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.

Death toll from Iraq Tal Afar bombing rises to 24

TAL AFAR, Iraq, May 10 (Reuters) - The death toll from Tuesday's suicide bombing in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar has risen to 24 from 17, police said on Wednesday.

The bomber blew up his car in a market in the city, which U.S. President George W. Bush earlier this year held up as an example of progress being made in Iraq, three years after the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

Feingold: Democrats Must Stand Up to Bush

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 by the Associated Press
By Frederic J. Frommer

WASHINGTON - Sen. Russ Feingold, a potential anti-war candidate in the 2008 presidential field, urged fellow Democrats on Monday to show more backbone in challenging President Bush on Iraq.

"We must get out of our political foxholes and be willing to clearly and specifically point out what a strategic error the Iraq invasion has been," Feingold, D-Wis., told a National Press Club audience.

Investigations are so very rude and distasteful

http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com

There seems to be an emerging consensus among the coddled, effete Beltway media stars that it would be highly improper and uncouth for the Democrats -- should they take over one or both houses of Congress in November -- to launch investigations into the various, thus-far-uninvestigated lawbreaking and corruption scandals surrounding the Bush administration. Regardless of political differences -- which the Beltway media will allow -- the media stars are proclaiming that Democrats should pledge in advance not to engage in any of that nasty investigative business.

RNC-Backed Media Attack on John Conyers Rolls On

The Detroit News is terrified that last June's hearing on the Downing Street Minutes might become a real hearing with subpoena power. The openly right-wing ravers are starting to claim that Congressman Conyers is part of the real culture of corruption, and the USA Today is putting out that same party line. Let's compare the cultures of corruption:
One lies the nation into an illegal war, kills hundreds of thousands of innocent people, uses chemical weapons and depleted uranium, targets civilians, detains without charge, tortures, spies without court approval, leaks classified information to punish opponents, produces phony news stories, targets real journalists, abandons New Orleans, awards contracts to companies based on their support of Bush, openly violates 750 laws, threatens to nuke Iran, and throws orgies/bribery parties at the Watergate.
The other stands accused of employing a staffer as a babysitter.
It's a tough call.
With some Democrats, however, the culture of corruption is clearly bipartisan.
Tell the media you support John Conyers.

Ray McGovern to Rumsfeld: 'Why Did You Lie?'

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
http://www.buzzflash.com

Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why? -- Ray McGovern, Questioning Donald Rumsfeld, May 4, 2006, Altanta

* * *

Twenty-seven-year CIA veteran and BuzzFlash contributor Ray McGovern confronted America's Secretary of Defense in a public forum in Atlanta on May 4, asking the questions that are on all of our minds. He peppered Rumsfeld with facts that clearly contradicted Rumsfeld's own words. He asked Rumsfeld whether he lied, or was misled, about Saddam having weapons of mass destruction and significant ties to al Qaeda. As Rumsfeld obfuscated, he urged him to be up front with the American people, adding: "These people aren't idiots. They know the story." Like Stephen Colbert the week before, Ray McGovern laid out the truth for all to see. Ray McGovern spoke with BuzzFlash about that experience, about the lead up to the Iraq war, and about what he fears may come next.

Halliburton Solves Global Warming

SurvivaBalls save managers from abrupt climate change
http://www.halliburtoncontracts.com/

An advanced new technology will keep corporate managers safe even when climate change makes life as we know it impossible. [Speech, photos]

"The SurvivaBall is designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mother Nature throws his or her way," said Fred Wolf, a Halliburton representative who spoke today at the Catastrophic Loss conference held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. "This technology is the only rational response to abrupt climate change," he said to an attentive and appreciative audience.

The Path to War With Iran

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 by TomPaine.com
by Shadi Hamid

The uproar and controversy over purported U.S. plans to attack Iran show no sign of dying down. While President George W. Bush assures us that talk of impending war is little more than “wild speculation,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently threatened to assemble a “coalition of the willing” against Iran outside the U.N. if the security council fails to take action. All this has convinced many Iranians that "the nuclear issue is just the latest stage in a struggle between Washington and Tehran dating back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution,” according to The Financial Times.

Activists Fear U.S. "Help" Could Spur Crackdown

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 by Inter Press Service
by Omid Memarian

BERKELEY, California - The United States is struggling with Iran's fundamentalist government on two fronts -- while U.S. diplomats are negotiating with other members of the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Tehran, Washington has allocated 75 million dollars to inspire "regime change".

The money is to be spent on empowering civil society, providing supplemental requests, broadcasting into Iran, promoting democracy, offering scholarships and fellowships, and enhancing communication.

Pre-Invasion Illegalities

By Brian Bogart

(December 1999, New Hampshire primary event, when asked about Saddam
Hussein)
Candidate George W. Bush: "I'd take 'em out...take out the weapons of
mass destruction. I'm surprised he's still there."

(Paul O'Neill asserts that Bush took office in January 2001 fully
intending to invade Iraq and desperate to find an excuse for
preemptive war against Saddam Hussein.)

Blair Calls Iran Nuclear Strike 'Absurd'

Ahmadinejad proposes 'new solutions'
http://english.ohmynews.com

In a press conference on Monday, Tony Blair stated that any consideration of a nuclear attack against Iran would be "absolutely absurd," and said the issue had no bearing on his decision to demote his foreign secretary. As reported in the China Daily, Blair said: "I don't know anybody who has even talked or contemplated the prospect of a nuclear strike in Iran and that would be absolutely absurd."

Iraq War Is Drawing Less Support Than Vietnam Did at Same Stage

By Heidi Przybyla, http://www.bloomberg.com

May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Three years into major combat in Vietnam, 28,500 U.S. service members had perished, millions of families were anxious about the military draft and antiwar protests had spread to dozens of college campuses.

Today, at the same juncture in the Iraq war, about 2,400 American soldiers have died, the U.S. military consists entirely of volunteers and public dissent is sporadic.

Ahmadinejad's Letter to Bush

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written President Bush an 18-page letter discussing religious values, history and international relations. Following is an unofficial translation from the original written in Farsi:

"Mr. George Bush, president of the United States of America

For some time now, I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. Those have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.

Oklahomans Protest War

From Darla Shelden, Oklahoma City, OK

This photo is from a Bush protest that took place in Stillwater, OK last Saturday, May 6th. No one was arrested, but the counter protester began shoving the guy with the Bigots for Bush sign and was asked to leave the area. We are having a demonstration on Wed, May 17th in Duncan, OK during the Halliburton shareholder's meeting. The meeting usually takes place in Houston, but they have been protested for the last two years by Houston Global Awareness Collective among others. So we believe they think they can find safe haven here in this red state.

Stillwater, OK, Protest, May 6, 2006  

We are joining them this year along with groups from Dallas, Denton, Wichita, New Orleans, San Francisco and as far away as Peru and Nigeria.
_______

OKLAHOMANS TO JOIN PROTEST IN DUNCAN, OK
HOUSTON GLOBAL AWARENESS COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES PLANS
TO FOLLOW HALLIBURTON TO DUNCAN, OK FOR ITS MAY 17 SHAREHOLDERS’ MEETING

Upset vet gives back his medals

By Michael Stetz
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
May 8, 2006
http://www.signonsandiego.com

And now what?
He had protested. He had become president of the San Diego chapter of Veterans For Peace.
He had helped put up thousands of white crosses around San Diego County to mark the dead in a solemn display called “Arlington West.”
And still . . . .
The war goes on. Three years, two months. With more than 2,300 U.S. soldiers and Marines dead.

Update on Right to Protest in Parliament Square

Dear Supporters of Brian and the right to protest near Parliament,

1. BRIAN HAW LOSES IN COURT OF APPEAL BUT IS STILL IN THE SQUARE
2. LATEST UPDATE FROM THE SQUARE
3. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

As many of you will have seen in the news, on Monday 8 May 2006 the Home
Office won their appeal against Brian's right to remain in the Square.
The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act now applies to him as well as

S Korea begins partial Iraq pullout

Reuters

South Korea, which has the third largest contingent of foreign troops in Iraq, has begun pulling out 1,000 of its 3,200 soldiers remaining in the country, a military official says.

South Korea had deployed 3,600 troops in Iraq in 2004 as a show of support for its closest military ally, the United States, despite opposition among the public and within President Roh Moo-hyun's progressive ruling Uri Party.

More U.S. troops killed in Iraq than at Pearl Harbor

Big News Network

The official death toll of U.S. service members killed in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion has now exceeded that of Pearl Harbor.

As of Monday 2,422 troops had died in the Iraq conflict. The number killed at Pearl Harbor was 2,403.

Whilst the conflict in Iraq is ongoing and casualties will mount, it is worthwhile at this point in time to reflect on other similarities with the 'Day of Infamy.'

Sheehan blasts war, Bush at Town Hall

Protesters greet mother of soldier killed in Iraq
By JOHN IWASAKI, P-I REPORTER

Three woman -- dressed in red, white and blue, respectively -- held signs and flags outside Town Hall on Monday night, protesting the appearance of Cindy Sheehan, the peace activist who equates President Bush with terrorism.

"You do not speak for my 3 grandsons," read the sign carried by Nadine Gulit, of Issaquah, whose loved ones are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Suicide bomber kills 17 in Iraq's Tal Afar

TAL AFAR, Iraq, May 9 (Reuters) -A suicide bomber killed 17 people and wounded 35 when he blew his car up in a market in the Iraqi northern city of Tal Afar on Tuesday, police said.

Earlier police had said the attack targeted police and army headquarters in the city.

A hospital source in Tal Afar said the casualties included civilians, police and army members.

U.S. President George W. Bush in March held up Tal Afar as an example of progress being made in Iraq, calling it a "a free city that gives reason for hope for a free Iraq" after U.S.-led forces freed it from al Qaeda militants in a 2005 offensive.

Nevada blast delay a victory, critics say

Environmentalists, politicians see time as chance to probe risks
By Judy Fahys and Robert Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune

Red tape has snagged the federal government's plans next month for a massive explosion at the Nevada Test Site.

Court papers filed by Pentagon and U.S. Energy Department lawyers say the Divine Strake test will be delayed by three weeks.

"The proposed detonation of Divine Strake will take place no earlier than June 23," said Jay H. Horman, acting manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Nevada Test Site office, in a statement presented to the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Monday.

Nevada Woman Takes on Operation Divine Strake

Adrian Arambulo, Reporter
KLASTV.com Las Vegas

Plans for a massive experimental explosion at the Nevada test site have been delayed. An energy department spokesperson says the earliest that "Operation: Divine Strake" would take place would be June 23.

Some concerned residents, who are worried about potential health hazards, want the explosion cancelled all together.

A woman, who wants to be known as Karen, is on a mission. She's worried about how a planned explosion at the Nevada Test Site might affect her health.

Protesters turn out for visit by Bush

The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE - About 50 people gathered outside a gated community to protest the Bush administration and Iraq war Monday, as President Bush arrived for a private fundraiser.

Bush was to attend the fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw who is seeking a 14th term against Democratic state Sen. Ron Klein in the 22nd Congressional District - a seat that has statewide significance for both parties.

Constitution Summer to Take Call for Impeachment to San Francisco

www.constitutionsummer.org

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On Tuesday, May 9th, members of Constitution Summer will take to the streets of San Francisco in costume in a bid to draw attention to the high crimes of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney. Constitution Summer members will be wearing prison uniforms and the oversized heads of three administrations officials responsible for some of the worst abuses against the Constitution in American history: George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleeza Rice. Vice President Richard B. Cheney's oversized head is in an undisclosed location.

Lee-Allen Amendment on No Permanent Bases in Iraq

From John Isaacs

(FYI - submitted to the House Rules Committee -- we will not know until
the middle of the night (or tomorrow morning) whether the amendment will
be made in order (permitted to be offered) on the Defense Authorization
Bill, probably on Thursday.

AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5122, AS REPORTED
OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA AND MR. ALLEN OF MAINE

At the end of title XII (page 419, after line 7), insert

Democrats may block impeachment resolution in California

By Miriam Raftery, www.rawstory.com

Support for measure rising, insiders say

LA MESA, CALIFORNIA -- An impeachment resolution introduced into the California Legislature by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood) may be blocked from reaching the floor, RAW STORY has learned.

"I think there is a shot," Koretz said when asked what odds Assembly Joint Resolution 39 has of winning passage. "The question is whether the leadership will let it move. There are a lot of bipartisan issues we're trying to work on this year," he added. (Text of the resolution.)

Murdoch to host fundraiser for Hillary Clinton campaign

Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul whose New York Post tabloid
savaged Hillary Clinton's initial aspirations to become a US senator for New
York, has agreed to host a political fundraiser for her re-election
campaign.

More: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12692606/

Murdoch to host fundraiser for Hillary Clinton campaign

By Caroline Daniel in Washington
Updated: 12:12 a.m. ET May 9, 2006

A Real-Time Awakening?

Michael Uhl speaks in Rome
http://www.peaceandjustice.it/uhl-post.php

Photos

Michael Uhl, former Counter Intelligence officer and co-founder of "Citizen Soldier", the advocacy organization for veterans and GIs, offered a penetrating analysis of the parallels between the war in Vietnam and the current war in Iraq, during a panel discussion entitled "The Anti War Movement From Vietnam to Today: A Chorus of Voices Against War" held on Saturday, April 29th, at the Linux Club in Rome. Although the date for the encounter fell during a long weekend holiday period (Uhl's other engagements in Italy left him that date only for Rome) the turnout was surprisingly good, and as with all our events, included an international audience. [See the event announcement as well as Uhl's bio]

"Probable Cause"

Watch Gen. Michael Hayden claim that the Constitution does not require "probable cause" for warrants to be issued. (It does.)
http://tompaine.com/#passiton

Remarks of Salt Lake City Mayor Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson

Rally at City & County Building, April 29, 2006
NO MORE
MAYOR ROCKY ANDERSON We are gathered here today to say, “No more!”

No more killing.

No more expenditures of almost $6 billion per month on this tragic war.

No more denial of health care coverage for over 42 million Americans, when we are paying more for this outrageous war than what it would cost for universal health care throughout the US.

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