November 22nd, 2006

Chris Keeley

Will You Die with Me?: My Life and the Black Panther Party

Will You Die with Me?: My Life and the Black Panther Party

http://www.librarything.com/work-info.php?book=8548128


Will you die with me? : my life and the Black Panther Party
AuthorFlores A. Forbes
PublicationNew York: Atria Books, 2006. xi, 302 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
Date2006
ISBN0743482662 / 9780743482660
LC Call NumberE185.97.F685 A3 2006
Dewey322.4/20973 22
LanguageEnglish
SourceLibrary of Congress

Friendly fire : the remarkable story of a journalist kidnapped in Iraq, rescued by an Italian secret service agent, and

http://www.librarything.com/work-info.php?book=8548054

 Friendly fire : the remarkable story of a journalist kidnapped in Iraq, rescued by an Italian secret service agent, and
AuthorGiuliana Sgrena
PublicationChicago, IL: Haymarket Books, c2006. p. cm.
Date2006
ISBN1931859396 / 9781931859394
LC Call NumberDS79.76 .S47 2006
Dewey956.7044/3092 B 22
LanguageEnglish, Italian
OriginalItalian
SourceLibrary of Congress

Long Time Gone : A Black Panther's True-Life Story of His Hijacking and Twenty-Five Years In Cuba

http://www.librarything.com/work-info.php?book=8548108

Long Time Gone : A Black Panther's True-Life Story of His Hijacking and Twenty-Five Years In Cuba
AuthorWilliam Lee Brent
PublicationiUniverse (2000), Paperback
Date2000
ISBN0595002889 / 9780595002887
LC Call Number(none)
Dewey(none)
LanguageEnglish
SourceAmazon.com

Chris Keeley

limited edition "Andy Warhol" cans of Campbell's condensed tomato soup

Warhol soup cans on sale


Campbells Barney's New York department store is selling limited edition "Andy Warhol" cans of Campbell's condensed tomato soup. The cans are available in four colorways based on Warhol's famous screenprints and cost $12/each. According to the Barney's catalog, the imagery is "Printed on special quality paper and with Andy's signature (reproduced)." (In 2004, Campbell sold a similar limited edition four pack of soup cans wrapped in Warhol labels.)
Link (Thanks, Lindsay Tiemeyer!) 


http://www.barneys.com/b/browse/product.s?productId=345794&source=category&index=1&prodIndex=1&listSize=30&categoryId=343331

Chris Keeley

Italy's chief of military intelligence has been dismissed for allegedly helping the CIA kidnap an Is

Italy's chief of military intelligence has been dismissed for allegedly helping the CIA kidnap an Islamic cleric off the streets of Milan three years ago.

Nicolo Pollari became the highest-level official anywhere in the world to lose his job for having a role in the secretive U.S. program known as extraordinary rendition. The Italian government initially claimed it did not know of the CIA plans to seize Abu Omar, but evidence has since emerged that indicate Italian agents collaborated with the CIA

Giuliana Sgrena on the Ouster of Italy's Intelligence Chief for Involvement in CIA Kidnapping of Sheikh

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/22/156244

Italy's chief of military intelligence has been dismissed for allegedly helping the CIA kidnap an Islamic cleric off the streets of Milan three years ago. We go to Rome to speak with Giuliana Sgrena, a journalist with the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto. She made international headlines last year when she herself was kidnapped in Iraq and nearly died when U.S. forces opened fire on the car she was riding in after her release.[includes rush transcript]

 


Italy's chief of military intelligence has been dismissed for allegedly helping the CIA kidnap an Islamic cleric off the streets of Milan three years ago.

Nicolo Pollari became the highest-level official anywhere in the world to lose his job for having a role in the secretive U.S. program known as extraordinary rendition. The Italian government initially claimed it did not know of the CIA plans to seize Abu Omar, but evidence has since emerged that indicate Italian agents collaborated with the CIA.

Twenty-six CIA agents are already facing a possible trial in Italy for carrying out the kidnapping.

British journalist Stephen Grey wrote about the kidnapping in his book, "Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program." He recently described what happened to Abu Omar during an interview on Democracy Now!

 

  • Stephen Grey: "He was snatched off the streets and taken in a series of executive jets via Germany to a jail cell in Cairo, where he says he was severely tortured. He was released briefly, and he made a phone call back home to his family in Milan and explained what had happened and how he had been kidnapped. And because Italian police were listening to that phone call, the story was revealed. He was quickly re-arrested after making that call. Presumably the Egyptians were listening, too. But that unlocked that whole scandal in Italy. And the Italian prosecutors, who believe that terrorists should be prosecuted in a court of law, rather than being tortured in a jail cell in Egypt, have pursued this case absolutely vigorously. And there's going to be a trial very shortly of the CIA agents involved. There are arrest warrants for them. None of them are being caught. Perhaps they never will be, but there will be an open trial, perhaps held in their absence, that's going to take place in Italy and will expose further details of this whole operation."

     

The developments in Italy come at a time when the U.S. practice of extraordinary rendition is facing increased scrutiny.

Next week, the German citizen Khaled El-Masri plans to visit Washington for the first time to discuss how CIA agents mistakenly kidnapped him and took him to Afghanistan where he was tortured.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, El-Masri is suing former CIA head George Tenet and other U.S. officials. Meanwhile, the soon to be chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services - Carl Levin - has announced plans to thoroughly review the CIA's rendition program. Levin said, "I'm not comfortable with the system. I think that there's been some significant abuses." Levin went on to say the program needs a thorough scrubbing.

Giuliana Sgrena is a journalist with the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto who has been following the rendition story closely. Giuliana made international headlines last year when she herself was kidnapped in Iraq and nearly died after U.S. forces opened fire on the car she was riding in after her release. Her escort, Major General Nicola Calipari - Italy's second highest-ranking military intelligence officer - died in the shooting as he tried to protect her. She wrote about her experience in the book "Friendly Fire: The Remarkable Story of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq."

 

  • Giuliana Sgrena, journalist with the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto and author of the book "Friendly Fire: The Remarkable Story of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq."

 

AMY GOODMAN: Giuliana Sgrena joins us now live, from Rome. Welcome to Democracy Now! Giuliana.

GIULIANA SGRENA: Thank you.

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Chris Keeley

Abraham Path Initiative Study Tour: A Successful Mission!

*Abraham Path Initiative Study Tour: A Successful Mission!*
*from Bill Ury -
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       November 15, 2006

       Dear Friends,

       As I fly home from Jerusalem, I am happy to report to you that
       the first Abraham Path Study Tour has successfully completed its
       mission. Twelve days ago, my colleagues and I, over twenty of us
       from ten countries, began our journey in Urfa in southeastern
       Turkey, the place where many believe Abraham was born in a cave.
       We travelled by bus from Turkey to Syria, Jordan, Palestine and
       Israel, retracing the footsteps of Abraham. The day before
       yesterday, after passing by Jericho and Jerusalem, we reached
       the West Bank city of Hebron/Al-Khalil, where Abraham is buried
       in the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Our journey began in a sacred
       cave and ended in another, goi ng from womb to tomb, so to
       speak. On a personal note, after years of dreaming of this
       Abrahamic journey, I am feeling grateful, enriched, moved, and
       humbled

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Chris Keeley

Goodbye, Mr. Altman

Goodbye, Mr. Altman
By Stephanie Zacharek

http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/2006/11/22/altman/index.html

Goodbye, Mr. Altman

A great director, a poet, Robert Altman changed the landscape of filmmaking, and never stopped shooting. It's almost impossible to believe he's gone.

By Stephanie Zacharek

Nov. 22, 2006 | "I got poetry in me."

That line, spoken by Warren Beatty's muttering, bearskin-wrapped frontiersman John McCabe in "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," is also the best possible summation of Robert Altman's career, not least for the way it suggests that poetry isn't a lofty, pretty thing plucked out of the air, but a hardy thing that grows wild inside us. Altman died Monday night. He was 81, and all of us who loved his movies -- the great ones and the minor entertainments alike -- knew we wouldn't have him around forever. But maybe partly because he never stopped working -- "A Prairie Home Companion" was released at the beginning of last summer, and he was already knuckling down to work on a fiction-film version of the 1997 documentary "Hands on a Hard Body" -- it's almost impossible to believe he's really gone. He revealed earlier this year that he'd received a new heart some 10 years ago, and the news was a comforting insurance policy to his audience. How many more movies could a new heart buy you? How many more lines of dialogue, each one chasing (or stepping on) the tail of the last, did Altman have time for? Greedily, we would take all we could get.

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Chris Keeley

*Beyond Iraq

*Beyond Iraq
*by Gordon Adams   [gadams@gwu.edu]

11.15.2006

With the election over—and national security figuring so prominently in
the campaigns—the looming question remains: What’s the new national
security agenda?
Iraq is on center stage, with Washington eagerly awaiting the results of
the Baker-Hamilton commission, as an impetus for pulling our national
irons out of the Iraqi fire. Indeed, the election winners must now
propose a rich agenda of options on Iraq, none of which should be: “stay
the (disastrous) current course.” These should include the option to
leave, as gracefully as possible, over the next year, just ahead of
receiving an invitation to do so from whatever government speaks for
Baghdad—once it figures out that the United States is part of the problem.

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