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Bulletin N°258


25 August 2006
Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The information continues to flow into CEIMSA, and as summer comes to an end the killings in the Middle East continue.

We have immediate access to the works of scholars and activists as never before in history. The quantity and the quality of information we are receiving is a challenge that no generation before us has had to confront. Understanding this information is a revolutionary act in itself, requiring new kinds of relationships, new modes of communication, and, above all, new ways of thinking about ourselves and our relationships with one another and with society.

There will be those who do not want to see change, but change is inevitable and how we change should be of concern to all of us. The context in which we live will ultimately determine how we live. We invite you to read the 6 items below and to examine the ways in which possible changes might enhance the lives of all of us --culturally, socially, and environmentally.

Item A. is a message from Ralph Nader on serial killers at loose in Washington, D.C.
Item B., from Edward Herman, explains why "it doesn't take a crystal ball"....
Item C., by Lauren Frayer, is a report on the post-Lebanon oil slick and the death of the undersea world in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Item D., is warning by journalist Nicholas von Hoffman from "The Three Little Pigs : a cautionary tale for a post-carbon world."
Item E., by Jane Smiley, is about "something to kill for. . . ."
And finally, item F., sent to us by Council for the National Interest Foundation,  is a 3-minute video from the If Americans Knew Association on the forgotten victims of Israeli cruelty: the Palestinians in Gaza, today.

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies
Director of Research
Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3

from  Ralph Nader :
23 August 2006

Open letter to President George W. Bush :

Bush -- "Take Your Time"

The widespread destruction of a defenseless Lebanon -- its civilians, its life-sustaining public services, its environment -- is a grim and indelible testament to your consummate cruelty and ignorance. Nearly two weeks ago when your tardy Secretary of State met with the Israeli Prime Minister, the message she carried was summarized in a large headline across page one of an Israeli newspaper, "TAKE YOUR TIME."

Yes, take your time, says George W. Bush, pulverizing fleeing refugees in cars full of families, bombing apartment buildings, hospitals and the poor huddled in large south Beirut slums.

Take your time, says George W. Bush, in destroying bridges, roads, gasoline stations, airports, seaports, wheat silos, vehicles with medical supplies, clearly marked ambulances taking the wounded to clinics, even a milk factory .

Take your time, says George W. Bush, while shelters are demolished with bodies of little children together with their mothers and fathers buried in the rubble.

Take your time, says George W. Bush, while the number of fleeing refugees nears one million Lebanese, many exposed to hunger, disease, lack of potable water and medicines. All this in a country friendly to the United States, which played by your rules, protested the Syrian army back into Syria and was trying democratically to put itself together.

Take your time, says George W. Bush, while he speeds more supplies of precision missiles containing deadly anti-personnel cluster bombs which will claim the lives of innocent children for years into the future. The phosphorous bombs laying waste to fields growing crops and horribly burning innocents come from the U.S.A. under your direction.

Do you think the taxpayers of America would approve of such shipped weapons were they ever asked?

Are there words in the English language suitable for the impeachable serial war crimes you are intimately involved in committing not only in Iraq but also now through your encouragement and supplying of the once again invading Israeli government?

Are there words to describe your strategic stupidity which will further increase opposition and peril to the United States around the world and especially in the Middle East? Your own Generals and former CIA Director, Porter Goss, among others in your Administration, have declared that your occupation of Iraq is a magnet attracting the recruiting and training of more and more "terrorists" from Iraq and other countries. And so now this will be the case in Lebanon. All this is a growing "blowback," to use the CIA word for a boomeranging foreign policy, that is endangering the security of the United States.

The calibrated Israeli terror bombing of Lebanon comes in three stages. With its electronic pinpoint precision bombing and artillery, the Israeli government goes after civilians, their homes, cities, towns and villages.
Then after telling some to abandon their neighborhoods, it cuts population centers off from each other by destroying transportation facilities into and inside Lebanon, making both refugee flight and delivery of emergency relief efforts either impossible or very difficult. Then its planes, tanks and artillery endanger or destroy what food, water and relief efforts manage to get through to the injured and dying. Warehouse food supplies are incinerated. About four hundred small fishing boats north of Beirut on the oil-polluted coastline were demolished as well.

All the above mayhem and much more have been reported in the U.S., European, Lebanese and Israeli media. The bulk of the fatalities in Lebanon have been civilians. The bulk of the fatalities on the Israeli side have been soldiers. Very fortunately for the Israelis, the Hezbollah rockets are very inaccurate, the vast majority falling harmlessly. Unfortunately for the Lebanese, the precision American armaments of the Israelis are very accurate, which serves to account for why the total casualties and physical destruction are 100 times greater in Lebanon than in Israel.

Most of these accurate munitions come from your decision to send them. Knowing they will be used for offensive purposes, including the lethal demolition of a long-established UN compound, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act which you have sworn to uphold, places the responsibility of being a domestic law breaker squarely on your shoulders.

There is another law that is not being enforced -- the Humanitarian Aid Corridor Act of 1996 sponsored by then Republican Senator Robert Dole. Foreign aid is supposed to be cut off to any nation that obstructs the provision of humanitarian aid to another country. As one example, press reports that two tankers, each with 30,000 tons of diesel fuel critical for operating Lebanese hospitals and water pumping stations, are idling in Cyprus from fear of the totally dominant Israeli navy and air force.

There are only a few days left of fuel in Lebanon, which is heading for a larger wave of secondary casualties. They and other critical suppliers need safe passage which the U.S. Navy in the area can readily provide, should it receive orders from the Commander in Chief.

You heard high Israeli officials accurately say on the day the massive bombing of Lebanon began, followed not preceded by Hezbollah rockets, that "nothing in Lebanon is safe." That huge over-reaction to the recent Hezbollah border raid, in addition to many more previous air, sea and land border violations by the Israeli government, certainly put you on public notice.

Since you view yourself as a reborn Christian, and since you have the power to stop the Israeli state terror assaults on Lebanon, you may wish to reflect on Leviticus 19:16 "Neither shalt thou stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor." Lebanon was a friendly country to you and you have stood by not just idly, but willfully aiding and abetting its devastation.

from Edward Herman :
Subject: schwartz on 7 iraq facts.
21 August 2006
Tom Dispatch

A useful list.

Michael Schwartz considers some of the just-under-the-radar-screen realities of the situation in Iraq and provides a guide to understanding what is likely to be a flood of new Iraqi developments - "a few enduring, but seldom commented upon, patterns central to the dynamics of the Iraq war, as well as to the fate of the American occupation and Iraqi society.


7 Facts You Might Not Know About the Iraq War
by Michael Schwartz


from Laurent Frayer :

23 August 2006

Washington Post
An oil slick caused by Israeli bombing has begun sinking to the floor of the Mediterranean - blanketing marine life with sludge - according to a Greenpeace video
that shows dead fish along the sea bottom.

Lebanon's Month-Old Oil Slick Sinks
 by Lauren Frayer


from Nicholas von Hoffman :
23 August 2006
The Nation
If America were like the little pig who built his house of bricks, the nation would be getting ready for the post-carbon world. But we are the pig who built his house
of straw, scoffing at the existence of the wolf of scarcity who is coming to blow our house in. Cuba offers us the example of a different approach.

Cuba's Pathbreaking Energy Policies
Nicholas von Hoffman


from Jane Smiley :
23 Auust 2006
Alter Net

The fact is, the day Ronald Reagan was elected and the corporations decided to roll back the regulations that
limited their power, greed, and egomania was the day they doomed themselves and all of us, because it was the day they began living the lie that there are no
consequences to corporate activities.

Big Ag, Oil and Tobacco Will Kill You for a Profit
by Jane Smiley


from Council for the National Interest Foundation :
25 August 2006
Council for the National Interest Foundation
1250 4th Street SW, Suite WG-1
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
Phone: 202-863-2951
Fax: 202-863-2952

Dear Friends,
A CNI Foundation partner, If Americans Knew, has just created a 3-minute video on the growing crisis in Gaza. Please view this and email the link to as many people and lists as possible, and include it in forums and chatrooms!

(There will also be a DVD version available soon. We encourage people to show this and our other videos on their local Public Access Cable station. Other videos can be found at http://www.ifamericansknew.org/videos .)

Gene Bird

VIDEO: Gaza After Disengagement