This evening a friend sent me links to two YouTube videos of the takeover of the National Archives two years ago by the Iraq Veteran Against the War.  One of the veterans (I think it’s Gordon Sturrock) gives an unforgettable speech about how we need to reestablish democracy in this country and arrest George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

The videos are at

http://www.youtube.com/user/GordonSturrock#p/u/2/dxGX4QdURCo

http://www.youtube.com/user/GordonSturrock#p/u/5/AwINBO9fu-I

The first one was taken during the IVAW takeover of the National Archives, and the second has an awesome speech with a prediction about the elections.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
http://iava.org/
Storm the Hill ‘09 Campaign
http://stormthehill.org/

~ Romi

Some other sites that may interest people in GI resistance.

Courage to Resist
“Support the Troops who Refuse to Fight!”
http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/

The GI Rights Hotline
http://www.girights.org/

GI Sanctuary City
Bellingham, Washington
http://www.sanctuary-city.org/?page=home

Gulf War Vets
Depleted Uranium
http://www.gulfwarvets.com/du.htm

Military Families Speak Out
http://www.mfso.org/

Military Project
“(Military Resistance, formerly GI Special)”
http://militaryproject.org/

Traveling Soldier
http://www.traveling-soldier.org/

Under the Hood Café [Ft. Hood, Texas]
“… a place for soldiers to gather, relax and speak freely about the wars and     the military. Support services for soldiers include referrals for counseling,     legal advice and information on GI rights.”
http://underthehoodcafe.org/

VA Watchdog
“Keeping an eye on the VA because somebody has to!”
http://www.vawatchdog.org/

Veterans Against Torture
http://www.veteransagainsttorture.com/

Veterans for Peace
“Veterans working together for peace and justice through nonviolence.”
http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

We Are not your Soldiers!
“National Anti-Military Recruiter Tour with Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans and
World Can’t Wait”
http://www.wearenotyoursoldiers.org/

Women Against Military Madness
http://www.worldwidewamm.org/home.html

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Ben Thompson made a promise that he would talk about what he saw in Abu Ghraib. On Saturday, September 27th, he kept that promise, testifying at the local Winter Soldier event in Madison Wisconsin. Members from around the midwest joined Thompson to talk about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to continue the work IVAW started last March at Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan outside Washington DC.


As the crazies ratchet up their ravings about the effrontery of Muslims to build an Islamic complex several blocks from the “sacred” site of the former Twin Towers, the plethora of voices questioning the “official” lies about 911 grows.  I am one of many who not only believes that our government has lied about 9.11, as it has so many other things, but that such lies show that our government is a gang of war criminals and psychopaths, worse even than Nazi Germany, against which my own father fought in the US Army Air Force so long ago.

The parallels to Adolph Hitler’s burning of the Reichstag in 1933 are seldom pointed out.  Hitler used that “false flag operation” as an excuse to end civil liberties in Germany and whip up anti-Semitism.  Now, the “new anti-Semitism” is hatred of the “other tribe” of Semites, the Arabs.

I haven’t been following this issue all that closely, though, so I will be glad to hear of other sites that may have reasonable evidence about what happened on that day.

~ Romi

911 Truth
Links
http://911truth.org/links.php

Global Peace Campaign
Resources – 911 Related Websites
http://english.globalpeace.jp/GPCResources.html

Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth http://mp911truth.org/

Scholars for 911 Truth and Justice
Resources
http://www.stj911.com/resources/index.html

Serendipity
The WTC Demolition and the So-Called War on Terrorism
http://www.serendipity.li/wtc.htm

“And now for… ” the official lies:

911 Commission Documents
Exclusive, declassified intelligence, terrorism, foreign policy, and crime
http://intelfiles.egoplex.com/2008/03/911-commission-fbi-source-                documents.html

911 Commission
http://www.9-11commission.gov/
Staff Statement No. 16
http://www.9-11commission.gov/staff_statements/staff_statement_16.pdf

SAJA.  South Asian Journalists Association
http://www.sajaforum.org/

Adrian Salbuchi
“Consultor International, Escritor y Conferencista”
http://www.asalbuchi.com.ar/category/english/

Salty Current http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com/

See No Evil:  The Blinding of America
http://www.nonesoblind.org/blog/

Sehar Says… http:// http://www.sehartariq.wordpress.com

photo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ armenianeyecareproject/4936395411/

Seta’s Armenian Blog
“…contemporary issues which concern Armenia and Armenians everywhere.”
http://setasarmenian.blogspot.com/

Siberian Light
“The Russia blog”
http://www.siberianlight.net/

Snuffy Smith’s Blog
“Major Foreign Policy Commentary and News of the Day”
http://snuffysmithsblog.blogspot.com/

Srebrenica Genocide Blog http://srebrenica-genocide.blogspot.com/

Jane Stillwater’s Web Log http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/

Stop NATO
Rick Rozoff
“Opposition to global militarism”
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/


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An old refugee woman sits quietly at a refugee camp setup for victims of the flooding that has recently ravaged Pakistan.                             http://www.flickr.com/photos/akbarallana/4943658449/

Hesham Syed [Pakistan]
Posts in Urdu and English
http://heshamsyed.wordpress.com/

Teeth Maestro [Pakistan]  http://teeth.com.pk/blog/

Tog’s Place
John Tognolini
“Reflections of an Unembedded Australian Radio Man”
http://togsplace.blogspot.com/

Turkish Forum http://www.turkishforum.com.tr/en/content/

Turkish Viewpoint
“… to facilitate communication between Turkish and non Turkish peoples…”
http://turkishviewpoint.blogspot.com/

Aled Dilwyn Fisher’s Blog [NE London Green Party]
http://aleddilwynfisher.wordpress.com/


Tariq Nelson http://www.tariqnelson.com/

Neo-Resistance [Iran]
“This blog is about fairness; about looking at objects from multiple perspectives.
Stable transformation comes only slowly; and only if the environment is free of     sporadic jitters of passion and anger that destabilize growth.  I strongly believe that     the path to peace crosses through  the battle with self.”
http://iranfacts.blogspot.com/

New Internationalist Blog
“New Internationalist (NI) workers’ co-operative exists to report on issues of world     poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the     powerful and the powerless worldwide; to debate and campaign for the radical     changes necessary to meet the basic needs of all; and to bring to life the people, the     ideas and the action in the fight for global justice.”  http://blog.newint.org/

The Editor’s Blog http://blog.newint.org/editors/
The Majority World Blog http://blog.newint.org/majority/
The Gaza Blog http://blog.newint.org/gaza/
Yasuní Blog http://blog.newint.org/yasuni/
The Photo Blog http://blog.newint.org/photo/
Cantankerous Frank http://blog.newint.org/cantankerousfrank/
The Tech Blog http://blog.newint.org/tech/
The Japan Blog http://blog.newint.org/japan/
The New Zealand Blog http://blog.newint.org/newzealand/

Maidhc Ó Cathail.   Maidhc’s Journal http://irismhaidhc.blogspot.com/

Occupied
“Agami or Adjami, or however you spell its name, it’s home. In spite of all. The     word “home” carries many associations. Mine is located in Jaffa (Yafo), once  (meaning before 1948) “The Bride of the Sea”, now a slummy southern Tel Aviv  suburb.”  http://yuditilany.blogspot.com/

Occupied Cardiff [Wales]   http://occupiedcardiff.blogspot.com/

Organization to Understand Radical Arab & Islamist Movements (O.U.R.A.I.M.) http://ouraim.blogspot.com/

Out of Iraq Bloggers Caucus
A coalition of progressive bloggers from across the political spectrum; united in our oppostion to the occupation of Iraq”  http://ooibc.blogspot.com/

Peruanista
“A biligual blog about Peru and the Abya Yala (Latin America) written from     the United States”  http://peruanista.blogspot.com/

Planet Irf [Australia]  http://planetirf.blogspot.com/

Pueblos en Camino “Weaving autonomies”  http://www.en-camino.org/

Purbanchal
“Assam, Northeast India, and the world…” http://purbanchal.blogspot.com/

Quotha Adrienne Pine  http://www.quotha.net/

Ahmed Quraishi [Pakistan]
http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/index.php
http://aq-lounge.blogspot.com/

Quotha Adrienne Pine  http://www.quotha.net/

Ahmed Quraishi [Pakistan]
http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/index.php
http://aq-lounge.blogspot.com/

Revolutionary Fesenjan [Iran]  http://revolutionaryfesenjan.blogspot.com/

Revolutionary Flowerpot Society

http://revolutionaryflowerpot.blogspot.com/

Yvonne Ridley http://www.yvonneridley.org/

Ali A. Rizvi Sounds Off [Iranian living in New York]
http://alirizvisblog.blogspot.com/

Rolled-up Trousers http://www.osamasaeed.org/osama/

photo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/111568621/  For more information on indigenous women’s rights, go to this flikr.com page.

Here is a continuation of my listing of blogs from around the world.  Most of these blogs reflect my longtime concern for the Third World, and the effects of Western imperialism on indigenous peoples.

Romi

Gaza Mom:  The Writings of a Mother from Gaza
http://www.gazamom.com/

I have quite a few blogs from Gaza.  This is the only one I will list for now.

Michael Geist [Prof. U. Ottawa, Internet and e-commerce law]
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/

Global Guerrillas
“Networked tribes, systems disruption, and the emerging bazaar of violence.     Resilient Communities, decentralized platforms, and self-organizing futures. By     John Robb”
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/

Tony Greenstein’s Blog [UK]
“Socialist, anti-Zionist, anti-racist”
http://azvsas.blogspot.com/

Guelph Now! [Canada]
“The personal blog of Phil Allt”
http://philallt.ca/?cat=13

Guerrillas Without Guns
“Utopean Means for Imperial Gain in the Former USSR”
http://guerillas-without-guns.blogspot.com/

Haiti Analysis http://www.haitianalysis.com/

Haiti Justice Blog http://blog.ijdh.org/haiti_justiceblog/

Haiti Reborn http://haiti.quixote.org/

Kelly Sans Culotte
http://kellyatlarge.blogspot.com/2010/01/haiti-vox.html

Hands Off the People of Iran
http://hopinewsfromiran.wordpress.com/

Zameerul Hassan [Lahore, Pakistan]
http://zameer36.instablogs.com/

Honduras Oye!
“… news, analysis, opinion, photos, videos and important alerts straight from     the Honduran Resistance in the streets.”
http://hondurasoye.wordpress.com/

Inca Kola News http://incakolanews.blogspot.com/

Indigenous Voices
“A live Bluestocking Bookstore event…”
http://indigenousvoices.wordpress.com/

Iran-Persia Blogspot http://iran-persia.blogspot.com/

Irish Girl http://irishgrl.wordpress.com/

Jefferson Corner
Sami Jamil Jadallah, On My Mind
http://www.jeffersoncorner.com/

Kenyan Pundit http://www.kenyanpundit.com/

Khabrein [India]  http://www.khabrein.info/

Khaldoun
“Scholarly commentary on Middle East politics, culture and media coverage”
http://khaldoun.wordpress.com/

Yumi Kikuchi’s Blog and Podcast [Japan]
http://yumikikuchi.blogspot.com/

Carlos Latuff [Rio de Janeiro, Brazil]
“Would you like to join the army?  Better read these comics first!”
Tales of Iraq War
http://tales-of-iraq-war.blogspot.com/

Carlos Latuff is a well-known cartoonist who regularly lampoons The Empire and Israeli aggression in Palestine.

The Laughing Diplomat
Carlo Ungaro
http://carloungaro.blogspot.com/

Leftclick [Austalia]
“Blog and Multimedia for a Left and Green Perspective”
http://leftclickblog.blogspot.com/

Leitin að Svörum [English and Icelandic]
http://leitin.blogspot.com/

Live in Guyana
[I would appreciate analysis and comments on this blog.  Romi]
“Slow fire! Slow fire!  Restarted…”
http://liveinguyana.blogspot.com/

Antony Loewenstein [Australia]
http://antonyloewenstein.com/

Liam MacUaid [UK]  http://liammacuaid.wordpress.com/

Machetera http://machetera.wordpress.com/

Ashin Mettacara [Burmese Buddhist monk]
“Free Press for Freedom of Thought, Belief and Expression”
http://www.ashinmettacara.org/

Mi Mundo
http://mimundo-jamesrodriguez.blogspot.com/

Ghulam Muhammed. Mumbai
http://ghulammuhammed.wordpress.com/

The Mossadegh Project
“‘If I sit silently, I have sinned.’  ~Mohammad Mossadegh”
http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/

Munaeem’s Blog http://munaeem.org/

Mundo dos Sonhos http://mundosonhos.wordpress.com/

My Two Beads Worth
http://mytwobeadsworth.com/2beadsmain.html

Navajo sand painting by thebestfromjmh7

Navajo sand painting.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmh7/2476254226/

Native Pride
“…taking the mystery out of our traditional beliefs so they cease to be beliefs     at all and become understanding and awareness of what is real.”
http://letstalknativepride.blogspot.com/

Native Vote Washington http://nativevotewa.wordpress.com/


The Internet has given us a fantastic way to hear the voices of people from all over the world.  These are a few interesting blogs that I have come across in my travels in cyberspace.  I take no responsibility for what they say, but I think they are worth looking at.

I welcome your comments about them.

Romi

P.S.  I am only posting a few of  the Middle Eastern blogs that I have found.  I have posted some of them in another blog post, and will put up some more at a later date.

ABC – An Opinionated & Politically Incorrect Blog from Nepal
“A blog on current affairs & cross cultural understanding
http://drdivas.wordpress.com/

Aboriginal News Group
“A Grassroots Indigenist Media Project of the Intelligent Aboriginal News     Service”
http://aboriginalnewsgroup.blogspot.com/

Abu Aardvark http://abuaardvark.typepad.com/

Activist Teacher http://activistteacher.blogspot.com/

Afghan Journal http://blogs.reuters.com/afghanistan/

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Amboseli, Kenya.  With Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, in the background, the beautiful lands of Amboseli can inspire any soul. http://www.flickr.com/photos/darwishh/445267544/

Africa Comments http://www.africacomments.org/

Ambassadeur Cosmo http://ambassadeurcosmo.wordpress.com/

Anonymous Iran http://iran.whyweprotest.net/newsfeed/

The Antipodians
“Pictures, stories and ideas from our world”
http://theantipodeans.blogspot.com/

Ara-ashjian
Armenian issues
http://ara-ashjian.blogspot.com

Arab Woman blues
Layla Anwar
http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com
http://uncensoredarabwomanblues.blogspot.com/

One of the most powerful and insightful blogs I have come across.  Romi

Felicity Arbuthnot http://arbuthnot4iraq.blogspot.com/

At Home in Europe http://athomeineurope.blogactiv.eu/

Joe Bageant
Deer Hunting with Jesus
“Dispatches from America’s Class War”
http://www.joebageant.com/

Awami Bharat [India]  http://awamibharat.blogspot.com/

Black Looks
“Loving blackness as political resistance” Bell Hooks
http://www.blacklooks.org/

Boing Boing
“A Directory of Wonderful Things”
http://www.boingboing.net/

Buffalo’s Fire
“Jodi Rave’s blog about Native community, culture and education”
http://buffalosfire.com/

The Canada-Columbia Project
“An Information Source on Canada-Columbia Relations (and more!) by the La Chiva Collective”
http://canadacolombiaproject.blogspot.com/

Case About Bird Flu
“Covering the Polish plane crash and the New World Order”
http://birdflu666.wordpress.com/

The Cat’s Dream http://thecatsdream.com/blog/

Center for International Policy
Americas International Relations Center
Americas Mexico Blog
http://www.americasmexico.blogspot.com/
Colombia Program
“Peace, security, human rights and the U.S. role in Latin America…”
http://www.cipcol.org/?p=681

Dr. Abdel Ruff Colachal [Pakistan]
http://abdulruff.sulekha.com/blog/posts.htm

Days of My Life
“Talk about daily life of a teenage girl in Iraq, and days of suffering and success.      My nickname will be Sunshine…”
http://www.livesstrong.blogspot.com/

Egypt and beyond
“Scribbles of a Swedish journalist in Cairo”
http://scandegypt.blogspot.com/

Egyptian Chronicles
http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/search?q=

El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela]  http://english.eluniversal.com/

Euraktiva’s Blog http://euraktiva.vox.com/

Falafel News Service http://www.falafelnews.com/

Tarek Fatah
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=241575042507#!/notes.php?id=23209    8235463

Food Freedom http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/

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Morelia, State of Michoacán, Mexico.                                     http://www.flickr.com/photos/aoutravoz/139222683/

The Fourth World
By Juan Santos
http://the-fourth-world.blogspot.com/

Basheer Ahmad Frémaux-Soormally
http://fremaux-soormally.blogspot.com/

Friends of Palestine, [in] Western Australia
http://www.fopwa.org/

Several years ago, a local bookstore (which sadly went out of business when B&N came to town) used to have a sign that said something to the effect that nobody with any brains ever has enough BOOKSHELF SPACE.

So, bearing that little gem in mind, I am now going to contribute to your gridlock with a few contributions that I consider ESSENTIAL reading, both fiction and nonfiction.

In the fiction category, the best novel of the twentieth century, IMHO, is far and away by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia-Marques.  I s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-d through Hundred Years of Solitude, which someone assured me was an allegory of Latin American history, feeling all the time like it was written by someone on peyote, or pot, at the very least.

But then when I read Love in the Time of Cholera, I felt like my brain REALLY was on fire.  The review on the dust jacket informed me, as I recall, that people said it, “returned our worn souls to us.”

And so it did.

It is not for young people, though.  I would not give it to anyone under forty.   Well, okay, thirty at the very least.  Even if it doesn’t take that long for their soul to wear out.

The other fiction that I like includes most of

(1) Naguib Mahfouz.  Start with the Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk,  Palace of Desire and Sugar Street).

(2) Ray Bradbury.  His best full length novel is Fahrenheit 451, which was made into a movie with Oskar Werner and Julie Christie, but his collections of short stories, particularly Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, are classics.  Does this date me?

In the nonfiction category, the best book I have read recently is, of course, Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.  I honestly think that if you read this book (which weighs in at a hefty 558 pages), you will not need to read much else in the social sciences category for, oh say, twenty or thirty years, except maybe for Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America.  Her depth of analysis is that good.  IMHO it is the best thing since Franz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth, which, while inspired mostly by the Algerian struggle, of course, was about the Third World and imperialism all over the globe.

Another book I really like, also somewhat dated, is Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre.  O! Jerusalem.  This one has just come out in another edition, I think.

So, here are my picks for a few nonfiction essentials.

Simone de Beauvoir. The Second Sex.

Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre.  O! Jerusalem.

Franz Fanon.  Wretched of the Earth.

Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Eduardo Galeano.  Open Veins of Latin America:  Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.

Mohammed Heykal (Heikel).    Autumn of Fury.  Editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram and  friend of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, he is considered a leading commentator on Arab politics and has authored many other books.

_________ . Nasser: The Cairo Documents.

Naomi Klein. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Thomas Edward Lawrence (T.E.), The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Amin Maalouf.  The Crusades Through Arab Eyes.

Charles C. Mann.  1491:  New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus.

Joseph Wilson.  The Politics of Truth.


This list is longer than I had intended when I started writing this post, but I feel like it doesn’t do justice to many other works I would mention, so I guess I will write another post at some time in the not-too-distant future.

~ Romi

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