April 24th, 2006

Chris Keeley

the closed zones around Chernobyl are so contaminated that they will have to remain closed off for u

Chernobyl, 20 years later: "Nuclear Nightmares"

At the Pixel Press website: "Nuclear Nightmares," a stunning series of photographs by Robert Knoth with reporting by Antoinette De Jong.

 

The photo-essay documents the ongoing human impact of Chernobyl on those who survived, their children, and the extended communities around them.

This photo (link to full-size), taken by Knoth in Minsk, Belarus:

Twin brothers Michael and Vladimir Iariga, 16 years old. Michael, with hydrocephalus, is five minutes older than Vladimir, who is deaf.

(...) Some areas in the closed zones around Chernobyl are so contaminated that they will have to remain closed off for up to 900 years.

Link (thanks, Ray Brown)

Reader comment: Mike says,

Thanks for letting people know that there are still repercussions from the Chernobyl disaster 20 years later. I've been fortunate to work with the Chernobyl Children's Project based in Boston as they help children in the region who suffer from radiation-related ailments. CCP provides medical care to those in need and, thanks to the generosity of volunteer host families, brings groups of children to the U.S. for month-long visits. A series of events to commemorate the anniversary of the disaster and to make sure these children aren't forgotten. 

http://www.pixelpress.org/chernobyl/screen5.html

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Tichý wandered his small town in rags, pursuing his obsession as an artist with the female form by p

Miroslav Tichý's home made camera

Ben says: "The Micheal Hoppen Gallery in London is holding an exhibition of Czech photographer / artist Miroslav Tichý, displaying some of his hand-developed prints. His photographs were shot on his home-made camera, which in itself is a work of art."
200604211532 Tichý wandered his small town in rags, pursuing his obsession as an artist with the female form by photographing in the streets, shops and parks with cameras he made from tin cans, childrens spectacle lenses and other junk he found on the street. He would return home each day to make prints on equally primitive equipment, making only one print from the negatives he selected.
Link 

http://www.michaelhoppengallery.com/artists/tichy/index.htm

Tichý wandered his small town in rags, pursuing his obsession as an artist with the female form by photographing in the streets, shops and parks with cameras he made from tin cans, childrens spectacle lenses and other junk he found on the street.
Chris Keeley

The generals’ revolt of 2006 has resonated. One reason, no doubt, is that the experience of these pa

RUMMYACHE - Hendrik Hertzberg
Issue of 2006-05-01 Posted 2006-04-24

In the ongoing South Americanization of political culture north of the border—a drawn-out historical journey whose markers include fiscal recklessness, an accelerating wealth gap between the rich and the rest, corruption masked by populist rhetoric, a frank official embrace of the techniques of “dirty war,” and, by way of initiating the present era, a judicial autogolpe installing a dynastic presidente—what has been dubbed the Revolt of the Generals is one of the feebler effusions.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

The secret forces are instructed to carry out clandestine military activities including hunting down

Headlines for April 24, 2006
Monday, April 24th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/24/1345259
- Rumsfeld OKs Expansion of SpecialOps Forces Across Globe
- Hundreds of Thousands Protest In Nepal
- CIA Official: Bush Ignored Iraq WMD Intelligence
- Report: UK Warned Illegality of Supporting U.S. Attack on Iran
- Number of Terrorist Attacks in 2005 Top 10,000
- Bin Laden Says Crusade Being Waged Against Islam
- CIA Fires Official For Leaking Info About Secret Prisons
- Protesters At Stanford Univ. Block Bush Motorcade
- Civil Rights Activists Gather to Mourn Death of Anne Braden

Rumsfeld OKs Expansion of SpecialOps Forces Across Globe
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has approved plans to greatly expand the use of elite Special Operations forces to secretly take part in missions outside of war zones as part of the so-called war on terrorism. According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon has already dispatched teams of Army Green Berets and other Special Operations troops to U.S. embassies in about 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The secret forces are instructed to carry out clandestine military activities including hunting down wanted individuals, gathering intelligence, attacking sites believed to be terrorist training camps and partnering with foreign militaries. The secret operations will be run off the books and largely free from Congressional oversight and legal restrictions imposed on the C.I.A.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. on Preventive War--WashPost 4/24/06

*Bush's Thousand Days*

By Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
Monday, April 24, 2006; A17

The Hundred Days is indelibly associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and
the Thousand Days with John F. Kennedy. But as of this week, a thousand
days remain of President Bush's last term -- days filled with ominous
preparations for and dark rumors of a preventive war against Iran.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

MASSIVE URBAN MYTH ? FROM JUAN COLE RE IRANIAN THREAT Vs ISRAEL

Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 21:36:12 -0400
From: "Cole, Juan" <jrcole@umich.edu>

It bears repeating as often as the allegation is made. Ahmadinejad did
not "threaten" to "wipe Israel off the map." I'm not sure there is even
such an idiom in Persian. He quoted Khomeini to the effect that "the
Occupation regime must end" (ehtelal bayad az bayn berad). And, no, it
is not the same thing. It is about what sort of regime people live under,
not whether they exist at all.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Letter to the Editor (IHT)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Transmitted below is a brief letter of mine which was published in
today's International Herald Tribune.

IHT

Letters

Hu in the U.S.

Your editorial "Hu and Zhao" (April 19) states, "When it comes to the
fundamental human principles of freedom and justice, China is in the
Dark Ages."

Perhaps, but it is far from clear that today's United States is any better.

The American decision to not be a candidate for a seat on the UN's new
human rights body was not based simply on petulance over the refusal of
other states to grant the United States a permanent seat. In any free
vote by secret ballot with more candidates than seats, the chances that
the United States would be elected to a human rights body are absolutely
zero.

John V. Whitbeck, Jidda, Saudi Arabia