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Seema Weatherwax and Jason Weston: A Photographic Lineage

Santa Cruz, CA, 31.01.2005 08:32

the 24Upon Entering Special Collections I first focused on "Cactus Forest", an image that brought to mind the openness and depth of Ansel Adams. No Surprise. In the Glass case behind me was a copy of Ansel Adam's "Making a Photograph" from 1935, inscribed by the author to Edward Weston, who wrote the forward.Focusing Through Time: a unique story of
Friendship, Photography, and Collaboration

McHenry Library Special Collections, UCSC
January 3 - March 18, 2005

What were Iraqis voting for?

DC, 31.01.2005 05:52

Watching the news directly before the election, one learns that many Iraqis have no water, no electricity, plenty of sewage seeping up and filling streets and playgrounds, and in the second largest oil-producing country in the world, no gasoline.

Catalyst Radio for 1/28/2005

Michigan, 31.01.2005 05:30

This week Catalyst Radio talks with author and radio personality Jim Hightower. Hightower was in Grand Rapids last week for a speaking event sponsored by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center and Fountain Street Church. During the news analysis section of the show, the GRIID crew look at recent stories on secret attacks on Iran, the resignation of FCC chair Michael Powell, the Bush inauguration speech, and a proposed Michigan minimum wage hike.

Catalyst Radio is a 30 minute weekly radio program of the Community Media Center airing every Friday at 9:30 on WYCE 88.1 FM. Current and past episodes of Catalyst Radio can be downloaded and listened to at the audio archives section of the Catalyst Radio website.

Hugo Chavez Speaks at the World Social Forum

San Francisco Bay Area, 31.01.2005 05:11

1/30/2005 Porto Alegre, Brazil - Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela came to the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil today. Speaking at a press conference, before attending a 6 PM rally at the Gigantinho stadium, Chavez spoke about the increasing tension with Colombia. Rumors have been circulating throughout the forum that the United States was trying to provoke Colombia to attack Venezuela, and overthrow Chavez. After an incident between the two countries last week, Chavez said, “all of the nations in Latin America came together to get the two countries to work out their differences.” The United States was the only country in the world encouraging Colombia to take hostile action against Venezuela.

DIY Health Fair in Detroit

Michigan, 31.01.2005 04:40

Detroit Health Collective will be hosting Reclaim Your Health!, a do-it-yourself health fair March 18th-20th, 2005 at Idle Kids Books & Records 3535 Cass Ave. Detroit. Individuals are coming from around the country to participate, share their various skills and create connections to develop further projects.
This March, the newly formed Detroit Health Collective will be hosting Reclaim Your Health!, a do-it-yourself health fair. Heath activists from around the United States share knowledge on reclaiming our bodies with practical workshops to educate and empower people and communities, and network with others doing this work.


Brasil, 31.01.2005 00:02

V FSM ignora a resistência iraquiana

The Media's 'Election Day Cheerleading' in Iraq

NYC, 30.01.2005 21:42

Last nights Indypendent blog accurately predicts the tone of the US media reportage during today's vote in Iraq: "Of course, the U.S. media will never just call this Alice-in-Wonderland exercise for what it is. It will largely take its cues from the Bush administration and on-the-ground military commanders who will hail the event as a great success ... It's interesting to speculate what sort of iconic images will be replayed over and over again in the American press. My guess: an Iraqi woman in a black chador gratefully depositing her vote in the ballot box." [Read More]

And today, analyst Juan Cole largely agrees: "I'm just appalled by the cheerleading tone of US news coverage of the so-called elections in Iraq on Sunday.... With all the hoopla, it is easy to forget that this was an extremely troubling and flawed 'election.'" [Read More]

Herold Noel Gets a Place to Call Home

NYC, 30.01.2005 20:35

Herold Noel, featured on the cover last issue of the Indypendent, moved into his new apartment in the Bronx with his family on Wednesday. Noel is an Iraq war veteran who ended up homeless after returning from combat duty.

Iraq Election/US Policy Protest in Minneapolis

Minneapolis/St. Paul, 30.01.2005 17:59

One hundred persons demonstrated against the continued failed US policies in Iraq. The protest was timed to correspond to the elections in Iraq.


Colombia, 30.01.2005 17:59



Colombia, 30.01.2005 17:53


Viva la Earth Revolution! A Sustainable Future by All Means Necessary

Madison, 30.01.2005 14:41

We know what is required for global environmental sustainability, what is lacking is political will. In the face of continued stonewalling and green washing by the Earth liquidating industrial growth machine, lovers and protectors of the Earth and her humanity should not so quickly dismiss the possibility of an Earth Revolution - peaceful or otherwise - sufficient to ensure global ecological sustainability.


Puerto Rico, 30.01.2005 09:16

VENEZUELA: Grandes males, grandes remedios

V Foro Social Mundial

Puerto Rico, 30.01.2005 08:37

Notas desde el Foro Social Mundial en Porto Alegre (2)

V Foro Social Mundial

Puerto Rico, 30.01.2005 08:30

Notas desde el Foro Social Mundial en Porto Alegre (2)

Coronación Bush II

Puerto Rico, 30.01.2005 08:02

Bush II y la Guerra de los ricos

Why class struggle matters for the environment (and peace, human rights, and all the rest)

Portland, 30.01.2005 06:50

Are you an environmentalist who wonders, "What difference does fighting for workers' rights make when the world is going to hell in an ecological handbasket?" Well, I used to think like you. So I'll explain it.

I changed my mind when I came to realize that, when people are psychologically enslaved to the almighty dollar, when they have to kiss their boss's ass just to keep from starving or freezing to death, or dying from curable diseases for lack of healthcare, then they won't be too worried about becoming informed and engaged citizens and demanding a healthy environment.


Portugal, 30.01.2005 03:44


FBI Visits TMC Intern and Staff

Pittsburgh, 30.01.2005 02:54

FBI Visits TMC Intern and Staff

Americans Refuse Proposed Cease-Fire in Iraq (translated from Asahi Shinbun)

Urbana-Champaign, 30.01.2005 02:53

Working through the "Committee of Islamic Relgious People," a group claiming to be the unified front of Sunni Iraqi militants proposes an end to hostilities if there is a pullout within three years. The Americans refuse. The article is translated from Asahi Shinbun morning edition of January 30th (published in Tokyo, Japan) by Mink!


Brasil, 30.01.2005 01:43

Manifestação denuncia a violência contra a mulher no Acampamento da

Reportback: Vigil and Press Conference In Support of Day Laborers

Portland, 29.01.2005 23:37

On Thursday, January 27, 2005, a Vigil and Press Conference was held at Terry Schrunk Plaza in Portland Oregon to draw attention to a steady increase in violent attacks, civil rights abuses and workplace rights abuses against Day Workers in this country. This Portland event was one of many such actions taking place around the country.

Before the Press Conference, 14 candles and 14 crosses were handed out to the gathering representing 14 documented incidents of violence directed at day laborers. According to information distributed in the media packet, these were only a few of the examples of hostility directed at day laborers across the country. During this vigil, 14 people from the community read one incident each from one of 14 different areas of the United States. This reading was in both Spanish and English.

See video of this event this coming monday at the Pdx Indy Video showing at 7pm at It's a Beautiful Pizza (Belmont and SE 34th)

Porto Alegre

Brasil, 29.01.2005 23:17

Polícia invade ocupação, detém os presentes e apreende material

Greens: U.S. Government and Citizens Must Act Now Before Global Warming Time Bomb from Going Off

Madison, 29.01.2005 22:51

"There can be few greater challenges in the twenty-first century than addressing the threat of climate change. Left unmitigated, the impacts are expected to be devastating. Urgent action is needed." So concludes yet another independent international taskforce report on climate change published last week on the Internet called "Meeting the Climate Challenge". "An ecological time bomb is ticking away", says British Prime Minister Tony Blair's adviser Stephen Byers, who co-chaired the taskforce with U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine. Global warming is approaching a point of no return after which widespread drought and crop failure, more frequent, longer and deadlier heat waves, and rising seas will be irreversible, concludes the report. Leaders of the U.S. Green Party released a statement urging the White House, Congress, and the American people to "read and act" on the recommendations in the report "before catastrophic global climate change becomes inevitable". "Deference by Bush, Republicans, and Democrats to corporate interests on energy policy is endangering the world", the Green's January 25, 2005 release from Washington D.C. warns.

Issue #64: The Indy Looks at Elections in Iraq, Housing Crisis in NYC

NYC, 29.01.2005 21:43

With the Iraqi "elections" fast approaching, the new issue of The Indypendent looks at the birth of a failed state and what lies ahead for the U.S. occupation in the make-or-break year of 2005. We also have a rundown on counter-inaugural protests and some of the lesser-known members of Bush's new cabinet, an interview with an immigrant rights activist about the new Homeland Security chief, a first-person piece about a man who was killed by the negligence of a Halliburton subsidiary and an article on increased government support for faith-based social programs. Closer to home, we have a special report New York's housing crisis 1 || 2 || 3 and in our culture section Nicholas Powers explores how Hollywood might respond to the Tsunami and Matt Wasserman reviews Crimethinc's latest book. Full PDF

J28 Critical Mass: Mess or Success?

NYC, 29.01.2005 21:36

One critical masser writes that "critical Mass went poorly tonight ... The police chose to ignore federal judge William Pauley’s ruling in December that bicyclists are allowed to ride more than two abreast and do not have to ride on the right side of the road. A police truck blasted threats from speakers mounted on its roof." [Read More]

But another rider notes that "after being attacked and scattered by the NYPD towards the beginning of the ride, riders succeeded in reuniting and carrying out a small but high spirited critical mass that successfully asserted itself from the L.E.S to Times Square and beyond." [Read More]

Judge tells moms in custody cases to learn English

Tennessee, 29.01.2005 21:32

A Wilson County child-court judge has been ordering foreign-born women to learn English for the good of their children — an action that some regard as unconstitutional.

Mon. Jan 31 @ 7pm: Videos from the Resistance at It's a Beautiful Pizza

Portland, 29.01.2005 21:27

This Monday, the 31st, come to It's a Beautiful Pizza (SE Belmont btwn 33rd & 34th) at 7:00pm for a FREE showing of portland indymedia Videos From The Resistance. Recent events to be featured will include:

  • J20 Inauguration Protests, including the KATU anti-corporate media demonstration, the rally & march downtown, and the Chevron station take-over [ stories ]
  • Victory for the Parry Center strikers! Video from direct action downtown & interviews with workers [ stories ]
  • Vigil and Press Conference In Support of Day Laborers to draw attention to a steady increase in violent attacks, civil rights abuses and workplace rights abuses against Day Workers [ stories ]

The World Social Forum

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2005 20:32

1/27/2005:Porto Alegre, Brazil - The World Social Forum (WSF) got underway yesterday with a huge march in downtown Porto Alegre. This year, the WSF has attracted over 100,000 political, social, and cultural activists from all over the world to discuss and strategize about alternatives to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and corporate domination of the worlds economy. The WSF is a manifestation of the anti-globalization movement bringing people from all over the world together for one long weekend of work and play.

Discussion on Ageism

Portland, 29.01.2005 19:37

It may just look like an angry rant to you, but this is something that is making me sick. I have no opinion until I am 18. The people that need an education can't vote to have an education because we are to young. How is my life decided from someone else with out my consent. I am 15 and am waiting until the government allows me to have a voice.
<i>one reader responds:</i> "Actually, they don't give you a voice after you turn 18, either."

Jayyous, Palestine 1/27/05

DC, 29.01.2005 18:41

1/27/05 jayyous palestine The little village of Jayyous, and the struggle its residents are currently facing, in many ways exemplifies the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Should the Anti-war Movement Support the Iraqi Resistance?

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2005 16:04

1/29/2005: Porto Alegre, Brazil - At a workshop held yesterday at the World Social Forum, to discuss ending the US occupation in Iraq, a proposal was discussed to support the Iraqi resistance forces. Albert Petrarca, who is in the Pittsburgh Anti-war Committee and who attended the workshop said “the proposal to support the Iraqi resistance came during the question and answer period and their position was that it wasn’t enough to just be against the war but that you had to take a stand in support of the resistance.” The argument was made that the focal point of resistance to U.S. imperialism was in Iraq. If the Iraqi resistance fighters are successful, it will signify a significant defeat for the Bush administrations ability to carry out further wars of aggression. Therefore, anti-imperialists should objectively be on the side of the Iraqi resistance.

World Social Forum Discusses Corporate Control Of The Media

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2005 15:50

1/28/2005 Porto Alegre, Brazil - Participants at the World Social Forum heard today that corporate control of the media and media consolidation is a worldwide phenomena. Ignacio Ramonet, president of Media Global Watch, said “in France a defense contractor just bought La Figaro. The danger of this is that the corporations, who are buying up major media companies have no, or very little, connection with the media industry and thus no commitment to journalistic integrity.” Ramonet also said that newspapers are decreasing in popularity as a means of communication. He said “this is part of a trend that has happened in many other industries.” Technology is affecting print media’s ability to stay competitive. Newspapers are losing 2% of their readership each year and the trend is expected to continue.


belgrade, 29.01.2005 15:33

Kampanja "Reci ne vojsci"


QC, 29.01.2005 14:41

Ricardo Reyes Criminally Culpable for Kampanyang Ahos - Sison

MOVEMENTS IN MOTION Indian activist film festival

United Kingdom, 29.01.2005 14:30

Indymedia cinema and the RampART Creative Centre have been hosting a week long festival of documentary films from India. From Monday 10th to Saturday 16th January, each day focused on a particular social or political issue. This festival brings to London’s East End some documentaries that are rarely seen, inside or outside India, with the intention of creating spaces for debate. Some disturbing, some impassioned, others humorous, all inspiring and controversial, these films provide a glimpse into some of the most difficult challenges facing Indian society.During film festivals in India attempts have been made to censor films covering these events. Now the same is happening in London. Last week, the ramparts social centre started to receive threatening emails, and anonymous comments posted on the ramparts web pages [1] from people trying to force the venue to cancel the film festival. They claim that the films present Hinduism in a bad light and that the organisers have an anti-Hindu agenda. The threats began after an email posted on nationalist Hindu mailing list alerted members of right wing Hindu groups such as the BJP and the VHP (both part of the Sangh Parivar, the family of Hindu fundamentalist organizations spawned and led by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh). However, of course, the organizers refused to bow to the threats and the festival went on as other venues came forward to offer alternative places to show the film should disruption take place. In the end, there was no disruption, and attendance was very good. [2]Activists arrested over Gujarat videos | Festival programme | rampart newsletter

Beginings of a Merseyside Activist’s Space: the Liverpool Social Forum

United Kingdom, 29.01.2005 14:30

The local social forum movement, which has flourished throughout mainland Europe and parts of the UK, has finally reached Merseyside in the form of the Liverpool Social Forum.

5th Intercontinental Youth Camp of the WSF

United Kingdom, 29.01.2005 14:30

During the World Social Forum 2005 the 5th Intercontinental Youth Camp (IYC will take place in Parque Harmonia, Porto Alegre. Situated in at the heart of the WSF landscape, the camp will map the alternatives throughout the camp focusing on self-management, horizontality, diversity and creative resistance, experimenting and proposing alternatives that oppose capitalist and neoliberal hegemony. The Youth Camp opens its doors on the 24th January to around 25,000 people from around the world. One challenge of IYC 2005 is to enable the building of new networks of different struggles seeking articulation from local to global levels with the capacity to influence the consequences and causes of global political spheres and Also it will be crucial to collect information on all the different practices experimented in the camp for exchange on an international level and to spread the ideas.Full Report Call for activities at the IYC International Youth Camp World Social ForumIntergalactic Caracol The Caracol is a Youth Camp initiative, from 26th-31st january, that aims to bring together struggles that radicalise the resistance to capitalism and reclaim the world social forum, but also to think beyond the WSF facilitating groups with similar or different projects to find their overlaps and ways of cooperating.Mosaic of Books The Mosaic of Books - World Social Library campaign has already gathered almost 4,000 titiles since Porto Alegre 2001. From mometum gathered from the World Social Forums since they include titles in literature, education, philosophy and a library of alternatives for the construction of another world. All participants coming to the World Social Forum are encouraged to contribute a book to this expanding mosaic.Global Scanning Day As part of the youth camp and mosaic of books, the 30th January sees a day of Global Scanning to propagate the ideas of sharing free knowledge and horizontal distribution methods. Everyone is encouraged to scan periodicals, books, poems, pictures and stories of resistance. Report in Spanish and English coming soon.

Demonstrations and actions against the WEF in Switzerland

United Kingdom, 29.01.2005 14:30

Last Saturday 15th of january 2005, the first demonstration against the World Economic Forum in Davos has taken place in Winterthur, Switzerland. About 400 people demonstrated without any conflict arising. Another 400 demonstrators voiced their resistance in Chur and Adelsberg to the forthcoming WEF proceeding from 26-30th of January. In Aarau a creative action happened, whilst in Thun a political flashmob confused passers-by, leading to a spontaneous protest. In Heiden, an attack against the UBS, a giant bank consortium, occured. In Zurich, an anti-repression group burnt down a training camp for anti-terrorist units in protest against the WEF security preperations. In Bern, the "Tour de Lorraine", educates with films, theatre and gigs.On Saturday 22 January a day if Descentralised Creative Actions was called agiainst the WEF summit. Around 1.500 people (Italian report) took part in a series of civil disobedience actions [Timeline in Italian].Berna: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17Davos: 1 | 2 | 3Burgdorf: 1At the same time, there was a solidarity action in Oxfrod.More protests are planned during the week in Berna, Davos, Lugano and Basilea. For more up to date information see: [AntiWEF 2005 | IMC Switzerland - links to languages ]

Bulldoze Prescott's plans not Linslade's countryside

United Kingdom, 29.01.2005 14:30

Update (27/01/05): A camp has been set up and needs support [pics], but work is continuing as protesters are outnumbered by police and hired security. Local residents near Linslade in Bedfordshire have been disrupting work on the Stoke Hammond to Linslade Bypass, a new £50m road which is the first part of John Prescott's "development" plans for the region, including a massive expansion of Luton airport. The 5 mile planned route cuts across some beautiful open countryside and includes the destruction of several groups of trees. More people are needed right now to help stop the bypass. [ Main Campaign Website (with latest updates) | Road Alert | Road Block ]

Protests At Bush Inauguration

United Kingdom, 29.01.2005 14:30

Over 10,000 people took to the streets of Washington DC on January 20th to demonstrate during the inauguration of George Bush. Almost ignored by much of the world's media, thousands of protesters lined the parade route, but many thousands more were prevented from reaching assembly points by a massive security operation. There were several marches, a critical mass bicycle protest, breakaway marches, building occupations and rallies [see timeline | precis 1, 2]. At several points police used batons and large amounts of pepper spray to keep protesters back from the parade route as some fencing was removed and security entrances blocked [pics 1 2]. Protests continued into the evening with the arrest total running into the hundreds. Indymedia along with other grass roots media networks joined forces to create the Inaugural Media Coalition to cover the protests with several radio streams providing extensive audio coverage (see full article). Reports: [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | International ANSWER] Pictures: [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12] Audio: [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15] Video: J20 March Demonstrations also took place right across America with protests in over 30 cities, ranging from thousands taking to the streets, to banner drops [pics 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7] and vigils. There were also demonstrations in South Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Ireland (Photos), Germany, Sydney, Australia, and at the US Embassy in London. Anti-war protestors are now gearing up to demonstrate against Bush when he visits Europe, including Brussels and perhaps the UK in February, and also for a Global Day of Coordinated Actions on the 2nd Anniversary of the "Shock and Awe" Invasion of Iraq, on a 19th March 2005 - which is also the day chosen by the Assembly of the Social Movements at the European Social Forum in London for a European wide mobilisation, just prior to the European Council meeting in Brussels.

DIY Culture in Birmingham

United Kingdom, 29.01.2005 14:30

A week that started with British soldiers exposed as torturers and the US president proclaiming his "calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom" ended much more sanely at Birmingham's DIY Culture weekend.  Hosted by The Nursery Social Centre collective [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ], the weekend featured three days of workshops.  Participants got their hands dirty converting a Ford Escort van to run on used vegetable oil, set up solar power systems, erected wind turbines, learned to shoot and edit video, set up lowtech computing resources using GNU/Linux, and did a sometimes-vertical Situationist-style tour of the city.  The explosive film Injustice, about the community response to deaths in police custody, was featured on Saturday night, and was followed by a talk with the film's director.  Sunday included workshops on permaculture,subvertising and practical experience in low impact dwellings over at the Nursery secret garden, plus real progress was made on setting up a Birmingham Indymedia website - contact Indy Brum to find out how to get involved.Full schedule of eventsReports: [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ Photos ]Videos: [ DIY Chip-fat Vehicle Conversion ] [ Urban Explorations ]Links: [ The Nursery ] [ ] [ ] [ United Families & Friends Campaign ]

Łamanie praw człowieka w Krakowie : raport

Poland, 29.01.2005 13:22


zdjęcia Kraków 26.01.2005r.[1] [2] [3] - Kraków 27.01.2005r. Gdańsk 27.01.2005r. - plakaty [1] [2] [3]

filmy [1] - [2] - [3] - [4] ,,Prowokacja policyjna!" - [5]


Perth, 29.01.2005 12:53

Military/Nuclear Cargo on Adelaide-Darwin Rail Link

Justicia para Sandra Cabrera

Argentina, 29.01.2005 09:47

"La policía sigue coimeando a las compañeras"

Justicia para Sandra Cabrera

Argentina, 29.01.2005 09:46

"La policía sigue coimeando a las compañeras"

Going to Mass, with the Mayor

Portland, 29.01.2005 05:53

I was running a little late, as I had to fix my light. Normally, I wouldn't be late for such a small detail, but at this Critical Mass, riders were asked to be VERY LEGAL, as the MAYOR was riding with us. That's right, I said the mayor; at Critical Mass. I've never heard of such a thing before, so I just HAD to be there! When I got to the North Park Blocks, the Mass was still waiting for stragglers like myself, so I was in luck. I spotted Mayor Potter right away, and he wasn't busy, so I approached him, shook his hand, and thanked him for riding with us. He was very cordial, although he seemed rather nervous. I would be too, if I were a public figure, taking such a big risk.

Well, it turns out that riding VERY LEGALLY is actually pretty dangerous. Ideally (for the riders), if the Mass hits a red light, or the light changes as the Mass passes it, someone will volunteer to "cork" the intersection, in other words, hold up traffic, until all the riders go by. This keeps everyone together, and the Mass moving at an even speed. Obviously, corking and running red lights is not legal. The argument for riding legally is that it should be safer. Here's the rub: When cyclists stop, motorists think the Mass has all passed, and they will turn right into the middle of it, and then they're REALLY stuck! Now, this is great, if your goal as a Mass rider is to snarl up traffic. This particular ride was a traffic nightmare. It didn't feel safe, though, with all those cars and bikes tangled up together.

read the full article...
related articles: PPRC rally tonight & bike mass

Harvard President Insults Women's Intelligence

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2005 05:03

January 14th, 2004: At a conference of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Lawrence Summers proposed that innate genetic differences between the sexes may be one explanation for why fewer women succeed in math and science careers. Since that date hundreds, if not thousands, of women who have written to newspapers and to Summers directly to set him straight about the challenges that face women in still-non-traditional fields. It would be bad enough if Summers were any ordinary academic, but he is the current President of Harvard University and a former Chief Economist of the World Bank.

Anarchist Regional Potluck February 5th Michigan

Michigan, 29.01.2005 04:43

On February 5th Detroit members of Earth First!, Anarchist Black Cross, and the Sweetwater Alliance will be hosting a regional “anarchist potluck” at the Idle Kids Bookstore.

Iraq's Flawed Election

San Francisco Bay Area, 29.01.2005 03:58

1/28/2005: Iraq has sealed its frontiers and imposed other draconian security measures in preparation for Sunday's election. Many Iraqis in Iraq will not be allowed to vote whereas by voting by expatriates in the US and other countries has already started. When Iraqis go into polling places they will not be given a choice of candidates, instead they will be choosing numbers from a list with no name listed next to them. Each number will correspond to a slate put together by a political party but in most cases the parties have not released the names of their candidates to prevent assassinations. The United Iraqi Alliance's slate #169 looks likely to be the winner of the election due to backing by Sistani and other Shiite clerics.

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