imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Vote 2004: God's Champ & Internment Camps

by Richard Coduri Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at 11:16 AM Arab American Institute, 1600 K Street, NW Suite 601, Washington, DC 20006

"I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004." -- Pat Robertson "Some of these Arab Americans are probably intent on doing harm to us." -- Congressman Howard Coble (R)

297 Days until Election Day 2004!

Thus Spoke Pat...

Well folks, it looks like we can cancel the election. The Associated Press reports that "Pat Robertson said Friday that God told him President Bush will be re-elected in a landslide." Speaking on his television program, the "700 Club" Robertson stated "I think George Bush is going to win in a walk." But this was no attempt at personal political prediction. Robertson cited no less of an authority than God as a basis for his augury: "I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004. It's shaping up that way."

He went on to say that "the Lord has just blessed him [President George W. Bush], I mean, he could make terrible mistakes and comes out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad, God picks him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him." According to the report, earlier in the broadcast, "Robertson had explained that he wanted to share 'some of the things that I believe the Lord was showing me as I spent several days in prayer.'"

Politically Correct or Correct Politically?

This story just won't die. Last year we told you about how North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble (R) responded to a caller on a radio program who suggested that Arab Americans, like Japanese Americans during World War II, should be put in internment camps by stating "We were at war. [Japanese Americans] were an endangered species. For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn't safe for them to be on the street. Some [Japanese Americans] probably were intent on doing harm to us, just as some of these Arab Americans are probably intent on doing harm to us."

His comments, of course, created an uproar, with many calling for Coble's resignation as Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. It seems that the passage of time has done nothing to diminish the congressman's insensitivity. The Greensboro, North Carolina-based News & Record reported Coble stating in a recent interview: "In retrospect, I probably should have kept my trap shut in this era of political correctness."

Perles of Wisdom? Not Where I'm Frum!

The Forward reports that "two of Washington's most famed neoconservatives - David Frum and Richard Perle - have issued a stinging critique of America's fight against terrorism and are urging more aggressive action." The two have produced a book, "An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror," which calls "for universal biometric fingerprinting, immediate steps to bring about regime change in Iran and Syria, a military blockade of North Korea, a diplomatic approach that treats Saudi Arabia and France as rivals if not 'enemies' and a decreasing American involvement in the United Nations."

At home, Perle and Frum advocated "more intense policing of immigrants and citizens alike," and approved of the actions of a group of Portland, Oregon residents "who reported a neighbor to the authorities after he grew a beard, donned traditional Arab garb, and started attending a mosque. To help keep track of suspicious behavior, they call for all Americans to carry a 'national identification card' with information including 'retinal scans or DNA.'" The two also "argue that 'we must destroy regimes implicated in anti-American terrorism,' and provide a list of potential targets, including North Korea, Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iran. 'We must move boldly against them...And we don't have much time.'" The End of Evil? Or one of its sources?

What's That You Say?

The Forward also reports that Senator John Kerry, "after jumping down Howard Dean's throat last fall when Dean suggested that America should pursue an 'evenhanded' policy in Middle East negotiations, used a similar phrase himself on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, according to a tape supplied by a rival campaign."

The tape catches Kerry responding to a statement from a woman claiming she was "speaking now for the Palestinian people." She stated that "the whole problem with the Mideast," is that "we have to get the Israelis out of the West Bank, and get two states and have some evenhandedness."

Kerry responded by saying 'Well, there has been evenhandedness. It may not be now, but I thought Bill Clinton did a brilliant job trying to move down the road." Kerry "went on to praise Israel as 'our friend' and 'our ally,' saying that the special relationship between the nations could be 'leveraged' to provide a 'fair-handed' deal."

Spokesperson for the Kerry campaign David Wade "argued in an e-mail response that Kerry wasn't really using the language in the same way that Dean had and then took aim at, you guessed it, Dean. 'John Kerry repeated a questioner's word back to her, he didn't agree with her,' Wade wrote. 'Here's how you can tell: Answering a hostile question from an activist who opposed John Kerry's pro-Israel stance, John Kerry defended the tradition of Democrats from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton who proudly took sides in the Middle East...In contrast, Howard Dean's own statements put him on the wrong side of those fundamental questions. To compare John Kerry's lifelong clear, vigorous support for Israel to Howard Dean's recklessness and indefensible judgment is laughable."

IDF Soldiers Jailed for Refusing to Serve in Occupied Territories

Reuters reports that five Israelis "who refused to do compulsory military service in protest against the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip were jailed for a year on Sunday, the first such sentences since the Palestinian revolt began three years ago." Haggai Matar, one of the jailed men, stated: "Every day troops commit crimes in the occupied territories. While we go to the stockade, they remain free." Furthermore, "the defendants, all men aged 20, promised more of the same, citing the growing number of military personnel refusing to serve.

Last month, 13 reservists from Israel's top commando unit said they would not take part in operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- their petition echoing a similar one submitted in September by 27 reserve and retired air force combat pilots. The protests by Israel's best and brightest sent ripples through the conscript force, which many would-be draftees already avoid serving in by pleading medical incapacity or religious objections." Another of the five jailed men, Shimri Tzameret, stated that "Ethical people will follow in our footsteps. The coming months will see other conscientious objectors like us undergoing this process."

Of Note...

Please go to to check out information about the upcoming Arab Western Summit of Skills (AWS), a first of its kind meeting of professional Arab and European/American individuals and institutions dedicated to promoting civic and economic infrastructure development in the Arab world. The Summit will be held in Berlin on January 17-18, 2004.

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy