4/12/8 Carrying a Torch: U.S. Keeps Up Olympic Tradition Around the World

SPORTING POLITICS

The Olympic Charter ... introduced after American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute on the podium at the 1968 Games in Mexico City.... bans any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in any Olympic venue or area. This includes the opening and closing ceremonies, the medal podiums and the Athletes’ Village. But there are still many grey areas and concerns among human rights campaigners that athletes’ right to free speech will be curtailed to avoid embarrassing their Chinese hosts.

digest note: the Olympics are political, a showcase for some rabid, racist unsporting nationalism, led by the U.S. Politics also drives the protests and rules regarding protests: anti-imperialist-zionist politics or reactionary like the made-in-usa anti-China campaign. The official censorship rules are led by the U.S. "Grey areas" allow them latitude to dictate what is verbotten. NO GREY AREAS RE: ANTI-U.S. PROTESTS ... EVER.
— Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200 metres, gave the Black Power salute during the American National Anthem in Mexico, 1968, to demonstrate against racial discrimination in their home country. They were expelled from the Games
— The silver medallist in the 200 metres, Peter Norman of Australia, who was white, wore an “Olympic Project for Human Rights” badge in support of Smith and Carlos’s protest. When he died, in 2006, Smith and Carlos were his lead pallbearer
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/article3724308.ece

Aryan ideals, not ancient Greece, were the inspiration behind flame tradition
By Andy McSmith
8 April 2008
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/aryan-ideals-not-ancie...
There is a two-word answer to those who think the Olympic torch is a symbol of harmony between nations that should be kept apart from politics – Adolf Hitler. The ceremony played out on the streets of Paris yesterday did not originate in ancient Greece, nor even in the 19th century, when the Olympic movement was revived. The entire ritual, with its pagan overtones, was devised by a German named Dr Carl Diem, who ran the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Although he was not a Nazi, and was appointed to run the Olympics before the Nazis came to power, Diem adapted very quickly to the new regime, and ended the war as a fanatical military commander exhorting teenage Germans to die like Spartans rather than accept defeat. Thousands did, but not Diem, who lived to be 80.

He sold to Josef Goebbels – in charge of media coverage of the Games – the idea that 3,422 young Aryan runners should carry burning torches along the 3,422km route from the Temple of Hera on Mount Olympus to the stadium in Berlin. It was his idea that the flame should be lit under the supervision of a High Priestess, using mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays, and passed from torch to torch along the way, so that when it arrived in the Berlin stadium it would have a quasi-sacred purity.

The concept could hardly fail to appeal to the Nazis, who loved pagan mythology, and saw ancient Greece as an Aryan forerunner of the Third Reich. The ancient Greeks believed that fire was of divine origin, and kept perpetual flames burning in their temples.

In Olympia, where the ancient games were held, the flame burnt permanently on the altar of the goddess Hestia. In Athens, athletes used to run relay races carrying burning torches, in honour of certain gods.But the ancient Games were proclaimed by messengers wearing olive crowns, a symbol of the sacred truce which guaranteed that athletes could travel to and from Olympus safely. There were no torch relays associated with the ancient Olympics until Hitler.

The route from Olympus to Berlin conveniently passed through Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Czechoslovakia - countries where the Nazis wanted to extend their influence. Before long, all would be under German military occupation. In Hungary, the flame was serenaded by gypsy musicians who would later be rounded up and sent to death camps.

In Berlin, the flame was carried the last kilometre along Berlin's main boulevard, by a 26- year-old runner named Siegfried Eifrig, who was watched by hundreds of thousands as he transferred the flame to a cauldron on an altar surrounded by vast Nazi flags. Eifrig, amazingly, is still alive, aged 98, and told the BBC this month that carrying the ceremony should be a purely sporting affair.

Despite its dark political overtones, the event was an unqualified success for the organisers, immortalised in a propaganda film by the Nazi director Leni Riefenstahl. The ritual has been repeated before each Olympics but not always with such organisational flair....

Before yesterday, the flame had gone out just twice. It was extinguished by a sudden downpour in Montreal in 1976, when a worker scandalously relit it with a cigarette lighter, forgetting the pagan mystique involved; it should have been relit from a back-up torch. In 2004, it was blown out by a gust of wind. Yesterday's events pushed the number of such mishaps from two to five, making the President of the IOC, Jacques Rogge, furious. "Violence for whatever reason is not compatible with the values of the torch relay or the Olympic Games," he said. Someone should have told Adolf Hitler.

BACKFIRE: accelerating what the U.S. fears and is trying to disrupt....
China, Australia pledge further cooperation, expanded ties
BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao met with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd here on Thursday, calling for greater cooperation and taking bilateral ties to a new high. Wen said that China-Australia relations had developed rapidly in recent years...Tremendous achievements have been made in trade and economic cooperation, with China becoming the largest trade partner to Australia, said Wen. Wen also explained the Chinese government's principles and stand on the Taiwan issue and introduced the facts about economic development, human rights promotion and cultural protection in the Tibet Autonomous Region. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/10/content_7954633.htm

Iran's Deputy Economy Minister, Mohsen Talaie here BOAO Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2008. Chinese President Hu Jintao is to inaugurate the regional gathering. Presidents of Pakistan, Tanzania, Chile, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka, as well as prime ministers of Qatar, Kazakhstan, Australia and Sweden are among participants. The forum was established in 2001 aiming at broadening relations among Asian states and other world countries.
http://www2.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-22/0804109792125300.htm

China, Qatar agree to boost bilateral ties
BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with visiting Qatar Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jabir Al-Thani here on Thursday. The two sides agreed to step up bilateral friendly and cooperative relations. Sheikh Hamad said Qatar had always adhered to the one-China policy and believed the country would host a successful Olympic Games. Qatar was willing to make joint efforts with China to develop strategic friendly and cooperative relations, he said, adding Qatar would promote cooperation with China in energy, aviation and investment. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/10/content_7955006.htm

Japanese FM denounces violence during Olympic torch relay
TOKYO, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura condemned some protesters for violently disrupting the Beijing Olympic torch relay. "... one cannot approve of the use of violence to block the Olympic torch relay, no matter what reason there is behind such behaviors," Komura told reporters.Necessary measures have to be taken to prevent such illegal acts, he said.The Olympic flame is scheduled to reach the Japanese city of Nagano April 26.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/08/content_7939543.htm

recovering from peaceful Tibetan protests
Foreign brand stores restoring operation in Lhasa
(Xinhua) 2008-04-11
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-04/11/content_6607961.htm
LHASA -- As the Tibetan capital recovers from the March 14 unrest, many stores of famous foreign brands are also gradually restoring their operations, although the sales revenues are much less than before
Currently, Tibet has 103 registered foreign-funded enterprises, whose services mainly cover accommodation, catering, tourism and handicraft, according to Ma Xiangcun, head of the regional department of commerce.The regional government was offering compensation for businesses and business people who had suffered losses during the riot, said Baema Chilain, the regional government vice-chairman, at the end of March."The government will provide interest-free or government-subsidized loans to help the businesses resume."
According to official statistics, 908 stores were vandalized, looted or burnt and 120 homes were torched during the riot.

major imperialist think-tank sheds more light on why U.S. is creating the chaos
THE QUESTION OF TIBET, U.S. COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (excerpt)
http://www.cfr.org/publication/15965/question_of_tibet.html
China, Tibet, the United States and the West

Experts say U.S. policy has done little to help resolve the Tibet issue. According to A. Tom Grunfeld, a professor of history at Empire State College, Washington’s policy is inherently contradictory. “While officially recognizing Tibet as part of China,” he writes, “the U.S. Congress and White House unofficially encourage the campaign for independence.” “While officially recognizing Tibet as part of China, the U.S. Congress and White House unofficially encourage the campaign for independence.” -- A. Tom Grunfeld, Empire State College ... Washington has been opportunistic in its dealings (PDF) with Tibet. During the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) covertly funded and armed Tibetan guerilla forces to fight against communist China. But even during this period of covert support, Washington’s official position on Tibet did not change. It continued to recognize it as a part of China. CIA’s covert funding stopped in 1971 as U.S. interest in Tibet waned due to warmer relations with China. But pressure from the Tibet lobby complicated the policy environment, argues Grunfeld. In the 1980s, Tibetans in exile launched a new strategic initiative with an aim to secure increased political support from the United States and the West to exert pressure on China. An important element in this new strategy was visits and speeches by the Dalai Lama in the West....The Tibet issue has also won popular sympathy in the west including interest of Hollywood actors like Richard Gere who actively lobby for the Tibetan cause. But the success of the international campaign for Tibet has bolstered hard-liners within the Chinese government, experts say...
Tibet is very important to China’s sense of nationhood, says CFR’s China expert Adam Segal. “There is a fear that if Tibet gets independence, Uighurs and Taiwan will want independence.” Segal notes that Chinese authorities have frequently suggested that they are just waiting for the Dalai Lama to die, expecting Tibetan nationalism to disappear after his death, but says this may be a miscalculation. “I think the more radical Tibetans would direct the movement for independence after Dalai Lama’s death.” Experts agree that unless there is political reform within China, the resolution of the Tibetan question remains bleak.

FROM ANOTHER U.S. "EXPERT", READ STATE DEPT., CIA AND/OR THINK TANK
Tibet, the 'great game' and the CIA
By * Richard M Bennett, intelligence and security consultant, AFI Research.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/JC26Ad02.html
Given the historical context of the unrest in Tibet, there is reason to believe Beijing was caught on the hop with the recent demonstrations for the simple reason that their planning took place outside of Tibet and that the direction of the protesters is similarly in the hands of anti-Chinese organizers safely out of reach in Nepal and northern India.[...]
* Robert J. Barnett is also Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor, Program Coordinator in Modern Tibetan Studies.Dr. Barnett has edited or written a number of books on modern Tibet, including A Poisoned Arrow: The Secret Petition of the 10th Panchen Lama, Leaders in Tibet: A Directory, Cutting Off the Serpent's Head: Tightening Control in Tibet 1994-1995, and Resistance and Reform in Tibet (Indiana University Press, 1994). His most recent book, Lhasa: Streets with Memories (Columbia University Press, 2006). From 1987-1998, Dr. Barnett was director of an independent Tibet news and research project in London. He has also worked as a journalist for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), the BBC, The Observer ( London), The Independent ( London), and other news outlets.
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute/ WEAI - COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY The importance of East Asian Studies at Columbia has been recognized by a wide variety of funding sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, which, since 1960, has designated Columbia as an East Asian National Resource Center. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/weai/index.html Email: rjb58@columbia.edu

THE USUAL U.S. GOVT., NGOs/ GEORGE SOROS OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE 'HUMANITARIAN' CONNECTIONS
The Open Society Institute, which funds the SAF Program ...
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/weai/documents/11.11 APAC News.pdf

Southeast Asian Fellows /SAF For three weeks in October, twelve Southeast Asian Fellows joined SIPA for an intensive program exposing them to the wealth of the human rights, economic development and public administration expertise in the school, as well as New York City’s finest resources in non-governmental organizations. The Southeast Asia Fellows (SAF) Program, spearheaded by Dean Robin Lewis on the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) end, is jointly run with the School for International Training situated in Vermont. Every year, the program selects twelve outstanding Southeast Asian advocates working in various humanitarian, development and public health fields, such as HIV/AIDS, human rights, landmine rehabilitation, and the environment and puts them through a battery of workshops and field visits. This year, the representatives came from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma). The Program begins in verdant, pensive hills of Brattleboro, Vermont and ends in the gritty, real-world streets of Manhattan, where the Fellows not only sit through specially designed workshops, but also come to grips with all the challenges of the city’s visceral, breakneck pace of life. This is only the Program’s second year, and as it leaps forward in quality and density, the broader aim is to evolve more specific site visits, tailored to the Fellows’ network of Southeast Asian NGO talent who can carry forward the program’s mission of enhancing development and humanitarianism in the region. The Fellows visited organizations across New York such as the Ford Foundation and the Trace Foundation. The Open Society Institute, which funds the SAF Program, was a natural first stop, given the foundation’s mandate in working towards open societies worldwide....Human Rights Watch Young Advocates and co-sponsored by SIPA’s International Conflict Resolution and the East Asian Institute...
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EAST ASIAN INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER OF THE ASIA PACIFIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL November 11, 2002 http://sipa.columbia.edu/REGIONAL/EAI/APACnews.html

The Birth of the Iraqi Resistance
Wafaa' Al-Natheema
The Iraqi resistance did not begin after April 9, 2003 when the US forces finally invaded Baghdad. It began from the days when the US army entered southern Iraq after the "Shock and Awe" air bombing campaign. Political and military analysts have argued that Iraqis didn’t resist well and that Baghdad was swiftly taken within few days by the US forces. There is a little truth in this analogy and conclusion. It took the US forces three weeks from March 19 to April 9 to finally get a foothold in Baghdad, longer than both the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars put together. The most devastating military confrontation was the airport battle in the early part of April. At first the courageous Iraqi army and Saddam’s Fida’yeen caused the US forces a large number of deaths, which has not been covered by any media since then. Many eyewitnesses have seen Saddam Hussein himself fight in that battle. In one of my trips to Iraq in 2004, both the driver and the front-seat passenger have informed me of their participation in that battle. One witnessed Saddam’s involvement indicating that he fought courageously... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42910

April 9th
Felicity Arbuthnot
Iraqis have had yet another western insult imposed upon them: the fifth anniversary of "liberation" and the shameful, staged toppling of the statue of President Saddam Hussein, the face covered by an American flag, by a US marine. A flag, the world was told, which had been rescued from the Twin Towers. Like the alleged hijacker's passport ( the latter presumably chucked from the 'plane before impact) the flag too, survived an inferno that melted steel. The Pentagon PR machine must have burned a lot of midnight oil dreaming up that rubbish. The statue's fall began the systematic destruction and erasure of the history of Mesopotamia and our humanity, ancient and modern. Whilst government and media, predominantly American and British, feel the need to mark this sixty month holocaust, every day is an April 9th for Iraqis. Lives, homes, families smashed, fallen, fragmented, ruined. Overnight, Iraqis became the new Palestinians, the world's new diaspora, fleeing internally and externally, with just what they could carry or load into a vehicle and for many, their travel documents worthless - and if not worthless, unwelcomed by most countries.. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42920

The final, long - standing U.S. plan for Iraq as the cornerstone of its ME and global domination agenda will be focus of next digest issue, meanwhile updates on the U.S. state-sponsored genocidal 'civil war':

huge surprise....U.S. STATE TERRORIST MANUFACTURED 'CIVIL WAR' & GENOCIDE DESTROYS BUT CANNOT CONQUER IRAQ
Secret US Plan for Military Future in Iraq
A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19698.htm

'decreasing level of violence' means dead amerikans not dead Iraqis
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq 1,197,469
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Many killed as U.S. planes blast Sadr City, PM tells Bush to pull out GIs:
Military officials said yesterday that 15 militants were killed in four separate clashes during the night while Iraqi police said two more men were killed yesterday morning in the air strike on a building, targeted by missiles after a number of oxygen cylinders were spotted on the sidewalk outside. http://tinyurl.com/477b9q

New US air strikes kill 12 in Iraq:
Six insurgents were killed by US aircraft in the southern port of Basra early Friday, hours after a Hellfire missile fired from a drone killed six militants in the Iraqi capital, US and British military officials said. http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=225001

No Congress approval needed for Iraq troop deal: US official:
Iraq and the United States set to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) to legitimize US operations in Iraq after end of the year when UN resolution governing their presence expires. http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jhESc6FsTEzL1aF3c0ezZ100cvmg

U.S. DESTROYER GENERAL'S SCRIPTED PERFORMANCE
Petraeus says withdrawal from Iraq would drive up gas prices:
U.S. withdrawal also could help Al-Qaida establish a base in Iraq for terrorist attacks in the U.S., Petraeus said. “We have an enormous interest in getting this right,” the general added.... the progress made since last spring is fragile and reversible...

http://tinyurl.com/43bejd
Petraeus Says Iranian-Backed Groups Are Greatest Threat to Iraq
http://tinyurl.com/44m6tv
"We haven't turned any corners. We haven't seen any lights at the end of the tunnel."
Petraeus told Congress security gains brought by surge of US troops last year are fragile, and he would put military withdrawals on hold after July. http://www.euronews.net/index.php?page=info&article=479653&lng=1

Iranian Government On Fresh U.S. Accusations:
"This report indicates that despite the surge, whose result has been more killing, the Americans have not been able to reach their announced goals in Iraq," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in a statement.
http://tinyurl.com/42xm8s

Iran's Ahmadinejad rejects criticism of nuclear programme: "Who do they think they are? They are no longer the owners of the world,"
http://tinyurl.com/3vn8fg

U.S. stands by its man...
Petraeus Condemns Assassination of Sadr Aide
Meredith Buel
The top U.S. commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, has condemned the assassination of a senior aide to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel has details from the Pentagon. General Petraeus told a small group of reporters at the Pentagon that the killing of Sadr advisor Riyadh al-Nouri potentially threatens weeks of calm in Najaf. "The assassination in Najaf is obviously a cause for significant concern. I am sure that there are numerous calls for calm, for restraint in response. I know that there has been a curfew established already in Najaf. I am sure there will be pledges to bring to justice whoever it was that carried out this murderous action," he said... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42982

Petraeus urges Maliki to work with ["the radical anti-american cleric" hahaha] Sadr
Ken Fireman, Bloomberg News
Gen.Petraeus urged the Iraqi government to seek conciliation with Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, saying the cleric headed a "legitimate political movement" that could play a constructive role....

IRAN SUPPORTS U.S. OCCUPATION & PUPPET GOVT.
Iran condemns Green Zone attacks
PRESS TV - IRAN
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini roundly condemned the attacks on Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.... denounced the ongoing tension in Baghdad's Green Zone, the seat of the Iraqi government and foreign embassies. Hosseini also criticized the US forces for launching air strikes in Basra and the Shia bastion of Sadr City in Baghdad. The spokesman added that measures taken by the Iraqi government against militants aim to establish security and stability in the war-battered country. Hosseini expressed hope that the occupation forces would withdraw and hand over Iraq's domestic affairs to the country's democratically-elected government. www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=50731&sectionid=351020101
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42874

Crackdown on Militias May Add to Instability in Iraq
A crackdown on the Mahdi Army militia is creating potentially destabilizing political and military tensions in Iraq, pitting a government against the power wielded by the cleric Moktada al-Sadr....
digest: then, buried amidst mounds of contradictory mumbo-jumbo propaganda designed to justify continuing u.s. occupation, some truth...
Sheik Salman Lafraiji, who heads the office of Mr. Sadr’s supporters in eastern Baghdad, sat recently beside huge vats of soup and rice being doled out to poor Sadr City residents, one of many social services run by Mr. Sadr’s party that have won the loyalty of many poor or working-class Shiites. He argued that since the American military failed to destroy the Mahdi Army in Najaf and Sadr City during insurrections in 2004, the Americans were now using Mr. Maliki as a proxy. “What Maliki is doing is pursuing the Americans’ interests in Iraq...” [....]
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/world/middleeast/08iraq.html?th&emc=th

Iraq Veterans Against War seizes National Archives Building demand Cheney & Bush be charged with war crimes
2 Minute Video
IVAW members seize National Archives Building in front of hundreds of surprised museum visitors. Response from visitors including teachers, students, vacationers was highly positive though there were a few horrified faces in the crowd. IVAW read the terms of our Citizens Arrest Warrant. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19713.htm

Longshoremen to close ports on West Coast to protest war occupation:
Dockworkers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union decided to stop work for eight hours in all U.S. West Coast ports May 1, International Workers' Day, to call for an end to the war occupation.... This decision came after an impassioned debate where the union's Vietnam veterans turned the tide of opinion in favor of the anti-war resolution. The motion called it an imperial action for oil in which the lives of working-class youth and Iraqi civilians were being wasted and declared May Day a "no peace, no work" holiday. Angered after supporting Democrats who received a mandate to end the war but who now continue to fund it, longshoremen decided to exercise their political power on the docks.
Last month, in response to the union's declaration, the Pacific Maritime Association, the West Coast employer association of shipowners, stevedore companies and terminal operators, declared its opposition to the union's protest. Thus, the stage is set for a conflict in the run up to the longshore contract negotiations.
The last set of contentious negotiations (in 2002) took place during the period between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the invasion of Iraq. Representatives of the Bush administration threatened that if there were any of the usual job actions during contract bargaining, then troops would occupy the docks because such actions would jeopardize "national security." Yet, when the PMA employers locked out the longshoremen and shut down West Coast ports for 11 days, the "security" issue vanished. President Bush then invoked the Taft-Hartley Act, forcing longshoremen back to work under conditions favorable to the employers.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/09/ED8L101F5U.D...

New York Times Explains [SIC] Winter Soldier Blackout
Public editor responds to concerns raised by FAIR
FAIR
New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt offered a response to media activists about its non-coverage of last month's Winter Soldier hearings. Hoyt's explanation is that NYT reporters had "not been aware of the group or its meeting," but likely wouldn't have covered it if they had been aware of the event. The idea that the Times was unaware of Winter Soldier is remarkable; the paper's D.C. reporters were repeatedly sent press releases about the events, the same ones that other media outlets received that did manage to cover the event, including the New York Times' corporate sibling the Boston Globe....

America's Ministry of Propaganda
A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods
http://www.earthisland.org/project/newsPage2.cfm?newsID=491&pageID=177&s...

Transforming language to market the "Big Lie"
http://www.earthisland.org/project/newsPage2.cfm?newsID=492&pageID=177&s...

Targeting critics, spreading lies, and PSYOPS
http://www.earthisland.org/project/newsPage2.cfm?newsID=493&pageID=177&s...

Black programs and the future of propaganda
http://www.earthisland.org/project/newsPage2.cfm?newsID=494&pageID=177&s...

Questions over journalists' deaths
Linda Isam Haddad, Aljazeera.net
Since the March 20, US-led invasion in 2003, at least 16 journalists and six media support workers have been killed by US forces. The US military media office in Central Command (Centcom) in Qatar denied that its forces intentionally target citizens or members of the press. Tariq Ayoub, a correspondent for Al Jazeera, was killed when a US missile struck the Baghdad bureau in March 2003. Al Jazeera directors had given the US military the bureau's geographic co-ordinates weeks before the war began in March 2003. US commanders were also aware that the Palestine Hotel was a main base for dozens of international journalists. An international media advocacy group has criticised the US military for not fully investigating the deaths of three journalists killed when their hotel and Al Jazeera's office came under US fire as Baghdad fell on April 8, 2003. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has continuously called on the US military to fully investigate the incidents that came just before the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42904

A Done Deed: Military to "Recruit or Hire Bloggers"
Since the start of the Iraq war, there's been debate in military circles over how to handle blogs -- and the service members who want to keep them. One faction sees blogs as security risks, and a collective waste of troops' time. The other, which includes top officers, like Gen. David Petraeus and Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, considers blogs to be a valuable source of information, and a way for ordinary troops to shape opinions, both at home and abroad.
This 2006 report for the Joint Special Operations University, "Blogs and Military Information Strategy," offers a third approach -- co-opting bloggers, or even putting them on the payroll. "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering," write the report's co-authors, James Kinniburgh and Dororthy Denning.
Lt. Commander Marc Boyd, a U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman, says the report was merely an academic exercise. "The comments are not 'actionable', merely thought provoking," he tells Danger Room. "The views expressed in the article publication are entirely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, USSOCOM [Special Operations Command], or the Joint Special Operations University."...
The report introduces the military audience to the "blogging phenomenon," and lays out a number of ways in which the armed forces -- specifically, the military's public affairs, information operations, and psychological operations units -- might use the sites to their advantage.

Information strategists can consider clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers or other persons of prominence... to pass the U.S. message. In this way, the U.S. can overleap the entrenched inequalities and make use of preexisting intellectual and social capital...

Hacking the site and subtly changing the messages and data—merely a few words or phrases—may be sufficient to begin destroying the blogger’s credibility with the audience. Better yet, if the blogger happens to be passing enemy communications and logistics data, the information content could be corrupted. If the messages are subtly tweaked and the data corrupted in the right way, the enemy may reason that the blogger in question has betrayed them and either take down the site (and the blogger) themselves, or by threatening such action, give the U.S. an opportunity to offer the individual amnesty in exchange for information. (Hook up: Cryptome.org; photo: Peter Starman / WIRED)

u.s.- israeli 'peace process' working according to plan
Barghouthi: Settlement expansion surged about twenty-fold since Annapolis
Palestinian Information Center
Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi, a lawmaker and the secretary-general of the Palestinian national initiative, said on Sunday that the pace of settlement expansion has surged almost twenty-fold since the Annapolis conference, adding that the total settlement units under construction are 11,332. Dr. Barghouthi underlined that the Israeli occupation is preparing for a Palestinian state with temporary borders including Israeli settlements, and is intending to separate occupied Jerusalem from the West Bank, annex and Judaize Al-Aghwar region, thus guaranteeing its control over 46 percent of the West Bank.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42822

Deir Yassin: The Palestinians’ Wounded Knee
A recent poll found that 76 percent of Jewish Israelis support "transferring" the Palestinian citizens of Israel - more than 1.4 million people - out of the country. April 9, marks the 60th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre - the most traumatic incident in the campaign to expel Palestinians from their homeland... Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. The village lay outside of the area to be assigned by the United Nations to the Jewish State; it had a peaceful reputation. But it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Deir Yassin was slated for occupation under Plan Dalet and the mainstream Jewish defense force, the Haganah, authorized the irregular terrorist forces of the Irgun and the Stern Gang to perform the takeover....
This is another example of Israel’s brutality and history of barbarism:

FAQ on Deir Yassin (via: IMEU)
The massacre at Deir Yassin is one of some two dozen documented massacres of Palestinian civilians by Zionist forces seeking to transform Palestine into a Jewish state. If the import of catastrophes were gauged only in numbers of people slaughtered, Deir Yassin may not have taken on its central role in the Palestinian national consciousness. However, the terror at Deir Yassin triggered a mass flight of Palestinians who feared for their own lives. When Israel was established sixty years ago this May, more than 700,000 Palestinians lost their homes and belongings, their farms and businesses, their towns and cities. Jewish militias, and later, the Israeli army, drove them out. Israel rapidly moved Jews into the newly-emptied Palestinian homes. This tragic event and its consequences lie at the core of the Palestinian/Israeli problem... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42933

Genocide: A Public Announcement
Bombs would fall under other circumstances, but when influential rabbis call for the total annihilation of the Palestinians the world watches without blinking
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly
"All of the Palestinians must be killed; men, women, infants, and even their beasts." This was the religious opinion issued one week ago by Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director of the Tsomet Institute, a long-established religious institute attended by students and soldiers in the Israeli settlements of the West Bank. In an article published by numerous religious Israeli newspapers two weeks ago and run by the liberal Haaretz on 26 March, Rosen asserted that there is evidence in the Torah to justify this stand. Rosen, an authority able to issue religious opinions for Jews, wrote that Palestinians are like the nation of Amalekites that attacked the Israelite tribes on their way to Jerusalem after they had fled from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. He wrote that the Lord sent down in the Torah a ruling that allowed the Jews to kill the Amalekites, and that this ruling is known in Jewish jurisprudence.... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42961

Israel's Tehran connection
Israel, while supposedly observing an ironclad boycott of all things Iranian, is happily buying Iranian oil
Richard Silverstein, Guardian
...Israel imports Iranian oil on a large scale even though contacts with Iran and purchasing of its products are officially boycotted by Israel. Israel gets around the boycott by having the oil delivered via Europe. A reliable Israeli energy newsletter, EnergiaNews, reported this last week [March 18] ... "EnergiaNews got the information about the Iran trade from sources with ties to the management of Israeli Oil Refineries Ltd ... According to EnergiaNews the Iranian oil is liked in Israel because its quality is better than other crude oils (...) It's interesting to note from a discussion (in Hebrew) on the Kedma website that Israel does not formally define Iran as an "enemy nation" and therefore in a strictly legal sense such trade is permissible. Ironically, Iran too has a boycott against Israel in place and is violating its own measures in that regard. Furthermore, the same commenter notes that Israel last week dismissed attempts to engage Syria in a diplomatic process as a failure because Syria refuses to renounce its ties with Iran. Do I hear the word "hypocrisy"?.. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42737

ADL Calls Switzerland World's Latest Financier of Terrorism for Signing Energy Deal with Iran
Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - A recent Swiss energy deal with Iran will help finance Hizballah, Hamas and the Iranian nuclear weapons program, the Anti-Defamation League is charging in a new ad campaign. The series of ads are appearing this week in major U.S. and international papers, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and the European edition of The Wall Street Journal. CNSNews.com - Alexandria,VA,USA

This is what Israel is doing to the children of Palestine, America, are you listening?
...According to another Palestinian study, 15% of children in the Gaza Strip have suffered a loss in the family at the hands of the Israeli army, 9% have one family member who suffers from a disability after having been shot by the occupation forces, 21% have a family member in exile and 42% have family members who are political detainees....Yet the suffering of Palestinian children does not stop at the psychological level; dozens of children have been killed during the first quarter of this year. According to a report by the department of national and international relations in the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the number of Palestinians killed as a result of Israeli military operations within the Palestinian Territories since the beginning of this year is estimated at 274, including 50 children, two of whom were newborns and 18 women... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42901

The Cystic Fibrosis Quiz Of The Week
Lawrence of Cyberia
Who can spot the odd one out from among these four children? Well obviously, the little girl is the odd one out. She is an Israeli cystic fibrosis sufferer, whom we are encouraged to support through donations in an advertisement at Ha'aretz online. (See the ad in the right-hand column of this screen capture). In contrast, the three little boys - Muhammad a-Shanti (aged two), Mustafa a-Shanti (16 months), and seven-month-old Muhammad Abu Amra - are Palestinian cystic fibrosis patients who are no longer receiving treatment for their life-threatening condition, due to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip...: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=43009

UN expert stands by Nazi comments
Tim Franks, BBC Middle East correspondent
Professor Falk said he drew the comparison between the treatment of Palestinians with the Nazi record of collective atrocity, because of what he described as the massive Israeli punishment directed at the entire population of Gaza..."If this kind of situation had existed for instance in the manner in which China was dealing with Tibet or the Sudanese government was dealing with Darfur, I think there would be no reluctance to make that comparison," he said.... A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Israel wanted the UN investigator's mandate changed, so that he could look into human rights violations by Palestinians as well as Israel. If not, the Israeli government may consider barring entry to the new UN investigator.

Israeli press: "Gazans Slaughter Sea Turtle"
Infolive.tv, Israel
Picture: The body of Palestinian boy Abdullah Bhar at the morgue in the Bureij refugee camp shot dead by Israeli tank fire in the central Gaza Strip today. Meanwhile, the Israeli press reports that Gazans "slaughtered" a turtle ....http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42810

U.S. - ZIONIST MOUTHPIECES REWARDED
Daily KOS visit to Sderot - paid by Israel
Sabbah's blog
Israel pays back the "left-wing" Daily KOS for job well done... Prominent writers, members of progressive American organizations known for their heavy criticism of Israel will tour the country, meet with top officials. 'We want to provide them with an eye-opening experience that will help them better understand the complexity of the Arab-Israeli conflict,’ says trip organizer Ira Forman. Among the "guests", Daily Kos editor David Waldman! All pro-Palestine, pro-Peace, anti-Apartheid, anti-Zionism bloggers know Daily KOS banned each and every "Palestinian" blogger while Zionists enjoy the full time show....: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42878

zionism: more amerikan than apple pie
Google & Facebook Celebrate Israel’s 60th: "After 60 years we want to stand up and say 'thank you America,'" Peres said.
The May 13-15 conference will open with a tribute to Israel's staunchest ally, the United States. It will be attended by Bush and feature Streisand singing the Hebrew prayer Avinu Malkeinu. President Shimon Peres is bringing in top personalities from around the world to celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday. U.S. President George W. Bush, Barbra Streisand, Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev and Rupert Murdoch … list of confirmed guests also includes Henry Kissinger, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, former Czech President Vaclev Havel, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, Google founder Sergey Brinn, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerman... http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/973445.html

not confirmed?
Microsoft: "From the depth of our heart -- thanks to The Israeli Defense Forces"

repeat: U.S. terror and war is always about helping the people, as opposed to "terrorists" who resist U.S. help
Blood Harvest: The Terror War Bears Horrific Fruit in Somalia
Chris Floyd , Empire Burlesque
The New York Times made one of its periodic jaunts to Somalia this week, painting a hellish picture of the fruits of the third Terror War "regime change" operation. To be sure, reporter Jeffrey Gettleman glosses over the larger context and immediate causes of Somalia's deterioration into foreign occupation, brutal civil war and the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The deep and bloody American involvement is only lightly glanced at; there is no mention of the deadly U.S. bombing raids on civilians that accompanied the invasion by Ethiopia and no mention of the American role in arming, training and funding the armies of the tyrannical regime; no mention of the U.S. death squads sent in to "kill anyone still alive" after bombing strikes; no mention of American security apparatchiks "renditioning" fleeing refugees, including American citizens, to Ethiopia's notorious dungeons; no mention that most of these atrocities took place under the command of the recently-fired and now-saintly Admiral William Fallon, who directed all three of the Terror War's overt wars – in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia ...
Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42671

CHINA SAYS....
Paris slaps its own face
Torchbearer Jin Jing (in wheelchair), a Chinese wheelchair athlete, protects the torch from a protestor as she runs along the Seine River in the Beijing Olympic torch relay in Paris, April 7, 2008.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/2008-04/11/content_6609477.htm
...The Paris Municipal Council and the French Olympic Committee are the organizers of the Paris relay. While seeing such an important sports event organized by Paris Municipal Council and the French Olympic Committee, met a series of troubles and turned out to be a “fiasco”, how could the French major newspapers take this as a national pride, other than a shame?
Some French media players claimed Paris is a free city and everyone has the right to assembly and demonstrate without government intervention. However, the actions by some extremists to attack the torchbearers, grab the torch and even try to extinguish the flame can no longer be called legal or non-violent protests. Chinese people are seriously disturbed and hurt by the chaotic scene in which an extremist tried to grab the torch from a weak disabled Chinese girl, named Jing Jin, in her arm wheels. Is this the civil French government’s behavior? A slap on China’s face, or a slap on France’s face?...

Resist : Spreading US democracy
U.S. OCCUPIED HAITI RISES UP AGAIN AGAINST EXTREME OPPRESSION & IMPOVERISHMENT
U.S. Installed Haitian president calls for calm
Rene Preval, the Haitian president, has appealed for calm after days of violent protests over rising food prices that have left five people dead. Food prices, which have risen 40 per cent on average globally since mid-2007, are causing unrest around the world. They pose particular problems in Haiti, where most people live on less than $2 a day. United Nations soldiers pushed back demonstrators trying to reach the presidential palace, Haitian radio said. Preval said the cost of food was a global phenomenon but that "the solution is not going around destroying stores.""I have ordered the Haitian police and UN soldiers to put an end to the looting," Preval said. About 40 have been wounded since the unrest erupted on Thursday. Radio stations reported the looting of a government rice warehouse outside Port-au-Prince and the office of Petionville's mayor. Protests were also reported on Wednesday in two northern towns, St Marc and Cap-Haitien.
"You haven't seen nothing yet," Jeanti Mathieu, a 22-year-old, said as he helped build a street barricade made of wrecked cars, concrete blocks and debris.... The US said it had suspended operations of its embassy in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, as violence continued.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E451DE47-5548-40C5-B311-5AD2AFDDC...

Afghans hold secret trials for men that U.S. detained
Dozens of Afghan men who were previously held by the United States at Bagram Air Base and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are now being tried here in secretive Afghan criminal proceedings based mainly on allegations forwarded by the American military.http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/04/10/asia/10afghan.php

Two indigenous triqui women who worked at the community radio station La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence), in the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala (Mixteca region), were shot and murdered while on their way to Oaxaca city to participate in the State Forum for the Defense of the Rights of the Peoples of Oaxaca. Three other people were injured.
According to the State Attorney General, the victims are Teresa Bautista Merino (24 years old) and Felícitas Martínez Sánchez (20 years old). Francisco Vásquez Martínez (30 years old), his wife Cristina Martínez Flores (22 years old), and their son Jaciel Vásquez Martínez (three years old) were also injured in the attack.

According to preliminary reports, the women had left the station, which is part of the Network of Indigenous Community Radio Stations of the Southeast (Red de Radios Comunitarias Indígenas del Sureste), around 1:00 PM. They were travelling in a truck on their way to Oaxaca city, but were ambushed on the outskirts of the community Llano Juarez.

The two community radio activists were supposed to coordinate the working group for Community and Alternative Communication: Community Radio, Video, Press, and Internet, at the State Forum for the Defense of the Rights of the People of Oaxaca, which was to begin the today (Wednesday) in the auditorium of Seccion 22 of the teachers union in Oaxaca.
The state attorney general said that 20 bullet shells, caliber 7.62, were found at the site of the murders, along with other arms including an AK-47.
People are encouraged to contact their local embassies and consulates (or to organize demonstrations at their local embassies and consulates) to express their condemnation of this paramilitary repression of indigenous women and community media projects.
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At the moment, the sources I know about for information on these murders are the following:
1. the dispatch from Omar Esparza of CACTUS, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/4145
2. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/496588.html , announced at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/4143
3. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/09/america/LA-GEN-Mexico-Journali... , announced at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/4146 , and
4. http://www.adnsureste.info/v3/index.php?news=552 , the Roberta Romero post on her ADN Sureste website that Nancy referred to in her post at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/4146 .
By now (hours later, in the afternoon of the 10th) it is evident from a cursory Google search that the internet is loaded with reports of the assassinations, including many corporate media websites. So, was I wrong in my earlier posting at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/4145 ,
where I argued (as the title indicated) The big media, keeping the general population ignorant ? I don’t think so, despite the surge of reports.
The internet truly runs circles around practically all the corporate media, not just in the rapidity with which it brings light to bear on the latest depredations against nature and humanity, but in the equally essential aspect of trying to understand and reveal WHY all these terrible things are happening. In a word, the internet provides context – the historical, geographical, ecological, cultural context that allows us to understand in a deep way the events through which we are forced to live. This provides us with an enormously powerful tool. At the same time we ought to keep clearly in mind that it is only a small fraction of the world’s population that is privileged, as are many of us, to have quite dependable high-speed broadband internet access, and the luxury of spending many hours using this tool. Most peoples’ lives are not lives of luxury, and their sources of information are, by comparison, very meagre. Even here in the capital city, as my little ‘poll’ yesterday showed, news of the murders early Monday afternoon hadn’t reached the five people I chanced to talk with.
Outside of Oaxaca City, where 90 percent of the population lives, many in remote, isolated mountain communities, community radio can provide a window on the world, a window that many communities are eager to have. The two Triqui women assassinated, Teresa Bautista and Felicitas Martínez, respectively 22 and 20 years of age (one report says 24 and 20), were announcers at the community station, “Radio Triqui”, La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence) in the town of San Juan Copala, in the Mixteca region. The murderers have not been identified. One aspect of this and other such terrifying actions is that the information published comes straight from, in this case, the State Attorney General, Evencio Nicolás Martínez Ramírez, as reported in http://www.noticias-oax.com.mx/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id... , the NOTICIAS: VOZ E IMAGEN DE OAXACA article I referred to in my posting at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/4145 . He said that at the site of the ambush they found twenty 7.62 calibre shell casings (that means they held bullets of 7.62 millimeter diameter), used by AK-47 assault rifles. He reported preliminary investigation by an agent of the Ministerio Público, an expert in various specialties (concerned with crime analysis) to which investigation they had assigned the number 105/2008.
What does that official announcement really mean? Is it, as might superficially appear, an indication that the Oaxaca State Attorney General’s office is ‘right on the ball’, already busy investigating the latest murder in order to discover and then prosecute the murderers? In view of the fact that not a single one of the numerous murders of people perceived to be in opposition to the tyranny that rules Oaxaca has been ‘solved’ – not a single one – the more likely significance of Evencio Nicolás Martínez Ramírez’s press release is that it is an implicit threat. That is, he is in effect warning anyone who knows that his office’s batting average in solving crimes is ‘zip’, you’d better not ‘Break the Silence’ or you may well be next to ‘get it’. That is a message that can terrorize people into sealing their lips. Very worrisome.
Sincerely,
George
George Salzman
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaxacastudyactiongroup/message/4145

Issued on Squamish Territory , 10 April, 2008, under the authority of
Hereditary Chief Kiapilano.
For more information: www.hiddenfromhistory.org
, or write to the IHRTGC at: genocidetribunal@yahoo.ca
Press Statement: April 10, 2008

Mass Graves of Residential School Children Identified – Independent Inquiry
Launched We are gathered today to publicly disclose the location of twenty
eight mass graves of children who died in Indian Residential Schools across
Canada , and to announce the formation of an independent, non-governmental
inquiry into the death and disappearance of children in these schools.

We estimate that there are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of children
buried in these grave sites alone.

The Catholic, Anglican and United Church , and the government of Canada,
operated the schools and hospitals where these mass graves are located. We
therefore hold these institutions and their officers legally responsible and
liable for the deaths of these children.

We have no confidence that the very institutions of church and state that
are responsible for these deaths can conduct any kind of impartial or real
inquiry into them. Accordingly, as of April 15, 2008, we are establishing an
independent, non- governmental inquiry into the death and disappearance of
Indian residential school children across Canada .

This inquiry shall be known as The International Human Rights Tribunal into
Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC), and is established under the authority of the
following hereditary chiefs, who shall serve as presiding judges of the
Tribunal:

Hereditary Chief Kiapilano of the Squamish Nation Chief Louis Daniels
(Whispers Wind), Anishinabe Nation Chief Svnoyi Wohali (Night Eagle),
Cherokee Nation Lillian Shirt, Clan Mother, Cree Nation Elder Ernie Sandy,
Anishinabe (Ojibway) Nation Hereditary Chief Steve Sampson, Chemainus Nation
Ambassador Chief Red Jacket of Turtle Island

Today, we are releasing to this Tribunal and to the people of the world the
enclosed information on the location of mass graves connected to Indian
residential schools and hospitals in order to prevent the destruction of
this crucial evidence by the Canadian government, the RCMP and the Anglican,
Catholic and United Church of Canada. We call upon indigenous people on the
land where these graves are located to monitor and protect these sites
vigilantly, and prevent their destruction by occupational forces such as the
RCMP and other government agencies.

Our Tribunal will commence on April 15 by gathering all of the evidence,
including forensic remains, that is necessary to charge and indict those
responsible for the deaths of the children buried therein.

Once these persons have been identified and detained, they will be tried and
sentenced in indigenous courts of justice established by our Tribunal and
under the authority of hereditary chiefs.

As a first step in this process, the IHRTGC will present this list of mass
graves along with a statement to the United Nations in New York City on
April 19, 2008. The IHRTGC will be asking the United Nations to declare
these mass graves to be protected heritage sites, and will invite
international human rights observers to monitor and assist its work.

Issued by the Elders and Judges of the IHRTGC Interim Spokesperson: Eagle
Strong Voice Email: genocidetribunal@yahoo.ca
pager: 1-888-265-1007