Bulletin #187





29 May 2005

Grenoble, France


Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


The casualties of disinformation and neo-liberal opportunism are growing in numbers, but by many reports a burgeoning international intelligentsia is also busy bringing reliable information and common sense to center stage, for serious global discussions on the Commonweal.


In the past days we have received several articles which again call our attention to the vital need for a free flow of information and criticism in order to counter the disorienting effects of post-modern journalism, which repeatedly displaces the advocacy for rational, well-informed discussions with glorifications of rapport de force politics --in the realm of linguistics, as in the field of diplomacy.


"Think Globally! Act Locally!" --this has been the international slogan of social movements since the start of our 21st Century. Below are five short essays sent to us by our research associates who continue to generously work with us to improve the quality of discussions at CEIMSA and of the presentations on our web site :





Item A. is an article sent to us by Professor Richard Du Boff, offering new, detailed information from the "forbidden city" of FALLUJAH, following the massacre by the U.S. imperialist forces.


Item B. is a text by Howard Zinn, in which he is encouraging youth to engage creatively against the practico-inert of social reality, to dare to enter into the arena of history by influencing the policies of their times, and to live a full life against the sophisticated tactics of "killing hope" which are being deployed by the "powers that be" against those who would support progressive social change.


Item C. is an article from Michael Albert on the murder of Rachel Correi, the 24-year-old activist killed in Rafah by Israeli military forces as she stood in the line of defense against the destruction of Palestinian homes in 2003.


Item D. is a message from the Baghdad Student Congress which takes place next month and represents an important effort to distribute local information despite the military occupation of Iraq and the seeming hopelessness of ever winning justice in the context of U.S. imperialist interests in their country.


Finally, item E. is information from CEIMSA research associate, Professor Fred Lonidier, which describes (in English and Spanish) the virulent nationalism now growing on the U.S.-Mexican border and the creative responses by artists, academics and youth across the Southwestern United States against this "brainwash" .




Francis McCollum Feeley

Professor of American Studies

Director of Research

Université Stendhal




from Richard Du Boff

28 May 2005

Subject: Fallujah: an unnatural disaster



Fallujah: An Unnatural Disaster

by Joe Carr


Today, I did what few internationals have dared to do, I went to Fallujah.


Fallujah is completely surrounded by US Forces, the only way in or out is through one of four very restrictive checkpoints. People normally have to wait hours, but since we had our magic US passports, we made it through in about 45 minutes. We did not observe them searching any cars, soldiers just held-up traffic and slowly checked IDs. Like Palestine, these checkpoints seem to have little to do with security and more to do with harassment and intimidation.


Fallujah is devastating to drive through. There is more destruction and rubble than I've ever seen in my life; even more than in Rafah, Gaza. The US has leveled entire neighborhoods, and about every third building is destroyed or damaged from US artillery. Rubble and bullet holes are everywhere, the city is indescribably ravaged. It looks like it's been hit by a series of tornados; it's hard to believe that humans could actually do this. I have a new understanding of the destructive potential of modern warfare.


US troops, Iraqi military, and Iraqi police have an overwhelming presence in the city. I've never seen such dirty looks directed at the passing forces; I guess in most places people get used to the occupier, but in Fallujah, the hate is still very alive. 16,000 Fallujan police lost their jobs after the US attacks and were replaced by Shiite from the South. The US intentionally sends Shiite to patrol Sunni strongholds to breed resentment and abuse, and it works. Soldiers shoot anyone who drives too close to their convoys, which makes driving anywhere in this small city incredibly dangerous. It is very easy to accidentally turn a corner and find yourself in the midst of a convoy. The hospital said that around 1-2 people a week die from the indiscriminate fire of US and Shiite occupation forces.

There are horror stories everywhere. We visited a family's home in a neighborhood where every structure is damaged or destroyed. Their home was full of holes and completely black inside from fire. They said that they'd left during the fighting with their home in tact, and returned to find all of their possessions had burned. Three families are now living in this 3-room house because their homes were completely destroyed. Over 25 people live in this burn-out shell of a home, including four infants. Some of them tried to get compensation from the US military but were denied.


There is the hopeful site of rebuilding. Around 25% of families who suffered damaged property have gotten a little bit of compensation from the US military, however it usually covers less than half of the cost for building materials for a new home. Particularly because the compensation rates are based on the price of building materials before the attacks, and now supplies cost nearly double because of the restrictive checkpoints.

Food prices have also dramatically increased because of the checkpoints. We talked with one shop-keeper who said that farmers from around Fallujah can no longer deliver their produce unless they have a US-issued Fallujah ID. The shopkeepers now have to go out and pick up the produce each day. He said it takes him around four hours because of the checkpoint delays. "They mistreat us," he said, "they point guns at us and insult us, even the women". He said that both US and Iraqi troops search through the vegetables roughly, even dumping them on the ground and sometimes smashing them. As soon as he's finished with one checkpoint and cleaned up the mess, another will ransack his load all over again. This can happen as many as four times he said. Sometimes, much of the produce rots from sitting in the hot sun. For all these reasons, the prices have gone up and more Fallujans are going hungry.


Fallujah has only one hospital with inpatient care. Other clinics and treatment centers were bombed by US troops, and soldiers prevented many people from getting to the hospital during the attacks. Even after the fighting, the US kept the bridges closed which caused several people to die of heart attacks when they couldn't get to the hospital fast enough. People from the rural areas surrounding Fallujah are also now dying of treatable illnesses because they can't get through the checkpoints to the Fallujah hospital. One hospital employee said that many patients die when they try to transfer them to hospitals outside Fallujah. "It's better to take them in a civilian car than in an ambulance" he said, "because the troops delay and search ambulances more." During the first attack, the hospital became a main source of information for the outside world. So when the US attacked the second time, they took over the hospital area first and controlled what information got out.


Meeting a Sunni cleric was the highlight of the trip. He was a young, passionate man and a quite eloquent speaker. He told us about some horror stories he'd witnessed. During the first invasion, several families near his Mosque took cover in a home. US troops used megaphones to order all them out into the street and told them to carry a white flag. They did this, but when they all got out, the soldiers opened fire into the group, killing five. He said one boy had run to his mother who'd been shot, and Americans shot him in the head. He said he saw a US commander cry as this happened, "but what good were his tears?" he asked, "he didn't do anything to stop it."


While meeting with the cleric, a man told us some of his horror stories. "The Americans shot and killed my 15-year-old daughter" he said, "was she a terrorist?" He said the US military denied killing her and refused to give him even minimal compensation. The US gave him only half the compensation for his house that they destroyed. "With all respect to you," he said, "I hate Americans, they killed my family. My children cannot play in the street, they shot and killed my sister-in-law while she was washing clothes, and my other brother's hands and feet were blown off." He apologized for interrupting, but said that he had to tell us because he's in so much pain.


I felt incredibly safe in Fallujah; the people I spoke with were kind and gentle. They are rightfully angry and indignant at what the US has done to them, but they seemed to understand that it wasn't me or all American's that did it. The cleric said, "We are grateful that you come here and share in our suffering and agony, it shows that there are good and human Americans."


Fallujah is the face of US occupation. It shows how ruthless the US will be toward anyone who dares resist its agenda. But Fallujah has not stopped resisting. It is said that "you can't bomb a resistance out of existence, but you can bomb one into it." The unnatural disaster the US has unleashed on the Middle East is horrifying, and we all must resist it.





from Howard Zinn


24 May 2005


Against Discouragement

by Howard Zinn


[In 1963, historian Howard Zinn was fired from Spelman College, where he was chair of the History Department, because of his civil rights activities. This year, he was invited back to give the commencement address. Here is the text of that speech, given on May 15, 2005.]



I am deeply honored to be invited back to Spelman after forty-two years. I would like to thank the faculty and trustees who voted to invite me, and especially your president, Dr. Beverly Tatum. And it is a special privilege to be here with Diahann Carroll and Virginia Davis Floyd.


But this is your day -- the students graduating today. It's a happy day for you and your families. I know you have your own hopes for the future, so it may be a little presumptuous for me to tell you what hopes I have for you, but they are exactly the same ones that I have for my grandchildren.


My first hope is that you will not be too discouraged by the way the world looks at this moment. It is easy to be discouraged, because our nation is at war -- still another war, war after war -- and our government seems determined to expand its empire even if it costs the lives of tens of thousands of human beings. There is poverty in this country, and homelessness, and people without health care, and crowded classrooms, but our government, which has trillions of dollars to spend, is spending its wealth on war. There are a billion people in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East who need clean water and medicine to deal with malaria and tuberculosis and AIDS, but our government, which has thousands of nuclear weapons, is experimenting with even more deadly nuclear weapons. Yes, it is easy to be discouraged by all that.


But let me tell you why, in spite of what I have just described, you must not be discouraged.


I want to remind you that, fifty years ago, racial segregation here in the South was entrenched as tightly as was apartheid in South Africa. The national government, even with liberal presidents like Kennedy and Johnson in office, was looking the other way while black people were beaten and killed and denied the opportunity to vote. So black people in the South decided they had to do something by themselves. They boycotted and sat in and picketed and demonstrated, and were beaten and jailed, and some were killed, but their cries for freedom were soon heard all over the nation and around the world, and the President and Congress finally did what they had previously failed to do -- enforce the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. Many people had said: The South will never change. But it did change. It changed because ordinary people organized and took risks and challenged the system and would not give up. That's when democracy came alive.


I want to remind you also that when the war in Vietnam was going on, and young Americans were dying and coming home paralyzed, and our government was bombing the villages of Vietnam -- bombing schools and hospitals and killing ordinary people in huge numbers -- it looked hopeless to try to stop the war. But just as in the Southern movement, people began to protest and soon it caught on. It was a national movement. Soldiers were coming back and denouncing the war, and young people were refusing to join the military, and the war had to end.


The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. The government may try to deceive the people, and the newspapers and television may do the same, but the truth has a way of coming out. The truth has a power greater than a hundred lies. I know you have practical things to do -- to get jobs and get married and have children. You may become prosperous and be considered a success in the way our society defines success, by wealth and standing and prestige. But that is not enough for a good life.


Remember Tolstoy's story, "The Death of Ivan Illych." A man on his deathbed reflects on his life, how he has done everything right, obeyed the rules, become a judge, married, had children, and is looked upon as a success. Yet, in his last hours, he wonders why he feels a failure. After becoming a famous novelist, Tolstoy himself had decided that this was not enough, that he must speak out against the treatment of the Russian peasants, that he must write against war and militarism.


My hope is that whatever you do to make a good life for yourself -- whether you become a teacher, or social worker, or business person, or lawyer, or poet, or scientist -- you will devote part of your life to making this a better world for your children, for all children. My hope is that your generation will demand an end to war, that your generation will do something that has not yet been done in history and wipe out the national boundaries that separate us from other human beings on this earth.


Recently I saw a photo on the front page of the New York Times which I cannot get out of my mind. It showed ordinary Americans sitting on chairs on the southern border of Arizona, facing Mexico. They were holding guns and they were looking for Mexicans who might be trying to cross the border into the United States. This was horrifying to me -- the realization that, in this twenty-first century of what we call "civilization," we have carved up what we claim is one world into two hundred artificially created entities we call "nations" and are ready to kill anyone who crosses a boundary.


Is not nationalism -- that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary, so fierce it leads to murder -- one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred? These ways of thinking, cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on, have been useful to those in power, deadly for those out of power.


Here in the United States, we are brought up to believe that our nation is different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral; that we expand into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy. But if you know some history you know that's not true. If you know some history, you know we massacred Indians on this continent, invaded Mexico, sent armies into Cuba, and the Philippines. We killed huge numbers of people, and we did not bring them democracy or liberty. We did not go into Vietnam to bring democracy; we did not invade Panama to stop the drug trade; we did not invade Afghanistan and Iraq to stop terrorism. Our aims were the aims of all the other empires of world history -- more profit for corporations, more power for politicians.


The poets and artists among us seem to have a clearer understanding of the disease of nationalism. Perhaps the black poets especially are less enthralled with the virtues of American "liberty" and "democracy," their people having enjoyed so little of it. The great African-American poet Langston Hughes addressed his country as follows:


You really haven't been a virgin for so long.

It's ludicrous to keep up the pretext...


You've slept with all the big powers

In military uniforms,

And you've taken the sweet life

Of all the little brown fellows...


Being one of the world's big vampires,

Why don't you come on out and say so

Like Japan, and England, and France,

And all the other nymphomaniacs of power.



I am a veteran of the Second World War. That was considered a "good war," but I have come to the conclusion that war solves no fundamental problems and only leads to more wars. War poisons the minds of soldiers, leads them to kill and torture, and poisons the soul of the nation.


My hope is that your generation will demand that your children be brought up in a world without war. If we want a world in which the people of all countries are brothers and sisters, if the children all over the world are considered as our children, then war -- in which children are always the greatest casualties -- cannot be accepted as a way of solving problems.


I was on the faculty of Spelman College for seven years, from 1956 to 1963. It was a heartwarming time, because the friends we made in those years have remained our friends all these years. My wife Roslyn and I and our two children lived on campus. Sometimes when we went into town, white people would ask: How is it to be living in the black community? It was hard to explain. But we knew this -- that in downtown Atlanta, we felt as if we were in alien territory, and when we came back to the Spelman campus, we felt that we were at home.


Those years at Spelman were the most exciting of my life, the most educational certainly. I learned more from my students than they learned from me. Those were the years of the great movement in the South against racial segregation, and I became involved in that in Atlanta, in Albany, Georgia, in Selma, Alabama, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Greenwood and Itta Bena and Jackson. I learned something about democracy: that it does not come from the government, from on high, it comes from people getting together and struggling for justice. I learned about race. I learned something that any intelligent person realizes at a certain point -- that race is a manufactured thing, an artificial thing, and while race does matter (as Cornel West has written), it only matters because certain people want it to matter, just as nationalism is something artificial. I learned that what really matters is that all of us -- of whatever so-called race and so-called nationality -- are human beings and should cherish one another.


I was lucky to be at Spelman at a time when I could watch a marvelous transformation in my students, who were so polite, so quiet, and then suddenly they were leaving the campus and going into town, and sitting in, and being arrested, and then coming out of jail full of fire and rebellion. You can read all about that in Harry Lefever's book Undaunted by the Fight. One day Marian Wright (now Marian Wright Edelman), who was my student at Spelman, and was one of the first arrested in the Atlanta sit-ins, came to our house on campus to show us a petition she was about to put on the bulletin board of her dormitory. The heading on the petition epitomized the transformation taking place at Spelman College. Marian had written on top of the petition: "Young Ladies Who Can Picket, Please Sign Below."


My hope is that you will not be content just to be successful in the way that our society measures success; that you will not obey the rules, when the rules are unjust; that you will act out the courage that I know is in you. There are wonderful people, black and white, who are models. I don't mean African- Americans like Condoleezza Rice, or Colin Powell, or Clarence Thomas, who have become servants of the rich and powerful. I mean W.E.B. DuBois and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and Marian Wright Edelman, and James Baldwin and Josephine Baker and good white folk, too, who defied the Establishment to work for peace and justice.


Another of my students at Spelman, Alice Walker, who, like Marian, has remained our friend all these years, came from a tenant farmer's family in Eatonton, Georgia, and became a famous writer. In one of her first published poems, she wrote:


    It is true--

    I've always loved

    the daring


    Like the black young


    Who tried

    to crash

    All barriers

    at once,

      wanted to


    At a white

    beach (in Alabama)





I am not suggesting you go that far, but you can help to break down barriers, of race certainly, but also of nationalism; that you do what you can -- you don't have to do something heroic, just something, to join with millions of others who will just do something, because all of those somethings, at certain points in history, come together, and make the world better.


That marvelous African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston, who wouldn't do what white people wanted her to do, who wouldn't do what black people wanted her to do, who insisted on being herself, said that her mother advised her: Leap for the sun -- you may not reach it, but at least you will get off the ground.


By being here today, you are already standing on your toes, ready to leap. My hope for you is a good life.



[This article first appeared on Tomdispatch.com, a weblog of the Nation Institute, which offers a steady flow of alternate sources, news, and opinion from Tom Engelhardt, long time editor in publishing and author of The End of Victory Culture and The Last Days of Publishing.]





from Michael Albert


May 27, 2005


Rachel Corrie: An American Conscience

by Sonia Nettnin


    The late Rachel Corrie (1979 - 2003) was articulate, straightforward and resolute. Her castigation of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian people and the Israeli Government's disregard for the safety of Israelis and Palestinians rang with clarity. Through peace activism she ascertained the facts on the ground. She called it as she saw it.


    The documentary, "Rachel Corrie: An American Conscience," chronicles her humanitarian work with the International Solidarity Movement in Rafah, Gaza Strip, just prior to her murder in March 2003. While Corrie stood in front of a Palestinian home to prevent its demolition, an Israeli soldier in a Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer crushed her.


    Director Yahya Barakat, a professor in the Mass Media and TV Department at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, edited 80 hours of film footage from Gaza, the West Bank and Olympia, Washington for two years. He created a cinematic collage of international voices; people who work for peace and who support the Palestinians in their daily life activities. Through interviews, Barakat presents a collective chastisement of the military occupation, the U.S. and Israeli Governments, as well as U.S. mainstream media.


    In Rafah, a walk to school is a life or death situation for Palestinian children when they encounter Israeli soldiers who shoot at them. Even though 100 international, nonviolent demonstrators, who carried posters and a draping banner, walked alongside the children, soldiers responded with gun shots and tear gas. People ran for their lives.


    In April 2003 the late British peace activist Tom Hurndall (1981-2004) was in Rafah where he escorted several children to school. Gunfire pervaded the streets. Out of fear some of the children stood immobile. Hurndall rescued them. While he guided a girl to safety, Israeli Sergeant Wahid Taysir shot Hurndall in the head. Nine months later, he died. Immediately after the incident his mother, Jocelyn, traveled to Rafah to find out the truth. On June 26, 2005, the soldier will face the court's verdict.


    Corrie made a conscious decision to travel to Rafah and assess the root-causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through interviews with her parents, viewers learn about Rachel.


    When Rachel was ten, she made a list of her future professions. One of them was a humanitarian activist. Her parents, Cindy and Craig, read her stories about the Holocaust. She composed poems and she constructed crafts for her mother. She loved the Pacific Ocean and it bothered her that the Palestinian children of Rafah had no access to beaches when they were steps away from the Mediterranean Sea.


    Her parents' perception of the conflict changed when they read Rachel's writings because they did not see this information in U.S. mainstream media. Internationals expressed their shock and their distress at the violence of the occupation. They talked about the peacefulness and the generosity of the Palestinians.


    Cindy Corrie said her daughter had a gift for acute observations. In front of the camera, Rachel talked off the cuff succinctly. Her command of language and analysis of the conflict resounded with intelligence. She not only had a sharp mind but she had a deep heart. She was a woman of character and valor.


    Barakat uses photo stills to reenact what happened the day she died. The bulldozer treaded the ground and Corrie, in an orange, flack jacket, stood her ground. She would not allow the destruction of a family's home, people she lived with for several weeks. If they no longer had a house, where would they live?


    The Israeli soldier crushed her. Eyewitness accounts concurred that the soldier saw Corrie.


    After the incident, the unknown Israeli soldier smiled and waved to witnesses from the cab of his bulldozer. Yet, he would not step out of the bulldozer and face his unarmed victim.


    The soldier's behavior in front of the camera showed his humanity fell to the wayside. The first, Israeli fact-finding report about Corrie's death was not mealy-mouthed but an outright lie because it stated the bulldozer never touched her. The film shows footage from the cab of the bulldozer and the soldier says: "Dobby to two, I hit an object," (military terminology for a person). The fact the soldier never came forward publicly demonstrated he learned nothing from his crime because he did not take onus for his actions. While his family, friends and military comrades remain silent, they share the responsibility of this unresolved, heinous crime.


    Activists mourned Corrie's death and they brought carnations to the site. Many speakers emphasized the thousands of Palestinians who died at the hands of Israeli soldiers. While in Hebron, footage shows Israeli soldiers dragged a Palestinian man by his arms and legs and then they banged his face into the ground until he was unconsciousness. Settlers from New York walked the streets with semi-automatic weapons.


    Subsequent to the footage are interviews with peace activists, including Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor who believes the persecuted became the persecutors. She recalled a soldier at the Qalandiya checkpoint who told her if she traveled to Ramallah the Palestinians would cut her in half. One settler said he wants peace, so the Palestinians throughout the West Bank should move to Jordan and Tunis. His asinine remarks are not uncommon.


    American actor Richard Gere expressed that U.S. citizens, who live in a democracy, should educate themselves, and they should tell the U.S. Government to behave responsibly. He confessed it was heart wrenching "…to see what is happening in this part of the world."


    Although the film gives voice to Palestinian doctors and counselors, it lacks the voice of the average Palestinian. Perhaps the director's vision was to gain international support and attention through international speakers, but hearing from the victim's families would illustrate the effects of the occupation's oppression.


    Through these tragedies, Barakat explores the meaning of conscience and how people apply it to their lives. The film has the philosophy that some people commit wrong and some people respond to it with nonviolent resistance. In the end, the viewer is left to decide whether s/he stands by idly with indifference, or s/he stands for the Palestinians' human rights. It encourages people to think about the soldiers and the settlers who kill Palestinians in cold bold and then live freely. How many Palestinian families lost a loved one and then live with the injustice that the murderer remains unpunished? When will the world show they value Palestinian life just as much as Israeli life? Before there can be peace, these inequalities need resolution.


    These questions demonstrate that the film has several interpretations and it addresses the conflict from different perspectives. Moreover, it struck different chords with several audience members. During the screening, some people walked out mumbling comments and it sounded like their beliefs did not concur with what they saw and the views expressed in the film.


    For the people who stayed they found out that Barakat's film was the first documentary screened at the United Nations. His film is under the UN's consideration as the 2005 Peace Film. If selected, it will have European screenings on November 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Someone dubbed his film the Palestinian Fahrenheit 911. Overall, it ignites an array of feelings from people who stand on all sides of the conflict.


    When I asked Barakat why he chose Corrie as the focal point for his film, he said there were three reasons: one, eyewitnesses say it was not an accident; two, when he followed the story in the U.S. they did not talk about Corrie; and three, the American media did not cover her to the extent they cover missing, American children and murders.


    "It make me feel inside I must do something for this girl," he said.


    Rachel Corrie's memory lives on.





from Jo Wilding

May 27, 2005





Baghdad Student Congress

by Houzan Mahmoud



I thought this message below might interest some people, even if you're not able to contribute. I wouldn't advise trying to go to Iraq at the moment to attend though, but if any student groups wanted to send messages of support, I'm sure they'd be welcome. Houzan's e-mail address is at the very bottom, and I think she can forward things.


From a student uprising in Basra,

to a student congress in Baghdad

to create a progressive student

organization in Iraq





    Appeal to all organizations and individuals for financial and political support

for the first student congress in Iraq since the US-led invasion!



    Dear friends and supporters of the student movement in Iraq,


    The first student congress since the US-led invasion will be held in Iraq on June 15th, 2005. Student committees set up in December last year have been working hard under extremely dangerous conditions to organize students and create a progressive student organization to defend the rights and freedoms of young people in Iraq.


    The March student uprising against repression by Moqtada al-Sadr's Basra militia has made the need for a national student organization clear. Currently Islamist political groups are enforcing the Islamisation of Iraqi society, with a direct effect on every campus and school. In many parts of Iraq, female students are being forced to wear the veil, while in others male and female students are being segregated. Armed Islamist militias have attacked students and interfere in the university campuses.


    Students across Iraq have united to actively resisting these human rights violations. As a result, students from Baghdad, Kirkuk, Basra, Sulamaniya, Mosul and Arbil will attend the first student congress in Baghdad due on 15th June.


    The congress agenda will include students' role in Iraq's ongoing political crisis, human rights, education and the struggle against privatization, as well as an exhibition of documents and photos from the Basra uprising against al-Sadr's thugs. There will also be a session for resolutions and the election of national representations.


    Above all, the congress needs financial support. We face a bill of something like £12,000 for hall rental, accommodation, transport of students from outside Baghdad, food, literature and of course security provision. Your financial support is crucial to making this student congress happen.


    Please send donations to:





    The transfer can be done through WESTERN UNION money transfer institution, in the name of: Adil Salih, Coordinator of Students' Committee in Baghdad


    Yours in solidarity,

   Houzan Mahmoud


On behalf of the campaign to support students in Basra against Islamic repression.

For more information: (0044) 7956 883 001 or houzan73@yahoo.co.uk




from Fred Lonidier

25 May 2005





SWARM the Minutemen - May 27th to May 29th (2005)



[English] followed by [Spanish]

We invite people from all over the world who oppose racist violence to

join the Electronic Disturbance Theatre action on May 27th, 28th and

29th, 2005 to engage in a virtual sit-in on the MinuteMen website during

their "Unite to Fight" Summit.


Read on for the Electronic Disturbance Theatre call to action.


"Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.

I lift my lamp beside the golden door."


-  "The New Colossus," by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma

Lazarus inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.



Dear sisters and brothers,


Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) in solidarity with Swarm The

MinuteMen action will hold a 3 Day Virtual Sit-In starting on May 27th

to May 29th (2005) on the MinuteMen Project. We call on all you to join

us and let the MinuteMen Project know that hard borders are alien in an

age of global interdependence and to the ideals of liberty as a ìgolden

doorî that is open to all. An ideal that so many have died trying to reach.


To Join The Virtual Sit-In On Starting on May 27th Click:



Why we must swarm the MinuteMen:


For Víctor Nicolás Sánchez, Adolfo Pérez Hernández, Daniel Barrientos,

Santos Orozco Aguilar, Raúl Hernández Soria, Sandra Edna Durán, Jesús

Medina Contreras, Edgar Venegas Brambila, José Gutiérrez, Melquíades

Gómez Baca, Martha Rivera



Myth Number 1: Immigrants take jobs away from Americans.

Myth Number 2: Most immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy or treasury

Myth Number 3: America is being overrun by immigrants.

Myth Number 4: Immigrants arenít really interested in becoming part of

American society.

Myth Number 5: Immigrants contribute little to American society.


Facts to dispel to these myths from the American Immigration Lawyers

Association: http://www.aila.org/contentViewer.aspx?bc=17,142


We call on you sisters and brothers from all over the world who oppose

the MinuteMen Project and in the name of the 3,500 women, men and

children who have died crossing into ìThe Land of Libertyî since 1994 to

join the Electronic Disturbance Theatre action on May 27th, 28th and

29th, 2005 to engage in a Virtual Sit-In on the MinuteMen website during

their "Unite to Fight" Summit.


Who are the MinuteMen:


The MinuteMen are a non-governmental group of people vowing to patrol

the US/Mexico border with guns in order to stop migrant people from

crossing the border. They represent an intensification of the trend of

violence towards migrant people and people of color that has increased

since 9/11/2001. While they claim that they are not violent, their very

use and display of deadly weapons is a violent act in itself. How can

guns be used to detain people without being violent? Already there have

been numerous reports of people being forced to lie on the ground by the

MinuteMen and being forced to have their pictures taken with MinuteMen

volunteers, recalling Abu Ghraib style dehumanization.


SWARM the MinuteMen Group Statement:




While the MinuteMen publicly claim to be non-violent, we here at SWARM

know a different face of the MinuteMen. We've received numerous death

threats and threats of violence filled with racial slurs. We plan to

publicly release these soon to let everyone know the exact kind of

hatred the MinuteMen are acting as a lightning rod for, attracting it

and focusing it towards migrant people.


Just as important though, the MinuteMen are a clear result of the

violent, us-versus-them mentality promoted by the Bush administration.


We are intervening into and dancing with the communication systems of

the MinuteMen because along with the physical violence they are

creating, they are extremely conscious of the violent power their

messages have and they had any measure of success thanks to the

complicity the corporate media. Their communications are a critical part

of their mission to send a message to legislators that more

militarization of the border is necessary. Their images and words can't

be separated from the violence of their guns, and both must be stopped.


We refuse to support the United States government's attempts to find a

scapegoat to blame this country's problems on while it bankrupts our

social services, wages wars on the world, sends our brothers, sisters,

friends and neighbors to die and profits off of the whole plan. Who

stands to profit from a more militarized border? Will the same

corporations that made billions in government contracts off of the war

in Iraq like Halliburton and CACI be the same ones to profit from the

war on the border?


We must stand together now to say that this country is made up of

millions of people of many different ethnicities and cultures and that

is due to migration. Migrant people have human rights, regardless of the

government's and the racist's attempts to deny that fact. Until the

United States has a sane immigration policy that allows people to move

as freely as capital and goods do, we will continue to struggle.


Why should you join the Virtual Sit-In On May 27th 2005:


For Benito González Cruz, Benito González Serrano, Javier Rojas

Bracamonte, Juan José Romo Zetina, José Luis Garza, Roberto Acegueda

López, Román Robles Rojas, Reynaldo González Corona and the thousands of

other people who have been murdered for simply trying to cross the

border into what is now the United States and which was once Mexico.




For any questions on the Electronic Disturbance Theaterís action in

solidarity with SWARM the MinuteMen contact


Ricardo Dominguez (co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theater) at



Electronic Disturbance Theater



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Invitamos gente desde todo el mundo quien estan contra la violencia

racista a una el accion de Electronic Disturbance Theatre en el 27, 28 y

29 de Mayo, 2005 para un "virtual sit-in" el el sitio de web de los

MinuteMen durante sus conferencia de "Unate para Pelear".


Leer la llamada de accion de Electronic Disturbance Theatre:


Dadme vuestros exhaustos, vuestros pobres,


Vuestras muchedumbres que ansían respirar en libertad,


Los miserables deshechos de vuestras rebosantes orillas.


Mandadlos a todos, a los desamparados, encomendédmelos a .


Que yo levanto mi antorcha junto a la puerta dorada


 "The New Colossus," de Emma Lazarus, poetisa norteamericana del siglo

XIX, inscrito en una placa en la base de la Estatua de la Libertad.


Queridos hermanas y hermanos,


 Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), en solidaridad con la acción

Swarm The MinuteMen, realizar· una sentada virtual de 3 días los

próximos 27 al 29 de mayo (2005) contra el sitio de MinuteMen Project.

Convocamos a todos los interesados a unirse a nosotros para hacer saber

al MinuteMen Project que las fronteras infranqueables no pertenecen a la

era de la interdependencia global, ni a los ideales de libertad vista

como "puerta dorada" que esté abierta a todos. Un ideal por cuya

consecución muchos han muerto.


 Para unirse a la sentada virtual que comienza el 27 de mayo, clicar aquÌ:




Por qué debemos bloquear MinuteMen:


 Por Víctor Nicolás Sánchez, Adolfo Pérez Hernández, Daniel Barrientos,

Santos Orozco Aguilar, Raúl Hernández Soria, Sandra Edna Durán, Jesús Medina

Contreras, Edgar Venegas Brambila, Josße Gutiérrez, Melquíades Gómez

Baca, Martha Rivera García...


Mito N†1: Los inmigrantes quitan los puestos de trabajo a los


Mito N†2: Tantos inmigrantes consumen la economía de los Estados Unidos

Mito N†3: Estados Unidos esté saturado de inmigrantes

Mito N†4: Los inmigrantes no están interesados de verdad en formar parte

de la sociedad estadounidense

Mito N†5: Los inmigrantes apenas contribuyen a la sociedad estadounidense


 -American Immigration Lawyers Association, leí aqui para ver porque

esos Mitos no estan verdad:




Convocamos a todos los hermanos y hermanas del mundo que se oponen al

Proyecto MinuteMen, y en nombre de los 3500 hombres, mujeres y niños que

han muerto, desde 1994, tratando de alcanzar "La Tierra de la Libertad",

a que os un·is a la acción del Electronic Disturbance Theatre los días

27, 28 y 29 de mayo de 2005, realizando una sentada virtual al web site

del proyecto MinuteMen durante la convocatoria "Unite to Fight"


QuiÈnes son MinuteMen:


 MinuteMen es un grupo no gubernamental cuyos miembros patrullan armados

la frontera México/Estados Unidos impidiendo el paso de inmigrantes.

Representan la intensificación de reacciones violentas contra los

inmigrantes y la gente de color que se ha producido despuís del 11 de

septiembre de 2001. Aunque proclaman no ser violentos, el mero hecho de

llevar y exhibir armas es un acto violento en mismo. Cómo no va a ser

violento detener a la gente a punta de pistola?  De hecho se han

reportado numerosos casos de personas obligadas por los miembros de

MinuteMen a tumbarse en el  suelo y a ser fotografiadas por los

voluntarios de MinuteMen, en el m·s puro estilo deshumanizante de Abu



Informe de SWARM:




 Mientras MinuteMen proclama públicamente no ser violentos, nosotros en

SWARM conocemos su otra cara. Hemos recibido numerosas amenazas de

muerte y amenazas de violencia llenas de insultos racistas. Pensamos

publicar en breve estas amenazas para que todo el mundo sepa exactamente

cunto odio est·n generando, atrayendo y difundiendo en  MinuteMen

contra los inmigrantes.


Aunque sÛlo sea por eso, MinuteMen son el claro resultado de la

mentalidad violenta, de "nosotros -contra-ellos", que promueve la

administraciÛn Bush.


 Vamos a intervenir en los sistemas de comunicación de MinuteMen porque

además de la violencia fúsica que realizan, son extremadamente

conscientes del violento poder de sus mensajes, y saben hasta qué punto

tienen éxito gracias a la complicidad de los medios corporativos. Sus

comunicaciones son una parte crítica de su misión, el mensaje que envían

a los legisladores reclamando la necesidad de militarizar las fronteras.

No se pueden separar sus imágenes y sus palabras de la violencia de sus

armas de fuego, y ambas deben detenerse.


Nos negamos a apoyar los intentos del gobierno de los Estados Unidos de

encontrar un chivo expiatorio al que culpar de los problemas de este

país  mientras lleva a la bancarrota nuestros servicios sociales,

emprende guerras por el mundo, envía a nuestros hermanos, hermanas,

amigos y vecinos a morir y se beneficia del plan al completo. ¿Quián

obtiene provecho de militarizar las fronteras? ¿Serán las mismas

corporaciones que obtienen billones en contratos con el gobierno gracias

a la guerra en Irak, como Halliburton y CACI.


Ahora debemos permanecer unidos para proclamar que este país se compone

de millones de personas de distintas etnias y culturas y que ello es

gracias a la inmigración. Los inmigrantes tienen derechos humanos, sean

cuales sean los del gobierno y los intentos racistas por negarlo. Hasta

que los Estados Unidos tengan una política de inmigración sana que

permita la movilidad de las personas igual que permite el libre

movimiento de bienes y capital, continuaremos luchando.


Por quÈ deberÌas unirte a la sentada virtual del 27 de mayo de 2005?


 Por Benito Gonz·lez Cruz, Benito González Serrano, Javier Rojas

Bracamonte, Juan José Romo Zetina, José Luis Garza, Roberto Acegueda LÛpez,

Rom·n Robles  Rojas, Reynaldo González Coronav y los miles de personas

que han

sido asesinados  por intentar cruzar la frontera de lo que ahora son los

Estados Unidos, pero que antes fue México.



Para cualquier pregunta sobre la acción del Electronic Disturbance

Theatre en solidaridad con SWARM the MinuteMen contacta con:

Ricardo Dominguez (cofundador del  Electronic Disturbance Theater) a

travÈs del e-amil:  rdom@thing.net <mailto:rdom@thing.net>


 Electronic Disturbance Theater




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