Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Not in the name of Islam!

The Iraqi insurgents holding Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbruno ought to release them.

"Today we live a sad moment for all the Muslims of France, because he who touches a human life touches the life of humanity as a whole ... I make a call of the hostage takers, in the name of Islam and God the gracious, not to betray the principles of Islam," says Fouad Alaoui of UFMO.

They do not care for French Muslims. Instead, just like the Jewish Agency, they grudge any normalisation and assimilation. They want to instigate Islamophobia in Europe by murdering these journalists. (Of all people, French journalists!!).

In solidarity with all France.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Dandi March and Jalianwala in Palestine?

Rueters reports : "Gandhi's Grandson Urges Palestinians to March Home"

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi urged
Palestinian refugees Sunday to march home from Jordan en masse, even if the Israelis "kill 200 people," to shock the world into taking notice. Arun Gandhi, whose pacifist grandfather helped end British control over the Indian subcontinent, proposed to the Palestinian parliament a peaceful march of 50,000 refugees across the Jordan River and said lawmakers should lead the way. "What would happen? Maybe the Israeli army would shoot and kill several. They may kill 100. They may kill 200 men, women and children. And that would shock the world. The world will get up and say, 'What is going on?"' he said.

Interesting. I want to say I support it. But how can I - can I ask 200 people to go get killed? Ask the yuppy elite Indians in the US what they think of Gandhi - it's not very flattering.

Anyways, I'll return to our discussion later Heraclius.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Palestine in the eyes of an aware American

Heraclius writes in a comment on a DailyRnR post

The author of the comment had earlier said that Palestine was a Roman invention. Even the Old Testament in the form preserved by the Jewish world talks of a continuous non-Jewish presence in the land. Who was the priest at Jerusalem who greeted Abraham. The population of Jericho, Moses's midiani wife. The non-Roman gentiles in Maimonides (spelling?) record of the time of Jesus? A small number of Jews who converted to Christianity or Islam. They are the Palestinians. Neither them, nor their land is a Roman creation.

I quote Heraclius:

Now, does this mean Palestinians need to be shunted aside? No. Does this mean they have to resign themselves to their fate? No. But it does mean they have to be realistic about it. Thomas Friedman, Michael Oren, Edward Said, and Said K Aburish have all made the same points in their various books...namely, that the Palestinians have been used as pawns by successive decrepit Arab regimes as an excuse...a distraction for their populations. Hafez Assad was brilliant at this! Everytime a crisis came, let's fight for the Golan Heights. Arafat is the same way, overplays his hand, overstays his welcome in an Arab capital, then starts the cycle over again.
This is the essence of the misunderstanding between the the non-Jewish, thinking, but still pro-Zionist/pro-Establishment world and the Arab/pro-Justice Third World. Whie it is recognised that Palestinians do need a solution, the acceptable form of it is weak and distorted and even that form is unrealisable in the real world. I heard a similar remark from a slightly pro-peace Jewish professor a couple of months ago.

You see, 'realism' is a relative concept. While I am all for moderation, understanding, and a sense of compromise, I am not so sure what is being asked of me here. The way I see it, it means you've got to expect these crumbs because I am weak. I am also supposed to be emotionally and mentally weak because I can not labor under oppression the way the Jews did. Being mostly brown and non-european, a lower position is natural for us. If the world says that the a 70-year Israeli kingdom can be re-established after a gap of 2,000 years on Palestinian corpses, why is the Palestinian supposed to surrender and love his oppressor, while he represents a pluralistic tradition including pre-Abrahamic populations, the local Christian kingdoms, the Caliphic and Ottoman province of Palestine, and now, an Arab, Islamic, Socialist, and Orthodox Christian identity - a heritage of thousands of years. The Jewish claim of the land has nothing to do with what the world believes or supports. The reasons lie elsewhere.

The fact is, that Palestinians do not have money, might, military, corporations. The Palestinian 'elite', if there remains one, is not married into the business and political aristocracy of the West. There are no Rothschilds, no Einstein, no Leo Strauss from Palestine. Palestine does not have kids devoting their life and education to make WMDs, or be spies. There are no blonde haired American Palestinians to make Mordechai Vanunu go to Italy with them so he can be kidnapped. For a Palestinian academic, we have Edward Said - honest and powerless, rather than an illiberal Leo Strauss subverting american liberalism for his own ends. For committed women, there is Laila Khaled who rather let her Nicaraguan comrade get killed than fire a shot. This is the weakness, and lack of vigour that Palestinians are to suffer for.

The Palestinian will either look up to the world if the world believes in a sense of justice, or will look up to his oppressor and learn from him. The second is what horrifies me. Not just Palestinians, but many other nationalities and people actually look up to the Zionist enterprise as something to learn from and emulate. I was one of them. And I'll tell you what I 'learnt', when I believed in the Zionist enterprise.

* There is no such thing as morality, just a facade that you have to build. It doesn't matter how many Palestinians Haganah massacres, you just have to make the right noises about American and Jewish lives.

* There are no friends, it is ok to use and abuse the West and Europe, as long as you keep their elite friendly to yourself. Who cares about German and Russian victims of the War, but make sure there are Holocaust museums everywhere.

* Duplicity, racism, and sexism - display an image of intelligence, brilliance, and victimhood to blend in, and make the white European population love you inspite of your Khazar or Asian self. But make sure there are enough noises against black, arab, or socialist/catholic latino minorities.

* Tribal identity.

I am sorry if I sound too anti-Jewish. That is not my point, I do not believe that all or however many Jews actually do the above. My point is, that these are the reasons that speak for the Israeli success. And the rest of the world is learning from it, just like Strauss learnt from the Nazi party.

Non-assimilationist, and nationalist Jews need a home. The question today is whether the "world powers", as Herzl called them - will make other stateless and minority populations adopt the practices of the Haganah, Stern, Irgun, and Jewish Agency. No, I hear - because what Muslims experience is nothing like what Jews experienced. But Harzl wrote before anyone had heard of Hitler. No again, I hear - because you are weak, stupid, megalomanic, lazy, cammle jockey, brown, and incapable of it.

The palestinian has no choice but to fight, and keep on fighting, adopt Straussianism or something different, because there is no alternative. Herzl believed what he wrote can be fulfilled. If the Palestinian believes he cannot fulfill his destiny, he has lost the battle before it starts. Palestine and Israel are only names. The question is whether the world believes in justice or not. Do we have legal and moral questions or political and military issues. The issue is not legal, but political, I heard the professor say.

I refuse. I refuse to surrender to their Zionism. And I refuse to adopt my own Zionism and tribalism.

No racism, no inhumanism. We will prove Strauss wrong. There will be peace of the living, rather than peace by getting rid of the people you don't like.

I don't accuse Heraclius of actually being racist, or dishonest. But I am saying that many people do not understand the Palestinian situation, give too little importance to justice, or fail to see how they would react in the same shoes.


Blogshares performance Posted by Hello

Blogshares is a fantasy game where a stock market consisting of all blogs is simulated. You can buy stock, trade, buy artefacts and use them to influence the market etc. Pretty interesting. Blogs classified in industries, tracked by indices etc.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Understanding the American Right

The Right, as understood today, is mostly led and ruled by the neo-Conservatives. What exactly are they? It is easy to confuse them with the Christian Religious Right. But if you take a deeper look, the Christian Religious Right is a very weak force, in most of America. The neo-Conservatives, are actually the people who control and lead the Christian Coalition, the Libertarian, the Zionists, the Capitalists, and many others who today control the Republican, and parts of the Democratic Party.

The neo-Conservatives are mostly students (literally) and disciples of Leo Strauss. Most of you have probably heard/read about him. But if you haven't, it really is recommended reading. AlertNet's article here. A better International Herald Tribune article here.

The trouble with Leo Struss is that he is a moral pervert. While he makes a rational and strong case for moral clarity - he does not beieve in morality. He is himself a nihilist and atheist, but unlike the ethical skeptic/agnostic, he uses religion and tradition, or the dominant civil order for the benefit of his own elite. Hence, at the core, he comes out uglier than both the religious fundamentalist and the committed atheist. His strength lies in his use of fear to sell his ideas as workable and necessary truth.

This is un acceptable

"The group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq said they executed the Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni because Italy did not respond to their demand to withdraw troops from Iraq within 48 hours," Aljazeera reported.

A journalist, European, Italian, volunteering for the Red Cross, critical of Bersuloni and the US war, a 56 year old man with a family, to be executed. This is simply un-acceptable. The only way one can argue for it is by skewed, chauvinist rhetoric ("what about abu ghraib?", "Europeans are the same as Americans" or some similar stupidity). The same rhetoric, I guess, may be even milder rhetoric can thus justify torture, detaining Muslim immigrants and converts, or bombing Iraq.

If they (self proclaimed Islamic Army in Iraq) want to make their own rules, then they should suffer for their actions themselves, not the civilian people of Iraq, Palestine, or the Muslim minorities in the East and West.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Arundhati Roy on the Empire

Arundhati Roy comments in an interview about the Empire.

Where are the cracks in the empire? What are its vulnerabilities that can be exploited?

WELL RIGHT now it’s overstretched, isn’t it? In Iraq, the people are engaging it directly. The U.S. cannot afford another Iraq or another Afghanistan. So, in a way, these two countries have engaged the military front of empire, and are keeping it busy. That’s a huge crack, which is why I think it’s very important for us to understand that this fight is not their fight alone. They’re keeping U.S. troops busy on behalf of the rest of the world. While it has tremendous military might, I think the project of corporate globalization leaves its economic outposts vulnerable. These are other cracks that we must be exploring.

Now I don't think all of the Iraqi and Afghan resistance is fighting for the rest of us, many of them are. While democratisation of Iraq and Afghanistan is good, we a know the real aims and values of the Empire buiders. Such a comment from a moderate Indian socialist, however says a lot about the frustration of people with where the Cabal is taking us.

Free for all?

Pentagon report says Rumsfeld and leadership only indirectly to blame for abuse.

CNN reports:
There was chaos at Abu Ghraib," Schlesinger said, and "sadism on the night shift." The report said the direct responsibility lay with commanders in the field rather than in Washington. Pentagon leaders, however, had an indirect role.

But if the Sudanese government is to be blamed for the reported actions of janjaweed (as it should, for its state machinery is superior to any armed group, and it has a duty and reasonable means to stop or substantially reduce atrocities), why is the neo-con leadership of the US exempt for the blame?

But, that is almost as much honesty as I can expect from the Pentagon today.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Getting caught up

Qawukzi's been silent for a long time, is it the lull before (or after?) the storm? Well, mostly I've been caught up in a number of things. Never fulfilling deadlines at work, moving near downtown, and having my vehicle stolen.

Most political discussions I have been having for the last few days have been offline, with my friends in person and email. Not very pleasant sometimes. I have noticed a negative trait in myself, and to a smaller extent in other people. We assume too much about each other, and try to read thoughts which are never said. It is so easy to "label" and "classify" people so we can respond easily, without thinking or trying to understand.

So, what do my few readers on this blog think? Am I communist, fundamentalist, anti-Western, assimilationist, subversive, confusing, liberal, conservative in liberal garb, hedonist in conservative garb, Green, socialist, jew-hater, muslim-hater, capitalist, globalist, anarchist, or just following the order of the day? I have no idea, but I think I have been called (or thought of) all of the above and more.

Saturday, August 14, 2004


When I first started blogging, my immediate aim was to be able to say things which I desperately needed to, to be able to vent out my anger and sense of desperation, mainly at the attitudes of many fellow Muslims.

The closed conditions kept all hope of dialogue - nay, even clear thought an impossibility. For one thought of resentment, however petty would close the door for any other thought, until it was said. My good blogger friend Abdusalaam al-Hindi introduced me to MWU!, a forum I thought whose time has come. Since then, I have experienced a much more mature and smoother intellectual experience. Having said difficult things, and having heard them from others, I can now critically examine them. I would, therefore like to remain at least nominally anonymous so I can really say difficult things, without the heavy burden of immovable personal conviction. I thought the sometimes almost eerie "neo-conservative" attitude I had to witness from some self-proclaimed Salafis was turning me into a neo-liberal. To my good fortune, a free atmosphere of expression and a support system of sympathy has kept me (I'd like to think) somewhere in the space between centrist, traditional, conservatism and liberalism.

The other thing I have done at this blog is to think aloud and proclaim my political ideas, and publicise on issues of liberation - Palestine, of course being a central symbolic theme, but certainly not any more "special" than that of any other people.

Having given an outlet to this personal urge of mine to speak out - nay scream, I think I am ready to actually try some sort of dialogue with other bloggers, albeit still a highly opinionated one.

"Free Palestine" Song on NPR

S.O.N. - Son of Nun Posted by Hello

Listen to "Free Palestine", and vote for it, in the NPR : All Songs considered: open mic. A brave powerful hip-hop by Son of Nun (S.O.N.). Consider supporting these brave American artists - buy a CD, if you keep a personal collection.

The Idea is important

All movements for liberation and people's rights start in the mind. The idea that people can be free, that everyone has inalieanble human rights, and that we can achieve it, together, and in solidarity with each other, that justice will prevail, faith in God, and that God will deliver justice.

Palestinian Team Posted by Hello

Here's to the Palestinian olympic team. They are there not just for themselves but for all people, Palestinians and Iraqis, Tibetans and Irish, Afro-Americans, and Latinos, the teeming, suffering masses of the world.

Why so?

I realised that it is impossible to understand a situation without understanding the view from the view of it's characters. I have decided to read and try to understand one of the original arguments for the State of Israel.

Judenstaat Posted by Hello

I am trying to read Der Judenstaat - The Jewish State by Theodor Herzl. It's english translation is available online here. I think I am gaining a new perspective. However, it is only fair that I read a diverse european view, and I guess I will follow on something else later. But Judenstaat certainly makes interesting reading. Isn't this the same skewed reasoning many other minorities wish to apply. May be.

Friday, August 13, 2004

India Celebrates Independence Aug. 15th. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

N American Tour and Concerts

Al Awda, a folkoric musical band from Palestine will have live concerts in major North American cities. Get your tickets now, have a blast, and meet like-minded people in your city.

Al Awda Band Posted by Hello

The schedule is something like this.


Time: 7pm, 20$
D.B. Clarke Theater
Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve West
(Metro Guy-Concordia)

For More Infomation:
Phone: 514 591 3171
Email: refugees@riseup.net
Web: http://refugees.resist.ca


Date : Sunday August 22nd, 2004
Place: Carleton University, Alumni Theatre, Southam Hall, 1125 Colonel by Drive Ottawa, Ontario
Time : 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Ticket: $20

For More Infomation contact us through: Phone: 613-261-9391, 613-866-9808
Email: carleton@sphr.org
Web: http://www.al-awda.org/ or http://www.sphr.org


Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 7:00 PM
University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Bldg., Auditorium1 Kings College Circle
(near Queens Park Subway Station)


Friday, August 27th, 2004Time: 7:00pm, Tickets: $20St.
Peter & Paul Orthodox Church - Party Room,
Potomac, MD 20854
To purchase tickets contact: Samia Saleh at 703-599-1184

New Jersey

Saturday, August 28
Doors Open at 7:00 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
Al-Solimanya 2877 J.F. Kennedy Blvd. 2nd Floor at Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ

or call (973)954-2521
or email: info@newjerseysolidarity.org!


Sunday, August 29, 2004 @ 7 p.m Alwan for the Arts16 Beaver Street 4th floor NYC

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Iranians refuse to meet Israeli team in Karate Tournament

Karatekas Refuse to face Israeli team: "TOKYO (IRNA) -- Two Iranian karatekas Saturday avoided facing their Israeli rivals at the world shotokan meet as a gesture of opposition to the Zionists' crimes in Palestine.
Talking to IRNA, Ahmad Saafi heading the Iranian team said Hadi Bakhshi edged past his opponents and reached the final of the 17-18 age group.
The karateka won the silver as he refused to clash against the Israeli finalist, added the official."

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Crumbling on Itself?

I've been reading an old novel for some time. I was introduced to this by William Dalrymple's City of Djinns - which is an even more interesting book.

Novel Posted by Hello

"Twilight in Delhi", written in 1912, and first published in 1940 is set in the early colonial period in India. Publishers refused to print it initially because it was critical of the British during the 1857 war.

It is supposed to be a love story between a Saiyyed boy - Asghar, with a Mughal girl - Bilqeece. It tells of a time and situations, so far away, and yet so close to the reality of today. A people calling themselves the aristocracy of Mughals, Syeds, and Khiljis, struggling with the sad truth of their demise as a productive nation. However, it tells beautifully the story of a people mourning their decline, and of an image of beauty and accomplishment. The following lines from a poem by the last Mughal King capture the spirit.

Bahadur Shah Zafar? Posted by Hello

I'm the light of no one's eye
The rest of no one's heart am I.
That which can be of use to none
- A handful of dust am I.

-- Bahadur Shah Zafar

However, I really like the novel, because it is different from what you'd hear from an old nostalgic person. It also shows the details, which mesmerize you - the small inconveniences, the failings, demystified.

Towards the end, our protagonist, Asghar is lonely and thinking -

Shame to poetry Posted by Hello

Afterwards, Ashgar himself reflects on the shallow, almost vulgar level of poetry. After all the memories, stories of bravery and nobility, lineages to kings, and everything else - the truth is that of a simple people being grinded in the wheels of time.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Women in conflict - the forgotten cause

Torture Continues on Outside for Iraqi Ex-Detainee: "'My relatives, my neighbors and even my sister have not stopped by my house since my release because one believes here that a woman who spent any time in jail is a prostitute,' says Al Huseyni. She now experiences the continuous psychological torture outside. "

Isn't the world beautiful? Posted by Hello

US Military promotes democracy?

Does the US military promote democracy around the world? What are its effects in, say Japan?

Watch this extremely scholarly and academic interview with CHALMERS JOHNSON, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

US Aid to Israel - do Egypt and KSA figure?

The campaign for stopping economic, military, and technological aid to Israel, while popular in sections of progressive Europe, is almost non existent in the US. I had personally come across various arguments against such a campaign. The most oft-repeated one was that American aid to Israel, while substantial is by no means one-sided, as it is offset by the aid to Egypt, Jordan, the peanuts thrown in Palestine, and military sales to these countries along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. While this is true, and not recognizing it would be lying, there is more to it.

Let us actually see closely what the arguments are. I am browsing the Jewish Virtual Library - Myths and Facts page. I quote

After Israel's victory in its War of Independence, the U.S. responded to an appeal for economic aid to help absorb immigrants by approving a $135 million Export-Import Bank loan and the sale of surplus commodities. In those early years of Israel's statehood (also today), U.S. aid was seen as a means of promoting peace.

By promoting the settlement of one people on the land which was forcibly taken from another is hardly a method of promoting peace. I hope to talk about the issue of immigration some other time, however.

In 1951, Congress voted to help Israel cope with the economic burdens imposed by the influx of Jewish refugees from the displaced persons camps in Europe and from the ghettos of the Arab countries. Arabs then complained the U.S. was neglecting them, though they had no interest in or use for American aid then. In 1951, Syria rejected offers of U.S. aid. Oil-rich Iraq and Saudi Arabia did not need U.S. economic assistance, and Jordan was, until the late 1950s, the ward of Great Britain. After 1957, when the United States assumed responsibility for supporting Jordan and resumed economic aid to Egypt, assistance to the Arab states soared. Also, the United States was by far the biggest contributor of aid to the Palestinians through UNRWA, a status that continues to the present.

Most of the region was backward, emerging from the trauma of colonial occupations. To say, there was no use for American aid would be a great folly. I have not had time to research, but I guess the Syrian rejection was probably because it was being forced to recognize Israel, or transfer the Palestinian population out of Palestine. The aid given to Jordan and Egypt at that time was dismal compared to that of Israel, considering also the size of Egypt and how much development work needed to be done. The US aid to UNRWA! Anyone who has seen the camps in Lebanon or Gaza will testify that the sort of poverty, lack of even basic facilities like clean water and sanitation is appalling. This is the direct result of forced exile of a whole nation, supported and abetted by the US. In the words of Malcolm X, "don't stick a knife in me ten inches, pull it out six, and tell me you've made progress."

Israel has received more direct aid from the United States since World War II than any other country, but the amounts for the first half of this period were relatively small. Between 1949 and 1973, the U.S. provided Israel with an average of about $122 million a year, a total of $3.1 billion (and actually more than $1 billion of that was loans for military equipment in 1971-73) . Prior to 1971, Israel received a total of only $277 million in military aid, all in the form of loans as credit sales. The bulk of the economic aid was also lent to Israel. By comparison, the Arab states received nearly three times as much aid before 1971, $4.4 billion, or $170 million per year. Moreover, unlike Israel, which receives nearly all its aid from the United States, Arab nations have gotten assistance from Asia, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and the European Community.

Yes, the aid to Israel during the first period was substantial, before it became enormous! What is conveniently forgotten, is that during this period, Europe under the guilt of the Holocaust was supporting and aiding Israel as zealously as the US. Stalin too had understandings with the Zionist State, as the transfer of the Jewish population from SU to Palestine suited the racist ideologies of both Stalin and the Jewish Agency.

Israel did not begin to receive large amounts of assistance until 1974, following the 1973 war, and the sums increased dramatically after the Camp David agreements. Altogether, since 1949, Israel has received more than $90 billion in assistance. Though the totals are impressive, the value of assistance to Israel has been eroded by inflation.
The 1973 war was hardly a loss for Israel to necessitate huge military aid to save a weak state. The 1973 war was, rather the decisive war in which Soviet and American military equipment, especially electronic warfare equipment competed in a real situation. The Soviet advantage in this field that was displayed in the early stages of the war was effectively beaten down very quickly. While the Arab states depended on military purchases from a closed entity, the Israeli side had access to the latest stuff right out of American labs. How the value of assistance has been eroded by inflation is anybody's guess. I thought 1973 dollars were worth more according to inflation.

Arab states that have signed agreements with Israel have also been rewarded. Since signing the peace treaty with Israel, Egypt has been the second largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid ($2 billion in 2002, Israel received $2.8 billion). Jordan has also been the beneficiary of higher levels of aid since it signed a treaty with Israel (increasing from less than $40 million to more than $225 million). The multibillion dollar debts to the U.S. of both Arab nations were also forgiven.
This is where the real argument for Israeli aid starts. But this is exactly we are saying. US aid to Egypt and Jordan, is dependent on their recognition and support of Israel, while the aid to Israel is used for further expansion. So the aid given to Israel as well as Egypt is actually for Zionist expansion on Palestinian land. The direction of US aid should be towards peace and justice for ALL, Jew and Arab alike, not for a racist ideology and state!

Also, the military aid to Egypt and Jordan are some times viewed as aid to a repressive regime rather than to the people or to their national interest. While I refuse to buy the Arab opposition argument blindly, according to which every state is evil, and all opposition movements, however totalitarian or repressive are good - let us still think about it. The sort of aid is mostly not used for the good of the Egyptian and Jordanian people. The US could have done a better job at it if this aid was used for education, healthcare, responsible and local industrialization. Rather, while the Israeli aid is used for construction of an artificial state on the corpse of Palestine, Egyptian aid is mostly used to further the sick addiction, to induce dependency, and to encourage waste. Most importantly, the fact that rich self righteous Egyptians and Saudis can visit US and Europe in luxury, while looking down at Muslim Palestinians, Africans and Indo-Pakis, or even blaming Palestinians for their lot on their irreligousity DOES NOT help Palestinians at all. It is totally irrelevant, if not humiliating for Palestinians.

After the Oslo agreements, the United States also began providing funding to the Palestinians. It now provides $80 million in humanitarian assistance via the U.S. Agency for International Development. It provides no direct aid to the Palestinian Authority because it is viewed as corrupt. President Bush specifically warned the Palestinians that they must change their leadership and embrace reform to obtain future assistance. "I can assure you," Bush said, "we won't be putting money into a society which is not transparent and [is] corrupt."

80 million dollars for a people who do not have schools, hospitals, colleges, or even decent and safe homes. While you are the cause for it! Shame!

Ashcroft Tells Libraries to Destroy Citizen-Friendly Publications

Buzzflash News Alert

The topics addressed in the named documents include information on how citizens can retrieve items that may have been confiscated by the government during an investigation. The documents to be removed and destroyed include: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure; Select Criminal Forfeiture Forms; Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes; Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directory; and Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA).

Military Offers Free Breast Impants


"It is true: personnel in all four branches of the military and members oftheir immediate families can get face-lifts, nose jobs, breast enlargements, liposuction, or any other kind of elective cosmetic alteration, at taxpayer expense. (For breast enlargements, patients must supply their own implants.)"