February 19th, 2006

Chris Keeley

By tradition, American Indian people have always embraced their warriors upon their return from batt

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Wake for an Indian warrior

Oglala Sioux bestow a lasting tribute - a name - to first tribal fatality in Iraq

By Jim Sheeler, Rocky Mountain News
January 21, 2006

KYLE, S.D. - Two miles from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation the car radio crackled, then locked onto the signal.

"I understand they are currently escorting Brett's body back," the disc jockey said. "There are several police cars, followed by the hearse and vans filled with Marines. We'll let you know when they are on the reservation."

Inside their rental car, two Marines from Colorado stared out at the road, winding through the rolling brown grass of the desolate Badlands. A few cars ahead, through the back window of the hearse, they could see the flag-draped casket of the first Oglala Sioux fatality of the war in Iraq.

A few minutes later, the disc jockey broke in again.

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Chris Keeley

Ledeen flops

From: RayClose

Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 08:23:15 EST
Subject: Ledeen flops
Michael Ledeen (of the American Enterprise Institute, who might be described as the most extreme and doctrinaire of the neo-cons)  bombed in his talk at Princeton two nights ago. Although escorted on his arrival by an honor guard of apparently orthodox Jewish students, he was heckled and angrily questioned by Muslim young people from (I guessed from their accents) Palestine, Turkey, Pakistan and especially Iran ---- exactly the population that Ledeen was claiming would welcome  U.S. covert action to rid them of their tyrannical rulers. 

He ended up losing his cool completely --- calling them "children" and suggesting that they were naive and ignorant of the real world.  One particular line of reasoning most seriously antagonized these proud young people --- "the tyrants whom you passively allow to rule you are exhorting you to wage a terrorist war to the death against America. These reactionary despots do not hate America and wage terrorist war against America because of American policies (Israel, etc.), but because America's freedom and prosperity challenge their ability to oppress and exploit you.

The United States should overturn and destroy all the corrupt and repressive governments in the Middle East --- starting with Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia --- and then you (Muslim youth) will be free to create new, modern societies that emulate American cultural, economic and political values." (Paraphrasing)  It was fascinating to me to observe that this thesis, especially coming from a man with Ledeen's credentials, was deeply offensive to the majority of his audience. 

Interestingly, I thought the most vocal and articulate critics of Ledeen were some young Iranian women, very Westernized and  intellectually sophisticated,  who were obviously deeply offended at the patronizing way that Ledeen told them what their hopes and ambitions should be. 

There is an old and eternal lessen here for all of us (excluding Ledeen, who's too arrogant and self-assured to learn anything):  it is that nobody outside their culture, and especially not an American, can tell the young people of the Muslim and Arab worlds today what they should believe, how they should act, and what kind of society they should be building for themselves.  Attempts to do so will only turn them off, no matter what their personal beliefs and aspirations may be.

Chris Keeley

The Palestinian Patient - a book review by Raja Shehadeh

From: "John E. Marsh"

Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 16:04:42 -0500
Subject: The Palestinian Patient - a book review by Raja Shehadeh
This is a review [by Raja Shehadeh, himself a Palestinian refugee, in The Nation)  of Elias Khoury's epic novel Gate of the Sun  [original Arabic title Bab al-Shams].  The novel first was published in 1988 in Arabic and has now just been released in English.  The novel is an epic tale centered on the 1948 Palestinian refugees who sought existence in Lebanon (where they still remain as dispossessed and most of them in camps).
QUOTED EXCERPT:   The secret history of Palestinian border infiltrations into Israel in the early years of the state is a central element of Khoury's story, and it gives Gate of the Sun much of its novelty and power. . . .  The Nakba was the formative event for the Palestinians as a nation, particularly for the refugees in Lebanon who remain in camps and whose fate has been darker than that of any other Palestinian group. Khoury listened to their tales with compassion and commitment. He is among the few who have given literary expression to their memories. Palestinians tend to expect that every work about Palestine must encompass the whole of the Palestinian experience. It is unfortunate that Khoury, who is not Palestinian, was also motivated to achieve this impossible goal. Still, Gate of the Sun is important for trying to capture the Palestinian experience during and after 1948. Although it overreaches, the novel is unique and powerful, and Archipelago Books is to be commended for making it available to an American audience.   END QUOTE
Regards,  John
Chris Keeley

The serene colors and opalescent light in Mr. Misrach's "Diving Board, Salton Sea, 1983" (from Canto

Beauty as a Firebomb in the War on Nature

Don't let the beauty of Richard Misrach's photographs fool you. His handsomely composed desert landscapes strike a deliberately refined classical note, but what lies beneath the surface is more to the point.

For 30 years, Mr. Misrach's frequent forays into the American West have been motivated by seemingly contradictory impulses: one is love for the desert, and a desire to render that landscape with documentary precision; the other is disgust, about the use of the land by government and industry. "For me the desert is remarkably powerful and beautiful," he told an interviewer for Art Papers magazine several years ago. "I hope that gives it a reason to be saved."

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Chris Keeley

It is imperative that the departure of Mr. Hillman not signal a letup in the inquiry, particularly a

Due Vigilance in the Abramoff Scandal

The influence peddling scandal surrounding the indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is at a critical point. Noel Hillman, the respected Justice Department public integrity chief who bird-dogged the inquiry for two years, has been nominated for a federal judgeship by the White House. The timing is curious; the nomination came only weeks after the investigation advanced significantly with Mr. Abramoff's plea-bargain agreement to talk about his dealings with capital politicians.

It is imperative that the departure of Mr. Hillman not signal a letup in the inquiry, particularly as reports grow of Mr. Abramoff's dealings with the White House. The lobbyist, who raised at least $100,000 for the Bush campaign, attended some "staff level" meetings, the White House says, but no details have been offered about this nor about Mr. Abramoff's relationship with Karl Rove, the president's political guru. Mr. Rove hired an Abramoff assistant as his White House aide but describes the lobbyist as only a "casual acquaintance." A red flag already is up over Mr. Abramoff's dealings with David Safavian, the White House's former top procurement official, who was charged with lying to investigators about an Abramoff golf junket to Scotland.

A difficult task awaits Andrew Lourie, the career prosecutor who has been named acting chief of the public integrity section. His boss, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the former White House counsel deeply enmeshed in Bush policy and politics, must show he is absolutely removed from the Abramoff investigation. Otherwise, the pressure will only grow from critics and the public that the investigation be handed over to a special counsel free to pursue the scandal wherever it leads in the Capitol or the administration.

Chris Keeley

Addiction and a jurisdictional morass are only two of the problems associated with the expanding dru

Click on link for video Audio Slideshow Smuggling in Indian Country

Smuggling in Indian Country


Drug Traffickers Find Haven in Shadows of Indian Country

ST. REGIS MOHAWK RESERVATION, N.Y. — He had eluded the authorities for years. Witnesses against him had mysteriously disappeared. Shots were fired from his highly secured compound here last year when the state police tried to close in.

The man, John V. Oakes, like a fast-rising number of American Indian drug traffickers across the country, saw himself as "untouchable," as one senior investigator put it, protected by armed enforcers and a code of silence that ruled the reservation.

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Chris Keeley


Dalla strada un'interpretazione originale e romantica della filosofia del 'ditelo con i fiori'. La street art secondo Bansky.
E buon San Valentino...

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Chris Keeley

Missed Opportunities - IPF Friday Volume 262

Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 08:37:58 -0500
Subject: Re: Fwd: Missed Opportunities - IPF Friday Volume 262
I agree that this is a good analysis, but I would add one point: The
Israeli government may have wished for a Hamas victory, to "prove" that
there could be no Palestinian negotiating "partner." This would partly
explain why in the past year they gave Abu Mazen absolutely nothing to
work with to show that his leadership could gain something for the
Palestinians, even some amelioration of the occupation, which would have
been at no cost to Israel, especially after the cease-fire joined by Hamas.

Brucev anv

> Bob...Are you familiar with M.J.Rosenberg's news letter? He often
> irritates me, but this is, I think, an unusually balanced
> appraisal--spreading blame appropriately. Best. Bruce van Voorst
> ------------------------------
> Subject:
> Missed Opportunities - IPF Friday Volume 262
> From:
> MJ Rosenberg<ipfdc@ipforumdc.org>

> _*Washington DC, February 17, 2006
> Issue # 262*_
> *_Missed Opportunities_*
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Chris Keeley

Former Senator Hollings on Money in Politics--NYTimes 2/19/06

Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 16:36:55 -0500
Subject: Former Senator Hollings on Money in Politics--NYTimes 2/19/06
  In September 1997 I delivered the fourth annual W. E. Chilton III
Leadership Lecture in Charleston, W.Va., on the subject "Two of the
Worst Supreme Court Decisions of Recent Decades." A longer version was
published in my booklet entitled "Essays Cold and Hot: A New Year's
Potpourri." One of the two decisions discussed was "Buckley v. Valeo."
Today former Senator Hollings has published an op ed piece deploring the
same decision, and his essay is the more compelling because it recounts
his personal experiences as a Senator of the United States.

Stop the Money Chase
A Constitutional Amendment Could Let Senators Be Senators

By Ernest F. Hollings
Sunday, February 19, 2006; B07

There is a cancer on the body politic: money.

It started with Maurice Stans in the 1968 presidential race, when Stans
was collecting money for his candidate, Richard Nixon. Stans's approach
was direct. He told the textile industry that its "fair share" was
$350,000, and 10 textile executives then raised $35,000 apiece. Millions
were raised, mostly cash, which couldn't be traced. The cry went out:
"The government is up for sale." And Congress reacted in 1974 with
legislation outlawing cash donations in federal elections and limiting
candidates to so much money per registered voter. In South Carolina,
Strom Thurmond and I were limited in a Senate race to spending $637,000
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