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Adopt An Israeli Refusenik

28-03-2004 14:00


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Palestinian family of child bomber voices furor with militants

28-03-2004 13:56

A Palestinian family voiced anger Thursday at militants who sent their 16-year-old son on a suicide bombing mission, saying the extremists had exploited a naive boy.

The family's feelings reverberated through Palestinian society, where people expressed shame that children had become weapons in the violent Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"We just want them to leave us alone," said Tamam Abdo, the teenager's mother.

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Sharrow Lantern Carnival: tonight Sun 7.00pm

28-03-2004 12:35

Tonight, Sunday 28th March sees the postphoned launch of the Sharrow Lantern Carnival

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The Guardian introduces registration for its news archive!

28-03-2004 12:17

A bit late, but from 11th of March the Guardian introduced registration for the privilege of looking of some of its archived news.

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28-03-2004 11:53


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Silent Genocide

28-03-2004 07:40

03/25/04 Tribune Media Services -- "After the Americans destroyed our village and killed many of us, we also lost our houses and have nothing to eat. However, we would have endured these miseries and even accepted them, if the Americans had not sentenced us all to death."

This will not be easy to read, especially if you've projected evil out of your own heart, into some cave in Afghanistan or a spider hole in Iraq, and reduced the age-old question it inspires to this one: How can we bomb it off the face of the earth?

Before the damage we inflict grows greater, before history's judgment gets worse, before we contaminate the whole world - even before we vote in the next election - we must stop what we're doing. We must stop now.

It's time to listen for a moment not to defense analysts briefing officers, pols or pundits, but to people like Jooma Khan, a grandfather who lives in a village in Laghman Province, in northeastern Afghanistan, who is quoted above. Surely he deserves 30 seconds of our undivided attention. "When I saw my deformed grandson," he told an interviewer in March of 2003, "I realized that my hopes of the future have vanished for good. (This is) different from the hopelessness of the Russian barbarism, even though at that time I lost my older son Shafiqullah. This time, however, I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us by America, a silent death from which I know we will not escape."

We're waging war-plus in Afghanistan and Iraq - in effect, nuclear war, with our widespread use of depleted-uranium-tipped shells and missiles. This is no secret. DU, with its extraordinary penetrating power and explode-on-impact capability, helps assure our military dominance everywhere we go. But people like Jooma Khan and his grandson reap its toxic legacy.

So, of course, do our own troops.

Kahn's words are only a sliver of the damning testimony contained in the documents of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan, a Japanese citizens' initiative that recently concluded its two-year inquiry into the first phase of the Bush Administration's war on terror. But they say everything that we cannot hear. If we could hear Jooma Khan, and others who are sounding the alarm about DU, such as former Livermore Labs geologist Leuren Moret, who testified at the tribunal, there would not be mere thousands of people in the streets of American cities demanding that we stop the war, but hundreds of thousands, or millions - the sort of numbers that turn out in other parts of the world. The use of DU weaponry is not the extent of our criminal irresponsibility in Afghanistan and Iraq, which led to the tribunal's guilty verdict against George Bush on charges of war crimes, but it's the most chilling. (You can check out the full report at, among other places, )

As Moret testified, depleted uranium turns into a infinitesimally fine dust after it explodes; individual particles are smaller than a virus or bacteria. And, "It is estimated that one millionth of a gram accumulating in a person's body would be fatal. There are no known methods of treatment."

And DU dust is everywhere. A minimum of 500 or 600 tons now litter Afghanistan, and several times that amount are spread across Iraq. In terms of global atmospheric pollution, we've already released the equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki bombs, Moret said. The numbers are overwhelming, but the potential horrors only get worse. DU dust does more than wreak havoc on the immune systems of those who breathe or touch it; the substance also alters one's genetic code.

Thus, birth defects are way up in Afghanistan since the invasion: children "born with no eyes, no limbs, tumors protruding from their mouths ...deformed genitalia," according to the tribunal report. This ghastly toll on the unborn - on the future - has led investigators to coin the term "silent genocide" to describe the effects of this horrific weapon.

The Pentagon's response to such charges is denial, denial, denial. And the American media is its moral co-conspirator.

But blame is beside the point. Surely even those who still await "conclusive proof" that DU is the cause, or a factor, in the mystery illnesses and birth defects emanating from the war zones, can see the logic in halting its use now.

Global terrorism? Listen to Jooma Khan. Then look in the mirror.

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Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, is an editor at Tribune Media Services and nationally syndicated writer. Tribune Media Services, Inc.

© 2004 Tribune Media Services

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Depleted uranium and the atomic bombing of Japan

28-03-2004 07:29

This story is about American weapons built with Uranium components for the business end of things. Just about all American bullets, 120 mm tank shells, missiles, dumb bombs, smart bombs, 500 and 2,000 pound bombs, cruise missiles, and anything else engineered.

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On SSF Launch - 27th March 2004

28-03-2004 03:10

Own personal experience, attending SSF Launch, Royal Society for the Blind, after PM, on a Saturday. Arrival: 3pm, when speakers like Hilary had already spoken, and workshops such as poetry workshop, was already over ... but... it was great! one of the most encouraging experiences had in a long time! (View from Spanish woman)

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pics. Manchester Palestine Solidarity Protest 27th March

28-03-2004 02:49

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Photos from the Manchester Palestine solidarity Protest against the state assissination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. organised by manchester Friends of Palestine and Muslim Association of Britain (Manc'r Branch)

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Visit Haddon Hall

28-03-2004 01:55

Leaflets for 2004 tourist season
Coincidentally just at the same time that the Nine Ladies camp is threatened with eviction the the landowner of the area has started putting out leaflets encouraging people to visit his home.

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28-03-2004 01:20

March 27, 2004

Military jeep blocks ambulance

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Something Evil This Way...Oh No, It's Here!

27-03-2004 23:51

The militaristic posturing of the U.S. world-wide threatens more than just the rest of the world. It threatens the very foundations of Democracy in the country I once fought for.

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LondonSCN Meeting 3/4/04

27-03-2004 23:43

The next London Social Centres Network meeting is:
SATURDAY 3rd APRIL from Midday
@ Deckspace, in the tower at Greenwich Borough Hall
entrance opposite Greenwich Police Station, buzzer next to the Greenwich Dance Agency entrance on the corner of Peyton Place and Royal Hill

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Freedom To Palestine

27-03-2004 23:34

Freedom To Palestine

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U.S. Senator regrets vote for war

27-03-2004 22:22

. Va. Sen. on Iraq war: 'My Vote Was Wrong'

Better late than never. U.S. Senator regrets vote for war. Let’s use the turning tides to defeat the neocons once and for all. In Iraq alone they are directly responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 human beings ( the figure before includes between 25-30,000 Iraqi soldiers needlessly killed in addition to civilians who are still dying) since the beginning of this unprovoked, illegal war. Stopping them in Iraq may encourage a rethinking of priorities that could bring new directions to this tortured world. Goodness knows we need them.

Bring our troops home now! End the occupation of Iraq now! This is what the majority of Iraqi’s want! They want their country back now!!! jamie

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Police mass strip-search/x-ray London drinkers. Really.

27-03-2004 22:18

"Equipment was brought in on articulated lorries on Friday night, and suspects had the choice of being strip-searched or scanned."

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9L update and photos

27-03-2004 22:10

Funky monkey
For people who don't know whats going on and an update and appeal to people who do.

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Economics in Service of Life

27-03-2004 17:59

"The ideology of neoliberalism is incompatible with the vision of the ecumene, the unity of the church and the whole inhabited earth.. Injustice, exclusion and destruction are the opposite to sharing and solidarity, the indispensable part of our being the body of Christ.." translated from the German

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Trial result of BP stall trashers at CBI

27-03-2004 16:39

Greenwash Redwashed
The two local protesters who covered a BP stand in fake blood during the 2002 CBI conference in Manchester's G-MEX appeared at the crown court last week charged with criminal damage of £5675. Their action addressed BP's greenwash as the company sought profit from catastrophe in the impending Iraq war and the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipelines project.

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[Nablus] Institutionalizing Occupation and Isolation

27-03-2004 16:22

Fri March 26, 2004

1/Institutionalizing Occupation and Isolation
2/Two Dead in Balata, Situation Rapidly Escalating
3/These are the Indians…