HLLN: Quake Accentuated Chasm That Has Defined Haiti | Rich and very poor in Close Quarters in Haiti | Vodou practitioners bid farewell to departed souls (Video)

29 March, 2010 — HLLN

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Video: Close Quarters in Haiti

Video- Vodou practitioners bid farewell to departed souls

Photos: Ezili Dant Vodun Remembrance to Honor Quake Victims

Video: Haitian artist helps children with arts program

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Quake Accentuated Chasm That Has Defined Haiti
By SIMON ROMERO, New York Times, March 27, 2010

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Housmans Radical Books, London Newsletter of Events April 2010

29 March, 2010 – Housmans Books

1. Wanted! Volunteer bookstall organiser
2. Easter shop closures
3. Monthly pacifism and nonviolence discussions

4. Broonland : The Last days of Gordon Brown with Christopher Harvie
5. Gender Matters in Global Politics with Cynthia Cockburn and Dibyesh Anand
6. ‘Animals Count’ campaign launch
7. No Sweat Forum: Workers Rights in Honduras
8. Women and Conscientious Objection with War Resisters International
9. Debate hosted by Red Pepper: If voting changes so little, what are the means of radical change?
10. Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists with Daniel Dorling
11. The high tide of workers autonomy the Workers Committee of Magneti Marelli, Milan, 1975-78
12. Future Events

13. Hilary Wainwright Picks Five
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29 March, 2010 — Stop the War

The attempt to criminalise scores of people who demonstrated last January against the occupation of Gaza is running into trouble. Last week, the police effectively dropped charges against Jake Smith, one of many charged with violent disorder, admitting that the evidence was faulty.


Jake’s defence lawyers had found film of him being assaulted by police before the incident for which he was falsely charged


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(Source: The Guardian).

So far, all the protestors who have pleaded not guilty have been found innocent. Another defendant had her sentence reduced significantly on appeal.

A picture of police violence and intimidation is now developing and Stop the War is part of the campaign to have all charges dropped against the protestors. For background and updates, SEE http://bit.ly/cy96sL.

More than 1,200 people have signed the Defend the Gaza Protestors petition. The petition will be delivered to the Home Office tomorrow (Tuesday 30 March) at 4.30pm. Please sign the petition, encourage everyone you know to sign, and join the protest at the Home Office if you can.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: http://bit.ly/ccjdN8

Obama, Britain and the age of permanent war By John Pilger

26 March, 2010 – New Statesman

In the coming election campaign in Britain, the candidates will refer to this war only to laud ‘our boys’. The candidates are almost identical political mummies, shrouded in the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes. As Blair demonstrated a mite too eagerly, the British elite love America because America allows them to barrack and bomb the natives and call themselves ‘partners’. We should interrupt their fun.

US war machine

Here is news of the Third World War. The United States has invaded Africa. US troops have entered Somalia, extending their war front from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen and now the Horn of Africa. In preparation for an attack on Iran, ‘bunker-buster’ bombs are said to be arriving at the US base on the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

In Gaza, the sick and abandoned population, mostly children, is being entombed behind underground American-supplied walls to reinforce a criminal siege. In Latin America, the Obama administration has secured seven bases in Colombia from which to wage a war of attrition against the popular democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Meanwhile, the secretary of ‘defence’, Robert Gates, complains that ‘the general [European] public and the political class’ are so opposed to war, they are an ‘impediment’ to peace. Remember, this is the month of the March Hare.

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Ezili HLLN's Vodun Remembrance – Honoring quake victims | HLLN Delegation mobilizing Haiti-led Relief/Rebuilding with Minister Louis Farrakhan on Saviour's Day

29 March, 2010 — HLLN

Ezili Dantò Vodun Remembrance to Honor Quake Victims

“Over 300,000 Haitians gone in 33 seconds. Pour libation. Jete Dlo, jete dlo, jete dlo. Into the Ancestors’ hands we place our souls…”

See also:
“Without Vodou, Haiti cannot advance,” said Loudy Fils-Aime, 30, who lost his house to the quake.” (Vodou ceremony held to honor quake victims
Miami Herald, March 28, 2020 – http://bit.ly/bl0yEj

Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

WikiLeaks to release video of civilians, journalists being murdered in airstrike in Afghanistan

28 March, 2010 — RawStoryURUK Net

wikileaks.jpgWhistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is planning to release a video that reveals what it’s calling a Pentagon “cover-up” of an incident in which numerous civilians and journalists were murdered in an airstrike, according to a recent media advisory.

The video will be released on April 5 at the National Press Club, the group said.

They also noted their members have recently been tailed by individuals under State Department diplomatic immunity, and that “one related person was detained for 22 hours” while authorities seized computer equipment.

In a video released Friday, a Russia Today broadcast discusses the pending release of the video WikiLeaks first announced in a tweet on Feb. 20, 2010, which read: “Finally cracked the encryption to US military video in which journalists, among others, are shot. Thanks to all who donated $/CPUs.”

A follow-up on March 22 announced their reveal date.

“Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations,” founder Julian Assange writes. “We’ve become used to the level of security service interest in us and have established procedures to ignore that interest. But the increase in surveillance activities this last month, in a time when we are barely publishing due to fundraising, are excessive.”

On Tuesday evening, followers of the WikiLeaks Twitter feed were startled to read, “WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation.” This was followed a few minutes later by “If anything happens to us, you know why: it is our Apr 5 film. And you know who is responsible.” A succeeding message warned, “We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don’t think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.”

The site also recently published a document by a CIA think tank that proposes how European public opinion on the Afghan war could be manipulated.

“The need for independent leaks and whistle-blowing exposures is particularly acute now because, at exactly the same time that investigative journalism has collapsed, public and private efforts to manipulate public opinion have proliferated,” Glenn Greenwald wrote in a recent piece about how the United States and other governments plot to destroy WikiLeaks. ” This is exemplified by the type of public opinion management campaign detailed by the above-referenced CIA Report, the Pentagon’s TV propaganda program exposed in 2008, and the ways in which private interests covertly pay and control supposedly “independent political commentators” to participate in our public debates and shape public opinion.”


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Video: Myths of Progressive Zionism: Labour, Race, Gender and Colonialism

26 March 26, 2010 — Left Streamed

Moderated by Herman Rosenfeld. Presentations by:

* Katherine Nastovski – Graduate student, Social and Political Thought, York University; Labour for Palestine, Toronto
* Dana Olwan – Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Queen’s University; Solidarity for Palestinian Human Right (SPHR), Kingston.

Organized by Not In Our Name (NION) Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism.

* Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid – Labour Committee
* Histadrut – Wikipedia page
* Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) – Wikipedia page


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Proposed exhibiton of Israeli Medicine, Science and Technology in the Scottish Parliament

29 March, 2010

Dear Friends, Please read the article in the Scotsman and please sign. This was first objected to by Scottish doctors, but if you look at the signatories to the petition you will be amazed how many people from other countries have already signed. The exhibition is scheduled for ‘later in April’ so please consider this as URGENT, and encourages spouses, sons, daughters or even grandchildren to join.

In friendship,


This has already been the subject of an article in the Scotsman:


and of a online petition to the Scottish Government:


We are writing to express our concern at the planned exhibition of Israeli Medicine, Science and Technology to be held at the Scottish Parliament in late April. The parliament is not a private venue and this is not an exhibition of science that just happens to have been carried out by Israelis. The exhibits are defined by their Israeli nationality and are being displayed in a building symbolic of the Scottish nation. Despite any protests to the contrary, such an exhibition will be taken to imply tacit approval by the Scottish Government of the actions of the Israeli Government. Israeli science has produced advances in many areas, but it has been used as an important tool in the subjugation of the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli scientists developed the weapons that killed and maimed thousands in Gaza a year ago, and which have devastated Palestinian hospitals and universities. Israeli science and technology has constructed Israels apartheid wall and diverted Palestinian water into Israeli settlements. Meanwhile, Israeli controls restrict vital supplies necessary for a basic healthy life from entering Gaza, and ensure that few Palestinians can benefit from the advances of Israeli medicine. Our Scottish government should not be giving any support to these actions. We call on MSPs to withdraw permission for this blatant PR exercise.


Sarah Glynn

Etc etc

For Scottish Jews for a Just Peace

A Bomber Jacket Doesn’t Cover the Blood By Norman Solomon

29 March, 2010 — Norman Solomon

President Obama has taken a further plunge into the kind of war abyss that consumed predecessors named Johnson, Nixon and Bush.

On Sunday, during his first presidential trip to Afghanistan, Obama stood before thousands of American troops to proclaim the sanctity of the war effort. He played the role deftly — a commander in chief, rallying the troops — while wearing a bomber jacket.

There was something candidly macabre about the decision to wear that leather jacket, adorned with an American Eagle and the words “Air Force One.” The man in the bomber jacket doesn’t press the buttons that fire the missiles and drop the warheads, but he gives the orders that make it all possible.

One way or another, we’re used to seeing presidents display such tacit accouterments of carnage.

And the president’s words were also eerily familiar: with their cadence and confidence in the efficacy of mass violence, when provided by the Pentagon and meted out by a military so technologically supreme that dissociation can masquerade as ultimate erudition — so powerful and so sophisticated that orders stay light years away from human consequences.

The war becomes its own rationale for continuing: to go on because it must go on.

A grisly counterpoint to Obama’s brief Afghanistan visit is a day in 1966 when another president, in the midst of escalating another war, also took a long ride on Air Force One to laud and boost the troops.

In South Vietnam, at Cam Ranh Bay, President Johnson told the American soldiers: “Be sure to come home with that coonskin on the wall.”

Then, too, thousands of soldiers responded to the president’s exhortations by whooping it up. And then, too, the media coverage was upbeat.

In a cover story, Life quoted a corporal who called Johnson’s visit the “best morale booster Cam Ranh’s ever had.”

The magazine piece, written by an eminent journalist of the era, Shana Alexander, went on: “Certainly the corporal was right and so was [White House press secretary Bill] Moyers when he later compared the day to a sermon, in that so much of the real meaning is not in what the preacher says but in what his listeners hear.”

The article concluded that it had been a “wild and quite wonderful day.”

Fast forward 44 years.

“There’s going to be setbacks,” President Obama told the troops at Bagram Air Base. “We face a determined enemy. But we also know this: The United States of America does not quit once it starts on something.”

The applause line lingered as the next words directly addressed the clapping troops: “You don’t quit, the American armed services does not quit, we keep at it, we persevere, and together with our partners we will prevail. I am absolutely confident of that.”

The president added: “And we’ll be there for you when you come home. It’s why we’re improving care for our wounded warriors, especially those with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. We’re moving forward with the post-9/11 GI Bill so you and your families can pursue your dreams.”

Those words provide a kind of freeze frame for basic convolution: The government will help veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries to pursue their dreams.

In the realm of careful abstraction, where actual people are rendered invisible, best not to acknowledge how much better it would be if those veterans could pursue their dreams without suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries in the first place.

But such human realities are for private suffering, not public discourse.

The next morning, the front page of the New York Times reported that the president’s visit to Afghanistan “included a boisterous pep rally with American troops.”


Norman Solomon is national co-chair of the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign, launched by Progressive Democrats of America. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” For more information, go to: Norman Solomon

Making A Killing: The Untold Story Of Psychotropic Drugging Pt 5

9 January, 2009 — Citizens Commission on Human Rights

A tale of deception

Psychotropic drugs. It’s the story of big money-drugs that fuel a $330 billion psychiatric industry, without a single cure.

The cost in human terms is even greater-these drugs now kill an estimated 42,000 people every year.

And the death count keeps rising. Containing more than 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of victims and the survivors themselves, this riveting documentary rips the mask off psychotropic drugging and exposes a brutal but well-entrenched money-making machine.

Before these drugs were introduced in the market, people who had these conditions would not have been given any drugs at all.

So it is the branding of a disease and it is the branding of a drug for a treatment of a disease that did not exist before the industry made the disease.

Israel Tries to Expel People For Their Beliefs By Noam Sheizaf

29 March, 2010 – The Only Democracy

Pay close attention to this item. It doesn’t seem like much, but its an important one:

Two international activists, Ariadna Jove Marti (from Spain) and Bridgette Chappell (Australia), who are living in Bir Zeit in the West Bank (its near Ramallah, and well within the Palestinian Autonomy), were arrested by the IDF last month. The two were about to be expelled from Israel, and as it happens in most cases, they appealed against the decision to the Israel Supreme Court.

As Chaim Levinson reports in Haaretz, while trying to defend the arrests and deportation, the state argued before the court that the two activists belong to the International Solidarity Movement, an organization that supports an ideology that is anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian and universally revolutionary.

There are two precedents here, and I cant overstate their importance:

A. The main charge against the activists had nothing to do with national security, but with the ideas they expressed (the state even presented before the court quotes taken from an internet site!). The crime involved words, not actions.

It is, to the best of my knowledge, the first (but certainly not last) attempt to present critic of Zionism or support for the Palestinian cause as illegal, and whats even worse is that the actual arrest was carried out not by police and under orders from the state attorney, but by the army.

It takes a very flexible definition of democracy to describe a regime which makes questioning the dominant ideology a criminal offense.

B. The arrest of the two activists took place in the Palestinian Autonomys territory (area A according to the Oslo agreement). Israel often claims that the situation in the West Bank cannot be labeled as Apartheid, since the Palestinians have their own state-like entity. But as we saw in this case (as well as in others), Israel does not respect this autonomy, and its security forces are acting freely within the Palestinian towns and villages, even in cases which have nothing to do with Israeli national security.

This time, the court was very critical of the evidence presented by the state, and it ruled that it will hear the two activists plea. However, as we have come to know in the past, courts cannot hold for a long time against government or security forces policies. If the current trends continue, we are not that far from a day in which questioning Zionism might lead to imprisonment something which was unthinkable not that long ago.

I really don’t think people are aware enough of whats going on in Israel right now. The rise of racism, the rapid escalation in [attacks on] human rights, the attacks on freedom of speech, the campaign against human rights activists this is a country on a very dangerous path.

Cross-posted from his Promised Land blog with permission.

The Pentagon is using Haiti as a Training Ground for Afghanistan By Michel Chossudovsky

28 March, 2010 — Global Research

A recent report in Stars and Stripes reveals the nature of the US military operation in Haiti. Combat units from Iraq and Afghanistan have been deployed in Haiti under the banner of a humanitarian operation. Conversely, Haiti is also being used as a military training ground for forces without in-theater combat experience.

According to the Stars and Stripes report (March 14, 2010): ‘Marines deployed to Haiti to render emergency aid following January’s devastating earthquake are already training for the fight in Afghanistan.’

Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit who were dispatched to Haiti in the immediate wake of the earthquake are now being deployed in Afghanistan. In fact, the decision to send them to Afghanistan was taken prior to their deployment in Haiti:

‘A small group of Marines stormed several small concrete buildings inside the wire at their seashore camp while their comrades played the roles of Afghan insurgents, shouting ‘bang’ as they engaged their opponents in a mock attack. The day before, when Lt Gen Dennis J. Hejlik, commanding general of the II Marine Expeditionary Force visited the Marines on shore, he praised their good work in Haiti and asked them, ‘What’s next for you when you get home?’

‘Afghanistan,’ came the reply. As Huey helicopters buzzed overhead, Hejlik talked about the recent Marjah offensive, adding that there would be 20,000 Marines in Afghanistan by summer. ‘You will join them next spring,’ he told the Marines at Carrefour. One of them, Sgt. Timothy Kelly, 23, of Johnston City, Ill., said members of his unit learned about the Afghan mission just before they got orders to head for Haiti.’

The training in Haiti ‘is geared towards close-quarters battle tactics’:

‘Only a couple [of Marines in Kelly’s squad] have experience in Iraq or Afghanistan,’ he said. …

We have a lot of guys that aren’t going to be here for that Afghan deployment. The ones who are, we might as well get them in the mind-set.

Another Marine at Carrefour, Lance Cpl. Keith Cobb, 23, of Soso, Miss., said the Afghan deployment will be his first time in a war zone. ‘I want to kill the terrorists and get rid of the bad people, but I would rather be here because I know I’m going home after this,’ he said’

Close Quarters Battle (CQB) is fighting involving small combat units ‘which engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range’. The training imparted in Haiti is to be used in both urban warfare and counterinsurgency operations.

On March 25th, the US military reported that some 2,200 Marines, involved in humanitarian relief in Haiti had been withdrawn from the country.

The Role of The Canadian Military

The Canadian military has adopted a similar pattern. Haiti is used as a launchpad for redeploying combat troops to the Middle East war theater.

Canadian troops initially dispatched to Haiti under a humanitarian mandate are being sent to Afghanistan: ‘Soldiers of the Royal 22nd Regiment will have only two weeks before they have to switch their focus from providing emergency relief in Haiti to intensive combat training for a tour in Afghanistan, the commander of all Canadian troops overseas says.’ (National Post, February 23, 2010). The training of Canadian forces in Haiti, however, is to be imparted in Canada, prior to their redeployment.

Militarisation of ‘creativity’ in Scotland: moral and ethical dilemmas concerning the integrity of creative practitioners

28 March, 2010

Anthropologists’ Resistance to Militarisation

The project [‘Combating Terrorism by Countering Radicalisation’] “provoked a furious response from academics”, mainly anthropologists, “who claimed it was tantamount to asking researchers to act as spies for British intelligence” (Baty 2006). James Fairhead, who works for the ESRC’s Strategic Research Board and on its International Committee, declared it is appalling that these proposals were not discussed in any of these committees (quoted in Houtman 2006). Opposition to the project grew significantly after the plans were published in the Times Higher Educational Supplement. As a result, it was withdrawn before its closing date on November 8th 2006.

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