Swans' Release: November 17, 2003
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Mon Nov 17 08:31:25 MST 2003
November 17, 2003 -- In this issue:
Note from the Editor: Perhaps it's time for a world-wide filibuster --
40 hours, or 40 days and 40 nights, if needed -- where we talk and
write and question and write some more; lay down our credit cards
and say hell no, we won't indenture ourselves to Wal-Mart to
stimulate your war-torn economy, we won't go to work to fuel your
trade deficit and produce your bombs; we won't fight your wars to
sate your power-hungry appetite; we demand peace, truth, food,
shelter, health, education and poetry for all. We want to see an end to
the fighting between Israel and Palestine -- a true and lasting peace
where pigs aren't dragged into war, as Michael Stowell relays. We
want to live in a world in which mothers can raise their children
without the fear of having to send them off to the battlefield with the
pleading letter for humanity written by Aleksandra Priestfield. We
want a world without the ravages of colonial racism and imperial
plundering as in the Namibia described by President Sam Shafiishuna
Nujoma to New African's Editor, Baffour Ankomah. We want to see
the day in which Cuba is allowed to live in solidarity and thrive without
external threats from the U.S. and under the veil of an ideological
campaign waged against the revolution by Haroldo Dilla Alfonso and
others in the American left press, recounted by Louis Proyect.
That said, it may take slightly more than 40 days of filibuster, for
we've lived within an ideological campaign of 'gentlemen historians'
since the time of Julius Caesar, according to Michael Parenti, whose
latest book examines Roman History from an entirely different and
very compelling perspective -- a people's perspective that we submit
in the review of the book can be applied to our modern-day culture
and its leaders, with lessons. Phil Rockstroh also explores the
continuum of history, in which at any given point someone is lying and
someone is dying. We want to live in a world illuminated by
knowledge and clarity and grace, far from the violence that permeates
society all the way to the football field. Richard Macintosh, who
played and coached the game, saw first hand the gladiator-like
atmosphere, fed by a patriarchic society that we want one day to see
characterized in Vanessa Raney's word, "humankind." We want an
earth that is clean and safe and shared by all of us, human and animal
alike, where we aren't all dodging cars and sitting ducks. We want
poetry, and we get it in the form of allegory by Gerard Donnelly
Finally, we want to hear from you -- and we are publishing a few
letters from our readers.
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:
Guard Pigs In Palestine - by Michael W. Stowell
"Don't Get It Dirty" - by Aleksandra Priestfield
Nujoma - 'No Fourth Term For Me'
Interview by Baffour Ankomah
Haroldo Dilla And The Cuban Revolution
by Louis Proyect
Tyrannicide or Treason?
Book Excerpt by Michael Parenti
Michael Parenti's "The Assassination of Julius Caesar"
Book Review by Gilles d'Aymery
The Tales We Tell: Everyone Has Their Reason
by Phil Rockstroh
A Moment Of Truth - by Richard Macintosh
Disassociating Patriarchy From Maleness
by Vanessa Raney
Three Allegories And A Gospel Song
Poems by Gerard Donnelly Smith
Letters to the Editor
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