December 28th, 2006

Chris Keeley

State Dept. Rebukes Israel Over Settlement Construction

State Dept. Rebukes Israel Over Settlement Construction
Meanwhile, the Israeli’s government’s plan to build a new settlement inside the West Bank has drawn rare criticism from the Bush administration. On Wednesday, the State Department said the new settlement would violate existing agreements and harm future peace negotiations. Israeli officials say the settlement will house up to one-hundred families who lived in the Gaza Strip until Israel’s withdrew settlements there last year. Israel had pledged to freeze new settlement activity under the US-backed road map. Meanwhile in Gaza, Hamas spokesperson Ghazi Hamad criticized Israel’s recent pledge to resume strikes inside the Gaza Strip.

    Hamas spokesperson Ghazi Hamad: "We think that the threats of the prime minister of Israel Ehud Olmert come as a constant policy for the Israeli government to continue their aggression against our people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip but I confer that there is an agreement, it is an agreement for a ceasefire, it was approved by all Palestinian factions, and also by the government and we still believe that this agreement is alive and both sides should respect this agreement because it is interest for our people, and also we have approved as a Palestinian faction that we should work together and when we want to react we will react together."

Argentine Supreme Court Orders Repayment of Bank Accounts
In Argentina, the Supreme Court has ordered banks to repay the life savings of thousands of people locked out during Argentina’s economic collapse of five years ago. At the time, the Argentine government froze US dollar accounts and forcibly converted them to devalued pesos. On Wednesday, the Court upheld the government’s right to freeze the accounts but said account holders must be payed back at the current exchange-rate.

Ex-Interior Secretary to Work for Shell
Back in the United States, months after her resignation from Bush administration, former Interior Secretary Gayle Norton has taken a new job with the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. Norton resigned in March shortly after her department was linked to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. She will serve as a key legal advisor to Shell’s operations on public lands in the western United States. Norton’s Interior Department routinely dealt with Shell on issues including drilling in environmentally sensitive areas.

John Edwards Enters 2008 Presidential Race
Former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards has entered the 2008 presidential race -- one day earlier than he intended. On Wednesday, Edwards’ campaign inadvertently posted the news of his candidacy during a test-run on its website. Edwards had intended to make the announcement today during a speech in the 9th Ward district of New Orleans.

Chris Keeley

Wojnarowicz’s work emerged directly from his life. He knew little art history, had no training past

Wojnarowicz’s work emerged directly from his life. He knew little art history, had no training past high school, and made a point of not trolling the galleries to see what everyone else was doing. Exposed to unusual hardship as a boy, as a sexually active teen, and as a street person, he didn’t see his experience reflected in the culture. Art was his a
ntidote. Art was his way of witnessing
http://www.queer-arts.org/archive/9902/wojnarowicz/wojnarowicz.html

David Wojnarowicz... Untitled - Sirloin Steaks (1983, Acrylic on poster, Collection of Hal Bromm, New York). From David Wojnarowicz at Queer Arts. "...David Wojnarowicz was born in Red Bank, New Jersey in 1954. The product of an extremely difficult childhood brought on by an abusive family life and an emerging sense of his own homosexuality, Wojnarowicz dropped out of high school and was living on the streets by the age of sixteen. He turned to hustling in Times Square. After hitchhiking many times across the U.S. and living for several months in San Francisco and Paris, he settled in New York's East Village in 1978. Many of Wojnarowicz' works incorporate outsider experiences drawn from his personal history and from stories he heard from the people he met in bus stations and truck stops while hitchhiking. By the late 1970s he had, in his own words, 'started developing ideas of making and preserving an authentic version of history in the form of images/writings/objects that would contest state-supported forms of history.' In such diverse works as Sounds in the Distance (1982), a collection of monologues from 'people who lived and worked in the streets' and The Weight of the Earth, Part I & II (1988), an arrangement of black-and-white photographs taken during his travels and life in New York, Wojnarowicz continually returned to the personal voices of individuals stigmatized by society." Also... Works by David Wojnarowicz at P.P.O.W and Where Evil Dwells (Flash Video 28:33, 1985) by David Wojnarowicz and Tommy Turner - part of Cinema of Transgression at UbuWeb Film.
Chris Keeley

Camera Ad in NYTS

Camera Ad in NYTS

Bob and John...

I'm confident Bob has seen the full-page ad in today's NYTS from Camera
(Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) challenging
Simon and Schuster to correct falsehoods in Carter's book.  (John, I
don't know how you might see this; I frankly don't know if ads can be
reached at the NYTS website.)

The ad complains the book  for "falsely casting Israel as a malevolent,
colonialist power overwhelmingly responsible for failed peace efforts..."

It's a sophomoric presentation, repetitious and tendentious. But IT MUST
BE REBUTTED IN SOME WAY.

Here's an instance where time is of the essence. Unchallenged, this will
become the core argument of many people--especially the "friends." There
should be a challenge available soonest.

FYI I've also tried to reach the Palestinian Fund, but Jessica
Wright--my contact--is on vacation. A good essay from them, which others
could draw on, would be useful.

Let's not leave the propaganda war to these characters.

Bruce
Chris Keeley

Martha Graham and Andy Warhol

Martha Graham and Andy Warhol 

image: Martha Graham and Andy Warhol

Martha Graham and Andy Warhol
at the unveiling of Warhol's 3 lithographs of Graham
at the Martha Graham Dance Center in New York City on May 21, 1986
DMI/Photofest, © DMI
Photographer David McGough
Chris Keeley

Angela Davis. Activist, author and professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her most r

 wanted to focus our attention for a minute on three cases, three incidents in this country recently

Angela Davis Speaks Out on Prisons and Human Rights Abuses in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/28/1450208

Scholar and former prisoner Angela Davis was in New Orleans this month to speak out against human rights violations and demand amnesty for those imprisoned during Hurricane Katrina. We hear from her keynote address at the event "Amnesty for Prisoners of Katrina: A Weekend of Reconciliation and Respect for Human Rights." [rush transcript included]

 


Former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards has entered the 2008 presidential race -- one day earlier than he intended. On Wednesday, Edwards’ campaign inadvertently posted the news of his candidacy during a test-run on its website. Edwards had intended to make the announcement today during a speech in the 9th Ward district of New Orleans.

Scholar and former prisoner Angela Davis was also in New Orleans recently. Her visit to the city was in recognition of International Human Rights Day. After Hurricane Katrina hit, many in New Orleans were arrested for looting, left to drown in locked jail cells and held past release dates. As many as 85% of defendants in the 3,000 criminal court cases still pending in New Orleans qualify for representation by a public defender. An untold number of them have yet to see a lawyer.

Angela Davis went to New Orleans to speak out against human rights violations and demand amnesty for those imprisoned during Hurricane Katrina. She gave the keynote address at a series of events organized by the prison-abolition group - Critical Resistance. "Amnesty for Prisoners of Katrina: A Weekend of Reconciliation and Respect for Human Rights" - took place in New Orleans earlier this month. In her speech Davis referred to Merlene Maten - a 73-year-old New Orleans grandmother - who spent 16 days in prison for allegedly looting $63 worth of food from a deli a day after Hurricane Katrina hit. Here is an excerpt of Angela Davis’ speech.

  • Angela Davis. Activist, author and professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her most recent books are "Abolition Democracy" and "Are Prisons Obsolete?"

 

ANGELA DAVIS: I wanted to—I wanted to focus our attention for a minute on three cases, three incidents in this country recently. I’m talking about the shooting of that young brother, Sean Bell in New York on the mother of his wedding. The 50 gunshots that the police admit were shot that day? I am talking about what’s his name Michael Richards. Did you see—did you see, did you all see it? Cause you can actually go on line and you can see it. It was much, much worse than anything I had ever imagined. Okay, I’m not going say anything, because that was really upsetting, and he says, I don’t know where it came. [laughter]

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Chris Keeley

The Hamas Factor," by Malley and Siegman--IHT 12/27/06

  International Herald Tribune <http://www.iht.com>
The Hamas factor
Robert Malley and Henry Siegman
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The latest American and European bid to revive the long-dormant
Israeli-Palestinian peace process apparently goes something like this:

Tighten the squeeze on Hamas's government to curtail its acquisition of
money and weapons. Tip the military balance by pouring in tens of
millions of dollars to train and equip security forces loyal to Fatah.
Strengthen the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, politically with
the kinds of immediate, tangible concessions — money transfers, prisoner
releases, lifting of roadblocks — mentioned by the Israeli prime
minister, Ehud Olmert, at his dinner last Saturday with Abbas.
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Chris Keeley

Better Late Than Never (January 11, 2007)

The New York Review of Books
January 11, 2007
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19773?email

Better Late Than Never
By Michael Tomasky

Shortly after 10 PM on the night of Tuesday, December 12, 2000, in

Tallahassee, Florida, James Addison Baker III received a telephone

call from George W. Bush, who was in Austin, Texas, that night and

already in his pajamas. The United States Supreme Court had just

handed down the decisions in Bush v. Gore. There was much confusion in

both Democratic and Republican camps as lawyers and aides scrambled to

interpret the decisions. Television reporters, reading the opinions

for the first time on the air, offered wildly differing (and

ill-informed) interpretations. Bush's strategist Karl Rove, watching

one channel at campaign headquarters in northern Virginia, concluded

that the Court had decided in his candidate's favor and called the

Texas governor to congratulate him. Bush, watching another channel

that was spinning the decisions differently, thought the opposite.

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