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 APRIL/MAY  2006                                           Vol. 7 Issue 2


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 >in this issue:                   


            A Poem for Memorial Day:  Standing Still in Time by Thomas C. Murray

>  Imperatives of Transition from Activism to Politics in Nigeria,  by Kayode Fayemi 

> Angola: From Politics of Disorder to Politics of Democratization?

by Steve Kibble  


Mr. "Bring 'Em On"

       >  A City in Search of a Renaissance by Victor Saraiva

              >  An Open Letter to the Mayor-Elect of the City of Newark, Cory Booker by Victor Saraiva


       >  An Open Letter to My Sister, Angela Y. Davis  by James Baldwin

          As I Remember  by Victor Saraiva



          On Mixed Topics

Who is to be "detained?"

> Lee Raymond's Golden Years

>NUCLEAR MIDDLE EAST: Money Can't Buy Love, Just Time


Today's News  


Prior News:



Commentary / Opinion


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>Essays & articles of interest published by other sites:  



Is It For Freedom? 


Listen to this awesome song!




American Civil Liberties Union:


 Gov Docs on Torture


Tell Your Member of Congress to Stop Torture




Authorities Target Political Groups



Become an Effective and Efficient Activist



Urge Congress to Renew and Restore the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act, passed over 40 years ago in 1965, is most successful piece of civil rights legislation in history. Unfortunately, unless Congress votes to renew several key sections of the law, they will expire by 2007.




Stop torture and ill-treatment in the 'war on terror'

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Latest Reports from AI:


The State of the World's Human Rights,  

2005 Report




50 Books That'll Boost Your Civil Liberties Savvy


The arms trade is out of control. 

Worldwide, arms are fueling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses.




Medical Privacy Petition






DoD Recruiting Database






Help predict global warming

Make your computer do some real work for a change!


Podcast: Whales, noise pollution and military sonar



Glaciers Melting at Alarming Rate:



Human Rights Watch Reports:


The global scandal of violence against children



World Reports:


U.S.: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse

Investigations Lag Two Years After Abu Ghraib Photos

Afghanistan: Reject Known Abusers as Police Chiefs

Time for President Karzai to Show He Is a Genuine Reformer

Thailand: Investigate Krue Se Mosque Raid

No Justice Two Years After Deadly Clashes in South






Traveling Film Festival 2005-2006


Promises Broken

Every recognized country in the world, except for the United States and the collapsed state of Somalia, has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, pledging to uphold its protections for children. Today the convention stands as the single most widely ratified treaty in existence.




IRIN NEWS Reports:


Minorities Under Siege
Pygmies today in Africa IRIN In-Depth


Latest Audio Programs IRIN RADIO


Bird Flu Alert

The bird flu virus H5N1 threatens the livelihoods and potentially the health of millions of people in Africa and Asia. This page provides you with the latest news and information on avian flu in the countries covered by IRIN.






Standards of Political Conduct for Corporations





Corporations like Coca-Cola and Suez are aggressively turning water from a basic human right into an unaffordable luxury.



The powerful tobacco industry led by Philip Morris/Altria is still fighting in the US and internationally to undermine the global tobacco treaty.



Food & Agribusiness

Global food and agribusiness corporations like Cargill, Monsanto and Dow increase their profits as people around the world face hunger and malnutrition. ttp://



Big Oil giants like ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco are causing permanent damage to the air we breathe and the water we drink.




Organized Crime and Corruption Information:


Bibliographic Database Search


Global Corruption Report 2006

special focus: Corruption and Health

Launched 1 February 2006, TI’s Global Corruption Report details how corruption deprives millions of access to essential health care and helps spawn drug – resistant strains of deadly diseases.


Transparency International’s Web Portal on Anti-Corruption Resources (CORIS)




A Special Report, IPS News,


Business Principles for Countering Bribery


Corruption Fighters' Tool Kit


Anti-Corruption Handbook


National Whistleblower Center,


Govt Doctors Get Whistleblower Protection




Boycott Bush International Network

Nenhum dinheiro para a guerra - Boicote a Bush

Pas D'Argent pour la Guerre – Boycott Bush

Bojkott Bush




re-posted by NARCONEWS


GARY WEBB: In His Own Words

Tribute to the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who broke the story of the CIA’s involvement in the importation of cocaine into the US



Dark Alliance: Day One

America's 'crack' plague has roots in Nicaragua war Colombia-San Francisco Bay Area drug pipeline helped finance CIA-backed Contras by Gary Webb

Testimony links U.S. to drugs-guns trade

Dealers got their 'own little arsenal' by Gary Webb


Dark Alliance: Day Two

The Crack Epidemic's Shadowy Origins, By Gary Webb

If  they'd been in a more respectable line of work, Norwin Meneses, Danilo Blandon and ''Freeway Rick'' Ross would have been hailed as geniuses of marketing. This odd trio -- a smuggler, a bureaucrat and a driven ghetto teen-ager -- made fortunes creating the first mass market in America for a product so hellishly desirable that consumers will literally kill to get it: ''crack'' cocaine. Federal lawmen will tell you plenty about Rick Ross, mostly about the evils he visited upon black neighborhoods by spreading the crack plague in Los Angeles and cities as far east as Cincinnati. On Aug. 23, they hope, Freeway Rick will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Drug agent thought she was onto something big

On a November afternoon in 1981, San Francisco DEA agent Sandra Smith inadvertently uncovered the first direct link between cocaine and the secret army the Central Intelligence Agency was assembling to overthrow the government of Nicaragua.

Smith, one of the first female Drug Enforcement Administration agents in the Bay Area, was investigating rumors that a cocaine ring run by Norwin Meneses was bringing drugs into California and, for some reason, sending weapons down to Central America.

It was, she said, ''the only (case) that I ever worked, in all the time I worked there, that I thought was really big.''


Drug expert: 'Crack' born in San Francisco Bay Area in '74

Though Miami and Los Angeles are commonly regarded as the twin cradles of ''crack'' cocaine, the first government-financed study of cocaine smoking concluded that it was actually born here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, in January 1974. After comedian Richard Pryor nearly immolated himself during a cocaine-smoking binge in 1980, the National Institute on Drug Abuse hired UCLA drug expert Ronald K. Siegel to look into the then-unfamiliar practice. Siegel, the first scientist to document crack's use in the United States, traced the smoking habit back to 1930, when Colombians first started it.


Dark Alliance: Day Three

War on Drugs Has Unequal Impact on Blacks in U.S.










Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors:








Why Question the Military's JROTC Program?


Before You Enlist...


Get the Military Out of Our Schools

Are students getting a balanced education about the military?


GI Rights Training

Train to Help Stop the Military Machine! Or at Least to slow it down.


Tools for Activists



Other Peace Related Issues:


Children's Defense Fund

2005 Gun Report: 

Protect Children not Guns




Influence Peddling Laws


Tracking the activities of special interests.




Auto and Truck Safety






Auto Industry


Asbestos Industry


Congress & the Lobbying Industry


Energy Industry


Gambling Industry


Health Care & Pharmaceutical Industries


Homeland Security Industries


Tobacco Industry


Medical Malpractice Facts

Challenging the Malpractice Claims of the Doctors' Lobby


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