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<nettime> [IRAQ] 030408 digest #1 [x9]

Benjamin Geer <>
     Re: [IRAQ] 030404 digest #1 [skoric, zehle<->recktenwald, party]
Experimental Party <>
     We the Blog Update: Trail of Death
Steve Cisler <>
"calin" <>
     Fw: euro-dollar
     ..."There are things we don't know we don't know"
Joe Lockard <>
     Special Issue of Bad Subjects: Iraq War Culture
doron <>
"Jason Handby" <>
     More online Iraq stats...
miguel leal <>
     Re: <nettime> RE: genetic architecture

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From: Benjamin Geer <>
Subject: Re: [IRAQ] 030404 digest #1 [skoric, zehle<->recktenwald, party]
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2003 11:51:52 +0100

Soenke Zehle wrote:
> I actually disagree that the current intervention in Iraq [...]
> amounts to an all-or-nothing test for the international system [...]
> So the US is a problem, they say, its [...]
> unilateralism is bad for the world, somehow at odds with the Kantian world
> republic envisioned by its European critics (which appear, and this is yet
> another debate, to draw a historical blank on the rather violent conditions
> of cold war intra-European peacefulness).
> Ok. But I think that it amounts to an incredible hyprocrisy if a debate
> focuses exclusively on the int'l-law-breaking US but has nothing to say on,
> for example, French support for various intra/inter-state conflicts in
> Africa, or the ludicrousness of a German-Russian (Chechnya, anyone?
> Currently #1 on the US-Museum of Holocaust 'Genocide Watch List,'
> <>')-Chinese (Tibet, anyone?) 'axis of peace'.

The view you are objecting to may be the view of some anti-war activists, but 
it is surely not that of the national leaders who are opposed to the war.

A stable international system has nothing to do with maintaining peace and 
human dignity overall, still less with anything like a Kantian world 
republic; it has to do with maintaining a balance between the 'great powers'.  
Small wars, that do not pit one great power against another, are perfectly 
acceptable in a balance-of-powers system.  When one country becomes more 
poweful than each of its rivals, it is normal for those rivals to form an 
alliance in order to restore the balance.

During the Cold War, there was a balance between the US and the USSR, and 
Europe was happy.  After the fall of the USSR, the US confined its military 
interventions, for a time, to Latin America and Africa -- 'peripheral' 
regions not involved in the balance of powers.

Whoever gains control of the world's oil-producing regions clearly becomes a 
lot more powerful, so those regions play an important role in the maintenance 
of the balance of powers.  The first Gulf War, crucially, did not radically 
alter the situation; Iraq did not become an American colony or client state.

The present war threatens to disrupt the balance because of America's 
announced intention to install a puppet government in Iraq, and because of 
its bellicose rhetoric about doing the same thing in other countries, right 
across the Middle East and Asia.  That is what has made pragmatists like 
Putin react.


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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 00:52:35 -0700
From: Experimental Party <>
Subject: We the Blog Update: Trail of Death

(((((((((((((((((( We the Blog Update: Trail of Death ))))))))))))))))))

                              April  7, 2003



"It was three hours of organized chaos" - Lt. Col. Eric C. Schwartz, 
3rd Infantry Division, US Army

This is not Apocalypse Now. This ain't Hollywood. This is George 
Bush's War on Iraq brought to you live by CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Saturday the troops stormed Baghdad. The headlines in the Sunday New 
York Times, read, "Barrage of Fire, Trail of Death in the Capital." 
Colonel David Perkins of the Second Brigade estimated that more than 
1,000 Iraqi fighters died. Countless civilians were caught in the 

The Army had no intention of occupying Baghdad. Not just yet. No, 
this is what the military called an "I.O. campaign," or information 
operation. More shock and awe, you could say.

Forty tanks rolled into the city from the Southwest on Highway 8, 
took a left turn in the central area, and then headed for Saddam 
International Airport, or rather, what has now been tagged Baghdad
International Airport. Oh, how easy it is to rename an airport in time of war.

Four of those tanks bear the name of the four airliners that were 
hijacked on Sept. 11. Apparently the names were placed on the cannons 
for motivational reasons, even though the men who stenciled them were 
not quite sure there was a direct connection between the attack on 
the World Trade Center and the one grinding its way through Baghdad. 
Oh well.

Later that day, a captured Republican Guard colonel, who spoke a 
little English, was asked if he thought it was the right thing to 
take out Saddam. The Iraqi replied that it was. Whew.

Eventually, the first battalion of tanks made its way to the newly 
occupied airport, leaving in its wake an endless of trail of burning 
military vehicles, charred soldiers, families and children dead, 
lying in the streets. A Sergeant Casady, who manned a .50-caliber 
machine gun on the roof of an armored command vehicle, waxed, "Being 
a dad myself, that's the hardest part. I've got six kids at home, and 
I can't imagine it. I'd just as soon die than see that happen to my 
kids. Just to drive by and be helpless, man. It makes you feel 

This is one selfish war. The horror.

Randall M. Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology

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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 13:31:26 -0700
Subject: Event:_San_Jose_Art_&_Resistance_Summit
From: Steve Cisler <>

San Jose, California

San Jose Art & Resistance Summit
April 21-28, 2003

A brazen exploration of the divine unity between art and justice,
the San Jose Art & Resistance Summit promises seven glorious days
and nights of dissention, poetry slams, film screenings,
experimental theater, subversion, multimedia performances, outdoor
concerts, guerrilla workshops, self-determination, speaker panels,
visual exhibitions, hip hop shows, and conspiracy!

Formerly known as the Floricanto Festival and Conference, the new
and improved San Jose Art & Resistance Summit features over 75
artists. Its goal: to arm attendees with the practical and
philosophical tools needed to think of and use art as a tool
(weapon) of resistance.

To this end MACLA, and several invited presenters, have assembled a
unique and stimulating schedule of guerrilla workshops and a keynote
panel in conjunction with an art exhibition and performances and by
local and visiting artists in the areas of film, theater, spoken
word and music.

For tickets and information on all events call (408) 938-3594.

Monday, April 21
Opening Reception w/Art Exhibition sponsored by DeBug
Exhibition sponsored and curetted by DeBug.
6:00 p.m. MACLA - 510 S. First Street, San Jose

Find out more about the week's events and performances, register
workshops, and enjoy complementary hors d'oeuvres.  Also, check out
a special exhibition centered around the theme of art and resistance
featuring the work of emerging Bay Area artists.
South Bay Teen Slam League – Grand Slam Prelims
Co-presented by Metro Silicon Valley Poetry Slam.
7:30 p.m. MACLA-510 S. First St. & San Jose Stage Company-490 S.
First St.

Teen troubadours battle in a public demonstration of wit and
wordplay judged by five randomly selected audience members. Slam
teams representing Fremont, Lincoln, Pioneer, Academia Calmecac and
Belarmine high schools face off in two concurrent bouts scheduled to
take place at MACLA and the San Jose Stage Company. Top three teams
advance to the Grand Slam Finals on Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 22
Theatre: No Man's Land
Written & performed by James Kass, Mark Bamuthi Joseph, Paul Flores
and Jason Mateo
7:30 p.m.  MACLA - 510 S. First Street, San Jose
$14.00 General/$8.00 Students

A cross-cultural journey through archetypes of maleness and
machisimo written and performed entirely in spoken word.  Four
leading purveyors of the art form open issues of competition and
definitions of "manhood" in today's multiethnic America.
new boundaries in theater, collaboration, spoken word and identity
politics, No Man's Land engages audiences in a narrative setting
with the accessibility and excitement of a poetry slam.

Wednesday, April 23
Film: Flipside
Written and Directed by Rod Pulido
Presented by Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene.
7:00 p.m.  Camera Three Cinemas – 288 S. Second Street, San
$9.00 General Admission

Darius Delacruz is on a mission.  Determined to get his family to
embrace their Filipino culture, Darius spends his summer wearing
only a tribal loincloth and encouraging his family to speak Tagalog,
their native language. Darius' family, of course, thinks he's
The first feature film by a Filipino American to be accepted to the
renown Sundance Film Festival, The Flip Side combines sharp dialogue
and unexpected twists and takes a funny look at identity, family and
sibling rivalry.

South Bay Teen Slam League – Grand Slam Finals
Co-presented by Metro Silicon Valley Poetry Slam.
8:00 p.m. MACLA - 510 S. First Street, San Jose
$6.00 General/$3 Students under 18

The inaugural season of the first and only teen poetry slam league
in the South Bay comes to its climactic end as the three highest
ranked teams throw down in a grisly two round bout for literary

Thursday, April 24
Workshop: Guerrilla Marketing
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art - 451
S. First Street, San Jose
Basic techniques for alternative messaging. While young people are
often viewed as voiceless, there is a great deal of creativity and
communication within youth sub-cultures. Using techniques of street
marketing, we will explore how young people without access to media
outlets can voice their opinions and talents.
Limited space, call MACLA to register in advance.

Theatre: Three Lives
Written and Performed by Alex Luu
8:00 p.m. MACLA - 510 S. First Street, San Jose
$12.00 General/$7.00 Students

A one-man "performance theater" piece that tells the
autobiographical tale of Luu's harrowing escape from war-torn
as a Chinese/Vietnamese refugee in 1975. What follows is a
tumultuous journey seen through the eyes of four distinct
characters – Grandpa Luu, Pops Luu, Alex Luu himself and a
cousin Albert. Spanning four generations and covering roughly three
and a half decades (mid-70's through late 90's), these men's lives
and experiences intertwine and collide, creating a rich and powerful
mosaic that reflects the comical yet painful aspects of assimilation
in America.

Friday, April 25
Workshop: Independent Production
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art - 451
S. First Street, San Jose

Would you like to learn how to produce your own show and maximize
alternative spaces? Independent artists are yearning for more venues
and spaces to present their works. This workshop will teach the
basics for producing an independent arts event.  From open mics to
hip hop shows, mural art to outdoor movie screenings, workshop
presenters will focus on the use of alternative and public spaces,
we will explore show production for the people.
Limited space, call MACLA to register in advance.

Spoken Word Showcase
feat. Ursula Rucker, Ishle Yi Park,
Bonafide Rojas, and Jocelyn De Leon
8:00 p.m. MACLA – 510 S. First Street, San Jose
$14.00 General / $10.00 Students / $5.00 17 & under

An all star line up of the very best spoken word performers from
both coasts.  Philidelphia's Urslula Rucker, known for her poetic
collaborations with the hip hop group, The Roots, joins Bronx native
and 2002 NYC Slam Champion, Bonifide Rojas to headline along with
Bay Area poets Ishle Yi Park (2002 Oakland Slam Team) and Jocelyn De
Leon (8th Wonder).  A show not to be missed.

Saturday, April 26
Keynote Panel: Got Cultura?
History of San Jose's Underground: Grassroots Arts & Resistance.
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  MACLA – 510 S. First Street, San Jose
FREE  - Includes lunch.

Where has all the culture gone? How does San Jose as a
technologically advanced, sterile, metropolis nurture its arts scene
& community? What is the role of gentrification and police presence
in limiting arts development in the downtown area?  Joe Rodriguez of
the San Jose Mercury News, Peggy Flynn, Redevelopment Agency
spokesperson, Chris Esparza of Giant Creative Services along with
several other panelists will discuss the state of independent arts
production, its obstacles and achievements in this informative
panel. Artist and people interested in or currently producing
independent arts events encouraged to attend. Limited space, call
MACLA to register in advance.

5th Element: Women's Hip Hop Showcase
8:00 p.m.  MACLA – 510 S. First Street, San Jose
$7.00 General / $3.00 High School Students

5th Element, a collaboration of women hip hop artists and
organizers, will showcase some of the best contributions of women in
hip hop, hosted by legendary b-girl Aiko. Featured artists and
performers include renowned b-girls, deejays, spoken and visual
artists from across the nation. The 5th Element project seeks to
acknowledge the contributions of women to hip hop as well as create
a space that empowers women to develop their urban arts skills and
social consciousness. Presented by 5th Element.

Sunday, April 27
People's Earth Day
Co-presented by Plata Arroyo Neighborhood Association, Silicon
Valley Toxics Coalition, Resources for Families and Communities and
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Plata Arroyo Park, San Jose (corner of King and McKee)

The San Jose Art & Resistance Summit closes with a community
celebration featuring music, poetry and storytelling, health and
environmental justice workshops, children's art activities, food
booths, mural painting, dancing and community building.  Two stages
feature music performances by Firme, Dub Wise, Pocho Son, Lado
Oriente, Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross, guerrilla theater by Los
Illegals Comedy Clica and many other cultural performances. Resource
fair with booths from over 30 local social service, cultural and
community based organizations.  Sponsored by San Jose Water
District, Office of Council Member Cindy Chavez, and the Latino
Peace Officers' Association.


408/998-ARTE (phone)
408/998-2817 (fax)

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From: "calin" <>
Subject: Fw: euro-dollar
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 12:13:58 +0200

rather high on conspiracy theories, my Romanian fellows are 
mentioning on the sister list for quite a while now the competition 
euro vs. dollar in the oil transactions as THE reason of the ongoing 
war. here a potential source for this string of comments.
i would be curious to hear an authorized opinion on this. 

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Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 13:31:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ..."There are things we don't know we don't know"

spoken by  U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we 
know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. 
There are things we don't know we don't know."

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Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 08:54:32 -0700
From: Joe Lockard <>
Subject: Special Issue of Bad Subjects: Iraq War Culture

Special issue of Bad Subjects:  Iraq War Culture

Bad Subjects has just released an Extra Bad! issue (#63) on the culture of
the Iraq War. This is an unscheduled edition that responds to the US
invasion of Iraq and the massive global anti-war movement in opposition.
The issue includes protest narratives; cultural and political analyses;
articles on media, visual and rhetorical culture; and essays on anti-war

The issue features 19 essays originating from nine countries and by writers
including Joe Lockard (issue editor), Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Leslie
Roberts, Dickie Wallace, David Manning, Niaz Kasravi and A. Rafik Mohamed,
Michelle Renee Matisons, Max Fraad-Wolff and Rick Wolff, Debra Benita Shaw,
Arturo Aldama, Cynthia Fuchs, Babak Rahimi, Michael Hoffman, Steven Rubio,
Jo Rittenhouse and Elisabeth Hurst, Nathan Snaza, Binoy Kampmark, Claire
Norton, and tobias c. van Veen. 

Read this Extra Bad! anti-war issue of Bad Subjects at Bad Subjects is an online/print e-zine and
academic-popular 'bridge journal' concerned with the 'politics of everyday

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Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 12:49:18 -0400
Subject: onwar
From: doron <>

checkitout >

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From: "Jason Handby" <>
Subject: More online Iraq stats...
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 17:54:34 +0100

...this time with a nicer interface:


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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 21:55:20 +0000
From: miguel leal <>
Subject: Re: <nettime> RE: genetic architecture

try this one, still under construction: ÷ 
specially [The Endless Project] Cluster



>  > When architecture becomes genomic, the ecological
>>  circuit between human immune system and a building¼s
>>  immune system is raised to primary importance. The
>>  notion of a sick building syndrome takes on unimagined
>>  ethical ramifications. Whether or not we come to eat
>>  our architecture, we will internalize it on a
>>  micrological level, as we would the viruses, bacteria,
>>  diseases of any complex organism with which we share
>>  close quarters.
>very interesting analysis. hadn't thought much about the architectural

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