Friday, February 29, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
February 8, 2008
Matt Renner of Truthout.org asks Dahr about some of the untold stories of the Iraq war, including the hidden (by the US media) ramifications of the so-called "surge" strategy and the backstory to the brutal 2004 sieges of Fallujah. Dahr also discusses the personal impact and choices related to being an "unembedded" correspondent reporting from a US-occupied war zone. View the full video here.
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The Bases Are Loaded - A Film by Alternate Focus
Will the U.S. ever leave Iraq? Official policy promises an eventual departure, while warning of the dire consequences of a "premature" withdrawal. But while Washington equivocates, facts on the ground tell another story.
Independent journalist Dahr Jamail, and author Chalmers Johnson, are discovering that military bases in Iraq are being consolidated from over a hundred to a handful of "megabases" with lavish amenities. Much of what is taking place is obscured by denials and quibbles over the definition of "permanent." The Bases Are Loaded covers a wide range of topics. Gary Hart, James Goldsborough, Nadia Keilani, Raed Jarrar, Bruce Finley Kam Zarrabi and Mark Rudd all add their observations about the extent and purpose of the bases in Iraq.
"What are the odds that a US military commander of one of these bases is going to say, "Well, OK Iraqis, looks like our job's done here. Here's the keys. Enjoy the movie theater. Have fun in the swimming pool. Enjoy your democracy. Take Care?"
It's just not going to happen. That's my point. These are billion dollar bases. These are Mega Bases. They're permanent bases, and they are there absoultely to stay."
- Dahr Jamail in the film "The Bases Are Loaded".
See The Bases are Loaded on the dahr.org - flash format
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury CT:
2/22/2008: Naugatuck Valley Community College Chorus: "The Great Debate: War in Iraq"
Naugatuck Valley Community College
"The Great Debate: War in Iraq"
February 22, 12 p.m - 3:30 p.m.Location: NVCC's Main Stage area, 750 Chase Parkway, WaterburyNVCC will host an all-inclusive debate on issues relating to the War in Iraq for anyone interested in learning about or discussing the various points of view. The guest debaters are Dr. James Jay Carafano, Assistant Director for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies of Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C, and Dr. Michael Schwartz, Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and author of numerous scholarly works on the war, including the book 'War Without End: The Iraq Debacle in Context.' Middle Eastern refreshments will be served at 12 p.m. prior to the beginning of the debate. For more information contact the Behavioral and Social Science division at (203) 596-2101. Debate is free and open to the public.
2/25/08 The Students for a Culture of Peace are co-sponsoring "10 Perfect" with the Black Students Union, and the Hispanic Students Union. The play is an one man performance by Patrick Sims which is a story of the only survivor of a lynching that will be performed onstage from 12:00-1:15 followed by discussion time until 2:00pm.
Conscience Conversations is part of the Unity series put on by the Black Students Union which also being co sponsored by SCOP and the Hispanic Students Union.
Our proposed discussions/activities are as follows:
3/5/08 bake sale/pin sale in prism lounge:all members are invited to bring in baked goods for the sale, and find time to help out with the actual sale and/or help to inform students about the club.
3/7/08 Christine Albino would like to have a movie in the cafe west called "A Soldiers Pay" that shows the treatment of our soldiers during war and when they arrive back home.
3/26/08 Immigration Workshop held by United for a Fair Economy is tentatively being set up during the SGA Meeting at 4:00 pm
3/29/08 Unity Film Series co sponsored by SCOP and the Black & Hispanic Students Unions is tentatively proposed to show the first film this year: "Uprooted: Refugee of Global Economy" followed by discussion The film series are generally shown in E430.
David Rovics also wrote me recently:
Hey folks in the New England/New York area, I just wanted to send out a head's up that I'll be heading to the northeast at the end of the month and singing at an antiwar event in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, March 1st (details will be up at http://www.davidrovics.com as soon as I know them). If anybody else within a few hundred miles of Providence might be inclined to organize a local show, or if you know of something interesting happening in your area that weekend or thereabouts, I'd love to hear from you! I need to know in the next week or so if I might be performing elsewhere in the region when I go out there, so please email or call soon if you got ideas...Hope to see you on the road and in the streets!--David
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
might be better
the mainstream media
removes candidate after candidate
until it seems
there's only one white male left standing
standing on the right
far to the right
and moving farther to the right all the time
With American Bigotry in mind
(or is it "With Bigotry in American minds"?)
how many Americans won't vote
for a woman
or a black man?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Say NO to the Merida Initiative
Witness for Peace, Mexico
February 6, 2008
"The Merida Initiative is characterized by a lack of a human rights perspective, a human security approach that mistakes the security of states for the security of human beings...It is time for the international community to stop supporting short-sighted policies such as this one."
--Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center