April 11th, 2008

Chris Keeley

More on Richard Falk

 
TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
On March 30, I circulated a FORWARD article on the nomination of my friend Richard Falk by the UN Human Rights Council as its new Special Rapporteur for Palestine.
 
The article transmitted below makes clear just how courageous and taboo-defying, in all areas of his interests, Richard is -- doubly remarkable because he does not live in some open-minded country but is an American (and Jewish) in America.
 
One of the advantages of advancing years is that there is little more that your adversaries can do to you and little incentive to abandon your principles as you near the finish line. Richard will not have an easy time doing his new job,
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Chris Keeley

HumanRights] Deir Yassin, Refugee videos, Jewish and other actions

From: Mazin Qumsiyeh
Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:42 PM
Subject: [HumanRights] Deir Yassin, Refugee videos, Jewish and other actions
To: wheelsofjustice


In this weeks message: Deir Yassin massacre a pivotal event in history, videos on refugees, Jewish South African leader on the massacre, Jews Remember the Nakba, and action alerts.

Dr. Ghada Karmi's visit to Connecticut (the Constitution State) was very successful.  She spoke at four events including talks to mostly student audiences at three universities.  Wednesday's talks at Wesleyan, and Yale were planned to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre (April 9, 1948, weeks before Israel was unilaterally declared a state and one of 33 massacres committed to drive the native Palestinians out).  Below are two relevant articles on this seminal event that was used to create the largest remaining refugee population in the world.  It was inspiring to see the younger people active in organizing and engaged in attending, asking important questions etc. The events at Yale (hosted by Arab Student Association) and Wesleyan (hosted by ADAPT) packed the rooms booked.  Deep and meaningful discussions spilled over also after the lecture and I heard lots more are now planned to delve into the root causes of the 60 year wars and conflicts in Western Asia (AKA the Middle East).

Between 1947-1949 over 3/4th of the native Palestinians (Christians and Muslims) were driven out (by Zionist terminology the land was "cleansed").
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Chris Keeley

Mr. Soros said all aspects of his life — finance, philanthropy, even politics — are driven by reflex

April 11, 2008

The Face of a Prophet

George Soros will not go quietly.

At the age of 77, Mr. Soros, one the world’s most successful investors and richest men, leapt out of retirement last summer to safeguard his fortune and legacy. Alarmed by the unfolding crisis in the financial markets, he once again began trading for his giant hedge fund — and won big while so many others lost.

Mr. Soros has always been a controversial figure. But he is becoming more so with a new, dire forecast for the world economy. Last week he rushed out a book, his 10th, warning that the financial pain has only just begun.

“I consider this the biggest financial crisis of my lifetime,” Mr. Soros said during an interview Monday in his office overlooking Central Park. A “superbubble” that has been swelling for a quarter of a century is finally bursting, he said.

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Chris Keeley

Report: Ex-Secret Service Agents’ Firm Spied on Environmentalists

Report: Ex-Secret Service Agents’ Firm Spied on Environmentalists

Mother Jones magazine has revealed a private security firm staffed by former Secret Service agents spied on several environmental groups beginning in the late 1990s. The firm, Beckett Brown International, later S2i, stole documents from trash bins, planted undercover operatives within groups such as Greenpeace, collected phone records, and spied on meetings. The company has worked for clients including the Carlyle Group, Wal Mart, Monsanto and Halliburton.

Chris Keeley

Zone Zero... Raskols of Papua New Guinea - 25 b/w photographs by Stephen Dupont.

Zone Zero... Raskols of Papua New Guinea - 25 b/w photographs by Stephen Dupont.

Raskols of Papua New Guinea Zone Zero... Raskols of Papua New Guinea - 25 b/w photographs by Stephen Dupont. "...In 2004 Stephen Dupont infiltrated a Raskol comunity to document the individuals behind the facelessness of gang warfare. His Raskols series presents formal portraits of the 'Kips Kaboni' or 'Red Devils,' Papua New Guinea's longest established Raskol group." More Works by Stephen Dupont at his personal site.

http://www.stephendupont.com/main.php
Chris Keeley

HOUSTON///GEARHEAD///BILLY F GIBBONS MEETS THE “FRANKENFORD”…

 

HOUSTON///GEARHEAD///BILLY F GIBBONS MEETS THE “FRANKENFORD”…

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Our resident rock legend and roving gearhead BILLY F GIBBONS, dat ZZ Boy, checks in from the recording studio in H-Town with a glimpse of the iller-than-ill “FrankenFord,” a truck/semi with mid-engine Cadillac motor, airbag suspension, sick paint/rust, and mojo to spare. HAVE A LOOK:

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Nuff said…

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Blues legends never die…

Chris Keeley

Pfaff on Kissinger

 Pfaff on Kissinger

Dr. Kissinger and the Jihad

William Pfaff



Paris -- Henry Kissinger has joined the debate over NATO's future with an analysis that curiously but characteristically overestimates the threats that are supposed to hang over the United States and Western Europe

 

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Chris Keeley

On Hypocrisy over Tibet -- A Personal Rumination

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
I have been watching with growing amazement and concern the assaults on the bizarrely quasi-religious Olympic Torch as it has staggered through London, Paris and San Francisco, as well as the self-righteous pronouncements by certain Western "leaders" (and even by the European Parliament, the UN Secretary-General and John McCain) that they will not be attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics or are seriously considering not attending or urging others not to attend unless China bows to certain of their "human rights" demands.
 
Have they even been invited? Who needs them? Why, aside from the obvious intention to to give offense, should the Chinese care?
 
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