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nolympics submits "The Guardian reports that the paramilitary police officer who shot and killed Carlo Giuliani has been seriously injured in a 'suspicious' car accident.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1013 120,00.html"

"America Is A Religion"

George Monbiot, The Guardian, Tuesday, July 29, 2003

US leaders now see themselves as priests of a divine mission to rid the world of its demons

"The death of Uday and Qusay," the commander of the ground forces in Iraq told reporters on Wednesday, "is definitely going to be a turning point for the resistance." Well, it was a turning point, but unfortunately not of the kind he envisaged. On the day he made his announcement, Iraqi insurgents killed one US soldier and wounded six others. On the following day, they killed another three; over the weekend they assassinated five and injured seven. Yesterday they slaughtered one more and wounded three. This has been the worst week for US soldiers in Iraq since George Bush declared that the war there was over.

"Rock 'n' Roll Dissidents, Fearless for 4 Decades"

Ben Sisario, NY Times, July 15, 2003

Woodstock, N.Y. — Four decades ago Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg founded the Fugs in an East Village bookstore on a bedrock of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and poetry.

They sang raunchy encomiums like "Slum Goddess" and set Blake and Swinburne to a groovy beat at a time when "Leader of the Pack" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" were the cutting edge of pop. With the coming of the Vietnam War they developed a confrontational, absurdist pacifism in songs like "Kill for Peace" and became what many pop historians call the first underground rock band.

Anonymous Comrade submits:

"D.C. Leftists Find a Below-Ground Home at Bookstore"

Manny Fernandez, The Washington Post, July 13, 2003

The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop is a different kind of bookstore.

It is run by volunteers, and it stocks the shelves with books and
magazines for sale, for free and for in-store reading. Many staffers are
Washington activists who have moved their defiance from the street to
the world of retail. They operate the place as a kind of protest,
filling the basement of a complex of renovated rowhouses in Shaw with
some of the most incendiary and thought-provoking titles in Washington D.C.

nolympics submits:

A British student studying in Paris attended an 'anti-war' conference at the Schiller Institute in Germany after falling in with a Nouvelle Solidarité paper seller. NS is a LaRouchite publication in Europe. Afterwards, he commits ''suicide"

Anonymous Comrade submits:

"Obit For A Former Contrarian"

Dennis Perrin, City Pages

A friend and protégé tries to make sense of what's happened to Christopher Hitchens

Bright spring afternoon. Hitch and I spend it in his fave D.C. pub just down the street from his spacious apartment. At the long polished bar, he sips a martini, I swig Tanqueray on ice offset by pints of ale. The pub's TV is flashing golf highlights while the jukebox blasts classic rock. We're chatting about nothing in particular when the juke begins playing "Moonshadow" by Cat Stevens. Hitch stops talking. His face tightens. Eyes

narrow. I know this look -- I saw it on Crossfire when he nearly slugged a Muslim supporter of the Ayatollah's "fatwa" against Salman Rushdie. I saw it during a Gulf War panel discussion at Georgetown when he responded to some pro-war hack with a precision barrage of invective, followed by the slamming down of the mike, causing a brief reverb in the speakers.

And here it was again.

"Pentagon Had 50 Tests of Chemical, Biological Weapons Involving Military

Robert Gehrke, The Associated Press, Tuesday 01 July 2003

Several House members are asking Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to
keep alive the Pentagon's investigation into 50 chemical and biological
weapons tests in the 1960s that involved 5,842 military personnel.

The Defense Department released the final findings of an
investigation into Project 112 and Project SHAD, which were
conducted from 1962 to 1973 to test the combat capabilities of
biological and chemical agents and ways to protect U.S. troops
from such attacks.

Anonymous Comrade submits:

Here's that new cover story about autonomous media:

New York Times

nolympics submits "

David Teather in New York

Thursday June 26, 2003

The Guardian

The American recording industry yesterday threatened to take legal action against individuals for illegal file sharing of music, opening a new front in the war against online piracy.

The threat will send a chilling message that the industry is no longer content with chasing file-sharing services such as Napster and Kazaa. The first suits could take place as early as mid-August.

The move underlines how desperate the music industry has become to staunch the flow of illegal downloads, which are beginning to devastate compact disc sales. In 2000, the 10 top-selling albums in the US sold a total of 60m copies. In 2001 that dropped to 40m, and last year it was 34m.

Anonymous Comrade submits:

"The Fight for Che's Legacy"

Boris Kagarlitsky, Moscow Times, Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2003

On June 14, Ernesto "Che" Guevara would have turned 75. Much loved during his lifetime, "El Comandante" was even more revered after his tragic death in 1967. Che's execution at the age of 39 gave rise to a cult following in Western Europe and the Americas. The new left was sorely in need of a hero. The rebellious youth movement of the 1960s rejected traditional leadership icons, but its need for a heroic ideal was profound.


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