Forgotten: The Second Anniversary Of A Guantánamo Suicide by Andy Worthington

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by Andy Worthington
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31 May 2009

Today, unnoticed in the Western media (although I can’t vouch for the Arabic world) is the second anniversary of the death at Guantánamo — apparently by suicide — of Abdul Rahman al-Amri, a Saudi prisoner, and a long-term hunger striker, who had admitted that he was a foot soldier for the Taliban, but who went to his death with a ludicrous and unsupported allegation against him that, to this day, is regarded by the Pentagon as “evidence” — a claim that, despite arriving in Afghanistan in September 2001, he became a “mid-level al-Qaeda operative” who “ran al-Qaeda safe houses” in the three months before his capture in December.

The date of al-Amri’s death is always significant for me, because it was in response to his death — and with no interest from the mainstream media — that I wrote my first two articles for my blog (after completing the manuscript for my book The Guantánamo Files), providing some background to his story that would otherwise have been overlooked.

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Sri Lanka: ‘20,000’ civilians killed

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Twenty thousand civilians were killed in Sri Lanka’s final push against Tamil Tigers, claims UN report

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Azerbaijan seen as new front in Mideast conflict

Updated: June 2, 2009

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compiled by Cem Ertür
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31 May, 2009

1) Azerbaijan seen as new front in Mideast conflict (30 May 2009)
2) A welcome new stage in Azerbaijani-Israeli ties (1 June 2009)

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excerpts from: Azerbaijan seen as new front in Mideast conflict

by Sebastian Rotella, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2009

Officials say they foiled a plot by Hezbollah and Iran to bomb the Israeli Embassy in revenge for the 2008 slaying of Imad Mughniyah. Anti-terrorism officials fear a new militant hub. It happened in Baku, transforming the capital of Azerbaijan into a battleground in a global shadow war.The prosecution remained largely a secret until this week, when closed court proceedings began for two Lebanese and four Azeris charged with terrorism, espionage and other crimes. […]

The choice of Baku last year reflects Iran’s influence, said Matthew Levitt, a former intelligence chief at the U.S. Treasury Department. […] “The Iranians have a history of a presence there. And they wouldn’t mind undermining the country, given Azerbaijan’s Western leanings.”

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excerpts from: A welcome new stage in Azerbaijani-Israeli ties

by Alexander Murinson, Jerusalem Post, 1 June 2009

Relations between Israel, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan serve as a model for cooperation between the Jewish state and Muslim nations. […]

Peres is scheduled to visit Azerbaijan near the end of June as a part of his tour of the Muslim republics of the CIS. The visit to Baku will take place “at the highest level and with all honors.” […]

[T]he invitation for Peres to visit secular Muslim Azerbaijan, Iran’s northern neighbor, reaffirms the strategic relationship between the two countries. […]

The Azerbaijani media […] [quoted] the Iranian Chief of Staff Hasan Firudabadi […] [saying,] “The Shimon Peres visit does not seem like a friendly step in Azerbaijani relations with Iran.”


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Israel holds drill simulating all-out war

Israel holds drill simulating all-out war (23 May 2009)

Israeli President Peres’ statements on Turkey and Iran (February 2009)

So who are the terrorists here? by Jason Miller

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by Jason Miller
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May 31, 2009

Julie Leyva recently submitted some questions to the North American Animal Liberation Press Office. Jason Miller wrote the reply.

What is your occupation and for how long?

There are four of us serving as press officers for NAALPO:

Jerry Vlasak is a board certified trauma surgeon, a former vivisector, and a seasoned animal liberation activist who speaks, writes and debates on behalf of nonhuman animals. Jerry co-founded NAALPO and has been a board member of Sea Shepherd and the spokesman for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Camille Hankins has over 20 years of corporate marketing and management experience; co-founded Win Animal Rights (WAR), a group dedicated to shutting down Huntingdon Life Sciences, in 2004; founded the New York Animal Liberation Front Supporters in 2003; and is heavily involved in outreach to educate the public about the underground animal liberation movement.

Lin Bingham works as a writer and graphic designer. He is a vehement advocate of total liberation, including humans, nonhuman animals and the Earth. He specializes in “propaganda and agitation” and is willing and available to speak anytime one or more persons are willing to listen.

Jason Miller started with NAALPO about two months ago and is the newest press officer. I have worked as a supervisor in a call center for nine years where I’ve cultivated respectable problem-solving, conflict resolution, and communication skills. An ardent and seasoned animal liberation activist, I also founded the notoriously radical blog, Thomas Paine’s Corner, in 2004. TPC has become a popular site for activists to go for education and inspiration and to interact via comment threads. Like Lin, I too am a writer who specializes in “propaganda and agitation.”

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Leo Panitch: Thoroughly modern Marx

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Leo Panitch: Marx was a realist; the real romantics think you can have capitalism without great crisis.  Pt 1

Leo Panitch, economist and Professor at York University, talks to Paul Jay about the relevance of Marxist theories in studying today’s global economy. Panitch discusses the ideological crisis of the free market theory and notes that at this time “Marx would not be offering policy advice to governments about what is to be done in the face of this crisis; he would tell people to overcome their social isolation, form new collective organizations and identities, and make a social revolution.”

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Thomas Linzey: Challenging Corporations (2005) + Q & A

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November 10, 2008

Talk by Thomas Linzey, attorney with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) speaking in Seattle February 10, 2005.

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NATO Of The South: Chile, South Africa, Australia, Antarctica by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
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May 31, 2009

Two days ago Carolina Toha, spokeswoman for Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, stated that “Chile has developed strategic ties with the United States since long ago” and expressed her government’s eagerness to expand them. [1]

Employing the standard rationale of sharing “more similarity with the Obama administration” than with its predecessor, a pose adopted by world politicians of all stripes since the US presidential election of last November 4th – including conservatives like France’s Nicholas Sarkozy – the Chilean statement could be seen as nothing more than desiring to be on the winning side and to curry favor with the new Planitarchus (lord of the planet), as Greek demonstrators who curtailed a proposed three-day visit to Athens in November of 1999 of Obama’s predecessor once removed, Bill Clinton, described the post of US president.

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