|Progressive Calendar 02.06.09||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 00:01:24 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 02.06.09 1. Silencing activists 2.06 11am 2. Ffunch (egad!) 2.06 11:30am 3. Devji 2.06 1pm 4. Boycott Israel 2.06 3pm 5. RNC8 benefit 2.06 10pm 6. Antiracism/register 2.06 7. Permaculture 2.07 9am 8. Community garden 2.07 9am 9. Peace walk 2.07 9am Cambridge MN 10. Guatemala/rights 2.07 10am 11. Homeless vets 2.07 10am 12. Mpls strike/tour 2.07 1pm 13. Northtown vigil 2.07 2pm 14. RNC litigation 2.07 4pm 15. Dakota/justice/CTV 2.07 9pm 16. rnc08 - Support postRNC organizing! 17. Steven Salaita - Call for academic boycott of Israel 18. George C-Maher - Culture of police brutality; the struggle continues 19. James Petras - Israel asserts MidEast supremacy: Gaza to Tehran 2/2 --------1 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell Silencing activists 2.06 11am The Green Scare - Using Terrorism Laws to Silence Political Will Potter on "The Green Scare: Using Terrorism Laws to Silence Political Activists" TUNE IN; Friday, Feb. 6, 11am KFAI Radio to hear an interview with WILL POTTER on "Catalyst:politics & culture", hosted/produced by Lydia Howell. KFAI Radio, now powerede up to 900 watts! 90.3fm Mpls 106.7fm St.Paul Live-streaming/archived for 2 weeks after broadcaSt on the "Catalyst" page at http://www.kfai.org --------2 of 19-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch (egad!) 2.06 11:30am Ffunch 2.06 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH! 11:30am-1pm First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for progressives. Informal political talk and hanging out. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. Meet on the far south side. Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines Egad, how can you resist?? --------3 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Devji 2.06 1pm Friday, 2/6, 1 to 3 pm, New School history prof Faisal Devji speaks on "The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics," room 308, Elmer L Andersen Library, 222 - 21st Ave S, West Bank U of M, Mpls. http://igs.cla.umn.edu/events/ --------4 of 19-------- From: luce <luce [at] riseup.net> Subject: Boycott Israel 2.06 3pm MINNESOTA OUT OF PALESTINE! DEMAND THE END TO ALL TRADE WITH ISRAEL Protest outside of the Minnesota Trade Office THIS Friday, February 6th, 3pm 332 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul bring signs, banners, bullhorns Demand the Immediate End to All Trade with Israel --------5 of 19-------- From: info [at] rnc8.org Subject: RNC8 benefit 2.06 10pm Blondie and Best Friends Forever Despite rumors to the contrary, members of the RNC8 DO love to dance and listen to live music. So we are stoked about this concert on Friday February 6 at the Bedlam Theatre! City Pages 2008 Picked to Click choice Bouncer Fighter (http://tinyurl.com/acpc72) will mix it up with the amazingly smooth Black Blondie (http://tinyurl.com/6brj27) and a big scoop of the sugar-coated pop of Best Friends Forever (http://tinyurl.com/33bcjk) for a Friends of the RNC 8 benefit. Friday, FEB 6 10PM, $5 and up suggested donation @ the Bedlam Theatre www.bedlamtheatre.org 1501 6th St. S, next to the Cedar-Riverside lightrail station in Minneapolis See ya on the dance floor! -------6 of 19-------- From: Margery Otto <motto [at] hobt.org> Subject: Antiracism/register 2.06 Antiracism Circles 2.6.09 registration From: Margery Otto motto [at] asdic-alliance.org Subject: Antiracism Circles 2.6 registration Register now to participate in an Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circle. An ASDIC Circle is a community of 10 to 12 people who meet once a week for 12 weeks. The upcoming Circle will be meeting on Tuesday evenings in the West Side neighborhood of St Paul, starting on February 17th. Together members of the Circle will create supportive relationships as they explore the ways our social behaviors and identities are formed in the context of ≥race≤ and racism in the United States. Relationships are built on honest, informed and deep dialogue that leads to formation of Action Plans. Through the ASDIC experience we create antiracist patterns of relationships in the settings of our own lives and advocate for relational, antiracist policies in the wider systems of our society. Members of past ASDIC Circles report the Circles to be deeply transformative. The Tuesday evening ASDIC Circle will meet from 6:00 to 8:30pm, with a shared meal at 5:30. Address: 371 West Baker Street, Saint Paul 55107. Suggested donation is $150 which includes textbook, manual and all meals. Kindly pay what you can ≠ all are welcome without regard to financial circumstances. To register or FFI: Tim Johnson, 651-227-4275 or cpuc [at] usfamily.net. www.cherokeeparkunited.org <http://www.cherokeeparkunited.org> - ADSIC. Although this ASDIC Circle will be held in a community church building, ASDIC Circles are not based on any religious tradition and are non-sectarian in nature. ASDIC ≠ Fostering wholeness ≠ Spinning webs of relationship ≠ Untangling knots of oppression. --------7 of 19-------- From: Dan Halsey <dhalsey [at] integra.net> Subject: Permaculture 2.07 9am Event Date: 7 Feb 2009 9:00am - 5:00pm $75.00 PRI Cold Climate presents: An Introduction to Permaculture Minnesota and the Midwest is at a crucial stage in climate change, economics, energy descent and transitioning to self reliant homesteads. Permaculture has principles and ethics to help individuals, communities and families develop their resources into stable and continuously viable homes and property. Permaculture principles guide participants in observing patterns of energy use and collection and storage of diminishing resources. This workshop will introduce Permaculture to participants and assist them in entering new patterns of existence that secure an environmentally supported lifestyle. Saturday February 7, 2009, 9:00am - 5:00pm Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), 2501 Stevens Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404 - MCAD Parking in 3rd Ave Ramp or on Stevens Ave. Workshop at MCAD, Room 410 Instructors include, Fred Rozumalski;CPD and Landscape Ecologist, Courtney Tchida;CPD, Bob Dahm;CPD Materials: Participants will be given supporting materials based on the days presentations. Participants should bring lunch. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at breaks. Cost: $75 Members, $85 Non-Members, $150 Workshop Kit (Workshop, Mollison Permaculture Intro Book & PRI Membership) Save $30 Please register Questions? Contact: Daniel Halsey, PRI Teachers Guild Coordinator, dhalsey [at] integra.net, 612.720.5001 Daniel Halsey SouthWoodsForestGardens.blogspot.com Permaculture and Polyculture Design Sponsored by PRI Cold Climate and Minneapolis College or Art and Design [I've always wanted to join a permacult. -ed] --------8 of 19-------- From: ila duntemann <ila.gardeningmatters [at] GMAIL.COM> Subject: Community garden 2.07 9am Community Gardeners: Promoting Participation & Sharing Wisdom A new learning community series for gardeners who want to increase participation and opportunities for growing community gardens! Sessions 1-4 will be held Saturdays from 9-11:30 am Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association 821 E 35th St, Minneapolis Session 2-February 7 Shared Leadership for the 21st Century --------9 of 19-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 2.07 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------10 of 19-------- From: biego001 [at] umn.edu Subject: Guatemala/rights 2.07 10am Resource Center of the Americas Sat. am coffeehour series: Feb. 7, 10-11:30am, at 3019 Minnehaha Ave. S. (Mosaic of the Americas Bldg., lower level) New Tactics in Human Rights: Join Kristin Antin from The Center for Victims of Torture to discuss her recent experience working with Mayan Educators in Guatemala using human rights tools to build tactical and strategic thinking skills for more info, check www.americas.org, or call 612-276-0788 --------11 of 19-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Homeless vets 2.07 10am Saturday, 2/7, 10 to 11:30 am, meeting Homeless Veterans for Peace, Peacehouse, 510 E Franklin, Mpls. Bob Heberle 612-789-9020. --------12 of 19-------- From: David Riehle <djrie [at] visi.com> Subject: Mpls strike/bus tour 2.07 1pm Feb 7 bus tour to mark 75th Anniversary of Minneapolis coal drivers strike The free tour will visit the site of the Minneapolis Central Labor Union's 1934 headquarters on First Avenue North, along with former coal yard sites on NE Harrison Street, West Broadway, East 24th Street and Lyndale Avenue. The lightning 3-day coal strike was the first of three strikes in 1934 by Minneapolis truck drivers and inside workers that "Made Minneapolis a Union Town." The Minnesota Transportation Museum will supply a reconditioned 1954 Twin Cities line bus for the free two-hour tour which will leave from the Minneapolis Labor Center at 312 Central Ave, at 1 PM on Saturday, February 7 and take about two hours. RSVP Please: To reserve a seat on the tour, call the Minneapolis Labor Review at 612-379-4725. Headline: FEB 7 TOUR TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF MINNEAPOLIS COAL DRIVERS STRIKE by Eric Nathanson for the Longfellow Messenger "The Great Depression still held this country in its grip during the brutal winter of 1934, but the Minneapolis Labor Review had some good news to report. "Coal Drivers' Whirlwind Strike Wins Recognition of Organization, " the Labor Review declared on the front page of its February 16 issue. "With a dash and unity that electrified the city, Coal Drivers of Minneapolis last week after a whirlwind strike of two days and a half won recognition of the union,"‘ this paper went on to tell its readers 75 years ago. "It was a short sharp but effective engagement with employers who had steadfastly maintained that their employees were not organized, and it sent shivers up the back of the Citizens Alliance bosses as they witnessed the power of labor militantly organized." The brief February strike, organized by Teamster Local 574, laid the foundation for further job actions that would change the course of labor history in Minneapolis in 1934. Now, in 2009, a group of labor activists are marking the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Teamsters strikes with a bus tour on February 7 of sites associated with the walk out by the coal drivers. The tour, sponsored by the Minneapolis Labor Review, will be led by David Riehle, a labor historian and union activist, who is helping organize a series of 75th anniversary events. "The coal drivers job action, as brief as it was, gave Local 574 the momentum it needed to launch major strikes that summer that would make this city a national center of union activism," Riehle said. "The bitter Teamsters strike of 1934, which culminated in street violence in the city's market district, broke the hold of the anti-union Citizens Alliance which had thwarted union organizing in this city for decades." "While the coal yards of the 1930s have disappeared, we will be visiting their sites to get a better understanding of the events that occurred there at the height of the Great Depression," Riehle said. The tour will visit the site of the CLU's 1934 headquarters on First Avenue North, along with former coal yard sites on NE Harrison Street, West Broadway, East 24th Street and Lyndale Avenue The Minnesota Transportation Museum will supply a reconditioned 1954 Twin Cities line bus for the free two-hour tour which will leave from the Minneapolis Labor Center at 312 Central Ave, at 1 PM on Saturday, February 7." To reserve a seat on the tour, call the Minneapolis Labor Review at 612-379-4725. --------13 of 19-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 2.07 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------14 of 19-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: RNC litigation 2.07 4pm RNC Civil Litigation Workshop Saturday, February 7, 2009 @ 4-6 pm @ Walker Community Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN If you were present at the RNC and affected by the police state, come out to a sweet workshop this Saturday to find out about taking the first steps in filing a civil suit against the state. Civil suits are one way we can hold the state accountable for violating our rights. We're fighting them off in criminal court, so let's take the battle to civil court as well! If you need childcare or can help provide it, please email suethebastards [at] riseup.net. This will be an introduction to civil litigation (law suits) for people affected by the RNC. It will be a forum for people to discuss why they want to sue the city of st. paul, ramsey county, the rnc, etc. We will also discuss how law suits against the state fit into the broader anti-oppression movement and a description of the first steps in filing a lawsuit. Finally, we will be announcing the Notice of Claim Mardi-Gras Action and building support for it. Organized by CRASS. --------15 of 19-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Dakota/justice/CTV 2.07 9pm Erudite Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. Sat, 2/7, 9pm and Tues, 2/10, 8am What Does Justice Look Like? Guest Waziyatawin, Dakota author and scholar of indigenous peoples' history, describes some of the key events around the founding of the state of MN 150 years ago. With an important narrative, Waziyatawin shares the struggles of the Dakota people to retain their lives, land and identity and gives an indigenous perspective on current environmental crises. Cohosted by Karen Redleaf and Eric Angell. --------16 of 19-------- From: rnc08 [at] riseup.net Subject: Support postRNC Organizing! We Need Your Help! The Community RNC Arrestee Support Structure (CRASS) is in need of immediate financial support. We've been working hard since the Republican National Convention to enact a powerful movement of court solidarity and we are turning to the larger activist community to support us in this essential work. One of the major problems with mass demos and summits is that the local community lucky enough to host thousands of our radical out-of-town friends ends up being really strained by the long-lasting effects after the protesters have gone home. The RNC isn't over here in the Twin Cities. Our court solidarity strategy has blocked the state from achieving its goal of criminalizing dissent: we've supported people fighting charges every step of the way and everyone who has fought their charges thusfar has won in court!! After more than two years of organizing -- both pre- and post- RNC - our local resources are close to tapped. We have raised almost $19,000 and spent more than $16,000 for bail, the travel fund, the jail hotline, and other expenses to directly support the 800+ RNC arrestees. And our financial needs continue with additional charges being filed by the state and court cases moving into trial. We are calling upon the people who came out to Minnesota in September (and those of you who couldn't make it) to raise some money in your own local community and send it out here to support your friends and fellow trouble-makers. You can donate online at http://www.rncaftermath.org. Click on the "Donate to Arrestee Support" button. Or you can mail checks or money orders to: Coldsnap Legal Collective with "CRASS" in the subject line: CRASS c/o Coldsnap Legal Collective P.O. Box 50514 Minneapolis, MN 55405 If you want to learn more about what we've been up to since the RNC (and we've certainly been busy), check out our website at http://www.rncaftermath.org. Coldsnap's website is also a good informational resource- http://www.coldsnaplegal.org. Please forward our plea to friends and listservs. Bring it up in your community and see if you can get a few people excited about helping out their midwest comrades. Anything helps, whether it's hosting a benefit show, donating $5 online, or forking over your life savings. We'll be so happy and send you a homemade thank you card with a big kiss inside (if you give us a return address). And you can sleep easy knowing that you're doing your part to help ameliorate the impact of the police state. So, give us your money!! either here via paypal- http://www.rncaftermath.org or here- CRASS c/o Coldsnap Legal Collective PO Box 50514 Minneapolis MN 55405 We've got a really nifty fundraising ChipIn.com Web 'widget' on our website that you can put on your blog, MySpace, Facebook or website, to help us get the word out & show that we're getting it done. (check out CUAPB.org for the RNC 8's ChipIn widget, which you can also embed, too). We're fighting to set the precedent that they can't just bomb a community into submission without getting themselves into a huge legal quagmire in court and political challenges in the street. Don't let them terrorize dissent into silence: Support CRASS today! Also, please check out the website for the RNC8- a local group of awesome organizers who are facing terrorism charges under the Minnesota Patriot Act. www.RNC8.org We love you!!! -The Community RNC Arrestee Support Structure (CRASS) --------17 of 19-------- Call for ACADEMICS & WRITERS! (Letter below) LINK TO U.S. Campaign for Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel: http://usacbi.wordpress.com/press-release/ > http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/2009/02/02/letter__an_academic_boycott_of_israel Letter: An academic boycott of Israel by Letter to the editor <http://www.collegiatetimes.com/author/Letter%20to%20the%20editor> Monday, February 2, 2009; 9:56 PM We stand in support of the indigenous Palestinian people in Gaza, who are fighting for their survival against one of the most brutal uses of state power in both this century and the last. We condemn Israel's recent (December 2008/ January 2009) breaches of international law in the Gaza Strip, which include the bombing of densely populated neighborhoods, illegal deployment of the chemical white phosphorous, and attacks on schools, ambulances, relief agencies, hospitals, universities, and places of worship. We condemn Israel's restriction of access to media and aid workers. We reject as false Israel's characterization of its military attacks on Gaza as retaliation. Israel's latest assault on Gaza is part of its longtime racist jurisprudence against its indigenous Palestinian population, during which the Israeli state has systematically dispossessed, starved, tortured, and economically exploited the Palestinian people. We reject as untrue the Israeli government's claims that the Palestinians use civilians as human shields, and that Hamas is an irredeemable terrorist organization. Without endorsing its platforms or philosophy, we recognize Hamas as a democratically elected ruling party. We do not endorse the regime of any existing Arab state and call for the upholding of internationally mandated human rights and democratic elections in all Arab states. We call upon our fellow writers and academics in the United States to question discourses that justify and rationalize injustice, and to address Israeli assaults on civilians in Gaza as one of the most important moral issues of our time. We call upon institutions of higher education in the U.S. to cut ties with Israeli academic institutions, dissolve study abroad programs in Israel, and divest institutional funds from Israeli companies, using the 1980s boycott against apartheid South Africa as a model. We call on all people of conscience to join us in boycotting Israeli products and institutions until a just, democratic state for all residents of Palestine/Israel comes into existence. /Steven Salaita Assistant Professor, department of English Virginia Tech/ /Mohammed Abed/ /Elmaz Abinader/ /Ali Abunimah/ /Opal Palmer Adisa/ /Etel Adnan/ /Deborah Al-Najjar/ /Evelyn Azeeza Alsultany/ /Amina Baraka/ /Amiri Baraka/ /George Bisharat/ /Sherwin Bitsui/ /Breyten Breytenbach/ /Van Brock/ /Hayan Charara/ /Alison Hedge Coke/ /Lara Deeb/ /Vicente Diaz/ /Marilyn Hacker/ /Mechthild Hart/ /Sam Hamill/ /Randa Jarrar/ /Fady Joudah/ /Tony Judt/ /Mohja Kahf/ /Rima Najjar Kapitan/ /Persis Karim/ /J. Kehaulani Kauanui/ /Haunani Kay-Trask/ /David Lloyd/ /Sunaina Maira/ /Nur Masalha/ /Khaled Mattawa/ /Daniel AbdalHayy Moore/ /Aileen Moreton-Robinson/ /Nadine Naber/ /Marcy Newman/ /Viet Nguyen/ /Simon Ortiz/ /Vijay Prashad/ /Adrienne Rich/ /Steven Salaita/ /Therese Saliba/ /Sarita See/ /Deema Shehabi/ /Matthew Shenoda/ /Naomi Shihab Nye/ /Magid Shihade/ /Vandana Shiva/ /Ella Habiba Shohat/ /Noenoe Silva/ /Andrea Smith/ /Ahdaf Soueif/ /Ghada Talhami/ /Frank X. Walker/ /Robert Warrior --------18 of 19-------- [Culture of police brutality] From Oakland to Santa Rita, the Struggle Continues "Fired Up, Can't Take It No More" By GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER CounterPunch February 3, 2009 [Vivid account -ed] "Town Bizness" Efforts at the moderation and cooptation of the Oscar Grant movement had failed in the face of revolutionary pressure and state weakness. The various radical organizations that dot the Oakland landscape had slipped the yoke of the official organizations with links to Mayor Dellums' campaign and enmeshed in the non-profit industrial complex. The place was the historic Black Dot Cafe in West Oakland; the event, a "Town Bizness" town hall meeting hosted by the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) with the presence of Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and a number of others, former and current Black Panthers included. "This ain't like the other town halls where a preacher talks for three hours," said POCC Minister of Information JR by way of introduction, in oblique reference to the weekly meetings held at Olivet Baptist Church. Those gathered at the Black Dot were among the few organizations and individuals still insisting, with the unequivocal support of all the events that had come to pass in recent weeks, that organized rebellion in the streets had been fundamental in the arrest of Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant. Many of those present took aim at the "opportunists" and the self-appointed leadership which, by virtue of city contracts and non-profit status, had been perceived as hijacking a city's anger and turned it down the path of institutional power (some hoping, no doubt, to ride the masses all the way to elected power themselves). As an alternative, those gathered at the Black Dot agreed on a list of demands, and on a strategy of mobilizing for the bail hearing of Johannes Mehserle, to be held on January 30th. New Video, New Pressure But in the intervening days, the political balance of forces had shifted dramatically, with the legitimacy of both the BART police and the OPD seemingly in free-fall. First, it was announced that the head of OPD internal affairs, Ed Poulson, had been suspended and that the FBI is currently investigating the force over the death in custody of Jerry Amaro some nine years ago. This combined with a threatened no-confidence vote for Police Chief Wayne Tucker partly over handling of the investigation into the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, led Tucker to announce his unceremonious resignation, leaving a gaping power vacuum at the head of this force, which would make itself felt later. In addition, BART police chief Gary Gee, who seems hell-bent on infuriating the public as much as is humanly possible, was circulating a memo instructing all BART officers on how they could show their solidarity with Mehserle by making a donation to his defense. "You have our full support," writes Gee, who went on to blame "public abuse and the media's reporting" for placing undue stress on his department. As Grant family attorney John Burris put it, "It is unacceptable for the police chief, who ostensibly is investigating Mehserle and other officers, related to their conduct on the night that Oscar Grant was killed, to encourage officers to visit and make financial contributions to Mehserle". But perhaps the most important element in this new upsurge in public anger and disillusionment with the police was a new cellphone video release by KTVU news, and taped on the BART platform the night Oscar Grant was executed. The recording shows a different officer, now identified as Tony Pirone, who would later have his knee on Oscar Grant when he was shot by Mehserle, punching Grant in the face for no apparent reason, and clearly escalating the tone of the situation. While those in the streets have been demanding the arrest of the other officers as accessories to murder, this demand had been largely ignored until it gained a degree of tangible reality in that video, at which point BART officials announced an investigation would be opened. "We Fired Up, Can't Take it No More" On January 30th, an overflow crowd filled the hallway of the Rene Davidson Courthouse in an effort to gain access to the bail hearing. Family members and an undisclosed number of BART officers had been escorted into the courtroom by a back door, and the nearly 100 gathered in the hallway were promised 44 available seats for the hearing. After some 20 had entered, the crowd was told that the courtroom was full. Spontaneous chants of "We are all Oscar Grant!" filled the hall, clearly audible to those within the courtroom itself, and at one point county police attempted to forcibly remove the crowd, seizing people one-by-one and pushing them into the elevators. Inside the hearing, Mehserle's newly-contracted attorney Michael Rains, who previously got corrupt OPD officers off in the Riders case, was making the case for bail. Mehserle had yet to open his mouth about what happened that night on the BART platform, a refusal that many interpreted as individual cowardice given the protests rocking the city. But if he wanted bail he would have to say something, and in the end, that "something" was not convincing at all. Mehserle's lawyer simultaneously suggested that Mehserle meant to deploy his Taser against Grant, while adding that he thought Grant was reaching for a gun. Again, both claims have been thoroughly discredited: Mehserle had removed his Taser, which bears no resemblance to his gun, from the opposite side of his belt earlier, and Grant was face-down with Pirone holding his neck, showing no signs of struggle. Moreover, if Grant were reaching for a gun, surely Mehserle would admit to purposefully pulling his own weapon. But there was a method to this madness, and it was this: Mehserle had to mention the Taser defense to leave open the possibility of a reduced charge, but he had to add that he thought Grant may be armed to leave open the possibility for a total acquittal under the tried-and-true police defense of "justifiable homicide". Luckily, Judge Morris Jacobson noticed the ambiguity and wasn't buying it: Mehserle, Jacobson acknowledged, did indeed represent a flight risk, and his contradictory story made him a potential danger to the community. However, under California guidelines, and since this was not a capital murder case, the judge nevertheless granted Mehserle a bail of $3 million. But concealed beneath this seemingly "technical" bail decision was a more important one: certainly, Mehserle has not been charged with a capital offense, but this is because he was white and a cop to begin with. It was this fact more than anything that motivated the angry crowd that streamed from the courtroom, infuriated that this murderer would be released with a bond payment of only $300,000, surely not too much for someone from a well-off family with the full support of BART-PD and the police union. The crowd exited the court past a hungry press corps, eagerly sniffing out a controversial quote, which was delivered soon enough, as a young man insisted before the cameras that "if the court doesn't get him [pauses] we'll get him". But while the press was quick to paint popular anger with the racist brush of vigilantism, he insisted that this wasn't a threat, but instead an indicator of the fact that few have faith in the even-handedness of the court system. Immediately, those gathered took up positions to block the exits to prevent Mehserle's departure, with chants of "No Justice, No Peace, Fuck the Police!" But after a few minutes, representatives of the Panthers and POCC decided to set out on a march that would retrace the path of the street rebellion some three weeks prior. The crowd of around 100 surged up 14th to Broadway, where the intersection was closed and an AC Transit bus taken over, with a Black Panther addressing the crowd from the roof. After a few minutes, we moved down Broadway toward the OPD station, and as we arrived, a small contingent of police was hurriedly setting up a cordon to protect their home. After a brief standoff, the crowd began to move back up Broadway, by now 150-strong as passers-by and young students spontaneously joined in. Now, the chant was: "We fired up, can't take it no more!" As we stream past vehicles, some in the crowd notice a small, unmarked SUV full of cops, and the crowd showed its contempt in no uncertain terms. >From a few feet away, I saw the rear window of the vehicle explode, revealing an officer pointing a rubber-bullet gun from inside the vehicle. Immediately, half a dozen flash-bang grenades were lobbed into the crowd, weapons which even the manufacturers admit are deadly and should only be used as a last resort. Now, of course, they were used as a first resort, and several protestors were on the ground screaming for medics from the impact of the explosions. People scattered, taking refuge behind cars as the officers climbed out of the vehicle, each tossing several more grenades in all directions to disperse the crowd. "I'm Gonna Fuck You Up" By now, the new OPD strategy was in full force, either on orders from Mayor Dellums or due to the power vacuum created by Tucker's abrupt exit: heavy and prominent presence, blocking streets and repeatedly cutting the march into smaller and smaller segments in the hopes that it would disperse. At one point, we were completely blocked-in on 14th near Jackson, and the only exit appeared to be through the parking lot of the same McDonalds that was smashed three weeks prior. But upon reaching the other side, this path too was quickly blocked by a contingent of particularly aggressive cops with a bone to pick. To be clear: no order to disperse had yet been read, and we were in the parking lot of a private business. As the crowd approached the police line, a fairly massive black officer named Smith began to taunt a much smaller demonstrator, urging him to give the cop reason to arrest him. When no reason was forthcoming, Smith grabbed the young man by his bandana and threw him into another officer, who then proceeded, along with some comrades, to brutally pound the young man and his friend for a number of minutes. When the crowd began to loudly protest the brutality they were witnessing, the cops made their intentions clear. As Smith himself promised me with a swipe of his baton: "I'm gonna fuck you up". And it wouldn't be long before this hefty soldier made good on his promise. About 20 minutes later, after a dispersal order had been read at another intersection, the crowd was ordered to move to the sidewalks, and as a friend and I crossed a crosswalk (with the light green, no less) Smith and friends saw their chance. My friend was tackled from behind, his forehead smashed into a light pole. I hadn't taken but two steps toward him when five officers flattened me. Skillfully navigating the avenues of pain and skirting the fine line separating a broken bone from a soft tissue injury, these portly knights of order made the most of their 30 seconds of absolute sovereignty, twisting and wrenching shoulder, elbow, wrist, and individual finger, kicking and punching me in the face and back. In the back of the wagon, we were a sorry-looking lot, my friend bleeding profusely from the forehead, and one of the McDonald's arrestees with a smashed nose. Our cellphones had been confiscated as "evidence" (as this article is published, we are told that these will not be returned until we consent to police downloading their contents). Our transporting officer, Miller, immediately promised that we were all "CRs," cite and release, so no worries, we would be out soon. This, of course, was a lie for all but one, but it served another purpose: if any of the arrested wished to complain about excessive force and injuries (we all had suffered excessive force and were all injured to some degree), we would need to be transported to Santa Rita County Jail, where we would be spending the night so as to receive "proper treatment". Such was the blackmail to prevent complaints. Around the same time, we overheard an officer speaking to several black juveniles in the compartment in front, in a display of unmitigated racism urging them to hand over any "crack pipes" or weapons they might have. And in response to several officers persistently referring to him as a "body," a Latino minor shouted angrily and in disbelief, "I am not a body! I am a human being!" Preaching at the Bully Pulpit More painful than any injuries, more uncomfortable than the concrete slabs we slept on, more disgusting than the food, was the preaching we were forced to endure from police. I guess it's easy to think you're right when you only lecture to a handcuffed audience, but even so, the hypocrisies were breathtaking. This began with the case of Oscar Grant himself, who a vast majority of the public agree was brutally murdered by BART cop Johannes Mehserle. All the fine Miller had to say was that "the media played a large role in the problem". Evidently, "the problem" was the fact that Mehserle had been arrested, not that Grant had been murdered. To claims of racism, both against Grant and as an unspoken rule of policing, he appealed to demographics: sure, in Oakland his drug arrests were mostly of black and Latino men, but when he had worked in (mostly white) Hayward, he arrested mostly whites. Only the barest of logic is necessary to convince someone of something they already believe. I brought up the 2007 murder of Gary King, shot in the back on Miller's own beat as he fled. He insisted that while many argued King didn't have a gun, he was sure that he did, and not just that, but he was "going for it". When I asked how he could possibly "know" that there was a gun, and more to the point, "know" that King was "going for it," when only Pat Gonzalez, the murdering officer was present, the debate is over: he mutters "justifiable homicide" and changes the subject. We are quite simply speaking different languages. Still worse was the lengthy lecture one imprisoned protester was given at fingerprinting. A young cop, insisting that he defends the right to protest, launched into a condescending explanation of the lessons of Martin Luther King Jr. It was tempting to point out that he had clearly failed to grasp the dynamics of the Civil Rights Movement, the necessary dialectic of militancy and nonviolence, of MLK and Malcolm, that had driven political change. It was tempting to suggest that someone in his position 50 years ago would likely have seen King as a communist and a terrorist, and most certainly as violent, as was the public perception and press portrayal before the Black Power Movement entered the scene and liberals rushed to the cause of moderate change. It was tempting, too, to note that the government and even some clergy turned again on King near the end of his life for his increasingly radical views and criticism of the Vietnam War and capitalism, reserving for this prophet of nonviolence an assassin's bullet. But concrete walls, uniforms, and guns don't generally make for productive debate. When one of the arrestees requested food after being held for 9 hours, the response was gleefully insulting: "you should always make sure you're full if you're gonna get arrested," one officer chirped with proud condescension, "maybe next time you should stop at Chili's on the way to the protest". "Damn Another Santa Rita Weekend" --The Coup At around 3am, after being systematically shifted between holding cells for more than nine hours to cultivate disorientation and prevent what little sleep was possible on a concrete bench or a filthy floor, we are transported to Santa Rita. They had lied to us about citing and releasing us, and without reading us our rights, without even telling us we were arrested, without telling us what the charges were or the bail amount, we were shipped out. There, the holding cell is even filthier, and while we are the first to arrive, by 8am the room is full to capacity with some 30 new inmates. Most, it seems, were grabbed on incorrect warrants or bogus charges that are unlikely to stick, but it doesn't matter much: for those unable to post bail or bond, there is little recourse, and many were resigned to spending a month, or at least a "Santa Rita weekend" at the facility only for the charges to be dropped or to be found innocent. There's no presumed innocence when you're poor. As day breaks, we are issued our 2XL county blues and fish-kits, and as we are preparing to be moved yet again, we begin to discuss the Oscar Grant case. Unsurprisingly, everyone in our holding cell knows about it, everyone has seen the video. Even less surprising, perhaps, is the fact that everyone knows what side they are on. One Latino inmate stands on the bench and begins an impromptu speech: "what we need to do is to attack the code of silence that binds these cops to each other, they know who kills who, and we need to get them to snitch on each other, that's the only way we'll get justice". He ends his speech by advocating a generalized and indefinite hunger strike until the other officers on the platform when Grant was murdered are arrested as accessories to the crime. After inmates are strip-searched, we move into the general housing unit bunk areas, or "pods". We are disoriented from lack of sleep, but as soon as our pod-mates find out what our charges are, their support is immediate and unwavering. When I mention that I'm a writer, it is not but a few short moments before I am handed the small pen and the disheveled stack of paper with which I am writing this very document. "At least you in here on some real shit," one remarked, fist in the air. George Ciccariello-Maher is a Ph.D. candidate in political theory at UC Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, and can be reached at gjcm(at)berkeley.edu. --------19 of 19-------- Israel Asserting Middle East Supremacy: From Gaza to Tehran [2/2] by James Petras February 2nd, 2009 Dissident Voice [part 2 of 2] "Peace" Negotiations Geared Toward War The likelihood that the Obama regime will move the world closer to an offensive war with Iran is not based on idle speculation or selected quotes from his presidential campaign. No one can take serious President Obama or his Secretary of State Clinton's advocacy of "negotiations with Iran", when they are accompanied by conditions unacceptable to Iran's sovereignty or national interests. The Obama regime openly threatens war if Iran does not accept unilateral disarmament with intrusive inspection of its strategic defense installations, allowing Israel and the US a unique opportunity for pinpointing vital targets for their first wave of attack. What conclusively demonstrates Obama's drive to war with Iran is his appointment of the most zealous Zionist militarist, Dennis Ross, to the key strategic position dealing with Iran. Obama appointed Ross to the post of "Special Envoy to Iran". He will act as Czar of Middle East policy. George Mitchell is his envoy on Israel-Palestine negotiations, a typical "good cop" (Mitchell) strategy to counter the "bad cop" (Ross). Ross, who is often called "Israel's Lawyer", is the ultimate Zionist, a crown prince of the US Zionist Jewish Lobby in all of its major undertakings regarding Iran. Ross is a founding leader of AIPAC, the principle and most powerful Israel First Lobby in Washington. He has been a lifelong and influential ZionCon ideologue, who successfully led the campaign in favor of the invasion of Iraq. He is among the most prolific and influential writers and propagandists at the Zionist-financed propaganda mill, WINEP (Washington Institute for Near East Policy), which has produced the most bellicose position papers pushing US military intervention in favor of Israel's expansionist ambitions. During the Clinton years, Ross was appointed head of the US "mediation" committee during the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations (1999-2000). In that position, he acted as "Israel's lawyer" according to a fellow US Zionist diplomat. He scuttled all possibility of any acceptable compromise by "following Israel's lead". He set up the conditions, which made Palestinian rejection inevitable while placing the blame on that embittered people. Ross has a profound influence on Obama's politics to Israel. Ross is a leader in a relatively new Zionist front group, known as the "Bipartisan Policy Center". The "Center" recently published a report entitled, M"eeting the Challenge: US Policy Toward Iranian Nuclear Development". This roadmap for war with Iran was produced by a task force, which included Ross and two other extremist Zioncons, the dual-Israel-US citizen Michal Makovsky and Michael Rubin. Ross' endorsement of the "Report" reflects his rejection of any possibility of a negotiated agreement with Iran, which would accept Iran's legal right to a uranium enrichment program as recognized by international treaty. A recently reported wrinkle in Dennis Ross' appointment to the Obama Cabinet is his role as current Chairman of the Jerusalem-based Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, under the Jewish Agency, which is an official part of the Israeli Government. His current work for an Israeli government agency could place Ross at odds with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a Federal statute that requires individuals working on behalf of a foreign government to register as such - something Ross has never done. The "Report" advocates a preemptive Israeli aerial bombing and missile campaign against Iran should the US and Europe fail to strike first. This Dennis Ross-endorsed "Report" proposes a total naval and air blockade and embargo of Iran as a prelude to a US attack on Iran's vital infrastructure. This document called on Obama to "bring in troops and material to the region under the cover of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, thus maintaining a degree of strategic and tactical surprise". In other words, Obama's forthcoming appointment of Ross to head his regime's Middle East Policy Advisory Group places an unconditional advocate and promoter of genocidal war with Iran in a key strategic foreign policy position. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Dennis Ross will do everything in their power to promote and justify a US-Israeli joint attack on Iran. Ross and Clinton will begin with phony negotiations based on unacceptable ultimatums. This will be followed by acts of war in the form of Gaza style embargoes designed to starve and impoverish the people of Iran, and conclude with a Gaza-style aerial blitzkrieg. Given the extraordinary number of Zionists appointed by Obama in every key level of his government, the possibility of any internal debate or dissent over the Ross roadmap for war in Israel's interest is minimal. Obama has put together a policy-making elite so closely linked and loyal to the Israeli military that it precludes any type of meaningful negotiations with Iran. Possible External Constraints on Zionist-Israeli-US War on Iran The only effective deterrent to a Gaza style Israeli assault on Iran is Tehran's capacity for military retaliation, especially accurate long-range missiles capable of reaching Israel's principle military sites, infrastructure and related support systems. Given the Israeli leaders lack of any moral constraints and their immersion in a militarist ideology, in which brutal force and widespread violence are the primary means of projecting power and securing Israeli public support, a costly massive military counter-attack is probably the most effective deterrent to force its leaders to reconsider Israel's military-driven foreign policy. While Israeli militarists adopt a "defensive" rhetoric, their strategy is to weaken Iran's defense capability and make it more vulnerable to military threats and diplomatic pressure in a lead-up to a pre-emptive aerial assault. International inspections by United Nation agencies are only carried out of Iranian sites but not of US regional military installations, including their nuclear-armed war ships and submarines, or of Israel's nuclear weapons sites and nuclear weapon laboratories. The one-sided inspections provide a wealth of information on Iranian military capacity and defense locations and of advanced strategic research laboratories. UN inspections prior to the US invasion of Iraq identified key defense installations and Iraqi scientists, their places of work and homes, which were used in bombing missions and the subsequent assassination campaign against top Iraqi scientists. This kind of information was crucial in guiding Israel's bombing and missile assaults and assassination of leaders and their families during its invasions of Lebanon and Gaza. The Israeli dictated and US Zionist implemented economic boycott of Iran is clearly directed toward undermining both Iranian living standards and the performance of their economy, similar to what the Jewish state imposed on Gaza. It is part of the "softening up" campaign prior to its all out attack. To date however, despite a sustained effort by all top Zionist functionaries in the US government and the intense pressures of its lobbies on US pension fund managers, the embargo has not crippled the Iranian economy. Especially with the onset of the recession, the decline of world markets and the growing energy demands of China, there are numerous Western and Asian multinationals eager to trade with Iran and to ignore Israeli and US Zionist pressures. Israel's genocidal war on Gaza has finally forced important cracks in the overseas Zionist monopoly over Jewish opinion. The leading Jewish communal organizations and their spiritual spokespeople continue to support each and every crime from the bombing of Red Cross ambulances and clinic to United Nations schools, food and medical supplies warehouses and refugee centers. This has finally provoked vigorous opposition among leading Jewish intellectuals, writers and other professionals. New organizations and personalities have emerged within the Jewish community, which have forcibly repudiated Israel's genocide. Some Jewish activists have taken bold direct actions, occupying Israeli consular offices in a few major cities and calling for a total boycott of Israeli goods and academic exchanges. Others have confronted Zionist apologists in public forums and press conferences. While the number and influence of Jewish critics of Zionist war crimes is small, their importance is found in giving legitimacy and encouraging millions of otherwise intimidated and silent Gentiles to "come out". As a result, an unprecedented number of people in the West have voiced their horror and opposition to the Zionist military juggernaut and expressed their support for economic boycotts against Israel. While Jewish and Gentile mass opposition neither stopped or weakened Israel's massacre of Gazan civilians, it has laid the political and organizational basis to launch a massive campaign against the US Zionist war plans against Iran. Israel's military successes have created an irrational triumphalist war fever among all of its leaders and their enthusiastic supporters in the million member Jewish-Zionist organizations in the US. This has led them to underestimate the catastrophic costs of a war with Iran. An Israeli-US sneak attack on Iran will unleash major military and political retaliatory action throughout the Middle East. This will certainly inflict major human, military, political and economic losses on many US military installations in the Gulf region. This is especially the case in Iraq and the adjoining client Gulf States, where US military forces are highly vulnerable. An Israeli assault might lead to the destabilization or overthrow of Arab client states. Moreover, Iran may retaliate by successfully launching accurate long-range missiles, which will target major Israeli military complexes and adjoining population centers. Given the enormous worldwide disgust and horror at Israel's war crimes in Gaza and the hatred evoked by the prospect of new aerial assaults on millions of Iranians, Tehran's reprisals against Israel and the US are not likely to raise much condemnation. More likely, most people will feel a sense of righteous vindication, that finally the arrogant bully is finally getting paid back for its assaults on unarmed, imprisoned civilians in Gaza. Just as the British survivors of Nazi V-2 rocket attacks on English population centers cheered the firebombing of Dresden, vast sections of public opinion may greet an Iranian retaliatory strike on Israel as a valid deterrent for its serial atrocities against humanity. One of the most effective threats to Israel's genocidal war drive is the launching of investigations into Israeli war crimes, the establishment of tribunals to try Israeli military and political leaders for their crimes against humanity (Financial Times, January 16, 2009 page 5). Israeli leaders have advised their soldier-criminals they will be provided with legal protection. The leaders have expressed concern that they themselves may be subject to citizen arrests and tried by overseas courts. Several governments are filing war crimes charges before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The problem with laying charges on Israeli war criminals is where to draw the line between military-political leaders who directed the war crimes and the field officers, who implemented the policies violating the Geneva Conventions. For example, identifying the officials who specifically barred medical and emergency workers for over four days from evacuating wounded and starving civilians, including small children, from the site of a horrific Israeli massacre of Gazan civilians. What about the great masses of Israeli Jewish citizens who were so elated by the bombing of whole civilian neighborhoods that some Israelis set up observation posts with picnic baskets to survey the ongoing carnage? The same Israelis "delighted in the images, splashed across the front pages, of smiling Israeli soldiers riding homes on tanks in victory post". (Financial Times, January 26, 2009). Mass Israeli elation, political intoxication and embrace of the perpetrators of the killing of unarmed people may be repugnant to world opinion, but it is not a sufficient offense to merit an international tribunal. However it is subject to the same moral repudiation, which many of us felt toward the German people who celebrated Hitler's savage bombing of Soviet, Polish and Balkan cities. Even if the Zionist-controlled White House succeeds in using its veto on the United Nations Security Council to prevent a war crimes investigation of Israeli leaders, the presentation of charges and possible arrests in several European countries will force the Israeli leaders to reflect on their pariah status and might inhibit their push for a murderous war with Iran. We have included a list (see Appendix #2) of the names of Israeli military leaders, their rank and operational role and responsibility for war crimes in Gaza. Israelis currently dismiss out of hand the opprobrium of world opinion as irrelevant to its ongoing military offensive. This causes the Jewish state to overlook the importance of world opinion in eroding strategic political support in the future. Many observers believe hundreds of millions of Arab citizens and multitudes of non-Arabs and non-Muslims are coming to believe that Israel and its overseas Zionist Fifth column will only understand the language of force since they routinely practice state terrorism to impose their interests on captive, impoverished people. As a result, many analysts argue that it is understandable that the weapons of choice for the victims of Israel will inevitably rely on sustained, organized and militarized people's resistance. In these circumstances, the current crop of anemic, impotent, collaborationist Arab leaders and regimes may be overthrown and a new combative and consequential leadership could emerge, one which consults and draws its mass support from the deepest feelings of national dignity and profound hatred of Zionist imposed humiliations. Conclusions Israel's Gaza war is leading its leaders and its strategically placed overseas agents in the US political system to overreach and to pursue a new war with Iran, as part of a regional strategy to secure imperial power. The Obama Administration and the newly elected Israeli prime minister share more than overlapping policy-makers and long-term commitments to military-driven empire building. They have made it clear that they will proceed in setting in motion a series of diplomatic and economic moves destined to prepare the stage for launching a genocidal war against Iran. This will be in line with Obama's rhetoric of recreating a Jewish-Afro-American alliance, one based on Israeli interests and American lives! The only deterrent to new wars of extermination is mass action, which increases the political, economic and military costs for Israeli aggression. Only when Israeli casualties mount, when Zionist exploiters and bankers suffer losses, when its academics and tourist sites are boycotted, then and only then will the Israelis and their US acolytes begin to rethink their blind adherence to militarist policies. It is only then that they will rethink their irrational Judeo-centric vision of a world made by and for the one Chosen People living in the Only Moral State in the world. Unfortunately it may take some military shocks to dispel these tribal fantasies. History teaches us that there is nothing like a bloody defeat to end the Superman Complex. Appendix #1 51 Member Organizations of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations: 1. Ameinu 2. American Friends of Likud 3. American Gathering/Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors 4. American-Israel Friendship League 5. American Israel Public Affairs Committee 6. American Jewish Committee 7. American Jewish Congress 8. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 9. American Sephardi Federation 10. American Zionist Movement 11. Americans for Peace Now 12. AMIT 13. Anti-Defamation League 14. Association of Reform Zionist of America 15. B'nai B'rith International 16. Bnai Zion 17. Central Committee of American Rabbis 18. Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America 19. Development Corporation for Israel/State of Israel Bonds 20. Emunah of America 21. Friends of Israel Defense Forces 22. Hadassah, Women's Zionist Organization of America 23. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society 24. Hillel: The Foundation of Jewish Campus Life 25. Jewish Community Centers Association 26. Jewish Council for Public Affairs 27. Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs 28. Jewish Labor Committee 29. Jewish National Fund 30. Jewish Reconstructionist Federation 31. Jewish War Veterans of the USA 32. Jewish Women International 33. MERCAZ USA, Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement 34. NA.AMAT USA 35. NCSJ: Advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Eurasia 36. National Council of Jewish Women 37. National Council of Young Israel 38. ORT America 39. Rabbinical Assembly 40. Rabbinical Council of America 41. Religious Zionist of America 42. Union for Reform Judaism 43. Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 44. United Jewish Communities 45. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 46. WIZO 47. Women's League for Conservative Judaism 48. Women of Reform Judaism 49. Workmen's Circle 50. World Zionist Executive, US 51. Zionist Organization of America Appendix #2 List of Israeli Officials involved in War Crimes during the Gaza Invasion. This a partial and growing list of potential war criminals compiled by a group of Israeli activists, despite Israeli government censorship, and as a challenge to the Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and his military counterpart, Judge Advocate General Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit: 1. Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minster 2. Ehud Barak, Israeli War Minister 3. Tzipi Livni, Foreign Minister of Israel 4. Yuval Diskin, Shin Bet security service chief 5. Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi, IOF Chief of Staff 6. Colonel Hartzi Halevi, Paratroops Brigade Commander 7. Commander of the 401st Brigade Colonel Yigal Slovik 8. Brig Gen Jonathan Locker, head of Israeli air forces 9. Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, Israeli air forces 10. Colonel Ron Ashrov, Commander of the Northern Gaza 11. Brigadier-General Eyal Eisenberg - Commander of all the IOF 12. Colonel Yigal Slovik, commander of 401st Armored Corps Brigade convoy 13. Sho.alay Marom, Brigadier (res.) 14. Lt. Col. Yoav Mordechai, Golani infantry brigade.s 13th Battalion in Gaza 15. Lt. Col. Oren Cohen, Battalion 13 in the Golani Brigade 16. Lt. Col. Avi Blot 101st Battalion Paratrooper Brigade 17. Lieutenant-Colonel Yehuda Cohen, Givati infantry Brigade.s Rotem Regiment 18. Lieutenant-Colonel Ronen Dagmi, deputy commander of the 401st Armored Brigade 19. Col. Avi Peled, commander brigade in Battalion 51 20. Brig.-Gen.( res.) Zvika Fogel former deputy OC Southern Command 21. Brigadier-General Yuval Halamish, Chief IOF Intelligence Officer 22. Paratrooper Brigade commander, Hartzi Halevi 23. Col. Hertzi Halevy, brigade commander 24. Col. Tomer Tsiter, participated in the massacre in Gaza during .Operation Cast Lead., and previously he participated in the massacre .Operation Defensive Shield. in the Jeninrefugee camp in 2002. 25. Gur Rosenblatt, infantry reserve officer 26. Guy Ohaion, infantry reserve officer 27. Lt. Col. Erez 28. Maj. Nimrod Aloni 29. Lieutenant Colonel (res.) Shlomo Saban 30. Capt. Ron Vardi , 31. Col. Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, head of the International Law Department, Military Advocate General.s Office, 32. Major-General Yoav Galant, southern command chief 33. Richard Awizrat, Senior Warrant Officer, 34. Major General Amos Yadlin, Military Intelligence chief James Petras, a former Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, owns a 50-year membership in the class struggle, is an adviser to the landless and jobless in Brazil and Argentina, and is co-author of Globalization Unmasked (Zed Books). Petras' most recent book is Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power (Clarity Press, 2008). He can be reached at: jpetras [at] binghamton.edu. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments vote third party for president for congress now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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