Bulletin N° 90


7 September 2003
Grenoble, France

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Among our recent mail are several articles related to the continued U.S.-supported violence in the Middle East (items A. & B.), which were forwarded to us by our research associate, Professor Ed Herman (University of Pennsylvania). Another article, sent to us by Professor John Gerassi (Queens College, NYC), concerns the popular dissident culture alive and well within the U.S. (Please see item C. below.)

Furthermore, the important question of the relationship between Zionism and Anti-Semitism, we recently were informed, is being studied by several important scholars in American universities, including Professor Bertell Ollman at NYU. We look forward to sharing this discussion with our readers in the near future.

Meanwhile, we highly recommend the carefully researched history of Zionism during the Second World War by Leni Brenner:  Zionism in the Age of Dictators. Chapters from this book are available on the internet : http://www.marxists.de/middleast/brenner/ .

In addition, we refer readers to an interesting article on the function of American "philanthropy," and specifically the historic ties between the George Soros and the CIA. The relentless privitization drive of the 1980s in Eastern Europe seems to have had an important government sponsor. . . . (See CEIMSA web site article No. 16, "George Soros, Imperial Wizard", at:

And, as usual, we encourage contributions to these discussions from our readers.

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Grenoble, France

from Ed Herman
Sun, 24 Aug 2003 15:35:56 -0400 (EDT)

Israeli army to demolish Rachel Corrie Peace Center
by Jason

The Rachel Corrie Peace Center in East Jerusalem is faced with the same
fate that befell its namesake âEUR" to be crushed under the wheels of a
bulldozer. You can help.

Dear Friends,
The Labor Art and Mural Project's delegation to Palestine/Israel is facing
a grave challenge: This morning, four cars of Israeli authorities - the
IDF, the Civil Administration, and the police department arrived at the
work camp in East Jerusalem where LaMP activists are helping to construct a
peace center in memory of Rachel Corrie. The authorities issued a 'stop
work' order and confiscated building materials. They also announced that
the building and mural - both scheduled for completion on Thursday - would
shortly be demolished.

Israeli and Palestinian activists are massing to spend the night in the
building, or arranging to be at the site at 4:30 tomorrow morning in an
attempt to stall or prevent the demolition. Some activists will carry out
civil disobedience. Your messages of protest are crucial as well.

The building, called the Beit Arabia Peace Center, is the project of the
Israeli Committee against House Demolitions. As an act of resistance to the
occupation, ICAHD is holding a work camp to rebuild on the site of the home
of Arabia and Salim Shawamreh of Anata. The Israeli authorities have
demolished the Shawamreh home four times. In addition to memorializing
Rachel Corrie, the center will memorialize the death of Nuha Makadma
Sweidan, a pregnant Palestinian woman killed in Gaza in March 2003 when an
Israeli bulldozer demolished her home on top of her. The center will house
a permanent exhibit of the ongoing tragedy of house demolitions, and will
also serve as a center for educational activities, study tours, activist
events and peace-building between Palestinians and Israelis. It is
poignantly located across a valley from a new Israeli police and
interrogation center.

The mural being painted by U.S. labor muralist Mike Alewitz is anchored by
an image of broken bulldozers and war equipment. In the sky float images of
Corrie and Sweidan. A railroad track runs to the horizon, reminding viewers
of the collective dreams of radical Jewish and Arab unionists in the
mandate period who fought for joint organizing of the Haifa rail workshops.

It is this kind of vision - of Jews and Arabs fighting for socialist future
where the interests of working people will be central - that the Israeli
authorities hope to bury in their escalating demolitions of rebuilt houses
and structures.

Please protest this outrage by contacting the U.S. State Department, your
representatives in the Senate and Congress, and the U.S. Consulate General,
Jerusalem, at 18 Agron Road, Jerusalem 94190 / 27 Nablus Road, Jerusalem
94190;PHONE: 972-2-6227230 /972-2-6253288;FAX: 972-2-6259270.

The following Israeli authorities should hear your protest as well:
Coordinator of Activities in Judea and Samaria
General Yaakov Orr
Ministry of Defense
Ha-Kirya Tel Aviv, Israel
Phone: 972-3-697-5351
Fax: 972-3-697-6306;
Mr. Shlomo Dror
Mobile: 972 2 50-398-652

ADC Press Release:
White House Resorts to Recess Appointment of Pipes,
Record of Bigotry Precludes Senate Confirmation
Washington D.C.
August 22, 2003

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) reiterated its view
that Daniel Pipes, who was reported to received a recess appointment from
the White House today, is an inappropriate figure to serve on the Board of
Directors of the United States Institute of Peace because of his long
record of bigotry. On July 23, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and
Pensions Committee declined to approve Pipes' nomination to the USIP Board,
postponing its vote indefinitely after several senators raised concerns
regarding his career of promoting fear and hatred. A broad coalition of
organizations, including Arab-American, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and
Interfaith groups oppose the nomination on the grounds that Pipes is unfit
to serve the US Institute for Peace in any capacity. Today's recess
appointment means not
only that the White House was forced to resort to measures which circumvent
the normal Senate confirmation process, but also that Daniel Pipes will
serve for only 18 months on the Board as opposed to the usual
four-year term.

ADC President Mary Rose Oakar said, "Although Mr. Pipes will now serve on
this Board for 18 months, in no way does this constitute a defeat of our
campaign against his nomination. It is clear that the White House felt
that this man was never going to be confirmed by the Senate because of his
bigoted and extremist views. So today, they resorted to this extraordinary
maneuver which bypasses the role of the Senate entirely." Former
Congresswoman Oakar continued, "The Senators who had the courage to stand
against this unacceptable nomination, including Minority Leader Kennedy,
are to be congratulated for their principal stance which
compelled the Administration to circumvent the normal democratic processes
in order to install Mr. Pipes." She concluded, "All of us who opposed this
nomination can be proud of the fact that the Administration had to resort
to a recess appointment. Our point was made loudly and clearly, and was
heard and understood in the Senate, if not in the White House. I want to
thank the thousands of our members and supporters who made telephone calls,
and sent faxes and emails, in this campaign."

ADC pointed out that, although Pipes will now serve on the USIP Board, the
campaign against his nomination produced many important achievements:
         . Due to the publicity given to Pipes' history of promoting hatred and
            violence, he was unable to win confirmation by the Senate
         · The refusal of the Senate to confirm Pipes clearly demonstrates
            that his views lie well outside mainstream American discourse which
            values tolerance and equality;
         · Opposition to the Pipes nomination was not restricted to the
            Arab-American and American Muslim communities, but was expressed
            by key congressional figures including Senators Kennedy, Dodd,
            Harkin and Jeffords, by a very broad coalition of peace and justice
            and religious organizations, and by major newspapers including the
            Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
         .  Because of the campaign, which made today's recess appointment
             necessary, Pipes will serve less than half the normal tenure on the USIP

Reuters Cameraman Killed For Filming U.S., Graves, Brother Says :
Mazen found U.S. troops covered in plastic bags in remote desert areas and
he filmed them
for a TV programIslamOnline.net 8-19-2003
By Awad al-Ragoub, IOL Correspondent
AL-KHALIL, West Bank, August 19

The brother of Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana said he was deliberately
murdered for discovering mass graves of U.S. troops killed in Iraqi
resistance attacks. "The U.S. troops killed my brother in cold blood,"
Nazmi Dana told IslamOnline.net in exclusive statements. "The U.S.
occupation troops shot dead my brother on purpose, although he was wearing
his press badge, which was also emblazoned on the car he was driving," he
said. He also recalled that his brother had obtained a prior permit from
the U.S. occupation authorities in Iraq to film in the site.

On Sunday, August 17, U.S. troops shot dead the award- winning Reuters
cameraman while he was filming near the U.S.-run Abu Gharib prison in
Baghdad. His last pictures show a U.S. tank driving toward him
outside the prison walls, several shots ring out from the tank and the
camera falls to the ground.
Mass Grave "Mazen told me by phone few days before his death that he
discovered a mass grave dug by U.S. troops to conceal the bodies of their
fellow comrades killed in Iraqi resistance attacks," Nazmi said.
"He also told me that he found U.S. troops covered in plastic bags in
remote desert areas and he filmed them for a TV program. We are pretty sure
that the American forces had killed Mazen knowingly to prevent him from
airing his finding."

Nazmi said that the U.S. occupation troops were slowing down the transfer
of his brother's body to his hometown city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) in the
West Bank. "At the very beginning, the Americans refused to
transfer his body outside Iraq. After Reuters intervened they offered to
allow us to take the body to
Jordan by road but we refused because of the state of  insecurity in Iraq,"
he said. "Thanks to Reuters international and diplomatic contacts, the U.S.
troops reluctantly agreed to transfer the body on an army plane to Kuwait.
 From there, the body will be flown to Jordan and finally Palestine to be
aid to rest," added the grieved brother.

Last Mission Mazen's wife, Umm Hamza, did not rule out that the U.S. troops
targeted her husband personally, noting they had agreed to give him a
permit to film Abu Gharib prison and then he was directly shot dead by two
U.S. tanks. Resolved as she was, Umm Hamza said the death of her
husband came as a bombshell, especially that she expected him to be killed
while covering the
developments in Palestine for his bravery and rare heroism. "Filming Abu
Gharib was his last mission; he was scheduled to leave Baghdad after
getting the job done. "I lost the dearest man to my heart, he was caring
and  was loved by all his friends and relatives," she lamented.

Settlers' Enemy Palestinian journalists hold a mock funeral for Mazen
Mazen's camera was the Israeli settlers' archenemy, given that he exposed
to the entire world their terrorism against the Palestinians and their
wildcat outposts sprawling in four Al-Khalil posts.

His death cast a pall of sadness over the Palestinian territories and
reporters, who mourned him as "a
matchless colleague." All international and local news agencies sent cables
of condolences to his family, lauding his patriotism and determination to
uncover the truth wherever it was. The Palestinian information ministry and
press syndicate issued two separate statements, condemning the attack on
Mazen and the continued targeting of journalists.

The two statements demanded the U.S. to show some respect for human beings,
particularly reporters,
pointing out that Mazen was a distinguished journalist who did his best to
serve his country and cause.
The ministry further urged all Arab and international press unions "to open
a probe into this crime and
expose to the entire world the murderers who have blood on their hands and
put them on trial."

Colleagues Mourn.
Furthermore, dozens of Palestinian journalists protested on Tuesday morning
in Al-Khalil at the
killing of Mazen. The marchers put on a peaceful demonstration from the
House of the Palestinian Press established by the deceased and other
journalists. In Bethlehem, journalists also held a mock funeral for
Mazen, denouncing the U.S. occupation of Iraq and displaying placards
condemning his "assassination."
A U.S. military inquiry has recently exonerated an American tank crew for
firing on a Baghdad hotel
housing journalists, killing two foreign reporters an wounded three others.


Zsa Zsa Saddam and an Elvis Hussein make Tikrit debuts in poster campaign
By Luke Baker, Tikrit, Iraq,
 From The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Monday, August 18, 2003

The familiar-looking Iraqi strongman has his head tossed back, tipped
cigarette dangling coquettishly
between his delicate fingers. Meet Zsa Zsa Saddam, the U.S. military's
latest ploy in the four-month hunt for
Iraq's fugitive ex-president.

In a campaign set to begin today, the U.S. forces will be putting up
posters around Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit showing the dictator's
face superimposed on Hollywood heroines and other stars in an attempt to
enrage his followers and draw them out into the open.

As well as the slinky Zsa Zsa Gabor,there is Mr. Hussein as a busty Rita
Hayworth, as a grooving Elvis
Presley and as British-born rocker Billy Idol. "We're going to do something
devious with these," said
a chuckling Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Russell, checking out a range of the
spoofs which first appeared on the
Web site www.worth1000.com .

"Most of the locals will love 'em and they'll be laughing. But the bad guys
are going to get upset,
which will make it easier to know who they are," he said. Col. Russell
hopes to have the posters slapped up on walls around Tikrit today, part of
a game of cat-and- mouse his unit is playing with the ex-dictator's
loyalists in the Tikrit area. Apparently intimidated by the heavy U.S.
military presence around town, more and more guerillas are stashing their
weapons and keeping a low profile, U.S. commanders say. U.S. forces are
trying to flush them out and hunt them while they can. One tactic that Col.
Russell and his unit employ is
offering themselves up as bait. Humvees packed with soldiers will drive up
and down what has been dubbed RPG Alley to try to attract fire from
insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles.
While that has had some success, Col. Russell is now turning to the poster
campaign to see whether he can
taunt Hussein loyalists into showing their colours. Sergeant David Cade, a
specialist in army psychological
operations, said the campaign will probably be "mostly good for troop
morale, but if we can put these posters
up in Tikrit and the enemy can't take them down, then at least it shows who
owns the streets." The posters, however, make stoke fury among Iraqis who
don't like the idea of Mr. Hussein's head on a dancing
Elvis body, a gold crucifix hanging around his hairy chest. "Maybe it's
funny for the soldiers, but I think most
locals will find it very insulting," said Uday, a 22- year-old working as a
translator at the U.S. military
base in Tikrit.


Attack underlines America's crumbling authority and shows it can guarantee
the safety of no one
Robert Fisk
Independent (UK)
20 August 2003

What UN member would ever contemplate sending peace- keeping troops to Iraq
now? The men who are attacking America's occupation army are ruthless, but
they are not stupid. They know that President George Bush is getting
desperate, that he will do anything - that he may even go to the dreaded
Security Council for help - to reduce US military losses in Iraq. But
yesterday's attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad has slammed shut the
door to that escape route. Within hours of the explosion, we were being
told that
this was an attack on a "soft target", a blow against the UN itself. True,
it was a "soft" target, although
the machine-gun nest on the roof of the UN building might have suggested
that even the international body
was militarising itself. True, too, it was a shattering assault on the UN
as an institution. But in reality,
yesterday's attack was against the United States. For it proves that no
foreign organisation - no NGO, no
humanitarian organisation, no investor, no businessman can expect to be
safe under America's occupation
rule. Paul Bremer, the US pro-consul, was meant to be an "anti-terrorism"
expert. Yet since he arrived in
Iraq, he has seen more "terrorism" than he can have dreamt of in his worst
nightmares - and has been able
to do nothing about it. Pipeline sabotage, electricity sabotage, water
sabotage, attacks on US troops and
British troops and Iraqi policemen and now the bombing of the UN.What comes
next? The Americans can
reconstruct the dead faces of Saddam's two sons, but they can't reconstruct

Of course, this is not the first indication that the "internationals" are
in the sights of Iraq's fast- growing resistance movement. Last month, a UN
employee was shot dead south of Baghdad. Two International Red
Cross workers were murdered, the second of them a Sri Lankan employee
killed in his clearly marked Red Cross car on Highway 8 just north of
Hilla. When he was found, his blood was still pouring from the door of his
vehicle. The Red Cross chief delegate, who signed out the doomed man on his
mission to the south of Baghdad, is now leaving Iraq. Already, the Red
Cross itself is confined to its regional offices and cannot travel across
Iraq by road.

An American contractor was killed in Tikrit a week ago. A British
journalist was murdered in Baghdad last
month. Who is safe now? Who will now feel safe at a Baghdad hotel when one
of the most famous of them all -
the old Canal Hotel, which housed the UN arms inspectors before the
invasion - has been blown up?
Will the next "spectacular" be against occupation troops? Against the
occupation leadership? Against the
so-called Iraqi "Interim Council"? Against journalists? The reaction to
yesterday's tragedy could have been
written in advance. The Americans will tell us that this proves how
"desperate" Saddam's "dead-enders" have become - as if the attackers are
more likely to give up as they become more successful in destroying US rule
in Iraq. The truth - however many of Saddam's old regime hands are involved
- is that the Iraqi resistance organisation now involves hundreds, if not
thousands, of Sunni Muslims, many of them with no loyalty to the old
regime. Increasingly, the Shias are becoming involved in anti-American actions.
Future reaction is equally predictable. Unable to blame their daily cup of
bitterness upon Saddam's former
retinue, the Americans will have to conjure up foreign intervention. Saudi
"terrorists", al-Qa'ida "terrorists", pro-Syrian "terrorists", pro-Iranian
"terrorists" - any mysterious "terrorists" will do if their supposed
existence covers up the painful reality: that our occupation has spawned a
real home-grown Iraqi guerrilla army capable of humbling the greatest power
on Earth.

With the Americans still trying to bring other nations on board for their
Iraqi adventure - even the Indians
have had the good sense to decline the invitation - yesterday's bombing was
therefore aimed at the jugular
of any future "peace-keeping" mission. The UN flag was supposed to
guarantee security. But in the past, a UN presence was always contingent
upon the acquiescence of the sovereign power. With no sovereign power in
existence in Iraq, the UN's legitimacy was bound to be locked on to the
occupation authority. Thus could it be seen - by America's detractors - as
no more than an extension of US power. President Bush was happy to show his
scorn for the UN when its inspectors failed to find any weapons of mass
destruction and when its Security Council would not agree to the
Anglo-American invasion. Now he cannot even protect UN lives in Iraq. Does
anyone want to invest in Iraq now? Does anyone want to put their money on a
future "democracy" in Iraq?


GUSH SHALOM Press Release
August 20, 2003
[The following is the translation of a press release, sent today by Gush
Shalom to the Israeli media].

Cycle of bloodshed resumes
The horrifying suicide bombing in Jerusalem, in which dozens of innocent
civians were killed and wounded,
deserves to be condemned in the sharpest terms. We offer our condolences to
all the bereaved families. But
it is imposible to avoid also considering how did this come to happen. The
renewed cyce of bloodshed has begun with the decision of the political and
military echelons to implement - in the middle of the Hudna (cease-fire) -
a series of "targeted liquidations", knowing full well that that act would
lead to retaliation bombings and to the breaking of the Hudna.

The perpetrators of the bombings came from Nablus and Hebron, two cities
under full control of the Israeli
army, and their deed of blood was committed in West Jerusalem, where the
Israeli police is in charge. In
none of these places does the Palestinian Authority exercise any measure of
real control, and its police
has no ability to operat there.

The real immediate solution is to remove th IDF from the Palestinian
territories and hand over full control
to the Palestinian Authority - as was laid out in the Road Map.
For more details:
Gush Shalom Spokesperson Adam Keller:
03-5565804 / 056-709603
Gush Shalom pob 3322,
Tel-Aviv 61033

From: Ed Herman [mailto:hermane@wharton.upenn.edu]
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2003 9:21 AM
Subject: more demolitions in support of wall construction :

Largest demolition in years: Israel destroys entire commercial market in
one day
Press Release, PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, 21 August 2003


(<http://www.pengon.org>PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign)

(21 August 2003, Nazlat 'Isa, Occupied West Bank. PENGON/Anti-Apartheid
Wall Campaign) -- Marking the single largest demolition of buildings in
years, the entire commercial area of Nazlat 'Isa was today raised to the
ground as some 15 bulldozers, accompanied by large numbers of military and
border police, entered the community at 5:00 AM and destroyed over 100
shops and 5 homes. The market, which was previously targeted in January of
this year with the destruction of 82 or close to one half of its shops, has
been the commercial center for the entire region.

The bulldozers began the demolitions early in the morning and continued
unabated until the late hours of the night.

(<http://www.pengon.org>PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign)

The commercial area, just east of the Green Line in the Occupied West Bank,
has been leveled for the building of an "isolation barrier"--an extension
or offshoot of the Wall--that will entrap the community and the surrounding
areas between it and the Wall to ensure complete isolation. Commercial
areas along the Green Line have been consistently targeted with the
building of the Wall in what assures that communities trapped between the
Wall and the Green Line (the Wall in this case is located 2 km inside the
West Bank) will have no infrastructure for survival.

Today, Nazlat 'Isa saw countless tragic images of people clearing their
shops and hurriedly removing goods and produce to safeguard their
investments and livelihoods. Everyone interviewed in the area was unaware
of today's arrival of the military and demolitions. The aluminum factory
demolished, which was the largest distributor of aluminum for the area and
for clientele inside Israel, managed to have the immediate presence of an
attorney to postpone the demolition for a few hours in order to remove its
raw material prior to the total destruction.

(<http://www.pengon.org>PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign)

In late January of this year, the demolition of 82 shops of the same
commercial area received worldwide media attention--and condemnation--and
was called by the foreign press "the biggest West Bank demolition in
years." Today's lack of media presence was profoundly noticeable, as most
media was dispersed in other areas of the West Bank covering an
extra-judicial assassination and aerial and land attacks by the Israeli
military in major West Bank cities.

Tens of villages in the area acknowledge that this is a major step by
Israel in sealing their fate and making survival on their lands and in
their homes impossible.

The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign emphatically reiterates that this act is a
crime and calls for the worldwide declaration to Stop the Wall!

(<http://www.pengon.org>PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign)

For more information or for high resolution images of the demolitions and
destruction, contact:

<http://www.pengon.org>PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign

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A Dixie Chick Speaks (Apology from Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks)

As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my
remark was disrespectful. I now realize that whoever holds that office
should be treated with the utmost respect.

I hope everyone understands, I'm just a young girl who grew up in Texas. As
far back as I can remember, I heard people say they were ashamed of
President Clinton. I saw bumper stickers calling him e! verything from a
pothead to a murderer. I heard people on the radio and tv like Rush
Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott bad mouthing the
President and ridiculing his wife and daughter at every opportunity. I
heard LOTS of people disrespecting the President. So I guess I just assumed
it was acceptable behavior.

But now, thanks to the thousands of angry people who want radio stations to
boycott our music because criticizing the President is unpatriotic, I
realize it's wrong to have a liberal opinion if you're a country music
artist. I guess I should have thought about that before deciding to play
music that attracts hypocritical rednecks. I also realize now that I'm
supposed to just sing and look cute so our fans won't have anything to
upset them while they're cheating on their wives or getting in drunken bar
f! ights or driving around in their pickup trucks shooting highway signs
and small animals.

And most important of all, I realize that it's wrong for a celebrity to
voice a political opinion, unless they're Charlie Daniels, Clint Black,
Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt,
Hank Williams Jr, Amy Grant, Larry Gatlin, Crystal Gayle, Reba McEntire,
Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, Anita Bryant, Mike Oldfield, Ted Nugent,
Wayne Newton, Dick Clark, Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Dixie Carter, Victoria
Jackson, Charleton Heston, Fred Thompson, Ben Stein, Bruce Willis, Kevin
Costner, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Bo Derek, Rick Schroeder, George Will, Pat
Buchanan, Bill O'Reilly, Joe Rogan, Delta Burke, Robert Conrad or Jesse

God Bless America,

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies
Director of Research at CEIMSA
Center for the Advanced Study of American
Institutions and Social Movements
University of Grenoble-3