March 8th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Robert writes from Thailand

Dear Chris,
I've just returned with Willem and Eric from Singapore this morning
at 5:30 am where we were stuck for three days trying to get on the KLM
night flight to Amsterdam. Each time we had to check out of the hotel
and sit in the airport till after midnight, only to be told to try the
next day. But if you have to be stuck somewhere, I guess Singapore is
better than most. Besides which the hotel allowed us late check outs
consecutively. So in total we traveled through Thailand and the city
of Singapore for about three weeks. It was an incredible trip. We
spent most of the time in Krabi, which although not an island, can
only be reached by longtail- a gondola type of boat powered by an
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Chris Keeley

Subject: ## The End of Oil -- key analysis...

Subject: ## The End of Oil -- key analysis...

The End of Oil
Published: NYTimes March 1, 2006

When President Bush declared in his 2006 State of the Union address that America must cure its "addiction to oil," he framed his case largely in terms of national security — the need to liberate the country from its dependence on volatile and in some cases hostile nations for much of its energy. He failed to mention two other good reasons to sober up. Both are at least as pressing as national security. Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to Push Anti-Palestinian Legislation on Wednesday

Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 11:54:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to Push Anti-Palestinian Legislation on Wednesday


Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to Push Anti-Palestinian Legislation on Wednesday

DATE: March 7, 2006

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chair of the Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee (HIRC), has called a hearing for Wednesday on "Palestinian Authority Elections: Implications for Peace, Regional Security, and U.S. Assistance."

This biased hearing will include just three witnesses: an Israeli brigadier general, a researcher who claims that the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics over-counts Palestinians by 1.3 million people, and a researcher who claims that the European Union funds a Palestinian Authority war against Israel.

This absurd witness list shows that Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, who is lobbying to become Chair of the full international relations committee upon the retirement of the current Chair, Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), is not capable of exercising her duties as Chair of the House Middle East Subcommittee in a responsible way.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen's anti-Palestinian agenda is clear: she is also the sponsor of H.R. 4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, which seeks to punish and isolate the Palestinian people for voting by imposing draconian economic and diplomatic measures against them. The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, of which CNI is a member, has organized a letter to Members of Congress, signed by nearly 240 U.S.-based organizations, opposing this resolution.

TAKE ACTION: Pick up the phone and call Rep. Ros-Lehtinen today at 202-225-3931 and demand that she add to the witness list a representative of an organization that does not think the United States should punish and isolate the Palestinian people for voting.  CNI founder and former HIRC member Paul Findley has formally asked that two members of the CNI international observer team, Amb. Robert Keeley and Eugene Bird, be added to the witness list today.

Click here to join over 3,000 CNI members and friends who have already written to their Representative, Senators, and the President opposing H.R. 4681.

Your phone calls and emails make a difference! In February 2004, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen called for a biased hearing on Israel’s illegal West Bank wall in which the only witnesses were from the same pro-Israel think tank. Your emails and phone calls forced Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to state publicly at that hearing that the witness list was not balanced and another hearing needed to be called to hear other opinions. Unfortunately Rep. Ros-Lehtinen never lived up to her word to call another hearing despite pressure from the U.S. Campaign to do so.

Don’t let her get away with another biased hearing. Take action today!

Call Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s office today at 202-225-3931 and contact your Members of Congress by clicking here.

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Chris Keeley

President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly agreed in January 2003 to invade Iraq in mid-M

Lawless World: Bush Considered Flying US Spy Planes Painted With UN Colors Over Iraq In 2003 to Provoke War
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
British international law professor Philippe Sands, author of “Lawless World,” reveals New evidence has emerged that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed in January 2003 to attack Iraq regardless of whether diplomatic efforts succeeded. The revelation comes in a newly updated version of the book “Lawless World” by British international law professor Philippe Sands. According to the book, Blair offered Bush his full support of the war during a meeting at the White House in January 2003. Sands says his account is based on a summary of the meeting prepared by one of the participants. According to the book, Bush is recorded as saying that "the start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March. That was when the bombing would begin. The military timetable meant that an early resolution was needed."
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Chris Keeley

body-modification practice of subdermal implants

Subdermal implants: body-mods that give you cool lumps

Quinn Norton profiles the body-modification practice of subdermal implants, through which substances like molded silicone are slid beneath the skin to produce raised, shaped lumps. BMEZine's Shannon Larratt -- whose site and work often appear here -- is featured in the story, which covers the connection with this work and implanted RFIDs, and why the plastic surgery establishment won't touch it.

The process creates a raised area on the skin in a shape of the artist's choosing. The effect is dramatic: Implants can be most any form you can think of, from Star Trek ridges and small horns, to little stars and hearts sprayed across the chest. Many people with body modifications have combined their implants with tattoos to create often beautiful or terrible effects.
Chris Keeley

Rachel Corrie Play Postponed--NYTimes 3-6-06--By Edward Rothstein

Who would have thought that collateral damage from the Hamas victory
in the Palestinian parliamentary elections would extend to liberal,
democratic New York City? The controversy triggered by the cartoon
imbroglio that started in Denmark--an alleged attempt to focus on
self-censorship re criticism of Islam--is now mirrored by the
self-censorship that is endemic in this country, i.e, of anything that
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Chris Keeley

Terzi, for years America's most unwanted, dies.

From: "Ian Williams"

Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 16:21:54 -0500
Subject: Terzi, for years America's most unwanted, dies.

It did not take the war on terror to drive rationality from American politics. The firing of Andy Young as UN Ambassador for meeting Terzi showed that it has been here all along. This obit for the unwitting excuse for his downfall appeared in the Independent, which is always worth looking. It had been held over for a day because the newspaper had carried huge transcripts of the Gitmo hearings, which show that three decades later, irrationality still rules in Washington.

Zehdi Terzi: First PLO representative to the UN
By Ian Williams
Published: 07 March 2006 Independent
Zehdi Labib Terzi, diplomat: born Jerusalem 20 February 1924; PLO Permanent Observer to the UN 1974-91; married 1960 Widad Awad (died 1987; one son, one daughter); died Amman 1 March 2006.
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Chris Keeley

the rare Ferrari Enzo smashed into a power pole on Pacific Coast Highway at 162 mph.,0,3717162.story?page=2&coll=la-home-headlines

From the Los Angeles Times
Another Turn in Ferrari Saga
Investigators in the wreck of a showpiece car ask how a small firm started a police department and find that it's quite easy.
By Richard Winton and David Pierson
Times Staff Writers

March 8, 2006

Sheriff's officials investigating the crash of a Ferrari in Malibu last month are asking how a small private transit company could create its own police department and allegedly hand out law enforcement identification to civilians, including the car's owner.

According to Yosef Maiwandi, it wasn't as difficult as you might think.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

drug woes reportedly led to the collapse of the Culture Club

Boy George Picks Rehab in Plea Bargain
Boy George to Revisit Rehab in Plea Bargain That Spared Him Possible Jail Time
The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Boy George, in a plea bargain deal that spared him possible jail time, agreed Wednesday to enter a drug rehabilitation program and perform community service to resolve his arrest last year on a cocaine charge.

The former pop star, whose real name is George O'Dowd, entered his guilty plea to third-degree false reporting of an incident in Manhattan Criminal Court. He only spoke to answer questions from Judge Anthony Ferrara with a simple "yes."Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Parks's son, Gordon Jr, directed the 1972 original gangsta movie Superfly.

Gordon Parks, pioneer of black cinema, dies aged 93

Staff and agencies
Wednesday March 8, 2006

Guardian Unlimited

Gordon Parks, the photojournalist who went on to become Hollywood's first major black film-maker, has died aged 93.
Parks, whose photo essays for Life magazine between 1948 and 1968 captured the struggles and triumphs of black Americans, blazed the trail for black-oriented films when he directed the 1971 hit Shaft. The film, which starred Richard Roundtree, spawned a sequel, Shaft's Big Score in 1972, and a remake in 2000. Parks's son, Gordon Jr, directed the 1972 original gangsta movie Superfly.

Aside from his camera work, Parks also wrote fiction and was an accomplished composer, both of which talents were on display in his first film, The Learning Tree in 1969. Parks directed the film, which was based on his 1963 autobiographical novel of the same name, and wrote the score.

He was born November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the youngest of 15 children. He held a whole raft of different jobs, including piano player and railway dining carriage waiter, before buying a used camera in a pawnshop for $7.50 when he was about 25. It led to work as a freelance fashion photographer at Vogue magazine, later moving to Life magazine in 1948.

Parks is survived by a son and two daughters.
Chris Keeley

Parks' perfect eye and sensitivity to light and dark revealed themselves in many other fields as wel

Gordon Parks
Social critic was armed with lens
By Michael Wilmington, Tribune movie critic. Tribune staff reporter Mark Jacob and Tribune news services contributed to this report

March 8, 2006

"I chose my camera as a weapon against all the things I dislike about America--poverty, racism, discrimination."

So said Gordon Parks in his searingly powerful 1966 autobiography "A Choice of Weapons," a bold statement that aptly revealed two sides of this complex, brilliant and ultimately heroic artist: the outward anger against injustice and the love that lay beneath it. Both helped fuel his rise from Kansas rural poverty to world fame.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

the administration scorns introspection and originality. It sticks with the same worn themes: Stay t

Nipping and Tucking on Both Coasts
There is a crash of ideologies between the country's two most self-regarding and fantasy-spinning power centers. The Bush crowd cringes away from gay cowboys spooning, gay authors flouncing, transgender babes exploring and George the Dashing Clooneying in movies about the glories of free speech and the dangers of oilmen influencing policy.
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Chris Keeley

"The only withdrawal that John Gotti Jr. was making was at the bank," prosecutor Victor Hou said.

In March 7 NEW YORK story headlined "'Junior' Gotti retrial closes in New York" please read in first paragraph .... had withdrawn from Mob business by the time he went to jail in 1999 on racketeering charges .... instead of .... had withdrawn from Mob business by the time of the brutal attack 14 years ago against Guardian Angels' founder Curtis Sliwa.

A corrected repetition follows:

By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - John "Junior" Gotti is being victimized because of his famous name, and had withdrawn from Mob business by the time he went to jail in 1999 on racketeering charges, Gotti's lawyer said on Tuesday in the trial's closing arguments

Gotti, 42, is accused of extorting construction companies, loan-sharking and ordering the kidnapping of Curtis Sliwa, founder of New York's Guardian Angels anti-crime patrols.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

More on the Rachel Corrie Play--NYTimes 3-7-06--By Jesse McKinley

March 7, 2006

Tensions Increase Over Delay of a Play


Just a week after a potential production of the controversial British play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" was delayed at the New York Theater Workshop because of political concerns, the Royal Court Theater in London said it was considering several other offers to take the play to New York.

Ewan Thomson, a spokesman for the Royal Court, confirmed that officials there wanted to stage it in New York "as soon as we possibly can" and have talked to other producers. Mr. Thomson said the company was hoping to capitalize on the show's momentum from a coming run in London's West End, where it will play from March 28 to May 7, approximately the same dates it had been tentatively scheduled to run at New York Theater Workshop.

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Chris Keeley

Recent Interview with Amb. Freeman

Middle East Policy Council president, Amb. Chas. Freeman, was recently interviewed at Harvard University by Dan Froomkin, deputy editor of 

The interview is pasted below or you may read it online at

Watchdogs, meet a gadfly
ASK THIS | February 21, 2006

Chas Freeman is a Washington insider with a twist. A former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he now runs a think tank dedicated to raising questions that otherwise might never get answered -- or even asked -- because they're too embarrassing, awkward, or difficult.

By Dan Froomkin

Most people with a résumé like Chas Freeman’s are purveyors of conventional wisdom. A globe-trotting diplomat who was the ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War and Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration, Freeman now runs a small Washington think tank. What could be more establishment than that?

But Freeman is one of those rare insiders who is also a provocateur. His goal: Raising tough, penetrating questions that are more than a bit ahead of the curve -- making people uncomfortable, but ultimately the wiser for it.

As president of the Middle East Policy Council, he organizes small, savvy Capitol Hill conferences on neglected and under-covered topics. His latest forum, for instance, was on the potentially revolutionary effect of Saudi Arabia’s accession to the World Trade Organization. (Trust me, it’s fascinating stuff.)

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