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stevphen writes:

The document below was drafted in response to an article by Keith Windschuttle last week in _The Australian_. The text of this article can be found online).

If you'd like to sign the document below, contact Jon Roffe at overground@imap.cc

“Civilised values” indeed. What we actually find in Keith Windschuttle’s article, “Tutorials in Terrorism,” (The Australian, March 16 2005*) is a thin polemical canvas thrown over a series of gross simplifications, factual omissions and pre-emptive judgements in relation to the life and work of Italian philosopher Antonio Negri.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Never again! Nie wieder! Plus jamais!!"

Migrant Deaths in Germany

Who knew Oury Jallow or Laye Konde? Who knows something about their
lives, the families they left behind, their feelings and their fears?
Who knows how they died and why?

On the 7th of January, two Africans died at the hands of the german
police. In germany, the 7th of January was just another day. Normal.
Simply another day which for many people belongs to the past and like
the past is forgotten. Nothing more and nothing less than another Friday
in the first month of a new year.

Other people don't have such short memories and they also don't forget.
What's more, there are some people for whom the 7th of January
represents and will continue to represent another day in the infamous
colonial history of this country and of this continent; people who can
only understand the death of two Africans to represent a continuation of
the past and the present. One single nightmare.
The facts:

Oury Jallow and Laye Konde, both from Sierra Leone, died because they
and their like are not welcomed in this country. They died because they
found themselves in a country that continues to say Auslander Raus;
they died because both the german state and the society do everything in
their means to isolate, exclude, destroy and expulse Oury, Laye and
many, many others like them.
Oury died tied to a bed in his police cell in the city of Dessau, burned
alive in what the authorities claim to have been a "suicide". Laye, on
the other hand, died far away from there, in the city of Bremen, his
lungs filled with a liquid forced into his body by the police who were
attempting to make him vomit out the drugs he was hiding.

Anonymous Comrade writes

"Nightmare Vision of North America"

John Chuckman

John Manley, prominent Liberal politician in Canada, has shown a stunning lack of judgment in chairing a private group proposing a new security-economic regime for Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

One hopes the proposal is not a feeler for something quietly supported by Paul Martin's government. We do know that Mr. Martin's goal of improving relations with George Bush has been a bit of a runaway train, gone off the tracks. The Prime Minister is almost certainly looking for ways to right the engine and fire up the boilers.

I could dwell on the difficulty of anyone's improving relations with a man of Mr. Bush's remarkably unpleasant character. After all, Canada has produced no more affable or charming politician than former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, and Mr. Chretien it seems could not entirely disguise a sense of repulsion. I am sure he did not greatly miss his cancelled invitation to share charred cow, root beer, and sermons from the Book of Revelations down in Crawford, Texas.

Anonymous Comrade writes

"A Season of Depressing Political Re-Runs"

John Chuckman

Recent political events resemble nothing so much as re-runs of movies that should never have been released the first time.

Bush has gone to Europe to "ease tensions" in the NATO alliance. Of course, those very tensions were his work entirely, but a sense of the ridiculous never discourages a Jehovah's Witness with a long list of house calls to make.

s0metim3s writes:

Call for a Second European Day of Action
For Freedom of Movement and the Right to Stay

May 1, 2005

Last year a European Day of Action against detention centers and for the legalization of undocumented migrants was launched during the European Social Forum in Paris. A call was subscribed to by many different networks and groups, and on the 31st of January 2004 demonstrations and actions were held in more than forty European cities. It was an important day in the development of a networking process among migrants‚ struggles and activists on a European level.

This year we want to make a step forward. We propose to all European networks and social movements to join in the organization of a second day of action, to be held on April 2nd 2005, centered upon the claim for freedom of movement and the right to stay as an alternative to the European constitutional process.

"Hiroshima, Mon Amour"
John Chuckman

A few columnists and commentators who questioned or opposed the invasion of Iraq, now say, having been touched by pictures of Iraqis bravely casting ballots, that George Bush was right.

Such is the persuasive power of positive propaganda, which works by focusing on true details, ignoring their ugly context, and such is the wisdom imparted by need-to-get-a-column-out thinkers.

First, much as I admire the Iraqis who voted, any human being's sense of fear or horror is relative to his or her circumstances. People do become inured to horrible conditions. That is how they survive wars, plagues, slavery, and even death camps.

And George Bush's Iraq is a pretty horrible place. Not just a bloody invasion but civil chaos have worked to make it so, and Iraqis were already hardened to horrors by the decade-long American embargo and the devastation of the first Gulf War.

CIA Renditions of Terror Suspects Are 'Out of Control'

Agence France-Presse

The Central Intelligence Agency's 'rendition' of suspected terrorists has spiralled 'out of control' according to a former FBI agent, cited in a report which examined how CIA detainees are spirited to states suspected of using torture.

Michael Scheuer a former CIA counterterrorism agent told The New Yorker magazine "all we've done is create a nightmare," with regard to the top secret practice of renditions.

s0metim3s writes:

Giorgio Agamben

Do we have to keep using the concept of movement? If it signals a threshold of politicisation of the unpolitical, can there be a movement that is different from civil war? or

In what direction can we rethink the concept of movement and its relation to biopolitics? [...]

[The rest of the translation, by Arianna Bove, is here: Generations Online ]

Original mp3 of discussions can be found here:
Global Project

Go to Nomad University.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Freedom on Steroids"

John Chuckman

A writer at The Times counted 27 references to freedom in Bush's inaugural speech. The speech contained not one reference to his ugly war in Iraq, but for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis the only freedom established by Bush's invasion was their freedom to miserable deaths or future lives as cripples.

Bush promised he would bring freedom to the world's dark corners. It is worth noting that none of the world's people asked Bush to assume such a task, and every poll of those living outside the United States shows Washington now widely regarded as one of the world's darkest corners, a source of fear itself rather than freedom from fear.

kernow writes:

"The Challenge of the New Right"

David Garcia, Precarity Forum Provocation #2

This began off list when I engaged Patrice Riemens in discussion. As this meeting is taking place in the Netherlands I think that it is important to learn the lessons of the rise of the new european right. Unlike the mainstream centrist parties the new european right has made significant political capital out of the fact that the globalised free market has losers as well as winners even in the rich countries. In doing so they have outflanked the old political parties, moving with great effectiveness to exploit the dislocations and insecurities created by the global free market to re-ignite the old mix of racism and xenophobia.


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