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   [Iraq]  Wartime Emissions                                                       
     John Harford <>                                      

   Iraq War Information                                                            
     Doug Kellner <>                                                 

   Dancing calling                                                                 
     Louise Desrenards <>                                   

   How "the coalition" is killing itself (Weather Report)                          
     Phil Graham <>                                     


Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 13:17:12 -0500
From: John Harford <>
Subject: [Iraq]  Wartime Emissions

Greetings Nettime,

This past week has been a time of serious reflection for me not only as an
artist, but also as a an American citizen.

In response to the current world events I have compiled several writings,
along with a good number of indy media, disinformation, and
anti-propaganda links at my website:

I invite you to check this out.

As always - thanks for the kilobytes...


- --ooOOoo--
John Harford  - sound projects   -  visual/multimedia

"There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare."
                 - Sun Tzu, The Art of War 


Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 19:56:29 -0800
From: Doug Kellner <>
Subject: Iraq War Information

Dear Colleagues: This is the first time I've ever sent a message to everyone in my address book. It is to express my concern about the current US and UK war against Iraq and the need for adequate information concerning the events and opposition to it. I am doing a daily war blog that I would like to invite you to regularly check for commentary. Critical comments and suggested entries will be appreciated. Click on

For Peace,  
 Douglas Kellner
 Graduate School of Education
 Moore Hall Mailbox 951521
 Los Angeles, CA 90095
 Fax: 310 206-6293
 Phone: 310 825-0977


Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 19:46:17 +0100
From: Louise Desrenards <>
Subject: Dancing calling

It seems a paranoiac vision powerfully getting up to control the world?

Who are

    Paul Wolfowitz
    Richard Perle
    Robert Kagan
    William Kristol?


­ hold the American power since September the 11th,
­ govern the Iraqi war handling all the religious ideologies,
­ pray appearing a crusade and surrounding their exclusive preacher front of
the world TV as a natural representation of the whole coalition,
­ tell us of a project which seems a messianic material recasting of the
world, territories, resources, symbolic exclusive system, based on a
selective management of the religions and the resources near Eugenism,
­ tell us they would represent the good ideology to the world  and pass to
the act to realize it by the force, using a professional army where the GI
cannot protest being not the army of the people, a sort of enormous
militarmanship, and  founding its legitimate actuality from the September
11th terror,

Who are these men, obviously and objective fundamentalists could be ‹ which
Fundamentalism would act this?

If somebody would know or studying their respective course and  reference
theories, please could not you send us on the list and hope it would be
communicated all the most possible via the numerous lists? Or send me for
any contents to our special front page online "Dancing against the war"
opening a popup at the homepage

*DANCING AGAINST THE WAR", moving online
hope for a move of numerous and autonomous  links under this tittle ‹  not a
property ;-)

- ---------
* Special tribute to André Breton just before his melt of files and  works
of Art would be dispersed on April 7th, auction sale, Salle des ventes
Drouot, Paris. And a special tribute to the psychiatrist Lucien Bonnafé who
have just died (march 16th) ; he has installed the institutional psychiatry
in France, educating on the heap  young Lacan, Oury and others, in San Alban
hospital, Lozère, France, during the second international war, and was Paul
Eluard's special friend and near the surrealists in every case. Resisting
against the government of Vichy  prescription for a  selective treatment of
the patients that he refused to practice, acting all the contrary to give
all the place to the patients.

We remember that Surrealism revolution was the revolution of the Art :"
Dancing ‹  with the same violence and passion against the war" ‹ born from
the terror in  San Dizier psychiatric hospital in Moselle, France, where the
young doctor André Breton was called to a  stage face of the wounded
soldiers in the  first international  war.
Nadja ,  the splendid butterfly on the transitory ‹  metamorphosis.

(and since we let us know how  on for the pragmatic theory  "butterfly"
better than "rosebud" could be not only a  worst but same time a chance when
it takes its flight ‹ several would be fabulous ‹  (when "roses" cannot fly
if not in the "azure" ;-)



Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 00:59:47 +1000
From: Phil Graham <>
Subject: How "the coalition" is killing itself (Weather Report)

There has been much talk about combat in Iraq, bombings in Baghdad, the 
battles for Basrah and Um Qasar, whether or not the attack is going to 
plan, human rights violations on both sides, etc, etc, etc. In short, all 
the stuff we've come to expect from the warmongering mainstream media.

There has even been a lot of talk about the weather.

Dust storms to be specific.

As I watched the wall-to-wall footage of vague figures in fatigues sucking 
down the Southern Iraqi desert dust, as machinery and vision failed, as 
confusion and a sense of scale hit the troops and their commanders, I 
wondered how soon the 100,000+ military personnel from US, UK, and 
Australia exposed to the dust would begin to show signs of radiation 
sickness because of the massive amounts of depleted uranium they must have 
been inhaling.

Not a word has been said about it, at least not to my knowledge.

Apart from committing serious violations of international law which will 
undoubtedly result in war crimes charges, the governments responsible for 
ordering these people to invade Iraq have also sentenced them to numerous 
unsavoury futures as a result of extended and extreme exposure to depleted 
uranium: slow and painful death; strange incurable cancers; and horrendous 
disabilities for hundreds of thousands of children born to those who are 
able to have children, or at least who manage to have children before they 
are rendered unable to reproduce from the effects of the enormous amounts 
of depleted uranium deposited in Southern Iraq during and since the Gulf War.

One commentator notes the effects of depleted uranium on the population of 
Basrah in 2001:

"I thought I had a strong stomach - toughened by the minefields and foul 
frontline hospitals of Angola, by the handiwork of the death squads in 
Haiti and by the wholesale butchery of Rwanda. But I nearly lost my 
breakfast last week at the Basrah Maternity and Children's Hospital in 
southern Iraq.

Dr Amer, the hospital's director, had invited me into a room in which were 
displayed colour photographs of what, in cold medical language, are called 
"congenital anomalies", but what you and I would better understand as 
horrific birth deformities. The images of these babies were head-spinningly 
grotesque, and thank God they didn't bring out the real thing, pickled in 
formaldehyde. At one point I had to grab hold of the back of a chair to 
support my legs."

A report from the International Action Centre notes that

"[The] president of the Australian Yellow Cross International traced down 
an American war crime that had been previously kept secret and made it 
public internationally. He conducted extensive studies in Iraq on the 
effect of DU on Iraqi population. These studies produced ample evidence to 
show that contact with DU ammunition has the following consequences, 
especially for children:

*A considerable increase in infectious diseases caused by most severe 
immunodeficiencies in a great part of the population;

*Frequent occurrence of massive herpes and zoster afflictions, also in 

*AIDS-like Syndrome;

*A hitherto unknown syndrome caused by renal and hepatic dysfunctions;

*Leukemia, elaptic anemia and malignant neoplasms;

*Congenital deformities caused by genetic defects, which are also to be 
found in animals.

In his book The Fire This Time, former U.S attorney-general Ramsey Clark 
said there were about fifty thousand depleted-uranium missiles and rockets 
fired from U.S aircraft in more than 110,000 aerial sorties over Iraq. He 
said U.S aircraft had dropped over eighty-eight thousand tons of bombs on 
the country, the equivalent of seven-and-one-half bombs of the size of the 
atomic bomb that incinerated Hiroshima. But later research proved that 
there were probably more than nine hundred thousand rounds of depleted 
uranium ammunition fired on Iraq"

People aware of depleted uranium use in munitions usually assume it is used 
only in armour piercing shells, affectionately called "crispy critters" (a 
picture at this address shows why But, 
as an IDUST reporter notes:

"DU is being used in armor-piercing bullets, casing on bombs, shielding on 
Today tanks, counterweights and penetrators on missiles, cluster bombs, 
anti-personnel mines, and other weapons sometimes referred to as "dirty 
bombs."  The US government and others maintain that the only purpose for 
using DU is to pierce armor.  However, DU has a dual use because it is in 
fact being used to poison personnel.  Already in 1978 an author noted in 
the periodical Strategic Review that today's most effective conventional 
anti-tankweapons are designed to penetrate tank armor and produce radiation 
effects which will kill or disable the tank crews."

How much DU is there in Southern Iraq? Between 320 and 1,000 tons, 
depending on who you believe and how you do the figures.

1000 pounds of the stuff is way more than enough to kill 100,000 people.

How much does it take to make a person sick? "If even one small particle 
(less than five microns in diameter, 5-millionths of a meter, the size of 
cigarette ash) is trapped in the lungs, surrounding tissues can be exposed 
up to 272 times the maximum permitted dose for workers in the radiation 

The half life of the stuff is about 4 billion years, give or take a million 

In other words, the "coalition" troops have, without a doubt, collectively 
sucked down enough depleted uranium dust (DUD) in the past week to kill 
them hundreds of times over, along with generations of their children.

I find no mention of this anywhere. Perhaps the organisers of the invasion 
just forgot the stuff was there. Those of us exposed to the dust storm 
footage, whether "for" or "against" the invasion, were watching people 
being killed by nuclear weapons.

Apart from any other consequences of the current invasion, the troops 
invading Iraq have been sentenced by their government to a life of severe 
illness, early death, and grotesque birth defects for their children.

Vive la geurre?

No thanks.

DU in Southern Iraq -- Infolinks

Opinions expressed in this email are my own unless otherwise stated.
If you have received this in error, please ignore and delete it.
Phil Graham
Senior Lecturer
UQ Business School


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