Forwarded from Swans

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sun Dec 1 18:47:00 MST 2002
December 2, 2002 - In this issue:

There are some interesting developments lately. Have you noticed the good
showing of the Greens at the polls in the mid-term elections as well as
the uneasiness of a growing segment of the U.S. public reflected by
substantial antiwar demonstrations? Well, if you haven't some have. The
Greens are showing positive results against all odds and without any media
help, to say the least. Result? Calls like that of Ronnie Dugger in the
paragon of the anti-left Left, The Nation no less, for the Greens to
re-join the warm, comfy, gas-heated, foggily fuzzy and largely fossilized
big Democratic tent and not run a candidate in 2004 are making the rounds
(oh, Ronnie, how sad...). They should close ranks with the Progressive
Caucus of the DP to help defeat the bad guy (Bush II). Hey, Tom
Lantos-Peter Camejo, same combat! Excuse the acronym but, really, LOL! And
since the antiwar movement appears to have some momentum, the guard dogs
of bien- pensant liberalism (Corn, Berube, Cooper, Gitlin & Co.) spend
much ado discrediting the organizers of the antiwar demonstrations; they
are too left-Left, Red Left that is, to be credible, see. One would think
these kinds of attacks to be the domain of the Raimundistas who consider
anyone not to the right of Rep. Ron Paul a member of the worldwide
socialist revolution led by the Israeli-Jewish-Bilderberg- Trilateral
conspiracy (am I forgetting anyone?); but no, the "liberals," having
joined the warring legions on the road to Baghdad, have nothing much to
write about when not talking about themselves. So, why not a bit of
name-calling and red baiting? It always works! Truly hilarious... If this
is what the "loyal opposition" is supposed to be about, the Bushites have
it made for a long while!

Those of you who think like Ronnie Dugger should read Michael
Stowell's article. It provides a good idea of the type of people the
Greens would work with if they joined the Democrats. Meantime, control
remains the name of the game. Jan Baughman has more to say about this, and
the "punishment" and witch-hunting of Prof. Peter Kirstein is a good case
in point; but we wanted you to experience the humor of John Ashcroft (no,
no, he has not joined Swans' staff, but in light of his flip-flopping
convictions, who knows, anything's possible!). You undoubtedly will
appreciate Ashcroft's style. But you won't laugh much when reading Greg
Elich's investigative report on torture and the travesty of justice. This
is not an article for the faint of heart. Yet the story must be told.

Sometimes one wonders how the Palestinians are able to keep hope
in their hearts, and yet in spite of the ruthless occupation and terrible
hardship some do, as Sam Bahour demonstrates from Al-Bireh, in the West
Bank. There is little hope in Philip Greenspan's overview of the Iraqi
quagmire however. Just the facts, Ma'am, just the facts.

Milo Clark's take on "reality" deserves attention. Writes Clark, "As what
is sold as 'real' becomes more and more surreal, I caution all to be aware
of both their own and others' needs to call it what it isn't." Then we
offer you poetry as always, a book review on the search for a non-violent
future, a few letters to the Editor, and if, as many children do, you want
to know more about Swans, the birds, we even have this for you!

Enjoy this rendition and, as always, form your OWN opinion. Then,
let your friends (and foes) know about Swans. It's your voice that
makes ours grow.


Here is the list of all the pieces:
Censorship By Other Means
The Witch-Hunting of a Professor
by Gilles d'Aymery
Asymmetric Total Information Awareness
by Jan Baughman
Keep Big Brother's Hands Off The Internet
by [then] Senator John Ashcroft
Screams And Cries
Prison Camp Lora and the Trial of the Lora 8
by Gregory Elich
Hold The Turkey
by Michael W. Stowell
An Invitation To Catastrophe
by Milo Clark
The Blind Men And The Elephant
A Poem by John Godfrey Saxe
Palestinian Children In The Night
by Sam Bahour
Pity the Poor Iraqi
by Philip Greenspan
The First Winter Storms
A Poetic Exchange by Frank Wycoff and Jan Baughman
The Search For A Nonviolent Future
Book Review by Mac Lawrence
Swans, The Birds
by Gilles d'Aymery
Letters to the Editor


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