Cindy Sheehan to Lead Delivery of Petition to White House

Cindy Sheehan to Lead Delivery of Petition to White House
Ray McGovern to Lead March to Sec. Rumsfeld's Home

Delivery of petition to White House opposing attack on Iran
When: 1-3 p.m., Thursday, May 18
Where: Lafayette Square Park, in front of White House, Washington, D.C.

March to Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld's House
When: Departing at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 18

Cindy Sheehan's New Book: Dear President Bush

By David Swanson

Cindy Sheehan's interviews, essays, and speeches get better with each passing month, as her pain continues, her passion and insight grow, and the war that killed her son goes on – as the president who killed her son goes on being president. Cindy's latest book, "Dear President Bush," is the best of the three books by or about Cindy Sheehan that I've read.

"Not One More Mother's Child" was Cindy's first collection of essays. It's a longer book, including her writings from November 2004 to September 2005, along with some beautiful photographs and forwards by John Conyers, Thom Hartmann, and Jodie Evans. "The Vigil: 26 Days in Crawford, Texas" is a collection of newspaper reports on Camp Casey from the Lone Star Iconoclast, with a forward by Sheehan. These are both excellent books. One contains much of Cindy's brilliant and moving voice. The other comes close to setting the scene of what it was like to be in that place in Crawford last summer surrounded by so much emotion and so much hope.

Depleted Uranium Stories Breaking Through Media

By David Swanson

Bob Nichols, an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Bay View, tells me that U.S. Airforce Lt. Col. Roger Helbig often threatens media outlets to intinidate them into not covering stories about depleted uranium and radiation. Today, Nichols says, he's been unsuccessfully threatening Rob McConnell, host of

...which at 11 p.m. ET this evening and for the following three hours will be covering the story.

Council backs impeachment of Bush

Durham Herald Sun, NC

CHAPEL HILL -- The Town Council unanimously backed a call Monday for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, in a meeting in which it managed to touch on politics, panhandling and downtown parking.

The council also heard that feelings were somewhat divided about a possible "neighborhood conservation district" for Coker Hills.

On the political front, the council voted 8-0 in favor of a call for impeaching President Bush, reacting to a petition from the Elders for Peace group from the Carol Woods retirement community in Chapel Hill. The council members, all registered Democrats, passed the resolution without comment.

Town council backs impeaching Bush

News & Observer, NC

CHAPEL HILL - President Bush should be impeached, Town Council members unanimously decided Monday night.

The vote was the local body's latest foray into national politics. A local Republican dismissed it as a "move of desperation."

Council members supported a petition from the grass-roots Elders for Peace group, which laid out three charges to justify impeachment:

Coalition Rallies For Impeachment In Charlotte, NC

By David Dixon, Charlotte, N.C.

The Carolinas Impeachment Coalition held a rally in uptown Charlotte’s Marshall Park on Tuesday, May 9. The Coalition is calling for the impeachment of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice and Alberto Gonzales for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

There were several guest speakers including Attorney Ken Davies, who

Rumsfeld Challenged

Media mishandle Rumsfeld-McGovern exchange

It is not often that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld finds himself aggressively questioned about the Iraq War. When that happened at a May 4 event, many in the media seemed not to know what to make of it.

During an appearance at the Southern Center for International Studies in Atlanta, Rumsfeld was confronted by several anti-war protesters, and was asked pointed questions from the audience by Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst. McGovern specifically queried Rumsfeld about his previous claims about the locations of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, as well as his assertion that there was "bulletproof" evidence of a connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda.

Bush's Lost Weekend

Bush's Lost Weekend

Impeachment. It's the Anti-Bush

According to Parents.The Anti-Drug ( George Bush is fighting drug use by fighting terrorism.

Operation Refuse War

A week of action uniting resisters
In Celebration of International Conscientious Objectors' Day
May 11-16 2006
New York City and Washington DC


>From Armed Madhouse, the new book by Greg Palast
Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Hear Larry David, auteur of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and principal writer of the "Seinfeld" series reading Palast's new book, Armed Madhouse, Chapter 4: The Con-Kerry Won at

Read the excerpt here:

The New York Times/CBS News Poll

Do you think the United States should or should not set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq?
60% -- Should
36% -- Should not

“Poll Gives Bush His Worst Marks Yet” – New York Times
Published May 10, 2006; conducted May 4-8, 2006 – 1,241 respondents

Poll details

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

AZ Activists Take a Stand for Impeachment!

Photo by Bryan Buchan.The Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus (AzDPC) is shaking up the Democratic Party establishment in Arizona. Following an AzDPC sponsored Immigration Forum that played to a packed house during the morning, the Arizona Democratic Party held its quarterly State Committee meeting.

During the meeting, State Committee members were cautioned by two National Committee People to stay away from involvement in impeachment efforts because it could be "divisive within the party".

Hoekstra, Bush critic to speak

By Pat Shellenbarger, The Grand Rapids Press

Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and carrying a medallion he earned for his 27 years as a Central Intelligence Agency analyst, Ray McGovern arrived at U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra's Washington office.

He left the medallion and a letter saying he no longer wished to be associated with the agency that reportedly has tortured prisoners of war.

Moms, peace, and apple pie

This coming Friday, in honor of Mother's Day and heralding a new era of peace, women around the country will visit their U.S. Congressional Representatives and Senators bearing Peace Pies and urging support of landmark legislation to create a U.S. Department of Peace.

In states from Washington to Florida and California to Maine, these "ministers of peace" will engage in lively dialogue with Congressional staff members about the role this Department would play in strengthening national security and reducing domestic violence. They'll note that the pies represent the $400+ billion federal military budget and that the amount required to pay for a Department of Peace constitutes a tiny slice of the total (just two percent). These events are coordinated nationally by the Peace Alliance, a non-profit, trans-partisan organization actively campaigning in all 50 states for a US Department of Peace. Visits to more than 150 Congressional and Senate offices are anticipated.

U.S. Friendship Delegation Leaves for Iran

The Fellowship of Reconciliation

May 8 - 20, 2006

Despite the rise in tensions between the United States and Iran, and talk of sanctions or military intervention, the Fellowship of Reconciliation's second interfaith delegation departs tonight (May 8) for Iran on a mission of peace and friendshiip towards the Iranian people.

The delegation, which will spent 12 days in the country, is part of FOR's ongoing commitment to working for peace, justice, and the nonviolent resolution of conflict.

We Will Not Kill: International Conscientious Objectors Speak Out!

Thursday, May 11th 2006, 7pm-9pm

Bringing together conscientious objectors from South Korea, Colombia, Israel, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and the United States, this panel and discussion will explore the potential of conscientious objection as a strategy for building a global anti-war movement.

Friends Meeting House
15 Rutherford Place

Directions: Corner of 15th Street and Rutherford Place, facing Stuyvesant Park. Rutherford Place is a short street between Second and Third Avenues, which runs from 15th to 17th Streets. By subway, take a 4, 5, 6, N, R, or L train to Union Square/14th Street and walk 3 blocks east and 1 block uptown.

Sir! No Sir! Opens May 19th in Washington DC!!!

Sir! No Sir! is coming to Washington DC on May 19th! This powerful new documentary film reveals the suppressed history of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. The inspiring efforts by conscientious objectors, active duty military and returning vets to work for peace is a potent piece of history with incredible relevance for the present and the future!

See it starting May 19th for at least a week at:

Sen. Clinton Says Bush Has Charm, Charisma

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press

Asked to say one nice thing about President Bush, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton went one better: She named two things.

"He is someone who has a lot of charm and charisma, and I think in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, I was very grateful to him for his support for New York," Clinton said Tuesday night during a talk at the National Archives about her life in politics.

House of War: James Carroll on the Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

We speak with James Carroll - one of Boston's best-known writers - about his new book, "House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power." In it, Carroll examines the growth of the military industrial complex since World War II and his personal connection to the Pentagon.

We speak with James Carroll, one of Boston's best known writers. A decade ago he won the National Book Award for his memoir "An American Requiem: God, My Father and the War that Came between Us." He is also a prize-winning columnist for the Boston Globe.

Wake Up, My People!

By Linda Swanson

Wake up, my people!
Open your eyes!
The USA is changing.
It’s time to realize
That the “land of the free
And the home of the brave”
Needs attention right now
If it’s going to be saved.

Wake up, my people!
Open your eyes!
The USA is changing.

Our children and grandchildren
Will wonder what is meant
By “the dawn’s early light”
When our planet is spent.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with Victims of Identity Theft
at 1:40 PM. [White House Press Release]

NEW* BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Senator Sam Brownback holds a press
conference on health care and neglected diseases at 3:00 PM. [FNS
Daybook, 05/08/06]

NEW* MEHLMAN in Washington, DC: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman delivers
remarks to approximately 250 Republican women leaders from 17 states for

All of Us Participate in a New Iraq

By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t |


Last Friday I was at the University of Texas, Austin, giving a presentation on Iraq. After dumping an hour's worth of horrible "real news" about Iraq, I was asked the question I have by now learnt to expect: "Is there anything good happening there at all?" I understand why people ask this. There must be some hope, somewhere, right?

Stop the Neocons from Digging our Graves!

by William Hughes

"Time's glory is to...unmask falsehood and bring truth to light...To wrong the wronger till he render right." - William Shakespeare

A few months ago, I was in Washington, D.C., working as an extra in a movie. Hollywood loves to shoot films in the nation’s Capital because of its ambiance. Robert De Niro, a brilliant actor, was directing the flick called, “The Good Shepherd.” It has to do with the origins of the CIA. (1) In any event, when I was on a break in Georgetown, where they were filming, I got a chance to walk into a local store. The TV was on. There on the screen was that repulsive Neocon, William Kristol, his head looking larger than ever. (2) He was blabbing away about some supposed “present danger” or another that the country faces. I wanted to take my shoe off and toss it at the set. Here’s, Kristol, a rabid warmonger and fear merchant, who, with others, helped push this country into the unjust, illegal and immoral Iraqi War. (3) Yet, as Jeffrey Blankfort, correctly pointed out: because the Neocons and the Israeli Lobby have "paid no price for it [their Iraqi warmongering]...They are preparing to do the same with Iran.” (4) In light of the recently published Harvard Study on the enormous influence over U.S. policies of the Israeli Lobby, (which includes the cunning Neocons), Blankfort's opinion was validated. (5)

Hatch wants pledge blast will be safe

By Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune

WASHINGTON - Sen. Orrin Hatch is pressing the Pentagon harder to back up its claims that a massive detonation at the Nevada Test Site, known as Divine Strake, will not spread contamination from Cold War nuclear tests.

The Utah senator was dissatisfied with assurances he received as a result of his earlier inquiry. He said the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's response failed to explain why the agency concluded the test would not throw contaminated material into the air, and didn't say how far tunnels used for past nuclear tests are from the Divine Strake test site.

Mushroom cloud blast in Nevada delayed

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS - A non-nuclear explosion expected to generate a mushroom cloud over the Nevada desert will be postponed at least three weeks, while a federal court reviews plans for the blast, test officials said Tuesday.

"The planned Divine Strake experiment will not be conducted earlier than June 23," said Cheri Abdelnour, spokeswoman for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va. The blast was originally scheduled for June 2.

Gunmen Kill 11 Workers On Bus In Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Iraqi civilians to work on Wednesday, then planted a bomb aboard the vehicle that exploded when rescue workers arrived, an official said. In all, 11 Iraqis were killed and six wounded.

Elsewhere, seven Iraqis were killed in other attacks, including four off-duty policemen in Ramadi, officials said Wednesday.

The violence followed a suicide truck bomb attack in a crowded market in Tal Afar late Tuesday, which killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 130 in a city cited by President Bush as a success story in battling insurgents.

Five people killed in bomb explosion near Baquba

Source: Xinhua

Five employees working in an Iraqi- state company were killed on Wednesday when a bomb went off as they were trying to recover four corpses found inside a vehicle, an Interior Ministry source said.

"The five were in a minibus, carrying employees of the local company of the Iraqi Electric Industries travelling to work near the Hashimiyah area outside Baquba, when they saw four corpses inside a car on the side of the road," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.


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