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Beautiful Things From Unexpected Places

When Soldiers and Hippies work together, it is a beautiful thing.


The Egyptian military has, so far, shown enormous restraint in response to what is likely serious pressure from pro-Mubarak forces. When our Western eyes saw protests flash across their Al-Jazeera web-feeds, many of us had the same thought: "I hope this doesn't turn into Tienanmen Square". And, to our surprise, it hasn't. Sure, there has been brawls and scrapping, but the military has not gunned civilians down.

Part of this is the professionalism of the Egyptian Military officers that were trained in the United States. Thousands of Egyptian Officers have been trained in the U.S. In addition to training on tactics, equipment, theory, and technical skills, they have been trained on the role of the military in a democratic and open society.

We should thank the hippies for some of this. For decades the "School of the Americas" and other programs where foreign military personnel were trained were notorious for cranking out goons for third-world dictators. Survivors brought their stories to American human rights organizations and the reputation led them to push for the shut down of the School of the Americas and other facilities.

After decades of pressure, the SOA changes it's name to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation", and more importantly they added mandatory classes in Human Rights and the proper role of the military in democratic societies. An example from the 2004 Course List:

CMS-2 Democratic Sustainment Course Course Length: 6 weeks
To introduce and teach theory and practice of military and civilian leadership in a constitutional nation-state, drawing on the shared traditions of the countries in the Western Hemisphere. This course explores the role of the military within a democratic and constitutionally derived, civilian-controlled government. The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended three university credit hours for this course based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Troy State University.


These courses have been mandatory for officers receiving training the the U.S. for years now at the WHISC and elsewhere, thousands of mid-grade officers in nations like Egypt have been through them, and whether this was a genuine act of decency or just something to make the hippies happy, it looks like it might be changing the world for the better.

Imagine that: A program that was the poster-boy for dictators, human-rights abuses and military coups might become a institution of progress throughout parts of the world that need progress very badly. Maybe hippies and soldiers should work together more often.
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Newspaper symbology

There is a black star on the date line, near the title "Los Angeles Times", that i dont fully comprehend. Not all the pages in section A have this pentagram. Some pages sport the letters WST which i think stand for west side edition. Does anybody know what the star symbolizes?

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The “Resurrection Plan“. A new hope for land and people.

villageAs we wrote recently, because of some circumstances we have been forced to elaborate alternative plan for Sunland location and development. And now our new Resurrection Plan originated as a result of this elaboration. What is it? What we can to offer our supporters and sympathizers around the world?

It's not a secret - in all cities in all countries there are large communities of anarchists, radical artists, ecologists, representatives of subcultures, and all those people who don't fit in with the normative rules of modern society. Searching the way out from stifling atmosphere of this tainted world they try to find some free spaces at least small and poor. So, if they achieve this they often resort to the practice of squatting. But their new Home is often threatened in the cases if some greedy rustlers have an eye on that place. Given this we modified the idea of squatting (though this modification occasioned by the actual situation in Russia).

As a result of so called "democratic reforms" the terrible mass depopulation befell Russia. More of all it concerns Russian countryside. And now many villages in Russia stand absolutely deserted. For eg. 2.500 from 8.000 villages in Pskov region (N.-W. Russia) are uninhabited. For the outside observer, it seems like some kind of genocide and more over - destroying traditional forms of living.

Also, our Resurrection Plan means that: 1) we must to find suitable empty villages, 2) go there to the reconnoiter, 3) select the most convenient place, 4) organize the first group settlers and volunteers, 5) legalize our eco-village with local authorities.

Certainly, first of all we figure on the Russian anarchists, libertarians, radical ecologists, artists and all those Russian young people who eager to the spiritual renovation. But our foreign friends have to watch the cause. This horrible monster - THE STATE (damn it forever and ever, amen!) - is the same everywhere. Far and wide where the state stretches its paws the life becoming intolerable (note this case). Because Freedom is indivisible, our foreign friends have to ready to come to the aid of Sunland in case of troubles.

Sunland Commune.

N.-W. Russia.

Wednesday XVII Virt, I Year S.E.


The Sunland project team.
http://new-libertalia.co.nr/
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Moscow / Khimki: The Battle with the Adminstration Heats Up

In recent days, the battle to stop the destruction of the forest in the Moscow suburb of Khimki has heated up. Activists have been protesting the building of an $8 million high speed toll highway between Moscow and Petersburg. This highway would destroy beautiful forestland around Moscow. Environmentalists say the highway can bypass the old oak forest.

The flashpoint has been in the city which is called Khimki, right outside Moscow. There is a history of violence sponsored by the local authorities in this town. In the most famous case of political terrorism, in November 2008, Mikhail Beketov, outspoken editor-in-chief of the regional «Khimkinskaya Pravda» (Khimki Truth) newspaper, was savagely beaten in front of his home. The attack was clearly related to his criticism of local authorities and the highway being built. As a result of his injuries one of his legs was amputated, and head traumas he suffered during the attack have left him unable to speak. Current reports on his condition indicate that his second leg may have to be amputated.

Khimki authorities thus have a reputation for dealing brutally with anybody who dares oppose them.

Direct actions started on July 14, when the logging was to begin. Eco-activists set up an action camp in Khimki to take direct action against the deforestation. They have used blockades on the train lines leading to the logging site.

On July 23, at about 5AM, the protestors and two journalists were attacked and beaten by a gang of several dozen thugs with white T-shirts masking their faces. From all indications, this was an organized group of neofascists, wearing such symbols on their shirts. The police arrived and started arresting the activists, not the attackers, which indicated that this was an attack carried out in coordination with the police. Security guards hired by the firm carrying out the destruction also took part.

15 people were arrested at that time. Later in the day, the police arrived again, taking away dozens of people.

When some activists tried to protest in front of the White House in Moscow against this highway being built and the forest being illegally destroyed, they were also immediately arrested.

On July 28, a large group, (most say 400-500 people), marched on Khimki. A part of them (70-100 people), attacked the local administration building. This is shown on the video below.







Our friends have been illegally arrested

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Seattle activists sued for protesting development firm

From the January issue of Olympia independent newspaper Works In Progress:


Seattle activists sued for protesting development firm
by Wally Cuddeford

A campaign by Seattle activists to defend anti-racist values and enforce ethical standards in local business has garnered a stern response from one targeted offender: Seattle development firm Lorig Associates. For months now, Seattle Solidarity Network (“SeaSol”), alongside former Lorig employee and woman-of-color Patricia Milton, have been engaged in an aggressive grassroots campaign against Lorig’s racist employment practices. And recently, after a couple apparent SeaSol victories, Lorig responded by filing a lawsuit against SeaSol and Patricia, seeking not only unspecified damages, but also a gag order prohibiting SeaSol and Patricia from saying or doing anything which could “interfere with Lorig’s relationships with investors, customers or other employees.”

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Game Set and Match

Well, it was a good game while it lasted.

The Supreme Court has just ruled that there can be no limits on corporate support of candidates. This means the "Sarah Palin Awesome Hour Brought to You by Mountain Dew" is now an inevitability. Corporations (and other entities with MUCH MUCH LESS MONEY) can now support any and all candidates by fielding their own ads and using their multi-million dollar budgets. The don't even have to let you know the source (they can always create some legal shell "Americans for Freedom" or some shit) and there are NO limits.

Advertising is powerful. Americans buy something as important as car insurance from a goddamned cartoon or a gecko or a caveman. We fatten and kill ourselves with high fructose corn syrup and we drink pisswater beer. All of these stupid, stupid, stupid choices wouldn't be made as often without BILLIONS of advertising dollars spent to mind-rape us into throwing away our money on things that aren't of any value and are killing us. THAT is how powerful advertising is, it is a constant bombardment of the bunker of your mind with messages telling you to kill yourself slowly for the benefit of some rich asshole you would hate if you met.... AND IT WORKS.

This is it. Any semblance of hiding influence buying for campaign ads is no longer needed as legal cover. Corporations are now as free to buy our oligarchs as they are in the most corrupt third world nations that exist. It is now legal for the Geico gecko to give a CGI animated short endorsing his favorite campaign. Or the Budweiser Frogs, or the Marlboro Man, or whatever. There is no limit to loosing the Whore of Babylon that is corporate advertising on each and every one of us with messages on TV, on the Internet, the Radio, Billboards, Sponsored Art, Viral Campaigns, Text Messages, Corporate Jingles, Labels on Products, The Sides of Buses, and Messages Written in the Sky... and whatever else their mind-rape scientists can come up with.

If Candidate X makes the statement: "If elected I will immediately stop the pointless pissing away of Soldiers' lives in Iraq" and BodyBagCorp decides that will cost them money it is now perfectly legal for them to hire beautiful/charismatic "Viral Marketers" to meet with people (without disclosing their sponsorship) in public places and online and convince people that the pointless pissing away of our soldiers lives for no fucking reason in Iraq needs to go on forever and ever and ever. For "freedom" or some shit like that.

Just like Fergie was paid 3.7 Million to do product placement in her songs (without any kind of disclosure to listeners that she is doing so) BodyBagCorp can now pay her to insert a line in her next song about how awesome it is that soldiers are still dying for no fucking reason in the hellhole and how proud she is that their remains will be respected with BodyBagCorp Bodybags... let's get retarded in here. Or whatever. I tend to seize on the vampires sucking money from the deaths of our soldiers for no fucking reason as an example because it is close to my heart, but I am sure you have your issue as well.

Our entire cultural mindrape machine is now for sale to get us to vote for the dumbest shit imaginable. Every "artist", every song, every show, every frame of every day from the device that delivers our daily "programming" is for sale on the open market to subvert our interests as voters and citizens. Fuck this fucking ruling, fuck Judges who pretend they can't understand the constitution at a 5th grade level, and fuck the mindrape machine that sells me pisswater beer with jiggling titties.
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Why I read foreign newspapers; EVIDENCE

X-posted from my own journal simply for the purpose of jump-starting conversations and postings again in this community.
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Today and yesterday's Financial Times evidence part of why I am a subscriber. One must further monitor world news sources to acquire an accurate picture of what is really happening in the world and certainly, here at home in the United States of America. It is laughably, hypocritically sad that our US President should lecture China on "Freedom of the Press." Our major news sources are cardinal violators of this 'free press' principal by grave sins of omission. It struck me most this morning catching up from but one printed source. Here are but a few of the headlines w/ a few source article links - the rest can be easily found w/ basic keyword searches on the FT.com site.

* American Eagle gold bullion coin sales suspended
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/19507efc-daf6-11de-933d-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

* Asian heads of Goldman Sachs selling record amounts of company stock

* India signals 'serious concern' over Chinese military ties with Pakistan

* Abu Dhabi will not see its smaller brother fail (referencing the Dubai deleveraging/sales of the last few days)

(previous articles from the week not appearing anywhere in the US press
* World banks in danger of failure (BofA, Citibank in the top 10)

* The legacy of long-term unemployment effects in the USA

And of course the Brits have their own state propaganda release practically scripted by George Orwell -
"UK turns corner" = The UK Treasury believes the economy has turned the corner, the recession has ended and the UK will grow in 2010.

Draw your own inferences and conclusions from the above. If one isn't already visiting an outside paper, add the FT.com and the South China Morning News (out of Hong Kong) to your daily scan list.