[Marxism] Left Hook Updated

M. Junaid Alam alam1 at lefthook.org
Wed Aug 17 14:38:52 MDT 2005

  Wednesday, August 17, 2005

For Cindy: There is no Glory in Dying

Monica Benderman

It was midnight the night that Kevin's unit deployed. The barracks room
was eerily quiet, surreal, as if we were in a cocoon living out this
last bit of time; separate from everything else that was going on. All
of his movements cast shadows on the blank wall as the lamp on his
nightstand kept us from darkness. Watching him put on body armor, a
Kevlar helmet, 100 pounds of equipment and supplies, sneaking last
minute little notes into all the pockets of his uniform and armor so
that he could find them in his downtime, was a difficult memory to keep.
As he packed the charcoal chemical suit, the antidotes for chemical
attacks, the gas mask...so many thoughts surfaced and it all seemed to
be slow motion...there was little more to say - there really aren't any

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Benderman081705.html>

The Activists' MC: an Interview with Rapper Son of Nun

Derek Seidman

Most progressive-minded hip-hop fans and culturally-inclined activists
have not heard of Baltimore rapper Son of Nun. After listening to the
Son’s first album, "Blood and Fire," I can only say this: they will.

Despite this being his first album, Nun -- a high school teacher,
activist, and organizer from Baltimore -- is clearly a superb, smart
lyricist who is on his way up. The fact that he is able to successfully
use his skills to express intelligent, radical politics in a style that
ranges from poetic to in-your-face is one reason I recommend hip-hop
fans get this album.

"Blood and Fire" is united thematically by the Son’s vicious vitriol
against capitalism, imperialism, war, poverty, sexism and racism. It
also touches on the Son's own personal struggles.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Interviews/SeidmanSon081705.html>

'Cuban Five' a big step closer to freedom

Derrick O'Keefe

At least in this particular corner of North America, the big headlines
over the weekend featured the return of Todd Bertuzzi to competitive
hockey. The burly Vancouver Canucks forward had been in professional
purgatory since his March 2004 on-ice assault that left Colorado
Avalanche Steve Moore with a severe concussion, broken neck, and
uncertain career prospects. In their fanaticism, Canucks partisans in
their thousands had raised the banner of ‘Free Bertuzzi’ – in t-shirts,
stickers and signs – to express their ongoing loyalty to #44.

It is perhaps appropriate in these post-modern times that a
multi-millionaire athlete, himself the perpetrator of a serious act of
violence, would inspire a campaign with the popularity and support that
so many genuine political causes lack. It makes sense that a young
generation with an affinity for irony dwarfing its sense of striving for
justice would appropriate the form but not the content of dissenting
cries. Palestine and Mumia be damned – Free Bertuzzi!

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/OKeefe081705.html>

Democratizing the United Nations

Xxxzx Xyyxy

In 1945, the United Nations was founded by the victors of the Second
World War-the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Britain, and
France-to "maintain international peace and security," "develop friendly
relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal
rights and self-determination of peoples," and "achieve international
co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social,
cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging
respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without
distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion." In 2005-sixty years
after the UN was founded on the noble ideal of establishing a peaceful,
free, and tolerant global order-the world still suffers from the
scourges of war, oppression, and discrimination, and billions of people
are still denied their fundamental human rights.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Xyyxy081705.html>

Redemption Within Reach for the American Empire

Jason Miller

America's "strong and resolute" Commander in Chief is safely enjoying a
five week vacation on his Texas ranch. Yes, that would be the ranch he
owns by virtue of that silver spoon that was dangling out of his mouth
as he passed down the birth canal. Following his example from Vietnam,
his daughters remain stateside as Bush pontificates the nobility of the
cause for which 2,000 Americans have died in Iraq. Despite his
unflinching conviction, Mr. Bush lacks the courage to confront Cindy
Sheehan and explain to her why her son really died. Ultimately George
Bush bears the responsibility for the death of Casey Sheehan, yet he
refuses to take a few minutes of his precious "R&R" to impart his wisdom
to Cindy about the noble reasons for which he is putting our troops in
harm's way. He owes her and the rest of America an answer, but this
Evangelical crusader cannot summon the mettle to meet with her on his
own doorstep.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Miller081705.html>

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