Friday, December 28, 2007
  Ménage sans Bhutto

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Thursday, December 20, 2007
  Lakota Indians withdraw from treaties with US
The Citizen.co.za

-- "We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us," long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old. -- /snap/ [link]

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Friday, December 14, 2007
  Ghost Town

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
  Algerian lessons

/../ In 1992, a ghastly war broke out between government security forces and Islamist rebels after the army canceled the country's first democratic legislative elections, which the radical Islamic Salvation Front won. Tens of thousands of Algerians have died, and over 7,000 "disappeared." Since the early 90's, the Algerian government has projected itself as the country's only defense against theocratic despotism.

In Mohammed Harbi's view, this is a false choice, since, he said, most Algerians reject both the state and its radical Islamist opponents. The army and the rebels, he argues, are objective allies: both sides refuse to allow Algerians to govern themselves, both reject political pluralism and both are willing to use extreme violence — and even, some reports suggest, to cooperate behind the scenes — to further their aims.

Wishing a plague on both houses is, of course, the most dangerous position of all in a civil war, and Mr. Harbi has kept a low profile for much of the last decade, evading various assassination plots. "He seemed less nervous about his safety than I was," Stuart Schaar, a historian of North Africa at Brooklyn College, remembers. "I was afraid when he'd take subways. I begged him to take taxis, but he wouldn't." /../

:: Interview in Il Manifesto with Mohammed Harbi [Italian]

«L'islamismo radicale cerca il consenso dei poveri»
Per lo storico algerino Mohammed Harbi, gli attentati si inseriscono nella grande crisi delle classi meno favorite, in cui mira a fare breccia l'islam radicale
Geraldina Colotti

Raggiungiamo a Parigi lo storico Mohammed Harbi, classe 1933, studioso della rivoluzione algerina, a cui lui stesso ha partecipato, pagando con cinque anni di carcere militare.

Qual è la sua lettura degli attentati di Algeri? /../

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Monday, December 10, 2007
  Sendero Rumoroso


Sunday, December 09, 2007
  Silence is shit
The Word Is A Bird

Some say silence is golden
But silence is shit
‘Cause words can hit
But they can heal
They can liberate us from what we feel
‘Cause mazwi acho akasimba
Anogona kutibatsira kwatirikuenda
‘Cause words are warriors
And their great gifts are glorious
But politicians wanna sell us words that are worthless
Creating a populace that’s wordless
Throwing curse upon curse on the word’s carcass
But the word is a bird and birds fly regardless
Flying above the durawalls of their so-called silence
The word still heard above their virile violence
‘Cause you can bomb the word but you can’t keep it silent

(cc) Comrade Fatso 2007

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