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Sunday May 30, 2004 16:21 by iosaf mac diarmada the ipsiphi iosaf at mail dot az bcn. europe.
in this online edition (Ireland) :-
Guadalajara. EU and Central and South America Summit co-hosted by our Taoiseach.
the US Remembrance of it's WW2 dead.
A Reminder of what "iraq" was supposed to be about.
and the usuals :- Famous People, Horoscope, Travel news, I shall discuss a Latin quotation and thus add more text to the "Great Work of the one writing team member who got too personalised and stylistic to stay anonymous".
When it's demonstrated that this type of crowd control is permissable in EU countries, naturally it shall continue to be acceptable everywhere. = Que Se Vayan Todos! m'as é do thoill é. Bertie Ahern co-hosted this event and thus is answerable for @ least
This is Bertie's Spanish "latin american" Gig.
At first sight to many readers the scenes of "disturbances" look like MayDay Dublin, the protesters go and say the same things, as they do every week all over the world, to pretty much the same people, the "leaders", and just like everywhere in the world, they meet the Police forces who more or less are supplied with the same offensive equipment and trained in the same sort of way to stand around a few hours and then get arbitrarily violent.
Guadalajara hasn't seen Water Canon used yet, rather tear gas and chemical weapons proved the favoured option of crowd CONTROL.
Bertie Ahern or the Irish Establishment can not pretend to be shocked because the Irish regime sends exactly the same message.
But somehow we think the "after care" of protesters might be slightly different in a country which has only approached legislation of the concept "innocent till proven guilty" within the last 100 days.
So why do regimes like Ireland continue to send out the same message?
This is a list of protesters who haven't been traced, or have been arrested or have been wounded It is ongoing and you can find the updates at the relevent sites:-
Gory, Nelo, Toño/Oscuro
Gevas, Alonso, Anka, Roberto, Topo,
Oscar Castillo, Roxana Yanira Bestrin,
From Australian sources.
in Guadalajara central.
Kirris, Mido, Bayos, Pinky, Zomer, Mayra,
Chirri, Esteban, and Manu. (not Chou but hey he sings about this stuff Bertie, some day he may come to the Point and be photographed in your papers)
Ivan/"Nog", Frida- from Tucson Arizona
Katy- "a foreigner" Venia- DF
Mago and Roke, Laura (a spaniard) has been found and is ok.
in Culiacán Sinaloa
Mico- Edgar, uan-Ruco,
Oscar alias Cristo- a Science Student
Latolla Jackson, Adrian Humberto, Monse,
Pili- from Jalapa, Romina- Biology student at UPNA, Alejandra, Rudy, Poncho.
Irvin Balderas Meraz, Juan Jaime Hernández,
Detained. like the woman in the photo.
Jeanin Fdz Sagneno
Mariano Nube García "mauser"
Laosalot (Norma Mtz)-
Daniel Olivera Salie
Mar- Spanish citizen.
Alfonso Rodríguez Olvera "Poncho"
Jorge Castilla Gutierrez "Mapache"
Navarro- García, Dafinna.
Francisca Sosa Galan Serious condition.
Ramon Lopez Barajas
Dante Costa (Poncho) Serious Condition.
Jose Miguel García
Julio Cesar Gonzalez
Lalou Desperrier-Roux- Canada
If you want information on Guadalajara go to google and search the Spanish School of English for links, map and so on.
The Irish government issues the statements made by the collective leaders from its home Europe Website.
or go to our links :-
minute by minute:-
Fidel Castro asked the assembled leaders to condemn the USA for torture in Iraq. But they being in the main the type of leader that prefers a world where the old man of Havana is a pariah chose to ignore his request.
It has been less than 100 days since the Mexican regime launched a diplomatic offensive on Cuba prompting the Old Man to go marching round the island crying "ave Caesar!".
Latin quotation Imperial memory bit :-
Verum opere in longo fas est obrepere somnum. "in a great work one must sleep sometime" one of Horace's reflections on Homer, it's almost a paradox, but can read like Joycean english oh so many ways.
The Previous line is :- "Indignor quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus".
I'd be very upset if Homer slept.
Homer was a writing team. We all know that. Just like Ireland's writing teams. Of those countries and states that did not play an active part in WW2 in Europe
Were counted Andorra, Eire, Lichtenstein, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal.
That’s all. Our writing collective were found for the duration of the WW2 On this continent in the states of :-
Eire, UK, France (vichy and occupied), Switzerland, and Spain.
The USA lost 400,000 servicemen in it's war from 1941-1945, and they were remembered for the first time at the WW2 memorial in Washington, the personal project of Republican Kansas Senator Dole, himself a War Veteran, the memorial was dedicated byt Bush yesterday.
His speech made reference to the War Time many times President Roosevelt who was a Democrat as it happens.
No one understands more than Europeans what the Eastern part of the new memorial by Swiss Architects in Washington means.
The Japanese, Americans, British, Chinese and Australians remember the Western pillars. You may look at pictures of the construction in an oval shape at Bob Doles homesite. The order to build it was passed during the Clinton presidency. Within the oval are writ in stone the names of the 400,000+ U.S. Servicemen who gave their lives in WW2.
The oval is an "architectural resonance" with its pillars and wreaths of both the oval office where rests the executive of the District of Colombia and from each pillar is hung a wreath of bronze. The best view is either from the top of the Washington memorial or 17th Street.
What the War on Iraq was supposed to be about:-
yesterday on our newswire appeared a other press article from America's jewish and the international yiddish writing community, http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=65288 it suggested that the Neo Conservatives of the USA thought the war would serve Isreal's interests (and thus her people's, regardless of religion or ethnic cultural background).
So this would mean creating the conditions in which a battlefield was opened in iraq for myriad islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups to recruit and under the banner of "iraqi resistance" further fan anti-jewish
feeling throughout the arabic world, whilst at the same time Israel under Sharon ( a man charged with massacres in Lebanon not too terribly long ago) would continue to build a big wall around it's territory both that established by law, and that established by de facto occupation, yet still subject to international dissent, so that Isreal
might make her self secure till the day the neighbouring arabs stopped attacking her either for illegally occupying the palestinian territories or being the primary allies of the USA in the middle east or just being
Whilst of course, Iraq would accept the USA administration and reconstruction, realising that contrary to the propaganda of Saddam for the last thirty years, that the US and UK were really the good guys, and the sanctions and all the other wars would be forgotten, and the Iraqi people would happily take on the serious business of being efficient
productive workers and "just like us" in the West, and happily convince their neighbours (who hate them Saddam or no Saddam) that they too would be happier with US help, for they would say "let us look at the happy
Saudi citizen or happy Kuwaiti citizens", and all through this wise project so well though out, the arabs would naturally start thinking
jews were misunderstood all the way and quite nice really.
And everyone would start going to each other's funerals, and learn each
and naturally build each other memorials.
This is Delta thinking.
Actualy it's worse than delta thinking.
It's the loony right. It's more idiotic than any seventeen year old anarcho/bolshevik who
proposes a world revolution over the weekend without figuring out how to explain to a peasant that everyone has a right to share his one chicken. Or how to give the lumpenproletariat their smack or crack and stop them being counter-revolutionary.
This is the sort of thinking that normaly is safely tucked away in "ultra" right rants. Unfortuanately for us, this "ultra-right" ranting has become international doctrine.
It's called NeoConservatism.
it might as well be called Velvet Nazism.
Now for the benefit of those who have only lately jumped on the bandwagon, NeoConservatism is not only a US concept, this type of idiotic thinking is to be found in Europe's rightwing ruling parties as well. Look at the candidates and TDs who represent those interests in the US who's leadership now proposes yet more of these NeoCon solutions. This is why we are "anti-capitalism" or "anti-globalisation" or whatever
you want to say we are "anti-". We really are "anti-idiocy".
You all have to understand, that at base, the USA failed in it's mission due to "idiocy".
And it can't turn around now.
Read through the first "long sentance again". of this section again if you need.
Take a break, let the words slowly drop home.
It is was an idiotic idea, for the USA to enter Iraq to "liberate it".
It could rationally kick the shit out of it. It could quite understandably in the psychological climate which followed September 11, enter Iraq to see revenge done, but never never in a million years, will it be possible for the US army to achieve a "peace mission" or "reconstruction".
How are we to explain this, to them? Before our "bandwagon" was so great, and we were still thought of as "ultra-leftist" or "anti-american", those who gave us little sympathy posed our global protest as "vietnamesque".
It is not Vietnamesque. Please do not make that mistake.
The USA actually conceivably could have achieved it's mission in Vietnam which was to stop the country becoming communist.
All it had to do, was blanket bomb it and kill over three million of it's people, and then let the overspill of violence go next door, and bim
one decade later, most people probably wouldn't want to be commies anymore. It worked a treat didn't it?
But that is not the Iraqi mission.
Let's say it again:-
The Iraqi mission was supposed to be about:-
1. Securing Oil for the USA and EU. oil is now very expensive to buy, and other costs of protecting production are at their highest ever.
2. Establishing regime changes throughout the Islamic Middle East to facilitate a more westernised economic block and further the Isreali peace process by making everyone "nice". Despite both factions being headed by sworn personal enemies.
3. ending or minimising the threat to the Western Alliance by fundementalist terrorists by building good relationships with their
states (aside from like wanting to regime change them) and understanding the greviances of ordinary muslims (they hate the US).
In a way, I am as an Irishman, very glad that the NeoConservatives of the USA never got round (to my knowledge) to offering us any solution to the "irish problem".
Can you imagine how bad it could be, if they decided to "do us" in earnest and offer us peace and prosperity?
¿have they offered us peace and prosperity politicians of Ireland?
= Do tell us.
Now for an exercise in "how to explain to those people in your community, be that in Ireland or the USA why being a _neo.Con_ is so terribly "dangerous", think about what's it like to be jewish in Europe. Not Israel, where
they are very used to being hated by their neighbours, and to be honest they dont show anysign of collectively being that worried. Think about Europe's jews and muslims for a while. And their social and cultural identities and rights to those identities and thier histories.
Since Bush and the NeoCons of Dixie (the world HQ of anti-semitist propaganda and thought) took the white house, more jews have been attacked than ever before. Think about the assault on liberty which was the Turkish synagogue attacks a year ago, think about the almost weekly descration of graves in France, think about where "ultra-right" popularism comes from, in what soil it sprouts it's seed.
THINK ABOUT WORLD WAR TWO.
& how nicely it started and went on.
We "loony lefties and dingbats" (the term used by the Irish Prime Minister to describe anti-War protesters in Ireland) have been
vindicated so far.And quite a few have been criminalised, subject to the "force of Law". Not as mainstream media would suggest for taking part in wanton hooliganism, (just like Guadalajara) but for simply voicing the truth. the USA could never acheive it's stated aims. Nor can it now.
I don't want to see another terrorist event in Europe, having seen at first hand the mass hysteria which followed M11 Madrid, but most of all, I really don't want to see another in the USA. They go "mad", foaming at the mouth, after attacks. Can't you see how the response to 911 has endangered us all?
Jean Paul Aristide, has visited South Africa where he has been officially recieved by the President. Haiti was earlier this year subject to a coup, which "we saw coming" did not get out quickly enough, but now is touring the world. Use our search engine.
It's neighbour Dominican Republic has in the last 100 days held a general election and returned a surprise candidate and a regime change.
Both states are now dealing with a natural disaster which would test the resources of many richer and more prosperous countries.
Zapatero President of Spain has suggested sending a military presence to Haiti as part of the proposed UN mission. He has interestingly suggested sending the Guardia Civil rather than the Regular Army or Plus Ultra Brigade who at a cost of 370,000,000€ spent from September 2003 to May 2004 in Iraq.
It is interesting to note that this day marks the first year without deaths from Basque related terrorism in the Spanish State. in 2003 there were 3 deaths in this last year there were none. Zapatero has not yet seen his 100th day in office.
Horoscope: How did you ever think, when you were so gullible? You need to be more assertive but don’t forget to always have that conciliatory side when its needed. The figure $ or it’s equivalent will feature strongly this week.
A look ahead to general exercising of the rights to free speech and assembly in France and Italy and Europe this next week.
France will see D Day celebrated June 6 and a lot of social movement activity the previous day June 5.
as will Italy info in english:- http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/05/292480.html
Spain and others:-
Those without papers, labour for less than the poorest taxed and accepted minimum wage workers. They come from the poorest countries of the world, where rights we take for granted do not exist, where not even natural disasters can be met with organised structures. On June 5th the "sans papiers / sin papales" will demonstrate for thier right to papers, documentation, residence in Europe.
Why do the leaders of the EuroStates not wish afford their agricultural and urban lowest paid, an amnesty?
Why do they not think of the future of this planet in terms of the past they so love to memorialize?
A stitch in Time saves IX.