Tim Murphy | 1 Jan 01:44 2004

Happy New Years: And Be Careful What You Eat

ZNet | Global Economics

Happy New Years: And Be Careful What You Eat

by Maria Tomchick; December 30, 2003

In the days following the discovery of mad cow disease in Washington State,
the U.S. cattle industry has been hard at work trying to calm Americans'
fears about tainted meat. Our weak regulatory agencies -- the Food and Drug
Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- keep telling us
that they're doing a good job of protecting us from the ravages of bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

But they're wrong. And since most of us don't know where our food really
comes from, it's hard to know what's true and what isn't. So here's a little
wake-up call, in case you're wondering if you've eaten tainted meat.

I grew up on a dairy farm in Washington State. It was a family farm that had
about 100 cows and an equal number of young livestock ranging in age from
newborn calves to two-year-old heifers ready to give birth to their first
calves and enter the milk herd. About 120 cows was the maximum number for
us; we simply couldn't milk more animals in a day. There was only so much
time, and we had only so much energy. We used some mechanization, but we
still had the ability to give the cows a certain amount of individual care,
to help the ones that were sick, and to adjust the milking process for cows
who needed special attention.

What made this particularly important is that my parents were career dairy
farmers. Mom didn't have a secretarial job in town and Dad didn't hire out
to do contract work just so we could make ends meet. My parents made the
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Tim Murphy | 1 Jan 02:50 2004

Right Wing Funder of Racism

Right Wing Funder of Racism

Click below to learn more about Moskowitz and the harm he has done the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process.



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Fred Feldman | 1 Jan 11:31 2004

Fidel: Military intervention against Venezuela will "ignite" S. America

Fidel's assessment of the explosive consequences of a
counterrevolutionary attack on Venezuela hones in on the developments
among the Indian peoples.
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Castro says intervention in Venezuela would "ignite" S. America.

28 December 2003 EFE News Service

Havana, Dec 28 (EFE) - Cuban President Fidel Castro has warned that
any foreign military intervention in Venezuela would "ignite a powder
keg throughout South America."

Castro's warning came during a televised eight-hour speech to
lawmakers over the weekend in reference to statements made recently by
White House Special Envoy Otto Reich over reports that Cuban agents
were operating in Venezuela under the guise of volunteer workers.

The Cuban leader said that according to Reich, "many people from
Venezuela have received reports that there are hundreds, if not
thousands, of military-like personnel from Cuba in Venezuela."

But it reality, he said the Cuban workers in Venezuela were
10,169 young volunteer doctors "serving areas where Venezuela's
poorest live: attending to them and offering them medicines free of

"Why don't they (the Americans) offer (Venezuelan President Hugo)
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Fred Feldman | 1 Jan 12:02 2004

Is Colombia, with thousands of US troops, opening chronic border war with Venezuela?

Venezuela Tightens Frontier Security After Killings
By Patrick Markey

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela moved to tighten frontier
security on Monday after the government blamed Colombian
paramilitaries for killing seven of its National Guard troops on the
border between the two nations.

Officials said Venezuelan armed forces had already reinforced border
areas where the troops were killed and the government planned other
measures to improve coordination, control of the frontier and
military intelligence.

"We are carrying out more counter-subversion operations," Brid. Gen.
Julio Quintero, chief of the unified command, told reporters after
meeting with ministers and high-ranking military officials on
improving frontier security.

"In addition to increasing numbers, they have also increased
resources to bring better security and cover for the troops on ground
patrol," he said.

He said 20,000 Venezuelan armed forces troops currently operate on
the porous 1,400 mile frontier with Colombia where violent crime,
kidnappings, drug trafficking and smuggling are common.

Ties between the Andean neighbors have been strained by the recent
spate of violent clashes between Venezuelan troops and suspected
Colombian gunmen and accusations that Venezuelan soldiers have
violated Colombian territory.
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Fred Feldman | 1 Jan 12:28 2004

Resistance Attacks And Workers Opposition Kill Iraq Privatization Plan

From: GI Special:   thomasfbarton <at> earthlink.net 12.29.03


Resistance Attacks And Workers Opposition Kill Iraq Privatization Plan

New Iraqi Army Slashed

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Washington Post Foreign Service December 28, 2003

BAGHDAD, Dec. 27 -- The United States has backed away from several of
its more ambitious initiatives to transform Iraq's economy, political
system and security forces as attacks on U.S. troops have escalated
and the timetable for ending the civil occupation has accelerated.

Plans to privatize state-owned businesses -- a key part of a larger
Bush administration goal to replace the socialist economy of deposed
president Saddam Hussein with a free-market system -- have been
dropped over the past few months. So too has a demand that Iraqis
write a constitution before a transfer of sovereignty.

With the administration's plans tempered by time and threat, the U.S.
administrator of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, and his deputies are now
focused on forging compromises with Iraqi leaders and combating a
persistent insurgency in order to meet a July 1 deadline to transfer
sovereignty to a provisional government.

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Yoshie Furuhashi | 1 Jan 14:12 2004

Haunted Land (Dir. Mary Ellen Davis)

*****   Haunted Land

Canada-Guatemala 2001, 74 minutes

Two paths cross on a descent into Guatemala's past: that of Mateo 
Pablo, Maya survivor of one of many massacres that took place during 
the country's recent civil war, and Daniel Hernández-Salazar, 
Guatemalan artist and photographer whose work grapples with local 
human rights violations.

Dos destinos se cruzan en el sendero de la memoria histórica de 
Guatemala: Mateo Pablo, sobreviviente maya de una de las numerosas 
masacres perpetuadas durante la reciente guerra civil, y Daniel 
Hernández-Salazar; artista y fotógrafo guatemalteco cuyas obras 
escrutan y denuncian las violaciones de los derechos humanos.

Together they travel to a remote site in the highlands where the 
community of Petanac once stood. Mateo grew up and lived there until 
1982, when his family and neighbours were tortured and murdered by 
the Guatemalan army, whose soldiers later burned Petanac to the 

Viajando juntos por el altiplano, visitan el lugar que había ocupado 
la comunidad maya de Petanac. En ese lugar experimentó un vuelco la 
vida de Mateo, cuando en 1982 el ejército guatemalteco torturó y 
asesinó a su familia y a sus vecinos dejando el pueblo reducido a 

Today, nothing has been forgotten. At Petanac and other Maya 
communities across Guatemala survivors gather to bear witness as 
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Fred Feldman | 1 Jan 17:42 2004

The SWP today: a self-centered sect adjusting to benefits of "success" of US imperialism

In Nestor Gorojovsky's recent article on the Marxmail list, he quotes
Jose Perez: "Nestor's point is that when you're in the colonial and
semicolonial world, you're quite unlikely to forget this point: the
pressure of theimperialist boot on your neck reminds you of it

Nestor responds:
"Yes, José, but that is only a part of my point. The other part is
that the pressure of the imperialist boot often uses to assume the
shape of anti-nationalist leftism from the First World. This pressure
hammers into many of our best young people an ideology which, in the
end, ranks them with imperialists.  Thus, though it would seem
impossible NOT to see imperialism in Argentina, you would be
astonished at the enormous mass of 'leftists' who actually do not."

Nestor and Jose are both absolutely right -- which doesn't mean that
it is illegal for people who hold imperialist citizenship to notice
that Saddamism is an obstacle to a united national fight against the
occupation of Iraq or that Milosevic's wars furthered every outcome,
including subordination to US imperialism, that he claimed they were
aimed at  preventing.

Their remarks struck me particularly forcefully reading the  article
from the latest issue of the Militant that follows these comments.

In broad politics, the article is striking for its insistence on
irreconcilable opposition to every imperialism but their own, which is
portrayed as the kinder, gentler, "soft-protectorate" imperialism.
Would-be US revolutionists hail their British counterparts putting
forward slogans which demand British but not US troops, out of Iraq --
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James M Nordlund | 1 Jan 19:09 2004

Re: Real Science, politics, activism are also environmental, spiritual

Dear CJ, et al,

Hola!  Thanx all for responding!  We're attempting to realize growth
through discerning similarities and differences, no?  Why some dwell on
the differences to the exclusion of similarities is to further the
sociological tool of divide and conquer, used by the republican conspiracy
to cement the corporate structure's convolution's direction of devolution;
replacing human growth and the evolution!  To a lesser degree, other
concpiracies', like the totalitarians, etc., 'use' the same for the same
'ends justifies the means' scenario, the increasing of supposed garnering
of delusional profits and delusional pleasures in ever-increasingly
cyclical and centralizing patterns.  For that reason, and I'm the only
person that has stated this for decades, "we" know the remocrats say the
opposite of reality continually, in order to brainwash people into
believing them, or at least something closer to what they want them to
think; for, without that brainwashing, the truth would be evident.  Sadly,
far less and more ineptly, totalitarians do the same thing, attacking
anything they disagree with; abusively.  For, if they 'kill' disagreement,
then their lies can be fabricated to be true, because everyone else's are
dead.  This is what's called patriarchal and imperial practice, mainly by
the remocrats, and dempublicans, but, obviously, still by the
totalitarians too.  For, if you respected others communicating their
opines, and didn't attack them, even if you disagreed, then how would the
sheep know that they aren't supposed to think about those differing
opines, and are 'supposed to' just swallow yours whole, instead.  It's
interesting how attack and communicating are the same word with these
fascists, yet, their 'using' the same tools of the man, identifies them as
conspirators for the man.  For, if sociologically programmed destruction
is furthered, yes, the totalitarians will steal their little piece of the
'rock' (which is what they're smoking if they think people don't know what
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Ian Malcolm-Walker | 2 Jan 01:41 2004

Invasion of Kuwait - 1974

Recently released government papers show the Heath Government was told in 
1974 of US plans to invade Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to secure their oil supplies

The plans were abandoned after Heath warned Nixon that Iraq backed by the 
Arab World and the USSR would invade Kuwait from the north to defend the 
Oil Fields

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Fred Feldman | 2 Jan 02:51 2004

Guarani Indians sieze ranches in Brazil, near Paraguay border


30 December, 2003
Indians invade Brazilian ranches

Indians in the region have long been at odds with

Thousands of indigenous Indians have invaded several
farms close to Brazil's border with Paraguay in an
attempt to reclaim ancestral land.

Brazilian police said the members of the Guarani and
Kaiowa peoples appeared with painted faces and bearing
traditional weapons.

Occupants of the ranches in the state of Mato Grosso
do Sul fled in fear.

Two farms have so far been seized since the invasions
began last week, according to the Brazilian media.

War rituals 

Reports from the area said Indians armed with bows and
arrows and shouting in their native language took over
the farms located near the city of Iguatemi.

Two thousand Indians had also set up camps at the main
entrances to other farms in the region, the Estado web
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