[Marxism] [Fwd: Swans Release: May 10, 2004]
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May 10, 2004 -- In this issue:
Note from the Editor: What's all this fuss with the pictures of inhuman
treatment of Iraqi prisoners? Nothing that has not happened before; whether
at Guantánamo Bay or in Afghanistan, back to Vietnam, the Philippines,
chattel slavery and all the way to the Indian genocide -- and in US prisons
whence some of the perpetrators came -- torture has been an integral part of
the American Ethos. Historically, this has also been a method the civilizers,
whether French, British, and all, used to win the hearts and the minds of the
natives. The difference possibly is that it is documented faster -- hard to keep
these digital cameras and camcorders out of the hands of our navel-centered
culture...to the chagrin of Rambo Rumsfeld. A few people will be punished,
long reports written, a commission formed, sanctimonious excuses provided, a
few defensive punch lines uttered (it ain't as bad as Saddam's torture)...till the
next time. In this light and amidst the escalating violence since the anniversary
of the "end of the war," our collection of 19 essays on Iraq published in early
February 2004 is worth revisiting. In it you'll read Ed Herman's conclusion: "It
will be interesting to see how the Bushies work for continuing domination, and
how the media in this country put a positive gloss on it, as they have always
done and are likely to continue to do." Three months later, it is interesting
As America exposes its naked hypocrisy and alienates itself from the entire
universe, we remain, to paraphrase Phil Rockstroh, an empire of sleep-
walkers trudging toward the precipices of the plummeting realities of the larger
world, led by a born-again Christian waging a time-ending war that will
forever banish all traces of evil from this sin-sullied earth... In the institution of
"Evangelical Democracy" described by John Blunt, our president is, of course,
accountable to no one but his Holy Father, world opinion be damned! Milo
Clark provides a chicken parable to human history to remind us that "Bush,
too, will pass..."
Other important issues in the Middle East include the vital efforts by Iraq's
labor movement to rebuild itself while rebuilding the country, described by
Joel Wendland; and the ongoing effects of American oil interests on Middle
East politics and the fate of Palestinians, analyzed by Manuel García. And in
Part II of our review of "The Politics Of Anti-Semitism," we challenge the
stereotypes and faulty logic that too often frame the issue.
Latin American literature graces us with a review by Louis Proyect of Robert
Bolaño's masterful novel, "By Night in Chile." Gerard Donnelly Smith makes
a poetic plea that we raise our voices against the violence -- each voice does,
indeed, count. Philip Greenspan, a tireless activist who raises his voice day in
and day out, shares his memories of World War I songs; in particular,
"There'd be no war today, if mothers all would say, I didn't raise my boy to be
a soldier." Concludes Greenspan: BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and foes)
know about Swans.
Here are the links to the pieces:
RESISTANCE: In The Eye Of The American Hegemon
A Swans' Special Issue
Edited by Gilles d'Aymery and Jan Baughman
Nappytime Of The Gods: American Somnambulists In The House Of Death -
by Phil Rockstroh
Evangelical Democracy: What Gunboat Salvation Won't Fix . . .
by John Blunt
Robert Bolano's "By Night in Chile"
Book Review by Louis Proyect
"The Politics Of Anti-Semitism"
Part II: Stereotypes And Other Canards
Book Review by Gilles d'Aymery
The Chicken Parable - by Milo Clark
The Palestinians Versus The SUV
by Manuel Garcia, Jr.
>From the Ashes Of The Old
by Joel Wendland
The Weight of One More Voice
Poem by Gerard Donnelly Smith
I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be A Soldier
by Philip Greenspan
Letters to the Editor
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