Iraqi youths gather shoes left on the street following a suicide attack against police in the Iraqi town of Hilla, May 30, 2005. Two suicide bombers strapped with explosives blew themselves up in a crowd of protesting former policemen in Hilla, killing 27 in one of the deadliest attacks in a month of escalating violence. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish
British soldiers face war crimes charges : It would be the first time British forces were charged under the International Criminal Court Act, a legal landmark with potentially far-reaching ramifications for future military engagements.
Report: U.S. Routinely Sends Arms to Undemocratic Nations : A new report from the World Policy Institute has found that the U.S. is routinely funneling military aid and arms to undemocratic nations. In 2003 more than half of the top 25 recipients of U.S. arms transfers in the developing world were defined as undemocratic by the State Department.
State land, state people : While the world is blinded by the smokescreen of Sharon's "Gaza disengagement", Palestinian villages throughout the West Bank are literally facing extinction due to land grabs on which Israel intends to build the separation wall - land grabs which in July 2004 the International Court of Justice declared illegal. One of the latest victims is the Palestinian village of Wadi Foqeen, whose existence is now in question following an Israeli notice of intent to seize a substantial portion of its farmlands. The people of Wadi Foqeen and another three villages to the southwest of Bethlehem have recently received an order from the headquarters of the Israeli army stating that it is to "lay hands on" lands stretching for 10,560 metres and with a width of 130m. The total area at issue covers 756.5 dunams.
Capitalism and other kids stuff : Four UK based socialists produced this hour long documentary in which some of the problems of capitalism are presented in a simplified, kindergarten model. (via mefi)
Mass-produced computers can KILL Microsoft and free the world's computer users : They'll be too cheap to accommodate MS Windows -- MS's bread and butter. Computers will go the way of TVs and VCRs -- cheap offshore (non-USA) production. They'll be cheap, simple, general-purpose (FREE SOFTWARE), all-electronic (no disk drive) -- in other words, real electronic computers, finally...
marc vallée : good photo links. interesting article called "Focusing on the propaganda machine" about half way down
Egypt: Calls for Reform Met With Brutality : Yesterday in Cairo, plainclothes security agents beat demonstrators, and riot police allowed—and sometimes encouraged—mobs of Mubarak supporters to beat and sexually assault protestors and journalists.
Survey reveals toll of lecturers' workload : University and college lecturers work an average 11 unpaid hours a week, detrimentally affecting their health and personal lives, according to a survey published today. The online survey, conducted by the independent charity the Teacher Support Network and the lecturers' union Natfhe, found that 69% of respondents worked extra hours despite the knock on effects. Some 94% of respondents said workload affected their personal lives, while 87% said it caused health problems. A large majority (87%) reported that the quality of support they could offer their students suffered as a result.
Israeli army squad in cup final invasion : The commander of an Israeli army squad has been suspended after his patrol took over a Palestinian home and confined the family to a spare room so the soldiers could watch Liverpool's victory in the Champions League final.
IRR: Worries over DNA and racial profiling : Black men are four times more likely than White men to be on the national DNA database and there is growing concern about racial profiling in criminal investigations.
Dorset Racism prosecutions rise by 81% : The number of court prosecutions over racist incidents has increased by 81%, say crown prosecutors in Dorset. Figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service reveal there were 56 such prosecutions in 2004/2005 compared to 31 in the year before. They say 70% of those cases - involving 39 defendants - lead to a conviction on a racially-aggravated charge. The report shows that a high number of attacks were on takeaway or restaurant staff and taxi-drivers.
Mclibel film cinema dates in the U.S. : McLibel's great adventure in America starts on the 10th June in Seattle and San Francisco, then continues on the 17th in Minneapolis and then onto Portland for the 24th. McLibel is the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history.
Over The Edge : Negativland's weekly radio show, "Over The Edge," airs for 3 hours on KPFA, Berkeley, California from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday nights (Friday mornings), EXCEPT the first Thursday of each month when it is not on. When there are 5 Thursdays in a month, the 5th Thursday is a 5 hour show.
Los Angeles Times: Unseen Pictures, Untold Stories : A review of six prominent U.S. newspapers and the nation's two most popular newsmagazines during a recent six-month period found almost no pictures from the war zone of Americans killed in action
The Media as an Instrument of War : PARAMETERS, US Army War College Quarterly - Spring 2005
The Welfare Poets : Hip-hop spoken word, political poetry, activism, community empowerment, positive, peace
wolfeyes : doesn't quite capture the mentalness
morr music berlin : quite like the lali puna vids
ei: Israel's silent nuclear attack revealed : The uranium level in the Hebron valley is ten times higher than the permitted concentration.
2 hour Hasil Adkins Tribute Show : from WFMU (real audio) - superb rockabilly show
The unknown unknowns of the Abu Ghraib scandal : Seymour Hersh: The 10 inquiries into prisoner abuse have let Bush and Co off the hook
Joshua Frank: an Interview with David Graeber : David Graeber, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, and the author of Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, among many other scholarly publications. Last week Prof. Graeber was informed that his teaching contract at Yale would not be extended. However, it was not Graeber's scholarship that was ever in question; rather it was his political philosophies that may have played a heavy hand in the administration's unwarranted decision. Graeber, a renowned anarchist scholar, recently spoke with CounterPuncher Joshua Frank about the fiasco. As one of our other favorite anthropologists David Price put it, this "is a ghastly look under the hood at how academic knowledge is manufactured at America's 'finest' institutions."
Afghan prisoners were 'tortured to death' by American guards : A 2,000-page report on an internal investigation by the US military leaked to The New York Times and published yesterday provides exhaustive detail on how the two were kept chained in excruciating positions and kicked to death.
Piracy is Good? : by Mark Pesce - good article on the effect of bittorrent on the TV indusrty. Part 2 here
Protesters Subjected To 'Pretext Interviews' : New FBI documents to be released today show that anti-terrorism agents who questioned antiwar protesters last summer in Denver were conducting "pretext interviews" that did not lead to any information about criminal activity.
Morgan Stanley to pull ads from 'negative' newspapers : Morgan Stanley, facing an unprecedented barrage of criticism, has told newspapers that its advertising decisions could be affected by overly negative coverage on their pages. The beleaguered investment bank has added a new clause to its advertising contract that asks publications notify its advertising agency of any planned "objectionable editorial coverage", so that ads can be removed or placed in a different part of the newspaper or magazine.
Baghdad Burning : The last two weeks have been violent. The number of explosions in Baghdad alone is frightening. There have also been several assassinations- bodies being found here and there. It's somewhat disturbing to know that corpses are turning up in the most unexpected places. Many people will tell you it's not wise to eat river fish anymore because they have been nourished on the human remains being dumped into the river. That thought alone has given me more than one sleepless night. It is almost as if Baghdad has turned into a giant graveyard.
THEIR CIRCULAR LIFE : look look look
Prowse's anger over Star Wars snub He truly is a green AND cross man.
Kylie - Someone get a moderator in this chat room. NOW! Update: The offending item (a tasteless photo of some gory, badly-mutated breasts, with woeful comments like 'Surely this could never happen to our Kylie.') has now been removed. Now I've seen it, sadly...I can't get it out of my head.
instruction-manuals.co.uk - I blatantly stole this link from today's yahoo picks, but v. handy nonetheless.
KinoKast - embedded media : from birmingham - they have a film of sundays Cannabis Education March & Rally
download it here : (via spoilt victorian child)
National Conference For Media Reform : lots of documentation...
Ecuador Gets Chavez'd : Greg Palast (via information clearing house)
Palestinian Minister of Health Asserts Israel Buried 80 Tons of Nuclear Waste in Occupied Territories : will the Israelis allow this to be verified?
Juan Cole Guantanamo Controversies : The Bible and the Koran
List of Palestinian Localities destroyed after the creation of the State of Israel (1948) : Sunday was Al-Nakba day which loosely translates as 'the catastrophe'.
Schnews reports : Los Angeles Police have turned into artistic censors and decided to close down an art show, deeming it to be “aggressive and offensive”. The art show was entitled ‘Mark of the Beast’ and featured subverted corporate logos; the Levis logo was changed to read Evils, Pepsi was changed to Piss and Nike’s catchphrase Just Do It became Just Don’t.
Single party Sedgefield (via Jews sans frontieres) : a letter from the Guardian - Some of the most rotten aspects of New Labour are embedded in the Sedgefield Labour party. Reg Keys's vote was significant in its own right, but the stance on the doorstep that people were voting for Labour but not for Blair was widespread. The campaign merits detailed analysis. Many people dared not display window posters for Reg Keys for fear of losing their jobs, while it was almost impossible to acquire suitable committee rooms, despite an abundance of empty property, and printers declined election work, despite having the capacity. Union reps feared their members would be punished if they assisted Reg's campaign. The result is a widespread perception of a Sedgefield one-party state and party membership has steadily declined. Bob Clay Agent for Reg Keys
Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids : journey to the centre of the mind
The Propaganda Remix Project : Warning: Propaganda Deconstruction At Work
Backstage : Build what you want using BBC content - Update: Yahoo have just launched the same sort of thing.
israel's next war? : online PBS documentary on Kahanists
taken from purse lip square jaw : Not all wireless created equal? John Emerson posts two interesting news stories: one on the use of independent radio in Ecuadorean protests and another on the use of mobile phones in Chinese protests - and then asks if the mobile phone story seems to have gotten more media attention because its kind of wireless technology is more sexy. Maybe. And maybe also because forms of techno-orientalism continue and because a lot more money is at stake.
Corporate Watch G8 special report : online now
Unborn Baby Ornament - US Troop Model : Also available in a "Brown" model
www.syd-barrett.it : web archive of syd barret videos
Alone on the barricades : Interesting article on Dr Ilan Pappes struggle with Haifa University
Colonel Blimp : music vid production collective
ei: Video testimonies: One big prison : or the past four and a half years, Israel has severely restricted freedom of movement to and from the Gaza Strip. These restrictions further strangled the Gaza Strip, so much so that the area resembles one gigantic prison. One Big Prison documents the ongoing violations of human rights and international law resulting from Israel’s restrictions on the movement of people and goods between Gaza and the West Bank, Israel, and the rest of the world. The report also warns against Israel’s attempt to avoid its responsibility toward residents of the Gaza Strip following disengagement.
Psycho Studio - Edit your own Shower Scene! | Psychos QT vid (overlay of Hitchcock's shower scene with Gus van Sant's remake)
Jahshaka - Realtime Editing and Effects : The worlds first OpenSource Realtime Editing and Effects System. Jahshaka takes advantage of the power of OpenGL and OpenML to give its users exceptional levels of performance. We currently support Linux, OsX, Irix and Windows, and Solaris is on the way!
Illicit downloading is now tantamount to domestic terrorism : Specifically, the act opens the way for companies like ClearPlay legally to sell their product. The firm operates out of Utah (the most straitlaced state in the union). You get a DVD, from Blockbusters or wherever, and ClearPlay's little black box, sitting like a benign leech on your DVD player, sucks out "objectionable" material of a violent or sexual nature.
Bootleg Browser : links to audio & video of live concerts
Dissensus : ecommunity
FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR MOUSE WILL FOLLOW : Very nice article here about mp3 labels, downloading, and the issues surrounding that. (via PLU)
In this photo released by the Rawalpindi Islamabad Photojournalists Association, Police commandos in plainclothes arrest Pakistani journalists before the Parliament, Tuesday, May 3, 2005 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Police baton-charged a group of journalists, arrested 30 of them to prevent a protest rally to mark World Press Freedom Day, but hours later freed them, officials and journalists said.
A letter to the Prime Minister : Jo Wilding's Video Diary from Iraq
Wage Peace Movie : strong flash anti-war movie
Illegal Weapons in Fallujah - US Department of State : beautiful piece of black propaganda from the U.S. State Dept.
The Vines "Winning Days" : another vid from the genius of Michel Gondry. Not too sure about the tune though - a bit poppy...(QT 20mb)
The Good The Bad & The Ugly, An Election Vox Pop : My mate zaskar in Bristol ran around last weekend with his camera and recorded some right unsavoury types. Love the title sequence...
MP3blogs.com : MP3 blog aggregator - very handy
Government votes in favor of declaring college in Ariel Settlement a university : The cabinet decision comes just 10 days after Britain's Association of University Teachers (AUT) declared a boycott against Bar-Ilan University for its links to the West Bank college.
Report from Fallujah -- Destroying a Town in Order to "Save" it : Fallujah, Iraq -- On the edge of Iraq's western desert, Fallujah is extremely arid but has been rendered into an agricultural area by extensive irrigation. A town of wide streets and squat, sand-colored buildings, its population is primarily farmers.
Qatar draws up plan to sell off al-Jazeera : The Gulf state of Qatar is considering privatising its satellite TV channel, al-Jazeera, because of pressure from the US and a de facto advertising boycott by Arab countries offended by its critical coverage. Reporters at the station fear that if the channel is privatised commercial pressures could force it to tone down its coverage.
Satirist Continues To Prove Himself A Royal Pain : The most notorious satirist in Morocco pulls out a pen and shows how easy it is for him to get into trouble. He doodles on a blank sheet of paper, sketching the turrets of a castle and a dialogue balloon coming from a tower. Is he daring to draw another cartoon about the king?
Dozens arrested at Egypt protests : Organisers of a series of pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt say police arrested about 75 people in connection with protests held across the country. The Kifaya movement says all but two of their activists were later released.
Sphincterine : Feel fresh all over... even back there!
DJ/Rupture : there be mp3s here
Problems with the controversial Baku-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline : The Memorandum lists an array of serious problems with the pipeline, including the possibility of disastrous safety failures and accidents; pending cases against BP at the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice; the withdrawal of a senior private backer from the project; construction failures; and deepening political discord in the region, including mass strikes by pipeline workers and the alleged torture of a local activist.
Jah Shaka : my ears are still ringing from seeing him do his thing last night in Bristol. He's next playing at the Coronet on May 20th. Go