Swans' Release: July 21, 2003

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Mon Jul 21 12:20:40 MDT 2003

July 21, 2003 -- In this issue:

Note from the Editor: The media are focusing on WMD gone AWOL
and a 16-word story, a summer distraction to be viewed in light of
next year's presidential elections. Absent from the news, however, are
the concerted efforts to keep the progressive movement in check, and
to attempt to emasculate it. The Greens should not fall for the "spoiler"
argument. As Richard MacIntosh elaborates on the imperial vision of
the Bush II administration and Eli Beckerman laments the cowards in
Congress that do nothing to contain it -- did we mention the word
"bicephalous?" -- more than ever the Greens need to be represented
in these coming elections and progressive democrats should join the
Greens (not the other way around).

The only people, beside the Iraqis, who understand the meaning of
this "war of liberation" appear to be the increasingly frustrated soldiers
and their families. The "bring 'em on" vision thing is not sitting too well
with them. Phil Rockstroh provides a glimpse into the embittered
psyche of a product of this war machine that cares little about the
consequences of spewing money into bombs instead of education,
health, or public services -- a choice that will have very negative
consequences according to Philip Greenspan. Scott Orlovsky, a high
school teacher, looks at the impact of the capitalist and war economy
on education, which is profoundly affected by cuts, bankrupting the
knowledge and future of children.

This past week was marked by the deaths of two musical legends,
African-American jazz legend Benny Carter and Afro-Cuban
Compay Segundo, both remembered by Louis Proyect. On the lighter
side, Deck Deckert, in the midst of wearing down his physical
therapists following a recent stroke is still debating the possibility of
impeaching Mr. Bush. (Keep on fighting, Deck!) If laughter is the best
medicine, read about Pat Robertson's desperate prayer for three
Supreme Court Justices to retire.

The power of America's Christian Right is not to be laughed off
though, particularly by women, as Kimberly Blaker demonstrates in
her book excerpt. Another book to reach for is War Talk by
Arundhati Roy, reviewed here with some commentary on the
opportunism of publishers and authors of current events books.

Finally, a poem that transcends color and race, and a few colorful
Letters to the Editor regarding Michael Parenti's recent article on

As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and
foes) know about Swans. It's your voice that makes ours grow.


Here is the list of all the pieces:

Peter Camejo-Cynthia McKinney: A Green Presidential Ticket?
by Gilles d'Aymery

Smoke, Mirrors And Red Herrings - by Richard Macintosh

The New Cowards In Congress - by Eli Beckerman

A Son's Soliloquy - by Phil Rockstroh

Whether The Superpower Forecast Is Stall And Fall
by Philip Greenspan

The Future Of Education - by Scott Orlovsky

Compay Segundo And Benny Carter - by Louis Proyect

They Would Not Impeach Bush, Would They? - by Deck Deckert

A Supreme Being Supreme Court Appeal - by Jan Baughman

Your Body . . . Is Not "Your" Body
Book Excerpt by Kimberly Blaker

Arundhati Roy's "War Talk"
Book Review by Gilles d'Aymery

To Stay Myself Blind - Poem by Vanessa Raney

Letters to the Editor


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