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hydrarchist writes "


RMP 02-06




Relating to the Designation of a

Free Cultural Zone

On the Mexico - US Border

at BORDERHACK 3.0! Festival of Media

August 16 - 18, 2002

Randall M. Packer, Secretary

THE PARTICIPATING NATIONS, In order to promote international
co-operation and to achieve international peace and cultural
understanding by the acceptance of obligations not to restrict border
passage, by the prescription of open, informed cultural dialogue
between nations, by the establishment of the understanding of the
aspirations of the artist as a model for spiritual and moral conduct
among Governments, and by the maintenance of the role of the artist
as a mediator who transcends borders, and a scrupulous respect for
the following EXECUTIVE ORDER, in accordance with the laws of the
Constitution of the United States of America,

Agree to this Executive Order

hydrarchist writes "

No Border Camp Strasbourg : A Report

Shuddhabrata Sengupta


I. A Backgrounder

The "No Border" camps (like the one at Strasbourg) are events that grow out
of the activities of the No Border Network, (www.noborder.org) an alliance of
activists and organizations engaged in campaigning against tightening border
controls, increasing persecution of emigrants and border crossers, and the
buidling up of what can be best described as the "Fortress
Europe/Australia/America" phenomenon. The campaign consists of anti
-deportation activities like the by now well known "Lufthansa Deportation
Class" campaign by 'Kein Mensch Ist Illegal' (No One is Illegal) in Germany,
the 'Sans Papiers' (Without Papers) movement in France and the more recent
D.Sec as well as a host of other initiatives by, activist groups, civil
liberty organizations, and individuals.

Ben Hoh c/o Dr Woooo submitted the following paper, presented at the National Union of Students Education Conference, July 2002, in Australia:

We Are All Barbarians
Racism, Civility and the "War on Terror"

by Ben Hoh

What the hell is actually going on with the "war on terror", and how do we come to grips with the situation? Consider an article by Guy Rundle that appeared in Melbourne’s progressive weekly The Paper, in January 2002. Rundle argues for an effectively liberal defense against the Australian Government’s impending antiterrorism legislation, claiming that

[d]efending the liberal political sphere – or such as exists – is now our most urgent priority… This seems to me to be a time that demands a popular front and common cause with left-liberals and even the libertarian right in an urgent mobilisation against the infinite extension of the national Security State.
[Rundle 2002]

Matthew Hylan c/o Dr Woooo writes

'Bare life' and the geographical division of labour"

by Matthew Hylan

In the border country

They’ve done it all

We kept watch

As they smashed the wall

Swell Maps, "Border Country" (1980)

While trans-national institutions like the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO clear the way for capital to move freely across the globe, European States are barricading their borders as if they expected a foreign army to invade.

dr woooo, forwarding for paul, writes:

The Virtual People Smuggler [http://www.noborder.org/peoplesmuggler/] -- as is the case with 'people smuggling' generally -- arose out of the need and desire to cross borders. In the first instance, to cross the borders of various noborder events and protests themselves, to create a space which was an adequate expression of the movements for the freedom of movement.

Confined neither by geopolitical limits nor the standard aesthetics of protests, the Virtual People Smuggler pays tribute to the chatrooms, spoof sites, weblogs, online gaming, independent media as virtual, vital and, therefore, actual moments in the crossing of borders. In other words, as the
experience encountered by people as they log in to virtual communities which are unrestrained by national borders, and also, thereby, as one of the forms in which protests (especially noborder protests and events) can and do occur.

Anonymous Comrade writes "There have been 2 firebombings of Pakistani run deli's and a shooting murder of a Yemeni deli worker over the past two months. This is in addition to scores of other harassment incidents that have not been reported officially but are shared among "brown" people on the island.

Staten Island has been a place that the far right has targeted for recruitment and developing bases. In the early 90's the local Staten Island Advance reported the establishment of a KKK chapter on the island. Since then there has been neo-nazi activity of the Aryan Nations, Aryan Brotherhood, USA Nationalist Party, just to name a few that I've heard of or run into. Staten Island of course is Giuliani country and Mafia country and cop country.

Louis Lingg writes: "CounterPunch has posted the following interview with Norman Finkelstein (author of The Holocaust Industry):

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

By Don Atapattu

Professor Norman Finkelstein is one of a dying breed of American mavericks that relentlessly defies any attempt at easy categorization. He is the son of Holocaust survivors but an unremitting critic of Holocaust reparation claims; a Jew but is a life-long anti Zionist; and though very much a Leftist, he is often praised by far Right revisionists of the Third Reich, such as Hitler-admiring historian David Irving. He initially made his name by revealing Joan Peter's massively successful From Time Immemorial (a book heavily promoted by the Israeli lobby, that claimed there were no native Arabs before Zionist immigration into Palestine), as a colossal fraud, and for 10 years he was a Professor of Political Science at New York University.

Holding Terrorists Accountable? It Depends on the Color and the Cause...

November 04, 2001

By Tim Wise"

Members of his terrorist organization and network have killed Americans, on
American soil. Those inspired by his message have engaged in a mass
atrocity: blowing innocent people out of their offices as the building where
they worked crumbled to the ground.

He himself has called for total war against the enemy in an effort to
"cleanse" the United States. He has said that although innocent people will
die in such an effort, "it is necessary, and because it is necessary, it is
good." Seven years ago he warned of potential pending attacks when he wrote:
"New Yorkers who work in tall office buildings--anything close to the size
of the World Trade Center--might consider wearing hardhats to work..."

Osama bin Laden? Not even close.

The website Focus on the Global South has posted a piece by Walden Bello (Executive Director of Focus on the Global South and Professor at the University of the Philippines), Endless War, in which he asserts that Osama bin Laden and the WTC attackers were motivated by "the subordination of the interests of the peoples of the region to the US' untrammeled access to Middle East oil" and U.S. "unstinting support for Israel."

Louis Lingg writes: "By e-mail I was forwarded the following request for assistance from the The Arab-American Family Support Center on Atlantic Avenue in

Dear friends,

We are really swamped here at the Arab-American Family Support
Center. We have kids scared to go to school, mothers to scared to
leave their homes to buy food for their families. People are being
attacked, Arab children have reported this afternoon, teachers who
attacked them verbally.

There are now 4 reported attacks in Bay Ridge. Families are
contacting us because they are too scared to talk to the American
Children are at home scared.
The media is calling us from all over the world every minute.
Please help.This is what we need:

--volunteers to escort women to go buy food and to walk kids to and
from school.
If you can help, please send me your phone number, name, and the
neighborhood you live in and work in [to the e-mail below].

--I need a list of Arab professionals and intellectuals and
university students that I can give to all the media who keep
calling. If you can speak to the media, please send me your name, number, and
profession, major etc.



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