RAWA protest rally denounces April 28 as Black Day (2007)

Ξ June 29th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

    ■ Tolo TV was attacked and the government failed to stop the Taliban's vicious beheadings of Saeed Agha and Ajmal Naqshbandi. Such acts should awaken the media and show them the root cause of the entire government's corrupt nature, instead the media simply point to this or that particular government official, such as Khuram or Sabet. They can prove their loyalty to the people only when fearlessly disclosing the true face of the government and its support countries.

    ■ The pro-government intellectuals and politicians cry, blaming Pakistan as the only cause of Afghanistan's ongoing tragedies. Yet they forget that many of their lords like Rabbani, Massoud, Sayyaf, Qanoni and others grew up, were nurtured and became "leaders" through the ISI with some still continuing to worship this agency. On the other hand, suppose this or that circle in Pakistan stopped supporting the Taliban, will the current crisis end? Will the barbaric rule of the Northern Alliance criminals cease? Afghanis who love their country know the answer: "No!" With the Iranian regime's interference obviously being far more dreadful than that of Pakistan's, Karzai cannot wrap his government's failures in this garb any longer.

    ■ Made up of treacherous fundamentalists and former darlings of Moscow, Karzai introduced his so-called "Crisis Committee", whose composition and subject matter vary only slightly from that of the National Front's. It is better to compare it to a fist against a kick by the murderous National Front, who aligned with them, thus betraying the people's vote and confidence. Evidence of the anti-people nature of both the "Crisis Committee" and the "National Front" is found in their joint jubilation on the Black Day of April 28th as well as their mutual call to release the murderer Asadullah Sarwari on the bogus basis of the so-called "National Reconciliation Bill."

A rein of terror imposed by the Taliban and the "Northern Alliance" terrorists prevailed across the country and requires fearless struggle. The last five years have given a clear message to our people, particularly the anti-fundamentalists and democratic forces, that neither the US nor any outside force can liberate this ill-fated nation from the fetters of the fundamentalists. Instead we require a decisive and united struggle, relying on our own power, courage, and daring sacrifice as we unite with freedom-loving people around the world.

Although the Afghan people have a history of resisting foreign aggressors, they have shown patience and tolerance to the internal tyrants. It is the duty of revolutionary and anti-fundamentalist forces to unite all the misery-stricken people against all brands of fundamentalism. Disappointment yields nothing for us!

The traitors of April 28 and April 27 combined their forces to tighten the grip over the people. Only a mass uprising can break up these anti-people forces. We will not be deterred in our devotion to a free and safe Afghanistan.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
April 28, 2007


RAWA.ORG: RAWA statement on the gloomy day of April 28 (Apr.28, 2007)

Ξ June 29th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

For years it was only RAWA speaking out loudly against the bloody event of April 28, calling it more odious than that of April 27. Now every individual and group denounces this gloomy day, except a bunch of cowardly intellectuals because of the irritating stench that is coming out of the April 28 champions who hold the power in Afghanistan today. The people who demonstrated against the corrupted governors, MPs and even set afire pictures of the criminal Sayyaf in his home town, now want to see them all annihilated politically. Their desire is very natural because: April 28 (start of fundamentalis's rule) more odious than April 27 (start of the Russian puppets rule)

    ■ Five years since the US and her allies invasion, the Afghan people's level of the misery and agony is rises at an alarming rate.

    ■ The American forces act so reckless and hasty in killing innocent civilians everyday, that they seem to have come here for taking revenge of the 3,000 victims of the 9/11 from the people rather than to targeting the terrorist of their own creation, the Taliban. The death toll of these innocents throughout Afghanistan is now much higher than that of 9/11. This has indeed provoked and enraged the wrath of the people, encouraging the Taliban terrorists, who definitely receive the maximum benefits.

    ■ Instead of explaining the reasons for spending billions of dollars in waste, the corrupted heroin-lord Ministers impudently talk about their "achievements" through a mockery show during "Accountability Week".

    ■ The top US-Karzai backed criminals of the Northern Alliance, such as Sayyaf, Rabbani, Qanoni, Khalili, Kazimi, Dostum, Chakari, Massoud Zia, Mohaqiq, Anwari, Atta, Dr. Abdullah, Ismail, Danish and alike were not put on trial. Instead the government has allowed these scoundrels to pass the heinous bill of so-called National Reconciliation, which only paves the way for their own exoneration. These Northern Alliance thugs recently formed the National Front by joining with the Khalqies and Parchamies, Gulbaddinis, Taliban elements and some bankrupt followers of Zahir Shah. Such a display only proves that criminals like Gulabzoy, Ulomi, Ranjbar, and Rabbani, Qanoni, Kazimi and others unite when the time comes for them to feel the rage and hate of the people they have victimized rise up against them. The most disgusting point of this farce is the presence of Mustafa Zahir in the Front, who in fact drove the last nail in the coffin of the "father of the nation" and royalists. Mustafa, who aligns himself with the infamous Rabbani, recalls the great poet Shelley who wrote: "Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest".

    ■ The US first installed the Northern Alliance criminals. Now they find ways to share power with Gulbaddin, Taliban terrorists, using Mojaddedi, their former godfather as the mediator just to get out from the current swamp. This indicates more than ever the dependency of the Afghan government and the true nature of the so called "War on Terrorism." As has been proven again and again, the US and the UN look only for their vested interest in Afghanistan and do not care for the freedom, democracy and prosperity of Afghan people. The Bush Administration and the UN bring the most insane fundamentalists and Khalqies and Purchamies traitors to one table, and once they grind their teeth to each other, they will use one against another.

    ■ The CIA has unleashed Jabar Sabet on his various rivals through the drama of "enforcing law and justice" to fan the flame of the enmity between them. When he fiercely clashed with Atta Mohammad or one of the corrupt family members of Mojaddedi, the CIA just stared and kept deadly silence.


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Ξ June 29th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Humour |


We are the echo of the

Ξ June 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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    We are the echo of the future
    On the door it says what to do to survive
    But we were not born to survive
    Only to live

    --W. S. Merwin.


It is not enough to destroy

Ξ June 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Misc |

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    It is not enough to destroy one's own and other people's experience. One must overlay this devastation by a false consciousness inured, as Marcuse puts it, to its own falsity.

    Exploitation must not be seen as such. It must be seen as benevolence. Persecution preferably should not need to be invalidated as the figment of a paranoid imagination; it should be experienced as kindness. Marx described mystification and showed its function in his day. Orwell's time is already with us. The colonists not only mystify the natives, in the way that Fanon so clearly shows, they have to mystify themselves. We in Europe and North America are the colonists, and in order to sustain our amazing images of ourselves as God's gift to the vast majority of the starving human species, we have to interiorize our violence upon ourselves and our children and to employ the rhetoric of morality to describe this process.

    In order to rationalize our industrial-military complex, we have to destroy our capacity to see clearly any more what is in front of, and to imagine what is beyond, our noses. Long before a thermonuclear war can come about, we have had to lay waste to our own sanity. We begin with the children. It is imperative to catch them in time. Without the most thorough and rapid brainwashing their dirty minds would see through our dirty tricks. Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them into imbeciles like ourselves, with high I.Q.'s, if possible.

    From the moment of birth, when the Stone Age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to those forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father, and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities, and on the whole this enterprise is successful. By the time the new human being is fifteen or so, we are left with a being like ourselves, a half-crazed creature more or less adjusted to a mad world. This is normality in our present age.

    Love and violence, properly speaking, are polar opposites. Love lets the other be, but with affection and concern. Violence attempts to constrain the other's freedom, to force him to act in the way we desire, but with ultimate lack of concern, with indifference to the other's own existence or destiny.

    We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.

    --R.D.Laing from: "The Politics of Experience"


Subhankar Banerjee

Ξ June 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

    Indian born artist-educator-activist Subhankar Banerjee uses photography to raise awareness about issues that threaten the health and well-being of our planet. Since 2001 he has focused all his efforts on indigenous human rights and land conservation issues in the American Arctic. His photographic work from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was instrumental in the United States Congress to defeat oil drilling legislation and preserve this ecological treasure both for wildlife and for the indigenous human cultures, the Gwich'in and the Inupiat communities. His Arctic photographs have been exhibited widely in museums in the United States and Europe and published in over one hundred magazines and newspapers internationally. He has lectured extensively to educate the public about land conservation, resource wars and cultural diversity issues. He has received many awards for his Arctic work including the inaugural Cultural Freedom Fellowship from Lannan Foundation and the inaugural Greenleaf Artist Award from the United Nations Environment Programme. Subhankar makes his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



Ξ June 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

Remains - Porth y Nant


SLS & Colloquia & The Obvious, R.D. Laing

Ξ June 25th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |

    I started to try to see through the dense opacity of social events from the study of certain people who were labelled psychotic or neurotic, as seen in mental hospitals, psychiatric units and out-patient clinics. I began to see that I was involved in the study of situations and not simply of individuals. It seemed (and this still seems to be the case) that the study of such situations was arrested in three principal ways. In the first place the behaviour of such people was regarded as signs of a pathological process that was going on in them, and only secondarily of anything else. The whole subject was enclosed in a medical metaphor. In the second place this medical metaphor conditioned the conduct of all those who were enclosed by it, doctors and patients. Thirdly, through this metaphor the person who was the patient in the system, being isolated from the system, could no longer be seen as a person: as a corollary, it was also difficult for the doctor to behave as a person. A person does not exist without a social context. You cannot take a person out of his social context and still see him as a person, or act towards him as a person. If one does not act towards the other as a person, one depersonalizes oneself.

    Someone is gibbering away on his knees, talking to someone who is not there. Yes, he is praying. If one does not accord him the social intelligibility of this behaviour, he can only be seen as mad. Out of social context, his behaviour can only be the outcome of an unintelligible "psychological" and/or "physical" process, for which he requires treatment. This metaphor sanctions a massive ignorance of the social context within which the person was interacting. It also renders any genuine reciprocity between the process of labelling (the practice of psychiatry) and of being labelled (the role of patient) as impossible to conceive as it is to observe. Someone whose mind is imprisoned in the metaphor cannot see it as a metaphor. It is just obvious. How, he will say, can diagnosing someone as ill who is obviously ill, make him ill? Or make him better, for that matter? Some of us began to realize that this aspect of the theory and practice of psychiatry was an essay in non-dialectical thinking and practice. However, once one had got oneself out of the straightjacket of this metaphor, it was possible to see the function of this anti-dialectical exercise. The unintelligibility of the experience and behaviour of the diagnosed person is created by the person diagnosing him, as well as by the person diagnosed. This stratagem seems to serve specific functions within the structure of the system in which it occurs.


    I was struck by a remark that Sir Julian Huxley made to me a few years ago. He said he thought the most dangerous link in the chain was obedience. That we have been trained, and we train our children, so that we and they are prepared to do practically anything if told to do it by a sufficient authority. It is always said, "it couldn't happen here," but it is always happening here.'


    We can put no trust in princes, popes, politicians, scholars, or scientists, our worst enemy or our best friend. With the greatest precautions, we may put trust in a source that is much deeper than our egos-if we can trust ourselves to have found it, or rather, to have been found by it. It is obvious that it is hidden, but what it is and where it is, is not obvious.


The official website of Nuri Bilge Ceylan photography

Ξ June 24th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |


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Ξ June 23rd, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Music |

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