March 18th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Dear Videographer or East Coaster,

 Dear Videographer or East Coaster,

If you will be videotaping the March 19 civil disobedience actions in
Washington DC or elsewhere, please consider sharing your footage with
others, via http://opensourcecinema.org/march19/


Conversely, if you're inspired to remix footage of the actions to
share with the world, please visit that site to download raw files and
post your results.

Please visit
http://5yearstoomany.org/ for more info on the protests,
and to register if you like.

Love,
The Yes Men
Chris Keeley

As the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama was recognized at age 2 as the reincarnation of the

As the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama was recognized at age 2 as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama and enthroned before he turned 4. He assumed full powers at age 15, in the year that troops from Mao Zedong's newly founded communist republic entered Tibet and crushed its small army.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet following the 1959 uprising, setting up his government-in-exile in Dharmsala.

Chris Keeley

Wintersoldierfilm.com

Wintersoldierfilm.com

Hundreds of veterans and active-duty soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are gathering today for the Winter Soldier hearings. The soldiers plan to give eyewitness accounts of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War, the gathering is modeled after the 1971 Winter Solider hearings organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War

http://www.wintersoldierfilm.com/

Winter Soldier", –excerpt from film about the 1971 Winter Soldier hearings by Milliarium Zero and the WinterFilm Collective. More information at Wintersoldierfilm.com

David Cortright, Vietnam war veteran and author of the Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War. He is a professor of peace studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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Chris Keeley

The Iran Crisis

 
Dear Friends,  I am increasingly worried by the prospect of  war over Iran and have put together these thoughts which I want to share as widely as possible.  Cordially, Bill

William R. Polk

669 Chemin de la Sine

F-06140 Vence France

fax: +33-493 24 08 77


LOOK BEFORE LEAPING

Cassandra and Yogi Berra are an unlikely pair, but I hear both of their voices today.    Cassandra, like some of us, was cursed to be always disbelieved as she correctly predicted the future while baseballer Yogi Berra will be remembered for his penetrating insight into the flow of history, "This is like deja vu all over again." 

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Chris Keeley

In fact, moves are being made, decisions are being taken and rationale has been set out that point i

In fact, moves are being made, decisions are being taken and rationale has been set out that point in the opposite direction.  Consider just a few of these in addition to what U.S. News and World Report highlighted: 

·      the strategic rational for preëmptive military action was set forth in the 2005 National Defense Strategy of the United States of America.   It proclaimed that "America is a nation at war…[and] will defeat  adversaries at the time, place, and in the manner of our choosing…[rather than employing] A reactive or defensive approach…Therefore, we must confront challenges earlier and more comprehensively, before they are allowed to mature…In all cases, we will seek to seize the initiative and dictate the tempo, timing, and direction of military operations."  In short, as Henry Kissinger pointed out in The International Herald Tribune, April 14, 2006, it is an assertion of the intention to engage in preëmptive  or "first strike" warfare.   So, the process that began in Afghanistan and was then carried to Iraq and (on a smaller scale) to Somalia points toward action against Iran.

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Chris Keeley

Condi and the Boys

The New York Review of Books
April 3, 2008
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21192?email

Condi and the Boys
By Russell Baker

American foreign policy had still not recovered from its victory over

communism when George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice took over at the

White House in 2001. The incomparable American war machine, deprived

of the enemy it had been designed to fight, was a colossus without a

mission, and the foreign policy it served had become a profusion of

high moral impulses in search of an idea. The new president did not

have one, nor did Rice.
Chris Keeley

A thought-provoking essay on the state of the U.S. play in the world at large. http://www.salon.co

A thought-provoking essay on the state of the U.S. play in the world at large.
 
QUOTED EXCERPT:     The last five years of violent unilateralism and moral self-righteousness have not only spread the cancer of anti-Americanism throughout the world, they have demoralized and confused us at home.   END QUOTE
 
Regards,  John