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Read: Noam Chomsky’s Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

May 13, 2011 News

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

Via Guernica:

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.

It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress “suspects.” In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it “believed” that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’t know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidence—which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda…”

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News in Notes: April 7, 2011

April 7, 2011 News

  • A senior Federal Reserve official warned recently that America is going broke as fears grow the Libyan bombardment could cost more than $1 billion. The first day of Operation Odyssey Dawn had a price tag of well over $100 million for the U.S. in missiles alone, according to estimates. More coverage from Reuters and ABC News.
  • A small Maine town is the first to declare food sovereignty. In short, the ordinance allows buyer and seller to enter their own agreement which overrides the regulation of the federal or state government when dealing with transactions involving local foods.
  • Obama is running for President again. Watch a funny parody of Obama’s lame ad here.

 

Read: Rolling Stones Magazine’s “The Kill Team”

March 29, 2011 News

According to Mark Boal of Rolling Stone:

How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – and how their officers failed to stop them. Plus: an exclusive look at the war crime photos censored by the Pentagon.

Excerpt:

The photos, obtained by Rolling Stone, portray a front-line culture among U.S. troops in which killing Afghan civilians is less a reason for concern than a cause for celebration. “Most people within the unit disliked the Afghan people, whether it was the Afghan National Police, the Afghan National Army or locals,” one soldier explained to investigators. “Everyone would say they’re savages.” One photo shows a hand missing a finger. Another depicts a severed head being maneuvered with a stick, and still more show bloody body parts, blown-apart legs, mutilated torsos. Several show dead Afghans, lying on the ground or on Stryker vehicles, with no weapons in view.

In many of the photos it is unclear whether the bodies are civilians or Taliban, and it is possible that the unidentified deaths involved no illegal acts by U.S. soldiers. But it is a violation of Army standards to take such photos of the dead, let alone share them with others. Among the soldiers, the collection was treated like a war memento. It was passed from man to man on thumb drives and hard drives, the gruesome images of corpses and war atrocities filed alongside clips of TV shows, UFC fights and films such as Iron Man 2. One soldier kept a complete set, which he made available to anyone who asked.

Read the full article here (warning: the photos and video are graphic)

On the flipside: Former U.S. soldier turned embedded blogger Michael Yon has seen some of the same material, and disagrees strongly with Boal’s conclusions, calling the story “bullshit.”

News in Notes: March 10, 2011 (Charlie Sheen Free)

March 10, 2011 News

  • Just in case the low pay, lack of benefits and bad work environment wasn’t enough to deter you from working at Wal-Mart, watch this.
  • New York Times raises concerns about hydrofracking. Hydrofracking or hydraulic fracturing is relatively new way of drilling for natural gas that breaks apart underground rock formations and poses a threat to our water supply.  Learn more here. Watch a trailer for a documentary about hydrofracking entitled Gasland here

Watch: Edouard Salier’s Film For Massive Attack’s “Atlas Air”

October 22, 2010 Film, Music

In advance of the release of Massive Attack’s Atlas Air EP in aid of the charity War Child, onedotzero are excited to announce the world premiere of renowned filmmaker Edouard Salier’s new video for the EP title track “Atlas Air”.

The hard hitting-film, which explores the theme of rendition, follows Salier’s strikingly beautiful film for “Splitting the Atom“, the first single off Massive Attack’s latest album, Heligoland. Salier’s “Splitting the Atom” film will screen as part of this year’s onedotzero_adventures in motion festival at the BFI Southbank from November 10-14, 2010 as part of the “wavelength 10″ screening program.

Says Sailer about the film, “I decided to make a prequel to the ‘Splitting the Atom’ clip, whilst leaving interpretation to the viewer to a certain extent but mixed with the real sense of the song and the text of Del Naja. The song is about rendition so that was certainly an inspiration.”

Art

Artist Shout Out: Walter Inglis Anderson

Artist Shout Out: Walter Inglis Anderson

Walter Inglis Anderson was an American painter, writer, naturalist and bicycle enthusiast. Artist Bio: Walter Inglis Anderson was born in 1903 in New Orleans to George Walter Anderson, a grain merchant, and Annette McConnell Anderson, an artist. His mother’s love of art, music, and literature strongly influenced Walter (called “Bob” by his friends and family) ...Read More

Music

New Music Review: Widowspeak “Widowspeak”

New Music Review: Widowspeak “Widowspeak”

With a Cat Power alto and Mazzy Star whisper, Widowspeak‘s self-titled debut LP embodies the essence of the 90′s. But with band members born just at the cusp of the decade,  singer/songwriter Molly Hamilton, drummer Michael Stasiak and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas offer not a retelling of the 90′s but a new generation’s interpretation of ...Read More

Fashion

Runway Style: Thomas Tait Fall 2011

Runway Style: Thomas Tait Fall 2011

Canadian-born designer Thomas Tait began his career as the youngest graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins, completing the program at just 21. His graduate collection was then chosen as a feature in the CSM fashion week show for the Fall 2010 season, after which he went on to receive the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize on ...Read More

Photography

Photo File: Saga

Photo File: Saga

From the photographer: “I am Saga. I am from Iceland but currently live, study and work in London.” See more of Saga’s work on: Flickr The Neverending Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...Read More

Film

Style Watch: Harmony Korine for Proenza Schouler “Act Da Fool”

Style Watch: Harmony Korine for Proenza Schouler “Act Da Fool”

To showcase their Fall 2010 line, Proenza Schouler teamed up with legendary cult filmmaker Harmony Korine to create Act Da Fool. With the influx of short fashion films in early 2010, designers now seem to be stepping it up a notch in the video department – and in my opinion Act Da Fool takes the ...Read More

TV

Style Trends: Beverly Hills 90210

Style Trends: Beverly Hills 90210

With the DVD release of its first six seasons and an updated CW remake, Beverly Hills 90210 has yet again become a source of entertainment and fashion inspiration for girls (and grownup girls) everywhere. References to the show in the fashion world began popping up in late 2006, around the time of the 90210 Season ...Read More

Web

Photo Flash: The Camel Thorn Trees of Namibia, Africa

Photo Flash: The Camel Thorn Trees of Namibia, Africa

photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park. In 1990 newly independent Namibia became one of the world’s first nations to write environmental protection into its constitution. Read more about Namibia’s unqiue efforts at land stewardship here. ...Read More

News

Infographic: Sitting is Killing You

Infographic: Sitting is Killing You

See the entire infographic here Read an article about a Canadian sitting study here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...Read More

Funny

Funny Video: Charlotte Young’s Artist Statement

Funny Video: Charlotte Young’s Artist Statement

Any artist will tell you, the worst thing about being an artist besides being poor is writing a bullshit artist statement. Don’t worry though, Charlotte Young is actually a comedian and not a depressed artist so don’t feel guilty for laughing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...Read More