Wikileaks have released over 150 surpressed images. This is the tip of the iceberg, keep looking, keep publishing.

In the last week Wikileaks has released over 150 censored photos and videos of the Tibet uprising and has called on bloggers around the world to help drive the footage through the Chinese internet censorship regime — the so called “Great Firewall of China”

The transparency group’s move comes as a response to the the Chinese Public Security Bureau’s carte-blanche censorship of youtube, the BBC, CNN, the Guardian and other sites carrying video footage of the Tibetan people’s recent heroic stand against the inhumane Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Wikileaks has also placed the collection in two easy to use archives together with a HTML index page so they may be easily copied, placed on websites, cd’s, emailed across the internet as attachments and uploaded to peer to peer networks.

Censorship, like communism, seems like a reasonable enough idea to begin with. While ‘from each according to his ability and to each according to his need’ sounds unarguable, the world has learned that these words call forth a power elite to administer them with coercive force. Such elites are quick to define the needs of their own members as paramount. Similarly ‘from each mouth according to its ability and to each ear according to its need’ seems harmless enough, but history shows that censorship also requires an anointed class to define this “need” and to make violence against those who continue talking. Such power is quickly corrupted.

The first ingredient of civil society is the people’s right to know, because without such understanding no human being can meaningfully choose to support anything, let alone a political party. Knowledge is the driver of every political process, every constitution, every law and every regulation. The communication of knowledge is without salient analogue. It is living, unique and demands its rightful place at the summit of society. Since knowledge is the creator and regulator of all law, its position beyond law commands due respect.

James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and other Enlightenment framers of the US Bill of Rights understood this well when they began the First Amendment’s constitutional protections of speech and of the press with ‘Congress shall make no law….’.

As knowledge flows across the world it is time to sum great freedoms of every nation and not subtract or divide them. Let us then unite in common purpose for the surest way to protect the freedoms of any nation is to protect the freedoms of every nation.






Meet Wolfgang Schauble, the German interior minister so ardently in favour of bullshit Biometric identification systems. In a wonderful twist has had his prints lifted by German hackers CCC (Chaos Computer Club) and published ;) click here for a translated page from the newly revived CCC site the Datenschleuder

Now Mr Brown, Mr Blair, if you would just hold onto this for me… aren’t biometrics fun…

The Darkside of Biofuel

March 28, 2008

By Oliver Balch in Mutat and Rory Carroll in Cartagena
Mar 4, 2008, 22:46

Editor’s Note: “Armed groups” are not to be confused with revolutionary forces FARC or the ELN who are working to liberate Colombia from the tyranny of the Uribe regime. The “armed groups” spoken of below refer to right wing death squads who operate with the sanction of the Colombian government and are often funded by transnational corporations like Coca Cola, Inc., Chiquita and Nestle Corp.

– LMB 

Armed groups in Colombia are driving peasants off their land to make way for plantations of palm oil, a biofuel that is being promoted as an environmentally friendly source of energy.

Surging demand for “green” fuel has prompted rightwing paramilitaries to seize swaths of territory, according to activists and farmers. Thousands of families are believed to have fled a campaign of killing and intimidation, swelling Colombia’s population of 3 million displaced people and adding to one of the world’s worst refugee crises after Darfur and Congo.

Several companies were collaborating by falsifying deeds to claim ownership of the land, said Andres Castro, the general secretary of Fedepalma, the national federation of palm oil producers.

“As a consequence of the development of palm by secretive business practices and the use of threats, people have been displaced and [the businesses] have claimed land for themselves,” he said. His claim was backed up by witnesses and groups such as Christian Aid and the National Indigenous Organisation of Colombia.

The revelations tarnish what has been considered an economic and environmental success story. The fruit of the palm oil tree produces a vegetable oil also used in cooking, employs 80,000 people, and is increasingly being turned into biofuel.

“Four years ago Colombia had 172,000 hectares of palm oil,” President Alvaro Uribe told the Guardian. “This year we expect to finish with nearly 400,000.”

“Four years ago Colombia didn’t produce a litre of biofuel. Today, because of our administration, Colombia produces 1.2m litres per day.” Investment in new installations would continue to boost production, he added.

However the lawlessness created by four decades of insurgency in the countryside has enabled rightwing paramilitaries, and also possibly leftwing rebels, to join the boom. Unlike coca, the armed groups’ main income source, palm oil is a legal crop and therefore safe from state-backed eradication efforts.

Farmers who have been forced off their land at gunpoint say that in many cases their banana groves and cattle grazing fields were turned into palm oil plantations. Luis Hernandez (not his real name) fled his 170-hectare plot outside the town of Mutata in Antioquia province nine years ago after his father-in-law and several neighbours were gunned down. When he and other survivors were able to return recently, they found the land was in the hands of a local palm producer.

“The company tells me that it has legal papers for the land, but I don’t know how that can be, as I have land titles dating back 20 years,” said Mr Hernandez. He suspects palm companies collaborated with the paramilitaries. “I don’t know if there was an official agreement between them, but a relationship of some sort definitely exists.”

A government investigation reportedly found irregularities in 80% of palm oil land titles in some areas. “If there have been abuses and the titles are shown to be false, then the land needs to be returned and all the weight of the law needs to be brought down on those that are responsible,” said Dr Castro, of the producers’ association.

Christian Aid is funding an effort to protect peasants who are trying to reclaim land from the paramilitaries, said Dominic Nutt, who has visited the plantations. “It is the dark side of biofuel.”

The paramilitary groups, first formed in the 80s by businessmen, landowners and drug lords to fend off guerrillas, became a powerful illegal army which stole land, sold drugs and massacred civilians. Under a peace deal with the government they have officially disbanded but many observers say remnants remain active.

Displacement continues, with an average of 200,000 cases registered every year over the past four years, according to the UN High Commission for Refugees, with most coming from palm oil-growing areas on the Caribbean coast. “We can’t keep up, they just keep coming,” said Ludiz Ruda, of the Hijos de Maria school in a shantytown outside the coastal city of Cartagena. Since opening last year it had been swamped with impoverished newcomers, she said. “More than 80% are refugees.”

Cocaine output rises regardless

Coca production in Colombia has surged despite US-funded eradication efforts, according to an estimate that casts fresh doubt on Washington’s “war on drugs”. Satellite imagery collated by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy survey suggests that cultivation of coca, the raw ingredient of cocaine, jumped 8% last year to 156,000 hectares.

The estimate was made public before a trip to Washington this week by President Alvaro Uribe. If confirmed, it would be the third consecutive rise in production, and a blow to the US strategy of bolstering Colombia’s security forces to help them destroy the crops.

Under its Plan Colombia project, Washington has funnelled more than $5bn (£2.5bn) in mostly military aid to its South American ally since 2000 – its biggest aid project outside Afghanistan and the Middle East. The Democrats say the security forces are accused of human rights abuses and complicity with traffickers.

Mr Uribe revealed the unpublished findings in an effort to get the bad news out of the way before he started lobbying Congress; the White House did not immediately respond.

“They told me they were worried about revealing this number because of my upcoming trip to the United States – that the Americans should reveal it,” he said. “But that’s why I’m revealing it. We’re not trying to put makeup on what is a serious matter.”

Plan Colombia began in 1999 and was supposed to halve production of coca within five years, using sprayer planes and officers on the ground. But the latest estimate suggests that since then it has risen 27%.

Last month Mr Uribe trumpeted a UN report that said cultivation was down to 79,000 hectares. The conflicting figures were incomprehensible and disorienting, said the president: “Could it be we’ve worked in vain? That all our work hasn’t produced the desired results?”

The CIA Holocaust

March 28, 2008

Excellent piece…

By Len Hart
Mar 14, 2008, 11:47


” The US government, especially under the GOP regimes of Ronald Reagan, Bush Sr, and now the shrub, have given up the dream of peace. The result is an Orwellian nightmare, a state of perpetual war put into effect by the CIA, the Praetorian Guard to America’s privileged elite. The nightmares –domestic and foreign –are of our own making. Worse than “mutually assured destruction”, this thug government within a government may very well spell the end of humankind, at least the end of those dreams that make life worth living. It was an avoidable choice forced upon us by incompetent, cowardly and corrupt right wing inspired ‘leadership’. ” Rest of article here.

Troops confirm U.S. war crimes By Michael Kramer, Silver Spring, Md. Mar 21, 2008, 07:46 Published Mar 19, 2008

Hundreds of military veterans of the Bush administration’s so-called war on terror attended the Winter Soldier 2008 hearings held here March 13-16 at the National Labor College, an AFL-CIO affiliate just outside Washington. The four-day event was organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Most of the veterans had taken part in the occupations of Iraq and/or Afghanistan—many doing multiple deployments of up to 15 months each. Some are still on active duty. They described the systematic beating, jailing, torture, humiliation and killing of civilians by U.S. forces. And they explained that it was not just the work of a few deranged individuals but was part of standard military operations, especially as the opposition of the people to the occupation of their country became more obvious. Many were wracked with traumatic memories and remorse for having participated in such acts. The hearings were conducted in eyewitness panel formats with topics such as Rules of Engagement; Corporate Pillaging and Military Contractors; Divide To Conquer: Gender and Sexuality in the Military; and Racism and War: The Dehumanization of the Enemy. Besides the panelists, the everyday brutality of the occupation was documented by more than 100 other veterans, who submitted detailed statements about their experiences. Speaking on the first day of the hearings in the Rules of Engagement panel, Iraq veteran Adam Kokesh, who had been in Fallujah, Iraq, for a year beginning in February 2004, said his commanders “changed the RoE more often than we changed our underwear.” These RoE are the rules that determine when a soldier can use deadly fire. “At one point, we imposed a curfew on the city and were told to fire at anything that moved in the dark. I don’t think soldiers should be put in the position to choose between their morals and their instinct for survival.” Steve Casey, who spent a year in Iraq beginning in mid-2003, not long after the U.S. invasion that was supposed to “liberate” the Iraqi people, said: “I watched soldiers firing into the radiators and windows of oncoming vehicles. Those who didn’t turn around were unfortunately neutralized one way or another—well over 20 times I personally witnessed this.” Jason Hurd was on duty in central Baghdad for a year, beginning in November 2004. He told how, after his unit took stray rounds from a nearby firefight: “We fired indiscriminately at this building. Things like that happened every day in Iraq. We reacted out of fear for our lives, and we reacted with total destruction.” Hurd told how the calloused attitude toward Iraqi civilians worsened as the occupation dragged on. “Over time, as the absurdity of war set in, individuals from my unit indiscriminately opened fire at vehicles driving down the wrong side of the road. People in my unit would later brag about it. I remember thinking how appalled I was that we were laughing at this, but that was the reality.” Jason Wayne Lemieux, a Marine, served three tours in Iraq. He told how the rules of engagement were changed each time to encourage even more slaughter of civilians. By his second tour, if a person “was carrying a shovel, or standing on a rooftop talking on a cell phone, or being out after curfew, they were to be killed. I can’t tell you how many people died because of this. By my third tour, we were told to just shoot people, and the officers would take care of us.” One Marine veteran, machine gunner John Michael Turner, pulled the medals off his shirt and threw them to the floor as he testified about shooting down people he knew were innocent. “I want to say I’m sorry for the hate and destruction that I and others have inflicted on innocent people,” he concluded. “It is not okay, and this is happening, and until people hear what is going on, this is going to continue. I am no longer the monster that I once was.” The event was streamed live over the Internet but was boycotted by almost the entire U.S. corporate media. It was well organized, with logistical and support staff provided by Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Mental health and legal professionals were available at all times. While most of the panelists were IVAW members, expert witnesses also testified. Iraqi civilians, including refugees, described their experiences with the occupation through detailed interviews that had been video recorded in Iraq, Jordan and Syria. IVAW Advisory Board member Dr. Dahlia Wasfi raised the occupation of Palestine IVAW is a growing organization with over 800 members. The leadership is diverse: the chair of its Board of Directors was born in Nicaragua and the co-chair is African-American. The treasurer and executive director are women. The group is LGBT-friendly. Most members come from the enlisted ranks and are under 30 years old. They are from both urban and rural areas. Many were on track to be career noncommissioned officers—the foundation of any military organization. Their membership in IVAW is a major defeat for the U.S. imperialist war machine. Readers are urged to check out the hearings and testimonies at The writer is a member of Veterans For Peace—Chapter 021 and was part of the support staff at the Winter Soldier hearing. ——————————————————————————– Articles copyright 1995-2008 Workers World. Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article is permitted in any medium without royalty provided this notice is preserved. Workers World, 55 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011 Email: Subscribe Support independent news

A new compound imitating cannabinoids from cannabis drugs may improve the fertility of tobacco smokers. Two-thirds of the male tobacco smokers will exhibit a small or a significant decrease in fertility, some with serious loss, characterized by low sperm count and low percentage sperm motility.

“Nicotine addiction is quite powerful. The best solution is to stop smoking and then wean yourself off of all nicotine products. But for smokers who can’t quit, the in vitro use of AM-1346 may significantly improve their fertilizing capacity,” explained Lani Burkman, associate professor in the departments of gynaecology/obstetrics and urology and head of the Section on Andrology in the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The sperm from male smokers exposed to a synthetic chemical called AM-1346 – a synthetic version of a natural cannabinoid found in the human body and cannabis – doubled its fertilizing capacity. The same team previously showed that fertilizing ability of the sperm is altered by nicotine, whether in vitro, or through long-term tobacco use.

In the new study, nine selected smokers were assessed for sperm fertilizing potential checking the binding ability on the outside cover of a human egg, “zona pellucida”.

4 men had a high number of sperm attaching to the egg (normal fertilizing potential, Group I), while 5 other smokers had sperm with poor egg binding (poor fertilizing potential, Group II). The researchers sought how poor fertilizing capacity from smokers could be improved. They looked at the potential interaction between two chemical systems that control sperm.

“Human sperm carry the cholinergic receptor, which responds to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine,” explained Burkman. “Nicotine mimics acetylcholine and binds to the cholinergic receptor.”

The second chemical system involves cannabinoid receptors, which respond to cannabis (like marijuana and hash), as well as natural cannabinoids from the body. “Research from other scientists indicates that the cholinergic system and the cannabinoid system naturally regulate human sperm and help prepare them for fertilizing an egg,” she said. “This natural regulation is out of balance for the majority of smokers when sperm are continuously exposed to nicotine.”

“We think there is an important communication between the cannabinoid and cholinergic receptor systems in human sperm,” said Burkman. “In 22 Hemizona tests, we showed that the response to AM-1346 depended on the initial fertility of the tobacco smoker, and if his semen showed poor quality, meaning low sperm count and low percentage motility.”

The sperm from Group II individuals was exposed to AM-1346 for several hours and then retested. In all cases resulted an increase of sperm binding to the egg varying from 133 % to 330 % (a 201 % mean).

“In contrast,” said Burkman, “samples from Group I (normal fertility, normal semen quality) reacted in the opposite manner. This two-way, or biphasic, response is common for cannabinoid action. With Group I, the drug AM-1346 caused a substantial decrease in sperm binding to the egg for eight out of nine samples.

“This opposite response must be studied further,” Burkman said. “It might be tied to early-versus-late steps in fertilization, where it is expected that one process is slowed down while another process is stimulated,” he said.

“It does appear that sperm functioning in tobacco smokers with low fertility and low semen quality is quite different when compared to smokers with higher fertility and good semen quality. Nicotine appears to change the sperm membranes and sperm receptors. It also raises the question of why sperm from some smokers is protected from the effects of tobacco and nicotine,” he added.

Source: Aditya Mehta, India Syndicate

Enjoy… “Reefer Madness” Ahhh….bless this propoganda… Don’t smoke dope, go get pissed and smash some poor passer by in the face, wind up in A&E covered in blood like so many idiots who drink alcohol do…..If you haven’t already, and you are so inclined, do a little research into how drinking alcohol regularly elevates an individuals predisposition to developing a `psychosis` …never mind the multitude of other negative effects on your body. Odd how they never invest so heavily into publicising those studies…instead just flipping it off as something called `binge drinking`….like it’s something apart from drinking!? What a crock of shit. Anyone with any semblance of free thought and intelligence should be able to see through this.

Bottom line – Alcohol does not make you question anything, it just dumbs you down, removes inhibition and mutes creativity and thought processes. Cannabis does just the opposite – it makes you more aware of yourself, makes you think `outside the box`, question things, maybe even making you a little introvert at times, peaceful, thoughtful, considerate. Doesnt fit well with the `fuck you buddy` free market mindset we are supposed to have.  Must buy shit, must be busy, must have stuff to be happy et cetera….. Personally I don’t want shit, other than shelter, access to food or ability to grow/gather and warmth, and maybe some seeds ;)

One of these `drugs` is conducive, or rather not problematic to the kind of society that certain people would like us all to live in. The other is. I’m sure you can work out which is which if you try hard enough.