lunes, julio 31, 2006

The Retard Secretary of State

What does Condoleezza Rice do after being told that more children will be murdered by Israel's Terrorist Minister Amir Peretz?

She smiles:

Her IQ is not high enough for any other sort of reaction.

Support for Lebanon in Amman

Jordanian demonstrators hold a poster depicting U.S. President George W. Bush during a protest against the Israeli air strikes on Lebanon and Gaza Strip, in Amman July 31, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN)

Support for Lebanon in Jerusalem

An Israeli demonstrator chants slogans during a demonstration against Israel's military offensive in Lebanon, outside the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, July 31, 2006. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologized Monday for the dozens of civilians killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Lebanese town of Qana, but said that no cease-fire would be forthcoming in Israel's 20-day battle with Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Guernica Then and Now

Here you have a picture of Tarek Mitri, Lebanon's Minister of Culture and Acting Foreign Minister, walking pass by the UN's reproduction of The Guernica by Pablo Picasso:

A few years ago someone actually concealed the canvas during the build up to the US attack on Iraq.

I wonder if racist warmongers like John Bolton understand the irony of walking by a painting that reminds the world about the lunacy of all out war against civilian populations by fascist governments, Nazi Germany then, Zionist Israel today.

Another US Blogger Excuses Israel's Terrorism

I want to start by saying that I do not leave comments at blogs that warn readers about all the OC rules and regulations for any one that dares leave a comment. It is my opinion that if you're such a big mouth to say antyhing about any issue, you should have the integrity to accept any kind of reaction coming your way. Usually, the bloggers that edit the comments left at their blogs make sure to delete all comments that make them look like idiots. This is why whenever I have to say something about what one of these bloggers posted, I do it here, at my blog.

So let us start.

I found one more post by someone that makes a lame attempt at excusing Israel's present terrorist attack on Lebanon; the conflict can not even been called a war, until today Lebanon's army has not responded to Israel's incursions.

What Joe Gandelman does is to post a link to a post at another blog, a post by a not so intelligent young man who happens to be a soldier, and since he is an US citizen and US citizens that happen to be soldiers are some sort of sacred cows, then they get to say whatever they want no matter how ignorant what they say actually is.

And this is what the poor misguided jarhead said:

I wonder what would happen in the United States if, say, Mexico began launching artillery rockets into Texas, if the images of destruction and death were coming not from Haifa, but from San Antonio? Would the left wing and the media be crying for moderation and peace talks? Would the world condemn us for taking the fight to them? Some would say that Israel is a contested territory, that hundreds of thousands of Muslims were forcibly removed from their homes, and for that reason, the analogy does not hold up. To those people I say you are wrong, because a large portion of Texas was once under the Mexican flag.

Lets take it a step further soldier.

How about this analogy:

Some fundamentalist militants (many of them were not even US citizens, and remember, at this blog we use the term American to refer to those born in the American continent, from Greenland to Argentina) decided to declare independence of Texas from Mexico.

They did not speak the language, they did not profess the country's religion and they did not care to abide by the land's law since the renegades wanted for Texas to be a land were slavery was allowed. So, the Mexican government decided to do then what Israel is doing today, attack the terrorists, smoke them out of a hole called El Alamo and destroy all the cities were they had support by the civilian population.

From the perspective you champion, what Santa Ana did was quite correct.

But from the US point of view, those who died at El Alamo were doing it because they believed in a dream of justice and freedom, despite the fact that they wanted to add a pro-slavery state to the South.

Too bad Santa Ana failed, and that what he did was not done in California when a group of terrorists attacked the governor's palace. Or in Hawaii, were another group of terrorists captured the palace and kidnapped the royal family.

Do you see it now, it is not as black and white as your daddy wants to make it look. But wait, I have something else to tell you. Do you remember this paragraph?

My point is this: Israel is a sovereign country. The Israelis have EVERY RIGHT to defend their own borders against foreign attackers. For decades they have endured the cowardly attacks of terrorists.

Poor little boy, since you know so little about history and you depend on conservative baboons for your education no one cared to tell you that Israel came to be thanks to the terrorist activities by a fundamentalist religious group called the Irgun. These terrorists cowardly attacked UN and Brittish outposts in what was known as the Palestinian Mandate, the bloodshed was so merciless that both the UN and England did all they could to get the hell out of there, leaving the Palestinians to deal with the violence-prone bunch.

One more thing, why don't you ask your daddy or one of your indoctrinators at the army about the attack by Israel to an US vessel in which scores of US sailors were killed?

That's all for today, now go learn some more propaganda about how a great democracy your country is.

But wait, I'm not done with Joe Gandelman's not so moderate call to excuse Israel for its war crimes.

His post elicited this comment by a dimwit by the name of Thomas Pearson:

What I saw on our way through Denton still has me livid with anger.

One of the larger business there, I will not name it here, had three flags flying in front of their doors.

A Texas Lone Star flag, the U S Flag, and right betwen them Mexico's flag. I took pictures for proof.

I fought for my country and its flag, I fought for Texas and is flag...I did not and will not fight for Mexico, nor will I.

One way or the other that fucking Mexico flag is coming down even if I have to file suit to have it done or tear it down flagpole and all, myself!!

Wait a moment, he fought for Texas?

Man, he must be old, Texas has not been involved in a war ever since it was a "republic" (sure, a republic).

Tommy boy, why don't you travel through Mexico so you can see all the fucking USA flags that fly in front of many shops and hotels there?

If your hatred for Mexico is so deep, why don't you start by demanding a new name for the state? How about removing names like San Antonio or Padre Island? Hell, why don't you demand the US changes the name of the Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of Louisianna (oh wait, you must hate the French also).

Man, I wish Hezbollah had captured those two Israeli soldiers before, so all the so called moderates in the USA had shown their true disgusting colors a long time ago, in the mean time, a picture of one of the many victims by Israel's present land grab operation in the Middle East:

Her name is Aya Ali, and she can pack a lot more courage than all the Thomas Pearsons and Joe Gandelmans in Texas and the USA.

Not a Man of His Word

One think we now know about Nazi-minded Ehud Olmert is that he can not be trusted.

Last night there was an announcement that after carrying out the horrifying war crime against innocent civilians in Qana the military operations would stop for 48 hours.

Well, guess what, the Zionists are coward liars:

Israel's Olmert: No cease-fire in Lebanon

14 minutes ago

Israeli warplanes carried out strikes in southern Lebanon on Monday, hours after agreeing to temporarily halt air raids while investigating a bombing that killed at least 56 Lebanese civilians. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said there would be no cease-fire, and that Israeli forces continued fighting in the air, from the sea and on the ground in Lebanon.

"We are determined to succeed in this struggle," he said. "We will not give up on our goal to live a life free of terror."

Olmert said the fighting will end when Israel brings home two soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas in a July 12 raid.

Two things.

First, we know that the Zionists do not want "a life free of terror", they have been very succesful at stealing land from Palestine by terrorizing the Palestinians; murdering children, destroying houses and orchards, creating ghettos and building a wall, just like their Nazi mentors.

Second, on a Freudian Slip Olmert finally spoke a bit of truth, the two Israeli soldiers were not kidnapped, they were captured. Soldiers can not be kidnapped, only a babbling moron like Charles Krauthammer or Rush Limbaugh would say things like that. Soldiers are captured, soldiers are made prisoners of war.

domingo, julio 30, 2006

Support for Lebanon and Palestine in Cairo

An Egyptian man holds a picture of an injured baby as a Palestinian flag is waved in the background during a protest in Cairo against the Israeli offensives in Lebanon and Gaza. Israel's air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana sparked global outrage, with the UN Security Council deploring the deaths and Arab and Muslim leaders and thousands of livid protesters in the Middle East branding the assault a war crime(AFP/Khaled Desouki)

US Blogger Supports Terrorism

Just so you get an idea of how sick and twisted some US bloggers can be, here I present to you right winger Dean Esmay's apology of Israel state terrorism.

He claims that because some media outlet from the USA published a piece of propaganda accusing the Hezbollah militants of shooting at Lebanese civilians, Israel's decision to murder scores of innocent civilians is not a war crime.

Dean would make Goebbels proud.

Support for Lebanon in Mexico City

Lebanese citizens resident in Mexico wave their national flag in front of a picture of the war in Lebanon at Guadalupe Basilic in Mexico City. Israel's air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana sparked global outrage, with the UN Security Council deploring the deaths and Arab and Muslim leaders and thousands of livid protesters in the Middle East branding the assault a war crime(AFP/Omar Torres)

Support for Lebanon in Paris

People hold banners reading "Lebanese genocide, stop" as they participate in a demonstration in Paris to denounce the Israeli attacks in Lebanon. Israel's air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana sparked global outrage, with the UN Security Council deploring the deaths and Arab and Muslim leaders and thousands of livid protesters in the Middle East branding the assault a war crime(AFP/Pierre Andrieu)

Israel's Murderous Revenge

Incensed after their highly publicized military defeat at Bint Jbail by the resistance fighters from Hezbolla:

Israel pulls out of Hezbolla stronghold

By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer
Sun Jul 30, 2:31 AM ET

Israeli troops pulled back from a Lebanese border town Saturday after a week of heavy fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas who hailed the retreat as a victory. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the Middle East to push a refined U.S. peace plan.

The Israeli pullback from the town of Bint Jbail appeared to be in preparation for a new incursion along a different part of the border zone. Hours later, troops and tanks massed farther to the east on the Israeli side of the frontier, Lebanese security officials said early Sunday. Hezbollah's TV station said clashes broke out between guerrillas and Israeli troops about 2 miles inside Lebanon, but the Israeli army could not immediately confirm the report.

Lebanese civilians were suffering the most from the fighting, which erupted after Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid July 12. On Sunday, Israeli jets bombed the southern town of Qana, destroying several houses in which dozens of people were trapped, Lebanese media reported.

A day earlier, warplanes struck outside the market town of Nabatiyeh, crushing a house and killing a woman, her five children, and a man in a nearby house, Lebanese security officials said. In the southern port city of Tyre, volunteers buried 31 victims of the bombardment in a mass grave, among them a 1-day-old girl.

Israel made its closest strike to Hezbollah ally Syria yet. Warplanes hit the Lebanese side of a Syrian-Lebanese border crossing, forcing the closure of the main transit point for refugees fleeing and humanitarian aid entering Lebanon. Two more missiles hit the area early Sunday.

The Israeli military retaliated by murdering dozens of innocent civilians, mostly children:

51 minutes ago

Israel's air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana sparked global outrage, with the UN Security Council deploring the deaths and Arab and Muslim leaders and thousands of livid protesters in the Middle East branding the assault a war crime.

Diplomats said the United States again forced the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to water down its statement so that Israel was not openly criticised.

But the statement said: "The Security Council strongly deplores this loss of innocent lives and the killing of all civilians in the present conflict and requests the secretary general to report to it within one week on the circumstances of this tragic incident."

Qatar, which proposed the statement, had wanted to call the attack "deliberate" and to call for a ceasefire.

The statement said: "The Security Council expresses its concern at the threat of escalation of violence with further grave consequences for the humanitarian situation, calls for and end to violence, and underscores the urgency of securing a lasting, permanent and sustainable ceasefire.

The final statement was agreed after the United States announced that Israel has agreed to suspend its air attacks for 48 hours pending an investigation into the Qana bombing.

The 15-nation council met in emergency session at the demand of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora after the Israeli raid left 52 people dead, including at least 30 children.

"We must condemn this action in the strongest possible terms, and I appeal to you to do likewise," Annan told the council.

"I'm deeply dismayed that my earlier calls for immediate cessation of hostilities were not heard, with the result that innocent lives continue to be taken and innocent civilians continue to suffer," he said.

In Lebanon, where the deadlist attack of the 19-day-old conflict killed at least 52 people, more than half of them children, the government accused Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity as thousands of demonstrators attacked the UN headquarters in Beirut.

The response by the USA?

Their total support to Israel's state sponsored terrorism:

Sun Jul 30, 12:53 PM ET

The Bush administration on Sunday urged Israelis to avoid civilian casualties in the fighting in Lebanon and expressed sorrow about the deaths of at least 56 civilians in a village in southern Lebanon.

But the White House reaffirmed the administration's insistence on reaching a sustainable cease-fire. "The key here is that we want a cease-fire that will work," press secretary Tony Snow told reporters. President Bush was told before 7 a.m. about the attack on Qana and had spoken with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was in Jerusalem.

The administration offered condolences to those killed when Israeli missiles hit several buildings as people slept.

"This was a terrible and tragic incident," spokesman Blair Jones said. "We continue to urge the Israeli government to exercise the utmost care so as to avoid any civilian casualties. This tragic incident shows why this is so critical."

The State Department's third-ranking official reaffirmed the White House's position that Israel has the right to defend itself and contended an agreement was near on ending the fighting that has ravaged Lebanon.

Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns expressed optimism despite the airstrike. After the attack, Rice canceled a visit to meet with Lebanon's prime minister and, according to a U.S. official, decided to meet with the Israeli prime minister before leaving Jerusalem and returning to Washington on Monday.

Burns said the U.S. was committed to securing a cease-fire between Israelis and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, focusing on a multinational force in the region. Snow said talks at the United Nations about troop contributions would not begin until Tuesday or Wednesday.

"This is a very sad day. We are working toward that cease-fire," Burns said. "We are close to a political agreement between Israel and Lebanon to end this fighting."

Yet he endorsed Israel's military objectives, saying "This has not been a good 2 1/2 weeks for Hezbollah from a military point of view, and they've got to be worried about continued Israeli offensive operations."

Support for Lebanon in Viña del Mar

Members of the Lebanese community hold posters during a rally against Israel's military offensive in Lebanon, in Vina del Mar city, 85 miles (137 km), northwest of Santiago, Chile, July 30, 2006. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez (CHILE)

Support for Lebanon in Glasgow

A young girl from Scotland's Lebanese community carry's flowers next to a flag during a demonstration against the UK government's decision to allow U.S. military aircraft carrying bombs destined for Israel to re-fuel at airports in the UK, at Prestwick Airport in Scotland July 30, 2006. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN)

sábado, julio 29, 2006

Environmental Disaster

As if it was not enough with the death toll of innocent civilians, Israel's present war against Lebanon carries other dire consequences.

Airports, sea ports, bridges, hospitals, power plants and roads have beend completely destroyed, and now, this:

by Sammy Ketz

Sat Jul 29, 8:58 AM ET

The Mediterranean is threatened by its worst ever environmental disaster after Israel's bombing of a power plant in Lebanon sent thousands of tonnes of fuel gushing into the sea, the environment minister charged.

"Up until now 10,000-15,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil have spilled out into the sea," after Israel's bombing of the power station in Jiyeh two weeks ago, Lebanese Environment Minister Yacub Sarraf told AFP Saturday.

"It's without doubt the biggest environmental catastrophe that the Mediterranean has known and it risks having terrible consequences not only for our country but for all the countries of the eastern Mediterranean."

Israeli forces bombed the tanks at the power station on July 14 and July 15, just days into their offensive on Lebanon which has seen blistering air strikes across the country and a bloody ground incursion in the south.

The leak from one of the tanks, which are located just 25 metres (80 feet) from the sea, has now stopped but another containing 25,000 tonnes of fuel oil is still on fire and is in danger of exploding. Between 8,000-10,000 tonnes of fuel are on the shore and 5,000 on the open water.

"Until now, the worst ecological disasters have taken place in the oceans and it's the first time that an oil spill has happened outside the open sea," said Sarraf. "We can have no illusions."

Sarraf said that the cost of cleaning up Lebanon's once golden beaches -- which until the bombardment were major attractions for locals and tourists -- will cost between 45-50 million dollars and would not be finished until next summer.

The spill is now affecting 70 kilometres (40 miles) of Lebanon's 220-kilometre-long (140 miles) coast, a third of its coastline. Beaches and rocks are covered in a black sludge which has reached the famous tourist town of Byblos, north of Beirut.

"If nothing is done, not only will currents flowing towards the north mean that one third of Lebanon's coastline be hit, but also Cyprus, Syria, Turkey, Greece and even Israel," Sarraf said.

"The fauna and the Mediterranean ecosystem risk suffering badly and certain species are threatened with extinction," he warned.

Sarraf said that owing to the Israeli blockade of Lebanon's waters, it was impossible to send ships to clear up the pollution.

"I have appealed to Britain, Italy, Spain, the United States, all the countries which have already suffered oil slicks to ask for technical assistance as we cannot act on our own," he said.

Kuwait has sent 40 tonnes of material that would allow the petrol to thicken and also special carpets which absorb petroleum products.

A resident of Byblos, known worldwide for its seafood restaurants and historic harbour, said "for the last four days, fish, crustaceans and crabs have been coming in black, and they are dying as victims of this oil slick."

Fuad Hamdan, director of Friends of the Earth, Europe, and founder of Greenpeace Lebanon, agreed that "it is certainly the worst environmental disaster ever on the eastern Mediterranean coast."

Hamdan said the eastern Mediterranean coast from the Israeli port of Haifa until Syria's Lattakiya was already heavily polluted from Israeli industry, Lebanese sewage and industry from east Beirut and from Syria.

He advised people against eating fish from coastal areas. "Anyway it will smell bad and put people off."

Besides the oil slick, the fire from the oil tanks has caused atmospheric pollution which has already reached Beirut. "Now the toxic cloud is stretching over a 30 kilometre distance," said Sarraf.

This shows that the hateful and racist warmongers in Tel Aviv have no respect for nothing.

viernes, julio 28, 2006

Support for Lebanon in New York

Orthodox Jews participate in an anti-Israel rally in front of the Israeli consulate, Friday, July 28, 2006 in New York. Some 400 Lebanese and 50 Israelis are confirmed killed in the 17 days of the conflict, which started after the militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight in a cross-border raid on July 12th. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

miércoles, julio 26, 2006

Israel Knowingly Murdered UN's Peacekeepers

There is no way around it, Israel's state sponsored terrorism targeted a UN outpost in southern Lebanon, killing four UN peacekeepers.

Here you have the report:

By Irwin Arieff

27 minutes ago

An Irish army officer in south Lebanon warned Israeli forces six times that its strikes threatened the lives of the four observers, Ireland's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel John Molloy, the chief U.N. liaison officer with Israel in south Lebanon, told the Israelis on six separate occasions "that their bombardment was endangering the lives of U.N. staff in south Lebanon," a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said.

"He warned: 'You have to address this problem or lives may be lost,"' the spokesman said.

In New York, Holl Lute and U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown telephoned Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman and his deputy half a dozen times to convey the same message, U.N. officials said.

"The base is clearly marked, a well-known. well-established position for a generation," said a U.N, official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity.

The United Nations still wanted a joint investigation, as Annan requested, despite Olmert's decision to conduct a solely Israeli inquiry, the U.N. official said.

Seems like Olmert is taking his cues from reknown terrorist Menachem Begin's legacy.

Moncada's Anniversary

Local residents walk near an image of revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara that reads ' To Victory, Always' near Biran, eastern Cuba, on Monday, June 26, 2006. The Cuban revolution was born on a July 26 morning when a group attacked the Moncada military barracks in the eastern city of Santiago. Though the armed assault failed, and many young militants died, Castro survived and went on to oust his nemesis, then-President Fulgencio Batista. Cuba's President Fidel Castro was born on Aug. 13, 1926. (AP Photo/ Javier Galeano)

martes, julio 25, 2006

Israel Doesn't Pay Traitors

Yesterday there was a news article about a UN envoy hanging the Lebanese people high and dry:

U.N. exec blames Hezbollah for deaths

by LAUREN FRAYER, Associated Press Writer

Mon Jul 24, 6:22 PM ET

The U.N. humanitarian chief accused Hezbollah on Monday of "cowardly blending" in among Lebanese civilians and causing the deaths of hundreds during two weeks of cross-border violence with Israel.

The militant group has built bunkers and tunnels near the Israeli border to shelter weapons and fighters, and its members easily blend in among civilians.

Jan Egeland spoke to reporters at Larnaca airport in Cyprus late Monday after visiting Lebanon to coordinate an international aid effort. On Sunday, he toured the rubble of Beirut's southern suburbs, a once-teeming Shiite district where Hezbollah had its headquarters.

During that visit, he condemned the killing and wounding of civilians by both sides and called Israel's offensive "disproportionate" and "a violation of international humanitarian law."

Well, it seems like Rome, or in this specific case, Jereusalem (0r is it Tel Aviv?) does not pay traitors:

Deadly Israel raid on UN post overshadows Lebanon crisis meet

by Nayla Razzouk

Tue Jul 25, 7:14 PM ET

An Israeli air raid on south Lebanon killed as many as four UN observers, overshadowing an international crisis meeting due to open in Rome, as Hezbollah vowed to fire rockets further into the heart of Israel.

The deaths, which UN chief Kofi Annan said were the result of Israel's "apparently deliberate targeting" of a UN post, also drew a strong protest from France, whose officers currently command the nearly 30-year-old UN force.

"I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defence Forces of a UN observer post in southern Lebanon that has killed two UN military observers, with two more feared dead," Annan said in a statement released in Rome.

French ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, president of the UN Security Council for July, said: "We condemn this bombing on a UNIFIL position."

The attack on the UN post in the hilltop town of Khiam, once the site of an infamous Israeli jail but now a Hezbollah stronghold, came amid an intensive bombardment of the border area as Israeli troops advanced further into Lebanon.

One thing I would like to tell this useful idiot by the name of Jan Egeland is that if he knew anything about history he would understand that resistance movements are always protected by the civilian population during a conflict, that is why the Nazis to name an example, carried out some infamous operations in Czechoslovaquia and Russia during WWII, since they could not get the resitance fighters, they would punish entire towns, which is exactly what Israel is doing by bombing Beirut.

What the Nazis tried to do then was to weaken the local support by terrorizing the inhabitants of the cities and towns nearby the areas were the resitance groups acted. The resistance groups did not have the weaponry nor the resources to go face to face with the Nazi army, that is why they had to hit and run, use whatever means they have to try to bring some balance to the fight. The Nazis failed.

The Zionists are trying the same strategy, they count with the guilty silence of countries like the United States of America and England, like the Nazis before them, they are bound to fail.

lunes, julio 24, 2006

How Can Israel Excuse This?

domingo, julio 23, 2006

Israel's Loving Childhood

A couple of days ago I went to see the movie Merry Christmas, an excellent film that tells us about the crazyness of war.

The opening scenes are a perfect set up for the movie's message, war is a pissing contest between those who hold the power and the money, but the ones who get to kill and get killed are the average Joes that have the misfortune of carrying out their masters' designs.

To achieve this, those on top start by poisoning the minds of the country's young ones, this is why during the first few minutes of Merry Christmas we get to see a German boy, a French boy and an English boy reciting the propaganda they are tought about why one has to hate the neighbor.

Well, that was 1914, this is 2006:

In case you do not know the story these pictures tell, those are Israeli children writting hate messages on the shells the Israeli artillery was about to deliver that day. Yes, those are children that are supposed to be learning the peace loving and god fearing Jewish religion of their parents.

Well, their presents were delivered, here you have a Lebanese boy who received one of the messages of love and brotherhood by his peers from south of the border:

jueves, julio 13, 2006

Street Art in Neza

Members of the artists' collective Neza Arte Nel, from left to right, Miguel Angel Rodriguez 'Lupus,' Aurea Jimenez Urbina, Oscar Rivera Meneses and Martin Cuaya Urciaga pose in front of a grafitti mural in Cuidad Nezahualcoyotl on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico on June 10, 2006. With a unique mix of traditional and street art that adds an urban edge to the legacies of Rivera and Siqueiros, the four young painters that make up artists' collective Neza Arte Nel are determined to change the perception of Nezahualcyotl, or Neza, the lower-income municipality of 1.2 million people on the outskirts of Mexico City where they grew up.(AP Photo/Kara Andrade)

Black Vote in Peril in Home of the Free

Yesterday I saw Glenn Beck acting like a real ass towards the author of a book titled "Forty Million Dollar Slaves" by the name of William Rhoden. Glenn Beck went to the extreme of misquoting Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. during his arrogant trashing of his guest. Minutes before, he had launched an attack against the "La Raza Council" calling it racist because "La Raza" translates into "The Race", not knowing that the concept of La Raza does not refer to a superior race, but to a new race of humans formed by the mixing of all those who came to America and the indigenous peoples.

Anyway, all these seemingly random thoughts have a reason, here you have the note:

House rejects changes to Voting Rights Act

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer

25 minutes ago

The House voted Thursday to renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act, rejecting efforts by Southern conservatives to relax federal oversight of their states in a debate haunted by the ghosts of the civil rights movement.

The 390-33 vote sent to the Senate a bill that represented a Republican appeal to minority voters who doubt the GOP's "big-tent" image. Southern conservatives had complained that the act punishes their states for racist voting histories they say they've overcome.

"By passing this rewrite of the Voting Rights Act, Congress is declaring from on high that states with voting problems 40 years ago can simply never be forgiven," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., one of several lawmakers pressing for changes to the law to ease its requirements on Southern states.

The House overwhelmingly rejected amendments that would have shortened the renewal from 25 years to a decade and would have struck its requirement that ballots in some states be printed in several languages.

Supporters of the law as written called the amendments "poison pills" designed to kill the renewal because if any were adopted by the full House, the underlying renewal might have failed.

Supporters used stark images and emotional language to make clear that the pain of racial struggle — and racist voting practices — still stings.


Yes, what you just read is for real, the right to vote by the Black population of the United States of America (...the land of the free and the home of the brave...) depends on an Act, not a Law, that needs to be renewed every so often.

There you have it, a country that claims to be the most perfect democracy in the world, so perfect that they even export it via intelligent bombs, in reality keeps little over 10% of its population on a separate class when it comes to the right of all citizens to vote and be voted.

The note seems to present the Southern politicians as the villains in this movie, but the truth is, the entire US political landscape in guilty of racism by perpetuating a practice that can only be compared to the apartheid regime in South Africa.

The only way this blatant display of bigotry can be fixed is by making this Act evolve into a Law, so the Black population do not depend on a renewal to retain their right to vote.

Until then, the USA will not fully overcome its centuries of disregard for the human rights and civil liberties of its Black population, first victims of slavery, then victims of open racism, today victims of low key discrimination.

Not so low key at times, isn't it Mr. Beck?

Lebanon Under Attack

Over a year ago, conservative bloggers were posting all kinds of pictures coming out of Beirut.

Here is an example of what they were posting then:

Well, seems like today they are keeping quiet about the pictures coming out of Beirut these days.

Pictures like this one:

Because if they did post them, they would have to explain why do they blindly support a country involved in military operations against two neighbors. Let us remember that Israel is a nation that is home to religious extremists and that their military posses weapons of mass destruction, weapons that they are willing to use against both unarmed civilians and civilian installations in neighboring states.

Here you have a note by Yahoo News:

Israel attacks Beirut airport

By SAM F. GHATTAS, Associated Press Writer

Thu Jul 13, 12:01 PM ET

Israel intensified its attacks against Lebanon on Thursday, blasting Beirut's airport and two Lebanese army air bases near the Syrian border, and imposing a naval blockade. More than 50 people have died in violence following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants.

Warplanes punched holes in the runways of Beirut's international airport and two military air bases, attacks that could draw the Lebanese army into the conflict.

Israel's army chief Brig. Gen. Dan Halutz warned that "nothing is safe" in Lebanon and said Beirut itself — particularly Hezbollah offices and residences — would be a target. Maj. Gen. Udi Adam said Israel had hit hundreds of targets and hadn't ruled out sending in ground troops.

Hezbollah fired rockets into northern Israeli towns and said it was using a new missile that appeared to be more advanced than previous models. One Israeli was killed and at least 12 were injured.

The militant group also said it would rocket the key Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel hit Beirut, a strike that would be the deepest ever into Israel by the guerrillas — some 18 miles.

Two days of Israeli bombings, the heaviest air campaign against its neighbor in 24 years, had killed 47 Lebanese and wounded 103, Health Minister Mohammed Jawad Khalife said. Besides the Israeli civilian, eight Israeli soldiers had also been killed.


miércoles, julio 12, 2006

Blue Agave: World's Heritage

A 'Blue Agave' field is seen in the town of Tequila, Mexico, Wednesday, July 12, 2006. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Wednesday added the Agave landscape and the ancient industrial facilities of Tequila in western Mexico to its world heritage sites. The alcoholic Mexican drink of tequila is made from the blue cactus-like agave plants native to this land. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

Israel's Genocidal Policy Targets Children

An injured Palestinian child cries at a hospital in Gaza City. Eighteen Palestinians were killed, among them seven children from the same family, in multiple Israeli attacks in Gaza in which a top Hamas militant leader was reportedly wounded.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)

martes, julio 11, 2006

Marcos in Atenco

Masked Zapatista rebel leader Sub Comandante Marcos salutes during a rally in the town of Atenco, Mexico on Tuesday July 11, 2006. The rally was held to demand the release of prisoners of this town who were arrested during clashes with police last May.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Che in Amman

A man shouts anti-Israeli slogans during a sit-in outside the United Nations office to show their solidarity with Palestinians in Amman, July 11, 2006. Palestinian President Abbas meets Jordan's King Abdullah on Tuesday to ask Amman to use what influence it has on Israel to press it to stop its major military offensive in Gaza, officials said. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN)

Metrosexual Wrestlers

Wrestlers wait to compete in the Mongolion capital Ulan Bator at the annual Naadam Festival, which this year coincides with celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Mongol Empire.(AFP/Peter Parks)

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

I got acquainted with Pink Floyd when I was 8 or 9. I was mesmerized by the cover of "Dark Side of the Moon" so, one day, when my older brother and my mom left the house, I played the LP. I was immediatly drawn in by the music, but I did not understand the lyrics, since they were in English and I did not speak the language at the time.

Later, when I was 11, one of my Junior High teachers translated some of the lyrics for us. That was it. I have been a Pink Floyd fan since then. Viewing the movie "The Wall" was another rite of passage.

Extrangely enough, I did not learn about Syd Barrett until I was in college, when a Pink Floyd freak told me all about the band, and about Syd, and about how "Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall" were heavily influenced by Roger Waters pain over Syd's situation.

Somehow, learning about his departure gave me the blues.

Shine on you Crazy Diamond

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the cross fire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter, come on you stranger,
you legend, you martyr, and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter,
you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

Nobody knows where you are, how near or how far.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Pile on many more layers and I'll be joining you there.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
And we'll bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumph,
and sail on the steel breeze.
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,
come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!

Here you have the note:

Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, dies

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer

18 minutes ago

Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

The spokeswoman — who declined to give her name until the band made an official announcement — confirmed media reports that he had died. She said Barrett died several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause of death.

Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and wrote many of the band's early songs.

He got the name of the band from two old blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Pink Floyd's jazz-infused rock made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene. It was the first British group to do light shows in concert and its music and style was weird even for that era.

The 1967 album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" — largely written by Barrett — was a commercial and critical hit. The group, with additional band members Nick Mason and Richard Wright, came to be known as England's premier acid rockers.

But the band did a turn for the worse when Barrett became mentally unstable from the pressures of drugs and fame and had to leave the band in 1968 — five years before Pink Floyd's most popular album, "Dark Side of the Moon."

Barrett spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge.

Guitarist David Gilmour, another Cambridge student, took Barrett's place.

A small, private funeral would be held, the spokeswoman said.

sábado, julio 08, 2006

Sexual Freedom

Naked protesters ride their bicycles in front of Valencia's main train station, Spain, Saturday, July 8, 2006. The demostrators asked for more freedom on sexual matters on Saturday, while Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a Mass during the 5th World Meeting of Families next Sunday in Valencia as part of his two-day trip here starting on Saturday. (AP Photo / Fernando Bustamante)

Third Place

Germany's team with, back row from left, Sebastian Kehl, Christoph Metzelder, Jens Nowotny, Marcell Jansen and Miroslav Klose, and, front row from left, Bernd Schneider, Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski, Torsten Frings, Oliver Kahn and Bastian Schweinsteiger pose prior to the World Cup 3rd place soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Gottlieb-Daimler stadium in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

jueves, julio 06, 2006

Support the Troops?

Ahmed Qassim Hamza, 9, brother of the young Iraqi girl who was allegedly raped then killed along with family members, sits at the stream behind his home, Thursday, July 6, 2006, in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad, Iraq. Former US Army Pfc. Steve D. Green was charged Monday in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina, with rape and four counts of murder. At least four other U.S. soldiers still in Iraq are under investigation in the attack. (AP Photo/Ali al-Mahmouri)

Unwelcoming the Pope

Two girls wearing stickers saying 'I'm not waiting for you' participate in a protest Thursday July 6, 2006 in Valencia, Spain against the visit of the Pope. Pope Benedict XVI travels to Spain this weekend as part of his campaign to defend the traditional family, visiting a predominantly Roman Catholic country that allows gay marriage, divorce and abortion. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

School of the Americas

This is not a post about the institution where the United States of America forms the most heartless and ruthless Latin American military and para-military thugs.

This is a post about José Rivera's play that explores the last hours of Ernesto Guevara. The article tells us that Rivera does that while addressing a modern day issue, that of the war in Iraq.

Towards the very end of the article José Rivera tells us that his daughter was victim of harassment by a teacher who called Che a terrorist. This is just to show you how messed up things are in the USA where a murderous president like George W. Bush shelters a cold blooded assasin like Luis Posadas Carriles but a rather ignorant teacher feels that he has the right to openly attack an student while demonizing an individual that died fighting people who though it was their rights to rape and rob every country in the so called Third World.

Maybe that teacher should take into consideration that the White House has been terrorizing the civilian population of Afghanistan and Iraq for almost five years, and that George W. Bush and his henchmen have their hands splattered with the blood of innocent people who they murdered only to get more oil profits.

I would like to tell Claudia Parsons that Che is hero to millions, and devil to a few gusanos (right wing Cubans) and their US ideological puppets.

Kudos to José Rivera for his brave portrayal of Che.

Here you have the article:

Che Guevara's last night alive relived on NY stage

By Claudia Parsons

Wed Jul 5, 2:18 PM ET

After writing "The Motorcycle Diaries" screenplay, Jose Rivera felt he had more to say about Ernesto "Che" Guevara, so he wrote a play he says shows the Latin American revolutionary would have had plenty to say about the war in Iraq.

"When you're in a situation where you're killing people and no one really knows why, the times require someone to ask those questions," Rivera said in an interview in New York, where his new play, "School of the Americas," opens on Thursday.

"Che was always asking those questions and criticizing U.S. imperialistic impulses all over the world," he said.

Rivera, a Puerto Rican raised in New York, said some of the dialogue speaks directly to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

"The things that Che says in the play are things that people feel around the world. Che said in the 1960s the greatest enemy of mankind is the United States, and there would be people who say that today," he said.

The play is the story of Guevara's last night before his death in Bolivia, where he spent the final year of his life trying to foment a communist uprising. The Argentine guerrilla, a key figure in Cuba's revolution, was captured by government troops and held in a village schoolhouse while the Bolivian and U.S. governments decided his fate.

A schoolteacher named Julia Cortes insisted on being allowed to visit him and befriended him.

Rivera said he came across her story while doing research for "The Motorcycle Diaries," the 2004 film about the young Guevara's transformative journey through Latin America with a friend. Cortes, now in her 70s, was interviewed for a Swiss documentary Rivera came across.

"I was very taken with her presence. She talked about meeting Che and what they talked about, and I had this feeling that it really changed her life," Rivera said. "I started to imagine this story of Che's last friendship."


Rivera said he imagined the conversations in the play that range in subject from Guevara's marriage and children, to his mother's influence, his ideals and philosophy, as well as some doubts about the path he took in his final years.

"In several interviews Julia talks about the kinds of things they talked about but it's all very sketchy," Rivera said, adding that since writing the play he had spoken to Cortes, tracked down in Bolivia by a relative of Patricia Velasquez, the Venezuelan actress who plays Cortes.

"Patricia was able to have a phone conversation with her and they arranged for Julia to go to a cyber-cafe and we had a cyber conversation over the Internet with the whole cast."

"No one knows but her really what happened in that room," Rivera added.

Rivera, who was nominated for an Oscar for "The Motorcycle Diaries," was 13 when Guevara was killed in 1967 and he remembers it well. "He was a big hero with my family."

"That was the time period when Martin Luther King was killed and Bobby Kennedy was killed and Malcolm X was killed, so it seemed to be part of the times that all our heroes were being killed one by one," Rivera said.

He said Guevara was as controversial a figure at that time as he is today -- "a devil" for many expatriate Cubans and critics of Fidel Castro's communist revolution; a handsome, idealistic and charismatic cult figure for "60s college kids" and many leftists, particularly in Europe.

"My daughter wore a Che T-shirt to school and she was criticized by one of the teachers saying 'He's a terrorist,' and 'Why would you glorify a terrorist?'," Rivera said, adding that he does not expect to take the new play to Miami.

Volunteer Work in Cuba

The image of late revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on the shirt of British volunteer Cerys Howell at a rural school in Caimito, Cuba, June 26, 2006. Howell is part of a group of volunteers in Cuba either in support of the revolution or to get to know the country in a non-conventional way. (Claudia Daut/Reuters)

miércoles, julio 05, 2006

Not Forgotten

People that participated in a 1968 protest that ended in a massacre when Mexican troops ambushed a mostly peaceful protest, paste signs on the door of former Mexican President Luis Echeverria's home in Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, July 5, 2006. A judge on Wednesday took Echeverria's statement for his involvement in the massacre. Signs read 'October 2 is not forgotten.' and 'Jail for the Assassin.' (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Deafening Silence

Palestinians children rally in Rafah with American flags plastered across their mouths to symbolize that the USA is forcing the world to be quite over the Israeli strike on the Gaza strip. Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood has joined leftist opposition groups in calling on Arab countries to expel their Israeli ambassadors and to boycott Israeli goods.(AFP/Samuel Aranda)