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Chris Floyd
Chris Floyd is the Editor and co-founder of Atlantic Free Press. He is an American journalist now based in Great Britain and the UK correspondent for Truthout.org. For 10 years, he wrote the weekly Global Eye political column for The Moscow Times and St. Petersburg Times. His writings also appear in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, The Baltimore Chronicle, The Bergen Record and elsewhere around the world. His book, Empire Burlesque, is published by Expathos Books.

His report, Into the Dark: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism, was chosen as one of ProjectCensored's Top 25 Stories of2002/2003. His pieces have been anthologized in Media Democracy in Action: Censored 2004 and his work attracts a wide international audience, particularly in Europe, North America, and Australia. His columns are regularly featured on many other sites on the internet at sites including ICH, Lewrockwell.com, Bradblog, Salon, Counterpunch, Democratic Underground, The Smirking Chimp, Booman Tribune, William Bowles, Political Cortex and many more.

His career began in the hills and valleys of Tennessee and down in the piney swamps of southern Mississippi, covering moonshine raids, shotgun murders, drug-running evangelists, racial conflicts, the economic ravages of the Reagan Administration, and the relentless, turbulent campaign of the Religious Right to gain political power and cultural dominance throughout the "heartland." He returned to his home ground in the late 1990s, where he won awards for his coverage of a deadly hostage shootout and a bloody melee between county officials
Chris Cook

Chris Cook is the assistant editor of Atlantic Free Press and hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca He also serves as a contributing editor at the progressive web news site: http://www.pej.org. You can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media. Some past guests include: M. Junaid Alam, M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, David Barsamian, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, William Bowles, Vincent Bugliosi, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Diane Christian, Juan Cole, David Cromwell, Murray Dobbin, Jon Elmer, Reese Erlich, Anthony Fenton, Jim Fetzer, Laura Flanders, Chris Floyd, Connie Fogal, Susan George, Stan Goff, Robert Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Sander Hicks, Julia Butterfly Hill, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Diana Johnstone, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Anthony Lappe, Frances Moore Lappe, Jason Leopold, Jeff Leys, Dave Lindorff, Jim Lobe, Jennifer Loewenstein, Wayne Madsen, Stephen Marshall, Linda McQuaig, George Monbiot, Loretta Napoleoni, John Nichols, Kurt Nimmo, David Orchard, Greg Palast, Mike Palecek, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, Kevin Pina, William Rivers Pitt, Justin Podur, Jack Random, Sheldon Rampton, Paul Craig Roberts, Paul de Rooij, John Ross, Danny Schechter, Vandana Shiva, Norman Solomon, Starhawk, Grant Wakefield, Paul Watson, Bernard Weiner, Mickey Z., Dave Zirin, and many others.

Ingmar Lee
Ingmar Lee has crawled through the desecrations of industrial logging as a professional treeplanter for 21 years. He has planted more than 1,000,000 trees throughout British Columbia. Over the years, he came to realize that planting trees in logging wreckage is a government and industry Greenwash SCAM to legitimize the scandalous farce of the
Paul William Roberts
Born in Wales and educated at Exeter College, Oxford, where he took a second in English Language and Literature, Roberts moved permanently to Canada in 1980. He lived for several years prior to this in India, where he taught at Bangalore University and studied Sanskrit at the Hindu University in Varanasi.

While working on his first novel, The Palace of Fears, he worked as a television producer at the BBC, and then the CBC and Citytv in Toronto. He covered both the 1991 and 2003 Iraq wars for Harper's, winning numerous awards and accolades, including the 2005 inaugural PEN 'Paul Kidd Award for Courage in Journalism'. Author of eight books, dozens of articles and several screenplays, he has written for many magazines and newspapers, including The Toronto Star, Harper's, Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post.

His personal account of the 1991 Iraq war for Saturday Night won a National Magazine award, and he has received a Canadian Author's Award for fiction. His account of the 2003 Iraq war, A War Against Truth, was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for best nonfiction book of the year. He is considered to be one of Canada's top experts on Middle Eastern affairs and is a friend of Harper's editor Lewis H. Lapham, whom he regards as a mentor. PWR recently received the inaugural PEN Canada Paul Kidd Courage Award.

The prize honours "a Canadian journalist or one working for a Canadian media outlet; someone who has made a contribution to writing or broadcasting; someone whose work has demonstrated a willingness to put his or her career on the line in the tenacious pursuit of a story; and a self-starter who has had the courage to be unique and take an independent viewpoint."

In addition to Homeland, and A War Against Truth, PWR has previously published six other books. A passionate lover of the Middle East and a scholar of Jewish and Arabic history and religions, he also spent four years editing a 22-volume English translation of the Zohar, the pivotal Hebrew/Aramaic text which is one of the primary bases for kabbalah. PWR is planning a book about Kabbalah for Raincoast Publishing. A completely revised paperback version of Journey of the Magi, with a new preface, was published by Raincoast the fall of 2005, and a new edition of River in the Desert is on the shelves now. Click in our Bookstore at AFP to purchase.
Doug Mitchell
Doug Mitchell spent a number of years working in the trade press with a small firm in LA and later freelancing. Currently, he is located in Germany, where he works as a project-oriented freelancer for large clients (i.e.: Mercedes, BASF, et al.). He is also renovating a family farm which, according to Mitchell, "is an occasionally intimidating DIY adventure of significant scale (cutting our own timber, etc.) requiring a certain amount of energy and emphasis." A lifelong dissident, he was the sort to read Howard Zinn in high school ('84)... that unplugged the television in 1990... that healed himself of mysterious ailments (read: "industrial disease") shredding his once-athletic thirty-something body using only newly won understanding of pre-industrial nutrition... and who bailed from the States in late 2002, knowing it was only a matter of time before an overly broad worldview and a good head for gestalt thinking became more than just the occasional social liability.
Neal Romanek
...was born November 12, 1967, in Abilene, Texas, after 48 hours of labor, to a mother who survived the Nazi bombing of London and a father who was a B-52 navigator/bombardier in the Vietnam War. ...grew up in the idyllic suburbia of Kettering, Ohio. ...throughout his childhood, ran and ran on an amateur track + field team. It has been estimated that if all the strides he took between age 8 and 18 were added together, their combined length would stretch from one end of the earth to the other. Naturally he became sick of running and became a teenage national champion racewalker at 5000m distances. ...moved to Los Angeles in 1985 after acceptance to the University of Southern California. He was a National Merit Scholar and member of USC's Thematic Option honors program. ...graduated from USC's School of Cinema-TV Production with classmates John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood"), Bryan Singer ("X-Men"), and Lee Unkrich ("Finding Nemo"). He also studied abroad at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. ...was a driver for comedian Rodney Dangerfield during production of Rodney's animated film "Rover Dangerfield". ...become an animation editor and worked for childhood hero Ralph Bakshi on "Cool World". Yes, he met Brad Pitt. ...was an archivist at the Photograph Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Center For Motion Picture Study. ...began his professional screenwriter career by optioning sci-fi thriller "Carnival Earth" to Carolco Pictures. ...has written projects for legendary producer Dino Di Laurentiis - and has also written projects for producers you have never heard of, nor are ever likely to hear of. ...married writer/therapist Janet Walker, in 2004, in the Rotunda of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. ...is 5' 11" (180.34 cm) tall, or thereabouts. ...is tattooed. ...is solely to blame for the 12-part "Wretched Goo of the Imagination" comedy podcasts. ...currently has a home in Los Angeles, California, which he shares with his wife, three cats, six fish, and a snail.
Walter Brasch
Walter Brasch is an award-winning journalist and university professor. He is the author of 16 books, mostly on social issues, the media, and popular culture. His latest books are AMERICA'S UNPATRIOTIC ACTS; THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS . . . 'UNACCEPTABLE': THE FEDERAL RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA . . . and SEX AND THE SINGLE BEER CAN; PROBING THE MEDIA AND AMERICAN CULTURE. The books are available at major online bookstores. You may contact Dr. Brasch at: brasch@bloomu.edu. His website is www.walterbrasch.com
Kevin Harris
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Bryan Lee
Lee grew up in Arkansas where he was a avid hunter and Military guy in another life. He joined the army at 18 but left soon after. At 39, he has travelled and lived all over the world. He is currently located in Thailand (for close to 4 years), where he, ffter much consideration converted to Islam a few years ago. Along with his writing, he is also photographer with a few thousand dollars worth of gear on location in South East Asia. His current project is about a group of guys who are not affiliated with the government but train in anti-terrorism gun fighting calling themselves Infidels and shooting unarmed pictures of Muslims. Its exactly the kind of thing that he considers very un-American.
Art James
Art James was drafted into The First Air Calvary and assigned to a combat infantry unit in Vietnam from July 1969 until he was wounded in 1970.
In opposition to the arms shipments and illegal drug sales to finance the Contra war during Reagan/Bush Sr.'s presidency, he returned a statement to the government with: a Silver Star, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Air Medal, and kept a souvenir Purple Heart.
He manages a small organic farm with help from his community in rural western Maryland.
Rod Amis
Rod Amis is a professional writer, editor, and publisher "...walking the earth like Kane in the television series 'Kung Fu'." (A tip of the hat to screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.) Rod claims that he lives entirely on the Internet.

He was a weekly editorial writer for IT Manager's Journal and wrote the first 382 daily editorials . He wrote for two years at Andover News Network on Web Design and Development in his "Working the Web" column. He is listed among the ten IT columnist's worth reading by About.com. His views on "New Media" have appeared in MethodFive's (now acquired by Xceed.com) "Hyper" newsletter. Earlier in his career, Rod worked for the Rocky Mountain News, Austin American-Statesman, and the West County (Contra Costa, CA) Times. He composed the FAQ for the San Francisco Bay Guardian Online BBS and was instrumental in its early beginnings.

G21 was the in-house Internet publication for the Bay Guardian and Rod wrote on political topics there. He has had seven plays produced, published numerous articles, a couple of short stories, some poetry, and a smorgasbord of candid expression in G21 'My Glass House' and the pioneering Web site NRV8. His latest column here is called "Smoke & Mirrors." We DON'T call it S&M.

Rod has published G21 in its various forms (print, BBS e-zine, and now Web magazine) for over sixteen years. He is celebrating ten years of editing The World's Magazine on the Web. He was a contributing writer for ACCESS magazine. He was the US-based Technology Reporter for Silicon.com, a division of Network Multimedia Television based in London, UK, until May, 2001. Rod was visiting lecturer (via the 'Net, of course!) for the Novi Sad School of Journalism. He lived, worked and played in New Orleans where he worked housing renovation jobs when he could find them. He was formerly Union Organizer for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN.) His assignment was to organize the Deputies of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Department, a thankless job.

Once a socialist, always a socialist. His "soul journey" (hejira) has most recently taken him to northern California, where he looks at the edge of the world. He is a regular columnist for IT Manager's Journal and NewsForge, dealing with technology topics and a contributing writer at EnterpriseLeadership.org on business issues, and provides un-bylines pieces for Slashdot.

Oh yeah! He's part of new California venture checking other journalists, and deciding what is good journalism, called NewsTrust... as well as here at Atlantic Free Press. He is author of the new book Katrina & The Lost City of New Orleans available from Lulu.com and Amazon.com. At the end of 2005 he released one additional title under the G21.net imprint, Africa Fresh: New Writing from the First Continent. He is still working on his oft-promised "My Glass House" book. He chases women like a fly chases a spider. He keeps hoping to meet one like Erykah Badu ...
Manuel Valenzuela
Manuel Valenzuela is a social critic and commentator, international affairs analyst, current events observer, Internet columnist and author of Echoes in the Wind, a novel now published by Authorhouse.com. The novel is now available on Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, as well as other online book sellers. If preferred, the novel can also be ordered at any local brick and mortar bookstore worldwide through the book
Mike Whitney
Mike Whitney graduated from St. Michael's College in English Lit in 1975. Since then he has been running his own landscape company in Snohomish, Wa for the last 23 years. He has two children, both of whom are attending Western Wa University in Bellingham, WA. Currently, he is Program Director of the Snohomish County Democrats but, he admits that his interest in politics only began with the appointment of GW Bush as President.

Like many other regular Americans, he has understood from the very beginning the global aspirations of the Cabal that presently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and the threat they pose to the world. It is a threat that is as real and as far reaching as any we have seen since the rise of Fascism in 1930s Germany (The author's description of himself).
Rob Buchanan
Rob Buchanan is a professional photographer, graphic artist and editorial cartoonist - who came around to this site by way of an old college friend, Richard Kastelein, the publisher of AFP. As this bio is being written, he is gazing into the Arctic midnight sun from his window in Inuvik, the staging point for a six-week trip documenting the sights and people of the western Arctic. Buchanan
Weldon Berger
Weldon Berger is the proprietor of BTC News, a multi-contributor news and commentary weblog that now boasts its very own White House correspondent. He has recently learned to write about himself in the third person and finds it enormously liberating.
William Bowles
William has been working in the fields of the arts, media and communications (with revolutionary politics somehow tying it all together) for about forty years and during that time he
Craig Murray
Craig Murray was the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan who was removed from his post on October 14, 2004. While in office, he criticised the Karimov administration of human rights abuses, which he argues was against the wishes of the British government and the reason for his removal. Murray claims he complained to the FCO in November 2002, January or early February 2003, and in June 2004 that intelligence linking the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to al-Qaeda, suspected of being gained through torture, was unreliable, immoral, and illegal.

He accused Her Majesty's Government of "selling our souls for dross". In October 2002 Murray made a controversial speech at a human rights conference in Tashkent, in which he claimed that "Uzbekistan is not a functioning democracy" and the boiling to death of two members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, "is not an isolated incident." Later, Kofi Annan confronted Uzbek President Islam Karimov with Murray's claims.

He was summoned to London and, on March 8, 2003, he was reprimanded for writing, in a letter to his employers, in response to a speech by George W. Bush, "when it comes to the Karimov regime, systematic torture and rape appear to be treated as peccadilloes, not to affect the relationship and to be downplayed in the international fora ... I hope that once the present crisis is over we will make plain to the U.S., at senior level, our serious concern over their policy in Uzbekistan."

Murray was removed from his post in October 2004, shortly after a leaked report in the Financial Times quoted him as claiming that MI6 used intelligence provided by Uzbek authorities through torture. The Foreign Office denied there was any direct connection and stated that Murray had been removed for "operational" reasons. It claimed that he had lost the confidence of senior officials and colleagues.

The following day, in an interview on the Today programme, the BBC's flagship political radio show, Murray countered that he was a "victim of conscience," and in this and other interviews criticized the Foreign Office.[ A few days later he was charged with "gross misconduct" by the Foreign Office for criticizing it in public. Murray resigned from the Foreign Office in February 2005. The threat of legal action has resulted in significant publicity along with a very large number of people mirroring the documents on their own websites, releasing them via peer to peer networks, and making them available various filesharing services. Including Empire Burlesque.
Copy Dude
Copydude is a freelance writer currently commuting between the UK and Kaliningrad. As an advertising consultant and copywriter, he has worked for major international agencies including: Young & Rubicam, London SSC&B Lintas, London Lowe, Marschalk Troost, Brussels BBDO Business Communications, Amsterdam BLD Europe, Brussels Hill, Holliday, Boston, USA He has also worked as a content editor for Levi Strauss and C&A International and as a Senior Technical Editor for Compuware, Amsterdam. Editing and publishing projects include
Jason Leopold
Jason Leopold is co-founder of The Public Record, and author of the book, News Junkie, which has been optioned by a Hollywood production company. Leopold was most recently senior editor for the online news magazine, Truthout.org. He has worked as the Los Angeles bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswire and as a city editor and reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He is a two-time winner of a Project Censored award for his investigative work on Halliburton and Enron, and is featured in the 2005 and 2007 editions of Censored: The News that Didn
Jules Siegel
Jules Siegel is a bilingual (Spanish-English) writer, photographer and graphic designer. He writes in a clear, popular style suitable for reading levels from high school and up. His works have appeared in Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, New American Review, Best American Short Stories, Best American Magazine Verse and many other publications. He has served as a consultant for Playboy and Penthouse (where he created the concept for Dreams & Diversions, at one time the magazine's most popular non-photographic section) and was Arts Editor of Omni when it was still called Nova. He is also active in the field of book art. His calligraphic novel, Memoir, is in the Artists Book Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, along with Lineland and Cancun User's Guide. Personal He was born October 21, 1935, on the Island of Manhattan. He has been living in Cancun with his family since 1983; in Mexico, since 1981. Married to Anita Brown in 1981, he is father of Faera Siegel Jolly (1971, Greenbrae, Calif.), Eli Siegel Brown (1981, Newport, Wash.) and Jesse Siegel Brown (1984, Cancun, Q. Roo). Education Educated in the schools of New York City, he was awarded a New York State Regents college scholarship in 1953. In 1953-54, he attended Cornell University. Entering the United States Army in 1954, he was trained as a Combat Photographer at the Signal Corps School, Ft. Monmouth, and served as a photographer with the Seventh Division, Eighth Army, Korea, and as a military intelligence analyst with the 4th Military Intelligence Detachment, Eighth Army, Korea. On completing his military service in 1956, he entered Hunter College of the University of the City of New York and was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy in June of 1959. Early career In 1959, he was hired as an assistant account executive by Keil-Wachsman Asssociates, New York, and, in 1960, collaborated simultaneously in the presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy (publicity, Citizens for JFK, Nassau County) and Richard Nixon (advertising design, Westchester Republican County Committee). In 1961, he was promoted to Director of Research. In 1963, he became editorial director of Koster-Dana Publishing Company, New York, then proprietors of United Feature Service. He began his career as a free-lance writer in 1964 as New York correspondent for North American Newspaper Alliance, and has been a free-lancer ever since, whether a writer, publicist or graphic designer, except for an occasional stint as a magazine editor. Publications He is the author of six published books. His poems, stories, essays and articles have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies such as The New York Times, Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, Esquire, New American Review, Best American Short Stories and Best American Magazine Verse, among others. In 1978, his calligraphic works were exhibited at Franklin Furnace, New York, the leading authority on book-like works by artists. He has served as a consultant for Playboy, Penthouse and Omni. In 1981, he moved with his family to Mexico, and began The Real Mexico, currently still in progress. In Mexico In 1983, he came to Cancun to work as a public relations consultant for Fonatur, the Mexican national tourism development fund. From 1984 to date, he has carried out various promotional and graphic design projects for clients in tourism, publishing and government in Cancun. In 1991, he was awarded First Prize, Computer Graphic Design, Casa de la Cultura de Cancun. During his stay in Mexico, his works have been published in English and Spanish by The Miami Herald, The Mexico City News, Cancun Tips Magazine, Diario de Quintana Roo and the Caribbean News. He is currently finishing a book called The Real Mexico.
Tom Chartier
Tom Chartier played lead guitar in legendary Los Angeles punk band The Rotters for 26 years until their final appearance in January of 2004. He has lived in Tokyo and Los Angeles. Currently he resides somewhere in the Caribbean.
S. Artesian
The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor http://thewolfatthedoor.blogspot.com/ Address comments to: sartesian@earthlink.net * Gender: male * Industry: Transportation * Location: New York : New York : United States About Me Learn or Die Interests * Urban Decay Favourite Movies * Blade Runner * Alien * Wolfen * The Proposition Favourite Music * Anarchy in the UK * extended salsa version Favourite Books * Capital * Theories of Surplus Value * Sans Culottes * History of the Russian Revolution * The French Revolution * Rescue by Rail * Berlin Noir * DanceDanceDance * Railroads in the Civil War * Revolution in the Veins * Anything by Paco Taibo * Grundrisse * Results and Prospects * Detroit: I Do Mind Dying * The Sorrow of War * Paco's Story * Close Quarters * Long Ride Back * etc.
Mel Seesholtz

Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D., is a Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. He also teaches in the American Studies and Science, Technology, and Society programs at PSU.

Email: mcs2@psu.edu

The US Traditional Values Coalition calls Mel a "Leftist" Web Site Writer and Homosexual activist who sees the Traditional Values Coalition and other religious organizations as a major threat to freedom in the United States for some of his past writings which simply called for equal rights for all American - including gays.

B.S., Pennsylvania State University M.A., University of Hawaii Ph.D., University of Essex and Cambridge University
Sam Welch
Mark Crispin Miller
Mark Crispin Miller is a journalist and media critic. He is a professor of media studies at New York University, where he directs the Project on Media Ownership (PrOMO). He is well known both for his writing on all aspects of the media and for his activism on behalf of democratic media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, and Mad Scientists, a forthcoming study of war propaganda. Miller lives in New York City with his wife, Amy Smiley, and their two sons and special cat. (Taken from The Bush Dyslexicon)

Dave Lindorff

Award-winning investigative reporter Dave Lindorff has been working as a journalist for 33 years. A regular columnist for CounterPunch (www.counterpunch.org), he also writes frequently for Extra! (www.fair.org) and Salon magazine (www.salon.com), as well as for Businessweek, The Nation and Treasury&Risk Management Magazine. In the late 1970s, he ran the Daily News bureau covering Los Angeles County government, and in the mid-'90s, spent several years as a correspondent in Hong Kong and China for Businessweek. Over the years he has written for such publications as Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Village Voice, Forbes, The London Observer and the Australian National Times.

Author, with Barbara Olshansky, of The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (St. Martin's Press, June 2006), he is also the author of three earlier books--This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy (Common Courage Press, 2004), Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains (Bantam, 1992), an investigative report on the for-profit hospital industry, and Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal (Common Courage Press, 2003), the only independent examination of this important capital case.

A two-time Fulbright Scholar (Shanghai, China and Kaohsiung, Taiwan), he is a 1975 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and received a B.A. in Chinese in 1972 from Wesleyan University. In October 2004, he was awarded a coveted "Most Censored Story of 2003" award by Project Censored (for his Oct. 16, 2003 story in Salon about the Pentagon's quiet efforts to gear up the machinery for a return to the draft). A founding member of the National Writers Union, and a member of the steering committee of the NWU Philadelphia local, for the past nine years, he has lived with his family just outside Philadelphia.

In addition to writing, Lindorff is an accomplished folk musician (guitar, vocals and saw).

William A. Cook
William A. Cook completed his Ph.D. at Lehigh University from which he also received his Master's degree. He spent many years in academic administration as Department Chair, Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

He spent the last 13 years of his administrative life at the University of La Verne. He returned to the Professorate in 2000 researching the medieval heretical Cathar sect that flourished in Provence, Bosnia, and northern Italy in the 11th through 13th centuries. He published the results of this research in Cultural Expressions of Evil and Wickedness, 2003. He also published "The Destructive Power of Myth" in CROSSINGS: A Counter Disciplinary Journal published by SUNY, Binghamton, in an issue titled "The Uses of Religion," 2003.
Mellen Poetry Press published his last book, Psalms for the 21st Century, in March of 2003. He is also a regular contributor to the political journal CounterPunch having presented 14 articles during the 2002/3 academic year. His special area of interest is the American Renaissance, especially the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Mickey  Z
Mickey Z. is a self-educated writer/martial artist/vegan who lives with his wife Michele in New York City.
Likes: sunsets, rainbows, and anarcho-syndicalism Dislikes: mean people, traffic, and factory farming
William Blum

William Blum left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a Foreign Service Officer, because of his opposition to what the United States was doing in Vietnam. He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first "alternative" newspaper in the capital.

Mr. Blum has been a freelance journalist in the United States, Europe and South America. His stay in Chile in 1972-3, writing about the Allende government's "socialist experiment" and its tragic overthrow in a CIA-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what his government was doing in various parts of the world.

In the mid-1970's, he worked in London with former CIA officer Philip Agee and his associates on their project of exposing CIA personnel and their misdeeds. His book on U.S. foreign policy, "Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II", first published in 1986 and updated since, has received international acclaim. Noam Chomsky called it "Far and away the best book on the topic."

In 1999, he was one of the recipients of Project Censored's awards for "exemplary journalism" for writing one of the top ten censored stories of 1998, an article on how, in the 1980s, the United States gave Iraq the material to develop a chemical and biological warfare capability. Blum is also the author of: "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" (updated edition 2005), "West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir" (2002), and "Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire" (2004). His books have been translated into more 15 foreign languages.

During 2002-2003, Blum was a regular columnist for the magazine "The Ecologist", which is published in London and distributed globally. In January 2006, a tape from Osama bin Laden stated that "it would be useful" for Americans to read "Rogue State", apparently to gain a better understanding of their enemy.

Blum currently sends out a monthly newsletter, the Anti-Empire Report. To be put on Blum's mailing list, send him an email. Previous issues of the report can be read on his website. www.killinghope.org

Killing Hope: US Military and CIA
Interventions Since World War II.

by William Blum

"Far and away the best book on the topic."
Noam Chomsky

"I enjoyed it immensely."
Gore Vidal

"I bought several more copies to circulate to
friends with the hope of shedding new light
and understanding on their political outlooks."
Oliver Stone

"A very valuable book. The research and organization
are extremely impressive."
A. J. Langguth, author, former New York Times Bureau Chief

"A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope,
Thomas Powers, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

"Each chapter I read made me more and more angry."
Dr. Helen Caldicott, international leader of
the anti-nuclear and environmental movements

Sarah Mayer
Sarah Meyer is on the BRussels Tribunal Advisory Committee.
Phil Rockstroh

Phil Rockstroh, a self-confessed gasbag monologist, is a poet and a musician who lives in the East Village section of New York City. For many years he was the de facto ghost writer for the endlessly touring, perpetually self-promoting, performance "poet"/musician, Chris Chandler, with whom Phil shares writing blame for Protection from All this Safety, a book of poetry and satire (Portals Press, 1997, ISBN: 0916620301).

Rockstroh has had short fiction, poetry, comedy, commentary and satire published online and in print in numerous publications (e.g., Silver Web Literary Magazine, Thin Ice, Brutarian), a few anthologies such as "From a Bend in the River," as well as set to music for various independent record labels on tapes and CDs. His work has been and is performed in venues from coffee houses to large folk festivals nationwide.

Paul J. Balles

Dr. Paul Balles has lived and worked in the Middle East for 40 years - first as an English professor (Universities of Kuwait and Bahrain), and for the past ten years as a writer, editor and editorial consultant. He's had more than 350 articles published, focusing on companies, personality profiles, entrpreneurs, women achievers, journalists and the media, the Middle East, American politics, the Internet and the Web, consumer reports, Arabs, diplomats, dining out and travel. He writes a weekly op-ed column for the Gulf Daily News (English) and Akbar Al Khaleej (Arabic). He has also edited seven websites, including www.bahrainthismonth.com, www.womenthismonth.com,

D.A.  Weaz
Weaz received a BA in Economics with an emphasis on developing countries from Yale University in the late 80's, then received his JD from Columbia Law School in the early 90's. He has practiced as both a corporate lawyer and as a criminal lawyer for nearly a decade, but currently tries to balance an interest in the esoteric with a need to decipher the moment, howling to the moon that the ship is sinking.
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Dr Nafeez Ahmed is a bestselling author and political scientist specialising in international security issues, violent conflict, and global crisis. He is Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development in London, and Strategy Director for the Creative Education Programme at Arts Versa Consultants where he has consulted for projects funded by the HM Government’s Department for Communities & Local Government and the US Embassy in London. He is Associate Tutor at the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex, and has lectured at Brunel University’s Politics & History Unit at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, teaching courses in international relations theory, contemporary history, empire and globalization. He is on the Executive Committee of the British Muslim Human Rights Centre at London Metropolitan University’s Human Rights & Social Justice Institute and is a former Senior Researcher at the Islamic Human Rights Commission in London, an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Paul Lehto

I grew up in the biggest wilderness east of the Mississippi: the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I remember swearing that I would never live in the big city for fear of dying there, but here I am on the outskirts of Seattle, practicing law and changing the law here and there, hoping for the occasional snowstorm to force everyone to slow down and change perspective for a moment. And it happens from time to time. Maybe that's one reason why I originally wanted to be a meteorologist: the power to know in advance when those moments would come that might change one's perspective, even if only to see the beauty of a whitened landscape. I've always believed that there is more to the world than meets the eye: transformation is only a few degrees away in terms of frost, a spoonful of mercy can set free the soul, and a bottle of wine can sometimes create more transformation than a roomful of saints (as someone once said).

I did my undergraduate studies at Northern Michigan University because a professor there wrote the book on wildlife management used in many schools at the time. I thought I would be a forester or something like that, and spent a summer and a winter in Yellowstone as a volunteer with the Student Conversation Association, and also was able to participate in a study on radiotracking wolves in northern Minnesota, even receiving credit for that.

My other "major" in college was student government, which led to my first job after college in 1987 in the state senate in Michigan, which then led to a stint on Senator Mitch Irwin's campaign staff while he ran for Congress in 1988.

After resisting the periodic suggestions of a few that I go to law school, my work on the state senate in Michigan as a legislative assistant and my work for a general counsel to a securities law firm expanded my mind about the utility of a law degree. Before that, I told people "I didn't want to be in a courtroom" doing litigation. So after some exposure to politics and business, I entered law school in 1992, after selling my only asset (a Geo Metro) to finance a trip through Europe in what I thought would be my last chance to ever take a summer off. I remember that like I remember my mind blown in the 6th grade with the realization that I would never again get a recess. Mr. Becker noted my report card with the observation that I seemed to spend a lot of time looking out the window. Was I hoping for snow?

Law school was the usual story, plus I entered all the moot court contests I could and advanced to regional competition in all five by myself, except for mock trial where I partnered with Peter Mazzone. I just barely graduated cum laude. But I did have professors who made an impact on my way of thinking, including Professors David Skover and John Strait.

After graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 1995, I joined a ten lawyer law firm for a couple of years, before striking it out on my own. One of my early challenges included a solo litigation against an English multinational and the second largest law firm in Washington State, which led to the published case at 954 P.2d 279 (1998). I immediately began to see why 70% of the winners in litigation are not satisfied with the process, and presumably 100% of the losers aren't satisfied with it either.

The urge for something more led me into Bar Association work in 1998 while I was practicing alone. I served first on the Board of Trustees for the Young Lawyers Division, and then was elected thereafter to the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association for a two year term as the first person ever elected to a new Young Lawyers' position on the Board. While on the Board, I tried to provide a unique and often effective voice on issues from the development of young lawyers to the reform of the adversarial system. This included chances to address Governors from all of the Western states on the future of the practice of law, and why (after more and more of the routine and the drudgery is taken out of the law by technology) lawyers will be left with little choice but to offer wisdom, judgment and counseling if they wish not to perish as a profession. Getting to work with talented lawyers on the task of shaping the future of our profession was very interesting.

More interesting yet was helping to organize a retreat in 2001 at Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth, Washington for the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics. Meeting likeminded people from around the country further energized my thinking and my efforts.

These efforts have not escaped notice. I have been elected Rising Star 2003 and Rising Star 2004 by Washington Law and Politics Magazine. I have an upcoming essay entitled "Respecting Lawyers" to be published in the February 2004 edition of Washington State Bar News. In 2003, the journalist who is forced to yawn through all of the two day meetings of the Board of Governors and report to the membership of the association the doings of the Board, managed to refer to my service as "dynamic and effective", when some had predicted that a Young Lawyer would not be fit to serve on the Board of Governors.

My latest project is a March 5, 2004 seminar on Collaborative Law and other Appropriate Dispute Resolution, to be keynoted by Washington Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge. This seminar is bringing together activists, lawyers, judges and bar leaders around the idea that more dispute resolution alternatives simply must be made available to the adversarial system, and helping to edit an entire issue of the Bar News for February 2004 that will feature these issues.

Right now I'm technically no longer a solo practitioner because I have a partner Robert Penfield. But the primary reason I feel I am no longer practicing alone is the group of friends and soul mates around the country that I know through the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics, and the important work that each of us is doing and how it encourages the others' work toward a more just, caring and sacred society. The perfect society, or utopia, would never seek to eliminate disputes because that would require eliminating competing points of view; something that is anathema to freedom of thought. Those of us who take the oath of the lawyer to mean that upholding justice means creating a just system, can take inspiration from the idea that creating just means of resolving disputes (in addition to just substantive rules for those disputes) is indeed moving us toward the just society.

Jennifer Matsui
Jennifer Matsui is a freelance writer living in Tokyo, Japan. A gifted essayist and polemicist, she ranges over many topics of varying interest. Her work has appeared in Z-Net, Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Common Dreams, Smirking Chimp, and many other political sites.
Seth Sandronsky
Seth Sandronsky is a member of Sacramento Area Peace Action and a co-editor
of Because People Matter, Sacramento's progressive paper
http://www.bpmnews.org/. He can be reached at: bpmnews@nicetechnology.com
Stephen Lendman
Steve Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. Raised in a modest middle class family, attended public schools, he received a BA from Harvard University in 1956 and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of PA in 1960 following 2 years of obligatory military service in the US Army. Steve spent the next 6 years as a marketing research analyst for several large US corporations before becoming part of a new small family business in 1967, remaining there until retiring at the end of 1999.

He has since devoted his time and efforts to progressive causes and organizations he supports, all involved in working for a more humane and just world for all people everywhere, but especially for the most needy, disadvantaged and oppressed. His efforts only in the last 6 months have included some writing on the various issues of most concern to me like war and peace; social, economic and political equity for all; and justice for all the oppressed peoples of the world like the long-suffering people of Haiti and the Palestinians.
Richard Marsden

Dr. Marsden is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Integrated Studies. His research focuses on developing social theory to further understanding of the organization and management of work. He is currently writing 'The Business of Emotions' for the MAIS program and working on a book with a similar theme.

Recent publications include:

* "Chapter 3: Labour History and the Development of Modern Capitalism." In Gunderson, M., A. Ponak, and D. Gottleib Taras. Union-Management Relations in Canada. 4th Ed. Pearson Education Canada Inc., Toronto. 2001.

* The Nature of Capital: Marx After Foucault. London and New York: Routledge, 1999.

* "The Unknown masterpiece: Marx's model of capital". Cambridge Journal of Economics. Volume 22, Number 3, May 1998, pp. 297-324.

* "A Political Technology of the Body: How Labour is Organized into a Productive Force". Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Vol. 9, No. 1, February 1, 1998 pp. 99-136.

* "Class Discipline: IR/HR and the Normalization of Labour". In A. Mills and P. Prasad (eds.), Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity, Sage, 1997.

* "The Owl of Minerva: Reflections on Theory in Practice". In S. Clegg, C. Hardy and W. Nord (eds.), Handbook of Organization Studies, Sage, 1996, pp. 659-676 (with B. Townley).

* "Time, Space and Distance Education". Distance Education, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 222-246.

* "Power and Postmodernity: Reflections on the Pleasure Dome". Electronic Journal of Radical Organization Theory, vol. 1, no. 1, November 1995, (with B. Townley).

Ramzy Baroud
Veteran Palestinian-American journalist and former Al-Jazeera producer, Ramzy Baroud taught Mass Communication at Australia's Curtin University of Technology, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Chronicle. Baroud's work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, The Miami Herald, The Japan Times and Al-Ahram Weekly.

He has been a guest on numerous television programs including CNN International, BBC, ABC Australia, National Public Radio, Al-Jazeera and many others. He has contributed to many anthologies and his 2002 book, "Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion" has received international recognition. Baroud
Will Durst

As the sacred cows set themselves up for slaughter each night at six, America cries out for a man with the aim, strength and style to swat the partisan political pi

James Petras

James Petras, a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, USA, is a self-described "revolutionary and anti-imperialist" activist and writer. 

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Aseem Shrivastava
Aseem Shrivastava is an independent, unembedded writer. He studied Economics at university "in order not to be fooled by economists." He has taught Economics at university and Philosophy at college level. He believes that another world is not merely possible, it is a survival imperative.
James Howard Kunstler
James Howard Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, "Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work."

Home From Nowhere was a continuation of that discussion with an emphasis on the remedies. A portion of it appeared as the cover story in the September 1996 Atlantic Monthly. His next book in the series, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, published by Simon & Schuster / Free Press, is a look a wide-ranging look at cities here and abroad, an inquiry into what makes them great (or miserable), and in particular what America is going to do with it's mutilated cities.

His latest book, The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, is about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other "converging catastrophes of the 21st Century." The Atlantic Monthly Press also published his novel, Maggie Darling, in 2004. Mr. Kunstler is also the author of eight other novels including The Halloween Ball, An Embarrassment of Riches. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues. Mr. Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948.

He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954 and returned to the city in 1957 where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from the State Univerity of New York, Brockport campus, worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine.

In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. He has no formal training in architecture or the related design fields. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA , the APA., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He lives in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York
Jeremy R. Hammond
Jeremy R. Hammond?is the editor of?Foreign Policy Journal, an online publication dedicated to providing news, critical analysis, and opinion commentary on U.S. foreign policy from outside of the standard framework offered by government officials and the mainstream corporate media, particularly with regard to the "war on terrorism" and events in the Middle East. He has also written for numerous other online publications. You can contact him at jeremy@foreignpolicyjournal.com.
Country: Taiwan
Anwaar Hussain
Anwaar Hussain is an ex-F-16 fighter pilot from Pakistan Air Force. A Masters in Defense and Strategic Studies from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, he now resides in UAE. He started writing as a hobby not very far back and has, since then, published a series of articles in Defense Journal, South Asia Tribune and a host of other web portals. Other than international affairs, Anwaar Hussain has written extensively on religious and political issues that plague Pakistan.
Frank Pitz
Frank Pitz is a freelance writer living and working from the urban enclaves of Philadelphia. Frank is also an iconoclast who takes perverse delight in laughing in the face of the fools of totalitarianism. "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall." Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Andrew Bard Schmookler
Andrew Bard Schmookler is an author, speaker, and radio talk-show host.
Jason Miller
Jason Miller has a degree in liberal arts, is passionately devoted to his avocation of sociopolitical writing, works hard to apply his core values to virtually all aspects of his being, and spends his weekdays as a wage slave (writing and publishing on evenings and weekends). His essays have appeared widely on the Internet, and he volunteers at a homeless shelter. He welcomes constructive correspondence at willpowerful@hotmail.com or via his blog, Thomas Paine's Corner.
Joshua Frank
Joshua Frank was born and raised in Montana and and now lives in New York. He is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush published by Common Courage Press (2005) and the forthcoming Red State Rebels to be published by AK Press in March of 2008. He has appeared as a political commentator on MSNBC as well as numerous radio programs. His investigative reports and columns have appeared in many publications, among them: CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Guerilla News Network, Lew Rockwell, Common Dreams, Antiwar.com, Clamor, Metro New York, Green Left Weekly, Left Turn Magazine, and Anderson Valley Advertiser. He has also contributed essays for several books: Dime
Shepherd Bliss
Dr. Shepherd Bliss is a retired college teacher and former military officer who now farms in Northern California. He has contributed to 19 books, most recently to
Rosemarie Jackowski
Rosemarie Jackowski is a 68-year-old grandmother/Air Force Veteran/writer/anti-war activist and an advocacy journalist living in Vermont.

"On March 20, 2003, I participated in a peaceful protest against the war. I was arrested, incarcerated, handcuffed, booked, fingerprinted, photographed, arraigned, tried, convicted and sentenced. My conviction is currently under Appeal in the Vermont State Supreme Court. Courtroom procedure allows the condemned the Right of Allocution. This was the first time that I was allowed to speak freely and openly to the court. Below are my words, as I spoke them, to Judge David Suntag, in Vermont District Court, in Bennington, Vt., on October 7, 2004."

Courtroom Speech By Rosemarie Jackowski
Norman Solomon
Norman Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He has been writing the weekly "Media Beat" column since 1992. Solomon's latest book, "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death," was published in 2005. The Los Angeles Times called the book "brutally persuasive" and "a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come."

The newspaper's reviewer added: "Solomon is a formidable thinker and activist." The Humanist magazine described the book as "a definitive historical text" and "an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets." Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. His book "Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn
Nicola Nasser

Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Ramallah, West Bank.

Since 1982 he has been working as a professional bilingual journalist (chief editor, managing editor, editor, reporter, interviewer, media coordinator, translator, columnist and editorial writer) of Arabic and English print and electronic media in Kuwait, Jordan, UAE and Palestine.

As a bilingual (Arabic-English) translator he translated and co-translated several books that were published in Beirut and Amman0

He can be contacted at: nicolanasser@yahoo.com

Joel S. Hirschhorn
Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government (www.delusionaldemocracy.com).

His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working as a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress and for the National Governors Association. He advocates a Second American Revolution.
Aaron Sussman

Aaron Sussman, currently a senior at Wesleyan University, is the co-Founder and Executive Editor of Incite Magazine (www.InciteMagazine.org), a recently launched magazine that serves as a bridge between political commentary and activism. Aaron is also the co-host of the radio show A Crowded Fire on WESU and a contributor to several publications, including MediaChannel.org, the Atlantic Free Press, AlterNet

Patricia Alessandrini
Patricia Alessandrini is currently a PhD candidate in composition at Princeton University. She holds a BM in composition from Queens College, and did graduate work there and at Columbia University, studying with Thea Musgrave, Tristan Murail, and Bruce Saylor.

She has also attended Franco Donatoni's master classes at the Accademia Chigiana, summer courses at Darmstadt, and the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. She has been a member of the Next Stage Company, a collective of composers,playrights, choreographers, and other artists in Manhattan, for five years.
Shahid Alam
M. Shahid Alam is a professor of economics at Northeastern University, Boston. His writings have appeared in leading economic journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, American Economic Review, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Studies in Contemporary Islam and Kyklos; in popular newspapers and web sites including Dissident Voice.org, Counterpunch, Al Ahram, Commondreams.org, Dawn, Holiday, Asia Times, Scoop, and Outlook India; in literary journals, including Chicago Review, Marlboro Review and Beloit Poetry Journal.

He has published many books including Poverty from the Wealth of Nations (Macmillan, 2000), Governments and Markets in Economic Development Strategies (Praeger: 1989), and Is There An Islamic Problem (Kuala Lumpur: The Other Press, 2004). Professor Alam was born in Bangladesh. He holds a BA from the University of Dhaka, MA from the University of Karachi, and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He lives in a suburb of Boston.
Robert Jensen
Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the board of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. He is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Race, Racism, and White Privilege and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (both from City Lights Books). His writing is available here. He can be reached at rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.
Linda Milazzo
Linda Milazzo is Managing Editor of OpedNews, a participatory journalist, and educator. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development projects, and educational programs. Linda began her writing career 36 years ago in advertising and promotions. From 1976 to 1989, she operated an independent public relations service providing specialty writing for individual and corporate clients. A socio-political activist since the Vietnam war, Linda has focused on political writing for most of the current decade. Her essays, letters and commentaries have appeared in domestic and international journals, newspapers and magazines. She's an educator and creator of a writers' program she's taught privately and in public schools. Linda currently facilitates an advocacy writing workshop and is developing an advocacy writing program to be implemented in public and private educational institutions and in community based organizations. She's a regular contributor to numerous high profile and highly respected news and opinion websites.
Michael Wills
Michael Wills was born in 1952. He graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 1973 and in 1976 he came top in the entrance exam for the Diplomatic Service and became Third Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Between 1977 and 1980 he became Second Secretary and Labour Attach
Katherine Hughes
Katherine Hughes was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1960s. She left Scotland in 1976 and had a wide variety of travel, educational, and work experiences before discovering clay in mid-life. She has lived in Syracuse, New York, since 1988 with her American husband whom she met at a Quaker study and retreat center in Birmingham, England.

She has a degree in Psychology and Religion (B.A. Syracuse University, 1991) and is currently studying for a BFA in Ceramics at Syracuse University. She has felt passionately about the defense of civil liberties since the age of fourteen when she saw a documentary of the Allies going into the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

Over the last thirty years she has read hundreds of first hand accounts of 1930/40s Europe in an effort to gain understanding of how ordinary people could let something like this happen. This concern prompted her to respond to a call from the ACLU for court watchers at the trial of Dr. Rafil Dhafir. Dhafir is a man of Muslim faith and Iraqi descent and was held without bail for 19 months prior to his trial. On the day of his arrest Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that
David Swanson
David Swanson is the Washington Director of Democrats.com and of ImpeachPAC.org. He is co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition, creator of MeetWithCindy.org, and a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, and of the Backbone Campaign. He was the organizer in 2006 of Camp Democracy. He serves on the steering committee of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice and on a working group of United for Peace and Justice.

He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including Press Secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, Media Coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as Communications Coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Swanson serves on the Executive Council of the Washington Baltimore Newspaper Guild. He obtained a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1997. His website is www.davidswanson.org.
Winter Patriot
Winter Patriot has studied contemporary American history, and ancient and modern military history, for longer than he wishes to admit, but he didn't start writing on these subjects until the fall of 2004. Since then, in addition to maintaining his own blog, he has served as a guest blogger and occasionally guest managing editor at The Brad Blog, as the editor and webmaster at The Whispering Campaign, as an occasional contributor to Peace Earth Justice, and as a frequent contributor to Start The Revolution. Recently he has been concentrating on false-flag terror and bogus terror alerts, and writing a continuing series on the so-called "liquid bombers" and their alleged plot. WP joins us from an undisclosed location.
Larry C. Johnson
Larry C. Johnson is CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an international business-consulting firm that helps corporations and governments manage threats posed by terrorism and money laundering.

Mr. Johnson works with US military commands in scripting terrorism exercises, briefs foreign governments on a regular basis on terrorist trends, and conducts undercover investigations on product counterfeiting and smuggling. Mr. Johnson, who worked previously with the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department
Tom Engelhardt
Tom Engelhardt, who runs the Nation Institute's Tomdispatch.com ("a regular antidote to the mainstream media"), is the co-founder of the American Empire Project (www.americanempireproject.com) at Metropolitan Books, a fellow of the Nation Institute, and a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is the author of The End of Victory Culture, a history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The Last Days of Publishing, a novel, and most recently, Mission Unaccomplished, Tomdispatch Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters (Nation Books).
Faisal Kutty
Faisal Kutty is a Toronto-based lawyer (www.ksmlaw.ca) and writer. His articles have appeared in most of the major Canadian dailies, as well as Arab News, Indian Express and Alahram Weekly. He is a regular contibutor to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (www.wrmea.com) and the Lawyers Weekly (www.lawyersweekly.ca). His articles are archived at www.faisalkutty.com.
Stephen Soldz
Stephen Soldz is psychoanalyst, psychologist, public health researcher, and faculty member at the Institute for the Study of Violence of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is a member of Roslindale Neighbors for Peace and Justice and founder of Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice. He maintains the Psyche, Science, and Society blog
Walter C. Uhler
Walter C. Uhler served in the U.S. Army Security Agency (a branch of the National Security Agency) from late 1966 to early 1971. He received BA's in Political Science and Russian Language, as well as a certificate in Russian Area Studies, from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973. As a graduate student and teaching assistant, he studied Russian History at Penn State under Sergei Vasilievich Utechin during 1973-76. He received an MPA from Penn State in 1992.

His Master's Essay compared the weapons acquisition process in the United States and the Soviet Union. Since 1976, he's been a civil servant, employed as weapons acquisition executive in the Department of Defense, and currently serves as an Operations Chief in the Defense Contract Management Agency. His negotiations with defense contractors have saved DOD hundreds of millions of dollars. He also is an independent scholar specializing in Russian and military history, the Cold War, and international security.

His numerous articles, op-eds, and reviews have been published in The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, Russian History, the San Francisco Chronicle, Moscow Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Defense News, the Naval War College Review, Journal of Slavic Military Studies (London) and Russkaya Evropa (St. Petersburg) among other journals magazines and newspapers. His article, "National Missile Defense and Russian-American Relations," remains posted on the website of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his article, "Democracy or dominion?" was republished in a college textbook (Annual Editions: World Politics 05/06) in 2005. The Summer 2005 issue of Slavic Review published an obituary of his mentor, Sergei Vasilievich Utechin, which he was honored to write.

In addition, his work has been posted online, most notably at The Huffington Post. He also is an online columnist for Bush Watch and Margot B World News, an assistant editor for Inkywatch, a frequent contributor to BuzzFlash and uruknet, and an occassional contributor to SmirkingChimp.com, Information Clearing House and Antiwar.com. In 2000, at the invitation of Mikhail Gorbachev, he participated in the State of the World Forum in New York, which coincided with the UN's Millennium Summit.

In 2002, he presented testimony about missile defense to state legislatures in Vermont and California. That same year he gave interviews to radio stations across the country (as well as to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) on that subject. In 2004 he was elected President of the Russian-American International Studies Association, which holds an annual conference at St. Petersburg University, Russia. In May 2005 he gave interviews about the state of Russian-American relations to two TV stations in St. Petersburg.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the National Book Critics Circle. His biography can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Finance and Business.
Media Lens
David Edwards and David Cromwell are the editors of the UK's Media Lens. DE has had articles published in The Independent, The Times, Red Pepper, New Internationalist, Z Magazine, The Ecologist, Resurgence, The Big Issue; monthly ZNet commentator; author of Free To Be Human - Intellectual Self-Defence in an Age of Illusions (Green Books, 1995) published in the United States as Burning All Illusions (South End Press, 1996: www.southendpress.org), and The Compassionate Revolution - Radical Politics and Buddhism (1998, Green Books). DC is an oceanographer and writer, and has had articles published in The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, The Scotsman, The Herald and several magazines; monthly ZNet commentator; author of Private Planet (Jon Carpenter Publishing, 2001)
William Fisher
William Fisher has managed economic development programs in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration
Dahr Jamail
In late 2003, Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource. He is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, the Guardian and the Independent to name just a few.

Dahr's dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On radio as well as television, Dahr reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, and numerous other stations around the globe. Dahr is also special correspondent for Flashpoints. Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country.

In the MidEast, Dahr has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Dahr uses the DahrJamailIraq.com website and his popular mailing list to disseminate his dispatches. More writing, commentary, photography, pictures and images at http://dahrjamailiraq.com
Ali al-Fadhily is a stringer for Inter Press Service and based in Iraq.
Heather Wokusch
A native Californian, Heather Wokusch has traveled to over 30 countries and lived in eight. Her political awakening came in 1986 when she spent a year doing development work in the Philippines and witnessed the People Power Revolution firsthand. Heather's a former jazz singer, has an MA in clinical psychology and more than 20 years of experience in education. Her opinion pieces have been featured in newspapers ranging from The Baltimore Sun to Germany
Murray Polner
Murray Polner has written books such as No Victory Parades: The Return of the Vietnam Veteran (Holt Rinehart & Winston; co-authored Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives & Times of Daniel & Philip Berrigan (Basic Books; Branch Rickey: A Biography (Atheneum);and written (co-editor) The Challenge of Shalom: The Jewish Tradition of Peace & Justice (New Society); When Can I Come Home? about Americans who fled to Canada and elsewhere to avoid the Vietnam War; edited The Conquest of the U.S. by Spain, essays by William Graham Sumner; and written and edited many more books. His writings have appeared in the NY Times, Washington Monthly, Newsday, Nation, Commonweal, antiwar.com, Lewrockwell.com, academic journals, and History News Network, et.al. He edited Present Tense magazine for 18 years as well as Fellowship magazine and has been a book packager, book publisher and book seller.
Amhed Amr
Ahmed Amr is an American and the former editor of NileMedia.com. His writings have focused on the mass media’s iron grip on the state. He is currently roaming the planet in search of an honest newspaper.
Ehsan Azari
Ehsan Azari is a Sydney-based Afghan writer - born in a village near the Afghan capital, Kabul in 1958. He graduated from Faculty of Civil Engineering, Kabul Polytechnic Institute in 1985.

He never devoted himself to engineering. After obtaining a BSc in civil engineering, he began work as a writer and literary editor with The Kabul Times. During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, he joined anti-communist resistance and then migrated to Pakistan in 1989, working as editor of WUFA-a literary and academic journal in Peshawar. In 1992, he migrated to Australia. After completion of a brief qualifying program, he was accepted in the MA program of School of English and Linguistics, Macquarie University, in Sydney. He obtained his MA thesis, which was on
Jonathan Cook
Jonathan Cook is a British journalist based in Nazareth, Israel whose articles on the Middle East have been regularly published in international newspapers, English-language Arab publications and specialist magazines since 2001. The Guardian, The Observer and The Times (London) The International Herald Tribune and Le Monde diplomatique (Paris) Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo) Al-Jazeera English language website (Doha) The Daily Star (Beirut) The Middle East Report and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (Washington) Przekroj (Warsaw) The Irish Times (Dublin) Electronic Intifada Counterpunch His first book, entitled 'Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State', is published by Pluto Press in Britain in April and in the United States in July 2006. It concerns Israel's treatment of its Palestinian citizens during the second intifada, and the real reasons for the policies of territorial separation evident in the Gaza disengagement and the building of the West Bank wall. It argues that, threatened by predictions that the combined Palestinian population inside Israel and the Occupied Territories will soon outnumber the region's Jews, Israel decided to create an expanded fortress state, where only Jewish blood and Jewish religion count. To find out more about the book click here.
Roland Sheppard
Roland Sheppard is a retired Business Representative of Painters Local # 4 and District Council #8 in San Francisco. He has been a life long social activist and socialist. Prior to his being elected as a union official, he had worked for 31 years as a house painter. He became especially interested in the environment when he was diagnosed with cancer due to his work environment as a painter.

When he first got a computer, in 1998, he learned how to write on his word processor in order to put together all the medical legal arguments on his breakthrough workers
Maryann Mann
Maryann Mann is a socio-political and cinematic free lance columnist. Published and posted with popular and respected media outlets such as Raw Story, Film Fodder and COA News (the media arm for the Center for Information Awareness), etc. Mann focuses her writing extensively on exposing cover up and corruption within the United States government, socio-economic inequity in America and government complicity surrounding the events of September 11, 2001. Mann is dedicated to re-opening the 9/11 investigations.
ddjango .
ddjango is a political and cultural writer living in the southeastern US. He began with the now-archived ddjangoWIrE, then founded P!. He has been published and/or referred to by many blogs and sites on the radical left of the spectrum. He has worked as a community organizer, licensed social worker, organizational development specialist, mental health program director, and cab driver.
Sheila  Samples
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites. Contact her at rsamples@sirinet.net.
Gabriele Zamparini
Gabriele Zamparini was born in Italy in 1968. After completing his Law studies he moved to the United States. He worked in New York as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. He currently lives in London with his two cats Oscar and Walt.
He blogs at The Cat's Dream and is the author of American Voices Of Dissent: The Book From XXI Century, A Film By Gabriele Zamparini And Lorenzo Meccoli
Andy Goodall
Andy Goodall is Co-ordinator of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in Britain (VSC). Andy also works as a Staff Nurse working in an ITU department. Andy has been active in the trade union movement for 20 years in Britain's largest Trade Union UNISON.

Amongst the elected positions at branch, regional and national level he has held, he was the first UNISON West Midlands Regional International Officer. In this role he initiated groundbreaking delegations of over 150 frontline members and activists on delegations to France. These enabled joint discussions on protecting public services and fighting racism and fascism.

The events surrounding the Coup in 2002 brought Venezuela to Andy's attention. Following this, and following events ever more closely it was obvious that the developments in Venezuela had international importance for trade unionists and workers worldwide. The global work of Hands off Venezuela (HoV) produced very important information in English to people who are regularly kept in the dark by the mainstream media. This work has grown substantially and their contribution has proved invaluable in the trade union movement internationally.

We recognised there was an urgent need to get support from the British Trade union movement to stop any Blair support for illegal intervention in Venezuela. With his background in trade union international campaigning Andy helped launch the Venezuela Solidarity.org.uk web campaign which quickly obtained much wider trade union support within TUC affiliated Trade Unions.

2006 proved to be pivotal in building and developing solidarity within the British trade union movement. These include most of the major trade unions now expressing support for the Venezuela revolution. VSC has received support from numerous trade union bodies and has organised highly successful public meetings. These have included live international link ups between Britain, Venezuela and the US using the Internet. http://www.venezuelasolidarity.org.uk/
Chris Martenson
Dr. Chris Martenson... ... is the creator of The End of Money economic seminar series, has extensive experience analyzing and communicating financial information, and publishes a weekly newsletter on the economy and finance (located at http://theendofmoney.com). Dr. Martenson combines a scientist's attention to fact and analysis (PhD, Duke University, Pathology and Toxicology) with a solid understanding of finance and economics (MBA, Cornell, Finance) with strategic thinking (4 years as a management consultant).

He believes that corporate media has done a singularly poor job at providing the context necessary for us to have an informed discussion about economic issues. He believes that DC politicians cannot distinguish between what is urgent and what is merely expedient. He believes that We The People must educate ourselves and start a grassroots campaign, which will be as important as any ever waged, to chart a course back to fiscal and monetary prudence.

He believes that our current economic system has a gigantic and possibly fatal math problem
Gregory Elich
Gregory Elich is on the Board of Directors of the Jasenovac Research Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Korea Truth Commission. His articles have appeared in newspapers and periodicals across the world, including the U.S., Canada, South Korea, Great Britain, France, Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia, Russia, Denmark and Australia.
Riverbend .
Riverbend is the pseudonymous author of the blog Baghdad Burning, launched August 17, 2003. Riverbend's identity is carefully hidden, but the weblog entries suggest that Riverbend is a young, unmarried Iraqi woman, from a mixed Shia and Sunni family, living with her parents and brother in Baghdad. Before the United States occupation of Iraq she claims she was a computer programmer.

However, due to her self-imposed anonymity, there is no evidence available that would substantiate any claims made about her life. She writes in an idiomatic English which appears to reflect a Western education. The blog combines political statements with a large dose of Iraqi cultural information, such as the celebration of Ramadhan and examples of Iraqi cuisine. In March 2006, her website received the Bloggie award for Best Middle East and Africa blog.

Her weblog entries have been collected and published as Baghdad Burning ISBN 0-606-04113-3 (with a foreword by investigative journalist James Ridgeway) and in March 2005 were presented as a dramatic production at the West End Theatre in New York. Her book has recently been shortlisted for the 2006 Samuel Johnson prize.[1]

"Riverbend is a thoughtful writer whose articulate, even poetic, prose packs an emotional punch while exhibiting a journalist's eye for detail." - Jason Zineman, New York Times.

"It's amazing how as things get worse, you begin to require less and less. We have a saying for that in Iraq, 'Ili yishoof il mawt, yirdha bil iskhooneh.' Which means, 'If you see death, you settle for a fever.' We've given up on democracy, security and even electricity. Just bring back the water." -Riverbend "The weapons never existed. It's like having a loved one sentenced to death for a crime they didn't commit- having your country burned and bombed beyond recognition, almost. Then, after two years of grieving for the lost people, and mourning the lost sovereignty, we're told we were innocent of harboring those weapons. We were never a threat to America... Congratulations Bush- we are a threat now." -Riverbend

"Why don't the Americans just go home? They've done enough damage and we hear talk of how things will fall apart in Iraq if they 'cut and run', but the fact is that they aren't doing anything right now. How much worse can it get? People are being killed in the streets and in their own homes- what's being done about it? Nothing. It's convenient for them- Iraqis can kill each other and they can sit by and watch the bloodshed- unless they want to join in with murder and rape." -Riverbend
David Howell
David Howell was born in 1972 in Elmhurst, Illinois. He started drawing shortly afterwards. In 1998, he moved to San Francisco where he attended art school, accumulated a lot of debt, graduated with an MFA, fell in love, and got married. He now lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife. His work can be found at http://www.davidhowellillustrator.com/
Medea Benjamin
Medea Benjamin, Founding Director of the human rights group Global Exchange, has struggled for social justice and human rights in Asia, the Americas, and Africa for over 25 years. She helped shine the national spotlight on US sweatshops overseas, derail the plans of the World Trade Organization and promote
Stan Goff
Stan Goff is a retired Special Forces Master Sergeant. He is the author of three books; Hideous Dream - A Soldier's Memoir of the US Invasion of Haiti (Soft Skull Press, 2000), Full Spectrum Disorder - The Military in the New American Century (Soft Skull Press, 2004), Sex & War, and Energy War - Exterminism for the 21st Century. He is the military affairs editor for From The Wilderness, and has written foreign policy analysis for Sanders Research Associates. He also writes for Truthdig and for Freedom Road. He is a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), Veterans for Peace (VFP), and Military Families Speak Out (MFSO). His son is in the active duty army and has been deployed to Iraq four times. Goff is on the coordinating committee of the Bring Them Home Now! campaign, and advised Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) on organizational development. His blog is called "Feral Scholar."
Bill C. Davis
Bill C. Davis is the author of Mass Appeal, which premiered at The Manhattan Theatre Club, produced by Lynne Meadow, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and starred Milo O'Shea and Eric Roberts. The play moved to Broadway where it received the Outer Critic's Circle Award. Mr. Davis adapted the play as a screenplay and it was made into a movie starring Jack Lemmon and Charles Durning and was chosen one of the ten best films for that year by The National Board of Review.

He also performed the role of Mark Dolson with Milo O'Shea, Charles Durning and Brian Keith. Mass Appeal has played in Paris, starring Jean Piat, where it received a Moli
Stephen P. Pizzo
Books Published

Inside Job: The Looting of America's Savings and Loans New York Times Best Seller McGraw Hill, Hardcover 1989/ HarperBusiness PB 1991. 1990
Winner Investigative Reporters & Editors
Book of the Year Award. Nominated for a Pulitzer

The Ethic Gap: Crisis of Ethics in the Professions 1991, Parker & Sons Publishers Profiting from the Bank and S&L Crisis HarperBusiness, January 1992

Journalism Awards - 1989 Lincoln Steffans Award for Journalism -1989 George Polk Award for Business Journalism - 1990 Gerald Leob Award for Business Journalism - 1990 Investigative Reporters & Editors Book of the Year Award - 1990 National Headliner Award - Associated Press - 1990 Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award - 1990 Arizona Press Club Don Bolles Investigative Reporting Award - 1990 Arizona Associated Press Sweepstakes Winner - 1992 Project Censored Award - Sonoma State University - 1999 Southam Award for Sailing Journalism

The Internet

Current Site News For Real www.newsforreal.com

Past Sites Founding Sr. Editor, National Affairs, Web Review Magazine (Technology/Politics) Broadvision (Sr. Editor, Current affairs) "The Angle" Senior Editor Quokka Sports Inc. Digital Sports Coverage Open Ocean Races TomPaine.com Political Commentary O'Reilly Associates The O'Reilly Network Internet Audio Interviews/Technology The Challenge Business (UK) Senior Editor, EDS Atlantic Challenge Open-Ocean Sailing Coverage www.edsatlanticchallenge.com

Print Journalism


Forbes (Business/Technology) Washington Post (Banking/book reviews) New York Times (Editorial Page) Los Angeles Times (Stringer - General Reporting) Arizona Republic (Banking) San Francisco Chronicle (White Collar Crime, Political Analysis) Public Citizen Magazine (Banking) Playboy Magazine (Banking/Politics) Penthouse Magazine (Organized Crime) National Mortgage News (Banking) Baseline/Ziff Davis (Computer Technology) Mother Jones Magazine (White House/Congress) Mortgage Technology Magazine (Internet Techonlogies) New York Times Group Columnist (Emerging Web Technology) Email: Stephen@Pizzo.com
Elizabeth de la Vega
Elizabeth de la Vega is a former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience. During her tenure, she was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and Chief of the San Jose Branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. Her pieces have appeared in the Nation Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon and elsewhere.

She writes regularly for Tomdispatch.com. and is the author of United States v. George W. Bush et al., a hypothetical grand jury presentation setting forth President Bush
Eric Margolis


  • CBC TV
  • CNN
  • CNN International
  • FOX
  • CTV
  • Appeared on 'Good Morning America', ABC TV News, CBS TV News, PBS New York, Sky News Britain


  • Sun National Media Canada
  • American Conservative Magazine, Washington DC


  • Sun Media
  • Dawn - Pakistan



  • International Institute of Strategic Studies, London
  • National Press Club, Washington,D.C.
  • Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan


  • 1998 South Asian Journalist Association Award


  • School Of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • New York University
Danny Schechter
MediaChannel founder and executive editor, Danny Schechter the "News Dissector" is also a founder and Vice President/Executive Producer of Globalvision, Inc., an award-winning media company formed in 1987.

Mr. Schechter has been a broadcast and print journalist and is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on media issues. His work has been honored with Emmy awards, the IRIS award, the George Polk Award, the Major Armstrong Award, and honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Mr. Schechter was the news director and principal newscaster for WBCN-FM, an on-air reporter for WGBH, and a news program producer and investigative reporter at CNN and ABC. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is "Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception" (Prometheus).

B.A. in Labor History, Cornell University, 1964; MA in Political Sociology London School of Economics, l968, Harvard University Nieman Fellowship in Journalism, 1978; Honorary Ph.D. Fitchberg College, l991
R.J. Eskow
RJ Eskow is a writer, public policy consultant, business person, and songwriter/musician. He has worked as a consultant in public policy, technology, and finance, domestically and in over 20 foreign countries. Eskow has held senior-level positions in several major corporations, and served as CEO of two companies. He specializes in health and medical issues, and has also worked in film and music.

He writes regularly for The Huffington Post and other online publications, and maintains two blogs
Dennis Jett
Dennis Jett is the Dean of the International Center and Director of the Transnational and Global Studies Center at the University of Florida. A former career diplomat, he served as Ambassador to Peru and Mozambique, on the National Security Council and in Argentina, Israel, Malawi and Liberia. He has a Ph.D. in international relations and his dissertation entitled
Ed Kociela
Ed Kociela is an award-winning newspaperman with nearly 40 years of professional writing experience, beginning at a small daily newspaper in southern California. He has worked at metros, including a tour of duty at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, once one of the liveliest newspapers in the country. He is now City Editor and columnist for The Spectrum, a daily St. George, Utah newspaper.

His awards include honors from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Ed's column appears regularly online at a number of Web sites. He is also a regular guest on KNPR radio's State of Nevada program in Las Vegas. Ed has also written several screenplays and his first venture as a playwright resulted in his play, "Downwinders," being accepted as one of only three plays selected for readings at the Utah Shakespearean Festival's "Plays in Progress" series in 2005. Contact him at: ed@edkociela.com
Aaron B. Pryor
Aaron B. Pryor is a longtime political junkie, a born liberal, a former newspaper editor, an amateur pundit, humorist, and musicologist, a Web monkey by day and, in memory of Theodore Roosevelt Heller (Google it
Ed Naha
California-based author Ed Naha likes to consider himself multi-faceted. This is a nice way of saying that he can't hold down a steady job. As a novelist, he has written over twenty-five tomes in the mystery, horror and science fiction genres. (Surprisingly enough, they were all published.) His mystery novel, CRACKING UP, was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award in 1992. That he lost is chalked up to prejudice against short men with long hair.

In 1995, he had his revenge, serving as an Edgar judge. He eliminated anyone over five feet six inches tall. As a plumber, he hasn't accomplished a hell of a lot. Naha is also infamous as a rock music and film journalist. A former columnist for THE NEW YORK POST, his work appeared with alarming frequency in such diverse publications as THE VILLAGE VOICE, ROLLING STONE, PLAYBOY, HEAVY METAL, THE TWILIGHT ZONE and SCIENCE DIGEST. Eventually, they got wise to him.

In 1976, he produced the LP, GENE RODDENBERRY: INSIDE STAR TREK for CBS. That same year, he was presented with a Gold Record for his A&R co-ordination of the album, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: BORN TO RUN. Turning to screen writing in the 1980s, he has written and sold over thirty scripts. His best known features are HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS, DOLLS and TROLL. Imagine what the worst ones were. He's written and/or produced 90 hours of television including two seasons of THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD as well as HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS.

He has since been pardoned. Once Bush was anointed, he returned to his early political leanings and launched an Internet screed. People now consider him
Mark W. Bradley
Mark W. Bradley is a teacher of American History and English Literature, and a sixth generation Californian. He has been a progressive and an activist since 1968, when he campaigned for Senator Eugene McCarthy even before he was old enough to vote. A draft resister during the Vietnam War, Bradley focused in the 1980

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