Monday, March 31, 2003
The Euro And The War On IraqBy Amir Butler ATrueWord.com firstname.lastname@example.org 3-29-3 As Mark Twain once noted, prophecy is always difficult, particularly with regards to the future. However, it is a safe bet that as soon as Saddam is toppled one of the first tasks of the America-backed regime will be to restore the US dollar as the nation's oil currency. In November 2000, Iraq began selling its oil for euros, moving away from the post-World War II standard of the US dollar as the currency of international trade. Whilst seen by many at the time as a bizarre act of political defiance, it has proved beneficial for Iraq, with the euro gaining almost 25% against the dollar during 2001. It now costs around USD$1.05 to buy one Euro. Iraq's move towards the euro is indicative of a growing trend. Iran has already converted the majority of its central bank reserve funds to the euro, and has hinted at adopting the euro for all oil sales. On December 7th, 2002, the third member of the axis of evil, North Korea, officially dropped the dollar and began using euros for trade. Venezuela, not a member of the axis of evil yet, but a large oil producer nonetheless, is also considering a switch to the euro. More importantly, at its April 14th, 2002 meeting in Spain, OPEC expressed an interest in leaving the dollar in favour of the euro. If OPEC were to switch to the euro as the standard for oil transactions, it would have serious ramifications for the US economy. Oil-consuming economies would have to flush the dollars out of their central bank holdings and convert them to euros. Some economists estimate that with the market flooded, the US dollar could drop up to 40% in value. As the currency falls, there would be a monetary evacuation by foreign investors abandoning the US stock markets and dollar-denominated assets. Imported products would cost Americans a lot more, and the trade deficit would be magnified. [...] Rense
US forces' Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons is 'Illegal'By Neil Mackay, Investigations Editor Sunday Herald Sunday 30 March 2003 British and American coalition forces are using depleted uranium (DU) shells in the war against Iraq and deliberately flouting a United Nations resolution which classifies the munitions as illegal weapons of mass destruction. DU contaminates land, causes ill-health and cancers among the soldiers using the weapons, the armies they target and civilians, leading to birth defects in children. Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon's depleted uranium project -- a former professor of environmental science at Jacksonville University and onetime US army colonel who was tasked by the US department of defence with the post-first Gulf war depleted uranium desert clean-up -- said use of DU was a 'war crime'. Rokke said: 'There is a moral point to be made here. This war was about Iraq possessing illegal weapons of mass destruction -- yet we are using weapons of mass destruction ourselves.' He added: 'Such double-standards are repellent.' The latest use of DU in the current conflict came on Friday when an American A10 tankbuster plane fired a DU shell, killing one British soldier and injuring three others in a 'friendly fire' incident. [..] Truthout
FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting 112 W. 27th Street New York, NY 10001 MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Media Applaud Bombing of Iraqi TV March 27, 2003 When Iraqi TV offices in Baghdad were hit by a U.S missile strike on March 25, the targeting of media was strongly criticized by press and human rights groups. The general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, Aidan White, suggested that "there should be a clear international investigation into whether or not this bombing violates the Geneva Conventions." White told Reuters (3/26/03), "Once again, we see military and political commanders from the democratic world targeting a television network simply because they don't like the message it gives out." The Geneva Conventions forbid the targeting of civilian installations-- whether state-owned or not-- unless they are being used for military purposes. Amnesty International warned (3/26/03) that the attack may have been a "war crime" and emphasized that bombing a television station "simply because it is being used for the purposes of propaganda" is illegal under international humanitarian law. "The onus," said Amnesty, is on "coalition forces" to prove "the military use of the TV station and, if that is indeed the case, to show that the attack took into account the risk to civilian lives." Likewise, Human Rights Watch affirmed (3/26/03) that it would be illegal to target Iraqi TV based on its propaganda value. "Although stopping enemy propaganda may serve to demoralize the Iraqi population and to undermine the government's political support," said HRW, "neither purpose offers the 'concrete and direct' military advantage necessary under international law to make civilian broadcast facilities a legitimate military target." Some U.S. journalists, however, have not shown much concern about the targeting of Iraqi journalists. Prior to the bombing, some even seemed anxious to know why the broadcast facilities hadn't been attacked yet. Fox News Channel's John Gibson wondered (3/24/03): "Should we take Iraqi TV off the air? Should we put one down the stove pipe there?" Fox's Bill O'Reilly (3/24/03) agreed: "I think they should have taken out the television, the Iraqi television.... Why haven't they taken out the Iraqi television towers?" MSNBC correspondent David Shuster offered: "A lot of questions about why state-run television is allowed to continue broadcasting. After all, the coalition forces know where those broadcast towers are located." On CNBC, Forrest Sawyer offered tactical alternatives to bombing (3/24/03): "There are operatives in there. You could go in with sabotage, take out the building, you could take out the tower." [...] http://www.fair.org/activism/iraqi-tv.html ClEggS� eq "da'man"
In other major developments:# A suicide car bomb attack north of Najaf has resulted in a change of battle orders for U.S. troops. The new orders: Shoot to kill any drivers failing to stop at checkpoints. Since Saturday's attack, five drivers have been shot and at least two killed. Iraqis said some 4,000 Arabs have come to Iraq to help attack the Americans. # The effort to encourage top Iraqi military leaders to surrender has been a failure, USA Today newspaper reports. Intelligence officials say their campaign of personal calls and e-mails underestimated most generals' loyalty to Saddam, fear of retribution or hate for the United States. # The U.S.-led invasion force could use landmines, Central Command says. Brooks said any mines used would be for temporary protective rings around forward areas, and would be removed when troops moved on. # At least 43 U.S. soldiers have been killed in the war and 17 are missing. There are seven U.S. prisoners of war. Twenty-four Britons have also been reported killed. Roughly 425 Iraqi civilians have been killed and more than 4,000 wounded, by Iraq�s tally. U.S. officials say they are holding 4,000 Iraqi prisoners of war. # Journalist Peter Arnett, covering the war from Baghdad, told state-run Iraqi TV in an interview that the American-led coalition's first war plan had failed because of Iraq's resistance and said strategists are "trying to write another war plan." NBC severed ties with Arnett because of the interview. # The Washington Post reports some of the Iraqis detained by American troops may be on their way to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some combatants from the Afghan war are being held. "Right now at this point, we are treating all those that we have taken into our custody as enemy prisoners of war," Brooks said. http://www.volunteertv.com
Pentagon pressure behind CNN firing of Peter ArnettBy Barry Grey 22 April 1999 CNN's firing of Peter Arnett, the Pulitzer Price winning journalist who achieved international acclaim for his on-the-spot reporting from Baghdad during the Gulf War, sheds further light on the subordination of the US media to the military and intelligence establishment. CNN announced on Tuesday it had agreed to a settlement with Arnett, who has worked for the network for 18 years, to terminate his employment two and a half years in advance of the expiration of his current contract. The network's statement came one day after Arnett told the press that CNN had rejected his request to report on the current war from Belgrade, and had effectively muzzled him since last July.[...] wsws, 1999
NBC Fires Peter Arnett Over Iraqi TV InterviewReuters Monday, March 31, 2003; 8:37 AM By Mark Wilkinson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American television network NBC said on Monday it had severed its relations with veteran reporter Peter Arnett after he told Iraqi television that the U.S. war plan against Saddam Hussein had failed. "Peter Arnett will no longer be reporting for NBC News and MSNBC," NBC said in a joint statement with National Geographic, for whom the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter was also working. "I said in that interview essentially what we all know about the war, that there have been delays in implementing policy, there have been surprises," Arnett told NBC's "Today" show. "But clearly by giving that interview I created a firestorm in the United States and for that I am truly sorry," added Arnett, widely known for his dramatic live reports during the bombing of Baghdad on the opening days of the 1991 Gulf War. "My stupid misjudgment was to spend fifteen minutes in an impromptu interview with Iraqi television," he said. "It was wrong for Mr. Arnett to grant an interview with state-controlled Iraqi TV, especially at a time of war and it was wrong for him to discuss his personal observations and opinions," NBC said in a statement. "His remarks were analytical in nature and were not intended to be anything more," the network said.[...] Washington Post
seeing as spymac are being dicks (that image is blocked to leechers claus [sorry], it probably showed ok for you cos of your cache) i'm reposting the image.
Posted by alex_tea at 3/31/2003 06:11:00 pm
Its simple: Make a list of all clearchannel stations, put up a website to organize awareness of them and a boycott. Listen only to WFMU. Problem solved? 50% of Americans think that Iraq was behind 911. You will NEVER get them to stop acting like ediots. Yes, EDIOTS.
Channels of Influence [...]Until now, complaints about Clear Channel have focused on its business practices. Critics say it uses its power to squeeze recording companies and artists and contributes to the growing blandness of broadcast music. But now the company appears to be using its clout to help one side in a political dispute that deeply divides the nation.[...] Clear Channel Communciations, owner of 1,200 radio stations in the US, organizing pro-war rallies and public destruction of Dixie Chicks CDs: what the fuck is going on here?!?!?
Retired general waits in the wings for Saddam's fallBy Ian Cobain and Elaine Monaghan AMID almost obsessive secrecy, and in the incongruous setting of a row of luxury beachfront chalets on the Gulf, the next government of Iraq is slowly taking shape. Its staff is said to run into �the low hundreds�, all living and working in the �366-a-night chalets 22 miles south of Kuwait City, alongside al-Ahmadi oilfield. But while its location is known, details of its plans and personnel are kept secret. A number of Britons, however, are known to be involved with the embryonic authority. Until two weeks ago, few would admit to its existence because no official wanted to concede that war was inevitable. Since General Garner arrived in Kuwait the week before last, information has become even more scarce. General Garner, from Florida, who retired from the army in 1997, was criticised recently for visiting Israel with the sponsorship of a right-wing group that believes that the United States needs Israel to project US force in the Middle East. In October 2000 he put his name to a statement blaming Palestinians for the outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence and saying that a strong Israel was an important security asset to the United States.The statement was sponsored by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, which pays for senior retired US military officers to visit Israel for security briefings. It is also becoming clear that General Garner is planning an administration based loosely upon the Ottoman model: the Turks who controlled the country for almost 400 years, until they were driven out by the British in 1917, established three governorates � in Baghdad, Basra and Mosul. [...] The Times
"First they cleaned up Times Square, then they said you couldn't dance in bars or drink a beer in the park. Now you can't even smoke when you go out on the town," said Willie Martinez, 37, who sat, chain-smoking, in an East Village bar. "This is like no-fun city." So, you can have a smoke in Baghdad, but not in New York? Riiiiight.... wnbc
This is a REAL photo from Yahoo News. Deal with it. " An U.S. marine from CSSC 117, a part of the Marine Corp, covered with a net to protect him from the sand reads a magazine in a trench on March 28, 2003 on the side of the road, some 150-km north of the town of Nassiriya on March 28, 2003. U.S. military convoys have been hampered on the road in the area by small groups of Iraqi soldiers. REUTERS/Oleg Popov" Yahoo News
The best author in Denmark at the moment: Jan Sonnergaard �Jeg synes bare, det er at stille sp�rgsm�lene, hvad er magt uden etik? Hvad er velstand uden kultur? Tag eksempelvis novellen om reklamemanden. Det kan godt v�re, han tjener over en million om �ret. Men hvad er det v�rd, n�r der ikke er andet. Hverken �stetik eller etik.�. I just think, that one should ask the questions: What is power without etics? What is wealth without culture? Take the example in the shortstory about the advertising man. It might be he earns over a million dkr a year. But what is it worth, when there is nothing else? No aesthestics or etics.
Get out that hacksaw, MDF etc and make some funky speakers Mikkel, what do you mean by news? Blogdial posts you've made or news from other sources?
Posted by captain davros at 3/31/2003 10:17:00 am
I am so tired of news not getting followed up upon. Even worse, I had this list in my head of news that had been forgotten, gathered from a dump I made of this blog of 2002. Anyway. I'd like it if you guys could help me find news that have been lost, stuff that was forgotten in the last year and where they went. I know there are at least 5. This post is dedicated to my mother, cause she kicks ass.
Sunday, March 30, 2003
April 1, 2003, 11 AM New York time, 8 AM California Time (determine your own time zone based on this) Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, will join together for fifteen minutes as one mind and pray for President Bush (and all those who influence his decision making) to make all his decisions based on the highest good of all beings on earth. The Children suggested that we begin by imagining him as a little boy, and use our energy to empower his heart. They say that the boy is still within him, though he is very afraid. He doesn't need to be attacked for what he is doing, but loved, not for his actions, but for the Truth within him. We call this: "Seeing as God Sees and Loving as God Loves." If possible, gather with other people during this vigil, and please pass this E-mail on to as many people as you can to help spread the word. Prayer Vigil
Resignation Letter from U.S. DiplomatSaturday 29 March 2003 Editor's Note: The following is a copy of Mary Wright's letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wright was most recently the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She helped open the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in January 2002. Yet another diplomat has quit over Iraq. U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia March 19, 2003 Secretary of State Colin Powell US Department of State Washington, DC 20521 Dear Secretary Powell: When I last saw you in Kabul in January, 2002 you arrived to officially open the US Embassy that I had helped reestablish in December, 2001 as the first political officer. At that time I could not have imagined that I would be writing a year later to resign from the Foreign Service because of US policies. All my adult life I have been in service to the United States. I have been a diplomat for fifteen years and the Deputy Chief of Mission in our Embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan (briefly) and Mongolia. I have also had assignments in Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada and Nicaragua. I received the State Department's Award for Heroism as Charge d'Affaires during the evacuation of Sierra Leone in 1997. I was 26 years in the US Army/Army Reserves and participated in civil reconstruction projects after military operations in Grenada, Panama and Somalia. I attained the rank of Colonel during my military service. This is the only time in my many years serving America that I have felt I cannot represent the policies of an Administration of the United States. I disagree with the Administration's policies on Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, North Korea and curtailment of civil liberties in the U.S. itself. I believe the Administration's policies are making the world a more dangerous, not a safer, place. I feel obligated morally and professionally to set out my very deep and firm concerns on these policies and to resign from government service as I cannot defend or implement them. [...] Truthout
Iraq War Quiz by Stephen R. Shalom1. The anti-war movement supports our troops by urging that they be brought home immediately so they neither kill nor get killed in a unjust war. How has the Bush administration shown its support for our troops? a. The Republican-controlled House Budget Committee voted to cut $25 billion in veterans benefits over the next 10 years. b. The Bush administration proposed cutting $172 million from impact aid programs which provide school funding for children of military personnel. c. The administration ordered the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to stop publicizing health benefits available to veterans. d. All of the above. 2. The anti-war movement believes that patriotism means urging our country to do what is right. How do Bush administration officials define patriotism? a. Patriotism means emulating Dick Cheney, who serves as Vice-President while receiving $100,000-$1,000,000 a year from Halliburton, the multi-billion dollar company which is already lining up for major contracts in post-war Iraq. b. Patriotism means emulating Richard Perle, the warhawk who serves as head of the Defense Intelligence Board while at the same time meeting with Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi on behalf of Trireme, a company of which he is a managing partner, involved in security and military technologies, and while agreeing to work as a paid lobbyist for Global Crossing, a telecommunications giant seeking a major Pentagon contract. c. Patriotism means emulating George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Bolton, Tom DeLay, John Ashcroft, Lewis Libby, and others who enthusiastically supported the Vietnam War while avoiding serving in it and who now are sending others to kill and be killed in Iraq. d. All of the above. 3. The Bush administration has accused Saddam Hussein of lying regarding his weapons of mass destruction. Which of the following might be considered less than truthful? a. Constant claims by the Bush administration that there was documentary evidence linking Iraq to attempted uranium purchases in Niger, despite the fact that the documents were forgeries and CIA analysts doubted their authenticity. b. A British intelligence report on Iraq's security services that was in fact plagiarized, with selected modifications, from a student article. c. The frequent citation of the incriminating testimony of Iraqi defector Hussein Kamel, while suppressing that part of the testimony in which Kamel stated that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction had been destroyed following the 1991 Gulf War. d. All of the above. 4. White House Press Secretary Ari Fleisher stormed out of a press conference when the assembled reporters broke into laughter after he declared that the U.S. would never try to bribe members of the UN. What should Fleisher have said to defend himself? a. It wasn't just bribery; we also ordered the bugging of the home and office phones and emails of the UN ambassadors of Security Council member states that were undecided on war. b. Oh, come on! We've been doing this for years. In 1990 when Yemen voted against authorizing war with Iraq, the U.S. ambassador declared "That will be the most expensive 'no' vote you ever cast." c. Why do you think the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act makes one of the conditions for an African country to receive preferential access to U.S. markets that it "not engage in activities that undermine United States national security or foreign policy interests"? d. All of the above. 5. George Bush has declared that "we have no fight with the Iraqi people." What could he have cited as supporting evidence? a. U.S. maintenance of 12 years of crippling sanctions that strengthened Saddam Hussein while contributing to the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. b. The fact that "coalition" forces have indicated that they will use cluster bombs in Iraq, despite warnings from human rights groups that "The use of cluster munitions in Iraq will endanger civilians for years to come." c. By pointing to the analogy of Afghanistan, which the U.S. pledged not to forget about when the war was over, and for which the current Bush administration foreign aid budget request included not one cent in aid. d. All of the above. 6. The Bush administration has touted the many nations that are part of the "coalition of the willing." Which of the following statements about this coalition is true? a. In most of the coalition countries polls show that a majority, often an overwhelming majority, of the people oppose the war. b. More than ten of the members of the coalition of the willing are actually a coalition of the unwilling - unwilling to reveal their names. c. Coalition members - most of whose contributions to the war are negligible or even zero - constitute less than a quarter of the countries in the UN and contain less than 20% of the world's population. d. All of the above. 7. The war on Iraq is said to be part of the "war on terrorism." Which of the following is true? a. A senior American counterintelligence official said: "An American invasion of Iraq is already being used as a recruitment tool by Al Qaeda and other groups....And it is a very effective tool." b. An American official, based in Europe, said Iraq had become "a battle cry, in a way," for Al Qaeda recruiters. c. France's leading counter-terrorism judge said: "Bin Laden's strategy has always been to demonstrate to the Islamic community that the West, and especially the U.S., is starting a global war against Muslims. An attack on Iraq might confirm this vision for many Muslims. I am very worried about the next wave of recruits." d. All of the above. 8. The Bush administration says it is waging war to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Which of the following is true? a. The United States has refused to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, viewed worldwide as the litmus test for seriousness about nuclear disarmament. b. The United States has insisted on a reservation to the Chemical Weapons Convention allowing the U.S. President the right to refuse an inspection of U.S. facilities on national security grounds, and blocked efforts to improve compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. c. Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testified on Feb. 11, 2003, "The long-term trends with respect to WMD and missile proliferation are bleak. States seek these capabilities for regional purposes, or to provide a hedge to deter or offset U.S. military superiority." d. All of the above. 9. The Bush administration says it wants to bring democracy to Iraq and the Middle East. Which of the following is true? a. If there were democracy in Saudi Arabia today, backing for the U.S. war effort would be the first thing to go, given the country's "increasingly anti-American population deeply opposed to the war." b. The United States subverted some of the few democratic governments in the Middle East (Syria in 1949, Iran in 1953), and has backed undemocratic regimes in the region ever since. c. The United States supported the crushing of anti-Saddam Hussein revolts in Iraq in 1991. d. All of the above. 10. Colin Powell cited as evidence of an Iraq-Al Qaeda link an audiotape from bin Laden in which he called Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party regime "infidels." Which of the following is more compelling evidence? a. An FBI official told the New York Times: "We've been looking at this hard for more than a year and you know what, we just don't think it's there." b. According to a classified British intelligence report seen by BBC News, "There are no current links between the Iraqi regime and the al-Qaeda network." c. According to Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, "Since U.S. intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001, I have examined several tens of thousands of documents recovered from Al Qaeda and Taliban sources. In addition to listening to 240 tapes taken from Al Qaeda's central registry, I debriefed several Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees. I could find no evidence of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda." d. All of the above. Answers and Sources 1. d (a) Cong. Lane Evans, "Veterans Programs Slashed by House Republicans," Press Release, 3/13/03, http://www.veterans.house.gov/democratic/press/108th/3-13-03budget.htm. (b) Brian Faler, "Educators Angry Over Proposed Cut in Aid; Many Children in Military Families Would Feel Impact," Washington Post, 3/19/03, p. A29. (c) See Veterans' for Common Sense, letter to George W. Bush, 3/20/03 http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/print.asp?id=563; Melissa B. Robinson, "Hospitals Face Budget Crunch," Associated Press, 7/31/02; Jason Tait, "Veterans angered by marketing ban," Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA), 8/2/02, http://www.eagletribune.com/news/stories/20020802/FP_003.htm 2. d (a) Warren Vieth and Elizabeth Douglass, " Ousting Hussein could open the door for U.S. and British firms. French, Russian and Chinese rivals would lose their edge," Los Angeles Times, 3/12/03, p. I:1; Robert Bryce and Julian Borger, "Halliburton: Cheney is still paid by Pentagon contractor, Bush deputy gets Dollars 1m from firm with Iraq oil deal," Guardian (London), 3/12/03, p. 5 (which notes that Halliburton "would not say how much the payments are; the obligatory disclosure statement filled by all top government officials says only that they are in the range of" $100,000 and $1 million. (b) Seymour M. Hersh, "Lunch with the Chairman," New Yorker, 3/16/03; Stephen Labaton, "Pentagon Adviser Is Also Advising Global Crossing," NYT, 3/21/03, p. C1. Perle is to be paid $725,000 for his lobbying effort, including $600,000 if his lobbying is successful. (c) New Hampshire Gazette, "The Chickenhawks," http://nhgazette.com/chickenhawks.html. 3. d (a) See the evidence collected in Cong. Henry Waxman's letter to George W. Bush, 3/17/03, http://www.house.gov/waxman/text/admin_iraq_march_17_let.htm. (b) See Glen Rangwala's report, http://traprockpeace.org/britishdossier.html. (c) See Glen Rangwala's report, http://traprockpeace.org/kamel.html. 4. d (a) Martin Bright, Ed Vulliamy, and Peter Beaumont, The Observer (London), 3/2/03. (b) Quoted in Phyllis Bennis, Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's UN, New York: Olive Branch, 1996, p. 33. (c) Sarah Anderson, Phyllis Bennis, and John Cavanagh, Coalition of the Willing or Coalition of the Coerced?: How The Bush Administration Influences Allies in Its War on Iraq, Washington, DC: Institute for Policy Studies, 2/26/03, p. 4. 5. d (a) For background, see Anthony Arnove, ed., Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War, Cambridge: South End Press, updated ed. 2003. (b) Paul Waugh, "Labour MPs Attack Hoon After He Reveals That British Forces Will Use Cluster Bombs," Independent, 3/21/03, p. 4; Human Rights Watch, Press Release, 3/18/03: "Persian Gulf: U.S. Cluster Bomb Duds A Threat; Warning Against Use of Cluster Bombs in Iraq." (c) Zvi Bar'el, "Flaws in the Afghan Model," Ha'aretz, 3/14/03, http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?ite mNo=272884. 6. d (a) See, for example, the revealing comment of Secretary of State Powell: "We need to knock down this idea that nobody is on our side. So many nations recognize this danger [of Iraq's weapons]. And they do it in the face of public opposition." Quoted in Steven R. Weisman With Felicity Barringer, "Urgent Diplomacy Fails To Gain U.S. 9 Votes In The U.N." NYT, 3/10/03, p. A1) (b) U.S. Dept. of State, Daily Press Briefing, Richard Boucher, Washington, DC, 3/18/03. (c) Country list: White House, Statement of Support from Coalition, 3/25/03, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/03/print/20030325-8.html; population calculated from Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2001, Washington, DC: 2001, table 1327. Total includes USA. The White House list includes countries whose leaders have done no more than state their support for the United States, and the listing changes from day to day, with some countries being added and some removed. 7. d (a) Don Van Natta Jr. and Desmond Butler, "Anger On Iraq Seen As New Qaeda Recruiting Tool," NYT, 3/16/03, p. I:1. (b) Van Natta and Butler, NYT, 3/16/03. (c) Van Natta and Butler, NYT, 3/16/03. 8. d (a) Colum Lynch, "U.S. Boycotts Nuclear Test Ban Meeting; Some Delegates at U.N. Session Upset at Latest Snub of Pact Bush Won't Back," Washington Post, 11/12/02, p. A6. (b) Amy E. Smithson, "U.S. Implementation of the CWC," in Jonathan B. Tucker, The Chemical Weapons Convention: Implementation Challenges and Solutions, Monterey Institute, April 2001, pp. 23-29, http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/reports/tuckcwc.htm; Jonathan Tucker, "The Fifth Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention," Feb. 2002, http://www.nti.org/e_research/e3_7b.html. (c) Testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, excerpted at http://traprockpeace.org/usefulquotesoniraq.html. 9. d (a) Craig S. Smith, "Saudi Arabia Seems Calm But, Many Say, Is Seething," NYT, 3/24/03, p. B13. In fact, "Though the Saudi government officially denies it, the bombing campaign is being directed from Saudi Arabia - something that few Saudis realize." (b) On Syria, see Douglas Little, ACold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945 1958,@ Middle East Journal, vol. 44, no. 1, Winter 1990, pp. 55 57. On Iran, see Mark J. Gasiorowski, "The 1953 Coup D'Etat in Iran," International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 19, Aug. 1987, pp. 261-86. (c) Andrew Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein, New York: HarperPerennial. 1999, chap. 1. 10. d (re audiotape, see David Johnston, "Top U.S. Officials Press Case Linking Iraq To Al Qaeda," NYT, 2/12/03, p. A1; Mohamad Bazzi, "U.S. says bin Laden tape urging Iraqis to attack appears real," Newsday, 2/12/03, p. A5. (a) James Risen and David Johnston, "Split at C.I.A. and F.B.I. On Iraqi Ties to Al Qaeda," NYT, 2/2/03, p. I:13. (b) "Leaked Report Rejects Iraqi al-Qaeda Link," BBC News, 2/5/03. (c) Rohan Gunaratna, "Iraq and Al Qaeda: No Evidence of Alliance," International Herald Tribune, 2/19/03. Interpreting Your Score 9-10 Correct: Excellent. Contact United for Peace and Justice, http://www.unitedforpeace.org/, and work to fight the war and the system that produced it. 6-8 Correct: Fair. You've been watching a few too many former generals and government officials who provide the "expert" commentary for the mainstream media. Read the alternative media! 3-5 Correct: Poor. Don't feel bad. George W. Bush only got a C- in International Relations at College. 0-2 Correct: Failing. You have a bright future as an "embedded" journalist.
Saturday, March 29, 2003
Posted by Barrie at 3/29/2003 10:40:00 am
As I write, the Al-Jazeera website has been down for three days and few here doubt that the provenance of the attack is the Pentagon. Meanwhile, our hosting company, the US-based DataPipe, has terminated our contract after lobbying by other clients whose websites have been brought down by the hacking.[...] Arab News
House Approves National Day of PrayerBy Associated Press March 27, 2003, 2:23 PM EST WASHINGTON -- The House passed a resolution Thursday calling for a national day of humility, prayer and fasting in a time of war and terrorism. The resolution, passed 346-49, says Americans should use the day of prayer "to seek guidance from God to achieve a greater understanding of our own failings and to learn how we can do better in our everyday activities, and to gain resolve in meeting the challenges that confront our nation." Under the resolution, President Bush would issue a proclamation designating a specific day as a day of "humility, prayer and fasting."[...] Newsday Separation of church and state???
Iraq strategy rooted in Soviet doctrineBY JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON - (KRT) - Coalition commander Gen. Tommy Franks won't begin his ground attack against the Republican Guard divisions on the outskirts of Baghdad until U.S. air power has whittled Saddam Hussein's frontline units down to less than half-strength. The trouble is that it may be hard to know when or whether that goal has been reached. So far, Saddam has managed to preserve many of his best forces by moving, dispersing and sheltering them - and, some U.S. officials say, by using decoys to deplete American stocks of precision munitions. U.S. assessments of bomb damage and of the exact locations of enemy units can best be described as "conflicted." A senior U.S. military officer said Friday that Air Force and Army aircraft have attacked half of all Republican Guard targets, but the assessments of the damage the bombs have done are "imprecise and often unclear." That means the coalition doesn't have a clear picture of how much the bombing has "degraded" the Republican Guard and other units, despite the upbeat public assessments and sensational video footage from Pentagon and Central Command representatives. The same senior officer confirmed what some U.S. analysts have suspected. Iraq's strategy and tactics have been drawn directly from an old Soviet doctrine called "maskirovka" - a mix of measures designed to mislead the enemy about everything from the disposition of forces and their combat readiness to the commander's plans. That's not surprising: The Soviet Union was Iraq's military mentor for many years. According to the 1978 Soviet Military Encyclopedia: "Strategic maskirovka is carried out at national and theater levels to mislead the enemy as to political and military capabilities, intentions and timing of actions." Foreign intelligence sources that U.S. officials called largely reliable said the Iraqis have been deploying a "huge number of various kinds of target mockups and other decoys on the ground." In one U.S. air strike against targets at an Iraqi airfield, American pilots reported destroying all 20 Iraqi planes on the field. The intelligence sources, however, said the bomb damage assessment after the strike showed that the destroyed planes were all mockups. The Iraqis also have been moving their radars and other air defense assets around Baghdad, and so far they haven't revealed their locations by turning on the radars or launching even one large surface-to-air missile, a trick U.S. intelligence officials said they appear to have learned from Yugoslavia, which learned it the hard way a few years ago. They also have been moving their air defense radars, the intelligence sources said. U.S. intelligence sources said it appears that the Iraqis, lifting another page from the old Soviet playbook, also appear to have been transmitting phony radio and telephone messages to mislead coalition forces about the whereabouts and condition of Iraqi leaders and military units. Couriers, they suspect, may be carrying some of the real orders so spy satellites and planes can't intercept them. They said the Iraqis also might have deliberately tricked the Americans and British into believing that key Republican Guard commanders were prepared to surrender. Trained in counterintelligence by the Soviet KGB and the former East German Stasi, the Iraqis have fooled the West before. In one case, Saddam's agents penetrated a U.S.- and British-backed coup attempt against Saddam, then allowed it to proceed until all the plotters exposed themselves. The plotters were promptly executed, and the Iraqis announced the end of the $6 million enterprise in July 1996 by calling the CIA station in Amman, Jordan on the secret communications gear the CIA had provided to its agents, said a former U.S. intelligence officer who participated in the covert operation. The second part of the Iraqi strategy appears to have been leading coalition forces to believe that they wouldn't encounter significant opposition until they got to Baghdad, meanwhile sending a few reliable officers and Baath Party enforcers to shore up the resistance in the southern part of the country. As a result, the Iraqis have tied down a significant number of American troops and slowed the march to Baghdad by fighting in Basra and An Nasiriyah and harassing Army and Marine supply lines and rear area bases. Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington says: "The best Iraqi tactic is to use elements of the Republican Guard and larger elements of the more expendable regular Army to slow down the advance and inflict casualties, while keeping most Republican Guard forces intact for defensive battles." So it still isn't clear whether the United States will get the Desert Storm-type decisive battle outside Baghdad that it wants, or whether American troops will have to win the war in the streets of a capital city with a population of 5 million people.
Matthew Barney Mess once again gets like, 2000 cookies because Matthew Barney is fucking awesome. Rate My Gasmask As performed by one of the Blogdialers!!! But which one is it??!?!? It's totally Alun! What other Blogdian but a doctor would have a gas mask? Speaking of disease: http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/03/28/sars_ottawa030328>ARS screening to be expanded Seems like we have an interesting near-problem in the Toronto area called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. How pleasant. I find it amusing how the CBC has an entire page devoted to it. Speaking of the CBC, I'm rather quite apalled at how limp-wristed their coverage of the war has been. They refuse to tackle any severe questions by putting out weak and anemic interviews that have little or nothing to do offer us except for speculation. They only have a couple of good interviewers who push for good answers, but they very often end up frustrating the interviewee, taking up a contrary position to them (that is, if the person interviewed is anti-Coalition)! A news network should be doing more than just speculation! What about the facts of what is going on? While they do decide to air (some) new developments damaging to the US/UK, they are not given nearly enough emphasis. Blarg.
Posted by Barrie at 3/29/2003 06:40:00 am
Friday, March 28, 2003
Please excuse my ignorance, but can someone please explain to me the connections between UNIX and OS X? And if GNU or Linux is a viable alternative to Apple software, or somewhow compatible with it or...
...as you can see, this is not my area of speciality. Information resources on these areas would be much appreciated.
You can probably tell that the inspirational Stallman links have really got me thinking. Thanks for those!
Posted by Mess Noone at 3/28/2003 10:00:00 pm
Unedited Videotape Is Raw, Painful � and DevastatingRobert Fisk , The Independent BAGHDAD, 28 March 2003 � Two British soldiers lie dead on a Basra roadway, a small Iraqi girl � victim of a US/UK airstrike � is brought to hospital with her intestines spilling our of her stomach, a terribly wounded woman screams in agony as doctors try to take off her black dress. An Iraqi general, surrounded by hundreds of his armed troops, stands in central Basra and announces that Iraq�s second city remains firmly in Iraqi hands. The unedited Al-Djazaira videotape � filmed over the past 36 hours and newly arrived in Baghdad � is raw, painful, devastating. It is also proof that Basra � reportedly �captured�� and �secured�� by British troops last week � is indeed under the control of Saddam Hussein�s forces. Despite claims by British officers that some form of uprising has broken out in Basra, cars and buses continue to move through the streets while Iraqis queue patiently for gas bottles as they are unloaded from a government truck. A remarkable part of the tape shows fireballs blooming over western Basra and the explosion of incoming � and presumably British � shells. The short sequence of the dead British soldiers for the public showing of which Tony Blair expressed such horror yesterday � is little different from dozens of similar clips of dead Iraqi soldiers shown on British television over the past 12 years, pictures which never drew any expressions of condemnation from the British prime minister. The two Britons, still in uniform, are lying on a roadway, arms and legs apart, one of them apparently hit in the head, the other shot in the chest and abdomen. Another sequence from the same tape shows crowds of Basra civilians and armed men in civilian clothes, kicking the soldiers� British Army Jeep � registration number HP5AA � and dancing on top of the vehicle. Other men can be seen kicking the overturned Ministry of Defense trailer, registration number 91KC98, which the Jeep was towing when it was presumably ambushed. Also to be observed on the unedited tape � which was driven up to Baghdad on the open road from Basra � is a British pilotless drone photo-reconnaissance aircraft, its red and blue roundels visible on one wing, shot down and lying overturned on a roadway. Marked �ARMY�� in capital letters, it carries the code sign ZJ300 on its tail and is attached to a large cylindrical pod which probably contains the plane�s camera. Far more terrible than the pictures of the dead British soldiers, however, is the tape from Basra�s largest hospital as victims of the US/UK bombardment are brought to the operating rooms shrieking in pain. A middle-aged man is carried into the hospital in pyjamas, soaked head to foot in blood. A little girl of perhaps four is brought into the operating room on a trolley, staring at a heap of her own intestines protruding from the left side of her stomach. A blue-uniformed doctor pours water over the little girl�s guts and then gently applies a bandage before beginning surgery. A woman in black with what appears to be a stomach wound cries out as doctors try to strip her for surgery. In another sequence, a trail of blood leads from the impact of an incoming � presumably British � shell. Next to the crater is a pair of plastic slippers. The Al-Djazaira tapes, most of which have never been seen � are the first vivid proof that Basra remains totally outside British control. Not only is one of the city�s main roads to Baghdad still open � this is how the three main tapes reached the Iraqi capital � but Iraqi general Khaled Hatem is interviewed in a Basra street, surrounded by hundreds of his uniformed and armed troops, and telling Al-Djazaira�s reporter that his men will �never�� surrender to Iraq�s enemies. Armed Baath Party militiamen can also be seen in the streets, where traffic cops are directing lorries and buses near the city�s Sheraton Hotel. Mohamed Al-Abdullah, Al-Djazaira�s correspondent in Basra, must be the bravest journalist in Iraq right now. In the sequence of three tapes, he can be seen conducting interviews with families under fire and calmly reporting the incoming British artillery bombardment. One tape shows that the Sheraton Hotel on the banks of Shatt Al-Arab River, has sustained shell damage. On the edge of the river � beside one of the huge statues of Iraq�s 1980-88 war martyrs each pointing an accusing finger across the waterway toward Iran � Basra residents can be seen filling jerry cans from the sewage polluted river. Arab News
Second Vaccinated Health Worker Dies of Heart AttackBy Ceci Connolly Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, March 28, 2003; Page A09 A second health care worker recently immunized against smallpox has died of a heart attack, federal officials confirmed yesterday, although they do not know whether the deaths were related to the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has called an emergency meeting today of its vaccine advisory committee, cardiac specialists and military epidemiologists to discuss possible changes in the vaccination program in light of new concerns about heart risks.[...] Washington Post
Alex I've chosen the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Sharealike licence for a new musical project I'm working on. I plan to have Oggs of the songs up on the web (once I can get some server space) as well as a freely duplicatable CD available from me, and presuming anyone is interested I totally expect people to not pay much attention to the licence. But I felt the need to protect the work in some way (cf Chris J's post earlier) and the CC licences are short and to the point whilst retaining enough legalese to make you look |337. I just wish I could find decent graphics for print! The ones on the test version of my artwork look kerrap! Not too late to switch to Open Content I guess... ;) Of course a music project is not a web project and none of this really applies to what you wrote; however, though the choice is quite confusing it is worth reading up on the whole topic. It's very interesting and certainly stimulating. And if you've time to listen rather than read you could try the Richard Stallman talks on the GNU philosophy on the GNU site.
Posted by captain davros at 3/28/2003 10:19:00 am
Cheney's Daughter To Be Human Shield In Baghdad?by Ian Gurney The United Arab Emirates leading semi-official daily newspaper, Alittihad, reported on Thursday that a US government delegation had arrived in Amman, Jordan, on its way to Baghdad for negotiations with the Iraqi government about an immediate ceasefire. A diplomatic source told Alittihad that the US government delegation included four leading members of Congress as well as Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of the US Vice President Dick Cheney, representing the US Department of State, where she works as an Assistant to the Deputy of the Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs.* This has fuelled recent rumours claiming that Mary Cheney, the vice president's eldest daughter, is currently in Jordan planning to go to Baghdad to act as a human shield, something that would be a great embarrassment to the Bush administration. This was first reported by the London based Arabic daily Al Quds Al Arabi on Tuesday, March 25, which claimed that the American vice president himself would soon be heading to the Jordanian capital, Amman. The newspaper claimed that the visit would be an attempt by Cheney to convince his daughter, Mary, to back down from her decision to go to Baghdad with a group of volunteers who want to form human shields against the US led attacks on Iraq. It now seems that instead of the vice president, his younger daughter Elizabeth will try to convince her sister, who is currently staying at a hotel in Amman, not to go to Baghdad. The White House yesterday denied vice president Cheney would be visiting Amman, but the arrival of Elizabeth Cheney has increased speculation that the Cheney family is trying desperately to dissuade their errant daughter to return home. Already some sons of western officials have volunteered as human shields in Iraq against the American invasion, including the son of the Canadian Foreign Minister, Bill Graham Mary Cheney, 34, is the lesbian daughter of the Vice President Dick Cheney. She has never kept her homosexuality a secret, either to her friends or to her employer, Coors Brewing Company, where she was the gay and lesbian corporate relations manager. Scoop
"A senior British military source inside Iraq said: "The information we have received from PoWs today is that an al-Qaeda cell may be operating in Az Zubayr. There are possibly around a dozen of them and that is obviously a matter of concern to us." If terrorists are found, it would be the first proof of a direct link between Saddam's regime and Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 11 September attacks on New York and Washington. " This is a lie. OBL & co think that SH and Baath are "infidels". If AQ are fighthing in Iraq, it is simply to be fighting against uncle sam. There is no linkage; this is clear to anyone with even the slightest understanding of how much the USA is seen as the enemy. People will put down their differences to fight a common enemy, and this is precisely what we are seeing right now. SMH
Open Content vs Creative Commons I'm far too tired to look into all this properly right now. Does anyone (akin?) know the fundamental differences between the two? I've noticed that MT has a Creative COmmons license feature built in and I'd like to apply a open source / GPL style license to the content on my personal blog, not that anyone would read it or steal it. Anyway, I want to use the OC as I dig the logo R-Art made, much prettier than that CC crap. Thing is, sometimes I might post examples of commercial work I'm doing for other people, and this probably shouldn't fall under these licenses. Would a disclaimer next to these images be suffice? What's the point in me applying a license to my blog which has very limited readership (like 10 people at most)? What benefits do I gain and what do others gain? Surely people are going to take stuff whatever, after all this is the internet, d00d.
Posted by alex_tea at 3/28/2003 12:50:00 am
Thursday, March 27, 2003
The system is intended to destroy modern and future tanks fitted with explosive reactive armour, small size targets, fortifications and troops including the entrenched ones. Modular design and small size of its guidance system allow to use this weapon on different vehicles. The system stands out owing to its high immunity to jamming of laser beam guidance channel of the missile under combat conditions. The system comprises two types of missiles: * with shaped-charge warhead; * with high-explosive warhead. A thermal sight is provided to fire at night. The system can be used under various climatic conditions and in different geographic regions, in high mountainous areas and over the water surface. The powerful shaped-charge warhead is capable to engage existing and future tanks at any angle of approach. The missile with high-explosive warhead with thermobaric effect can effectively destroy various fortifications, missile launchers and light-armoured targets as well. The system does not require tests during its storage and employment. http://www.zid.ru/en/products/military/kornet-e.html
Kornet E is the name given to the export version of the Russian Kornet missile system. The system, first shown in 1994, has been developed by the KBP Instrument Design Making Bureau, Tula, Russia and is in production and service with the Russian Army and has been sold to the Syrian Army. Kornet is a third generation system, developed to replace the Fagot and Konkurs missile systems in the Russian Army. It is designed to destroy tanks, including those fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA), fortifications, entrenched troops as well as small-scale targets. The system can be fitted to a variety of tracked and wheeled vehicles, including the BMP-3 infantry combat vehicle, as well as serving as a standalone, portable system. The self-propelled Kornet missile system is manufactured by the Volsk Mechanical Plant, Volsk, Russian Federation. http://www.stratmag.com/issueMar-15/page02.htm
U.N. Expert: Israeli Barrier Is IllegalThursday March 27, 2003 5:00 PM GENEVA (AP) - A barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians that Israel claims is needed for protection represents ``de facto annexation'' and is illegal under international law, a United Nations human rights expert said Thursday. But Israel's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva refuted that conclusion, saying the report by John Dugard was ``politically influenced'' and failed to consider the security situation created by nearly 30 months of fighting. Dugard, a South African lawyer who is the U.N. expert on rights in the Palestinian territories, was to present his findings to the U.N. Human Rights Commission. ``The wall is being used as a way of expanding Israel's territory,'' Dugard said. ``Israel responds that this is a temporary security measure but I think the reality is that this is a form of creeping annexation of Palestinian territory.'' The current plans for the barrier would enclose about 7 percent of Palestinian land, and proposals made earlier this week to extend it to protect a Jewish settlement in the heart of the West Bank would take much more land, he said. ``I have seen portions of that wall, and it makes the old Berlin Wall look very small,'' Dugard said. ``It has gone largely unnoticed in the West, but this is de facto annexation.'' [...] The Guardian
Phoenix Captured, Claims Iraq 27/03/2003 16:28 A British Army Phoenix battlefield surveillance and target acquisition unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been captured during recent fighting near Basra, claims Iraq. In front-line service with the Royal Artillery for almost five years, the Phoenixsystem is believed to be making its debut as an artillery targeting platform duringthe US-led Operation 'Iraqi Freedom'. The system had logged around 700 flights by July 2002, including 486 during operations totalling some 2,000 hours over Kosovo. (Source: JDW) End of item
Link to my music: electronical.org One of the tunes (Lopekal) you heard early last year and said it was like 'Clonk' for 2002. I was in two minds whether to do the 'gig' for free or I might be right in that this guy is tring to do a corporate video on the cheap.
-----Original Message----- From: Michael Magenis [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: 27 March 2003 11:14 To: Undisclosed-Recipient:; Subject: Quote of the day "Umm Qasr is a city similar to Southampton," UK defence minister Geoff Hoon said in the Commons yesterday. "He's either never been to Southampton, or he's never been to Umm Qasr" says a British squaddie patrolling Umm Qasr. Another soldier added: "There's no beer, no prostitutes and people are shooting at us. It's more like Portsmouth".
Commercial use must be paid for, unless you give written permission. That is the licence under which we work. Dont be soft soaped into letting them use your music for free. Your work is valuable, and they should understand this. What is the url to your stuff?
>>> For well over a year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey refused to release the audiotape of firefighters' communications from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks. In early November 2002, the tape was released to the New York Times, then to other unspecified "news outlets" (according to the Associated Press). To my knowledge, the NYT is the only outlet to post excerpts from the tape. The Memory Hole has obtained this recording. We now present it to the public in its entirety for the first time. MP3
Just got this email this morning: "My name is Fredrik Wall and I work at a company called Metso Paper. In my departent, Service in Sundsvall Sweden we are making a movie about our working processes. It became my task to find some music to use in this documentary we are shooting. Surfin around I stumbled over your stuff and I really like it. Industrial music for workprocesses in the industry!!! As this is an indoor production for the companys people only we don�t have any goals of profit. Neither do we have any money to buy music, so I found myself indulging in the Free Music Movement. What I can offer you is a possibility to have your music played for people who normally wouldn�t find it. Of course you will be credited in the movie!!! Maybe we can offer something else in the future, I don�t know. But if it is OK with you we would like to ask if we can use some of your songs. Lopekal, Porm affari and maybe Quarnk are the ones I fancy. Please get in touch with me as soon as possible." Quick google search reveals that the Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems, as well as know-how and aftermarket services. The Corporation's core businesses are fiber and paper technology (Metso Paper), rock and mineral processing (Metso Minerals) and automation and control technology (Metso Automation). I think its a case of pointing out the section in the free music philosophy displayed on my site: what say you?
Al-Jazeera wins anti-censorship awardCiar Byrne Thursday March 27, 2003 Al-Jazeera, the Arab TV satellite channel whose war coverage has angered the US, has been awarded a prestigious prize for upholding freedom of expression. The Qatar-based channel won the award for the best circumvention of censorship at Index on Censorship's third annual Freedom of Expression Awards last night. The judges, including the former Channel 4 news presenter Sheena McDonald and the Daily Mail's veteran foreign reporter Ann Leslie, said: "Al-Jazeera's apparent independence in a region where much of the media is state run has transformed it into the most popular station in the Middle East." "Its willingness to give opposition groups a high-profile platform has left it with a reputation for credible news among Arab viewers. But that same quality has enraged Arab governments and the US - which have sought to have the station more closely controlled." The executive director of al-Jazeera's London bureau, Muftah Al Suwaidan, said the station was "proud" to receive the award from "such a prestigious organisation, which has as its core concern the well being and the development of our profession, and the maintenance of professional integrity". "Since its inception, al-Jazeera has been at the forefront of the struggle to maintain free, independent and balanced reporting," said Mr Al Suwaidan. "Different people have different views but the common denominator should always remain to be the right of people to know and the freedom of all to express themselves." Al-Jazeera caused a furore when it broadcast shocking images of Iraqi and American victims of the conflict, including pictures of captured US soldiers and of the head of a child, aged about 12, that had been split apart, reportedly in the US-led assault on Basra in southern Iraq. However, subscriptions to the Arabic language channel in Europe have doubled since the war began, indicating there is considerable demand for an alternative to western news channels. The Guardian
Japan, Ghosts - good one.
Posted by captain davros at 3/27/2003 10:14:00 am
O: Anita Lavine, Sr. VP Production FROM: Taylor Donahue, VP Production SUBJECT: Location shooting for Codename Courage Anita, Assuming the current situation with Iraq leads to combat activity by US troops, I suggest we get a small film crew credentialed as press to shoot over there. This will solve some of the budget vs. production value problems we?ve discussed. In the best case scenario we can also get one or two of our leads over there in costume to do a scene with the mayhem of real war as a backdrop. [Take a look at pages 65, 72-74, and 96 for examples that lend themselves.] Failing this, we can have the war as a back plate to use with blue screen of our actors or to add CGI on. We?ll be the only movie with a multi billion dollar effects budget. Tay lp/td Internal Memos
Who armed Iraq?Iraq's Weapons Declaration underscores a tragic irony: The United States, the world's leading arms supplier, is taking the world to war to stop arms proliferation in the very country to which it shipped chemicals, biological seed stock and weapons for more than 10 years. According to the December declaration, treated with much derision from the Bush administration, U.S. and Western companies played a key role in building Hussein's war machine. The 1,200-page document contains a list of Western corporations and countries -- as well as individuals -- that exported chemical and biological materials to Iraq in the past two decades. Embarrassed, no doubt, by revelations of their own complicity in Mideast arms proliferation, the U.S.-led Security Council censored the entire dossier, deleting more than 100 names of companies and groups that profited from Iraq's crimes and aggression. The censorship came too late, however. The long list -- including names of large U.S. corporations -- Dupont, Hewlett-Packard, and Honeywell -- was leaked to a German daily, Die Tageszeitung. Despite the Security Council coverup, the truth came out. [...] SF Gate
This took me a while but was good to refresh what music means to me. Anyhow, the list..... Songs that: # reminds you of your childhood: "Popcorn" - Hot Butter/G. Kingsley - One of the first tunes I remember that I loved and played continuously. # makes you cry: "An Ending (Ascent)" - Brian Eno 'Apollo - atmospheres and soundtracks' (A friend 'lent' me this album and then 4 days later he had committed suicide). # makes you laugh: Half Man Half Biscuit - "Fucking hell, it's Fred Titmus!" # makes you wanna dance: Fela Kuti - any track/MuslimGauze - Rebina Red Sea (cant sit still to this) # reminds you of the one you want: (not really the one I want but an old flame I hold dear) My Bloody Valentine - Tremelo EP # you wish you wrote: Erik Satie - "Trios Gymnopedies" # fills you with complete joy: Talk Talk - "It's My Life" # You never want to hear again: Most of whats on commercial radio/TV at any time. Thats why I stopped listening/watching. Trance - I could go the rest of my life not hearing any and it wouldnt matter. # you want played at your funeral: Global Communication -"Le Soleil et La Mer" (Black Dog remix) / John Beltran - "10 Days Of Blue" # sums up your teenage years: Early teens:- Man Parrish Boogie Down Bronx/Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop). Late teens: Swervedriver/MBV # you used to hate but now love: Ive thought about this for a while and nothing springs to mind. # you like to wake up to: I usually play tunes Im into at the moment which are Candy Chang - "Rodchenko in my Bauhaus" and Ernest Ranglin -"King Tubby meets the rockers" # you like out of your parents record collection: My mum was really into fairground organ music, as it reminded her of her childhood. I have since discovered that it rocks! # your parents like out of your collection: My mum liked the house music I played her from '88-'92 # you love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Nick Drake, Ernest Ranglin # makes you think of someone who died: The Farcical Society - "MVJ" (I wrote it for my mum so it will always remind me of her) # makes you think of the moon: Nick Drake - River Man # makes you think of summer: Charles B - "Lack Of Love" # makes you think of being alone: Japan - "Ghosts"
Just been listening to Blackout by the Scorpions in my car on the way home from my friend Kathryn's house. I usually drive over to her house at least once a week to chat, but tonight was sad as she had to have her cat put down and was devastated by it all. We found the cat toys from under the sofa, washed up the food bowls for the last time and tearfully pondered the wisdom of pet ownership. I bought "Blackout" on cassette back in the summer of 1985, and it was amongst the first albums I bought totally by myself (as opposed to like by my parents when I was little). Listening back to it tonight on the A34 I realised just how sonically excellent it is. I mean I know The Scorpions are a quirky Teutonic metal band responsible for "Wind of Change" (classically appropriated by Chris Morris in the Day Today) and Blackout is steeped in crotch thrusting spandex clad cock-rockery, but the blend of instruments they concocted is totally perfect. The double-tracked whining-helium vocals of Klaus Meine, delivering missives on drunken excess, how much he loves the hard-rock crowd, and how much he misses his woman when on the road, is mixed to perfection with Matthias Jabs's guitar licks, which crop up on nearly every song, answering his vocal melodies at the end of each line before taking flight into the most blistering solos. Jabs's tone is supreme, simultaneously gutsy, rasping, liquid, and sinuous. He favours playing right up to the rhythm pickup at the 22nd fret, an effortless master of this difficult to tame end of the guitar neck, and as such has the core of hard rock's screaming, secret weapon (for what is rock if it isn't beleaguered by screaming guitar solos akin to the death cries of a mutant Jovian space-panther?) hanging by its tail and begging for mercy. And that's just the tone of his instrument. The notes he plays are something else altogether - exquisitely executed, fluff-free and at once flamboyant, glowing and sensitive (imagine Gwyneth Paltrow riding a monster truck, or something like that). Just the pure sound has my eyes rolling in the back of my head every time, never mind the notes. Meanwhile the Flying-V master Rudolph Schenker plasters the background of the songs with high-precision rhythm riffola, like endless ribbons of thirty storey diamond encrusted pebble-dash, alternating with plush crimson drapes quilted amidst barbed wire. At the core of "No one like you", a paean to the rock wife who is left behind whilst the boys play around the world, is a clean arpeggioed electric guitar figure, doubled on acoustic but mixed to such a degree of symbiosis that the two sounds are only heard as one, the electric carrying the melody whilst the acoustic peeps out at the end of each note like fresh mint on new potatoes. My tape of this LP (long since transferred to minidisc) bears the scars earned from the slings and arrows of years of repeated playing, with only a ragged fringe remaining from the top-end, and sonic pock-marks bearing witness to the dropouts of oxide along the way. But somehow that's how I like it. I want that grit and patina that fogs over well-loved music, and it sounds best on well-matured hard rock. The drums, spot on with their cavemanesque anti-sophistication, inhabit a thousand dollar 1980's stone-roomed universe, where the hi-hats pish like hairspray, the ride cymbals ding like Swiss musical movements, the bass drums click, the toms are soaking wet in bass, and the snares are thick and stodgy like half-eaten birthday cakes. This is what the Roland 707 and 505 were designed to sound like, and it's from this genesis that we got the sound of Michael Douglas stomping over his crumbling life in Falling Down, 6 or so years later. And let us not forget that somewhere in there is some bass, anonymously underpinning everything and tonking about in Fender Precision territory. Who'd be a rock bassist? Not me. A few years later Bon Jovi and Guns 'n' Roses would use this template to dominate the airwaves and pub jukeboxes of the late 1980's. But whilst I had a soft-ish spot for Jon Bon (he was good for parties after all, getting everyone together for the "Whoah-oh!"s in the cheese of 'Livin' on a Prayer') I hated GnR, and still do. Gimme Scorps! Yeah!
Posted by captain davros at 3/27/2003 12:08:00 am
A thing I copied from someone's LivejournalDo this if you've the time! Song that: # reminds you of your childhood: Very early - Glam Rock ala Slade, Sweet etc. Infant School - Anything off ABBA's greatest hits (my first LP). Junior School - Blondie, The Police etc. # makes you cry: The last song with no name off Green by REM. # makes you laugh: Cadaver's cover of "The Ketchup Song" # makes you wanna dance: I will dance to just about anything # reminds you of the one you want: That one about Sand Dunes by Groove Armada reminds me of the one I already have... # you wish you wrote: a never ending stream, but "Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With" by King Crimson springs to mind as a contemporary item, and "Year 3000" by Busted. # fills you with complete joy: "Lummy Days" by Stackridge. # You never want to hear again: Robbie Williams, the Strokes # you want played at your funeral: "Teatime" by Stackridge, followed by "Lummy Days" # sums up your teenage years: A bizarre mix of Van Halen, Ozzy, the Scorps, Scritti Politti and most of what was in the charts back then. # you used to hate but now love: Led Zep, Simple Minds, Yes # you like to wake up to: A well-done slice of Heavy Metal # you like out of your parents record collection: It is ye other way around. My mum has currently nicked one of my XTC records. My Dad did turn me onto Django Reinhardt though. # your parents like out of your collection: See above, along with REM, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Jane's Addiction. My mum and dad are 71 and 79 respectively incidentally. # you love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Orbital, and most modern electronica, courtesy of a Uni mate, Andy Porteous # makes you think of someone who died: "Touch me with your love" by Beth Orton # makes you think of the moon: "Supernaut" by Black Sabbath # makes you think of summer: "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley (or Dj Sammy). # makes you think of being alone: "The Flat Earth" by Thomas Dolby
Posted by captain davros at 3/27/2003 12:07:00 am
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
What has happened to Google Images? I did a search this afternoon for Front242 and this evening for The Scorpions and there are only about 5 valid links per page. The rest are b0rk3d. Very odd. Can anyone else replicate this (not necessarily with Ver Scorps or Front 242 incidentally)?
Posted by captain davros at 3/26/2003 10:34:00 pm
Iraqi Ambassador in Moscow: Americans Believe "Uprising in Basra" is Held to Support Iraqi Army The Iraqi ambassador to Russia believes that the Americans took the uprising in Basra as a demonstration of support to the Iraqi Army. Abbas Khalaf said at a press conference in Moscow that the Iraqis were taking up arms to fight the invaders. The Ambassador said that an Iraqi girl used an anti-tank gun to set on fire three armoured personnel carriers of the US marines near Kerbela. "We agree with Washington and London that there are Saddam Hussein's doubles in Iraq. They are every Iraqi man," Abbas Khalaf said. Iraq has stood up against American and British invaders, the diplomat said adding that this indicated that the USA and Britain were fighting against the Iraqi people rather than Saddam Hussein. Pravda!
finally found information on the sacked BBC journalists: http://media.guardian.co.uk/bbc/story/0,7521,898838,00.html http://media.guardian.co.uk/bbc/story/0,7521,911466,00.html and there's more if you look around.
Posted by alex_tea at 3/26/2003 03:14:00 pm
I couldn't hear the audio on that Mike Moore Oscar thing... Came out all weird and robotic. There's a march against the BBC's biased reporting and also against the fact they sacked two middle eastern journalists just before the war (they were sacked for complaining too much - their complaint? racism!). Groups are meeting in Kensington, Hammersmith and Acton and marching to White City. Another group from Islington is marching to the north London studios, and there may be more protests around the country. Chris, maybe Critical Mass would like to come along? I've tried searching to find a report on the sacking but have gotten no luck so far, anyone else heard about this? Akin, maybe it was in the Guardian?
Posted by alex_tea at 3/26/2003 01:58:00 pm
Nando Times By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer (March 25, 2003 4:09 p.m. EST) - Hackers attacked the Web site of Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera  on Tuesday, rendering it intermittently unavailable, the site's host said. The newly launched English-language page, which went live Monday and posted images of the corpses of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, was hardest hit in a bombardment of data packets known as a denial-of-service attack. Ayman Arrashid, Internet system administrator at the Horizons Media and Information Services, the site's Web host, said the attack began Tuesday morning local time. Nabil Hegazi, assistant to the managing editor of the English Web site, denied that an attack was the reason the site was unavailable. He said it was difficult to access because traffic was almost four times more than expected. The Web host is based in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The servers that host the Al-Jazeera site are in France and the United States. Arrashid said he could not determine the attack's origin, but only the U.S. servers were affected, leading him to suspect that the attackers were in the United States. He said technicians were working to thwart the attack, but could not estimate when the site would be fully available again. In denial-of-service attacks, hackers normally send a deluge of false requests to Web servers, overloading them and making them unavailable to surfers. Al-Jazeera, also based in Qatar, is an unusually independent and powerful voice in the Arab world whose broadcasts of U.S. prisoners and war dead has angered many Americans. Earlier, Al-Jazeera said two reporters had their credentials revoked by the New York Stock Exchange because of the network's coverage of the war. The exchange said the decision was prompted by space constraints. Al-Jazeera's English site was unavailable Tuesday from four out of five locations in the United States, said Roopak Patel, a senior analyst at Keynote Systems Inc., a San Mateo, Calif., company that tracks Web performance. He said the Arabic site had starting Sunday experienced periods of very poor availability - which may have been caused by hackers, Patel said.  http://english.aljazeera.net/
Gulf States May Be Next: British MPRoger Harrison, Arab News Staff JEDDAH, 26 March 2003 � In an exclusive interview with Arab News yesterday, British Member of Parliament George Galloway said he had evidence that one motive for the war on Iraq is the eventual partition of the Mideast. �Here in the Houses of Parliament there are people who have never set foot in an Arab country openly discussing the partition of Gulf states,� he said in a telephone interview from London. �They talk about whether it should be one country, two countries, three countries, even four countries. They openly discuss changing the boundaries of old countries, creating new countries � removing this and that leader,� he added. Speaking about George W. Bush, Galloway said that he was unimpressive. However, �the US has stirred up a vast amount of hatred against itself by this swaggering arrogance of the intellectually limited President, roaring like a bull in a bomber jacket in aircraft hangars to young men and women of the American armed forces who, although they know very little of the world, are ready to get out there and kill.� He pointed to what he saw as the geo-political aspirations of the US government as the real motives for the current conflict. �These people have decided that Arab countries must metamorphose into countries acceptable to the US. That means they must change their way of life, their culture, even their religion. It�s openly stated in the American media that the Qur�an itself has to be changed, because in it there are concepts of justice and resistance which are completely unacceptable to the new American century.� Galloway argued that the British people and British soldiers were told that the Iraqis would be garlanding the GI�s who came to �liberate� them. �Of course, none of that has happened. The Iraqis, even in the south of the country, even the so-called disaffected Shiite population, have resisted.� Asked why people who are supposed to be hoping for peace and �liberation� resisted the soldiers who are supposed to be liberating them, Galloway was adamant. �I asked it of Jack Straw in the House of Commons this morning, and answer came there none � for there is no answer,� he said. �It lays bare the propaganda myth � the frankly racist propaganda myth � on which this is based. These people are only Arabs, they�re only Muslims - how could they possibly stand up to our shock and awe?� He pointed out that there are millions of Iraqis who hate Saddam Hussein, but equally, there are millions of Iraqis who do not. �They are always invisible in the media - but even among the millions who hate him, they will hate a British and American invasion and looting of their country even more,� he said. [...] Arab News
"Many of my friends have gone back already in the last few days," he said. "Even if I just dig a trench by our house and sit in it with a gun, I might kill one of the invaders. They're coming down in parachutes so you might hit one." Round the corner Mohammed Ali Musa, 23, serves tea in a small room dominated by a television set on a high shelf. The customers, mainly middle-aged men, sit in gloomy silence as al-Jazeera beams the latest news of the war. The normal morning chatter has been replaced by pensive sipping and the rattle of worry beads. "I'm planning to go back in three days' time," says Mohammed, another Iraqi Shia who left his wife and parents in Nassiriya two months ago in the hope of earning a better wage in Syria. "I want to cut the Americans' throats and throw them to the dogs," he adds. "If I'd known it would have been like this, I would never have left Iraq. I just pray to God I can go back and make a contribution." The Guardian
Subscriptions to the Arabic-language television network al-Jazeera have doubled since the war on Iraq began last week, signalling a significant demand for an alternative to western media coverage. The broadcaster said it has signed up 4 million subscribers in Europe since last Wednesday. It has also launched an English-language website, and plans an English version of its TV channel. Al-Jazeera had around 35 million Arabic-speaking viewers before the start of the war in Iraq but most were in the Arabic world, where it is shown free. Outside the Middle East 10 million people had access to the network.[...] The Guardian People are hungry for the truth about the war; this "embedded journalist" bullshit simply isnt working / convincing anyone. This is why ALL the networks are taking feeds from AJN and the other free stations. They are the only independent sources of news in this fiasco. 4 million subscribers in as many days; that HAS to be some kind of record! If they ever go english, AJN could superceed CNN as the pre eminent source for 24 hour news that you can implicitly trust. What a world!®
The state channel does not broadcast overnight and had been off the air at the time of the bombing. A Reuters correspondent today reported that the station began broadcasting verses from the Koran at around 0600 GMT as normal this morning, quashing US hopes that Saddam Hussein's lines of communication with his people had been cut.[...] The Guardian Which I buy every day, since you can get it all online. I think of the paper edition as my "ticket" to read the online articles, which they generously give away for free, and without the need for registration, like the pathetic, useless biased and morally bankrup Daily Telegraph.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
How much is it going for? new they're around �500 ... I've just seen one advertised for �150 ........ my stomach's been turning all day ...... i know i should buy it, but we're having a new door fitted that's working out to be more expensive than was planned ( rotten frame that hadn't been noticed, etc ), and ... well ... ....... it's a purchase that would come close to being lumped into the "extravagence" category at this point in time ...... but ........... but ...............
Posted by a hymn in g to nann at 3/25/2003 07:36:00 pm
>We go 2 steps forward and one step back - it is slow, but we are going forward, after all "One foot in front of the other, one foot back to counter it." >I wonder how the Kurds feel about this? This is an interesting question. Not only does the US seem to want help from the Turks, but they want help from the Kurds as well. But obviously, if the Kurds fight, they are going to be fighting for Kurdistan, which Turkey totally does NOT want to happen. Turkey would be VERY testy over the Kurds getting some oil fields. What happens when a NATO member goes against another NATO member?
Posted by Barrie at 3/25/2003 06:04:00 pm
Marine scouts shot two Iraqi men yesterday when they were seen carrying Kalashnikovs. Each man was found to be carrying three magazines, but they never fired at the marines before they were killed. "They were pointing their weapons in an aggressive manner, and they were taken out," said Sgt Sprague. Yesterday a British (Colonel?) said all units had orders not to fire unless fired upon, which was hampering their activities. Meanwhile, at the movies... Having invited all the nominees for the documentary category on stage, Moore declared: "We live in a time when we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons... we are against this war, Mr Bush. Shame on you, Mr Bush, shame on you!" Some cheered, some booed. Backstage afterwards, accused of hijacking the show, Moore was unrepentant and told journalists: "What's great about this country is you're able to speak your mind... we kill each other at an enormous rate, more so than virtually any other country on this planet. What was the lesson we taught the children of Columbine this week? That violence is an acceptable means to resolve a conflict." A breakdown of Guantanemo Bay vs Geneva Convention. And a follow-on story about atrocities in Afghanistan in which the US are, by simple logic, complicit. Here's the latest.
Suddenly, the Government of the United States has discovered the virtues of international law. It may be waging an illegal war against a sovereign state; it may be seeking to destroy every treaty that impedes its attempts to run the world, but when five of its captured soldiers were paraded in front of Iraqi television cameras, Donald Rumsfeld immediately complained that "it is against the Geneva Convention to show photographs of prisoners of war in a manner that is humiliating for them".[...] The Age
No, but let's face it, it looks lovely! How much is it going for?
Posted by captain davros at 3/25/2003 02:18:00 pm
"I've been all the way through this desert from Basra to here and I ain't seen one shopping mall or fast food restaurant," he said. "These people got nothing. Even in a little town like ours of twenty five hundred people you got a McDonald's at one end and a Hardee's at the other." The Guardian
Back from Bergen It was cold but great. Hotel was lovely and the kids of Norge kept voting for old AC/DC songs on a weird txt-in video vote channel. In other exciting news I got a Palm Zire which is very runcible, and am working towards getting my freely distributable collection of music out. And, sure as the sun doth shine, I LOVE SCOOTER!!! Varispeed vocals-a-go-go! They make me want to air-MC.
Posted by captain davros at 3/25/2003 11:20:00 am
The Conservative Party introduced the Poll Tax to Scotland a year earlier than elsewhere in the UK (despite this being illegal under the Act of Union) and have never regained their support. Now it seems that the Labour Party wish to introduce "Identity" Cards to Scotland earlier than elsewhere. http://www.news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=349032003, with many snips. >>Scots ID card plan gets green light >> >>First Minister Jack McConnell is to place the plan at the heart of >>Labour痴 Scottish Parliament election campaign, risking the wrath >>of civil liberties campaigners and his Liberal Democrat coalition >>partners who believe it breaches human rights. I trust the latter will do their best to oppose it, though given their two faced stand on other issues this hope may be a vain one. >>The Scottish Police Federation says civil liberties must come second >>to national security in the light of the terrorist atrocities >>perpetrated on September 11, 2001, and since. In a new policy paper >>it states: "The world has become a more dangerous place and we all >>have a responsibility to do what we can to contribute towards >>greater public safety. If this means a diminution of personal >>privacy then that is something we must weigh against the benefits to >>society as a whole." So there we have it. "Identity" Cards will contribute towards greater public safety and if this diminishes privacy that is a price well worth paying.
Declan, In case you have not heard yet, the Canadian web site, YellowTimes.org, was shut dow for two hours until they removed content that their hosting company deemed offensive. The 'offensive' content was a photo of an American POW and a photo of a dead Iraqi child. You can find YellowTimes side of the story here: Yellow Times
got an email with these words: "You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper in the world is a white guy, the best golfer in the world is a black guy, France is accusing the US of arrogance and Germany doesn't want to go to war." You could call it progress ? Looking back in history, the world is better than before. We go 2 steps forward and one step back - it is slow, but we are going forward, after all and I think demonstrating (at least in Denmark) is a poor way of doing anything better... It is just spoiled people of the vest that does that Nobody besides the demonstrants gives a fuck anyway... Rememer to VOTE right next time, just for a start... The good thing about this situation, is, maybe some people finnaly WAKE UP from their sleep, shopping, telly and get their heads out their arses, and try... please please... to give some love and make this world a better place, start with your self! O my the sun is shining.... luv