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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.16.06 1. Gitmo/rights 11.16 12noon 2. NProf Webinars 11.16 1pm 3. Eagan peace vigil 11.16 4:30pm 4. Smoke-Out 11.16 4:30pm 5. Northtown vigil 11.16 5pm 6. Small is beautiful 11.16 5pm 7. Lerner/Spiritual 11.16 8. Impeach/royalism 11.16 7pm 9. Last election 11.16 7pm 10. Darfur diary 11.16 7pm Marshall MN 11. Degenerate music 11.16 7:30pm 12. SOA protest/seats 11.17 7am 13. Lerner/open talk 11.17 10am 14. Surveillance art 11.17 6pm 15. Algerian writer 11.17 7pm 16. Venezuela conf 11.17-19 7pm 17. Trujillo/film 11.17 7:30pm 18. War/poem/music 11.17-18 9pm 19. DixieChicks/film 11.17 20. James Rothenberg - Unimpeachable; a brief argument why 21. Walden Bello - New challenges for the anti-war movement 22. John V Walsh - The Korea, Vietnam, Iraq syndrome 23. Phil Rockstroh - To hell with centrism; go for the inspired edge 24. ed - Bird flips --------1 of 24-------- From: "Human Rights Center @ the U of MN" <humanrts [at] UMN.EDU> Subject: Gitmo/rights 11.16 12noon November 16, 2006 - From Darfur to Guantanamo: Human Rights for All. Cost: free and open to the public. Lecture by William Schulz, former executive Director of Amnesty International; From Darfur to Guantanamo: Human Rights for All. Pre-forum concert: 11:30 A - noon; program: Noon - 1:00 P; public reception and post-forum discussion l:00 - 2:00 P Westminster Presbyterian Church, located on Nicollet Mall at 12th Street. Parking available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Nicollet Mall at 13th Street; and Orchestra Hall ramp, Marquette Avenue at 11th Street Cost: Free and Open to the Public; NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY! Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, located on Nicollet Mall at 12th St. --------2 of 24-------- From: Stephanie Haddad <shaddad [at] mncn.org> Subject: NProf Webinars 11.16 1pm Dear Nonprofit Colleague: The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce the launch of our all-new Webinars. Webinars combine two technologies - the Internet and the telephone - to provide an integrated workshop experience while sitting at your desk! Webinars are easy to join and provide valuable learning while saving you time and money. You don't need to be technology savvy, just have an available Internet connection (high-speed or dial-up will do) and a phone line. For more information on MCN's Webinar programs, visit http://www.mncn.org/event_webinars.htm <http://www.mncn.org/event_webinars.htm> . Upcoming Webinars State Budget Basics - Thursday, November 16 <http://www.mncn.org/event_policy.htm#WebinarBudget> This Webinar provides an overview of the State of Minnesota's budget, including how it is divided into different funds, major sources of revenues, major categories of expenditures, and how the state's tax system is structured. Starting a Nonprofit I: Laying the Foundation for Success - Tuesday, November 28 <http://www.mncn.org/event_management.htm#webStartOne> This Webinar will explore reasons to start a nonprofit, as well as the role of the Board of Directors, mission/vision statements and business plans. (Registered participants will receive a digital version of the Handbook for Starting a Successful Nonprofit.) Starting a Nonprofit II: Setting the Framework for the Future - Thursday, November 30 <http://www.mncn.org/event_management.htm#webStart2> Build upon the foundation started in Starting a Nonprofit I: Laying the Foundation for Success by learning about the state and federal requirements for incorporation. (Please note that completion of Starting a Nonprofit I: Laying the Foundation for Success is required prior to attending this Webinar.) Writing Your First Grant Proposal - Thursday, December 14 <http://www.mncn.org/event_fundraising.htm#Web1stGrant> In one hour we will cover many of the basic things that you need to know to get started in your grant writing efforts. This session is geared towards people who are very new to grant writing. Webinar Details: Time: All Webinars are offered from 1 - 2 p.m., CDT Location: From any online computer! Fee: $35 for MCN members/ $50 for nonmembers To register: Register online <http://nonprofityellowpages.org/cgi-bin/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CT GY&Store_Code=MCONOS&Category_Code=WAT> We hope you will take advantage of this new time- and cost-effective training option. Please contact MCN with any questions or concerns you have about participating in a Webinar! Stephanie Haddad Program Director Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2314 University Avenue West, Suite 20 Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114-1802 Phone: 651- 642-1904 Ext. 227 Fax: 651-642-1517 Greater MN: 1-800-289-1904 --------3 of 24-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 11.16 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------4 of 24-------- From: d-hill [at] umn.edu Subject: Smoke-Out 11.16 4:30pm Celebrate the Great American Smoke-Out Thursday, November 16 at Dixie's on Grand! This year marks the 30th annual Great American Smoke-Out. Did you stop smoking during the Smoke-Out or do you plan to? If you quit smoking, or you never started, come and celebrate smoke-free air with the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota at Dixie's on Grand, which is located at 695 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. A tasty assortment of appetizers is on us between 4:30 and 6:OO pm. We hope to see you there! Call the Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota at 651-646-3005 for more information or visit our website at www.ansrmn.org. Dennis Hill West 7th Street --------5 of 24-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 11.16 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------6 of 24-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <jmortenson [at] Macalester.edu> Subject: Small is beautiful 11.16 5pm First and third Thursdays of the month 11.16 5pm Cahoots coffeehouse Selby 1/2 block east of Snelling in StPaul Limit bigboxes, chain stores, TIF, corporate welfare, billboards; promote small business and co-ops, local production & self-sufficiency. http://www.gpsp.org/goodbusiness --------7 of 24-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Lerner/spiritual 11.16 7pm THUR,NOV. 16. 7pm: "The Spiritual Transformation of American Society" talk Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of Tikkun magazine FFI: Institute for Advanced Study, www.ias.umn.edu, 612-626-5054 Media contact: Kelly O'Brien, College of Liberal Arts, 612-624-4109, obrie136 [at] umn.edu Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th Street South, U of M west bank Free and open to the public In his talk, titled "The Spiritual Transformation of American Society," Rabbi Michael Lerner will discuss the path to a progressive spiritual politics in an age of materialism and selfishness. Lerner proposes a universal spirituality and values not tied to any particular religion but foundational to all religions - recognizing that taking seriously the demand for love, caring, generosity, gratitude, and celebration of the sacred in other human beings and in nature could actually lead to a social transformation. About Rabbi Michael Lerner:Princeton professor Cornel West describes Rabbi Michael Lerner as "the most significant prophetic public intellectual and spiritual leader of our generation." J. Edgar Hoover, when announcing Lerner's indictment as one of the Seattle Seven for organizing anti-war demonstrations, described him as "one of the most dangerous criminals in America." [Then he can't be all bad. -ed] In 2001 Rabbi Lerner was awarded a special PEN Award for his stance in breaking the censorship that effectively exists around Israel-Palestinian matters in the U.S. media. Lerner is editor of Tikkun Magazine: A Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture and Society. In 2002 he founded the Network of Spiritual Progressives, an international interfaith organization dedicated to peace, justice, non-violence, generosity, caring, love and compassion which he chairs with Cornel West and Sister Joan Chittister. Lerner is the author of eleven books including Healing Israel/Palestine and the N.Y. Times best-seller The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right. --------8 of 24-------- From: Michelle Lee <michelle [at] angrypeanut.org> Subject: Impeach/royalism 11.16 7pm Critically-acclaimed political author John Nichols will discuss his new book, "The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders' Cure for Royalism," at Arise Bookstore on Thursday, November 16 at 7pm. The event is free -- and there will also be free apple pie to underscore the idea that impeachment is as American as apple pie. John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers. Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Outfoxed," and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's "Unprecedented," Matt Kohn's "Call It Democracy" and Robert Pappas's "Orwell Rolls in his Grave." The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations. Nichols is the author of the critically-acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, "Jews for Buchanan," a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, "Dick: The Man Who is President," and "Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy." Nichols is the co-founders of Free Press, the nation's media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform. Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal says: "Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols's sword is the sharpest." Arise is a collectively-run progressive bookstore and resource center located in Uptown Minneapolis at 2441 Lyndale Ave S. For further information, please go to www.arisebookstore.org or contact Michelle Lee at 612.327.9115. --------9 of 24-------- From: Joe Schwartzberg <schwa004 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Last election 11.16 7pm THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM Free and open to the public Thursday, November 16, 700-9:00 P.M. Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis Parking in church parking lot. Topic: MAKING SENSE OF THE PAST ELECTION. The campaigns and outcomes in the Minnesota elections will be examined in the context of emerging national patterns in both the House and the Senate. This will afford an opportunity to discuss the impact of the election on U.S. policies at home and abroad. In particular, an attempt will be made to sort out the interplay of events in Iraq and the war on terrorism in the electoral results. Presenter: WILLIAM FLANIGAN. Professor Flanigan, who earned his Ph.D. at Yale University, has been a member of University of Minnesota's Department of Political Science since 1961. His specialty is American politics with an emphasis on public opinion and voting behavior. He has been analyzing the Minnesota Senate race and the House race in the 6th District as part of a national survey of competitive elections. His text, The Political Behavior of the American Electorate, co-authored with his wife, --------10 of 24-------- From: Write On Radio <writeonradio [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Darfur diary 11.16 7pm Marshall MN Thursday November 16th 7:00 P.M. The Difficult Dialogues Initiative in collaboration with the Visiting Writers Series at Southwest Minnesota State University presents a reading by Jen Marlowe, from Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. There will be a Q & A session afterwards followed by a book signing and reception. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 507-537-7692 or e-mail wilsonj [at] southwestmsu.edu. Southwest Minnesota State University , CH 201, 1501 State St, Marshall. --------11 of 24-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Degenerate music 11.16 7:30pm C o n c e r t N o t i c e : Burning and Never Growing Cold: The Music of Hanns Eisler David Jordan Harris, baritone Craig Randal Johnson, piano Thursday, November 16, 2006/ 7:30 PM Landmark Center, Gallery 205 St. Paul, Minnesota Presented by The Schubert Club and *TRACES* Center for History and Culture Degenerate Music Series: ?Concerts of Forbidden Music from the Nazi Eraš Free Admission Call 651-292-3267 or visit www.schubert.org. for further information About Hanns Eisler Arguably one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, the German composer Hanns Eisler (b.1898, Leipzig) is almost totally forgotten in the United States, a consequence of his left-wing political views and affiliations, and of his philosophy that music has a distinct social function. Eisler, schooled by Arnold Schönberg and a long term collaborator with Bertolt Brecht, composed chamber music, stage and film music, choral works, and above all, Lieder and "workers" songs. Difficult to categorize, Eisler's style is unmistakable. Eisler, leaving Europe ahead of the Nazi march, lived and worked in the United States from 1938 to 1948, writing much of his best music in this country. He became an early target of what became the Hollywood "witch hunt," appearing before the House Subcommittee for Un-American Activities in September 1947. Eisler was forced to leave the United States for life. From 1949 to his death in 1962, Eisler was a leading musical figure in East Germany. The most important music conservatory in Berlin still carries his name, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. The Music The program features works from the ?Hollywood Liederbuchš, or Hollywood songbook, a large group of songs Eisler composed in California during World War II, as well as songs from Eisleršs late period, and theater songs set to Brecht texts. English language material has been translated by playwright and translator Eric Bentley, who worked closely with Bertolt Brecht and knew Hanns Eisler as well. Several songs will be sung in German and French. The program also features the Eisler first piano sonata. About the Performers David Harris and Craig Johnson have performed Eisleršs music on theater and concert stages in the Twin Cities, at Carleton College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gustavus Adolphus College, as well as in two hour-long broadcasts on WNYC radio in New York. Craig Johnson has played solo works of Eisler in New York, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Hannover, and on several college campuses. David Harris has worked closely with Eric Bentley in developing English language translations of many Eisler songs. Harris and Bentley co-created "To Those Who Come After: The Voice of Bertolt Brecht," which was produced locally at the Southern and Illusion Theaters. This concert will feature an 8-foot Bechstein concert grand piano, built in Berlin in 1878. The marvelous concert pianist Margaret Baxtresser , who lived and worked in Minneapolis for several years, gave the instrument to the Schubert Club Museum. The piano has been played by Anton Rubinstein, Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms, Gina Bachauer, Rudolph Firkusny and Lorin Maazel, just to name a few of the great musicians who have known and played this instrument. --------12 of 24-------- From: Jess Sundin <jess [at] antiwarcommittee.org> Subject: SOA protest/seats 11.17 7am Last minute protest opportunity!!! Join members of the Anti-War Committee and Anti-War Organizing League this weekend as we travel to Ft. Benning, Georgia to protest the School of the Americas - a U.S. army school that has trained thousands of Latin American soldiers to wage war against their own people. We're leaving this Friday morning at 7am from Meredith Aby's house (respond to this email if you need the address) and will be traveling to La Crosse, WI by car. There we'll join some college students from UW-La Crosse and head down to Georgia on a coach bus. We'll return to the Twin Cities by 1 pm on Monday. Cost is $175. We know it's last minute but it's an important cause and a powerful experience. We've got 4 spots open so feel free to bring a friend! See www.soa.org for more info about the weekend's events. Contact Katrina Plotz for specifics about the trip - krplotz [at] yahoo.com or call 952-888-0961. --------13 of 24-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] UMN.EDU> Subject: Lerner/open talk 11.17 10am This is an additional event recently added by Center for Jewish Studies and IAS: A Changing Judaism for a Changing World - A conversation with Rabbi Michael Lerner Friday, November 17, 2006 10-11 a.m. 125 Nolte Center Rabbi Michael Lerner Faculty and students are invited to join Rabbi Michael Lerner in an open conversation Moderator: Leslie Morris, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies Cosponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study --------14 of 24------- From: Mary Turck <mturck [at] americas.org> Subject: Surveillance art 11.17 6pm Friday, November 17, 6 p.m. Opening Reception-Rites of Passing Works by Aaron Johnson-Ortiz. Artist's statement: "My current work explores surveillance and resistance. The artwork is informed by several pressing concerns: racial profiling in public spaces, the theatricality of war news coverage, the warmongering rhetoric of 'terrorism,' and the growing corporate and governmental scrutiny in search engines and online networks. My Passing Series is composed of movie stills from Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 film 'The Battle of Algiers,' interpolated with my own photographs. The carefully selected stills present my fictitious autobiography. The film took on new political meaning in 2003 when the Pentagon screened the film to military officers to discuss insurgency and counterinsurgency tactics in Iraq." Lower level gallery, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis. October 25-December 1. FREE NOCHE CULTURAL. 6 p.m. Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406 FFI: 612-276-0788. --------15 of 24-------- From: Mizna <mizna-announce [at] mizna.org> Subject: Algerian writer 11.17 7pm Algerian French Writer Ahmed Zitouni Friday, November 17th 7:00 pm Mizna 2205 California Street NE Minneapolis , MN 612-788-6920 Join us for a reading, discussion and reception with Ahmed Zitouni. Born in Saďda, Algeria, in 1949, Ahmed Zitouni has lived in France since 1973. He has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to analyzing and writing about the struggle of immigrants in Western societies and the politics of human dignity in a multicultural world. Zitouni has published 8 novels and 1 essay with some of the most prestigious publishing companies in France Ahmed Zitouni's fictional writing delves into the unique experience of being a foreigner, dramatizing the personal, political and intellectual turmoil specific to the Maghrebi Arab experience in France. Concerned with both obvious and subtle prejudices that foreigners experience and that mark their psyches, Ahmed Zitouni's writing offers a stark social criticism of contemporary France, but also a profound artistic and philosophical meditation on an astonishing range of social and political practices that transcend national borders. Visit our website at http://www.mizna.org or email us at Mizna [at] Mizna.org -------16 of 24-------- From: Debbra <debbramyers [at] comcast.net> Subject: Venezuela conf 11.17-19 7pm Venezuela Solidarity Conference http://www.venezuelasolidarityconference.org/ The Venezuelan people have defeated, through mass mobilizations by workers and peasants, three attempts to overthrow the government of Hugo Chavez. They succeeded because of the greater space, since Chávez came to the presidency, to fight for land, jobs, and democratic rights. Yet, the intensifying campaign of the US government and the mainstream media to demonize the government of Venezuela as a "destabilizing force in Latin America", "authoritarian populism", and all sorts of name calling is a prelude to a future attempt for US intervention and "regime change" in Venezuela. Defenders of Venezuelan sovereignty are calling on all supporters of basic democratic rights to join us in building an International Venezuelan Solidarity Conference, as we say "No" to US intervention in Venezuela and "Yes" for all sovereign nations to be able to decide their own future. We welcome all organizations and individuals willing to build this conference on the platform of defending Venezuelan sovereignty and opposing any US intervention. Friday, November 17, 7-10pm, Opening Night - Kagin Ballroom Jorge Valero, Venezuela Ambassador to Organization of American States Angela Davis, Long-time African-American leader (tentative) Elegguá - Afro-descendant Venezuelan Women's Music Group Saturday, November 18, 10am - 1pm - John Davis Lecture Hall, Campus Center 2-4pm, and 4:30 - 6:30pm Workshops in Old Main Building _Workshops_ The Internal Bolivarian Process - Its Significance for Historically Oppressed Layers of Society The Regional and Global Significance of the Bolivarian Process U.S. interventionism Cuba and Venezuela - A special relationship The Future of the Bolivarian Process - Different Perspectives 7pm Dinner - Traditional Caribbean food, Music by Elegguá, Pachamama, Thank You in Olin Rice Hall, Smail Gallery Sunday, November 19 Mass with Fr. Luis Barrios, 10:30am - Weyerhauser Chapel 1- 5 pm - John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Campus Center A Day of Action ; What Conference Participants Can Do When They Return to their Communities Workshop Panelists *Jorge Valero, Venezuela Ambassador to the Organization of American States *Adina Bastidas, Venezuela and Panamá representative of the Interamerican Bank of Development *Martin Sánchez, Venezuela General Consul in Chicago *Father Luis Barrios - Professor of psychology and ethnic studies *Argenis Delgado, Afro-relations, Youth National Institute *Manuel Urbina, Cimarrones Movement, Afro descendants for the Revolution *Heisler Vaamonde, Director of the Gay Revolutionary Movement of Venezuela *Christian Zerpa, Professor of Political Science-Bolivarian University of Venezuela *Sergio Sanchez, Director of Utopia Group *Omar Sierra, Venezuela First Consul in Chicago *Williams Camacaro - Founder of Bolivarian Circle Alberto Lovera, New York City Suggested donation for conference - $10 Dinner donation - $10 Macalester map - http://www.macalester.edu/about/mapbynumber.html For more information: 612-724-6150 or e-mail info [at] venezuelasolidarityconference.org <mailto:info [at] venezuelasolidarityconference.org> --------17 of 24-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Trujillo/film 11.17 7:30pm Friday, 11/17, 7:30 pm, flim "Feast of the Goat" about the bloody fight to end dictator Trujillo's reign in the Dominican Republic, $8, Walker Art Center Cinema, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Mpls. www.walkerart.org --------18 of 24-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: War/poem/music 11.17-18 9pm 11/17 and 11/18, 9 pm, play "It is the Seeing," a retrospective of war illustrated through poetry, music, movement, Pillsbury Community Center Theater, 3501 Chicago, Mpls. $5 to $8. 612-825-0459. --------19 of 24-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: DixieChicks/film 11.17 11/17 to 11/23, film "Shut Up and Sing" about bruhaha following Dixie Chicks criticism of George W, Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave, Mpls. www.landmarktheaters.com -------20 of 24-------- A Brief Argument Why Unimpeachable By JAMES ROTHENBERG CounterPunch November 15, 2006 "The question now is whether it is simply too late to achieve President Bush's goal of a stable and democratic Iraq ", this from a NY Times November 12 article by David Sanger and Scott Shane. The thought is presented not as conjecture but as fact, his goal not professed, but held. It is hard to think of a more flattering compliment to pay the President, worthy of a sycophant but not a watchdog. Coming as it does at the President's lowest ebb makes it all the more puzzling. Then we have the about-face from Representatives Pelosi and Conyers, taking impeachment "off the table". Quoting from Cindy Sheehan's open letter of November 12 addressed to them: "BushCo have openly committed egregious crimes which they have all admitted to. The question really isn't: should they be impeached, but why haven't they been impeached, removed from office and criminally charged and tried for these crimes, yet?....The investigation and eventual rubber stamp to begin impeachment proceedings against Nixon was a bi-partisan effort and Nixon wasn't even investigated for the level of crimes that BushCo should be investigated for." And we can certainly adduce the Clinton impeachment proceedings as not rising to the level of offense that we witness from the present administration. The apparent contradiction may be explained by an about-face of another kind - it can be argued that it is precisely the egregiousness of the present crimes that insulates them from official scrutiny. The Nixon and Clinton cases had a "housecleaning" aspect to them. Both were guilty of inside jobs, Clinton's being the coarser. As with any housecleaning it was possible to go on feeling good about yourself afterwards. Using the jargon of the banal commercial, "what happens here stays here." This is not the case if the Bush/Cheney administration is thoroughly investigated. Planning, preparing, initiating, or waging of a war of aggression reaches the Nuremberg standard. It is a Crime against Peace, the supreme international crime "differing from other war crimes only in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole". That would be torture. Humiliation. Terror. This would most certainly not "stay here". Instead, such an admission of guilt would sully not just the guilty parties but the abstraction known as the United States of America, its cloak stained for all time. There is immense pressure, much of it self-felt, not to let this happen. Politicians are around to the next election cycle and merely inherit the structure of establishment policy set firmly in place. There will be little collective energy for an upheaval that will shake this establishment. Sadly, for those seeking justice, it was all done in our name. James Rothenberg can be reached at: jrothenberg [at] taconic.net --------21 of 24-------- New Challenges for the Anti-War Movement Iraq After November 7 By WALDEN BELLO counterPunch November 15, 2006 The recent U.S. election was an exercise in redemption. At a time when many throughout the world had written off the American electorate as lifeless putty in the hands of Karl Rove, the voters woke up to deliver the Republican Party its worst blow in the last quarter of a century. Not only independents and centrists voted to repudiate Republican candidates, but a third of evangelicals-Bush's fundamentalist Christian base-voted for Democrats. I, too, was pleasantly surprised. In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential elections, I predicted that the Republicans would rule for the next quarter century owing to the formidable grassroots machinery that they had forged-a "juggernaut" with a fundamentalist base in the so-called "red states." Fortunately, I was wrong. Two Roads Of course, many voted Democrat because they could no longer take the daily scandals engulfing the Republicans in Congress. But poll after poll showed that the two key reasons animating voters were the Iraq War and the strong feeling that Bush was leading the country down the wrong path. In terms of the national direction, the choice in the minds of voters on November 7 was presciently articulated by Jonathan Schell in his 2003 book The Unconquerable World: For Americans, the choice is at once between two Americas, and between two futures for the international order. In an imperial America, power would be concentrated in the hands of the president, and checks and balances would be at an end; civil liberties would be weakened or lost; military spending would crowd out social spending; the gap between rich and poor would be likely to increase; electoral politics, to the extent that they still mattered, would be increasingly dominated by money, above all corporate money, whose influence would trump the people's interest; the social, economic, and ecological agenda of the country and the world would be increasingly rejected. In contrast to this path of an "Imperial America" was that of a "Republican America" dedicated to the creation of a cooperative world, [where] the immense concentration of power in the executive would be broken up; power would be divided again among the three branches, which would resume their responsibility of checking and balancing one another as the Constitution provides; civil liberties would remain intact or be strengthened; money would be driven out of politics, and the will of the people would be heard again; politics, and with it the power of the people, would revive; the social, economic, and ecological agendas of the country and the world would become the chief concern of government. On November 7, the American electorate clearly rejected the imperial path. But one cannot say with confidence that they were very clear about what alternative path they were choosing. It is the role of leadership to illuminate signposts, and the big question at the moment is whether the exultant Democrats can provide that leadership. Iraq: Bad Options All Iraq is the test case. As many have pointed out, the Democrats have no unified strategy on Iraq. The situation in Iraq has deteriorated to the point where only bad choices are available. The current Bush strategy is to shore up the Shiite-dominated government militarily, and that isn't working. Bringing in more troops temporarily to stabilize the situation, then leaving - a plan originally endorsed by John Kerry - won't work since the civil war has progressed to the point where even a million troops won't make a difference. Partitioning Iraq into three entities - the Sunni center, the Shiite South, and the Kurdish North - will simply be a prelude to even greater conflict tying down more U.S. troops. Withdrawing to the bases or to the desert to avoid casualties will simply raise the question: why keep troops there at all? Getting Iran, Turkey, and Syria to come in to create a diplomatic solution - one that the bipartisan Iraq Study Group headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton may propose - is not going to work because no foreign-imposed settlement can counteract the deadly domestic dynamics of a sectarian conflict that has passed the point of no return. Bush, of course, remains the boss when it comes to Iraq policy. It is not likely that this stubborn man has ceased to believe in victory, which he restated as his goal at the same press conference where he announced Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. The more Machiavellian Republican strategists like Karl Rove will probably want to enmesh the Democrats in a protracted bipartisan exit strategy that will cost more Iraqi and American lives so that by the time the 2008 presidential elections come around, the mess in Iraq will be bipartisan as well. As of now, the Democrats have the moral weight of the country behind them. They have an opportunity not only to eliminate a foreign policy millstone but to open the road to a new relationship between America and the world if they take the least worst route out of Iraq - that espoused by Rep. John Murtha, who, perhaps among the key Democrats, knows the military realities on the ground: immediate withdrawal. With all their inchoate feelings about wasted American lives, "our responsibility to Iraqis," or being seen as "cutting and running," many of those who voted for the Democrats may have some difficulty accepting the reality that immediate withdrawal is the least worst of all the options. But that is the function of leaders: to articulate the bitter truth when the times demand it. It is not likely that most Democratic politicians will embrace immediate withdrawal of their own accord. Without more sustained pressure, the likely course they will take is to come with a plan that will compromise with Bush, which means another unworkable patchwork of a plan. A Military Strike? One source of pressure could be the military. It is well known that the top brass are in a state of extreme disaffection with the civilian leadership because they feel that Iraq is destroying U.S. military credibility. When Major General William Caldwell, the senior U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, pronounced on October 19 that the results of the Pentagon's strategy of focusing troops in Baghdad to assist the Iraqi military in containing the runaway violence was "disheartening," he drove the nail in the coffin of the Republicans' electoral chances. Most likely, the civilian leadership did not clear his statement. The U.S. military in Iraq may not have yet experienced significant cases of mutiny, but the deterioration of morale is evident in the growing incidents of civilian killings, rape, and prisoner abuse for which an increasing number of marines and soldiers are undergoing trial or have been sent to prison. Unlike during the Vietnam War, the U.S. military is not a conscript military. But the high command knows that even professional militaries have their limits and that at some point the rank and file will balk at being sent to a pointless war. Nobody wants to die for a mistake. Nobody wants to be in the last body bag sent from Baghdad. This is what Murtha, a decorated Vietnam veteran who has been hawkish on most other military issues, has been telling his Democratic Party colleagues. Nevertheless, a de facto military mutiny like the one that swept the U.S. Army in the last years of the Vietnam War is not likely. As Democrats and Republicans bicker over a plan for an "honorable exit," the brass will more likely place U.S. units in an increasingly defensive posture to cut down on the casualty rate, leaving the mercenary Iraqi security forces to fend for themselves. The troops might even be ordered to hole up on the bases, with increasingly infrequent patrols meant not to ensure security but simply to show the flag. This would be the military equivalent of going on strike. The Challenge to the Anti-War Movement So it comes down to the anti-war movement. The movement is to be congratulated for its role in the titanic struggle to turn the tide of American public opinion on Iraq. Cindy Sheehan's campout at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, the many acts of protest and civil disobedience engaged in by so many others, the big protest rallies and demonstrations, all this made a difference - a big difference. But the movement cannot even think about relaxing for a second. The moment is critical. Now - the immediate post-election period - is the time to raise the ante. Now is the time for the U.S. anti-war movement to escalate its efforts - to mount demonstration after demonstration - to effect immediate withdrawal. Electoral choice has created the momentum that can be translated into street action that can, in turn, translate into strong pressure on the Democrats not to agree to a protracted exit strategy. The movement cannot afford to squander this momentum, for the price of stepping back and letting the Democrats come up with the strategy will be more Iraqis and Americans dead, sacrificed for a meaningless war with no real end in sight. [Dems will do only what we *force* them to do. -ed] Walden Bello is executive director of Focus on the Global South and professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines. --------22 of 24-------- Alive, Well and Gaining Strength The Korea, Vietnam, Iraq Syndrome By JOHN V. WALSH CounterPunch November 14, 2006 "Two, Three, Many Vietnams"! was Che Guevara's famous call to arms. Today we remain in the throes of our third Vietnam, Iraq. This is the third time since World War II that hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have been sent abroad in a neo-colonialist war (1). The first "Vietnam" was in fact Korea. And it was the first war to be televised to the relatively few TV sets then in existence. Americans saw the bloody battles in black and white with American soldiers killed day after day. At the end of it all about 50,000 Americans and a million Asians were dead, at the hands of Harry S. Truman who was deeply reviled as the result of the war. Truman was unexpectedly defeated in the first New Hampshire primary and withdrew from the presidential race, which Eisenhower won on the promise of "going to Korea" and ending the war - which he did, much to his credit. Today we do not hear much about Eisenhower; but the bloodthirsty Truman, the only human being to order the incineration of hundreds of thousands with nuclear weapons of mass destruction, is hailed by the likes of Democrat neocon Peter Beinart and other Democratic neocons as a model for Democrats today. However, at the time of Korea organized, antiwar sentiment was miniscule and there was little to no protest over the draft. Next was Vietnam itself where our historical memory often seems to begin when most pundits discuss war, apparently because their knowledge of history only springs from their own personal memories. Kennedy and the rest of "the best and the brightest" Democrats started this war and by its ending another 50,000 Americans and two million Southeast Asians, by Robert McNamara's count, had been killed. Kennedy was another "tough" Democrat, decrying a supposed missile gap and promising to send troops anywhere in the world for "freedom." But this time a massive opposition grew, slowly at first and then gaining in speed. By 1968, Johnson had suffered the same fate as Truman in New Hampshire and he was driven from office. By 1964 there were sizable campus and street demonstrations against the war, driven by Old Left and New, and by 1969 the demonstrations had grown to hundreds of thousands. The draft became untenable and was abolished. From now on the empire builders would have to make do with an "all-volunteer" army recruited mainly from the ranks of those who were strapped for cash or mesmerized by the culture of war. Now we have Iraq. And in this last election, the President who brought it upon us was handed a resounding defeat - just as were Truman and Johnson before him. But this time millions in the U.S. marched against the war before it started, and 23 Senators refused to rubber stamp Bush's call to arms. Even the military was reluctant, and it took enormous exertions of deception and manipulation, like calling for a vote a month before the 2002 elections, leading most politicians to vote their careers and ambitions instead of stopping the unnecessary slaughter that knew lay ahead. Once again the United States has left its signature in Iraq, killing around 500,000 so far and probably more than that due to the Clintonian sanctions leading up to the war. It seems that a consistent U.S. strategy, its signature, is to level any third world country and visit mass murder on its population if that country is considered an enemy. The hope is obviously that those who displease the American Empire will know that there is a great price to pay. Although American deaths have fallen far short of those in Korea and Vietnam, the tens of thousands of injuries would have been deaths in those earlier wars. Vietnam generated more opposition than Korea and now Iraq has generated more opposition and earlier opposition than Vietnam - despite the absence of the draft, which did so much to mobilize opposition to the war on Vietnam. (Now we have Max Boot, resident neocon at the LA Times calling for an army of foreign-born mercenaries who can be rewarded for their fighting with U.S. citizenship.) And opposition to this war does not come mainly or principally from students but from all segments of the population. It was a grown-up opposition, symbolized by Lila Lipscomb and Cindy Sheehan, whose sons were taken from them by the machinations of the neocons. (The drawback to the lack of youth has been a dearth of militancy and radicalism and uncompromising idealism.) The opposition has sprung not only from the Left, but from Libertarians and the non neocon Right which has returned to its anti-imperial roots, largely abandoned after WWI(2). This stance is routinely smeared with the "isolationist" label to no avail, and I soon expect to see bumper stickers proclaiming "Isolationist, and Proud of It." The fact is that we have come a long way. The American people are increasingly dissatisfied with war and Empire - in fact we are sick to death of it. The Vietnam syndrome is no longer adequate to describe the phenomenon since it is now the product of three colonial wars. Properly it should be called the "Korea, Vietnam, Iraq Syndrome." The masters of Empire, both Democrat and Republican, will try to "cure" us of this sentiment, and we must be wary of this, but in the end they will not succeed. They have lost the battle in Iraq, and they have lost the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans to sustain an empire. So we stand on the threshold of a full-blown Anti-imperial movement if we can pull it off. We need to consolidate this now before the Empire decides that it must wage war on China - which was part of the motivation for Iraq in the first place and is now finding its way into the screed of the propagandists of empire (3). We have the forces, from Left and Right, to generate such a movement. We must do it - or with the advance of technology, we may all perish by accident if not by design. John V. Walsh can be reached at johnendwar [at] gmail.com. This article is prepared from unprepared remarks at a demonstration of the Antiwar League (AntiwarLeague.org) in Boston on Veterans Day. Notes (1) The numerous imperial wars fought by proxy armies for the U.S. from Angola to El Salvador to Afghanistan to Iran, which killed untold millions, do not qualify as "Vietnams" in Che's definition. No one has yet adequately tallied the toll in lives and destruction claimed by these cruel wars. (2) Justin Raimondo. Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement. (3) Thomas Friedman. "China: Scapegoat or Sputnik." NYT, Nov. 10, 2006. --------23 of 24-------- To Hell with Centrism: We Must Reclaim the Inspired Edge by Phil Rockstroh www.dissidentvoice.org November 15, 2006 "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell "I don't want to be part of your revolution if I can't dance." - Emma Goldman Rumsfeld is gone. Mehlman is gone. Delay is gone. Yet let's not have our progressives' version of a strutting on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier moment. Because mission has not been accomplished. For those who haven't noticed, while we were busy with other concerns, many of our rights and liberties went missing. Moreover, along with them have went or are going fast: our planet's polar ice caps; accountability of the corporate sector (our nation's true power brokers); as well as, a sense of place, history, and even a cursory understanding, among a large percent of the populace of the US, of the precepts of civilization and of democratic discourse. These circumstances, like the melting of the polar ice caps, have transpired, incrementally, and have been going on for longer than that Reign of Terror in Tiny Town known as the Bush presidency. For example, regarding the increasingly authoritarian terrain we negotiate our way through daily: In American work places, bosses routinely snoop into underlings' personal e-mails and monitor our web-surfing practices. How did it come about that so many Americans have grown to accept such demeaning intrusions into our privacy? In such a repressive societal milieu, there is no need to threaten would-be dissidents with old school totalitarian measures such as forced deportment to Siberian labor camps. Threats, overt and covert, to one's economic security and social standing serve to dissuade most of us from political and social dissent. In the class stratified structure of the US work force, where the personal consequences borne of financial upheaval are swift, punitive and severe, the implicit threat of being deported to America's urban gulag archipelago of homelessness renders most of us compliant to the exploitive dictates of corporate oligarchy. Where did this all begin? How did it all get away from us? Furthermore, why do we stand for it, when these practices are antithetical to everything we claim to believe in as a nation? In part, the proto-fascistic transgressions of corporate rule have made these circumstances all but inevitable, because our concept of what it means to be a human being has been incrementally defined downward. There has been much discussion of the dumbing down of American life. And these assessments are accurate and unnerving. (How else does one explain that 37% of those Connecticut voters who cast ballots for Joe Lieberman did so believing he was the peace candidate?) But there has been little discourse given to the pervasive corporate blandification of American life - the manner in which its criteria both numbs out the personality of an individual and renders the nation's landscape monotonous and ugly. The effects of corporatism are insidious. In such an environment, there is no need for mass rallies replete with bonfires blazing against the totalitarian darkness: Corporatism establishes an authoritarian order by way of a series of overt bribes and tacit threats. This social and cultural criterion causes an individual to become fearful and cautious - and, after a time, flattens out one's inner drives and longings. As a result, a Triumph of the Bland comes to pass, internally and externally. Ergo, the oligarchs atop the present order have no need for reeducation camps or the ever vigilant gaze of neighborhood block captains. We have become our own, ever-vigilant minders; within us, we have in place vast networks of secret police informers - our own personal bully boy enforcers of blandness who leave us as passionless and empty as the architecture of the corporate nothingscape that surrounds us. In addition, corporatism demands employees render themselves fecklessly pleasant. One doesn't want to be caught being "negative" or be accused of the treachery of not being "a team player." Such accusations bring to an individual a similar decree of ignominy as being denounced as a counterrevolutionary under the fallen regime of the former Soviet Union. Accordingly, despite their midterm election victory, this problem remains mirrored in the leadership of the Democratic party - most of whom are the bought and sold products of corporatist rule and, therefore, have been trained to act with the kind of ersatz public congeniality demanded of all underlings in the corporate state. Apropos, the odd combination of fecklessness and smugness they delude themselves into believing is conducive to steering a course of "sensible centrism." From refusing to fight stolen elections - right up to the present Democratic leadership of congress stating they will not press for the impeachment of the most corrupt president in the history of the republic - we bear constant witness to it. In this regard, it's very considerate of congressional Republicans who, in synergy with the Bush cartel, perpetrated one of the most vicious, vindictive and exclusionary reigns in congressional history to now want to play nice and "reconcile." It's very magnanimous of them to forgive us leftists for being right on all fronts - and generous of them to forgive the majority of their Democratic peers in congress for cowering before them, day in and day out, for the past four years of one party rule. Moreover, it was we leftist outsiders - not reasonable, accommodating liberals - who were right about the disastrous consequences that would befall an invasion of Iraq; as we were and remain right in our revulsion to the fascistic fraud that is the Patriot Act and the War on Terror. This is the reason we're not let into the closed club of mainstream punditry. Although, to avoid being cruel, such an event might prove to be unfair to the slow children therein. We'd be hurling our ninety mile-an-hour progressive fast balls past them - while they're playing tee-ball . . . Only the insularity inherent to a life of privilege can render folks as outright slow to the realities of the outside world as evinced by our present day pundit class. Is it any wonder they've enabled Duyba for so long. He's on their tee-ball team. The little Beltway Oligarchs. In short, mainstream Democrats and self-proclaimed centrist pundits have adapted the mandatory mode of being that is demanded of corporate underlings: self-annihilation by habitual amiability. It remains to be seen whether this habit can be broken or modified. I have my doubts. Yet, one aspect of Election Day 2006 was indisputably salubrious for us: the powerless rabble crushed beneath the corporate class: Owing to the fact, that, at least, for one day, the act of voting served to pry our sagging asses off our sofas and out of our office cubicles - and into the soul-reviving vastness of life. And this point gets to the heartless center of the tragedy of corporate hegemony: The manner in which the system's monomaniacal drive for excessive profits and the habitual consumerism mandatory to sustain it serves to usurp our essential longings and passions. The absence, in contemporary life, of (non virtual) public space, wherein human to human discourse can flourish has created the social conditions inherent to the rise and pernicious influence of anti-democratic institutions such as so-called megachurches. This loss of communal connection, in confluence with consumerism and the influences of American Puritanism and Calvinism, has wrought, within the US populace, a desperate longing for group involvement - even for those ecstatic states involving the immersion of one's rational mind found within the excesses of a totalitarian mob. Likewise, the phenomenon plays into the pernicious sin/shame continuum, psychologically, at the root of the present genus of Protestant fundamentalism arising from the toxic soil of the corporate state. Huge, corrupt and bloated out, like Elvis in his final years, this is how religions die. As was the case with Elvis, Christian Fundamentalists believe they're bigger than ever, but the course they've taken begets self-destructive behavior: Given the fact that being a consummate consumer/religious zealot implicitly demands one be prone to excess (from their enormous, Graceland-gaudy churches to their over-the-top myths of world-wide, time-ending wars) - a scenario plays out, time and time again - whereby a Saved*Mart devotee breaches the rigid moral code of the group, then, overwhelmed by shame must submit and surrender to public confession and other exhibitionistic displays of phony redemption. Within this paradoxical dynamic, the corporate/consumer/quasi-theocratic state compels one to live excessively, yet, simultaneously, dictates one suppress one's lusts and passions, hence creating an unbridgeable psychological splitting process. As a consequence, many are bound to stray into the realm of the forbidden (because almost everything is forbidden) and with this comes the aforementioned need for a come-to-Jesus repentance. Conveniently, the whole sick symmetry serves as a means by which the individual can be controlled by the unscrupulous personalities at the head of fundamentalist organizations - who play Colonel Tom Parker to the hapless flock's Elvis. These ruthless phonies, in combination with the cunning apparatchik of the UberCulture, have become adroit at controlling any untidy outbursts of freedom of expression that might threaten their cultural hegemony. They have far too much at stake - too much money and power might be lost, if freedom's voice were to be heard unfettered; hence, they serve up the spurious ecstatic states proffered by both pop culture and megachurch hucksterism. These are the regions of the national soul we on the left must reclaim. Traditionally, music has aided progressives in the struggle. Accordingly, Woody Guthrie believed all songs are political. Songs take up residence in our hearts and in the non-verbal areas of our minds where we harbor our deepest longings. There, they inform our perceptions of the world. It is this sublime terrain, existing beyond the material that progressives have abandoned to the frauds and flimflammers. Lost, in our retreat, has been our affinity with the spirit of defiant longing for release from hard labor beneath the unforgiving Mississippi sun that found voice in the late night, crossroads barroom freedom of Delta Blues - or the likes of our finding refuge from the dehumanizing, daylight demands of mid-twentieth century, industrial, urban existence in the midnight transcendence of Bebop and Free Jazz. Also missing has been an atmosphere (cultural and personal) of creative risk and abandon, whereby Jimi Hendrix would conjure and fuse the urban and rural spirits of Robert Johnson and John Coltrane, plus toss some Malcolm X into the mix and, a short time later and further down a southbound road, Duane Allman would resurrect a redneck hippie, guitar Jesus who fed the post-honky tonk multitudes Orange Sunshine as he delivered an electric guitar Sermon On The Georgia Red Dirt Mount fusing the spirits of Tim Leary, Martin Luther King, and the Carter Family. Then, a few years later, across the gray Atlantic, the Sex Pistols would howl like Post-Industrial Age demons, trapped within the detritus of the crumbling British Empire . . . much like, nearly a decade and a half later, Kurt Cobain would have his short, Icarian flight across the flaming-out sun of the American Empire. In addition, the realm of sexuality has been claimed and exploited by moralizing hypocrites and opportunists. Hence, it's high time, we progressives ceased to be such priggish ninnies - and challenged the Puritan/Calvinistic delusion that the worst aspects of sinfulness can be traced to the fleshy theme parks of the human genitals. It's time we addressed and confronted the (mundane but far more deadly) sin of obliviousness to the larger world existing beyond one's immediate shallow, self-serving needs, concerns, and compulsions - the outright careless disregard of anything on this living earth that does not serve the cravings of a culture overrun by overgrown infant tyrants dropped from the poisonous womb of corporatism. Possibly, in this light, the words sin and sinners are too loaded with cretinous religious connotations and, accordingly, their meanings should be reinterpreted more along the lines of "self-centered fuck-ups." In order to bring freedom and its full range of ecstasies and excesses back to American life, we must not only wrest back ecstatic states from the bible-brandishing, brown shirt-prone class - but the very definition of what constitutes spirituality, passion and sin as well. We're not talking about so-called blue states or red states here, but states of inspiration. Very few folks are ever moved to change their lives by the promulgating of wonky statistics or even well reasoned arguments. That's not how human beings are made up - Praise be! - to the happenstance of evolutionary grace. In conclusion, we must strive to live with the same degree of passion and fervor as fundamentalist Christian preachers do . . . when they're seeking out converts and hookers. Phil Rockstroh, a self-described auto-didactic, gasbag monologist, is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City. He may be contacted at: philangie2000 [at] yahoo.com. --------24 of 24-------- Authority. 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