IT'S A LIVING… BUT IT'S NOT A LIFE #11.6
J Church and Honey Bear are go
Fuck Thanksgiving - Sumimasen
Yep, I wasn't sure if it was going to happen. But it looks like we're
heading back to one of my favorite places in the world. We're going over
to Japan for no particular reason other than to tour with Minority Blues
Band, the band we did a split with a year ago on Snuffy Smiles (who, incidentally,
are booking the tour). Here are the dates:
Tue 16 December - Fukuoka - Keith Flack, w/Pear Of The West, Practice
Wed 17 - Matsuyama - Hoshizora-Jet, w/Practice, Drift Age
Thu 18 - Tokushima - Jitterbug, w/Practice, Hush Puppy, Hamk
Fri 19 - Kyoto - East, w/Practice, I Excuse
Sat 20 - Nagoya Tsurumai - K.D. Japon, w/Navel, I Excuse
Sun 21 - Tokyo Shinjuku - Red Cloth, w/The Happening, I Excuse,
Mon 22 - Sendai - Birdland, w/Deeds Not Words
Tue 23 - Yokohama - Club 24west, w/Zero Fast, Three Minute Movie, Raise
It will be cold and possibly snowy. But we're up for it. I've had it
with this muggy, hot bullshit we're experiencing in Austin. Gimme that
50 degree weather!
Nothing booked at the moment. There's talk about three bands from Vulcan
Video doing a show together (meaning us, The Tinys and Midori Umi). Not
sure when that's gonna happen.
I would really like to thank everyone who came out to the show with
From Ashes Rise, Bread and Water, Garuda and Signal Lost. It was packed
and a pretty fun time even though we were having some tuning problems.
It's pretty outstanding that people drove from as far as Laramie, Wyoming
for the show.
THE GUARDIAN / OBSERVER
For some reason we were used as a reference in the Guardian / Observer
in England. It's very strange and extremely flattering. It's one of my
favorite news sources…
NOAM CHOMSKY ON EAST TIMOR
Not much else to report this time around, so I'm gonna use this space
to run a piece that's been floating around lately from Noam Chomsky.
Dear Friends of East Timor,
East Timor has been independent for a little more than a year and a
half. Many foreign policy experts and Washington insiders predicted that
Indonesia would never let go of the former Portuguese colony. Yet the
impossible happened in no small part due to the support of people like
you, working in conjunction with the East Timor Action Network (ETAN).
But now ETAN is in dire financial straits.
I have been deeply involved with self-determination for East Timor since
before Indonesia's 1975 invasion, and I can attest to the tremendous
maybe even decisive difference that ETAN's wonderful work has made.
However, ETAN's ability to continue to work at the level needed is in
serious jeopardy due to a shortage of funds. By giving generously, you
can help strengthen ETAN financially for the coming year, so together
we can meet the many challenges ahead.
Even with independence, the world's newest country and Asia's
poorest faces daunting challenges. Its two giant neighbors, Indonesia
and Australia, continue to threaten East Timor's peace and, indeed, its
full sovereignty. Anti-independence paramilitary groups across the border
in Indonesian West Timor pose an increasing security threat as the United
Nations prepares to end its mission next May. Meanwhile, Australia is
openly stealing billions of dollars worth of East Timor's revenue from
Timor Sea oil and natural gas. Australia is flagrantly violating international
law and has even withdrawn from international mechanisms to resolve the
maritime boundary dispute - leaving East Timor with no legal recourse.
The global powers-that-be continue to deny East Timor justice for the
myriad war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against its people
from 1975 to 1999. At the same time, the Bush administration, in the name
of the "war on terrorism," is committed to full relations with
Indonesia's brutal military establishment, as the military daily terrorizes
the people of Aceh, Papua and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, East Timor is still trying to reconstruct in the aftermath
of 24 years of Indonesian military terror and dispossession, endeavoring
to build a society that meets its citizens' basic needs. It is doing so
in the face of a world order unfriendly to independent and alternative
forms of political-economic organization. International financial institutions
(IFIs) such as the International Monetary Fund are intimately involved
in nearly every facet of life in East Timor. The East Timorese government
is under real pressure to borrow money from IFIs and thus fall into debt,
as it faces a predicted $126 million budgetary shortfall from 2005 to
Your support can help ETAN meet these and other challenges. ETAN's track
record shows that it is up to the task. Recently, ETAN beat back the Bush
administration's latest effort to restore military training for Indonesia.
Congress reinstated restrictions on IMET, just weeks after President Bush
publicly predicted Congress would drop them. In November, the Indonesian
government and military extended martial law in Aceh, where extrajudicial
execution, rape, torture, and disappearance are rampant. While world governments
remained quiet, ETAN worked to achieve a Congressional resolution calling
for a ceasefire, an end to human rights violations, and a return to negotiations
with significant involvement from Acehnese civil society and the international
ETAN showed the government of Australia that the world was watching
as talks began on a permanent maritime boundary with East Timor. A letter
coordinated by ETAN and signed by more than 100 organizations from 19
countries worldwide received widespread press coverage and put Australia's
Prime Minister on notice that what is "at stake in these negotiations
are East Timor's rights as an independent nation to establish national
boundaries and to benefit from its own resources." Without public
pressure, Australia profits by waiting out the exhaustion of the resources,
taking up to $30 billion in revenue that belongs to East Timor. That revenue
can help East Timor become independent of foreign donors and escape from
dire poverty. We need ETAN to help generate that pressure.
These examples show how ETAN's work is now more complicated and multifaceted
and no less vital than during the Indonesian occupation. Yet,
because East Timor has fallen off the radar screen of many activists,
foundations, and policymakers, ETAN has far fewer financial resources
than it needs. In fact, its very effectiveness is threatened. Despite
having significantly cut costs over the last few years, ETAN has only
enough resources to keep its staff for another four months at most.
You can change this. With your critical assistance, ETAN can continue
its work supporting East Timorese efforts to ensure accountability for
Indonesia's crimes as well as for the complicity of Jakarta's partners-in-crime,
such as the U.S. government. ETAN has led the effort to prevent a strengthening
of U.S.-Indonesia military ties, a struggle that has resulted in significant
victories of late and must continue to do so. Despite these wins, we cannot
rest. The Bush administration and its Pentagon allies have already renewed
their efforts to normalize ties with Indonesia's brutal military establishment.
Our sisters and brothers in East Timor repeatedly underscore the tremendous
importance of ETAN's continued solidarity work in the U.S. now that their
country is free.
That is why I am writing to you. More than ever, ETAN needs your support
to survive and grow to address these challenges. ETAN's accomplishments
speak for themselves, as does the organization's modest budget. ETAN has
truly done very much with very little
Since its founding in 1991, ETAN has made sure that U.S. policymakers
cannot ignore the human rights of the East Timorese and Indonesian people.
With your support, it will continue to do so in 2004. Such work has implications
far beyond East Timor and Indonesia. By working to change the way in which
the U.S. government conducts foreign policy, ETAN contributes to wider
From the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq to the Indonesian military campaign
in Aceh, the current state of the world is hardly bright. Nevertheless,
ETAN remains an important example of what a dedicated group of activists
can do to improve our world and to move our country in a more sane direction.
Your financial support is needed to continue their work. During this holiday
season, please think about ETAN and make as generous a donation as possible.
Thank you for you support.
It takes just a minute to make a secure tax-deductible contribution
on our website, at http://etan.org/etan/donate.htm.
You can also write a check to "ETAN/U.S." in support of our
political advocacy work, or make a tax-deductible donation of over $50
to "A.J. Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN", which supports our
Please mail donations to: ETAN/U.S., PO Box 15774, Washington, DC 20003.
John M. Miller Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media & Outreach Coordinator
East Timor Action Network: 12 Years for Self-Determination & Justice
48 Duffield St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
Phone: (718)596-7668 Fax: (718)222-4097
Mobile phone: (917)690-4391
Web site: http://www.etan.org
Support ETAN, make a secure financial contribution: http://etan.org/etan/donate.htm
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to find out how to learn more about East Timor on the Internet
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