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Houston Anarchist Book Fair

  

            The Houston Anarchist Book Fair and Film Festival serves to bring radical and alternative literature, education, and culture to Houston, TX, with a focus on resistance and community building. This event is being developed as a vehicle for community organizing, and networking in the southern region of the United States. The book fair will feature a variety of distro’s, infoshops, used and new books, in combination with workshops, skill shares, lectures, speeches, and facilitated open discussions. Through this we hope to create a liberated space, solidarity in the anarchist community and, regional, national and international networking. This event will have a wide array of organizations coming together in building a radical community in the south.

The Houston Anarchist book fair and film festival will take place April 22-24, 2011. 

 

We are looking for:

-Facilitators

-Speakers

-Authors

-Workshops

-Skill shares

-Infoshops/Distros

-Filmmakers/Films

-Artist

 

If you are a filmmaker, or know someone who is, please feel free to e-mail us as well, and we will add you into the film festival schedule.

 

 

We want your input! If you would like to present a workshop or host a skill share, table your distro, play music or if you have resources and would like to volunteer … CONTACT US at houstonanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

 

La feria de libros y peliculas anarquistas sirve para traer literatura radical y alternativa, educacion y cultura con un enfoque en resistencia y creando comunidad. Este evento se esta creando como un vehiculo para organizar en la communidad y creando redes de comunicacion en el sur de Estados Unidos. La feria de libro tendra una variedad de distros, infoshops, libros nuevos y usados, en combinacion con talleres, intercambio de habilidades, lecturas, discursos, y facilitando el dialogo abierto. Por medio de esto esperamos crear un espacio libre, solidaridad en la comunidad anarquista, y crear redes regionales, nacionales, e internacionales. A este evento vendra una gran variedad de organizaciones que juntas construiran una comunidad radical en el sur.

El Festival y Feria Anarquista de Libros de Houston se llevara acabo del 22 al 24 de Abril del 2011.

 

Buscamos:

-Facilitadores

-Presentad@s

-Autores

-Talleres

-Intercambio de habilidades

-Infoshops/Distros

-Cinematograf@s/Peliculas

-Artistas

 

Si eres un@ cinematograf@, o conoces a alguien que lo sea, por favor mandanos un correo electronico y te agregaremos al itinerario

 

Queremos saber que piensas! Si te gustaria presentar un taller o dirigir un intercambio de abilidades, vender tu mercancia, tocar musica, o si tienes recursos y/o te gustaria voluntarear....COMUNICATE CON NOSOTROS!!!! a

 

houstonanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

 

The Shortwave Report 12/10/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (December 10) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, 
Radio Netherlands,

 

Radio Deutsche-Welle, 

Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.

   From CHINA- 
China has pushed for the resumption of the 6-party talks on the Korean peninsula in light of the recent artillery exchanges. The US and South Korea are increasing military exercises. Two stories about the UN climate talks in Cancun Mexico. Colombia has declared a state of emergency to cope with deadly floods.

    From NETHERLANDS- 

An analysis of the claims that the release of Wikileaks information is "a threat to national security" and that it "puts lives at risk."

    From GERMANY- 

According to a Wikileaks release The US pressured Germany into not arresting CIA agents involved in Extraordinary Rendition. A report on the effect that the new austerity measures in Ireland will have on citizens with low or middle incomes.

   From CUBA- 
The US has dropped its demand that Israel freeze illegal Jewish settlement building in the West Bank. Venezuela is receiving help from Iran to build new housing to replace those destroyed in recent severe flooding. The Afghan government has rescinded its demand that all mercenaries leave by the end of the year. An air strike by NATO forces has killed Afghan soldiers.

    From RUSSIA- 

 

A commentary on the visit to Afghanistan by UK Prime Minister David Cameron a few days after Barack Obama was there.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
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       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 

--"

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.


"

 

Calling All Activists - Join Us on the Ground in Palestine!

Activists Pull Down Settlement Fence in Beit Ommar, Palestine

 

FCC Commissioner Stands Up for Open Internet

 

On Dec. 21st, 2010, the FCC will finally vote to either turn our Internet over to big companies or protect it with the strongest network neutrality rules possible.  The voice of FCC Commissioner Clyburn will make the difference.  With one click, you can thank her for being an Open Internet Champion, and help her stand her ground!

If you don’t know who FCC Commissioner Clyburn is, you should.  Her vote could be the difference between the democratic Internet we have now- or one with pay to play service, corporate loopholes, and no protections for wireless users.

Commissioner Clyburn already had a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest before her swearing in as an FCC Commissioner in 2009.  Yet, when her nomination for FCC Commissioner was announced last year, people weren’t quite sure what to expect.  Little was known about her position on the important issue of Net Neutrality.  People wondered whether she would champion the issue for everyday Internet users, working people, and America’s poor, or if she she’d side with the corporations and their massive lobby.


Now we know. 

Watch Commissioner Clyburn stand up for Open Internet.

Since her speech to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council at Howard University last January, Commissioner Clyburn has opted not to follow the well-worn path toward upholding the status quo, and supporting a corporate bottom-line.  Instead she has become a strong leader for change, and a voice for our communities, championing issues often left out at the FCC.

On the issue of Net Neutrality she’s become the ‘peoples’ champion’, as well as a friend and ally to the Media Action Grassroots Network.  Commissioner Clyburn has not only maintained an open door policy—meeting with us in D.C. on no less than four occasions—but has also left the Beltway to visit our communities.


Take a minute and tell FCC Commissioner Clyburn she’s our Open Internet Champion. 

Send a letter to Clyburn now!

Thank you,

The Center for Media Justice

Police Harass Mayan Caravan Headed to COP16, Stop Religious Ceremony at Chichen Itza Ruins

 

(Video Story)
Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police

 

A Caravan consisting of more than 400 members from the State of Chiapas belonging to the National Social Justice Movement, La Otra Campaigna, was prevented from entering the sacred Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza, declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.

 

La Otra Campaigna attempted to hold Mayan prayer ceremonies in the temples of their ancestors with members of several Indigenous nations from multiple countries including Canada, Guatemala and the United States Friday night.

 

 

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police.

 

The caravan was denied entry into the park when they arrived at 6pm on Dec. 3 due to a nightly tourist light show that was being set up.

 

As an expression of religious freedom Caravan members did not pay what would have been a collective entrance fee of at least $1,600 Dollars or four $USD per person to enter their religious site.

 

The Caravan, including several buses and more than a dozen smaller vehicles, was only permitted to enter long enough to make a U-turn and file out.

 

The Caravan then traveled a short distance to the town of Piste. Locals in the town had planned to hold the second night of a carnival with music, dancing and a Bull Fight in the town Zocolo when the Caravan arrived.

 

But the Piste carnival was delayed for an hour as the Caravan’s vehicles circled the Zocolo. Young guitarists played while banners were rapidly painted denouncing their exclusion from Chichen Itza.

 

Many hoisted their printed black and red flags, which read “National Liberation Movement,” an initiative spanning the country prompted by self-governing Zapatista communities.

 

Speakers from Indigenous Nations rallied the crowd, performed a spiritual ceremony and sang.

 

The Caravan continued towards Cancun to take part in a convergence of approximately 10,000 other Caravan riders. They plan to take part in more than a week of protest actions and counter-conferences surrounding the COP16.

 

Otra Campaigna Caravan drivers concurred that they were pulled over by the Federal Police more than a dozen times and had their luggage searched during their two-day drive to Cancun.

 

1,500 Federal Police now occupy the city, with many security checkpoints. Maritime activity has been suspended for approximately15 kilometers out to sea around Cancun, costing local fishermen dearly.

 

At the Cancun City limits Federal Police vehicles began to tightly follow the Caravan, with vehicles in front, behind and in the parallel lane.  The Caravan successfully continued to a convergence center prepared for them in Cancun’s city center.

 

Link to La Via Campesina:

http://viacampesina.org/en/

12.3.10 Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Closed to Mayan Caravan Planning Pre-COP16 Ceremony, Pervasive Surveillance by Federal Police.

 

The persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

 

The persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

3 December 2010
The American state, its spokesmen in the mass media, and its allies around the world are engaged in an international campaign of vilification and persecution against WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange.
This campaign has nothing to do with any supposed crime he has committed, since he has committed none. He is the target of an international manhunt for his role in lifting the lid on the lies and criminal operations of imperialist powers the world over—above all, in the United States.
The same mafia-type criminality is now being deployed with full force against WikiLeaks and Private Bradley Manning, who is charged with leaking some of the documents. In the US, politicians of both parties are united in their determination to see Assange arrested. The Obama administration has branded the leakers, as well as WikiLeaks, “criminals,” with the US attorney general pledged to “close the gap” by inventing a pseudo-legal basis for prosecution if one does not exist at present.
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and ex-military officials have demanded the death penalty for Manning, while Sarah Palin has insisted that WikiLeaks be branded a terrorist organization.
Washington’s junior partners abroad have been equally adamant in their attack. Tom Flanagan, a former adviser to the Canadian prime minister, declared that Assange should be “assassinated,” that Obama should “put out a contract and maybe use a drone or something.” And the fact that Assange is a citizen of Australia did not prevent Julia Gillard, the prime minister of that country, from declaring, without any evidence, that Assange’s actions were “illegal,” while placing her government at the service of the US witch-hunt.
Assange faces the immediate threat of arrest on the basis of trumped-up charges in Sweden. On Thursday, Swedish authorities obtained a new arrest warrant on alleged sexual misconduct charges—invariably, and falsely, described in the mass media as “rape.” The charges were initially considered so specious that the prosecutor ordered them dropped. This decision was reversed, however, and Sweden on Thursday submitted a warrant to Interpol. Police in Britain—where Assange is believed to be located—have pledged his arrest, which could happen as early as today.
There can be no doubt that the charges leveled against Assange in Sweden are only a convenient pretext to seek his detention.
Indeed, among the more revealing documents posted so far by WikiLeaks is one from the US ambassador to Sweden, who notes that Sweden’s close ties to the United States military “give the lie to the official policy” of non-participation in military alliances. In what has begun to emerge as a theme in the released cables from the US State Department, the ambassador warns that these ties should not be revealed because this would “open up the government to domestic criticism.”
The documents obtained by WikiLeaks—only a small fraction of which have been released so far—help expose what is a permanent conspiracy against the democratic rights of the world’s population: from covering up US bombings of civilians in Yemen, to working behind the scenes to obstruct the prosecution of CIA agents guilty of torture, to spying on UN officials in violation of international treaties.
Those who are leading the campaign against WikiLeaks are themselves responsible for horrific atrocities. In the face of allegations from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that WikiLeaks had placed lives in danger, Assange gave an appropriate response in an interview with Time magazine. WikiLeaks, he noted, “has never caused an individual … to come to any sort of physical harm or to be wrongly imprisoned and so on. That is a record compared to the organizations that we are trying to expose who have literally been involved in the deaths of hundreds or thousands or, potentially over the course of many years, millions.”
This criminality continues, now under the Obama administration. One document released by WikiLeaks that has been virtually ignored in the media is particularly revealing. In the spring of 2009, the Obama administration, in alliance with top figures in the Republican Party, intervened to pressure the Spanish government to derail an investigation into torture carried out by the Bush administration.
At one point, a representative of the US embassy, together with former chairman of the Republican Party Mel Martinez, met with the acting Spanish Foreign Minister to insist that “the prosecutions would not be understood or accepted in the US and would have an enormous impact” on US-Spanish relations. The prosecutions were quickly scuttled.
If the actions of WikiLeaks have helped reveal, in real time, the lies of the American government, they have also exposed the role of the chief propagators of these lies: the American media. For decades, the US government has cultivated the media to the point where it engages in self-censorship as a matter of course, where it does not even blush to declare itself “embedded” with this or that military unit or other state body.
The major newspapers regularly clear major articles with the White House and the Pentagon, delaying stories that could be politically harmful. Now, what is supposedly a central obligation of the media—to expose government secrets and provide information to the population—is treated by the media itself as if it were a criminal enterprise.
The mainstream media has long been concerned in particular about the potential of the Internet to allow people to access information unfiltered through official channels. There can be no doubt that the WikiLeaks revelations will provide further impetus to the campaign by the US government to assert greater control over online networks.
The WikiLeaks web site has already been the target of repeated denial of service attacks, of suspicious origin. In an attempt to get WikiLeaks back online, the organization rented servers from Amazon. On Wednesday, Amazon blocked WikiLeaks from using its servers, apparently under pressure from US officials and staff members of Democrat turned Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
The state persecution of Assange—enthusiastically backed by the mass media—is one expression of a far-reaching decay of democracy in the United States and internationally. World governments, led by the United States, are carrying out deeply unpopular policies—the multi-trillion dollar bailout of financial institutions, relentless demands for social austerity and the expanding war and global plunder.
The constant proclamations about the need for secrecy, which WikiLeaks has violated by publishing government documents, arises fundamentally from the irreconcilable conflict between the social interests that these governments represent and the needs and aspirations of the vast majority of the population.
The persecution of Assange in an effort to silence this exposure is not simply a threat to one individual. The methods employed against WikiLeaks will be used against all opposition to the policies of the corporate and financial aristocracy.
The World Socialist Web Site demands an immediate halt to the campaign against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. All the documents WikiLeaks has in its possession should be released for the world to see.
In the final analysis, the hysterical witch-hunt against Assange and WikiLeaks is not any sign of strength on the part of the American ruling elite and its state, but rather of fear and weakness. Intensely conscious of the crisis and instability of the political and economic system, they fear that revelations of state crimes will only fuel the inevitable eruption of mass working class opposition to their reactionary policies in the US and around the world. It is this emerging movement of social struggles on a global scale that must undertake an implacable defense of Assange, WikiLeaks and all those who seek to drag the crimes and conspiracies of imperialism into the light of day.

Joseph Kishore

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Help save the world. Please share this important call to action with people everywhere. For now the internet is useful in this effort. But the freedom of the net may not last much longer. Making and distributing hard copies may be a good idea. Act and be prepared. The “Brave New World” is upon us. General Joe

PS: I appeal directly to youth in the above effort. Like the founders and all the activists who are working tirelessly and selflessly to expose these terrible crimes against democracy and humanity, you no doubt possess media skills perfect for the effort. It's your world our "leaders" are destroying. Use those skills now.

www.wikileaks.ch

Find notes for further publishing below:

The persecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
Joseph Kishore
"Those who are leading the campaign against WikiLeaks are themselves responsible for horrific atrocities. In the face of allegations from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that WikiLeaks had placed lives in danger, Assange gave an appropriate response in an interview with Time magazine. WikiLeaks, he noted, “has never caused an individual … to come to any sort of physical harm or to be wrongly imprisoned and so on. That is a record compared to the organizations that we are trying to expose who have literally been involved in the deaths of hundreds or thousands or, potentially over the course of many years, millions.”

The Shortwave Report 12/03/10 Listen Globally

US envoys forced to apologise in advance as Wikileaks release looms

Imperialism In Full Spin Mode As Undeniable Proof Of It’s Duplicity Toward “Allies” And Total Disregard For The Lives Of Citizens Of Conqured Nations Is Provided To The World:

US envoys forced to apologise in advance as Wikileaks release looms

America fears disclosure of diplomatic cables will offend allies
By Jerome Taylor

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Since the publication of nearly 400,000 Iraq war logs last month, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been keeping a low profile
Frantic behind the scenes wrangling was under way last night as US officials tried to stem the fallout from the expected release of up to three million confidential diplomatic communiques by the Wikileaks website.
Over the past 48 hours, American ambassadors have had the unenviable task of informing some of the country's strongest allies that a series of potentially embarrassing cables are likely to be released in the coming days.
The latest tranche of documents, described by Wikileaks as being seven times as large as its last exposé – the 400,000 secret war logs from Iraq that were published last month – are thought to be cables taken from SIPRNet, the Pentagon's global secret-level computer network which is accessible online for those with clearance.

US officials say the publication of such reports, which often contain candid assessments from embassy staff and ambassadors about foreign governments and leaders, has the potential to harm relations between Washington and its allies.
Downing Street yesterday confirmed that the US ambassador in London had already briefed the Government on what might be contained in the files. Similar meetings were also reported in Turkey, Israel, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Australia.
Wikileaks has made no official confirmation other than through brief messages posted on its Twitter page claiming that the Pentagon was "hyperventilating again over fears of being held to account".
It is not clear whether the whistle-blowing website will black-out the names of people who might face persecution if they were known to be co-operating with American embassies abroad. A source at Wikileaks said that the website was "proceeding with caution, as always" with regard to the details it would put into the public domain, suggesting that some form of redaction would be used.
But US officials have nonetheless reacted angrily, arguing that any publication of the cables would make diplomacy in sensitive parts of the world much more difficult.
"WikiLeaks are an absolutely awful impediment to my business, which is to be able to have discussions in confidence with people," said James Jeffrey, US ambassador to Baghdad. "I do not understand the motivation for releasing these documents. They will not help, they will simply hurt our ability to do our work here."
Early indications suggest the communiqués – thought to be from the last five years – could be a major source of embarrassment both for Washington and its allies, shining a light on the kind of candid opinions and policies that governments like to keep secret.
Quoting a Wikileaks "administrator", the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat said some of the cables suggested that Turkey had been turning a blind eye to fighters from the group Al-Qa'ida in Iraq slipping across into Turkey from the south. According to the same report, separate cables also reveal that Washington has been allowing fighters from the Kurdish separatist group the PKK safe havens in northern Iraq to stage attacks on Turkey.
Sources familiar with the US State Department reports told Reuters that some of the missives are thought to contain allegations against politicians in Russia, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations.
The Russian daily business newspaper Kommersant said that the cables will contain general assessments of the political situation in Russia and "unflattering characteristics" of Russian leaders.
Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, also admitted yesterday during a Cabinet meeting in Rome that the Wikileaks documents could have "negative repercussions" on the country's embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
That Wikileaks is in possession of the secret communications has been suspected by US officials ever since Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was arrested six months ago on charges of leaking confidential information to the whistleblowing website.
In an online chat with former hacker Adrian Lamo, who eventually turned Manning in to the authorities, the Iraq-based analyst boasted how he had handed over a cache of secret foreign policy documents that revealed "almost-criminal political back dealings" by US officials.
In the online chat made available by Lamo, Manning added: "Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning, and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public."
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has always denied receiving any information from Manning, although the website has campaigned for his release from detention.
So where is Assange?
Since the publication of nearly 400,000 Iraq war logs last month, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been keeping a low profile.
The Australian-born campaigner leads a nomadic existence, rarely staying in the same place for more than a couple of nights, and frequently relying on friends and supporters for shelter.
On Thursday a court in Sweden upheld an arrest warrant on rape charges, although an appeal against the charge is continuing.
Assange, 39, has always strongly denied the charges against him. He says they are part of a smear campaign to discredit his whistleblowing organisation which has acheived worldwide fame this year following a string of leaks from the US military.
He is thought to be currently residing in Britain, although his UK lawyer Mark Stephens refused to say where his client was staying.
"I haven't confirmed where he is, but we have been in contact in the past 24 hours," Mr Stephens said.
Mr Assange's lawyer attacked the Swedish arrest warrant, adding that Mr Assange has already volunteered to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors either at an embassy or police station in Sweden. "The circumstances are all very bizarre," he said.

"Allies" may indeed become very hard for the US to find. Spread widely. General Joe

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The most recent release of classified information by wikileaks includes the incredible revelation that the US has been covertly attacking a fellow NATO state through the outlawed PKK. The PKK has been at war with the Turkish state since 1979. This is explosive information! From reading mainstream reports of this “diplomatic nightmare” it is clear that the US propaganda system is in full spin mode. Almost all the headlines I’m coming across now emphasize a supposed relationship between the Turkish state and “Al Qae da in Iraq,” and virtually ignore the US actions against it’s earstwhile ally. The reaction from Turkey may be telling. Watch and listen to the Turkish people rather than the officials though I don’t expect the leaders to be smiling either. Please share this news widely. General Joe

Report: WikiLeaks Docs to Show US Military Supporting PKK in Turkey’s Civil War
Military Praises PKK as 'Warriors for Freedom' Against NATO Ally
by Jason Ditz, November 25, 2010
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Speculation is flying fast and furious over the details of the upcoming WikiLeaks release, fueled in no small part by US official warnings to a number of its allies about how hugely damaging the release could be.

The documents are said to be potentially damning to a large number of foreign governments, but perhaps the most damaging content could be related to the US military, which according to media reports will be shown to have secretly backed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in its ongoing civil war against Turkey.
The PKK has been officially listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department since 1979, which would be reason enough that the Defense Department cannot legally back them. It is doubly problematic in this case, however, as the PKK has been fighting Turkey, a NATO member and close military ally of the US.
The Pentagon is said to have praised the PKK as “warriors for freedom” in official documents and has ordered detained PKK captured inside Iraq released. They are also said to have provided the organization with weapons.

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Show the world the truth about US lies. Better, show the people who reside within the imperial beast for whom the fleecing is finally becoming visible. General Joe

PS: I think I read something in NATO doctrine that went “an attack on one member is an attack on all.”

The Shortwave Report 11/26/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (November 26) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International,
 Radio Deutsche-Welle, 

Radio Netherlands,

 Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.

   From CHINA- 
The 

The Chinese government is giving subsidies to a quarter million citizens to help with the 10 percent rise in the cost of food in the past month. China and Russia signed many economic and trade agreements. China filed its annual report on climate change. Then 4 stories concerning North Korea, beginning with Sunday and the centrifuge report, then the military attacks which the North says the South began, and then the plans for more provocative US/South Korea joint naval drills this weekend.

    From GERMANY- 

A European view of the skirmish on the Korean peninsula and speculation on the effect it will have. In Bucharest an exhibition showing the effect of garbage on the environment has been unveiled at a shopping mall.

    From NETHERLANDS- 

Ireland has announced tough austerity measures while discussing bailouts with the EU and IMF. Portugal ground to a halt on Wednesday in a nationwide strike against their austerity measures.

   From CUBA- 
Another day of protests in London over college fees. Wikileaks announced it will release more documents from Iraq, seven times bigger than the first. Secret talks in Afghanistan with Taliban collapsed when the main Taliban involved was revealed as a fake. NATO's top representative came under fire for claiming that Kabul was safer for children than London or New York. The Obama administration is pressuring Pakistan to allow for the wider use of drone attacks. Hugo Chavez signed the Anti-Imperialist Manifesto in Defense of Homeland.

    From RUSSIA- 

 

Bolivian President Evo Morales accused the US of instigating a number of attempted coups in Latin America. German Chancellor Merkel expressed her grave concern over the fate of the Euro. There are reports that the uranium enrichment program in Iran has been suspended. Serious actions are being taken to prevent tigers from becoming extinct in the wild.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
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       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 

--"
Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.


"

 

-- Howard Zinn

 

GM's LBO, government-style

 

Lost Opportunities - Part One in a Series

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Since 2008, both the Bush and Obama Administrations spent hundreds of billions - by some estimates, up to TRILLIONS - of dollars bailing our Wall Street investors, banks and industrial firms. Much was said about the need to provide a stimulus to the economy, with the public understanding that job creation would follow the infusion of cash into these sectors. But thus far, there has been little impact on unemployment, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the unemployed.

With the infusion of so much public money into these sectors came the possibility of structural change. The government was in the driver's seat, the public was heavily invested in finance and industry, and policy in those sectors - i.e., policy in such critical areas as transportation - could now be set by the people.

Butt that hasn't happened, as we all know. And this past week, the possibility of real change in the transportation sector faded into the background.

In 2009, President Obama began a takeover of GM that ended in the auto giant filing bankruptcy, its collapse the result of management's long-running failure to adapt to consumers' demand for reliable fuel-efficient cars. Upon taking ownership, government policy-makers had a tremendous - perhaps unprecedented - opportunity to set transportation policy for the 21st century and beyond. This past week's announcement of the sale of a majority stake in GM was essentially an announcement of a failure to take advantage of that opportunity.

The magnitude of this failure cannot be understated, and the reasons for it reveal a lot about this Administration and its priorities.

First, a comparison of the Administration's handling of the GM takeover with the operation of private firms in company takeovers is in order. One common corporate takeover model over the past decades has been the leveraged buy-out ("LBO"), where the buyer uses a very small sum of its own money, leverages it with borrowed funds and other debt, and attains control of the company. These buyers, despite their typically very small stake, are not shy about taking direct control of policy-making and operations at the targeted company from the start.

Here, the government infused some $50 Billion in the first three months alone, laid off workers, reduced pensions and other benefits in the process, and essentially set the company "back on its feet" to be reacquired by the same forces and with the same basic mission that led it to disaster in the first place.

Gordon Gekko couldn't have done a better job - for Wall Street investors. But American workers and taxpayers, as well as those concerned about the health of Planet Earth, didn't fare well at all.

Lost is the chance to turn GM - the company that killed the electric car - into a world-class innovator of non-fossil fuel transportation vehicles; lost also are the jobs that would have followed. And instead of following Michael Moore's suggestion "to build the future: bullet trains, light rail and electric buses," we will again watch a steady stream of gasoline-addicted automobiles issue forth, produced by fewer and fewer union workers.

Interestingly, on the same day that GM stock went back on the market, Japanese automaker Nissan introduced an all-electric vehicle to the US market place. If the prior success of the Toyota Prius is any measure, the Nissan Leaf will likely draw a huge response from American consumers - at the expense, of course, of US automakers and, more importantly, US auto workers.

During my 2008 Presidential campaign, I called for a government takeover of GM, but with the specific purpose of using it as a vehicle to redefine transportation. I specifically called for the development and manufacture of fossil fuel-free cars, trains and buses, which would put the US back in the forefront of the global transportation industry. Instead, President Obama said he hopes to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, a laudable goal compared to the record of the last four administrations, but palpably insufficent as a response to the urgent crises facing our climate, our workers and our competitive industrial position in the world.

We bought and paid for the chance to change the world - and we paid top dollar for it. But instead, we received another shipping container full of more-of-the-same. What a waste...

Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) served six terms in the House of Representatives and was the Green Party candidate for President in 2008.

Environmental Media Picks Up On The Great American Paper Boycott!

 US paper products are breaking the law

Significativo aporte de Nicaragua Sugar y Compañía Licorera (Grupo Pellas) a la educación

 

Threats of violence from a "Buddhist Monk"

 I just spent two months in Brazil volunteering for the New Kadampa Tradion International Temples Project... And was threatened with violence on three occasions by the monk in charge of the project. Others were also singled out for verbal abuse by this nut case. Be carefull before you volunteer for the NKT!!

The Shortwave Report 11/19/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

 

            The latest Shortwave Report (November 19) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International,
 Radio Deutsche-Welle, 
Radio Netherlands,
 Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.
   From CHINA- 
The Chinese government will counteract rising food prices by releasing its reserves onto the market to maintain supplies. APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, concluded its meeting by agreeing to establish a free trade area including the US, China, and Japan with developing countries like Mexico and Indonesia. The US is offering Israel 20 Stealth jet fighters and UN veto protection for renewing a freeze on illegal settlement building. Colombia will extradite an alleged drug kingpin to his home country of Venezuela rather than the US. The international summit on cluster munitions concluded in Laos with plans to implement the ban and destruction of all such weapons- the US neither attended nor observed the meetings.

    From GERMANY- 

Britain announced that it will pay millions of pounds to 10 former detainees for colluding with the US in their torture- they claim it is not an admission of guilt, but that it will be cheaper than going through the courts.

    From NETHERLANDS- 
An interview with a representative from Amnesty International concerning the British payout to former detainees and a new report on the practice of extraordinary rendition. Italian President Berlusconi is facing probable lack of confidence votes and resignation. Germany has raised terror alerts.
   From CUBA- 
Another US drone attack in Pakistan with local reports claiming civilian deaths. An update on US military and CIA plans for Yemen. More information on the 10 British citizens given large sums of money to avoid public hearings on their alleged torture. Clashes in Haiti arose when the Cholera outbreak was blamed on UN soldiers from Nepal. The new UN raconteur on torture insists that the US investigate all claims of torture in Iraq. A Latin American attorney says that some US senior congressmen just met with right-wing Latin American figures involved in coups and terrorist actions.

    From RUSSIA- 
 A commentary on the history of nations attempting to conquer Afghanistan, in light of vague plans for withdrawal from the country.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_11_19_10.mp3 >(13.3MB)
link for smaller file and streaming- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml >
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 
--"

Privatization is presented as being the only alternative to an inefficient, corrupt state. In fact, it is not a choice at all... it is a mutually profitable business contract between the private company (preferably foreign) and the ruling elite of the Third World."

 

-- Arundhati Roy

 

BREAKING: Toxic Texas City Terrified by BP Refinery Evacuation

 

The Shortwave Report 11/12/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

 

            The latest Shortwave Report (November 12) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International,
 Radio Deutsche-Welle, 
Radio Netherlands,

 Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.
   From CHINA- 
British Prime Minister Cameron, along with state officials and 50 businessmen, spent several days in China expanding economic exchange. China is giving aid to Thailand to help with the relief effort from recent flooding. At least 20,000 took to the streets of S Korea to protest the G20 summit. The indigenous people of Australia may soon be recognized in the constitution. University lecturers and students held mass protests in London against the doubling and tripling of the cost of receiving higher education.

    From NETHERLANDS- 

As the new government in the Netherlands "rebrands" itself to the right, another measure to restrict cannabis use has been instituted- scratch and sniff cards to helps citizens identify and report illegal marijuana production.

    From GERMANY- 
Massive protests in Germany delayed the transport of nuclear waste from France to be temporarily stored in salt mines in Germany- 60% of Germans polled oppose nuclear power, while the government has just extended the life of current nuclear power plants.
   From CUBA- 
South Korean security is at very high levels for the G20 summit, with 50,000 police and the military on duty. The US has begun using armed drones in Yemen, along with CIA and NSA troops, to hunt for alleged terrorists. There were 2 more US drone strikes in Pakistan. 100 nations are attending an international conference on Cluster munitions underway in Laos- the US government has sent no representatives or observers. A group of 400 survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster protested Obama's visit to India.

    From RUSSIA- 
Russia will build and help operate a nuclear power plant in Venezuela. Russia and Japan are working together on a wind power station to provide electricity for the production of hydrogen from water. A commentary on President Obama's 3 day visit to India.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_11_12_10.mp3 >(13.3MB)
link for smaller file and streaming- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml >
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 
--"
Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.

"

 

-- Arundhati Roy

 

SB1070-like Bill Introduced in Texas House

 Fascist/Racist politicians in Tomball are organizing against freedom of movement, and attempting to institutionalize racist policies:

Debbie Riddle, a republican state representative from Tomball has made good on her promises to introduce anti-immigrant legislation in advance of the 2011 legislative session.

This is something to worry about with the new state legislature consisting of 99 Republicans and 51 Democrats, one vote short of a two-thirds majority.

Read the bills here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?id=todayhousefiled

HB 17 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of the offense of criminal trespass by an illegal alien and to certain procedures for arresting illegal aliens for committing that criminal offense.

HB 18 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of laws governing immigration.

HB 19 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the penalty for operation of a motor vehicle without a license.

HB 21 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to reporting by state agencies on the financial effect of providing services to illegal immigrants.

HB 22 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to information regarding the citizenship and immigration status of public school students.

Grupo Pellas: Nicaragua Sugar y Compañía Licorera, marcando la diferencia

 

The Shortwave Report 11/05/10 Listen Globally

 

Dear Radio Friend, 

 

            The latest Shortwave Report (November 5) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International,
 Radio Deutsche-Welle, 
Radio Netherlands,

 Radio Havana Cuba,
 and the Voice of Russia.
   From CHINA- 
China has completed the first stage of a massive wind power project. 200 nations attending the United Nations Biodiversity meeting in Japan agreed on a 10 year plan to protect natural resources- the United States declines to join the biodiversity convention. China will impose a tobacco smoking ban in public places in 2 months, though enforcement is uncertain. Greek militants sent package bombs to over a dozen European leaders and embassies- the Greek government emphasizes that there is no connection to Al-Qaeda.

    From GERMANY- 

A review of the impact that the US midterm elections will have on international relations- can a divided America maintain world leadership? Germany's Parliament extended the life of its nuclear power plants by 10 or more years, leading to demonstrations and unrest.

    From NETHERLANDS- 
Ireland announced austerity measures including increased fees at universities, and found 40,000 students had violent confrontations with police in Dublin.
   From CUBA- 
Cuba congratulated the president-elect of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who has pledged to eradicate poverty in the country. The young man from Canada held in Guantanamo Bay prison may return to Canada within a year. US drone attacks continue in Pakistan, as do attacks on NATO trucks delivering fuel to Afghanistan. The Obama administration is considering sending elite hunter killer teams under CIA control into Yemen along with drone attacks. 

    From RUSSIA- 
A commentary on the packages allegedly sent from Yemen containing bombs intended for the United States- why now and why from Yemen?

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line at-http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org > 
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org > 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
link for broadcast edition- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_11_05_10.mp3 >(13.3MB)
link for smaller file and streaming- 
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml >
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 
--"
There is no greater breach of the public trust than knowingly misleading the country into war. In a democracy, we simply cannot tolerate the abuse of this trust by the government.

"

 

-- John Kerry

 

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