"On December 13, 1998, the Colombian Air Force, which has received millions of dollars of assistance from [US based] Occidental Petroleum, bombed the small hamlet of Santo Domingo, Colombia, killing 17 civilians, including 7 children. As the LA Times later exposed, this bombing was planned in Room G of Occidental Petroleum's offices in CaZo Limon."
"In response to this bombing, Colombian Plaintiffs who lost relatives in this bombing commenced an action in a federal court in Los Angeles[...]"
"The State Department complied with this request, and, on December 23, 2004, sent a [...] letter to the court in L.A., now indicating that it believed the lawsuit would adversely impact U.S. foreign policy in Colombia and urging the court to dismiss the case."
Autonome (http://www.autonome.org) is a stark site, yet still wonderfully inspirational. They have a nice cache of downloadable posters which I wish were on light poles everywhere I went. One poster says, "We Don't Want The Bread, We Don't Even Want The Bakery, We Want The Whole Damn Wheat Field Back" over a background of wheat. Another poster shows children in a factory, and says, "Minimum wage is the smallest amount necessary to keep us all from revolting in the streets. Therefore, the more often we revolt, the higher minimum wage will be."
"Muted by the evidence of the Anglo-American catastrophe in Iraq, the international 'humanitarian' war party ought to be called to account for its largely forgotten crusade in Kosovo, the model for Tony Blair's 'onward march of liberation'. Just as Iraq is being torn apart by the forces of empire, so was Yugoslavia, the multi-ethnic state that uniquely rejected both sides in the cold war."
Canada: GET OUT! Fighting colonialism from Kanehsatake to Haiti
Café La Petite Gaulle, 2525 rue Centre (Metro Charlevoix)Tuesday January 25, 2005, 6:30pm
Open to all, donations will be accepted
Join us for an evening of solidarity with the peoples of Kanehsatake and Haiti. United in their opposition to foreign invasion, police state repression, and ongoing attacks on their self-determination, both nations have made their message clear: Canada - GET OUT! This event will feature community organizers from the Haitian community and from Kanehsatake, as well as solidarity activists from Montreal, who will provide up-to-date information on the two "crises" and discuss the ways in which allies can support the popular resistance in Haiti and in Kanehsatake.
"If Osama bin Laden does, in fact, head a vast international terrorist organization with trained operatives in more than 40 countries, as claimed by Bush, why, despite torture of prisoners, has this administration failed to produce hard evidence of it?"
like mother like son...
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - "Sir Mark Thatcher pleaded guilty Thursday to unwittingly helping to finance a foiled coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, accepting a $609,150 Cdn fine and a suspended jail sentence."
"...Latin American populations are no longer listening to the old "prosperity is just around the corner" tune of the neo-liberal crowd, whose policies have ruined their countries. In nation after nation, democratic elections have resulted in centre-left governments gaining power on promises of activist government, and moderating neo-liberal policies. Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela are among them, and Bolivia and Uruguay have followed suit. The unintended consequence of U.S. neo-liberal policies has been to revive a powerful Latin American nationalism."
How the mangrove shield was lost - Thursday January 6, 2005; The Guardian
Powerful business interests left Asian coastal protection in tatters before
the tsunami, reports John Vidal.
As the clear-up from the Asian tsunami starts and the full damage is
assessed, there is growing consensus among scientists, environmentalists and
Asian fishing communities that the impact was considerably worsened by
tourist, shrimp farm and other industrial developments which have destroyed
or degraded mangrove forests and other natural sea defences.
World oil production will peak on Thanksgiving Day 2005, according to Kenneth Deffeyes of Princeton University. "After the peak, the world's production of crude oil will fall, never to rise again," Deffeyes wrote in an abstract. "If the predictions are correct, there will be enormous effects on the world economy. Even the poorest nations need fuel to run irrigation pumps. The industrialized nations will be bidding against one another for the dwindling oil supply. The good news is that we will put less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The bad news is that my pickup truck has a 25-gallon tank."
"An Indian helicopter dropping food and water over the remote Andaman and
Nicobar Islands has been attacked by tribesmen using bows and arrows.
There were fears that the endangered tribal groups had been wiped out when
massive waves struck their islands."
Left-wing political movements, as Petrini has acknowledged, tend to be
uncomfortable with the idea of pleasure. In the past, he has written, "people
on the left, no matter how sophisticated and modern they might be, had an odd
relationship to gastronomy". This remains broadly true today. Environmentalists
find it hard to rid themselves of their earnest, do-gooding image. And there
is something horribly joyless and negative about the approach of many
This is a bit old but after finding it stashed away in my email, I had to send it on.
In a UN report on its own relevence, they state: "Lack of agreement on a clear and well-known definition [of terrorism] undermines the normative and moral stance against [it] and has stained the United Nations image." The report singles out two reasons why an international definition of terrorism has been impossible to achieve.
The first, it says, "is the argument that any definition should include states' use of armed forces against civilians." The second [problem] says the UN, "is that peoples under foreign occupation have a right to resistance and a definition of terrorism should not override this right."
Developing countries' crippling debt hits women hardest. And the policies of
the IMF and World Bank make matters worse
Noreena Hertz |
In the first story (posted by Yang), South Africa's ruling party has accused top U.S. officials of "conspir[ing]" with a German drug firm and treating Africans like guinea pigs amid questions over testing of a key HIV/AIDS drug before a U.S.-backed roll-out of the treatment across the continent.
In the second story (posted by Fern), mostly black or hispanic orphans in NYC were treated with experimental AIDS drugs without their knowledge or the knowledge of their caregivers.
[by way of the aut-op-sy list...]
New e-lists formed
Hi, this is just to let you know that some new email
lists have recently been formed which are actively
seeking new members.