The resistance exists
and everyone knows it exists

James Aire

To negotiate a new social contract 
in a deeply traumatised and fractured society 
within less than seven months is hard enough 
to do so in a third that time is 
virtually impossible, the report said.
An Israeli aircraft has fired three missiles 
at Palestinian resistance fighters 
in the Gaza Strip without causing any casualties
Witnesses said three fighters from the 
Islamic group Hamas fled as the missiles struck 
No one was hurt.
A rocket and mortar barrage by fighters 
hours later killed two Palestinian farmers 
and a Chinese labourer working 
at a Jewish settlement in Gaza
Iraqi soldiers taken captive

Wednesday 08 June 2005, 23:01 Makka Time, 20:01 GMT    

US-led forces are yet to restore order in Iraq 
 Iraqi Sunnis seek more representation  
 Iraqi officials killed 
 US not safer after Iraq war, poll says 

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Twenty-two Iraqi soldiers have been taken captive in Iraq 
near the Syrian border, an Iraqi military source says
The mass capture came amid a surge in violence 
that left four US soldiers dead 
in less than 24 hours 
in attacks north of the capital, Baghdad

Four bombers were killed 
when their explosives-laden vehicle 
detonated prematurely in Tal Afar, 
said Captain Ahmed Amjad of the Iraqi police

At least 49 Iraqis and four US soldiers 
have been killed since Tuesday 
in attacks north of the capital
A US soldier was killed on Wednesday 
when his patrol hit a roadside bomb 
near Ad-Dawr, a US military statement said.

Leaflets signed by the Islamic Army group 
were plastered on shop fronts and walls 
in Tikrit claiming responsibility 
"The knights of the Ali bin Abi Taleb Brigade 
fired a barrage of mortars and rockets 
last night at the citadel of infidels 
in the centre of Tikrit," said the leaflet.

Pirates armed with AK-47 assault rifles 
attacked the crew of a supertanker 
waiting to load crude 
at Iraq's Basra oil terminal 
before making off with cash, 
an ocean crime watchdog says.
"They tried to enter the bridge 
claiming to be policemen. 
The master denied them entry 
and the pirates became violent ... 
they assaulted the master 
causing him injuries and demanded money," 
the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) 
said in a report on Wednesday.

The oil-rich Gulf nation of Qatar 
on Thursday is set to sign into effect 
a constitution for the first time 
in its history, establishing 
democratic reforms in a country 
ruled by monarchy
"The constitution places Qatar 
at the heart of modernity and democracy," 
said Yussef Abidan, a member of the 
constitutional drafting committee.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas 
has urged Israel to sanction 
the reopening of the airport 
in the Gaza Strip and back 
"safe passage" between 
Gaza and the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces 
on Wednesday imposed 
a curfew on the village 
of Marada 
south of the West Bank 
city of Nablus. 

Residents said Israeli forces
wanted to prevent them 
from staging demonstrations 
against the building 
of the separation barrier 
on the village's lands.
Witnesses said three foreign 
supporters were arrested 
and prevented 
from reaching the village.

Over 200 Syrian pro-democracy 
activists and intellectuals 
have appealed 
to the ruling Baath Party 
to release political prisoners, 
including two legislators.
"Spring comes this year 
as previous years, grim, 
after it had bloomed 
in the year 2001," 
said the activists'statement. 
"But the forces of oppression ... 
cracked down on it 
and extinguished 
the spirit of life, 
light and freedom."

Pockets of resistance in America 
In my neighborhood, 
near the University of Everywhere, 
opposition to war seems 
to be the overwhelming sentiment. 
Peace signs, anti-war slogans 
and bumper stickers 
are visible all over the place. 
Flyers advertise anti-war 
rallies on the campus, 
as well as in local churches. 
It is rare to hear any 
expressions of support for war.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart , America's 
largest private employer and retailer 
has no problem organizing displays 
like the one at the Michigan City store 
at which it is possible 
to send the message "Kill Arabs!" 
and taking collections 
so that people can send 
"care packages" -- gifts -- to US troops. 
Through Wal-Mart's website, shoppers 
are invited to "send a special message 
to our men and women in the military 
defending American freedom worldwide." 
Such profoundly political statements 
have acquired the aura of invisibility.

The strong opposition to the war 
among black Americans is despite -- 
or perhaps because of -- the fact 
that black Americans are 
disproportionately represented 
in the US armed forces 
compared with the general population, 
especially in the lower ranks. 
Many black Americans understand 
from their experience that 
US principles of democracy and human rights 
are applied very differently 
to different populations. 
There is also deep concern 
that much of the 75 billion 
already earmarked to fight the war 
will come from already starved budgets 
for education, schools and health care
particularly servicing urban areas.

Many publications include coverage 
of direct action protests. 
Catch-all incitement 
and conspiracy charges 
threaten not only 
radical publications, 
but anyone making statements 
which could be interpreted 
as 'inflamatory'. 
This case opens the way 
for similar attacks 
on any publication 
deemed to support such actions. 
Yet the hypocracy and bias 
of the law is obvious - 
the establishment's media 
daily support and call 
for various forms of 
institutionalised violence - 
wars, police controls, 
environmental damage, 
factory farming etc - 
but none have been 
prosecuted for 'incitement'.

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Charlie Chaplin Home  Bio  Reading FBI Files 
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In "Who Was Charlie Chaplin and 
Why Did the FBI Investigate Him?"
Chaplin Biography - Part II

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
established modestly in 1909 
as the Bureau of Investigation, 
expanded its operations 
in the 1930s and 1940s 
under Director J. Edgar Hoover. 
Besides investigating and 
gathering information on 
such criminal activities 
in the United States 
as organized crime, 
bank robbery, kidnapping, 
murder, and white-collar crimes, 
it also became deeply engaged in 
domestic intelligence matters, 
especially after the Cold War 
set in just after the end of World War II.
As a resident alien of the United States 
(he had chosen to remain a British subject, 
although he had lived, worked, 
and paid taxes in the U.S. since 1913), 
Chaplin had to secure a reentry permit from 
the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) 
to leave the country and be able to return. 
That he did in the summer of 1952, 
but two days after he and his family 
left for England, U.S. Attorney General 
Thomas McGranery revoked that reentry permit, 
saying that Chaplin 
would have to go before an INS Board 
to prove himself morally and politically 
fit to return to the country.

"I think it is a scandal. 
This cannot be tolerated," 
Rotfeld told reporters. 
"This is a book 
which encourages crime. 
Do you think people 
should be encouraged 
to commit crime?"


London bombings toll rises to 37  
Passengers evacuate an underground train at Kings Cross 

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A series of bomb attacks on London's transport network 
has killed more than 30 people and injured about 700 others. 
Three explosions on the Underground left 35 dead and two more 
died in a blast on a double-decker bus.

New blasts heighten London alarm 

Friday 22 July 2005, 5:33 Makka Time, 2:33 GMT    

The city police chief described the incidents as very serious 
 UK bombings investigation expanded 
 London toll crosses 50 
 Dozens killed in London serial blasts 
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London on Thursday had a narrow escape after three bombs 
partially exploded in the city's underground rail network 
and a fourth device went off on a red double-decker bus 
without causing any significant damage. 

Services on the Victoria, Northern and Hammersmith and City 
lines were suspended following reports of a number of incidents, 
London Underground said.

"I was in the carriage and we smelt smoke - 
it was like something was burning," 
said Losiane Mohellavi, 35, who was evacuated at Warren Street.

"Everyone was panicked and people were screaming. We had 
to pull the alarm. I am still shaking," said Mohellavi, 
who was on the way to a job interview.

Friday's British newspapers focused on the fact 
that the perpetrators appeared to have got away.

Police shoot man dead on London train

Friday 22 July 2005, 19:16 Makka Time, 16:16 GMT    

The man shot was trying to board a train on Friday
 World leaders stand by Londoners  
 New blasts heighten London alarm  

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Police have confirmed that they shot dead a man 
in an underground train station in south London. 
The man was shot apparently while trying to board 
a train on Friday morning at Stockwell station in south London. 
The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear.

London's Metropolitan Police declined to comment further 
on the incident, which comes a day after London's transport 
system was attacked by four apparently failed attempts 
to repeat the deadly blasts of 7 July.

British Transport Police said the Northern and Victoria Tube lines, 
which pass through Stockwell, had been suspended. 

Passengers said that a man - described as South Asian - 
ran on to a train. 
They said police chased him, he tripped, then they shot him. 

"They pushed him on to the floor and unloaded five shots into him. 
He's dead," witness Mark Whitby told the BBC. 
"He looked like a cornered fox. He looked petrified," said Whitby.

Jean Charles de Menezes

Brazilian electrician, 27, Jean Charles de Menezes 
was shot five times in the head.

Mosque surrounded

Armed police have also surrounded East London Mosque, 
on Whitechapel Road in Aldgate, 
and told residents to stay indoors, 
after there were reports of a bomb threat. 

The large, modern mosque was surrounded 
by police officers some of whom were armed.

War on Europe

On Tuesday, another statement was issued 
in the name of the Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade 
threatening to launch "a bloody war" on the capitals of European 
countries that do not remove their troops from Iraq within a month. 

"While we bless these strikes, 
our next attacks will be hellish for the enemies of God," 
said the latest statement. 

"We will strike in the hearts of European capitals, 
in Rome, in Amsterdam and in Denmark where their soldiers 
are in still in Iraq pursuing their British and American masters," 
the statement added.

UK issues list of unacceptable acts

Friday 05 August 2005, 20:31 Makka Time, 17:31 GMT    

Clarke (L) interrupted a holiday to draw up the document 

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Britain's government has published a list what it calls 
unacceptable behaviour, behaviour which could see 
foreign nationals deported or barred from the country.

The document from Home Secretary Charles Clarke followed 
a series of proposals outlined earlier on Friday by 
Prime Minister Tony Blair in response to 
last month's bomb attacks on London.

Banned acts would include those which: 

- Foment terrorism or seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.
- Justify or glorify terrorism.
- Foment other serious criminal activity or 
seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts.
- Foster hatred which may lead to violence 
against specific communities in Britain.

- Advocate violence in support of particular beliefs.
- Anything else the government considers to be 
"extreme views that are in conflict with the UK's culture of tolerance". 

Such views could be aired in the following ways: 

- Writing, producing, publishing or distributing material. 

- Public speaking, including preaching.

- Running an internet site. 

- Using a "position of responsibility" such as a teacher, 
community or youth leader.
But, who will decide the meaning of these rather nebulous
and vague categories which could be applied to anyone in
this society?

Will it be applied retrospectively, to any book, movie, song, etc.?

What of Shelley's "The Mask of Anarchy"?, the report asked.

Does freedom of speech have any meaning any longer?


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