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Using Human Rights to Sell War
by Jean Bricmont
Translated by Diana Johnstone
Published by Monthly Review Press
From the MRP web site: Since the end of the Cold War, the idea of human rights has been made into a justification for intervention by the world's leading economic and military powers-above all, the United States-in countries that are vulnerable to their attacks. The criteria for such intervention have become more arbitrary and self-serving, and their form more destructive, from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Iraq. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the large parts of the left was often complicit in this ideology of intervention-discovering new “Hitlers” as the need arose, and denouncing antiwar arguments as appeasement on the model of Munich in 1938.
Jean Bricmont’s Humanitarian Imperialism is both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critique. It seeks to restore the critique of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights. It describes the leading role of the United States in initiating military and other interventions, but also on the obvious support given to it by European powers and NATO. It outlines an alternative approach to the question of human rights, based on the genuine recognition of the equal rights of people in poor and wealthy countries.
Timely, topical, and rigorously argued, Jean Bricmont’s book establishes a firm basis for resistance to global war with no end in sight.
Publications that help readers navigate (and evaluate) the indie press
by Danielle Maestretti
UTNE Reader, July/August 2007
"NewPages is the web's alt-press playground. It's tough to stop by for a quick visit; you may go for the reviews, but you'll stay for the guides, with pages upon pages of links to alternative magazines, small book publishers, and independent bookstores..."
To read more, pick up the latest issue of UTNE Reader - or better yet - SUBSCRIBE!
For Educators, the Online Poetry Classroom offers a wealth of resources, including Discussion Forums where teachers can share ideas and seek help from colleagues; Pedagogical & Critical Essays about poetry; extensive links to relevant websites; Curriculum Units & Lesson Plans; biographies of hundreds of poets; and over 2,000 poems.
For Writers, visit the Publishing FAQ, which provides reading resources for the budding poet and answers questions abouts where to submit your poems, what poetry scams to be wary of, and where to get good feedback on your work. There are also more than 400 essays and interviews on Poets.org, and many of them deal with the writing process. Read prose pieces that discuss poetic techniques, interviews about the writing life, and browse our glossaries of poetic terms and concepts.
Visit Poets.org today and consider joining the Academy of America Poets.
Sorted Books Project
"The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters."
To download and view, visit Snow Monkey: An Eclectic Journal
by Dena Rashed
Al-Ahram Weekly, June 28 - July 4, 2007
"Looking at Sahar Zakaria, a mother of two, you'd think she was the one taking the thanawiya amma (TA) exams. It's actually her daughter. For two years now Zakaria has been following up on her daughter's studies, making sure she does her work and, well, worrying. For her part Heba Khaled, said daughter, is significantly more relaxed: "I've been TA mode for two years, I'm sort of used to its kind of stress by now." But having obtained an average grade of 64 per cent last year, Khaled is already aware that her state-university options are already limited..."
Read more on Al-Ahram Weekly
Stop for tea and stay a while!
From Carol Novack, editor and publisher:
"We're extremely pleased to present our most extravagant and colossal uber issue to date, overflowing with wondrous featured art, music and writings. Many of the written offerings (in our main issue) were chosen by our guest editor Debra Di Blasi in concert with our literary editors. Our guest editor was also responsible for introducing us to solicited offerings by several cutting edge writers, as well as the very fine art of Anne Austin Pearce and the stunning music of Christopher Willits. As usual, we are offering new and updated columns, book reviews, cartoons, custom-made art and collages, videos, a featured country or part of country section (in this issue, Part I of the already much e-buzzed about 'Eclectic England')."
The Mad Hatter's Review also offers a biannual contest for written works inspired by the current image on their site.
The Mad Hatter's submission period is open September 8 - 22, but as any good writer knows: READ BEFORE YOU SUBMIT!
(Oh, and my favorite part of this was undergoing gender reassignment...)
June 12, 2007
Mr. Denise R. Hill
Post Office Box 1580
Bay City, Ml 48706-1580
Dear Mr. Hill:
This responds to your recent letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter concerning the approved rate increase for Periodicals.
While most United Postal Service price changes and new mailing standards went into effect on May 14, 2007 (including the 41-cent price for First Class Mail stamps), the Postal Service Board of Governors delayed the implementation of new Periodical prices and mailing standards until July 15, 2007. The delay will give mailers and the Postal Service more time to prepare for the new pricing structure recommended by the Postal Regulatory Commission.
The United Postal Service has proposed revisions to the Periodical (magazine and newspaper) portion of its mailing standards that will accompany the new Periodical pricing that will go into effect on July 15, 2007. Periodical mailers will have new incentives to use efficient containers and bundles, and copalletization (publishers/printers merging bundles from separate publications or titles on the same pallet) becomes a permanent offering to encourage more publishers to combine mailings.
You may visit our website at www.usps.com for the proposed revised standards. This site also contains rate charts and other helpful information for mailers.
You can be assured that we will continue our efforts to keep our cost as low as possible while continuing to provide the American public with consistent, reliable, and economical mail service.
Consumer Research Analyst
Is it just me, or does "copalletization" sound smutty?
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Recent Photo Essays:
Gay Rights Under Attack in Russia
Wal-Mart Denies Workers Basic Rights
Iran: Release Women's Rights Advocates
Sri Lanka - Karuna Group Abducts Children for Combat
...and dozens more archived.
Recent HRW Publications available online, print, or as .pdf download:
Indiscriminate Fire: Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Israel and Israeli Artillery Shelling in the Gaza Strip
Scared Silent: Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines
Unfinished Business: Serbia’s War Crimes Chamber
The Poisoned Chalice: A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper on the Decision of the Iraqi High Tribunal in the Dujail Case
Bottom of the Ladder
Exploitation and Abuse of Girl Domestic Workers in Guinea
...and many, many more.
Suzanne Lummis invited a select group of poets to "name their ten favorite movies—or twelve, or seven, or fifteen, or however many they had..." with the resulting opinion that "now we know how different the Top Grossing Movies of all Times list would look if poets would just spend more money attending the ones of their choice—or, if the world had more poets. No Titanic, no Star Wars sequels, no Passion of the Christ..."
Each poet is given their own page on which the movies are listed and comments noted. Some of the poets include: John Allman, Ellen Bass, Wanda Colean, Allen Ginsberg, Terence Hayes, Philip Levine, Judith Taylor, and a couple dozen more.
Visit: Poet's Favorite Movies
Jennifer Love Grove
Galatea's Pants, #20
Jesus the Non-Denominational Robot, Volume 1
miss karen is stylish
The 7 Habits of Highly Negative People
underworld crawl, number five
Words and Pictures
Zen Baby, #17