Bulletin N° 204
Subject : ON DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN EXISTENCE : FROM THE CENTER FOR THE ADVANCED STUDY OF AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS,
22 October 2005
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The "enemies of democracy" seem to be turning to the defensive at this moment in
From Information Clearing House, Tom Feeley (no relation) of Boston, Massachusetts warned recently the "Police State Is Closer Than You Think", and he sent a series of pithy quotes which may remind some of us of gestalt therapy techniques used against the pathogenic obsessions bred by capitalist accumulation in the 1970s.
For example :
"I wouldn't call it
fascism exactly, but a political
controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are
manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that
dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can
hardly be described as democracy either."
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism
because it is the merger of state and corporate power."
-- Benito Mussolini
"Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Item A. is an article
Item B. is an article forwarded to us by our research associate Professor John Gerassi, at
Item C. is from
Item D., an article from John Pilger, reminds us of the heritage of modern imperialism and the contemporary history of men acting like "demi-gods," determining life-or-death for millions of people according short-term economic interests or simply by caprice.
Item E. is an article forwarded to us from Professor Richard Du Boff, who warns of a "double standard" which has effectively disarmed the American nation for many, many years and today risks to annihilate the world by "the use of nuclear weapons to deter terrorists."
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Université Stendhal-Grenoble III
from Jean-Pierre Juy
18 septembre 2005
J'ai trouvé un article que je trouve bien intéressant sur le ""split AFL-CIO". Il est en attaché. Il fait suite à ton dernier bulletin.
Tu peux le trouver sur WWW.marxist.com
AFTER the Split of AFL-CIO.doc
from John Gerassi
22 October 2005
Subject: Gag order lifted on Canadian torture charges against Bush.
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005
Light at the end of the tunnel?
I hope so.
Gag Order Lifted on
Canadian Torture Charges Against
Vancouver B.C. –
Against the War (LAW) has achieved what it is calling a "very important
victory" in its battle to have George W. Bush face criminal charges in
Canada for torture.
The charges stem from the notorious cases of torture carried out by
The charges were laid under sections of the Canadian Criminal Code enacted pursuant to the United Nations Torture Convention, which requires extra-territorial jurisdiction to be exercised against officials, even Heads of State, who authorize or oversee torture.
On Monday, the Supreme Court of British Columbia quashed an order banning publication of everything having to do with the case. In a secret hearing held December 6th
The secrecy, the immunity claim and the ban were vigorously opposed by LAW, who appealed all aspects of the decision.
On Monday, Justice Deborah Satanove of the Supreme Court of British Columbia quashed the publication ban after government lawyers failed to come up with any argument to defend it. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Associatio had intervened on the side of LAW against the ban.
“This is a very important victory”, said Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson, who laid the charges for LAW, “because it ensures that the proceedings will be scrutinized by people in Canada and throughout the world, to make sure that the law is applied fairly and properly and, above all, to make sure that Bush doesn’t get away with torture.”
“The American legal system seems incapable of bringing him to justice and there are no international courts with jurisdiction. So it’s up to
The next hearing in the case will take place on November 25th 2005, at 10:00 a.m. at the B.C. Supreme Court,
Lawyers Against the War is an international group of jurists based in
Tel : 416 736-5039
Fax : 416-736-5736
Tel: 604 738 0338
Fax: 604 736 1175
from Karin Busch
24 septembre 2005
Ci-jointe une info sur les société américaines en Chilé.
15 October 2005
ZNet | Foreign Policy
Suharto to Iraq,
Nothing has Changed
by John Pilger
propagandist’s purpose,” wrote Aldous Huxley, “is to make one set of
forget that certain other sets of people are human.” The British, who
modern war propaganda and inspired Joseph Goebbels, were specialists in
field. At the height of the slaughter known as the First World War, the
minister, David Lloyd George, confided to C P Scott, editor of the
Guardian: “If people really knew [the truth], the war would be stopped
tomorrow. But of course they don’t know, and can’t know.” What has
“If we had all known then what we know now,” said the New York Times on 24 August, “the invasion [of
This remains largely an unspoken shame in
When will important journalists cease to be establishment managers and analyse and confront the critical part they play in the violence of rapacious governments? An anniversary provides an opportunity. Forty years ago this month, Major General Suharto began a seizure of power in Indonesia by unleashing a wave of killings that the CIA described as “the worst mass murders of the second half of the 20th century”. Much of this episode was never reported and remains secret. None of the reports of recent terror attacks against tourists in Bali mentioned the fact that near the major hotels were the mass graves of some of an estimated 80,000 people killed by mobs orchestrated by Suharto and backed by the American and British governments.
Indeed, the collaboration of western governments, together with the role of western business, laid the pattern for subsequent Anglo-American violence across the world: such as Chile in 1973, when Augusto Pinochet’s bloody coup was backed in Washington and London; the arming of the shah of Iran and the creation of his secret police; and the lavish and meticulous backing of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, including black propaganda by the Foreign Office which sought to discredit press reports that he had used nerve gas against the Kurdish village of Halabja.
The Americans worked closely with the British. The British ambassador in
The IRD was a top-secret, cold war propaganda unit headed by Norman Reddaway, one of Her Majesty’s most experienced liars. Reddaway and his colleagues manipulated the “embedded” press and the BBC so expertly that he boasted to Gilchrist in a secret message that the fake story he had promoted – that a communist takeover was imminent in
The bloodbath was ignored almost entirely by the BBC and the rest of the western media. The headline news was that “communism” had been overthrown in
Suharto’s cut was considerable. When he was finally overthrown in 1998, it was estimated that he had up to $10bn in foreign banks, or more than 10 per cent of
Since the invasion of
from Richard Du Boff
11 September 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Pentagon planning document
updated to reflect the doctrine of pre-emption declared by President
2002 envisions the use of nuclear weapons to deter terrorists from
weapons of mass destruction against the United States or its allies.
The "Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations,'' which was last updated 10 years ago, makes clear that "the decision to employ nuclear weapons at any level requires explicit orders from the president.'' But it says that in a changing environment "terrorists or regional states armed with WMD will likely test U.S. security commitments to its allies and friends.''
"In response, the U.S. needs a range of capabilities to assure friend and foe alike of its resolve,'' says the 69-page document dated March 15.
A Pentagon spokesman said Saturday evening that Navy Cmdr. Dawn Cutler, a public affairs officer for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has issued a statement saying the draft is still being circulated among the various services, field commanders, Pentagon lawyers and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office, .
Its existence was initially reported by The Washington Post in Sunday editions, which said the document was posted on a Pentagon Internet site and pointed out to it by a consultant for the Natural Resorces Defense Council. The file was not available at that site Saturday evening, but a copy was available at www.globalsecurity.org.
"A broader array of capability is needed to dissuade states from undertaking ... courses of action that would threaten
It says "deterrence of potential adversary WMD use requires the potential adversary leadership to believe the United States has both the ability and will to pre-empt or retaliate promptly with responses that are credible and effective.''
It says "this will be particularly difficult with nonstate (non-government) actors who employ or attempt to gain use of WMD. Here, deterrence may be directed at states that support their efforts as well as the terrorist organization itself. However, the continuing proliferation of WMD along with the means to deliver them increases the probability that someday a state/nonstate actor nation/terrorist may, through miscaluation or by deliberate choice, use those weapons. In such cases, deterrence, even based on the threat of massive destruction, may fail and the United States must be prepared to use nuclear weapons if necessary.''
It notes that
One scenario for a possible nuclear pre-emptive strike in the draft would be in the case of an "imminent attack from adversary biological weapons that only effects from nuclear weapons can safely destroy.''
The Bush administration is continuing to push for development of an earth-penetrating nuclear warhead, but has yet to obtain congressional approval. However, the Senate voted in July to revive the "bunker-buster'' program that Congress last year decided to kill.
Administration officials have maintained that the
But opponents said that its benefits are questionable and that such a warhead would cause extensive radiation fallout above ground killing thousands of people. And they say it may make it easier for a future president to decide to use the nuclear option instead of a conventional weapon.
The Senate voted 53-43 to include $4 million for research into the feasibility of a bunker-buster nuclear warhead. Earlier this year, the House refused to provide the money, so a final decision will have to be worked out between the two chambers.
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Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Université de Grenoble-3