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    Alternative Press Week in Review Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream www.altpr.org A weekly roundup of news, essays and other items of interest. Vol. 1, No. 7,
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      Alternative Press Week in Review
      Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream

      A weekly roundup of news, essays and other items of interest.
      Vol. 1, No. 7, March 30, 2003

      Images of War: Terror on Baghdad

      This is Gulf War 2

      Photos of captured and killed American GIs

      Photos of 'liberated' Iraqi's

      Protest Pictures from Around the World

      Michael Moore's Acceptance Speech at the Academy Awards

      Website of the Week

      Quote of the Week

      "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the
      country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag
      the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a
      parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can
      always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have
      to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for
      lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." - Herman
      Goering at the Nuremberg trials

      Moron of the Week

      "I've been all the way through this desert from Basra to here and I ain't
      seen one shopping mall or fast food restaurant, These people got nothing.
      Even in a little town like ours of twenty five hundred people you got a
      McDonald's at one end and a Hardee's at the other." -- Marine Sgt. Sprague
      in Iraq

      Assholes of the Week

      "Our job now is killing." -- Lieutenant Colonel McCoy, commanding the US
      Marine 3rd Battery, 4th Regiment

      "We had a great day," Sergeant Schrumpf said. "We killed a lot of people." -
      NYTimes, 29 March, 2003

      "I am starting to hate this country. Wait until I get hold of a friggin'
      Iraqi. No, I won't get hold of one. I'll just kill him." -- Cpl. Ryan Dupre
      (UPI, 3/30/03)

      Update to old anecdote about two soldiers

      An American soldier in a hospital explained how he was wounded: He said, "I
      was told that the way to tell a hostile Iraqi from a friendly Iraqi was to
      shout 'To hell with Saddam Hussein!' If he shoots, he's unfriendly. So I saw
      this Iraqi dude and yelled 'To hell with Saddam Hussein!' and he yelled
      back, 'To hell with George Bush!' We were shaking hands when a
      malfunctioning missile hit us."-- retold by Enemy Combatant

      INCOMING! - A short list of some of the more interesting items received at
      the Alternative Press Review office this week.

      Book of the Week

      The Party's Over - Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
      by Richard Heinberg, New Society Publishers

      The world is about to run out of cheap oil and change dramatically. Within
      the next few years, global production will peak. Thereafter, even if
      industrial societies begin to switch to alternative energy sources, they
      will have less net energy each year to do all the work essential to the
      survival of complex societies. We are entering a new era, as different from
      the industrial era as the latter was from medieval times.

      In The Party's Over, Richard Heinberg places this momentous transition in
      historical context, showing how industrialism arose from the harnessing of
      fossil fuels, how competition to control access to oil shaped the
      geopolitics of the 20th century, and how contention for dwindling energy
      resources in the 21st century will lead to resource wars in the Middle East,
      Central Asia, and South America. He describes the likely impacts of oil
      depletion, and all of the energy alternatives. Predicting chaos unless the
      U.S. -- the world's foremost oil consumer -- is willing to join with other
      countries to implement a global program of resource conservation and
      sharing, he also recommends a "managed collapse" that might make way for a
      slower-paced, low-energy, sustainable society in the future.

      More readable than other accounts of this issue, with fuller discussion of
      the context, social implications, and recommendations for personal,
      community, national, and global action, Heinberg's book is a riveting
      wake-up call for humankind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool
      for understanding and influencing current U.S. foreign policy.

      Zine of the week

      the zine about going places you're not supposed to go
      (March 2003, Issue #20)

      Infiltration offers a mix of the practice and theory of urban exploration in
      areas not designed for public usage. In other words, the zine is devoted to
      the adventures of "illegal" urban exploration.

      Articles of the Week

      Free Asan Akbar and Put the System on Trial?
      Steve Hesske, Alternative Press Review

      Today's Army may be all volunteer, but the same class (and race) divisions
      that marked the Vietnam-era military are present. The distant managers of
      the invasion of Iraq are mostly white, almost all from the ruling elite (a
      status that did not require any military service from them).

      Cowardice and Courage
      Tom Trouble, Alternative Press Review

      The US military is engaged in a brutal gang rape (again) and I refuse to be
      one of those vile contemptible idiots who "support the troops." What utter
      nonsense. We're supposed to rally around and support our troops now that
      they are actively engaged in the gang rape and mass murder of a sovereign
      country? No way!

      They Dare Not Speak Its Name
      Steve Hesske, Alternative Press Review

      It took years of bad policy, pointless bloodshed and half-witted cowboy
      field commanders in Nam for fragging to manifest itself. In the Iraqi
      theater a fragging has occurred three days into the war.

      Iraq as Trial Run
      Interview with Noam Chomsky, Frontline (India)

      What is interesting about this case is that the coercion did not work. There
      were countries - in fact, most of them - who stubbornly maintained the
      position of the vast majority of their populations.

      Eliminating the Truth: The Development Of War Propaganda
      David Miller, Scoop (New Zealand)

      The US is determined to eliminate independent reporting of and from Iraq and
      it will go to unprecedented lengths to ensure that its propaganda and spin
      will dominate media agendas in the UK and US and it will expend massive
      resources in minimising critical coverage across the world.

      They do not know what they are doing or why they are doing it
      The Independent

      Every day public statements on the war are made with great bravado by
      British and US leaders. A day later most of them turn out to be inaccurate
      or untrue.

      Human Decency
      John deLaubenfels, Strike the Root

      We f***ed up. We thought it would be a cakewalk, and we thought people would
      welcome us. It's not a cakewalk, and no one is welcoming us.

      Jo Wilding, Electronic Iraq
      why did they do this to us? Why did they kill my child? Why are we a target?
      Why can't my mum come back? Why destroy my shop and my living? Why can't
      anyone stop them?

      War and Resistance
      Sukumar Muralidharan, Frontline (India)

      `Operation Iraqi Freedom', the U.S.-led war that marks the final act of over
      a decade of duplicity, coercion and insensitivity, gets under way. As the
      aggressors stumble through, their plans of conquest and subjugation elicit
      hostility and contempt among Iraqis.

      The War on Protesters: San Francisco's Berserk Cops
      Ann Harrison, CounterPunch

      One week after anti-war demonstrators brought San Francisco's business
      district to a standstill, the city's police force has been accused of
      attempting to repress dissent with widespread brutality, intimidation, and
      illegal mass arrests.

      Spectre orange
      Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, The Guardian

      Nearly 30 years after the Vietnam war, a chemical weapon used by US troops
      is still exacting a hideous toll on each new generation.

      US War Criminals Vow to Slaughter Iraqis
      Richard Wallace, The Mirror

      Lieutenant Colonel McCoy, commanding the US Marine 3rd Battery, 4th
      Regiment, was unflinching. He said: "Our job now is killing."

      From "Plain Sailing" to "Where the Hell Are We?" to "Up the Creek"
      Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch

      Barely into its second week Operation Easy Sailing is in big trouble. One
      simple way of measuring just how big is by adding up all the time you hear
      the phrases "all according to Plan", and the "Our strategy is sound". That's
      the captain of the Titanic speaking.

      US and Britain heading for disaster
      Patrick Seale, Al-Hayat

      Whatever the military outcome of the 'battle for Baghdad', politically and
      morally the United States and Britain have already lost the war. Far from
      welcoming the Western troops with flowers, surrendering, or fleeing the
      country as refugees, the Iraqis are putting up ferocious resistance.

      U.S. defeat in Iraq may trigger total collapse of empire!
      Joel Meyers, Infoshop

      The victory of Iraqi resistance in defending Baghdad is not as unlikely as
      U.S. war propaganda may have induced many to believe.


      Many of the bombs being dropped on Iraq contain Depleted Uranium (DU), a
      radioactive by-product from nuclear reactors. So no need to worry, if the
      bombs don't get you then the uranium will.

      Raw, devastating realities that expose the truth about Basra
      Robert Fisk, The Independent

      The short sequence of the dead British soldiers - over which Tony Blair
      voiced such horror yesterday - is little different from dozens of similar
      clips of dead Iraqi soldiers shown on British television over the past 12
      years, pictures which never drew any condemnation from the Prime Minister.

      Blood on the Tracks
      Chris Floyd, Moscow Times

      Before the first cruise missile crushed the first skull of the first child
      killed in the first installment of George W. Bush's crusade for world
      dominion, the unelected plutocrats occupying the White House were already
      plying their corporate cronies with fat contracts to "repair" the murderous
      devastation they were about to unleash on Iraq.

      Washington's hypocrisy over Iraqi "war crimes"
      Bill Vann, World Socialist Web Site

      In Afghanistan, the US openly flouted the Geneva Conventions. It is holding
      Taliban forces incommunicado and brutalizing and humiliating them to the
      point that suicide attempts have reached epidemic proportions at the
      Guantanamo prison camp. Two prisoners have reportedly died from torture.

      The New Great Game
      C. Kleveman, The Ecologist

      War on Iraq is about a lot more than boosting oil companies' profits. It's
      the latest battle in the ongoing war over who gets to control the earth's
      remaining energy reserves.

      Al-Jazeera tells the truth about war: My station is a threat to American
      media control - and they know it
      Faisal Bodi, The Guardian

      I do not mean to brag - people are turning to us simply because the western
      media coverage has been so poor.

      Where Did They Go Wrong?
      Uri Avnery, Strike the Root

      The Iraqi people react as any normal people would. In the face of a foreign
      invasion, they unite. Even the opponents of the regime support the leader in
      battle. When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, even the prisoners in the
      Gulag camps cheered Stalin.

      US Will Lose the Iraq War Says Scott Ritter
      Fimtan Dunne, GuluFuture

      Thorn in the side of the American administration, and former UN weapons
      inspector Scott Ritter, has warned that America will lose the Iraq war and
      the American military: "will leave Iraq with its tail between its legs."

      Of Lies, Liberation and American Self-Delusion
      Tim Wise, ZNet

      It is the same arrogance that prompted whites to view the genocide of Indian
      peoples as progress, and a civilizing mission (for those we didn't kill),
      and a mission for which the savages should have been grateful. The same
      arrogance that allowed the belief that we were doing Africans a favor by
      enslaving them, and "bringing them to Christ." The same arrogance that
      inspired the notion of "destroying the village in order to save it," in

      Winning Hearts and Minds Bush-Style
      Linda S. Heard, CounterPunch

      There was no talk about the Geneva Conventions when contingents of Arabs and
      Moslems were flown to Guantanamo Bay, shackled, handcuffed, gagged, hooded
      and chained to their aircraft seats only to be thrown into chicken coops
      open to the elements.

      It was an outrage, an obscenity
      Robert Fisk, The Independent

      Two missiles from an American jet killed them all - by my estimate, more
      than 20 Iraqi civilians, torn to pieces before they could be 'liberated' by
      the nation that destroyed their lives. Who dares, I ask myself, to call this
      'collateral damage'?

      Blair: War Criminal
      Tam Dalyell, The Guardian

      I believe that since Mr Blair is going ahead with his support for a US
      attack without unambiguous UN authorisation, he should be branded as a war
      criminal and sent to The Hague.

      Daniel Patrick Murderer
      Mickey Z, ZNet

      After having served as an advisor to Richard Nixon (an excellent venue for
      honing skills of genocide), Moynihan was appointed United States Ambassador
      to the United Nations under President Ford. It was during this time that the
      U.S.-backed Indonesian invasion of East Timor took place.

      Let's go back 227 years
      American Newsreel

      We complain that the Iraqis have ambushed our soldiers after waving the
      white flag of surrender. On March 3, 1779, the Continental Army at Briar
      Creek, Georgia, waved the white flag to British troops and then attacked.

      Wails of Yanqui Power: Life During Wartime
      Jeffrey St. Clair, CounterPunch

      We've already seen the revival of fragging, Patriot missiles shooting down a
      British Tornado jet, a US fighter firing on a Patriot missile battery,
      errant bombs hitting Iranian oil fields, Turkish villages and a busload of
      Syrians. Less than a week into the war and parents of dead US soldiers have
      already denounced Bush for sending their son to their deaths in an
      illegitimate war.

      Michael C. Ruppert, From the Wilderness

      Military, economic, oil, and political storms continue to gather and
      converge in what may become a Perfect Storm for the Bush Administration and
      the United States economy.

      Six Days of Shame
      John Pilger, ZNet

      They have tried to belittle the militia defending Basra with lurid stories
      that its fighters are killing each other. The truth is that the Iraqis are
      fighting like lions to defend not a tyrant but their homeland.

      America is losing the InfoWar
      William Thomas, Center for Research on Globalisation

      At scripted press briefings at the White House, where America's top
      "journalists" read pre-approved questions, stern-faced government minders
      are shown on FOX News checking off each recited sentence on clipboards.

      I Support Our Troops
      John Sanbonmatsu

      I support our troops' right to return to this country and to use their
      Apache helicopters and Tomahawk cruise missiles against the filthy oil
      companies and rich elites and yahoo commentators and cowards in the Capitol
      for having exposed their precious minds, bodies, and souls to death,
      destruction, and the organized murder of another people.

      The Genocidal War on Iraq: Can We Scream Any Louder?
      Ramzy Baroud, Palestine Chronicle

      For over 10 years now, Iraqis have been murdered, at the hands of the United
      States government, using the greatest weapon of mass destruction, the
      sanctions. Now, using 'conventional weapons', so powerful, that they seem
      like mini nuclear bombs, the US government and army are leading genocide
      against the people of a sovereign country.

      The Geneva Convention
      John deLaubenfels, Strike the Root

      Donald Rumsfeld defies belief. Here he comes, right on cue, after American
      prisoners are shown on Iraqi television, to scream that the Geneva
      Convention has been violated.
      Would that be the same Geneva Convention that the U.S. has given the finger
      to so dramatically in the last year and a half, with the same Donald
      Rumsfeld leading the way?

      The US media: propagandists for a criminal war
      Bill Vann, World Socialist Web Site

      It is difficult to overestimate the criminal role played by the mass media
      in the current war of aggression.

      US Losing the Propaganda War
      Daily Kos

      The US is really starting to lose the propaganda war, as everything it says
      turns out to be lies. Saddam is dead! Ok, no he's not. Iraq fired a Scud at
      Kuwait! Ok, no it wasn't. Umm Qasr is taken! Ok, no it's not. The Iraqi 51st
      Division surrendered en masse! Ok, not it hasn't. Republican Guard
      commanders will surrender! Ok, no they won't. Basra is taken! Ok, no it's
      not. We found a chemical weapons factory! Ok, maybe it isn't.

      Strategic Blunders by American Generals
      Gilad Atzmon, CounterPunch

      Watching an Iraqi mob searching for "coalition" servicemen on Baghdad's
      riverbank reveals the 'surprising' truth: the Iraqi people don't really like
      their 'liberators'. This must be shocking for Blair and Bush who present
      themselves as the saviours of the Iraqi people.

      You should have known we'd fight - The invading forces will never win over
      Iraqi hearts and minds
      Burhan al-Chalabi, The Guardian

      It is now clear to everyone that ordinary Iraqis are resisting this military
      aggression with their lives and souls. Commentators and politicians in
      Britain and America seem taken aback: how come the Iraqis are putting up
      such a fight?

      Making a Mess
      Brendan O'Neill, Spiked Online

      Having launched a war with the aim of doing as little as possible to achieve
      its ends - and a military strategy that stressed avoiding risky action and
      hand-to-hand combat - military commanders now seem surprised that they may
      actually have to fight.

      All Americans are now war criminals
      John Kaminski, Information Clearing House

      British New Age guru David Icke showed his courage the other day when he
      came right out with it. "F*** the troops!" he said. "They have decided to
      give their minds away to brainless dictators and that is their choice and
      they must take the consequences. They don't have to go and kill people, they
      can refuse to if they want. How about the troops "supporting the civilians"
      they are going to kill?

      Shock and Awe
      Disinfopedia/PR Watch

      Shock and awe bears a striking similarity to terrorism as propaganda, in
      which psychological rather than material dominance is viewed as a primary
      war objective. (The terrorist attacks of September 11 also induced "shock
      and awe" in the U.S. population.)

      Shut your mouth
      Tim Grieve, Salon.com

      As radio giants censor antiwar musicians, TV networks bully pro-peace
      actors, and Attorney General John Ashcroft prepares a new assault on civil
      liberties, a climate of intimidation creeps over America.

      Ominous Signs
      Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch

      Add in the extraordinary fragging attack on senior officers of the 101st
      Airborne, the Patriot downing an RAF plane, the news of casualties and one
      can see why the vainglorious predictions of the preceding week are dying
      down abruptly, as the prospect of serious city fighting begins to come into

      Hypocrites of America Crying Foul
      Paul Routledge, The Mirror (UK)

      Nothing more clearly illustrates the cruel hypocrisy of America's war
      against Iraq than Washington's reaction to the news that GIs have been

      US Hypocrisy and the Geneva Conventions
      Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice

      Where does Mr. Rumsfeld get off pontificating about Geneva Conventions? This
      is the same man who rejected POW status, as mandated by the Geneva
      Conventions, for Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters captured in Afghanistan.

      'Iraq will become a quagmire for the Americans'
      Robert Fisk, The Independent

      Iraq stunned the Americans and British last night by broadcasting video tape
      of captured and dead American troops - the nightmare of both George Bush and
      Tony Blair. The body of one American soldier was seen with a great red gash
      on his neck, while five US prisoners appeared on screen. One, a black female
      soldier, had been wounded, while a male serviceman said he had been "only
      following orders".

      Will you cheer for the rapist now that the rape is on?
      Meria Heller, Online Journal

      The rationale of supporting our troops now that the war is happening anyway
      is the ultimate mind control, propaganda, Nazism that anyone could hurl at
      us. It is the same as barging in on a rape and rationalizing, "Well, the
      rape is already happening, so I might as well cheer on the rapist" and screw
      the victim.


      Pittsburgh police lock up anti-war protesters for 30 hours

      Spain: 91% opposition to war

      Military families unite in protest

      Troops won't fight, sent home to face prison

      More than 135 countries demand end to Iraq war

      Turks shower US soldiers with eggs, stones

      Worldwide massive rallies call for Jihad against US

      The Coming ShitStorm: US turns sights on Syria and Iran

      Government apology for Blair's claim of 'executions'

      Iraqi civilians feed hungry US marines

      Pentagon Hides Return of Iraqi War Dead From Media

      British 'Nowhere Near' Capturing Basra

      Prized Marine Dolphin is AWOL

      Al Jazeera TV wins award for battling censorship

      Chron Journalist Suspended for Being Jailed in Protest

      Columbia Prof Calls for Deaths of American Troops

      Former CIA analyst: US 'conned into war'

      Positive Action: N.M. Prosecutor Blows Officers' Covers

      About the eviction of Indymedia Argentina

      We are all Iraqis Now

      The 'Palestinization' of Iraq

      A 'Turkey Shoot' But With the Marines as Targets

      Americans being harassed and detained for opposing war

      Millions sign up for Al-Jazeera in Europe

      Resistance on 'every inch' of road to Baghdad

      Basra uprising is a mirage in Iraq's deserts

      Israeli bulldozer makes a martyr of American peace campaigner

      Positive News: US Military Vehicles Firebombed in Italy

      US admits '8,000 Iraqis captured' claim was false

      Protesters denounce media at CNN's San Francisco office

      "The British troops are shooting civilians"

      Soldiers build secret camp to intern thousands of Iraqi captives

      15,000 Indonesians sign up to fight the US

      5,000 Iraqi's from Jordan return to Baghdad to fight for their country

      "Precise" and "Surgical": NBC's Bombing Claims Lack Verification

      Why did the administration endorse a forgery about Iraq's nuclear program?

      Something Suspicious is in the Air

      Photos Give a Different Perspective on 'Operation Freedom'

      Global Anti-war Protests Continue Unabated

      Arab media outdoes US networks

      War Pictures Cause Yellowtimes.Org To Be Shut Down, Again

      Iraqi Exiles Head Home to Fight 'Invaders'

      How the resistance movement caught Allies in a trap

      Australian pilot refused American command to bomb target

      Iran to be US next target: CIA Report

      Coalition of the willing has become a joke

      Fragging stirs memories of Vietnam

      US Embassies Besieged Across the Globe

      Pacifica Radio Network Becomes Antiwar Voice

      Ominous Signs for Coalition in Battle for Umm Qasr

      War Could Be Big Business for Halliburton

      U.S. Steps Up Secret Surveillance: FBI, Justice Dept. Increase Use of
      Wiretaps, Records Searches

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