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FOR WOMEN ONLY: After Anti-War movements win or lose in Iraq… there’s still Women


[A paper critiquing the political assumptions of today’s Anti-War/anti-imperialist activism by J. Sakai – Beyond McAntiwar: notes on finding our footing in the collapsing stageset of u.s. empire – has been circulated in the current issue of the maoist zine 8th Route.  Below is an alternate viewpoint from a “radical Beguine” perspective.]

i like J’s rant. i think we need this kind of reality check. The world situation is changing  with such surprising twists. But yet & again, it still is only from men’s viewpoint. And no matter how radical, that can only dead end somewhere. ...........READ MORE

FOR WOMEN ONLY: The Rape Movement in Iraq & Men’s Anti-War Politics


The following essay follows Butch Lee’s After Anti-War Movements Win or Lose in Iraq… there’s still women

Sister, this discussion is just on time. Because these new men’s wars of the 21st century are just starting up. They are different because they take place within the stage of a greater war, the worldwide war against women and children. Increasingly, women are drawn into wars not only meant to reverse our rising but wars that are over which class of men shall own us and how? Rape wars. For war now is above all about gender.

What ...........READ MORE

Homophobic Death Squads in Iraq

queers murdered by death squads in Iraq

From the Guardian, this report about political-homophobic murders in Iraq:

Sitting on the floor, wearing traditional Islamic clothes and holding an old notebook, Abu Hamizi, 22, spends at least six hours a day searching internet chatrooms linked to gay websites. He is not looking for new friends, but for victims.

“It is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up,” he said. When he finds them, Hamizi arranges for them to be attacked and sometimes killed. ...........READ MORE

Homocide in Iraq

From Gaywired by way of IntelligentaIndigena:
Iraq is one of only nine countries in the world where homosexual people are executed simply for being gay. While the New York Times reports that Iraqis are now able to “enjoy freedoms unthinkable two years ago,” – women are able to walk the streets unveiled and families can now gather in parks – the atrocities committed against gay men demonstrate that the country is far from achieving acceptable human rights standards.

As the Times notes, “The relative freedom of a newly democratic Iraq and the recent improvement in security have allowed a ...........READ MORE

Under Obama Blackwater Still Works for u.s. in Iraq

above: Aftermath of Nisoor Square massacre, September 16, 2007,
where Blackwater mercenaries opened fire on civilians and Iraqi police,
killing seventeen people

From UPI:

Blackwater still works for U.S. in Iraq

Last update: 5:48 p.m. EDT March 17, 2009
WASHINGTON, Mar 17, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) — The U.S. State Department re-signed the security firm formerly known as Blackwater despite Iraq saying it didn’t want the company there, records show.
The State Department said $22.2 million deal signed with Blackwater, since renamed Xe, in February was a contract modification concerning aviation work, The Washington Times first reported. The ...........READ MORE

Someone Else’s War (not a review!)

A quick recommendation: check out Lee Wang’s film Someone Else’s War.

i was lucky enough to be at the world premiere of this film at the San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival a few days ago, and think it is a film that should be checked out by everyone in the anti-war and also especially anti-capitalist movements.

Unfortunately i do not have time to write a review, or even an adequate synopsis, at this point. Our trip to SF was a bit of a disaster in terms of the anarchist bookfair i was counting on to pay some bills, ...........READ MORE

Two Dead Fuckers

Saddam Hussein meets with his boss Donald Rumsfeld

First Pinochet, and now Saddam Hussein.

Two pieces of shit.

Two men drenched in their victims’ blood.

Two men put in power by the greatest war criminals of our age… this December was their last, and yet 2007 remains stained by their legacies.

But what different ways to go…

Augusto Pinochet meets with his boss Henry Kissinger

While people cheered in the streets when the butcher of the soccer stadiums passed away, i was profoundly sad. Passing on peacefully, i felt Augusto Pinochet’s death was just one more defeat for the oppressed. ...........READ MORE

Two PFLP Statements on the Execution of Saddam Hussein

The following from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, on the execution of Saddam Hussein by the Iraqi police state. I don’t agree with the PFLP’s feelings about Hussein, but for those who are interested, this is what they have to say, in two separate statements:

The Popular Front regards the assassination of Saddam, the symbol and epitome of Arab rejection and resistance, as a vile plot by the evil chief Bush.

In a press statement issued by an official spokesman, the Popular Front declared that it regards the act of assassinating the leader Saddam Husayn, the symbol ...........READ MORE

Les Femmes du Mont Ararat / The Women of Mount Ararat

Les Femmes du Mont Ararat / The Women of Mount Ararat, a film by Erwann Briand
France / 2004 / Betacam SP / 85 min / français, anglais, arabe s.-t.f.
Contact: [distributeur] Catherine Le Clef, Doc and Co, 13, rue Portefoin, 75003 Paris, France. T: +33 1 42 77 89 65 F: +33 1 42 77 89 65

OK, now this movie had real potential, which is why I think I found it so disappointing. Not that I regret seeing it, not that I would not recommend it, just that it could have been so much better.

The ...........READ MORE