Sunday, March 12, 2006

What's In a Name, Turkey Shoot, and The Making of a Dictator

I've decided to delve back into the world of surreal news stories that paint an even more surreal picture of Race, Politics, and the authoritarian State under the weight of capital exploitation. The new Slave Revolt Website is in the works. More on that next week. - Rohan


Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue was incredulous when informed that the City Council's Transportation Committee had voted without debate to rename Monroe Street -- from Western to Oakley -- as "Chairman Fred Hampton Way." The ordinance was sponsored by Ald. Madeline Haithcock (2nd).


The latest chapter in reporter Olivia Rousset's Abu Ghraib revelations. Three weeks ago on Dateline, Olivia revealed new evidence of horrific abuse at Abu Ghraib.

On a recent trip to the US, Olivia managed to track down two former Abu Ghraib guards - one who served time for committing abuses against Iraqi detainees and another who witnessed those shocking events. It's no small irony that both of these former US military policemen now see themselves as being among the victims of Abu Ghraib. Here's Olivia's story. And, as you would expect with this sort of report, be warned - some of what you're about to see is not exactly pretty and could even offend.


Uganda's recently concluded elections had the distinct feel of a beauty pageant. Not because President Yoweri K. Museveni was re-elected for another five years after ruling the country for the last 20. But because of the "verdicts" of foreign observers on the conduct of Uganda's first multiparty elections in 26 years. There were hundreds of imported observers in addition to Western ambassadors who converted their missions into observer stations.