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    World News
8/4/03 - 9/28/03

Sunday  9/28/03

top10 dead, 48 hurt in Colombia bomb attack  9/28/03 AP 

Lies, Mischief And The Myth Of Western Intelligence Services  9/28/03 Information Clearing House 

Panel studies 1898 riots Programs favored over reparations  9/28/03 News Observer, NC: "On Nov. 10, 1898, white supremacists rampaged through Wilmington, burning the nation's only black-owned newspaper, shooting black residents, ordering others into exile and ousting a biracial, elected city government. Now, a state commission -- running behind schedule, with zero funds and little fanfare -- is writing the state's official version of one of the nation's more notorious incidents of racial violence. Members of the 13- member Wilmington Race Riot Commission say that to make amends for what happened in 1898, they would favor government-funded programs to benefit African-Americans. That might include new economic development initiatives, scholarships, history displays, leadership programs and a curriculum for state public schools to teach about the 1898 coup d'etat."

S.C. economy could profit from Gullah study Study suggests taking advantage of cultural tourism possibilities  9/28/03 The State, SC: "Gullah heritage could become a growth industry in South Carolina if the recommendations of a National Park Service study are allowed to blossom, according to U.S. Rep. James Clyburn. Gullah culture encompasses the language, crafts and lifestyles begun by enslaved Africans and maintained in the 1900s on remote coastal islands from central Florida through southern North Carolina. Clyburn, D-S.C., requested the cultural study to determine whether the National Park Service should work to preserve Gullah heritage."

Miami considers nullifying First Amendment  9/28/03 Unknown News: "Instead, the city of Miami is considering a proposal that would effectively squelch the expected protests. This legislation would outlaw the possession of weapons at protests — and also outlaw all sorts of things that have nothing to do with public safety, and everything to do with banning the First Amendment right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Thursday  9/25/03

topRangel Carries Clark's Water for Clinton  9/25/03 Black Commentator 

Eagle III: Not only the immunity of officers is at issue  9/25/03 Radio Progresso: "Oct. 27 will be the start of Operation Eagle III, an air exercise that, under the command of U.S. officers, will be conducted at the headquarters of the Fourth Air Brigade in Mendoza, Argentina, and the Fifth (Villa Reynolds) Brigade in San Luis. About 80 aircraft and 1,000 soldiers from the armies of Argentina, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia would participate in this exercise. Washington's demand to grant immunity to its troops has created conflicts in President Néstor Kirchner's Cabinet and in the Chamber of Deputies [House of Representatives.] However, the topic of immunity is not the only issue to consider. What is at stake, strategically speaking, is the fact that this type of joint action is part of the U.S. policy of militarizing the continent, creating U.S. bases, and legitimizing its presence in territories Washington hopes to utilize as strongholds for its hegemonic policy."

Angela Davis: prisons a new form of slavery  9/25/03 Radio Progresso, Miami 

Tuesday  9/23/03

topTalking with Hugo Chavez - "We Have Proof of the CIA in Venezuela"  9/23/03 Counterpunch: "Chavez revealed that his government is in the possession of a video, which his security forces secretly recorded, of a CIA officer giving a class to Venezuelans on surveillance. Joking he said, "The technique could not have been very good, since we did manage to film him." He argues that this is evidence that the CIA is involved in clandestine activity in Venezuela, after the coup attempt, in addition to the evidence he has of U.S. involvement before and during the coup; but his government has so far not issued a formal complaint to the U.S. government. Some day, he said, these pieces of evidence will be released, but he does not know when."

Speakers to address U.S. policies on Colombia  9/23/03 Lenawee Connection, MI: "The presentation will feature speakers Luz Marina Becerra, 29, who is secretary general of the Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians, or AFRODES, and Father Rafael Castillo, 45, who has nearly 20 years of experience working with communities affected by violence and poverty."

Colombians to discuss impact of foreign policy  9/23/03 Western Herald, MI: "Castillo is a 45-year-old Afro-Colombian priest based in the city of Cartagena, where he works with communities affected by violence and poverty. Luz Marina Becerra is a 29-year-old Colombian woman from the province of Choco who was forced from her home five years ago. She is now the secretary general of one of the main organizations for displaced Afro-Colombians."

Sunday  9/21/03

topThere is growing evidence of reforms helping Venezuela's poor  9/21/03 LA Times: "Getting at poverty's roots: In the past few months, more than half a million illiterate Venezuelans have received basic reading and writing instruction. Hundreds of thousands of poor children have begun attending school for the first time in their lives. Doctors imported from Cuba as part of a petroleum deal are paying house calls to poor neighborhoods. Perhaps most important, tens of thousands of people such as Lopez have been given title to land that their families have been squatting on for generations, both in poor urban slums like this one and in vast rural tracts. Using new government credits, poor families are planting crops, organizing businesses, fixing up their homes and redesigning their neighborhoods. "There is an incredible flowering of activity in the communities that are participating," said Gregory Wilpert, an American sociologist and freelance journalist living in Venezuela who is studying the effect of Chavez's reforms. The impact of the government's efforts is still haphazard and limited. But the measures have had a ripple effect that has left many of the poor feeling that for the first time in their lives the government is actually interested in aiding them. This helps to explain a Venezuelan political phenomenon -- Chavez's unwavering support in polls from about 35 percent of voters, most of them poor."

Saturday  9/20/03

topUribe's Desperate Squeals - When Terrorists Talk of Human Rights  9/20/03 Counterpunch 

Friday  9/19/03

topGlobal Eye -- Vanishing Act  9/19/03 Moscow Times: "The technology had a trial run in the 2002 midterm elections. In Georgia, serviced by new Diebold systems, a popular Democratic governor and senator were both unseated in what the media called "amazing" upsets, with results showing vote swings of up to 16 percent from the last pre-ballot polls. In computerized Minnesota, former Vice President Walter Mondale -- a replacement for popular incumbent Paul Wellstone, who died days before the vote -- was also defeated in a large last-second vote swing. Convenient "glitches" in Florida saw an untold number of votes intended for the Democratic candidate registering instead for Governor Jeb "L'il Brother" Bush. A Florida Democrat who lost a similarly "glitched" local election went to court to have the computers examined -- but the case was thrown out by a judge who ruled that the innards of America's voting machines are the "trade secrets" of the private companies who make them."

Thursday  9/18/03

topWhat's Up With the French? The "Not American" Strategy  9/18/03 Black Commentator 

9/11/01: Where Was George?  9/18/03 The Nation 

Tuesday  9/16/03

top''Counternarcotics, the 'War on Terror,' and South America''  9/16/03 PINR 

Democrats Question Cheney's Halliburton Payments  9/16/03 Reuters 

Sunday  9/14/03

topHow Bush rangers earn their badge  9/14/03 Observer, UK 

Saturday  9/13/03

topDenuncian que Coca-Cola secuestra y tortura al hijo de un sindicalista  9/13/03 ANNCOL: "Paramilitares bajaron de la bicicleta en que se movilizaba al niño de quince años David José Carranza Calle, lo subieron a la fuerza a una camioneta blanca, se lo llevaron y lo torturaron, preguntándole por el paradero de su padre, trabajador de Coca-Cola y dirigente nacional de Sinaltrainal, Limberto Carranza."

Fiction and Reality in Colombia - Terrorists, Their Friends and the Bogota Three  9/13/03 Counterpunch 

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE IN A COLOMBIAN WAR ZONE  9/13/03 WW3: "When I ask Gonzalez if he has any closing words for read ers in the United States, he immediately states that Washington must cut off aid to President Alvaro Uribe's government. "The government is the greatest perpetrator of violence in our communities," he says. When I point out that most of the violence in Vi lla Rica seems to come from ostensibly illegal criminal gangs and paramilitaries, he responds: "The paramilitary groups are funded by the same government. Everybody knows it." Before we get on the chiva back to Cali--before sundown, to avoid ga ng hold-ups--Gonzalez offers his final words: "Every dollar from the United States is one more death. They are cutting health, education, public services-- everything is going for the war. The United States government needs to reflect about what it is doing to our country." "

Thursday  9/11/03

topLinking anti-racism to peacemaking  9/11/03 Pulse, MN: “Attending different [peace] events, I saw displays of different peoples of color, children of color, needing to be ‘saved,’ rescued or ‘helped’—yet, never seeing any people of color at the table as equal partners in the process,” observed Paulette Sankofa, co-director of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), sharing her experiences and explaining what inspired the 20-year-old organization to declare September “Anti-Racism Month.” “We began talking about the interconnections between poverty, racism and militarism ... Heather Foster [WAMM co-director] had some solid ideas about that. It was complementary because she’s a young European-American woman and I’m a, shall we say, ‘seasoned’ African-American woman.”

Wednesday  9/10/03

topBlack Caucus Picks Right-wing Fox TV Over Black Networks for Presidential Debate  9/10/03 NNPA: "Many people were surprised that Tuesday night’s presidential debate, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), was aired on a Right-wing network that frequently opposes everything that the organization stands for. “Fox has their record of being Right-wing and even racist where Blacks are concerned. And so, the contradiction is that they [CBC] would choose Fox to do this. But the other thing is that Fox saw a moment of opportunity themselves to cover their behinds. They can always say, ‘Well, we hosted the Congressional Black Caucus,’” says Ronald Walters, a political science professor at the University of Maryland-College Park. “So it’s on both sides, as far as I’m concerned, a negative.” "

Tuesday  9/9/03

topMilitares de Ecuador repudian provocaciones de las Inteligencias de Colombia y EE.UU.  9/9/03 ANNCOL: "General Vargas y coronel Brito aseguran que los organismos de Inteligencia de EE.UU. y Colombia buscan debilitar a las Fuerzas Armadas de Ecuador y presionarlas por una participación mayor en el conflicto colombiano."

Saturday  9/6/03

topAfro-Colombian Leader Murdered  9/6/03 AfroCubaWeb: "The Black Communities Process in Colombia ? PCN - denounces before the country and the world the assassination of JOSE LUCIANO CASTILLO ALEGRIA, respected Afro-Colombian leader from the coast of the Department of Nariño, by the 29th Front of the FARC-EP (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia-Army of the People)."

Monday  9/1/03

topLatin America’s fastest-growing faith resents terror allegations from U.S.  9/1/03 Sun Sentinel: "Fueled by immigration from the Middle East and conversion, especially among Afro-Caribbeans attracted by the promise of a color-blind society described in the Quran, Islam has become the fastest-growing religion in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Many resent American suspicion of them. Most are secular, commonly intermarry with Christians and Hindus, and never supported either the Taliban in Afghanistan or Saddam Hussein in Iraq."

Saturday  8/23/03

topRumsfeld Does Bogota Right Turns in South America?  8/23/03 Counterpunch 

Monday  8/18/03

topNew Justice Department Stats Confirm Balkanization Of Black Males  8/18/03 Black Leadership Forum: "The statistic just released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is a confirmation of the uniquely American vicious circle of racism. According to previous assessments of the participation of African Americans in the U.S. criminal justice system, these projections – that one in three Black males will participate in the criminal justice system into perpetuity - are absolutely correct. The extrapolation into perpetuity in fact is a very modest understatement of the havoc continually visited upon our black and brown communities. Reports abound of the growing dire effects, on Black males in particular, of the Bush Administration’s (e.g. Attorney General John Ashcroft’s) arbitrary policies of suspended civil liberties masquerading as elements in “the fight against terrorism. ” The reason that these policies are resulting in the disproportionate presence of Black males in the criminal justice system, is that this arbitrariness gets replicated and expanded in its local application by already unbridled “racial profilers” inside racist local law enforcement organizations."

Friday  8/15/03

topColombian gun-running scandal links shady Israelis, Al-Qaeda  8/15/03 Daily Star 

Thursday  8/14/03

topCondoleeza Rice and the Birmingham Bombing Victims  8/14/03 Black Commentator: "As for the martyred Denise McNair, she and the other children killed by American evil doers deserve better than to be used as cover for the worst that America has to offer. As an aside, I have always found it offensive when victims like Denise McNair are described as having “sacrificed” or “given their lives.” Miss McNair’s life was taken from her. People who in all probability called themselves Christians murdered her in her church. The only thing crueler is for people in power to evoke her name when telling us that peace is war and freedom is slavery."

"There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to Democracies as against despots: suspicion." -- Demosthenes

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Estimates of the total number of Muslims range from 0.7 to 1.2 billion worldwide and 3 to 6 million in the U.S. About 20% of all people on earth follow Islam. The religion is in a period of rapid growth.

Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world. It is followed by about 33% of all people -- a percentage that has remaind stable for decades. It is expected that, if current trends continue, Islam will become the most popular religion sometime in the mid-21st century.


Death from America

Iraq news: Soaring death rates among Iraqi children, 1999 BBC, UNICEF 500,000 child deaths

Ramsey Clark: Report to UN Security Council re: Iraq, 1/26/2000
1.5 million deaths

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