Archive for May, 2003
Robert Scheer, AlterNet
May 29, 2003
It is one thing when the talk-show bullies, who shamelessly smeared the last president even as he attacked the training camps of Al Qaeda, now term it anti-American or even treasonous to dare criticize the Bush administration. It’s another when our Pentagon — a $400-billion-a-year juggernaut — savages individual journalists for questioning its version of events.
By Liv Dillon, AlterNet
Several weeks ago my mother made a comment to me about free speech in America. She said that it wasn’t really free if you got arrested every time you exercised your right to dissent. She’s no radical, but the sentiment is becoming clearer and clearer even to those standing most firmly in the middle of the road.No comments
The following is adapted from a Clemens Lecture presented in April for the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut.
First things first: I want it clearly understood that this mustache I’m wearing is my father’s mustache. I should have brought his photograph. My big brother Bernie, now dead, a physical chemist who discovered that silver iodide can sometimes make it snow or rain, he wore it, too.
By Fe B. Zamora
Inquirer News Service
Rameer Tawasil was only 5 when Jolo was turned into a bloody battleground between the Tausug mujahedeens and soldiers in February, 1974.
“My sister carried me piggy-back style, and we just ran,” Rameer recalled. He saw bullets whizzing by and bombs raining upon the Jolo landscape. He remembered tongues of flames leaping wildly, lapping at a wide swath of homes, including the Tawasil residence in the port area.
The Tawasils fled Jolo along with hundreds of Joloanos who were picked up by a passing Japanese cargo ship and unloaded in Zamboanga City. Rameer settled in Zamboanga City with his other siblings. He mixed with Christian children, and lived a life as normal and as peaceful as the environs could provide. But the trauma of that fateful day now known as the Burning of Jolo haunted him.
First, the three farmers were paraded like “hunting trophies” and were fingered as NPA guerrillas around Maragondon. One of them was found dead later, his body sprayed with bullets and blasted with a grenade. The two others were detained without warrant.
By Alexander Martin Remollino
(Washington, DC) – Today Bill Frelick, Refugee Program Director for Amnesty International USA, provided written testimony for the House Government Reform Committee on the urgent need for the US and UK occupying powers to establish a secure environment before effective humanitarian aid can begin. Frelick recently returned from a two-week Amnesty International research mission to Southern Iraq, during which the team traveled to Basra to collect civilian testimonies, consult with officials of the US and UK forces, and meet with humanitarian organizations. Amnesty International believes that the pervasive lawlessness following military operations in Iraq is severely obstructing badly needed humanitarian efforts.No comments