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Cheney Blocks Archives Inspection

Archivists are the new macho heroes of Washington says Maureen Dowd in the NYTimes Sunday June 24 column, "A Vice President Without Borders, Bordering on Lunacy."
After Scooter Libby, former Chief of Staff to Cheney, was sentenced for leaking classified information, one would think VP Cheney would welcome the oversight since his Office has been so willfully careless.

Per Petterson Wins 2007 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Norwegian author Per Petterson won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award on Thursday for his novel, Out Stealing Horses.

Ousmane Sembene has died

Film maker, novelist and radical from Senegal in West Africa, Ousmane Sembène consistently opposed imperialism. A few themes predominate in all his work-- hatred for the brutal way capitalist and colonialist society makes people behave, sympathy for the poor and dispossessed, and identification with and empowerment of women.

More at Librarian

which permits diacritics.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins Orange Prize

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Half of a Yellow Sun.

Assault on Reason [by Al Gore] & Librarianship

In The Assault on Reason, Al Gore has given us another urgent warning - that our democracy is slip-sliding away from its moorings.

2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Lloyd Jones wins the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Mister Pip.

Complete list and photos at Librarian.

Mukwa Dibou on Second Life

Mukwa Dibou (aka ALA President elect, Loriene Roy) said that Second Life gives additional options for communication and social spaces.

Internet Anonymity

In Sunshine for the Virtual Town Hall Tom Grubisich talks about the anonymous blogger:

2007 Paul Howard Award For Courage

"John Doe," also known as George Christian, Peter Chase, Barbara Bailey and Jan Nocek, is the 2007 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Paul Howard Award for Courage. The $1,000 bi-annual award and citation honors a librarian, library board, library group or an individual who has exhibited unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services.

For photo and details see Librarian.

BLOODY MONDAY for Privacy.

Isikoff calls May 13, 2007 BLOODY MONDAY.

The Bush administration made more than 200 revisions to the first report of a civilian board that oversees government protection of personal privacy.

See Librarian.

BLOODY MONDAY for Privacy (May 14)

Isikoff calls May 13, 2007 BLOODY MONDAY.

The Bush administration made more than 200 revisions to the first report of a civilian board that oversees government protection of personal privacy.

See Librarian.

Citizens of Death's Gray Land

5 more troops lost in Iraq in a dawn fight made me remember this sonnet by Siegfried Sassoon.


Soldiers are citizens of death's gray land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives.

Immigration, REFORMA, Library Legislative Day 2007

The REFORMA Legislative Committee visit on Capitol Hill during National Library Legislative Day focused on the following: 1) support for the repeal of the REAL ID Act, 2) support for immigration reform as stated in REFORMA's and ALA's resolution on immigration adopted in January 2007, 3) Bilingual Education, 4) Net Neutrality, 5) LSTA funding, 6) School Libraries (Improving Literacy through School Libraries & and No Child Left Behind), 7) Librarians Act of 2007, and 8) Copyright.

'Mission Accomplished' Banner to GW Bush Library.

As of noon on 5/1/07 52% voting think the 'Mission Accomplished' Banner should be on display at the George Bush [Jr.] Library. Scroll to bottom of link.

White House Caught Doctoring "Mission Accomplished" Video

Tell Us the Mission (Accomplished).

Looking at OSHA on Workers Memorial Day

Brussels, 28 April 2007: The International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, in memory of workers who die or are injured at work as a result of unsatisfactory production methods or working conditions, is taking place for the 12th consecutive year today. Some 12,000 activities in 118 countries have been organised. Activities on HIV/AIDS and the causes of occupational and environment-related cancers will also be held during this World Day.

Temple of Texts Wins Capote Award

April 24, 2007 -- "A Temple of Texts" by William H. Gass, Ph.D., the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, is the 2007 winner of the $30,000 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin.

Librarians and Hate Speech.

After the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report, "Promoting Hate," about Kevin MacDonald, a new article at Inside Higher Education brings up some of these issues.
I think they are librarian issues, too.
Hate Speech.

Impeach Cheney for Disinformation

Dennis Kucinich.
Articles of Impeachment, officially known as H.Res.

Articles of Impeachment (H.R. 333)

In a nutshell, Kucinich believes Cheney should be
impeached because he:

1. Manipulated intelligence to fabricate a threat of
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

2. Manipulated intelligence to fabricate a relationship
between Iraq and al Qaeda.

3. Openly threatened aggression against Iran absent any real threat to the United States.

Disinformation Bibliography

[Because the very helpful SRRT International Responsibilities Task Force bibliography was published in pdf it may not be easily found. I am reprinting it below].
Selected Bibliography on Disinformation.

Compiled for the International Responsibilities Task Force of SRRT program entitled "Destabilization, Disinformation, and Librarians." ALA 2005 Annual Conference, Chicago, June 25,2005.

1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Washington DC: U.S. Congress.
1971 Pentagon Papers, by Neil Sheehan et al. New York: New York Times.
1975. Inside the Company: CIA Diary, by Philip Agee. London: Allen Lane.
1978. Dirty Work: the CIA in western Europe, by Philip Agee, & Louis Wolf. New York: Dorset Press.
1982. The Real Terror Network: terrorism in fact and propaganda, by Edward S. Herman. Boston: South End Press.
1985. Storm Over Chile, by Samuel Chavkin. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company.
1988. Agents of Repression: the FBI's secret wars against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement, by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall. Boston: South End

1989 The "Terrorism" Industry: the experts and institutions that shape our view of terror, by Edward S. Herman and Gerry O'Sullivan. New York: Pantheon.

1990. COINTELPRO Papers: documents from the FBI's secret war against dissent in the United States, by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall. Boston: South End Press.

1997. Warriors of Disinformation, by Alvin Snyder. New York: Arcade Publishing.

1999. Cultural Cold War: the CIA and the world of arts and letters, by Frances Stonor Saunders.New York: The New Press.
1999. Psywar on Cuba : the declassified history of U.S. anti-Castro propaganda, edited by Jon Elliston. Melbourne, Vic. & New York: Ocean Press.
2002. Body of Secrets : anatomy of the ultra-secret National Security Agency : from the Cold War through the dawn of a new century, by James Bamford. New York: Anchor Books.
2003. Covert Action: the roots of terrorism, edited by Ellen Ray and William H. Schapp. Melbourne:Ocean Press.
2003. Abuse Your Illusions: the disinformation guide to media mirages and establishment lies, edited by Russ Kick. New York: Disinformation Co.

2004. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
2004. Inside the Pentagon Papers, by John Prados and Margaret Pratt Porter. Lawrence:University Press of Kansas.
2005. The Chavez Code: deciphering the intervention of the United States in Venezuela, by Eva Golinger. Editorial de Ciencias Sociales.

Compiled for the International Responsibilities Task Force of SRRT program entitled Destabilization,
Disinformation, and Librarians. ALA 2005 Annual Conference, Chicago, June 25,2005.

See SRRT Newsletter December 2005. No. 152/153.

Librarians oppose the Bush doctrine of misinformation.


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