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Pics Worth a Thousand Protests

News for Anarchists & Activists:

[There’s a lot of links in the story, so you might want to
use the web version.–DC]

Pics Worth a Thousand Protests
By Julia Scheeres
02:00 AM Oct. 17, 2003 PT

The images captured by the amateur video are repulsive: a
bound man’s throat is hacked repeatedly with a knife until
his blood spreads in a dark pool around him.

The real-life snuff film is one of many such clips that the
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
published online to document atrocities committed by Islamic
fundamentalists long before extremists flew airplanes into
buildings Sept. 11, 2001.

RAWA is part of a modern generation of activists around the
world who are relying on new technologies — from hidden
cameras to satellite communication — to collect evidence of
wrongdoing, promote their causes or simply provide an
alternative voice to the mainstream press.

* In Argentina, forensic anthropologists are using DNA
analysis in an attempt to identify thousands of people who
were killed during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship and
whose bodies were dumped in mass or unmarked graves.

* In Iraq, several locals have started Internet blogs to
provide alternative accounts of the U.S. invasion of their

* Around the globe, indigenous tribes are mapping their
ancestral land boundaries using global satellite positioning
systems to guard against depredations by local governments
and private companies.

* Activists also have become tech innovators. Greenpeace,
for example, has developed a solar-powered camera capable of
streaming images over the Internet in real time from remote
locations, as well as software to send uninterrupted images
via satellite.

The Internet has played a key role in these campaigns.
Groups like MoveOn.org — a network of 2 million progressive
activists — use the Web to galvanize members and inform
them of key political events.

"The Internet, of course, is a balancing factor right now,
and many (activists) are finding ways to get around the
mainstream press by publicizing and streaming on the Web,"
said Jeff Taylor, part of a collective of independent
producers called the Video Activist Network, which publishes
much of its work online.

The group’s most recent work, We Interrupt This Empire,
depicts the antiwar movement in San Francisco in the
aftermath of the U.S. strikes on Iraq.

And in a world impatient for visual proof of wrongdoing,
more and more activists are using images to prove their points.

One of the biggest proponents of this seeing-is-believing
philosophy is Witness, a group that has placed video cameras
in the hands of human rights groups. Founded by musician
Peter Gabriel in 1992, the nonprofit has worked with 150
groups worldwide to expose socials ills ranging from the
systematic rape of girls and women during Sierra Leone’s
10-year civil war to sweatshops in New York.

Gabriel was inspired by the 1991 home video that captured
the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles — imagery that
became the crucial evidence in the subsequent police
brutality trial. Witness films have been used in legal
proceedings, to counteract "official" human rights reports
and to force institutional change.

A film the group co-produced with Mental Disability Rights
International, for example, recently led to the closure of
several abusive psychiatric hospitals in Mexico.

In some instances, the mere presence of a Witness video
camera has been enough to ward off violence during
confrontations with armed men. On the Philippine island of
Mindanao, for example, indigenous activists say their
equipment protected them against sugar company thugs trying
to drive them off their land.

"In the Philippines, our partners report that the camera is
a shield, reminding attackers and officials alike about the
possibility of accountability for their actions," said
Witness program manager Sam Gregory. "They also talk about
the protective potential felt by exposed local groups in
knowing that there is a global public who will view images
they shoot, and who will act on their behalf."

RAWA members used miniature camcorders hidden under their
shroud-like burqas to compile footage of Taliban cruelties,
including public executions, amputations and beatings to
generate an international outcry against the fundamentalist
regime and to collect funds to build hospitals and schools.

Counterintuitively, the grainy, unpolished images captured
by organizations like RAWA may be more damning than the
sleek documentaries of more monied groups.

"Video activists have to be conscious that some or all of
their media may end up as broadcast mainstream or in
international courts, so any attempt to alter will be
detected," said Peter Wintonick, whose film Seeing Is
Believing explores the link between technology and activism.
"Watermarks are fine, but everything can be hacked. So
ethical integrity and trust are the only tools one needs."

Wintonick’s film narrates several instances where tech
helped instigate social revolutions.

In the International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia, camcorder evidence was used to convict military
leaders for the massacre of 7,000 Muslim men and boys in

In the Philippines, text messaging played a key role in the
ouster of President Joseph Estrada. When Estrada’s
impeachment trial on corruption charges was suspended
indefinitely in January 2001, outraged citizens messaged
each other the news, and within two hours, 150,000
protestors stormed downtown Manila to demand Estrada’s
resignation. They kept their vigil for four days — until a
new president was sworn in to office.

A mural in Manila memorializes the uprising and the
importance of cell phones in sparking the popular revolt.

Dan Clore

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News for Anarchists & Activists:

"It’s a political statement — or, rather, an
*anti*-political statement. The symbol for *anarchy*!"
— Batman, explaining the circle-A graffiti, in
_Detective Comics_ #608

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Goddamn George Bush…

Sick, wounded U.S. troops held in squalor
and this over at metafilter:
Trading with the Enemy (Prescott Bush was a bad man)-The mainstream
press decides to bring up the Bush/Nazi connection- Newly declassified
documents shed new light on the shady beginnings of the Bush family’s
dynastic wealth: through GW Bush’s grandfather Prescott Bush’s work as
a director of a US bank which was both controlled by the German
industrialist Thyssen (who played a key role in bankrolling Hitler’s
rise to power) and which continued to launder Thyssen Group profits
after the US declaration of war against Germany. But if you’ve been
reading Metafilter closely, you would have known the facts almost a
year ago. ( * executes clannish, self/Metafilter congratulatory
victory jig * ).  Will the mainstream press pick up the trail of the
story, to the US government secret importation of Nazi scientists
immediately after WW2? (don’t hold yr. breath)more links over at
Oh btw, did I say Goddamn George Bush? Well, Double Goddamn him and
his possie…

"Fuck them, O Lord, for they know EXACTLY what they do." – Paul

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Heidi Klum to Berlin

      Our Lady Heidi Klum is scheduled to attend a charity gala given by Mrs.
Christina Rau, the wife of the German President, Johannes Rau, in Berlin
tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21:


      The event will take place at Schloss Bellevue (Castle Bellevue), the
official residence of the German President.  Empress Heidi had attended the
same event two years ago, on October 18, 2001.

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Re: in a rich man's house, there's no place to spit but his face

They are covering against kind, in active, through lean painters.

Rethink the Cool + the Shoe

phil knight had a dream.  he’d sell shoes.  he’d sell dreams.
he’d get rich.  he’d use sweatshops if he had to.

then along came a new shoe.  plain.  simple.  cheap.  fair.
designed for only one thing:  kicking phil’s ass.

the unswoosher

For years, Nike was the undisputed champion of logo culture,
its swoosh an instant symbol of global cool.

Today, Phil Knight’s Nike is a fading empire, badly hurt by
years of "brand damage" as activists and culture jammers
fought back against mindfuck marketing and dirty sweatshop labor.

Now a final challenge. We take on Phil at his own game – and win.
We turn the shoes we wear into a counterbranding game. The swoosh
versus the anti-swoosh. Which side are you on?

Adbusters has been doing R&D for more than a year, and guess what?
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        our children’s lives.


Mustafa AL-Shouli

his tribe decided to take all my friends
away from me if I don?t kill anyone or commit suicide, he played another
card. Another man went and harrased this girls parents that if he does
not sleep around with their daughter he will make their family secrets
public, so this girls was taken out of the picture too. Then a gun was
given into my hand in case if I wanted to get even with that man or
shoot myself but I did not know what was going on so thing did not go

These people have been commiting system rape of Muslim men and women for
years. Before this event occurred, some African Jews come to our prayer
room in uni and stood right behind me when I was praying and said "You
didn?t listen to us did you, so don?t work too hard for Islam may be you
should pay attention to your family and find out that we have burned
it", I don?t know what they did to my family but I hope I will recall
soon. But all these things show how daring they are, they openly say hey
we will kill you, and no one here will stop us. (more discoveries to

May God free Muslims from physiological slavery. May God give us all the
ability and courage to face and follow the truth. May God finish the
days of Dajal and free the minds and hearts of humanity. May God give
all of ability to build a very strong shi

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Ulysses For Dummies


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Can poetry challenge militarized language

Ron Silliman addresses the question: Can poetry challenge militarized
language and propaganda? Are textual critique, parody, and satire
adequate responses or do they reify these abuses?
…the way to challenge & defeat "militarized language & propaganda"
is not through poetry, but through same political action a steelworker
or waitress might take. The idea that poetry is in this sense a
different practice strikes me as a genre-based mode of megalomania. If
poets are serious about taking on the forces of darkness, the avenues
for action are plentiful…. Nice little ditty I found via woodslot

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Heidi Klum: Nipple Alarm in Berlin

      Nipple Alarm in Schloss Bellevue

      Yesterday, Tuesday, October 21, Our Lady Heidi Klum attended the charity
benefit given by Mrs. Christina Rau, the wife of the German President Johannes
Rau, at Schloss Bellevue (Castle Bellevue), the official residence of German
Presidents in Berlin.  Empress Heidi was accompanied by Renault Formula 1 team
manager Flavio Briatore.

      Later on in the evening, Archangel Heidi participated in the fashion show
of the charity gala and the following thing happened:


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ronald reagan elected governor of CA

aw… crap.

[the empire never ended]

-Sned The Bold http://www.geocities.com/t3dyhand/
"A pig who does not fly is just an ordinary pig"
-Porcoro (Miyazaki film)

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Kalifornia uber alles!

Well, the California ignorati have spoken.  They huffed and puffed, pounded
the ground with sticks and bones and collectively grunted their overwhelming
approval of the Austrian-born , Hitler-sympathizing, steroid-pumped,
marble-mouthed, bodybuilder-with-a-movie-contract Arnold Schwarzenegger.
We have a new Governor now, and he’s going to "pump up Sacramento".  He’s
apparently going to accomplish this by firmly squeezing Sacramento’s shapely
breasts and whispering sweet nothings in the ears of his constituency like
"Have you ever had the fat, slippery tongue of an Austrian-born ,
Hitler-sympathizing, steroid-pumped, marble-mouthed,
bodybuilder-with-a-movie-contract in your ass?"
Apparently, the majority of voters in California are ready and willing to
share this kind of intimacy with Arnold.  They can yak and coo about it on
their cell phones as they heedlessly cut off traffic on the freeways with
their SUVs: "Ooh! His tongue is so fat and slippery!  I won’t be able to sit
for a week!  I can’t wait ’til the Republicans suspend the Constitution so
he can run for President!" [crash! tinkle, tinkle]

Arnold thanked the people most responsible for his victory last night by
saying, "I especially vant to thank Dr. Mengele for having the foresight to
forcibly impregnate my mother, an anonymous Polish refugee,  then gas her to
death, thus concealing my real origins from the rest of the volrt!
Kalifornia uber alles!".

I’m not prepared to say that California is doomed, but I will predict that
Arnold’s stewardship of the Governor’s office will be a horrible failure.
The legislature will ignore him, Arnold will rage and bellow, flex his pecs
and accomplish exactly nothing.  Actually, that’s not quite true.  Arnold
will make sure that if anyone benefits from his administration, it will be
the rich Republicans who put him in the Governor’s office.


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Who polices the police who police us?

Found at metafilter.com (see below)Is it just me,or is this
panonopticon of Murika(bushspeak) getting …WIERD or WEIRD or both.
A question for you lawyer/LE types:
If the DOJ was investigating the mayor, why wouldn’t they inform his
security detail (secretly), and seek/demand their cooperation (by
court order if necessary)? I presume that, since they are police, they
have higher allegiance to the courts than to the mayor (even though
these are different layers of government).
It just seems odd to me that, apparently, one law enforcement agency
"caught" another.

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