Visa Ban Lifted, Renowned Professors Enter U.S

22 March, 2010 — Washington, D.C. |

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) welcomes the decision by the U.S. Department of State to end the exclusions of two prominent foreign professors from the United States.  Professor Adam Habib and Professor Tarik Ramadan, along with ADC, were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  In separate lawsuits the ACLU challenged the denial of the professor’s visas.  After months of negotiations Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed orders eliminating the exclusions on Professors Habib and Ramadan, and lifted the ban on their entry to the United States.  Both men have been granted 10 year visas, and will arrive in the U.S. this week to participate in various events and discussions with academics, members of Congress and the public.

ADC National President, Ms. Sara Najjar-Wilson, says, “ADC congratulates the ACLU and their team of dedicated attorneys who worked on these cases.  Using ideological exclusion to deny foreign scholars, artists and politicians is of serious concern to the civil rights community.  ADC hopes that the current administration will end the practice of ideological exclusion.  ADC looks forward to meeting with Professors Habib and Ramadan in the very near future.”

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Cantina Tolteca — pissing away them Kokopelli blues (or) Visions of el rio — Live from the cantina of no return By Joe Bageant

22 March, 2010 — Joe Bageant

Jalisco, Mexico – Cantina Tolteca is one of those manly Mexican watering holes, where you piss up against a tile barroom wall while ordering the next round from a passing barmaid. With a beer and three shots of mescal in your sails, and the jukebox playing La Paloma, a man feels about as free and unselfconscious here as he ever likely to in this world. Which is what men’s bars are for to begin with.

Aside from a couple of putas (and one puto) who roll in after 9 PM, few women and almost no gringos come into the Tolteca. They pass by the Tolteca’s plate glass window, the gringo men in their new L.L. Bean Indiana Jones canvas hats, the Mexican mamas with trays of pastries for sale, the gringas in their long tourist shop skirts. Sometimes they glance briefly into the glass, which for them is a mirror, and then keep on walking. Watching them from inside the dim bar is rather like watching a brightly lit aquarium with countless odd fish floating by.

Occasionally a cop pauses in the doorway, silhouetted against the outside glare. But “the cop ain’t gonna do nothing,” says a tall sixty-something gringo named Larry. “Not unless you get inna fight. And if you don’t have sense enough to apologize and get the hell out of here immediately, he’ll probably arrest you.

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 The Biden vs. Netanyahu Flap by John Spritzler

21 March, 2010 —

The recent flap between America’s Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over Israel’s building 1600 new Jews-only housing units in East Jerusalem is, at its root, a disagreement about whether or not Israel should take the “new path” advocated by Israel’s previous Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. I discussed Olmert’s “new path” in 2008 in my article, A New Path For Israel?, which noted that hours after resigning as prime minister of Israel on September 21, 2008, Olmert gave an interview to the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth (excerpted in the New York Review of Books), in which he said,

“We must reach an agreement with the Palestinians, meaning a withdrawal from nearly all, if not all, of the [occupied] territories. Some percentage of these territories would remain in our hands, but we must give the Palestinians the same percentage [of territory elsewhere] without this, there will be no peace.” In answer to the interviewer asking, “Including Jerusalem?” Olmert replied, “Including Jerusalem with, I’d imagine, special arrangements made for the Temple Mount and the holy/historical sites.”

Indeed, prior to this, as reported in Ha’aretz November 29, 2007, Olmert explained exactly why the “two state solution” was necessary if the state of Israel was to persist as a Jewish state, in these words:

WASHINGTON – “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Haaretz Wednesday, the day the Annapolis conference ended in an agreement to try to reach a Mideast peace settlement by the end of 2008.

“The Jewish organizations, which were our power base in America, will be the first to come out against us,” Olmert said, “because they will say they cannot support a state that does not support democracy and equal voting rights for all its residents.”

It appears that Netanyahu disagrees with Olmert and does not believe the two state solution is necessary for Israel’s existence as a Jewish state (which Zionist leaders define to be a state with at least an 80% Jewish population, even if it takes ethnic cleansing to make it so.) There seems to be a real disagreement among these equally (!) hard-core mass-murdering racist camps within the Zionist elite. It also seems that, as I suggested in 2008, the U.S. ruling elite thinks Olmert, not Netanyahu, is right about what is best for the Zionist project of ethnic cleansing to remain secure.

Due to this disagreement, we may see the U.S. government apply real (not just the usual phony kind) pressure on Israel to follow Olmert’s path. We may see things like an arms embargo on provisions of U.S. arms to the Israeli government. Let us not confuse such pressure with opposition–even the slightest amount of opposition–to Zionism or the ethnic cleansing that is its defining goal.

The American ruling plutocracy views Zionist ethnic cleansing as strategically useful for controlling both the people in the Middle East and Americans. If we in the United States are going to have a government that does not support Zionist ethnic cleansing, it will require defeating the power of the plutocracy that, in actual fact, controls our government no matter who we elect. The plutocracy was never elected, and thus cannot be un-elected. Removing them from power will take a revolution–a revolution to win genuine democracy–which is exactly what we don’t have and should be working for, for the sake of ordinary Americans as well as all of the people in the world, like the Palestinians, who suffer grievously at the hands of our war mongering rulers.

Haiti’s Earthquake Victims in Peril By Roger Annis

21 March, 2010 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 331

It’s been nearly eight weeks since the devastating earthquake in Haiti and familiar patterns of interference and neglect by the major powers that dominate the country are firmly entrenched.

Notwithstanding heroic efforts of ordinary Haitian people, Haitian government officials and agencies, and many international organizations, a grave health risk hovers over the people residing in the earthquake zone or who have fled beyond it. Meanwhile, the direction of Haiti’s reconstruction remains entirely undetermined.

“Few events of such ferocity”

According to a February study by the Inter-American Development Bank, the cost of physical damage from Haiti’s earthquake ranges from $8-billion to $13-billion. It says, “there are few events of such ferocity as the Haiti 2010 earthquake.”

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HLLN 22 March, 2010: Clinton apologizes for neoliberal policies that destroyed Haiti's rice production…| Haitian NGOs Decry Total Exclusion

22 March, 2010 — HLLN

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton – now U.N. special envoy to Haiti – … publicly apologized this month for championing policies that destroyed Haiti’s rice production. Clinton in the mid-1990s encouraged the impoverished country to dramatically cut tariffs on imported U.S. rice.

“It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake,” Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 10. “I had to live everyday with the consequences of the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people because of what I did; nobody else.” (


Recommended HLLN Link:
Tell the Truth About Haiti Forum, 2010

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– With cheap food imports, Haiti can’t feed itself By JONATHAN M. KATZ
The Associated Press | March 20, 2010

– Haitian NGOs Decry Total Exclusion from Donors’ Conferences on Haitian

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Israel’s new strategic arm: Cyberwarfare

19 March, 2010 —

Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Mar 19, 2009 – Amid swelling tension across the Middle East, Israel is preparing for a new kind of conflict: cyberwarfare.

It has already engaged in some skirmishes, such as an unprecedented Arab attack on its Internet infrastructure during the winter war in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in December 2008-January 2009.

Hamas sympathizers across the Arab world, as well as Iran, Turkey and the rest of the Muslim world, launched hundreds of cyberattacks on Israeli Web sites.

Israelis retaliated with a counteroffensive that culminated in the military breaching Hamas’ al-Aqsa television network. That included an audio message in Arabic addressed to Gazans that said, ‘Hamas leaders are hiding and they left you on the front line.’

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