Lettre d’informations d’Altpress, Mai 2005
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mercredi 4 mai 2005, par Esteban
AltPress E-Newsletter No. 5, May, 2005
The Alternative Press Center’s "Radical Picks of the Month !"
ARTICLE 1. "Are your breasts bound by law ?"
by Virginia Marchant
Believe it or not, some states do not protect public
breastfeeding. Here’s a look at the legal complexities of a
baby’s right to nurse.
Mothering (January-February 2005)
ARTICLE 2. "From Kobe Bryant to Uncle Sam : why they hated Gary
by Alexander Cockburn
In this article, Cockburn remembers late journalist Gary Webb,
who exposed the CIA’s part in covertly bringing narcotics into
the United States. The government virtually destroyed Webb’s
credibility in retaliation, and in December 2004 he took his
life. This article is a somber reminder of how dangerous it
can be to tell the truth in the media, particularly when
exposing government corruption.
Counterpunch (December 18-19, 2004)
ARTICLE 3. "Arafat ; lessons in owning and shaping history"
by Noam Chomsky
The ways in which the US press frames relations with Palestine,
and particularly they framed them with Yasir Arafat, are
telling. In this article, Chomsky details the history of US
foreign policy in Israel and Palestine, and how the
representations of these relationships in the press reveal US
motives behind foreign policy.
Z Magazine (December 2004)
ARTICLE 4. "Labor imperialism redux ? : the AFL-CIO’s foreign
policy since 1995"
by Kim Scipes
Throughout much of its history, the AFL-CIO has carried out a
reactionary labor program around the world. It has been
unequivocally established that the AFL-CIO has worked to
overthrow democratically-elected governments, collaborated with
dictators against progressive labor movements, and supported
reactionary labor movements against progressive governments. In
short, the AFL-CIO has practiced what can accurately be called
"labor imperialism." The appellation "AFL-CIA" has accurately
represented reality and has not been left-wing paranoia. Kim
Scipes looks at the history since 1995.
Monthly Review (May 2005)
ARTICLE 5. "Palestinian defiance : interview with Mustafa
by Eric Hazan
Eric Hazan interviews Mustafa Barghouti, the Ramallah doctor
and activist, general secretary of the Al Mubadara coalition,
on struggles against the Israeli Occupation, from the popular
movement of the first Intifada to the tactical errors of the
second, via the disaster of Oslo. As Abu Mazen is levered into
place, what alternatives can combat both Israeli Defense Force
stranglehold and the flyblown Palestinian Authority ?
New Left Review (No. 32, March-April 2005)
ARTICLE 6. "United States : trade in torture"
by Stephen Grey
This is a story of private jets flying out of Germany, of
kidnappings on European streets, and of torture. It has a cast
of lawyers, spies, suspected terrorists, innocent bystanders
and an ex-CIA boss who believes that ’human rights is a very
flexible concept’. Stephen Grey reports on US practices of
Le Monde Diplomatique (April 2005)
ARTICLE 7. "Full frontal offense : taking abortion rights to the
by Rebecca Hyman
Rebecca Hyman touches upon the controversy surrounding the
T-shirt designed by writer/activist Jennifer Baumgardner that
says, simply : "I had an abortion." The shirts were first sold
on Planned Parenthood’s website and are being sighted all
across the country. Christian groups as well as pro-choice
feminists have reacted in outrage, but many people have voiced
support for the shirt as a way of putting a human face to
abortion politics. Baumgardner intends the shirt to be a
consciousness-raising tactic that breaks the veil of silence
around abortion that can lead to discrimination, fear, and
Bitch (Spring 2005)
ARTICLE 8. "You can’t do that on television ; the conspicuous
absence of abortion on TV"
by Rachel Fudge
There’s one thing you’re almost guaranteed not to see on TV,
despite the reality of it being one of the most common medical
procedures in the US : abortion. As many commentators have
pointed out, as all of the old you-can’t-do-that-on-television
taboos - sexual content, violence, cursing, nudity,
homosexuality - have fallen away, abortion is the one
hot-button issue that simply remains too hot for TV.
Clamor (May-June 2005)
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