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The College Hill Independent: December 1, 2011

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THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT
1 DECEMBER 2011VOLUME XXIII ISSUE IXBROWN./RISD WEEKLY
 
EPHEMERA
 
EPHEMERA
WEEK IN REVIEW
CHRISTINA MCCAUSLAND, KATE WELSH
NEWSMETROFEATURESARTSOPINIONSINTERVIEWSFOODSCIENCEX
FROM THE EDITORS:
THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT
ABOUT
FALL 2011
MANAGING EDITORS Malcolm Burnley, Jordan Carter, Emma Whitford· NEWS David Adler, Erica Schwiegershausen, Kate Welsh · METRO SamAdler-Bell,Grace Dunham, Caroline Soussloff · OPINIONS Stephen Carmody· FEATURES Belle Cushing, Mimi Dwyer, Max Wiggins · INTERVIEWSTimothy Nassau · ARTS Ana Alvarez, Eve Blazo, Emma Jananskie · SCIENCEAshton Strait, Joanna Zhang · METABOLICS Chris Cohen · LITERARYMichael Mount, Scout Willis · OCCULT Alexandra Corrigan · X PAGE RachelBenoit, Audrey Fox · LIST Allie Trionfetti · WEB Max Lubin, Jonah Wolf · DE-SIGN EDITOR Mary-Evelyn Farrior · DESIGN TEAM Andrew Beers, JaredStern, Olivia Fialkow, Joanna Zhang · COVER EDITOR Annika Finne · IL-LUSTRATIONS EDITORS Robert Sandler, Becca Levinson · MEGA PORNKaitie Barnwell · SENIOR EDITORS Gillian Brassil, Adrian Randall, ErinSchikowski, Dayna Tortorici · STAFF WRITERS Madilynn Castillo, BarryElkinton, David Sanchez-Aguilera,MVP: Alexandra Corrigan ‘v’Cover Art: Leonore McCarthyLetters to the editor are welcome distractions. The College Hill Independentis published weekly during the fall and spring semesters and is printed by TCIpress in Seekonk, MA.The Independent receives support from Campus Progress/Center for Ameri-can Prgress. Campus Progress works to help young people–advocates, activists, journalists, artists–makes their voices heard on issues that matter. Learn moreat CampusProgress.org
THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENTPO BOX 1930 BROWN UNIVERSITYPROVIDENCE RI 02912theindy@gmail.comtwitter: maudelajoie
Last week, a couple friends and I tried to find lunch in a small town along the highwayin rural, southern Morocco. A 20-something waiter sat smoking hash outside the onlyopen restaurant in 50 kilometers. They were out of food, he muttered in French, andwe were out of luck. He gestured to the twenty or so pick-up trucks blasting sirensdown the main drag, carpeting the streets in flyers for the ongoing elections, which willrun into the new year.As we traveled throughout the western-most nation of the Arab world last week, theelections seemed to affect little other than our lunch plans. At the same time, Egyptiansalso flooded the polls after months of speculation and both countries elected a large fac-tion of Islamic parties. However, as 42 people died last week in Egypt, most Moroccanswho spoke to us seemed apathetic. It’s not hard to see why: images of the all-powerfulKing Mohammed IV are literally framed in every shop and plastered on most billboards.The parliament only operates with his approval. For absurdity’s sake, let us include thatJennifer Lopez and her new boytoy are performing for the royal family at a new mall inCasablanca at the time of this paper’s print.From an outsiders’ perspective, the limits of the Arab Spring are being tested at thecenter and the fringe. But as Egyptians voted for immediate and consequential rights,Moroccans views on politics were still intensely human, yet dreamy and infused withfaith. Mohamed, our camel tamer, simply but emotionally explained political realitiesof the magical country. After he paused our journey to our campsite in the Sahara topray, he pointed over to the distance. “Its the Saharan Black Sand,” he said. “Algeria.We used to go there, and, Insha’Allah (if God is willing), fighting ends, and we can goagain.”
-AAC
PACIFIC POLITICS
ERICA SCHWIEGERSHAUSEN
BODEGAS
MALCOLM BURNLEY
PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOBBY HUNTER
WADDUP PVD
BELLE CUSHING
HANDICAPPED HUSTLE
DAVID SANCHEZ-AGUILERA
FUN AND GAMES
DAVID SCOFIELD
VIRAL COMICS
TIM NASSAU, RYAN LESTER
WALTZING IN PVD
LIZZIE FEIDELSON
INDY REVIEW OF BOOKS
JONAH WOLF
NOTHING BUT THE RUTH
STEPHEN CARMODY
BODY PAINS
MARA RENZ SMITH
BOMB BRISKET
JONAH WOLF
ADVICE
PROFESSOR X
LITERARYRAY IN PARIS
ANONYMOUS
 
NEWS
THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT
I’M AT THE PIZZA HUT
by Christina McCausland 
CIA spy networks in both Iran and Leba-non have recently been compromised de-spite their employment of stealthy and im-penetrable espionage techniques, such asusing the codeword “PIZZA” to designateplanned meetings with their informants ata local Pizza Hut.On November 23, Iranian govern-ment officials announced the arrest of 12CIA spies allegedly working to track theIranian military and nuclear programs.This announcement followed reports thatLebanon’s Hezbollah, which has closefinancial ties to Iran, had unraveled theCIA’s Beirut spy network.The Associated Press reports that,along with the infiltration of two Hez-bollah double agents into the CIA, thegroup’s spy hunters used a simple cellphone analysis to pick out the CIA’s localassets. Apparently, Beirut-based Hezbol-lah, described by The US State Depart-ment as “the most technically capable ter-rorist group in the world,” only had to use“the latest commercial software,” search-ing for phones used suspiciously (such asalways from specific locations and only fora short period of time) in order to find thespies in their midst—meaning that the U.S.spies used easily-trackable cell phones inconspicuous patterns.This incident was not unannounced—in June, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, Hez-bollah’s leader, announced on televisionthat two high-ranking members of He-zbollah had been exposed as CIA spies.Anonymous American officials told theAP that, since this announcement, whichwas officially denied by the U.S. Embassyin Lebanon, Hezbollah has been system-atically picking off the agency’s foreigninformants.In Iran, the blow to the CIA’s assetswas trumpeted in May, when Iranian intel-ligence minister Heidar Moslehi reportedthat over 30 U.S. and Israeli spies hadbeen discovered. This announcement wasinitially ignored, but an Iranian televisionprogram followed up by showing imagesof websites used by the CIA as fronts tocommunicate with their spies. Relationsbetween the U.S. and Iran have been poorfor decades, and the spies captured weremost likely tracking Iran’s alleged devel-opment of a nuclear weapons program,a charge that Iran denies. The U.S. spieswere reportedly working in concert withIsrael’s Mossad and other regional agen-cies.According to ABC, the CIA has lostan unusually high number of spies over thelast six months. These two most recent in-cidents, however, appear to be the mostmajor setbacks. While the occasional lossof assets is normal in espionage, “whenyou lose your entire station, either in Teh-ran or Beirut, that’s a catastrophe, that just shouldn’t be,” Robert Baer, a formerCIA officer, told ABC. “The only waythat ever happens is when you’re mishan-dling sources,” he added. Other formerCIA officials anonymously told AP that, inthe agency’s shift in focus from counter-intelligence against rival spy agencies tofighting terrorists, tradecraft has suffereddue to the pressure for immediate results.Though CIA officials had beenwarned about the vulnerability of theirLebanon assets earlier this year, and thechief of Hezbollah operations also runsthe unit that focuses on Iran, it remains tobe seen if anyone will take responsibilityfor this debacle. The fate of the specificspies rooted out in this incident is not pub-lic knowledge, but it is likely that the U.S.-paid assets have already been or will beexecuted.
by Kate Welsh
NEW WORLD ORDER: ALIENS
Each generation gets its own world-con-trolling cabal. For us, it is not the KnightsTemplar, the Masons, International Jew-ry, or Communists—it is extra-terrestrials.During South Africa’s first ever UFOScience and Consciousness conference,held on November 24 in Johannesburg, or-ganizer Michael Tellinger said, “There’s abattle for Earth by some interesting darkforces. All the governments in the worldare puppets and instruments to imple-ment the will of a small number of indi-viduals. The royal political bloodline goesback thousands of years.” According toTellinger, this “royal political bloodline”traces the ancestry of the world’s politicalleaders to the beginning of human history,when they were inevitably in contact withaliens. He insists that extraterrestrialsvisited the planet in search of gold about300,000 years ago, cloned their geneticmakeup, and gave rise to mankind. Eversince, they’ve been in contact with worldleaders. Aliens—much like humans—havebeen plundering the world for gold formany years, Tellinger explained.Thanks to its diamonds and gold de-posits, South Africa is “at the heart of this,” Tellinger told
The Citizen
.“South Africa has been dubbed asthe cradle of humankind and the placewhere all life forms began, thus the rea-son [South Africa] was selected as the hostfor the UFO Science and ConsciousnessConference,” he said. “We have scien-tific evidence that there was physical lifebefore humans which [sic.] were Africanknowledge keepers and custodians of se-cret knowledge.”Laura Eisenhower, self-proclaimedsurviving alien abductee and great-grand-daughter of president Dwight Eisenhow-er, also attended the conference. Sheagreed with Tellinger, telling the crowdthat “extraterrestrials have been workingwith governments for a while,” signingtreaties with them every decade.Bigfoot expert Lloyd Pye told thecrowd about an oddly shaped skull that hebelieves belonged to an alien, and hypno-tist Jennifer Welch showed off her crystalskulls and a jade disc. She travels the worldwith them, attempting to use their psychicenergy to help balance forces along the 31degree meridian.The event was well attended by peo-ple who have experienced UFO sightingall overSouth Africa, according to the
 New  Age
. For those who wanted more of aMartian fix, when they left the confer-ence they could buy a piece of real estateon the red planet—certificate included.
W  E  E  K   I  N  R  E  V  I  E  W  

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