Bulletin #178





7 March 2005

Grenoble, France



Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


The press conference organized in Grenoble by the Committee for the Return of CEIMSA to Stendhal University occurred last Thursday with more than 60 people attending. Many strategies were discussed to restore democracy at Stendhal University, and more specifically to return the much-needed American Studies research center, CEIMSA, and its internet web site to its original home on the public server at our University. You will be notified by the Committee about future meetings on this issue over the next weeks . . . . .


Meanwhile, plans for continuing the murderous U.S. foreign policy and the repressive domestic policy of "Neo-McCarthyism" in America are proceeding unabated out of Washington, D.C.


In this communication, we will take a look at the political environment of the United States and the rapid evolution it is undergoing. The multiple mutations within institutional relationships inside this environment --including social movements of resistance to the new militarism and authoritarianism-- are the subject of several articles sent to us recently by research associates in the United State and Europe.


Below, in item A., are a series of critical web sites, which expose the economic interests behind this sensational foreign policy of the 21st century.


In item B., sent to us by Joanna Learner, readers can have access to a video message from Barbara Trent, producer of the award-winning documentary film, "The Panama Deception", in which she discusses American instruments of war, i.e. the production of U.S. soldiers.


In item C. our research assistant Professor Elisabeth Chamorand has forwarded to us a series of articles from a new electronic publication. "Truthout" offers regular coverage of American political culture and discussions of government policies as they are being written. Readers are invited to subscribe to "TRUTHOUT" at the address provided at the end of item C.


In item D., an article forwarded to us from Professor Edward Herman describes the murderous consequences of U.S. intervention on year ago in Haiti, when the democratically elected President Aristide, was forced to flee for his life.


Finally, in item E., Dahr Jamail has sent us information on a new documentary film about the Falluja massacre by U.S. troops last month.




Francis McCollum Feeley

Professor of American Studies/

Director of Research

Université Stendhal






from Francis Feeley :


The following web links are useful for researchers in American Studies, who are working on U.S. corporate history.



Dollars and Sense on "Beyond Capitalism"


Dollars and Sense on "The 21st-century Commons"


CounterPunch on Ward Chruchill and the neo-conservative double standard








from Joanna Learner :


On documentary film producer, Barbara Trent :







from Elisabeth Chamorand :

Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 08:23:33 +0100

Subject: FW: t r u t h o u t | 02.07 - CIA Abductions of Terror Suspects Are 'Out of Control'


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t r u t h o u t | 02.07


CIA Abductions of Terror Suspects Are 'Out of Control'



U.S. Redesigning Atomic Weapons



Cheney Downplays Impact of Shi'ite Control in Iraq



Rice to Sharon: Support Palestinian State



Bush Administration Enters Indonesian Conflict



Hard Right Has Long Wanted to Kill Social Security



Army Sergeant Breaks Ranks to Shun War



Falluja Residents Testify to the Destruction of Their City



New Bush Budget Slashes All But Military



James Zogby | The Challenges Facing Post-Election Iraq



Suicide Bombers Attack in Mosul and Baquba



David Kay | Let's Not Make the Same Mistakes in Iran



Jan Lundberg | War on Plastic: Rejecting the Toxic Plague



Senator Richard J. Durbin | A Form of Torture



Eric Margolis | Paranoia Grips the U.S. Capital





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from Professor Ed Herman :

Subject: FW: Haiti: a bleak and dismal country one year later

Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2005 16:13:00 -0500



A fine little case study of how Bush is spreading democracy, here right next door.

Ed Herman




Miami Herald    

March 1, 2005



Haiti: a bleak and dismal country one year later


by Ira Kurzban


One year after the coup d'etat against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the nation's first democratically elected president, the situation is dismal.


The Caribbean Community of nations (CARICOM) just last week expressed deep concern over ''the deteriorating human-rights situation in Haiti,'' including ''serious abuses at the hands of the police'' and ``the indefinite detention of Lavalas (Aristide's party) leaders and activists.''


Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and former Minister of the Interior Jocelerme Privert, held for almost one year without any charges, are now on a hunger strike.


Even journalists broadcasting for U.S. news services are no longer safe from the U.S.-installed government of Gerard Latortue. Abdias Jean, a correspondent for a Miami radio station, was summarily executed last month by Haitian police because he had witnessed the execution of a 17-year-old girl. The situation has become so grave for journalists in Haiti that the Inter-American Press Association convened an Emergency Forum on Press Freedom in Haiti two weeks ago.


At the same time, Haitians supportive of Aristide are being slaughtered in the neighborhoods. The Latortue government and Minister of Justice Bernard Gousse celebrated the anniversary of the coup by condoning the execution of more than 25 Aristide supporters in various poor areas of Port-au-Prince this weekend. The police, who are now largely made up of former military and death squad members, conduct ''operations'' in Aristide strongholds that constitute little more than summary executions.


Just yesterday, Haitian police fired on peaceful protesters marking the one-year anniversary of Aristide's ouster. Early reports said at least two protesters were killed and about a dozen wounded.


Meanwhile, U.N. troops provide the firepower to support the political cleansing operation. The former members of the Haitian army still remain in control of the vast majority of the country and their actions, including the rape of 11- and 14-year-old girls last week, go unreported by the mainstream press and unchallenged by the U.N. troops allegedly providing security.


Aristide's forced departure and kidnapping by the Bush administration is one of the saddest moments in our unfortunate history with Haiti. That Aristide was kidnapped cannot be seriously challenged, despite reports to the contrary. The person who translated his letter of resignation for the U.S. government has stated that the version that the Bush administration presented to the United Nations and Organization of American States as proof of Aristide's voluntary departure was flawed and inaccurate.


The Haitian president never resigned, according to the accurately translated letter. Rather, U.S. troops allegedly sent to guard the U.S. Embassy in the days leading up to the coup were actually special forces used to remove Aristide and his wife, a U.S. citizen. He was taken out of his own country on a CIA-sponsored aircraft with a phony tail registration, and he and his wife were kept incommunicado for 20 hours. Even the declaration presented to the government of Antigua when the aircraft stopped to refuel was a phony declaration that declared there were no passengers on board.


A recent report in The Herald suggesting that Neptune's actions support the view that Aristide left voluntarily is deeply flawed. Aristide's alleged conversation asking Neptune to leave with him never took place. In fact, Neptune, like many people during the days after the coup believes that he was duped and has asked for an investigation into Aristide's ``departure.''


The sad fact is that Haiti is another example of the Bush administration's complete incompetence and unwillingness to support democratic principles. While President Bush seeks democracy in Iraq, he was apparently willing to end it in Haiti because he wanted to complete the first coup that his father and Dick Cheney, as the secretary of defense at the time, began against

Aristide in 1991.


Ira Kurzban is counsel for Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the former attorney for the government of Haiti.




from Dahr Jamail :

Subject: Iraq Dispatches: Testimonies from Fallujah

Sat, 05 Mar 2005



** Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches **

** http://dahrjamailiraq.com **



 Video From Falluja



I am proud to announce the availability of rare video footage from inside Falluja. This documentary was created by Dr. Hamodi Jassim, an Iraqi film-maker who made this film working on his own resources in his war-torn country.


If you are interested in learning more of the truth behind the siege of Falluja, I highly encourage you to purchase this video to learn more-as well as to help support Iraqi independent journalism.



Testimonies From Falluja <http://peppersp.server312.com/videos.htm>     



Testimonies From Falluja - An Al Qitaf Artistic Production


PepperSpray Productions announces a new 33 min video produced in Iraq by independent Iraqi videographers. Dahr Jamail does the English voice-over and is assisting with the video's dissemination in the US. "Testimonies From Falluja" contains photos and footage from the US assault on Falluja, as well as interviews with Iraqi survivors and refugees.


The US has obstructed - and continues to obstruct - journalists from documenting the horror that was and is Falluja. This video is unique in that it focuses on Falluja, that it was made by a team of independent Iraqi videographers, and that we are able to see it in the US.


The DVD is available for $10 on the PepperSpray Productions website. Funds generated by this video will support further independent reporting from Iraq.


Buy the video <http://peppersp.server312.com/videos.htm>




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Francis McCollum Feeley

Professor of American Studies/

Director of Research at CEIMSA-IN-EXILE