BEYOND BARS: Dec. 3, 2005 - 10am - 5 pm - FREE!!!
A conference on the politics of the prison industrial complex
At Western Washington University/ Bellingham, Wa.
Featured Speakers include The A Word Collective, Kirsten Anderberg (activist/agitator and journalist, Books to Prisoners, Pippa Breakspear (educator/addictions specialist), Mark Cook (former Black Panther who has served 24-plus years behind bars as a political prisoner), Harjap Grewal (organizer with No One Is Illegal), Puck Lo (organizer with Critical Resistance of Oakland, CA), Christina McLean (Chris McIntosh Support Campaign), Dian Million (poet, Professor of American Indian Studies, UW), Danielle Ni Dhighe (Coordinating Committee Member, Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America), The November Coalition, Matthew Walton (co-producer of Sundance, an opera on Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier), and more to be announced!
Fairhaven College, Western Wa. Univ, Bellingham, Wa.
(Adan) Castillo, who is accused of conspiring to import and distribute cocaine in the US, was detained after arriving in the (US)...Mr Castillo was in the US state of Virginia for a training course on how to fight drug trafficking through ports when he was arrested, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Vielman said.
Children who "cannot be reasonably consulted," such as those that are mentally handicapped or orphaned newborns may be tested on. With permission from the institution or guardian in charge of the individual, the child may be exposed to chemicals for the sake of research.
[A] document, obtained this week by The Washington Post, shows that officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. met in the White House complex with the Cheney aides who were developing a national energy policy, parts of which became law and parts of which are still being debated.
Roughly 14,500 detainees remain in U.S. custody, primarily in Iraq.
The number has steadily grown since the first CIA paramilitary officers touched down in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001, setting up more than 20 facilities including the "Salt Pit," an abandoned factory outside Kabul used for CIA detention and interrogation.
By Fawaz A. Gerges | Foreign Policy In Focus | Oct 27, 2005
The American-led invasion and occupation of Iraq has provided al-Qaida with a new lease on life, a second generation of recruits and fighters, and a powerful outlet to expand its ideological outreach activities to Muslims worldwide.
Foreign Policy In Focus - Nov 3, 2005
Amid growing concern over the fate and conditions of inmates engaged in a lengthy hunger strike at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Tuesday said he would not permit UN investigators to interview detainees there.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 11, 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For a quarter-century, environmentalists have succeeded in blocking efforts to drill for oil in what they consider a pristine, cherished patch of tundra in an Alaska wildlife refuge.
But with sky-high fuel prices and a wider Republican majority in Congress, their long fight to keep oil companies out of the refuge looked to be in trouble. Then they got some help from an unexpected place: House Republicans angry over cuts to social programs.
By PHILIP SHENON | The New York Times | Nov 10, 2005
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 - The lobbyist Jack Abramoff asked for $9 million in 2003 from the president of a West African nation to arrange a meeting with President Bush and directed his fees to a Maryland company now under federal scrutiny, according to newly disclosed documents.
ANARCHY SPEECH-A-THON * NOV. 12-13
In Support of Rob “los ricos” Thaxton
Rob “los ricos” Thaxton has asked that people “Raise a Ruckus” this weekend…so we are airing the Anarchist Speech-A-Thon Benefit Online (http://resist.ca/~kirstena)! We will be airing speeches by some of Rob’s favorite authors/activists, such as Chellis Glendinning, Vandana Shiva, John Zerzan, and more. You can download the speeches on mp3’s *for free* all weekend long!
By DOUG THOMPSON | Capitol Hill Blue | Nov 10, 2005
A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders [...] lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could "validate" the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to "unite the country" in a "time of national shock and sorrow."
Last night, Seattle Police killed yet another person for no apparent reason. At 70th NE and Roosevelt Way, in the University District last night, a car of people were chased and then one of them was killed, for some macho police chase that makes no sense. Apparently running a stop sign is now cause for deadly force in Seattle. This car was NOT stolen, NO weapons were involved…the only thing that caused this was the Police behaving irresponsibly, yet again.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An animal rights activist who freed thousands of mink from Midwestern fur farms and then dodged authorities for years was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday after urging his supporters in the courtroom to raid more farms.
11/07/05 "La Repubblica"
Veteran admits: Bodies melted away before us.
White phosphorous used on the civilian populace: This is how the US "took" Fallujah. New napalm formula also used.
Walking down the street a few months back, I noticed a visibly mangled bicycle with white-washed and twisted tires and frame, chained to a lamppost with the sign, “Ghostcycle.org #39” hanging on it. Curious, I went to GhostCycle.org and found it is a “bike accident awareness” organization. GhostCycle is a Seattle project that could be mimicked in any city. The group solicits stories online from bicyclists who have had accidents revolving around interactions with cars on Seattle streets, primarily. The site tells the story of a bicyclist’s accident, and then a memorial broken bike is placed on the spot of the accident. The bikes are painted an eerie white, and the tires are contorted and completely painted white, too, which really works well for a “ghostly” effect.