"No One Knows What We Are Going Through"

By Natasha Walter, The Guardian UK

Women in Iraq are living a nightmare that is hidden from the west. Now one has turned filmmaker to give us a window on to what they endure. She tells Natasha Walter what she saw.

Rayya Osseilly is an Iraqi doctor who cares for other women in the beleaguered city of Qaim. Unsurprisingly, her tale is not a happy one. "I never feel that today is better than yesterday," she says. "It always seems that yesterday was better than today." Looking at the bombed-out remains of the hospital where she works, it is clear she is struggling against the odds.

US Gives New Details on Iraq, Afghan Abuse Probes

By Reuters

Geneva - The United States has put on trial more than 100 armed forces' staff accused of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan and Iraq, twice the number asserted by rights groups, a US official said on Monday.

Defending US policy before the United Nations' Committee against Torture, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson said all allegations of mistreatment of detainees were investigated.

Bush approval rating hits new low

By Susan Page, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — President Bush's approval rating has slumped to 31% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the lowest of his presidency and a warning sign for Republicans in the November elections.

The survey of 1,013 adults, taken Friday through Sunday, shows Bush's standing down by 3 percentage points in a single week. His disapproval rating also reached a record: 65%. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.

Undercover Cover-Up

By Kristian Williams, In These Times

Was a Portland attorney the target of the NSA domestic spying program?

Thomas Nelson knew someone had been going through his northeast Portland law office. He didn't know who, or why, but several times - from January to July 2005 - he noticed that papers on his desk had been moved and his computer rebooted. Yet, he says, "as far as I [could] tell, nothing was taken."

Spies Among Us

By David E. Kaplan, US News

Despite a troubled history, police across the nation are keeping tabs on ordinary Americans.

In the Atlanta suburbs of DeKalb County, local officials wasted no time after the 9/11 attacks. The second-most-populous county in Georgia, the area is home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI's regional headquarters, and other potential terrorist targets. Within weeks of the attacks, officials there boasted that they had set up the nation's first local department of homeland security. Dozens of other communities followed, and, like them, DeKalb County put in for - and got - a series of generous federal counterterrorism grants. The county received nearly $12 million from Washington, using it to set up, among other things, a police intelligence unit.

Talk Nation Radio: Law Prof. Francis A. Boyle on Impeachment

LINK
Series: Talk Nation Radio
Subtitle: Impeaching the President, Vice President, Sect. of Defense, and Attorney General of the U.S.
Program Type: Weekly Program
Featured Speakers/Commentators: Francis A. Boyle, Professor of Law at the U of Illinios
Producer: Dori Smith
Broadcast Restictions: See Notes.
Summary: Professor Boyle argues for the use of impeachment to remove Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and Rumsefeld before they can take us into another war in Iran and farther along into an American police state.

Blair set to cut Iraq troop numbers

The Sunday Times, AU, http://www.sundaytimes.news.com.au

BRITAIN expects to make an announcement about cutting the size of its force in Iraq within the next few weeks, Prime Minister Tony Blair said today.

"The whole purpose is that there should be a process whereby we can draw down our troops as the Iraqi capability takes over the activities of security enforcement," Mr Blair told a news conference, when asked about the size of the British force.

Neil Young and the Restless

"Neil Young’s “Living with War” album... has already earned more than a million Internet listeners, and on Saturday reached #3 in sales at Amazon."
Published on Monday, May 8, 2006 by Editor & Publisher

When it comes to really putting Bush and Rumsfeld on the spot, why did a comedian, a former general, a rock star, an ex-CIA analyst and an average citizen in North Carolina, go where reporters often fear to tread?

Pelosi is in for a Surprise in November

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat and House Minority Leader who would likely replace Rep. Dennis Hastert in November if Democrats succeed in taking over the House of Representatives, made a snarky comment on NBC over the weekend when asked about impeachment and about Rep. John Conyers, who would head the Judiciary Committee in a Democratic House.

DeFazio Leads Way in Congress on Iran

Summary of Amendments Submitted by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to H.R. 5122, the Fiscal Year 2007 Department of Defense Authorization Act

DEFAZI_067.XML

The DeFazio amendment would prohibit any funds authorized by the bill from being used to take military action against Iran except (1) pursuant to a declaration of war by Congress (2) in accordance with specific statutory authorization by Congress or (3) to repel an armed attack by Iran on the U.S. or our armed forces, to retaliate for such an attack or to forestall the direct and imminent threat of such an attack.

Iraqi Workers Organize!

Iraq's Workers and their Unions
Photographs by David Bacon
Downtown Labor Center
Opening Reception: May 10, 2006, 7:00 PM
exhibition through May 31
675 South Park View Street (across from MacArthur Park)
Los Angeles

Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, oil workers in Basra reorganized one of Iraq's oldest unions, and faced the occupation's prohibition on collective bargaining in the public sector. Oil workers forced US contractor KBR to leave the oil districts, and defended Iraq's oil against the threat of privatization. They helped dockers organize in the ports, and together forced Stevedoring Services of America and the Maersk Corporation to give up their privatized concessions. Workers in power generation and other industries have organized as well.

Congressman Calls for More Data Before June 2nd Bomb Test

by Julie Rose
"Divine Strake" Could Send Radiation Downwind to Utah

(KCPW News) Should Southern Utah residents stay indoors and worry about radiation on June 2 -- the day federal officials plan to detonate 700 tons of explosives at the nuclear test site in Nevada? Congressman Jim Matheson says without more information, it's hard to know if Utahns will be in danger of downwind contamination. He's requested detailed analysis of the surface soil at the test site to determine if any radioactive material will be blown into the air during the blast. Without that information, Matheson says it's hard to know how dangerous the test will be.

You're in good hands

Canyon News, CA

Has cronyism given way to fetishism? The walls in the office of Joshua Brewster Bolten, new chief of staff for the president of the United States, are lined with close-up pictures of his boss’s hands.

Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

____________________

Good hands are hard to find and I knew we were in them when they rolled out that Iraqi-villains card deck thing- with Saddam Hussein the designated Ace of Spades- a few weeks after the US Army stormed into Baghdad three years ago, even though whoever came up with the idea is probably a couple cards short of a full deck. It reminded us, after all, that although many a tyrant has to fall, it’s all in the game.

There is nothing divine about a bomb test

" I've really had it with the Bush administration positioning things like they were ordered up by God. And this isn't the first time. There are at least nine other divine tests on the books, including Divine Warhawk ..."
The Salt Lake Tribune, UT
by Barb Guy

The first I heard of Divine Strake was last month. I was standing a few feet from the Nevada Nuclear Test Site where the experiment will happen. Corbin Harney, a Western Shoshone elder, winkingly gave me permission to enter the U.S. government-run, restricted-access site as his guest, since, if you believe the treaty the government signed, his people still own the land. I declined his invitation - I didn't have time to go to jail. Still, he and I stood together, holding hands, our heads bowed in prayer, or in respect for the prayers of others, as a religious service was held in the nuclear dust. This Catholic mass welcomed the Shoshone spiritual leader, a Jewish man wearing a tallit and reading from the Torah, a Mennonite, an Episcopal priest, a Jesuit priest, a Zen priest, a Methodist minister, an elderly nun in microfleece pants and sneakers, a former Marine officer, a hibakusha (Japanese survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb), my husband Chris, and me. It was a fine American exercise in people of many faiths coming together, talking through difference, wishing for peace, and petitioning our government.

The DLC Taint

By John H. St.John

There is a portion of the female anatomy between the anus and the vulva that old Yankees used to call the TAINT. “It taint one and it taint the other”. In politics this position has been staked out by the Democratic Leadership Council. They advise Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the cowardly Democrats who did not stand up with Russ Feingold in his demand for an investigation of the administration lies. . . lies that allowed Bush to attack Iraq. They also opposed Russ’s desire for an outside investigator to oversee the ethics committees in both the House and Senate. They stand in opposition to the sixty four percent of Americans who want us to get out of Iraq immediately. When Nancy debated a republican who asked her if she wanted us to “cut and run”. She replied that she certainly did not and that she simply asked the Bush administration for an exit plan. The reason for the equivocation of these so-called Democrats is that the DLC is a gatekeeper for the corporation money that has been allocated for the “friendly opposition”.

US/IRAN: FRAMING THE ISSUE

By Susan Lees, A member of Greater Boston United for Justice with Peace

As the Bush administration increases its volume on Iran, we in the peace movement are moving to prevent a military attack on that country. Part of our challenge is to frame our messages on this issue well for our activists, our Congresspeople, the broader public and the media – and for our ongoing movement work. These are my thoughts about framing. I hope they will engender will more discussion, because I think wide discussion is greatly needed at this time.

Abraham Kneisley Pens Daily Cal Op-Ed Condemning the Silencing of Free Speech at UC Berkeley

www.constitutionsummer.org

BERKELEY, CA – The following op-ed written by Abraham Kneisley, a
senior in Political Science at UC Berkeley and a Co-Founder of
Constitution Summer, appeared in today's Daily Cal newspaper:

http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=22173

Students Should Rally Behind Our Rights
Abrupt Cancellation of Campus Civil-Liberties Forum Threatens
Berkeley's Free-Speech Tradition

The Truth Force of Sorrow

Published on Sunday, May 7, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Susan Van Haitsma

My neighbor, who is almost five, is one of my greatest teachers. For most of his life, we've shared weekly play dates, and I cherish this window he gives me into the fascinating, focused mind of a child living in the very present moment.

Lately, my little neighbor has been exploring the realm of weapons and combat. Following the lead of his parents, whose wisdom I trust and admire without reservation, I tend to go with the flow when he sets the stage for our imaginary battle scenarios.

Bugging the Democrats

By nominating former NSA chief Michael Hayden for the top job at the CIA, George Bush is trying to revive opposition to his warrantless wiretapping programme.
David Corn, Guardian, UK

By nominating Michael Hayden, the former chief of the National Security Agency (the US government's super-secret eavesdropping outfit), to replace Porter Goss as CIA director, Bush is waving a red cape in front of his critics and daring them to charge.

'Dump Joe,' Cry Liberal Bloggers

Published on Monday, May 8, 2006 by the Hartford Courant
Lieberman Foes Connect On Net
by Adrian Brune

As with prophets and leaders before him, U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman's fall from grace, in the eyes of state Democratic Party activist Keith Crane, began with a kiss.

Crane had stood by the senator, if only grudgingly, through his vice-presidential and presidential campaigns, his speeches supporting the Iraq War and even his appearances on Fox News Channel. But the peck on Lieberman's cheek from President George W. Bush after the 2005 State of the Union Address left him feeling betrayed.

Destroying Iraq To Save It

By Robert Dreyfuss, www.tompaine.com

Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached through his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com

My Meeting With Rumsfeld

By Ray McGovern, www.tompaine.com

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour. A 27-year veteran of CIA’s analyst ranks, he now serves on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

“Hold ‘em, Yale” is one of the best short stories of "Guys and Dolls" creator Damon Runyon, who depicted the New York City underworld in the 1920s. The story deals with an undercover operation to scalp ducats before the annual Yale-Harvard football game. It begins:

A Comedian's Riff on Bush Prompts an E-Spat

By NOAM COHEN, New York Times

Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner nine days ago has already created a debate over politics, the press and humor. Now, a commercial rivalry has broken out over its rebroadcast.

On Wednesday, C-Span, the nonprofit network that first showed Mr. Colbert's speech, wrote letters to the video sites YouTube.com and ifilm.com, demanding that the clips of the speech be taken off their Web sites. The action was a first for C-Span, whose prime-time schedule tends to feature events like Congressional hearings on auto fuel-economy standards.

General Discontent With Hayden

By Center for American Progress Action Fund

On Friday, Porter Goss unexpectedly resigned as head of the CIA, leaving behind an "utterly irresponsible" 18-month tenure at the agency and unanswered questions about his hurried departure. Today, the White House nominated deputy director of national intelligence Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden as Goss's successor. "Bottom line, I believe he's the wrong person, the wrong place, at the wrong time. We should not have a military person leading a civilian agency at this time," said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) yesterday on Fox News Sunday, voicing the bipartisan concerns of lawmakers. Hayden has demonstrated a fundamental misunderstanding of the Constitution and has misled Congress under oath. His close ties to Vice Presidency Cheney, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and the Department of Defense have led many members of Congress to conclude he is wrong man to gain the trust of the intelligence community and clean up the CIA after the "chaos" left by Goss.

Bush Names Criminal to Lead Agency Dedicated to Secret Promotion of Bush Agenda

Bush picks Hayden as CIA chief
By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday nominated Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as CIA chief, setting up a battle with some members of the U.S. Congress who oppose having a military man head the civilian spy agency.

"He's the right man to lead the CIA at this critical moment in our nation's history," Bush said in making the announcement with Hayden at his side in the Oval Office.

Rock Musician Claims Bush White House Has Banned His Song

Rock musician Mick Star claims that his new anti-Iraq war song "Jets" is not getting air time due to pressure on radio stations from the Bush White House.

London, UK (PRWEB) May 8, 2006 -- “Jets”, is an anti-Bush, anti-war rock anthem by Mick Star (www.mickeystar.com) that features sound clips from actual Bush speeches combined with music and lyrics. "It is rumored", claims Mick Star, " that 'Jets' has been banned from American radio as a result of tactics employed by the Bush White House to withhold funding from private, public and college radio stations that play 'Jets'."

Bush Setting up Attack on Iran

By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

Now that the mission - whatever it was - has not been accomplished in Iraq, Bush is setting up a potentially bigger disaster in Iran.

Last month, Seymour Hersh revealed that the US military is making preparations for an attack on Iran. Recent events confirm Hersh's report.

The Bush administration is stepping up the pressure on the Security Council to pass a resolution that the US will use to justify an invasion. John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, is pushing Council members to vote on a resolution this week.

Two U.S. soldiers killed, one wounded in Iraq

By SAMEER N. YACOUB
Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Bombs killed a U.S. soldier and seven Iraqis today as politicians haggled over key posts in the new Cabinet, officials said. Another American died the day before in northern Iraq, according to a U.S. statement.

Today's worst attack occurred when a bomb exploded in a car parked near an Iraqi court in central Baghdad, killing five Iraqi civilians and wounding 10, said police Lt. Col. Falah Mohamadawi.

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