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Haleh
Monday, November 12, 2001 at 13:57:47
We all need to speak.


david
Monday, November 12, 2001 at 20:56:35
If we do not speak we give tacit agreement.


anonymous
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 11:10:46
Todays war on Terrorism is same as yesterday's war on communism and war on drugs... Don't you see... Today is Afghanestan... yesterday was Iraq ... then the entire Middle East...Africa... Asia... Latin America comes next... Europe is last. How foolish to believe that expansionist would spare any one if he could. If you must always fight on war terms, how about the war on ignorance, hate and small mindedness... because some time you will be the next Afghani, Iraqi, Serb, Palestinian, Indian, black, Japanese, Sudani, and latin American.


from oaklnad, CA
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 18:14:27
...so how do you fight the war when all the media is being controlled, and your voice is silenced before it is heard? and then there is the indifference that exits in this country...we use the other parts of the world to create an ongoing enemy...and when there is no war, there is an utter indefference.


T
Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 02:26:00
F A N A T IC F A R A W A Y F A T A L F A U L T F I E R C E F O R C E


anonymous
Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 17:32:58
I protect my mind by practicing freedom: exercising my right to make up my mind, to speak my mind, and to act on my principles.


Augusta Day
Friday, November 16, 2001 at 16:50:53
Today, I have given 12 hours of my time to teaching, to getting my students to think outside the box, beyond the surface, through the b.s., against the image. We read Laura Kipnis's "Repossessing Popular Culture," in On Sex, Capital, Gender, and Aesthetics, and Rosi Braidotti's "Cyberfeminism with a Difference." Was our desire to resist the dominant discourse awakened? Yes. I feel I have done well for a day.


augusta
Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 22:19:06
today, the line i drew was between gesture and action. today, i acted: i took to the streets, with thousands of others, with many many others, with no others, for the realization is arising that we have to be one, strategically, perhaps temporarily, but the strength of our action is in its multiple reflections in the action of others... thus began a day, and a new moon...


anonymous
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 00:00:03
!!?!!


theARTproject
Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 00:19:10
speak with images: www.theARTproject.net


augusta
Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 19:05:16
to theARTproject: why is it that you invited artists to respond to "terrorism" and not "war" (state terrorism)? is it because while there is a proliferation of images on this side, we are facing a black out about what is actually happening in Afghanistan? or is it because your aristic and visual imagination simply can't reach that far? the visual space is a non-democratic and profane space dominated by the corporate and government agendas. the true practice of democracy cannot ignore this fact. but we can still practice our right to speak. words do not require cameras and satellites.


anonymous
Monday, November 26, 2001 at 13:15:12
It is great that many projects are happening in response to the September 11th events....art is a great way to express oneself.... I just wished there would also be an urge to think about and create in response to why the events happened in the first place and try to come to an understanding (specially of our own foreign policies) so that we as people could prevent more disasters from happening all over the world. Grieving is necessary, healing a must, but growth comes from trying to learn from the experience, not just indulge in self-pity and revenge.


anonymous
Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 02:38:01
Revenge- Must Die- Must Kill- Must Destroy- Will Win- Will Pump -Will Fill- Will be Free


anonymous
Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 20:51:19
who are you


True Human
Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 12:11:04
Who gets the most benefit out of the horrifying act of terror on 9-11 ?


anonymous
Sunday, January 6, 2002 at 18:54:47
the media is nothing but censorship. they tell lies. america is a terrorist


anonymous
Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at 13:02:32
your elitist art is not helping the world be a better place


anonymous
Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at 19:25:06
it is a shame that even when we have a chance to speak, some have so little to say, or they say such nonsense (above comments..kill your....). what a shame it is to share the world with people as such. no wonder the world is in the mess it is today......


anonymous
Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 17:29:37
We are number one and we shall remain number one no matter what it takes. you are here taking advantage of all that this country has to offer and you still don't understand what it takes for us to be able to maintain our way of life. can you blame us for wanting to hang on to our power for as long as possible? did anyone before us share that power with the rest of the world. did they not do as I do, rape and enslave as long as they could? don't blame us, blame the human race.


anonymous
Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 17:45:48
what is worth fighting for?


anonymous
Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 07:41:31
Art is not elitist. It's a matter of devotion. You don't have to be of a certain class to be an artist. You just have to be a certain class to be an artist/home-owner/French cheese and wine conniseur. How many times have I heard the argument that we shouldn't look to art for inspiration because it's expensive to make art and thus art represents the view of another class. There's a difference between some rich person who makes art in their spare time and someone who devotes themselves to their art.


anonymous
Monday, January 14, 2002 at 11:32:20
To the individual who equates a war of self defense to "state terrorism": I smelled the rotting bodies at the WTC site a few weeks after the attack. To that same individual who sees the current war as part of a "corporate and government agenda": My wife and my coworkers saw the gaping hole in tower one that day and saw people jumping to their deaths. If you have it all figured out why don't you call the families of the dead and explain to them how the war we are fighting is fought in the name of corporate interests. Try explaining to a New York cop or fireman that they are the pawn in a government sponsored wave of propaganda. Let us know how it works out.


Teah
Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 05:56:22
Why doesn't the person above call a family (well, they would have to write or go find them since they are probably too poor to have a phone or have had to flee their home so they wouldn't be killed in it.) in Afganistan and see what its like to be terrorist bombed in retaliation for something that the civilian population is not responsible for. What about the families in Afganistan that have lost their children and family members and have had an already oppressive situation intensified. What's worse is the idea that what was done on 9-11 is considered so horribly tragic to Americans while the civilian casualties in Afganistan are called "COLLATERAL CASUALTIES". Necessary deaths for America's "Enduring Freedom".


anonymous
Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 09:15:33
Has their oppressive situation been intensified? Are women worse off or better off now? Is the current government more or less tolerent than it was before? Is international aid being distributed more or less efficiently? And who has used the term "Collateral casulties" in the current conflict? I'd like you to find that quote anywhere in the context of this present situation. The civilian deaths in Afghanistan were unintentional. Even if you want to be cynical about it, the US govt. had nothing to be gained by killing civilians and raising the level of anger in the region. Your argument is weak, reactionary and poorly presented.


anonymous
Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 13:02:38
word up


anonymous
Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 18:47:38
fantastic! we are once again the beacon of civilization. with very clear enemies, thank god, since it makes the definition of good and evil so much easier. Of course we are good and "they" are evil"... we and our friends are the "civilized world". if we try to weaponize anthrax, it is ok, but if "they do it" they are evil and need to be destroyed. if we, and our friends have nuclear capabilities it is perfectly fine, but "they" are demons. welcome to the new colonalization of the world....we have needed a new enemy since the communists collapsed... we were lost without it...now with the war on terrorism we can intervene wherever and whenever we want....and "if the governments are too timid to act..make no mistake, America will"....with an increase of military budget of 48 billion (total of 379 billion )..the increase alone is higher than another nations total military budget. we are to become the eyes and ears to spy on each other....perhaps 4000 hours of it, forget about focusing on education, housing, social services...there is more to do in the name of security... and in the name of security the oil drilling will start, the taxes will be cut, and the free trade agreements will be signed. meanwhile 10000 Afghan refugees are starving/freezing in the north since no one can get to them...and the warlords are continuing their struggle for power with all the weapons on hand...we have replaced a bunch of terrorists with another......


anonymous
Friday, February 1, 2002 at 09:39:34
Yes we are the civilized world, yes we create anthrax and nuclear weapons, yes that is the unfortunate by product of living in a dangerous world. We did not "need" to invent a new enemy to replace communism, terrorists came to us of their own accord. While western civilization is a human endeavor, and, as such, is replete with flaws, we do allow the free and open debate of those flaws and provide the means of correcting them through democratic means. The very fact that you can speak out against US policy is a brilliant argument for the civilized nature of our society. Islamic fundamentalists do not allow for this free and open exchange, they are every bit as repressive as the Nazis or the communists. Civilization means allowing for a diversity of opinion, and that is why civilized nations are not nearly as dangerous as those ruled by the barbarism of religious fundamentalism. Fundamentalism burns for a world wholly ruled by it precepts, a world where the tenets of their faith are observed without exception or dissension. This can only be fulfilled by violent means, as witnessed repeatedly throughout world history. You cannot reason with fundamentalists of any stripe, and when they have the means to destroy whole cities and hundreds of thousands of lives you better believe they will be much more willing to utilize them than democratic societies. While your argument is well stated, I think you underestimate the seriousness of the danger we all face.


London, UK
Sunday, March 17, 102 at 19:57:36
Where do Western defenders of democracy disappear to when the Israeli army blatantly occupies Palestinian lands? Where are our voices?


Bev, Harare, Zimbabwe
Monday, March 18, 102 at 10:02:53
Does Zimbabwe have to experience a tragedy as horrific as Sept. 11th before people condemn the system human rights abuses perpetrated by mugabe and his regime?


anonymous
Monday, March 18, 102 at 13:23:56
THIS SITE EDITS OPINONS THAT DO NOT AGREE WITH THOSE OF ITS CREATORS!


anonymous
Monday, March 18, 102 at 13:44:00
I find that hard to believe since there are plenty of opposing opinions on this site. I do wished that the site would edit the comments that are way too long and are just excerpts of other information from the media and leave it to be just a forum for expressions of personal thought.


Site Admin
Monday, March 18, 102 at 23:14:11
Please note: We edit out racist comments and hate propaganda, as well as abusers of public spaces. You are not allowed to take other people's spaces by posting lengthy comment repetitiously.


mind_speak
Sunday, March 31, 102 at 17:12:18
Israel: The measure of Western style democracy, anti-terrorism and defense of human rights in action!!! Yep. Need more to know what we're up against?


Admin, Toronto
Friday, August 16, 102 at 12:26:48
This is a test.


admin
Monday, August 19, 102 at 17:22:01
yet another test


Michael
Tuesday, August 27, 102 at 22:12:52
Erica, i know xactly what you mean I know what you feel is real and I feel it to and I love you so! I am gonna open my pm friday evening and get with you then.I love and miss you so.Oh I miss and love you Erica...I,,,,love....you michael


EriCa
Wednesday, August 28, 102 at 09:42:43
I'm glad you understand, Michael! I love you... FREEDOM/MIND: I try to give myself ample time for solitude, which gives me the freedom to feel and think about the world and trust what I feel deep down, without the constant input of other humans. And yes, I realize that this is a luxury... it shouldn't be.


michael
Wednesday, August 28, 102 at 16:04:13
I Love you Erica,and the beauty you are shines radiant like the sun,love you much! Michael


michael
Sunday, September 8, 102 at 13:19:57
I am standing in waist high grass or reeds i cant really tell and I am looking out in front of me and there are miles of marshes and swamp,off to my left about 500 yrds are a wooded area.behind me there is a presence I cant see but I can feel.Iam clad in a pair of white cotton pants no shoes or shirt and i am very anxious,as i have been here many times before and done this thing again and again. The presence behind me tells me to run ,run now you bastard,and I run as fast as I can across the field.Then I find myself in a dark swamp surrounded by snakes,they are every where and I am scared so scared ,there is one very large snake that is watching me and it tells me not to be afraid,but I am anyway..the next thing I remember is I am on a cliff and out of the swamp,and I am yearning to go back....I love you Erica....michael


anonymous
Thursday, September 19, 102 at 04:38:55
the new enemy is perfect!covert, nationless, stealth, everywhere, always fear, constant war- sacrafice freedom for feeling safe- i think there was somehing about this in a book called 1984


augusta
Thursday, September 19, 102 at 19:54:25
the "new enemy" is within...it is the lust for power...the desire to absolutely control...all for greed...to maximize profit...the demons within manifest externally...


anonymous
Monday, September 23, 102 at 14:41:12
IT IS SEPTEMBER AGAIN. THE 11TH CAME AND WENT. THE WHOLE YEAR WAS CONNECTED TOGETHER AS IF A LONG NIGHTMARE REPEATING THE TRAGEDIES OF SEPTEMEBER 11TH OF 2001 OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SO MUCH ASSULT ON OUR CIVIL RIGHTS IN SUCH A SHORT TIME. AND THEY ARE STILL RIDING HIGH WITH MORE WAR ON THEIR MINDS.......


anonymous
Tuesday, October 8, 102 at 21:58:13
aa


michael
Friday, November 15, 102 at 15:43:24
When the human species is gone from this Earth,this Earth will be cleansed and made whole again..............yes!


MAHMOOD IRAN
Tuesday, January 21, 103 at 00:42:12
Hellow GOD GAD STOP WAR WOUNDS HAVEN'T YET HEALED HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY May ALLAAH destroy the oppressors and merderers


anonymous
Saturday, March 1, 103 at 20:43:59
Haleh, Haletoon chetorey? Man farsi balad nistam, but I have learned quite a bit since we both left USD. With every thing that is going on these days, man negaranam, asabaniam. I think this is a great piece and I stumbled upon by accident. Best wishes to you and I hope you are well. Hoda ha fez, Shaila



Wednesday, March 5, 103 at 12:28:20
Thank you shaila. Whish you well also. H


anonymous
Wednesday, March 5, 103 at 12:45:07
advocate kindness by opposing the governments sanctioned brutality. Stop the growth of fascism.






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