the resistance exists and everyone knows it exists

The resistance exists
and everyone knows it exists

James Aire

To negotiate a new social contract
in a deeply traumatised and fractured society
within less than seven months is hard enough
to do so in a third that time is
virtually impossible, the report said.
An Israeli aircraft has fired three missiles
at Palestinian resistance fighters
in the Gaza Strip without causing any casualties
Witnesses said three fighters from the
Islamic group Hamas fled as the missiles struck
No one was hurt.
A rocket and mortar barrage by fighters
hours later killed two Palestinian farmers
and a Chinese labourer working
at a Jewish settlement in Gaza
Iraqi soldiers taken captive

Wednesday 08 June 2005, 23:01 Makka Time, 20:01 GMT

US-led forces are yet to restore order in Iraq

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Twenty-two Iraqi soldiers have been taken captive in Iraq
near the Syrian border, an Iraqi military source says
The mass capture came amid a surge in violence
that left four US soldiers dead
in less than 24 hours
in attacks north of the capital, Baghdad

Four bombers were killed
when their explosives-laden vehicle
detonated prematurely in Tal Afar,
said Captain Ahmed Amjad of the Iraqi police

At least 49 Iraqis and four US soldiers
have been killed since Tuesday
in attacks north of the capital
A US soldier was killed on Wednesday
when his patrol hit a roadside bomb
near Ad-Dawr, a US military statement said.

Leaflets signed by the Islamic Army group
were plastered on shop fronts and walls
in Tikrit claiming responsibility
“The knights of the Ali bin Abi Taleb Brigade
fired a barrage of mortars and rockets
last night at the citadel of infidels
in the centre of Tikrit,” said the leaflet.

Pirates armed with AK-47 assault rifles
attacked the crew of a supertanker
waiting to load crude
at Iraq’s Basra oil terminal
before making off with cash,
an ocean crime watchdog says.
“They tried to enter the bridge
claiming to be policemen.
The master denied them entry
and the pirates became violent …
they assaulted the master
causing him injuries and demanded money,”
the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)
said in a report on Wednesday.

The oil-rich Gulf nation of Qatar
on Thursday is set to sign into effect
a constitution for the first time
in its history, establishing
democratic reforms in a country
ruled by monarchy
“The constitution places Qatar
at the heart of modernity and democracy,”
said Yussef Abidan, a member of the
constitutional drafting committee.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
has urged Israel to sanction
the reopening of the airport
in the Gaza Strip and back
“safe passage” between
Gaza and the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces
on Wednesday imposed
a curfew on the village
of Marada
south of the West Bank
city of Nablus.

Residents said Israeli forces
wanted to prevent them
from staging demonstrations
against the building
of the separation barrier
on the village’s lands.
Witnesses said three foreign
supporters were arrested
and prevented
from reaching the village.

Over 200 Syrian pro-democracy
activists and intellectuals
have appealed
to the ruling Baath Party
to release political prisoners,
including two legislators.
“Spring comes this year
as previous years, grim,
after it had bloomed
in the year 2001,”
said the activists’statement.
“But the forces of oppression …
cracked down on it
and extinguished
the spirit of life,
light and freedom.”

Pockets of resistance in America
In my neighborhood,
near the University of Everywhere,
opposition to war seems
to be the overwhelming sentiment.
Peace signs, anti-war slogans
and bumper stickers
are visible all over the place.
Flyers advertise anti-war
rallies on the campus,
as well as in local churches.
It is rare to hear any
expressions of support for war.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart , America’s
largest private employer and retailer
has no problem organizing displays
like the one at the Michigan City store
at which it is possible
to send the message “Kill Arabs!”
and taking collections
so that people can send
“care packages” — gifts — to US troops.
Through Wal-Mart’s website, shoppers
are invited to “send a special message
to our men and women in the military
defending American freedom worldwide.”
Such profoundly political statements
have acquired the aura of invisibility.

The strong opposition to the war
among black Americans is despite —
or perhaps because of — the fact
that black Americans are
disproportionately represented
in the US armed forces
compared with the general population,
especially in the lower ranks.
Many black Americans understand
from their experience that
US principles of democracy and human rights
are applied very differently
to different populations.
There is also deep concern
that much of the 75 billion
already earmarked to fight the war
will come from already starved budgets
for education, schools and health care
particularly servicing urban areas.

Many publications include coverage
of direct action protests.
Catch-all incitement
and conspiracy charges
threaten not only
radical publications,
but anyone making statements
which could be interpreted
as ‘inflamatory’.
This case opens the way
for similar attacks
on any publication
deemed to support such actions.
Yet the hypocracy and bias
of the law is obvious –
the establishment’s media
daily support and call
for various forms of
institutionalised violence –
wars, police controls,
environmental damage,
factory farming etc –
but none have been
prosecuted for ‘incitement’.

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Charlie Chaplin Home  Bio  Reading FBI Files
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In “Who Was Charlie Chaplin and
Why Did the FBI Investigate Him?”
Chaplin Biography – Part II

The Federal Bureau of Investigation,
established modestly in 1909
as the Bureau of Investigation,
expanded its operations
in the 1930s and 1940s
under Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Besides investigating and
gathering information on
such criminal activities
in the United States
as organized crime,
bank robbery, kidnapping,
murder, and white-collar crimes,
it also became deeply engaged in
domestic intelligence matters,
especially after the Cold War
set in just after the end of World War II.
As a resident alien of the United States
(he had chosen to remain a British subject,
although he had lived, worked,
and paid taxes in the U.S. since 1913),
Chaplin had to secure a reentry permit from
the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
to leave the country and be able to return.
That he did in the summer of 1952,
but two days after he and his family
left for England, U.S. Attorney General
Thomas McGranery revoked that reentry permit,
saying that Chaplin
would have to go before an INS Board
to prove himself morally and politically
fit to return to the country.

“I think it is a scandal.
This cannot be tolerated,”
Rotfeld told reporters.
“This is a book
which encourages crime.
Do you think people
should be encouraged
to commit crime?”

7/7

London bombings toll rises to 37

Passengers evacuate an underground train at Kings Cross

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A series of bomb attacks on London’s transport network
has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others.
Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead and two more
died in a blast on a double-decker bus.

New blasts heighten London alarm

Friday 22 July 2005, 5:33 Makka Time, 2:33 GMT

The city police chief described the incidents as very serious

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London on Thursday had a narrow escape after three bombs
partially exploded in the city’s underground rail network
and a fourth device went off on a red double-decker bus
without causing any significant damage.

Panic

Services on the Victoria, Northern and Hammersmith and City
lines were suspended following reports of a number of incidents,
London Underground said.

“I was in the carriage and we smelt smoke –
it was like something was burning,”
said Losiane Mohellavi, 35, who was evacuated at Warren Street.

“Everyone was panicked and people were screaming. We had
to pull the alarm. I am still shaking,” said Mohellavi,
who was on the way to a job interview.

Friday’s British newspapers focused on the fact
that the perpetrators appeared to have got away.

Police shoot man dead on London train

Friday 22 July 2005, 19:16 Makka Time, 16:16 GMT

The man shot was trying to board a train on Friday

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Police have confirmed that they shot dead a man
in an underground train station in south London.
The man was shot apparently while trying to board
a train on Friday morning at Stockwell station in south London.
The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear.

London’s Metropolitan Police declined to comment further
on the incident, which comes a day after London’s transport
system was attacked by four apparently failed attempts
to repeat the deadly blasts of 7 July.

British Transport Police said the Northern and Victoria Tube lines,
which pass through Stockwell, had been suspended.

Passengers said that a man – described as South Asian –
ran on to a train.
They said police chased him, he tripped, then they shot him.

“They pushed him on to the floor and unloaded five shots into him.
He’s dead,” witness Mark Whitby told the BBC.
“He looked like a cornered fox. He looked petrified,” said Whitby.

Jean Charles de Menezes

Brazilian electrician, 27, Jean Charles de Menezes
was shot five times in the head.

Mosque surrounded

Armed police have also surrounded East London Mosque,
on Whitechapel Road in Aldgate,
and told residents to stay indoors,
after there were reports of a bomb threat.

The large, modern mosque was surrounded
by police officers some of whom were armed.

War on Europe

On Tuesday, another statement was issued
in the name of the Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade
threatening to launch “a bloody war” on the capitals of European
countries that do not remove their troops from Iraq within a month.

“While we bless these strikes,
our next attacks will be hellish for the enemies of God,”
said the latest statement.

“We will strike in the hearts of European capitals,
in Rome, in Amsterdam and in Denmark where their soldiers
are in still in Iraq pursuing their British and American masters,”
the statement added.

UK issues list of unacceptable acts

Friday 05 August 2005, 20:31 Makka Time, 17:31 GMT

Clarke (L) interrupted a holiday to draw up the document

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Britain’s government has published a list what it calls
unacceptable behaviour, behaviour which could see
foreign nationals deported or barred from the country.

The document from Home Secretary Charles Clarke followed
a series of proposals outlined earlier on Friday by
Prime Minister Tony Blair in response to
last month’s bomb attacks on London.

Banned acts would include those which:

– Foment terrorism or seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.
– Justify or glorify terrorism.
– Foment other serious criminal activity or
seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts.
– Foster hatred which may lead to violence
against specific communities in Britain.

– Advocate violence in support of particular beliefs.
– Anything else the government considers to be
“extreme views that are in conflict with the UK’s culture of tolerance”.

Such views could be aired in the following ways:

– Writing, producing, publishing or distributing material.

– Public speaking, including preaching.

– Running an internet site.

– Using a “position of responsibility” such as a teacher,
community or youth leader.

But, who will decide the meaning of these rather nebulous
and vague categories which could be applied to anyone in
this society?

Will it be applied retrospectively, to any book, movie, song, etc.?

What of Shelley’s “The Mask of Anarchy”?, the report asked.

Does freedom of speech have any meaning any longer?

Or, is it just another brand aspect?

Let us do something different, take the road less taken

Every authentic act is difficult –

Yet – we each know that we will get over the convulsion of the deed….

We will not get over not acting – we will simply wallow and die….

So – it is clear

Joy lies ahead

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