mosque) is associated with the Hidden Twelfth Imam, who is expected
by Shiites to appear at the end of time to restore the world to
justice. (For them, the Imam Mahdi is sort of like the second coming
of Christ for Christians). The Muqtada al-Sadr movement is
millenarian and believes he will reveal himself at any moment.

The centrality of the cult of the Twelfth Imam, a direct descendant
of the Prophet Muhammad who is said to have vanished in 873 AD, helps
explain why the bombing of the Golden Dome on February 21 of 2006 set
off a frenzy of Shiite, Sadrist attacks on Sunni Arabs. Last
February, stuck in a Phoenix hotel because of a missed flight and
without an internet connection for my laptop, I blogged from my Treo
that it was an apocalyptic day. Sadly, it was, kicking off a frenzy
of sectarian violence that has grown each subsequent month.

A Dictator Created Then Destroyed by America

Robert Fisk, Independent

Saddam to the gallows. It was an easy equation. Who could be more deserving
of that last walk to the scaffold — that crack of the neck at the end of a rope
— than the Beast of Baghdad, the Hitler of the Tigris, the man who murdered
untold hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis while spraying chemical weapons
over his enemies? Our masters will tell us in a few hours that it is a "great
day" for Iraqis and will hope that the Muslim world will forget that his
death sentence was signed — by the Iraqi "government", but on behalf of the
Americans — on the very eve of the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, the
moment of greatest forgiveness in the Arab world.

But history will record that the Arabs and other Muslims and, indeed, many
millions in the West, will ask another question this weekend, a question that
will not be posed in other Western newspapers because it is not the narrative
laid down for us by our presidents and prime ministers — what about the other
guilty men?

No, Tony Blair is not Saddam. We don't gas our enemies. George W Bush is not
Saddam. He didn't invade Iran or Kuwait. He only invaded Iraq. But hundreds of
thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead — and thousands of Western troops are
dead — because Messrs Bush and Blair and the Spanish Prime Minister and the
Italian Prime Minister and the Australian Prime Minister went to war in 2003 on a
potage of lies and mendacity and, given the weapons we used, with great

U.S. House Passes Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act With Little Discussion or Dissent:
Notes from the House Floor “Debate”
Will Potter, Green Is the New Red

They did it. Corporations, industry groups and the politicians that represent them rushed through legislation labeling activists as “terrorists” on the first day back from Congressional recess. Just moments ago [Nov. 13, 2006] the House passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act as part of the suspension calendar: in other words it was put on a list of non-controversial bills to pass with one swoop by voice vote.

Here’s a recap of some of my notes on the “debate” on the House floor. I apologize that this is not in a more polished form, but I wanted to get this out to you all right away.

Massacre in Chiapas:
Six Women, Three Men, Two Children, Assassinated in Montes Azules

Al Giordano, NarcoNews

Today, Monday, November 13, presumed paramilitaries committed a massacre in the Montes Azules jungle region of Chiapas, killing nine indigenous women and men and two children.

The assassinated, according to a hand-written document received by Narco News from inside Zapatista civilian communities in the region, are:

* Marta Pérez Pérez

* María Pérez Hernández

* María Nuñez González

* Petrona Nuñez González

* Pedro Nuñez Pérez

* Eliver Benítez Pérez

* Antonio Pérez López

* Dominga Pérez López

* Felicitas Pérez Parcero

* Noilé Benítez (8 años)

* A recently born infant yet to be baptized

WTO Announces Formalized Slavery Market for Africa:

US Trade Representative to Africa, Governor of Nigeria Central Bank Weigh in at Wharton

Hanniford Schmidt

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Philadelphia — At a Wharton Business School conference on business in
Africa, World Trade Organization representative Hanniford Schmidt
announced the creation of a WTO initiative for "full private
stewardry of labor" for the parts of Africa that have been hardest
hit by the 500 years of Africa's free trade with the West.

The initiative will require Western companies doing business in some
parts of Africa to own their workers outright.

Ellen Willis, 64, Journalist and Feminist, Dies

Margalit Fox, New York Times

Ellen Willis, the noted journalist, feminist and cultural critic, whose work ranged seamlessly through politics and religion, sex, film and rock ’n’ roll, died yesterday at her home in Queens. She was 64.

The cause was lung cancer, said her husband, Stanley Aronowitz, the well-known sociologist and progressive activist.

At her death, Ms. Willis was a professor of journalism at New York University. She also directed the journalism department’s cultural reporting and criticism program, which she founded in 1995.

As a writer, she was best known for her political essays, which appeared in The Nation, Dissent and elsewhere. She was also widely recognized for her rock criticism: she was the first pop-music critic of The New Yorker, and wrote regularly about music for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and other publications.

NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will
Shot Dead by Government Forces in Oaxaca

Calamity, NYC Indymedia

[Confirmed by La Jornada (Mexico) and Radio APPO Oaxaca]

A shooting occurred today in Oaxaca City, Mexico, leaving New York City Indymedia journalist Bradley Will dead after being shot in the chest. He died before reaching the hospital, according to La Jornada. A photographer from the newspaper Milenio Diario, who was at Will's side, was shot in the foot and reported injured, his status unknown.

Radio APPO, the radio of the Popular Assembly of the Oaxacan People, is reporting truckloads of armed paramilitaries entering the city. They are calling for people to reinforce the thousands of barricades that have been constructed for months as part of the statewide teachers' strike and popular uprising that has demanded the removal of PRI governor Ulisis Ortiz Ruiz.

Chronicles of a Mexican Insurrection

Anonymous Comrade

The Mexican MAS (Movement Towards Socialismo) formerly Workers and
Socialista Party (POS) used to be the LIT section. Not anymore (it was expelled
couple of years back). They are very active in Oaxaca where they traditionally
had a branch, mostly composed of native zapoteca indians and some influence. You can read their positions and see some photographs:

• Cronicas, editoriales y articulos sobre la insurreccion en Oaxaca (MAS-POS)

• Solidaridad con la lucha de Oaxaca

• Periódico El Socialista

• Movimiento al Socialismo - México

Lea los articulos completos:

El Kilombo Intergaláctico writes:

Communiqué from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committe

General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
Sixth Commission of the EZLN

[Dated September 13, 2006. Translation by El Kilombo Intergaláctico.]

To the adherents of the Sixth and the Other Campaign
To the People of Mexico

Compañeros y compañeras:

During the past months of July and August, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN has carried out a series of consultations and contacts with diverse organizations, groups, collectives, families, and individuals, all adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle and the Other Campaign. With the results from these consultations, we sent an evaluation and a proposal to our compañer@s indigenous commanders of the EZLN.

Having received the authorization of the CCRI-CG of the EZLN, the Sixth Commission will begin to make public in the next few days a series of analyses, considerations, and proposals. In these texts, the Sixth Commission of the EZLN will provide a review of the antecedents that gave rise to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, a summary of the Other Campaign at one year since its inception, an analysis of the electoral fraud that culminated in the imposition of PAN candidate Felipe Calderón as president of Mexico, our critical position on the mobilization against this roguishness, as well as a proposal to all of the adherents of the Other Campaign on the following steps for this struggle we have taken on together.


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